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  South Africa, Stellenbosch, July 2011; A stylishly appointed restaurant called deHuguenot is a focal point of the new deHuguenot Estate, a luxury guesthouse in the historic hamlet of Pniel between Stellenbosch’s Helshoogte Pass and the Franschhoek valley. With the majestic Groot Drakenstein Mountains as its breathtakingly beautiful backdrop, deHuguenot Restaurant has ‘country chic’ nailed down with elegant grey and white interiors, roaring fireplaces and an enticing menu by head chef for the estate, Tanja Kruger. Suited to anything from an intimate lunch to a gathering of friends and family or a wedding party, the new restaurant is complemented by a downstairs bar, the Harry Q Bar. Tanja Kruger comes                  

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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                  

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Real Restaurant Revelations: 19 minutes, 19 things to try in Cape Town.


Current Cape Town Temperature: 13.6°C. How inconsiderate. Now back in the comfort of my own home after taking on mother nature’s morning elements e.g. Hurricane Katrina the second, I have 19 minutes before I need to be at X Body Fitness for an hour of brutal fitness training with Craig aka. Guy who just makes my body ache. So I though I’d put together a list of 19 things that you simply have to do/eat/see/down in and around Cape Town to kill the time. Here goes, and in no particular order: An ice cold, and I mean freezing, beer atop the deck at the Red Herring Trading Post in Noordhoek (recommendable only on days where the temperature exceeds 25°C, otherwise you’ll just have a kak time.). A drive                  

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    Capetonians are in for Real Treats in the coming months/years/decades! KrisA has bounced onto the scene with his innovative; quircky and seriously enjoyable take on the Cape Town Restaurant scene. Appropriately named "RealRestaurantRevelations" or RRR for short, we figure this man is going places (and not just to review Restaurants). (And he's also pretty yummy himself - n'est-ce pas? ....) What'sUpCapeTown has decided to give KrisA his very own "slice of our pie" - and in the future we'll profile his blogs on our site under the banner  "What's Up with RRR". To kick off, we've taken the absolute bloody liberty of posting one of the first entries on                  

Interesting People

DJ Rene the Frenchman


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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Bizerca Bistro


For those of you that haven't yet - GO. I was out on a first dinner date, expecting the discomfort of a swanky place and what I got instead was Bizerca - in the words of Deslandes himself, "It’s not fancy French dining, which can be stuffy and intimidating, but true bistro style, which is relaxed without compromising on quality". Award-winning Australian chef Laurent Deslandes. Although it should go without saying, it seldom is the case that a restaurant's real show-stopper is what it serves - but such can be said of Bizerca. really was the food. Bizerca, encapsulates what a fine dining experience should be - An EXPERIENCE. The set menu changes bi-monthly, while a chalkboard denotes the delicacies of the                  

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This month, 17 on Loader - Cape Town’s best bed and breakfast – continues to introduce to you every secret handshake gem you might not (but should) know of in the Mothercity. A compiled list of some of Cape Town’s lesser-known loves.. In Kenilworth, stop by Banana Jam for happy hour. This venue is always seething with students slurping on cocktails and provides a cosy setting for Cape Town’s early evening drinks. Be sure to try the green iguana for a cocktail you can’t put down – and at R15 in happy hour, you don’t have to. In Little Mowbray, Bruegel’s is a girl’s best friend. The small, understated venue offers up some of the better pizza in Cape Town at a very reasonable                  

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Review: “Addis in Cape”.


Our “Brutal Review of Cape Town Restaurants Group” visited the “Addis in Cape” restaurant Thursday evening, and rated the venue as follows:- Our telephonic booking was attended to in a polite and professional manner and our specific seating requirements were met. As to the actual seating itself, it is most original – the setup lends itself to an intimate dining experience. We found the overall impression and content of the website to be informative and interesting. See Our greeting at the door was both warm and very welcoming. On these aspects, Addis scored an impressive 82%. As an overall impression of the venue itself an equally impressive 85% was awarded. We                  

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A great 21st birthday in Cape Town

Friday was the 21st birthday of my friend Thomas : - The last step into the adult world which has to be memorable. Thanks to Dirk who took us under his arm and showed us all the hot spots in Cape Town. We started by having a cocktail at “Carne” followed by an unbelievable meal there. It is an Italian modern restaurant on the street in the old building of the Law Chambers. They offer all sorts of starters like Carpaccio, ravioli, tartars but all very light so you can still have some room for the fantastic peace of meat that you have chosen has a main. When you order a lovely waitress comes to the table with a plate full of different pieces and explains to you what they are, and