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Eat Out announces its 2022 judging panel, makes more changes to Awards!


In a major change, Eat Out 2022 Head Judge Abigail Donnelly has announced her four fellow judges on the panel evaluating our country’s Top restaurants for the November 2022 Eat Out Awards.

The Eat Out Awards will be hosted for the first time in two years. No date or venue details are available to date.

Another new introduction is that the top restaurants will be rated and no longer ranked! The industry’s ‘unsung heroes’ will be recognised  too.

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Matt’s Homespun opens second restaurant, at The Andros Boutique Hotel in Claremont


I have the highest regard for Chef Matt Schreuder of Homespun in Blouberg, for the creativity of his world class Secret Supper Club in particular, and his Tasting Menus which are of a Top 10 Restaurant standard.

Ahead of the official opening on Friday 18 June, I was invited to a ‘friends and family’ preview of Chef Matt’s new Homespun at The Andros 5 star Boutique Hotel in Claremont on Saturday evening. It was my first visit to the Hotel.  The Hotel has an old-world charm and dates back to 1908. It was designed by renowned Sir Herbert Baker.  It has 15 rooms. Parking is available on the propperty. It has a delightful Champagne Bar. Continue reading →

Breaking Restaurant News: Homespun at The Andros opens 18 June, second restaurant of Chef Matt!


On Tuesday I heard about Chef Matt Schreuder opening his second restaurant, at the luxury The Andros Boutique Hotel.  When I ate at Homespun by Matt in Blouberg one and a half years ago, I predicted that this restaurant was destined for great things, it being one of my best fine-dining eating experiences in our country. Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 62 of Level 3 Adjusted, 25 February 2021


Thursday 25 February 2021, Day 62 of Level 3 Adjusted, Day 337 of Lockdown 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for a lovely day, super organized, and goals achieved; for sleeping well, having Minsky in the house last night; for a victory with the apartment Trustees today; for a walk to Clifton and back, earning 300 Discovery points, struggling to walk back against the strong wind; for picking up my poppy seed rolls at Dinkel Bakery; for a quick German Deli shop at Hartlief, and at Woolies, using my Discovery voucher and grateful for a number of surprise Woolies discounts; for a very good Status meeting with my client, ordering ice cream, having a craving; for another ice cream at Häagen-Dazs on Kloof Street, topped with Smarties; for a most wonderful evening again at ëlgr Restaurant, with Barbara Lenhard and Florian Gast; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →