Category Archives: Food delivery and collection

Sweet Service Award goes to Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis; Sour Service Award goes to SANTACO

The Sweet Service Award goes to Cape Town Mayor Geordin Hill-Lewis for his consistent, regular, and honest feedback at all hours of the day and night to the residents of Cape Town during the eight day Taxi Strike. At all times the stand of the City of Cape Town has been that lawlessness will not be tolerated and that the City will do its best to protect operating public transport and even trucks delivering food.

The Sour Service Award goes to SANTACO for extending the strike by another week when it rejected the terms of the City’s demands last Friday yet accepted them in the final negotiations last night, causing financial hardship to its own taxi operators and taxi commuters, the loss of lives, and affected almost every resident in Cape Town, in that food stocks were running low or out of basic items in supermarkets.

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog. Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at chrisvonulmenstein [at] Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog.m

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Sweet Service Award goes to Le Lude; Sour Service Award goes to Pick n Pay ASAP!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Le Lude wine estate in Franschhoek, and its Orangerie Restaurant Executive Chef Nicolene Barrow, for spoiling me with two bottles of Le Lude sparkling wine, my favourite bubbly, when I and a friend had lunch at her restaurant and I handed over a prize of a bottle of Adhara olive oil to her for being included in the 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs List. Continue reading →

Meet Chef Judi Fourie of Pilcrow & Cleaver and Fideli’s: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!


Chef Judi Fourie received recognition as one of the Cape’s Top Women Restaurateurs last year. This year she has been selected as a 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef, owning both Pilcrow & Cleaver as well as Fideli’s on Parliament Street in the Cape Town city centre, as well as three Judith Fresh Cafés. She received a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil as her prize.
Chef Judi fearlessly opened Fideli’s nine months ago, and offered a weekly menu for Pilcrow & Cleaver which one could collect or have delivered. It was the restaurant  I supported the most during Lockdown, collecting a freshly-made order combined with a friendly chat with Chef Judi, and a shop at Fdeli’s. She is an innovative marketer, most recently handing out Fideli’s vouchers as a thank you to persons who have been vaccinated. She is a trailblazer for SASSI, supporting sustainable fishing.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 3, 21 August 2021


Friday 21 August 2021, Day 26 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#gratitude for such a wonderful day, with no stress or strain; for an admin and writing catch up day, allowing me some time off this weekend; for a visit by Anna Marie V. Tielmann, who saw me on my terrace when she walked past with her baby son, catching up on 6 months since we had last seen each other; for a wonderful Bakoven walk, seeing three heart and one dancer clouds; for my Minsky showing me so much love, being far more housebound than ever before, finally having forgiven me Continue reading →