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Are pies the new cupcakes?

For the last few years the cupcake could do no wrong. Elevated from its lowly school cake-sale days it became an acceptable wedding cake, birthday cake or any other cake alternative. You couldn’t turn around without seeing one somewhere.

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For those that love the cupcake this news might hit a little hard … the cupcake is, apparently, receiving serious competition from the humble pie. Everything from savory to sweet, bite-sized to oversized is in!

It seems that pies, in all shapes and sizes, are making a move to the big time.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Food, Trends,
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What’s good on The Common Room menu?

Well obviously everything, on the Common Room menu, is delectable!

But even we have our favourite …

Why not pop in and try one or all of the following dishes-to-die-for:

  • Butter roasted Mozambican prawns / common sprinkle
  • Wild boar bitterballen / apple mustard
  • Little pan pizza / home made cheese / smoked tomato / basil


Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Food, Franschhoek Restaurant,
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Cooking for a Good Cause

The Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA) will be hosting a dinner – on Saturday the 9th of October at Reuben’s Restaurant in Franschhoek – to raise funds for hungry Western Cape school children.

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This dinner marks the start of the annual National Nutrition Week, which runs from the 9th to the 13th of October 2010, and showcases dishes with a twist by: Margot Janse, Reuben Riffel (Reuben’s), Darren Roberts (Grande Provence) and Neil Jewell (Bread & Wine).

The twist is an interesting one … all dishes created for the evening by the celebrity chefs make use of only PSFA’s feeding programme ingredients. Think less truffle and more soya.

The four course dinner, paired with local wines, costs R370 per person with all proceeds going to identifying and feeding hungry children.

There are only 90 seats available and tickets are moving fast. For more information, contact Maryké Riffel on (021) 876-3772 or email reservations@reubens.co.za.

The PSFA is a registered non-profit organiseation that currently feeds 237 000 children in 645 schools on a daily basis. For more information call (021) 447-6020 or visit www.psfa.org.za

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Community, Food, Margot Janse, Neil Jewell,
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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.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Food, Le Quartier Français, Trends,
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Food trends in the USA

On my visit to the USA last year I noticed sliders – those delicious burgers – making a big splash. I was very interested to see that they are still huge over here. Sliders in all shapes and forms – vegetarian, pork and beef served with onions, cheese and other sauces – look set to become a regular menu fixture in the States … and possibly abroad?

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Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Food, Travel, Trends,
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New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas

If you could eat anywhere in New York, LA or Las Vegas where would it be?

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As you’ve probably guessed I am heading off to New York, Los Angeles and Las Vegas. I have a lot of work to do in the USA but I will definitely find time to dine at a selection of fabulous restaurants.

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While you may not be on the trip, or in the restaurant with me, I do plan on including all of you in my adventure. I will be posting all my great finds and experiences right here on this blog. How exciting!

If there is anywhere you think I simply have to visit please let me know.

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Experience, Food, Le Quartier Français, Travel,
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2010 Bastille Festival in Franschhoek

It’s almost time for the 2010 Bastille Festival and this year’s festival promises to be everything last year’s was and more. Taking place, in Franschhoek, on Saturday the 17th and Sunday the 18th of July 2010 the Bastille Festival is definitely one of the highlights of the Franschhoek Festival Calendar.

Le Quartier Français, Bread & Wine and Môreson will all be in attendance and they’ll have the following delicious dishes and wines on offer.

Le Quartier Français
Mademoiselle Lamb Burger Junior (she last made an appearance at the 2009 MCC Festival)

Bread & Wine

Flatbread with a delicious topping (always excellent and a Franschhoek Festival favourite)
Gourmet Hotdog
Filled Focaccias
Tina’s Fudge.


They will be showcasing their Miss Molly range of wines – including the new Miss Molly Bubbly – which means that a percentage of each bottle sold will be donated to the South African Guide Dog Association for the Blind.


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*.

Each person will also get an additional R150 worth of Le Quartier Français Currency to spend – during their stay – in iCi, The Tasting Room, The Treatment Room, The Screening Room and Bread & Wine**.

To book call 021-876 2151 Ext: 341 or email: res@lqf.co.za

* 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)

  • 2 Course Menu – R120 pp
  • 3 Course Menu – R150 pp

Winter, in Franschhoek, has never looked like so much fun!

To book call: 021 876 2151 Ext 440 or email: restaurant@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Cuisine, Food, Franschhoek Restaurant, Winter Specials, iCi,
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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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