Category: Thoughts

I recommend, Recipe book review, Shopping, Thoughts, Uncategorized

Time for a drink – and some education

The world of food and drink is a constantly changing experience. New things popping up everywhere, it’s a challenge to keep up and important to admit that you can never know everything! I’m always keen to learn and two new reference books on beer and wine have given me something to focus my learning on…and […]

Thoughts, Travel, Travel in Europe

Cruising on the Crystal Symphony: It’s paradise at sea

As regular readers will know, I’ve recently been on an amazing cruise of the Mediterranean. We stopped at the most stunning of destinations. Every day when I stepped out onto my balcony, it seemed like I’d woken up in a fairy tale. Like someone had created a magical place to visit just for me! And […]

Thoughts, Uncategorized

The best restaurants in the world

Now here’s a subject led by personal taste, to say the least! The list of the world’s 50 best restaurants sponsored by San Pellegrino and Aqua Panna is out today (the list actually includes the top 100). It does  raise the question: how do you pick the top-100 restaurants in the world? This is as […]

Restaurants in Cape Town, Restaurants in the Cape Winelands, Thoughts

The paradise that is Constantia Uitsig

So April in Cape Town is autumn and conversations are punctuated with gloomy statements like “winter’s on its way”; “I can’t believe summer was over so quickly” and “it’s time to hibernate”. As someone who lives mostly in England and has experienced proper Northern European winters I’m (probably annoyingly) gung ho about the autumn weather […]

Shopping, Thoughts, Uncategorized

My new favourite shop for spices

We spend a lot of our time in Cape Town on the Atlantic Seaboard, especially around Sea Point and Mouille  Point. Main Road in Sea Point is an amazing place – seriously, if you want to buy something or get something fixed you’ll be able to get it done in Main Road. So imagine my […]

Recipes, Sauce recipes, Thoughts, Vegetarian recipes

The story of monkey gland sauce

Monkey gland sauce is a South African barbecue-style sauce usually served with steaks or burgers. Non South Africans wince when you order it in restaurants, but don’t worry, it doesn’t involve any monkeys or any glands. I’ve been on a mission to find out the story behind its name and who invented it when – […]