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Easter hunts, munches and moonlight - Egg hunt and Easter Lunch at Cellars Hohenort - Part 1

March 19, 2019

In the beautiful Constantia (long the home of the affluent with sprawling homes and vineyards) you can take the kids on a fun day out with a gorgeous three course lunch. This is an Easter feast of note, with the culinary team from The Conservatory whipping up all kinds of magic in preparation.

Expect to see choices like a seared Kudu carpaccio with pickled baby beets, shimeji mushrooms, wild rocket pesto, smoked almonds and a stunning black truffle emulsion. Or a herb-crusted pan-fried Kingklip & Kataifi wrapped prawn with braised baby leeks, lemon and a spring onion beurre blanc.

On the expansive grounds the kids can run until they are tired and look for easter eggs in the midst of idyllic beauty. 

There is a kids menu (available on request) with things more suitable to younger palates. 

Where: 93 Brommersvlei Road, Constantia

Date: Sunday 21 April 

Time: from 12h00 to 15h00

Bookings: coordinator@cellars-hohenort.co.za 

Phone Nr. +21 794 2137

Picture Credit: Cellars Hohenort

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Easter hunts, munches and moonlight

March 18, 2019

Easter spells out beauty, the rare beauty of new life.

  • S.D. Gordon

Easter is coming back around and once again we have curated a couple of special little activities to make the kids excited and to rekindle that inner joy in the hearts of adults. Happy Easter to all of you!

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Truckin’ in the food! - Didi's Bitchin Burritos_ FOOD TRUCK - Part 3

March 15, 2019

During the week you will find Didi’s at the Salt Circle Arcade in Woodstock, on weekends and during holidays? Pretty much anywhere, being mobile and on a constant quest for fun are a great set of attributes to bring to any meal. :-)

Rosie, the beautiful 1978 Volkswagen AutoVilla converted to rolling kitchen, is a sight for sore eyes and empty tummies. From here they serve tasty, quick and wholesome Mexican food, including (but not limited to) their signature “Bitchin’ Burritos”, Nachos, Quesadillas, Tacos and Salads.

The “No Hay Bronco - Chicken Burrito” infuses chipotle flavour into a tender chicken breast, all that smokey goodness, wrapped in a flour tortilla, very, very nice!

The food is freshly made, profoundly delicious and with our love for hand-food, perfect!

URL: http://www.didismexican.co.za 

F: https://www.facebook.com/DidisBurritosFoodTruck/ 

Where: Salt Circle Arcade, various markets and festivals.

Picture Credit: Didi's Bitchin Burritos_ FOOD TRUCK Facebook Page

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Truckin’ in the food! - Cosmo Cafe - Part 2

March 14, 2019

Cosmo Cafe is a food truck that allows you to whip around the world within one menu. They are a proudly South African, Black Female owned business which is making waves food truck and culinary world. 

The international fare on offer includes (but is not limited to):

Moroccan Tagines(Chicken/Lamb/Beef/Vegetables) and Couscous; New York Lox Bagel with homemade cream cheese and gravlax (a Scandinavian dish of dry-cured salmon marinated in herbs). Also available are Pakistani spicy mince lolly wraps with salsa and yoghurt Sauce; the good old Philly Cheesesteak (rump)and flavorful veggie or chicken Burrito including corn, red beans and cheese.

There are many, many more options but this should give you a taste of the breadth of the menu. All the food items are prepared fresh and with a great deal of love! <3

URL: https://www.cosmocafe.co.za 

F: https://www.facebook.com/CosmoCafeptyltd/ 

E: info@dcosmocafe.co.za 

Where: Festivals & Private Events, Sea Point Promenade (on sunny days)

Picture Credit: Cosmo Cafe Facebook Page

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Truckin’ in the food! - French Afrik Bistro - Part 1

March 13, 2019

You can find the lovely folks of Mon Ami at sporting events, concerts, markets, festivals and expos, elevating the flavour profile wherever they go. 

The food is a great eclectic selection of dishes, notable are the steak rolls, fresh salads and wraps with beef steak. The menu caters for all tastes and dietary requirements and if you need to “dip” a proverbial “toe” in, there is a food pairing menu that allows you to have little bits and pieces that were designed to be enjoyed together.

They really bring the best of French cooking sensibilities together with innovative new takes on classics (see the Nacho bowls and veg skewers, for instance).

Look these guys up at the next event you go to, or better yet, hire them for your private function, or wedding, you will not be disappointed.

URL: http://mon-ami.co.za 

F: https://www.facebook.com/monamifrenchafrikbistro/ 

E: frenchafrikbistro@gmail.com 

Where: Markets, Weddings, Festivals & Private Events

Picture Credit: MON AMI - French Afrik Bistro Facebook Page

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Truckin’ in the food!

March 12, 2019

The food truck phenomenon is huge, with boerewors rolls giving way to sushi, korean bbq and artisanal pizzas. Now the food is amazing, beautifully presented and on the move! You can find them at events, or even hire them out for private functions (in some cases), mobile food magic, yum!

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A spot of Heritage - Bo Kaap Museum - Part 3

March 07, 2019

The Bo-Kaap Museum gets its name from the surrounding suburb on the fringe of the Cape Town CBD. The area is vibrant and full of character, many of the brightly coloured houses are national monuments dating back to the 1750s.

Bo-Kaap’s inhabitants are descended from slaves that were brought from Africa, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the Indonesian Archipelago. Nowadays the area is 90% muslim, with the area still being incorrectly labelled as “The Malay Quarter”

The museum delves into historic issues of the area, the fears around forced removals and the socio-economic struggle of the residents of this neighbourhood. All of this juxtaposed against the political climate of the time in question.

It’s nice and central, you can easily turn this museum trip into a walking tour of bo-kaap and then a jaunt through the market quarter in the CBD.

URL: http://www.iziko.org.za/museums/bo-kaap-museum 

Where: 71 Whale Street, Bo Kaap

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A spot of Heritage - Dorp Street - Stellenbosch - Part 2

March 06, 2019

Stellenbosch (South Africa’s second oldest city) has often been called “Eikestad” (Afrikaans, City of Oaks) and if you visit Dorp Street, the why will become obvious to you in no time. 

You will find some of the most beautiful surviving examples of Georgian, Cape Dutch and Victorian architecture in the Cape. Take your time walking through the national monument (world heritage status) that is Dorp Street and enjoy its secluded lanes, water furrows, little cafes and restaurants. It is so “quaint” in all the best senses of that word. 

Surrounded by pristine views of mountains, vineyards and orchards the clear air and sheer beauty of the area will take your breath away.

Along the way you will see the Old Lutheran Church which dates back to 1851, and with a short detour you can have a look at the Rupert Museum, or pop into Drosty Street to view Moederkerk and a few more stunning buildings.

Must see: Oom Samie’s se Winkle, open since 1904, just go, you’ll see why :-)

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A spot of Heritage - The Castle Of Good Hope - Part 1

March 05, 2019

Built from 1666 - 1679, the Castle is the oldest surviving building in South Africa. The site has been the centre of civilian, political and military life at the Cape from approximately 1679, making it crucial to Cape Town life for approximately 350 years. 

Within the compound of the Castle itself you will find several exhibitions, such as the William Fehr Collection (managed by Iziko Museums of South Africa), a permanent ceramic exhibition (FIRED) and the Castle Military Museum.

Once upon a time these buildings housed a church, bakery, workshops, living quarters, offices, cells and numerous other facilities. 

Take the trip down to the cells and experience firsthand what it must have been like in the interminable darkness of those dank lock-ups.

Fun fact: The Castle’s pentagonal shape allowed for overlapping fields of fire from the cannons on the 5 bastions.

URL: http://castleofgoodhope.co.za 

F: https://www.facebook.com/capetowncastle/ 

E: info@castleofgoodhope.co.za 

Where: Darling St & Buitenkant St, Cape Town

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A spot of Heritage

March 04, 2019

You don't stumble upon your heritage. It's there, just waiting to be explored and shared.” 

-Robbie Robertson

The Cape was the first part of South Africa to be settled and thus has its fair share of historical sites of interest and heritage. This week we’ll look at three fine examples of history in the present day.

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