You had me at Pizza <3

March 19, 2018

Every day I struggle between “I want to look good naked” & Pizza


Hot or cold, fresh or the morning after, for breakfast, lunch or supper, pizza is as enduring as the sunrise, and knowing where to find the good ones, is worth gold.

This week we will be looking at three kitchens that put the Pizza first and make it worth remembering.


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Easter out of the South-Easter - Easter Buffet at Oasis Bistro at The Belmond Mount Nelson - Part 3

March 15, 2018

We have covered the beloved “Nellie” (or the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel as it’s more formally known as) in the past, but we must return to write about the delightful Easter celebration they are planning this year in its magnificently grand interiors and beautiful garden settings.

This year they will be hosting a Sunday lunch buffet and two Easter-themed afternoon teas with a focus on the little ones.

The Oasis Bistro will be serving many Easter classics, including hot cross buns, leg of lamb, speckled eggs, roasted vegetables, a delicious cheese trolley, mezze platter, salads and an assortment of desserts.  

The afternoon teas will focus on more bite-sized treats such as petits fours (including birds nest chocolate cupcakes with speckled eggs), cakes, macarons, empanadas and tiny sandwiches.

Let your kids run wild and enjoy the finery this Easter!



Tel: +27 483 1948

Location: 76 Orange Street, Gardens

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Easter out of the South-Easter - Easter Lunch at Simonsvlei - Part 2

March 14, 2018

Simonsvlei in Paarl provides the perfect setting for a family Easter lunch with mountain views, rolling lawns shaded by ancient oak trees and an enclosed safe play park for the kids.

The menu is simple yet super tasty, starting with a traditional pickled fish dish and moving on to the main course, which will be a buffet, offering delectable morsels such as, roast leg of lamb with mint jelly, chicken pie, roast potatoes, ginger glazed baby carrots, green beans with bacon and homemade gravy. For dessert you can look forward to their delicious hot cross bun bread and butter pudding (outstanding!).

Well worth the trip (the drive is scenic too!)




Tel: +27 21 863 3040

Location: Simonsvlei, R101, Paarl

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Easter out of the South-Easter - Easter lunch at The Bakery at Jordan - Part 1

March 13, 2018

Head over to Jordan Wine Estate in Stellenbosch for an amazing Easter Extravaganza. The bakery is always bustling, and the interior is a festive experience waiting to happen. The outdoor deck area offers relaxed seating and unparalleled views over the lake and valley.

There will be an Easter Chef’s table feast to enjoy which includes delicious items such as loaded sourdough (freshly baked sourdough rolls filled with crème fraiche, bacon, cheddar & spring onions). Mezze style platters filled with: marinated feta, Jordan Estate olives, peppadew marmalade, pickled onions, roasted brinjal and tomatoes. Also, fish coujons, mini sliders (pulled pork and roasted lamb), baby squid and chorizo and chicken skewers.

There will be Easter egg painting activities included for the kids as well as plenty of space to run around and burn off some of that festive energy.




Tel: +27 21 881 3004

Location: Stellenbosch Kloof Road, Stellenbosch

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Easter out of the South-Easter

March 12, 2018

“Easter hunts prove that your child can find something if they really want to”


Easter weekend is a much-loved family time particularly as there are such a collection of public holidays that allow you (with a little clever planning) to have ten or more days of holiday in exchange for very few days of leave. Expect to find Cape Town abuzz with activities and holiday fun! This week we will be looking at places to have an Easter lunch with all the bells and whistles.


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Farmstalls & Road Trips - Natures Way Farm Stall & Cafe - Part 3

March 08, 2018

This is another traditional, family run Farm Stall that started in 2001 and is situated on a working dairy farm. 

They specialise in homemade, local and imported cheeses, but also stock a variety of fresh breads, croissants and treats baked daily. 

You will also find a huge variety of preserves, home-bakes, jams, free range eggs, honey, fruit and veg, wine (both local and other).  The cheese tapas is to die for (and a local specialty) but honestly, everything served here is prepared with love and wholesome attention. 

A great stop for families, the kids will love it!




Tel: +27 79 146 1564

Location: Natures Valley, The Crags, Western Cape

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Farmstalls & Road Trips - Vygevallei Farm Stall & Cafe - Part 2

March 07, 2018

Known as the purveyor of the largest and finest selection of jams and preserves on the West Coast, this farm stall is a must-stop for anyone heading up that side of the country.

Situated in Yzerfontein, on the R27 West Coast Road (opposite the Jakkalsfontein turnoff) Vygevallei has been offering the full gourmet range of Swartland preserves to hungry travelers for years. They also stock a great range of local wines and have a café with a selection of road trip fare to make even the most seasoned traveler tear up a bit. 

You will also find an adorable collection of farm-themed stuffed animals which make great curios to take home to the little ones. 

Make a stop, grab what you can and let’s keep travelling!



Tel: +27 74 138 1610

Location: R27 & R31, Yzerfontein

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Farmstalls & Road Trips - Peregrine Farm Stall - Part 1

March 06, 2018

Every Capetonian has fond memories of the farm stall on the way to Hermanus, the rough-hewn wood smell, fresh breads and beautifully aged biltong.

Originally established in the sixties, this farmstall has grown to encompass a café, wine sales, artisanal products and wholesome, responsibly farmed produce.

Stock up on fynbos honey, fresh cold-pressed juices and champagne-style apple cider, or some of the craft beers they have on offer. 

The Café menu is simple yet delightful, try something called the salmon bloom, it’s a butter croissant filled with fluffy scrambled free-range eggs and smoked salmon trout, divine.

Then saddle up and let’s continue with our road trip 😊




Tel: +27 21 848 9011

Location: N2 & R321, Grabouw

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Farmstalls & Road Trips

March 05, 2018

“Some beautiful paths can't be discovered without getting lost.”

-Erol Ozan

The farmstall is something that is synonymous with road trips in South Africa, it’s where you stop to stretch your legs and fill up on farm style (read: fresh!) goodies to snack on en route, or when you reach your destination. This week we will be looking at three of our favourites.

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Try something a little different - Cause Effect Cocktail Kitchen - Part 3

March 01, 2018

This is an experiential cocktail kitchen and brandy bar inspired by Cape Town's fynbos, oceans, vineyards and mountain. What that means is that they serve creative cocktails and dishes inspired by iconic features in and around Cape Town.

Using foraged ingredients and bizarrely contrasting flavours they create new combinations to delight the senses and tickle the taste buds. For instance, their ode to Cape Town, The Table Bay. Made with Caperitif, Wilderer Obstler apple/pear schnapps, Brandy, and Van der Hum liqueur then garnished with a hand-made origami boat and mielie sprouts, you have never tasted anything like it!

Expand your senses and try something postable!



Tel: +27 72 917 1183

Location: 2A Park Road, MLT House, Gardens

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