Stellenbosch Vineyards another hidden gem.

Having driven up and down the R310 en route to somewhere or indeed on our way home from our various foodie escapades, we always pass the Stellenbosch Vineyards sign and say, we must make a plan.


Well finally we had the time and boy were we in for a surprise. What a stunning venue and the pristine grounds. There are so much on offer. I cannot believe we have missed this placed for so long.


Our wine ambassador Earl-Rae Wine ambassador is definitely one of the best, he spoke our language, never made us feel ill-informed.

They currently offer 3 different tastings:

Standard Tasting – R30.00

Premium Tasting – R60.00

Wine Pairing – R125

We did the Winter Wine Pairing, I am sure there is a Summer or Spring available now but feel free to enquire.

Winter Wine Pairing

  1. Infiniti Method Cap Classique Brut paired with a savoury parmesan finger with salt flakes.
  2. Stellenbosch Vineyards Sauvignon Blanc paired with Lemongrass Passion Fruit Macaroon
  3. Stellenbosch Vineyards Bushvine Pinotage paired with salt dried Black Olive crackling encased in Almond Nougat
  4. Stellenbosch Vineyards Shiraz paired with salty pretzel dipped in black dark chocolate
  5. Stellenbosch Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon paired with a cassis & cracked black pepper dark chocolate
  6. Stellenbosch Vineyards Infiniti Noble Late Harvest paired with chocolate pralines




Not wanting to give too much away here are my findings.

  1. Good
  2. Green better with macros not chocolate
  3. Love this
  4. Good
  5. Not my fav
  6. Best


We enjoyed our time so much we ended up ordering a platter and proceeded to taste some more wines. We arrived at 11:30 left at 15:00,tummies filled, boxes of wine and many empty glasses 🙂 An excellent time indeed.


Simply love when we get feedback from our subscribers makes what we do so worthwhile.

The Burger’s recently went to Stellenbosch Vineyards on our recommendation and experience their Winter Wine Tasting, herewith is their feedback.

“Good morning JAR .

Thank you for recommending that we visit Stellenbosch Vineyards for the wine tasting and pairing.

They accommodated us on short notice and everything was set up before we arrived with our very informative wine steward Marlin we set off on our Winter Wine Pairing journey.

Both their bubbly and sauvignon blanc was palatable and refreshing and very versatile. What followed was their reds. I loved their Fusion Range it’s so fruity and light with variety of 4 anyone would be sure to find a favourite.

Marlin was so hospitable he even brought at least two wines which are not on their winter wine tasting menu for us to experience. He really went out of his way for two coupon holders😀it was really a pleasant relaxing afternoon.

Thank you once again from “The Burger’s “.”


Wine tasting and sales:

Monday-Friday 09:00 – 18:00

Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays 10:00 – 17:00

Closed on Good Friday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day

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Stellenbosch Vineyards

Baden Powell Drive


Tel:  +27 (0) 21 881 3870

Email: ;

Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Rene Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



The Hungry Herbivore

A few weeks ago we got to live on the “wild side” or rather quench the thirst and hunger of the herbivore inside us 🙂


Our daughter being pescatarian, was the only one excited about our visit,if I am being completely honest. My husband being a fully fledge meat lover not so much. I am proud to say both my husband and I were won over instantly.


 The décor, the friendly service and the freshest dishes you will be hard pressed to find. 

We started off with Ginger Shots and some Cold Pressed Juice.

Just what the doctor ordered. 

We decided on the following; Avo Toast Deluxe, a Breakfast Wrap & Hash Browns and the Organic Nachos & Guac.


Who knew Nachos could taste so good without the tons of melted cheese, a much healthier option.

 Everything was superb; we would all gladly have those dishes and anything else they have on offer again and again.


Lastly we had the Raw Vegan Cupcakes – Carrot & Choc flavours, it was good, maybe a step too healthy for my husband and I,but our daughter loved it.


 All in all, we certainly more open-minded to try out Vegan and Vegetarian Eateries all thanks to The Hungry Herbivore 🙂


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 Restaurant Info:

The Hungry Herbivore

11 Orphan Street,

Cape Town,


Tel : 021 422 0347


Opening Hours: 12:00 – 22:00 | Monday – Saturday

Kitchen closes 30min before closing time

 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Rene Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen



I’ve always considered myself to be very open minded when it comes to trying new things, especially food. My mantra has always been that we need to try new things to formulate an opinion and then make an informed judgement; anything to the contrary, is just plain ignorance.IMG_6109

It’s also for this express reason that I also try not to do too much in terms of research or reviewing before I visit a new restaurant.  I had no idea what to expect on my first visit to Mesopotamia and even less of an idea as to what the Kurdish people actually eat.


Our group had planned to have the Meze platters, to give us more options and a chance to sample as much as we could.

The Good:

There are lots of options, but, some the groups favourites were the grilled haloumi cheese, Ezme, a salad of chopped onion, tomato, red pepper, cucumber and mint. The Babakanush was so creamy and for someone that does not really like aubergines I found this very tasty. Jagik, which is homemade yoghurt with cucumber, garlic and herbs. Kibbeh was another favourite, minced lamb stuffed in bolpor and deep fried.

The Bad:

I found the meze dishes, at R39 per course slightly expensive considering portion size.

When the bill arrived we were surprised that gratuity was automatically added …personally I found this mildly offensive and presumptuous. It automatically assumes that all patrons are going to receive world class service all the time, a fact that I will venture to dispute. Though I must admit it states this in the fine print,still that means even if we receive bad service they will get their tip…fair?


The Ugly:

One of the people in our party put a mouthful of the chicken livers in her mouth only to find something vile and bitter in it.

I was disappointed by this experience as I really wanted to like this meal.  Sadly the negatives heavily outweighed the positives.  I was prompted to do a review on this restaurant on a social media platform, post the event, and instinctively I was drawn to reviews by previous patrons, goodness was I shocked. So take a lesson from me….maybe it IS a good idea to see what other people thought of the restaurant before making a point to spend your hard-earned cash there.

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 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen

La Petite Tarte & Wikideals

If, like me you work in the CBD and surrounds, chances are that the daily commute to the suburbs is about as enjoyable as watching paint drying. Well, let me start by saying that there is an alternative and a tasty one mind you.


Enter the Cape Quarter. There really is so much to do in this quaint part of town whatever your vice. We decided to have a bite to eat at Le Petite Tarte (The small tart). The décor is eclectic with a mixture of French café culture meets the Mad Hatters tea party, I loved in but then again my taste has been described as slightly whimsical at best.

IMG_6025We started the evening with Jalapeno Chilli poppers, always a sure winner; I couldn’t believe the size of the peppers, goodness! They we juicy and filled with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon, all the essential food groups.


We decided to get stuck into the mains in order to leave some room for the desserts we’d been told were amazing. I ordered the Lamb Shank with veggies which was a generous portion, nicely basted.


Then there was the Sriracha basted Picanha also with veggies which looked amazing and received two thumbs up.


Next was the Pot Roasted Chicken Pie with vegetables and a side salad. This portion was very generous and tasty.


Last but not least was the Waldorf salad.


We regrouped after dinner soaking in the ambience eager to get stuck into our dessert.

There was the Flourless Dark Chocolate and Brazil nut cake, lovely, rich and oh so delicious.


Next was the Baked Cheese Cake with mixed berry coulis


Lemon Meringue is always a firm favourite and theirs comes very highly rated


Last and most certainly not least was the Carrot & Walnut Cake. This was exceptional and the portion was massive, easily shared.


This venue, like the food is simple and unpretentious.  Uncomplicated, but done well. So, whether you feel like a slab of cake and some good coffee or like grabbing a quick bite before you brave the traffic and make your way home, you won’t be disappointed.

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Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


The mere mention of this master of culinary delights sent waves of expectation to the palate. The dining experience was aptly named “Chef and the Vine”, and promised to be an experience of note. The chef, of course, was Reuben, whilst Warwick referred to the range of wines from Warwick wine estate.


The experience started with arrival at the infamous Vista Lounge at the One & Only.  Seated in the very comfortable and impressive lounge, being served canapés paired with Warwick Dry Rosé First Lady 2016 by friendly and professional waiters, one could sense a wonderful sense of expectation.




Warwick Dry Rosé First Lady 2016




With gooseberry gel, lemon hazelnut bubbles, squid ink tuille

First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2017




With carrot royale, de-hydrated pineapple, pine nut and pancetta granola , sage burre noisette, chardonnay jus

White Lady Chardonnay 2016




With pan – fried forest mushrooms , celeriac and cashew purée, confit  baby onions , crispy new potatoes , macerated tomatoes , sour cherry jus

Trilogy 2014




Baked camembert , chevin goat ’s chees e  discs  rolled in , cumin Boerenkaas on grilled baguette with smoked  butter

Warwick Methodé cap Classique


The moment arrived when we were asked to make our way to Reuben’s Restaurant. The expectation of good food and wine was confirmed with the serving of the amuse bouche which consisted of dill poached Franschoek  trout with gooseberry gel, lemon hazelnut bubbles and squid ink tuille. An absolute feast for the eyes and joy for the palate. Served with First Lady Sauvignon Blanc 2017, this was a delight.

The starter of sous vide sweet breads served with carrot royale, dehydrated pineapple, pinenut and pancetta granola, sage burre noisette and chardonnay jus was interesting and very tasty.  It was perfectly complemented with White Lady Chardonnay 2016.



The main course was the much-anticipated Wildebeest Loin.  Beautifully presented with pan-fried forest mushrooms, celeriac and cashew purèè, confit baby onions, crispy new potatoes, macerated tomatoes and sour cherry jus , it was enhanced by a glass of Warwick Trilogy 2014.  Although one of our party felt her serving was rather underdone, this was soon rectified. A beautiful main,indeed.


A beautiful meal deserves a beautiful dessert.  This was indeed the case, although the dessert was, in itself, rather unusual.  The selection of South African Cheeses (baked camembert, chevi goat’s cheese ,  cumin Boerenkaas on grilled baguette with smoked butter) together with the Warwick Methodè cap Classique , provided, a wonderful finale to a great evening.

A beautiful setting, wonderful food, great wines, delightful company.  A great night out.  Reuben’s and Warwick – a winning combination!!

Vegetarian options were available for every course.


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Please contact:

Reubens Restaurant at The One & Only Cape Town

One & Only Hotel,

Dock Road,

V & A Waterfront,

Cape Town

Tel : +27 21 431 5888 



Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Anthony Adams

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


La Tete – September ’17

IMG_5724I was very excited to have dinner at La Tete a “nose to tail” eatery in the city centre. The establishment has been in operation since November last year and is the brainchild of the brothers Giles and James Edwards. Giles is a trained Chef, who trained and worked in the UK at various restaurants before making he’s way to the renowned St. John Restaurant to work with Fergus Henderson.


Now, I will start out by saying that this style of eating will definitely not appeal to everyone’s taste. However, I do believe it is something we should all be thinking about in an age where there is just so much wastage. The menu changes almost daily as there is an obvious dependency on produce availability.

The menu is comprehensive and I found it best to employ a modicum of “method to the madness” in order to give myself a fair chance at sampling, if not all, a fair share of the key dishes. So, armed with this theory in mind our table ordered a combination of the courses on the starter menu to sample.

First on the list was the chicken live pate on toast, a favourite of mine and a good way to get off the mark.

Next was the Kohlrabi salad which was just so crisp and refreshing, it’s the first time I’d had it but definitely not the last. It was one of the standout dishes.


Octopus fried in olive oil, drizzled with red wine vinegar, sea spinach and shaved fennel. This course was just so good, again the perfect balance between crispy, crunchy and fresh. It was a unanimous winner at our table.


Mussels gently steamed, taken out of the shell and then cooked with bacon and leeks. Bacon just makes everything taste better in my book.

Then it was over to the baked trotter, which is cooked then taken apart, removing all the meaty bits before being added to bacon and onions and finally topped with 2 lovely quails eggs.


And last but most certainly not least was the Crispy Pig Tails and Aioli. This dish received the most snickers and sneers, before it was finally eaten, truth be told it was tasty but very rich and fatty.  In all fairness, we were forewarned by the chef and waiter. This is a dish definitely best shared.

The next course was the devilled chicken hearts, slightly spicy but divine nonetheless, served with chunky potato chips.


There was a fair amount of deliberation and conversation around our table after the first round of courses. It’s safe to say, that in general the courses and combinations were found “interesting.

We then moved on to the main courses and this was the Sole with mussels and a lovely Pernod sauce. Perfectly cooked.

This was followed by the cooked Ox tongue with chips and Aioli, now this isn’t how we generally serve ox tongue in my immediate circle so it was more of an adjustment around the texture of the course than anything else.


Then there was one of the groups favourites, Crispy Pig Cheek with Chicory and Apple tossed with mustard vinaigrette.


Finally to end the evening we had traditional French tea cakes called Madeleines, a perfect way to end the evening and a must have if you are going to visit.


In conclusion, I believe it’s important to be both adventurous and conscientious about what we eat. I believe Fergus Henderson was quoted as saying “If you’re going to kill the animal it only seems polite to use the whole thing.”   I really did enjoy the food and I will definitely be back in future.


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Please contact:

 La Téte

17 Bree St,

Cape Town City Centre,

Cape Town

Tel:021 418 1299


Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


Mondiall – September ’17

Mondiall is situated on the outskirts of the V&A waterfront with idyllic views. The perfect vantage point to grab a bite to eat, as you watch the sun set over the Marina.

The menu offers plenty of variation and options for whatever your preference might be. We opted not to go with a starter course but to rather dig into our main course and maybe sneak in some dessert.


An Exclusive 2-Course Dinner for 2 People at Mondiall Kitchen & Bar!

 Wikideal Coupon Value :


Cost :

R 295

Your choices are between :



miso glaze – sautéed asian vegetables

herb bone marrow – parmesan & truffle fries

tomato ragout – artichokes


Rice and Poppadums  



toasted almond – cinnamon


orange & berry


selection of little sweets to pair with coffee


butterscotch caramel – fresh berries

For our main courses we had the following:

Norwegian Salmon with a miso glaze and sautéed greens


The baked hake with tomato ragout and artichokes


Cape Malay curry, which was absolutely divine. This course might prove to be a little spicy for the uninitiated but very tasty.

The Prime cut of the day was perfectly prepared with delicious dauphinoise potatoes and tender stem broccoli.

All the courses were perfectly prepare and plated. I must add that the portions were very generous and represented value for money,

That old adage that we “eat with our eyes” certainly rang true for the dessert courses as they were all

There was the chocolate noir tart with orange and berry

The petit fours provided, as the name suggest, four tasty titbits for those wanting options when it came to the dessert.

Then there was the baked milk tart with toasted almonds and cinnamon, always a favourite.

Lastly there was the Tonka Bean cheesecake with butterscotch caramel and fresh berries to satisfy any “sweet tooth”

Again, a lovely picturesque venue with panoramic views a variety of courses to suite any preference.


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Please contact:


Alfred Mall,

V&A Waterfront

Tel: +27 21 418-3002


Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


Live Bait Muizenberg & the Entertainer App.

A few weeks ago, on a boring weekday night, we found ourselves not really wanting to cook supper and in need of some good food, family style to share. Immediately one of our favourite Mezze & Sushi Restaurant, Live Bait Muizenberg came to mind.


I proceeded to make the booking which was effortless and also let them know we would be photographing our dishes for our food blog. No problem they said.

 Upon arrival we really didn’t look at the menu as we already knew what we had planned on having. Each one of the flat breads with all the trimming and some sushi.

 Sadly, our waiter, Nossi, informed us that their oven had been broken for some time, so they no longer serving flat bread, needless to say, we were quite disappointed, but what could we do. My husband then proceeds to give his rather large sushi and as he saw they have Tuna on the menu he ordered everything to be made with Tuna. Sadly after rambling on about 5 dishes of Sushi, Nossi informed him that they didn’t have Tuna. Now I ask you, why she would not have notified us immediately, when she knew we were coming for Sushi and Mezze. Anyway we soldered on…settling on the dishes below.


SUSHI FASHION SANDWICH (8 PCS) Salmon, Tuna, Prawn – 65 Linefish – 58

CALIFORNIA ROLLS (8 PCS) Salmon, Tuna, Prawn – 65 Linefish – 58


RAINBOW ROLLS – 78 Salmon or Tuna

TENAKA (HANDROLL) Salmon, Tuna, Prawn – 55 Linefish – 45



SEAFOOD GRILLED CALAMARI – 95 Served with olive oil, garlic, chilli Salsa Verde, aioli & a side.

PAN FRIED PRAWNS IN SHELLS – 160 Served with a side & sauce.

The Sushi was fresh and tasted as good as we’d expected. The Grilled Calamari was really cooked to perfection and the portion was quite large. Sadly the Prawns were overcooked and almost fried to a crisp.

Our week night dinner was underwhelming to say the least, not what we had expected from one of our local favourites. Seems as though standards have dropped and we hope it was just an “off night” they will be back to their excellent self before the summer season starts. We will definitely go back again as we hoping it was just a bad night and we crossing fingers that it was!


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Please contact:

Live Bait Muizenberg

70 Beach Road,


 Tel: 021 788 2705


 Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by René Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


12 Apostle Sunday Lunch – September ’17

Azure Restaurant at the 12 Apostle Hotel & Spa is on one of the most beautiful coastlines in the world. We had visited Azure earlier this year during the autumn series of Restaurant Week SA. It was a rather dark and dreary day but we were blessed to experience one of the most beautiful lightning storms from our table inside the cosy Azure Restaurant and we promised we’d be back.



Serendipity Sundays is what they call their Sunday lunch buffet, served in the Azure Restaurant with relaxing live entertainment. This time round it was a crisp spring day and we could experience the stunning views and some much welcomed sun rays.


Having enjoyed a few Sunday Lunch buffets, I can without a doubt say this is one of my Top 3 for sure. There is everything one could possibly want and so much more. Our daughter being Pescaterian one is always concerned whether her needs will be catered for especially when it come so a Sunday Lunch as most places serve the traditional Sunday Roast, leaving the Non meat eaters out in the cold. At 12 Apostles you need not worry, she had over enough choice and then some.

 Its impossible to mention all we had to enjoy so I will let the pictures speak for themselves.


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Lunch Hours

12:30pm – 3:30pm


Please contact:

Azure at 12 Apostles

Telephone: +27 21 437 9029



Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Rene Mesias-Petersen

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen


Addis in Cape – September ’17

I’ve always considered myself an adventurous eater, so when I received the invitation to dine at Addis in Cape, an authentic Ethiopian eatery in Long Street Cape Town I was a thrilled to try something new.


It’s a beautiful setting with the scent of frankincense wafting through the air; one could easily be forgiven for thinking you were in Addis Ababa. Our waiter, Dave, although not from Ethiopia himself, was very knowledgeable about the region and its rich traditions. He carefully explained how the courses were to be served as well as options at our disposal.

At Addis in Cape, the food is presented in a woven basket-like table called a Mesob.  The dishes are served together on a large plate which is layered with a pancake-like sourdough base called Injera.  Only utensils you need are your hands and Injera are used to scoop the various stews and sauces.

The meals centre around “Injera” and “teff injera.” Which is really a pancake made from rice flour in the case of injera and a pancake made from teff, which is a tiny grain grown and processed in Ethiopia in the case of “Teff injera”. They are visibly different in terms of colour but also in taste and texture. One needs to taste the Teff in order to get the authentic experience as far as I’m concerned.


Our journey started with the washing of the hands,which was a perfect way to set the scene for what was to come.

We had the set menu which included a starter and a main course of 8 different non vegetarian or vegetarian dishes followed by dessert and Ethiopian coffee or tea. Per person R260starters.We had both the vegetarian and non-vegetarian option to ensure we done justice to our vegetarian friends.


Our starter was called Kategna with Ayeb Bergomen and Azifa. Now don’t be intimidated by the name, its Crispy injera with a blended lentil puree as well as homemade cottage cheese with spinach. It was very yummy.

Our main course, which is served in a bowl of injera, the idea being that one uses your hands to break off the injera and use it to scoop up whichever tasty little morsel you fancy. There really were too many dishes to mention, and I really don’t want to start an international incident for my poor memory but what I will add is that there was something for every taste or preference.


Some of my favourites where Doro Alicha (slow cooked chicken fillet with garlic, onions and turmeric, Kai Sega Wot (beef stew slow cooked with berbere), Fish in berbere and finally Shimbera Asa Wot which were these little interesting chickpea cakes….this really is the abbreviated version of all the dishes we enjoyed. This course is really deceptive, because it doesn’t seem like lots of food but I can assure you that we were 4 adults and we couldn’t finish this course.

The evening was concluded with the most divine Ethiopian coffee, beautifully served in a little ceremony. The coffee is served in a traditional coffee pot called a Jabena with, believe it or not, a side order of popcorn…



In conclusion, whether you are a vegetarian or not there really were ample options, all the courses were different in terms of taste, spiciness and texture but they were all surprisingly really delicious. All the dishes where gluten free, mind you, so your tree hugging friends will be chuffed that you took their dietary requirements seriously for a change. The venue was packed to the rafters when we left, a clear indication of its popularity. This is definitely one for the bucket list.


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 Please contact:

Addis in Cape

41 Church Street,
Corner Long & Church Street,
Cape Town

Tel: +27 21 424 5722


Written for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Mario Arendse

Photography for JAR PHOTOGRAPHY by Jason “Dubbz” Petersen