Friday, February 25, 2011

Lighthouse 10

For food and wine lovers like me, every now and then it’s really good to stretch those legs and work off some of those kilojoules. While this may not be appealing to everybody, this particular 10km fun run on March 2 along the prom really is super fun! The vibe is relaxed and the scenery beautiful. Don’t miss out!

Run by the Atlantic Athletic Club, the race starts at 6:15pm (registration at 4:15pm).

Start: Mouille Point lighthouse

Price: R45 for unlicensed runners.

Join me and enjoy what’s left of the summer sun outdoors – then reward yourself with more of the good life afterwards…

Took this picture just last week from the prom – it really is so pretty!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

A grand daddy of a lunch

If you are looking for an awesome spot for lunch in town, try the Grand Daddy restaurant in Long Street. They have recently redecorated the venue and have a great lunch menu.

Go on Mondays for the Meatless Monday special – this week they had a butternut and ricotta ravioli with pine nuts and red pesto (R40).

I opted for the ostrich burger (R60), which was recommended by the waiter. It’s quite a large portion for a lady (and I’m a girl who can eat), so come hungry! The patty was tender and I opted for the creamy peppercorn sauce, which to be honest I could have had more of as I didn't ask for tomato sauce or any other condiments.

The crowd consisted of couples and business lunches. It’s not too noisy thank heavens and the service was fair. They also have wraps, salads, open sandwiches, and then hearty food such as steaks, pork belly, line fish and so on.

Monday, February 21, 2011

fabulous pinot noir

Muratie wine Estate just outside of Stellenbosch has a beautiful, rustic wine cellar filled with delicious wine.

I tried the chardonnay, the cab sauv, the shiraz, the pinot noir, the merlot and their Cape Vintage Port.

I loved The George Paul Canitz Pinot Noir 2009 and the 2007 Merlot. They were my favourite! The port was also delicious as far as ports go.

I was initially disappointed by the 2007 shiraz, it was very tanniny and light whereas I like a shiraz with a bit more oomph!

We bought a bottle of the pinot noir (delicious upon opening) and finished it very quickly (R150per bottle). Another person in out party had decided to buy a bottle of the shiraz (R125 I think), which we decided to open and let breathe for a good hour.

This really allowed the body to form and it was very pleasantly drinkable.

They had yummy platters available too!

The venue was stunning, in a rustic, green kind of way and their was live music provided by the very talented Gerald Clark and the showy, dynamic Blues Broers.

I will definitely be heading back for more of their pinot noir once my hangover wears off…

Muratie charges R61 delivery to Cape Town for 6 or 12 bottles ( Tastings cost R20pp for five wines of your choice.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011


We camped the full weekend at UP the Creek earlier this month.
It was an amazing, hot, music-filled, shandy shindig of a weekend.
The whole farm is really dry and although the weatherman assured us there would be rain – there was none…
UP the Creek is held on a farm near Swellendam along the Breede River.
The river was pretty full though and the so the ‘river stage’ had to be moved this year from the ‘island’ to the bank. There were loads of floating devices – lilos shaped like dragons, whales, sausage dogs and couches; there were water pistols; floating bars; burnt bodies and fishing rods.
My partner even caught a fish – a barbel! About so big (imagine him stretching his arms out to indicate an unbelievable length) but he had a witness who assured me it was so.
I was most impressed by: Flash republic; Taxi Violence; Karen Zoid (loved her red shoes!!) and Bed on Bricks.
I love aKing, but felt their stage presence lacked any kind of presence at all and it was as if the sound engineers pushed the volume up so much all I heard was ‘noise’ and thus retracted to the bar.
Jack Parow was cool, but also totally wasted and failed to perform his collab later with Bed on Bricks and instead came on two songs too late and did a strange little dance on the side for about 30 seconds and stumbled down again.
The dirty skirts bored me to tears and I chose instead to watch ‘real stars’ while lying down on the soft cool grass.
All in all it was a fabulous weekend though, with plenty of awesome acts, good memories, great food, cool river stories (friends of mine went skinny dipping til 4 in the morning). When it was over I didn't want to leave and was forced into the car to head back to Cape Town...

cool earthy decor at NAP

If you are looking for home decor inspiration pop into the Cape Quarter in Green Point and visit NAP...
It's an awesome store filled with wonderful accessories and home ware.
They also have scrumptious quiches for sale.
I loved all the 'wood' creations (see pics)...

Friday, February 11, 2011

yay it's friday!!!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

your local merchant

Awesome new shop in Cape Town

34 Long Street, Cape Town City

A haven for shoppers in search of Africa’s elite fashion, art and accessories

While living and working as a fine artist in Europe, local lass Hanneli Rupert decided to head in a new direction: designing handbags and opening her own authentic contemporary African store. ‘I love painting but I wanted to do something more structured. I love marketing as a practice and I think that sometimes the marketing and way we represent ourselves abroad is terrible. I don’t think that the sophistication of South Africa comes through. The ethos behind the handbag line, Okapi, and the shop is quite similar – it is about bringing the best of African design and brands together.’

Hanneli’s aim was to create more than just a retail space, she wanted a salon- style, concept store where people can shop, but not feel pressured to buy and just enjoy a cup coffee. ‘It’s not just about selling beautiful things, I mean, we are selling beautiful things, but all the products come with such a great story to them, and I hope the shop in itself attracts interesting people with interesting stories’.

The products are not the only items with a great story… The Art Nouveau building Hanneli chose for her store has been a retail outlet since the 1800’s when Strand Street was literally still a ‘strand’ – and she says she found it by fluke. ‘The building is perfect. It was a gallery before, and I walked in one day and it was for sale. It is as old as the castle, built from the coffee cliff slate from Table Mountain. They only put on the terracotta façade at the turn of the century in about 1903.’

Many of the products stocked in the store have never even been sold inside this country, even though they are African, and Hanneli explained that some of the retailers said they just couldn’t find a place that suited their brand. ‘Sometimes I have to bring in the products from abroad, even if they are made in Africa, because they do the quality control in England or something, but all the brands are African.’ Her store offers high-end African products such as perfume, clothing, costumes, art, jewellery, hats, shoes and homeware. Even her organic coffee is sourced from Africa.

‘I think we really appeal to a wide range of people. There is a very wide price range and everything is good value for money even if it is out of some people’s budgets. I don’t want to sell things that will fall apart, so people who are after good quality, sophistication and international standards.’

‘I am always looking for new and exciting but fashionable brands.’ Hanneli plans to launch her new range of handbags this month and shoppers can also look forward to new retailers such as Sawa, a Camaroon shoe brand and Masaai, a Kenyan jewellery brand.

If you want to plan a private shopping function and meet some of the designers, just give her a call. 021-422-2828

The above entry is the unedited version of the article that appeared in the khuluma magazine.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Cape Town Beer Fest

I meant to put these up ages ago, but here are some pics from the Cape Town Beer Festival. It was so cool – we had a great time listening to the oompah band, drinking beers and meeting brewers. That Duvel was nasty strong and set us on a good pace for the rest of the evening. I am a big fan of Weiss beer and dark lager and I thoroughly enjoyed (and drank many) Valentins Weißbier hefeweissbiers :-) If you see it, buy it, you won't regret it!

Hot surf spot

Pringle Bay is such an awesome coastal village with a lovely beach and some great waves (on occasion) with no crowds. So, if you have some time, pack a picnic basket and make the day trip. (1 hours drive from Cape Town)

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Events not to be missed this Feb

3–6 February

Did you know? Before Karen Zoid became famous, she used to busk for petrol money to go on holiday with her friends. Head out Swellendam side for a weekend of fantastic music, comedy and Breede River fun at Up The Creek music festival. Awesome acts such as Bed on Bricks, Boo!, aKing, Jack Parow, Flash Republic, Karen Zoid, Elvis Blue, Taxi Violence and Dan Patlansky will be there, plus awesome prizes are up for grabs at the ‘Anything that Floats’ race. Only 2  000 tickets for the festival are available.

4 February

Did you know? Faithless lead singer Maxi Jazz owns a Subaru Impreza P1, a Ford Escort Mk2 RS2000, a Ford Sierra Cosworth and a Marcos LM500 R. You may not have a garage full of impressive cars but you can rev yourself up for red-hot thrills on the dancefloor when Faithless perform in town for one night only (Grand West). Or catch them in Jozi on 5 February at Gallagher Convention Centre. Tickets from R260 at Computicket.

1–26 February

Did you know? Your ‘funny bone’ is actually a nerve that runs down the inside of your elbow and lets your brain know about feelings in your fourth and fifth fingers. Let one of the Mother City’s most popular comedians tickle your funny bone with his new show, Marc Lottering: Not in 3D (Baxter Theatre), featuring his latest stand-up material and his alter egos, Auntie Merle and Smiley. Tickets from R70 at Computicket.

26 February

Did you know? An hour of vigorous swimming will burn up to 650 calories – more than walking or biking. If you’re looking for thrills, Grabouw Country Club is the place to be as athletes battle it out for the title of Duesouth Xterra SA champion and the chance to qualify for the final in Hawaii. Individuals and teams take on a 1.5km swim, 25km mountain-bike race and 10km trail run. There’s also a shorter Xterra Lite course for newbies.

25–27 February

Did you know? A ton of grapes makes about 720 bottles of wine. Dig in and experience the magic of winemaking at the Robertson Hands-on Harvest festival, where you can pick your own grapes, stomp them and find out how to turn the mush into wine. There’s also breakfast boat trips, wine tasting on horseback, spa vinotherapy and more.

20 February

Did you know? Salsa is Spanish for sauce, which is derived from the Latin word meaning salty. If you’re
keen to cook up a spicy night out, head to Stellenbosch and be entertained by the sexy rhythms of
Grupo Tren Latino (Oude Libertas Amphitheatre), whose members hail from South America and Africa. Tickets from R30 at Computicket. Other shows include the modern ballet Romeo’s Kiss (14–19th) and Schubert in Afrikaans (25 & 26th)

10–22 February

Did you know? Claire Danes wore a wig throughout the 1996 Romeo + Juliet film and also had a special aquatic wig for her underwater scenes. Pack a picnic basket and settle down for song, dance and romance at a dramatic, outdoor staging of Shakespeare’s classic tale of star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet (Lourensford Estate Orchard Amphitheatre, Somerset West). Tickets R80 at Computicket.

25 & 26 February

Did you know? The wreck of the Titanic has the oldest wine cellar in the world and despite the depth and wreckage, the bottles are still intact. Head out to the Constantia Fresh Festival (Constantia Wine Valley) for food-and-wine pairings, fine dining at The Greenhouse and comparative tastings of South African and international sauvignon-blanc blends.

3–19 February

Did you know? A shrew only lives for 16 months. While that may be true, the Taming of the Shrew was written in the 1590s and is still being performed today, specifically this month at Maynardville – with an Italian circus theme! Dip into congenial drunk Christopher Sly’s play-within-a-dream filled with disguises, mistaken identities and a topsy-turvy world of jugglers, clowns and true love. Tickets from R100 at Computicket.

*Taken from my article published in the khuluma magazine