The Sweet Service Award goes to Maison J Café et Croissant in Camps Bay. The coffee and croissant outlet and coffee shop opened just as I moved to Camps Bay almost three months ago, and has been a haven of exceptional service. Every day that I have been there to have a cappuccino, which is almost daily, necessitating a walk and eliminating the need to drive elsewhere for my daily fix, co-owner David Chait and/or Operations Manager Guy have been at the outlet, with one exception. Not being partial to paper cups, I have been allowed to bring my own cup for my dry cappuccino which is made Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to The Dairy Den in Sea Point, a unique outlet selling the best ice creams as well as doughnuts. I try to restrict myself to one ice cream a week, but had not tried the doughnuts, when I met owner Tassia for the first time, introducing myself and congratulating her on how well run the outlet is, compared to a shaky start, which I had communicated to her telephonically. She insisted that I try a doughnut on the house, a delicious chocolate coated one with hundreds and thousands. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Olive Branch Deli and its co-owner Omeros Demetriou, for his advice in guiding me in the decision to buy a Yoco credit card machine, which I have used on numerous occasions as a customer in their Deli. Omeros even called Yoco on my behalf, to check the paperwork requirements, and stock availability. I went to Yoco on Shortmarket Street later in the afternoon, and within an hour I was set up with a credit card machine. Olive Branch Deli is a great ambassador for Yoco! Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the Dalewood Fromage factory shop and its Manager Tracey Falconer. I was in Franschhoek and wanted to stop by the shop in Klapmuts, but was running late from a lunch. I called to find out at what time they close. Tracey told me that they close at 16h00, but that she had to do some admin work, and would still be there until 16h45, which suited me perfectly. Not only did I buy their fabulous Camembert and Brie cheeses, but fresher than fresh same-day laid eggs too. Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to the Twelve Apostles Hotel, and its F & B Manager Hilton Ruch. On my way home from dancing at Constantia Nek recently, I stopped by at their Café for a dry cappuccino. Not expecting Hilton to be at work after 22h00, I asked one of the staff to pass on my regards to him. She told me he was still at work, and called him. He chatted, and told me about their new Vegan High Tea, a first in Cape Town it would seem, as well as other news. The dry cappuccino was perfectly made, and they have marshmallows too, a weakness. When I requested the bill, I was told that Hilton had taken care of it,
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The Sweet Service Award goes to Standard Bank Gardens Centre and its Enquiries assistant Samantha. After spending 90 minutes subjected to ABSA’s incompetence in trying to close my account and credit card, having moved to Standard Bank, Samantha quickly and efficiently helped me load the credit card payment beneficiary and guided my payment of the outstanding ABSA card balance at the ATM outside the branch, taking no more than 5 minutes.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Standard Bank Sea Point and its Manager Colleen Sampson, for assisting me in receiving my interest payment on a fixed deposit, due on the first of the month, which took until 4 January to be paid with the help of her intervention. She was feisty in dealing with her colleagues in the bank’s IT Department, demanding immediate rectification of the computer glitch which had caused the problem.
The Sweet Service Award goes to Harck & Heart, bakers of German gingerbread biscuits, which I had experienced at Kamers two months ago for the first time, having bought a packet of their biscuits then. As I was launching my Book, with an angel on the front cover, I placed an order for Angel biscuits, to place into the goody bags of my guests attending the Book launch. The order was executed effortlessly and an arrangement was made for me to collect the box of biscuits from the Blaauwklippen market four days prior to the Book launch date. Payment was easily executed at the stand at the market. #VielenDank.
The Sweet Service Award goes to the Hussar Grill Stellenbosch, and its waiter Aiden. I ‘stumbled’ across the restaurant on a Stellenbosch day, and the charming Aiden made my visit there an excellent experience, a rare treat. He asked the kitchen to plate the Marié Rosé sauce separately for the Prawn Avo cocktail starter in case it had chili in it, helped me to squeeze the hard lemon over the starter, and brought me another complimentary sweet potato crisp and olive treat when I had forgotten to photograph it initially. It is clear that he loves his job! Continue reading →
The Sweet Service Award goes to Jade, a shop in Stellenbosch specializing in selling pearls, and its Manager and jewelry designer Ariéne Jansen. On a recent shopping visit, mentioning that the purchase was a birthday indulgence, I received pouches in different sizes from Ariéne, one each in which to keep my earrings, and the other the necklace which I had bought, very convenient gifts for traveling. I had never been spoilt by the shop like this previously, having awarded it a Sour Service Award earlier this year, due to the poor service received from another staff member! On my return ten days later, to request matching up a favorite earring which I had lost, Ariéne efficiently and very inexpensively created the lost earrings and fixed another earring. She also made up a pearl necklace for me, to an exact length, within a two-hour period, which allowed me to browse the shops around Church Street. Continue reading →