What is Devastation?

I thought I was devastated by the fire yesterday/today at Hout Bay, Cape Town. I’m not. Devastated is losing almost everything you own in a fire that spread because you couldn’t afford to live somewhere safe. Devastating is not having somewhere where to sleep and start again from the beginning. Devastating is not having the…

Aquila Private Game Reserve

It was a Thursday afternoon, and I was told rather desperately: “We’d like to see the Big 5, and leave South Africa on Saturday!” I knew, and my foreign guests knew, that the Kruger National Park was just not going to work. Taking their request seriously, I went to the wisest source of all things…

A Letter to Myself

Dear myself There are some things you are learning and will continue to learn in this new season. This season that is marked by tumultuous emotions, and a variety of contexts and places unfamiliar. These things are marked below as they are to be remembered, named, mourned but also celebrated.  * You will cry often,…

Cape Town Gin & Tonic Festival

I’ll admit that sometimes I’m a little slow with picking up the latest food and drink trends, but I seem to have very far behind with the recent G & T fad that seems to have taken SA by storm. If you’d asked me a year ago, I would have told you that this cocktail…

Interview with Chris Werge

Love the music and the man that is Chris Werge. Here’s a recent interview, and check out his new single Tell Me here on iTunes.   What’s it like as an emerging artist in the Cape Town music scene? To be honest, starting out as an artist in Cape Town has been extremely tough. It’s really…

The Top 3 Eggs Benedict in Cape Town

Perfected poached eggs, smothered in a delicate and golden hollandaise sauce, all served on a toasted muffin or rosti… welcome to my happy space! First birthed in a New York kitchen around 150 years ago, Eggs Bendict is now a feature on most reputable breakfast menus.  After years of searching for the best eggs Benedict in Cape Town, here…

It’s Great-in Greyton

‘Trump has won’. That was all the text message on my phone read. I sat in shock at the magnitude of it – too surprised to even take a sip of my coffee. Helen was the first person I saw, and upon breaking the news to her, she simply smirked and said: “C’est La Vie…

Braving the Bravarian Alps

After spending several days taking in the enchanting Roman capitol, a 14 hour overnight bus trip took me the length of Italy, via Florence and Milan. Leaving Rome I was awed by the gorgeous countryside surrounding the city and passed clifftop Medieval towns such as Orte and Orvieto (worth googling to see the pictures of…

Love, Hope and Faith

I know there is a Fitbit 2 in my stocking, and I cannot wait until tomorrow when I will get to strap it to my arm and go for a run through the Rimutaka Forest, near where I’ll be spending Christmas in New Zealand. As always there’s a lot of talk of gifts at the…

The Joburg 101 for Capetonians

“Seriously? What do you mean you love Johannesburg?” If I had 20 bucks for every time I’ve heard that over the past five years I’d be eating at Michelin restaurants every night! Before moving to Cape  I lived in Joburg for 5 years and grew to love the crazy-exciting-edgy city. I’ve seemingly had to spend…

Let me Entertain you…

Let’s be honest: who doesn’t love a good deal – especially when it’s right on your doorstep and involves good food! I was delighted to be recently introduced to the Entertainer App in Cape Town and this year I saved over R3500 using it! The idea behind Entertainer is that you choose from one of…

Lake hopping on Como, Italy

Sometimes when traveling, the backup plans land up being infinitely more exciting than you could have expected. In October this year I’d planned to visit the Val Gadena in the heart of the Italian Dolomites with two friends. All had been arranged until at the last minute the trip fell through. Someone recommended I visit Lake Como instead –…