Food and Wine

“One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.” Virginia Woolf would most certainly have had nothing to fear at Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse! Sitting pretty in the paradise of the Kamberg Valley in KwaZulu-Natal’s Drakensberg area, this is a getaway for people who adore food and sumptuous dining. But not … Continue reading “Food from the Gods: Culinary Magic at Gourmet Getaway Cleopatra Mountain Farmhouse in KwaZuluNatal”

The Paternoster Seafood Festival 2013 will take place on the beach in this gorgeous coastal town on 30 November. Stalls open at 09:00, offering a feast of West Coast seafood specialities. There will also be horse riding, kayak hire and beach buggy rides, as well as a fun run and mountain bike challenge. There will … Continue reading “Paternoster Seafood Festival 2013 and Where to Stay in this Gorgeous Coastal Town”

Thinking a little beyond the immediate holiday season, do consider securing your place on at least one of the Food & Wine Weekends at Bushmans Kloof Wilderness Reserve & Retreat in 2014.

“A place to fall in love with the world again“. So true at Babylonstoren in Franschhoek. The garden at Babylonstoren is fast becoming legendary. Not only does it impressively span all of 8 acres – it can also claim that every one of its 300 plants is edible. It’s a growth-sanctuary of a place, featuring … Continue reading “A Garden is not a Garden is not … When it comes to Amazing Gardens, Babylonstoren leaves others in the Shade”

This mouth-watering recipe comes from Camp Jabulani’s Head Chef Andre Gerber, who has donned a camera in the kitchen in order to bring us step-by-step instructions for scrumptious meals. Or go one better, and visit the camp in person: Camp Jabulani is a prestigious safari camp in the Limpopo’s Kapama Game Game Reserve, bearing the … Continue reading “Much More than Wildlife at Camp Jabulani. Try the Wild Mushroom & Roast Cherry Tomato Gnocchi”

In celebration of Woman’s Day 2013 The Giggling Gourmet, Jenny Morris, will be hosting an exclusive gourmet evening at the Lanzerac Wine Estate in Stellenbosch on Friday, 9 August. The hotel’s Executive Chef, Stephen Fraser, will join her to create a memorable foodie experience, so why not join them.

Anchored on a neatly vine-combed estate in the gorgeous Franschhoek Valley, Mont Rochelle is a place where, most certainly, you will sleep, eat and drink generously as you live on the grand land of the vine. This is Sir Richard Branson’s personal hotel and vineyard – a perfect place to sleep, eat and drink.

Arriving at Delaire Graff Lodges & Spa, post-ascent of the beautiful Helshoogte Pass, you couldn’t be blamed for thinking you’d landed in paradise. “From the sky” – delaire – is a quality etched not only in the name itself, but thoroughly textured in the whole heavenly experience.  This is an utterly sumptuous stay on a wine farm (it … Continue reading “From the Heavens: Super-Fine Luxury Lodges, Wine and Art from the Gods at Delaire Graff in Stellenbosch”

Here’s a fantastic recipe for Malva Pudding – a good old South African favourite – from deep in the wilderness. It’s the recipe used at Garonga Safari Lodge in Makalali, Limpopo, where the meals are out of this world.

It could be yoga in a pristine reserve that takes your fancy, or hot-footing it through the fynbos with the kids to find Easter eggs, or a weekend learning the secrets of Italy’s well-known passion-foods. These, and all sorts of other things besides, are coming up in De Hoop Collection’s special packages for 2013.