Gabriëlskloof Restaurant marks a decade with an All-Star Menu

2019-08-24T10:08:45+02:00 Blog|

I had the pleasure to be invited to Gabriëlskloof's restaurant 10 year birthday. The one thing that stood out for me was the purity and love that went into the food. Chef Frans and his team make no nonsense food that is real and comforting with flavors that will blow your mind. Read all [...]

Country Life in the Robertson Wine Valley

2019-08-23T07:54:47+02:00 Blog, Featured, Wine Farms|

I have been so privileged to have attended this year’s Slow Food and Wine Festival at Robertson. It truly was a weekend to remember. Robertson valley is situated a mere 2 hour scenic drive from Cape Town on the renowned Route 62 and nestled between the majestic Langeberg and Riviersonderend mountain ranges with the [...]

The 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winners Announced

2019-08-21T09:22:49+02:00 Blog|

The 2019 Absa Top 10 Pinotage Winners Announced As far as Pinotage is concerned, being one of the Absa Top 10 Pinotage winners is the highest accolade any local Pinotage producer hopes to achieve. The Top 10 winners not only represent the cream of the crop of South African Pinotage, but also serve as [...]

Saveur ’19 Blog Awards – I need your nomination!

2019-07-30T09:47:30+02:00 Blog|

The 10th annual Saveur Blog Awards are here: a celebration of the bloggers, cooks, photographers, and travelers who are telling the most exciting stories on the web. And this is your chance to tell us who to celebrate. Fill out the nomination form below to tell us who you think is making the best recipes [...]

“The truth is in the vine” at De Toren Private Cellar

2019-06-20T10:50:51+02:00 Blog|

De Toren stands for luxurious, quality and elegant Bordeaux style wines. It starts with a fantastic team understanding each other and working so well together in all the aspects from the wine making, marketing and selling of this fantastic wine. De Toren Private Cellar is a boutique winery situated on the Polkadraai Hills, overlooking [...]

Shiraz Challenge Crowns its Latest Champions

2019-05-17T10:05:46+02:00 Blog|

The victors in the 7th Shiraz Challenge have been decided. The top wines in the annual competition were singled out in Paarl this week, putting them among South Africa's most desirable wines. Hosted by cultivar association Shiraz SA, the illustrious awards function took place on Thursday May 16 at Ashanti Estate. The event saw some [...]

Provence – A New SAMESYN Design

2019-04-24T10:01:20+02:00 Blog, Colaborations|

The Provence design is a muted, less colourful design showing off the natural beauty of 100% linen. The design includes dried foliage, poppy seeds plants, carrot seed plants, dried artichokes, vanilla pods, cinnamon sticks, pears, our usual cutlery (for the table cloths and without cutlery for the bedroom range) and even macaroons, just dreamy! [...]

Finding Tranquility in Wellington

2018-11-16T06:13:00+02:00 Blog, Wine Farms, Work With Me - Review/Blog Feature|

Driving 57 km westward from Stellenbosch lies the beautiful town of Wellington.  Located in the Bovlei Valley, outside Wellington, is a beautifully refurbished Cape Dutch property dating from 1799, called Andreas, and co-owned by Angela Croft. I had the privilege of being invited to spend a night at Andreas by Angela, and the moment we [...]

The 25 Best Wine Farm Breakfasts in the Cape 2018

2019-08-23T07:54:38+02:00 Blog, Breakfast|

Tokara Delicatessen The Early Bird Catches The Mimosa. Is there any meal more comforting than breakfast? Creamy scrambled eggs on sourdough toast, crunchy granola with honey and double-thick Greek yoghurt, brioche with maple syrup and mascarpone… and so it goes on… Now add a tranquil country setting – with sunny-side-up views of vineyards, mountains or [...]