On Monday eve my friend Leigh (aka Lipglossgirl) invited me along to this fancy pants dinner event as her “plus one”.   Thanks again biets!  Mwah! ♥♥♥

The event was called “Taste of Spring” and the invite stated the following: “Wanted and Table Bay Hotel will celebrate the creativity and passion of good food and wine at our Gourmet Dinner, Fashion and Wine experience…”  Doesn’t that just sound amazing?

For those of you who do not know who/what Wanted is – it is the newspaper, Business Day’s award winning lifestyle magazine.  The event was coordinated by Jill Groger from Zebra Square, who I thought did an absolutely brilliant job of ensuring we all had a memorable evening.

We first met up at the uber trendy & glam men’s fashion store, Fabiani (upper level, V&A Waterfront), for pre-dinner drinks:

Faaaabulous dahling...

There they had this lovely Chivas Regal gentleman serving up some classic Scottish charm… on the rocks of course… ;)

Keeping the crowd happy

Now I’m going to be honest, I’m not really a whiskey drinker.  Maybe one day when I’m a “big girl” I’ll have the palate for it.  But for now, the only way I manage to consume this golden liquid is in shot form.  Yes, I realise that’s a horrible horrible sin.  But that’s just the way I roll…  I do at least look really good just holding it:

Practicing my Chivas grin...

Fabiani stocks some great men’s fashion, but I was especially delighted to stumble upon “Happy Socks”:

The happiest socks I have ever seen!

I loooove them!  I think most men are way too boring when it comes to fashion.  Live a little, have some fun with it, dare to be different!!!  And what easier way to slowly get you into it than with socks…  Easy peasy right?  Another great way for a guy to show a bit of his daring side is with a great tie, and Fabiani can totally hook you up.

Anybody wanna buy a tie? ;)

We soon realised that Leigh and myself would make the ultimate “double trouble” sales team:

Tie me up baby!

Something we should consider, hmmmm… could be raking in some nice commission. :)  While chatting to Fabiani owner, Arie Fabian, I looked down and realised that he was rocking a pair of his very own “Happy Socks” – yeah baby!

Only a real man can pull off socks like these!

Soon it was time to head over to the breathtaking Table Bay Hotel.  Just look how gorgeous that place is:

Ta da!

And just check out this beautiful atrium style lounge area:

Even more ta da!

As we were seated we realised that we were in for an extra little treat – free Gucci fragrances & Southern Right honey for all the guests!  Yay!

Pretty damn sweet... excuse the pun. haha

We then got to mingle with the oh-so-charming Anthony Hamilton Russell, owner of Hamilton Russel Vineyards (located in the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley in Hermanus).  The winery produces wine under 3 different labels:  Hamilton Russel Vineyards, Ashbourne & Southern Right.  We were lucky enough to sample two of the wines from the Southern Right label:  The 2011 Sauvignon Blanc and the 2009 Pinotage.  Anthony describes the Sauvignon Blanc (which retails at about R85 per bottle) as “Hermanus’ wine”. I must say I really enjoyed it and it’s got quite an impressive “brag sheet”:  Rated best South African Sauvignon Blanc in the Wall Street Journal (April 2008), voted as one of the 12 best value wines in South Africa by the Wine Spectator in the US, only Sauvignon Blanc to win a gold medal at the 2009 Classic Wine Trophy Awards and the lists goes on and on.  The pinotage was lovely as well and is also backed up by a long list of accolades, but I must admit I found myself enjoying that Sauvignon far too much… if you know what I mean… ;)

The brunette, the blond & the wine maker. That could be a brilliant title for a movie!

Before we settled down for our gourmet 3 course dinner, there was an announcement – a surprise dinner guest was joining us… We were all speculating at who it could be… And then in walked gorgeous actor, Blair Underwood!  You’ll know him from the hit TV series, L.A. Law and movies such as Gattaca & Deep Impact.

Here's me totally starstruck...

He was absolutely lovely and didn’t look a day over 35! (He is in fact 47 years old)  Really good genes I guess.  After all that excitement, we moved onto the food…  The Table Bay Hotel executive chef, Jocelyn Myers, was looking after us for the evening, and boy did she do one hell of a job!

For starters we had Springbok & beetroot carpaccio – with pickled shemiji, parsley/radish salsa, balsamic pearls and roasted garlic melba.  That’s a mouth full!

Just bring me meat! (The Afrikaans "meisie" in me just loved this one)

Then for mains we had seared peppered Sword fish – with confit tomato, apple and fennel, chervil beurre blanc:

That sauce and those juicy little tomatoes on the top were the deal clinchers for me.

During our break before dessert, we got to get up close and personal with some local celebs.  Blonde bombshell, Lieschen Botes, was there.  You might remember her best as the Wonderbra girl a few years back.  Anyhoo, she’s absolutely gorgeous, totally down to earth and very easy to talk to.  A total sweetheart!  Then I got totally overwhelmed when I spotted Top Billing hottie, Aidan Bennetts:

OK, this is a HORRIBLE picture of me, but this boy is soooo cute, had to post the picture regardless. ;)

Aidan also owns his own interior design company – Aidan Bennetts Design -  and makes beautiful furniture pieces.  Actually, I’ve been wanting him to make some furniture for me, preferably wearing minimal clothing… OK OK, I actually meant to say in the nude! haha.

After all that hotness, it was time for dessert.  We had chevin & pear pannacotta with a wild cherry compote:

Even though there was no chocolate in sight, I still really loved this.

Sjoe, at that point I was totally stuffed and slightly tipsy.   Two signs of a great evening for sure. ;)  I had such a fantastic time… What a way to kick start your week!  I could totally get used to this “good life” thing…

Chat soon. xxx