imageIt was on Facebook that Jacqui Jones, now living in New York, saw that I was in the city, and invited me to join her and partner James for dinner at New York icon restaurant Daniel last week. Daniel is a Michelin two star restaurant, and is Relais & Chateaux accredited. (more…)


imageWhilst dining at Le Bernardin in New York earlier this week, I received a copy of Zagat 2016 ‘New York City Restaurants’. Paging through it, I discovered some interesting information about the New York restaurant scene.  (more…)

imageIt was on the recommendation of New York lover Seth Shezi that I visited Devoçión coffee Roastery in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York yesterday. It claims to be the only ‘farm-to-cup coffee in the world’.  (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to Sonia Chodha of Nails Tech, in Brooklyn, New York, who was unbelievable when I had a manicure and pedicure done by her, recommended by the hostess I am staying at. I was sat down in a chair that could only have been made in America, which felt like it had the world’s strongest boxer inside it, punching my back, shaking me, and giving the best and deepest back ‘massage’. She offered to drop me off at the home of my hosts, so that my (more…)

imageWhen I think of a Michelin star restaurant, I think of a restaurant at an elevated level of food, service, and decor. Never would I have imagined that two Michelin star Atera in TriBeCa in New York would serve its dinner to heavy loud rock music! (more…)

imageYesterday dinner was at Le Bernardin, New York’s specialist seafood French fine-dining restaurant, with three Michelin stars, and ranked 24th Best on the World’s 50 Best Restaurants List in June this year.


imageI was such an eager beaver to get to Estela, the 44th Best on the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list, that I arrived an hour earlier, having been intimidated by the booking confirmation which warned that one should be punctual for one’s reservation. Had I not trusted the World’s 50 Best Restaurant list I might not have entered the restaurant, based on its exterior, located upstairs in a non-descript tacky-looking building. (more…)

imageThe night before our lunch at Eleven Madison Park, a Michelin three-star restaurant and named in June as third best in the World’s 50 Best Restaurant ranking, I could barely sleep from excitement, the reason for my trip to New York. Of the seven top restaurants I am booked for in New York and London Eleven Madison Park tops them all in stature, a once-in-a-lifetime experience for me. (more…)

imageOn Thursday, the final episode of Koekedoor, Corli Botha was crowned the winner of Season 2 of Koekedoor, with Wessels van Vuuren her runner-up. (more…)

imageThe Sweet Service Award goes to the British Airways cabin crew, and Jenny North in particular, who looked after fellow-passenger Dr Wouter Hanekom and I with the greatest of friendliness on the flight between Cape Town and London on Monday.  Nothing was too much trouble, and she had a friendly smile. We teased her about a review of the dinner, and she took it all in her stride!



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