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Café Paradiso – patio dining in Kloof street, Cape Town
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Café Paradiso – patio dining in Kloof street, Cape Town

Nothing like a Sunday morning brunch with views out over the city bowl, and Table Mountain as your backdrop. Somehow these Madame Zingara types manage to get it right every time, and Café Paradiso is no exception (the restaurant is one of several that fall under the Madam Zingara umbrella). The buzz on Kloof Street is evident no matter what time of the week you get there, but a weekend in summer it's even more so. Scooters scoot by - their young, hip, tanned and trendy bearded drivers in sneakers and little else, taxis teem, people lope by in scant, fashionable clothing and parking spaces, ...
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Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review
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Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery – A Review

Burnedale Centre and Pottery Gallery is a relatively new kid on the block in Umhlali but its well worth a visit – I was suitably impressed. Originally a farm, Burnedale is named after an Irishman, John Burne, who as a young man, came to South Africa as part of the 82nd Foot Connaught Rangers Regiment in 1843.  Years later, in 1861 he finished his years of service, moved to Umhlali and built his home on the current site of Burnedale. The farm and house have now been transformed into a fantastic venue offering a coffee shop, the unique ‘One of a Kind’ where you can find all sorts of gorgeo...
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Mundo Vida in Umdloti – A Review
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Mundo Vida in Umdloti – A Review

A friend of mine from the Eastern Cape was recently in KwaZulu Natal for a 40th birthday party so we used the opportunity to catch up over lunch. Our venue of choice was Mundo Vida in Umdloti.  I had eaten there a number of years ago but it definitely doesn’t fail to impress second time around! Mundo Vida is a stylish, contemporary restaurant located slap bang on the beachfront in Umdloti – any closer to the sea and you’d be wriggling your toes in the sand! The views of the Indian Ocean are magnificent; it’s a superb setting for a long lunch or an early dinner to watch the sunset. The re...
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Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review
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Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali – A Review

Every girl needs a happy place and for me, that place is Sage Café and Deli in Umhlali.  Situated in the ‘newer’ part of Umhlali, Sage focuses on healthy, freshly prepared meals ranging from breakfasts to light snacks, lunches and delicious cakes. Some of the delights on offer for breakfast are mushrooms on toast (absolutely delicious and an enormous portion to boot), Eggs Benedict, a traditional breakfast, a range of omelettes, the ever popular Sage flapjacks served with bacon, potato rosti with smoked salmon and wholewheat toast with cream cheese, anchovette paste, capers, rocket and Parm...
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Anatoli – A little piece of Istanbul in De Waterkant
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Anatoli – A little piece of Istanbul in De Waterkant

Anatoli has been around since the year dot – 1984, if I'm not mistaken. So I'm not uncovering a little gem here. But this popular culinary experience in de Waterkant still deserves a mention, simply for the experience. Food, like everything else these days, is all about the adventure; the sense of pleasure when there is an invitation to overload the senses. Anatoli is wizardry is motion – or is that poetry. Either noun fits the bill. The food, your reason for being there, is incredible. But so are the waiters, the taste, the sound, the atmosphere - that all combine to leave one feeling pamp...
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Lunch at Surval Boutique Olive Estate
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Lunch at Surval Boutique Olive Estate

It was the day after the wedding, so sleep had been minimal and of course we had danced the night away so stomachs were grumbling. It was also a birthday so we had more than enough excuses to head off into the town of Oudtshoorn for lunch. The day was a scorcher so I was really happy to be in an air conditioned car instead of my own which is almost like a sauna. We had driven past Surval on our way to Karusa Vineyards earlier in the week and had heard that is was a good spot for lunch. The restaurant at Surval Boutique Olive Estate is set on an olive estate and is a relatively new develo...
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Vista Café – A modern day relic like no other
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Vista Café – A modern day relic like no other

Vista Café needs no introduction to anyone who works around Cape Town's foreshore. The café is not only inundated with the breakfast, lunch and coffee crowd but it has also been around for thirty or so years – not necessarily in the same building or under the same name, but run by the Da Souza family since time immemorial. I rush in here one morning, my car standing illegally idling outside gasping for a chicken pie (not the car, me). I don't usually gasp for chicken pies, it isn't my style at all. Neither is it the type of food I eat. Anyone who knows me would do a convincing jaw-drop-and-...
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Enjoying The Perfect Coffee In Port Elizabeth
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Enjoying The Perfect Coffee In Port Elizabeth

The promise of a good cup of coffee has driven men to some dramatic extremes. The smell of a good brew roasting and percolating is, probably, one of the most comforting and enticing aromas known to someone that appreciates quality coffee. A good coffee shop must, of course, serve superior coffee and, for that matter, teas and other beverages. However, the complementary food also needs to live up to a high standard for the establishment to qualify. The following places are those that, along with an excellent cup of coffee in Port Elizabeth (or latté, cappuccino, espresso, etc), also boas...
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Zoete Zonde in Ballito
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Zoete Zonde in Ballito

On Monday, January 7th I slipped back into routine again, and with that came the end of the festive season indulging, or should that be overindulging? Luckily for me however the line in the sand was drawn on January 7th which meant I had enough time to slot in a visit to Zoete Zonde on January 6th! My father had read about the coffee shop and because I’m always on the lookout for a decent coffee we popped in on our way home from Ballito. The slogan for Zoete Zonde in Ballito is ‘your sweet sin’ and indeed it is. The menu is substantial enough that one has a fantastic choice of meals but...
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Red Sofa Café, Vredehoek – ‘I Know This Great Little Coffee Shop’
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Red Sofa Café, Vredehoek – ‘I Know This Great Little Coffee Shop’

Red Sofa Café is low-key, seriously sophisticated and perched on the rise of one of Vredehoek's fashionable streets – on the corner of Derry and Exner. Its WiFi access and plate o' bacon (yes, that's a plate of only bacon) seems to have done the trick as the place is already teeming at 9am with the I-work-from-home-but-actually-in-a-café types that manage to look as though they earn their dough simply sipping the froth on cappuccinos and moving their mouse(s) occasionally. Off to one side (I check) rests the red sofa for which the spot is named, although most of the clientèle are per...
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Skye Bistro at Fordoun Hotel and Spa – A review
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Skye Bistro at Fordoun Hotel and Spa – A review

Skye Bistro is a fine dining restaurant situated in the heart of the spectacular KwaZulu Natal Midlands and has a reputation as being one of the best eateries on the popular Midlands Meander. From scrumptious farm style breakfasts to tasty light lunches to sumptuous dinners, the restaurant’s varied menu is reported to cater for almost every palate and I was quite eager to experience first hand what they had to offer. Forming part of the award-winning Fordoun Hotel and Spa in the beautiful Nottingham Road area, the Skye Bistro has a unique appeal that differentiates it from other restaurants...
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Drinking In Port Alfred
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Drinking In Port Alfred

Port Alfred is part of the gorgeous Sunshine Coast of the Eastern Cape of South Africa. It is a small seaside town that is a favourite amongst holiday-makers over December and January, boasting stunning beaches and the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Out of season, though, Port Alfred is a small hub in which the locals know one another. There is a distinctive laid-back attitude that gives this town an inviting, social atmosphere. Pubs have always been known for having very much the same ambience – social, relaxed and friendly. So, visiting the pubs of Port Alfred is a must for those wantin...
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Hillcrest Berry Farm – Indulging In Berries And The View
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Hillcrest Berry Farm – Indulging In Berries And The View

Just about everyone in Cape Town has heard of Hillcrest berries – you can buy the brand in the frozen food section of Pick n Pay, and they probably supply Woolworths and Melissa's too. You'll find Hillcrest Berry Farm on the crest of the hill of Helshoogte Road as you rise above Stellenbosch, east of the university town. You'll want to visit them for their high tea, their lunches and the unbeatable views out over the Groot Drakenstein and Jonkershoek Mountains. The whole farm is beautiful. Most people don't venture much beyond the veranda of the restaurant, which is attached to their shop -...
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Moyo Brings Soul to Kirstenbosch
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Moyo Brings Soul to Kirstenbosch

Silver Tree Restaurant out. Moyo in. What a change for Kirstenbosch. I wasn't a fan of the former lower garden restaurant at Kirstenbosch. It suffered from the syndrome 'we have the monopoly thus do not have to deliver anything special' – unfortunate for Kirstenbosch - but often the case with restaurants in reserves, national parks or small towns where there is no competition to up the ante. I hadn't sampled the menu at moyo (the restaurant uses lower case, it's not me being cute) but I'd heard all about them - Johannesburg Hotel website votes moyo Melrose Arch one of the top 3 restauran...
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The Eaves Restaurant At Granny Mouse Country House
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The Eaves Restaurant At Granny Mouse Country House

Known for its award-winning menu and fine dining, The Eaves restaurant at Granny Mouse Country House in the KwaZulu Natal Midlands is indeed a fantastic restaurant as I discovered when I visited the establishment for lunch recently. Situated a little way off the well-known R103 that runs through the heart of the Midlands Meander, Granny Mouse Country House is about a 30-minute drive from KwaZulu Natal’s capital, Pietermaritzburg, and about an hour and a half from Durban, the provinces’ tourism hub. An avenue of elegant looking trees flanked the dust road that led up to the establishment, wh...
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