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And the winner of #MyApron is…

We had so many wonderful entries! Thank you to all who participated, we feel lucky to have such funny and clever followers!

So without further ado… The winner is ‏@ReneLawrence77! Congratulations! See the winning slogan below. Please post your email address in the comments and we’ll contact you regarding the details.

my apron winner

Curious to know how we judged? See our judging rules here.

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Competition judging rules for #MyApron

We had a huge amount of fun on Twitter these last few weeks with our #MyApron campaign! Please see the rules below, which we will abide by when judging.

LQF-Apron-Campaign

The Rules

1. The results will be determined by three judges: Susan Huxter, Linda Coltart and Jamie Paine. The judges will each give points out of 1 to 5 – with 5 being the highest score – to each of the entries on the anonymous list of the top 14.
2. If there is a tie in the scoring, the judges will confer.
3. The top 14 will be chosen by the social media manager of Le Quartier Français, Malu Lambert
4. Malu Lambert will verify each of the top 14 to check for plagiarism—and a further check will be done once the winner is chosen.
5. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 27 February on the blog of Le Quartier Français as well as on the social media channels, Twitter and Facebook.
6. The competition rules may be obtained from Robyn Watkins via email: robyn@lqf.co.za
7. The competition will be audited by a professional person such as an independent accountant, registered auditor, attorney or advocate oversees and will certify the manner in which the competition was conducted and reports his findings through the promoter’s internal audit reporting or validation and verification procedures.

1. The results will be determined by three judges: Susan Huxter, Linda Coltart and Jamie Paine. The judges will each give points out of 1 to 5 – with 5 being the highest score – to each of the entries on the anonymous list of the top 14.

2. If there is a tie in the scoring, the judges will confer.

3. The top 14 will be chosen by the social media manager of Le Quartier Français, Malu Lambert

4. Malu Lambert will verify each of the top 14 to check for plagiarism—and a further check will be done once the winner is chosen.

5. The winner will be announced on Thursday, 27 February on the blog of Le Quartier Français as well as on the social media channels, Twitter and Facebook.

6. The competition rules may be obtained from Robyn Watkins via email: robyn@lqf.co.za

7. The competition will be audited by a professional person such as an independent accountant, registered auditor, attorney or advocate oversees and will certify the manner in which the competition was conducted and reports his findings through the promoter’s internal audit reporting or validation and verification procedures.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Competition, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, Le Quartier Français,
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b.gorgeous: a day spa with a difference

The pillars of food, art and wine have long been a part of our offering at Le Quartier Français and now we’ve added beauty to the mix. Looking out over our tranquil Herb Garden is our latest offering, b.gorgeous.
It’s a day spa with a difference. Sit back and relax with a glass of Môreson Méthode Cap Classique or a fresh fruit cocktail, while we take care of you.
Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or indeed both. We offer all the traditional treatments including, Gelish for your nails, which lasts for up to two weeks with no chipping or fading as well as nail art!
We also have a simple wash-and-blow dry service for your hair (so you don’t need to worry about cheating on your hairdresser), though we can promise an excellent head massage.
b.gorgeous is also an emporium for small, unique gifts for yourself or others; from beauty products, accessories, jewellery and more. Some of the items include: beautifully beaded So Cape Sandals; and innovative Wrist-to-Hair bracelets that can be used to tie up your hair.
And to really blow your hair back—we’re inviting talented local tattoo artists to make cameo appearances for all your skin art needs. Dates and times will be available on our web page shortly.
For an appointment call us on: 021-876 8458
Email: b.gorgeous@lqf.co.za
For further information please contact Robyn on 021-876 8452 or robyn@lqf.co.za

The pillars of food, art and wine have long been a part of our offering at Le Quartier Français and now we’ve added beauty to the mix. Looking out over our tranquil Herb Garden is our latest offering, b.gorgeous.

b.gorgeous exterior

It’s a day spa with a difference. Sit back and relax with a glass of Môreson Méthode Cap Classique or a fresh fruit cocktail, while we take care of you.

b.gorgeous logo on window

Indulge in a manicure, pedicure or indeed both. We offer all the traditional treatments including, Gelish for your nails, which lasts for up to two weeks with no chipping or fading as well as nail art!

nail polish for pedicures and manicures

We also have a simple wash-and-blow dry service for your hair (so you don’t need to worry about cheating on your hairdresser), though we can promise an excellent head massage.

manicure

b.gorgeous is also an emporium for small, unique gifts for yourself or others; from beauty products, accessories, jewellery and more. Some of the items include: beautifully beaded So Cape Sandals; and innovative Wrist-to-Hair bracelets that can be used to tie up your hair.

b.gorgeous interior

And to really blow your hair back—we’re inviting talented local tattoo artists to make cameo appearances for all your skin art needs. Dates and times will be available on our web page shortly.

View our spa menu here:
BGorgeous Menu

For an appointment call us on: 021-876 8458
Email: b.gorgeous@lqf.co.za

For further information please contact Robyn on 021-876 8452 or robyn@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, b.gorgeous,
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Spoil yourself with an afternoon devoted to chocolate at The Long Tea Table

Chocolate doesn’t ask silly questions. Chocolate understands. This is why we’ve devoted an entire afternoon in praise of the dark stuff on 21 May 2014. There will be chocolate demonstrations and talks, bubbly drinking, chocolate eating and wouldn’t you know – chocolate goodie bags. See the flyer below for more information.

Forget love, we’d rather fall in chocolate.

Chocolate Long Table

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français, The Garden Room,
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The rise of the Flexitarians

Pescatarians, vegetarians, fruitarians – and finally a sensible diet, flexitarian. What is this? “Carnivores who are happy to eat only the best quality meat but those who feel equally happy with a plate of pure veg.”

Yip, that means no more meats plumped up with water and chemicals. Instead, pasture-reared pork/beef/chicken where the animal has lived a good life and the meat is so much better for it.

In its extreme, flexitarianists are vegetarians who occasionally indulge in meat.

It’s said that :’ This movement will be driven further by chefs at the top of chain intent on developing vegetable driven menus, chefs like Alexis Gauthier and his Vegetronic cuisine: non-vegetarian vegetable tasting menus with dishes such as carrots lovingly bathed in lamb juices. Could we see Vegetarians opting to take part in Meaty Fridays? One day of the week when bacon is allowed?”

Well, if you can only eat bacon one day of the week – then you had better make sure it’s the best, artisan bacon available, free of the nasties and full on the taste. Check out www.baconofthemonth.co.za

Take a look what blogger extraordinaire Matt Allison made with one of his many Bacon of the Month instalments, a delicious homemade quattro stagioni
matt alison pizza

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bacon of the Month Club, Trends,
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A recipe for unbelievably delicious drumsticks

At our recent Blessing of the Harvest, Neil Jewell prepared a feast for kings – and appropriately his beautiful drumsticks were medieval hunks of deliciousness. We thought we just have to share his method of preparation with you. Enjoy!

Bread and Wine chicken drumsticks

First up, get the fattest, most free-range/bio-dynamic/organic chicken drumsticks possible.

Method:

Allow two drumsticks per person
Clean drumsticks, removing knuckle & trimming excess skin
Make brine, using 40 gram salt per 1 litre of water
Place drumsticks in brine and leave submerged for 24 hours
Remove from brine and rinse
Place in a vac bag and seal, then poach in sous vide at 65 C for 90 minutes.
Remove, ice bath to cool.
Make a spice crumb using panko crumbs and your choice of spices
Use egg wash & buttermilk and pane the drumsticks
Deep fry to order & enjoy

Allow two drumsticks per person
Clean drumsticks, removing knuckle & trimming excess skin
Make brine, using 40 gram salt per 1 litre of water
Place drumsticks in brine and leave submerged for 24 hours
Remove from brine and rinse
Place in a vac bag and seal, then poach in sous vide at 65 C for 90 minutes.
Remove, ice bath to cool.
Make a spice crumb using panko crumbs and your choice of spices
Use egg wash & buttermilk and pane the drumsticks
Deep fry to order & enjoy.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Neil Jewell, recipes,
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They see me walking…

Our family farm Môreson has recently added a walkway, bordered on one side by fragrant lemon trees and on the other by the trickling stream. Just another space to play and dream.

walkway moreson

walkway

photo 4

walkway

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Môreson,
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WIN with #MyApron!

We’ve been cooking up a rather fun idea: think up an inventive slogan for an apron and win an incredible prize package valued at R25,000! You’ll need to tweet your brainchild at us, with Twitter handles @lequaf and @LeCreusetSA as well as #MyApron. See below for full details and instructions.

LQF-Apron-Campaign

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Competition, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, Le Quartier Français, twitter,
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Be our Valentine?

Come and join us for a sharing Valentine’s Feast in The Garden Room on 14 February 2014, arriving 18.00 for 18.30.

The journey will begin with a specially created craft cocktail from our Lounge Bar and you’ll share delicious plates, feasting family style.

the garden room

The party will then head to our screening room for a complimentary movie with a glass of Boschendal Bubbly.

Boschendal screening room

Our Valentine’s celebration is open to everyone, from couples to singles, to family and friends and is R300 per person.

Roses are red
Violets are blue
We have delicious food
And a screening room too

Please contact robyn@lqf.co.za for more information.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Screening Room, The Garden Room,
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