The Berghouse and Cottages

We are so lucky! The Drakensberg has been calling our names and we’re heading down this weekend to The Berghouse & Cottages. This magnificent farm is in the Northern Drakensberg and looks onto one of the most majestic landscapes in South Africa, The Amphitheater.

The farm has beautiful scenic hikes and tracks for mountain biking and trail running where often you will come across Zebra, horses, Eland or Baboons! Picnic spots that overlook the river or a cascading waterfall are all the reasons for visiting and most of all because I can call this beautiful place my HOME!

At the moment the farm looks a bit like an artists painting with black stripes creating checkerboards across the landscapes. These are from the firebreaks to control any fires that might dance across the dry veld. Although to some this might seem quite dull, the Drakensberg is sprinkled white with snow and in the evenings, the sunsets are like no other.

Each cottage is has a unique look about it with a “rustic-chic” feel as quoted by many of the visitors! Outside the cottages in their camps are the family favourites – the miniature horses. There are about eleven of these cheeky miniatures on the farm as well as the taller ponies we call “Basotho-ponies” that take the guests for out rides on the farm.

Have a look at this video to get a better idea visually of what I talk about. Here are a few pic’s my dad or I have taken of the farm and it’s beauty. More will most certainly follow after the weekend!

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Dear Me

Dear Me is a quaint yet quirky little cafe in Longmarket Street in Cape Town. The space is very simply done with gorgeous hanging ferns from the ceiling. Unfortunately we only had coffee (which was delightful) but I have heard that the food is wonderful as it is homemade, fresh and offers a variety of specialized foods for all preferences. Contact Dear Me if you would like to book out their space for seminars or events.

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Tashas Canal Walk

I haven’t spent time at Canal Walk in Cape Town but the other day we need to hire a tuxedo for a black tie wedding and popped. I have to admit it is a very overwhelming experience as this shopping centre must be one of the biggest I have ever been in! For lunch we decided to dine at Tashas.

I have always enjoyed the Tashas menu as it is so simple but ‘oh so delicious’! The atmosphere is always electric with brilliant service and a somewhat colonial, old fashioned look about their decor.

I had an incredible granita with apple, cucumber and mint and to eat I had an aubergine, beef and tahini yoghurt. See their menu here. Delicious!

I do know that all the Tashas cafes I have been to, they have all been worth their while and have never disappointed. Pay a visit to you nearest Tashas to see what I mean.

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The Drawing Room

The Drawing Room is a beautiful space situated in Station Road, Observatory Cape Town. A wonderful building with high ceilings has been transformed into a creative space where artists can enjoy a cup of coffee whilst sketching or friends can gather to enjoy a delicious cappuccino.

There are some gorgeous vintage looking pieces like old cabinets and fire places that make the space so unique and some pretty pastel bunting that frames the entrance making it so welcoming. The art exhibited at the moment is the story of “Farrah was not a Dalmatian” by Adrie le Roux which is a very cute children’s story of an English Pointer mistaken for a Dalmatian.

Our afternoon was spent enjoying Catherine’s baby shower which was such a special occasion since she is G’s sister! Her very good friend Dominique decorated the venue with such style and finesse. G’s mum and her friends baked the most delicious almond balls, lemon cakes and apricot tarts which was a perfect sweet ending to the cheese and biscuits snacks.

 

If you are in the area, visit The Drawing Room to get the creativity flowing and see who is next exhibiting on the walls.

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Zomato App

I am quite useless when it comes to apps and what the latest trends are regarding new apps for Android or iOS (…or in human terms for example, Samsung or Apple). I generally use my phone for phoning, texting or social media catch-ups but since I moved over to the Apple world, I have been exposed to apps! What a wonderful discovery! One app I would like to share, is the free app called Zomato . Have any of you downloaded it?

I have found living in the city very different compared to living in Durban where I could go to the beach to get out. Here in the city, we go to restaurants, cafes and pubs / bars. I absolutely love this alternative because there is just so much to choose from. Some expensive, some affordable. Some Thai cuisine, some Italian – which do you choose from?

Zomato has been the greatest site for me when choosing a restaurant. When first moving to Johannesburg, I wasn’t sure of where we were going when a friend would suggest a restaurant. I am always intimidated by menus, I am always the last one at the table to choose what I want – there is just too much choice!! I learnt to go online and check out the restaurant menu before heading out so that I knew the variety of food offered and familiarized myself with the menu so it wasn’t so difficult to choose. Zomato was always the first site to pick from when looking on Google.

Now that I have become accustom to Zomato, I downloaded their app and have been so fulfilled. It will ask for your location so that it can choose the various restaurants or bars in your area, it will give you the option of breakfast, lunch, supper or drinks and then defines the cuisine to which your growling tummy desires. Even better, it gives you the latest on trending places at that time. Hipster hangouts, hidden gems or tea times, you can choose. A list of places to see will be featured and many visitors to these places have reviewed what the restaurant / cafe is like regarding service or cleanliness. Very appealing! Recently Zomato have updated their software and when logging in to the app to greet you, “Hello Chanel.” to which you can then choose what your heart desires.

If you keep your locations services on, the app will pick out all the places that are closest to you for food or drink when moving around or travelling to different towns, cities or countries. Clever!

Let me know your favourite aspects of Zomato!

 

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Let’s Deli

At last we have our own Deli in town! I wrote about the wonderful Giovanni’s Deli here and am so thrilled to have our very own in close proximity. Let’s Deli opened up a few weeks ago and seems to be buzzing! Situated in the Lonehill Shopping Centre, Let’s Deli offer an array of wonderful fresh produce from different cheeses and meats to pickles and breads. The steak and boerewors we tried out the other day was delicious and the butcher, friendly and helpful! For the gluten free crowd, there is a full stand of pastas and produce for you too! What a pleasure it is to shop here and so look forward to this becoming a regular pit-stop for my dinners and weekend tapas styled picnics!

Brewtown Coffee Company

Who enjoys coffee? I certainly do! I love how the aroma grips you and drags you in where ever it is brewing. Walking through the Lonehill Shopping Centre the other day, a colleague and I passed Brewtown Coffee Company, a new coffee shop!

Being the coffee lovers we are, we had to stop and get a take-away coffee for the way back to the office. The shop has an industrial feel when looking up at the raw ceiling but with all the wood accents the shop elucidates warmth especially with the smell of coffee as you walk in. I had a Latte and Tracy had a Cappuccino, which were delicious. I will definitely be back and apparently they open up early for the Virgin Active gym members in the morning.

Catch them on Facebook and Twitter

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St Petersburg Ballet

I am ecstatic! We are going to the Ballet! Mum is coming up from the Drakensberg to join us at Monte Casino for the St Petersburg Ballet performance of Swan Lake tomorrow. They are also performing the beautiful Giselle and Don Quixote.

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Image courtesy of Sarah Weyman from bodymindballet.com

If you are still interested in going, go to the Monte Casino website for details on times and dates as well as Computicket.


Tulbagh

Tulbagh is a little town in the Western Cape only an hour and a half from Cape Town. We went not so long ago for a wedding which was at an amazing venue called Morgansvlei Country Estate. Just down the road through the town is Rijk’s Country House which was where we stayed, an absolutely exquisite setting scattered with grape vines and their own wine for tasting if you have the time.

My favourite little place in the town was the Restaurant Deli & Shop with antiques and vintage home accessories like tea cups, silver spoons and delicious nougat!

Let me know if you have visited Tulbagh and what your favourites were about the town!

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Parklife Music and Gourmet Food Festival

California has just had their Coachella festival where the fashion was published everywhere, so trendy, hippy style or rocker and all so different from one another. Have a look at The Blonde Salad’s Chiara Ferragni or Alessandra Ambrosio’s Instagram for the fashion that made statements!

Take a look at the fashion spotted at Johannesburg’s Parklife festival. High waisted shorts, big hats, retro glasses and the hippy style were all fashion trends that were most popular at the festival! What an amazing day it was to watch some of the greatest South African Bands like Jeremy Loops, Prime Circle, Monark Band, Gangs of Ballet as well as the international visitors American Authors and Modest Mouse!