The last four years have been one beautiful, crazy whirlwind. I am now married & share my heart with our gorgeous 18month old daughter. We live in the historic city of Bath, famous for the ancient Roman Baths, shopping and any number of quirky cafes & shops. Bath is a little slice of London, a whimsical window into the Georgian era, she promises country charm infused with a scattering of posh urbanites and delivers on almost every expectation.
Being a mother and wife to a sportsman affords me the privilege of travelling the world and most importantly allows me an annual visit back to South Africa where I can reset my roots and settle the score on any potential identity/nationality crisis I may ever face.
For now my posts are to be my own personal diary, something to dialogue what its like to be mama to Lucy Maria, a food lover, a fitness enthusiast, a book worm and an appreciator of all things beautiful. If I gain enough confidence and any vaguely interesting trends develop from my musings then perhaps I will post them one day.
So why write again? I am most definitely not presumptuous enough to assume that anyone would be so bored as to take the time out to read through my ramblings, but I write for my love of writing and expression. I have a passion for beautiful literature and I do not profess mine to be of any high and mighty standard but perhaps, with enough practice I may just get there…one day.
Woke up feeling utterly shattered on Saturday morning…my body has decided that it is not into sleeping-through-the-night mode of late, very frustrating and tiresome, to say the least!! And so it was that a strong cup of coffee & some sustenance was in order, to get me through the day and sleeping again. Went on down to 44 Stanley; this little quarter is just blossoming at the moment, every time I go to this place another little oasis seems to have popped up, offering patrons more variety and drawing in new crowds. I took a peek into Vovotelo, a beautiful, new, artisan bakery that has opened up, the aroma’s of freshly baked bread mingled with coffee can’t help but draw one in. Both the vibe and the produce looked great, can’t wait to give this little place a try.
For brekkie I opted for the quirky Salvation Cafe, where they serve delicious homemade, soulful and down-to-earth food, which is exactly what I needed. I had the homemade granola with fresh fruit. My usual, but I adore muesli’s and granola’s (weird I know, but I do get excited when I see such things as homemade granola on the menu as I despise those pre-made, flavourless muesli’s that you get in supermarkets). Anyway mine was delicious and very tastefully presented.
F had their parmesan & basil open omelette with toasted beetroot ciabatta – also very good, plain and simple. Could have done with a little something else, maybe some bacon or caramelised onions? something to add a little fat and flavour??
Yet still this cafe is still an all-time favourite, draws a great genre of people, instills a relaxed atmosphere, provides the standard service and delivers great and wholesome food. Always a pleasure, Thanks ♥
LOCATION: 44 Stanley Avenue, Milpark
Sunday mornings are my ultimate indulgences & new favourite affection; the weekend is still in full-swing and the Sunday night blues are yet to hit home. The hectic rush of Saturday is over – which in my case involves charging around Joburg doing admin and preparing for the day/night/week ahead. I treasure and hold onto every little ounce of them; lazing in bed till ten, awakening to sunshine and the smells of jasmine, drinking tea in bed and then meandering on to quell the hunger pangs!!!
Yesterday was no different to the usual and wanted to quickly relay the delicious breakfast that we had at Moemas Patisserie & Food Shop in Parktown North.
As the weather is so glorious at the moment, we strolled up to the Parktown Quarter and luckily managed to get a table at Moemas. I had their amazing health breakfast – comprising gorgeous cinnamon granola and fruit. And F had their omelette of goats cheese ricotta, caramalised onions, spinach and roasted cherry tomatoes, hmmmm – this is making me hungry again. Topped off with great freezo’s, coffee’s and brilliant service; this place is a little gem! Think I may have found my new “Happy Sunday Morning” spot!
LOCATION: Parktown Quarter , Cnr 3rd and 7th Avenue, Parktown North
I was lucky enough to spend the weekend in the ever-charming, quaint beach town of Hermanus. This little town somehow manages to envelop you into its daily routine on-goings, be it drifting around coffee shops, browsing through the abundance of decor shops, braaing fresh fish off the boats, watching the whales, falling asleep to the sound of the sea et cetera et cetera, need I say more? Featured some favourite spots of mine below, check them out in case you ever in the area…
My favourite Hermanus coffee spot; The Bistro at Just Pure. Great coffee and delicious food. Warm atmosphere with a small decor shop that’s been incorporated into the cafe.
For an authentic Italian experience visit the Deli, situated just off the Hermanus main road. This is a secret, local hotspot that has done well to be kept under-wraps from the passing tourists. For the best coffee in town, freshly baked croissants and genuine imported italian meats and cheeses then definitely give the Deli a visit, you might just have to wait a while, as service is not what they’re about.
Am very excited for this; it’s the annual Hermanus Whale Festival that takes place over the long weekend towards the end of September and am definitely missioning down for this. Have been twice before and its a rocking little beach festival, such fun! Lots of live street performances (which they close off the main street for), loads of whales and if the weather so promises maybe a little beach time. So if ever there was an excuse to head down there; then this may just be what you’re looking for?
LOCATIONS: Just Pure, Park Avenue, Hermanus
The Deli, 181 Main Road, Hermanus
Woke up with a slightly heavy head (to say the least) on Sunday morning, thanks to indulging in one too many Cosmo’s with the girls…. always a great idea at the time! Anyhow the good-old Sunday remedy was close at hand, and as per usual it never ceases to let me down.
Remedy #1: 1 x greasy fry up.
Remedy # 2: Do not stray far from the couch and maybe more food?
Remedy # 3: Maybe take a drive, relax, and dare I mention, more food???
My greasy breakfast was hosted by the fabulous Nice on Fourth Ave, Parkhurst. We were fortunate enough to get a table at the quaint bookshop, come coffee shop and as always they never fail to disappoint! I went for the scrumptious egg basket (basically two poached eggs, cradled in toasted bread baskets, topped with some good garlicky roasted cherry tomatoes and crispy bacon, mmm…). Their home made lemonade flavoured with coffee beans is also delish! And both of those; combined with some good coffee left me starting to feel semi-normal again, even quite good!!
Couch time was well received in order to let the food slowly digest – lets say two to three hours of maxing out on the couch and dare I say it; watching the Idols Extra channel, ok yes I admit; I am sort-of a closet fan… However the stomachs were once again grumbling, so yip, more food time. Lunch: Koi in Sandton for sushi, amazing and piggy!!
This is for real, demolished between two of us
Just a little coffee and something sweet was needed to top off the day of indulgence, so swung by Corner Cafe on the way home where we picked up some takeaway coffee’s and a giant choc-chip cookie. WOW; the cookie was amazing, jam-packed with pecans and real chocolate and still managing to have that silky goey texture in the middle, yum! So we found ourselves relaxing in the Craighall communal park, watching the bypassers and scoffing cookies and coffee. What a way to end a perfect day….
I found myself back at Wolves this Friday for my daily caffeine fix and to sample some of their irresistible Humingbird cake, DELICIOUS – its made with banana’s, pecan nuts and topped with cream cheese icing, kinda like carrot cake!! Just best I avoid this becoming a habit, not sure daily doses of Humingbird cake are good for the pre-bikini season regime??
Humingbird Cake, yummy…
What I really wanted to chat about was the surprise shopping spree that I went on whilst sipping tea, found some gorgeous jewelry, made by Hello Fox, they are cute little button-type earings, they’re original, reasonable and fun and for sale at Wolves, go check them out!
My new purchases, thanks Hello Fox!
Read the review on Wolves in Illovo in yesterday’s paper and decided that it was definitely due a visit. Started up by the guys from Desmond and the Tutus as a place for them to chill and hang out with their mates… and that’s exactly what it is, a great spot with a chilled back and relaxed vibe – the minimalistic, vintage decor and wafting aromas of coffee definitely contribute to the homely atmosphere. anything goes and it’s the type of place you can lounge around at for an entire afternoon – which is exactly what we did, aided my numerous mugs of absolutely delectable and delicious cappuccino’s and tea (served in gorgeous cups). highly recommended and cant wait to try it out on Thursday nights for their live music evenings, I will definitely be paying them another visit soon.
LOCATION: 4 Corlett Drive, Illovo