Final-review-B&BA little while back I did my first ever real travel review of the Rico Suter Country House, about 2 hours outside of Cape Town, great little place, go take a read if you haven’t. Anyway, on our way back home from our weekend away we decided to take a little turn at the Spice Route ‘wine farm’

Now I say ‘wine farm’ because there seems to be a new age of wine farms that are more wine theme parks than farms. Of course they don’t have any of the fun thrill seeking rides you’de expect at a theme park ( the corkscrew seems like a missed opportunity) but are rather culinary experiences to provide you with a full day of family fun. Assuming eating is fun for your family that is.

drivewayBarley-and-Biltong-signall-the-beersbrewing-roomWe arrived at a very full Barley and Biltong during lunch so the hostess recommended we do a quick beer tasting next door at the Cape Brewing Company while we wait for a table. I didn’t object.

They have 2 beer tasting options, R25 for 4 CBC beers or R35 for 6 beers 4 of them CBC and 2 Jack Black beers, reluctantly we went for the 4 beer tasting having spotted the burgers that awaited us at Barley and Biltong we wanted to get back and stuff our faces.

Not only are you in a working brewery, but they have a little beer tour you can take to find out all about the process.  We skipped the tour, because, well, we just wanted to drink the beer, not just look at it. Our “craft beer specialist’ talked us through every beers origin and flavour profile as she expertly poured us our tasters.

Mmmmm. Beeeeeer!lightspouring-beermmmm...beertasting-beersber-tourThe lager was delicious, but the pilsner won us over, so we stuck to that when we returned to Biltong and Barley for lunch.

The menu isn’t huge, but its not really supposed to be I don’t think, its a craft burger joint, they do burgers, they do them well. Stick to what you know seems to be their philosophy.

We decided to give all the options a try, so ordered a bowl of biltong ( a form of beef jerkey for my american readers), the caraway salted Bretzel with butter and the ‘Tafelburger’ which draws it’s name from Cape Town’s famous Table Mountain landmark, though at R95.00 I thought I might be buying the actual mountain.

Menus2-beersbeer-moustacheBiltong-(whole)biltongThe biltong was delicious, though a little dry for my liking, then again, i should have asked for moist, or maybe have gone for something different like one of the game biltongs on offer.

The burger, I can honestly say was worth every cent. Thick, juicy, covered in mature cheddar and a home made tomato sauce, it really caught me off guard as I honestly wasn’t expecting that amount of awesome in my mouth! The chips were okay, they felt a little processed and certainly didn’t deserve to share the plate with the burger, either way, we left none behind.

The bretzel didn’t really feature to be honest. I mean? Why did we even order that? Burger-from-aboveburgertomato-sauceE&SConclusion?

Definitely go for the burgers. I know I’ll be back, I mean, look how happy I am in that photo!!!

After lunch we walked around a little, had a chocolate tasting and finished off with a very milky flatwhite (nothing worse). There’s quite a bit to still see and do at Spice Route, so we’ll definitely be back to try one of the other culinary rides.

Okay. Stay fancy.

DW---WIN-HeaderA couple of months ago, as part of my “Essentials” category I wrote a post about the dress watch featuring Daniel Wellington. Today I’m super excited to be giving one of these watches away to one of you guys.

I only have 2 Daniel Wellington watches in my collection, but with all the interchangeable straps, it’s become my go to watch for any outfit.

DW-Watch-Grace-GreenDW-watch---St-AndrewDW-Watch-Grace-BlueBut enough about how fancy they look on MY wrist, lets find out how we can get one on to yours.

As usual, I’m going to be running this competition via my Facebook Book and twitter as it’s the easiest way to keep track of the entries and contact you if you win.

The entry mechanism is simple:

Viist www.danielwellington.com and pick the watch you want to win.

Yeah, its that simple.

Then leave me a comment on my Facebook page under the “WIn – Daniel Wellington Watch” post with the watch name.

or

Tweet “I want to win a (watch name here) @DW_Watches with @WhatMyBFWore”

You can do either of the above, or both if you would like 2 entries – yeah Im generous like that.

Im not gonna force you to Follow Daniel Wellington on Face Book or Twitter – but lets say it wouldn’t hurt.

Here are the T&C’s:

1 – Competition opens on the 16 March 2015.

2 – Entrants must either tweet or leave a Facebook comment as their entry.

3 – Competition open to anyone anywhere in the world and your prize will be shipped to you.

4 – Competition will close on the 23 March 2015.

5 – Winner will be selected via random draw and announced before 27 March 2015

That’s it folks. Good Luck.

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

full-lengthThis seemed to be one of my least liked outfits on Instagram, weird that, cause I really liked it, but for some reason It got a lot of slack.

I realised ive been keeping it pretty much the same the last few weeks and I’m trying to get back into different colours and patterns. Basically I need to change things up a little, be a little brave. Or brave for me at least. Baby steps and all that.

Speaking about steps, this weeks brave item were those suede tasselled slippers i decided to build my outfit around. I’m a big fan of a slim shoes and an even slimmer sole, so these were perfect for me. So I simply started from the ground up.

The green pants paired well with the neutral shoes and the tone of the blue blazer with the green pants – after all the are analogous colours (same side of the colour wheel) so it was a no brainer. Now it was about picking up on the shoes again, and thats where the brown tie came in, so that it would accentuate the tassels on the loafer.

Finally, the details. some green in the lapel to pick up on the pants, but mostly to work with the camo pocket square that allowed the hints of brown to close the loop. Simple right? I guess not really, in fact I received an e-mail the other day requesting some help with colour combinations and I realised I don’t actually know how to give it, most of it is trial and error, but for me its having worked as an art director for the last 15 years that has given me enough experience with colours to help me a long.

So, i’m going to look at introducing some colour combo suggestion posts in the future. Hope this helps. Now lets get back to the outfit.

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If you like the above look, you can find it all (or most of it) below

Sunglasses by Persol

Shirt by TM Lewin

Tie by Friday Tie Day

Lapel flower by River Island

Pocket square by Country Road (available at Woolworths)

Blazer and pants by Topman

Shoes from Axel Arigato

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

 

Review-form---chalk-and-cork-(2)This post has been a long time coming. In fact, its close on 3 months now.

I’ve been trying to come up with a way to make my restaurant reviews different to those you get on foodie blogs, something simple that can maybe answer everything you might wanna know about a place in simple way. That’s what that form above is all about, or at least that’s what it’s supposed to be. A quick 5min overview of my experience. that way you can see wether it’s somewhere you might wanna go or not, before delving into the details of the article.

About those details, well, there wont be too many, see I’m not a massive foodie either, so you wont hear me talking about mouthfeel or unami – what even is unami? Does it give you a rash if incorrectly prepared? I’ll be giving you simple honest feedback, because this review isn’t for Mr Unami, but rather for the everyday gentleman who would like to take his lady out for a bite to eat.

So, lets begin shall we?

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I visited Chalk and Cork at the end of last year. My team and I were going out for our year end lunch and wanted somwhere we could sit outside and enjoy good food and wine on a relatively tight budget. I had heard some pretty good things about it and it seemed pretty festive every time I drove past – everyone sitting joyfully in a nice little courtyard under the shade of the tree’s. “Lets give it a bash” I thought.

There were about 10 of us all in all and so we decided we’d try and order a little bit of everything and eat family style. Good decision that. The charcuterie and cheese platters (served with toasted ciabata) were delicious enough, though pretty standard. The real tapas winner was the salt and pepper squid with lemon aioli, i know this because I only managed to taste it when we ordered it for the third time.

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The final trick was Pizza and I suspect this may just be what Chalk and Cork will become famous for. See, there are a lot of pizza restaurants in town, 5 on Kloof street alone that I can think of, but very few actually make great pizza.

We decided to order ALL THE PIZZA! Not much considering there are only 4 pizzas on the menu. Personally I think this is great, too much choice just leads to confusion and order envy anyway. After giving all 4 a try we decided to give the parma ham another try, twice. The pizza’s are good. I mean really good. A thin crispy base, quality ingredients and the perfect amount of toppings – by the perfect amount of topping I mean its not so overloaded with crap that you can’t pick up a slice. The pizza, much like the rest of the food is a real quality over quantity affair.

They apparently make a killer carb free pizza using a cauliflower base, but none of us were scared of carbs that day, so didn’t bother trying one. Soz.

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I’ll be back sooner rather than later so I definitely suggest giving this place a try. You can find them at 51 Kloof Street (Cape Town) – just opposite the lifestyle centre. They’re open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and though they have plenty of seating upstairs I would suggest the courtyard on a nice day.

You can take a look at the menu on their website and call +27 (0)21 422 5822 or mail info@chalkandcork.co.za for bookings and queries.

Okay. Stay fancy

 

As you can imagine i get a few requests asking me to support fashion related kickstater projects.

I generally steer away from them as for the most part I dont believe in the brand or product that is trying to get kickstarted – I mean, i’m always super nice about saying no, but I do say no. In fact, “no thanks” is exactly what I said to Kabeer when he approached me about the Kabaccha shoe project and his vision of changing the shoe game. “yeah yeah” I thought “you and that guy with a bottle opener on his belt I got a mail from last week”. Then I watched his video.

For the first time I thought, “wow, this may actually have a shot” and “I may actually wanna get me some of these”. Kabeer is super passionate about this project, I got that in our e-mail correspondence and i can see he is pouring his heart and soul to this project. But thats not the reason I decided to support his kickstarter, I decided to support it, because I agree with him, I think there is far too little choice in mens shoes and the choices we do have are either boring or expensive.

The launch collection was also super brave, and the more I went through it, the more I thought these shoes needed to find there way onto the feet of some upstanding gentlemen such as yourselves.

INSTA1LoaferMaroonBlue InstaGreenWingtipInsta3INSTA18WingtipCreameGreenINSTA9LoaferBrownOJINSTA14WingtipGreyYellow If you agree with me and think that these are maybe some of the most awesome dress shoes you have ever seen, go support these guys on kickstarter.

I’de really like to see this project become a success, they hit the kickstarter goal in the first day, but really I’de like to see them hit the $500k mark before there time is up. at the very least, you’ll secure yourself a pair of kabacha shoes before any of your friends!

I think we can expect some interesting stuff to come out of kabacha shoes in the future.

Okay. Stay fancy.

 

 

full-lengthWhen you find the perfect pair of grey pants, your wardrobe is pretty pretty much complete.

Well, unless you only have grey pants, then, no. You’re gonna need to get some more stuff.

Grey pants, much like all neutrals go with pretty much anything, and these particular pair have come to my rescue more than once. Look, I know they’re just a pair of pants, but it can get pretty life or death at home when I cant find the right pants.

My favourite combo is grey and blue. It’s so corporate, its like the ultimate corporate uniform, so I like to find ways to take the beautiful ‘grey pants navy blazer’ combo and mess with it a little! Small things of course, details.

In this case, there were just different textures or patterns in every item, from the seersucker blazer to the woollen tie. The trick was allowing them all their individuality while making them still speak to each other. Really its like a 12 year olds birthday disco if you think about it. Seriously. Think about it.

So, lets look at the details then. Light blue in shirt to match light blue in tie, dark blue in tie to pull the focus away from the blazer, light blue’s in pocket square to bring your eye back across the chest and white lapel flower to lead your head back round the top. The brown wooden tie was a little cheeky wink to the belt, shoes and watch strap if you must know.

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Blazer from Gap (available locally at Stuttafords)

Shirt from Gap

Lapel flower from NicHarry

Tie from from NicHarry

Tie clip by NicHarry

Pocket square from NicHarry

(get 15% off on your purchase at NicHarry with discount code WMBW15)

Watch by Daniel Wellington

Belt by Ted Baker

Pants from River Island

Shoes by Dune London

Okay. Stay Fancy.

 

 

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Here we go! My first actual proper ‘travel” post. Wish me luck.

A couple of weeks ago, with valentines approaching, Elzaan and I decided we wanted to get out of town for a little romantic get away. We both wanted something “rustic” where we could sit and stare into nature with a glass of wine (or bottle) in our hands. We love to cook and wanted that to be part of the experience, so staying in a hotel wasn’t an option – they get funny about you using the kitchen without permission. Lastly, we didn’t want to drive for hours to get there, it was only going to be 2 nights so we wanted to make the time count.

After a little bit of research, we stumbled on to this place, the Rico Suter Country House. It seemed perfect. 

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It sits somewhere between Ceres and Worcester, about an hour and half out of Cape Town. The farm itself is a working wine and fruit farm and you pretty much stay on the top floor of the farmers house. No not in the attic, its not that rustic, but in a double volume space with beautiful open truss ceilings and views for days.

Seriously, if you go for nothing else, go for the incredible, incredible views. Our sunset on the first day was so epic we nearly spilt our G&T’s (calm down I said ‘nearly’). We’re also pretty sure that Saturdays sunset was as epic, but we were napping so who knows – something about farm life and naps! If its good enough for the farm dogs (of which there are 2) its good enough for me.

Anyway, I digress.

We arrived and were greeted by Erika (the farmers wife), She quickly showed us around, told us a little about the farm and what they do, then left us to our own devices after bringing us some Rico Suter wines to sample. We sat on the balcony and watched the sun set against the mountains and over the vineyards. It truly was epic.

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I know that all I’m showing is scenery here, but you can get proper pics of the place on their website. I’m not a big ‘outdoorsy’, nature kinda guy, but I just couldn’t stop staring into this view! It’s totally postcard like!

Every room opens up on to the view, so you never miss it and are always overwhelmed, everywhere from the bathroom to the lounge looks over the vineyard with a mountain backdrop. So of course its no surprise that we chose to move our dining room table out on to the balcony for dinner. The kitchen isn’t incredibly well equipped, but I guess that’s relative to what it is you’re cooking. There is convection oven / microwave, one hotplate and an electric frying pan with a few pots and pans. For us it was perfect, we came well prepared and we pretty much cooked all our meals in the electric frying pan which is pretty awesome.

You can however get Erika to prepare meals for you if you (at an extra charge of course) so we thought we would get her to do breakfast on Saturday morning, and we could sleep in. The breakfast was amazing, a fresh fruit salad with muesli and yogurt, home made bread and pastries as well as all the ingredients for an omelette, finely chopped, sliced and ready to go. If you visit, I strongly suggest taking this option, its super worth it and everything is delicious and plentifull.

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The rest of our stay was spent relaxing, snoozing, listening to music, drinking champagne, drinking champagne, drinking champagne. Eating, relaxing…etc etc

There is a fair amount to do in the area, or even on the farm if you like. They have two dams for swimming, mountain bike and hiking trails and of course all the surrounding wine farms for lunches and tastings. You can even get involved in the farm, see how it runs, help out during the harvest, it’s all really up to you. We did very little of it, mostly because of the afore mentioned relaxing and champagne, though I suspect if we had more time we would of gone exploring

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If it is absolute peace and quite that you want, this is the place for you. I cant say it enough, come for the views alone! The Breede River Valley really is a beautiful part of the world. This place is also incredibly well priced given the size and facilities, we paid R980 ($84) for the first night with breakfast in the morning and R800 ($64) on the second night with no breakfast. These prices are for the room, not per person.

If you missed the link above, you can get all the details for the Rico Suter Country House here. If you decide to go, I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.

Okay. Stay fancy

Oh, if you have any questions or remarks, leave me a question or comment below and I’ll try and answer it.

 

 

 

 

 

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