Tag Archives: Cape Town

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, 23 February 2021

 

Tuesday 23 February 2021, Day 60 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 335 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely 22C day, with dark clouds when I went for a walk, as if rain was on its way, but they have almost blown away now; for a wow 500 Discovery points, not sure how that happened, as it’s the same distance to Clifton and back, but I’m not complaining, as it was a good walk; for a good writing morning, also writing for tomorrow already; for a terrace sun snooze; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 58 of Level 3 Adjusted, 21 February 2021.

Sunday 21 February 2021, Day 58 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 333 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for lovely rain overnight and this morning; for an energetic walk and litter pick up this morning with Imtiaz, challenged by 200 steps between Victoria Road and Kloof Road with lots of litter, making up my steps goal for the day; for a fabulous sleep this afternoon; for Minsky coming home early this morning, after having galavanted somewhere in the night, so scared that something had happened to her; for a clean up at the Tidal Pool late this afternoon, Bakoven brothers Marc and Finn joining us too; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 57 of Level 3 Adjusted, 20 February 2021.

 


Saturday 20 February 2021, Day 57 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 332 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely relaxed day; for finding Version 3 of the Jacques Pauwgate story on Daily Maverick this morning , and having to post it, the Waterfront restaurant now named; for a litter clean up with Imtiaz, from Bakoven through the lanes and steps to Camps Bay Drive this morning, and cleaning at the Tidal Pool this afternoon again; for collecting my free copy of Daily Maverick 168 at Pick n Pay; for a Skype meeting with the Canadian Tour Guiding Tour Operator and fellow Committee members from around the world, making me grateful for the amount of Lockdown freedom we have in our country compared to many other countries; for Jenny Stephens joining me for dinner at Anatoli Turkish Restaurant, a fun evening with lots of good food; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 55 of Level 3 Adjusted, 18 February 2021.

 

Thursday 18 February 2021, Day 54 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 330 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very good food day; for getting my writing done before 10h00, attending a meeting with Councillor Nicola Jowell, Imtiaz, and Xolani Ngqakayi , City of Cape Town Head of Cleansing for an area which includes Camps Bay, long overdue; for a croissant treat at Firefly Café, and doing one Camps Bay walk; for my Mohnbrötchen waiting for me at Dinkel Bakery; for a very good Status meeting with my client, it feeling like ages since we had last seen each other, but it was just four days; for an amazing new food discovery, Parliament Street becoming a new food lane 💙; for another Camps Bay walk; and for being happy and healthy 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 53 of Level 3 Adjusted, 17 February 2021

 

Wednesday 17 February 2021, Day 53 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 329 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a very relaxed day, spending it at home in the morning, Mr Grey keeping me company while I wrote in bed, he stretched out between the folds of the duvet, loving it; for being very happy to have Restaurant number 2 come on board, on the basis of the work I have done for Utopia in the past close to 4 months, having a very productive first meeting 🙏 ; for a shop at The Olive Branch Deli and Woolies at Lifestyle on Kloof; for a walk to Clifton and back, not initially thinking that I would have the energy to walk the full stretch, but the more I walked the more energy I had, gaining 300 Discovery points; for two Discovery Gameboard plays today, just 5 points short of my next voucher; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 52 of Level 3 Adjusted, 16 February 2021

 

Tuesday 16 February 2021, Day 52 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 347 of Lockdown.😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for an energetic day in walking with Imtiaz up to The Roundhouse, the oldest building in Camps Bay, to clean up litter near the Camps Bay High School, loving its views from there, and a good heart exertion, earning 300 Discovery points; for a fabulous 8 hours of sleep; for finishing my writing in time for the walk; for a treat fruit salad and basil sorbet at The 41 for that exertion; for writing a second story this afternoon when the Jacques Pauw story broke about his 360 degree turnaround; for a relaxed afternoon; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Journalist and Restaurateur Jacques Pauw apologises for his Daily Maverick article about wrongful arrest after Waterfront meal!

 

Investigative journalist Jacques Pauw had the Cape Town restaurant industry abuzz about an opinion piece he wrote in Daily Maverick last week about his arrest by the police in the Waterfront in 6 February 2021,  after his credit card payment for the balance of his R1600 restaurant Hill was declined. The article was shared in the Cape Town Restaurants: The Good, Bad, and Nastyyyy Facebook Group, and attracted more than 400 comments, almost all expressing outrage.  I and others called for the restaurant and its manager to be named and shamed!  Restaurant lovers were speculating as to which restaurant it could have been.

Today Pauw Tweeted a correction and apology to everyone involved, blaming himself for the events.

Pauw’s 360 degree turnaround story of the events sounds suspicious, as if he struck a deal with the Waterfront and the police. As a minimum his reputation as a journalist is severely affected.  Continue reading →

Restaurant Review: Noah Café a secret hideaway, unique in its Tamboerskloof Sourdough bread based menu!

 

It was a chance photograph of the entrance to Noah Café that attracted my attention to this secret hideaway in Tamboerskloof, not even seeing a menu or any other details upfront. I decided to book, and invited my friend Gary Peterson to join me.  I felt transported to a Mediterranean desert island, captivated by its uniqueness.

Located in the 10 bedroom Noah House and now run by new Dutch owners in the former Underberg Guest House, Noah Café pays tribute to a homegrown sourdough bread baked in Tamboerskloof by Ailine Liefeld of A Sour Story! Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 51 of Level 3 Adjusted, 15 February 2021

 

Monday 15 February 2021, Day 51 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 346 of Lockdown. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely day, at 22 C, the wind blowing since this afternoon; for reaching a compromise solution in my second challenge carried over from yesterday; for a walk to Clifton and back, earning 300 Discovery points; for a good Zoom meeting for our Camps Bay Ratepayers Committee meeting, especially happy that the Camps Bay Tidal Pool is one of three to receive a decorative upgrade to educate Pool users about fish and sea life, a request which I had made to Councillor Nicola Jowell soon after we met about one and a half years ago, I wanting a no-litter message included 🙏; for replying to a message from a bully I had received quite some time ago, proud of standing up to him 😡; for being very happy to receive a meeting request later this week 💙; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Dineplan reveals devastating effect of Level 3 Adjusted Lockdown on Restaurant industry!

 

An analysis of the bookings in the restaurant client base of Dineplan, a restaurant reservation system used by about 1500 restaurants in the country, reveals that the introduction of Level 3 Adjusted Lockdown regulations in late December 2020 affected the restaurant industry dramatically.

Not only could the restaurant industry no longer sell alcohol, and the Curfew reducing the operating hours of restaurants, but the number of diners dropped dramatically too. This led to a number of restaurants having to close its doors, either temporarily or permanently.  Continue reading →