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Pop In To Chuck and Bobs
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Pop In To Chuck and Bobs

Saturday morning saw us, once again, heading through to Durban for the ParkRun which starts outside the Sibaya Casino and follows the promenade for 2.5kms and back again. After popping in at my sister-in-laws house for a shower and change of clothes, we made our way to Morningside for a much deserved (and needed) coffee and breakfast. Located opposite the beautiful Mitchell Park is a row of shops; a furniture store, clothing boutique and a jeweler. Squeezed in between these three is a smallish kitchen with a handful of tables ... this is Chuck and Bobs! Luckily for us a party of four left a...
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Umhlali Coffee Cafe Crawl
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Umhlali Coffee Cafe Crawl

I had the most wonderful morning last Saturday; enjoying a long overdue catchup with a very dear school friend. We had last seen each other at my 40th birthday lunch in November and here we were in July … where had the time gone too? As she lives in Durban North and I live on a farm just outside of Stanger we decided to meet in Umhlali which is pretty much halfway for both of us and would not be the chaos that is Ballito on a Saturday morning! I had heard a bit about a new coffee spot called Wonderland Coffee that had recently opened at the LINC church campus and suggested that we ki...
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The 10 Best Eateries in Durban
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The 10 Best Eateries in Durban

Durban as a 'foodie destination' is a recent concept. The Roma revolving restaurant was about as good as it got. Recently areas like Greyville, Berea and Glenwood have mushroomed into trendy alternatives to the always buzzing Florida Road, and places to nosh have restored the city's lunch and dinner scene. Here are 10 of the Best Eateries in Durban, for a variety of reasons... Freedom Café, Greyville (for the novelty) If fire-engine red shipping containers and ceramic sausage-dog salt and pepper holders sound like fun, then the food is sure to please you too, for this little café is both av...
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Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village
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Tantalize your tastebuds in Stanford Village

Described by many as resembling a scene from 'A River Runs Through It', Stanford village possesses the idyllic, dreamy charm of an epic romantic film. Children fish from the jetties while Gymnogenes call nearby; residents hit the river with their canoes early in summer for a 'country gym session', while horse-riders saddle up for long out-rides in the mountains. Stanford has quietly been attracting 'swallows', investors, weekenders, visitors and residents to its sleepy river banks over the past few years, shaking things up for the better. This small Overberg town now boasts award-winning wi...
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Breakfast at Parc Cafe in Glenwood, Durban
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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 ...
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La Piazza – Ooh La La
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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...
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10 cozy coffee spots with fireplaces in Cape Town
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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 ...
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De’Ma Restaurant in Umhlanga
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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...
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The Press Club in Umhlanga Centre
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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...
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A Visit To Oysters R Us Is A Must
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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...
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Stretta Cafe – An Eatery Gem
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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 ...
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Marvellous Meat and Music At Mzoli’s Place
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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...
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My hunt for the perfect chilli poppers in Cape Town
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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...
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Bistro 98 at Dunkirk Estate – A Review
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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...
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Sunday Lunch at the Fig Tree Restaurant
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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...
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