{accommodation} Steeped in Shiraz Cottage: Kunjani Wines

Just when I thought the COVID walls couldn’t lock me down any tighter, I received an invitation from Kunjani Wines to safely social distance and recharge in their gorgeously luxurious Shiraz Cottage. Introduction I was (and still am!) one of those who follow(ed) the COVID rules meticulously and wholeheartedly. Throughout this process of never-ending sanitising…

{experience} Braai and boeretroos: the magic of Middelvlei

For the first time in more than four months, I allowed myself to break out of these four walls for a boerebraai at Middelvlei Wines. The experience was simply magical. Introduction Tim and I haven’t had a meal outside The Little House since the start of lock-down in March all those years ago (at least,…

{experience} Reminiscing about the Muratie Harvest Festival 2020

We’re all trying to navigate our way through the national #lockdown without a glass of wine in hand and winter steadily on its way. Some days, I simply can’t help to lose myself in the daydream of Muratie Wine Estate‘s Harvest Festival earlier this year. Introduction I’ve found it difficult to write about wine these…

{eat} Patiala Brew & Q: communal feasting and sharing steaks

Patiala Brew & Q adds a touch of class and finesse to the average South African’s Saturday staple: the humble beer and braai. This is where the brew and barbeque masters come to play, and you’re invited to the feast. Introduction At my most indulgent core, I’m in love with simple food. I sometimes find…

{eat} Food is king at Kong: a reprieve from the concrete jungle

Want to escape the concrete jungle of the city for a bit? Swing into Kong  for a tropical breather, and a lush dinner between the greenery. Introduction Situated on the bustling strip of Cape Town’s stunning De Waterkant, Kong offers an upmarket haven to those who want to break away from the grey monotony of…

{eat} For the love of food and wine: an afternoon at Allée Bleue

There’s no better way to celebrate the month of love than a wine tasting and picnic lunch on an iconic Franschhoek wine estate. Let Allée Bleue suitably seduce you this February with their their treats for two! Introduction Having recently spent a leisurely Sunday in Franschhoek (read my blog on our brunch at Haute Cabrière…

{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…

{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…

{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…

{wine tasting} Sip slowly this summer at Skilpadvlei

I have driven past so many times, and every time the quaint name of this winery has brought a smile to my face. I decided to make like a tortoise and slow down at Skilpadvlei for a wine tasting or two. Introduction I adore the fact that a wine tasting gives you a quick and…