News 24 published an article this weekend about the plight of businesses in Franschhoek. It paints a horrific picture of the once famous Gourmet Town, known for its top Restaurants and boutique wineries, to what one business owner speculated could become a ‘Ghost Town’ if tourists do not return to it soon.
Franschhoek, like many other towns and cities in our country, has been hard hit by the Corona Virus pandemic, the South African one-year anniversary of its Lockdown to be ‘celebrated’ later this week. The new South African Virus mutation has made our country very unattractive to visit by international tourists, which probably are the type of tourists South African tourism businesses would love to see return. Continue reading →
I looooove ‘Das Traumschiff’, a German TV series that has been broadcast regularly in the past 20 years or so, so I was doubly excited when our city ‘Kapstadt’ was the focus of the Boxing Day 2020 edition of this series.
The edition could not have come at a better time, when our city’s Tourism industry is sorely missing its German tourists, and the Germans are missing not being able to travel to our city. But a subplot of the Cape Town edition has some political sensitivities, not good for our country’s image and tourism future. Continue reading →
Utopia Restaurant has launched its first ever Tasting Menu, offering five beautiful courses on Monday to Thursday evenings, at an amazingly low cost of R195, the lowest in Cape Town for a Tasting Menu. It has also introduced a Family-friendly Special Sunday Lunch Menu, accompanied by live entertainment. It has introduced new dishes to its À la carte menu.
Utopia towers above all other restaurants in Cape Town in being the highest, located on the 15th floor of the Mirage building in De Waterkant, offering magnificent 360 degree views of Cape Town. Continue reading →
In my mind the Silo Hotel in the Waterfront was Cape Town highest restaurant and bar, although more bar on the 11th floor and restaurant on the 6th floor. A year ago that record was broken by Utopia when it opened as an Upmarket Bistro, in the Mirage building in De Waterkant, on the 15th floor, offering dining with a 360 degree view of the Mother City.
I was invited to try the 120-seater restaurant, which is a member of my Lockdown Sit-Down, Deliveries and Collection Facebook Group, for Lunch on Saturday, experiencing its Elevated Dining Restaurant and Bar.
Monday 17 August 2020, Day 78 and the last day of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4, a total of 144 days of Lockdown 😱😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for the rain which fell today, and is promising more tonight and tomorrow morning, but it is cooooold, the first day that I am really freezing; for receiving the results of a Survey conducted amongst Tourism and Hospitality businesses last month from Marius Blanc, which I turned into a Blogpost; for a quick walk to a section of Camps Bay, meeting the Detective about the threat from Michael the Homeless person, but the detective had no file and knew nothing about the case 😱, and for popping in at the lovely Law Enforcement Officer Ivor Ramsay, chatting in his nice and warm office; for getting back home just before the rain came pelting down; for the good news that my Tourist Guiding badge is done and ready for collection, which dear classmate Martin Koch has offered to collect for both of us; for causing a bit of a stir when I picked up that the newly gazetted Level 2 regulations do not contain any reference to Tobacco products, seeing them before they were presented by Mrs Zol Zuma, who only mentioned the uplifting of the ban verbally; for snow/sleet allegedly falling higher up in Camps Bay and on Table Mountain; for staying home this afternoon and doing some admiin work; for planning my week ahead, and visits coming up, given that they are legal from tomorrow 🙏; for my warm bed waiting for me, with a warming cup of tea and Jammies whiskey, it is that cold at 13C; for dancing to Kfm for a large part of the afternoon to get to my step goal; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
Sunday 16 August 2020, Day 77 of Level 3, after 66 days of Levels 5 and 4 😷
Corona Gratitude 🙏
#Grateful for my warm bed on this very cold evening, and having my cat kids on the bed with me; for the sunshine day, making the 13C day feel warm in the sun when I went for a combined walk in Bakoven and Camps Bay, saying hi to the Bootlegger manager, with a catch up chat; for a day of laughter and eating with Jennifer Morris and her David, at Peppertree Café this morning and at Mozambik this evening; for such beautiful quietness in my building 🙏; for being calm and relaxed; and for being happy and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →
South Africans are still reeling after hearing the speech broadcast by President Cyril Ramaphosa yesterday evening in how the government is implementing measures from today onwards in combatting and containing the Corona Virus in our country, with drastic consequences for every one of us, including every business. News of the first event cancellations and temporary restaurant closures is being announced already. Continue reading →
In celebration of the 15th anniversary of StreetSmart, an organisation that raises funds for the upliftment of street children, it is going up Table Mountain on 27 February 2020 to host a High Tea, the highest High Tea served in Cape Town on that day! Continue reading →
In an interesting move not seen before, La Colombe announced that its Restaurant Manager Jennifer Hugé would be leaving, after 14 years, to join a new city centre restaurant, but without providing details. Yesterday, the details were revealed, Hugé joining forces with Chef Ashley Moss in Chef Peter Tempelhoff’s new FYN Restaurant. The La Colombe restaurant group has no link to the new restaurant.
It was at a chance meeting with Jamie Friedberg at sans in Sea Point a week ago, that she told me about their new restaurant, that led me to Between Us on Bree Street on Friday. It serves the best scrambled eggs I have ever tasted, has a quirky interior, and a beautiful setting, looking onto Table Mountain from its deck. The restaurant opened three months ago. Continue reading →