Daf running Comrades for Mrs. Ndaba Friday
If you’d like to track Daf’s progress, during the 2010 Comrades Marathon, check out our Facebook Fan Page where we’ll be posting regular updates.
Thanks Daf, this is a truly amazing gesture. Good luck from everyone here at Le Quartier Français!
Dining at Noma – The Owner’s Perspective
If you’ve read Margot’s blog post, about our dinner at Noma, you’ll already know that it was fantastic. In fact it was so fantastic that I just had to write about it too.
The entire Noma experience is phenomenal but there are a few things that were standouts for me.
The first standout – the décor:
Noma’s décor is minimalist. It showcases beautiful, simple Scandinavian design and there isn’t a tablecloth in sight! In many ways the decor is not what you’d expect from the best restaurant in the world. But it is very true to its heritage and, as we rediscovered throughout the night, Noma is all about being Nordic!
All the ingredients, used at Noma (which incidentally stands for Nordic Food), are from Nordic countries. So, for example, no olive oil is ever used! In fact René and his team (from 21 different countries) spend time foraging on the local beaches for natural and different ingredients.
The third standout – the food:
The fourth standout – the plating:
The fifth and final standout – the juice pairing:
As someone who doesn’t do wine pairings I find that I end up drinking glass after glass of water with a great meal. As you can imagine this can get a little boring so I absolutely loved the fact that I could have my 12 courses paired with different juices. This made me feel, like I too was experiencing something very special!
The trip was worth every minute and, if you get a booking at Noma, you have to go! This might be a feat in itself because after being named no.1 in the San Pellegrino World Top 50 Restaurant Awards their website crashed, their emails gave up and their phone stopped working. They could be fully booked for the next 3 years but, luckily, they only take bookings 3 months in advance. For more information visit the Noma website.
Are the days of hand luggage nearly over?
Thanks to the airlines tough new stance on hand luggage traveling, without having to check luggage in, is becoming increasingly unavoidable.
It is incredibly challenging to pack for a trip, especially those to freezing climates, when you’ve got only a few kilogrammes to spare.
I’m a fairly frequent traveler and I don’t get it right most of the time! I was wondering if there were any frequent travelers who manage to get it right all of the time? If so please share a few of your tips.
What are your hand-luggage-only traveling secrets?
Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Uncategorized,
Eating at D.O.M in Brazil
One of the highlights of our trip was our meal at D.O.M. The unique cuisine offered at D.O.M is the brainchild of the incredible, Alex Atala. He’s a passionate man and, from the moment you set foot in D.O.M, you can feel his love for both Brazil and food.
It is an exceptional restaurant and one that, if you find yourself in South America, you simply have to try.
What should top hotels realistically expect guests to pay for?
I recently read a short article – you’ll find it here – and it got me thinking.
As hoteliers I believe that we often forget what is really important and what adds real value to a guest’s experience. Somehow, and I think this happens in all industries (not just tourism), we believe that in the hallowed-halls of our own establishments the things that irritate us – when we are paying customers elsewhere – don’t apply.
When I’m a guest there are a few specific things that don’t work for me and I’ve worked hard to ensure that Le Quartier Français guests never have to experience them. Because, apart from the fact that they irritate me, I think that they have the ability to ruin a premium hotel experience.
I’m very interested to find out what your pet hotel peeves are? What has the ability to ruin your entire stay at a luxury establishment?
We participated in the tasting of the De Toren blends for the Fusion V 2009 Directors blend. This blend will be released in 2011.
There were a total of 12 guests at the tasting. Each guests was given two flights of seven blends, a score sheet, a pencil and a spittoon.
The first five wines were relatively easy to score but after these I started to battle. I had to focus and work hard not to find and identify the same characters in each wine. Given that we were working with the five bordeaux blends this was very challenging.
At the end of the process we were asked to rate our top three blends and our least favourite blend. The combined scores (provided by the 12 guests) were saved and the process was repeated in Johannesburg and Durban. The two overall top scoring wines will be the ones that are released in 2011.
By the end of this tasting I had earned myself a set of purple stained teeth, spittoon back-splash in my left eye, a myriad of flavours swirling around my mouth and huge respect for those that taste professionally. It’s definitely not easy work!
The day finished off with a perfectly paired menu – created by Margot – where the Fusion V 2002 and the Z 2004 were highlighted; and then I was introduced to a rum … I am not a rum drinker. I have always associated rum with hooligans but I have been converted.
Pyrat Rum XO Reserve, a sipping rum from Jamaica that – with each sip – makes you think of secluded tropical island beaches, hot sun and a sexy waiter bringing on the cocktails.
Posted by: Linda Coltart
Posted in: Wine,
Travel with Purpose
The Mrs. Ndaba programme has forever changed the way we look at travel.
We are now constantly looking for new experiences that enrich our lives but, at the same time, make a significant difference in the lives of others.
In Buenos Aires we found another great Travel with Purpose Experience. A friend of mine, Milagros, has opened a wonderful restaurant. This restaurant offers diners great local food and at the same time it helps makes a difference in the lives of countless homeless children.
Milagros is doing something phenomenal, she’s changing lives.
Local is Lekker: 2010 Le Quartier Français Accommodation Special
Stay at Le Quartier Français between the 3rd of May 2010 and the 31st of August 2010 for just R895pp*.
To book call 021-876 2151 Ext: 341 or email: email@example.com
* This rate includes bed & a scrumptious breakfast.
**This offer is subject to availability and terms and conditions apply.
Winter Warmer Menu in iCi
From 3rd May 2010 for both lunch and dinner (Monday – Friday)
Winter, in Franschhoek, has never looked like so much fun!
To book call: 021 876 2151 Ext 440 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Exclusive Books & Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Giveaway: 14th – 16th May 2010!
Spend R200 (or more) in one of our restaurants – over the 2010 Literary Festival – and receive a 10% discount and a bottle of Miss Molly wine (to take home) or a R100 Exclusive Book voucher.
You will also be automatically entered into the main draw where you could win one of three great prizes!
1st prize: R2 000 worth of Exclusive Book vouchers and a night (for two) at Le Quartier Français.
2nd prize: R500 worth of Exclusive Book vouchers and lunch for two at Le Quartier Français.
3rd prize: R250 worth of Exclusive Books vouchers and breakfast for two at Le Quartier Français.
If you’re planning of spending the Literary Festival weekend in Franschhoek why not book the Le Quartier Français Literary Festival Package? We have limited space available so, if you’re interested, please don’t wait too long to book!
We look forward to seeing you this weekend!
For more information visit the Le Quartier Français website.
*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.
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