beloni-cheese-best-saSouth Africa’s top cheese at the 29th annual World Cheese Awards held in San Sebastián in Spain recently is the Benedictus hard ewes’ milk cheese made by Belnori Boutique Cheesery. The World Champion Cheese 2016 was Kraftkar, made by Tingvollost from Norway. (more…)

14515679_421515301305590_8413178253769965568_nThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Franschhoek Champagne Festival, for the best ever event, with professional looking and well-decorated stands, a central shaded area to seat the bulk of the attendees, and great effort taken by attendees to dress in black and white with a touch of floral.   Congratulations go to organisers Darielle Robertson of DnA Events and the Franschhoek Wine Valley.

 

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nick-lander-why-restaurants-should-be-paying-greater-attention-to-their-menus_strict_xxlA new book by Nick Lander, husband of highly regarded wine judge and writer Jancis Robinson, has written a new book entitled ‘On the Menu‘. Lander has been a restaurateur at L’Escargot in London in the ‘Eighties, and has written ‘The Art of the Restaurateur’ previously. He is now a restaurant reviewer. (more…)

imageTop South African restaurants were recognised at a ‘glittering cocktail party‘ held at Klein Constantia last night, with inaugural Condé Nast House & Garden Gourmet Awards presented in seven categories. (more…)

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I am honoured that talented brother and sister team Mari-Louis Guy (judge of Koekedoor and the forthcoming Kokkedoortjie) and Callie Maritz of Cakebread included me in their shoot for visi magazine to demonstrate the new trend of decorating cakes with flowers. I had no idea that the photographs of the six food writers Errieda du Toit, Mari-Louis Guy, Zola Nene, Samantha Woulidge, Ishay Govender-Ypma, and I would be featured in the latest issue of visi lifestyle and decor magazine.  To crown it all, an interview I did with Callie and Mari-Louis about restaurant reviewing and my favorite restaurants has just been featured on the Cakebread website.

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the-41-exteriorNovember has seen the opening of new restaurants Spek & Bone by Chef Bertus Basson, Baconville by Richard Bosman, The Vine Bistro at Glenelly, The 41, Sunset Café, Pizza Hut on Kloof Street, Bon Appetit Keam Restaurant, and more.

We update information about newly opened and closed restaurants continuously, and welcome information.

Restaurant Openings

#    The 41 has opened in Camps Bay (photograph) (more…)

imageSixteen months after visiting Pierneef à La Motte last, I found the restaurant cuisine to be vastly improved. It is sad to see that the Cape Winelands Cuisine no longer is the focus of the restaurant, when it is such a unique point of difference which the restaurant can claim, given its association with the best-known SA artist JH Pierneef and the book which has been published about Cape Winelands Cuisine. (more…)

imageChampagne is a noble drink, and when one is able to experience a dinner paired with a Grande Provence sparkling wine, as well as four champagnes, expectations are high. Sadly these were not met last night. It is the second year that the Champagne pairing dinner has been held on the eve of the Franschhoek Champagne Festival, which takes place at the Huguenot Monument today and tomorrow from 12h00 – 17h00.

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imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Vodacom in the V&A Waterfront and its consultant Chad Thomas, who assisted me in doing a phone upgrade. He also checked my contract, and found a more affordable package that gives me more data and fewer calls at a lower rate than I have been paying to date. (more…)

15253134_1637383416562385_6639385721486442496_nYesterday I attended the launch of the new Flagstone Tasting Room in The Rockwell hotel in Green Point, a facility designed to capitalize on the tourists visiting Cape Town during the summer season.

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