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Inspiring travel and lifestyle

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Heaven can’t wait

Darling

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Total guide: Sydney

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EDITOR Astrid Stark astrid@latitudemag.co.za ASSISTANT EDITOR Ashleigh Bird ashleigh.bird@yahoo.com DESIGN AND LAYOUT Nicole Fuchs www.creativeflow.co.za ADVERTISING SALES & MARKETING MANAGER adv@latitudemag.co.za Tel: +27 (0)78 2735899 CONTRIBUTORS Silvia Bizio, Corinne Bettis, Rachel Gadiel PRINTED IN CAPE TOWN by ABC Press HEAD OFFICE 20, Stowe Crescent Tokai 7945 Cape Town P.O. BOX 177 Private Bag X26 Tokai 7966 Cape Town www.latitudemag.co.za T

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holiday and informs you of good deals. An excellent travel magazine is all about dreaming. Whether you’re about to book that long-awaited vacation, or if you’re still busy with your destination bucket list, it allows you to fly away even from the comfort of your armchair. LATI UDE is that kind of magazine. It is the latest stylish creation of Contesti Creativi, the international publishing company that brought you upmarket lifestyle publications such as Luxury Files and Women. LATI UDE is free but still offers great value. You will find us in exclusive locations nationwide, ranging from golf estates, spas, business lounges, coffee shops and boutique hotels. T

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LATI UDE is South Africa’s first travel magazine with a strong focus on the female traveller. The entire editorial staff consists of women, who like me, are passionate about writing and exploring. So this one is for the ladies! In the first edition, our team of experienced writers, photographers and travellers, share their personal stories about the best places to visit this time of year. Indulge in a theatrical weekend in Darling during the height of the wildflower season or go on an arty romp through the Franschhoek Valley. You can read the publisher’s personal account of her unforgettable week sailing and playing around the pristine Seychelles. Our reporter in Italy tracked down Charlize Theron for an exclusive interview and we go to London to find out what you can do during the Olympics. Finally, Sydney’s hidden gems are exposed by an Aussie who is deeply passionate about her city and all things gorgeous. So come with us on a journey across continents as we help you conjure up your next perfect holiday destination.

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Mount Nelson Hotel, by Orient-Express is a timeless and authentic resort hotel located in the heart of Cape Town. With a unique legacy of service excellence based on authentic Cape hospitality, the hotel remains a destination of choice.

The hotel’s convenient location makes it easy for guests to explore the city centre and its surrounds, and some of South Africa’s best beaches. The garden estate setting is an urban sanctuary, complete with two heated swimming pools, rolling lawns, a palm lined avenue and secluded Rose gardens which lend themselves to romance. The abundance of secure wide open space makes families feel at home and encourages children to run free and explore. Several distinctive accommodation wings offer a variety of 209 individually decorated, elegantly appointed rooms and suites. No two rooms are exactly the same, and each annexe offers unique views, mood and style. Mount Nelson Hotel has played host to countless weddings and milestone celebrations. The glamorous and contemporary Planet Bar and Restaurant offers guests a true South African gastronomic experience. A daily Afternoon Tea served in the hotel lounge is a signature not to be missed experience. Extending the emphasis on pleasure is Librisa Spa - a destination day spa boasting eight oversized treatment and shower rooms, separate manicure and pedicure rooms, and a sun-splashed conservatory. Treatments are based on the healing power of touch and incorporate products containing local ingredients. Mount Nelson Hotel 76 Orange Street Cape Town www.mountnelson.co.za LATITUDE l AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2012 l

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Africa’s first St. Regis hotel in Mauritius www.stregismauritius.com The American hotel chain has chosen the beautiful beach of La Morne as the location for its first African property. The hotel will open in September. Features include 173 guest rooms decorated in a traditional colonial style, six restaurants, and a superb spa surrounded by tropical gardens.

Radisson to open in Maputo www.radissonblu.com As the country grows in leisure and business tourism, international hotel chains are starting to invest in new properties in Mozambique. Radisson Blu will open its doors from 1 August and it will be located in one of Maputo’s most prestigious areas close to the beach.

Okavango closer for Capetonians www.airbotswana.co.bw On 1 June Air Botswana started introducing daily flights from Cape Town to Maun. This is a great opportunity to visit the marvellous Delta in Botswana and the unique wildlife that it hosts.

New tourist icon for Franschhoek www.winetram.co.za To be launched in the spring, the Wine Tram will be an exciting new way to visit this small gem of the Western Cape and its world-renowned wine farms. The service will include a narrated tour about Franschhoek’s history and wine cultivation in the valley.

Harry potter tour www.wbstudiotour.co.uk There are two exciting new attractions for your kids this year. Harry Potter fans can be re-united with their favourite characters at the Warner Bros Studio only 20 miles outside London. The walking tour takes children into the magical world of Hogwarts filled with detailed sets, stunning costumes, and animatronics. Behind the scene secrets will be revealed.

LEGOLAND www.legoland.co.uk For those fond of the colourful blocks, LEGOLAND has finally opened its first hotel, inside the theme park. The rooms are decorated according to three different themes: pirates, kingdoms with knights and princesses, and Indiana-Jones-style adventures. The good news is that you don’t have to build your own LEGO bed, but kids and parents can still enjoy creating master pieces with their favourite blocks. The park is a 20 minute drive from Heathrow airport. l LATITUDE l AUGUST-SEPTEMBER 2012


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A selection of local ‘not to be missed’ events

Klein Karoo Klassique A festival of classic music, art, and traditional Karoo food and wine. Oudtshoorn.

BMW International Polo Series

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9-12 August www.klassique.co.za

This year the South African Polo team take on India’s National side, twice.

19 August, Durban 26 August, Johannesburg www.sapolo.org.za Cape Homemakers Expo Be inspired by over 300 stands showcasing home improvement and lifestyle ideas and interior trends. Shop for gourmet foods and watch a live DIY workshop.

26-29 August www.homemakersonline.co.za

Robertson Slow Festival You’re invited into 30 different winemakers’ homes. Learn how to make honey, pasta, and blend your own wine. As usual, wine is the protagonist.

10-12 August www.robertsonslow.com

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Tulbagh Horse & Wildflower Show Watch the South African National Horse Championships and delight in the wild flower exhibitions, art and craft stalls, and entertainment for the whole family.

26-29 September www.tulbaghtourism.co.za Celtic Woman Concert For the very first time the Irish singers will perform in South Africa as part of their ‘Believe Tour’.

28 September, Johannesburg 2 October, Cape Town www.celticwoman.com

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This wine show hosts 950 wine styles and cultivars, and the best of the Sowetan restaurants, for the delight of thousands of visitors.

6-8 September www.sowetowinefestival.co.za

FNB Joberg Art Fair - Sandton Started by the Goodman Gallery in 2008, this event arrived successfully at its fourth edition.

7-9 September www.fnbjobergartfair.co.za

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White Night in Paris On 6 October, the streets of Paris will be transformed by the 11th edition of White Night, a cultural and artistic event that stretches across all roads and major sites in the French capital. Museums, galleries, cultural centres and theaters will be open throughout the night. This initiative has since been imitated by many other countries. It’s a unique opportunity to visit one of the most magnificent cultural capitals of the world. www.paris.fr

Last minute ideas for a trip outside South Africa

Hunt for white truffle in Piedmont From beginning October to end November is a great time to enjoy what is considered, ‘the diamond of the kitchen’. Much more expensive and tasty than its darker brother, the white truffle grows naturally in only a few Italian areas. One of these is the land around Alba, a small town in Piedmont that annually attracts chefs and foodies from around the world to its White Truffle International Festival. www.fieradeltartufo.org

Design, Design, Design in Helsinki Since Cape Town has been nominated World Design Capital for 2014, our attention should focus on Helsinki in Finland, as it is hosting the event this year. The Scandinavian city is famous for being one of the most sustainable and economically competitive urban spaces in the world. Despite the cold weather, December will still be a great time to enjoy the last events of this special year, particularly since Helsinki’s Christmas markets will focus on design. http://wdchelsinki2012.fi/en

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Celebrate Klimt’s 150th Birthday

New York City Fall Foliage

For the entire 2012, Vienna is hosting a variety of cultural events dedicated to one of its most prominent artists. National museums display a number of Klimt’s famous paintings such as, ‘The Kiss’, ‘Life and Death’, and ‘The Bride’, while other venues celebrate his artistic genius with special symposiums, shows and tours, such as the one which allows Klimt lovers to visit his private studio. Take advantage of the last months of Klimt’s birth year to visit Vienna and experience his legendary work. www.wien.info

The best time to experience the fall flora in The Big Apple is typically at the end of September through to early November. Maples, oaks, and elms are just some of the trees in Central Park that create those dazzling autumn hues. If you’re looking for the photographic shot of a lifetime, head to Belvedere Castle. On Saturdays, from midOctober to early November, you can take the Zephyr Yacht up the Hudson River while enjoying the views and a complimentary wine tasting from Peconic Bay Winery. www.escortdfallfoliagegetours.com

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one of the finest Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collections at the Courtauld Gallery. This boutique museum, often overlooked in favour of more popular venues, is a secret hide-away for artworks from the early Renaissance to the Modernist periods of the 20th century. Here you will find masterpieces such as, ‘A Bar at the Folies-Bergère’ by Edouard Manet and, ‘The Montagne Sainte-Victoire’, by Paul Cézanne. WHEN: Go on Mondays before 2pm for free entry. WHERE: Somerset House Strand, London, Greater London, Tel. +44 (0)20 7872 0220

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a Rush Hour treatment at the Corinthia Hotel Espa. Hours of shopping can make you feel a little worse for wear and then you still have to look amazing for a busy evening out on the town. A perfect remedy is the 60-minutes Retail Recovery Treatment which includes a Lighter Legs Massage, an Instant Radiance Facial and a Deep Hand and Arm Massage. Once there, don’t forget to plunge into the gorgeous vitality pool which has various settings for the air-and water massage jets. WHEN: Late afternoon WHERE: Corinthia Hotel, Whitehall Place, London, SW1A2BD Tel. +44 (0)20 79308181

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Henry VIII’s kitchens at The Hampton Court Palace. Visit one of the largest kitchens in the world, where a number of master cooks prepared food for 600 people, twice a day, during the reign of one of England’s most charismatic kings. WHEN: On 4 and 5 August the kitchen bursts into life with the preparation of traditional recipes from the Tudor dynasty. Tuck into a real king’s feast. WHERE: Surrey KT8 9AU, England Tel. +44 (0)20 78720220

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Borough Market to eat the best raclette ever at Kappacasein. The queue can be as long as a giant millipede, but your tastebuds will thank you for waiting. This is the place where all cheesy dreams come true. The raclette¸ which originally hails from Switzerland consists of mountains of soft, golden, melted cheese poured over new potatoes. Words fail to describe what this dish does to your palate. The raclette is something you should have at least once in your life. WHEN: On a Saturday morning WHERE: Southwark

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a bicycle from a Barclays Cycle Hire station. The process is simple, and pedalling around London is the perfect antidote to the overcrowded Underground. You can also shake-off some calories that you have accumulated over the holidays. Very cool is the application for smart phones which enables you to access free maps to help find the docking station nearest to you. WHEN: Anytime. WHERE: Several docking stations around the city.


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naughty cupcakes from Cox Cookies & Cakes. Again in Brewer Street, just opposite Randall & Aubin, you will find this unique pastry shop, brainchild of the fashion designer Patrick Cox and the French pâtissier chef, Eric Lanlard. Their products are a cheeky combination of art and food that can be found in the street famous for its adult shops. Be prepared to see your favourite tea time treat decorated with boobs, biceps and bums. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, a visit to this shop is a London ‘must do’. WHEN: In the evening. WHERE: 13 Brewer Street, London, W1F 0RH

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If you have dreamt of being the protagonist in a Jane Austen novel, this is one experience not to miss. Book your cosy corner in the Park Lounge and immerse yourself into the early 19th century ambience, inclusive of silver teapots and fine china, and be part of one of England’s finest traditions. WHEN: Can’t be other than 5pm. WHERE: 1 Kensington Court, W8 5DL Tel. +44 (0)20 79171000

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lobster and chips at Randall & Aubin in Brewer Street. This French seafood restaurant brings the tiny fisherman’s village from the south of France right into the heart of bustling London. The aromatic scents that pervade the rustic wooden interior, along with the constant buzz of people, create a magical romantic atmosphere, quite unusual for Soho. Expect to wait for a while, but once in, you will love the delicious food and vibrant ambiance. WHEN: For supper. WHERE: 16, Brewer Street, Greater London W1F 0SQ, Tel. +44 (0)20 7287 4447

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your hand at an antique auction. The opportunity to buy a unique piece of history awaits you every week. From furniture to prints to candlesticks, you will find hundreds of items with oodles of character. Even if you don’t feel like buying anything, just go along to have a good laugh at the auctioneer making fun of the bidders. WHEN: On Sundays from 1pm WHERE: 71-73 Lots Road, Chelsea, SW10 0RN Tel. +44 (0)20 73766800

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in the art extravaganza at the First Thursdays Night This cultural initiative gives you the opportunity to visit more than a hundred galleries and museums that are open until 9pm, on the first Thursday of the month. The event is spiced-up by a number of performances, musical acts, and pop-up bars, which create a vibrant cultural atmosphere. Don’t forget to join one of the free tours specifically designed by experienced curators, writers, and art experts. WHEN: Until 9pm on the first Thursday of every month. WHERE: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX Tel. +44 (0)20 7522 7896

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dwellings. Once you’ve had your cultural fill, head to Duckitt Nurseries which has an open day on the first Saturday of the month, from May to November. This is the only time the Cymbidium orchids are on view to the public. This nursery has been in existence since 1979 and is situated approximately 3km south of Darling. If you prefer your flowers out in the wild, then Burgherspost Wine Estate should be on your itinerary. Here, right at the foot of the picturesque Dassenberg Granite

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Hill, you can enjoy a guided flower and game drive. Along the route you will encounter a variety of African mammals (including Bontebok, Eland, Red Hartebeest and Zebra), and a variety of bird species. Next door to Burgherspost is Cloof Wine Estate. Cloof has a delectable selection of wines including their Daisy Darling white wines that are tasty and easy on the pocket. Together, the two farms produce top quality grapes for the wine market. If money is not an issue then don’t forget to stop at Groote Post wine farm to stock up for your wine collection. The winery is set in a lovely green valley that has the Klawer River running through it. The ultimate floral extravaganza

that cannot be missed is the 95th Darling Wildflower Show (14-16 Sept). Every imaginable species of indigenous flora will be on display, with experts available to offer information. The show also has a green footprint. Most of the income from the show goes towards conservation initiatives like the Darling Flora Project. Food and refreshment stalls serve tasty home-made treats and drinks. This year, the price of your entrance ticket includes a lazy tractor ride to a private vlei, a marsh of sorts, which is otherwise inaccessible to the public, where you will be able to view some of the most spectacular wildflowers in bloom.


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Darling Cellars Crush Day 23-24 Feb 2013 Everything you want for a fun day out. Join the farm work during the harvest then relax over a traditional West Coast lunch and some wine tasting.

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Darling-Vleismark (Butchery) l 13 Hoofweg Rd l +27(0)22 492 2633 Don’t be fooled by this ordinary-looking shop. Here you can stock up on the freshest range of meats for your next braai (barbeque). Darling Olives (Testing & Sales) l Darling Olives on the Darling Yzerfontein Road +27(0)22 492 3171 A great place to taste, buy and learn everything about olives and their by-products. Darling Country Market (fresh produce, arts & crafts) l Nitrophoska Building, Main Rd Every Last Saturday, from 9h00 until 12h30, visit the local market to find your favourite homemade or homegrown product.

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Marmalade Cat l 19 Main Rd l +27(0)22 492 2515) Fluffy bacon and feta omelettes, generous portions of home-made chicken pie, tender lamb shanks, and rich stews. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The Slow Quarter l Wed-Sun from 11am to 6pm l 5 Main Rd www.darlingbrew.co.za l +27(0)71 901 2532 This recently opened tap room offers an interesting alternative to the traditional food and wine pairing. This is where beer and light meals meet. Their current signature dish is the Bone Crusher battered tempura prawns served with a spicy barley salad.

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Aloe Cottage www.aloedarling.co.za l +27(0)83 4001666 Three en-suite bedrooms provide a comfy stay for up to six guests. Self-catering, but every imaginable luxury and necessity has been thought of, and in great style. Cottage from R1,200 per night.

Maison de L’Amour www.maisondelamour.net l +27(0)22 492 3995 A real gem decorated in the elegant country style typical of South of France. The bed & breakfast is perfectly located to explore Darling on foot. From R720 pppn.

Burgherspost Cottage www.burgherspost.co.za l +27(0)22 4922830 An authentic country-life escape set in the picturesque Dassenberg Mountain. Offers a breathtaking view over the vineyards and dams. From R600 pppn including game drive, wine tasting and a cellar tour.

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is snugly nestled between the Groot Drakenstein, Wemmershoek and Franschhoek mountain ranges. Here you will find undulating hills covered in vineyards laden with grapes. The orange groves are plentiful and bursting with juicy fruit. Less than an hour’s drive from Cape Town, this village is fondly referred to as the gourmet capital of South Africa. Celebrity chefs such as Reuben Riffel and Margot Janse draw diners from across the country with their delicious food. Numerous restaurants line the streets. More than 50 wine farms, some dating back to the 16th century, are scattered along the green lung of the valley. It’s also an art lover’s paradise. Huguenot, the main road, has more than 20 galleries and a string of international and local clothing and specialty shops. I find myself at one of the many cosy sidewalk cafés with the smell of freshly baked baguettes and roasted coffee drifting out onto the cobblestone courtyards. I have already stopped at my favourite shop, Huguenot Fine Chocolates, and spent way too much money, as always, on myself and gifts for the people in my life. Here you will find decadent Belgian chocolate blended with South African audacity and homegrown ingredients. On my lap is a map of the local vineyards and galleries that I received from the helpful lady at the tourist information kiosk. I have one day to quench my thirst for provocative art and world-class wines. Of course it is impossible to visit all the galleries and vineyards in a day. Don’t despair. Many vineyards have added visual art to their beautiful assault on our sense of taste and smell. What’s better than sipping on a luscious wine whilst discussing art in a breathtakingly beautiful setting?

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Franschhoek’s art offering is an eclectic mix of heritage meets modern drama. Founded in 1688 by the French Huguenots, the village has roots crawling under the ocean from Europe to Africa. Modern galleries such as JustRock and African Art Gallery feature exquisitely crafted, abstract, rock art from Zimbabwean and South African artists. Close by you will find Artefact which houses a contemporary collection of art created by a variety of artists from Franschhoek. Many of the artists on display deliver hilarious, and often scathing, social and political commentary. After the morning’s fix of main street art, I amble to the edge of the village to sample Haute Cabrière’s Methode Cap Classique. The winery is situated on a hill just to the side of the Huguenot monument and it has spectacular views of the valley below. It is a gorgeous sunny day and under ancient trees lining an extensive terrace, I enjoy oysters, delicious tapas, and freshly baked ciabatta. Haute Cabrière Restaurant has recently undergone a makeover, including an interior redesign, and a menu update. Dressed in crisp white linens and featuring a series of colourful artworks, many of them by cellar master and Haute Cabrière founder, Achim von Arnim, the restaurant is a stylish version of its former self. After lunch it is time to browse through the bookshops before more wine tasting and art. Treasure House Books has thousands of new, second hand, rare and collectable books. They also stock a selection of original art and vinyl LP’s. The Franschhoek food, wine and gallery route map comes in handy. The map indicates whether there is an art gallery connected to a wine farm, and of course, where you

can find it. From there I plan the rest of my afternoon. I slowly meander through the galleries tasting the lovely local wines, chatting to winemakers, gallery owners, and even designers. One very interesting couple is designer Mark Bain and his wife Mary-Anne. They own the Sofa Studio. Mary Anne shows me the old school drafting table that her husband uses to design the most provocative and unusual sofas and chairs. After they have planned out the design, she selects richly coloured and decadent fabrics that make you want to sink into the nearest sofa. More than 15 wine farms have galleries on the premises and La Motte has to be one of the finest examples of what happens when good wine and great art meet in a picturesque setting. Here you will find the La Motte museum that features a history of the wine farm and Cape Dutch architecture. A large room is dedicated to one of South Africa’s giants of art, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, and a selection of work by contemporary artists. The sun starts to sink behind the mountains, bathing the valley in a golden glow. My final stop is Rupert and Rothschild. This is where the vigneron creates my favourite wine. The breathtaking location of the farm, the small selection of superior wine, and the excellent service definitely makes this one of the classiest experiences in Franschhoek. I usually stock up on my own wine collection and select a few good bottles for friends and family. They’re not cheap, but they have incredible style and good taste. Too soon it is time to go back to Cape Town. There are still many circles on my map marking galleries and wine farms to be visited, next time.

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Last Word Franschhoek +27 21 8764723 l www.thelastword.co.za

No need to smash the piggy bank. Small but charming rooms. A good bed, DSTV, fast free Wi-Fi, a lap-top safe and a pretty garden with pool and recliners make this converted house a comfy stay. (From R465pp sharing)

Beautifully restored in the Cape Huguenot tradition, this 5 star intimate hotel has a sophisticated interior with a handsome mixture of classic and contemporary furnishings. (From R1,200 pp inc. breakfast)

Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate

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Eat, drink, and indulge in some of South Africa’s finest art. The Gallery features all the visual art forms including painting, graphic arts, sculpture, ceramics, and glass, as well as jewellery from leading South African designers. Exhibitions change on a regular basis

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Drive out of Cape Town on the N1. Take the turnoff (nr 47) named “Stellenbosch / Klapmuts” and turn right at the stop on the R44. Approximately 600m further, pass over the 4-way stop. Shortly after the 4 way stop (400m) turn left at the Franschhoek sign. Carry on with this for road (for approx 8km) until it ends into a T-junction at which you turn right on the way to Franschhoek on the R45. This road will take you straight into Franschhoek (approximately 16km further).


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To truly experience the magic of Sydney, you must dig a little underneath its glossy surface where it is guaranteed that hidden gems will be discovered, in the most unexpected places. Of course you can stick to familiar attractions and still relish in all of Sydney’s delights; but to discover the real city, experiencing all ends of the spectrum will give you the best overall impression of this

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The Bondi to Bronte walk is very touristy for a good reason: the views and scenery are incredible. Start at Bondi and wind your way around to Bronte, where you can refuel with a meal at Three Blue Ducks or Swell.

Sydney Harbor bridge is the largest steel arch bridge in the world

Sydney has one of the lowest city population densities and highest living standards in the world

Sydney Opera House was opened by Queen Elizabeth II on 20 October 1973, 14 years after construction began

Standing 250 metres high Sydney Tower offers visitors a breathtaking viewing of the city

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Take a day trip to the north side and experience a change of pace and a more relaxed vibe in the seaside suburbs of Mosman and Balmoral. Wander down Military Road and stop in at Pond and Mosmania, where you will find lots of

TO MARKET TO MARKET!

On the must-do list are the markets which are dotted around the inner suburbs of Sydney. In the East, you will find Paddington Markets, held each Saturday, featuring bespoke jewellery pieces and beautiful handcrafted goods. Then there is Bondi Markets, held on Sundays, which have a great mix of vintage pieces and upand-coming designers showing off their creations. Head over to the inner west and you will find the Eveleigh Farmers Markets, held in the Carriageworks at Redfern. The Markets host over 70 different stalls each week, dedicated to incredibly fresh and seasonal homegrown produce. Then, after taking a ferry across the harbour, you will arrive at a little gem of a suburb called Balmain, where the local markets are held in the church grounds each Saturday morning along the popular shopping strip, Darling Street. Stop and grab a sweet treat at the Adriano Zumbo patisserie and then head up to the other end of Darling Street to next-door suburb Rozelle where you will find the markets held at the local school, with an eclectic mix of homeware and vintage treasures.

great gift ideas, beautiful stationary and homewares. Then make your way down to Balmoral beach and soak up the view while you indulge in some of the best fish and chips you will have tasted from Bottom of the Harbour.

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To be where the action is stay in Darlinghurst, where you are central to everything, and can hop on a bus or train to the beaches, or venture further afield from there. For more boutique accommodation, try the Kirketon on Darlinghurst Road, or the iconic Regent’s Court in Kings Cross. For something slightly more glam, try the W Hotel at Woolloomooloo. If waking up to the sound of the ocean is more your thing, then book into Ravesi’s at Bondi Beach, where you are treated to sweeping sea views. Sydney is full of contrasts: the beach vs. the city; glamorous vs. chilled out; but one constant is that there is always something to do or something to see, which gives the city a feeling of being very much alive.

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A tavola restaurant is located in Darlinghurst area, peppered with restaurants Flat White is a chic and trendy Eastern Suburbs hangout

North Bondi Italian: one of the most popular spotS since it opened in 2006

Toko fun Japanese restaurant in Surry Hills

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We are spoilt for choice when it comes to delectable food in Sydney, and being so close to Asia, its influence on food is tangible. Whether it is Japanese, Thai, Vietnamese or Malaysian that tickles your fancy, there are many options to satisfy even the pickiest palate.

If European food is more your style then don’t miss A Tavola in Darlinghurst for traditional Italian food with a modern twist. Vini, which boasts an enviable wine list straight from boutique vineyards in Italy, deserves a special nod.

In the city’s East, head to Mrs G’s, Jimmy Liks, Busshari, Toko or Longrain; where fusion style dishes will ignite your taste buds and take them on a flavoursome journey that will not be easily forgotten.

There’s North Bondi Italian, a bit of a local institution. The views are incredible and the seasonal menu is always a knock-out.

There are plenty of options for those on a budget; try Mamak in China Town which has the best Roti outside of Malaysia; Spice I Am in Surry Hills, which definitely lives up to its name; and Sushi Suma on Cleveland Street. Be warned though, arriving early is essential to dodging queues!

Venturing further afield you will find Pilu on Sydney’s northern beaches, which has a relaxed dining atmosphere, accompanied by positively spectacular views of Freshwater Beach.

a weekend and you will see cafés filled with people, spilling out onto the sidewalk, eager to make the most of the weekend. For fabulous café fare, don’t miss out on Bills in Darlinghurst, Flat White and Spicer Street in Woollahra, or Jackie’s in Paddington which also just happen to have an amazing sushi bar. The inner west of Sydney has a number of great brunch spots, which too boast some of the best coffee places in the city. Try Bertoni’s in Balmain; the Sonoma Bakery Café in Glebe; or Revolver in Annandale for the best eggs Benedict ever!

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SHOP ‘TILL YOU DROP

Sydney is fabulous for shopping, but you have to know where to go, since most of the true gems are hidden away and not to be found along the main drag. In the inner eastern suburb of Potts Point, you will find an enviable selection of charming boutiques. Make a stop at Macleay on Manning, which stocks beautiful homeware and décor items like Missoni, Jasper Conran and Sonia Rykel. Down the road is Becky and Minter, owned and curated by Jason Minty, who describes his store as an ‘eclectic lifestyle concept’, with a range of unique items including antiques, clothing, books, décor items, candles and cushions. In the neighbouring suburb, Elizabeth Bay, pop into Blood Orange, a stylish clothing and accessories boutique that stocks a great selection of Australian and international designers including T by Alexander Wang, Acne, Equipment and Bassike.

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Then enjoy a leisurely stroll - or if your feeling less energetic, hop on a bus - to nearby Woollahra and venture down Queen Street to discover the boutiques of Australian designers Lisa Ho, Collette Dinnigan, and Akira Isogawa. Take a detour off the main street and stop in at the Donna Hay General Store, which has every item any seasoned entertainer could wish for. The store not only features Donna’s own line of homeware, it also has a selection of lovely ideas for hosting exquisite parties.

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Rachel authors a lifestyle blog, Little Bits of Lovely, where she documents her penchant for everything chic and lovely. She is on a mission to help inspire others to create a life well-lived, where dreams are chased, and passions are followed. Rachel currently resides in Sydney with her super-cute dog, Charlie.

FIND HER BLOG: littlebitsoflovely.blogspot.com

Mrs G’s Jimmy Liks Busshari Toko Longrain Mamak Sushi Suma Spice I am A Tavola Vini North Bondi Italian Pilu Flat White Bills Spicer Street Jackie’s

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Becker + Minty Macleay on Manning Donna Hay General Store Blood Orange Akira Isogawa Collette Dinnigan Lisa Ho

MARKETS

Bondi Markets

Paddington Markets Balmain Markets Rozelle Markets Eveleigh Farmers Markets

SLEEP Kirketon Regent Court Ravesi’s

296 Darling St, Balmain 2041 465 Bronte Road Bronte NSW 2024 141-143 Macpherson st, Bronte NSW 2024 583 Military Rd Mosman NSW 2088 776 Military Road Mosman NSW 2088

155 Victoria Street, Potts Point, NSW 2011 86-188 Victoria Street Potts Point NSW 2011 119 Macleay Street, Potts Point NSW 2026 362 Oxford St Paddington NSW 2021 85 Commonwealth Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 15 Goulburn Street Haymarket NSW 2000 425 Cleveland Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 90 Wentworth Avenue Surry Hills NSW 2010 348 Victoria Street Darlinghurst NSW 2010 118 Devonshire Street Surry Hills NSW 2010 118-120 Ramsgate Avenue North Bondi NSW 2026 On The Beach, Moore Road, Freshwater NSW 2096 98 Holdsworth Street, Woollahra NSW 2025 433 Liverpool Street, Darlinghurst NSW 2010 2/128 Queen Street, Woollahra NSW 2025 122 Oxford Street Paddington NSW 2021

Ikon Building, SHOP 7/81 Macleay Street, Potts Point NSW Shop 1, 85 Macleay St, Potts Point New South Wales 2011 40 Holdsworth Street Woollahra NSW 2025 35 Elizabeth Bay Road Elizabeth Bay Sydney NSW 2011 12a Queen Street, Woollahra 104 Queen Street Woollahra 2025 43 Queen Street Woollahra, 2025

Bondi Beach Public School, Campbell Parade, Bondi Beach NSW 2026 395 Oxford Street, Pa ddington Market Open from 10am to 4pm – Saturdays Only St Andrews Congregational Church, Cnr Darling St & Curtis Rd, Balmain Sydney NSW 2041 Rozelle Public School, 663 Darling Street Rozelle NSW 2039 243 Wilson St, Darlington NSW 2008
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Sailing the seychelles

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“Stop all the clocks, cut off the telephone”,

is how W.H. Auden begins one of his most celebrated poems. Reminiscing about my unforgettable week of sailing around the Seychelles, I’d continue by saying, “leave your worries at home with your shoes, and forget your internet addiction. You’ve reached paradise on earth. ” Consisting of more than a hundred granite islands, this piece of heaven is the result of tectonic movement which happened millions of years ago when India drifted away from Africa and Madagascar, leaving behind crumbs of granite in its wake. Since then, thanks to its geographic isolation, these small green gems in the middle of the Indian Ocean, have remained as the pristine islands that are well known today as some of the most sought after holiday destinations. Considering its location, it is easy to understand why taking a boat is the best way to hop around the Seychelles islands. We, my husband and my two children aged eight and four, had seven days to explore seven different islands. We were soon to discover the unique charm of each island one. We decided to head to Praslin on the morning of our arrival in Mahe, the main island where the International airport is situated. Firstly, we popped in at the daily market in Victoria to take on board enough fresh food for the next few days, as the other islands are not always well-stocked. We sailed for about four hours before arriving at the bay where we planned to spend the night. There were just two more boats so the only sounds we could hear were the twittering of birds and the crashing of waves onto the rocks and a pearly white beach. Beside the dreamlike scenery we were left gob-smacked by our first dinner on board. I still cannot believe what our skipper Maurice had managed to create out of the Barbie sized kitchenette on our catamaran. We started with the freshest tuna Carpaccio, which was prepared from the catch of the day, caught only three hours earlier. We tucked into grilled red snapper fillets marinated in a traditional Creole sauce accompanied by scrumptious vegetables. To top it all, we even had a home-made, or rather boat-made, dessert consisting of banana loaf.

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What makes a boating holiday priceless is that you can forget about your usual, and often annoying, morning routine back home. All you need is your bathing suit for an early jump in the sea. The view of the underwater aquarium with its vast number of fish species and colourful corals will have you smiling for at least half a day. Once you realise that you daily work-out is done, you will smile for the rest of the day. Very close to Praslin is Curieuse Island, a Marine National Park managed by the government. Many islands in the Seychelles are protected by local authorities and you have to pay a visitors fee. Unfortunately they don’t accept Rands, so be sure to take enough Dollars or Euros. Adults pay about $23 each, per island, and kids go free. After riding and feeding the giant tortoises that make up a big percentage of the island population - the only other residents are the rangers- we shared the barbeque spot on the beach with a few other tourists and locals. The exotic lunch was a good opportunity to break the privacy of our holiday somewhat and to enjoy more delicious fresh food. The next day we changed scenery and headed to La Digue, the island that truly stole my heart. This time we were welcomed in the harbour by a heavy tropical rain burst and loud reggae music which plunged us

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right into the island mood. Exploring La Digue gave us a chance to stretch our legs after the limited space on the boat. One great way to discover the island is to rent a bike, Seychelles Rupee (SCR) 150 each for the day, and to follow the paths that take you to the remote places. If you are in need of pampering, visit the Spa at the Le Domaine de l’Orangerie, the luxury hotel set next to the harbour. Personally I dubbed La Digue as the Jamaica of the Indian Ocean, and fortunately for us, the island has less crime than its Caribbean sister island. We left this heavenly island after two fun-filled days and with a promise to soon return. We set sail for the Grand Soeur, a privately managed island with an incredible marine life. I’m not joking by saying that I haven’t seen such a well-preserved underwater environment since watching the movie Finding Nemo. We had the unique opportunity to swim and play with a hawksbill turtle among an infinite number of other marine species, such as surgeonfish, angelfish, parrotfish and manta rays. The fact that we are still able to visit one of the last paradises on earth is only possible due to a great conservation program by the Seychelles Government. The message for sustainable tourism is clear, ‘Don’t leave anything behind and bring home nothing else but memories and photographs’.

How to get there Air Seychelles www.airseychelles.net, flies twice a week (Fridays and Sundays) from Johannesburg (return from R5975).

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Cafe des arts (Praslin) l café@seychelles.net Anse Volbert, +248 232170 Probably the best restaurant in Praslin, if not the Seychelles. The menu focuses primarily on fresh seafood and the location, right on the beach, and the authentic art gallery décor create a magical ambience. La Scala Restaurant (Mahe) Belombre, +248 247535 Located in the northern part of the island, this Italian gem is a ‘not to be missed’ culinary destination in the Seychelles. Make sure to book even in low season. Le Combava Restaurant (La Digue) Hotel Le Domaine, +248 429 9999 Characterized by amazing interior design and unbeatable views of the setting sun, this international and sophisticated restaurant offers the finest meals, using only the freshest produce.

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Valle de Mai (Praslin) l www.sif.sc This forest, once believed to be the Garden of Eden, hosts six endemic palm species and an incredible variety of wildlife, including the endangered black parrot. Anse Lazio (Praslin) Situated in the northern part of the island, this beach is considered one of the 10 most beautiful locations in the world. Barbara Jenson Studio (La Digue) l www.barbarajensonstudio.com Lovely rustic art gallery managed by the artist herself, an English fine art teacher, who moved to the Seychelles 18 years ago.

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Creole Festival 23-30 October 2012 This is the most important event held in the Seychelles and it is your opportunity to experience the best of the Creole culture delivered through music, food and dance. Carnaval International de Victoria 8-10 February 2013 A number of international delegates meet in the Seychelles capital for three days to showcase the best carnival festivals around the world.

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Charlize Theron

INTERVIEW about

She received Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for her performance in North Country in 2005, and a Golden Globe nomination for her STERLING performance in Young Adult in 2011. In 2012 she starred in Snow White AND the Huntsman, and Prometheus.

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he gorgeous South African actress, Charlize Theron, will celebrate nearly 10 years of unprecedented silver screen success when she turns 37 in August.

2012 is certainly her year as she stars in no less than 3 different movies. She plays a writer afflicted with an existential crisis in Young Adult. She is the wicked witch in Snow White and the Huntsman which is the action fantasy version of the Brothers Grimm’s fairytale. In the science-fiction film Prometheus, directed by Ridley Scott and set in a spaceship, Charlize is a business woman on a dangerous mission to find an ancient creature from a remote planet. Perhaps the film hints at an Alien prequel? Regardless of the film that she appears in or the role she plays, Charlize glows with her own inner light, and she remains a consummate professional. However, if you ask her what she considers her biggest success to date, her reply is surprisingly humble, “The fact that I no longer have to steal bread from restaurant tables. Seriously, when I decided to become an actress I prayed not to have to do other jobs to survive. Being able to provide for myself only by acting is for me my biggest success.” Although she moved to Los Angeles when she was 19 and became an American in 2007, Charlize remains very close to South Africa, her country of origin. I met her in New York for the launch of Young Adult, shortly before she had to fly to London for the presentation of Snow White. She lives alone in an ocean-front villa in Malibu. She is happily single after being in a long-term relationship with the English actor Stuart Townsend. In Young Adult she appears quite humble. In Snow White and the Huntsman she enjoys playing the role of the evil stepmother. It is however in Prometheus that she appears again in all her glory; a stylish ambassador for many luxury fashion and beauty brands. She’s also committed to a number of fundraising initiatives, especially those fighting the abuse of African women. It is no surprise that she has targeted womens’ rights. At the tender age of 15, she watched her mother kill her violent and alcoholic father. Her mother was later declared innocent because the court found that she acted in self-defence. Q. In most of your roles, it seems that you are trying to minimise your beauty. Shouldn’t being gorgeous make your life easier? A. I often get this type of question, ‘You are so beautiful you should have had an easy life!’ Not at all. You don’t know anything about me then. My life has never been easy, rather the opposite. I needed to add a few layers to protect myself in order to be able to get what I want from show biz. Q. So how much of you is in the character of the bad witch in Snow White? A. Come on! Nothing obviously. It is just an acting game. I don’t consider myself terribly vain. I always like to meet people and play roles that I have very little in common with. Although, according to Carl Jung, we are all subconsciously linked to each other. Right? Q. What do you need to be happy? A. I think happiness is overestimated. I don’t understand why people expect to be constantly happy. In other words, I don’t think this is possible. If someone is always happy, he cannot really appreciate it. I have been miserable for most of my life, so I can give the right value to those moments in which I felt happy, enjoying them in small sips as you do a fine glass of wine. Just like the ones we produce in South Africa, by the way. Any opportunity to promote my country!

Q. Do you consider yourself lucky? A. Of course. I can’t say otherwise. From a certain moment onwards I had shameless fortune. But you also need to be able to seduce it. I’m not totally insane, so I do recognise my good luck, and everyday I’m grateful for all the opportunities I received in my life, and to be a successful actress. Q. How do you feel about being single, without a permanent partner? A. Good! I had two long relationships in the last 15 years. Since becoming an adult, this is the first time I’m on my own. And I feel well. I’m not afraid of being alone. My mother is close to me and I also have many friends. I work a lot, and I’m at peace with myself. Q. Like Mavis in Young Adult, do you also dream about recovering a past love? A. No, not at all! I look forward. I’m not someone who retraces her steps, like Thumbelina, or many other women I know, constantly unhappy. I still feel affection for Stuart (Townsend) with whom I enjoyed eight years in an intense and tender relationship. But I don’t go back to anyone and to anywhere. I’m South African but I got my U.S. passport four years ago. I know where I come from and where I am now, but I don’t want to know where I will be. I like surprises and I don’t like delving into the past.

Q. Can you tell us about your commitment to the plight of African women and families? A. My commitment started on a personal level, and it has slowly increased to something much more organised, up to involving the United Nations. My goal is to raise public awareness about the endemic violence that women in Africa suffer by the hands of their own partners. But my country is not only about disgrace and poverty. I would rather say the opposite. South Africa is going through a huge economic development thanks to Mandela and the anti-apartheid movement. Cape Town is a beautiful city, not too big, hospitable, stylish and cosmopolitan. Cape Town is a melting pot of many different cultures. I often go back to my home town, Benoni. I was born and raised on a farm with all kinds of animals, and my rustic side is still with me. One of my targets for South Africa is to try and assist the farmers working their fertile land and helping them develop a local economy.

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TRAVEL FASHIONISTA Kaftano Accessorize R415

WHAT TO PACK SEYCHELLES

A 70’s inspired Floppy straw hat Gap - R300

Diva Snorkelling Set Aqua - R300

Sandals Freedom Havaianias - R320

Capital Soleil 50 SPF high protection Vichy - R210

Nevis Halterneck Bikini Melissa Odebash - R3,000

Lomography Camera Diana+ - R1,250

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BOOK REVIEW by Astrid Stark

Neither Here nor There

Playing the Moldovans at Tennis

Although Bryson is American, his writing is steeped in that wonderfully dry English humour. In Neither Here nor There, Bryson retraces his youthful backpacking journey through Europe - in the early seventies - in search of enlightenment, beer, and women. The result is a hilarious pilgrimage which takes you from the tundra of Scandinavia to the chaotic tumult of Istanbul. In-between hopping from one European city to the next, Bryson laments his youth and explores how time, knowledge, and new responsibilities have altered his perceptions. It’s not a definitive guide to European travel. However, it is a great introductory read if you are planning on undertaking a journey to that part of the world.

British comedian and writer Tony Hawks’ latest book is not your typical travel story. In this best-seller, from which a movie has been produced, Hawks makes an inebriated bet with his buddy stating that he can beat the Moldova national football team at tennis. Why? Well, just because he thinks he can and his buddy thinks he can’t. What follows in Playing the Moldovans is a very funny quest that has very little to do with tennis or football. Through the seemingly pointless act of playing the entire team he inadvertently discovers the heart and soul of Moldova in a way that will certainly have you laughing out loud from start to finish.

Publisher Random House l Price R145.00

Publisher Ebury Press l Price R125.00

Author: Bill Bryson

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KEEP FIT

IN YOUR HOTEL ROOM written by Robin Ancilotto

The best hotel wellness options for the healthy traveller.

‘I don’t feel safe’, ‘I don’t feel fit enough’ or, ‘I didn’t pack work-out clothes’. These are just a few reasons why hotel guests and especially women often do not like to visit a hotel’s fitness centre. Fortunately for the ladies, a number of hotel chains have introduced in-room fitness amenities. For the time being it’s mostly available only in the United States. However, this trend promises to rapidly spread worldwide. The guest’s health is a top priority for the Omni Hotels. They offer a program, Stay Well, which includes a get fit kit and a healthy morning menu option. KIMPTON HOTELS is the best option for Yoga and Pilates fanatics. If you book the Shape Up Your Stay program available at 70 PARK AVENUE in New York, you receive a complimentary in-room yoga bag, jump rope, power bar, bottled water and a personalised running route mapped out by the concierge. If you book a Workout Room at the Westin Hotel in New York’s Times Square, you get a treadmill, free weights, stability ball, and resistance bands. The healthier guests at the HILTON GARDEN INN HOTELS can ask for the Stay Fit Kit which includes a Pilates band, a yoga mat, strap and blocks, an abs ball, hand weights and a resistance rope. With all these facilities on hand there really are no excuses.

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One of the latest to join the health trend is the INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL GROUP. At the beginning of 2013 the company will open the first EVEN hotels across all the major cities in the United States. Rooms will have a weight bench, a coat rack strong enough to be used as a pull-up bar, and an exercise mat. The new hotel chain will also focus on healthy food and beverage options. Even if one of the above destinations is not included in your itinerary travel shouldn’t be a reason to break your healthy routine. Pack a few fitness items with an exercise DVD and keep in shape!


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recipe by Darren Badenhorst from Le Grand Provence

Chicken ballotine of bone

marrow, morel mushrooms, Japanese truffle pomme duchesse, carrot and cardamom puree served with port jus

2 free range Elgin chicken breasts 4 beef marrow bones 50g chopped fresh thyme 2 large carrots 2 large potatoes 2 cardamom seeds 5g Japanese truffles OR 2mls truffle essence 200ml beef stock 100ml port ¼ onion 50ml cream 1 clove of garlic 8 fresh or dried morel mushrooms

Slice the chicken breast down the centre about 2cm deep, working outwards flatten, the breast till flat and even. Season the breast and sprinkle thyme over the entire surface, then place on top of a buttered piece of heavy duty tinfoil. (30cm by 30cm). Next push the raw marrow out of the bones and lie 2 pieces (dependant on length) along the centre of the breast. Roll the breast over the marrow then fold the foil around the breast and roll tightly to form a sausage-like shape, twist the foil opposite directions on either end and fold tips in to secure…set aside. Reduce the port by half then add the stock and reduce again till a good “spooning” consistency is achieved…set aside. Make a basic mash with the potatoes then grate in truffles or add truffle essence, season accordingly then place in a piping bag with a large star nozzle. Pipe the mixture onto a buttered baking tray in small round “hive like” shapes then lightly egg wash. Grill these just before serving till golden brown. 4-8 minutes depending on grill temperature. Peel and chop up the carrots, dice the onion and lightly sweat in a small pot along with the cardamom pods. Add the carrots and garlic then just cover in cold water (chicken stock would be ideal here but water is fine). Cook till soft, remove the pods, add the cream then blend using a stick blender or kitchen processor till a smooth fine puree is achieved…keep aside then reheat to serve. Place the foil wrapped breasts in simmering water and cook for 8-10 minutes , depending on size, remove from the water and foil then pan fry till golden. Put the dried morels in the same water for 45 seconds then lightly pan fry in butter and thyme. Slice the ballotine into 3 equal pieces. Plate the duchesse potato alternating with the chicken then spoon or pipe the puree on either side of the plate. Garnish with morel mushrooms and chervil.

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