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Zucchini – @ Timberlake organic Village

July 13, 2014

Between Sedgefield and Wilderness, is a REAL find of a place.

Timberlake Organic Village, situated in the forest between Wilderness and Sedgefield, is pretty extraordinary.

20140715-174310.jpgOffering:

  • a good variety of restaurants
  • healthy and organic everything
  • shopping
  • abundant creativity
  • wholesome, outdoorsy entertainment for the little ones and excitables among us…

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We decided on the COZY-looking Zucchini restaurant for our meandering luncheon. The smoking chimney was just the thing that we needed…

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A beautiful mosaic tiled, central fire place greeted us as we entered this wholesome establishment. Delightful background music accompanied the creative flavour of the décor. Nguni Hides, dark wooden floors, and all sorts of well thought out pieces of furniture and adornment complete the look and feel.

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HAPPINESS IS...

HAPPINESS IS…

 

 

Owner, Stefan, accompanied us to our table. WHAT a pleasure to be served by him!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had a glass of wine, and Ashley opted for one of the beers from the microbrewery that Stefan has here. Even I thought it was delicious.

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A rare sight…

 

He described some of his suggestions and , once he saw that we were steering toward the burger option – basically planned out our meals… and we gladly just went with it. WE were JUST as excited as he was about his menu and inspiringly interesting ingredients.

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Both the buns and patties are (lovingly) made on the premises – which becomes ABUNDANTLY clear as soon as you take your first mouth-watering bite. The sweet potato chips were to die for, along with the perfect potato wedges and FRESH. fresh. FRESH herb salad (all sourced locally or grown on the premises)

I am sorry I didn’t write down the exact names and descriptions of the burgers  – but they were something like this..

  • I had the Chickpea Burger – the actual patty was delicious – with chunky bits of chickpea in a creamy mixture. the topping was avo and a tahini sauce, giving the whole experience a Humus-sort of flavour, without being overpoweringly so…

I had the Chickpea Burger - the actual patty was delicious - wh=ith chunky bits of chickpea in a creamy mixture. the topping was avo and a tahini sauce, giving the whole experience a Humus-sort of flavour, without being overpoweringly so...

Ashley had the DRONK BOK Burger - a springbok patty that was "the best burger patty I have ever EVER had"

 

  • Ashley had the DRONK BOK Burger – a springbok patty that was “the best burger patty I have ever EVER had” – it was accompanied with … blue cheese if I remember correctly…

The Beef Burger is an option, but is not the one to go for – the other options are far too enticing.

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20140715-160415.jpgZucchini

T: 044 882 1240

E: info@zucchini.co.za

W: http://www.zucchini.co.za

Click here for opening times  – its a little complicated – but OH so worth booking in advanced to ensure that you can have the same incredible experience that we did :)

 

 

 

 

 

20140715-160402.jpgTimberlake Organic Village (where you can find Zucchini)

T: 074 114 0460

W: timberlakeorganic.co.za

Directions: click here

 

 

 

 

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In search of THE BEST PIE – George to CT – July 2014

July 11, 2014

The above mentioned search absolutely dominated our drive from George to Cape Town, and was the source of a GREAT many huffs and puffs when I insisted that we stop yet again :) to add another sample to our stash. This was, after all, a very important mission.

We are, it must be said, a pie loving society!

 

  • Anyhoo.
  • I digress.
  • THE PIE ROUTE…

 

20140717-220524.jpgThat evening, back in Cape Town, our PIE PANEL were summonsed … to put the big question to bed once and for all…

WHO makes the best pies???

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THE BUTCHER – an expert on all things meaty (wink)

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THE BIGGEST PIE EATERS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We chose 6 pies – some names you will immediately recognise, and one or two may be newbies.

Here are the nominations – ALL located ON, or within view of the N2:

  1. La Bella Deli & Restaurant – cant  miss it on the right – just before Riversdale on the N2
  2. TREDICI – Swellendam – you can see this impressive deli, shop and restaurant from the N2
  3. Ou Meul Bakkery – cant  miss it as you drive (slowly and cautiously) through Riviersonderend (see previous post on Ou Meul here)
  4. Dassiesfontein – thatched roof between Botrivier and Caledon on the N2
  5. Houw Hoek Farm Stall – Elgin – see it on the left as you end the Houw Hoek pass – very good signage
  6. Peregrine Farm Stall – Elgin – just on from Houw Hoek – look out for the red tractor

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THE PIE PANEL’S findings:

 

20140715-161830.jpg1. La Bella Deli & Restaurant – Chicken Pie

This spot is well worth the stop for all the cool stuff to buy. Cost effective gifts and home made goodies. Love the home made look about the pies – and the little heart on top!

WEIGHT: 150 g

PRICE: R15

SCORE: 5/10

Lovely meaty pie – but completely lacking in flavour. “Bland”. Presentation beautiful. Lovely pastry – holds together well and isn’t too flaky

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20140715-161744.jpg2. TREDICI – Chicken, mushroom, bacon and feta fold-over

Very impressive all over establishment. Probably better as a sit down venue, but this pie-of-sorts sounded and looked delightfully WORTH a GO! There’s loads of higher end cool stuff to buy here for the kitchen.

20140715-161753.jpgWEIGHT: 350 g

PRICE: R40

SCORE: 9.5/10

Excellent flavour. Lightness created by the phyllo pastry. This is a party-in-your mouth kind of meal!

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20140715-181736.jpg3. Ou Meul – Chicken Pie

The old favourite – in Riviersonderend. See my previous blog post for more details.

WEIGHT: 200 g

PRICE: R21

SCORE: 7.5/10

Delicious Pastry, WAY more flavoursome filling than the previous chicken pie from La Bella. It is quite small though.

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20140715-161650.jpg4. Dassiesfontein – Pepper Steak Pie

 Not very well signposted – but an ABSOLUTE gem just past Caledon. THEY HAVE EVERYTHING. I actually cant explain – you just have to go and see the GREAT VARIETY OF cool stuff to buy.

WEIGHT: 360 g

PRICE: R30

SCORE: 10/10

This was “worth R30″. Beautiful, traditional pie. Pastry not too thin, not too thick – perfection. A moist, tasty, gravy-soaked parcel of perfectly cooked meat.

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20140715-161642.jpg5. Houw Hoek Farm Stall – Pepper Steak Pie

A lovely little farm stall and restaurant. Well run, neat, and a firm favourite of many for “the best pie”…

WEIGHT: 200 g

PRICE: R20

SCORE: 5/10

Bland. Can taste pepper, but cant taste gravy really. “Very large chunks of dry  meat” .. “the meat had no flavour”. “Needs more gravy”

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20140715-161555.jpg6. Peregrine Farm Stall – Chicken Pie

Look out for the red tractor – always a favourite for the 1 hour home run back to Cape Town. ALSO lots of cool FOOD stuff to buy. Of worthy mention are the Chelsea Buns which, understandably, are usually sold out.

WEIGHT: 265 g

PRICE: R18.95

SCORE: 6/10

Too much pastry, but tasty. Beautiful presentation, but average tasting filling. A very ordinary pie. We were surprised.

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And so – SURPRISE SURPRISE – our winner is…

Dassiesfontein!

Being the most traditional, most beautifully put – together pie that we sampled. All aspects absolutely perfect.

EXCELLENCE!

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Thank you to THE PIE PANEL, and especially to Lumpy Legged Lover for his patience xxx

 

 

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Ou Meul Bakkery – Riviersonderend

July 9, 2014

THINK Riviersonderend…

  • It’s that dreaded, speed camera lined road on the way to Knysna…
  • At least you always know they have clean-ish  loo’s in the petrol station :)
  • AND, the famous…Ou Meul Pies… since 1984

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  • 20140710-080846.jpgI love their choice of a clean cut, wholesome wooded look.
  • Ou Meul brand salt and pepper grinders and a cozy place to enjoy a pie.
  • It is so pleasing to the eye – modern and classy.

 

 

 

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“ALL PRODUCTS MADE FROM BIO-WHEAT FLOUR & LOCAL FREE RANGE EGGS!”

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..and a microwave to heat up your pie… very convenient, and perfect when stopping off for a quick bite on your road trip…

 

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True to the  winning OU MEUL name out there – both pies were delightfully meaty and seriously delicious. I was a little saddened with how small the chicken pie was – but could not fault the flavour.

 

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  • Bladder once again restored to equilibrium; Oumeel pie in hand and happy… we set off again on our little Garden Route adventure…

 

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… a bit like game spotting really…

 

OU MEUL – Riviersonderend

T: (028) 2611 568 (Riviersonderend)

W: www.oumeul.co.za

A: 27 Main Road, Riviersonderend, 7250

Twitter: @OuMeulBakkery

Ou Meul now has a franchise here in Cape town, at 14 Long Street, and I see mention of  Willouwbridge too.  VERY cool franchise opportunity I reckon! (CT – 021 419 0662)

 

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Mango Ginger – Coffee Shop & Bakery

June 2, 2014

WELL worth a viz… to OBZ!

MANGO GINGER is to be found on the generally accepted hipster – ISH,  artsy fartsy-ISH Lower Main Road of Observatory, Cape Town…

Great (owner managed) service, and progressive, healthy options make it such a pleasure to eat out without the guilt.

They’re saying ALL the right things…

                                                     Wheat Free                                                               ORGANIC FLOUR

                                                                           PURE FATS

 Gluten Free                                                                       

                                                                                                       Organic Fresh Produce

 The menu was pretty exciting… including: 

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  • Assortment of freshly squeezed juices
  • Smoothies
  • Shakes
  • Breakfast (SERVED ALL DAY!!)
  • Light lunches
  • Sandwiches
  • Salad meals
  • Cakes
  • Wraps

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We settled on the following:

Starting with a Beetroot, orange and carrot juice (small to be safe ;) )  R25

 

  • DIVINE!
  • DIVINE!

I had the Wheat-free Chicken and Leek Pie with Side Salad (R30 and R25) – the salad was SUPER duper fresh, with crispy new sprouts.

Sensational.

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Egg and home-made mayo with rocket on brown R35

Egg and home-made mayo with rocket on brown R35

Honey, ginger and soya marinataedfree range chicken strips with julienne carrots, mango tout, spring onion & lettuce R60

WRAP: Honey, ginger and soya marinated free -range chicken strips with julienne carrots, mango tout, spring onion & lettuce R60

 

    • THE BAKERY  SELECTION… (please. remain. calm)

 

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The array of YUMMIES to take away

looked amazing… I decided on

a bottle of MANGO GINGER salad dressing.

  • Balsamic, Olive Oil, Mustard & Honey  R45

 

 

OH MY WORD… and I quote… “Mango Ginger is not licensed, but

no corkage is charged for those who wish to

drink wine or beer with their meal.”

… bloody marvellous

 

MANGO GINGER

27 Lower Main Road

Observatory

 T: (021) 448 2500

E: fionasleigh@telkomsa.net

W: www.mangoginger.co.za

Mon – MJLIB_HTML_CLOAKING Mon to Friday  7:30am – 5 pm

Sat 8am – 3pm

 

Easy Directions for those non-hippies out there wishing to check out the Obz vibe…

From Main road (coming from the Southern Sburbs) – pass over the N2, and take the Lower Main Road right turnoff – pass Norfolk, and then Sussex Rd – PARK-  and see MANGO GINGER on the left.

Heavenly brekkie @ CAFFEEN – Harfield Village

May 31, 2014
  • YOU NEED THIS…

 

The Health Stack

health toast stacked with brie, herbed mushrooms, roasted cherry tomatoes, crispy bacon and wild rocket   R61

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THE HEALTH STACK

It really should be called THE HEAVENLY STACK… tasty and sweet and a little salty, and creamy and a little crunchy… and SO easy to eat!

 

My last visit here was quite some time ago – take a look here…

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Caffeen is just SUCH a popular spot – with very little that seems to ever go wrong.

I don’t think I have ever hear a bad word about them… EVER.

  • Love.

 

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Cafeen

41 3rd Avenue

cnr Hampstead and 3rd Avenue

Harfield Village

(021)674 6209

http://www.cafeen.co.za

 

I went for a 4.5 km run…. with an incentive (of course)

March 29, 2014

 

  • Regent Road, Sea Point.
  • Friday morning.

 I had shot into the Bootlegger COFFEE COMPANY to meet my old buddy Marc for a brekkie and catch up.

Having enjoyed the overall experience so much, I suggested that my Lumpy man and I

attempt a short early morning run along the Seapoint Promenade this morning… with the

essential incentive of a delicious breakfast thereafter.

IT WAS SUPER EARLY! - we parked Arnold right outside and padded (well.. I waddled nervously? towards the prom...

IT WAS SUPER EARLY! – we parked Arnold right outside and padded (well.. I waddled nervously) towards the prom…

Well – thank God for that, as I had to keep it in the forefront of my mind the ENTIRE excruciating experience.

I ran 4.5 km (exercise is not my friend, it must be said)… and am pretty chuffed with my new found (albeit little for most and massive for me ) stamina :)

AND I really REALLY like this newish spot…

ON both my visits, the service has been impeccable, snappy fast and accurate. Not only have they got this right, but every one of their staff seemed to exude an extra care. There is a guy on duty – possibly the owner – who clearly has things totally organised, and perhaps this is the key to this CLEARLY great success. (I choose to omit the question mark here… I realise now that I am in fact making a statement more than asking a question ;) )

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It is user-friendly…

They’ve got hooks for jackets, AND have even thought of hooks for handbags under the tables (thumbs up from the ladies), and has a really easy and uncomplicated menu. (we know how too many choices stresses me out)

BREAKFAST IS SERVED ALL DAY (happiness) and … kitchen opens at 6:30 AM (!!) - sometimes something difficult to find when one wants to enjoy a very early start to ones day…

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Free wifi is such an essential these days and such a pleasure. I can totally picture myself sitting here in the middle of the day to tackle my inbox.

The music is also perfect – its there, creating the right vibe, but is in now way intrusive. On both my experiences it was befitting of the time of day perfectly.

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Today’s choice (above):

EGGS BENEDICT poached eggs, bacon, baby spinach, hollandaise sauce on rye toast  R65

 

 

ON Friday morning I had the CREAMY MUSHROOMS WITH ROCKET ON TOAST R45 -

Simple and sensational. I will definitely be having this one again.

Simple and sensational. I will definitely be having this one again.

20140329-083719.jpgBOOTLEGGER  Coffee Company

39-41 Regent Road
Sea Point

Cape Town opposite the Kauai, and opposite Primi)

 

Find them on facebook here.

 

Great start to an, as always, GORGEOUS Saturday in Cape Town

xxx

Omelette a la LEFTOVERS….

March 16, 2014

I experienced a moment of inspiration last week.

What resulted, was the below DELICIOUS feast of a meal for just me!

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See ORINICO relish dribbled on top of my Omelette, purchased 2 days ago from Orinico on Bree Street. Sensational stuuf that I just cannot stop eating on EVERYTHING!

I started with potato bake, leftover from our braai the night before.

Soft, smooth potato slices drenched in rich, creamy, excessively garlicy sauce, with crispy melted cheddar on top.

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Thinly sliced steak from last nights braai, delicately laid over a bed of chopped Kale and lightly melted potato bake & cheese…

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Orinoco “Guasacaca”

 

I’ve had no self discipline with this bottle of “Guasacaca” from newly discovered restaurant ORINOCO at the bottom of Bree Street in town. Today I finished it – LESS than 5 days after purchasing it.

It is distinctly relish-y, with a slight bite, and a green and healthy tasting yumminess that is ADDICTIVE!

I don’t have ANY idea how to pronounce it properly – but in my imagination, one punches it out kinda like “G-waSAaaaCHAkA!”

Sounds so cool.

;).

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