Category Archives: Ice cream

Matt’s Homespun opens second restaurant, at The Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont


I have the highest regard for Chef Matt Schreuder of Homespun in Blouberg, for the creativity of his world class Secret Supper Club in particular, and his Tasting Menus which are of a Top 10 Restaurant standard.

Ahead of the official opening on Friday 18 June, I was invited to a ‘friends and family’ preview of Chef Matt’s new Homespun at The Andros 5 star Boutique Hotel in Claremont on Saturday evening. It was my first visit to the Hotel.  The Hotel has an old-world charm and dates back to 1908. It was designed by renowned Sir Herbert Baker.  It has 15 rooms. Parking is available on the propperty. It has a delightful Champagne Bar. Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Cape Town firefighters; Sour Service Award goes to Coco Safar


The Sweet Service Award goes to the City of Cape Town and volunteer firefighters for their dedication and hard work in combatting and finally extinguishing the devastating fire at Rhodes Memorial, UCT, and Mostert’s Mill from Sunday – Tuesday this week. The helicopter water bombers must be commended too, as is every person who assisted in accommodating and feeding UCT residence students, for donating animal food, and for other acts of kindness. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 30 of Level 1, 30 March 2021.


Tuesday 30 March 2021, Day 28 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a well organized smooth-flowing day, being away from home from 7h30 – 17h30, taking Earl Grey to be sterilized at the vet in Diepriver; for getting my day’s writing done at Knead at the Constantia Enporium, spoilt by Ollie with pots of tea and a hot cross bun, their Wifi working perfectly; for a fabulous shop at Checkers at the mall, with lovely efficient and friendly cashiers, compared to Sea Point, and good offers and discounts 😱; for an eating drive to Muizenberg, all three my visits disappointing; for a lovely tea and apple tart treat at the home of Rose Klein and Werner, also in Diepriver, from where I fetched Earl Grey, looking good and not having any wounds or bandages, happy to see each other again 😻; for a very quick walk to Camps Bay and back, such good cardio that I earned 300 Discovery points; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 27 of Level 1, 1 year of Lockdown 27 March 2021


Saturday 27 March 2021, 1st anniversary of Lockdown, 27 th Day of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a long day focused on Foooood, and mainly spent in Stellenbosch; for rain that fell overnight and light rain on the way to Stellenbosch; for a Brie and egg purchase at Dalewood Fromage outside Franschhoek, my favorite farm shop with excellent service always; for a quick walk in Church Street, not being able to resist the fabulous ice cream at Crème de Levain; for discovering Eike restaurant and its Snoepie (Tuck Shop) off Dorp Street, buying a Tex bar for R2 less than the price at Pick n Pay 😊; for a lovely spoiling lunch at De Vleispaleis on Dorp Street, belonging to my friend Stuart Bailey, trying the new Set Menu which starts next week from 1 April, and meeting his new dog baby Max; for a visit to Stellenbosch Square, shopping at Woolworths, finding a nice fitting pair of shoes but with poor service, with long queues at the tills; for getting back to Peppertree Café on Kloof Street just in time to collect figs I’d ordered; for a walk through Bakoven; for a visit to Anatoli, trying and photographing new dishes made by Chef Jacques du Toit, and photographing Beth the belly dancer ; for my cat babies forgiving me for leaving them at home alone all day; for it being so quiet in our building, half the renters spending the weekend elsewhere 👏; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 16 of Level 1, 16 March 2021.


Tuesday 16 March 2021, Day 16 of Level 1, Day 356 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny summery day, at 22C, with a blustery South Easter, especially now; for a productive writing morning; for meeting my new Out of the Blue client at her Willowbridge outlet, not having been there in years, loving how open she is to new ideas; for a quick shop at the big Woolworths there, sadly with poor service, there not being enough cashiers at both sets of till points; for the surprise of seeing a branch of my favorite ice cream shop The Dairy Den at Willowbridge, not being able to resist an ice cream; for a refreshing walk up my favorite Bakoven steps and lanes, counting 100 steps in three lanes in total, the uphill walk plus steps giving me 300 Discovery points, and allowing me to pull my mask down most of the way unless I walk past someone, which is seldom; for a Cash Back from Woolies today for my healthy shopping; for no Loadshedding for us today; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: New ëlgr. has most complex restaurant name, a breath of fresh air, food light and multi-cultural!


The new ëlgr. restaurant which has taken over the space of the former Janse & Co is a breath of fresh air, having moved more of its restaurant seating to its newly created outside seating area, bar and pizza counter area. It opened on Kloof Steeet two months ago.

It has the most complicated restaurant name I have ever come across, a Swedish word that means moose, but the reason for the choice is not explained. It is pronounced like the composer Elgar. With such a Scandinavian introduction, one might expect the food to be from the region too, but it is local yet ‘multicultural’, its website informs, offering French cooking, South African dishes, and Italian pizzas., made with fresh ingredients, and to be enjoyed in a relaxed environment.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 92 of Level 1, 21 December 2020.


Monday 21 December 2020, Day 92 of Level 1, Day 271 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏 

#Grateful for a sunny day, feeling cooler than 26C due to it being windy from this morning onwards; for getting my writing done in a shorter time than normal; for spreading the dishwashing of yesterday throughout the day; for collecting sandwiches and coldrinks from The Bay Hotel for the Christmas function which was held for the Camps Bay Community Stewards (car guards and my cleaners), borrowing a Pick n Pay trolley to transport them to the SAPS parking area; for trying out the new Crème de la Crème Gourmet Dessert outlet in Camps Bay, which has just opened; for collecting a plaque from Pagliari engravers in town for my client, produced efficiently and just in time before their Festive Season closing tomorrow, and dropping it off; for a spontaneous drop-in at Dinkel Bakery, which still had some poppyseed rolls for me; for both lanes of Geneva Drive having reopened  in Camps Bay; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Musgrave Spirits launches Musgrave Copper flavour-infused Vanilla and Black Honey Brandy, the ‘Bourbon’ of Brandy!


Last week I attended a small intimate Media Event at Musgrave Spirits in Salt River, with only ten guests, to introduce its Musgrave Copper flavour-infused Pot Still Brandy. Musgrave Spirits is well-known for its Gin, and its Pink Gin in particular. We were introduced to the Brandy on ice, with mixers, as Savoury drinks, and ended off the evening with delicious Don Pedros. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 61 of Level 1, 20 November 2020.


Friday 20 November 2020, Day 61 of Level 1, Day 240 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a stunning 30C day today, after four days of wind, the beaches in Camps Bay being jam-packed with happy swimmers and picnickers; for an amazing start to the day; for the City of Cape Town taking a first tiny step to fix the broken fence, and for removing the flattened pedestrian sign at Bali Bay 🙏; for a lovely lunch to which I was invited by Dale Kushner at the offices of film company AFS Productions on Kloof Street; for being able to leave my car parked at their offices and being able to explore the bottom end of Kloof Steeet, for a second (late afternoon) walk to the Tidal Pool, seeing a luxury bus with EFF supporters shouting out of the windows and blowing their vuvuzelas, being transported back to Hout Bay from Brackenfell 😱; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Secret Supper Club at Homespun by Matt is unique Magic Music Food Wine Theatre at its best in South Africa!


It has taken three days for me to get back down to earth after experiencing the Secret Supper Club at Homespun by Matt in Bloubergstrand on Monday evening, a unique Magic Music Food Wine Theatre experience which places this restaurant amongst the best in our country. Sadly it has never been recognised by Eat Out in any of its awards, and I too had never previously visited Homespun. Continue reading →