{eat} A generous helping of heritage at Hamm & Uys

My childhood memories all begin and end with food. Hamm & Uys rekindles that child-like excitement for your mom’s cooking with a Sunday lunch spread that will fill you with a tinge of nostalgia, a dash of sentimentality and a generous sprinkle of wonder. Introduction I recently received an invitation to dine at Hamm &…

{wine} A sensory journey with Lourensford’s The Dome Ethel

As soon as I opened the box, I was transported on a sensory adventure. With a name like The Dome Ethel and a label that simply takes your breath away, this wine invites you to linger a bit longer, and to peek at what it holds. Lourensford Wine Estate added a new vintage to the…

{recipe box} Heritage Day with Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2017

With September in full swing and filled with Heritage Day celebrations, I am super excited to share this chicken chakalaka experience with you. Paired with the gorgeous bottle of Leopard’s Leap Merlot 2017, it doesn’t get more proudly South African than this! Introduction We all know how I feel about recipe boxes. They make me…

{wine} Balance conservation and lifestyle with Hank the elephant

Endangered animal conservation lies close to my heart. So when our favourite unicycle riding elephant, Hank from Balance Wines, speaks up to raise awareness on the plight of desert elephants, that’s when we make our ears big like Dumbo’s! Introduction I recently received a duo of Balance wines from their Classic range to review. Balance…

{wine} Drink a glass, save a rhino: Van Loveren’s Rhino Run wines

Food and wine are almost always about fun and games. So, when I find a brand that’s raising awareness about and committing to fight issues that negatively affect our planet earth, that’s when my ears really prick up. One of these brands is Van Loveren  Family Vineyards with their Rhino Run wines. Background Van Loveren…

{wine} The tale of Journey’s End Vineyards

As I slowly pulled four bottles of Journey’s End Vineyards wine from their respective carriers, my heart skipped four slow beats. I instantly knew I was about to embark on not only a journey of the senses, but also on a great story-telling adventure. Background Journey’s End Vineyards (situated on the mountain slopes above Sir…

{eat} Sunday lunch redefined: Eat @ Perdeberg

Sometimes I feel like a hearty Sunday lunch with all the trimmings, but without the piles of dishes and hours standing in front of the stove. That’s why I let Eat @ Perdeberg take all the brunt work out of Sunday lunch work, which left me with more time to sample their collection of wines……

{wine} Whet your winter appetite with Vriesenhof’s GSM 2017

Ah. A toasty red blend on a cold winter’s eve alongside a bowl of hearty soup. There are not many pleasures in this world that can surpass the warmth and love of a good red blend when your soul needs a bit of cuddling. Vriesenhof Vineyards is right on the mark once again with their…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Lozärn Wines

As we drained the last sips from our coffee cups after a proper farm breakfast, we stacked the Avanza and said our goodbyes to the sterling team at Jan Harmsgat Country House. Our next and final stop for the weekend was a chit-chat at Lozärn Wines. It is here where we got real geeky about…

{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…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Zandvliet Wine Estate

As we wound down the hill from Mont Blois, we buckled up for a short drive to Zandvliet Wine Estate, located on the outskirts of Ashton – the second stop on our first day in the gorgeous Langeberg Valley. It is here that I finally got a taste of my own wine. Literally. Introduction Zandvliet…

{travel} The Langeberg Chronicles: Mont Blois Wine Estate

Tucked up on a hill, surrounded by acres of vines and orchards, you’ll find the breathtaking boutique wine estate of Mont Blois. This was the first stop on our #MagicOfWinter visit to the Langeberg Valley, and a whimsical start to this enchanting journey. Introduction As the Cape Town skyline faded away in our rear-view mirrors,…