I was born and raised in Cape Town, but I lived in the Eastern Cape between 1987 and 1989.
The things I love most about Cape Town are its beautiful, well-documented history, the diversity of its people, the tranquility of the winelands, and the soothing sound of the ocean.
When out-of-towners come to town, I take them to the beautiful winelands, for a drive around Chapman’s Peak and, for those who love snakes, as I do, to a snake park.
The best restaurant meal I’ve eaten recently was at Terroir at Kleine Zalze.
My other favourite restaurants include:
- Harvey’s at Winchester Mansions – try the Seafood Platter for two; it’s exceptional
- Luke Dale-Roberts’ Test Kitchen – a benchmark of the South African culinary world, especially the “Grilled Scallop” off the Discovery menu
- Camphors at the elegant, old-world Vergelegen Estate
- The Hussar Grill for the best steak – I order the chauteaubriand.
An annual Cape Town event you’ll always find me at is the Champagne Festival in Franschhoek. I, sadly, missed the last one as I was doing Garden Route Road trip with my wife.
My favourite getaway is Wilderness. It’s heavenly; the most beautiful place in the entire country.
On my bucket list to still do in the Cape is Robben Island.
I have a severe negative reaction to coffee but take me to The Mount Nelson for a world-class cup of tea any day.
In my leisure time I visit the Durbanville winelands or I play a round of golf.
A good red wine for a special occasion has to be a pinot noir.
On Sundays I put my droptop down and cruise to work while listening to MeatLoaf.
Money pays bills
Straight after this, I’m calling my sons in Durban
When I wake up in the middle of the night I stand on my balcony and look at the Tygervalley canal.
One day my children will inherit my wine collection! Now that’s depressing…