Pocket Friendly Travel Trends
This year sees the continued rise of social travel, with people experimenting with different types of hotel stays (like Delicious), home swaps and renting out bedrooms in their houses to fellow travellers. Heck, people are even renting out their gardens and couches!
It’s all about stretching your buck as far as it will go. Money has never been this elastic. Yipee!
Un-Valentine’s Feast at Bread & Wine Vineyard Restaurant
Are you looking to eat out on the 14th of February as a non-couple? Do you want to skip the over-priced red roses, tasteless heart-shaped confectionary and Chris de Burgh?
Well then you should join Bread & Wine for their annual Un-Valentine’s Day Feast!
On the 14th of February Neil Jewell will once again prepare a sensational three course dinner where there is only one unbreakable rule … absolutely no tables of two. In fact, to ensure strict enforcement of said unbreakable rule, everyone will be seated at one long and very social table.
For more information, or to reserve yourself a spot at the UnValentine’s Day Feast:
Asian Food is Fast and Casual
Burgers, pizzas and Mexican food have all been fast food staples for years. They’ve been primped, tweaked and reworked to the point where there is nothing left to invent. This has left room for fast foods latest belle of the ball – Asian.
It’s the takeaway space where you can really expect to see and taste the interesting and unusual in 2012.
Belter Bar Snacks
We’ve been searching the globe for the coolest trends and we’ve returned triumphant! Yes we’re back for good with stacks of tasty trends.
The first, from our bag of trendy tricks, is Belter Bar Snacks …
It seems that peanuts have finally had their day, thankfully. Bar snacks that WOW are the latest local and international bar trend and it looks set to stay.
From the savoury – think deep fried Wontons à la The Common Room, to the sweet – pictures rows of jars packed with tempting delights.
Belter bar snacks are the new must have item in any bar. Kind of like an it bag for foodies.
Gosh it’s Good for You
This year there is a major emphasis on healing foods. The best chefs from around the world will be showcasing healing foods like beans, carrots, cherries, watercress, kale and more on their acclaimed menus.
Not only will their food taste terrific it’ll also be good for you. Killing two birds with one stone has never been this delectable!
Nip and Tuck
OK it’s time for us to come clean we are addicted to room cosmetic surgery. It started innocently enough – a nip here, a tuck there – but now we can’t seem to go a year without scratching that itch.
This year we’re converting an Auberge Room into a new Petite Garden Suite. We’ve also added a wheel-chair friendly Auberge Room to our offering, Room 16 is getting a new super-bathroom, all our Auberge Room bathrooms are receiving a serious facelift – think more Dolly Parton than Joan Rivers – and we’re sprucing up The Tasting Room.
After all the work is finished we’re going to look younger, firmer and perkier than ever. Come visit us – when we officially reopen on the 1st of August 2011 – you won’t be disappointed!
Hi-Ho-Hi-Ho it’s off to Bastille we go …
The beautiful and decidedly tasty Mademoiselle Lamb Burger – Lamb Burger’s lesser known but equally delicious niece – will be making an appearance this weekend at the 2011 Bastille Festival. She’ll be accompanied by a selection of her favourite treats including: bitterballen, boerewors rolls, Toulouse rolls; game & walnut sausages, filled focaccia, brownies and – of course – a healthy supply of Tina’s totally-addictive fudge and brownies.
In addition there will also the full range of Miss Molly wines for tasting and sale; and a variety of Neil’s famous charcuterie – Coppa, Saussison Sec, Spanish Cured Loin, Biltong and Tasson – for purchase in the town hall.
Our hearts skip a beat for beetroot
The grated and pickled beetroot of our childhoods has been banished and replaced with whole, cubed or saucy delights that showcase the best this nutty and sweet vegetable has to offer.
You’ll find beetroot on all the great menus of the moment and this is one vegetable that looks set to WOW for a while. Viva la beetroot!
Pashing on the Parsnip
The parsnip is the undiscovered vogue-like sister of the overused carrot and the tired potato. It’s crunchy, super versatile and in a rare twist it is also ridiculously healthy.
The parsnip’s super-veggie powers include the ability to lower cholesterol and the fact that it is lower in calories than the humble potato.
All of the above makes the parsnip a front runner for veggie-pash-of-the-month. Yes please!
Mrs. Ndaba Programme Thank You
The Mrs. Ndaba Friday’s concept has proved so popular that we now supply healthy meals, to over 70 children, in three different preschools five days a week.
This project is entirely funded by the generous donations of our guests, and other friends of Le Quartier Français. The food is all prepared by the Le Quartier Français team so every penny donated is spent on the children.
Liwa Lethu, one of the three local crèches we now support through our Mrs. Ndaba initiative, sent us – and by us we mean some of our guests and other generous donors – this thank you letter. We’d thought we’d share it here so everyone who has been involved can see how much of a difference they’re making.
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