Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: February 27, 2012

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The Taj Cape Town is please to present our exciting 2012 “Expressions of…” series of Wine and Dinner evenings as we showcase the incredible diversity of the wine, food and people of the Cape winelands.

Expressions of Wellington and Paarl will be the first in the series taking place this Thursday on 1 March 2012, with a private wine tasting at 18h00 and a 19h00 dinner at Mint Restaurant. The pre-dinner wine tasting and delicious 4-course dinner with paired wines is on offer at R325.

Guest Chef, Simone Rossouw, from Babel Restaurant at Babylonstoren has put together a delectable menu capturing the essence Paarl and Wellington. On Arrival guests will be treated to a welcome drink in our lobby before heading through to Mint Restaurant for a starter comprising of a fresh unique compilation of green salad bursting with flavors of vegetables, fruit, fragrant herbs and edible scented flowers, dressed in a mint geranium dressing and Mischa Roussanne ‘11.

The main course consists of lightly smoked Franschhoek trout with strawberry crème fraiche on a strawberry & Babyonstoren viognier drizzle paired with Bosman Family Vineyards Optenhorst  Chenin Blanc ‘09 and Doolhof Malbec ‘09.

Chilled African Delight plum soup & sorbet forms the dessert with Methòde Cap Classique with Babylonstoren homemeade plum cordial. There will also be a cheese course of Gorgonzola brûlée with almond & parmaham crisp paired with Andreas Shiraz ‘09 and Glen Carlou “The Welder” Natural Sweet Chenin Blanc ‘11.

Freshly brewed filter coffee, tea’s and herbal infusions are also included in this decadent menu and after dinner guest are encouraged to make a night of it and enjoy the elegant luxury of the Taj Cape Town at a special rate of R1750 per room, breakfast included.

Book the Wellington and Paarl Wine Expression now.

“Expressions” Menu will be available for entire Month at Mint for Dinner:

The ‘Expressions’ menu from Babel Restaurant is also available at Mint Restaurant for dinner daily with two Courses at R175 and Three Courses at R210 per person excluding wines. There is also a chance to win one of many prizes, including an evening’s stay for 2 persons in a luxury room at Taj Cape Town, whenever you dine from this menu.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town. Secure complimentary parking is available in Mandela Rhodes Place adjacent to the hotel with the parking entrance located in Burg Street, off Wale Street.

Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town | on: February 23, 2012

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Irish novelist, playwright and satirist, Flann O’Brien famously wrote that “a pint of plain is your only man” in his ode to a pint of Guinness.

Brewed in almost 50 countries and available in over 100, Guinness is the distinctly Irish stout enjoyed worldwide, and a must for Saint Patrick’s Day.  It is a stout with its fair share of history, myths and peculiarities.

From secret ingredients to local flare, the debate about “where to find the best Guinness” pops up in conversation over a few pints of plain almost as much as the proper way to pour the stout.

One of the bigger myths states that the finer quality of Irish-made Guinness is said to come from some special ingredient in the River Liffey, which flows close to the factory at St. James’s Gate in Dublin.

But while the brewery is situated on the banks of the river, the water used in the brewing process comes from the Wicklow Mountains, a little way to the South. In fact all, Guinness is brewed the same way everywhere using pure, fresh water from natural local sources.

If there is one thing that everyone can agree on when it comes to the quality of taste though, it’s that the freshness of the keg is always important. Stout which has been lingering in the keg for too long does not taste as good.

Beer has often been referred to as “liquid bread” – the grains used are rich in carbohydrates and the same principles of freshness apply.  In pubs where the kegs are replaced more often, the pints served are more likely to be fresh.

So when you’re looking for a pub serving the best tasting Guinness, you are guaranteed a great tasting pint of plain at pubs that replace their kegs often.

The Taj Cape Town provides luxury accommodation in Cape Town and is home to the Twankey Bar which serves the freshest Guinness in Cape Town.




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