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President Ramaphosa lifts alcohol ban, moves SA to Level 3, restaurants jubilant !

 

This evening President Ramaphosa moved our country’s Lockdown to Level 3, after 28 days of Level 4, a tough month for the Restaurant industry.

Despite Sit-Down dining being permitted midway through Level 4, most restaurants chose to remain closed, it not being economically viable to reopen without selling alcohol.

The President permitted the sale of alcohol in restaurants from tomorrow, until 20h00. Liquor outlets may sell alcohol on Mondays – Thursdays.  The Curfew starting time has been pushed back to 22h00. All excellent news for the Restaurant industry.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 28 of Level 4, 25 July 2021.

 

Sunday 25 July 2021, Day 28 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day, peaking at 24C; for a morning treat, after some work, to pick up croissants at Paris Cape Town (very buzzy), an ice cream at The Dairy Den (very empty), the Oranjezicht Urban City Farm Market (very buzzy, lovely to chat to Sheryl Ozinsky 💙), and fetching post at the Waterfront (very quiet); for a walk to Camps Bay, jam-packed, everyone out to enjoy the beautiful day, with a huge traffic jam late afternoon; for a beautiful sunset; for a long chat with Stuart Bailey, excited about what our President will say tonight; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 26 of Level 4, 23 July 2021

 

Friday 23 July 2021, Day 26 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful sunny 14C day but with a cold start and end; for a good night’s sleep; for a good working day, catching up, and finishing the last edit of a new Anatoli Turkish Restaurant website; for a longer Camps Bay walk, loving the crisp clean air, and seeing a lot of ’non-alcoholic beer’ being drunk at two restaurants at the Clifton end of Camps Bay 😱; a quick shop at Woolies, buying the cats their favorite Sheba tins from my Discovery Woolies voucher; for being spared Loadshedding; and for being happy, healthy, warm, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 25 of Level 4, 22 July 2021!

 

Thursday 22 July 2021, Day 25 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a good night’s sleep; for more sun today, on and off, and for not being as cold as it sounded when Kfm’s Brandon Leigh kept saying this will be the coldest day and night this year today, at 14C today and 7C tonight; for a visit by our Absolute Fire fire equipment servicing company, confirming that our smoke detector fire alarm system does not conform to SANS legal standards 😱, this company offering amazing service and advice, not charging for their visit today; for finishing off the Zest website today, selecting the photographs for it; for my rolls waiting for me at Dinkel Bakery; Continue reading →

Chef Bertus Basson’s ‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ kykNET series comes to an end, revitalises 10 country Restaurants!

 

Chef Bertus Basson and his team of restaurant and interior designers have transformed 10 restaurants in the Western Cape, each restaurant closed for three days for an instant make-over in its interior design, its kitchen design, its menu, and in some instances, its name.

The work that has gone into each restaurant transformation has been documented in ten ‘In die Sop: Restaurant Evolusie’ episodes on kykNET, with an eleventh episode summarising the series, and Chef Bertus revisiting some of the restaurants, to check on their progress.

The idea for the restaurant transformation series came from the realisation that it was not only the Lockdown that affected restaurants, but that their interior design, menu, and even restaurant name can impede their success!

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 24 of Level 4, 21 July 2021

 

Wednesday 21 July 2021, Day 24 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

Grateful for a storm day with rain and sun, rain and sun; for a peaceful sleep; for first reaction to my Door Lock moves, the Fire inspector making a first visit; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for a busy working day; for a walk to the Camps Bay Hardware store, rewarded with a short-lived rainbow; for being warm on such a cold day, the cats even preferring to be inside 😻😻; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 22 of Level 4, 19 July 2021

 

Monday 19 July 2021, Day 22 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a sunny start and ending in a rainy afternoon; for a peaceful sleep in total silence 🙏; for an up and down morning, doing a Bakoven walk before the rain arrived; for a demo by Nick Taylor of Nox Rentals of the Swedish Minut Noise monitor, installed for me to measure the noise level from the other apartments in the building, also measuring the number of persons in an apartment; for a Camps Bay walk, just missing the next rain; for taking action against what is happening illegally in the apartment building; and for being healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Café Charles in De Waterkant disappoints with Lamb Curry Collection!

 

I am not a big fan of Take-Away food, it usually arriving cold, the delivery costs being exorbitant if one uses Uber Eats, and the presentation of the dish and atmosphere of the restaurant cannot be replicated in a Take-Away.

I wanted to spoil my friend Gary on a day forecast to be cold and rainy, a perfect day for Lamb Curry, which I saw advertised by Café Charles as a Take-Away Delivery or Collection during Level 4 Lockdown, before Sit-Down was allowed. Remembering a fantastic Lamb Curry delivered to me by the restaurant a year ago, I ordered a repeat of the dish ten days ago. Sadly the experience and food was chalk and cheese compared to that of a year ago! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 20 of Level 4, 17 July 2021.

 

Saturday 17 July 2021, Day 20 of Level 4😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a peaceful night’s sleep; for a beautiful day, at 18C and sunny, and feeling the love from good friends; for getting my client work done so that I could leave home with a clear conscience, after a Bakoven walk; for picking up an order at Hartlief at High Constantia, the service sadly not matching that of the Garden’s Centre branch; for exceptional service at Woolworths and Checkers at Constantia Emporium 👏👏👏; for a lovely afternoon at the home of Rose Klein and Werner, spoilt with the lovely lunch of Gulasch; Kartoffelknödel (dumplings) and red cabbage, evoking memories Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 19 of Level 4, 16 July 2021

 

Friday 16 July 2021, Day 19 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a most beautiful day, with sunshine at 17C, a shorts and sleeveless top day; for getting my writing done this morning and admin this afternoon; for a longer walk today, up Houghton Road, and down my secret Bakoven lanes, photographing flowers in the main, reflecting the beauty in my life; for being a peaceful day in the Cape, feeling totally safe here; and for being happy, healthy, and free.

The Sweet Service Award went to Labotessa Café; the Sour Service Award went to the Department of Home Affairs!

Sweet Service Award goes to Labotessa Café; Sour Service Award goes to Department of Home Affairs!

A huge thanks to Emma for her solid advice 🙏🙏🙏🙏👏 after being harassed by Sacha Jack, owner of the Ebbtide 201 party apartment 🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵🥵 WhataCheek! #Bully

Another President’s Speech coming up, third this week 😱🍷

SA Corona Status: 2 269 179 cases 66385 deaths 4 046 267 vaccinations

FitBit 9000 steps 7 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

 

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June and extended by two weeks on 11 July,  is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whaletalesblog.com www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide