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Corona Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 185 of Level 1, 3 April 2022

 

Sunday 3 April 2022, Day 185 of Level 1 ūüė∑

Corona Lockdown Gratitude ūüôŹ

#grateful for a lovely sunny day and NO wind ūüôŹ, the wind having blown over two metal plant pots with my bougainvilleas overnight, not happened in 4 years of living here; for a relaxed day; for the company of Earl Grey when I‚Äôm at home, having taken over the spare room as his bedroom; for replying to my clients‚Äô diner reviews; for seeing Viv again, fetching her and taking her to Labotessa for an afternoon treat, enjoying their all-day breakfast; for each of us shopping at Fideli‚Äôs across the Continue reading →

New Restaurant openings in Cape Town and Winelands continue!

Tiger's Milk Main Table and lights Whale CottageEven though we are halfway through the summer season,  new restaurants continue to open, and more are planned before summer ends.  This list of restaurant openings and closings and restaurant staff movements is updated continuously, as we receive new information:

Restaurant Openings

* ¬†¬†¬†Michael Townsend¬†(who owns the Harbour House emporium, with¬†La Parada, Lucky Fish, and Harbour House restaurants) has¬†opened¬†Tiger’s Milk¬†in Muizenberg (photograph). ¬†The Lucky Fish on Long Street will be transformed into Tiger’s Milk.

*    Kokkedoor judge and Chef Nic van Wyk and Roxy Laker have opened bistro 13 at Stellenbosch Vineyards (Welmoed)

*   Idiom Wines is said to be opening a restaurant.

* ¬†¬†The Butcher Shop & Grill¬†has opened next to Sotano in Mouille Point. Continue reading →

New restaurant openings awaited in Cape Town & Winelands!

Bistro 13 Interior plus serving hatch Whale CottageAn unusually high number of new restaurants has opened or will do so in the next month or two.  There have never been so many chefs leaving their employers to start their own restaurants, or to join other employers!  This list of restaurant openings and closings and restaurant staff movements is updated continuously, as we receive new information:

Restaurant Openings

*    Kokkedoor judge and Chef Nic van Wyk and Roxy Laker have opened bistro 13 at Stellenbosch Vineyards (Welmoed) (photograph)

*   Idiom Wines is said to be opening a restaurant.

*   The Butcher Shop & Grill has opened next to Sotano in Mouille Point.

* ¬†¬†Michael Townsend¬†(who own the La Parada, Lucky Fish, Harbour House emporium) has¬†opened Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg, the venue having previously been earmarked for a steakhouse.

* ¬† Neil Grant and his business partner Barry Engelbrecht (of Burrata) have opened new restaurant¬†Bocca¬†on the corner of Bree Continue reading →

Neighbourhood treasure The Blue Café opens in Tamboerskloof, as Deli and General Dealer!

The Blue Cafe Exterior Whale CottageThe Blue Café opened in Tamboerskloof on Saturday, after a few months of renovation, having operated as The Daily Deli for 18 years.  The small building with attitude has a heritage dating back to 1904, and is set to become the new secret food treasure in the hood of Tamboerskloof.  Pricing is very reasonable.

I drove past yesterday afternoon, having seen a Tweet referring to its opening, and met the charming Murray von Hirschberg, co-owner with his wife Jeanne, with input from her mother Lynda Loubser. ¬†Jeanne started working at Melissa’s Kloof Street as a teenager, first as waitress during weekends and school holidays, and then joined them full-time doing product development, having worked there for 13 years, The BLue Cafe Murray and Jeanne 2 Whale Cottageand giving up a dream to study medicine. ¬†She told me that she loved working for Melissa van Hoogstraten. ¬†It is Jeanne’s distinctive handwriting that was used for all price labels at Melissa’s for all the years that she worked for them. Murray told me proudly that Jeanne was accepted to do an MBA at UCT without a base degree, that she received a scholarship to study Organisation Development at Cornell University in the USA, and will start working on her PhD shortly. ¬† Murray was an investment banker in New York, owns¬†a massage company Enmasse, and has launched a unique Enmasse rooibos tea blend, telling Continue reading →