• Chefs Warehouse

    Cape Town is quickly making a name for itself as a foodie haven – remember when we only had Giovanni’s to rave about? Just have a look at Bree Street in the last two years – it’s fast becoming the food hub of Cape Town. I can’t wait to see what happens over the next two years!

    Chefs Warehouse on Bree is not new to Cape Town, but having recently moved to Bree Street it has become quite the trendy tapas hangout spot. I’ve visited the foodie shop inside the restaurant a few times but never actually had a meal. Finally I got to try it out last week.

    The whole setting is very cool indeed. The chef – Liam Tomlin – adds a nice touch by personally delivering each platter on a massive wooden board – explaining what the choice of tapas is for the day. More on the restaurant in a second..

    The foodie shop is somewhat irritating, as you want to buy all the knives and cool brass shiny pots. I’d take cash and leave my cards at home if I were you.  The cook book selection is impressive and great for Christmas shopping.

    You can also purchase from their deli, which features the likes of Rillette of Duck or Pork, Potted Shrimp, Potted Crab, Chicken Liver Parfait (with grape chutney) and… the list goes on – are you hungry yet? I think the next time I have guests over I will be visiting their cold fridge for entrées..

    Back to the restaurant – the menu is simple.. For lunch there is ‘Tapas For 2′ and that changes all the time. On this particular day we were spoilt with squid, corn risotto, seared tuna, sliced venison and lamb. The lamb was the classic ‘falling off the bone’ (with fat dripping) and was absolutely delicious! Honestly, we didn’t even have to chew.

    For dessert we had a Chocolate Hazelnut Fondant with Orange Ice Cream. Now how do you think that tasted? If you guessed DELICIOUS, you’d be correct.

    Give Chefs Warehouse a bash – it’s just fab!

    And did I mention they have a chocolate brown labrador? I wonder if it would be ok to take Lacoste along for lunch?

    chefswarehouse.co.za

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  • Poetry

    Sudden cravings require one whole baguette and lots of honey! My best tip is to slightly heat the baguette so that it’s crispy – then the butter melts, the honey drips and with some freshly brewed tea, it all blends into one!

    I walked into Poetry the other day and was so taken aback by all their dresses this season. From stripes and vintage lace baby-doll inspired dresses, to kaftan beach dresses – I was in the changing rooms in a second! The stripe dress you see in the pic is the one I walked away with – perfect style for ladies with a bun in the oven! The shoes were actually an after thought – I noticed them while I was paying and didn’t have the energy to try them on. It also helps pretend you’re spending that much if you do it quickly – “size 7 please, and pop them into the bag quickly please..”

    Thanks, Poetry – I enjoyed that spontaneous mid-week shopping.

    www.poetrystores.co.za/poetry-adeline-skater-dress

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  • A kaftan this summer?

    There are so many different ways to wear a kaftan, I think that’s why I love them so much! Over a bikini, over denims with a massive basket to the market, and – one of my classic faves – is ‘beach-to-bar,’ with panama hat and a cool bright-coloured Madwa clutch in hand!

    I had quite a few kaftan enquiries on the weekend, which only means one thing – summer is here at last! Thanks so much to my regular kaftan shoppers for all your support. And to those of you who have not yet got one – they also happen to be the perfect Christmas gift this season!

    If you are not quite sure about shopping my kaftans online just send me an email (sam@cafeducap.com) and I will send a few your way to try on.

    x

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  • Picnic in the forest

    Vergelegen wine farm is no ordinary estate. It happens to have a Camphor forest and offers visitors a chance to picnic amongst giant peacocks, white table cloths, picnic baskets and roaming waiters. The walk from the car park to the picnic in itself is mesmerising. The Library – originally a winery built in 1816 – was converted to a library during the Phillips era. It is now home to a priceless collection of Sir Lionel Phillips books including ancient and modern history, travel journals and a small collection of Afrikana and French volumes. The grand oak trees, over 300 years old and believed to be the oldest living oak tree in Africa are also a sight to behold, but the rose garden in full bloom was truly a hit for me.

    when you first enter the camphor forest, it feels a bit like something from Lord Of The Rings. We thought we might be sharing lunch with ancient elves and hobbits. there is one very over-friendly and naughty  peacock who gets up close and personal whilst you snack on your picnic. He quite confidently expects you to surrender some of your baguette!

    The picnic itself is nothing to write home about… the usual stuff like hams, potato salad and a very simple cheese platter at the end with coffee -but that’s ok, because the experience of eating in this ancient forest is quite clearly the main highlight.

    Check out their website and book here.

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  • Spring Cleaning

    I mentioned a few weeks back on my picture worthy story that I was getting our garden ready for summer. I think that should go for our home as well. Out with dusty unwanted things and in with the new!

    Like the Christmas cards from last year need to get chucked, as spring cleaning cupboards take priority – even Lacoste has a special cupboard which gets a spring clean. All the chunky jerseys and coats need to be packed away. Except, of course, for my beloved trench – which always stays no matter what!

    Winter boots get boxed and stored, summer dresses unpacked, sandals  unpacked, and the Bensimon sneakers are thrown into the washing machine. That reminds me – the annual visit to the Havaianas store is needed.

    The orchids get swopped around in the greenhouse – the bulbs come in and the stems with no orchids go out for a much needed rest and some bright light. Even the in-door trees get a wipe down. It is only fair that the ones that have barely survived play musical chairs with the healthy ones. This means they all get a turn to be closer to the sun streaming through the window.

    And last but not least – the gin and tonics gets stacked, the silver gets a polish and voila – home is ready for tea with the family this Sunday!

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  • The Blue Cafe

    We love trying new breakfast places, especially when they’re down the road in Tamboerskloof! This one is something of a neighbourhood heirloom, as it has been around since 1904, trading under numerous names. We all knew it as the Daily Deli before, but now it is The Blue Café - a divine place that is just so quaint and cute, and – most importantly – the coffee is great!

    The houses over the road make for a stunning backdrop with their cute little gardens and neat patios in the front. The menu is small, a few breakfast dishes, cakes and croissants and freshly baked bread. What more could you ask from a café in your neighbourhood?

    The Blue Cafe
    13 Brownlow Road
    Tamboerskloof

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  • Car Spotting Tamboerskloof

    We spotted this vintage merc on the way to the Blue Cafe.

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  • Frenchtique

    My due date is Feb which means getting the baby room ready is taking priority at the mo. I have never really been into cheesy baby rooms, so my plan has been to keep with our general theme of the house and by the end – with all the teddies, toys and Wind in the Willow prints on the walls – the room would naturally start looking like a kid’s room. Instead of a compactum we decided  to keep an eye out for an antique chest of drawers. This has been a bit tricky in finding because the changing mat had to fit perfectly on-top and most of the chests were too small. After a few weeks of searching on the net with no luck, we decided that this past Saturday would be the day we would walk from one end of Woodstock to the other to find the piece. First stop was Frenchtique and I am thrilled to tell you that there were no more stops after this.

    As we walked inside we got so excited that we clean forgot what we were looking for! There were  rocking chairs, old paintings in the most beautiful antique frames, chandeliers and the biggest gold framed authentic mirrors leaning against the walls  - which is my favourite thing to do with big mirrors at home. Eventually, right at the back of the store we found the piece – it was actually the only chest of drawers in the whole store and it just happened to be perfect! We walked away after a little bartering session (combo-price included an old framed sketch and an antique chair…. I love having mix and match lonely chairs around the house against the walls, to display hats and books) and went home without trying another shop in Woodstock.

    The chest and the sketch are my last few pics on the post! Here is the website of Frenchtique, it’s a must for a Saturday morning!

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  • Picture Worthy

    For the last few weeks I have been getting the garden ready for summer. A few visits to the nursery and a couple of plants later I think we can safely say we are half way there. Again, I cannot wait to have a farm so I can plant loads of shrubs that can look overgrown instead of continuously buying perennial plants from season-to-season that don’t last that long.

    The Hydrangeas are starting to flower and this year they are white ,which means all my nutrient feeding during the winter to make the soil more nitrogen-rich has paid off. Last year they were turning pink and when I bought them they were supposed to be white. Me and my problems… I tell you!

    Anyway I took so many pics this last weekend while playing in the garden – I thought I would share.

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  • The Beach

    Now is the time to be heading for the beach – it’s not too hot, the crowds haven’t arrived and it makes you understand – yet again – why we live in Cape Town! The schedule goes something like this: wake up around 8.00 to a sulking Lacoste - she knows it’s her beach day – and is waiting in anticipation for us to get our lazy bums our of bed. We head on down to Camps Bay and walk along the length of the beach, while Lacoste says hello to everyone and their dogs walking past. The half-way mark are the rock pools which we all get into (if it’s warm enough – otherwise it’s just Lacoste!). I normally get called a wuss if I don’t get in, but at six  months pregnant they go easy on me if I decide to sit and watch all the fun. From there it’s the usual table on the pavement at Caprice where we have a cheeky bacon and egg stack, while the little one has a snooze at our feet. Then it’s back up the road to begin our Sunday at home. It’s amazing how long your day is without a hangover!

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  • The Dream

    One of my dreams is to have a small get-away farm, just two hours out of Cape Town with the biggest veggie patch and millions of chickens running around (with the obligatory silly names). My own little Babylonstoren to play in.. What a dream hey? How could we not all want this dream living in South Africa, where farming is a way of life.  In the meantime I haven’t managed to persuade Seth to get me chickens for the garden at home, so for now the guinea fowl in the neighbourhood will  have to do! On the way home from work this week I noticed the latest round of chicks have just hatched – how sweet!

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  • Schoon de Companje, Stellenbosch

    After our visit to Kooperasie Stories – which I told you about earlier in the week – we went on to Stellies, to walk around the village. I haven’t done that yet this summer, and the big oak trees paving the streets in-between the Cape Dutch houses certainly do bring on a sense of pride. We really do need to get out more and experience what all the tourists come here to do!

    Our tummies were grumbling by now, so the first stop was Schoon de Companje - that was only if they had a table available - which lucky for us they did! There is so much to take in while you put your order in… flowers to-go, organic vegetables (in such a beautiful stand), fresh bread to-go and their ‘honest’ chocolate, which I could not resist taking a pack home. Oh, and their butchery with one very good looking butcher (blush)..

    There was a big poster on the wall advertising live music playing that evening, so I’m sure at night the place turns into a student craze – aaah – those were the days!

    The coffee was yummy and the chocolate brownie which I posted on my weekend inspiration coffee-table-shot was too delicious!

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  • Lacoste

    #photos #lifestyle # CapeTown #CampsBayBeach

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  • Kooperasie Stories – R45 (between Paarl & Franschhoek) Simondium

    My mum and I grabbed an Uber for a day adventuring around Franschhoek & Stellenbosch – so much easier than juggling Google maps and a steering wheel! 

    Kooperasie Stories is like walking into a shop somewhere in Provence. You really can get lost for a hours in their treasure trove as you forget that you’re somwhere on the wine route in the Western Cape! Yes, they are quite pricey but I guess that’s what happens when you rely on them to travel around the French countryside, finding old bath tubs and putting them onto a container – eventually finding its way into your dream farmhouse bathroom! I put quite a few items on my list I’ve budgeted to get over the next few months! And with those price tags I better do it slowly..

    If you are looking to add some French country flair to your home (and have a couple of hours to spare) make a day of it at the legendary Kooperasie Stories!

    BTW if you do take Uber make sure you ask the driver to wait, as you won’t find an Uber to get you back!

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  • Coffee and choc brownies at Schoon de Companje in Stellenbosch

    #SchoondeCompanje #Stellenbosch

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