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Summer Sunsets - Summer Sunset Cruise - Part 1

November 28, 2017

Time to test your sea legs on board absolute luxury and watching the most beautiful of nature spectacles unfold before your eyes. 

The Twelve Apostles and the sea frame the setting sun as you sit in luxury anchored off Clifton Fourth Beach on board one of the stable of luxury Yachts and Catamarans that African Luxury Yacht Charters provide. They have a range of yachts from 34 to 85 feet which are all commercially registered and impeccably maintained.

Who needs St Tropez when you have this? This is an opportunity to sample the nautical life of luxury, and these guys are happy to set up bespoke experiences, catering and personalized service depending on your requirements and budget.

The crew is highly professional, this allows you to get on with your reason for being there, fun, fun and more fun.

Put your feet up (remember deck shoes), grab a cocktail and enjoy the sunset!

URL: https://www.luxuryyachtcharters.co.za 

E: info@luxuryyachtcharters.co.za 

F: https://www.facebook.com/luxuryboatcharterscapetown 

Tel: +27 (0) 81 433 4041

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Summer Sunsets

November 27, 2017

The Cape blesses us with incomparably beautiful and majestic sunsets most nights of the year. This week we have selected a few activities to accompany the magnificent backdrop created by our African skies.

#summersunsets #capesummer

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Perfect picnics in the Cape - Picnic at Hartenberg Wine Estate - Part 3

November 23, 2017

Hartenberg lies in its own self-contained valley, with a pure water source flowing the entire length of the property into an untouched wetland system, making 65 of the farm's 170 hectares that will never be cultivated. This means that the Hartenberg Estate offer unparalleled opportunities for ornithologists and amateur hobbyist bird watchers to spot birds such as: Burchell's Coucal, African Fish Eagle, Spotted Eagle Owl, Jackal Buzzard, Cape Frankolin, Barn Owl and the Fork-Tailed Drongo. Also, you could spot Civet,Mongoose, Porcupine, Caracal and three species of Antelope, they take their nature conservation seriously here 😊

There is only need for one picnic and that is Eleanor’s Picnic stuffed with food to feed the soul, it consists of the following. Eleanor’s famous snoek paté, roast pepper humus, the best locally produced cheeses, Tiropita (a Greek style cheese pie), tasty salami and parma ham, Scotch egg and a Jar of salad filled with chickpeas, roasted tomato and spinach salad. Accompanied by baby vegetable crudités with a feta & herb dip, delicious baked breads and of course a home-made salted caramel brownie.

Oh, they produce wine too. And it’s really, really good (hint hint, get yourself some Alchemy).

URL: http://www.hartenbergestate.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/HartenbergWineEstate

E: info@hartenbergestate.com

Tel: +27 21 865 2541

Location: Hartenberg Wine Estate, Bottelary Road, 

Koelenhof, Stellenbosch

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Perfect picnics in the Cape - Picnic at Allée Bleue Wine Estate - Part 2

November 22, 2017

Allée Bleue Wine Estate is a well-established wedding and function venue, and part of the reason for this is the unmistakably beautiful surroundings created by the combination of ancient oak trees and the beautiful Drakenstein Mountains.

The kids will be well entertained by the fresh air and roaming space, also, the jungle gym, jumping castle and sandpit should keep them busy. 

The Standard Picnic basket contains a delicious Beef Stroganoff pie with a creamy mushroom and pepper sauce and a farm-grown micro-herb salad served with an Allée Bleue Cabernet/Merlot wine reduction dressing and Pecorino cheese shavings.

The best bit of the basket is the Allée Bleue farm style cheese platter which consists of a selection of local cheeses and cold meats, freshly-baked bread and fruited dry melba toast served with home-made smoked olive tapenade, aniseed onion marmalade, chilli tomato chutney and basil pesto.

As a bonus, you will receive farm grown olives and creamy yoghurt balls. 

Come for the view, stay for the pie 😊

URL: http://alleebleue.co.za/

E: info@alleebleue.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/AlleeBleueWineEstate

Tel: +27 21 874 1021

Location: Corner of R45 & R310, Groot Drakenstein, Franschhoek

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Perfect picnics in the Cape - Picnic at Zorgvliet - Part 1

November 21, 2017

Imagine a Cape Dutch style series of rambling farm buildings surrounded by the lushest open lawn areas dotted with copses of shady trees, perfect for picnics and lawn games. You are picturing Zorgvliet, a producer of international award-winning wines and purveyor of beautiful picnic experiences.

Try the Snack Basket for two to take away, consisting of baguette & preserves, a quiche of the day, A stunning trio of gourmet cheese and biscuits which works beautifully with their charcuterie selection. Along with this you’ll indulge in tasty beef meatballs and a surprise something sweet and a bottle of Silvermyn wine of your choice.

By the time you roll back to your car you will have soaked up the beautiful surroundings and the contents of your basket in equal measures, all in all, an amazing day out.

URL: https://zorgvliet.com

E: info@zorgvliet.com

F: https://www.facebook.com/Zorgvlietwines

Tel: + 27 21 885 1399

Location: Zorgvliet Wine Estate, Banghoek Valley, 

Helshoogte Road, Stellenbosch

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I bless the rains down in Africa - Lucy Ethiopian Restaurant - Part 3

November 16, 2017

Ethiopia is known for its coffee, but also its outstanding cuisine, centering around shared pots and dipping/holding bread, where the utensil becomes part of the meal.

The bread is called Injera and is a spongy bread, resembling a crepe or pancake which is traditionally made from Teff flour. 

Have the Shiro Wot, a popular vegetarian stew, Shiro Wot is made from chickpea flour and simmered with garlic and onions in a berbere sauce (a combination of peppers, garlic, onion and other spices which are dried and ground into powder form, and used to spice many dishes). For your meat option, we suggest you try the Tibs, tender beef or lamb cubes sautéed and cooked with pepper and onion.

The food is rich, with deep and tantalizing flavor profiles, but it is also welcoming and tactile, obviously prepared with great love and care.

URL: http://www.lucyrestaurant.co.za/

F: https://www.facebook.com/LucyEthiopianRestaurantCapeTown

E: reservations@lucyrestaurant.co.za

Tel: +27 21 422 1797

Location: 281 Long Street, Cape Town

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I bless the rains down in Africa - Knus Karoo Kombuis - Part 2

November 15, 2017

Heading out into the Paarl winelands, we delve deep into the Karoo inspired foods beautifully prepared at Knus Karoo Kombius (Kitchen). The interior is a nostalgic haven with bric-a-brac reminiscent of a farmstall, a kitchen and a cozy dining room. 

The first thing you will smell when you arrive is the delicious aroma of Roosterkoek (freshly made bread prepared over the coals in the stone fireplace) served with cheddar cheese, apricot jam and butter. 

Another amazing dish is the “Breadless Burger”, which is a homemade Karoo beef patty served with mushrooms, roasted peppers, aubergine, baby marrow, caramelised onions, cream cheese and bone marrow, a meat lovers delight!

Top all of that off with a great cup of Moerkoffie (a strong farmer coffee) and a slice of milk tart, or a koeksister (confectionery made of fried dough infused in syrup or honey), and you’re all set.

URL: http://knus.co.za/

E: info@knus.co.za

F: https://www.facebook.com/knuskaroo

Tel: +27 21 876 8008

Location: Pieter Hugo Street, Paarl

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I bless the rains down in Africa - The Africa Café - Part 1

November 14, 2017

A cultural foodie extravaganza, The Africa Café brings you flavours from across the continent. Starting from humble beginnings, this venue has flourished over the past 15 years into the amazing kitchen it is today. 

A standout dish was the Ethiopian Doro Wat, chicken thighs cooked in a rich

Berbere /paprika sauce. Also amazing was the Malawi Mwana wa Nkhosa Tender, a free-range lamb stew in a succulent, rich gravy.

Fifteen different African dishes are brought to your table simultaneously and you indulge in the “communal feast”, a truly outstanding experience! 

There are great vegetarian options, and you can order individual dishes too, if that is to your preference.

URL: http://www.africacafe.co.za

E: africafe@iafrica.com 

F: https://www.facebook.com/AfricaCafeCapeTown

Tel: + 27 21 422 0221

Location: 108 Shortmarket Street, Cape Town

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I bless the rains down in Africa

November 13, 2017

The first light of human consciousness and the world's first civilizations were in Africa.” 

-John Henrik Clarke

In part three of our three-part series, we’re not dashing off to far corners of the globe, but rather, keeping it close to home. We’re looking at culinary gems that celebrate African cuisine in all its glory.

#culturecape 

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