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Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 took place in Las Vegas and saw 4,420 people attend from 92 countries: and our Susan Huxter was one of them.

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The annual travel event is one of the biggest networking programmes in the industry. Travel agents, hoteliers, experts, media and more came out to talk, mingle and promote their destinations.

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We caught up Susan to find out more about her trip.

How was your flight up – we hear you tried out business class, anything to report?
I did happen to go first class Emirates! It’s the way travel should be; from the service to the caviar to the comfort, as well as the shower on-board! We were allowed five minutes per shower, I thought it would be a bit strange  if there was any turbulence! The treatment continues on arrival too: with  an airport bus that had leather armchairs to the first class lounge in Dubai—all very special. I feel spoilt for life!

What travel insights have you brought home?
Travel from the USA is booming: people want experiences—and not just hotels. They are excited by new destinations and South Africa is right up there on the to-do list.

The strangest thing you saw in Vegas?
So many things… The brides at the slot machines in their white dresses, Elvis impersonators, and every vehicle you can imagine has been made into a stretch limo…

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What was the highlight of the trip?
The Cirque du Soleil show featuring Michael Jackson music—it’s incredible, the most amazing special effects, dancing and acrobatics.

And did you get to try Gordon Ramsay’s burger restaurant?
Great burgers, lots of beers on tap, décor not so great…

Anything else you’d like to add?
It was exhausting, exhilarating and intriguing. If aliens landed in Las Vegas they would be so scared and horrified at the sights, sounds and people—I think they would take off again immediately!

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Ardmore’s fabulous fabric

Ardmore Ceramics, famed for their unique hand-painted and hand-sculpted South African ceramic artworks, have joined the textile game.

The story goes that in 2011, Ardmore created the Qalakabusha sofa and they partnered with Mavromac in an on-going limited release of the sofa. (Mavromac is a trade showroom brand housing ‘superb selections of high end furnishing fabrics and wall coverings for sale to the interior design trade, specifiers, architects and contractors’.)

The collaboration of the original sofa opened the avenue for the two brands to continue working together for the Ardmore Fabric Journal.

Pay us a visit in The Living Room—and keep an eye out for our special lampshade made with fabric from the range, entitled ‘Wonderboy Wisdom’. Isn’t it beautiful?

ardmore fabric

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The science of serviettes

“I like the fact we’re not square,” says Susan Huxter while culinary manager, Eleanor Kerwan measures a bolt of fabric strung across her lap.
Susan and Eleanor are deciding on new fabric for the serviettes in The Living Room. And while it may not be an exciting new dish or cocktail, getting the small details just right it is what makes an experience for a guest holistically enjoyable.
“Nobody has a square lap,” says Susan matter-of-fact. And of course, she’s right. That’s why our serviettes are oblong, allowing for a graceful silhouette. Who needs to wear a tent while sampling our small plate menu?
There you have it folks, the science of serviettes

“I like the fact we’re not square,” says Susan Huxter while culinary manager, Eleanor Kerwan measures a bolt of fabric strung across her lap.

napkin

Susan and Eleanor are deciding on new fabric for the serviettes in The Living Room. And while it may not be an exciting new dish or cocktail, getting the small details just right it is what makes an experience for a guest holistically enjoyable.

napkin

“Nobody has a square lap,” says Susan matter-of-fact. And of course, she’s right. That’s why our serviettes are oblong, allowing for a graceful silhouette. Who needs to wear a tent while sampling our small plate menu?

There you have it folks, the science of serviettes.

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Virtuoso Travel Week 2014

What happens in Vegas? Our formidable, Susan Huxter shows the travel world our #LoveLQF style is what.  Virtuoso Travel Week 2014 is being held in Las Vegas at Bellagio Hotel & Resort from August 9-15.

What is it? Travel specialists—brands, agencies, suppliers and so on—from  all over the globe flock to the city that never sleeps to ‘attend the luxury travel event of the year’.

Here’s a sneak peek of our presentation for the show

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Virtuoso

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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.

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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.

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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’.

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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.

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Digital Detox with the reading Ellie

We’d like to introduce you and your kids to our new friend – the reading Ellie! Turn off the smartphones and tablets and rather get your little ones to browse our collection of children’s books.

reading ellie

Plus, the reading Ellie is positioned right by The Garden Room, so the parents can relax with the kids in sight, happily reading some of our favourite stories.

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We also have books for the grown-ups! Order a delicious drink ( wine, cocktails, coffee, freshly squeezed juice…) and sit back in our lounge for a reading adventure.

lounge books

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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.

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Things that go on in the kitchen #1

What’s this?
“It’s fermented butternut for the wild herb soup,” says Margot Janse, referring to a dish from The Tasting Room. “It also has butternut toffees.”
Hanging with the butternut is a bag of grated Jerusalem artichokes, also fermenting.
And this?
“Oh, that’s an experiment.”
How does it work? The chefs simply add a small percentage of salt, and the vegetables do the rest.

What’s this?

“It’s fermented butternut for the wild herb soup,” says Chef Margot Janse, referring to a dish from The Tasting Room. “It also has butternut toffees.”

Hanging with the butternut is a bag of grated Jerusalem artichokes, also fermenting.

And this?

“Oh, that’s an experiment.”

How does it work? The chefs simply add a small percentage of salt, and the vegetables do the rest.

butternut

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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.

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