Outside of Stellenbosch (and easily connected to any other ay-trips you may take to the area) you will find a tranquil oasis that is the stuff of dreams (for kids and grown-ups both). A fantastic array of little biomes for you to explore, containing butterflies, iguanas, birds, reptiles and spiders (don’t worry, the creepy ones are behind glass).
The fine mist of the humidifiers makes the interior feel like a scene from Jurassic Park, with explosions of iridescent colours heralding the beautiful butterflies showing off.
The Fluttterby Tea Garden serves lovely snacks and the restaurant next door (Villa Visaggio’s) is fully licensed with a great menu. Not to mention you are in the middle of the winelands!
Kids will often be willing to help in the kitchen, but you may be more concerned with the mess they make than the benefits of what they may learn to allow them to participate.
Tots n Pots makes this very easy for you, they allow kids to experience the working of a kitchen and the skills associated with that (such as fine motor development, speech development, perceptual skills, bilateral integration and sequencing skills).
Look out for the Holiday Club specials, there are a lot of themed days and entertainment for the long holidays (for both grown-ups and kids). Lots of fun with mixing, weighing, mashing, pouring and stirring together awesome recipes to enjoy (and replicate later at home).
Once again, we are looking at ways to keep our little ones occupied and stimulated while trying to sneak in a bit of fun for ourselves on the side 😊. Join us as we explore activities for kids in Cape Town this week.
No run-down of burger joints in Cape Town would be complete without mentioning Royale. Royale was hipster before hipsters started calling themselves hipsters. The decor, the staff and the food all have a special quality, something different and interesting.
Take the menu, for instance, there is literally a section titled “Something a little different” 😊. From there we chose The Federale, a 160g basted beef patty blended with chorizo, chilies and coriander, served with guacamole and caramelized onions. Each burger comes with a choice of fries or sweet potato fries or a mix of both (recommended).
Always an experience, Royale never fails to deliver!
You’ll find IYO (Inside, You’re Out) on the super trendy Bree Street in Cape Town, a stretch that’s known for it’s upmarket eateries and fine cuisine. IYO has a great spread of traditional and way out-there burger combos and sides, along with never-ending jam jars and local beers and ciders.
We opted for the Quick Dip, a smoked cheddar beef patty on a fresh bun with crispy sweet onions and the IYO house dip (incorporating pork broth) and it was mesmerizingly good. Everything just comes together and creates an amazing flavour profile.
The ever-cool burger joint at the V&A Waterfront, specializes in gourmet burgers and ribs and over one hundred handspun shakes. The owners travelled the burger capitols of the world (Chicago, New York and Las Vegas), conducted massive amounts of research and refining to arrive at what they call “The best burger in the world”. A mighty claim!
We went for The Wharton, a Gibsons classic on a brioche bun with all the trimmings including cheese and a creamy mushroom sauce on the side. The meat was seasoned to perfection and the cook on the patty was exactly what it should be. Mouthwatering stuff, don’t forget to order one of their signature onion blossoms, an absolute treat.
Catharina’s at Steenberg (the first farm in the cape) was named after the pioneering woman who sailed to the cape in 1662, disguised as a man. She endured an array of fateful encounters including losing three husbands to a lion, a Tribesman and an elephant, in turn. Read more about her, she was amazing.
The winter menu is beautiful and includes starters such as French onion soup, gruyere, croutons or duck wontons, miso mayonnaise, bean sprout, pickled ginger and spring onion, wasabi and soya vinaigrette. Paired with a Steenberg Sphynx Chardonnay 2017.
For mains they have smoked aubergine and bocconcini risotto, chopped coriander, semi dried tomato and pine nut salad or roast chicken breast, bacon and mushroom duxelle mash, baby carrot and courgette, mushroom sauce. Paired with a Steenberg Stately Cabernet Sauvignon / Shiraz Blend 2015.
And desserts feature sticky date pudding, pumpkin ice cream, macaroon, caramel espuma, cocoa snap or poached winter fruits, cinnamon ice cream, pain d’épices and mulled wine.
La Colombe is one of South Africa’s most internationally acclaimed fine dining establishments, located on Silvermist organic wine estate at the top of Constantia Nek, with unforgettable views overlooking the Constantia wine valley, False Bay and Hout Bay.
The winter menu this year includes another amazing showing by Chef Proprietor Scot Kirton’s team.
There are numerous combinations but the one that appealed to us is this six-course spectacular with sourdough, spiced pork lard, salsa verde then tuna ‘la colombe’ followed by Kerala spiced chicken, Mozambique prawn, snoek dressing, coriander and sweet potato.
Next is the lemongrass, ginger and watermelon Kalamansi than a porcini risotto, marinated buratta, salsa verde with winter vegetables and for dessert boerenkaas, peach, Foie Gras and bourbon and pecan nut.