The Sweet Service Award goes to the Twelve Apostles Hotel in Camps Bay, for the fantastic service in allowing me to write in their Café Grill last Sunday when the fibre internet was not working in our section of Camps Bay. As I was writing about the Eat Out Awards event, and already had not been able to Instagram from GrandWest, as the WiFi was hopelessly overloaded and not working at all, it was a very long evening, finishing off writing at the hotel at 3h00, it being fortunate that the Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Goodluck, a South African electro music band, which played at La Parada Constantia Nek last Sunday, to thousands of fans. As I dance to DJ René Tanguy at the venue every Sunday, this was a surprise change, and an initial disappointment, in that I did not know the band. The singer Jules was infectious, and the producer Ben played others’ tracks too, making it a very danceable hour. I won a CD give-away, such amazing good luck… I spoke to both Ben and Jules afterwards, very lovely natural and unaffected musicians. A thanks goes to La Parada too, for organising this event, at no charge to patrons. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Rocksole Shoe and Bag Repair on Wale Street, and its charming owner Raj Jaga, who managed to fix the soles of my favorite pair of shoes in less than a week before my overseas trip, which I noticed in the last minute had been taking a lot of strain from all my dancing! I had forgotten about the public holiday shortening the week. He is extremely kind to his customers, and always tries to make a plan. He was awarded a Sweet Service Award in January too. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the Langeberg Municipality, and to its staff member Kobus specifically, for repairing a stolen DB board at the Wahnfried theatre in McGregor, within a few hours of the theft being reported to the municipality. The award nomination comes from Wahnfried owner Michael MacKenzie.
The Sweet Service Award goes to ABSA Sea Point, and its Relationship Manager Yusriah Khan, for faxing me my February business bank statement, as I had not received it in the post yet, and needed it to complete my VAT return for the accountants before the Easter long weekend. No questions were asked other than the bank account number, in stark contrast to the performance I had to go through with the Santyger branch.
The Sweet Service Award goes to the Post Office in the V&A Waterfront, and its staff member Jacques Jordaan. I went to the Post Office to check why a ring, which I had lost at a B&B in Brockenhurst in the UK, still had not arrived, 6 weeks after it had been posted. I had a tracking number, and was told that it was sitting at CapeMail, the postal head office for our area. Jacques called them, and said that the customs officials there needed a purchase invoice, before releasing it. As I had inherited the ring from my late mother earlier this year, there was none. I had to go to the Waterfront branch to present my passport in proof of having been in Europe in June/July! The ring was then sent to the Waterfront branch, costing R20 to receive! All the way through the process, Jacques kept me informed by email, with amazingly quick response time to my emails. I had not received any communication from CapeMail that my ring was with them, and that they needed the invoice! Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Swissport and its staff Zaheera Mia and Yolanda, for assisting us in obtaining a suitcase for our guest Monika Hänni, which had got left behind in Zürich. The guest had been promised the suitcase 24 hours later, but there was no contact from Swissport. We tried to call Swissport all day and night, but no one answered! On calling Cape Town International 48 hour later, we were given an alternative number and mercifully Noor answered the phone. We followed up with Jerome, who walked to the lost baggage section to find Zaheera. I offered to fetch the suitcase, as our guest had worn the same clothes for 36 hours already. Yolanda came to meet us at the Information counter, to prevent us from having to enter a security area to fetch the bag – as I did not have a flight ticket, I was not allowed to enter the area, despite Monika needing assistance in communicating in English. Continue reading →
As we predicted in our blogpost yesterday, Roxi Wardman was crowned MasterChef SA Season 3 winner last night, and has waved her career at Transnet as an assistant train driver goodbye. While her ‘opponent’ Sipho Mdlankomo is widely liked, there should be no debate about the fairness of the result, as the scoring was shared at every step of the three-stage challenge which the Top 2 had to go through last night.
It was a shock to see the transformation in Roxi’s appearance, from always well-presented in terms of make-up and bling bling jewellery while she was in the MasterChef SA kitchen, to her red/pink hair, heavy make-up, and proudly-visible tattoos which she did not have as a Finalist. We had only seen one piercing above her lip in the past. It seemed as if Roxi could not believe that she had won the competition.
The Top 2 finalists met up in the MasterChef SA kitchen for one last time, and were delighted to see the other 10 Finalists there too, coming in support of the Top 2. An even bigger surprise was the surprise arrival of Roxi’s parents and her boyfriend Byron, as well as Sipho’s ‘boss‘, as she called him, his wife, and their Continue reading →
Can Robertsons be any more dominant in MasterChef SA than in last night’s episode 8? We have renamed MasterChef SA MasterRobertsons, as the hard sell of the spice brand in this Season 3 is becoming laughable! One wonders how judges Benny Masekwameng and Pete Goffe-Wood (note his grumpy look in the M-Net publicity shot) must feel to have to push the brand, not an issue which Reuben Robertsons Riffel loses any sleep about, having cashed in on the spice brand for the past three years, thereby losing any credibility he may have previously had as a chef!
The episode started with the Blue Team, which lost the Team Challenge in episode 7. Filmed on an interesting looking bridge in Umhlanga, directly at the ocean, the five Finalists Penny Fitchet, Refilwe Tselanyane, Roxi Wardman, Francois Zietsman, and Sipho Mdlankomo watching as Chef Benny was wheeled onto the bridge in a rickshaw, clutching a cloche, which he ceremoniously opened to reveal a Bean Curry Bunny Chow. On the table surrounding the typical Durban dish was a collection of about 20 Robertsons spices and herbs, each covering a board with a black or a white sticker. The task of the five Finalists was to each identify one of 15 spices and herbs in the Bunny Chow, just from tasting it. The Finalists each drew a wooden cooking spoon with a number on it, to determine the order in which they had to identify the ingredients. The Robertsons collection stood on a table with the ultimate kitsch tablecloth, in a bright orange, looking like rosettes. Riffel clearly did not take History at school, confusing the role of Durban and Cape Town in linking our country to the East!
It was said by Riffel that the pressure would be on Roxi to identify the spices Continue reading →