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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)
Brownies
Donuts.

Bread & Wine

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

Môreson

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.



  

Local is Lekker Special – Taste the Tasting Room

Book for an evening in The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français from the 3rd till the 16th May 2010 and for just R350pp (excluding wine) we will surprise you with a unique menu designed by Margot Janse (and her team).

Taste the Tasting Room aims to give local diners the opportunity to taste the best of The Tasting Room and some of Margot’s all time favourite dishes.

This offer is subject to availability. Terms and conditions apply.

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

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Dining at Noma

Eating at Noma, only fours days after it was awarded the title of 2010 S.Pellegrino World’s Best Restaurant was an incredible experience.

It is impossible to describe the dinner in a few words, but what I loved the most is that it was so true to itself. We tasted Nordic cuisine, herbs, pickled vegetables, berries and more. I chose to pair my meal with wines while Susan had hers with a juice pairing – incredible, especially the apple and pine shoots!

What stood out for me?

The raw chestnuts sliced at different thicknesses for texture, served with a fishroe sauce, rye crumbs and cress. The whole crayfish tail, just cooked, served on a rock from the beach with a cream of oyster, and powder of seaweed which had to be eaten without cutlery – fabulous! Then there was the dehydrated scallop with grains, watercress and seaweed/squid ink oil.

In fact every course, of our six hour long dinner, was amazing. From the six pre-dinner amuse – served with champagne – to the incredible 12 courses that followed.

My inspiration has been completely re-charged. I only wish Copenhagen was a little closer to Franschhoek…

Posted by: Margot Janse
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Food, Travel,
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Must Have Dishes at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant

Neil Jewell, head chef at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant and local Charcuterie King, has some new and exciting dishes on his delectable menu. Three of these managed to knock our taste bud’s socks off!

The duck trifle; the salad of watercress, rocket, porcini and shallot dressing and the chargrilled octopus, roast tomato risotto, chorizo chips are spellbinding.

If you’re thinking of popping out to the Franschhoek Valley please replenish and revive yourself over a long and absolutely delicious lunch lunch at Bread & Wine. Please remember it’s very popular so it’s advisable to book.

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Le Quartier Français and Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner – 20 days and counting – and that means that it’s time to stock up on Pink bubbly, flowers, cards, chocolate and maybe an original gift or two.

Because nothing says I love you quite like beautiful linen from Mungo Design, a chair by REcreate or a space in the next Dessert Me cooking course.

Actually nothing says I love you like all of the above accompanied by lunch at Bread & Wine – if you’re into long lazy lunches and excellent Môreson wines; or iCi – if you want to experience Franschhoek, scrumptious dining and the best strawberry daiquiris South of the equator.



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