{wine tasting} Steenberg Wine Estate

Just a hop, skip and a jump from the little place I call home, lies the centuries-old farm of Steenberg Wine Estate. Set in one of the most beautiful corners of Cape Town, Steenberg reaps the benefits of being surrounded by mountains, vineyards and the ocean. I recently visited the farm for a wine tasting…

{news} Groote Post: last market of the season!

Make the most of the good weather before winter arrives and head out to the country to join the Pentz family in the gardens at Groote Post for their Country Market on Sunday 28th April between 10h00 and 15h00. The terrace in front of Hilda’s Kitchen and adjacent to the Cellar will be brimming with…

{event} Muratie Wine Estate Harvest Festival 2019

For weeks I’ve been longingly drowning in my own #fomo when I look at all the social media updates about the harvest festivals happening around Cape Town. This time of the year is a busy one for the wine industry, as all the vineyards are getting ready to harvest. Finally, finally (!) an invite from…

{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…

{experience} Pull up a chair at Chef Santi’s table

We always gasp aloud and snap away with cameras at the gorgeous dishes placed in-front of us when we choose to dine out. But do we ever spare the chefs in the kitchen a thought of thanks? How often do we appreciate the time, love and labour that goes into their fantastic creations? I was…

{eat} FYN dining at Tempelhoff’s stunning new look-out

When a dining experience leaves a seasoned food writer (like myself) wordless and gasping for adjectives to describe it’s sheer beauty, you must know they’re onto something. I was incredibly lucky to be one of only a tiny handful of guests to attend the soft opening of Peter Tempelhoff’s stunning new venture, FYN – perched…

{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…

{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…