imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Vodacom in the V&A Waterfront, in assisting in loading additional data to my cellphone contract, which its Garden Centre branch could not assist me with.

 

 

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imageFor the first time I was invited to assist in the judging of the 2016 SA Dairy Championships, 72 judges evaluating 895 dairy products entered by 85 producers, both record numbers. A total of 23 products received a Qualité Award, and one of these was named as the South African Dairy Product of the Year 2016, namely Dalewood Fromage Huguenot 12 months matured. (more…)

VisaIn a surprise moment of honesty, Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom has admitted that ‘South Africa paid a heavy price for implementing the new visa regulations‘, when addressing the International Gay & Lesbian Travel Association annual global convention, which was held in Cape Town for the first time earlier this month. (more…)

Linthwaite frontal classic 2014 (1 of 1)

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imageLast week I was invited to try Little Saint restaurant on Upper Bree Street, in the semi-detached section of Cape Town’s top trendy restaurant street. I was pleasantly surprised to find the first working herb ‘garden’ inside a restaurant. (more…)

Isabelo LogoLe Quartier Français Chef Margot Janse will be celebrating her birthday in May with a star-studded dinner cooked for a special cause close to her heart. (more…)

imageOn Thursday evening the ten Koekedoor contestants were taken back to a childhood memory of the fairground and the circus. They were challenged to prepare three items relating to this theme, and they were under pressure to prepare each task within the allocated time, given that one contestant would have to go home (more…)

Graham Beck LogoA surprise announcement yesterday was that Graham Beck Wines will consolidate all the wine interests in its Graham Beck brand portfolio in its Méthode Cap Classique  (MCC) range.  The Graham Beck MCC focus will be supported by a ‘substantial financial investment‘, its CEO Chris du Toit has announced. (more…)

Winchester mansionsThe Sweet Service Award goes to Heritage Western Cape, for turning down an application to demolish the Winchester Mansions, an iconic 90-year old hotel on Beach Road in Sea Point. The developers wanted to rebuild a new hotel on the site, and upgrade it to a 5-star hotel. I personally have an emotional link to the hotel, having spent the first year of my life in it when it still was a block of flats, after immigrating with my parents from Germany, and also getting engaged there for nostalgic reasons many years later.

 

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imageThe invitation was enticing: join Chenin Blanc king Ken Forrester at The Westin on the 19th floor, to hear about his Dirty Little Secret, and it is no wonder that they had a full house, with trade representatives as well as writers attending! (more…)

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