{eat} A true hidden gem in Constantia: Phantom at Purple Rayn

We are quick to say we’ve found “a hidden gem” when we come across an experience we’ve enjoyed and that might not be known to many people. Today I believe, fully and completely, that I’ve found the Cape’s best hidden gem. Situated like the sparkling crown jewel in the Queen’s tiara in the green belt…

{event} Like a Chef officially launches in Cape Town

Okay, let’s not even kid ourselves here. We all know I am Like a Chef‘s self-appointed ambassador! So, when the lovely Jolin Judd and her team invited me to an intimate afternoon cooking soirée, I was (all together now…) childishly excited at the opportunity to cook and chat with a bunch of the best foodies…

{experience} Cooking like a nonna at Nonna Lina

I’ve always had this incredible infatuation with, but also a deep respect for, the simultaneously simple and complex nature of Italian cuisine. I admire the easy way Italians throw a few quality ingredients into a dish and it’s elevated to next level tastiness, but I’m also fascinated by the deeply intricate art of making pasta…

{event} Celebrations with FAT Bastard

Admit it. We all let out a smug little giggle and an awkward happy dance when we receive an invitation to a 21st birthday party. Maybe it’s just me? Anyways, purely because of the nature of this type of celebration, it fills us with excitement at the prospect of good food, good wine and awesome…

{news}} PIWOSA enchant at CapeWine 2018 Zeitz MOCAA Party

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), well-known internationally for their execution of innovative marketing programmes, demonstrated their creative flair with aplomb during CapeWine 2018. With a passion for the theatrical, PIWOSA pulled out all the stops and hosted a spectacular and surreal party at the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), enthralling…

{eat} Balducci Restaurant: Chef’s Vegan Table

Why does it feel as if veganism has made a sudden come-back in recent years; undergoing some sort of plant-based revival? Why does it feel so buzzy and contemporary? Eager to jump onto this meat-free bandwagon, I was delighted to join the Chef’s Vegan Table at Balducci Restaurant in the V&A Waterfront for the launch…

{news} PIWOSA Flight Club at CapeWine 2018 stumps local wine professionals

Premium Independent Wineries of South Africa (PIWOSA), well-known internationally for their execution of innovative marketing programmes, hosted their inspired Flight Club competition for the first time in South Africa at CapeWine 2018. 64 local sommeliers and wine professionals registered to test their skills in a series of blind comparative tastings of premium South African wines…

{experience} Distillique Gin & Botanicals Masterclass

We are all quick to reach for our favourite bottle of spirits when the weekend looms ahead, but do we know where it comes from or how its made? Do we even understand the ingredients or appreciate the hours of distilling that goes into each bottle? Serious existential questions, these. My joy was unadulterated when…

{news} Unveil PIWOSA works of #liquidart: Springfield Estate

With CapeWine 2018 starting today, 12th September, the eleventh and last of the PIWOSA members’ exquisite works of #LiquidArt is being unveiled. Enter #SpringfieldEstate – What a Beauty! The Bruwer family has been farming on the land, now known as Springfield Estate, for five generations. With generational knowledge handed down since 1902, vineyards are planted…

{news} Unveil PIWOSA works of #liquidart: Radford Dale

With CapeWine 2018 having started yesterday, 11th September, we are down to the last two gorgeous works of PIWOSA #LiquidArt: a beautiful series of ‘Wine Still Lifes’ created for each of the eleven PIWOSA members. Feast your eyes on #RadfordDale – magnificent! And be sure to follow the eleventh and last PIWOSA member’s work of…

{news} Unveil PIWOSA works of #liquidart: Raats Family Wines

CapeWine 2018 is now around the corner so we are down to the last three gorgeous works of PIWOSA #LiquidArt: a beautiful series of ‘Wine Still Lifes’ created for each of the eleven PIWOSA members. Feast your eyes on #RaatsFamilyWines – what a beauty! And be sure to follow the PIWOSA story of #LiquidArt continue…

{news} Unveil PIWOSA works of #liquidart: Paul Cluver Wines

September has arrived, spring is in the air and the countdown to #CapeWine 2018 has begun. With less than 2 weeks to go, PIWOSA will be revealing their last four gorgeous works of #LiquidArt: a beautiful series of ‘Wine Still Lifes’ created for each of the eleven PIWOSA members. Feast your eyes on #PaulCluverWines and…