Tag: Food & Wine

Diamonds are a Girl’s Best Friend

Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

“A kiss on the cheek may be quite continental…” Most of us remember this song from the movie classic, “Gentlemen Prefer Blondes”. Truth is, our fascination with the allure of diamonds began long before these lyrics were penned.

Over the centuries, diamonds have been associated with romance, and have developed unique status as the ultimate gift of love. It was said that Cupid’s arrows were tipped with magic diamonds. The Greeks believed the fire in the diamond reflected the constant flame of love.

South Africa’s Holiday Season

Christmas Tree

While children in the northern hemisphere dream of a snowy white Christmas, in South Africa, it’s time for sun, sand and sea. Since it is summer in South Africa, the kids are out of school and families often flock to the beach or to peaceful nature reserves such as Kruger National Park.

South African Sweets

Most traditional South African desserts reflect a strong Dutch influence harking back to the early settlers of the country. You won’t find heavy chocolate desserts or cheesecakes in South African cookbooks; most recipes have simple ingredients that are readily available.

Melktart

MilktertThis sweet and creamy dessert is reminiscent of a cream pie, simple and delicious! The Afrikaans term, melk tert means “milk tart” in English.  A melk tert consists of a sweet pastry crust with a light, filling made from milk, eggs, and flour and is usually topped with cinnamon. It is a popular dessert or teatime treat. Recipes vary greatly from family to family and region to region.  Just about everyone who loves milk tart has a recipe handed down from “Ouma” (Grandma).

IN TOUCH: Interview with Angie Main

Meet Angie Main, one of our Specialist Travel Consultants. Formerly from Sarasota, she now manages our new North Carolina team. Angie chats for a minute about the traditional South African meals she loves prepare. You will enjoy many of these tasty treats during your South Africa tour.

Visit The French Corner of South Africa

Franschhoek: The Heart of South African Food and Wine

Nestled between towering mountains in the beautiful Cape Winelands, lies the magnificent Franschhoek Valley. This is the food and wine heartland of the country, where splendid wines are made and top chefs create international cuisine. Here, breathtaking scenery, warm hospitality, world class cuisine and the finest wines all combine to create lasting memories.

Franschhoek Valley, known as South Africa's food and wine capital.

Franschhoek, known as South Africa’s Food and Wine Capital.

IN TOUCH: Interview with Deon Barnard

Interview with Deon Barnard

Meet Deon, our colorful Chief Operating Officer. Also known as “The Safari Guy”, Deon is extremely knowledgeable about his native South Africa, and after 28 years in the travel industry, it comes as no surprise that he is considered an expert in his field. He is a passionate speaker and skilled trainer;  he draws from his roots plus experience in business and in life to show us not what can be done, but more importantly why it should be done. His enthusiasm is contagious, and his compelling talks are energy-infused and laced with sharp wit and unexpected humor.

Cheers to South African Wine – The Healthy Choice

Cheers to South African Wine - The Healthy Choice

When your doctor recommends a glass of wine a day for good health, if it’s South African wine, you can enjoy two! This is because while sulfites are present in all wine, South African wine has the lowest amount. As we all know, sulfites can trigger allergies. Travelers often tell us that they don’t get the headaches from South African wines that they often experience with wines from other regions.