Monday, November 23, 2009

An All Day Arty Breakfast At Café Juno

Eugene and I love Paarl.   He was born there and has strong emotional ties with his birthplace.  I have come to feel very attached to this place and all that it means to him.  So imagine our excitement when Café Juno burst onto the scene!  The Café Juno, a wonderfully arty place for real people, is at 191 Main Road Paarl.

The first thing that strikes you as you approach Café Juno is the beautiful old Cape Dutch building that presides over Main Street like an elegant grande dame from another era.  The era, the 18th century, the year, 1793, when ox-wagons trundled along the main street transporting men and women to 'town'.  But now it is the 21st century and the building is home to Café Juno and the Juno Wine Company.

A few steps took us onto a stoep where upturned wine-barrels serve as tables.  Here diners can sit under umbrellas and contemplate the passing show while enjoying a light repast and a glass of wine.  Life just seems to slow down.  Into this lovely building we went and found ourselves in a world where food and art blended seamlessly.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Julie and Julia

Julie & Julia 
Directed by Nora Ephron:  Cast:  Meryl Streep, Amy Adams; Stanley Tucci; Chris Messina 

'Julie and Julia' is the first movie to have been inspired by what began as a blog.  The true story about 'chef extraordinaire,' Julia Child, and how she affected the life of  young writer and aspirant chef, Julie Powell, is the basis of this superb film.

Join Back Chat as we relive the experience.  Feel as hungry as we did all through the film.  Imagine the tastes and smells that emanated from the kitchens that produced dishes the likes of 'sole meuniere' and  'boeuf bourguignon'.   Then go and see the movie.

I would love to hear about your reactions to this delicious romp.  Leave a comment on Back Chat or email me at  And take note you chaps, THIS IS NOT A CHICK - FLICK !  This is for anybody who loves France and who loves French food.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Back Chatter On Tea

From the venerated tea ceremonies of the East to tried and tested Western methods, tea making and tea drinking are wonderful ceremonials.

In this article Back Chat celebrates this age-old beverage.  Join us as we follow the trail from bush to kettle to cup.  And at the end of the trail, relax and experience the delights of sharing a perfect cuppa.

Do you have any questions or thoughts about tea?  Post a comment on 'Back Chat' or email me at . I would love to share 'Tea Time' with you.