“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

2018-11-06T18:55:22+02:00 Blog, Breakfast, Featured|

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 [...]

Savour Sensory Ecstasy with Idiom’s Wine & Macaron Experience

2018-10-19T15:47:15+02:00 Blog, Featured, Wine Pairings/Tastings, Work With Me - Food and Wine Pairings, Work With Me - Styled Shoot|

 I loved doing this shoot it was so much fun, and I can tell you that the macarons are out of this world.  Exquisite new summer pairing delights from November 2018 till end of February 2018 This summer at Idiom you can explore interesting and unusual wines through the prism of macarons, the dainty confection [...]

Contemporary Cuisine at Idiom Wines

2018-10-19T15:47:26+02:00 Blog, Featured, Wine Farms|

I had the privilege to have been invited to lunch at Idiom last week.   With two years trading under its belt, the Idiom Restaurant & Tasting Centre has fast become a must-visit destination for those seeking a vineyard setting with 180 degree panoramic views of both sea and mountain with spectacular cuisine and a wide [...]

Wondrous Coconut Oil

2018-10-16T17:41:26+02:00 Blog, Work With Me - Review/Blog Feature|

Virgin coconut oil, cold-pressed from the white “meat” of the coconut, consists almost entirely of the saturated fatty acids lauric acid and myristic acid. Its unusual fatty acids profile means that coconut oil cannot contain harmful transfats, since these can only be created out of mono- and polyunsaturated fatty acids. Indeed, the high content of [...]

House & Leisure – Blooming Beautiful: Samesyn Linen’s Spring Collection

2018-10-19T15:47:37+02:00 Blog, Colaborations, Featured, Wine Pairings/Tastings|

Beautiful contrasts set the tone for this new linen range. As published in Heath & Leisure on the 11th of September 2018 Large, cheerful blossoms explode against a dark background in one of the images in Samesyn’s latest collection – a brand that prints original styled food photography on luxury linen. To showcase their new [...]