Loading posts...
Breakfast at Parc Cafe in Glenwood, Durban
View

Breakfast at Parc Cafe in Glenwood, Durban

I love a lie in on a Saturday morning, but this last Saturday we found ourselves heading down the highway at 06h45 in order to get to Durban in time for our first ever Park Run which started at 08h00. What a great event ... A free 5km time trial that happens every Saturday with the route starting on the promenade outside Suncoast Casino and making its way past Circus Circus Beach Cafe for 2.5kms before heading back to Suncoast. We really enjoyed it but let's face it, every runner, elite or not, deserves a good breakfast after a 6h15 wake up call and this really was why we had made the trek ...
Continue reading
La Piazza – Ooh La La
View

La Piazza – Ooh La La

My husband and I went out for dinner on Friday at a restaurant we found almost by accident. My first choice was for Thai but on arrival at the restaurant in Umhlali, it appeared that it has closed its doors for business (either that or they only operate during lunch hours), our second choice was for Chinese but the restaurant was lacking a lot of ambiance and so we settled on pizza and pasta at La Piazza. Clearly the good people of Ballito know more than we do … we hadn’t made a reservation and were lucky to get a table. La Piazza is new on the Ballito restaurant scene but judging by...
Continue reading
10 cozy coffee spots with fireplaces in Cape Town
View

10 cozy coffee spots with fireplaces in Cape Town

Winter is the season Capetonians like to pretend doesn't happen. That or they simply forget that it can get really cold on the southernmost tip of the African continent. Point in case: most popular coffee hangouts adopt pavement culture as the crux of their allure. Great for summer. But there is only so much 'central heating' a cup of coffee held between the palms of your hands can do for you. So where do you go in Cape Town when only a fireplace, or a seriously well-heated interior, will do without losing any of the A-M-B-I-E-N-C-E? Photograph: Cafe Paradiso in Kloof Street, Gardens ...
Continue reading
De’Ma Restaurant in Umhlanga
View

De’Ma Restaurant in Umhlanga

Tucked away in a corner on the 2nd floor of the Gateway Theatre of Shopping is a brightly decorated little restaurant in Umhlanga called De’Ma. It had been recommended to friends of ours who were on holiday in Umhlanga from Cape Town and we joined them there last week for dinner. To be honest I was not bowled over by the service; when my husband and I arrived at approximately 18h30 we were the only customers in the restaurant and we still had to signal for the waiter’s attention in order to get ourselves a beverage! The food however, was delicious and once we’d got over the shock of being a...
Continue reading
The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre
View

The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre

As a youngster, my parents would often treat my brother and I to a toasted sandwich and a milkshake at The Press Club on our monthly jaunts into Durban from our home in Zululand. Located in the centre of town, I thought it was the coolest place ever; with its newsprint wallpaper I entertained romantic notions of becoming a journalist and memories of this little coffee shop have remained with me since the mid ‘80’s. Luckily for me, my journalistic dreams might not be dead and buried as The Press Club is back again; the original owner reopened the restaurant last August! Now located in th...
Continue reading
A Visit To Oysters R Us Is A Must
View

A Visit To Oysters R Us Is A Must

Included in an adventure holiday that my boyfriend and I were fortunate enough to win, was dinner at Oysters R Us. We were staying in Sedgefield and after taking a drive to the Wilderness to explore we stopped in at Oysters R Us. I must admit I was a bit apprehensive at first; the thought of sinking my teeth into live oysters didn’t have much appeal. My thought process when we walked in was that I would try at least one and my boyfriend could have the rest. We walked in and were pleasantly surprised to find that we were not walking into some snobby restaurant as I imagined an oyster res...
Continue reading
Stretta Cafe – An Eatery Gem
View

Stretta Cafe – An Eatery Gem

I’d read about Stretta Cafe in the November 2013 issue of House and Leisure magazine and on seeing that the chef imports cheese, flour and fresh ravioli from Italy on a weekly basis, I decided then and there that I would find the opportunity to sample what is on offer! Opportunity arose a little under two weeks ago when we found ourselves in Hillcrest for the pre-race registration of the Hillcrest Marathon; what could be more apt than lunch at an Italian restaurant for the obligatory ‘day before a marathon’ carbo-loading. I was competing in my first Midmar Mile since 1991 the following day ...
Continue reading
Marvellous Meat and Music At Mzoli’s Place
View

Marvellous Meat and Music At Mzoli’s Place

Guguletu is filled with many hidden wonders and one of them is Mzoli’s Place. If you are looking for a day full of fun, or the ultimate tourist hotspot in Cape Town, then this is the place to be. It has an atmosphere like no other place I have ever been to before and is jam packed with people from all over the world flocking to visit this marvellous place. I went there on Sunday and had an absolute blast.  Its vibey, full of fun, had fabulous food and is all about culture. I wasn’t sure what to expect, but now having been there, I can’t wait until my next visit. Thirteen of us got a...
Continue reading
My hunt for the perfect chilli poppers in Cape Town
View

My hunt for the perfect chilli poppers in Cape Town

I am absolutely nuts about chilli poppers and even though I make my own, I always enjoy the ones I get at a restaurant a little bit more. They are relatively easy to make, all you need is some pickled jalapenos. Make a slit on one side and scoop out all the seeds with a small spoon. Rinse them out and stuff with cream cheese or feta. Roll them in flour, dip them in beaten egg and coat them in breadcrumbs. Chuck them in a hot pot of oil until golden brown and then take them out, let them rest and serve with garlic and herb dip, sour cream or guacamole. YUM! They are so easy to do and so d...
Continue reading
Bistro 98 at Dunkirk Estate – A Review
View

Bistro 98 at Dunkirk Estate – A Review

I am always eager to try out new places to eat on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal and because Bistro 98 had been recommended to me, we booked a table for dinner on my birthday. Located within the Clubhouse of the gated Dunkirk Estate in Salt Rock, Bistro 98 is open both to the public and to residents of the estate, serving up beautiful food in a chic and stylish setting. The chef at Bistro 98 is internationally trained and it shows in the meals she plates up – simple but elegant and most importantly tasty fare! I started off with one of my favourites; halloumi cheese wrapped in Parma...
Continue reading
Sunday Lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant
View

Sunday Lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant

I have just got home from a dear friends birthday lunch … when she turned 40 last year she convinced a group of us to go camping at Mt Splendour in the Drakensberg but luckily for us this year the celebration was a bit closer to home and didn’t involve setting up a tent. It was instead a long, leisurely carvery lunch at The Fig Tree restaurant at Simbithi in Ballito. Part of the Simbithi Country Club located in the Simbithi Eco Estate, the Fig Tree Restaurant takes its name from the majestic fig tree which is situated in the centre of the club house. The restaurant is gorgeous; recently ref...
Continue reading
Make your way down to Maestros On The Beach
View

Make your way down to Maestros On The Beach

Maestros On The Beach is a fabulous restaurant that sits on the lip of the Atlantic Ocean with exquisite views of Table Mountain and the entire coastline.  Dine inside behind large glass windows offering shelter on windy days or alfresco on the deck with the cool breeze and the fresh smell of the sea. The atmosphere is incredibly vibey at this busy restaurant and the service is spectacular. But it is not just the physical aspect and location that is so enticing, the food is a big winner. The menu offers diners a magnificent choice in culinary delights and something to suite every palate tha...
Continue reading
Something sumptuous at Starlings Cafe
View

Something sumptuous at Starlings Cafe

Come and dine at the Starlings Cafe, the secret gem of the Southern Suburbs, tucked away on Belvedere Road in Claremont. This gorgeous café is decorated simply yet beautifully with an eclectic mix of furniture with a Victorian charm and has a warm welcoming feel to it. Dine inside by the fireplace or alfresco in the gorgeous garden surrounded by trees and vines. All the meals are homemade, served in large portions and are irresistibly good. If it’s the best cappuccino on the block you are after, then look no further, the rich coffee flavor with a velvety, creamy froth on top, decorat...
Continue reading
Grab A Cone At The Creamery
View

Grab A Cone At The Creamery

I popped into The Creamery yesterday for an ice-cream, on recommendation from a friend who said it was simply the best ice cream around. Well, they were right! The Creamery, which is in the very lovely area of Newlands, undoubtedly serve the tastiest and creamiest ice-cream I have ever had. Everything is handmade and they use only the freshest ingredients from local farms and seasonal fruits and herbs etc to flavour these delicious treats.  When I arrived, it was packed with people sitting inside and out trying to eat their ice-creams faster than the sun could melt them. The staff are incre...
Continue reading
High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel
View

High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel

Before I left Cape Town to move to KwaZulu Natal last year, I arranged high tea at The Mount Nelson Hotel as a combination farewell for myself and a friends surprise baby shower. It seemed fitting then that when that friend and her now one year old daughter visited me on our farm near Stanger, that we enjoy another high tea; this time at the grand old dame of hotels, High Tea at The Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga... The OBH (as it’s fondly known in this part of the world) is something quite special. From the fat cat Skabenga who sits aloofly on the red carpet outside the hotel, to the lemo...
Continue reading