Tag Archives: Hazendal

Top 10 Women Chefs in Cape Town and the Winelands: 2022


For the third year running we are acknowledging female chefs heading up restaurant kitchens in Cape Town and the Winelands.

Started during Lockdown in 2020, as a celebration of Women’s Day, the Top 10 Women Chefs List highlights how few top restaurants have female chefs in their kitchens in general, and even fewer have women chefs heading up the restaurant kitchens.

We are grateful to Brenda Wilkinson of RIO LARGO Olive Estate for sponsoring a gift of its beautiful colourful Extra Virgin Olive Oil packs to our Top 10 Women Chefs. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 39 of Level 3, 3 September 2021.


Friday 3 September 2021, Day 39 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another fabulous day, especially in having a wonderful undisturbed night using my secret anti-noise weapon 😻😂; for wonderful rain this morning and afternoon; for a very hard-working day, feeling squint now, getting up at 6h00 to not miss out on the Kfm Best of the Cape Awards; for my blood sugar level being down to 4,3 ❤️; for a walk to Woolies, shopping far more than I had planned, and met a lovely German lady there, she approaching me and saying that she had seen me walking past her apartment on Victoria Road, Continue reading →

Sweet Service Award goes to Hazendal; Sour Service Award goes to EbbTide Apartments!


The Sweet Service Award goes to Hazendal, and its Guest Relations Manager Willem van der Merwe, for showing Gary Peterson and I around the wine estate for 45 minutes, the time it took the kitchen to prepare a Russian Tea Ceremony for us at short notice. Willem is a mine of information about the 300 year plus history of Hazendal. He found us in the restaurant, and offered to show us around, without us asking for it.  He is a fantastic ambassador for Hazendal. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 33 of Level 3, 28 August 2021


Saturday 28 August 2021, Day 34 of level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a slightly warmer day today, at 14C; for a working day, only breaking it with a walk to Pick n Pay, where I met our new Store Manager, the Italian Domenico, which can only be good news given the poor service we have had to endure for ages; for a company contracted by the City of Cape Town trimming all the palm trees along Victoria Road, until late afternoon, and even removing the palm fronds 👏👏👏; for a Bakoven walk tagged on, to increase my step number before I dance the balance to Kfm’s Blokparty; for Zest receiving two reviews on the Cape Town Restaurants: the Good, Continue reading →