imageIn the past ten days our Blog has been down, due to a severe hacking attack on our Blogsite.

A vicious hacker who has sent numerous messages to our site has caused such strain on the host company server that they have had to close it down, as it has affected the speed of operation of other websites in the same block. We are aware of the perpetrator, who has been posting about a legal battle we are entering into about a Blogpost I wrote almost four years ago. We will hand this information over to our lawyers. 

I apologize to our regular readers for the resultant absence of our daily blogposts. 

I wish you a belated Merry Christmas/Frohe Weihnachten/Geseënde Kersfees.

Chris von Ulmenstein, WhaleTales Blog. Cell +27 0825511323. Twitter: @ulmenstein Instagram: @chris_ulmenstein


imageAbout a month ago I bumped into the GM of the new Melissa’s Mantra Café in Camps Bay, which has a magnificent location above The 41 restaurant, overlooking the beautiful Camps Bay beach. The restaurant opened on Tuesday, and I went to try it out, knowing that its GM Ian Smith would be there. The new Melissa’s outlet connects original founder Melissa van Hoogstraaten to her Camps Bay origin.

audi-centre-va-waterfront-3The Sweet Service Award goes to Audi in the V&A Waterfront, and its Service Ambassador Hennie Kriel, for his assistance in reconnecting my car phone to the bluetooth in my new upgraded cellphone. He also helped me to get a tyre pressure warning removed, after a slow puncture was fixed. Instead of doing it for me, he made me do it, whilst instructing me, so that I am able to do it myself in future.  (more…)

imageYesterday Ben Goble, Llewellyn Lambert, and I tried the new Christmas Tasting Menu at Benguela on Main in Somerset West, at the invitation of Chef Jean Delport. I was impressed with the creativity which Chef Jean has become renowned for, and how he put Christmas on the plate with his Chef’s Christmas Tasting Menu. The seven course Tasting Menu had two added courses and costs R720 per person, and R1050 with the wine pairings. It runs until 24 December.


la-colombe-gardenExciting news from Franschhoek is that Chef Scot Kirton’s La Colombe team will take over the current The Tasting Room space at Le Quartier Français when Chef Margot Janse leaves The Tasting Room at the end of April next year. The new restaurant will open in August next winter with an as yet undisclosed name, after renovations have been completed. (more…)

imageA.A. Gill passed away in London on Saturday, by far the best known and revered restaurant critic in the world. His passing leaves a huge gap, in that Gill was not only a critical critic, but he was a wordsmith of note. I am sad that I did not read him more regularly,but am trying to catch up. (more…)

imageDuring my stay in McGregor last month, I visited Flora’s Eating House and Gallery three times, for coffee and cake, for lunch, and for dinner. Seasonal fresh home-cooked produce is the focus, offered with friendly service and very reasonable prices. (more…)

imageWine writer Tshepang Molisana has been named the Veritas Young Wine Writer 2016, with an article entitled ‘A world class African vineyard‘. She won R15000.  (more…)

beloni-cheese-best-saSouth Africa’s top cheese at the 29th annual World Cheese Awards held in San Sebastián in Spain recently is the Benedictus hard ewes’ milk cheese made by Belnori Boutique Cheesery. The World Champion Cheese 2016 was Kraftkar, made by Tingvollost from Norway. (more…)

14515679_421515301305590_8413178253769965568_nThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Franschhoek Champagne Festival, for the best ever event, with professional looking and well-decorated stands, a central shaded area to seat the bulk of the attendees, and great effort taken by attendees to dress in black and white with a touch of floral.   Congratulations go to organisers Darielle Robertson of DnA Events and the Franschhoek Wine Valley.



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