Sarah Cangley

Sarah Cangley

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 13:39

Rolls Royce launch in Stellenbosch

Nestled between majestic mountains and overlooking the vineyards of Stellenbosch, Delaire Graff Estate is South Africa’s most desirable wine, hospitality and art destination. A magnificent Cape Winelands property owned by Laurence Graff of striking contemporary art, exclusive lodges, a destination spa and luxury boutiques as well as dramatic mountain views, sculpted gardens, an elaborate contemporary art collection and architectural finesse.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 13:34

St Moritz Cartier Polo 2016

It's one of the most exciting and prestigious polo matches in the world ... and one of the most unusual. Where else is polo played on ice using a red ball against the dazzling snowscape?

During the last week end of January, some of the world's most outstanding polo players met in Saint Moritz for the famous Cartier Trophy.

Cartier has participated in this polo tournament on snow since its inception in 1985.

Wednesday, 02 March 2016 12:55

The Bistro Kid: Michel Morand

Originally from Burgundy, chef Michel Morand has lived in South Africa since the late 1980s and in that time has transformed the Johannesburg food scene, effortlessly moving from one food genre to another.

Tuesday, 09 February 2016 12:28

The maidens bowl everyone over

The Maidens Bowled Over event is the first, and largest ladies’ event of its kind in the world of test cricket, when high-profile South African business women are invited to dress up, network and enjoy the cricket, while experiencing extravagant indulgences such as massages, sumptuous snacks and refreshments, and a programme packed with surprises and gifts.

Tuesday, 02 February 2016 13:48

First South African to get a Michelin star

Restaurant JAN, a South African restaurant in the South of France serving quintessentially South African flavours and traditions married with French technique and flair, was awarded its first one Michelin star  in the 2016 French Guide Michelin this week.

This makes owner and proprietor Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen the first South African to ever receive this prestigious accolade in the whole of Asia and Europe, which is a HUGE deal for South African cuisine (which does not fall under the Michelin system). 

Accurately described as the Academy Awards of the restaurant industry, Guide Michelin awards stand for consistency and excellence in the food and service industry and are seen as a benchmark in the culinary world.

Patrons of the restaurant have been raving about Restaurant Jan's inspired cuisine, their favourites being the slow-cooked lamb shank simmered in coffee and Pinotage, Malva pud and fruit-infused rooibos tea.

One discerning foodie enjoyed,  a "deconstructed vitello tonnato with homemade anchovy mayo, carrots, beetroot, fennel leaves and large sliced capers".

This was followed by "crunchy spirals of toasted bread and ginger jelly which provide the perfect foil to warm, creamy foie gras".| 

Then came a "slow roasted banana ice-cream in a Martini glass, served with a vanilla pod and a silver tea pot filled with caramel sauce", chased by a "chocolate brownie with textured 75% Valrhona chocolate wafers, ice cream, ground nuts and sprinkles of rose petals".

Sounds like heaven on a plate! 

Not only is the food wonderful and inspired by the home cooking of Jan's grandmother but the presentation is reminiscent of a still life apparently.

The wine list also reflects his roots.

Guests are welcomed with a flute of Graham Beck Cap Classique Rosé and can choose wines from The Cape of Good Hope such as Napoleon's favourite tipple, Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, a world famous wine savoured by the Kings and Queens of Europe in the 18th and 19th centuries, as well as French wines and those from distinguished international vineyards.

 Jan Hendrik and Pascal Szafranski opened JAN in Nice in 2013 and received their first mention in the Michelin Guide a mere 8 months after opening its doors.

Subsequent accolades include “two feathers” in the Guide Gantie, three plates in Guide Hubert, a listing in Conde Nast Traveller’s Gold Standard restaurants of 2015, and a Cote d’Azur favourite with the New York Times.

A 28-seater fine-dining restaurant in the up-and-coming bohemian district of Nice Port, JAN is a celebration of South African hospitality and serves honest food inspired by local produce from the markets of Nice.

Originally from Middelburg in the northern reaches of South Africa, Jan Hendrik studied culinary arts and applied design in Stellenbosch, after which he worked for food publications both locally and abroad. It is during this time that he happened upon the concept of adapting and serving South African favourites like melktert and biltong to discerning culinary audiences in Europe.

Jan Hendrik was recently joined by South African chefs Kevin Grobler and Rutger Eysvogel, who now form part of the international award-winning team at JAN.

Not only did Jan get a big hug from the doyen of Monacan haute cuisine Alain Ducasse this week, but he is also releasing his second cookbook, JAN – A Breath of French Air which picks up where his first cookbook, The French Affair (2013), left off and serves as Jan-Hendrik’s personal call to adventure for every person who makes their way through its pages.

Each of the almost 100 recipes was lovingly created and it is with great pride that the JAN team sets their little piece of France afloat in the world for adventurous foodies to experience for themselves.

The French Affair received the Gourmand World Cookbook Award in the Best French Cuisine Cookbook in the South African category and there is no doubt that the second book will be equally successful.

JAN – A Breath of French Air will be launched in South Africa next month and in the UK throughout the course of April. 

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 12:07

The SIHH 2016

 The Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) introduced a new formula this year: alongside the Maisons that have forged its reputation, the event welcomed nine independent workshops and creators inside a newly refurbished setting.

Tuesday, 26 January 2016 20:08

Louis Vuitton: SERIES 4

“Series 4”, the spring-summer 2016 collection advertising campaign continues the visual dialogue between several artists of imagery, started with "series 1".

Thursday, 21 January 2016 16:49

Singin' in the rain

Singin' in the Rain is widely regarded as one of the best musicals of all time - and not just for its toe-tapping tunes. It was also a fascinating insight into the history of the silver screen, the transition between the silent era and the "talkies" and was the MGM production of all time (even if the lead song was taken over in a sinister context by A Clockwork Orange).

Friday, 01 January 2016 14:36

The best (and worst of) 2015

2015 was quite a year for South Africa and South Africans... Rolene Strauss won Miss World 2015, putting her on a collision course for celebritydom (she also had a rapturous homecoming at OR Tambo), Charlize Theron split up with Sean Penn, Cameron van der Burgh smashed some records in the swimming arena while Chad le Clos threw down the gauntlet to the world's best, Trevor Noah become the host of The Daily Show, the Oscar Pistorius trial was in and out of the news all year, the discovery of Homo Naledi put the Cradle of Mankind on the map and created the phrase "eco-tourism", Elon Musk extended his space programme, artist Athi-Patra Ruga featured at the Venice Biennale, Luke Dale Roberts made it into the top 50 Chefs of the Year awards, South Africa won an Emmy for documentary Miners Shot Down, the humble bunny chow shot up to the top of the culinary charts as foodies and chefs discovered the delights of South African food, South Africa became known as a luxury destination, Carolina Herrera visited Johannesburg as part of her breast cancer charity drive and Joburg (yes, Joburg - not Cape Town) came to be judged as one of the coolest cities in the world, a fact that Joburgers always knew ... Hyde Park lit up pink in support with the Breast Cancer campaign around the world, loval bubbles were celebrated at Inanda, Grazia magazine held its own Oscar party, Hyde Park launched its version of the September Issue and celebrated the Style Awards and the Boks, including some of the famous team from 1995, had a great send off at Montecasino.

On the home front Johannesburg also had the honour of opening the first Four Seasons in South Africa, with fine dining restaurant View headed up by Dirk Giselmann, who arrived at the hotel fresh from a three Michelin-starred establishment in Paris, L’Auberge de l’ill.

Also on the culinary front chefs like Rick Steyn came to cook at the Good Food & Wine show in Durban, after a stint of showing the Joburg foodies how it was done at the Pick 'n Pay on Nicol. Others names included Tom Parker Bowles, Adriano Zumbo, Masterchef Australia finalist Renae Smith, John Torode, and Brent Owens (winner of Masterchef Australia), all of whom helped with a massive cross-pollination of foodie lore. Daviid Higgs caught everyone's attention with his new upcoming restaurant in Rosebank's art hub.

South Africans to look out for in 2015 included actress Terry Pheto whose beautiful face first graced Oscar winning movie Tsotsi. She has since gone on to roles in The Bold and the Beautiful and the Nelson Mandela movie. Terry went to Los Angeles for the Emmys, together with another South African influencer whose Instagram account caught the attention of GQ magazine in the UK, Trevor Stuurman. Thula Sindi also became a South African designer to watch, as did Laduma Ngxokolo whose MaXhosa by Laduma designs made him n icon in series 3 of 21 Icons and ignited international interest.

Another South African who made the headlines was Porky Hefer, whose work featured at Design Miami and whom the art critics, never an easy crowd, raved about.

My top ten parties for the year included:

The opening of the Diamond Walk at Sandton City. The different brands held their own parties, such as the Louis Vuitton re-opening where the Ruinart flowed copiously, and the opening of Prada and Dolce & Gabbana.

The opening of the Four Seasons in Johannesburg where acrobats and dancers climbed down the glass elevator overlooking the city and a girl sang in a bubble (thanks, Edith Venter).

The Cartier Le Cle watch launch at Circa, Rosebank.

The Shining Lights awards with De Beers and Forevermark in Jo'burg honoured local jewellery designers in South Africa, Namibia and Botswana.

Prince Harry's Sentebale polo match at Val de Vie in Cape Town.

The Moet et Chandon Roland Garros A-list party at The Munro Hotel in Houghton.

The 21 Icons charity auction in Pretoria.

The Landrover Africa Cup polo match at Inanda.

Dinner for the launch of the new Jaguar XE at Spier in Cape Town.

The Pandora launch at the Four Seasons with the models dressed by floral couturier Franz Grabe.


Worst experience of the year:

The Prince of Wales Cup at Waterfall Estate when the PR demanded that I give her my contacts. When I refused I was told that I could not attend the match. Unfortunately for her I did not attend the Nkandla School of Journalism!

 

 

Monday, 21 December 2015 12:27

A Crabtree Christmas

A southern hemisphere Christmas is literally poles part from its northern cousin ... any eggnoggy thoughts of, Christmas pudding and snowsprinkled carollers go out of the window when the cicadas chirp like synthesisers on full strength, Christmas lunch consists of a braai round the pool in searing temperatures and there is lots and lots of cold beer.

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