Monday, January 31, 2011

Saturday adventures in Kalk Bay and Scarborough

What an awesome weekend it was, with fabulous hot weather, live music, shopping, braais and good friends.

I spent most of Saturday morning strolling the streets of Kalk Bay, popping into galleries, hunting through antique shops and stopping occasionally for a good cup of coffee. I found this awesome little spot where the service was friendly, the coffee steaming and the treats way too tempting for me to hold back on.

They make awesome freshly baked breads and pastries (chocolate croissant yum yum) and fabulous latte’s.

I was walking along the main drag, looking for a place where I could sit by myself, admire the ocean and passersby while sipping on some caffeine induced drink and not feel bothered by the fact that I was alone.

Tribeca was just that spot.

I walked in and immediately a waitress found me and offered me a seat somewhere in the bustling shop.

I sat down next to an elderly cyclist who promptly smiled and said ‘the coffee is really good here’ and offered me the Cape Argus.

Kalk Bay has such a nice friendly vibe. I will definitely visit this spot again next time I’m out that side.

After a busy morning, my partner and I went through to the Cape Farm house in Scarborough for a spot of lunch and an afternoon of live music with friends.(Check the web for upcoming shows:

It was so hot, I had to sit as still as possible to avoid sweating and drink an icy Windhoek… and then another one… before I got into the socializing mood.

The band – The Blues Broers – came on at 4pm with a rocking performance joined by guest artist Robin Auld for a couple of tracks. (Keep an eye on the Blues Broers facebook page to see where they are playing next:

I also tried a locally made beer, which a guy by the name of Jack (I think) had brought along. He is apparently well known is Scarborough (who isn’t?) and his small brewery is as green as they come. He can also be found at the weekly market selling organic veggies. His beer – the Indian Pale Ale (IPA) was delicious!!! I hope to track him down again and buy some more for home.

Friday, January 28, 2011

The Loading Bay

The Loading Bay

30 Hudson Street, de Waterkant

Denims, shirts, belts and bags plus breakfast and burgers in an edgy urban setting.

Bustling with business types, meeting and clicking away on their laptops, while pausing to sip their steaming coffees or browse through the international labels that stock up the clothing rails, The Loading Bay is a local trendy hot-spot.

Owner Jon-Paul Bolus can often be seen sporting some of the funky brands available in his store, chatting with his customers or even donning an apron and helping out when it gets busy.

Having studied design at Cape Tech and travelling the world for years after, Jon-Paul decided he wanted to become his own boss and came up with the idea to open a unique lifestyle concept store offering what he believes are some of the worlds best brands. ‘We have a passion for clothing, good food and a good lifestyle in general, and I kind of wanted to put it all in one space. It’s a lifestyle concept, how a person lives, eats, travels – and I wanted to get that going in a retail atmosphere with a consistency of product and design. It makes more sense if you’re opening a store on the street to combine it with something that helps to generate more traffic, while creating an experience for the consumer.’ To Jon-Paul, De Waterkant was the perfect area to set up shop not only for its foot traffic, but for its European and Dutch heritage.

Shoppers come for the trendy denims, everyday urban-style shirts and shoes that offer comfortable luxury.

Foodie lovers can expect delicious artisan coffee, tasty breakfasts, sarmies, burgers and a dash of Lebanese cuisine (all foods are bought directly from local farmers).

Those for a key eye on design will even be able to pick up copies of the international magazine, Monocle.

The store opens from 7am for early birdies and closing at 6pm, except for Thursdays, where the store holds a funky burger evening until 10:30pm.


*unedited version of my article that appeared in the khuluma magazine.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I was given a 50ml bottle of Primitiv Vodka at a launch I went to sometime back. So I put it in a ‘safe place’ in my fridge and to my great joy (and surprise) stumbled upon it again the other day. Just in time too, because I was feeling desperately broke and had drunk up my entire wine collection as well as leaving bottles (regrettably) behind at the family Christmas.

After consuming my little bottle of joy I thought I better find out where exactly this vodka came from. (PS - didn't have a hangover the next day – although it was a small bottle).

Primitiv vodka is made by a micro-distillery in the Wellington called Jorgenen’s (

Their vodka is made from organic Spelt grown in the high Cedarberg, right on the snowline, on virgin land, according to strict holistic practices by Volker Miros (or so it says on their site).

Go on ­ give it a try! You can by it at the TOPS at the Cape Quarter.

They also make a brandy, absinthe, gin and a sweetly sour limoncello.


Order online.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011


As the epitome of deadline crunching journos go – I am addicted to a good cup of coffee – and suffer badly if I don’t get my fix, which results in having to settle for whatever jar of instant the office kitchen has in stock.

But here I break the mould because I would rather drink tea all day than drink bad coffee.

A couple of weeks ago, I came across this super-trendy coffee shop on Long Street: YoursTruly. Unfortunately I couldn’t stay long, but def plan to go back. They make great sarmies and a delish cuppa (Deluxe). It’s bustling with people and the walls are decorated with nifty local artworks and designs.

175 Long Street

Monday, January 24, 2011

To new adventures

I made a promise to myself that this year I would attempt to be more adventurous. *Note: Not in the same-sex three-some, throwing keys into a pot kind of way. I’m talking about stepping out of my comfort zone, trying things I’ve always wanted to – but have always been too scared/ too busy all in the effort to discover new things about myself. I refer to the above note again.
So far I have done the following:
1. Signed up to run my first half marathon: The Two Oceans ( and I have not as of yet begun training… so wish me luck!! (more on this training crap and cool running routes in CT later).
2. I joined a Contemporary Dance Class at On Pointe Studio, and it has been real fun so far ( You can actually watch a video of me showing off my stuff!!!! Which in reality is nothing to be proud of – but might be good for a laugh… or a few sympathy tears. Either way, go check it out. It requires a lot of memorising (which clearly I haven’t got sorted yet) and flexibility (erm... no comment).
3. I went for a surf! Well the first time I went into the treacherous waves on a rainy at Betty’s Bay (1 Jan), I got smashed over before I could even take a wave. The water was freezing, I could barley move, I swallowed water, I probably swallows a broken off piece of kelp, but thankfully I stayed alive long enough to make it back to the shore. The second time I went out was at Milnerton and I actually took THREE waves in – it was amazing!!! And terrifying!! Although it was probably only 1 foot out. I didn’t stand, but one day I will – I’ll keep you posted!

More on the adventurous me to come…

Cape Town restaurant summer specials

Check out what our fabulous restaurants have got in store this summer:

at Hout Bay Manor: 3 course dinner for R200, and R280 with a glass of wine added, summer. Tel (021) 790-0116.*

in Mouille Point : sirloin and chips R 79, seafood platter R 129, 1 kg prawn platter R 99, oysters R 9 each, sushi platter R109. Half price sushi all day. Summer. Tel (021) 439-9027

Sinn’s Restaurant
at Wembley Square: lunch (6 options) at R 50. 3-course dinner at R 135, Summer. Tel (021) 465-0967 *

on Beach Road, Mouille Point: oysters R 6 each, 1 kg prawns R 99, line fish R79, for lunch and dinner. 300 gram sirloin steak, spatchcock chicken peri peri, 500 gram spare ribs all R 79 for lunch only. Full sushi platter R99, half platter R50. Summer. Tel (021) 439-3494.*

in the V&A Waterfront: half price sushi Monday - Saturday 12 - 6 pm; 25 % off sushi Sunday 12 - 2pm, 50 % off 3 - 6 pm. Until February. Tel (021) 421-5134 *

1800 Degrees
in the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel, Main Road, Green Point: sparkling wine + starter + 200g steak and sauce + dessert + parking = R169. Until end January. Tel (021) 430-0506 *

at Vineyard Hotel, Newlands: 6 course dinner, with 5 choices per course, for R 195, Mondays - Saturdays, continues throughout summer Tel (021) 657-4545 (021) 657-4545 *

, The Foundry, Green Point: 1 kg Prawns R 99; 50 % off sushi and cocktails all day Sunday, and from 12h00 - 19h00 weekdays. Mondays - Saturdays. Summer Tel (021) 418-2948 *

221 Waterfront
: 3-course meal and live music R135 on Wednesdays. Dine & Cruise package: 1,5 hour cruise, 2 glasses sparkling wine, 3-course meal R 370; Lunch & Cruise package: 1 hour cruise and meal R210. Until 30 April. Tel (021) 418-3633 *

Jakes in the Village/on Summerley
, in Tokai and Kenilworth, respectively: 25 % off all dishes but must have a main course as a minimum, 5 - 7 pm only, 25 % off flatbreads on Mondays; Free Peroni, glass of wine or coffee for lunch; every 6th lunch free on Loyalty Card. Mondays - Saturdays, Summer. Tel (021) 701 3272 *

The Lookout Deck
, Hout Bay: Seafood platter for R135, pay for 12 oysters and get 18, until end January. Tel (021) 790-0900 *

La Mouette
, Regent Road, Sea Point: Summer Tasting Menu dinner 6 courses for R 210 (with 5 wines R400). Summer Lunch - 3 tapas + glass of wine or Jack Black at R 100. Tuesday - Saturday lunch and dinner. Summer. Tel (021) 433-0856 *

restaurant, Hatfield Street: “two …blondes are better than one” promotion of 25 % off the bill - Tuesday - Saturday, and 50 % all day Sunday, until end January. Tel (021) 462-5793 *

in Simonstown: 1 kg mussels, 1 kg Queen prawns or 1 kg mini seafood platter cost R 99 each, R11 for Peroni linked to seafood platter. Calamari, mussel, chips, BBQ chicken and wing platter R99. Summer. Tel (021) 786-2138 *

Pepperclub Luxury Hotel & Spa
: 6 oysters and a glass of bubbly R60, Fridays from 16h00, with jazz. Current. 021 812 8888 <> <>

Aubergine: 2-course lunch R184, 3-course lunch R235, Wednesdays - Fridays, Summer. Tel (021) 465-4909 *

: All pizzas (except Flaming Prawns) R49, 26-piece Platinum Sushi Plate for R99, Burgers from R55. Monday - Sunday, 12h00 - 18h00, indefinite. Tel (021) 421-6002 *

Ferryman’s Tavern
, V&A Waterfront: Combo-specials R100 (linefish + calamari), R85 (sirloin + calamari), R99 (pork rib + chicken wings), Mussel hotpot R75, chocolate mudpie R26. Summer. Tel (021) 419-7748 * Hildebrand: 2 courses R 99, 3 courses R 130; Summer. Tel (021) 425-3385 *

Chenin Restaurant and Bar
: Sirloin steak R60, beef/ostrich burger R50, Summer. Tel 021 425-2200

Leaf Restaurant and Bar
: 51 % off sushi from 11h00 - 19h00, and all day on Sunday; 12 prawn platter R89, Dimsum 30 % off. 50 % off cocktails all day Sunday. Summer. Tel (021) 418-4500 *

in Blouberg: R49 lunch specials, e.g. chicken schnitzel, 12-piece sushi, 6 oysters, Current; 20-piece sushu and glass of Durbanville Hills Rhinofields Sauvignon Blanc 31 January 6 - 8 pm R 125. Tel (021) 556-5464 begin*

Cafe Chic:
Free glass of wine with meal, indefinite. Tel (021) 465-7218 *
OYO at V&A Hotel : 500g crayfish special R185. Summer. Tel (021) 419-6677 *

, Cape Quarter: 1/2 price sushi 12h00 - 18h00, half-price cocktails. Summer. Tel (021) 421-1391 *

, Sea Point: 1 kg King Prawns R119. Summer. Tel (021) 434-3029 *

Knife restaurant,
Century City: Bagel R35; Salad R45; Rib, meatball, chicken wing and chip platter R60, all specials include a beer/glass of wine/colddrink and coffee. Lunch special, 12h00 - 15h00, Mondays - Fridays. Summer. Tel (021) 551-5000 *

St Elmo’s,
Kloof Str, Gardens: Cheese-filled crust slices R17,90, until 17h00 daily; 2 large regular pizzas R99,90 daily all hours; 2 pizzas R79,90 Tuesdays all hours. Dipping strips - two for R99,90. Individual small pizza + Coke R29,90 Monday - Friday, until 16h00 daily. Summer. Tel (021) 422-2261 *

Saul’s Sushi @ Vegas
, Sea Point: Eat as much sushi as you like = R120 - Mondays and Tuesdays; 30 piece sushi platter R99 - Wednesdays and Thursdays; Oriental Buffet = R79 - Fridays and Saturdays; two for the price of one - Sundays. Current. Tel 087 151 4595 *

Bhandaris Indian Restaurant
: Sunday buffet R125. Summer. Tel (021) 702-2975.*

, Lagoon Beach Hotel, Milnerton: Starter and main course R100 on Monday nights. Summer. Tel (021) 528-2093 *
San Marco
, V&A Waterfront: 3 course meal plus Peroni or glass of wine and tea/coffee R99. Until 15 December, 15 January - 31 March. Tel (021) 418-5434 *

Trees Restaurant,
Townhouse Hotel, Cape Town: 2 course dinner R95, 3 courses R130. Summer. Tel (021) 465-7050 *

Splash Café
, Vineyard Hotel, Newlands: Summer lamb spit braai, R210. 19h00 on 19, 25, 26 December; 1, 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 January; 6, 13, 20, 27 February. *

Down South Food Bar
, 267 Long Street: Rib & Prawn Platter including a side and sauces R75, until end February. Tel (021) 422-1155 *

Mainland China Restaurant
, 111 Main Road, Claremont: Seafood Buffet R89, Saturdays 18h30 - 21h00; 1 course lunch and soup R 38. Tuesday - Sunday. Tel (021) 674-2654 *

Il Cappero
, Barrack Street: “Eat as much as you can” lunch buffet R75, Monday - Friday. Summer. Tel 461-3168


Allee Bleue
, outside Franschhoek: choice of three 250g steaks at R 115, including a glass of estate wine, current. Lunch until 7 pm, Sunday - Thursday. Summer Tel (021) 874-1021 *

, Klapmuts, outside Stellenbosch: 2-course meal R 115, 3-course meal R 135 plus glass of wine. Summer. Tel (021) 875-5443 *

Ryan’s Kitchen
at Rusthof, Franschhoek : 5 course meal Taste of Africa R395, with wine added R595. Summer. Tel (021) 876-4598 *

Restaurant Christophe
, Stellenbosch: business lunch - 2 courses R130, 3 courses R 150, Tuesday - Friday, served within one hour, all year. Tel (021) 886-8763 *

in Franschhoek: mini-seafood platter R100, gorgonzola rump steak R95, marinated venison R95; 3-course Sunday lunch R99. Summer. Tel (021) 876-4375. *

Restaurant at Waterkloof in Somerset West: Summer special - 2 courses R140, 3 courses R170, and includes a tasting of 5 Waterkloof wines. Tel (021) 858-1491 *

, Franschhoek: 3 course lunch and glass of wine R 140. Current. Tel (021) 876-9200 *

Laborie Restaurant
in Paarl: 3 courses plus a glass of wine R145, until April. *
in Hermanus: Sunday roast R 65 - R75, 3-course Sunday lunch R 110. Summer. Tel (028) 316-2854 *

in Hermanus: 3 course meal R 195, Monday - Thursday dinners and Sunday lunches, current Tel (028) 313-1685

Attached images are from La Mouette*

Friday, January 21, 2011

why golf

I come from a family filled with golfing passion. As a kiddie I remember spending many a Saturday hanging around the clubhouse or caddying for my grandparents on holiday. While this meant that I could have as many smoked beef Simba chips and lemonade’s as I wanted – I remember being quite bored. So as a teen I gave it a go and hated every frustrating minute of it.

As a 20-something I decided to give it another try. I went to bash some balls at the River Club in Observatory (

It’s inexpensive and they do breakfast deals on the weekends. The thing I love about walking into a place like that – with a newly bought glove on your hand and a hand-me-down golf bag with bits and pieces of second-hand clubs – is that everyone that’s there has been there once before, just starting out. As golf is generally quite an expensive sport (and the equipment even more so) I was not going to fork out thousands of Rands on a potential hobby I once hated.

While I still suck at getting my little white ball to connect to the sweet spot on the club head, the one time it does happen out of 30 attempts just makes it all worth it.

Prices and times: Golf course hours:

Mon: 11am – 8pm (summer), 7pm (winter)
Tue – Sat: 8am – 8pm (summer), 7pm (winter)
Sun: 8am – 7pm (summer), 6pm (winter)


R 25.00 – 50 balls
R 45.00 – 100 balls
R 10.00 – golf club hire per club
R35.00 – rental of complete mashie set (Bag / Gap Wedge / Lob Wedge / Putter)

Once you’re brave enough to venture out, the River Club Mashie course is a blast. A mashie course means that the holes are all Par 3’s (short) and therefore you don’t feel like you are hitting the ball 50 times to get it near the green. It’s still tricky and involves skilful shots (most of them chipping), but once you have completed your nine holes (and only lost 2 balls), you feel ecstatic.

Prices and hours for the mashie course: Golf course hours:

Mon: 11am – 8pm (summer), 7pm (winter)
Tue – Sat: 8am – 8pm (summer), 7pm (winter)
Sun: 8am – 7pm (summer), 6pm (winter)


R50 – 9 Holes
R35 – 2nd 9 Holes

The main thing is to not take it too seriously – even the pros have dismal days where they lose balls, hit trees or knock out other players. It’s just such a fun different thing to do and I very much look forward to visiting the river course again.

At the end of the day, going to the driving range with a couple friends (make sure they are equally useless) is that it's a fun couple of hours spent outdoors, exercising and having a laugh - Just try it! The bug might bite you ;-)

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Hussar yumminess

I am in love with the Hussar Grill ( We have a great relationship… Every time I go there I get treated well, provided for, leave with a happy full tummy and that familiar, warm ‘wine haze’ over my brain.

Last night my partner treated me to a delicious rump steak (the cut of the evening) with a dreamy blue cheese sauce, side veggies and baby potatoes. The steak was cooked to my perfection – medium rare and the sauce was thick, rich and creamy. My partner had the classic Carpetbagger – a fillet mignon stuffed with smoked oysters and cheddar cheese, topped with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce. YUM!!!

We agreed that once again they had out done themselves.

It’s great to go on a Wednesday night as it’s a bit quieter – it does get really busy Thurs – Sat.

There are four Hussar Grills in Cape Town, namely Rondesbosch, Green Point, Camps Bay and Willowbridge.

We always go to the Greenpoint branch right next to the Slug & Lettuce [aka slut and legless I’m told by my partner]. Which is a cool pre-drinks little pub with big screen TV’s.

One of the biggest attractions for me about the Hussar Grill Greenpoint is the décor. I love the shelves packed solid with old books, beautiful old photographs dancing on the walls, loads and loads of wine bottle of all different shapes and sizes and the soft lighting creating an overall romantic, intimate setting.

We tried a new wine from my beloved Diemersfontein ( The Goshawk’s Chant.

The Hussar Grill have been awarded again and again for having a top-notch wine list, but I must confess that we had to buy our vino at the Woolies next door (about R75) because our budgets at the time were looking very, very sad.

Hussar Grill does not charge corkage.

*Please excuse the terrible quality photographs taken with my phone in the low light…

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Kirstenbosch awesomeness

Last Sunday we went to the Jack Parow/ Van Coke concert at Kirstenbosch and not only was the weather fabulous and hot, but we had an amzing pre-show performance while waiting in the queue.

WE saw a wasp (eeek!) dragging a rather large dead spide (double eeek!) across the pavement next to our towel. I was so shocked and curious I couldn’t steal my self away to pick up my camera and photograph it. But take my word for it – Those wasps are dangerous M*F*’s…

Finally they let us through the gates at 4:10pm and we found the perfect spot right in the middle below the middle line.

Van Coke put on a good show. Wynand, for me, always seems to steal my attention with his passionate bass guitar slapping.

We stared for ages at the growing number of people back stage, wondering what was up with all the groupies when we spotted a familiar looking man in a maroon jacket. But as familiar as he was, my one friend couldn’t identity him. That is until he got behind the drums and Franois announced that Fokofpolisikar was going to be doing a guest performance – skyn heilig.

It was awesome! Love those boys… but a certain ‘puff adder’ was looking rather …er… ‘puffy’ shall we say.

Then it was on with the show with Jack Parow. It was my first time seeing him live and I got sucked into the zef treats, cool lyrics and slick beats. And i danced danced danced when I heard 'Dans, dans, Dans, ek wil fokken fokken dans'.

And then to top it all off, Die Heuwels Fantasies came on and did a collab, even after furiously stating all over twitter that they were def not performing. Liars!!!

What a great concert it was… I wish it didn’t have to end. I am sad Jack didn’t perform ‘I Miss’ and instead performed another version of ‘Cooler as Ekke’ just after the original version.

Friday, January 14, 2011

weekend of music

Off to Berties tonight to watch Bed on Bricks. Haven't seen them play in a few months so am super amped to jam to some of the old favourites.
Then thanks to the gracious generosity of a good friend I have a ticket to watch Jack Parow perform with Van Coke Kartel topped off with a Die Heuwels guest appearance. Should be a good dose of Afrikaans rock and rap.
Can't wait!!
Watch this space for reviews on Monday.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

wild whites

Over the weekend I became a fan of the Neil Joubert white wines, namely the 2010 Sauvignon Blanc (which recently won a Michael Angelo gold medal) and the Chardonnay. They are delicious and great value, available from Ultra Liquors countrywide.

At this time of year I definitely have to forgo certain luxuries for more budget friendly items, and in my world that doesn’t mean ‘no wine’ it just means ‘wine bargain hunting time’.

The Ultra in Greenpoint sells the award-winning sauv for about R32 per bottle.


The farm is based on the slopes of the Simonsberg Mountain overlooking the town of Paarl.

Next time I’m in the area I’m definitely popping in

Monday, January 10, 2011

LQP the followup

Friday, January 7, 2011

for the love of vino part 36 939 782

Okay – 36 939 782 is just a made up number because I can't remember how many times I have written posts about wine... probably due to mass consumption of wine.

As a sulphur-suffering defective human being, a pack loratadine is never far from hands reach… and admittedly, neither is a bottle of good wine.

I recently tried some wines from the Riebeek Valley wine estate: Riebeek Cellars (

As this is shiraz country, and I am a shiraz fiend, I had to give theirs a try. The 2007 vintage was yummy, heavy, smoky and delicious as any shiraz could be... but on these hot hot hot summer nights in Cape Town, I tend to steer towards something cooler.

I do not normally drink ‘the rose’ but lately I have tried some really excellent ones. Just last night I opened a bottle of the Riebeek Pinotage Rosé – super chilled. Needless to say it was finished very quickly. It’s light, fresh and slightly sweet, but not, with wholesome, round feeling about it. (I don’t know if you can use these words to describe wine – but that’s the feeling I got.) It’s made from 100% Pinotage grapes making it uniquely South African. I am usually not that fond of pinotage either, but lately I’ve been gulping down my own words so to speak.

We complimented the wine with a classic tomato-basil-parmesan pasta. Yum!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011


Those three dreaded letters bring back memories of white-wine headaches, empty wallets and sweat running down your formal white dress…

Yip – it’s the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate… the 150th edition of these sweaty, drunken horseracing events, taking place from 11am – 11pm on 8 Jan at the Kenilworth Race courses.

I experienced my first LQP last year and it was honestly an amazing day. It is quite pricey with tickets going for about R250pp, inclusive of only the horsey air you’ll be breathing in. There are yummy food stalls available and of course plenty of wine.

The dress code is strictly white and blue (as it is every year). The dress code states that: Both ladies and gentlemen are requested to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion adhering to the dress code of blue and white. Ladies are encouraged to wear hats although this is not compulsory. Gentlemen are requested to dress in a suit or jacket. Casual wear such as T-shirts, jeans, shorts and sports attire are strictly forbidden.

Last year I def saw some men in jeans and shorts [you can’t blame the guys in shorts – it’s gets so damn hot in Cape Town]

But it is always fun to dress up and make merry with your friends while placing bets on horses you know nothing about.

For me a highlight of course is the STYLE LOUNGE concert, featuring: Louise Carver, Zebra & Giraffe, Locnville, Gazelle, and Crazy White Boy.

For more info, visit

See you there…

And btw, if you happen to be wearing blue and white, you will only have to pay half price to get into Fez this Saturday.