About Cape Town

Two-by-two

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Everyone has been on at least one terrible date. If at this point you are thinking to yourself, “No, not me”, perhaps you are unwaveringly optimistic, perhaps you have flexible expectations, or perhaps you are downright nauseatingly lucky. For the rest of us (who can relate to horror stories of small-talk that led to “I only listen to heavy metal bangra”, or the maniac that asked to see your feet on the first date), we understand how a terrible choice of place can ruthlessly catalyze an already souring date. Luckily for you though, the Mothercity is nurturing when it comes to romance. The rain and winter breeze encourage opportunists to venture in closer, under the guise of consideration and warmth. From Gugulethu to Camps                  

Lifestyle

Treating your mom on Mother’s Day

Durbanville Hills

It's that time of the year when we're able to treat those special ladies that gave us life and so very much more. So if you're lucky to be near your mother next Sunday, have you thought of what to do for her? Breakfast in bed or special pampering may be in order, as may a well-chosen gift or something else to show her your appreciation for making you what you are today. How about a massage of spa voucher, or a shopping spree? If she's daring, then why not splash out on a boat trip or even helicopter flip? If you're thinking of taking her out for a meal or tea to spoil her, well, the possibilities are endless. Most restaurants and establishments will be making the most of Mother's Day and will offer                  

Out of Town

Stellenbosch Festive Street Banquet

Stellenbosch Festive Street Banquet

Most of us have experienced al fresco dining in Stellenbosch, but few can say they've sat and enjoyed a meal on historic Drostdy Street itself! On Friday 20 April, this street will be closed for a stylish street banquet to launch the new brand identity of Stellenbosch by the Executive Mayor, Alderman Conrad Sidego. For only R100 you can reserve your seat at a table and enjoy a line-up of top local performers including Laurinda Hofmeyr, Schalk van der Merwe, Lynette Pietersen, Roman Alexander, Niel Rademan, Pietman Geldenhuys and Ollie Viljoen. Everyone is asked to wear white to maximise the dramatic effect of this setting at night, and to bring along all food, drinks, cutlery and crockery for their tables. Stunning prizes                  

Festivals

STIHL Lumberjack Festival

STIHL Lumberjack Festival

Even before Monty Python sang their famous Lumberjack song ("I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay, I sleep all night and I work all day"), lumberjacks were the very epitome of butch, but sadly seem to have been forgotten. So the crazy crowd at Laugh It Off (who brought you those ultra-cool and controversial T-shirts) have decided to do something a bit out of the ordinary and organise a Lumberjack Festival at Lievland Wine Estate on the weekend of 14 and 15 April. Teaming up with chainsaw maker STIHL, they aim to capitalise on the light-hearted sentiment that exists around this bygone era, when men were tough and nature was to be tamed. The STIHL Lumberjack Festival is a carnival-crazy combination of an                  

Wine & Wineries

Cape Town innovates in the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism awards.

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    WhatsUpCapeTown was privileged to join the Great Wine Capitals Best of Wine Tourism tour over the weekend, and experience, literally, the best of the winelands, while also being part of an innovative new approach to raising awareness of the initiative by blogging and tweeting about it. The tour is the brainchild of Wines of South Africa (WOSA) and the Great Wine Capitals Global Network (GWCGN) which is a network of nine major cities around the world which share a key economic and cultural asset: their internationally renowned wine regions. Cape Town joins Bilbao-Rioja, Bordeaux, Christchurch - South Island, Florence, Mainz, Mendoza, Porto, and San Francisco - Napa Valley. Wines of South Africa represents the                  

Festivals

Robertson Wine Valley Hands-on Harvest Festival, 25-27 February

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  Get your hands dirty and experience the magic of harvest, at the Robertson Wine Valley's Hands-on Harvest 2011. Following the success of the Robertson Wine Valley’s 2009 and 2010 Hands-On Harvest festivals, this year’s boutique family event is a must for the ardent wine-lover and aspiring winemaker. With the vines yielding grapes galore, make plans to head out to the Robertson Wine Valley to experience the ‘magic of harvest’. This year’s Hands-On Harvest, taking place from Friday, 25 until Sunday, 27 February, promises to offer something for everyone, with an exciting line-up of festivities for fun seekers, novices and wine connoisseurs alike. Festival-goers will have the wonderful                  

Eating Out

New restaurant at Val de Vie Wine & Polo Estate, Paarl

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Looking for an interesting new venue in the winelands? The Polo Club Restaurant and Lounge Bar at Val de Vie overlooks pristine polo fields and is surrounded by the majestic Franschhoek and Paarl mountains. You can sip award-winning wines from the estate while watching world-class polo from the terrace outside. Newly appointed chef Dewald Hurter trained at Buitenverwachting wine estate and spent many years as an Executive Chef at Madison on First and the luxurious five-star Pana Lodge Boutique Hotel. He focuses on Casalinga-style Italian food, with specialities like the Risotte di Pesce laden with prawns, mussels and calamari and the freshly made traditional pizzas, with a special recipe light base and selection of delicious                  

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                  

Wine & Wineries

„Auf die Räder, fertig, Prost!“

Kapstadt, 17 on Loader, Bikes 'n Wines, Stellenbosch, Weingebiet, Wein, Verkostung

Du magst Sport? Du magst Wein? Du magst es speziell? Dann spricht dich ein Flyer mit dem grünen Slogan Bikes ’n Wines wahrscheinlich genauso an, wie es bei mir der Fall war. Neugierig zu entdecken, was sich hinter diesem Titel verbirgt, machte ich mich am vergangenen Donnerstag zusammen mit vier anderen Teilnehmern auf den Weg in die Winelands östlich von Kapstadt, wo – unweit von Stellenbosch –  unsere Tour begann. Ausgestattet mit Mountainbike, Helm und einem kleinen Lunchpaket folgten wir unserem Guide, Markus, und stürzten uns bereitwillig in das ungewohnte Abenteuer. Insgesamt besuchten wir vier Weingüter (bzw. Destillerien), wo sich unsere Gaumen der verschiedensten Wein- und                  

Festivals

Origin

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In the heart of the Riebeek Valley, this weekend, comes Origin trance fest. The setting: river, rolling lawns, dance and trippy decor. Strictly an over 18 festival, reviews I've heard of previous Origins have involved words, "unadulterated (or maybe not) mayhem" and "way way sick". While not particularly articulate, I think these drive home the message: ineffable awesomenessity. (I know it's not a word, but let's go with it). Festival activities will include swimming, swaying, camping, drinking, dancing, perusing craft and pausing for nourishment at the food market.   While trance isn't my particular field of expertise, I know enough to know that this one gets rave (literally) reviews.