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the new bosjes farm in the breede valley

The chapel at Bosjes Farm, Breede Valley

Today I got a sneak peek into the very beautiful Bosjes Farm in the Breede River Valley before it’s opening in the middle of this month. I had seen many pictures of its chapel, the design of which was inspired by a bird in flight, but seeing it in the flesh was even more impressive. It is exquisite. From a distance it looks to me like a swan gliding across the water, and is a stunning space to look at and be in. Continue Reading →


eat at chefs warehouse beau constantia

Yesterday we lunched at the brand new Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Wine Estate and it was every bit as exceptional as I had imagined. Falling under the Liam Tomlin Chefs Warehouse stable of restaurants, the Beau Constantia kitchen is run by Ivor Jones (ex Test Kitchen), and we were all blown away by our meal. Ivor and his team of chefs work in an open plan kitchen that faces directly onto the restaurant floor, and service was seamless and a delight to watch. The menu runs along the same format as The Chefs Warehouse & Canteen where 8 tapas dishes for 2 are served as a set menu. You can add a bread service or oysters to start, and a few incredible desserts, cheese or chocolates to finish. Whilst you don’t get to pick and choose what you will eat, they will take into consideration any dietary requirements.

The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

They are also the only restaurant in the group that take reservations, which I’m pleased about, and think essential given the location. I love how this space has been opened up and expanded with elegant, contemporary and comfortable seating both inside and out. Slowly as they build to capacity all areas will be full. At the moment they are focusing on serving inside the restaurant, which is like a glass box with the most beautiful panoramic views of the Constantia Valley.

Ivor Jones, The Chefs Warehouse, Beau Constantia, Cape Town South Africa

The menu will evolve slightly with some dishes being updated but you can always expect 8 plates of utter deliciousness. Continue Reading →


druk my niet stud farm in tulbagh

Druk My Niet, stud farm, Tulbagh

Druk My Niet, stud farm, Tulbagh

Druk My Niet, stud farm, Tulbagh

Last week end a group of friends and I stayed in a stunning house on Druk My Niet stud farm in Tulbagh. This spacious house was recently renovated and decorated and is now available to rent via the Perfect Hideaways website, which you simply have to visit if you want to see some of the most incredible hidden property gems in South Africa. These are not just nice houses on a rental site, these are hand picked, loaded with charm offering retreats into special homes in spectacular locations. I constantly click onto it to dream away about places I would love to visit.  Continue Reading →


visit glen carlou

View from Glen CarlouGlen Carlou

Glen Carlou

I hadn’t been to Glen Carlou for so long it may as well have been my fist visit. I have however been enjoying their wines over the years so was excited to try their food. Along with a few media peoople, I went to taste the new winter menu last week and was so impressed. Continue Reading →


visit grande provence in franschhoek

Grande Provence, Franschhoek

As I’ve said before, and quite recently again, Franschhoek is just so much nicer in Winter. The Vineyards go from autumn auburn to stark wherein lies a different beauty. I love the rain, I love the mood after the rain, and mostly I love the fireplaces, red wine and delicious food this region has to offer. You don’t want to be indulging in that on a sweltering day. Grande Provence is one of those estates that is lovely to visit, with so much to offer.

Grande Provence, Franschhoek

Grande Provence, Franschhoek

It was my first time on this heritage wine estate when I went shoot the menu, so I was quite blown away by the beautiful buildings and vast art collection. In particular the sculpture exhibition around the garden. The restaurant is beautiful and cosy and you can expect fine dining  and exciting dishes from executive chef Darren Badenhorst.

Grande Provence, Franschhoek

Darren is a young chef, and definiltey one to look out for. He hails from Durban and since joining Grande Provence as Executive Chef in 2012, Darren has garnered three of the four consecutive American Express Platinum Fine Dining Awards bestowed on The Restaurant. Recognition indeed for his dedication to create a unique dining experience and sensory adventure for his guests.

The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek

The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek

This is the Winter Menu at Grande Provence and a few of the images of the dishes I shot follow.

The Menu

Our dinner menu is served with an amuse-bouche, chef’s taster, palate cleanser and a pre-dessert which the Executive Chef, Darren Badenhorst, will fit in with your selection. Please note that the lunch à la carte menu is structured as a three course dining experience.

Please inform us one course in advance, should you like to have a break between courses.

Lunch – R375.00 Dinner – R525.00


Ocean risotto … textured soft shell crab, turmeric confit patagonica, barrel-smoked langoustine, white mussels, saffron bouillabaisse air, Asian micro greens salad, west coast seaweed brittle.
Sommelier suggests – Grande Provence Chardonnay

Sous-vide quail … foie gras and duck liver parfait, fig pearls, crisp pancetta, porcini popped corn, charred corn purée.
Sommelier suggests – The Grande Provence White

62 degrees farm egg … foraged mushrooms, smoked pork belly, forest nest, pine and Zinfandel smoke dome (V option available).
Sommelier suggests – Grande Provence ‘Vignerons Reserve’ Zinfandel

Braised veal shank and seared foie gras terrine … sesame quail`s egg, fermented kimchi, pistachio Piemontiesse sauce, 12-week black garlic.
Sommelier suggests – Grande Provence ‘Vignerons Reserve’ Chenin Blanc

Indonesian salt Cured duck dim sum … pickled daikon, ginger umami broth, trumpet mushrooms, citrus caviar, vineyard sorrel.
Sommelier suggests – Grande Provence Pinot Noir

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