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Outdoorsy Cape Summer

December 18, 2018

"And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer."

- F.Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

This week we will be looking at some activities over and above the usual summer/beach/cocktail-type fun. It’s the perfect time of year, don’t forget your sunscreen.

#Summerfun

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Grab-and-go picnic ideas - Olive Branch Deli - Part 3

December 13, 2018

On the picturesque and ever-busy Kloof street you will find this beautiful little Deli where the passion for food translates into every item they make and stock. This is a community grocer with an interest in social upliftment and supporting the smaller artisan producers and various cottage industries. 

The Olive Branch also supplies many of the top Cape restaurants with difficult-to-source ingredients, as well as believing in a holistic approach to health and food.

The shops is an amazing old-worldy experience, and you should stock up on their artisan ancient grain breads, their meticulously pickled olives, feta and dolmades to your heart's content.

Once you’ve stocked up, pack your backpack and head up to the best view in the world, Lions Head. On a scale of 1-10 this is about a 6.5 (depending on your fitness), but well worth the effort!

URL: http://www.olivebranchdeli.com

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

Where: Lifestyle on Kloof, KLoof Street, Gardens

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Grab-and-go picnic ideas - Sacred Ground Deli - Part 2

December 12, 2018

From Constantia to Franschhoek, we’re off to yet another of the world’s premier wine producing regions, specifically in The Square, a beautiful neck of the woods.

Sacred Ground is a Deli and a bakery and a roastery all in one, with a penchant for the wholesome and the organic.

You really have the option of either grabbing all the items you want to “assemble” for your picnic later, or rab something directly off the deli menu (where they use all the items sold in the shop in any case). Either way, you are bound to walk away with something delicious!

If you want an express option, grab a gourmet baguette, such as the pulled pork belly with gherkins and mustard, or the simply salmon with smoked salmon, avocado, cucumber, black sesame seeds and beetroot aioli, delish!

Grab your goodies and head off to Mont Rochelle Nature Reserve to enjoy the tranquility within the UNESCO Cape Winelands Biosphere Reserve. It’s a place of such beauty, you won’t have to stray far from your parked car to find a spot to unfurl your blanket and devour your spoils :-)

URL: http://www.sacredground.co.za/

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

Tel: +2721 876 2759

Where: 36 Huguenot Street, The Square, Franschhoek

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Grab-and-go picnic ideas - Chardonnay Deli - Part 1

December 11, 2018

Chardonnay Deli is situated in Constantia, in the lap of vineyards and rolling mountain slopes, surrounded by luscious green in all directions. 

While they may call themselves “an upmarket farm stall”, they really are so much more. Created by an ensemble of catering chefs they pride themselves on a variety of healthy and homemade products. They stock everything from basic grocery items to local farm produce, handmade home and lifestyle products and a lot more.

Spoil yourself on any of the amazing bakery goods including rustic cakes and breads, pies, quiches, pastries and cookies, and have it wrapped to go.

The Constantia/Tokai area is rife with beautiful wine estates and forests so you will not struggle to find a beautiful spot to roll out a blanket and tuck in. You may want to take a drive up Price Drive, the view is phenomenal.

URL: https://www.chardonnaydeli.co.za/

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

Tel: +2721 795 0606

Where: 87 Constantia Main Road, Constantia

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Day trips and coastlines - Long Beach Kommetjie Day Trip - Part 3

December 06, 2018

Long Beach is one of Cape Town’s most striking beaches, with a massive length of 8 kilometers of soft white sand, one lovely walk even passes a well-preserved 1900th Century shipwreck, known as the Kakapo.

While in the area you really must go and visit Imhoff’s farm, we have written about them extensively in the past and they are a must-see in the area. 

Also there is the Noordhoek Farm Village, with everything artisan, bespoke and organic that you could possibly wish for. 

Each of these excursions is also made exponentially better by tye fact that they are accompanied by a breathtaking and unforgettable drive through beautiful scenery.

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Day trips and coastlines - Big Bay Day Trip - Part 2

December 05, 2018

A little up the West Coast past Milnerton, in its own little bay next to Bloubergstrand, Big Bay is a popular spot for surfing, wind surfing and kite surfing. 

This is the beach with that view, the postcard one of Table Mountain, looking like it is cut out against the blue African Skies. 

A great place for a stroll-through is “Eden on the Bay” - with shops, restaurants and a series of pedestrian walkways, courtyards, open spaces and, of course, the beach.

Big Bay beach has Blue Flag status, making it one of the premier beaches in the world, after a picnic on the white sands drinking in the beauty of the bay, you will know why!

Alternatively head to YoGoodness for a healthy bite of the Inside Lounge for some tapas acnd cocktails.

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Day trips and coastlines - Historic Muizenberg Day Trip - Part 1

December 04, 2018

Muizenberg is one of those places that your hind-brain knows from old pictures of the Cape. The bright little painted beach houses, the ice cream on the promenade, there is something exceedingly familiar about Muizenberg which makes it a great place to go spend a day and explore.

Located on the point where the shore of the Cape Peninsula curves round to the east on the False Bay coast, Muizenberg has some of the best views you’ll ever see and a thriving seaside community.

Historically an affluent seaside town for holiday makers, Muizenberg had been frequented and loved from people as varied as Cecil John Rhodes to Agatha Christie!

There are also loads of little cafe’s, shops and antiquities dealers for you to spend the morning browsing and eating.

All in all, an amazing area.

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The build-up to Christmas fun - V&A Waterfront Magic of Christmas Show - Part 3

November 29, 2018

Brought to you by one of the most scenic, the most central and the most top-rated tourist destinations in South Africa, the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Magic of Christmas Show!

Definitely one for the kids, this is an interactive show featuring music, songs, dance and other festive surprises for the whole family to enjoy. There will be naughty elves, plenty of photo opportunities and chances to meet Merry Clause and her Candy Cane dancers. 

The ensemble is completed by all the favourites including Toy Soldiers, Jingle Bells and the beautiful Snow Fairy

Ths show travels from one  part of the Waterfront to the other, so make sure you’re at the right place at the right time (first floor between YDE and Mr Cobbs at 20:15).

URL: https://www.waterfront.co.za

Where: Victoria Wharf, Centre Court, V&A Waterfront

When: 14 - 17 December 2018

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