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Stars, Food, Art

Stars, Food, Art  is a culinary event by luxury hotel group, Sofitel, which takes place in Munich, Lyon, Vienna, London, Dubai and Amsterdam. The latest is at Sofitel Legend The Grand Amsterdam, in Amsterdam: ‘Stars, Food & Art: The Global Edition’ on Friday and Saturday, 2 and 3 November 2012.

Margot Janse will be among the 11 international chefs who will be cooking their signature dishes. Plus, Margot has the additional honour, along with Claire Clark, of being the first women chefs to be ‘exhibiting their culinary creativity’ at the event.

The goal of Stars, Food, Art is to create an event where culture, food, wines and art are united.


During the dinner this year, artist Mariska Meijers will be presenting eleven ‘gigantic mosaic Christmas tree decorations’, each of which is said to represent one of the chefs.

We’re more than sure Margot will do us and South Africa proud.

Posted by: Susan Huxter
Posted in: Chefs, Margot Janse, Travel, stars food art,
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The Queen Victoria Hotel

We recently stayed at the latest addition to the Newmark Hotel Group, The Queen Victoria. The service was impeccable, the staff were charming and they have arguably the BEST staircase in South Africa.

Here are a few of our favourite things …

We love you Vicky-baby!

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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Multination Vacation

Multi-destination vacations have replaced the one-country-one-hotel holiday. Travellers are now looking to experience more during their travel adventures than ever before.

Itineraries that group together a range of experiences, in different parts of a country, are huge. If you’re not yet on the multi-destination itineraries bandwagon you need to get involved ASAP.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Travel, Trends,
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Undies and the Rolls Royce …

Last month I visited London with my mother. We stayed at the newly revamped Four Seasons which is, in case you’re wondering, sensational. It is still one of my all time favourite London hotels. Not just because of its excellent location and impeccable design, but also because of their fantastic and personable service.

While we were at the Four Seasons we made excellent use of their complimentary Rolls Royce. Nothing beats being chauffeured around London in the back of a Rolls … nothing.

In fact I’m not sure I can go back to shopping for undies in anything other than an expertly chauffeured Rolls. Wistful sigh.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
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On our recent visit to the states we were introduced – not in person (thank goodness) – to something called the Viagra Triangle.

It’s apparently a well known triangle of restaurants where older mature men hang out looking to pick up younger women.

It is – according to our reliable sources – a real place. So if you’re looking to open an instantaneously successful restaurant in Chicago the triangle should definitely be on your list of top locations.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Travel,


Long live the globetrotter!

It’s good to know that, as far as trends go, travel is not dead. In fact globetrotting, including visits to lesser known countries, is very much on-trend for the year ahead.

You can expect to see your friends adding photos to Facebook of the cool, sometimes obscure, places they’ve visited or are going to visit in 2011. The only thing you’ll have to deal with, if you’re not heading out on your own adventure, is extreme trip-envy. For this there is only one cure … you’ll simply have to book an exceptional escape of your own.

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Le Quartier Français, Travel, Trends,
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If you’re looking to relax, and avoid the frustration of air travel, we suggest booking yourself a Traincation (vacation on a train).

Who needs never-ending check-in queues, surly security and chicken or beef when you can get from point A to point B in the lap of luxury?

Posted by: Sue Huxter
Posted in: Travel, Trends,
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How well traveled are you really?

Do you consider yourself a jetsetter? Have you always wanted to test your well-traveled-ness? Well now, with the help of Lufthansa, you can.

CC attribution caribb on Flickr.

Click here for a fun bit of procrastination. But, be warned, it is super addictive!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Travel,
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Back from Bangkok

Margot has just finished showcasing her award-winning cuisine in Bangkok.

For four evenings Margot was the guest chef at the Sukhothai Hotel where she prepared her acclaimed African Inspired Tasting Menu. From all the reports, emails and declarations of love that we’ve received the experience was a massive success. It seems that where ever in the world Margot goes she has a fan club. If you’ve experienced her cooking you’ll definitely understand why!

CC attribution mhonpoo on Flickr

Margot’s unique approach to food and dining ensures that her kitchen is consistently overflowing with innovative and creative energy. In this space Margot prides herself on developing exceptional and engaging culinary delights.

Each dish, created by Margot, is both truly refined and – at the same time – unexpectedly exciting and it is this contradiction that results in her menu’s outstanding balance and ensures that her cuisine is theatre.

We’re big fans of Margot and the magic she weaves!

Posted by: Le Quaf
Posted in: Cuisine, Experience, Margot Janse, Travel,
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When good technology goes bad

Magnetic disks, instead of hotel room keys or those frustrating cards, are very cool and super sleek. Just not in a country that is so well known for its wet climate it’s affectionately nicknamed Mud Island.

CC attribution kmevans on Flickr

After your fourth failed attempt at opening your hotel room door – to escape from the howling wind and driving rain – you realize that magnetic disks and permanently wet door handles are not a winning combination.

Posted by: Le Quaf
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