Events, Food and Wine Alchemy, Alchemy WHite, Alchemy Wines, Aphrodisiac Shack, Atlas, Bakery at Jordan, bestburger, burger, Cape Town\South AFrica, Chipotle, competition, Curedeli, De Warenmarkt, El Burro, George Jardine, Goes Well With, hamburger, Hartenberg, Hartenberg Noble Late Harvest Riesling, hipster, Klein Rivier, low carb, Montagu cheese, Oranjezicht Farm Market, Ryan Boone, Stellenbosch, Villiersdorp, Wild Peacock
The KnowItALL Burger – a classic style burger but with local knowledge
Note the hand crafted mustard and tomato sauce in the background. And of course, the Alchemy White.
Accommodation, Events, Food and Wine, Just Wine, Restaurants 5 star, Beau Constantia, Bistro 1682, Buitenverwachting, Chef Garth Almazan, Constantia, Constantia Glen, eagle owl, Eagle's Nest, golf, golf estate, Groot Constantia, hotels, Klein Constantia, Klein Steenberg Rosé, luxury hotel, oxtail, Red Wine Romp, restaurants, room service, Sauvignon Blanc, South Africa, Steenberg, Steenberg Black Swan Sauvignon Blanc, Steenberg hotel, Steenberg Semillon, Steenberg Vineyards, Tokai, Wine, winter
The Red Wine Romp held at Catharina’s Restaurant at Steenberg was the perfect occasion to revisit one of our favourite hotels and wine farms. The concept was simple: Celebrate the great red wines of the Constantia area, paired with a veritable winter feast prepared by Chef Garth Almazan and his team and the outstanding service and warm hospitality one always experiences at Catharina’s.
Restaurants Cape Town, gastronomy, Luke Dale-Roberts, Silo Building, small plates, South Africa, tapas-style, The Pot Luck Club, The Test Kitchen, Wine, Woodstock
We first visited the Pot Luck Club a few years ago in its original incarnation adjacent to the Test Kitchen. We have on occasion visited the Pot Luck Club at the new location at the top floor of the old Silo building and have always enjoyed our meal(s).
Our recent visit was no exception; we were yet again impressed by the excellent service, delicious food and the sheer energy of the space. The menu has evolved (entirely expected from an establishment with such a reputation and capabilities) and is now divided into sections listing the primary taste (sweet, salty and so forth). More
Accommodation Accommodation, air conditioning, Bonne Esperance, Bonne Esperance Studio Apartments, guest house, kitchenette, modern, self-catering, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch central, Van Riebeeck Street, walking distance
We regularly visit Stellenbosch and more often than not wine is involved, leaving us with the dilemma of finding accommodation that is unfortunately, due to the popularity of the town, prohibitively expensive. We found Bonne Esperance Studio Apartments on exactly such an occasion: A visit to the popular De Warenmarkt.
We have a severe aversion to guest houses and prefer to self-cater and these guys tick all the boxes: The amenities are modern and everything is in working order, you have enough space and privacy and best of it all: It is affordable (rates start at R700 per person sharing). Did I mention the free wi-fi that actually works? More
Restaurants 3-course menu, BYO, Dining Room, dinner, Gozleme, Karen Dudley, liquor license, restaurants, service, set menu, Sir Lowry Road, South Africa, The Dining Room, The Kitchen, Woodstock
Being encouraged to bring your own wine to a restaurant is already a huge PLUS in our eyes, so when friends invited us to join them at The Dining Room we jumped at the opportunity.
The Dining Room is the brain child of Karen Dudley (The Kitchen in Woodstock) and was primarily a venue for private functions. The Dining Room is now open to the public on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for a set 3-course meal.
Just Wine Bordeaux, Bordeaux style, Bruwer Raats, Cabernet Franc, De Compostella, MR de Compostella, Mvemve Raats, Mzokhona Mvemve, red wine, Riscura, Riscura Red Hot Wine Awards, South Africa, Stellenbosch, Wine
The MR de Compostella 2013 was announced as the best overall winner of the inaugural Riscura Red Hot Wine Awards. This is a 5-way Bordeaux style blend led by Cabernet Franc sourced from vineyards in the Stellenbosch area.
The wines were vinified seperately and tasted blind after one year in barrel. The wines that scored less than 90 points were not considered for the final blend. The percentage components of the blend were determined by the scores achieved in the blind tasting. This is the reason for the wine’s name: De Compostella meaning The Compilation of Stars.
Restaurants El Burro, Mexican, Mexican Food, Nic HaarhofF, Renee Haarhoff, Tamboerskloof
Had to go to Wikipedia to learn about Taqueria’s: “Taquería (pronounced: [takeɾ’ia]) is a Spanish word meaning taco shop or place that makes tacos. As tacos are an integral part of traditional Mexican cuisine, shops selling them have proliferated throughout Mexico and other areas with a heavy Mexican culinary and cultural influence…More typical taquerías specialize in tacos, as expected, but in some localities it can be used to refer to restaurants specializing in burritos, where tacos themselves are less of a point of emphasis. Originally, a taquería could only be a street vendor; however, today many taquerías are restaurants that occupy buildings.”
Just Wine Andrea Mullineux, Chenin Blanc, Chris Mullineux, Jason's Bakery, Mullineux, Mullineux & Leeu, solera, solera style, South Africa, straw wine, Wine
Mullineux & Leeu Family Wines launched their new Solera-style Straw Wine recently. The wine is the accumulation of 7 vintages (from 2008 to 2014): Each vintage a barrel or two have been held back and blended into the Solera – this refreshes the Solera every year. Unfortunately we may not use the term/name “Solera” in South Africa, hence the name of Olerasay.
The wine is complex and rich, but not cloying. The bright golden colour holds a myriad of flavours: dried apricot, roasted peach, honey and marmalade that finishes with delicious baking spices. The freshness is evident in a lovely hint of roasted lemon on the nose and palate. More
Restaurants Cape Town, chef's demo's, Chenin Blanc, cuisine, Foodbarn, Foodbarn Restaurant, French cuisine, La Colombe, modern food, Mooiplaas, Mooiplaas 2013 Sauvignon Blanc, Mooiplaas Houmoed Chenin Blanc 2013, Noordhoek, Raats Original Chenin Blanc, Silverthorn The Green Man Brut, single vineyard, South Africa, vegan menu, Vegetarian menu, wine list
The name Franck Dangereux is synonymous with fine French cuisine – he put La Colombe on the fine dining map and when he opened his own restaurant called Foodbarn, things could only get better! More relaxed, open spaces also gave him room for demo evenings and exclusive food and wine pairing events.
Foodbarn…relaxed and informal
We do not visit Foodbarn often enough – the trek to Noordhoek should not be an issue but the great wine list options always cause a state of near euphoria even before we have looked at the menu! Our recent visit was no exception: Right off the bat we could order the hard-to-get-hold-of Mooiplaas single vineyard Houmoed Chenin Blanc (2013 vintage a steal at R216). A glass of Silverthorn The Green Man Brut MCC will only set you back R59 and the Raats Original Chenin Blanc R56. There is a wide selection that even includes some foreign producers.
Restaurants Babel, Babylonstoren, Babylonstoren Chardonnay, Cape Town, garden walks, Paarl, restaurants, South Africa, Vuurberg
We are late visitors to Babel at Babylonstoren; we have seen so many glowing reports about the beautiful gardens and gorgeous food for the past year. A visit by The Navigator’s sister from the Free State was the perfect excuse to finally go see what the fuss is all about.
You do get greeted with a R10 per person admission fee to the farm – feels a bit cheeky, but then again, the place is simply breathtakingly beautiful. Feels a bit tourist-trappy at times (especially the gift shop) but then again, this is a business and they have to make money, right? More