Blog
August 7, 2020

Irasshaimase

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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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. ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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. ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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. ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
October 10, 2019

Bosjes

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 ...
Blog
September 27, 2019

Cavalli

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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
September 13, 2019

TRYN

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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...
Blog
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 ...