{travel} West Coast Way: a cracklin’ good time in Velddrif

Somewhere in-between lockdown living and the vague promise of a pending summer season, my heart longs for fresh air, sunshine and long road trips with unexplored twists and turns. COVID-claustrophobia is real, and that is why West Coast Way offers wandering hearts like mine a sea-breeze reprieve of the every-day push and rush of pandemic…

{news} Durbanville Valley celebrates Spring with collab of fine food and wine

Russian composer Igor Stravinsky described one of his musical-choreographic works that was eventually to rank among the most influential of the 20th century as “a unified idea: the mystery and great surge of the creative power of Spring”. The same inspiration for that work – The Rite of Spring – now drives the Durbanville Wine Valley in…

{news} Reset and rejuvenate with Franschhoek’s Mystery Weekends

In these turbulent times we find ourselves in why not treat yourself to an all-inclusive winelands getaway, where your weekend has been meticulously planned for you from check in to check out. You’d be forgiven for thinking it’s a dream, but this can be your reality. Franschhoek’s popular Mystery Weekends hold the promise of surprise,…

{news} Franschhoek Bastille Festival: Are you ready for something new?

In case the grapevine news hasn’t reached you, here’s what you missed. Franschhoek’s Bastille Festival is still on the cards, but instead of the traditional format, the festival will be coming to you. A first-of-its-kind for Franschhoek, the organisers have called on the support of its members to showcase the valley through the lens of…

{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…

{news} Feast on food and wine pairing dinners at Taj Cape Town

Taj Cape Town, known for its prime location in the epicentre of Cape Town, is also renowned for creating sophisticated culinary experiences for both overnight guests and visitors alike. From March until October 2020, guests can indulge in unique food and wine pairing dinners that are held in the recently renovated Mint Restaurant and Terrace, which spills…

{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…

{experience} Releasing the Kraken on South African shores

Dark, mysterious and full of spice, the rise of craft rum is on the horizon. I was recently swept out to sea with the launch of Kraken Rum in South Africa, that time that The Jagger Lounge was transformed into the Kraken’s ink den of indulgence… Introduction A few weeks ago, I got a seductively…

{experience} All things dumpling: Home Bao’s cooking classes

I’m the food equivalent of a die-hard online gamer. The kitchen is my playing field and I’m rewarded in pretty plates. Home Bao has created a series of cooking classes that not only feeds your appetite for kitchen creativity, but also levels you up quick-quick to Masterchef status! Introduction You’ll remember that I introduced you…

{experience} The Great White – Cape Town rum with a bite!

With murmurs of a rum-revolution tickling my ears for the last year or so,  I was delighted to have a look-see at how our Capetownian crafters are interpreting this stigmatised drink.  I recently visited Cape of Storms Distilling Company and let’s just say this – I’ve befriended a Great White that I’ll welcome with open…

{news} What to expect from the new Bombay Brasserie at Taj Cape Town

While expansion and extensive renovation to the restaurant are still underway, here is a ‘teaser’ of how the interior redesign of Taj Cape Town’s signature Indian fine dining restaurant, Bombay Brasserie is bound to delight and astound its patrons. The moment guests step into the new Bombay Brasserie, which will be doubled in size, they…