SA restaurants are world’s best

first_imgLe Quartier Français is one of the world’s top 40 restaurants. (Image: Le Quartier Français) Margot Janse, the restaurant’s executive chef. (Image: Le Quartier Français) The tranquil exterior of La Colombe, situated on the Constantia Uitsig Wine Estate. (Image: La Colombe) Rust en Vrede is over 400 years old. (Image: Rust en Vrede)Janine ErasmusFind out more about using materialFive acclaimed South African restaurants, all located in the Western Cape province, have made it to the latest edition of San Pellegrino’s prestigious list of the 100 best eating establishments in the world.They are Le Quartier Français in Franschoek (37); La Colombe in Constantia (38); Jardine (79) and Aubergine (96), both in Cape Town; and Rust en Vrede in Stellenbosch (98), whose converted cellar setting is also a national monument.Only five southern hemisphere restaurants made it into the top 50, with two from Australia and one from Brazil accompanying South Africa’s duo. However, with five in the top 100, compared to Australia’s three and Brazil’s two, South Africa’s Western Cape has clearly proven itself as the southern hemisphere destination of choice for fine dining.South African Tourism acting CEO Didi Moyle was full of praise for the five local tourist magnets, saying that the awards send out the clear message to gastronomes of the world that South Africa is a delicious destination. “This is a fantastic achievement not only for these establishments, but also for South Africa, which positions itself globally as a destination of superb and varied dining and wining.”Beautiful settingAll of the South African winners consider atmosphere and history to be as important a part of their allure as is their food, wine and amenities.Le Quartier Français was described by the San Pellegrino judges as a heavenly rural retreat, whose “beautiful setting is matched only by the sublime food that emerges from the kitchen of its flagship restaurant, The Tasting Room”.Relais & Chateaux Grand Chef Margot Janse, who runs Le Quartier, was ecstatic. “It’s an incredible feeling,” she enthused. “The world is beginning to see what great dining they can experience in South Africa. The great showing by South African restaurants is an incredible achievement for South African cuisine.”The original Le Quartier buildings were labourers’ cottages which were upgraded and used for accommodation until the first restaurant, known as 1688, opened in the 1980s. After changing hands in 1984, the hotel has since become part of the worldwide Relais & Chateaux group of luxury hotels and is known for its fine cuisine.Le Colombe’s success was attributed to its “stunning wine list”, as well as the creativity of British chef Luke Dale Roberts, who has been at the helm since 2006.“We have taken great care to prepare and fine tune our dégustation menu,” commented Roberts, “and our dynamic kitchen and front-of-house team are now ready to serve what we believe is one of the most spectacular dining experiences in all of South Africa.”French bistro Jardine, owned by Scottish chef George Jardine, is located in a historic building in the city and has garnered acclaim for its menu as well as its wine list. Aubergine, too, can lay claim to part of the city’s history, as it is situated in a 19th century building that was once home to Sir John Wylde, first Chief Justice of the Cape.Established in 1694, Stellenbosch-based Rust en Vrede (Afrikaans, meaning quiet and peace) was honoured in 1993 when Nobel peace laureates Nelson Mandela and F.W. de Klerk selected the estate as their wine of choice at the Nobel prize banquet.Best in the worldFor the fourth year in a row, Spain’s legendary El Bulli tops the list of the best places on earth to dine. The three-Michelin-star restaurant, situated on the Costa Brava in Spain, is owned and run by chef Ferran Adrià. El Bulli’s season is open from June to December. Bookings are taken on an application basis and the 8 000 seats for the season are all allocated on just one day in the previous October. More than 2-million epicures vie for a seat at the El Bulli table every year.Le Quartier Français also walked off with the Acqua Panna continental award for the best restaurant in the Middle East and Africa. The Franschoek restaurant joins the illustrious company of fellow 2009 winners El Bulli (Europe), Les Créations de Narisawa (Asia), Per Se (North America), D.O.M. ( South America), and Tetsuya’s (Australasia).Expert opinionThe San Pellegrino list is compiled by an international panel of chefs, restaurateurs, food writers and restaurant critics, known as the Nespresso World’s 50 Best Restaurants Academy. The academy votes according to region, with each region assigned its own chair and panel. The 2009 chair for the Southern African region was renowned food expert, author and publisher Lannice Snyman.This year a total of 4 030 votes were cast by 806 culinary experts. Each panel member votes for their top five restaurants – two in their region and three elsewhere – with the condition that they must have personally eaten in that restaurant within the past 18 months. They may not vote for their own restaurant.Best-selling brandSan Pellegrino is one of the world’s top selling brands of mineral water. Townspeople have been quaffing it for over 600 years – even Leonardo da Vinci made a special pilgrimage to the town in 1509 to sample and analyse the precious liquid.The water originates deep under the ground of the town of San Pellegrino Terme in Lombardy, Italy. A gloomy 400m below the surface, water from the area’s natural thermal spring absorbs minerals as it flows over limestone and volcanic rocks. It is then collected, bottled and, since 1899, exported.The San Pellegrino brand, a favourite in top restaurants all around the world, is currently owned by Nestlé. It celebrates its 110th anniversary in 2009 with a staggering achievement – more than 650-million bottles of San Pellegrino are sold in 120 countries every year.Do you have queries or comments about this article? Contact Janine Erasmus at [email protected] articlesTourism remains strong in SACape Town “best city in the world”Wine aficionados cash in on 2010Useful linksWorld’s 50 best restaurantsSan PellegrinoRossouw’s restaurant guideLe Quartier FrançaisLa ColombeJardineAubergineRust en Vredelast_img read more

Geoffrey Thomas’s safety efforts praised

first_imgThe Professor of Engineering at the University of Southern California Najmedin Meshkati, PhD, CPE and former Jefferson Science Fellow and Senior Science and Engineering Advisor to the US State Department, has lauded Editor-in-Chief Geoffrey Thomas’s “seminal works” saying they have made an “invaluable contribution to the improvement of aviation safety in the world.”As a professor of engineering at the University of Southern California (USC), Dr Meshkati teaches at and was director of the world’s renowned, 60-year old USC Aviation Safety and Security Program during 1992 to 1997.Professor Meshkati teaches and conducts research on Human Factors in Aviation Safety; pilot mental workload assessment and situational awareness; crew resource management; cockpit design and automation; Controlled Flight into Terrain (CFIT); runway incursion; and loss of control in flight.“Mr. Thomas and his articles have been a major source of information for me and I have always shared them with my students. Furthermore, I consider some of his articles in Air Transport World and Australian Aviation as “seminal” and refer to them in my classes as “must read” for any aviation safety professionals,” said Professor Meshkati.Mr Thomas is Airlines Editor at Australian Aviation and is former Chief Editor of Washington DC-based Air Transport World.Mr Thomas’s safety related articles have won numerous international awards and his most insightful, Back to Basics on the problems of cockpit automation deskilling pilots was published just three days before the tragic loss of the Air France 447.“Geoffrey Thomas [has made] an invaluable contribution to the improvement of aviation safety in the world,” said Professor Meshkati.last_img read more

Zimbabwe Charges 45 with Treason for Watching Egypt Coverage, Arrests Facebook User

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Tags:#Breaking#Facebook#Government#international#news#politics#web Zimbabwe tends to remain out of the media spotlight, despite having one of the worst and most enduring dictatorships in the world. One of the reasons for this invisibility is that its resident tinhorn, Robert Mugabe, has outlawed independent domestic media and refused to allow international media in. But people have a passion for news and that passion has gotten 45 Zimbabweans arrested and charged with treason in the southern African country. Their crime is having watched DVDs of recorded news coverage of the uprising in Egypt. The 46 initially arrested on February 19 (one has been freed) included “lawyers, students, and trade unionists,” according to the Committee to Protect Journalists. According to the Guardian, the Zimbabweans had been attending a meeting a called “Revolt in Egypt and Tunisia: What lessons can be learnt by Zimbabwe and Africa?” The security forces seized two DVDs of North African uprising coverage, a video projector and a laptop computer.Although Mugabe allowed opposition figure Morgan Tsvangirai to join the government last year, it seems clear the move was cosmetic and neither Tsvangirai nor his party or any other opposition figures have been able to make much headway in restoring civil society to a country that was once known as the “breadbasket of Southern Africa” and is now known as a wasteland. Facebook User ArrestedDespite a lack of penetration of online media in Zimbabwe, the country has had bloggers and groups that used blogs and other social media to report on the government’s war against the poor squatters who set up shantytowns in the country’s larger cities. Now, Vikas Mavhudzi has become the first Zimbabwean Facebook user to be arrested. Also earlier this month, Mavhudzi left a comment on the Facebook account of Morgan Tsvangirai and was arrested for “subverting a constitutional government,” according to SW Radio Africa. “I am overwhelmed, I don’t want to say Mr. or PM what happened in Egypt is sending shockwaves to dictators around the world. No weapon but unity of purpose worth emulating, hey.”Both of these situations had in common a paranoid, violent regime that takes even interest in actions which happened a continent away as a direct threat to its continued power. Mugabe, originally a fighter against the British and an exemplar of peaceful transition from colonial to post-colonial rule, has become a poster child for the kind of “leader” who will do anything whatsoever to retain that rule, including destroying his country. Anonymous had earlier targeted the country’s government in a series of distributed denial of services attacks. It is uncertain what, if anything, the group is still doing. Zimbabwe is another country the world has taken its eyes off of during the so-called Jasmine Revolution. For the time being, Zimbabwe continues to work with the Chinese on a vast nationwide electronic eavesdropping center outside the capital city Harare. The intent is to be able to spy on any communication of any kind, including email, from the center. If anyone from the Anonymous organization reads this, they are encouraged to give us all an update on their efforts in the comments. Mugabe photo from Wikimedia Commons | Zimbabwe sunset by Martin Addison curt hopkins The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoscenter_img Related Posts Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Auditlast_img read more

Season of change

first_imgView comments LATEST STORIES Fellow beauty queens Aya Fernandez (NorthPort), Kylie Verzosa (San Miguel Beer) and Michele Gumabao (Blackwater) will also join the parade. Volleyball’s most popular star, Alyssa Valdez, will march alongside NLEX, while Olympian Jasmine Alkhaldi is set to join Gumabao with the Elite. Up-and-coming actresses Klea Pineda and Yam Concepcion will represent Alaska and Phoenix while Sharon Cuneta, one of Philippine cinema’s biggest stars, is Magnolia’s muse.TNT, Columbian, Meralco, and Rain or Shine have yet to reveal their selections.It will be a season of change in the PBA.Marcial, on his second season as commissioner, said that the league will implement three tweaks to its rulebook in an effort to bolster the overall quality of the games.First, goaltending will now be reviewable throughout the match. Second, traveling guidelines will mirror that of Fiba. Lastly, coaches will now be allowed to sue for time verbally.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening There will be a lot of changes when the Philippine Basketball Association opens its 44th season on Sunday. One thing remains constant: Barangay Ginebra is still the league’s most popular squad.And in a bid to get some sort of a momentum rolling off a massive opening-day revelry, the PBA has tasked the Gin Kings to kick off the Philippine Cup against the TNT KaTropa—after the crowd-favorites enter the court with former Miss Universe Pia Wurtzbach.ADVERTISEMENT The biggest change this year could be the league embarking on its longest season.“It could span for 13 or 14 months,” commissioner Willie Marcial said during a presser at Conrad Hotel in Pasay on Tuesday. “This would be a first time for the PBA.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsThe new season is looking at an expanded schedule to accommodate the final Fiba window and a possible Philippine stint in the basketball World Cup during the first half of the year. The country’s hosting of the Southeast Asian Games, meanwhile, will also potentially squeeze itself into the league’s busy schedule.Wurtzbach is one of the celebrity muses who will parade with the teams on opening day at the 55,000-seater Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño Azkals flaunt quality under continental spotlight Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issuecenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion “It’s to improve and to hasten the games,” Marcial told the Inquirer. “We want to match the international style of play.”Four games are slated in the provinces with the league also set to mount overseas games.“Before the PBA opens the new season, the past year’s top individual achievers will be honored in the Leo Awards.Amid the sea of change, there will be a return to old ways. The annual All-Star showcase will revert to a single-location format. It will be held in Calasiao, Pangasinan, from March 29 to 31.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola?last_img read more

England vs. India: 1st Test Preview- Blues look to spoil England’s landmark test with…

first_imgAdvertisement 🏏 1st Test 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿v 🗓August 1, 2018📍Edgbaston🔢⏲️15.30 IST#ENGvIND— BCCI (@BCCI) August 1, 2018Match Time– 3:30 PM ISTWhere to watch – Sony NetworkRead Also:Cricket: Little Master praises Virat Kohli’s work ethics ahead of the 1st testEngland vs. India: Stuart Broad hopes to create pressure to tackle Virat Kohli AdvertisementImage Courtesy: My KhelEngland’s first test against India marks their 1000th match in the longest format of the game, while England have managed to peak at the right time, the Men In Blue are amidst several unanswered questions after their unimpressive outing against Essex in the warm-up game.The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is set to be the focal point of the fixture in Birmingham given his record in England. The practice sessions from the past two days give an indication that the Blues might give Shikhar Dhawan another chance despite failing to score in the warm-up game twice. Apart from that, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are speculated to be the spin options for the Indians ahead of Kuldeep Yadav.Meanwhile, England’s unit looks set despite the controversial inclusion of Adil Rashid into the squad. Rashid managed to puzzle several of the Indian batsmen in the limited overs series and will look to do more of the same with the red cherry.England also went on to reveal their playing XI for the test which includes Jos Buttler as the newly appointed vice-captain.England’s playing XI vs India, 1st Test: Joe Root (c), Alastair Cook, Jennings, David Malan, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Adil Rashid, Stuart Broad, James Anderson.ICYMI – We have named our team for the first Test – and news of a new vice-captain!➡️— England Cricket (@englandcricket) July 31, 2018last_img read more

10 months agoModric: Real Madrid improving under Solari

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Modric: Real Madrid improving under Solariby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLuka Modric believes Real Madrid are improving under coach Santiago Solari.Real begin their Club World Cup defence this week on the back of a scratchy 1-0 defeat of Rayo Vallecano.But Modric says: “We are working on our physical preparation so that we can better express our talent and our qualities on the field. “We must do more work. I believe that we have progressed to this point under the guidance of Solari. There is still room for improvement, but I think we will get to Abu Dhabi in a good shape. “Motivation is always there when a trophy is at stake.” last_img read more

8 days agoGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medal

first_imgGang arrested over player burglaries; Thomas Partey recovers Champions League medalby Carlos Volcano8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe gang that pulled off a series of burglaries against LaLiga footballers has been caught and reports four people have been arrested connected to raids on homes of players of Real Madrid and Atletico. The operation was carried out between the cities of Madrid and Toledo, where the alleged criminals were arrested. Law enforcement have managed to recover some valuables that were taken from the homes of the players. Among the jewels and other belongings, the Champions League runners-up medal of Thomas Partey was found. The Atletico Madrid midfielder’s home was raided earlier this month, while he was in Russia for the European match against Lokmotiv Moscow.Casemiro, Isco, Zinedine Zidane and Alvaro Morata were some of those in Madrid who were victims of robberies. About the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

BGLC to Fast-Track Internet Gaming

first_imgStory Highlights Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the BGLC, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said that the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as poosible. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), has indicated that it intends to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming in Jamaica. Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, noted that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015. The Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Commission (BGLC), has indicated that it intends to fast-track the roll-out of Internet gaming in Jamaica.Director of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) at the BGLC, Carole Martinez-Johnson, said that the Commission is currently reviewing proposals from licencees, which will be processed as quickly as poosible.She was speaking at a JIS Think Tank held at the agency’s head office in Kingston on June 1.Executive Director of the BGLC, Vitus Evans, noted that online gaming is a lucrative industry, valued at US$39.9 billion in 2015.He noted that the figure is forecast to reach US$51.96 billion by 2018.Mr. Evans said interactive and online gaming represent the new frontier of the industry, and will be key topics for discussion at the upcoming Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit in St. James.“Gaming, like other forms of entertainment, is transforming from an activity that consumers enjoy at a physical brick and mortar location to one that is readily available online, with opportunities, for gaming, literally at players’ fingertips 24 hours a day, accessible via smartphones, tablets and laptop PCs,” he pointed out.He said the BGLC will be facilitators and enablers to ensure the orderly development of the industry and the protection of citizens who choose to engage in this form of entertainment.“It is important to understand the industry and the opportunities. This is important as the Betting, Gaming and Lotteries Act goes through the process of being updated to establish the licensing regime and framework for regulatory supervision of interactive gaming,” Mr. Evans pointed out.The BGLC will be hosting the Caribbean Gaming Show and Summit 2017 at the Montego Bay Convention Centre from June 14 to 15. The event will focus on the impact of technology on gaming.Matters to be eaxamined include jurisdictional issues, protection of minors and responsible gaming.Chief Executive Officer of Millennial Sports Canada, Alex Igelman, will speak on the growth of eSports.Attendees are invited to register for the conference at read more

Buckeye football to kick off 2010 season with Thursday night game

Ohio State will open its 2010 regular season against Marshall on Thursday, Sept. 2, the OSU athletic department confirmed shortly after a source reported the story to The Lantern.“This change to a Thursday night opener offers a number of positives for Ohio State,” Ohio State associate vice-president and director of athletics Gene Smith said through a press release. “Summer quarter classes end the week before, so there will be minimal campus impact on students, faculty and staff that day.The scheduling decision will provide the Buckeyes two extra days to prepare for their most daunting non-conference opponent, Miami (Fla.), who they will play Sept. 11.“Along with providing maximum national exposure for our Rose Bowl champions, this unique starting date and time allows our team and fans to escape the heat of the day, and breaks up a string of four consecutive Saturday home games to start the season,” Smith said. “It will allow fans to enjoy other events throughout the Labor Day weekend. We see it as a treat for Buckeye fans and an exciting way to open the 2010 campaign.”Information regarding parking and transportation for the night game will be determined at a later date, according to the press release.The Buckeyes haven’t played a mid-week game during the regular season since 1997, when they beat Wyoming 24-10 in their season opener.Coach Jim Tressel expressed his excitement in kicking off the season under the lights.“The Thursday night before Labor Day is a great night to play,” Tressel said. “To be one of the first games that kicks off the 2010 season will be exciting. The Buckeyes and the Thundering Herd will both be veteran teams, and it will be a fun night in the Horseshoe. We cannot wait to tee it up.” read more