August 7, 2020


IRASSHAIMASE! SYNCHRONICITY - WHEN YOU WISH AND IT APPEARS That’s the Japanese word for welcome… Every year my friend Anne and I head off for a welcome ...
August 3, 2020

Our deepest fear

OUR DEEPEST FEAR So how does a pilot, ballerina or sommelier feel right now? Fear seems to be the immobiliser for many people who have been ...
July 23, 2020

Taking a stand, together

TAKING A STAND, TOGETHER A MILLION SEATS ON THE STREETS Yesterday restauranteurs, chefs, suppliers and the public took to the streets for a peaceful protest, nationally. ...
July 17, 2020

Jobs save lives

JOBS SAVE LIVES I am proud to be part of the restaurant industry. It is filled with talented, passionate, dedicated people who love what they ...
July 1, 2020

Restaurants step up to the plate

RESTAURANTS STEP UP TO THE PLATE As restaurants begin to re-open, valiantly and differently, we need to continue to support them. I for one hope ...
June 23, 2020

A fine Father’s Day weekend

A FINE FATHER’S DAY WEEKEND It was a real ‘hygge’ weekend, roaring fire, my lap covered by a cashmere rug and my cat – exactly ...
June 5, 2020

Friday night fabulous

FRIDAY NIGHT FABULOUS FROM HANDBRAKE TO HERO In our family foursome, the men are known as Handbrake, Handsome and Handful. I’m known as Hands-on. Very. ...
April 30, 2020

The golden hues of Autumn

THE GOLDEN HUES OF AUTUMN I’m convinced that Mother Nature granted display rights for autumn in the Western Cape to the winelands, and in Cape ...
April 24, 2020

A table at noma

A TABLE AT NOMA Another week’s trials of a cook in captivity. Today is the day of my much-awaited, bucket-list reservation of a table for two ...
April 9, 2020

From the table to the plate

FROM THE TABLE TO THE PLATE CELEBRATING THE SIMPLER THINGS IN LIFE I am happy in these times to be accused of sunshine journalism, writing about ...
April 3, 2020

Another week at my table

ANOTHER WEEK AT MY TABLE LOCKING DOWN TO COOKING, READING It’s been a week since lockdown in South Africa. An interesting one, and yes, a lot ...
March 26, 2020

Another seat at my table

ANOTHER SEAT AT MY TABLE This was going to be such a good year. I loved the balance of the numbers 2020, so started the ...
March 17, 2020

Risk and resilience

RISK AND RESILIENCE  “Resilience is the ability to recover or adjust easily to misfortune or change.” Online dictionary definition RESILIENCE South Africans are nothing, if not resourceful ...
February 21, 2020

Alternatarian cooking demo

ALTERNATARIAN COOKING DEMO It was an exciting moment when a group of gourmets gathered to be inspired by alternative options in our Alternatarian cooking demo. ...
December 13, 2019

From casual restaurants to roof tops

FROM CASUAL RESTAURANTS TO ROOF TOPS HEARTFELT THANKS Restaurants and chefs continue to inspire us. We wish to thank them for their loyal support. They remain ...
December 3, 2019

Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic

Chantel Dartnall of Restaurant Mosaic accepts another honour CONGRATULATIONS TO... chef Chantel Dartnall, the team at three-plated Restaurant Mosaic, and South Africa, for this well-deserved award ...
November 29, 2019

Celebrate this time, come on!

CELEBRATE THIS TIME, COME ON! LOU-LOU'S Every Friday is a reason to celebrate. Last Friday I met a fellow food-lover for a light bite at the ...
November 8, 2019

Casual in the Cape

TASTE THE GOURMET GUIDE'S WEEK QUENTIN AT OAKHURST After a whirlwind time, last week it was time to find downtime. Sunday provided free time in which ...
November 1, 2019

From city to island

ULTRA LUXURY ALL THE WAY SPACIOUS, SECLUDED, SENSATIONAL Sweeping views of the Atlantic Ocean witnessed over the rim of a glass of Moët & Chandon, what ...
October 10, 2019


BEAUTIFUL, BREATHTAKING AND MORE THAN BETROTHALS The dramatically beautiful Bosjes Chapel in Worcester, in the picturesque Breede Valley, is where many have exchanged vows, the ...
September 27, 2019


FROM SOIL TO SOUL ONE-PLATED RESTAURANT When a special friend, born a Virgo, still a filly, requested the perfect place at which to celebrate her milestone ...
September 25, 2019

Read, write, reflect

EAT YOUR WORDS What do an artist, interior decorator, photographer, company director, Masterchef UK finalist and wealth specialist have in common? Passion, a love of ...
September 13, 2019


A RESTAURANT WITH LEGACY AND NEW LIFEts in It was with a glass of Steenberg’s prestige cuvee, 1682 Brut Chardonnay MCC, that we toasted the ...
August 27, 2019

Ye olde pub lunch

THE TEST KITCHEN My man loves fine dining, but, when push comes to shove, may say ‘yay’ to pub grub over refined fare, with the ...
August 6, 2019

A family affair

IN MEMORY OF MARGARET Let’s celebrate all women this week, perhaps with a pink gin? When my son mentioned that his micro-brewery and nano-distillery were making ...
July 26, 2019

Restaurant Mosaic

A MEMORABLE COLLABORATION OF BOTANICAL CUISINE, WINE AND ART I felt my pulse diminish as we drove through the glistening gateway of the Orient Hotel ...
July 19, 2019

A heartful of feast and family

A HEARTFELT FEAST AND FAMILY SAXON HOTEL, VILLAS & SPA You can check out, but you may never (want to) leave… Checking into the award-winning Saxon Hotel ...
July 12, 2019

Bonjour gourmands

BONJOUR GOURMANDS Sunday is Bastille Day, the national day of France called la Fête nationale, celebrated every year on 14 July. Closer to home we ...
July 5, 2019

Three-plated La Colombe

LA COLOMBE Head chef James Gaag is a chef who is creative, playful, thoughtful and inspirational. With chef proprietor Scot Kirton they have secured three-plated ...
June 21, 2019

Rust en Vrede

RUST EN VREDE I’m not sure that waking up, in eager anticipation of dinner that night, is normal? Chef Fabio Daniel at Rust en Vrede ...
June 7, 2019

Sandwiched between the covers…

Sandwiched between the covers… This week we celebrated the start of Winter and the downpours that are filling our dams in the Cape. We also ...
May 31, 2019

The gourmet journey

FROM TOWN TO COUNTRY COUNTRY LIFE This much-loved magazine features fine country chefs in each issue, what a treat to meet up with two chefs who ...