The last few days have been slightly manic for all of our I Love Foodies locations. New York is on shut down, London is a little confusing, and Cape Town is taking the COVID19 outbreak very seriously. So where does that leave us?

If you follow us on social media, you would have seen that we put out notices on Monday with regards to how the novel coronavirus affects I Love Foodies and what we’re doing about it. But here’s the gist of it – and how you can help us help you! 

1. All reviews have been put on hold

In order to practise social distancing, which we HIGHLY recommend, all planned I Love Foodies reviews have been put on hold until further notice. This, unfortunately, means that we won’t be able to share hot spot Instagram stories with you, as we usually do.

That said, we still have numerous reviews that are scheduled to be published and we will share these with you as per usual. We would highly recommend that you take note of these and visit the said establishments as soon as we’re in a better space and risk of infecting yourself or loved ones has lessened.

Maybe you can even use these times to browse through our reviews archives and make a list of restaurants you’d love to visit once it’s safe again. You can even check out the top 20 restaurants we had recommended earlier this year.

2. We welcome information on how restaurants are tackling this

Restaurants are being forced to operate at 50% capacity, close earlier, or rely purely on take-out and delivery services. Some of the more high-end establishments have chosen to close completely for the coming weeks, but many of the smaller businesses cannot afford to do this and are operating as best they can, keeping people employed, and ensuring the most stringent hygiene measures are adhered to.

While we do have access to much of this information, we simply cannot keep track of all the restaurants that are fighting to stay alive and offering the best to keep their customers happy. We urge you to please share any and all information with us so that we can re-share it on our platforms – a simple tag on social media will suffice. We check these daily and will re-share everything. Visit us on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter

For example, we have been in close contact with The Larder Cafe in Claremont, which is one of our all-time favourite cafes. They have closed their doors to sit-down customers but are offering a full take-away service, not only of their standard meals but also of items that you may need to stock up on while self-isolating or social distancing. A recent social media post of theirs advertised that they have Woodstock Bakery Bread, trays of 30 eggs, hearty immune-boosting soups to freeze, tarts & frittatas, and frozen sausage rolls available. And all you need to do is call them (+27 21 671 1958) to place your order.

It’s initiatives like those that we welcome and wish to share. If you own a restaurant or cafe and are doing something like this, please reach out to us. You can tag us on social media, as mentioned, or pop us an email at info@ilovefoodies.com.

3) Get cooking

Over the past few years, we’ve put together a large recipes section on our website. These include recipes that have been shared with us, branded recipes, and I Love Foodies original recipes. We’ll be sharing more of these on a regular basis so that you can spend as much time as possible indoors, cooking up a storm. Eating great-tasting healthy food is vitally important (always, and especially during this time). There are also some naughty treats in there if the cravings for comfort food get too real. 

Please also feel free to share your recipe creations online and tag us. We’d love to share these as well. Also, if you are a recipe developer or a brand with recipes available to share, please pop us an e-mail at info@ilovefoodies.com and we’d be happy to work on posting those as well.

View all I Love Foodies recipes here 

4) Don’t forget to be kind

These times are tough for all of us. As some of you who know me personally will know, my full-time work is in the film industry. The entire industry has come to a complete and abrupt standstill. Many of my fellow creatives are facing dire times as there is no prospect of work on the horizon until the COVID19 threat has passed.

I know that many of you are in similar situations. The coming months will be tough health-wise, mentally, and economically.

So don’t forget to be kind. Support each other. Do the responsible thing and distance yourself socially. Self-isolate as much as possible. Don’t forget to read, journal, meditate, and exercise. And be grateful for every day of sunshine we still have.

Together, we will get through this.

Written by Benike Palfi
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Article Date: March 2020

WE’D WRITTEN ON HOW TO MAKE 2020 A BETTER YEAR. MAYBE NOW’S THE TIME TO RE-READ.

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