Stuffed at Stacked Diner on Kloof Street

Stuffed at Stacked Diner on Kloof Street

I’ve got a confession to make…  I’ve got a slight weakness for flapjacks and milkshakes. So when I heard about Stacked Diner in Cape Town a few months ago I knew I had to get there stat. Of course as life would have it, it took us quite a few months to actually get there but when we finally did, it was so worth it. On a rainy afternoon last week we decided this would be the day for epic flapjacks and headed to Stacked Diner on Kloof Street. Mine, ALL mine.😁 A post shared by 🚙Tulips & Phoenixes Blog🇿🇦 (@tulipsandphoenixes) on Mar 24, 2017 at 12:39am PDT The Best in the West? When we arrive we have the diner all to ourselves and can pick and choose where we want to sit. Being in love with rain, I obviously opt for a window seat so we can people watch too. The first thing my eye catches on the menu (besides the flapjacks) are the variety of milkshake flavours. Mr G and I both go for the peanut butter choc caramel milkshakes. The shakes are hand spun, meaning they don’t use a blender to make them.  I’m currently on the hunt for the perfect milkshake and so far Stacked Diner tops the list! I finish mine in five minutes flat and wonder why an equally big deal is not being made about these shakes on social media. Bring It On Having only had breakfast the morning, we’re ravenous and order the five stack Classic Stacked Jacks. These are the buttermilk flapjacks topped with bacon and maple syrup. Our waiter...
Cape Town Coffee Shops Battle – Truth Coffee VS Bootlegger Coffee Company

Cape Town Coffee Shops Battle – Truth Coffee VS Bootlegger Coffee Company

It’s the battle of the top Cape Town coffee shops – Truth Coffee VS Bootlegger Coffee Company. In the one corner we’ve got the quirky steampunk Truth Coffee and in the other corner, the trendy Bootlegger Coffee Co.  Now I don’t claim to be a coffee connoisseur of any sorts. I just love good coffee and great service and that’s what these reviews are based on. So with the cafe culture in Cape Town being so popular let’s dive straight into it! A weekend of early starts has not been good to my body.😖 Let’s attack this Monday and get some rest later.💪🏼 A post shared by Tulips & Phoenixes Blog (@tulipsandphoenixes) on Feb 12, 2017 at 10:40pm PST Truth Coffee – Buitenkant Street On a late Sunday morning we make a spur of the moment decision to head to Cape Town for a coffee run. First stop is Truth Coffee. I’d never been to any of the popular Cape Town coffee shops so now was as good a time as any. Truth Coffee is packed and bustling with activity. We’re lucky to find a comfortable couch and table. I’m in the mood for something flavoured and go for the expresso hot chocolate. True to their ‘no sugar required’ suggestion, the coffee really is that good and doesn’t need any sugar. I’m not sure if it’s because of the flavoured option I went for but I’m glad to forego the extra calories! Despite an extremely busy Sunday, the service at Truth Coffee is prompt and friendly and it’s what I appreciate the most. We leave Truth Coffee passing queuing...
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!  ...
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 To Goodness Chocolate and Coffee 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. A Taste of Paris at the Village Café 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...
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! A Special Place 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...
Breakfast at Ke-Monate Restaurant on Signal Gun Wine Farm

Breakfast at Ke-Monate Restaurant on Signal Gun Wine Farm

We usually try to sleep in on our days off from work otherwise what would be be point of it if you’re up at the crack of dawn. But Sundays are an exception. Last Sunday after church, we were contemplating where to find a good spot for breakfast. I despise bustling malls so I suggested the old faithful Durbanville Wine Valley. Once on Contermanskloof and Vissershok roads we started weighing our options and settled on Ke-Monate restaurant on the Signal Gun wine farm. Admittedly, Signal Gun did not look very appealing from the narrow little road leading up to it. If anything, it looked like a barren land. I panicked. That panic disappeared as soon as we took the turn to the Ke-Monate restaurant parking. Lush green gardens and sweeping views awaited us at the top with winding stairs leading to the restaurant. Now that was more like it! The Cape Doctor was out in full gale force winds so we opted to be seated inside the restaurant. Decaf cappuccino and hazelnut latte set us off while we browsed the menu. The views from the Ke-Monate restaurant are really what sets it apart from the rest. The gardens are breathtaking and creates a tranquil backdrop. I’m having a bit of an obsession with french toast and honey at the moment so that’s what I decided to go for while hubby chose a traditional breakfast. Breakfast is served with the restaurant’s signature Brioche Spent Malt bread which is made on site from the Spent Malt of the wine farm’s brewery. The bread has a distinctive yet homemade flavour which rounded...

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