{eat} Functional art and world-class fare at Haute Cabrière

How can a day be anything but simply splendid if it starts with breakfast at Haute Cabrière? Served with generous sides of stunning views, lashings of hospitality, and flutes of beautiful bubbles, I couldn’t help but tuck right in. Introduction Having undergone extensive renovations recently, I was delighted when The Tall Hedonist and I were…

{news} Catching up with Chef Kirstie: the heart of Louisvale Wines

Kirstie du Toit, Executive Chef at Louisvale Wines in Stellensbosch, says her love for cooking started when she was a small girl. Born in Mossel Bay, she spent most of her time with her Ouma baking rusks, pasties, cakes and biscuits in her bakery, which was an old barn. “Cooking runs in my family and…

{wine} Soak up the sun with FAT bastard’s Chenin Blanc 2018

Ah. The summer holidays are finally upon us! This season, you can bottle your sunshine and share the festive spirit with FAT bastard’s Chenin Blanc 2018. Introduction The chubby golden hippo gets me time and time again. He leaves me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside! I’ll never say no when Mr. b sends me…

{wine} My favourite favourite: Groot Phesantekraal wines

Whatever the occasion, I know that when I pull a bottle of Groot Phesantekraal wine from my wine rack, something magical is about to happen. Filled with history, heritage and just a touch of whimsy, these wines will always be the tricks up my sleeve. Introduction We all have our favourites, and these days we…

{eat} From dash to dawdle: slow down to fine dine at Dash Restaurant

Our usual mid-week Wednesday evening was transformed into a mini-breakaway for the soul with a romantic dinner for two at Dash Restaurant, snuggled away in the tranquil arms of the Queen Victoria Hotel. Introduction This time of the year we all run on empty. We try and pace ourselves and our energy until mid-December, when…

{wine} Recipe books and Robertson Winery: a match made in the kitchen

I am very often inspired by wine to cook, to create, to feast. I was recently gifted with three of Robertson Winery’s best bottles, which left me reaching for my recipe books. Introduction I’m one of those people who read recipe books for fun. I can sit for endless hours, absolutely mesmerised by colours and…

{eat} At the end of the road: the abundance of Louisvale Wines

They say that home is not a place; it’s a feeling. For me, home is embodied by people, food and wine and love, all four at the same time and in abundance. Recently, I spent a home-coming afternoon at Louisvale Wines, which left me feeling familiarly comfortable and content, like when I pull my favourite…

{eat} Rediscovering the art of eating: Foxcroft’s lunch tasting menu

A joyous afternoon spent under the dappled shade of the plane trees that frame the home of Foxcroft Restaurant in Constantia left me with a few too little adjectives. I finally found a place where food comes first, and where I could devote all my attention to the simple pleasure of eating. Introduction We all…

{news} La Colombe announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant

In front of over 700 of the country’s shining culinary talents, La Colombe was announced as South Africa’s number one restaurant at the 2019 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards at a glittering event at Cape Town’s GrandWest Casino. Stepping up to collect the award on behalf of his team, Executive Chef James Gaag says, “This…

{eat} Enter the fine-dining house of magic: Homespun by Matt

In a world that demands so much of our energy, life often simply lacks a sprinkle of magic.  Something to engage the senses and make you believe in the pure whimsy of the world again. We recently spent an evening in the magic-house that is Homespun by Matt. Here, the only boundaries are those of…