Win a trip to NICE with JAN.

WIN A TRIP TO NICE & APRICALE AND DINE WITH JAN Pre-order your copy of JAN the JOURNAL online and you could stand a chance to win a trip to Nice in France, and Apricale in Italy. You could be shopping the markets with Jan Hendrik and dine at his Michelin-star Restaurant JAN in Nice…

South African Michelin-Star Chef Launches Luxury Publication

Following the success of JAN, his debut television show on VIA (DStv 147) last year, South African Michelin-star chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is launching a luxury publication called JAN the JOURNAL on May 9, 2018. Like van der Westhuizen’s  bestselling recipe books, the JOURNAL, a bi-annual publication, will be a visual feast –…

Belvedere Garden POP-UP BAR

From the creators of The Union Pop Up Bar THE BELVEDERE GARDEN POP UP BAR Straight off the success of two seasons in Cape Town, Belvedere the world’s original luxury Vodka brings the Secret Garden Bar to Johannesburg! Uncover a magical urban oasis in the heart of Johannesburg as Belvedere, the world’s original luxury vodka,…

It’s Dad’s turn….spoil the ol’ man.

Your Dad believed in you and strived to give you the best in life. He loved you unconditionally, he taught you about being a loyal soccer fan, he even saved you before your sibling dropped the water balloon on your head. Apart from that, your Dad also wore the Batman cape with you, built you…

NEOCHEF™ LG MICROWAVE WITH SMART INVERTER – CONVECTION OVEN

Oh my goodness!  What a fantastic piece of kitchen equipment!  I have been idolising the large microwave-cum-oven machines which was first introduced in the South African market some years ago.  What a gigantic leap these machines have made with modern technology and sleek design standards. I was sent the NeoChef for a review and to…

The Cape Wine Auction 2018 raises R17.5 million for education

SA philanthropic initiative has raised nearly R73 million since it was launched. Saturday, February 10: The 2018 Cape Wine Auction, held at Rustenberg Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, has raised R17.5 million for education in the Cape winelands and has amassed nearly R73 million in its five years of existence. The day’s highest bid of R750…

American Express Friday Night Barrel Auction a Resounding Success

Friday February 9, Tokara, Stellenbosch Guests at Friday night’s American Express Barrel Auction were witness to some seriously spirited bidding for rare and sought after lots and the chance to own some truly one-of-a-kind wines. The Mvemve Raats MR De Compostella lot – which comprised of eight bottle of the estate’s 2012-2015 vintages – went…

Gastronomic Girl Power at award-winning Restaurant Mosaic

South Africa’s Chantel Dartnall – currently the reigning Best Female Chef in the World – has been joined at the award-winning Restaurant Mosaic by one of the country’s most exciting female sommeliers, 28-year-old Taryn Nortje. Says Nortje: “It is any sommelier’s dream come true to work in a restaurant which boasts the finest cellar in…

Merry Gin-mas!

Thank you for sharing the 12 Gins To Christmas adventure with me. It’s been gin-tastic and a blast! Today we enjoy a gin which is not included in the Daily Drams gin advent calendar.  This incredible creation is insta-envy worth for the magical transformation which occurs before your eyes…. The Time Anchor Distillery Mirari Blue…

ONE Gin to Christmas!

New Harbour Distillery Gin – Spekboom // iGwanitsha Gin South Africa’s Carbon Neutral Craft Distillery It’s a beautiful day in the African bushveld and a perfect day for a local (and indigenous) gin.  As I enjoy the last selection of the Daily Drams gin advent calendar I couldn’t have asked for a better stage to…

2nd Gin to Christmas

Boplaas Gin The very elusive and rumoured Boplaas Gin was a surprise in my ginvent calendar! This finely crafted gin from the Klein Karoo (South Africa) is produced by the Nel Family of Calitzdorp. Boplaas is renowned for the wine it produces, however winemakers are not restricted to the wine presses.  KWV, which produces exceptional…

3rd Gin to Christmas

Ginologist Spice Where science meets gin…. I recall the humble, yet ambitious, beginning of this brand.  Now this is a staple in our drinks cabinet (for various reasons). My very first “gin tasting” experience was with this brand and everything I know know about the botanicals and “perfect serve” was presented by the passionate Gauteng-based…

4th Gin to Christmas

Tanqueray Gin – London Dry Gin Cheers to Charles Tanqueray!  This brave soul traded the church for the still.  And four days to Christmas some people would scoff and groan, but let’s be honest the best drinks were stoked by the monks and clergy. This traditional London Dry Gin has a proud 180 year tradition…

Malfy Gin Lemon Cake recipe

Here’s a Christmas cake recipe which does not conform to the tradition, however this version makes use of the Italian spirit of the Mediterranean. Ingredients to make Malfy Gin Lemon Cake: 50ml Malfy Con Limone Gin 225 grams soft butter (plus extra for greasing) 300 grams caster sugar 6 large eggs 350 grams plain flour…

5th Gin to Christmas

Malfy Gin – Gin from Italy distilled with lemons The poster-child of Italian decadence and a ocean-side lifestyle.  The crisp blue and yellow branding screams Italian clichés of fast cars, ocean breezes and tanned bodies. I can close my eyes and picture rows of sun loungers topped with miles and miles of brown legs crisscrossed…

Strawberry & Rose Syrup

It was a combination of inspirations, from the pink hue of The Cape Town Gin & Spirits Company’s Pink Lady gin, to the discussion about French Toast topped with rich and velvety Mascarpone cheese, plump fresh strawberries then lightly drizzled with honey… Capturing all these flavours and showcasing the Pink Lady Gin was the challenge. …