CALLUM TURNER (War & Peace) was nominated for a 2020 BAFTA as former Special Forces Lance Corporal Shaun Emery in The Capture, who’s accused of assaulting and kidnapping human rights barrister Hannah Roberts – with damning CCTV footage to prove the crime. But as Detective Inspector Rachel Carey of Homicide and Serious Crime Command digs deeper, she begins to uncover a conspiracy that calls…
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A seafood dish to perfectly complement Groote Post Seasalter

THERE is  much to love about Groote Post's Seasalter 2020, a West Coast story in a bottle: the elegance and purity of fruit, vibrant acidity, oyster shell minerality and saline finish, so typical of Sauvignons from the unique maritime cool-climate Darling Hills terroir; the charming name that captured the essence of the wine; and the refreshing distinctive label that visually portrayed the West…

Snuggle in the lap of luxury at Leeu Estates

YOU know that feeling when someone knows what you want even before you do? No, me neither, not so much. But when you're a guest at Leeu Estates, the flagship Franschhoek property in the Leeu Collection, that's exactly what happens. I checked in on Friday afternoon after a superb five-course meal of chef Jess van Dyk's favourite dishes she'd chosen for me at Protégé. Later I was to ambitiously…
AT La Petite Colombe, you have two exceptionally fine dining options: the Chef's Reduced Experience (which is by no means a reduction in sensory pleasures) or the Chef's Experience. Both can be combined with a Fine And Rare Wine Experience for ultimate pleasure. La Petite Colombe is now located on Leeu Estates, the luxury travel destination which you can read more about here. We had a lunch…
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Epice in Franschhoek remains a flawless flavour journey

WHEN I first visited Epice, shortly after it opened in December 2019, I reviewed it for Daily Maverick, concluding with "what a joy this flawless meal was"; that verdict remains firmly intact. Chef Charné Sampson was previously a sous chef at La Colombe, which is not only a fabulous restaurant (spoiler: they all are) but the umbrella group headed by Scot Kirton, who has given young chefs…

Feasting in Franschhoek – Protégé chef Jess van Dyk’s favourites

A WEEKEND of eating and drinking wine at some of Franschhoek's finest restaurants, while based at a luxurious estate...no wonder people keep saying they want my job. As a guest of Leeu Collection, I arrived at my first stop on Friday afternoon: Protégé. There have been movements and relocations during the past year but this one is still where it always was. Its former neighbour, La Petite…
OH the memories! Arnold's has been around since 1998, pretty much the same time I embarked on a particularly hedonistic phase of existence which required all-day breakfasts, and breakfasts with an ice cold beer. Although the owners are new-ish (four years), the vibe is the same (and the smoking section is still in the same place). You can still get your sausage and eggs any time; there is a…
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Get your sexy on at Zsa Zsa in Cape Town city centre

EARLIER today I read someone else's blog post (research, you understand) about their meal at Zsa Zsa and was - amused? tickled? - that they had had the same three dishes we did. What are the odds? It was a glowing review, so even though mine follows theirs, let's see if I can match it. For the older Capetonians, as a geographical point of reference, Zsa Zsa is where Savoy Cabbage used to be.…

Bay Harbour Market shines a spotlight on local musical talent

THE last year has been particularly hard on the entertainment industry. Before Covid-19 hit our shores, musicians had to hustle to perform at local venues and put out new music in their spare time, but with the hard lockdown, not only were music venues such as restaurants, clubs and bars closed but festivals were completely shut down for the foreseeable future. But, as soon as restrictions were…
WE Are Who We Are, now streaming first on Showmax, is the first TV series from Oscar-nominated Italian auteur Luca Guadagnino (Call Me By Your Name, Suspiria). Caitlin and Fraser are two very different teens, but over the course of one scorching hot summer on the American army base outside Venice, Italy, where their parents are stationed, they form a bond that sparks a coming-of-age marked by…
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Au Bouchon Rouge: a corner of Paris in the heart of the Swartland

GOING back to Riebeek Kasteel after 18 months, most of those being lockdown, was a bittersweet experience. On the one hand, there are many places that have closed, or become other places; on the other, there are new and exciting things happening, particularly places to eat. I've known Julien Debray for more years than I can remember, initially from Kasteelberg Country Inn & Bistro (which is…

Cooking, smoking, baking and creating with fire at Aardvark Eats

YOU know when your dinner at a new restaurant is so good, you immediately make plans to return for brunch two days later before you even leave the premises? Yes, well that's what happened when I visited Aardvark Eats in Riebeek Kasteel. It opened in December 2020, in the house on the town square I have long coveted. I have toyed idly with the idea of living in it, but it never came to pass…
BEANS About Coffee in Riebeek Kasteel has long been a favourite breakfast spot. Owner Thomas Jamneck is also now in charge of The Barn, which you'll find on your right just before you turn into the town itself. It has a slightly elevated position which offers a beautiful view across the springbok-dotted field and the church spire peeking out in the distance. When the weather is cooler, there's…
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Create lasting memories with a Steenberg Easter family staycation

BREAK out from the lockdown blues and treat your family to an unforgettable Easter staycation in the safe environment of Steenberg Hotel & Spa in the heart of the verdant Constantia Wine Valley. Welcoming local guests of all ages in need of a family getaway, this landmark five-star boutique hotel, on South Africa’s oldest registered farm, is gifting guests a complimentary third night for…

Stylish debut of Elunda Basson’s first Steenberg Sauvignon

THE first Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc crafted by cellarmaster Elunda Basson has stepped out in style expressing its timeless elegance with a refined new look. “With the 2020 vintage I am finally able to share my first Steenberg Sauvignon Blanc sporting a brand new elegant look, and I could not be happier. Our terroir inspires me every day to create the best wine possible to share with wine…