Pete Goffe-Wood 'A Life Digested'Chef Pete Goffe-Wood launched his latest book ‘a life digested’ at his Kitchen Cowboys studio in Woodstock in December.  The book celebrates his 50th birthday year, and his 30th anniversary of a chef.

Published by Quivertree Publications, a publisher which is known for its quality books, the book consists of ten articles which Chef Pete wrote for GQ in the past 10 years, each article paired with dishes, and recipes provided. The photographer was Craig Fraser, with styling by Hemelhuijs’ Jacques Erasmus. The foreword is written by Michelin star restaurant Chef Michel Roux Jnr of La Gavroche in London, who calls himself a friend, praising Chef Pete as a ‘true gent’, but also as a ‘very gifted chef’.

Chef Pete admits that he had no family inspiration to become a chef.  In his digs in Cape Town he offered to do the cooking as he hated washing dishes. He had worked as a waiter at the Balalaika Hotel on weekends as a teenager, but (more…)

Bistro 1682 Tasting Room Whale CottageI had so looked forward to meeting Chef Kerry Kilpin at Bistro Sixteen82 yesterday, not thinking that the chef would not be at her post, or to ask when booking if she would be in the kitchen.

I made the booking with Nicole, something I don’t often do, but for the drive between Camps Bay and Constantia it was worth doing, given how full of tourists Cape Town still is.  I had invited regular and loyal Blog reader Lisa Harlow from the UK, on holiday in the Cape currently, to join me for lunch, so that we could try Chef Kerry’s (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The price of petrol is to increase by 96 cents a liter from Wednesday 4 March. The main price influencers are the increase in the price of crude oil, as well as the depreciation of the Rand against the dollar.

*   Mr ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ ‘Christian Grey‘, aka actor Jamie Dornan, is reported by the Weekend Argus to shoot his next film ‘Jadotville‘ in our country and in Ireland from April. The actor has already announced that he will not appear in any ‘50 Shades of Grey‘ movie sequels!

*   Cape Town Tourism has launched a walking tour of suburbs of our city, with VoiceMap Walking Route App. Capetonians ‘guide’ visitors to the city through their favourite suburbs. (more…)

Chardonnay Deli extrior sunday Whale CottageWord has spread about newly opened Chardonnay Deli in Constantia, and my expectations were high when Manley Communications sent the media release about it in December.  The expectations created via the media release were not met unfortunately, and we found a Farm Stall with below-average and poorly presented food in its Eatery!

I had arranged to meet my lunch host Tony Ward at the Farm Stall, not knowing exactly where it was, and hard to see in a bend, and to turn right into to park, given the traffic load on Constantia Main Road.  The branding on the roof of the building is smallish, not helping one to find it.  There was barely any parking in front of or near the Farm Stall, it (more…)

Green Point Athletics StadiumThe Green Point Athletics Stadium opened next to the Cape Town Stadium a week ago, after a delay of 18 months.  It was built on the grounds of the former Green Point Stadium, which location as a World Cup 2014 Stadium was rejected by FIFA CEO Sepp Blatter for not offering the perfect view of Table Mountain!

Mayor Patricia de Lille opened the R85 million upgraded facility, with 4500 seats and an Olympic-quality cobalt blue tartan track, which is intended to be rented out to schools for their athletics events.  She said that the facility is world-class, and was built to meet the (more…)

Cintron-Jungle[1]Recently I received a sample pack of Cintron Premium Energy Drinks, an international American-driven brand that is now available in our country.

Made from natural mineral water from the Austrian Alps, and offering a range of three flavours made from pure fruit juices (natural, mango, pineapple, and cranberry), it is a healthy drink containing natural sweeteners, and Vitamins B5, B6, and B12. It contains Glucoronolactono for energy, and has no artificial colourants or preservatives.  It is Halaal certified.

The Cintron brand is positioning itself as a ‘premier luxury lifestyle beverage brand’, enjoyed by the international jet set, and is served at fashionable events such (more…)

WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   The South African Brandy Foundation has welcomed Finance Minister Nene’s indication that excise duty on brandies are to be reviewed, during his budget speech on Wednesday.  An excise duty increase of 8,5% was announced by Minister Nene for brandy. (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   The Spur Corporation is planning to open 21 new restaurants in our country for its brands, as well as five more in Africa.  The company said that continued loadshedding could affect its turnover.

*    Three white wines have been selected as the best in our country by The Telegraph: Boschendal Jan (more…)

MelissasThe Sweet Service Award goes to Melissa’s in the V&A Waterfront, and its new Manager Natasha, for assisting me in having a table near their till set up, so that I could charg and work on my laptop while waiting for my iPhone screen to be replaced at iFix.  Sadly the MWeb V&A Waterfront internet service did not work, even though it showed the wifi symbol and reflected connectivity.  No e-mails downloaded and web pages did not open, apparently due to the V&A Waterfront wifi service not working throughout the whole shopping mall!

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WhaleTalesTourism, Food, and Wine news headlines

*   SAA has slashed its fares to 35 destinations by up to 40%, a special promotion which ends on Saturday 28 February. Discounted routes include domestic flights, Munich, Frankfurt, Hong Kong, and London. SAA says the promotion is designed to ‘stimulate travel‘.

*   Kleine Zalze has been named the most distributed South African on-premise wine brand in the UK, and the 13th most distributed brand in restaurants and bars overall, according to the ‘Wine On-Premise UK 2014′ report.  The brand is distributed by UK importers Hatch Mansfield and distributors Matthew Clark.  (received via media release from Manley Communications)

*   South African wine blends are praised by American wine writer Louis Marmon, especially Alheit Cartology (more…)

Cape Town Art Fair Wayne Barker Whale CottageThe Cape Town Art & Design Week opened in the V&A Waterfront last night, consisting of two dominant events: Cape Town Art Fair 2015; and the Guild International Design Fair.

I was annoyed in not receiving any upfront media releases about the Cape Town Art Fair 2015, as I had received in the past two years when Lana was the Wired PR Account Director for Cape Town Art Fair.  Even worse was that the PR poppie who ticked my name off the list could not give me any information about what to expect and where to find it.  Some brochures about the Cape Town Art Fair were lying on the table, but she did not proactively give me anything.  Astrid Stark from Wired PR was found, and she walked me through the start of the exhibition on the upstairs floor.  The venue is not as perfect as the BMW Pavilion in which the Cape Town Art Fair was held last year, or The Lookout venue for 2013, each of them having had a beginning and an end, be it in circular walkways, or a maze.  In The Avenue one has to make one’s way back to where one started, creating blockages when the venue is full.  What was not explained was that more than half of the artworks are in The Marquee near (more…)

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