"My mother... she is beautiful, softened at the edges and tempered with a spine of steel. I want to grow old and be like her."
The first thing that strikes you when you enter Lust Bistro and Bakery is the incredible sense of warmth and comfort, the venue beckons you in. They are throwing a massive Mother’s Day buffet and once again, booking is essential to avoid disappointment.
You will have (amongst other things) the following to choose from:
Table Platters come as a starter and include artisan wild yeast croutes with mushroom & lemon thyme pate and chicken liver pate with sherry jelly.
Mains, shaved sirloin with confit garlic jus, chicken, bacon & leek lasagna, Shephard`s pie and roast vegetables. For dessert there’s Malva pudding with vanilla crème anglaise or chocolate brownie with Chantilly cream as well as fruit skewers with lemon verbena syrup.
A fantastic spread for all and a wonderful way to show mum you care 😊
Heading out into the Paarl winelands, we delve deep into the Karoo inspired foods beautifully prepared at Knus Karoo Kombius (Kitchen). The interior is a nostalgic haven with bric-a-brac reminiscent of a farmstall, a kitchen and a cozy dining room.
The first thing you will smell when you arrive is the delicious aroma of Roosterkoek (freshly made bread prepared over the coals in the stone fireplace) served with cheddar cheese, apricot jam and butter.
Another amazing dish is the “Breadless Burger”, which is a homemade Karoo beef patty served with mushrooms, roasted peppers, aubergine, baby marrow, caramelised onions, cream cheese and bone marrow, a meat lovers delight!
Top all of that off with a great cup of Moerkoffie (a strong farmer coffee) and a slice of milk tart, or a koeksister (confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey), and you’re all set.
First off, the experience of Grande Provence is one of many layers, impressions and flavours, all of them astounding. From a flavor perspective, you are incredibly well taken care of by Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst and Winemaker, Matthew van Heerden. Together, they have crafted The Taste of Grande Provence, a ground breaking food and wine pairing methodology that you need to experience yourself, prepare to be blown away.
Moving on to the Gallery, which exhibits artists such as established talents Angus Taylor, Leon Vermeulen and Lionel Smit as well as up-and-coming young artists such as Phillemon Hlungwani, Nico Masemolo and Jacki McInnes. A small carefully selected collection of SA Masters such as Irma Stern, J.H. Pierneef and Hugo Naud are also available to collectors.
We highly recommend you avail yourselves of the private dining experience offered by Grande Provence, where you can dine Al Fresco on their beautifully manicured lawns under ancient oak trees, with water features and outdoor fireplaces completing the idyllic setting. This venue has so much more to it, and is an outing on its own, highly recommended!
In 1688, 176 French Huguenot refugees fleeing religious persecution settled in the valley known as Oliphantshoek (Elephants Corner, named thus because the elephants crossed the river there to calve), after the land was given to them by the Dutch government.
Later the area came to be known as the French Corner (le Coin Français) which translated into Dutch as Franschoek. Each of these refugee settlers and their families have their own unique story, all faithfully chronicled in the Huguenot Memorial Museum near the intricate and impressive Huguenot Monument.
The settlers brought their farming and viticulture know-how with them and brought these skills to bear on the countryside, bringing forth wine after glorious wine. The Franschhoek Wine Tram is a beautiful way to explore the area, dawdling from wine estate to wine estate through 27 km’s of pristine landscape. We will be exploring a few choice bits of Franschoek this week, some wine (of course), some history and some art.
Once again, Annetjie Hopkins proved to be a most able and charming ambassador for Nederburg, taking our hands and guiding us through the intricacies of the selection in front of us. The tasting was conducted in a warm and conversational style, and our host discussed the wines with us, never lecturing, which definitely added to the experience.
Having a preference for reds, the stand out wines we tasted were “The Brewmaster” from the Heritage Heroes range and the Ingenuity Italian blend, both of which delivered tons of flavour and body, pungent and muscular wines which entertain from beginning to end.
The white wines didn’t disappoint either, we tasted a sublime The Winemasters Sauvignon Blanc with a hint of gooseberry and a Nobel Late Harvest dessert wine that revolutionised the category and created an international auction.
One thing that is consistent, and that reflects in all of the wines is the touch of Andrea Freeborough, the Cellarmaster. Andrea has a playful, innovative approach to wine, always keen to explore new ways to do old things, and her experience and skill is evident in everything Nederburg produces.
Most of the wines we tasted were available to order for selected international locations
Discover the best of the Cape Winelands, Nederburg.
We recently had the good fortune to be invited to the Nederburg Wine Estate, where they rolled out the burgundy carpet to us and took us on a cellar tour, a tasting and lunch at the amazing Red Table restaurant.
This week we will showcase all three of these activities at the estate of this icon of South African wine. Nederburg is synonymous with South African wine, and has a place in the hearts of most locals, for good reason.
South African wine has a history dating back to 1659, but we will “fast forward” to 1791 when Philippus Wolvaart spent 5600 guilder for the parcel of land between the Berg and Palmiet rivers. This was the first pebble in what was to become a landslide of internationally award winning wines, wrought with ingenuity and passion, from the heart of this lush Eden in Paarl. He immediately recognised this “far flung” location (66,5 km from Cape Town, two days cart ride at the time) for its potential in viticulture, and built the foundations for an epic journey of grapes, discovery and wine.
Spier is well worth the drive (29 km’s from Cape Town), and even though the area of Stellenbosch and the Helderberg offers many other surprises, you may want to pencil in quite a bit of time for this multi-faceted location. This is a wine farm and conference facility, eagle sanctuary and concert venue as well as a hotel, craft market and spa with richly appointed grounds. There is even a kids clubhouse, for the 2-12’s which entertains the children with developmentally appropriate activities such as feather arts, icing biscuits, pizza-making and farm walks. You have 4 restaurants to choose from, with great farm to table menus and amazing wine pairings. If you are in the mood to explore a little, you can also pick up a pre-packed picnic of local delicacies, brimming with pasture-reared cold cuts, farmhouse cheeses, homemade chutneys and pâtés, breads, fresh salads and various delectable baked treats. The Spier Estate has received numerous awards over time both from Condé Nast for its’ hotel and from various organisations for its’ wine and as a wine tourism destination. Be sure to visit Eagle Encounters, they do sterling work rehabilitating birds of prey, and you will be amazed by their falconry displays, as well as a variety of reptiles and bunnies for the kids to pet and interact with. Visit their website (below) to see the full span of their offering as well as individual booking and contact details.
Listed as one the most stylish events on the Cape Town social calendar and sponsored by Mastercard® the Magic of Bubbles celebrates all things decadent, delicious and desirable in the realm of bubbly. Over the 3rd and 4th of December at the Huguenot Monument in Franschhoek you are invited to explore this year's theme of “Black and White with a Floral Flair” according to your own sense of fashion. Showing that our MCC (Methode Cap Classique) are fierce international contenders is the epic line up of Pierre Jourdan, La Motte, Boschendal, Morena, Môreson, Colmant, Leopard’s Leap, Noble Hill, Plaisir de Merle,JC le Roux, Pongracz, Anthonij Rupert Wyne, Simonsig, Steenberg and Villiera. France’s Champagne Houses will be represented by Piper Heidsieck, Champagne Guy Charbaut and Veuve Clicquot. Food will be prepared by the best of local fine dining eateries including Le Franschhoek, Bread & Wine, Haute Cabrière, L'Ermitage and from the restaurants at Grande Provence and Mont Rochelle. The event will be open daily from 12:00 - 5:00 PM, tickets are R350.- pp and include a tasting glass and coupons. Children under 18 are allowed free entry. Book your tickets at www.webtickets.co.za
It’s so hard to pinpoint just one Wine Estate in the Western Cape, but in terms of historical depth, fine wine and an amazing restaurant (Cuvée), Simonsig has a lot to offer. A 45 minute drive outside of Cape Town takes you to the vibrant wine and student town of Stellenbosch, beautifully lush and green, with many a north facing slope. The country's first official wine route was opened by Frans Malan of Simonsig, and the estate is currently being run by his 2nd and 3rd generation descendants. Frans Malan was also the first to pioneer MCC (Methode Cap Classique) sparkling wines in the Champagne tradition. Simonsig offers a large selection of terroir-driven wines, seasonal dishes and flavours as well as a fascinating cross section of what it takes to be a sustainability-first and environmentally conscious wine estate these days. Keep an eye on their calendar, with opera evenings at the restaurant and First Fizzday (the first Thursday of every month) celebrating Kaapse Vonkel complemented by fresh cape oysters, live music and the stunning Simonsig Mountains overlooking the proceedings.