Secret Season at Grootbos

When winter grabs us with her cold and wet grasp, the usual temptation is to hide away indoors and not leave the safety of Cape Town. I learnt recently that there are a couple good reasons to brave Sir Lowry’s Pass into the lands-beyond; most of them are found in a unique lodge just two…

Digital Detox at Jacob’s Bay

A recent NY Times article reported the alarming stat that we’re spending upwards of three hours a day looking at our mobile screen, let alone the computer, Kindle, TV Screen, etc. Although part of my vocation involves a more than average time on social media, I’m still desirous of cutting down my online time. I’ve…

And in the news…

Really humbled by this feature! Thanks to Clinton & team at Independant for this piece in the Weekend Argus and Sunday Tribune. Just not so sure about the celebrity bit! I crave new experiences, and because of my love for people I love taking them along. I’m forever saying something along the lines of “Hey,…

3 Must-have Items for the Modern Man

There’s a new class of gentleman on the block – the urbane modern man. With a clipped confidence he navigates the urban space, and comfortably wears his role as an aesthete and epicure. This modern man of course owes some of his suave existence to his gear and gadgets. I have surveyed some of the…

Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

Two tears raced each other down opposite ends of my face; and were soon followed by several others hot on their heels. I’m the first to admit that I wear my heart on my sleeve – and sometimes my face happily leaks as a result. This experience, however, simply overwhelmed me. I’d spent the morning…

4 Startling Winter Reads

It’s time to avoid winter’s cold clutches by lighting a fire and grabbing a good book.  Of course accompanied by a glass (or two) of a cab sav or pinotage. Here are four of my recent reads, with a couple of words on each. Go Set a Watchman – Harper Lee This novel shall doubtlessly remain…

Wild Coast Guys Road Trip

“Just ease back slowly, you can do it,” Dirk assures me confidently. I follow his instructions, leaning back gently, and then let out a yell. Turning my head I’m suddenly reminded that I’m edging off a 20m cliff, with the crashing waves below adding to the suspense.  Slowly acclimatizing, I calm myself down, and push…

The Test Kitchen & Nederburg Wines: A match made in Heaven

We’ve all been to marriage ceremonies where we’ve thought, ‘This is the perfect fit – a marriage made in heaven’. Last week I was honoured to witness the coming together of the masterful culinary creations from South Africa’s top restaurant, The Test Kitchen, and some exceptionally fine wine from world-reknowned estate Nederburg . Coupled with…

Origin Coffee – Home Barista Course

Gone are the days where an icebreaker might be ‘what is your favourite restaurant?’ or ‘what is your most embarrassing memory?’ If you live in Cape Town, your safest bet may well be ‘how do you make your morning cup of coffee?’ There are the plunger folk, espresso aficionados, Nespresso yuppies, and of course the…

Run away with me – and Old Khaki…

I’ve had the privilege of partnering with Old Khaki with their ‘Run Away With Me’ campaign, and for my upcoming trip to the Wild Coast they made sure that I travelled in style. Here’s a little excerpt from the interview we did (view it here on their blog).  Old Khaki: The first of the April long…

Rum Cocktails with a SA Twist

I’m quite comfortable ordering a daiquiri or mojito – especially when sitting in a Cape Town restaurant with a fine sunset view. I not however, comfortable with making them! When the postman arrived with some bottles of Mount Gay Rum and the challenge to make some cocktails I just couldn’t resist. I decided to make…

Wellington: Exploring the southern-most Capital

Shall I tell you about the most expensive sleep of my life… With return flights starting at around R18K for the 18 hour trip from Joburg to Wellington, New Zealand (with one brief stop at Sydney), you’re looking at travel cost of around R1000 per hour. I slept for most of the flight over the Indian Ocean,…