The Greatest Love of All – Whitney Houston Tribute show

Amelia Visser and I were lucky enough to be invited to attend the opening night of the The Greatest Love Of All Show, as presented by Showtime Australia, at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace. In all honesty, it surpassed even my expectations. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, we listened to one…

BOUCHARD FINLAYSON RATED ‘BEST PINOT NOIR’ IN 2018 SAWi AWARDS

Bouchard Finlayson’s Galpin Peak Pinot Noir has once again been ranked as the top Pinot Noir in South Africa, scoring a full 100 marks in the 2018 South African Wine Index Fine Wine Awards (SAWi).  Recognised globally for its quality, excellence and consistency, the Galpin Peak has now held the No. 1 spot for 10 years…

CALLING ALL CHEFS – BRING IT!

The professional chef competition with the biggest prize pool in the country is back, and you’re invited to bring your passion, bring your experience and bring your game – BRING IT! Join the professionals and the up-and-coming in a clash of talent, skill, determination and passion – with the chance to win up to R15…

Women of Wine South African Festival 2018

Some of the country’s best craft wine, gin and beer – made by female wine and spirit makers – will be showcased at the upcoming Women of Wine South Africa (WoWSA) festival on Sunday, August 12 from 11h00 to 16h00, in celebration of Women’s Month. This not-to-be-missed event, which is open to the whole family,…

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…