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French Toast Wine & Tapas Bar

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3 FOR LUNCH AT FRENCH TOAST WINE & TAPAS BAR --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- FRENCH TOAST, the wine and tapas bar in Bree Street Cape Town is offering a superb lunch time menu that offers outstanding value following the exceptional "Reason to Love Mondays" promotion where all wines under the R400 price mark is halved every Monday. Everyday between the hours of 12h00 and 16h00, patrons can stop by for a quick "in-between-meetings" luncheon or enjoy a more leisurely affair with friends at the pocket friendly price of R89.00 per person. This lunch only menu starts with a hearty "soup of the day" followed by a choice from any two dishes off the lunch menu, which                  

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Around the World Supper Club

Date: 8 Jun 2011 Time: 19:00 Cape Town Description: La Mouette is very excited to be launching our new Around the World Supper Club which kicks off in June.  It will be a monthly occurrence on the first Wednesday of every month and the first one being on the 8th June 2011.  There will be a different theme every month based on the cuisine from different countries around the world.  We’ll be starting with France and Chef Henry has prepared an amazing menu which will be paired with wines from Glen Carlou.  Arco Laarman, winemaker at Glen Carlou will be joining us so be sure to book. Arco Laarman has joined our French Table 19:00 for 19:30 pm R240 pp including wine                  

Interesting People

DJ Rene the Frenchman

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While us over at 17onLoader (De Waterkant's premium bed and breakfast) often review back alleys and bustling venues, we don't usually take a look at the lingerers in the limelight. But recently we found ourselves beers-ing with the Frenchman that keeps HQ frantic on Fridays... DJ Rene (the Frenchman - as he is referred to) is the towering, infectiously jovial energy of a man pleased with the way his life's turned out. His bombastically beautiful grey hair bounces as he animatedly gesticulates with a wide, trusty smile. Despite having lived in South Africa for seventeen years, Rene still has the two unmistakable traits of a Frenchman - the accent, and the kind of effortless charm that could hypnotize a girl right into                  

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The Waterfront Wine Affair

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Cape Town's been very quiet this week - we've been nursing our once-flourishing social calendars and wishing for sunburn. But what we have fast forgotten is that winter brings wine, fireplaces and excuses for shared body-heat...  Until Friday, The V&A spends the week swaying with the inebriated influence of dozens of boutique and reserve wines. With curling leaves and early evenings comes the annual V&A Wine Affair. The backdrop of a Table Mountain-marked cityscape makes The Waterfront's look out a perfect rooftop for some indulgent-out-of-doorsness.    This well-loved tasting/sipping soiree is a palate party.  Think sushi, oysters, imported cheeses and charcuterie... the menu boasts the                  

Night Life

Balkanology

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Fortune tellers and flying carpets are the fan fare of Balkanology, 26th April 2010. Again the magic of Gypsy/Balkan music is made manifest in the carnivale festivities of a massive, manic party - A one night only affair. Here today, gone tomorrow - as the caravan children do.  Balkanology - the deliciously devilish circus spectacular - will lay love loose on the new Cape Town venue of spectaculars - whispered as a replacement to the infamous Madame Zingara's -  the wonderhouse that is Vaudeville. Think magicians, balkan bass and bare-bellied beauties, with the wonderment of dream and hallucination. The insatiable line-up lists tempos from Toby2shoes, Maoriginal, Hopa Banda and the Nomadic Orchestra. Tickets                  

Festivals

SA cheese festival

SA Cheese festival 2010

Next weekend, the South African Cheese festival returns to us in all it's stinky goodness! In truth, I'm still not convinced that Cheese festival is a and adequate name. While I dare not blaspheme against the quality and variety of cheeses at the SA Cheese festival, the name shneakily hides the incredible array of other appetizers and palate-pamperers on show.  In the sanctuary of Simondium, somewhere between Paarl and Franschhoek, the SA Cheese festival returns to Bien Donné farm from the 24th until the 27th of April. The Cooking Pot is the cheese festival's cookery corner. By now a renowned space for innovative cheese use (no, really), The Cooking Pot is great place for gourmet gurus and closet chefs to                  

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6 SPIN STREET Restaurant

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Great news indeed! Robert Mulders, the restaurateur we have all been missing since he closed his iconic landmark institution "Rozenhof Restaurant" is back in business. This time its called "6 SPIN STREET Restaurant", situated (strangely enough) at 6 Spin Street! It's in that wonderful old Sir Herbert Baker Building very close to Parliament Street and opposite the wonderfully restored Church Square. (and in the same building as IDASA). By day it's part restaurant, part bookshop, and by night - his restaurant. Great concept indeed. Oh, and YES, Robert still has his signature dishes up his sleeve (well not literally of course!) - if you can remember his double baked Cheese Souffle, or his Roast Duck -                  

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Most popular Restaurants in Cape Town

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Doodling on the Internet recently (as one sometimes does), I came across tripadvisor's reviews on Cape Town Restaurants. With over 32 000 reviews of South Africa's tourism spots (Hotels, Guest Houses, Restaurants etc), I found the results to be rather interesting. Which 5 restaurants do you currently consider to be the most popular? The interesting results (in order of popularity) are:- 1. La Colombe; 2. Millers Thumb; 3. The Opal Lounge; 4. Beleza; and 5. Bizerca Bistro. I must say, I would never have thought of some of these eateries as being so popular, but it just goes to show what hidden gems there are (and for many of us, may even be ones we have never heard of). I recently decided to visit one of those                  

Art Scene

Infecting the city

Photography by Yasser Booley

If you missed the memo, on why there are pink people peculiarly standing in Greenmarket Square, or why semi-nude men seem to be emerging from Adderley Street fountains, the answer is simple - they're Infecting The City. Spier Performing Arts Festival: Infecting The City, is one Cape Town's most celebrated cultural events - a pioneer festival, showcasing performance artworks that interpret the city, within the city. Infecting The City has turned Cape Town's communal spaces into an urban performance arena. The works are performed at given times, in the open air, below the proscenium arch of the sky, and to stage left and right of traffic. Sponsored by Spier Wine Estate, Infecting the City creates a tangible hype and                  

Out of Town

A weekend away, Darling?

This weekend, the charming Darling of the Western Cape, snatches up the last fleeting moments of ripening weather, to bring us the Darling Music Experience. The donkey-drawn-carriage streets, in amongst swells of Darling vineyards, will be awash with merriment and music from Thursday 'til Sunday. Thursday 11th features concert pianists, while Friday 12th promises wine estate choir performances and rising stars of the Artscape National Youth Music Competition. Saturday the 13th brings a street-side screening of the documentary "El Systema" - documenting the efforts of Evita se Perron. This is followed up with a wicked wine and food paired luncheon, wine-tasting, a musical rally for kids and a duel between dynamic