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Eat Franschhoek: Foliage


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Went to have dinner at Foliage.

Famous for its “foraging” chef Chris Erasmus, this restaurant offers sustainable comfort cooking in a relaxed bistro setting. Big fireplace, wooden tables & an open plan kitchen welcome patrons. There are local produce and wines with an emphasis on terroir cooking. I was impressed with the extensive menu of interesting flavours and unusual combinations! My fiancé had the the braised kudu shank boudin, grilled springbok, roasted bone marrow, purslane, mushroom & oyster with honey bush jus (R175 / $11). I ate the pan fried yellowtail, brandade, courgette purée, vine tomatoes & basil velouté (R150 / $9). For dessert we shared the geranium & honey iced nougatine, salted chocolate custard with hazelnut ice cream (R60 / $3). Delicious! Thank you Foliage for the exceptional meal.

*Cover photo taken at Haute Cabrière winery in Franschhoek

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See Franschhoek: Old French Town


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Street scenes in Franschhoek, South Africa. Founded 1688, it’s one of the oldest towns in the country.

Facts About Franschhoek

+ La Motte, Champagne, La Cotte, Cabrière, La Provence, Bourgogne, La Terra de Luc and La Dauphine were among some of the first established farms — most of which still retain their original Cape Dutch farm houses today. These farms have grown into renowned wineries.

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Stay Franschhoek: Bo La Motte Cottages


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Bo La Motte Cottages are set in a unique location on the slope of the Middagkrans mountain with spectacular views and farm ambience,  and are an ideal base for a memorable visit to the beautiful Franschhoek Valley just outside Cape Town, South Africa. The six self-catering cottages all have their own separate and scenic locations around the farm allowing guests the privacy and space in which to relax and unwind. There are 6 cottages available, sleeping from 2-6 persons, each for hire from R1000 a night ($60).

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Emmanuel Sithole + South Africa’s Reaction To Xenophobia


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Zwelinzima Vavi couldn’t have said it better when addressing media ahead of the “People’s March Against Xenophobia” planned for this Thursday (30,000 expected to march). He called on all trade unions, youth organisations, every religious organisation, every business person, every woman’s organisation, every organisation that represented foreign nationals, and every person who loved “humanity and every person who has been disgusted by what is happening in our country in the past week” to express their collective outrage at the march. (more…)

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Inspired By: I See A Different You


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Following Mail & Guardian’s recent article “Ten Of The Biggest Voices on South Africa’s Social Media Scene“, I discovered a group of photographers who collectively call themselves “I See A Different You”. They are based in Soweto + photograph their world the way they see it. Soweto stands for “South Western Townships” + is located in Johannesburg, South Africa. I find these guys really inspiring. Follow them on Twitter, Facebook + Instagram. This week I definitely take my inspiration from this group of creative entrepreneurs who seem to be among the loudest shouting online – and have over 16,000 people who are listening.

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