Out and about at Triggerfish Brewery Somerset West

                    Triggerfish Brewery has a carefully cultivated look of semi dereliction which their customers just LOVE.  Going there is like drinking some great beers on the set of a Mad Max movie, with futuristic...

Out and about at Muratie with music and lunch

If you are wondering what to do on Saturday why not relax in style in a gorgeous garden setting under ancient oaks at Muratie this Saturday 20 February at 12pm for lunch and amazing background music by the super-talented Stander Gang. Due to current Covid regulations...

Superb summer lunch at Aubergine–Gardens

                It is so rewarding to go to what one can really call a legendary Cape Town  restaurant after all that is going on and find it is still great and worthy of its name. I am referring to Harald Bresselschmidt’s...

Stop whining –and start wining!

To the sounds of the Hallelujah Chorus, the hills are alive with the sound of harvesting—all over.  Almost Biblical in its exuberance one can feel a frisson of delight all lover the Cape Winelands. But where to start? Well this week will be at Steenberg  Constantia...

Discovering The Farm Kitchen at Muratie Stellenbosch

The Muratie Estate in Stellenbosch has a long history which goes right back to the original owner Laurens Campher, a German officer at the Castle, who married the slave girl Ansela Van De Caab, who he loved and brought to Muratie to live. The oak tree she planted to...

The Farm Eatery at Diemersdal Durbanville

Summer is here and come hell or high water—or lack of wine—there is no reason not to get out and EAT. And what better place to do it than at one of the great places one can go to within driving distance. The feeling of being in another world is heavenly.    ...

Authentic pizzas and pastas at Forneria Italia Beachfront

The Forneria Italia chain—can I call it a chain? -- has opened a new one –bigger and more modern, but still with the same superb food they are known for.  These are authentic places serving authentic Italian food not to be missed. If you can’t find a pizza you like...

Out and about at Tai Ping Newlands

  The legendary Tai Ping restaurant in Dean Street Newlands is still there after 38 years of serving some of the best Chinese food in the town. Badly hit by recent events—do I need to spell it out?—they soldier on. A recent visit proved delicious and for the...

Out and about at Pilcrow and Cleaver in the City

Shortly before Christmas we were introduced to a delightful little gem of a place in the middle of the city by our friend Neil Pendock. It’s on Church Square and is called Pilcrow and Cleaver. The menu changes weekly depending on what is available and what fires the...

Out and about at The Pink Olive West Coast Village

If the thought of having a tranquil meal or breakfast in a peaceful garden setting appeals , get yourself to The Pink Olive at Stark Ayres West Coast Village. There you can unwind in total calm, and if you have kids they have an area all of their own while you keep an...

Wine tasting at Klein Roosboom Durbanville

              Klein Roosboom has come along in leaps and bounds since last visited what with the opening of their new Jean Deli which is proving very popular. These days instead of almost missing it most cars seem to be turning in...

Out and about at Jewell’s at Spice Route Paarl

] Neil and Tina Jewell have made a name for themselves in Cape food circles. No one can talk about charcuterie without the name Neil Jewell entering into the conversation. I well remember going to their place in Franschhoek when he told me he had just finished smoking...

Ken Forrester tames The Gypsy 2015

The term “legend” is so often bandied about that one looks at it with a jaundiced eye—especially those of us who have “been around.” I have met a few in my time, household names and in the wine industry there are those it fits like a glove. One of these has to be the...

Tasting wine in Calitzdorp

  One of the most character packed parts of our country is the Klein Karoo around Calitzdorp. Dry hard conditions with many of the characteristics that make the Douro Valley in Portugal perfect for the making of superb Ports, here you will find a hardy kind of...

Spoil yourself at Constantia Valley’s Tryn Restaurant

One of my favourite places to go in the Constantia Wine Valley is Tryn, Steenberg’s vibrant signature restaurant in the heart of the Valley. Good news is that Tryn has extended its dinner opening hours for the summer season.As of 1 December guests now have an extra...

Exploring Robertson wine tastings

My favourite wine route—of the many gorgeous ones we have—is the Robertson Wine Valley which lies in the embrace of two magnificent mountain ranges, the Langeberg and those called Riviersonderend. This is just the place to while away four or five days, or less if you...

Out and about in heaven and on earth

The R320, fittingly called Hemel en Aarde, is the road that leads from Hermanus to Caledon. On the way, like Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, it goes through some of the most gorgeous scenery you will encounter anywhere. The temptation to stop and breathe in the country...

Out and about at Stellenbosch Street Soirees

Stellenbosch Street Soirées are back! This series of laid-back wine, food and music socials is once again presented by Stellenbosch Wine Routes and makes the most of the Cape’s balmy summer evenings when one of the town’s main roads is closed off, allowing visitors to...

Out and about at Mynhardt’s Kitchen Paarl

Last Week I went to Mynhardt’s Kitchen in Paarl, a legendary place which had slipped under my radar for many years and what a delight it was. The kitchen is actually in Mynhardt Joubert’s house—in the roof to be exact and the casual ambience is one of making yourself...