So Much To Do At Klein Joostenberg!

So Much To Do At Klein Joostenberg!

Most places we visit were usually spotted on our way to somewhere else. We first saw Klein Joostenberg on our way to our massages at Camelot Spa Le Franschhoek. We immediately put it on our list of places to visit. Last week on another scorcher of a day in Cape Town, we decided it was the perfect day for a trip to the Cape Winelands. I’m always in awe of the Western Cape’s wine estates as they usually offer an array of activities that don’t just focus solely on wine tasting. Not to mention the exquisite scenery! Although I don’t think we were quite ready for all the options that awaited us at Klein Joostenberg. Eat at Klein Joostenberg Bistro and Deli I’m always keen to try out a new restaurant so naturally we headed straight to the Klein Joostenberg Bistro for breakfast. I’m still indulging in my obsession with french toast and honey – I mean just look at the decadence in the above photo.  Hubby opted for the Frenchman’s breakfast which consists of a baguette, croissant, almond financier, ham, various cheeses and pate. They also have a deli next to the bistro which stocks a variety of products from gifts to organic produce. We swiftly cleaned our plates and took a walk around their beautiful grounds so see more! Order a Picnic Basket and have Tastings at the Stellenbosch Brewing Company Klein Joostenberg has a lush green lawn area overlooking the dam which provides the perfect setting for picnics. There’s also a play area for the kids and cute little chicks and ducks to keep them entertained....
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...
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...
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. Zip Lining in the Mountains 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! Taking a Winter Break at Botlierskop Private Game Reserve 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. An Impromptu Road Trip Through Four Towns 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...
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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