Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel | on: April 7, 2017

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For Those With a Taste for the Finer Things in Life

This April, The Gallery at Taj Cape Town is hosting the art of David Kuijers, wine from the Longridge Wine Estate and a unique menu presented by Chef Kurt de Wet. What makes the experience so magical is that diners have the opportunity to indulge in a menu which is created solely for this occasion, with accompanying wines while watched over by whimsical art pieces.

A Chef’s Table Menu Crafted by Kurt de Wet

The chef’s menu is a creation produced through the inspiration drawn from the chosen wines and complemented by the accompanying artwork. This month the fusion menu has been crafted by experienced Taj Cape Town sous chef, Kurt De Wet. To further enhance the atmosphere, diners are served their meal in The Gallery, a private dining room – making this an unforgettable experience.

Diners can look forward to unique combinations on the menu:

Roasted sweet potato and white chocolate soup, paired with the 2014 Longridge Chenin Blanc.

Crispy sole fish with vanilla parsnip smear, braised lemon, charred lemon gel and sesame foam, paired with the 2015 Longridge Organic Chardonnay.

Duck breast with grated egg yolk, raisin mustard and lentil miscela, cumin carrot purée, white asparagus and fermented cherry syrup, paired with the 2014 Longridge Merlot.

Cinnamon and mango sorbet.

Seared beef fillet with braised oxtail, gnocchi ring, truffle oil, parmesan crisp and broccoli extract paired with the 2014 Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon.

Fruit platter comprised of compressed watermelon, pineapple gelée, pickled berries, kiwi gremolata, melon ball and poached peaches, paired with the 2016 Longridge The Emily

Wine by Longridge Wine Estate

On the slopes of the Helderberg mountain range in Stellenbosch rests one of South Africa’s world-class wine estates, the Longridge Estate. The 175-year-old, 50-hectare farm which lies only 5km from the ocean, is subject to a climate similar to that of the Mediterranean. Their range of organic wines is grown to be complemented by both the climate and soil. Their range includes Chardonnay, Chenin Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Pinotage.

Play Nicely: The Art of David Kuijers

Initially majoring in illustration at Cape Technicon, David Kuijers made his mark as a top student on graduating. Following his very first exhibition, he sold out and retired as a graphic designer to become a fulltime artist. Inspired by the city of Cape Town, animals both domestic and wild, colour and condiments (think All Gold, Mrs Balls and Kikkoman), his bold use of colour and unapologetic strokes communicate more than his whimsical musings, they speak to the heart of the Capetonian. His latest exhibition, Play Nicely, is a kind reminder to lighten up.

If you are a lover of luxury, art and blessed with a palate for the finer things in life, you would do well to book a room at Taj Cape Town. This luxury hotel is home to Bombay Brasserie, Mint, the Local Grill and the Twankey Bar, and embodying gourmet food and fine dining with artisanal attention to detail is what Taj Cape Town is all about. Situated on 1 Wale Street, Taj Cape Town lies in the heart of Cape Town and is within walking distance of the vibrant Bree and Long Streets.

To book accommodation, please phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 
Posted by: Taj Cape Town | Posted in Accommodation,Activities,Cape Town,Events,Hotel | on: March 30, 2017

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The Two Oceans Marathon

Dubbed the world’s most beautiful marathon, the Two Oceans Marathon takes place in Cape Town over the Easter weekend on the 14th and 15th of April 2017. Local and international athletes will push their limits in a range of running activities from ultra-marathon and half marathons to trail runs, fun runs, international friendship runs and more. Those who choose not to run are encouraged to support runners from the sidelines.

The History of the World’s Most Beautiful Marathon

Since 1970 the Two Oceans Marathon has steadily grown to become a South African institution. Each year the event draws up to 26 000 entrants across all the categories. The 56km ultra-marathon, 21km half marathon and various other fun runs lead the runners through a route of incredible Western Cape scenery.

Two Oceans Marathon Entry

If you were a little slow ‘off the mark’, you have unfortunately missed out on the 21km half marathon, 56km ultra-marathon and trail runs, as entries have closed. The good news however, is that entries are still open for the fun runs and the International Friendship Run. Ticket prices for these races range between R35 and R200, while the distances range from the 56m Nappy Dash to the 5,6km for the more adventurous runners and walkers.

Two Oceans Marathon Routes

For some the road is long, the 56km ultra-marathon takes place on Easter Sunday on the 15th of April, with the cut-off time at 1:40 pm. The route will be the same one which has been run since 2004. With refreshment stations and medical points along the way, the route starts in Newlands and travels through Plumstead, Kalk Bay, Chapman’s Peak, Hout Bay and finishes on the UCT rugby field.

The half marathon also takes place on Sunday the 15th with the finish line cut-off time being 9:30 am. This route, also dotted with refreshment and medical points, starts in Newlands, passes through Claremont, Wynberg, Constantia and also finishes on the UCT rugby field.

The Two Oceans Expo

In addition to the Two Oceans races, there is a host of pre-race activities. From Wednesday the 12th of April until Friday the 14th of April the Cape Town International Convention Centre will host the Two Oceans Expo. More than a mere running expo, sports enthusiasts will have the opportunity to see the latest in sporting trends, with clothing, supplements, equipment, sports-related technology, eyewear, gyms and sports tour companies exhibiting. The CTICC will be open from 9:00 am until 7:00 pm on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm on Friday.

For those travelling from a little further afield than the immediate surrounds of Cape Town, checking in to Taj Cape Town for the weekend comes highly recommended as it is only 11km from the start of the Two Oceans in Dean Street, 9km from the finish line and 1.8km from the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Besides the convenience, Taj Cape Town guarantees exemplary luxury making it an obvious choice when it comes to accommodation. During your stay, you can indulge in gourmet cuisine from Bombay Brasserie or Mint, the Local Grill, spa treatments at Jiva Spa and artisanal cocktails at The Twankey Bar. To book your accommodation, phone +27 (0) 21 819 2000 or email sales.capetown@tajhotels.com.

 
 
 

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