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Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 9 of Level 2, 21 September 2021

 

Tuesday 21 September 2021, Day 9 of Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a busy day, with an early start, having to be at Zest at 9h00 for a breakfast of newkings boutique hotel and Piazza da Luz staff, as a thank you gesture from owner Romao da Luz; for a chat and catch up with Michael MacKenzie who was also breakfasting at Zest, staying in the newkings hotel; for seeing Lynn Matthias, Therese Kallie and Renate Flint, who were attending a birthday lunch of 20 persons at Zest, a number of them being members of the International Women’s Club; for a quick shop at Woolies, and for being able to use the new Woolies NOW NOW Wifi when I Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 7 of Level 2, 19 September 2021

 

Sunday 19 September 2021, Day 7 of Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a cool day in more ways than one, only 16C but the promised rain never arrived, but it is forecast for tomorrow; for a day of food and connection, having breakfast with Mullerie Taljaard at Labotessa Café, catching up, receiving good advice, and being spoilt rotten with more Diptyque shampoo, soap and conditioner, gifted to each of us by owner Johan du Plessis ❤️; for a quick vegetable shop at Fideli’s; for lunch with Jenny Stephens at Zest, having the Spring Menu of 5 courses at R198, a catch up after three months of not seeing each other, also meeting diners who Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 3 of Level 2, 15 September 2021

 

Wednesday 15 September 2021, Day 3 of Level 2 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another lovely day, a catch up work day and ending on a social note; for two Discovery Gameboard plays; for a catch up call from Barbara Lenhard, in Cape Town for a short visit; for a walk to Woolies in Camps Bay; for a wonderful dinner at the home of Nicholas Fjord, living next door to Gary Peterson, meeting each other via Facebook initially, and for the first time this evening, in addition to Helen Hicks, Nicholas’ sister and also living in Camps Bay, and Renate Flint, who knows Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 47 of Level 3, 11 September 2021

 

Saturday 11 September 2021, Day 47 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a lovely day, spending most of it working, making bookings for my clients’ guests, changing bookings, replying to client reviews, posting in their Social Media channels, and photographing the Reddam Atlantic Seaboard Matric Dinner Dance at Utopia Cape Town, a non-alcoholic and non-partner one; for a walk to Woolworths to get a few things for my lovely picnic Abendbrot dinner with Gary Peterson, catching up on his exciting life and finishing his bottle of whiskey which had my name on it; for lovely rain which has started falling now; for dancing my last steps to Kfm’s Blokparty; and for being happy, healthy and free. 🙏💙

I was not allowed to photograph the Reddam learners.

I have an exciting feeling about tourism starting to pick up, seeing all sorts of signs today, including hearing Germans in Woolies, not having heard it spoken in quite a while.

I’m so proud of my clients’ restaurants having done so well today. 👏

News from Havana is not good, the locals really struggling. Like us they have had hardly any tourists. The cost of getting to the USA is $5000, money the locals just dont have. 🥲😱

I woke up to a party in our building at 7h00 this morning, and am going to bed with another, both in the Ebbtide apartment 101 of Rhode Snyman, Nigerian tenant and buddies completely drunk and abusive. Police and the Camps Bay CSI have just left, with a warning.😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡😡

SA Corona Status: 2 854 234 cases 84751 deaths 14 670 161 vaccinations

FitBit 7500 steps 5 km 👣

Lovemylifeandlovegaryslife💙❤️

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July, and returned to Level 3 on 26 July, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whaletalesblog.com www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide

 

 

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 46 of Level 3, 10 September 2021.

 

Friday 10 September 2021, Day 46 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a cold overcast day turning into a sunny warmer day, but only 17C; for an early start to the day, having to be at Zest at 10h00, breakfasting with Gary Arendse, Department Manager at Woolworhs Piazza da Luz, trying a new bagel and smoked salmon dish; for meeting Lynne Rattray Mathias, a member of the International Women’s Club, who came to lunch at Zest with 23 fellow members, she knowing all about me even though we had never met, and she will invite me to their next lunch 💙; for seeing Tessa Booysen after a long absence, she and Alta Auret lunching at Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 44 of Level 3, 8 September 2021.:

 

Wednesday 8 September 2021, Day 44 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a beautiful day at 19C, tomorrow promising to be a first summer day at 24C; for two Discovery Gameboard plays, receiving a Woolworths voucher; for a working morning, grateful for a meeting being postponed to next week; for a walk to Bakoven, with a Vit D dose; for three meetings at Zest, back to back, one being learning how to add pics and copy to our website; for seeing Florence Poretti and her Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 39 of Level 3, 3 September 2021.

 

Friday 3 September 2021, Day 39 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for another fabulous day, especially in having a wonderful undisturbed night using my secret anti-noise weapon 😻😂; for wonderful rain this morning and afternoon; for a very hard-working day, feeling squint now, getting up at 6h00 to not miss out on the Kfm Best of the Cape Awards; for my blood sugar level being down to 4,3 ❤️; for a walk to Woolies, shopping far more than I had planned, and met a lovely German lady there, she approaching me and saying that she had seen me walking past her apartment on Victoria Road, Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 36 of Level 3, 31 August 2021

 

Tuesday 31 August 2021, Day 36 of Level 3. 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a day that went from zero to 100 🙏; for being very organized in getting my work done this morning, preparing for two Status meetings, getting my blogpost posted; and even fitting in a Bakoven walk; for getting a pool problem attended to; for a quick shop at Checkers and Woolies in Sea Point; for excellent Status Meetings with newkings boutique hotel and Zest Restaurant, so happy that a former client is helping out at Zest, our meeting like those of old times; for doing my monthly petrol fill-up at BP President, my favorite attendant Mike unfortunately not there; for finally being Continue reading →

Corona Virus: Lockdown Journey Journal, Day 32 of Level 1, 27 August 2021

 

Friday 27 August 2021, Day 32 of Level 3 😷

Corona Gratitude 🙏

#grateful for a wonderful day, coooooold at 12C max, with snow on the Winelands mountains, and rain this morning and again tonight; for getting my work done by lunchtime; for a walk to Camps Bay, Viv driving past and stopping for a catch up chat; for two clients paying me ahead of the end of the month 🙏🙏; for a quick stop at Zest; for a pop-in at Woolworths to return clothing bought, surprised at the poor service in their ‘Customer Service’ section, only having one person on duty; for another fun Cuisine Capers outing with Gary Peterson at Zeitz MOCAA and its Ocular Lounge on the 6th floor; for our Anatoli website finally going live today; and for being happy, healthy, and free. 🙏💙

The Sweet Service Award went to Le Lude; the Sour Service Award went to Pick n Pay ASAP! for the 4th week running.

Sweet Service Award goes to Le Lude; Sour Service Award goes to Pick n Pay ASAP!

I received an invitation from Aleit Academy’s Nicolas Theron to attend their FOOD IS ART pop-up installation, a practical for their second year students. Chef Michiel Geldenhuys was challenged to express the essence of an art exhibition entitled ‘Home is where the Art is’ on the 3rd floor of the Zeitz MOCAA, in three themes, sections, and courses :

1. Oceans and pollution: salmon, avocado and orange, a blue ocean created via food colouring.

2. Time and separation during Lockdown; excellent medium rare beef fillet with a mushroom pea mash on the side, representing corruption via an ashtray.

3. Mzansi : Rainbow Peppermint Crisp – it was multi-coloured but I didn’t get the Peppermint Crisp in taste or appearance.

Our wine choice was a Lourensford The River Garden Chardonnay or a Kanonkop Kadette blend. Gary even had a little of the latter. A Jameson ended off the evening perfectly. 🥃

We were fascinated by a Mystery Lady sitting closest to us, on her own. Having traveled my life journey on my own and knowing what it feels like to eat alone, I invited her to join our table. She declined politely, saying that she was Romancing her Aloneness. When she left, she handed me a slip with a book name entitled ‘Romancing the Ordinary’, which she recommended that I read. She told us that she is an artist, and that she was in Heartbreak. 💛🧡

My FitBit strap broke today, luckily in my home. I was lucky to have a spare short strap and received assistance to get it clipped onto my FitBit, not easy to do. 🙏

SA Corona Status: 2 747 018 cases 81187 deaths 11 924 972 vaccinations

FitBit 8000 steps 6 km 👣

Lovemylife❤️

The Corona Virus Lockdown (Level 5), announced by our President Cyril Ramaphosa earlier to commence on 27 March 2020 and to continue until 16 April, subsequently extended to 30 April, lowered to Level 4 from 1 May, lowered to Level 3 from 1 June, lowered to Level 2 from 18 August, lowered to Level 1 from 21 September, and moved back to Adjusted Level 3 from 29 December,  extended to 15 February on 11 January 2021, extended but relaxed on 1 February, and relaxed back to Level 1 on 1 March 2021, moved back to Adjusted Level 2 on 31 May, moved back to level 3 on 16 June, and moved back to Adjusted Level 4 on 28 June, extended by two weeks on 11 July, and returned to Level 3 on 26 July, is an unprecedented event in my lifetime. I am posting my daily Facebook post to journal this Corona Lockdown Journey, perhaps to serve as material for a future Book.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog: www.whaletalesblog.com www.chrisvonulmenstein.com/blog Tel +27 082 55 11 323 Twitter:@Ulmenstein Facebook: Chris von Ulmenstein, My Cape Town Guide/Mein Kapstadt Guide Instagram: @Chrissy_Ulmenstein @MyCapeTownGuide

 

Meet Chef Charné Sampson of Epice: 2021 Top 10 Woman Chef!

 

Chef Charné Sampson is one of the youngest 2021 Top 10 Women Chefs, and heads up the kitchen at Epice at Le Quartier Francais in Franschhoek. She wins a bottle of Adhara Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I was unable to meet her as she was ill on Sunday, when I delivered her prize.

Chef Charné graduated from Silwood in 2016. She did her internship at Myoga, Woolworths, Waterkloof, The Test Kitchen, and at La Colombe. She stayed on at La Colombe, until 2019, when she was given the opportunity to head up Epice. 

Epice is one of a number of restaurants in the La Colombo restaurant group. Chef Charné took the restaurant to Best New Restaurant in Africa in the inaugural World Culinary Awards.  Epice is a fine dining restaurant, its dishes flavour-filled with spices.

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