imageTwelve Apostle’s Hotel PR consultancy Five Star PR invited a number of writers to try the new Winter Menu yesterday, on a sunny winter’s day, with Lion’s Head in the background. I was impressed with how the level of the cuisine at Azure restaurant has improved since my last visit. (more…)

imageOn Friday I tried the new Winter Menu at Terroir, it being anything but wintry weather-wise.  The lunch was set up at short notice by Eske of Manley Communications, who had extended the invitation on behalf of the restaurant, as my planned trip to Greyton was confirmed that morning. (more…)

imageAllée Bleue has new heads of wine and hospitality, and I met with them yesterday to find out about their proposed changes at the estate, which is on the outskirts of Franschhoek.  The dedication of the new managers is giving new energy to Allée Bleue. (more…)

imageI had not been to Greyton in such a long time that I could not remember when last I had visited the village. I spent the past weekend in the village to attend the 12th Classics for All music festival, a total of eleven one-hour concerts held mainly in Greyton but also in Genadendal, the neighboring village. I attended about half of the program, and was pleasantly surprised by the friendliness of the village,  enjoying the weekend re-treat! (more…)

imageTwelve out of sixty invited Cabernet Sauvignon wines were judged to be the best in our country, scoring 90 or more out of 100 points in Winemag’s Prescient Cabernet Sauvignon Report 2016, the top wines recognised at a function held at the MOMA Gallery in Bo-Kaap on Thursday.

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imageEpisode six of Koekedoor Season 2 on Thursday evening was full of music, ranging from Chopsticks as an introduction, played by Koekedoor judge Tiaan Langenegger, to dramatic opera music. (more…)

PigalleThe Sweet Service Award goes to Pigalle, whose manager Warren answered the phone, and my questions regarding their Winter Specials so efficiently, being a good listener, and answering to the point!  I was shocked at how poorly restaurant phone calls are answered, especially those linked to hotels, when I made calls to more than 100 restaurants for their Restaurant Winter Specials information in the last week!

 

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imageYesterday I had the honour to get to know Koekedoor judge Mari-Louis Guy better over a 3½ hour period, first visiting the Cakebread Studio which she owns with her brother and business partner Callie Maritz. The get-together was crowned with a visit to the One & Only Cape Town, where the three of us indulged in what is my favorite Afternoon Tea in Cape Town. (more…)

imageYesterday my friend Jenny and I enjoyed a spoiling lunch at Mondiall Kitchen & Bar in the V&A Waterfront, to experience their new Winter Menu, an invitation extended by Five Star PR. It was a glorious summer day in what is meant to be winter already, and one wishes the restaurant a hasty arrival of winter, to match the new Winter Menu of new Chef Stephen Mandes! (more…)

Marble RestaurantThe eagerly awaited opening of the Johannesburg-based Marble Restaurant, a joint venture between Chef David Higgs and investor and property developer Gary Kyriacou, has been delayed to 4 July. Bookings will be taken for meals from 15 July onwards. (more…)

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