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Lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe in Durban
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Lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe in Durban

During the September school holiday I met friends for lunch at the Circus Circus Beach Cafe on Durban’s beachfront. Circus Circus has been around in Durban since 1996 and although I’ve frequented both the Musgrave and Gateway franchises (and the Pietermaritzburg branch come to think of it); I’d never visited the beach café. To be honest, it had been many a year since Id last been to the Durban beachfront. I certainly hadn’t been since the area had been redeveloped for the 2010 FIFA World Cup and I was pleasantly surprised with the upgrades. Located below Mini Town, the Circus Circus ...
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Tantalize Your Taste Buds At The Taproom
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Tantalize Your Taste Buds At The Taproom

Not only does Devils Peak Brewery create some of the best craft beer in sunny Cape Town, but it now also offers an incredibly trendy bar to sit and drink these luscious beers. The Taproom is stylish and chic, its decor is intriguing, very quirky and inviting. There is an old, original, working pac-man machine, which draws alot of attention, because lets face it, who can resist a game of pac-man! The views are spectacular and it’s not hard to see why this hot spot attracts so many customers. Apart from the regular brews, there is also a line of experimental beers at the bar, where you...
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1 helluva good reason to stop off at Riviersonderend – Ou Meul Bakery
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1 helluva good reason to stop off at Riviersonderend – Ou Meul Bakery

I won't beat around the bush. The N2 is filled with farmstalls, so best I get my punt in quickly or you'll miss out. Riviersonderend, the town most people simply pass through, is your number one pie stop. Forget Peregrine or Houwhoek farmstalls (even if Peregrine is the spot for fresh apples and Houwhoek is charming). If it's delicate pastry pies that taste a little bit like heaven, and look good enough to twist even a seasoned dieter's arm, then the Ou Meul bakery is where you should head (along with everyone else in the know!)... You'll find the Ou Meul bakery just beyond the Shell gar...
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Simonsig – The perfect place for a winter lunch
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Simonsig – The perfect place for a winter lunch

Even on winter’s day, driving through the gates of Simonsig Estate in Stellenbosch is an experience.  Tall trees line the pathway that leads you past their 210 hectares of vineyards and towards their Cuvee Restaurant on the right. Making my way past barrels of some of their most popular offerings such as Kaapse Vonkel, South Africa’s first Methode Cap Classique and a quiet courtyard in the sun, the glass doors slide open inviting you into the trendy, chic Cape Dutch restaurant and tasting room. It is the perfect combination of old treasures and tradition with chic and modern design.  An ...
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Curry at the Salt Rock Hotel
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Curry at the Salt Rock Hotel

We stopped in at the Salt Rock Hotel for an early dinner on the way home from Gateway on Saturday evening – our original idea was to have a burger but as we had arrived shortly after 17h00 (which is when the snack bar menu stops being served) we had to opt for a curry instead. Not that this was second prize – the curry at the Salt Rock Hotel is legendary in these parts, and this one came up trumps! Although the Salt Rock Hotel has a dining room and verandah area which looks out onto beautiful gardens, we chose to sit out on the deck to make the most of the balmy weather and magnificent ...
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Places to get your fish and chips fix in Cape Town
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Places to get your fish and chips fix in Cape Town

Whilst my British friends continue to tell me how good fish and chips really are the UK, I persuade them to taste ours in Cape Town first.  We have some really great spots where you can enjoy a seaside view and fresh fish and hot chips at cheap prices. Here’s a few of my favourites ... Lucky Star, Kalk Bay This has slowly become a favourite of mine largely due to its position just below Harbour House and at the entrance of Polana in Kalk Bay Harbour.  You can grab your fish and chips to go and sit along the harbour walls watching people fish over the edge and seals climb up the stairs for th...
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Sapore in Nottingham Road
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Sapore in Nottingham Road

As mentioned in a previous blog, we spent the Woman’s Day long weekend in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands town of Nottingham Road. We were guests of a wedding at Bellwood and with the service taking place at 14h00 but dinner to only be served about five hours later, the wedding literature sent with the invitation subtly hinted that a decent lunch of some kind would be advisable (you know, to line the stomach that a free bar normally plays havoc with!) We took this advice on board and with three weddings in Nottingham Road that day, booked a table at Sapore earlier in the morning. There is nothin...
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Warm restaurants to dine and drink at this Winter!
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Warm restaurants to dine and drink at this Winter!

When the rain and the wind are pumping in Cape Town, no one wants to leave the house.  But why give up on the chance to wine and dine just because it’s cold.  Whilst Cape Town really does come alive in the summer when Capetonians take every opportunity to dine al fresco, there are some cosy restaurants offering delicious meals beside the fireside. Photograph: Café Paradiso, Upper Kloof Street, Cape Town Here are a few of my favourites ... Polona, Kalk Bay I really do love this funky venue below Harbour House in Kalk Bay harbour.  Grab a couch, sip cocktails and enjoy the warmth of the ...
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Blueberry Hill Cafe in Nottingham Road
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Blueberry Hill Cafe in Nottingham Road

Perched on the top of a hill, in a fairly nondescript, barn-like building on Netherwood Farm in Nottingham Road is Blueberry Hill Cafe. We attended a wedding at Bellwood over the Womans Day long weekend and with our self catering accommodation at Netherwood at the bottom of the hill that Blueberry Café is perched upon, it made sense to start the day here. My husband and I were the first people to arrive and after pulling the huge sliding doors open were greeted by the friendly staff and more importantly a blazing log fire … the weather was freezing – in fact the mercury had hovered around 4...
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Little Havana
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Little Havana

With a farmer, who works most weekends, for a husband, we don’t often find the time to go out for a decent meal but after sampling the dishes on offer at the Taste of Durban festival a few weeks back and really enjoying the wasabi calamari that Little Havana served, we were eager to see what else they had on the menu. We made the 45 minute drive from Stanger to Umhlanga on Friday evening, stopping first at Gateway Theatre of Shopping to watch a movie and after that made our way to Granada Square at 16 Chartwell Drive for our dinner reservation at Little Havana. The restaurant has the ben...
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A Quick Bite at Mo-zam-bik in Ballito – a review
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A Quick Bite at Mo-zam-bik in Ballito – a review

It was date night on Friday night, but more to the point I really didn’t feel like cooking so my husband and I headed to Ballito for a quick bite to eat. We had heard good reviews about a restaurant called Mo-zam-bik so thought we would give it a try. The concept of Mo-zam-bik is a family restaurant based on the authentic Mozambiquen barraca (or hut); a place where one can get a delicious meal and sip on a Mozambiquen beer or a cocktail in a no frills but friendly, chilled out atmosphere. What Mo-zam-bik advertises Mo-zam-bik certainly delivers; the Ballito branch is a double storey bui...
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Breakfast at Zaras Café in Ballito – A Review
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Breakfast at Zaras Café in Ballito – A Review

Saturday was errand day in Ballito for my husband and I and as a reward for sitting in the traffic winding its way down to the Mr Price Pro surfing competition I treated us to breakfast at Zaras Café in the Lifestyle Centre. Zaras must have the prime spot in the centre; the paved outside area lends itself perfectly to al fresco dining with tables and chairs tucked under umbrellas for shade while the stacking glass doors let loads of light into the interior of the restaurant. It is definitely my favourite spot to grab a coffee or a bite to eat. The menu is extensive with dishes concen...
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Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review
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Dinner at Da Vincenzo in Kyalami – a review

At the beginning of June I spent a weekend in Midrand, visiting my brother. Coming from a smallish town on the Dolphin Coast of KwaZulu Natal, a town that boasts a Spur as its only eatery, you can imagine my delight and enthusiasm at having a wide choice of restaurants to have dinner at! Our Saturday night venue was Da Vincenzo in Kyalami. Da Vincenzo, as its name implies, is a family run Italian restaurant owned by Vincenzo and Maureen Incendario. The recipes Vincenzo uses are all derived from recipes his mother brought to South Africa from Napoli and the restaurant itself dates back 3...
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Dinner at Al Pescatore in Ballito – a review
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Dinner at Al Pescatore in Ballito – a review

A few weeks ago we had lunch at the well known Ballito eatery Al Pescatore. This Italian and seafood restaurant has been operating since 1989 and is well of the oldest and most popular restaurants on the Dolphin Coast. Located slap bang on the beach – overlooking Clark Bay in fact, Al Pescatore is popular with both the older and younger generations. The restaurant has a stylishly decorated interior while the wooden deck outside appeals to the younger, more casual crowd who want to come off the beach and have a relaxed lunch. I like the idea of eating on the deck (which is closed in w...
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Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks
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Burgers at The Dogs Bollocks

I have been hearing about The Dogs Bollocks for ages and have just not managed to get there, the other day this all changed. A little bit of background, if you haven't yet heard of The Dogs Bollocks then listen up. This is a little burger joint that is found down a road and in a sort of lane. You'll sit on garden furniture and get to eat a scrumptious burger. This burger joint was started in 2011 and has been growing from strength to strength. It is all about the burger, there is nothing fancy about The Dogs Bollocks (don't expect the fine dining experience of a restaurant in Cape Town) and...
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