Toomuchloveliness: Idiom Wine

Idiom Wine Farm and their new menu launch

I have been a long time fan of Idiom Wine Farm from their lovely Italian wines to their fantastic fine dining menu served in the most beautiful setting. We joined them for lunch when they opened two years ago and had a brilliant experience. Since then they have a new chef and a brilliant new…

Toomuchloveliness: Robertson Slow

Taking it Easy at the Robertson Slow

I have a very dear friend who is the unofficial boss of the Robertson Wine Valley. And when she tells you to come to the Robertson Slow– you pack a bag. And when she sends you an itinerary – you do what she says. I was so delighted to spend a weekend being bossed around…

Toomuchloveliness: Casa Mori

An Artichoke Lunch with Casa Mori

Wonderful friends of ours host an annual artichoke lunch. It’s one of those – if you know, you know kind of things. Their family farm grows artichokes and every year they open up their home, Casa Mori, cook a ton of artichoke dishes and have a party. This is a “mean-ish” blog post because this…

Toomuchloveliness: Matt Manning

Sunday Lunch Club with Matt Manning

I’ve been eating Matt Manning‘s food for a long time. I knew him back when the only person who thought he was cool was Matt Manning himself. He taught me that you can crisp up gnocchi in a frying pan, that candied beets are a thing and that it is possibly to say petit poussin…

Toomuchloveliness: Weekend in Paternoster

Toomuchloveliness Guide to a Weekend in Paternoster

With busy work schedules and city stress we love nothing more than packing up the car and heading up the West Coast for a weekend away. This year we have discovered Paternoster for the first time during Winter and headed back again this Spring! We so loved spending time in this beautiful town that I…

Toomuchloveliness: Swirl at Stellenbosch Vineyards

Discovering Swirl at Stellenbosch Vineyards

On our recent weekend away to Stellenbosch we headed home via our final lunch at Swirl at Stellenbosch Vineyards. Swirl is is their revamped and re-imagined restaurant. Swirl at Stellenbosch Vineyards has created some incredible pairing menus to showcase their wine range and brilliant food. The restaurant was created as a wine and food pairing…

Spek en Bone

Spek en Bone: Small Plate Dining in Stellenbosch

Spek en Bone is a local gem in Stellenbosch which aims to be first a wine bar and then a restaurant. The wine list is fantastic with brilliant wines from both Stellenbosch and our wider wine region. The food is served as small plates with a focus on local and seasonal. I have been wanting…

Toomuchloveliness: Majeka House

Majeka House: Luxury Sleepovers in Stellenbosch

Majeka House is my favourite hotel in Stellenbosch. You would think with them being in the winelands they’d be on a lavish wine farm with rolling grounds. Majeka House is actually tucked away in the sleepy suburbs of Stellenbosch. The grounds are beautiful with giant cactus and bright blue furniture! I love the social areas…

Toomuchloveliness: Makaron Stellenbosch

Small Plates with Makaron in Stellenbosch

A very long time ago I joined Makaron in Stellenbosch for dinner and we enjoyed a fine dining meal in the kitchen at the chef’s table with amazing food and incredible wine pairings. To date this meal stands out as one of the best I have ever had in Stellenbosch. Fast forward quite some time…

Toomuchloveliness: Weekend in Stellenbosch

Highlights of our recent weekend in Stellenbosch

This winter season we spent a weekend away in both Franschhoek and Stellenbosch. I had such fun putting together a recommended weekend in Franschhoek that I wanted to try the same for Stellenbosch! Here are my highlights and recommendations for a fantastic weekend in Stellenbosch! We’re covering what to eat, where to stay and most…

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