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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.

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

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Posted in: Competition, Le Creuset Pop-up Store, Le Quartier Français,
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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.

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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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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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Summer splendour in our gardens

This time of year is sheer magic in our gardens. It’s the height of summer and the bushes are lush and mysterious, peppered with the kind of blooms that love to be in the sun.

Heady floral fragrances follow you as you take a simple walk through the leafy corridors. The buzz of cicadas. An errant swallow eating a a burst fig where it fell ripe from a tree.

And it’s refreshing heart, the swimming pool.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français,
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Inside The Tasting Room kitchen

The Tasting Room: the place where executive chef, Margot Janse, works her special kind of magic with her team of dedicated chefs. The domain of surprise.  of local flavour. of adventure. Have you ever wondered what it’s like inside the kitchen? Wonder no more.

We can’t show you the dishes in detail – because, well, they’re a surprise – but we can show you the beautiful kitchen, The Tasting Room’s culinary playground. To see what went into creating the kitchen, jump on over to this post.

Margot Janse plating

Margot Janse plating

Ain't it pretty?

Ain't she pretty?

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Precision and imagination make for exciting plating

Expediting

Expediting

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kitchen

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Margot Janse, The Tasting Room,
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Fusion at IS ART

Three friends. Three artists. IS ART’s first show of 2014 is ‘FUSION’. Three notable artists from the Pietermaritzburg area, Sue Akerman, Gill Gerhardt and Bruce Attwood have joined forces with their complementary yet diverse styles for this exhibition.

Commencing on 2 February 2014 from 11am to 5pm.

Tip: Pop in at The Garden Room for breakfast beforehand.

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Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Franschhoek, Is Art, Le Quartier Français, The Garden Room,
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Intern wanted

Guys, we’re looking for an intern to join our marketing team. Always wanted to peek behind our doors? Well, this is your chance.

intern-ad

Are you a foodie with mad marketing skills? Are you technologically savvy? To qualify, you’ll need to be adept at Photoshop with some design skills, and have muchos enthusiasm.

If this sounds like you – we’d love to meet you! Please send your CV and motivational statement to susan@lqf.co.za

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français,
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Make a Français ’75 this New Year’s Eve

Wow your guests this New Year’s Eve with our take on classic champagne cocktail the French ’75. We’ve made it our own by using gin infused with Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea—and of course of family farm’s delightful MCC, Miss Molly from Moreson.
Here’s the recipe for you to make at home, or you can come join us for New Year’s Eve at our Lounge Bar and let us make it for you! We have a host of creative cocktails that will surely keep you entertained, view the list here. Not to mention all of our delicious Bar Bites.
Recipe for Français ’75
Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea, Infused Dry Gin, Miss Molly Bubbly, Fresh Lemon, Sugar. Bright & Sparklingly Aromatic, Afternoon Tea at its Best
To start, make the infused gin by adding four teaspoons of Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey  to a bottle of Beefeater Gin. We placed the gin in the freezer first and brought it down to -20*c. This allows us great control of the amount of tannins we release from the tea. After about 10 days we remove from the freezer, strain and bottle. (We realise you don’t  have time for this with New Year’s around the corner, but do it today to allow maximum infusion in this short time frame.)
35ml Earl Grey Gin
15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
7.5ml Vanilla Sugar (2:1, sugar: water, slowly steeped with vanilla pods)
Topped with 100ml of Miss Molly MCC
Serve in a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon zest spiral. The drink is thrown from shaker to shaker before topping with MCC; this allows us control over dilution and to further aerate the drink, allowing for a sharper taste.

Wow your guests this New Year’s Eve with our take on classic champagne cocktail the French ’75. We’ve made it our own by using gin infused with Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea—and of course our family farm’s delightful MCC, Miss Molly from Môreson.

Here’s the recipe for you to make at home, or you can come join us for New Year’s Eve at our Lounge Bar and let us make it for you! We have a host of creative cocktails that will surely keep you entertained, not to mention all of our delicious Bar Bites.

Recipe for Français ’75

Matt Roberts

Lady Bonin’s Earl Grey Tea, Infused Dry Gin, Miss Molly Bubbly, Fresh Lemon, Sugar. Bright & Sparklingly Aromatic, Afternoon Tea at its Best

To start, make the infused gin by adding four teaspoons of Lady Bonin’s loose leaf Earl Grey  to a bottle of Beefeater Gin. We placed the gin in the freezer first and brought it down to -20*c. This allows us great control of the amount of tannins we release from the tea. After about 10 days we remove from the freezer, strain and bottle. We realise you don’t  have time for this with New Year’s around the corner, but you can infuse the tea at room temperature which will take about 5 minutes to get the flavour – by freezing though you get a much fresher flavour and satisfying tannic dryness.

35ml Earl Grey Gin
15ml Fresh Lemon Juice
7.5ml Vanilla Sugar (2:1, sugar: water, slowly steeped with vanilla pods)
Topped with 100ml of Miss Molly MCC

Serve in a champagne flute and garnish with a lemon zest spiral. The drink is thrown from shaker to shaker before topping with MCC; this allows us control over dilution and to further aerate the drink, allowing for a sharper taste.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Le Quartier Lounge Bar, Môreson, recipes,
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