imageOn Wednesday I attended the Standard Bank Chenin Blanc Association Top 10 Challenge award presentation at Delaire Graff wine estate in Stellenbosch, at the invitation of Waterford Communications. (more…)

Space TV dishThe Sweet Service Award goes to Installation Solutions and its team led by Mansoor, who arrived on the same afternoon as I called to install a new sattelite dish for DEUKOM’s German TV service, now allowing us to receive 30 or more German radio and TV channels.  Not only were the prices of his sattelite dishes and labour cheaper, but he also had stock of the dishes.  He did the work efficiently, in a far quicker time than quoted for by other installers.



imageThe seven talented Young Chef Award 2016 Finalists have been announced for Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving, the winner being announced at the Chefs who Share Gala Dinner in Johannesburg on 24 September. (more…)

imageLast night a number of food writers joined Reuben Riffel at the One&Only Cape Town hotel, to try out the new menu of Reuben’s restaurant, at the invitation of Manley Communications.


imageYesterday I was surprised to find the new premises of MasterChef SA 2014 winner Roxi Wardman’s Spoonful Eatery in Berea in Durban, when I was looking for Glenwood Bakery, and had mistakenly arrived at Glenwood Restaurant. (more…)

imageI love seeing how restaurants can reinvent themselves, and often a new chef can be the catalyst. Chef Archie Maclean has been at Catharina’s for about four months, and has gone back to the history and origin of Steenberg wine estate and its first owner Catharina Ras for inspiration for his creative new menu. (more…)

imageOn Friday I was introduced to artisinal cheese and yoghurt producers The Gourmet Greek, and its owners the hands-on Greek Dimitriades family, on the Midlands Meander. (more…)

imageThe second Winelands Chocolate Festival takes place at the Blaauwklippen Wine Estate this weekend, celebrating all things chocolate!  (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Speedy Laser Engravers for its speedy service in engraving two items with a 24 hour turn-around time.  The service offered was faster and far less costly than that proposed by Pagliari, who kindly had suggested Speedy Laser Engravers as an alternative.




imageLast month Hartford House opened its new Tijnhuis Tea House, offering lighter meals to its hotel guests and to Midlands Meander walk-in guests, as well as High Tea, and a selection of sweet treats, with teas and coffees.  (more…)

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