Tag Archives: Johannesburg

South African Restaurants make the World Culinary Awards shortlist, including Utopia Cape Town!

 

For the second year running the World Culinary Awards are being held, celebrating and rewarding excellence. It is a sister event of World Travel Awards.

The 2021 finalists of the World’s Culinary Awards for the African and all other Continents have been announced, an award program which has stretched over the year, culminating in the announcement of the winners on 7 November.

Some of South Africa’s Best restaurants have been nominated, competing against the top Restaurants in Africa. These include Utopia Cape Town,  Wolfgat in Paternoster, Chefs Warehouse at Tintswalo Atlantic, Himitsu at Camps Bay Retreat, and Life Grand Café, all from the Western Cape. Continue reading →

The Test Kitchen to close down end September, Third Top 10 Restaurant to close down in 18 months!

 

What a shock announcement it was today: The Test Kitchen, South Africa’s best known restaurant internationally, having climbed up (and down) the World’s 50 Best Restaurants ladder over the past 11 years, and having worn the Best South African Restaurant crown for six years running, until 2017, is to close down at the end of September. This was announced in Cape Town today.

Top Ten restaurants which have also closed down since the beginning of Lockdown are Mosaic at The Orient and Waterkloof.  Ironically both Mosaic and The Test Kitchen announced in 2019 that they would no longer accept nominations for The Eat Out Awards, the 2019 awards being the last to have taken place, due to the Covid pandemic and impact thereof on the restaurant industry since the Lockdown commenced on 27 March 2020.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 17 of Level 4, 14 July 2021

 

Wednesday 14 July 2021, Day 17 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny day, but still chilly at 14C; for surviving on little sleep, with the Nigerian and friends partying from 1h30 until 5h00 this morning in Sacha Jack’s EbbTide Apartment 201 ; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, winning another Woolies voucher from points left over plus the new ones gained today; for walks to Camps Bay and then to Bakoven; for being able to share a not-good situation from yesterday with a wonderful client, a very good listener; for being safe in Cape Town; and for being healthy and free. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Lindt adds a colourful touch to its Hello South Africa chocolate slab range packaging!

 

Lindt has announced the launch of new Hello South Africa packaging for its Hello Chocolate Slab range, with colourful packaging and interesting ingredient combinations for its three products honouring our three biggest cities. The Hello range was launched in 2020, but its packaging design is new.

Cape Town is honoured with a visual of Table Mountain, Devil’s Peak, Lions Headcand Signal Hill, and is a Caramel Brownie Chocolate. Johannesburg’s Jozi Chocolate wrapper depicts the colourful Orlando Power Station in Soweto , and is a Cookies & Cream slab.  The Durban Durbz slab is a Crunchy Nougat slab, and its wrapper depicts the Moses Mabhida Stadium.

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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 6 of Level 4, 3 July 2021

 

Saturday 3 July 2021, Day 6 of Level 4 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day, relaxed, the sun being back, but with sudden showers in-between, with close to 8 hours continuous sleep, all making me feel on top of the world again, and just wanting to dance 💃; for spending almost all day writing the copy for the Zest website, now done and dusted; for a Vit D dose on the terrace with the cats, loving it; for a exerting walk in the sun, up the Houghton Steps and down my secret Bakoven lanes, when a sudden shower came from nowhere, getting Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 40 of Level 1, 9 April 2021

 

Friday 9 April 2021, Day 40 of Level 1 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for yet another beautiful day, at 23C, with no wind; for a busy writing day, feeling cross-eyed at the end of the afternoon; for two meetings cancelled, giving me more time and space to finish my work ahead of the weekend; for enjoying setting up my new iPad, luckily having all my passwords on hand; for a short snooze this afternoon; for a lovely peaceful walk with Vivian Warby, sitting at the Tidal Pool, so grateful for the sunset and catching up on each other’s day; for a walk to Bakoven after Viv left; for a very successful Blog week, with very good readership of my posts, especially the one of yesterday about KLEIN JAN having opened in the Kalahari; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

British & Irish Lions Rugby Tour to South Africa to go ahead in July 2021!

 

 

 

While the news yesterday that the British & Irish Lions’ Series Rugby Tour of South Africa will go ahead in July, despite the Corona Virus Pandemic, is good for our country, it will be unlikely to benefit the Tourism industry. Coverage by sports journalists will however enhance awareness of the major South African cities in which the matches will be played. 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 →

President Ramaphosa announces alcohol sales permitted, Curfew starting later, and restaurants to be open until 22h00.

 

In an eagerly awaited speech by President Ramaphosa tonight, the country was delighted to hear that every resident in our country will be vaccinated, whether citizens or not. No one will be forced to be vaccinated.

Furthermore, alcohol may be sold again subject to certain conditions, beaches are opened, and the start to the Curfew will be from 23h00. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 51 of Level 1, 10 November 2020.

 

Tuesday 10 November 2020, Day 51 of Level 1, Day 229 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a sunny warmer day, with a mild South Easter this afternoon; for a busy writing day; for a tea meeting at Firefly Café with Ryan Rudy, who heads up the Camps Bay Community Security Initiative; for a meeting with Chris Willemse, Chairman of the Camps Bay and Clifton Ratepayers Association, and Alma Horn, at their home, to be briefed on my Marketing role as a new member of the Management Committee; for harvesting three huge beetroot from the veg garden today; for posting my second SwitchBitch book to Marianne Busche in Johannesburg, so easy via Aramex courier at Pick n Pay; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →