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The Common Room opens at Le Quartier Français

Our new restaurant addition – The Common Room – offers diners a menu packed full of lip smacking delights designed to serve as snacks or the building blocks of a more substantial meal. Fish pops with chakalaka ketchup, bone marrow with salsa verde crust and chocolate and milk ice cream sandwich are just a few of the WOW-bites on offer.

The menu and The Common Room experience have been designed by Margot Janse to reflect her belief that “food is constantly evolving and everyday dining should have an element of nostalgia about it, evoking memories of the good times; and these good times don’t have to be a huge financial investment. In fact in The Common Room we’ve stuck to a heavy on the taste but light on the pocket approach.

Occupying the space previously used by iCi, Le Quartier Français’s, bistro-style restaurant, The Common Room is poised to become the local grazing ground; the perfect place to relax and linger with friends over a tasty dish or two.

Here guests can meet up for drinks and snacks or pop in, sans reservation, for a scrumptious breakfast, lunch or dinner. In a truly delightful twist The Common Room has a strict no reservations policy. This ensures that it is refreshingly first-come first-serve in its attitude towards grazing.

The Common Room serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. It is open from 07h30 till late, 7 days a week.

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Signature cocktails

I am loving the return of the signature cocktail! There is something so decadent, delicious and over-the-top about developing one of these. In fact nothing says we’re serious, luxurious and totally into the glamour of the 50’s drinking scene like a signature cocktail.

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For the remainder of this year, the whole of next year and perhaps even early 2012 this is going to be huge.

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If you’re a safari-circuit regular, or you’re looking for something a little bit more exciting than the luxury-lodge, why not try glamping (glamorous camping)? Rough-it in style, in other words: rough-it without actually roughing-it.

When it comes to glamping I recommend a stay at Singita Sabora Tented Camp in Tanzania. It’s completely OTT and that’s exactly what a glamping experience should to be!

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Say goodbye to the other white meat

Pork is out and chicken is in.

Expect to see a whole lot less pork-belly and a whole lot more fowl in the next few months.

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Beer, beer, glorious beer!

Beer is very vogue. It’s approachable, it’s relatively inexpensive and – once you’ve acquired the taste – it’s delicious.

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It’s super chic even in SA. In fact &UnionJack Black and the Neighbourhood Goods Market have joined forces to present SA’s first Craft Beer Festival. Here small, independently owned breweries will showcase their produce under the Real Beer banner.

Tres exciting if real beer, food and the personalities that accompany these two cult-crafts is your thing.

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Your Invitation to The Loft Project

Join Neil Jewell – acclaimed Bread & Wine Head Chef and Charcuterie King – and Clayton Reabow, award-winning Môreson Winemaker, for an exceptional evening of Franschhoek food and wine at The Loft Project in East London, United Kingdom.

Experience 10 courses of South African inspired cuisine paired with award-winning wines from (yes you guessed it) Môreson.

Dates: Thursday 23rd September, Friday 24th and Saturday 25th September

Time: 19h30 – 23h45

Cost: 10 courses, paired with Môreson wines, for £120 per person (including VAT).

Location: The Loft Project, Unit 2A, Quebec Wharf, 315 Kingsland Road, London E8 4DJ.

Dinners are limited to just 16 people so early bookings are essential. Call +44 7956 205 005, or email info@theloftproject.co.uk, to reserve your place.

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Franschhoek Uncorked 2010

This coming weekend – on Saturday the 4th and Sunday the 5th of September 2010, from 10am to 5pm – we welcome spring back into our lives at the annual Franschhoek Uncorked Festival.

A R80.00 Franschhoek Uncorked passport buys you access to the fun, including a free tasting at participating farms. Passports can be purchased online or at any of the participating wine farms (including Môreson).

Book into Le Quartier Français and make a weekend out of Uncorked. From Friday the 3rd of September to Sunday the 5th of September you can stay at Le Quartier Français for R895 per person per night*.

*Subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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Neil Jewell Cooking at The Loft Project

Neil Jewell is cooking at The Loft Project this September!

The Loft Project invites top chefs, from around the world, to host dinners for guests around one communal table. It is the brainchild of chef Nuno Mendes and his partner Clarise Faria and it’s an experiment in food and people; set within an intimate and beautifully considered environment in East London.

For more information visit their website or call +44 7956 205 005

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If I can't stay at Le Quartier, I want to go home