First Thursdays – Cape town

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7 July 2016. 5pm to 9pm (and later). First Thursdays Cape Town is a free cultural experience where art galleries and other cultural attractions in the central and East city districts stay open late on the first Thursday of every month. What started in late 2012 with just 6 art galleries has grown into one of the city’s foremost cultural experiences, attracting thousands of people every month. The night is as much about experiencing art and culture as it is about exploring the city on foot. We suggest browsing the…

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Brenaissance – Stellenbosch

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A contemporary getaway into the country just down the road from JC Le Roux on the Devon Valley Road in Stellenbosch. The journey to the farm along the Devon Valley road  is rather long (about 10-15 minutes) and you will pass a smelly dumping tip but once you arrive to the farm, the beautiful scenery welcomes you. There is plenty of parking and the walk to the restaurant is not far (wheelchair friendly). Although reservations are recommended, the restaurant does have plenty of tables as well as a waiting area which overlooks…

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De Grendel – Durbanville

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Today I visited De Grendel wine farm in Durbanville. The wine tasting room has fantastic decor which is warm and welcoming however getting here is quite an unusual experience. Prepared to get your drivers license and tax disk scanned! I must say that I didn’t like that.    De Grendel prides themselves on their Shiraz 2014. I am not a fan of Shiraz however this was smoother than expected. On the nose you will pick up hints of Coriander, lavender, white pepper and some floral notes. On the palate it…

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Clos Malverne Wine Estate – A fine dining experience

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I was delighted to receive an invitation from a very good friend of mine  to have lunch at Clos Malverne wine estate. The generous invitation included partners and was also for a Friday, my favorite day of the week to relax in the beauty of the cape. Clos Malverne is situated on Devon Valley road, Stellenbosch, about 45 minutes drive from Capetown close to JC Le Roux and Hartenberg wine estates. The restaurant offers a la carte or you can select the food and wine pearing experience. We were definately…

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Wilderkrans Wine Estate – Casual relaxed lunch

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If you are looking for a venue for a casual relaxed lunch with family or friends when on a weekend getaway to the Hermanus/Overstrand area, give Wilderkrans wine estate a try. This is what I did on Easter Saturday 2016 with my family and we all had a great food and wine experience. The farm is located on the R43 just passed Botrivier probably +/-25 minutes outside of Hermanus. The restaurant is named “Open” and projects a country themed farm atmosphere and  overlooks a picturess landscape scene of green fields…

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Hartenberg Wine Estate- Certain Charm!

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Along Bottelary road towards Stellenbosch on the right you will find the Hartenberg wine estate. As you leave the M23 onto the property the extended driveway to the estate is very long and takes you deep into the countryside. (tarred all the way). A relaxed lunch on a Thursday was the order of the day.  Friendly staff met us at the entrance to the restaurant and Andrew showed us to a lovely table under some reddish coloured vines. Very pretty surrounds for an outdoor lunch experience. As it was 12h30…

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