Archive for December 12th, 2004

Visiting Cape Town?

Here are two of the best restaurants in the region.

First is “Panama Jacks” Restaurant, a former boatyard and now a landmark restaurant of global acclaim, presents an enticing array of the some of the best seafood in the region, including live langoustine and lobster (choose your own), prawns, mussels, oysters, line fish and more.

They are located in Duncan Docks. This is not the waterfront but a fully working cargo docks. The restaurant is best approached by car or taxi. The address: 2nd Road Left after The Royal Yacht Club, Table Bay Harbour, Cape Town 8001

Patrons have rated this restaurant five points out of five and they are open during the weekdays and Sundays from noon and Saturdays from 6:30 pm

Telephone: Vox 021 4481080 Fax: 021 4475471

If you decide to travel to Stellenbosch, which is about 45 kilometres East of Cape Town you can vitit my favourite restaurant in the whole of South Africa. This is the “De Volkskombuis” (direct translation is “The People’s Kitchen”) Restaurant which specialises in traditional Cape cuisine, in authentic Cape Dutch surroundings.

Established in 1977, this restaurant became well known for their excellent cuisine with a comprehensive selection of fine wines from an award-winning winelist.

Dawid and Christelle Kriel, are the new generation of this family business. They manage the restaurant with meticulous attention to detail and real Cape hospitality.

Specialities, such as Bobotie, “Waterblommetjiebredie” (Water Lilly), Meraai’s Chicken pie and Karoo Lamb have been favourites on the menu over the years. The chef, Dawid Kriel, adds new world ideas and styles to his special menu to offer patrons a greater variety of options.

They have a comprehensive selection of fine wines from an award-winning winelist. Take your pick of many high quality wines, by the glass if you are driving. They have included Food and Wine matching suggestions throughout the menu, please keep in mind that these are subjective and that there are no set rules to follow. As an added attraction they have wine tastings of great local wines every evening at your table. We look forward having you as our guests.

Visit de Oewer Riverside Food and Wine Garden at the same address. Situated on the banks of the Eerste River. De Oewer offers ‘al Fresco’ meals and a variety of Barbeque menus in a relaxed atmosphere under the oak trees. Sparkling wine breakfasts, wine tastings or theme events can be held in the wonderful Cape sunshine or around the warmth of the open hearth with good food and fine wines.

Also at the same address is the Red Pepper Deli, with chef Marlé Fourie, and offers a variety of freshly prepared gourmet dishes and deli products.

Sir Herbert’s Wine Cottage is also in the Red Pepper Deli. Here you can find a variety of top quality wines from the region, at the best prices. Gifts and wine accessories to enhance any connoisseur’s collection are available. They will even safely pack and efficiently deliver your purchase to any worldwide destination.

They are in the Aan de Wagen Road, Stellenbosch Telephone – Vox: 021 883 9119 and Fax: 021 883 3413, their e-mail address is

Next April when we spend three weeks in the region I may even come back with another good watering hole.


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Sobering thoughts!

Christmas is coming, and all minds are probably concerned with thinking and planning for this festive occasion. But, it is a Sunday and whether you are religious or not, Sundays should also be concerned with sobering thoughts of the well-being of one’s friends and loved ones.

I have put together some quotes for you to muse upon before we enter 2005. What will the new year bring, in terms of our personal freedom. Whatever it brings, you – as an individual – have the power to do what you want to do, to do what you need to do, to do what you must do!

Winston Churchill once said: “If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves.” Many of our readers are too old to fight. If, like me, you don’t have children, perhaps you may be luckier in the long run – I sincerely hope not.

General “Goerge” Patton, that swashbuckling American general with two .45’s slung from his hip, once said: “It is certain that the two World Wars in which I have participated would not have occurred had we been prepared. It is my belief that adequate preparation on our part would have prevented or materially shortened all our other wars beginning with that of 1812. Yet, after each of our wars, there has always been a great hue and cry to the effect that there will be no more wars, that disarmament is the sure road to health, happiness, and peace; and that by removing the fire department, we will remove fires. These ideas spring from wishful thinking and from the erroneous belief that wars result from logical processes. There is no logic in wars. They are produced by madmen. No man can say when future madmen will reappear. I do not say that there will be no more wars; I devoutly hope that there will not, but I do say that the chances of avoiding future wars will be greatly enhanced if we are ready.”

Sun Tzu aeons ago, said: “When the leader is morally weak and his discipline not strict, when his instructions and guidance are not enlightened, when there are no consistent rules. Neighboring rulers will take advantage of this.”

Our arch-enemy of the past, Adolph Hitler once said: “The broad mass of a nation will more easily fall victim to a big lie than a small one. The greater the lie, the greater chance that it will be believed. All epoch-making events have been produced not by the written, but the spoken word.” What has changed since the early forties? Nothing!

I remember Aristotle, back in my youth, saying: “Both oligarch and tyrant mistrust the people, and therefore deprive them of their arms.” Was this the real reason Blair deprived the ordinary citizen of their arms? He certainly doesn’t seem worried about the criminals having them, does he?

And Aesop said: “We often give our enemies the means for our own destruction.” How appropriate in this day and age.

Cato was born Marcus Porcius Priscus but, due to his abilities as a skillful orator, he became known as Marcus Porcius Cato. In one of his plays, he wrote: “Is there not some chosen curse, Some hidden thunder in the stores of Heaven, Red with uncommon wrath to blast the man, Who owes his greatness to his country’s ruin?” Whose name springs to mind here? Not just the one I would hazzard!

Finally, from Brock Chisholm, a man who should know, wrote, when director of UN World Health Organisation: “To achieve One World Government it is necessary to remove from the minds of men their individualism, their loyalty to family traditions and national identification.” Oh so right, who amongst you cannot recognise modern day Britain here?

A bit of a long blog here, but I hope it gives just a little food for thought. There is the possibility that none of these people really knew what they were talking about, of course. But you don’t really believe that, do you?



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