Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Hills and Valleys in Elgin.

It all started when tiny, baby Natalie turned 26! That officially happened at El Burro (dammit, it's always so delicious) though and not on any hills or in any valleys in Elgin.

But that weekend I headed out to Elgin for the night...

First stop, Old Mac Daddy. I had never been before so I'm so glad I finally did because it is such a rad place. I'm very excited to be going back for the night later this month.

I had a delicious mushroom risotto for lunch but there were some pies and pizzas around me that gave me major order envy. You don't have to be staying at Old Mac Daddy to enjoy the restaurant, FYI.

Nat and I.

After lunch we went back to our house in Grabouw to settle in for the night. 

This is Bear Trap Lodge. It looks tiny from the outside but it actually sleeps 10 people.

Waste no time, crack open the wine! This I picked up at Peregrine Farm Stall on the way in.

Bear Trap Lodge is quaint but not short on one lovely old fireplace. 

The next morning I went on a quick mission to Charles Fox. I adore their Vintage Brut Rosé and needed to pick up a bottle. Quick tasting compulsory.

Charles Fox is high on a hill in Elgin. Turn right after Peregrine Farm Stall and follow the signs.

I also picked up a bottle of their very delicious Pinot Noir. Stupidly only one and it is of course both really good and finished now so I shall have to return for more soon.

We then headed up to where Everson's Cider is made. I'm not a huge cider drinker but I love the little operation they have going on there and I was able to taste and buy some wine by William Everson. Everson's is in a unique Grabouw neighbourhood that is made up of interesting small holdings, where vegetable gardens and a simple life are the way of the land. There was a little bit of bread, home-cured meat and smoked cheese in this visit too - so good it's worth mentioning, even thought it's not quite on the tasting menu. It pays to know people who know people.

Our last stop was Platform 1 Eatery at Elgin Station for lunch. I had a really good steak, yo.

Until next time... 

I value the time I get with my friends so much. These girls are so kind and easy to love.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

The Thing About Whisky...

...is that I love it. A tremendous amount. I would attribute my love to years of training from Johnnie Walker experts but it probably started before then, in a past life even, like that one time I was living in Scotland. Just kidding! 

Or am I? 

No, but really. I have been invited to a Whisky pairing dinner at Pigalle next week and I am so looking forward to it. I haven't been to Pigalle in some time, so it is a great opportunity to go back and I love Whisky pairings. (Note, I spell Whisky with a capital letter. That is because it is important.) I've done a few pairings in the past and they are always a completely unique treat. Next Thursday's dinner (14 August) will be the first in a 6 part series called SUPPERCLUB and it will involve not only three courses of deliciousness, paired with Whisky, but also live entertainment from a selection of our city's top musos. 

Okay, let's talk food. The menu promises Salmon Teriyaki, Grilled Beef Fillet and Queen Prawns, all to be enjoyed alongside the ever so fine Johnnie Walker Gold Label Reserve. I will, of course, be using Uber. 

Now let's talk music. The first dinner is offering up Original Swimming Party. I have been incredibly bad and not seen them live yet. If you just so happen to see this Jeremiah, I can't wait! They will be supported by Valve State, who have toured the country with Johnnie Walker in the past so know all about how to make sounds that are as delicious as Whisky tastes. 

If you'd like to get on board, tickets for SUPPERCLUB are available at Webtickets for R290 per person. The events will be running every Thursday until the 23rd of October, with a closing event that will feature Taxi Violence unplugged. Epic! 

I will, of course, be doing a proper show and tell via Twitter and Instagram on the night so if you're interested in finding out more before purchasing a ticket, find me there. 

But wait, there's more ;)

If you'd like to win a pair of tickets to the launch event next Thursday (14 August), you can do so here. Please will you join the Facebook event page, follow @PigalleSA on Twitter and then let me know why you and your partner/homeslice just HAVE TO be at SUPPERCLUB next week. A comment or tweet will do. I will do a draw on Monday evening so come back then. 

Monday, July 21, 2014

To Nowhere And Back.

I had the kind of weekend you worry you may never be able to top. 

We travelled from Cape Town to the middle of nowhere (outside Graaf-Reinet in the Great Karoo) and back. No sign of civilisation for miles in every direction, every star was visible in the night sky, sunrises so fiery that you couldn't stare at them for too long and a silence so profound that it almost became deafening. It was one of the most beautiful places I've ever been to.