Roodeberg turns 70!

Did you know that Roodeberg, the legendary red blend that has been bringing friends together across the globe since 1949, is celebrating its 70th birthday this year?

In celebration, we’ve taken the liberty of interviewing their winemaker, Louwritz Louw. He’s been part of the Roodeberg family for quite a few years now. He started at KWV in 2012 and 2013 was his first vintage making Roodeberg. That year’s vintage was a big harvest and with Louw still finding his feet in the cellar, it was a rocky ride. But, looking back, that is the vintage that brings back some of the best memories for him.

Roodeberg is a brand with a very rich history. “For me it has always been a true honour to be part of the team,” says Louw.

When it comes to winemaking, Louwritz’s motto is to take it day by day. He says that wines in the cellar are different every day of every year and you need to adjust your decisions accordingly. The latest vintage of Roodeberg (the 2017 vintage) is one of the best yet, according to him. “It’s vibrant, juicy and has lots of ageing potential.” This vintage will be available on their online shop at the end of April 2019.

Roodeberg fans can look forward to a couple of birthday happenings this year. As they share their 70th birthday with two other big names in South Africa (Sarie Magazine and the Labia, Cape Town’s much loved only independent cinema) 2019 is going to be filled with celebrations. In May, Roodeberg will be joining the Labia Cinema for a 70th Anniversary function and in July they will be joining Sarie at a couple of celebratory dinners. Roodeberg will also be running some promotions in store throughout the year and you’ll have to keep an eye out for the 1949 commemorative wine that they will be bringing out later this year.

Louw says his ideal food and wine pairing is a cab sav based blend or a dense Cabernet Sauvignon with a beef fillet. The weirdest food and wine pairing he has ever come across is a spicy white wine with a peanut butter jelly sandwich.

If you are looking for Roodeberg wines to buy to keep for years to come, Louw suggests the 2017 vintage or the 2016 vintage, which is more full bodied. Of course, the ageing conditions are very important. Buy your 2016 vintage HERE.

 

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Quirky Jo’burg Street Food

Clever wordplay got me to visit Sumting Fresh, a diner-like restaurant that knows everything there is to know about street food. If I only knew what I was getting into…

When I first heard about Sumting Fresh, I thought: “Hey, another healthy eatery in town!” To my surprise, that was not exactly the case. The name rather suggests that its menu is fresh. New. Unique. Different. What it doesn’t suggest is that almost everything on the menu is deep-fried, which I suppose is what street food is all about.

What started out as street food trucks at local markets, evolved into a quirky, yellow-framed, diner-style eatery in Norwoord, Johannesburg. Sumting Fresh has been catering to people in Jo’burg’s streets for about 2 years now, with a menu that seems to be ever evolving as customers dine and comment.

Chef Andrew says things have changed a lot since they originally started. A menu that was initially launched with very similar items to that of other food trucks at local markets, evolved into a menu that features Sumting Fresh in comparison to the usual street food options available at markets, festivals and events.

Their jam jars are delightful with choices like Elderflower, Grinadella Passion and Kiwi Apple – all very refreshing and delicious. A popular newcomer to the menu is the Cheese Burger Springrolls and you’d be surprised at how many other things they have found to deep-fry. From deep-fried Mac and Cheese Balls drizzled with a tomato salsa and cheese to Gua Bao (two Taiwanese steamed buns with crumbed, deep-fried chicken) and much more.

I believe the word “fresh” has got a new meaning. At least at Sumting Fresh it has.

A Homely Setting for a Hearty Meal

The Hussar Grill franchise has been around for many years and it suits Paarl’s streets perfectly.

Nestled between old trees and vines, The Hussar Grill in Paarl has much more to offer than good steak. I must admit, I wished it was winter while visiting, as the fireplace looked all too cozy and the warm ambiance was perfect for those wet winters of the Cape.

The Hussar Grill franchise is celebrating its 50th birthday this year and with it comes a lot of perks for diners, including a fine bottle of birthday wine. Couple this with a well prepared steak or even some of their other dishes like their Parmesan Chicken – a lovely meal for someone who would rather keep it light. It wasn’t in the cards to go for dessert too, but when the waitress (bless her) brought the menu and asked if we’d like dessert, I spotted it: Baked Cheese Cake. I’m a sucker, I know, but it was so worth it. It came with ice cream – the vanilla seeds clearly visible in those scoops of indulgence – and a small glass filled with a mixture of chocolate sauce, vodka and cream. I know, right?

It might be Paarl’s historic buildings and oak lined streets that add to the ambiance, but The Hussar Grill‘s interior creates an an old world charm with loads of books and antique artifacts that are perfectly positioned. The furniture and bottle green couches fit in well with this nostalgic setting and the wine bottles, stacked up against the walls, add that final touch. Dark wooden tables and homely fireplaces round off the overall ambiance of the restaurant – a homely setting for a hearty meal.

South Africa’s premier grill room, The Hussar Grill, will be sharing some of the expertise behind its successful 50-year legacy in a series of Steak Masterclasses. Aspirant cooks and foodies are welcome to attend these stand-alone evening events, which will be held in a professional kitchen at the prestigious Silwood School of Cookery in Cape Town, South Africa’s oldest cookery school.

To book your place, contact Azraa Bedford, the Academic Manager at Silwood Cookery School on +27 (0)21 686 4894 or visit http://www.silwood.co.za/.

Christmas is in the air with Nespresso

Okay, I’ll admit it. The fairy lights and Christmas carols around every corner are some of the things that brighten up my day this time of the year. Not the kitsch Santa toys, bright red and green decorations and one-line Christmas jingles – the more sophisticated kind of Christmas things. I mean, have you seen the beautiful decor items at @Home this year? Even Santa’s Warehouse has a few more sophisticated wooden Christmas items among all the brightly coloured and flickering lights.

And, have you seen what Nespresso has to offer for the Season? They’ve got a few options to choose from too:

Parisian-Inspired Coffee and Petit Fours

There’s a certain je ne sais quoi about the Festive Season that tantalises our senses and heightens our expectations, so why not up the ante and treat your loved ones to Parisian-inspired coffee and petit fours? Nespresso has launched their annual Limited Edition Variations coffees, made with Parisian treats in mind. These coffees, inspired by the traditional French flavours of Parisian patisseries, including Macaron and Praliné, are the crème de la crème of decadent delight. These treats are perfect for any summer soiree.

Try this recipe:

Paris Praliné Indulgence

1 Capsule Variations Paris Praline, brewed as an espresso

100 ml Milk

1 tsp Hazelnut Crumbs

1 tsp Dark Chocolate Shavings

2 tsp Chocolate Spread

How to: 

Pour 2 tsp of chocolate spread into a cup. Extract the coffee over it. Froth your milk and pour on top of the coffee. Sprinkle some hazelnut crumbs and dark chocolate shavings on top.

Enjoy!

Picnic with Iced Coffee

A tip for your iced coffee: Infuse ice cubes with interesting flavoured syrups. As the day gets warmer and the ice melts, your drink will slowly, but surely change flavour.

Road Trip!

Appreciate what our country has to offer and take on the open road with a great playlist, good company and a couple of charged Nespresso travel mugs with your favourite brew.

Pool Plunger

Who said you can’t have coffee by the pool? A refreshing iced coffee cocktail sounds like the way to go. Here is a recipe to try:

Variations Paris Macaron with Almond Milk

1 capsule Variations Paris Macaron, brewed as Espresso

30 ml Almond Milk

10 ml Almond Syrup

4 Ice cubes

How to:

Pour the almond syrup into a cup. Place 4 big ice cubes in the glass. Pour in the almond milk. Extract the coffee over it. Add the remaining two ice cubes and mix.

There you have it. A coffee-filled Christmas – two of my favourites at once. Bam!

Buy these Variations at Nespresso Boutiques and Booths nationwide, from The Nespresso Club on 0800 637773 or online at https://www.buynespresso.com/ 

 

V&A Waterfront gets a stylish addition

One of Cape Town’s most glamorous shopping, socialising and dining destinations is getting a suitably stylish new addition this month.

The Victoria & Alfred Waterfront is one of the city’s most popular spots. It is a magnet for both local and international style mavens, thanks to the plethora of diverse offerings, its infectious buzz and of course the magnificent Table Bay harbour and Table Mountain views.

The Harbour House Group is well versed in responding to the diverse tastes of South Africa’s socialites and foodies alike and the news that La Parada V&A Waterfront is opening is perfectly timed for the summer months, when tourists pour into the city. Featuring two beautifully dressed floors of dining and cocktail spaces, La Parada V&A Waterfront is a polished destination that marries thoughtfully conceived and on-trend surrounds with their much loved contemporary tapas menu.

Traditionally served in Spanish wine bars, at La Parada V&A Waterfront the tapas concept has evolved from the traditional two-bite snack experience to a more modern shared-plated offering. La Parada V&A Waterfront Brand Chef, Roche Rossouw, says:

“We serve everything from smart, snack style choices like prawn croquettes to more robust offerings like our famous crispy Pork Belly or our grilled cheese with ham and truffle – we cater for every level of appetite. The La Parada offering works for any time of the day and suits the brand’s diverse mix of guests.” Whether people are popping in for a cheeky glass of wine and enjoying sharing plates or are planning to linger longer, there’s something on the menu that matches any food mood”.

La Parada V&A Waterfront joins its sister eateries at Constantia Nek and Bree Street and like its popular predecessors, there is no doubt this convivial dining concept will fill a niche.

“La Parada is a really stylish space but the style of food makes it unpretentious too – it’s the kind of spot that’s perfect for after work drinks or to host your birthday party”, says Harbour House Group Marketing Manager, Tahlia Bester.

A new addition to La Parada V&A Waterfront is the inclusion of an upstairs private area in the design. The lounge, dining and bar concept is tucked away from the main restaurant and is a discreet, thoughtfully conceived space for guests to meet, eat and drink. A dedicated hospitality team and additional whisky bar concept will add to the exclusive ambiance of this stylish space.

“It’s all part of the brand tapping into what people want – our research shows that guests want to be part of the main restaurant mix but they like the option of a more private space too,” says Tahlia.

An eye catching palette of wood, exposed brick, marble and tropical touches reveal a nod to current trends and the eatery’s Spanish influences while detailed patterning, lush greenery and touches of metallic are timeless additions that add more visual layers to the mix. Add the extraordinary views of the harbour and you have a winning combination that’s sure to lure a cosmopolitan, fun loving and food focused crowd.

La Parada V&A Waterfront opens early in November, situated at 1 Dock Road, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town.

www.laparada.co.za

MSC Cruises brings a Cuban Experience

In just over a month from now MSC Cruises, the world’s largest privately-owned cruise line and leading cruise line in Europe and South America, will be introducing MSC Armonia to Miami for the first time.

From December 10th this year, MSC Armonia will offer unique 7-night Caribbean sailings departing from Miami, calling at Montego Bay, Jamaica; Georgetown, Cayman Islands and Cozumel, Mexico before arriving in Havana, the Cuban capital, staying overnight. MSC Cruises’ 7-night programme to Cuba will include two days in the bustling city of Havana over the weekend.

Guests can expect not only a brand new attractive itinerary, but also a variety of enhancements to make the MSC Armonia experience that much more memorable. On board, guests will delight in fresh entertainment and new gourmet culinary choices, while ashore, an overnight stay in Havana will allow guests the full experience of this culturally vibrant city.

Highlights of the Cuba cruise include a new, mouth-watering specialty restaurant, a Havana-inspired Mojito Bar, an enhanced pub menu and new complimentary treats to the cruise experience.

The cruise will also include some new entertainment concepts, including the addition of local Cuban music while in port in Cuba. Various musicians – straight from the city of Havana – will join guests on board to play the best local Cuban music during the Saturday evening of the ship’s overnight stay in Havana.

The overnight stay in the buzzing capital of Cuba, allows for MSC Armonia’s guests to fully enjoy all that the city has to offer. Cruisers will be able to immerse themselves in many aspects of Cuban culture, both during the day and in the evening, through a variety of unique excursions to choose from. Shore excursions will explore local highlights from music, art and architecture to classic cigar rolling, rum distilling and much more. You will be able to ride in vintage American cars, sip on local rum and classic Habanos cigars and dance at Havana’s largest nightclub.

The MSC Armonia has been tailored with a wide range of amenities and services for families, including a brand new splash park for children, varied dining offerings, all-hours entertainment, a broad choice of relaxation and wellness options and more.

New Summer Dishes at Grande Provence

Chef Guy Bennett of The Restaurant, a landmark Franschhoek eatery at Grande Provence, has tweaked his summer dishes with his signature modern South African flair by introducing a couple of new, seasonal flavours and lighter textures.

Unfettered by the notion of a fixed restaurant menu, Chef Guy champions an ever evolving and dynamic menu, allowing for new creations to make their appearance.

“We change our dishes constantly, incorporating new ingredients and produce that become available as the seasons change,” says Chef Guy.

His passion for local produce is evident in his new starter of Gin and Citrus cured Franschhoek Trout, adorned with a Fresh Salad of Pak Choi, Radish and Sour Cream. His new Yellow Fin Tuna starter has a flavourful oriental twist of Tataki, Daikon, barbecued Jalapeňo and Avocado Cream.

For his main course, Chef Guy has introduced a new Cured Duck Leg Confit served with Sweet Potato Dumplings, Saltana and Chinese Cabbage, and a refreshing Apple Chutney to lift the flavours.

His chosen addition to the summer dessert line-up is a dreamy, light Valrhona Éclair and Macadamia Crumble served with a dollop of Rooibos Ice Cream.

reservations@grandeprovence.co.za

 

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