escape the end of year frenzy with a mini break to riebeek kasteel

When Hanniki Bruère moved from Graaf Reinet to Riebeek Kasteel she had no idea she’d soon be the owner of a life-sized resin cow named Mathilde. In fact, Hanniki says she now tells people she bought Mathilde and the property was thrown in free. A combination of this charming bovine sculpture and Hanniki’s love for Victorian design inspired the name of her luxurious B&B and décor & gift shop.

The Victorian Cow B&B offers stylish, elegant accommodation for singles and couples, whether for a romantic getaway or to enjoy country hospitality and a relaxing break. The suite is tastefully decorated with a king size four poster and beautifully embroidered white linen while the spacious bathroom complete with Victorian bath offers fluffy towels and luxurious goodies to make bath time bliss.

Hanniki is the quintessential host, welcoming visitors with fresh flowers, local wine and divine chocolates and making sure your stay is memorable. Start the day with a sumptuous breakfast in the courtyard of The Victorian Cow Tea Garden or on the veranda with views of the vineyards and mountains, before exploring the village and indulging in some retail therapy at the many quirky and interesting shops or heading out to the surrounding wine and olive farms where you can pick up a few bottles of the best wine, olive oils and olive products the Swartland has to offer.

Although The Victorian Cow has been open for only a year, Hanniki brings a wealth of experience from Graaf Reinet, where she owned and operated a thriving guest house. She moved to Riebeek Kasteel, she says, because she wanted to downsize in order to offer the personal touch she prefers. Also, she was keen to be a little closer to Cape Town.

Hanniki is offering a midweek special of:

A minimum two-night-stay in the Luxury Suite for only R950 per night for two people, including a delicious country breakfast for two, as well as a complimentary bottle of wine on arrival.

If you’re looking to escape the city but don’t want to travel too far, Riebeek Kasteel is a mere hour’s drive from Cape Town.

To find out more or to book the midweek special, call Hanniki on 022 448 1090 or 078 303 1094, email her at, or visit the Facebook page

authentic flavours of latin america at orinoco restaurant & deli

Readers familiar with catering company Constantia Cuisine and those who’ve sampled Migdalia Bellorin’s food at markets such as Stellenbosch Slow and Earthfair, as well as expos like Good Food & Wine, will know that, unlike the Tex-Mex so often served to unsuspecting diners, Migdalia’s sublime Latin American cuisine is truly authentic.

Besides being Venezuelan-born, Migdalia traveled extensively throughout South America. Her culinary journey also led her to further study in Mexico. Upon arriving in South Africa in 2005 she continued her studies and delighted locals via her catering business while waiting for the perfect location for her dream restaurant.

Orinoco restaurant & deli opened in Bree Street just recently and already has a loyal following among business people in the area. More telling is that Latin American locals (a surprisingly large community in Cape Town) are flocking to Orinoco for a taste of home.

South American street food – think tacosempanadasarepas and fajitas – are served all day, along with artisan open sandwiches on rye or ciabatta. The breakfast menu includes the famous Huevos Rancheros, while the lunch menu offers familiar favourite Enchiladas along with dishes less familiar to South Africans but no less delicious. Desserts include Latin American specialty, Tres Leches. The drinks menu includes South American cocktails, a selection of tequilas, rum and Havanna Club, and an extensive wine list offering fine red and white wines by the bottle and glass.

Orinoco is open from 10am – 6pm Monday to Wednesday and from 10am – 10pm on Thursday and Friday.

021 418 4544
17 Bree Street (cnr Prestwich & Bree)

easter escape at african pride 15 on orange

We are lucky enough to live in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but all too often daily life means we take it for granted. Taking time to be a tourist in your own town is a wonderful way to take a break, relax and rediscover why Cape Town is also one of the top travel destinations in the world.

The African Pride 15 On Orange’s Easter Escape is ideal. Spend a couple of days in this superb, stylish hotel and either take in the sights and sounds of the city or for the ultimate weekend break, hibernate and enjoy the hotel’s facilities, including Savour Restaurant, Suntra Spa, Murano Bar, Cinnamon Coffee Shop and Judges Lounge.

The Easter Escape is available from 6 – 9 April or from 27 April – 1 May for just R850 per person per night, sharing (minimum two-night stay). This includes a 15-minute shoulder & neck massage or a mini-facial at the spa and, if staying during the Easter weekend, a delicious Lindt bunny.

Children under 12 get to enjoy and in-room set up with games and a gift, and a movie, popcorn and soft drink.

For more information or to book, visit the website.

021 469 8000
Corner Grey’s Pass and Orange Streets
Cape Town

a feast of specials at sotano

A veritable feast of specials awaits you at Sotano. Launching tonight (28 June):

Get two lamb burgers for the price of one every Wednesday evening from 5pm. Sotano is also showing the soccer tonight so it’s a really good night to launch burgers and soccer.

And to recap the other specials:

Three courses for just R120 is an absolute steal, more so when your taste buds get to travel the Mediterranean. If you missed the Greek-inspired, don’t worry: there are plenty of countries left to enjoy:

  • 18 June – 1 July: Morocco
  • 2 July – 15 July: Italy
  • 16 July – 29 July: Lebanon
  • 30 July – 12 August: France
  • 13 August – 26 August: Spain
  • 27 August – 9 September: Portugal
  • 10 September – 23 September: Best of the Mediterranean

From Mondays to Thursdays between 4pm and 7pm, indulge in one of Sotano’s R60 Snack Platters:

  • Garlic & Olive flatbread, Hummus, Lamb Koftas
  • Olives, Marinated Mushrooms, Homemade Rosemary Bread
  • Gratinated Mussels & Patatas Bravas

As well as R20 drinks specials:

  • Mojito
  • Gluhwein
  • 500ml Peroni Draught

From Monday to Friday between 11:30am and 4pm, enjoy an incredible meal for just R65:

  • Flatbread with haloumi, roast tomatoes and capers
  • Beef Burger & chips*
  • Lamb Pita & chips*
  • Classic Club Sandwich & chips*

Find Sotano at 121 Beach Road, Mouille Point, visit their website or call 021 433 1757.

You can also book now through Table Magic by clicking the pink link below.

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winter special at the travellers rest

In June we featured the culinary retreats offered at the gorgeous, owner-managed Travellers Rest guesthouse in Riebeek Kasteel. Since then, apparently, a number of b-guided readers have taken a break from the city to relax and enjoy some country hospitality.

Travellers Rest is now offering readers a winter special. For just R950-00 per couple you can enjoy one night’s accommodation on either a Friday or Saturday in an en-suite room, including Full English breakfast and a 3-course lunch or dinner with three choices in each course. Beverages are extra.

An ideal break to indulge, relax and rejuvenate.

And if you’re in the mood to create culinary magic, the culinary retreats are still available. You’ll find all the details here

For more info about the Travellers Rest, visit their website, here, telephone 022 448 1383 or email

the showcase music video festival at truth coffee on 18 july

DISARONNOTHE SHOWCASE is a music video festival launching at Truth in Buitenkant Street next Thursday, 18 July, with a second event on 19 September.

The Showcase will screen the most cutting-edge international music videos, chosen for their creativity and uniqueness. Featuring videos from A-Trak, Two Door Cinema Club and the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Showcase is bringing together videos from the UK, Argentina, USA and Germany, including exclusive intros from participating directors such as Filip Sterckx.

The Showcase will be feeding your own creativity, too, from the visual inspiration of the international music videos that will be screened to creating your own Vine Videos.

Disaronno is an Italian Liqueur, first created in 1525, infused with apricot kernel oil, absolute alcohol, burnt sugar, and the pure essence of seventeen selected herbs and fruits. The company has a rich history with the creative arts and sponsors many events, including the BAFTA’s, the Venice Film Festival and the Milan Fashion Week.

Having been around for centuries, a long and fascinating history comes as no surprise. Like the fact that Marlon Brando’s favourite drink was the Disaronno Godfather – a simple mix of Disaronno and Scotch whisky, or that world famous Italian-American film director Roman Coppola created a series of cocktail advertisements for the brand.

You can find out more about the DISARONNO Be Originale campaign at the websiteor at their Facebook page, which also features some delicious sounding cocktail recipes.

The showcase event details are as follows:

Cape Town: 18th July and 19th September at TRUTH Coffee’s Headquarters in Buitenkant Street. The event starts at 7pm, with screenings commending at 8pm, after which a DJ takes over till close. Facebook Event details here.

Readers based in, or who will be travelling to, Johannesburg, in August and October don’t have to miss out. The Showcase is happening at The Main Exchange, Maboneng Precinct, on 22 August and 14 October. Facebook Event details here

a belly full of laughs at bay harbour market

Add a belly full of laughs and good food to your monthly calendar as the first Wednesday of every month is officially Comedy Supper Club night at Bay Harbour.

The next event is scheduled for Wednesday, 5th September 2012 and the line-up features Martin Davis (UK) hosting support acts Carl Weber and Anne Hirsch and the headliner will be one of Cape Town’s best established comedians – Stuart Taylor.

Hecklers beware – Martin Davis skids and bounces across the stage firing off a relentless rapid-fire assault that hits every corner of the room and kills 100% of all known hecklers in their tracks. Headliner Stuart Taylor is pure class and is probably best known as the presenter of SABC 3’s hit travel show, ‘Going Nowhere Slowly’; Anne Hirsch won SABC’s ‘So you think you’re funny’ Season 2 crowning her the funniest new stand-up comedian in the country, and Carl Weber is our Bloemfontein-born comedian and was the Graça Comedy Showdown winner and also performed at the Nandos International Cape Town Comedy Festival at the Artscape 2012.

Enjoy a belly full of good food, too, as all the usual food traders will be open from 6pm for show-goers to enjoy a mouth-watering supper prior to and during the show. Plus, the Boom Bar will be serving a full spectrum of wine, spirits and the largest selection of draught beer in Cape Town. And don’t forget that the huge fireplace, one of the signatures of Bay Harbour, will be roaring.

Doors open at 6pm, show starts at 7.30pm. Tickets cost R80 standing, R90 back seated and R100 front seated, on a seat-reserved basis. Tickets are available online, here and from the Boom Bar at Bay Harbour Market.

news from the market place


Last Saturday I went to the Food & Wine Market at Hermanuspietersfontein at Hemel en Aarde Village for the first time. What a fantastic little market! Gerrie made up a cheese & charcuterie platter for four, we grabbed some freshly baked German breads, chose a roasted red pepper & ginger jam, paté and, of course, some Hermanuspietersfontein wine and settled back for a leisurely lunch in the courtyard. A variety of very tempting foods are available to eat in or take home, from the most incredible looking pies to divine sweet treats. You can also pop into the tasting room on your way out and stock up on the excellent HPF wines. Highly recommended!



The City Bowl Market on Hope is celebrating its second birthday this month with all our favourite food, fashion and design traders. If you’ve never visited before, all we can say is, “What?” The Thursday night has just about everything on the menu: Mexican, Paella Jamaican, Indian, Sushi, Vegetarian, Cypriot, Fishcakes, Thai Curries, Chinese, Soup, Burgers, Brownies, Cupcakes, Chocolate, Coffee, Beer, Wine, Produce, Biltong, Bread, Cheese, Jewellery, Clothing and so much more that in our excitement we had to capitalise all the things! Apparently You can even get a Massage. Of course, there’s also the usual Saturday market – including on Saturday, 27 April, when the City Bowl Fashion Market joins in the fun with fashion, home ware, decor, vintage and more.



Previously known as Vintage Wednesdays, the April Vintage Experience happens next Thursday, 25 April at Truth from 6pm to 10pm. This is the market for all things vintage, retro, vintage-inspired and pre-loved. You’ll find bargains galore, a great vibe and Truth will be providing craft beer on tap, burgers and pizzas. Get there early, because you’ll also find seven new traders, including a men’s wear stall and a bric a brac stall. Also, good news for suburbanites is that a Southern Suburbs market is being planned.



The specially selected traders at Market at the Palms travel from Darling, Langebaan, Paternoster, Moorreesburg, Melkbos, Wellington and other well known areas to bring “Food from the Platteland” to city dwellers. The very best of the West Coast is on offer, including traditional treats like jaffles, vetkoek, jams and cordials, to name a few. This Saturday they are once again joined by The Lock Stock, which showcases “cool stuff from creative people”: art, clothing, jewellery, collectables, home ware, object design, furniture and more. Take a coffee break and check out their Facebook page to see a selection of the gorgeous goodies on offer. Also this Saturday, jazz lovers can look forward to music by the Ramon Alexander Quartet.



The V&A Market on the Wharf’s motto is “experience goodness” and after Cindy Taylor visited and reported back, here, we can agree. It’s the best reason to visit the Waterfront, in our opinion. Besides traders offering delicious food & produce, there’s a foodie bookshop, demo kitchen, and a pub upstairs! Now, there’s also a Supper Club, so keep the evening of 1 May free and make sure to book by emailing Details in flyer above.


For information about other markets in and around Cape Town, visit our market page, here and if you know of any markets we should include, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

magazine heaven at benedikt books

Just a few of the top international magazine available at Benedikt:

  • Frankie: an Australian mag featuring news, trends and events in fashion, travel, food, music, craft, art and more.
  • Monocle: this lifestyle magazine featuring international affairs, business, culture, design, fashion and more, needs no introduction.
  • Milk Magazine: gorgeous French lifestyle mag geared towards parents and kids.
  • Apartmento: everyday life interiors magazine
  • Vogue Living: It’s Vogue. Living.
  • Frieze: the leading contemporary arts and culture magazine
  • GQ UK: men’s fashion, UK style.
  • Frame: leading international interior design magazine
  • Fantastic Man: award-winning men’s fashion magazine
  • Elephant: “Elephant covers and uncovers new trends and talent in contemporary visual culture.”
  • Sleek: thematically curated investigation of contemporary art and fashion)

021 824 0885
Woodstock Foundry, Albert Rd, Woodstock

know your city – company’s gardens

The garden is just shy of 360 years old.

Hendrik Boom is the master gardener who started it all, preparing the very first ground on 29 April 1652, in the vicinity of what is now Hout Street.

A Pyrus communis tree (Saffraan Pear) planted around this time still exists today, making it the oldest cultivated tree in South Africa.

Besides fruit and vegetables, Boom laid out a herb and medicinal garden, as well as planting oak trees and roses, among others. The roses reportedly bloomed for the first time on 1 November 1659.

After slaves arrived by the shipload in 1658 (many of them children) they were used as labour and housed in abysmal conditions in a VOC slave lodge built next to the original garden.

From 1679, the fruit and vegetable garden was transformed into a world famous botanical garden, which was watered by an elaborate system of canals fed by mountain water.

A Streletzia nicolai (Wild banana) supposedly planted by Johan Andries Auge, who became Superintendent of the Garden in 1751, still grows in the Company’s Garden today.

When Governor Yonge tried to turn the Garden into his private domain during the British occupation after 1795, the outcry was huge (rightly so), and culminated in the tradition of public access.

The oldest building in the Company’s Garden is ‘The Bothy’, which has been used as gardener’s quarters, Curator’s house, seed store and National Library Committee room.

Finally, the squirrels that have delighted young and old for decades were imported from North America by Cecil Rhodes in the 1890s.

Want to know more?
The Company’s Garden has a long and fascinating history, which is well worth reading at:
City of Cape Town – Company’s Garden
City of Cape Town – Origin and History
City of Cape Town – Recent Developments
IOL – Company’s garden still bearing fruit

Sources: all websites listed above
Image: Little James-David feeding the squirrels for the first time. Photo taken by his godmother and aunt, Alex Tulleken (B-guided general manager.)