August 2, 2021

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A Food Meander at Time Square

On 24 June I was lucky enough to join Kayli Vee Levitan from Foodblog.Cape-Town on a Food Meander through Sun International’s Time Square in Menlyn, Pretoria. What a mind-blowing experience it was, my senses were bombarded with beautiful designs, brilliant concepts, innovative ideas, passionate team-players and of course delicious food. It is definitively the new hot-spot for dining and entertainment on the Pretoria landscape. When Time Square opens its doors to the public in April 2017, there will be 18 restaurants and up market bars to explore. Each is individual in concept and character to deliver a distinctive experience.

Time Square, situated in Menlyn, Pretoria, will be Sun International’s flagship property. The complex will comprise a state of the art casino; luxury hotel; conference facilities; restaurants and up market bars. Boasting an expansive 8 500-seat Arena, to open later in the year, Time Square hails the start of a new era in entertainment. The only venue of its kind in Pretoria, the arena will play host to international and local concerts, exhibitions and lifestyle events. The groundbreaking project forms part of the “green” Menlyn Maine precinct. Once complete, the site will be the biggest and greenest mixed use precinct ever built in Pretoria.


We started our meander at The Brew Monkey – Resembling a rustic microbrewery, The Brew Monkey is a gastro pub where craft beers and artisan food can be explored. The menu includes light meals, burgers and snack baskets. Bar Time, at the heart of Time Square, is the place to go for signature cocktails, beers and refreshments, with an emphasis is on quality and promptness of service. My favorite of all the snacks was the warm olives, I could not stop eating.

Our next stop was the Tatso which most probably serves the biggest and most detailed buffet I have ever seen. Perfect for events and more exclusive business lunches. The dessert and sushi fridges are something to behold. Buffets have made a big comeback in the hospitality industry and this interactive self-service dining venue at Time Square caters a full array of cold and hot dishes served in a relaxed atmosphere.

Next up was Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar by Guy Fieri (American celebrity chef, restaurateur and TV host of Guy’s Big Bite and Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives).
Guy Fieri’s Kitchen and Bar offers a first-for-South Africa experience with off-the-hook, scratch-made food, signature craft beers and rocking tunes. The venue will also feature regular live entertainment. Bigger and better than you can ever imagine. Nachos is a larger than life and has to be shared. The signature burger is the Mac ‘n Cheese Burger and it is huge. Sadly it is not open to children, because it is next to the casino and also because bull rides are topless after 10.

Food and entertainment combine at Something’s Cooking by J’Something. This trendy eatery offers a fresh twist on Mediterranean and African cuisine. Signature dishes created by J’Something and prepared alongside his beloved mom are served in an effervescent friendly setting.


 Eatas, on the first floor, is an authentic tapas restaurant that emphasizes a social and sharing food experience, serving perfectly curated dishes paired with exquisite wines. Various cooking techniques will be used in a dynamic and multi-dimensional approach to Spanish, Greek, Indian, Chinese, Mediterranean tapas dishes. As we already had too much food to eat, we tucked into an array of desserts so beautiful, it was impossible to choose a favorite. This pastry chef, is next level

The grand finale was the all-glass sphere of the upmarket Globe Bar is visible from the outside of the Time Square complex. There, discerning guests can savour premium spirits in a sophisticated setting, with panoramic views of the Menlyn bustle by day and the lights by night. A very impressive drinks menu and the Louis XIII Cognac at R75 000 per shot is sure to raise an eyebrow.

If you like glitz and glamour, busy city lights and trendy eateries, Time Square is the place for you.

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Waverley Hills – a gem in the Boland

Waverley Hills Pork Belly

I am very selective in the events I choose to attend these days. Don’t get me wrong, I will gladly attend all events, eat out and travel for a living, but there is always work to be done, recipes to load and classes to give. However, an invitation to my “birth valley” was hard to resist. I was desperate for a road trip and quite excited to see that Wolseley, Tulbach and Ceres made it to the food scene.
The beautiful Waverley Hill Estate did not disappoint. The view over the Boland mountains, especially on a cold winter day, is spectacular. We were invited to a fire lit dining room and the aromas coming from the kitchen was so inviting. We had the signature pizzas first and I can understand why they are so popular. Thin crust with delicious toppings, think:

garlic, feta, potato and herb salsa
Beetroot, gorgonzola, roast pear and crushed walnuts
Slow-cooked lamb, mint pesto and baby marrow noodles
roast beef, dukkah, caramelized baby onions and fresh coriander
curried chicken, pineapple and butternut fritters

Chef Francois du Toit is taking a risk with the Pork/vegetable Ramen , but it is so delicious and a welcome item on the menu for winter and the  city sleekers who visit the Boland.
The main course blew my mind. The Slow-roasted oxtail was something out of this world and then to top it all, a bowl of pumpkin fritters with Butterscotch sauce arrived. I had no control. Dessert was “soos by ma se huis”. Homemade ice creams, Banana and Peanut Butter Bread and Butter Pudding as well as a Dutch Apple Cake that I hope to copy soon. Delicious, utterly delicious, thank you chef.

Here some more info about this beautiful wine estate:
Waverley Hills is situated in the wine growing region of Tulbagh, Waverley Hills established its first vine since 2000. Just a few years later, it was singled out for both exemplary farming practices and exceptional wine. It was the first organic wine producer to achieve the Biodiversity and Wine Initiative’s Champion status while a string of awards include its flagship Shiraz, Mourvedre and Viognier (SMV) being the only red blend tow in Platinum at Michelangelo International Wine & Spirit Awards in2014, also winning the Organic Trophy;and, a year later its Shiraz being named SA Champion at the SA Young Wine Awards.
The farm’s heritage is tied to the history of the valley itself. The stone building that houses the recycling factory today dates back to the 1800s and was once home the famous Waverley wool and blanket company. Its name is a derivation of “Waveren”, the former title bestowed on the area by the 17th century Cape Governor Willem Adriaan van der Stel in honour of a relative. Today, Waverley Hills is a thriving destination for lovers of wine and nature.“It’s incredible to see how life has returned to the soils. Natural equilibrium has brought back animals and birds, big and small, and a self-sustaining way to keep pests in check,”says Kobus du Toit, who owns the farm with brother Wynand and their mother, Myra.
Winemaker Johan Delport joined Waverley Hills soon after the completion of the cellar in 2006. The Waverley Hills portfolio comprises the Estate and Reserve ranges. The former has traditionally included the property’s Red Jerepigo, Cabernet Sauvignon/Shiraz blend; No Added Sulphite Cabernet Sauvignon; Shiraz; and, SauvignonBlanc/Semillon blend.
Attached to the winery is Waverley Hills’restaurant, which is open six days a week for breakfast and lunch, and twice for dinners on Wednesdays and Fridays. Its wrap-around balcony affords striking views of the valley, while the twin fire places make it a cosy retreat when the weather turns cold. Here too, the recycling vision is played out in furniture made from old wine barrels and reclaimed wood.
Chef Francois du Toit has turned the venue into a popular destination where the menu changes constantly according to ingredients available in season.The restaurant caters for weddings in the adjoining chapel as well as groups making use of its conference room.Picnics can be arranged, for which blankets, pillows and umbrellas are provided. Visitors arriving on the vintage steam train operated by the Ceres Railway Company are welcome too.Waverley Hills is situated 90 minutes from Cape Town, off the R46 near Wolseley, between Tulbagh and Ceres.

For more information about Waverley Hills or to order wines delivered to your door,visit:
Facebook: Waverley Hills
Twitter @WaverleyHills.
Contact the farm on 023 231 0002.

Indulge in Perdeberg Wines Delectable Soup Pairings

Wine Pairing

This Winter season; Perdeberg Wines will be taking guests on a delectable soup tasting journey when they introduce their Barrel & Hops Soup Pairing experience. Think rich, creamy, savoury spoonfuls of soup, served with freshly baked bread or crispy croutons on the side, paired with crisp, malty beer and delicious, award-winning wines.

Kicking off on 1 June 2017, each session consists of three different flavoured hearty soups paired with three newly launched Hops & Co Craft beers and three premium wines. Each pairing combination is carefully arranged by Perdeberg’s winemakers to provide the guests the best possible depth of flavour and exceptional tasting experience.

The pairing will be as follows:

  • Vineyard Collection Grenache Blanc 2015 and Hops & Co Pale Ale paired with Butternut Soup
  • Vineyard Collection Malbec 2015 and Hops & Co Pilsner paired with Luxury Mushroom Soup
  • Dryland Collection Cabernet Sauvignon 2013 and Hops & Co Lager paired with Tomato Soup

If you have more of a sweet tooth, then the Marshmallow and Wine Pairing Experience is something you don’t want to miss out on, and for the little ones, the Kiddies Flavoured Milk and Marshmallow Pairing.

Booking essential.
Cost: R70.00 per pairing for the Soup Pairing.
For more information contact Terence at 021 869 8244 or

Kiddies Flavoured Milk and Marshmallow Pairing
Is there any child who does not like a good glass of flavoured milk with a tasty, sweet treat on the side? Starting on 1 June 2017, Perdeberg Wines has launched something exciting for the little ones to delight in at their Tasting Centre.


Kids can enjoy a pairing of a different kind; flavoured milks and marshmallows. Three uniquely flavoured marshmallows have been carefully selected and combined with three specially selected flavoured milks. Creamy, colourful and fluffy; this is sure to bring joy to the little ones’ taste buds.


Flavours include the following:

  • Strawberry Milk paired with Vanilla and Smartie Marshmallow
  • Chocolate Milk paired with Caramel Marshmallow dipped in Milk Chocolate
  • Banana Milk paired with Chocolate Marshmallow dipped in White Chocolate

Booking essential. Cost R50.00 per child/pairing

For more information contact Terence at 021 869 8244 or

For those who are still keen on the Marshmallow and Wine Pairing Experience, due to popular demand, this too has been extended.

Faber – a shake-up in the winelands


I was fortunate to attend the opening of the much anticipated Faber last week. This hub of creativity and synergy between acclaimed chef Eric Bulpitt and Avondale proprietor Jonathan Grieve is sure to cause a shake-up in the winelands culinary landscape.

FABER is the Latin word for artisan, or craftsman. “We work with our hands, using produce from the land. It’s the perfect way to capture who we are and what we do,” says Chef Eric.


Both chef and wine-maker share a commitment to sustainability  and dedication to their craft so it just made sense to open a restaurant where they can showcase this.

To bring together and embrace ground-breaking bio-dynamic and organic farming practices to produce wines that reflect the terroir and Avondale’s organic and bio-dynamic food garden, stone fruits and citrus from the farm’s orchards, eggs the eco-friendly egg-mobile and free range chickens, just made sense. In time the farm will provide a steady march of broiler chickens and pasture-reared organic beef to the kitchen.
We kicked off our eating experience with pumpkin fritters with a cumin aioli, which was so good we asked for seconds. The bread board was interesting with paper bread, fresh rolls and seed loaf, something for everybody.


Our Menu

Kombu cured yellowtail with watermelon, crispy onion, watercress and olive tapenade, paired with the Avondale Cyclus 2013. Our starter was almost too pretty to eat. Fresh, light and a good balance between sweet and savoury, although I missed a little more citrus oompf.


Our main dish was Karoo lamb shoulder, pumpkin seed pesto, wilted greens and spring herbs, paired with the Avondale La Luna. I have never tasted lamb that tender, buttery and fragrant. A beautifully balanced dish where the flavor of the lamb is showcased.


The dessert alone is worth a second and third visit. Cream cheese and honey sorbet, Avondale muscat blueberries, coconut crumble and blueberry macaron, paired with Avondale Camissa 2015. I can easily finish a tub of the sorbet, velvety smooth and tart and perfectly balanced with the sweet honeycomb and crumb.


FABER restaurant is situated on the scenic Avondale wine estate near Paarl in the Western Cape winelands. The restaurant is open for lunch from Wednesday to Sunday from 12h00 – 15h00 and for dinner from Friday to Saturday from 19h00 – 21h00.

Reservations recommended. For bookings and more information phone 021 202 1219 or email Visit FABER on Facebook and follow faber_sa on Instagram.

Avondale is a 300 year old, family-run farm that is situated on Lustigan Road, Klein Drakenstein, Paarl – on the slopes of the Klein Drakenstein Mountains.

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Peregrine Farm Stall

Peregrine Farm Stall

No wonder this landmark on the N2 has received a Tripadvisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016. If you have never stopped there, do yourself a favor and t(m)ake the time. Peregrine has been there since 1964 has been serving generations of travelers seeking honest homemade fare and warm country hospitality. Situated in the beautiful and fertile Elgin Valley, Peregrine offers an abundance of locally sourced artisanal goods and wholesome, responsibly farmed, fresh produce.

Peregrine Farm Stall

Delicious Coffee

I remember in 1981 when we bought our house in Onrus, we would always on weekend trips stop there on way to buy their delicious pies. I think the pies are still a very big drawing card, judging by the queues, but skilled bakers rise at dawn to continue the age old tradition of carefully crafted breads, pies and pastries. They use locally sourced unbleached stone ground flour and their own natural yeast starter in our artisanal breads. Naturally and slowly fermented and then baked in a wood fired oven. So while you are in the bakery, stock up on cakes, rusks, breads and something for the sweet tooth.

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Artisan Breads

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The Legendary Peregrine Pie

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Pecan Nut Pie

We had a family gathering for Breakfast and although we were there by 9, the restaurant was packed already. The coffee is delicious, the service quick and friendly and I can think of no better way than to kick-start my day like this. The menu is  substantial and surely caters for the whole family. Craft Beer is sold on tap and my kids thought their iced coffee was the best she ever tasted.

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One of the breakfast options

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Eggs Benedict

Contact Details


Tel: +27 21 848 9011
Fax: +27 21 848 9723


Farm stall:
Winter – 07:30 to 18:00
Summer – 07:30 to 18:30


07:30 until early evening
(Last orders at 16:15)
 comment Contact Us CONTACT Tel: Fax: Email: +27 21 848 9011 +27 21 848 9723 TRADING HOURS Farm stall: Winter – 07:30 to 18:00 Summer – 07:30 to 18:30 Cafe: 07:30 until early evening (Last orders at 16:15)
Peregrine Farm Stall is definitely worth a top and we will continue to stop there to re-charge our batteries. Well done team Peregrine!
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Easy Tiger Burger Bar

On 3 August my family and I popped into Easy Tiger Kenilworth for a quick burger and shake after braving the voting lines. The restaurant was not full when we arrived, but slowly filled up, I think everyone had the same idea as us. We were seated immediately and our menus given to us. As promised, the menu consist of burgers, shakes, chicken wings and Spare ribs and a few sides. I think the Muizenberg branch has a more extensive menu, but here it was small, but exactly what we needed.

The Triple Bypass Burger (R75) definitely is the post popular and it definitely delivered on taste for the boys in the family who ordered it. One of the boys, ordered the Tree Hugger Burger (R55) and what a delicious “mess” it was. One huge portabello mushroom serves as the Patty and the Truffle Infused Mushrooms sauce was delicious. I ordered the ribs, which was fall off the bone tender and the sauce delicious. As sides we ordered cheesy fries (R35) and the chili poppers(58) …… now there is something to rave about. I think chips is triple fried, because they are so crispy and even with the truffle-infused cheese sauce they do not go soggy. The chili poppers is quite a big portion, so share with someone or order it as your main course

Soft Drinks, Tiger’s Milk and Part Wolf craft beer taps are available. The milkshakes were so good, but I could not finish a burger and a milkshake. My boys however, did it with ease!

Service: If I read all the reviews about the good service at Easy Tiger, I know we just chose a bad day and maybe staff did not pitch due to election issues.  We waited for a long time to get our food, but simply because the waiter who served us, served the entire restaurant on her own ….. in and outside. She was amazing, kept her calm composure, had the biggest smile throughout the service and although we waited for quite some time, I have to commend her on a job well done. Give that girl a raise!

Easy Tiger Collage


Kalk Bay – 136 Main Rd Kalk Bay

Bree Stree – 120 Bree Str Cape Town

Muizenberg – 70 Beach Rd Muizenberg

Kenilworth – 166 Second Ave Kenilworth


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After much deliberation and thought, I have decided to add another dimension to my website as well as my monthly Newsletter.

I receive so many requests for restaurant and hotel reviews and have always steered away from it, simply because I have never thought I had a “professional” food or hotel critic opinion to offer.

The reality is that your restaurant or hotel is not always visited by professionals chefs or food critics, they are visited by ordinary people and families, just like my family and I.

So finally I have decided to add this extension to my site. The reviews will be based on my/our overall experience, service and quality and standard of food services.

If or when we strike a bad experience, you will be the first to know. My review will never be to put any establishment in ill repute, but rather help to improve service and at the same time offer a valuable service to my loyal readers.

With every review you will see a stamp:

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Highly recommended

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Good overall experience


Not sure, will have to give it another go!

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Service or food not good at all.

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Thank you and I hope to hear from you soon.

Nina Timm
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