Tag Archives: Wine

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 →

Restaurant Review: There are no quinces on the menu at Quince Restaurant, poor Covid compliance!


Three weeks ago two friends living in the Southern Suburbs and I met for lunch at Quince Restaurant in Diep River, having seen its lovely photographs posted in my Lockdown Restaurant Facebook Group. Needing a change of scenery from the Atlantic Seaboard, I chose to drive to the Southern Suburbs, popping in at a number of places, and had lunch at Quince Restaurant, arriving with high expectations. Sadly these were not met. Continue reading →

Gratitude for 123 days (4 months) of Corona Virus Lockdown, a new way of living and being!


Today 4 months ago, on 27 March, we started a new way of living, in Corona Lockdown. As I wrote a post of Gratitude on Facebook this morning, I realised how significant my Gratitude List is to me, and how I value how I have grown in this short period of time, and therefore I want to document it on my Blog too.

Ultimately, special friendships are highest up on this list. So too is realising how unimportant material possessions are, and that it is the simple things in life that count. Very special is adopting my Minsky cat, a win-win for both of us, and creating a vegetable garden using our own compost. I’m grateful that I could qualify and be registered as a Tourist Guide in this time. And that I have never been lonely with the company of Facebook, my playlist, Kfm, and my German TV stations ZDF and ARD.

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Corona Virus : Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 29 of Level 4, 29 May 2020.


Friday 29 May 2020, Day 29 of Level 4, after 35 days of Level 5. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#Grateful for more rain overnight and this morning, unbelievable how much has fallen this week, and lucky once again that by 7h30 it had stopped, just in time for Exercise; for very few garbage bags on my walk, only some in Clifton; for very few Exercisers today, probably what it will be like from Monday as it is spread out more; for the amazing proactive offer from local resident Margit Roberts to donate to Camps Bay Clean 👏, when we saw each other on our walk this morning; for having the company of Minsky, who has settled in nicely after a week 🐱; for some sun therapy on the terrace this afternoon, making me feel much better; for a less busy day; for dancing to Kfm 💃; and for being fit and healthy. 🙏💙 Continue reading →

Corona Virus: President Ramaphosa announces ‘phased-in’ unlocking of Lockdown, commencing with Level 4 on 1 May 2020!


In a more upbeat speech this evening, compared to the heavy technical-financial one two days ago, President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a first loosening of the Lockdown from the current Level 5 to Level 4, commencing on 1 May 2020, five weeks after the start of the South African COVID-19 Lockdown. Despite the businesses to be opened in May have not yet being announced, a number of regulations will guide the life of South African residents and businesses as of the beginning of next month.

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Salon58 by Jackie Burger and Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen indulgent, entertaining, and theatrical, with good food and MCC!

It is almost impossible to summarize the goosebump specialness of being in the company of two creative geniuses on Saturday afternoon, at Salon58 No 11, with the theme of ‘Trace’ – style and fashion icon Jackie Burger and Michelin-star chef Jan-Hendrik van der Westhuizen.  Continue reading →

Food and Wine Tourism new tourism marketing focus for Western Cape!

imageWesgro has announced that it is focusing on Wine and Food Tourism as ‘strategic priority’ in its 2015 – 2019 implementation plan Judy Lain, Wesgro Chief Marketing Officer, has announced. Globally Food Tourism generates $150 billion estimates the World Food Travel Association. As many as 88% of destinations in the world see Food Tourism as an important differentiating factor in defining the image of brands and destinations, and assists in fighting Seasonality and in creating jobs.

At the recent General Assembly of the United Nations World Tourism Organisation it was Continue reading →

Bistro Sixteen82 refreshed for summer: new decor, new menu!

1682 interiorTo tie in with its classy decor upgrade, which more strongly links Bistro Sixteen82 with its home on the Steenberg wine estate, a new menu has been launched for the ‘transitional’ Spring season.

The interior makeover has resulted in new comfortable seating, with stylish new fittings, and with colour bursts. One can now see into the cellar, having become the focal point of the restaurant, and an area closest to this new feature will be used for larger groups and Continue reading →

WhaleTales Tourism, Food, and Wine news headlines: 21 September

imageTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*.   South African exports into Africa are growing, says Wines of South Africa (WOSA) Africa head Matome Mbatha. Angola is taking 6 million liters of wine, of which more than 80% is sparkling wines, and predominantly JC le Roux, a brand they are ‘crazy about‘, Mbatha says. The 4,5 million liters of Nigeria’s imports from our country are mainly Pinotage and Merlot.

*   Chef Luke Dale-Roberts is to open a pop-up The Test Kitchen restaurant at Continue reading →