Scottish Highlands – more than just dancing!

Determined to find a haggis, we knew we had to leave beautiful Edinburgh. Our 2nd priority was to find a fine single malt – preferably something we could afford. Both challenges we embraced with enthusiasm! We head north, leaving the comfort of the freeway, and looking for the land of the clans and the drams….

Best pub grub in Edinburgh!

Sometimes pub grub is the best! We were told of 2 pubs near the beautiful (but no doubt scary pricey) Balmoral Hotel. We headed to the first today, – Cafe Royal! Spoiled for choice, we settled on 3 magnificent (and surprisingly large and filling) starters. The first was seared giant king scallops on black pudding…

Cape comes to Cambridge – International Chenin Blanc Day

Whenever we pack gifts and wine for friends, we always wonder, with all the wonderful wines from the Cape, what would really be perfect? We discovered that 17 June was International Chenin Blanc Day…. and we’re delighted to find at the Duty Free at Cape Town International some Jordan Wines Chenin Blanc… Inspector Perigneuy 2016! Bought…

Best ever Indian Tapas in Cape Town with chef Liam Tomlin

Watching the spectacle of a kitchen performing under the baton of Liam Tomlin, and delivering fine platters of food like clockwork, was an unexpected treat! We had been told that Thali  – like it’s older sister Chef’s Warehouse and Canteen in Bree Street – takes no reservations. No worries – we arrive at around 6.30 and…

World Gin Day (WGD) tomorrow – getting into the spirit today!

“Ginthusiasts” in Cape Town will be spoiled for choice tomorrow – here are a few ideas to make sure the day does not pass unnoticed! Just as the name suggests – tomorrow is a celebration of “all things gin”! WGD is celebrated on the 2nd Saturday of June, and our mission tomorrow is to head…

Top tip on being a “tourist” in Cape Town

Many visitors to Cape Town have the V&A Waterfront  on their “must do list” – this makes other run screaming in the other direction! We tend to give it a wide berth over summer, but hey, this is a Friday in winter, maybe we should see if the hype is still valid. We avoid malls…

1st Thursday’s – another good reason to play in Cape Town

There is something really fun about pretending to be a tourist in your own home town. So last night we headed into the city to enjoy “1st Thursday” – when the art galleries open  late and the streets of central CT are filled with locals (not tourists as it turned out) enjoying the cultural heritage…

Better than Burgundy? Yes, especially if it’s only an hour from home!

With winter approaching, there is snow beyond the wall, we needed to sort out provisions… Bottles of freshly pressed olive oil and jars of preserved tomatoes, basil and onion fresh from the farm, freshly chopped wood and… Hang on, we live in an apartment in central Cape Town, stocking up for our mild winters is…