Can you remember your last time you went on a first date?
Do you remember the awkward silences? The questions you asked and got “yes” or “no” replies for? We have all been on a date where you are kinda into to the person but you can’t seem to get the conversation to flow. You touched on what you do for a living, the brief “my hobbies include” bit and then you spend 20 minutes looking at the menu, deciding whether you should order a salad and glass of water or just be yourself and order a steak and a glass of wine.
Well, stop freaking out about date number two because I got you covered.
A few weeks ago I was invited to learn about Brandy, with Distell. Look I knew Brandy was quite the process to produce, but I didn’t know it was such an art. Nic Holdcraft presented the day and everyone hung on every word he said. This short course is for the Brandy appreciator as much as it is to get to know the product.
Admittedly I was not the biggest fan of Brandy, I found it a bit harsh to drink neat. But it is amazing what education can do. By being taught to add a tiny drop of water to the glass of brandy it made it SO much more palatable and I was able to taste distinct differences between the different types.
This course is open to the public and I highly recommend it. This is SA after all, what is more South African than Brandy and biltong?
With a car, it is not far
The Rendille boy pleaded with us to go to the “foor” (animal camp) to fetch a warrior bitten by a snake. “Where is it?” “Oh, with a car it is not far! Remember the old site of the Saale village? Just near there,” he replied. That gave us an idea of where to go and how long it would take. We would be home before dark.
Whether you celebrate it or not, Valentines a thing. We were silly enough to get married on Valentine’s day and now have to have that cliche follow us around for eternity. If you complain about the concept of Valentine’s day or if you go all out to show someone how much you love and care, Valentines is rolling around soon and I have the PERFECT non-date date idea for you and your partner.
GO WALK A DOG (and stay for a picnic)
The days are heating up and the holidays are almost here. It’s BUBBLY season and I want to fill your glass by sending you to enjoy the finest MCCs (& Champagnes) Franschhoek Cap Classique festival has to offer.
UP FOR GRABS
1 set of 4 tickets for Saturday, 3 December
1 set of 4 tickets for Sunday, 4 December
A hidden gin bar in the middle of an Orange Orchard. YES PLEASE.
This spectacular find is the newest addition on the same property as one of my favourite restaurants in Harties, Silver Orange Bistro. I saw a mention of the new Tapas and Gin Bar on their Facebook Page and had to go investigate. I mean, good gin in the Westrand? ABOUT TIME. (Technically not Westrand, but it is west of Joburg so it counts)
Wine Menu, one of Johannesburg’s leading boutique wine outlets has created a hunger for exploring different varieties following their successful wine tasting festivals this year which included a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir event held earlier this year and The Unusuals Festival which was held in August.
For the month of November, Wine Menu’s Corlien Morris has chosen to focus on Cinsaut, in order to give interested customers the opportunity to not only taste this varietal, but also to meet three of South Africa’s esteemed winemakers to discuss, explore and answer questions and we all know how much I love asking ALL the questions.
The Sommeliers Selection is inviting Pretoria and Johannesburg wine lovers – both casual and serious – to taste the selection of wines that made it into the winning list of The Sommeliers Selection Competition 2016. I am very excited to attend the second annual Johannesburg tasting.
Most Sundays we go for a late afternoon drive in search of a bite to eat. This really ends up being a “you choose, no you choose” So we settled on Black Horse Breweries since its a nice drive and not far from where we live.
Driving up their road it became apparent we weren’t the only ones who wanted a late lunch in the warm winter sun. Cars parked up and down the road. We figured by the time we had we stopped, found a spot to park, walked there and wait to be seated we might die from hunger.
No matter where you travel to and what you drink, nothing makes you feel quite as happy as a good cup of coffee and a great view.
After much debate (with friends and family all over the world) I have decided that the following method is the best one to create that perfect cuppa.