Tag Archives: The Castle

Cape Town comes to Munich: celebrating a birthday and Chefs Who Share chef reunion at restaurant Marais Soir!

imageI have enjoyed such an active program in Munich, with dinners at Cocoon with the Obholzers of Simelia Wines and Innerhofers of Capelands on Monday night, and the celebration of the birthday of Opulent Living’s Florian Gast at Marais Soir in Munich on Tuesday evening! It turned out to also be a surprise reunion of four of the seven international chefs who cooked at Chefs who Share 2014, the chefs coming from all parts of Germany and Austria to celebrate Continue reading →

Kamers fills rooms with decor, food, music, and presents! Cape Town City Hall 7 – 10 May.

Kamers herfs-2015-flyer-vir-blogOver the years Kamers (vol Geskenke in the past) has established itself as a national pop-up treasure trove of handcrafted creativity, celebrating its 13th Kamers in Cape Town and Johannesburg.

Organised in Cape Town in partnership with the Cape Craft & Design Initiative (CCDI), Kamers opens in the City Hall on Thursday, and runs until Sunday.  Last year the four Kamers shows jointly attracted 58000 visitors, and showcased about 250 invited exhibitors.  The organisers continuously look for new design talent, and display this in  a pop-up venue, often changing.  Last year I was impressed with the use of The Castle as the pop-up venue.  It is only the second year that Kamers is on show in Cape Town.

Some of the more than 100 Cape Town exhibitors include M Patisserie from Continue reading →

French Champagne from Reciprocal Wines paired with Oyster King at I ♥ my Laundry!

Reciprocal Laundry Louis Roderer Whale Cottage Portfolio my Laundry hosted a tasting of French Champagnes led by Reciprocal Wines’ Tarryn Thomas, with oysters from Oyster King, at its Buitengracht Street branch with a number of bloggers last week.

We first met Tarryn at I my Laundry a year ago, when she did a fascinating tasting with The Winery of Good Hope wines and the effect of tasting them in Riedel Glassware on the enjoyment in wines compared to drinking the wine from ‘ordinary’ domestic glasses.

Riedel is one of the brands represented by Reciprocal Wines in South Africa, as is Miele temperature controlled wine storage units, but its major focus is imported wines, and 52 Champagnes specifically.  Tarryn told us that the company wasReciprocal Tarryn Thomas created in 1969, importing ‘gems and everyday drinking wines of family-owned businesses‘, which are accessible and not too expensive.

Tarryn poured Champagne Gardet Brut Premier Cru NV, made with 60% Chardonnay and 40% Pinot Noir.  This was followed by Champagne Jacquinot Private Cuvée Brut, with 70% Chardonnay and 30% Pinot Noir, which comes from Épernay. The highlight was the Louis Roederer Brut and Brut Rosé.  The champagne producer also makes Cristal, but only in excellent years. Continue reading →