• International
  • Etat Libre d’Orange…my tour down the rabbit hole of fragrant frivolity…

    “Stay alive, through creation.” Meet Etienne de Swardt, the scent saboteur and genius steering Etat Libre d’Orange, an evocative perfume brand situated at 69 Rue des Archives, a calculated corner address in the heart of Le Marais, Paris. The afternoon I spent with Monsieur de Swardt in the third arrondissement was a revelation in what […]

  • Food, Wine, & Coffee
  • The Splash of Pink Bubbly Festival in Robertson & 5 Q’s with Henk van Niekerk

    Bubbles!   There’s more to the Cape winelands than wine, clearly. Estates are increasingly in uber innovation mode with some additionally producing fine craft beer and others, a superb MCC. With regard to the latter, I attended a stunning event a few weeks ago in Robertson- the Paul René Splash of Pink Bubbly Festival on the […]