Tag Archives: Amarula

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Christmas Day, 25 December 2021

 

Saturday 25 December 2021, Christmas Day 🎄⭐️, Day 86 of Level 1 😷

Corona Lockdown Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely Christmas Day, after a quiet Christmas Eve at home last night; for posting Christmas messages for each of my clients; for sharing the Christmas joy with the diners at Utopia, taking photographs of the full house today, with a lovely special Christmas Menu served, and for being invited to share the table with Maki Chase, her husband Steve Chase and Maki’s children, so kind and generous, served an egg nog (made with Amarula, rum, and Crème anglaise…. Mmmmmm) which the guests had received as a welcome drink, and for being able to buy a main course portion Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Gåte at Quoin Rock refreshes 16 course Tasting Menu four months after opening!

I had the luck to have enjoyed a 16 course Tasting Menu dinner soon after the opening of Gåte Restaurant at Quoin Rock outside Stellenbosch, in November. I was blown away by the creativity of the dining experience, and its experiential nature, with Molecular Gastronomy, something I had not experienced at this international level in my dining experiences locally and internationally. On Tuesday a week ago I returned to Gåte, to try the new dishes on the Tasting Menu, as well as those that have changed in the past three months, while my friend from Paris ate the Tasting Menu for the first time, at her invitation.  Continue reading →

JAN the JOURNAL Volume 1 2018: Honours life of food, dedicated to Apricale; too commercial?

Whilst I wrote SwitchBitch 2 in Apricale in Italy last year, I saw JAN the JOURNAL Volume 1 lying in the Apricus Locanda B & B in Italy. I was intrigued by its look and feel, and content, knowing Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, Chef and co-owner of the one star Michelin restaurant JAN in Nice to be highly creative and meticulous in everything that he does.  Continue reading →

South African focus continues to grow at JAN Restaurant in Nice, soon to be joined by MARIA!

A three-week writing focus at Apricale in Italy saw me complete the writing of a book within the time period I had allocated to this first-ever writing challenge. As the catalyst for The Book was Chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen, in that I met a special man at his book launch in March last year, and that The Book tells the story of the transformational effect of the meeting, there was no better restaurant to eat at on Saturday, to celebrate the completion of The Book, than at JAN Restaurant in Nice! It felt like Christmas, it being exciting to experience JAN Restaurant again, my third visit in two years!  Continue reading →