{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} 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…

{wine} Sparkle every day with Anthonij Rupert Wyne: L’Ormarins MCC

There’s something romantically celebratory captured in every bottle of Anthonij Rupert Wyne MCC. When life calls for the honouring of an occasion, I’ll always reach for that extra special bottle of Cap Classique to add a certain sparkle to the affair. Introduction Despite being associated almost exclusively with celebrations, I feel there is a place…

{experience} Bombay Brasserie 2.0 – a sensory feast of flavour

They say a change is as good as a holiday. So, with the recent re-opening of the brand-new Bombay Brasserie at Taj Cape Town, we were whisked away on a once-in-a-lifetime vacation as we delighted in all this mother-city institution has to offer. Spoiler alert: it’s bigger, better and way more Bombay for your buck!…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Jan Harmsgat Country House

And just like that, our second day of our #MagicOfWinter media stay in the Langeberg Valley was on its back. One final stretch of road until we reached our overnight destination, Jan Harmsgat Country House, for what I now know was an absolute country-chic spoil. Introduction As we rounded the last bend, Jan Harmsgat Country…

{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…

{eat} Putting seasonality at the reigns at Cavalli Estate

A visit to the Stellenbosch winelands always fills me with such joy. But recently, after years of Sunday afternoon drives through the vineyards and always ending up at the same places, I’ve been craving something new. Something different; something exciting. Something that will simply take my breath away. Recently, I found that on top of…

{eat} Table-top magic at Mint Restaurant and Terrace

I’m completely obsessed with sidewalk dining. Sitting outside, having an al-fresco meal as I listen to the roll and hum of the city as people lazily stroll by has always filled me with a sense of sheer happiness. I found my newest sidewalk spot recently, very unexpectedly, in the heart of the city. Mint Restaurant…

{news} Winter warmers at Cavalli Estate

Five years after opening to the public, Cavalli Estate in the Stellenbosch winelands has evolved into a versatile lifestyle destination deftly combining food, wine and art. ‘Cavalli’ may be the Italian word for ‘horses’, but this stylish winelands estate offers so much more than the world-class equestrian facilities that grace the long driveway leading into…

{event} A night of stories with Windfall Wines at Lapo’s Kitchen

How much do you know about  the wine you drink or the chef who plated your food? Do you know where your wine comes from, or what inspires the chef? Social dining experiences are growing in popularity at the moment. I recently joined Windfall Wine and Lapo’s Kitchen for a stellar night of food, drink and…