imageChef David Higgs has been a real tease, revealing small bits of detail about his new restaurant, such as its location, its view, its restaurant inspiration, its offering in food and drinks, its opening date, its associated businesses, food preparation style, and its chef, (more…)

imageToday I attended an interesting Nederburg event held at MOMA Gallery on Buitengracht Street, to create awareness for new labels for the wines in the Nederburg range, as well as a new TV commercial. The new pay-off line for the brand is ‘There’s always a story (more…)

JANMichelinawardLast June, whilst on holiday in Europe, I made the spontaneous decision to fly from Munich via Dusseldorf to Nice, for a lunch.  The lunch at JAN Restaurant was the highlight of my eating career to date. Today JAN Restaurant, (more…)

Mullineux President François Hollande & Analjit SinghAt a lunch hosted in honour of India Republic Day on 26 January by Mr Analjit Singh at his residence in New Dehli, and at which President François Hollande was the guest of honour, two South African wines were served.

Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines Syrah 2013 and White Blend 2013 were the two South African wines on the wine list. The wine list also included three French wines, Dom Pérignon 2000, Cotat Sancerre Les Caillotes 2014, and Gigondas Chateau de Saint Cosme 2013.

Mr Singh is an investor in Mullineux and Leeu Family Wines, and has extensive luxury hospitality interests in Franschhoek, a valley he has fallen in love with.  He owns Leeu House, which opened in December, Le Quartier Français, and Leeu Estates, which opens in May. A brewery and a restaurant within the Leeu Collection will open in Franschhoek in the next few months.

Source: Media release received from Waterford Communications.

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imageSAA has announced that it has cancelled its route to Abu Dhabi, in less than a year of its launch. The cancellation follows the cancellation of the contract with SAA Head of Commercial Sylvain Bosc, based on allegations of (more…)

imageNguni restaurant Plettenberg Bay has been one of our favorites, and appears to be popular amongst locals too, being full on Friday ten days ago. It felt like coming home, but its dishes seem to have become far more spicy, and the restaurant seems to have become the most (more…)

imageDespite the weaker Rand, international tourist arrivals have not increased dramatically as one would have expected. Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has encouraged locals, (more…)

imageOnly ‘a fraction of the total wine production’ will be affected by the devastating wind-fueled fires that blazed on the Simonsberg last week, according to VinPro, reports the office of Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunity. (more…)

IcerinkThe Sweet Service Award goes to the Rotary Club of Sea Point, with the City of Cape Town and Mouille Point Ratepayers,  for installing a new outdoor synthetic ice rink at the Park in Mouille Point. The ice rink is environment-friendly, not requiring electricity for its operation. Part of the operational proceeds go to Rotary.




imageThe Sour Service Award goes to the Vodacom branch in Lifestyle on Kloof, for its rude service by Shimeez, the manager of the branch. I requested a printout of the latest invoice, and every sentence I spoke was countered with a sarcastic arrogant reply! On Twitter we received similar feedback from other customers about this branch!

The WhaleTales Sweet & Sour Service Awards are presented every Friday on the WhaleTales blog. Nominations for the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be sent to Chris von Ulmenstein at Past winners of the Sweet and Sour Service Awards can be read on the Friday posts of this blog. 

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KitesurfTomorrow the Virgin Kitesurfing Armada commences at Dolphin Beach in Cape Town, instigated  by Sir Richard Branson, and runs until Sunday. The event is an attempt to break the Guinness World (more…)

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