When the Ambassador of Mexico Mauricio Escanero, said “Ven a comer” (“Come and share our food”), I took it as a personal invitation to visit his beautiful country.
He was actually welcoming guests to a dinner at which Jorge Vallejo – chef of world-renowned Quintonil in Mexico City – was cooking with SA’s own Luke Dale-Roberts as part of a collaboration between our two countries. The innovative use of ant larvae and escamoles piqued my interest and, after all, Mexican cuisine has been given Unesco World Heritage status.
A few weeks later, the mother of Mexican cooking, Abigail Mendoza Ruiz, an… Read More
On Monday, 11 September, Radisson RED opened doors in Cape Town. This follows successful launches in Brussels, Minneapolis and Campinas. The 252-room hotel, which lies at the revamped Silo District at the V&A Waterfront is Africa’s first Radisson RED, and promises a unique hotel experience designed with cutting-edge technology and personalised experiences befitting the “millennial mindset”.
Inspired by all things art, music and fashion, the hotel is yet another innovative offering from the Carlson Rezidor Hotel Group’s global hotel and lifestyle brand. Complete with standard two-sleeper studios and studio suites, with balconies, sea views and pet-friendly rooms, the hotel is set to draw travellers… Read More
Book now to be one of the first guests at the new luxury Mantis St Helena hotel, which will be completed in September. You’ll be enchanted by this outpost in the Atlantic ocean and its fascinating history. Play on the world’s most remote golf course, visit the house where Napoleon died in exile, dive, bird-watch and enjoy great hiking trails. Over 2 000km from the nearest landmass – Africa – St Helena boasts a spectacular variety of landscapes and vistas, nearly 500 endemic species and impressive marine biodiversity.
Enjoy the ultimate German experience at the Read More
For decades, the semi-desert, Karoo region of South Africa was for many cross-country travellers a massive patch of nothingness you had to drive through to get from Johannesburg to Cape Town and back again. But times have changed. Visitors are beginning to explore the Karoo with new eyes and are discovering what we locals have known for a long time: South Africa’s heartland is where the fun begins.
There are dozens of ways to enjoy the Karoo, but these are our top 5.
Snow and romance
When snow falls in the Karoo it’s like Christmas… Read More
Bed-Stuy, Brooklyn must be New York’s hottest neighbourhood with the coolest people. From the striking, 200-year-old brownstones to several streets recently winning “Greenest Block in Brooklyn”, the neighbourhood has attracted an influx of artistic millennials and young couples, as well as many black-owned businesses that reflect the area’s prominent African-American and West Indian heritage.
Ban Leow, a Malaysian resident of Bed-Stuy since 2007, knows the charm of the area well and enjoys working locally at the luxury real estate firm, Halsted. “I love the architecture, the mix of cultures, including the hip-hop culture and jazz. I moved here for the… Read More
You can take a Capetonian out of the Mother City, but you can’t take their love of the city away from them. This could because there is simply no place quite like Cape Town. To make it easier for those who are visiting Joburg or have relocated to the City of Gold, but miss home, we asked Joburgers and Capetonians to share places or activities in and around Gauteng that are reminiscent of some of Cape Town’s most-loved sights and cultural touchpoints.
Nirox Foundation Sculpture Park when missing afternoons spent enjoying Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts