Paardeberg Country Wine Experience

After 14 years in the winemaking history, Ayama Wines founders and owners of Slent Farm, Attilio and Michela Dalpiaz, highlight their passion for outstanding wine with a relaxed country style event, in the heart of the Paardeberg Country.

The estate lies on the lower slopes of the Perdeberg Mountain, where the climate of the Voor Paardeberg region is well-suited to Mediterranean style wines. Inspired by all things Italian, Ayama now facilitates an authentic Italian-South African experience.

Ayama’s Italian passion for fine wine and conservation are inseparable elements of Slent owners, to celebrate and highlight the amazing bio-diversity of the area the guests can expect a fun-filled experience for wine lovers with great food and fantastic wines from the region. Producers from the area will Masters of Ceremonies - leading the tasting.

Event:              Paardeberg Country Wine Experience

Date:               Sunday, 27 January 2019

Time:               12:00 – 17:00

Venue:             Ayama Wines, Voor- Paardeberg Road, Windmeul, 7630

Tickets:            R550,00 (all inclusive) buy tickets here. Limited to 50 pax

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Jekyll & Hide Art of Leather exhibition at No5 on Hudson

The pursuit of excellence steers Jekyll & Hide in their quest to explore the Art of Leather. The luxury brand was founded by Bernard Bultemeier in 2003 and has evolved into a global enterprise known for exceptional craftsmanship.

Hip and trendy, with exquisite artistic styling, Jekyll & Hide’s enduring appeal is the result of signature product lines that succinctly speak to the modern lifestyle. Authentically crafted, the brand’s aesthetics embodies elegance and sophistication.

Featuring a wide range of travel and business bags, handbags, backpacks, jackets, wallets, purses and more, Jekyll & Hide’s bespoke leather goods are as functional as they are fashionable. Modish Men’s and Ladies Collections include arty Zulu, Shanghai, Texas and Soho styling, plus there are cool tech offerings for laptop, iPad and phone. Products are lined with RFID-blocking fabric.

Travel is a major element in the brand’s ethos, and with products perfect for gifting and end-of-year travel, Jekyll & Hide showcased their striking accessories at an Art of Leather exhibition at Sandy De Bruin’s No 5 on Hudson gallery in De Waterkant. 

Says Marketing Manager Julia Bolton: “Before the season starts we wanted to be top of mind and remind people of our travel lifestyle. With our travel bags, back to work and tech collections, its perfect timing for Christmas, travel, the New Year, and then back to work.”

What makes Jekyll & Hide such a standout brand? “The quality is absolutely impeccable and the products are timeless - we try not to create fads. It’s all about quality and elegance – creating investment pieces that last for years. Leather ages gracefully over time and doesn’t worsen.”

Quality leather is sourced from all over the world - including Argentina, India and Brazil, and MD Bernard Bultemeier is very involved in production with the design team.

Head Designer Lisa Drotsche explains how the range is conceptualised: “We do trend research and visit factories overseas, go to accessory shows and shoe fairs in Milan. We’re not super-trend orientated because we want to get a lot of longevity out of it. We like the idea of buying a leather bag and it goes on an adventure with you for a few years. So we take trends into consideration, but dial it down to keep it stylish and classic.”

The Hudson on 5 showcase also featured beauty products from Cowshed, and world class jazz by Alvin Dyers and Francesca Biancoli.



Tia Maria Coffee Project

As the global love for coffee booms, coffee lovers around the world are now enjoying their favourite drink from morning cup through to evening cocktail. And research shows that almost half of cocktail drinkers regularly choose flavoured cocktails including those mixed with coffee.

Tia Maria is leading the coffee cocktail trend with the Tia Maria + Coffee Project, giving coffee connoisseurs the opportunity to sip on innovative coffee cocktails thanks to recipes crafted by renowned mixologists and expert baristas. From the classic Espresso Martini, to new and innovative serves like the Tia Maria Popcorn Frappe, coffee cocktails have never been more in demand.

Tia Maria Brand Ambassador, Matteo Fabbris says; “There’s an increasing love for coffee cocktails, which can be seen at world-class bars in key cocktail cities, while artisan coffee houses are now serving cocktails through the night as a café nightlife culture continues to emerge. The bartender and barista play a very similar role so it’s no surprise we’ve brought the two together to drive this new coffee revolution.”

No other liqueur can make a coffee cocktail quite like Tia Maria, an exotic infusion of natural vanilla and the finest fresh Arabica coffee beans roasted to perfection, complemented with a touch of Jamaican rum. Tia Maria is made using a blend of 100% Arabica coffee, among the best in the world, providing strong character, a full-bodied taste, and a sweet tendency. The beans are expertly roasted, ground and left to macerate to produce this exceptional coffee liqueur.

Flavio Lasalandra, International Marketing Director at Tia Maria, adds; “With the taste for coffee at an all-time high, coffee cocktails have never been more popular and Tia Maria is certainly happy to be leading the charge. We’re urging all coffee lovers out there to unite and join us.”

To view the rest of Tia Maria’s innovative cocktail recipes you can visit their website here.


Berry Bliss as Chambord® ushers in the summer fun

On Wednesday, 20 November 2018 Chambord® hosted an exclusive pamper party for celebs, A-listers and media at The  Bay in Camps Bay. And why? Well, #BECAUSENOREASON.

The guests were welcomed with the eye-catching Chambord® Royale served in a champagne flute. To highlight the delights of this premium black raspberry liqueur Chambord® also served the guests the Chambord® Margarita Coolers with Herradura, Chambord, lemonade and lime and a Chambord® Lemonade with Finlandia – ideal cocktails for the summer. 

Set under the palms of this seaside strip enhanced the quirky festivities of a sunny day draped in pink, with its gorgeous views over Camps Bay’s iconic beachfront, The Sandy B

Private Beach Club’s VIP lounge and pool deck was the perfect spot to compliment the refreshing summer appeal of this all-natrual rasperry liqueur.

Brown-Forman Brand Principal Chantal Canning added,; “Chambord® is a premium, all-natural black raspberry liqueur whereby every drop is produced at a traditional French chateau situated in the Loire Valley of France following many of the same traditional processes. Today, Chambord® continues to inspire versatile cocktail creations around the world and is considered decadent, flamboyant and a real treat to add to your glass of bubbly. As we like to say “pink your drink”. But you don’t need a special occasion to enjoy Chambord®. If you like it, drink it. Why. Because no reason. The Chambord® global mantra inspires women to live their best life however they choose to. C’est la vie.”

While the berry bliss of Chambord® inspired fruit and flowers galore, pampering for the day included nail and hair care pop-ups, make up specialists, beauty products and cool swimwear collections.

Pop-ups included On Trend, MaxiB Collection, Kokodakota, Beach Cult, Vilebrequin and Nvme Bikini, with activations by MUD make-up, Bianca Moore (hair) and Fox Box (nails & eyebrow threading).

Healing Earth and Chambord® provided beautiful gift bags.

DJ Anthea Scholtz provided beachy tropical house beats. Known for her broody techno, Anthea lightened the day with accessible vocal-driven mixes.

Salt and Pepper Catering’s canapés were rounded off with macaroons, a Chambord® dessert infusion and sorbet cones to cool off an exclusive, sun-kissed summer’s day.

Emcee Mamohau Seseane from KFM 95.5 summed up Chambord® Royale: “Its perfection in a glass. Add some Champagne to your Chambord® and have a real sensory experience.”

Sponsors for the Chambord® Royale day were Happy Culture, San Pellegrino, Acqua Panna and One Juice.

Chambord® is a versatile, all natural, black raspberry liqueur with French royal provenance that can be enjoyed in a number of delicious cocktails.

An infusion of the world’s finest raspberries and blackberries, blended with the exotic flavours of black currant, Madagascan vanilla and aged XO cognac, the drink was inspired by raspberry liqueur made in the Loire Valley in the late 1600s - said to have been introduced to Louis XIV during one of his visits to the Château de Chambord. 

Chambord® is available at leading retail stores at R259



For more information on Chambord® visit: “”

 or #followtheflamingo on Instagram | @chambordchannel 

Award Winning Artists on show at No5 on Hudson
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No 5 on Hudson is exhibiting a selection of eye-catching new works. Gallery owner Sandy De Bruin has hand-picked pieces by diverse local artists.

Liffey Joy is a mixed media artist born in the UK. She uses materials such as ink and salt to create monochromatic works. She focuses on materiality and makes use of multiple media. She veers towards using those with unpredictable characteristics - embracing the unknown and playing with these chemical, and sometimes alchemical, reactions.

Tanya Truscott is interested in the relationship between the visible world and the pictorial world of the flat canvas. She uses layers of oil paint to create depth. Working without a plan allows her to explore intuitive mark making and the role of colour in a non representational manner.

Laura Wenman paints landscapes, figures and still lives, but leans towards portraiture. This award-winning artist’s preferred medium is oils because of its versatility. Her style, which is impressionistic at the moment, tends to interpret her subjects, rather than produce a frozen image. 

Lesley Charnock is drawn to the tonal values of bright sunlight and deep shadows. “I try to capture the vibrant colours I see with confident brush strokes and lavish use of the palette-knife,” she says. Her creations move from impressionistic to the more abstract. She is fascinated by how the temperature, value and hue of the paint changes in relation to colours around it.

Nicole Pletts has been studying art since 1997. She prefers working in oils, but also loves watercolours. A versatile artist, she paints a variety of subjects. Nicole has more recently been exploring florals to get in touch with ‘peace, gentleness and femininity’.  

One of South Africa’s leading artists, Fiona Rowett’s work is characterised by rich, abstract forms which emphasise shape, texture and colour. She uses techniques of layering and scratching paint. This George-based artist’s passion lies in delving into invisible worlds to reveal ‘concealed beauty’. 

Although 5 on Hudson is committed to highlighting the work of female artists, it represents both men and women. Brandon Borgelt has always had an interest in animals, collecting weird and wonderful pets. Initially dabbling in clay and photography, he became inspired to sculpt. Brandon is fascinated by the human form, and strives to capture beauty in his bronzes.

Michaelis School of Fine Art graduate Danielle Alexander draws inspiration from Neoclassism and Baroque imagery. She uses images of linen as subject matter, using the folds of the drapery to communicate tension and drama. Danielle also often works with crete stone, polyfilla and plaster to create textured paintings.

Sharleen Boaden creates impressionistic paintings from her studio in Ballito. Soft, romantic brush strokes, best expressed in florals and whimsical figures, make her creations instantly recognizable.  She paints mostly with oils, but is not limited to any medium.

Artist Lyn Northam has been the recipient of many awards, including the SASA Best Watercolour and SASA Best Oil Award. Her concerns lie with the challenge of capturing shifting light and seeing colour in shadows. She is inspired by the beauty in nature and the world around her.

Former Miss South Africa, Sandy De Bruin’s passion for Fine Art leans towards oil painting, often inspired by her travels. Her focus is on the ability of artwork to make one feel various emotions, as well as to how these artworks translate into our living spaces and environments.


No 5 on Hudson is at 5 Hudson Street, De Waterkant. Opening hours are 10am – 5pm, Mondays to Fridays, and 9am – 1pm on Saturdays. For more information, visit, call 021 418 2783, or e-mail

Jekyll & Hide has a gift for gifting

Blow your loved ones away this Christmas with a one-of-a-kind leather item

Your colleagues have started discussing holiday plans, there are a lot more foreign number plates on the road, and all the shop windows are decked in tinsel flogging kitsch advent calendars. Yip, the silly season is upon us.

If thoughts like “Where did the year go??” and “Flip, what am I going to get my mom/sister/brother/daughter/dad/uncle??” are running through your mind right now, have no fear, Jekyll and Hide has you covered.

From minimalist wallets, purses and belts, to capacious travel bags, elegant handbags and head-turning sneakers, Jekyll and Hide’s wide range of timeless yet effortlessly modern bespoke leather pieces have a gift in store for everyone.

And if the thought of picking an item for your fussy loved one is too stressful, take a load off with a gift voucher, available from our online store.

Visit their website to pick out something special for that someone special and nab yourself something too, it’s Christmas after all!

Facebook: @JekyllAndHideLeather

Twitter: @JekyllandHide_

Instagram: jekyll_and_hide


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Tia Maria...The perfect Christmas Eve Delight

Add a taste of Tia Maria to your Christmas Eve…

As the festive season approaches, we would like to introduce to you a decadent liqueur, fit especially for your Christmas eve nightcaps and/or dessert recipe ingredient. With a history dating back to the mid-17th century, Tia Maria is a sweet liqueur with a strong coffee character that consists of Tia Maria Coffee, Madagascan Vanilla and Jamaica Rum elements.

It sounds delicious already right? Well we’ve taken things a notch up and prepared some mouth-watering Tia Maria Desert Recipes just for you:




150g butter or 1.3 sticks

200g dark chocolate

½ cup cocoa powder

1 cup brown sugar

½ cup white sugar

150mls Tia Maria

50mls milk

3 eggs

1 cup flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ teaspoon baking soda

¼ salt


375g dark chocolate

½ cup cream

½ cup Tia Maria


1. Pre heat the oven to 160C or 320F

2. Place the butter, chocolate, cocoa, brown sugar, white sugar, Tia Maria and the milk into a saucepan and heat, stirring occasionally until the butter and chocolate have melted and ingredients are well combined,

3. Remove from the heat and add the eggs one at a time will whisking. Then sift in the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Stir until combined, then pour into a 20cm lined cake tin. Bake for 1 hour or until cooked.

4. To make the ganache, place the chocolate, cream and Tia Maria into a saucepan and heat until the chocolate has melted and the ingredients combined. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly before icing the cooled cake.



4 cups (1 L) whipping cream

1/3 cup (75 mL) icing sugar

1/3 cup (75 mL) milk

3/4 cup (175 mL) Tia Maria® OR Kahlùa® liqueur

3 pkgs (350 g) chocolate chip cookies

Semi-sweet bakers chocolate, shaved


1.Whip cream until soft peaks form; add icing sugar.

2. Continue whipping until cream forms stiff peaks. Set aside in refrigerator.

3. Combine milk and liqueur in small shallow bowl.

4. Dip a cookie in liquid mixture quickly and place on bottom of ungreased 10-inch springform pan.

5. Continue dipping cookies one by one until a single layer is formed. Fill in spaces with pieces of dipped cookies. 

6. Spread 1/3 of whipped cream over cookies. 

7. Repeat twice more with remaining dipped cookies and whipped cream; finishing with whipped cream on top. 

8. Garnish with chocolate. 

9. Refrigerate 10 hours.




3 Eggs

Self-rising Flour (3 eggs’ worth)

Dark Brown Sugar (1 egg’s worth)

Caster Sugar (2 eggs’ worth)

Butter (3 eggs’ worth)

25 ml Tia Maria

25 ml Strong Espresso

2 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder


200g Icing Sugar (sifted)

60g Butter

50ml Tia Maria

1 Tablespoon Cocoa Powder

1 Tablespoon of milk

Dark Chocolate covered Coffee Beans (to Decorate)


1.  Preheat oven to 180°C and line two 20cm cake tins.

2.  Cream butter and sugar together in a large bowl (with an electric whisk, if you’re as lazy as me), then sift in the flour and the cocoa powder.
 Mix until everything is combined, then whisk in the eggs.

3. Add in the Tia Maria and Espresso and mix until light and ‘fluffy’. Add a little milk if it looks a little dry.

4. Transfer into the cake tins and bake in the center of the oven for about 20 minutes, or until springy to the touch. Remove and allow to cool.

5. Make the buttercream carefully (to avoid icing sugar eruptions) by mixing the icing sugar, butter and cocoa powder. Once these are roughly combined, add in the Tia Maria and mix in well. Add the milk in a little at a time until the icing is ready to spread on the cake.

6. Spread liberally between the layers and on the top.

7. Once the icing has set, slice and serve.


Jade Allen
The Best of Ayama Slent Farm

Ayama: proudly South Africans, truly Italians. 

Ayama’s Italian passion for fine wine and conservation are inseparable elements of Slent owners Michela and Attilio.

A decade ago, they left their Northern Italian home to go on holiday with friends in South Africa. Like many others, they fell in love with South Africa, the people, the weather and the wine. 




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For more information you can visit their website here.

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Woodford Reserve Bourbon Trail launched by master mixologist
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This year’s Woodford Reserve Bourbon Trail was launched at The Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel’s Grill Room in fitting Prohibition-style.

The Woodford Reserve Bourbon Trail Bar competition aims to uncover the countries best Old Fashioned cocktails. Bartenders are encouraged to create and present a classic Woodford Reserve Old Fashioned cocktail using sugar, bitters and garnish of their choice, with the winning creations deemed by a curation of three esteemed judges.

Participating bars in Cape Town include Cause & Effect, Orphanage, Arcade, Twankey, Burger & Lobster, HQ, Socal, Harringtons, Souk, One & Only, The Station and Radisson Granger Bay. Johannesburg participants being: Sin & Tax, Marble, Mesh Club, Gemelli, Saint, Landmark, Mootee, Marabie Club & Hemmingways Bar.

The winning regional Cape Town and Johannesburg bars will go head to head in the national Woodford Bourbon Brawl final, hosted in Cape Town on 27 November 2018, with the winner taking home the award for the National Old Fashioned bartender of the year.

The Woodford Bourbon Trail launch was led by award-winning master mixologist; Marson Strydom, the elegant Woodford Reserve event embraced this Bourbon’s heritage with the sounds of Duke Ellington on the bandstand, black jack and roulette tables fuelled by ‘funny money’, a photo booth to snap up the best vintage fashion of the night, prizes, and a tasting master class.

Highlighting the tradition of fine Kentucky Bourbon, Strydom choose cocktails to delight the palette. “With this heat I wanted something lighter, such as the Spirit of Rooibos – a rooibos infused Vodka with Woodford Double Oaked. The drinks needed something a little softer, because The Old Fashioned is quite a heavy drink. It’s very complex, as the sugars have more flavours,” he said.

The Woodford Reserve Bourbon Trail has seen judges search for the best cocktail in Cape Town and Johannesburg. This year engages 20 venues in the project. “The Trail is our annual campaign where we look for the best Old Fashioned by bartenders. One of the most creative I’ve seen was called The Clay Age Old Fashioned at Mootee Bar in Johannesburg. It was left for one month in a clay vessel. There are some other crazy ideas - such as The Maple & Bacon Old Fashioned cocktail at Burger & Lobster in Cape Town.”

The Woodford Reserve brand ambassador sang the praises of this handcrafted Bourbon: “Woodford Reserve is one of oldest distilleries in America. It’s one of the only Bourbons to be triple distilled, and also uses copper pot distillation, which gives flavour and character because the copper reacts with the alcohol vapours,” he added.

Offering insight into Woodford Reserve’s versatility, the mixologist showcased the nuances of this Bourbon with cocktails that featured “beautiful body, and a beautiful finish,” to those “a lot bolder with lots of spices.”

Fleshing out the Speakeasy and red hot jazz ambience of the prohibition period were Michael Bester on guitar, Stephen de Souza on double bass and saxophonist Marc de Kock. Showcasing the creative roots of award-winning Woodford Reserve, the trio played a repertoire oriented towards the big band swing era, with classic tunes such as Take the A Train.


Jade Allen
Jekyll & Hide's variety of genuine leather goods

Founded in 2003, the Jekyll & Hide team travels far and wide across South America, Asia, Africa and Europe to source the finest leather the world has to offer. The result? A range of timeless yet effortlessly modern travel and business bags, handbags, belts, jackets, wallets and purses that are as functional as they are fashionable.

Brought to life in the seaside city of Cape Town and the bustling metropolis of London, each one of their bespoke, authentic, ruggedly-elegant leather goods are certain to become your most trusted travel companions, savvy business partners and stylish accessories.



All a digital nomad needs are their portable office in their backpack, and a space with Wi-Fi. From the boardroom in the city of Cape Town to a remote café in the jungles of Balie – Jekyll & Hide’s tech accessories have your back.

You can view the tech collection here.



With functionality as a main focus point, Jekyll & Hide will be your lifelong companion, transporting your portable office and life essentials. Their business ranges are carefully designed to accommodate all your daily work and commute related needs.

You can view the men’s business collection here and the ladies collection here.



Looking for a new leather statement piece? Look no further - Jekyll & Hide’s Ladies collection offers you a variety of jackets, backpacks, handbags, purses travel and business bags. Jekyll & Hide’s pieces are timeless and will most certainly last you a lifetime.

You can view the ladies collection here.



The one item every man should have in his possession: a leather item. Jekyll & Hide’s range for men has you covered from angles,  their genuine leather products offer men fashionable yet functional items. Their collection includes wallets, backpacks, briefcases, travel bags, shoes, crossbody bags, belts and jackets.

You can view the men’s collection here

#LiveAuthentic with Jekyll & Hide's genuine leather products, expertly crafted to become your lifelong partner.

Jade Allen