Category Archives: South Africa

Cape Town retains title of Gourmet Capital of SA, with increasing number of international and Africa awards and nominations!

 

Cape Town is recognised as the Gourmet Capital of South Africa, with the largest number of top restaurants in our city as well as in the Winelands.

Not only are the Cape restaurants ranked tops by our local Eat Out dining magazine, but internationally and on the African continent too. The following 12 Cape Cape, restaurants, restaurants have recently received international and African recognition : Continue reading →

Cape Town named one of 53 Best Cities in the World by TimeOut!

 

TimeOut has named Cape Town one of its 53 Best Cities in the world, nominated by 20000 city-dwellers subscribing to the publication.

I am proud to be one of the subscribers who nominated our city, asked to identify the top restaurants and bars, theatre, art galleries, the nightlife, and the cool neighborhoods. In its calculation of the  TimeOut Index 2022, the publication added the livability of the city as a resident as well as a tourist this year. Continue reading →

Fine dining Restaurants blackmailed via scam Google reviews!

 

Fine Dining Lovers has reported that scammers based in India are blackmailing American Fine Dining restaurants to remove negative reviews which they have posted without ever having eaten there, in exchange for payment.

The publication quotes the New York Times that Top Restaurants are being awarded 1 out of 5 star reviews on Google, without photographs or a description, and the review writers never having eaten at the establishments. Continue reading →

Utopia nominated as 2022 Top Rooftop Restaurant in Africa by World Culinary Awards!

 

Utopia Cape Town, Life Grand Café, Wolfgat, Clara’s Barn, ëlgr, Pier, Restaurant KLEIN JAN, and Post & Pepper Restaurant are eight restaurants that have been nominated in various 2022 Best Restaurant categories in Africa, presented by the World Culinary Awards.

All the restaurants nominated as Best in South Africa by the same Awards are all from the Cape!

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Ryanair discrimates against SA passport holders with Afrikaans Test!

 

If it were the 1st of April one may have thought that it was an April Fool’s joke when it was reported that Ryanair is only allowing South Africans holding a South African passport to fly on their airline if the passengers achieve a 100% correct pass rate on 15 questions set in Afrikaans, and to be answered in Afrikaans!

Ryanair has confirmed that the test is not a hoax, the airline experiencing a high percentage of fake South African passports used by its passengers. The test is only available in Afrikaans, even if one is not an Afrikaans-speaking citizen of our country! Afrikaans is third in number of persons speaking Continue reading →

MasterChef SA Season 4 Week 2: things heat up in the kitchen, more contestants have to go!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Last week I summarised the first week of Season 4 of MasterChef SA, during which five contestants were eliminated:

This post summarises the second week of the series, during which three more contestants were eliminated.  Only 12 contestants go into this week of MasterChef SA.  Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 98 of Level 1, 6 January 2022

 

Thursday 6 January 2022, Day 98 of Level 1, birthday of Alex von Ulmenstein and Mullerie Taljaard 🌹🌹

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful 27 C degree day, making Camps Bay very busy, with a very strong late afternoon South Easter, meaning it will be even warmer tomorrow; for a birthday call to my Alex, starting to plan his visit to Cape Town in 15 days ❤️; for preparing for my client meetings this afternoon; for a successful visit to the Civic Center, to renew my car license, but annoyed that one has to enter from the back of the building without any signage, and answer numerous questions just to be allowed in, for being able to jump the queue of persons who had waited for 90 minutes into the red Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 59 of Level 1, 28 November 2021

 

Sunday 28 November 2021, Day 59 of Level 1, 1st Advent 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a cool day initially after rain overnight, becoming misty and then clearing up, becoming humid; for catching up on sleep, on writing blogposts for next week, and on walking outside, having been below my step quota in the past two days 😱; for trying out the new The Pottery which opened in Camps Bay this week, opposite the Pick n Pay and Woolies parking area, next to Dizzy’s; for bumping into two German tourists, on honeymoon and not very happy after their first week in Cape Town, she having been ill, and complaining about the overflowing litter bins and ‘rich’ Camps Bay not matching Ibiza Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 57 of Level 1, 26 November 2021

 

Friday 26 November 2021, Day 57 of Level 1, #BlackFriday 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day of extreme contrasts, waking up to the dreadful news of the UK putting us back on the Red List, with the rest of the world (or so it seems) banning flights from our country, the UK, Germany, and the USA bans hitting our tourism industry particularly hard, my clients and tourism players devastated today, but we’ve been through tough times before and we will survive; for a wonderful 7 hour continuous sleep, and then firing away with the work which needed to be done this morning; for the rain holding off when I was in town to attend a Brand talk hosted by Tania Olivier, meeting such lovely marketing girls sitting next to me, exchanging restaurant news, especially about Continue reading →

Black Friday for SA tourism industry as UK puts SA back onto Red List, followed by European Union!

 

The UK has reacted swiftly t0 the news of the discovery of a new Covid variant in our country earlier this week, and has banned all flights from South Africa, as well as those of its neighbours Botswana, Namibia, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, and Eswatini (the former Swaziland) reports The Guardian.  The ban starts at midday today!

Israel has announced that it too is banning flights from our region. Continue reading →