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...

Out and about at Tulbagh tasting rooms

The town of Tulbagh lies cradled like an infant in the crook of its mother’s elbow in the shelter of three great mountain ranges, the Obiqua, the Winterhoek, and the Witzenberg, which meet and enfold the Tulbagh Valley. Where the Breede Valley sweeps down to the...

Tasting wine in Constantia

Now that things are—dare I say it?—loosening up a little, it is time to get out and taste wine. Buying some is also a good idea. I will be featuring some places to get out and about to do just that. The first is the granddaddy of them all, Constantia.   Close to...

Out and about at Hillcrest Farm Tygerberg Hills

What more could one want? A perfect early summer day, excellent wine from Winemaker Arno Smith (assisted by his little dog Saartjie—famous in her own right), gorgeous olives from the farm, hearty farm style food, and now—to top it all—BEER! No wonder people are...

Out and about at Forneria Italia Tableview

                  Forneria Italia has a long been a favourite family restaurant in the Tableview area always offering the best Italian food at good prices using the very best ingredients. The pasta dishes include fabulous...

Out and about at Fairview Paarl

                    Capetonians are out and about in droves, especially as we have had some delightful early summer days. Winter has not quite loosed its grip and Mother Nature reminded us forcefully that she is still...