Breakfast in 10 minutes at Tables At Nitida

Breakfast in 10 minutes at Tables At Nitida

Wait, what? Brekkie in 10  minutes? During festive season? And no I’m not referring to premixed flapjack batter made at home. I’m talking a full-on restaurant quality traditional breakfast. That’s right! That’s the super fast service we got when we visited Tables at Nitida on my birthday the 24th December. If you read my blog or follow me on social media, you’ll know that I’m not one to visit popular places that has a lot of hype surrounding them. I’m more for the hidden gems. But seeing as though we’d practically been to every restaurant in the Durbanville Wine Valley, we decided to give Tables at Nitida a try. Naturally the first thing one orders when going out for breakfast is coffee. So we started with two coffees and placed our food orders. Barely 10 minutes later our breakfast arrived. Surely it was meant for another table? Nope, one toasted ciabatta breakfast bruschetta and one English breakfast – it was our order! Our friendly, ray of sunshine waitress made the perfect suggestions and we enjoyed our breakfast while sipping our first cups of coffee which was still hot! We had two more coffees after that (decaff for preggie me of course) while enjoying the cool morning breeze. So if a restaurant is popular it’s probably for a very good reason and it’d be worth your while to pay them a visit to see what all the fuss is about. Happy customers are always a good sign!  ... read more
3 Fun Things To Do In Western Cape Summer

3 Fun Things To Do In Western Cape Summer

Ah the Western Cape summer… When Capetonians, visitors and foreigners alike loose their minds in the beautiful Mother City because there’s simply to much fun activities to choose from! There’s no doubting that the Western Cape is exquisite in its natural beauty so the best things to in summer time here, is to be outdoors. That’s why I’ve rounded up 3 fun things to do in Western Cape summer season. Galileo Open Air Cinema The Galileo Open Air Cinema is the ultimate Cape Town summer activity. Screenings of your all time favourite movies in beautiful settings around the Western Cape. What’s particularly nice about this outdoor cinema is that everyone has a good view of the screen due to the seating available for purchase and of course the variety of refreshments on offer too! Cape Town Open Streets I absolutely love the vibrancy of the Cape Town city center  but hate the traffic that comes along with it. Cue the ingenious idea of Open Streets Cape Town. During this street festival, sections of a popular street are cordoned off and pedestrians can roam freely without being worried about dodging cars. There’s entertainment and a variety of food on offer to suit all tastes and ages too. It’s a great way of getting to know the city while having a fun time. Strawberry Picking and Markets in the Cape Winelands If strawberry picking is not on your list of things to do in Western Cape summer season, you’re doing it wrong!  You know it’s officially summer when the ripe juicy red strawberries make their appearance.  Best of all is you... read more
2 Trendy Cape Town CBD Cafés

2 Trendy Cape Town CBD Cafés

Cape Town certainly has no shortage of coffee shops. However, some are no doubt more popular than others – be it due to sheer hype, standard of service or quality of food. For me it’s all about the vibe I get when I walk into a place, no matter how ‘cool’ its supposed to be. I spent the morning in central Cape Town a few weeks ago and decided to pop into two trendy Cape Town CBD cafés. The one I’ve been to before and the other I was visiting for the first time. Honest Chocolate Café is just way too cool for its name. Situated on the bustling Whale street, just around the corner from the happening Bree street, you’d almost walk right past if you didn’t know the goodness that awaited you inside. My initial visit to this café was a few months ago when I was seeking refuge from the First Thursdays masses and I instantly loved the place. Honest Chocolate, as is evident from the name, is first and foremost an artisanal chocolate company producing pure handcrafted chocolate. But don’t be fooled.. At night, the secret gin bar opens up in the café’s courtyard making it more than your average coffee shop. The Village  Café exudes french flair. Easy-going yet sophisticated and trendy at the same time. You’ll have to do a bit more searching to find this hidden gem but hey, coincidentally that’s what I’m all about! It’s tucked away on Waterkant street behind the ever popular Somerset road. Parking is quite a battle but if you can find a spot  to squeeze into, be sure... read more
Roundup of 2016 South Africa Travel Highlights

Roundup of 2016 South Africa Travel Highlights

The year 2016 has no doubt been a rollercoaster ride for me to say the least. But there were as many highs as there were lows and we all know by now that we’ve got to take the good with the bad. So I’ve decided to do a little round-up of my 2016 South Africa travel highlights as a way of reflecting on the year that’s about to come to an end. We kicked off the year with an action packed zip lining adventure in the Hottentots Holland Nature Reserve. I must admit when I saw the heights from which these zip lining ropes were suspended, I was scared out of my wits. The Cape Canopy Tour crew however did a very good job of putting my mind at ease and ensuring that I ended having an amazing experience! In winter this year we took a trip down the Garden Route to the stunning Botlierskop Private Game Reserve. What an icy cold getaway it was! We woke up every morning to what felt like minus 10 degrees outside but our luxury tented suite kept us warm and cosy with its air conditioner. The reserve is situated in a beautiful part of the Outeniqua mountains and is and all-rounder – 4 of the big 5 animals, spa treatments , the works. Spur of the moment road trips usually end up making the best memories. And that’s exactly what we decided to do one idle day in July this year. We started off in the picturesque Durbanville Wine Valley and ended up in the quaint little town of Wellington – discovering lots of hidden gems along... read more
Anniversary Lunch at Fyndraai Restaurant Solms-Delta Wine Estate

Anniversary Lunch at Fyndraai Restaurant Solms-Delta Wine Estate

Hubby and I celebrated our third wedding anniversary on the 30th November and decided to commemorate the day at Fyndraai restaurant at Solms-Delta wine estate.  I must admit, I never really ‘got’ people who made a big fuss about their wedding anniversary but I’ve come to understand just how significant this day is. It’s the day you reflect how far you’ve come as a couple since your union – how you’ve grown and how your bond has strengthened. That is the significance of a wedding anniversary – not the fancy dates and gifts. But enough of the soppy stuff, let’s get on to the yummy stuff – food of course! Solms-Delta  wine estate holds a special place in our hearts since we attended their Oesfees (Harvest Festival) two years ago. We loved the way they celebrated South African heritage. One thing in particular stuck with me that day – the owner of the wine estate acknowledged the fact that there were a lot of tourists in the crowd but stated that he could not speak English because he had to consider and accommodate his own local Afrikaans people first. I absolutely loved that statement. So when I ran into a bit of trouble making the restaurant booking, that didn’t deter me as I really wanted to spend time at Solms-Delta again. Fyndraai restaurant has a 100% traditional Cape cuisine menu so you won’t find any fancy French dishes here which in all honesty is right up my alley. You can expect samoosas, snoek and even pickled spekboom! We decided to go for the prawn and hake spring rolls with... read more
Total Relaxation at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek

Total Relaxation at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek

I’ve been having the worst tension in my neck and back lately. No doubt attributed to the hectic year which is about to come to an end. So in an attempt to alleviate some of that tension I decided to book hubby and myself massages at the Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek Hotel. I figured that since Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek had won the Best Hotel Spa at the 2016 Thalgo Worldwide Beauty Tour they had to be good, right? And from the moment of the first email enquiry to the booking and actual treatments, they proved their worth. So off we set last week to the picturesque town of Franschhoek for some R&R. I love scenic drives and the Cape Winelands definitely doesn’t disappoint in that department. We drove down the most beautiful little road overgrown with trees and bushes that took us to our destination set against the mountains. When you arrive at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek you already know you’re in for a treat of relaxation. The tranquility of the entrance and gardens make that abundantly clear. Upon arrival we filled in a general information form which ensures that you get the best out of your spa treatments and then got changed into our robes. After lounging around in the waiting area we were escorted upstairs by our therapists to the treatment room. I must say, I was a bit worried about my bump as essentially Camelot Spa does not offer pregnancy massages per se. They do however know what to avoid when treating an expecting mama. And yes you read correctly – I am currently six... read more

Hi, I'm Gaynor!

I’m crazy about the beautiful Western Cape and local South African travel. I believe in enriching yourself with experiences rather than material things. Life’s a journey – now hand me my hat and camera!

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