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The Sour Fig Caipirinha

We’ve taken Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha and have made it local! Margot Janse’s favourite cocktail from The Living Room, the Sour Fig Caipirinha is made with a unique South African ingredient that grows wild locally in Franschhoek. It’s the fruit of a succulent known as the suurvygie (sour fig) and gives the drink a delicious and unusual savoury-saltiness.
Margot uses this ingredient in a variety of ways in a number of dishes too.

We’ve taken Brazil’s national cocktail, the Caipirinha and have made it local! One of Margot Janse’s favourite cocktails from The Living Room, the Sour Fig Caipirinha is made with a unique South African ingredient that grows wild locally in Franschhoek.

It’s the fruit of a succulent known as the suurvygie (sour fig) and gives the drink a delicious and unusual savoury-saltiness. Margot uses this ingredient in a variety of ways in a number of dishes too.

The plant aka vygie in flower

The dried fruit of the plant

The dried fruit of the plant

cocktail

The Sour Fig Caipirinha

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Ingredients, The Living Room,
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September special in The Living Room

Spring has sprung! And to celebrate, we’re running a special in The Living Room throughout the month of September.

Perfect for a catch up with a friend, a fun business date, or even some quiet couple time. Our spring special includes: a Grazing Board served with two G&Ts for R150.

spring special

The Grazing Board is a showcase of Neil Jewell’s chacuterie and sourdough as well as local cheese, along with our chef’s favourite bite of the day, which can be anything from bitterballen to terrine.

Now, we won’t pour you any ordinary G&T either. Served with clear, globe ice, we use premium Tanqueray Gin and Fitch & Leedes Tonic in specially crafted Tanqueray glasses.

Spring, it’s a G&T thing.

P.s We schooled you on how to make the perfect G&T too.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, The Living Room,
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Hop aboard the wine tram!

Recently the Bread & Wine team, along with some members from Le Quartier Français went on an educational (read: lots of fun) trip on Franschhoek’s Wine Tram.

tram 2

The group went from the ticketing office to Holden Manz where they enjoyed a wine tasting and cellar tour, then drove up to Dieu Donne to take in the spectacular views. Then, they all jumped aboard after the Wine Tram and went off to Rickety Bridge, more tastings of course followed.

tram 4

The tram’s design is modelled after the open-sided Brill Trams of circa 1890 and seats 32 passengers on eight comfortable benches. ‘Six of the eight benches have flip-over, tram-style seat-backs that allow passengers to enjoy the view in both directions’.

tram 3

There are two tours to take, the Red Line and the Blue Line, plus a host of other activities for specialised routes. Hop on over here to find and more—before you hop aboard.

tram 5

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A bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson

Keen to have the scent of baking bread fill your home? Learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell  with a bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson wine farm. (Here are Tina’s top ten secrets of bread baking).
How does it work?
The course will start at 09h30 sharp and on arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients.
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough – focaccia, soda bread, sour dough and olive oil brown
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
More wine to be had
To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za
Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R700.00 (excludes drinks)
Dates:
August, 23
September, 13
September, 27
November, 15
December, 6
Plus there’s another option….
MINI – BREAD-MAKING IN THE WINELANDS
This course starts at 10h00 sharp
On arrival you will receive your very own apron and ingredients
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 2 different types of dough– focaccia & sour dough We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Light lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R425.00 (Excludes drinks)
Dates:
August, 20
September, 2
September, 30
October, 2
October, 18
November, 6
December, 22

Keen to have the scent of baking bread fill your home? Learn from the best baker in town, Tina Jewell  with a bread-making experience at Bread & Wine on Môreson wine farm. (Here are Tina’s top ten secrets of bread baking).

Bread_Making_Collage

How does it work?

The course will start at 09h30 sharp and on arrival you will receive your very own apron, recipe book and ingredients.
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 4 different types of dough – focaccia, soda bread, sour dough and olive oil brown
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads
More wine to be had

To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R700.00 (excludes drinks)

Dates:
August, 23
September, 13
September, 27
November, 15
December, 6

Plus there’s another option….

MINI – BREAD-MAKING IN THE WINELANDS

This course starts at 10h00 sharp
On arrival you will receive your very own apron and ingredients
Hands-on, with a bit of guidance you will make 2 different types of dough– focaccia & sour dough
We will quench your thirst with water
Lots of laughter to be had
You get to fill, twist and shape different breads
While your breads are baking we send you off to taste the wines
By now you have worked up an appetite
Light lunch will be served with some of your very own baked breads

To book your spot contact Tina on 021 876 4004 or breadandwine@moreson.co.za Maximum group size 10 people, cost per person R425.00 (Excludes drinks)

Dates:
August, 20
September, 2
September, 30
October, 2
October, 18
November, 6
December, 22

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant, Franschhoek,
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Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence 2014

We’ve been awarded a Certificate of Excellence from Tripadvisor! Thank you to all our guests who reviewed us, the whole team at Le Quartier Français appreciates your feedback – and we hope to see you all again soon!

Want to drop us a review? Find us here on Tripadvisor.

trip

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Awards, Franschhoek, Hotel, Le Quartier Français,
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How refreshing!

Today we officially re-open! During our annual winter closure we weren’t resting on our LQF laurels however… The dynamic team from Wonderland Works (the folks behind the whimsical and glam interior of The Bacon Pop-up Bar) joined in with our building company for some refreshing renovations . See a sneak peek below; and please pop in for a visit to see the changes.

new floor bar

Our bar has been extended to include a side lounge - plus we have a beautiful new floor!

Our new bar counter casts a pink glow...

Our new bar counter casts a pink glow...

The Garden Room is bright and beautiful

The Garden Room is bright and beautiful

...with interesting design elements throughout, such as this textured wallpaper

...with interesting design elements throughout, such as this textured wallpaper

The Garden Room

A gorgeous new interior for The Garden Room - table for two anyone?

Go for a walk outside; along our new pathways to find a glorious vegetable garden in place of the Herb & Sculpture Garden. This is the view our guests can now enjoy while getting a treatment at our day spa, B.gorgeous.

Go for a walk outside; along our new pathways to find a glorious vegetable garden in place of the Herb & Sculpture Garden. This is the view our guests can now enjoy while getting a treatment at our day spa, B.gorgeous.

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Cycling in Franschhoek

Franschhoek’s fresh air can enliven the mind and soul like nothing else. Hop aboard a bike for this free tonic and take in some utterly spectacular scenery while you’re at it.

cycle in Franschhoek

Whether you’re simply cruising the Main Street, or flying over Franschhoek Pass—there’s a route to suit every type of cyclist.

Both Le Quartier Français and Delicious are centrally located; offering the ultimate launching pad for savvy cyclists. (Not to mention hot showers, soft beds and incredible cuisine after the trip.)

Plus, Delicious Hotels has a special package for bike lovers.

Have a look at the trails reccomeded by the Franschhoek Cycling Club for beginners and advanced bikers.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Delicious, Franschhoek, Le Quartier Français,
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Bacon and beauty

How does a bacon sandwich followed by a mani and pedi sound? Like heaven. Next door to us you’ll find The Bacon Pop-up Bar, and guess what? The back terrace is a hop-skip-and-a-jump away from our fabulous day spa, B.gorgeous.

So gather the girls for a bacon and bubbly lunch, then head to us for a spoiling. (Plan a special date for when we re-open from 7 July).

bacon

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Bacon of the Month Club, Franschhoek, b.gorgeous,
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Franschhoek Winter Wines 2014

Franschhoek Winter Wines 2014
Red wine and hot cars—what a way to spend a winters day.
Franschhoek Winter Wines 2014 is back to warm up hearts and minds.  Join the winos and the petrol heads at the Franschhoek Motor Museum on L’Ormarins Estate from 12pm to 5pm.
“Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top reds”
Along with the luxury cars and luscious reds there’ll also be live entertainment and delicious food.
Tickets are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za at R180 per person. This includes a wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, as well as entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Red wine and hot cars—what a way to spend a winter’s day.

Franschhoek Winter Wines is back to warm up hearts and minds.  Join the winos and the petrol heads at the Franschhoek Motor Museum on L’Ormarins Estate from 12pm to 5pm on 21 June.

winetrwines

“Each of the Franschhoek Vignerons will be showcasing their top reds”

Along with the luxury cars and luscious reds there’ll also be live entertainment and delicious food.

Tickets are available directly from www.webtickets.co.za at R180 per person. This includes a wine glass, a tasting of all the wines on show, as well as entrance to the Franschhoek Motor Museum.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Festival, Franschhoek,
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Franschhoek Mystery Weekends 2014

Need some mystery in your life? Every winter, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends showcase some of the best experiences the charming winelands village has to offer.
How does it work?  “We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek experiences and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you.”
The cost of this spoiling is R2950 per couple.
The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
A breakfast voucher (for two people) to enjoy at two different establishments;
A dinner voucher (for two people) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
Two surprise Franschhoek experiences to be enjoyed during your stay;
Wine tastings at participating Franschhoek wine farms;
A shopping voucher to spend at one of the participating retail outlets in the village;
Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
A trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which includes a visit to two wine farms in the area.

Need some mystery in your life? Every winter, the Franschhoek Mystery Weekends showcase some of the best experiences our charming winelands village has to offer.

fran

How does it work? “We – Franschhoek Wine Valley – randomly select a range of amazing Franschhoek experiences and create your unique couple Mystery Weekend Package. This means that you have no idea where you’re staying, where you’re eating or what other experiences are in store for you.”

The cost of this spoiling is R2950 per couple

The Franschhoek Mystery Weekend Package includes the following:
Two nights of accommodation (for two people sharing) at one of Franschhoek’s excellent four or five star hotels, B&B’s or guesthouses;
A breakfast voucher (for two people) to enjoy at two different establishments;
A dinner voucher (for two people) to one of Franschhoek’s renowned fine dining establishments;
Two surprise Franschhoek experiences to be enjoyed during your stay;
Wine tastings at participating Franschhoek wine farms;
A shopping voucher to spend at one of the participating retail outlets in the village;
Two tickets to The Screening Room at Le Quartier Français ;
A trip on the Franschhoek Wine Tram, which includes a visit to two wine farms in the area.

Dates: 15 & 16 August 2014 AND 26 & 27 September 2014

For bookings or queries please contact Carmen Arendse on office@franschhoek.org.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek,
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