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Time to dust off those walking shoes - Woodstock Street art tour

October 15, 2019

Woodstock used to be the run-down lower neighbour of the inhumane forced evictions that took place in District Six under the horrifying Apartheid Regime. Over the last two decades this area has resurfaced and resurged as an artistic and architectural slice of wonder full of business, residential space, and artisanal everything, from beer to bread and beyond.  

A key element in this urban renewal has been the creative, artistic community that incorporated their design ethos in the graffitti and galleries that have popped up all over the area. Woodstock used to be a semi-industrial area dedicated to processing the hauls of the fishing vessels coming into port but has since the early 1990’s it was earmarked as a “city improvement district” and became home to a slew of fiercely independent and expressive business and homeowners. 

Take  60-90 minute guided walking tour of the area to get a feel of the community, art and involvement in the growing of this area into a destination within Cape Town. Artist Juma Mkwela will enlighten you along the way, pointing out commissioned pieces that have been allowed and paid for by the building owners to bring a sense of vibrancy and life to the topography of Cape Town’s closest suburb.

 

E: juma.mkwela@gmail.com 

Location: Woodstock, Cape Town

Photo credit:  https://www.floornature.com

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Time to dust off those walking shoes

October 14, 2019

" Walking is man's best medicine

  • Hippocrates

That’s right, we are exploring the finest the Cape has to offer on our own two feet. This week we are focusing on walking tours that allow you to embrace and experience the City of Cape Town and all of the history it has to offer. You don’t need to be fit, just willing :-)

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Who’s up for dessert? “No” - nobody, ever - Grand Constance

October 10, 2019

One of the many international medals that this lauded wine estate has garnered over time is a gold for its Groot Constantia Grand Constance 2014 (unfortified natural sweet from Muscat de Frontignan). 

Aside from its incredible pedigree, the journey of the grape is entirely fascinating. After a  long ripening period ensures that the sweet-berried  grape has had adequate sunlight to produce the necessary sugars. 

The grapes are fermented on the skins for approximately one week and then pressed. After fermentation the wines are racked and allowed to ferment for another two years before opening and then best enjoyed with the following. 

This wine is a perfect complement to your final dish, ideally served slightly chilled (between 12°C and 14°C) and paired with chocolate, dried fruits, nuts and a wide variety of both hard and soft cheese, great with fruit-based puddings such as lemon tart, pavlova and fruit-topped cheesecakes.

URL: https://www.grootconstantia.co.za/ 

E: enquiries@grootconstantia.co.za 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/GrootConstantia/ 

Tel: +2721 794 5128

Photo credit:  Groot Constantia Wine Estate Web Page

Link for details and pics: grootconstantia.co.za/product/grand-constance/ 

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Who’s up for dessert? “No” - nobody, ever - Orange River Cellars Red Muscadel

October 09, 2019

The grapes of Orange River Cellars originate from just under six-hundred expert grape farmers who cultivate up and down the Orange River, also known as the Great Gariep River. This is a three-hundred Kilometre stretch of vineyards that form the second largest wine cooperative in the world, and the largest in South Africa. 

The geophysical and micro-climatic terroir is dramatically different along this route so it brings forth an amazing diversity of flavours and cultivars unlike anywhere else in the world. 

Enter stage left, the dessert wine of kings, taking a gold medal in the 2016 Muscats du Monde is the Red Muscadel from Orange River Cellars. An exciting viticultural journey begins with the wines orange-red hue; Intense beeswax-like Muscadel aromas combined with raisin fruit followed by a rich aftertaste. This is a dessert wine to savour by itself, or as a companion to all cheeses and rich pasta dishes, best served cold.

URL: https://orangeriverwines.com 

E: info@owk.co.za 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/orangeriver.cellars 

Tel: +27 (0) 54 337 8800 

Photo credit:  Orange River Cellars Web Page

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Who’s up for dessert? “No” - nobody, ever - Nederburg Noble Late Harvest

October 08, 2019

Botrytis cinerea is a fungal cultivation that is introduced to late harvest grapes on the vine, also known as the “Noble Rot” it causes the grapes to shrivel to almost raisin-like proportions whilst converting the maximum amount of fructose to create a sweet, sweet dessert wine.

At Nederburg, which is an incomparable estate with many, many attractions, and the creation of the Nederburg Auction allowed for South African Access into the international dessert wine competitions.

The wine itself is a brilliant yellow with hints of gold and has a bouquet of orange peel, apricot accented by dried peach aromas. On your palate you will experience a subtle balance between acid and sugar with dried fruit, pineapple and citrus flavours.

Viva a’la dessert!

URL: https://nederburg.com  

E: info@nederburg.com 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/NederburgWinesSouthAfrica/ 

Tel: +27 (0) 81 848 4295

Location: Nederburg Wine Estate Sonstraal Road, Paarl

Photo credit:  Nederburg Web Page

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Who’s up for dessert? “No” - nobody, ever

October 07, 2019

You may know all about the fantastic wines and estates that are the imprint of Huguenot settlers meeting Dutch farming sensibilities in some of the most verdant and fertile wine growing regions of the world. Amongst this you will also find the incredible dessert “Noblesse” dessert wines that are sweet, fragrant and a result of a guerilla tactic employed by local wine producers to enter the world stage and sweep away many gold medals in their category.

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To Yacht or not to Yacht - The Floating Restaurant

October 03, 2019

Established in 1988, the V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited destinations with twenty-four million annual visitors. It is located in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere, with the astounding Table Mountain as its backdrop and views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks.

In this harbour you will find The Alba, a floating seventy-two-seater restaurant specifically designed to be extra stable in choppy waters and allowing you to have a properly unique floating fine dining experience. 

Options available to you are exciting things like Bubbly Brunch Cruise, Lavish Lunch Cruise, Afternoon Cocktail or the Decadent Dinner Cruise. 

The friendly and super service-oriented staff are on hand to help make your wedding, corporate cruise, gala event or family outing unforgettable. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows for the exceptional views and fully air-conditioned for your comfort, this vessel is designed for comfort and great food and wine.

URL: https://thealba.co.za/

E: bookings@thealba.co.za 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thealbarestaurantboat/

Tel: +27 (0)65 975 8060

Location: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront

Photo credit: The Alba Facebook Page

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To Yacht or not to Yacht - The Floating Restaurant

October 03, 2019

Established in 1988, the V&A Waterfront is one of Africa’s most visited destinations with twenty-four million annual visitors. It is located in the oldest working harbour in the southern hemisphere, with the astounding Table Mountain as its backdrop and views of the ocean, city bowl and mountain peaks.

In this harbour you will find The Alba, a floating seventy-two-seater restaurant specifically designed to be extra stable in choppy waters and allowing you to have a properly unique floating fine dining experience. 

Options available to you are exciting things like Bubbly Brunch Cruise, Lavish Lunch Cruise, Afternoon Cocktail or the Decadent Dinner Cruise. 

The friendly and super service-oriented staff are on hand to help make your wedding, corporate cruise, gala event or family outing unforgettable. Floor-to-ceiling glass windows for the exceptional views and fully air-conditioned for your comfort, this vessel is designed for comfort and great food and wine.

URL: https://thealba.co.za/

E: bookings@thealba.co.za 

FB: https://www.facebook.com/thealbarestaurantboat/

Tel: +27 (0)65 975 8060

Location: Pierhead, V&A Waterfront

Photo credit: The Alba Facebook Page

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To Yacht or not to Yacht - Floating Family Fun

October 02, 2019

Yacoob Yachts has a flotilla of vessels suited for every age group and designed to make your oceangoing adventures an absolute pleasure. The four vessels that operate out of Quay 5 in the Victoria &Alfred Waterfront are Ameer, Tigresse, The Jolly Roger and Tommy the Tugboat.  These vessels offer daily cruises along the beautiful Cape Town coastline, or for the younger pirates and tug boat captains, harbour trips and immersive, fun experiences.  Ameer and Tigresse are luxury yachts that go further afield and are available for staff parties, birthdays, weddings, or any other celebration you may want to book them for.

The Jolly Roger (featured in the image above) is available for kids parties and there are a variety of packages you can book in advance (trips outside the harbour walls are weather dependant), including awesome activities like a Pirate Pledge, face painting and treasure hunts. 

Tommy the Tugboat is for our littlest of sailors, offering harbour trips through Cape Town's working harbour, where they can take in the sights like the many large seals and the fishing fleets and pleasure crafts.

URL: http://www.yacoobyachts.co.za/

E: info@tigresse.co.za

FB: https://www.facebook.com/waterfrontcats/

Tel: +27 21 421 0909

Location: Quay 5, V&A Waterfront

Photo credit:  Yacoob Yachts Website

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To Yacht or not to Yacht - The Mirage

October 01, 2019

“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

Mark Twain

Step aboard this 76-foot custom-built luxury catamaran, built to the highest code prescribed by South African Marine Safety Authority, Passenger Ship Class VI. With the customary twin-hull catamaran configuration this yacht features a saloon area on the bridge deck level, and a flybridge on the upper deck. On the deck is a large bar, with enough seating for fifty-two.

Upstairs, on the flybridge, the VIP area of the yacht offers seating for sixty-one and unobstructed views, you’ll feel on top of the world from here with the wind singing through the rigging. 

Built to entertain, The Mirage is hosting the Forever Summer Concert Series this summer and have a variety of acts and bubbly sponsorships that will ensure an amazing experience on the waters.

URL: https://www.miragecatamaran.com/

E: info@miragecatamaran.com

FB: https://www.facebook.com/miragecatamaran

Tel: +27 71 428 1126

Location: Pierhead (opposite the clock tower), V&A Waterfront

Photo credit:  The Mirage FB Page

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