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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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Oldest Pubs In South Africa
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Oldest Pubs In South Africa

There is no doubt about it – South Africans know how to enjoy a crisp, cold beer or a comforting glass of red, no matter what the occasion. We have a popular pub culture, especially in the smaller towns and cities. Some pubs have a lot of history and heritage, giving them a charm that just cannot be bought. Here are some of the most endearing and oldest Pubs in South Africa... The Fireman’s Arms (Cape Town) Situated on the corner of Buitengracht and Mechau streets, this pub was established in 1864. It is known for its superior meals, light snacks, beers and wines. The original building and ...
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Millers Thumb Restaurant
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Millers Thumb Restaurant

Millers Thumb restaurant, conveniently situated in the City Bowl of Cape Town, has been delighting the senses of local and international palates since 1995. When the owners, Solly and Jane, revamped this old-style home, opting for vibrant green and orange, it was clear that Kloof Nek Street was the home of one of the most exciting eateries in the Mother City.The minute you step inside, the cosy fireplace, wooden floors and friendly waitrons’ faces are only a small hint at the world-class flavours that are about to tantalise every sense and give your taste buds the VIP treatment.Having...
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Joburgs best delis and farmstalls
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Joburgs best delis and farmstalls

When the nights are closing in and the weather's nippy, long lunches and fireside dinners with friends are on the menu – preferably laden with real slow-cooked food. Delis and farmstalls are the new way to stock your shelves with food fit to share with friends, and worth the detour. Many of them stock locally supplied and home-made goodies that not only look beautiful, but also taste good.They're the budget equivalent of eating out, and in, as delis and markets supply nosh that is as easy to use for picnics as it is to translate into plate-filled fare at home. And perfect for the typical J...
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The Best Delis in Cape Town …
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The Best Delis in Cape Town …

Yesterday we took a good look at some of the best bakeries in Cape Town and today we take a look at the best deli's in town ... The Best Delis in Cape TownDeli Delish Whilst a scoot in and out will have you armed to the hilt with a series of dips, pâtés, olives, cheese, charcuterie and wines, you can also sit and enjoy breakfasts and sandwiches in style in the 120 year old farmhouse right in the midst of Hout Bay. Besides, the place buzzes, and the menu excites. Where? 8 Beach Crescent, Hout Bay, +27 (0)21 7905324 Giovanni's Some claim this is the best deli in the country. Unassuming ...
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The Best Bakeries in Cape Town…
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The Best Bakeries in Cape Town…

Cape Town is without doubt the foodie capital of South Africa. No offence to the other provinces, but the Cape is bursting with alternatives to supermarkets - sidewalk café culture, farmstalls, farmers' markets, bakeries, and delis – that make shopping out, to eat in, a complete pleasure.Our list of delis and bakeries are not exclusively one or the other – bakery or deli – many function as are both (if you provide bread, you'd be remiss not to also supply foods to go with bread). For either balmy autumn days, or lunches with friends in front of a fire, you can't go wrong with the delights ...
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Some of the Best Restaurants in Port Elizabeth
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Some of the Best Restaurants in Port Elizabeth

Port Elizabeth is the hub of the Eastern Cape and a popular tourist destination, particularly during summer. It is also bursting at the seams with awesome places to eat, often complete with stunning views of the sea.Being so spoilt for choice; we have identified some of our favourite spots to wine and dine in the Friendly City.Raasoie The inviting atmosphere of a restored old Walmer home is only the first little hint to the magnificence that awaits hungry patrons. The menu is extensive with plenty of vegetarian options. Although the focus is mainly on authentic Indian curries (such ...
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Caversham Mill Restaurant – The eternal heart of the Midlands Meander
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Caversham Mill Restaurant – The eternal heart of the Midlands Meander

It had been quite a while since I had visited the KwaZulu Natal Midlands, so I was looking forward to making the drive up from Pietermaritzburg to the Caversham Mill Restaurant, reported to be one of the best outdoor restaurants in South Africa. It was a beautiful winter’s day with clear blue skies and wonderfully picturesque countryside that the Midlands is famous for, and I felt privileged to live in such close proximity to what I will always consider a small piece of heaven on earth.Forty-five minutes later, we arrived at our destination and made our way to the establishment’s entrance,...
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Traffords Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Trip Down Memory Lane
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Traffords Restaurant in Pietermaritzburg – A Trip Down Memory Lane

Situated at 43 Miller Street in Pietermaritzburg, Traffords restaurant is one of Pietermaritzburg’s newest culinary attractions and is a unique establishment, as I discovered when I had dinner there recently. Owned by local businessperson Penny Hatting, Traffords is a throwback to the restaurants of the 1960s and 1970s, when fine dining was the order of the day.Hatting named the restaurant after her late father, Trafford Swanepoel, who loved fine food and fine restaurants and treated his family to meals at some of the best restaurants in the country. “Trafford’s epitomises the fine dining ...
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