MONDAY 14 APRIL, 2014 / COMMENTS 
"The Winter Sculpture Fair presented by MasterCard will return to the NIROX Sculpture Park near the Cradle of Humankind on the 10th and 11th May 2014, where a selection of South Africa’s best contemporary sculpture and Franschhoek's finest food and wine will be showcased.
Situated in a 15 hectare private nature reserve, the highly-acclaimed NIROX Sculpture Park will be home to the ‘NIROX SCULPTURE | WINTER 14’ exhibition.
Exquisite food and fine wine produced by 38 exhibitors of Franschhoek’s most popular restaurants, producers and wineries will be on offer. A selection of Franschhoek cheeses, charcuterie, and chocolates will also be available to purchase, ahead of winter".
We had so much fun last year, picnicking, eating in the warm winter sun. Walking around the park barefoot with a glass of wine. It was such a lovely day out and i'm really excited to go back this year!
I have three double tickets to giveaway to the event. All you need to do is answer this easy question below in the comment's section with your name and email address.
Competition question: Which payments and technology company is the Winter Sculpture Fair presented by?
Competition closes on 28 April 2014. Tickets are valid for Saturday, 10 May 2014 only.
Tickets cost R100 and are available through www.webtickets.co.za, with a 10% discount if they are purchased using a MasterCard branded card. Limited tickets will be available at the door. Children 12 years and under enter free. For more information, visit www.wintersculpturefair.co.za
Tickets are not transferable. Terms and conditions apply
WEDNESDAY 19 FEBRUARY, 2014 / COMMENTS 
On the weekend I decided to play around with some different flavours in my classic Gin and Tonic using whatever I could find in our fridge and our garden. The results were both surprising and delicious so I decided to share them with you to try at your next dinner party.
Two twists to try as shown below are:
Lime & Cilantro | Have a break from your usual lemon and try this fresh and breezy flavour.
Basil, Mint & Cucumber | This is a herbal flavour bomb, but it's delicious!
I know it's only Wednesday but Bottoms up!
If I make any new flavour discoveries I will be sure to share them.
SATURDAY 22 JUNE, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Crazy horse is a newish place in Parktown north that we've been driving past for weeks now threatening to give it a try and finally on friday we gave in and dropped in for lunch. As a designer I'm not mad about their branding and font choice, but I guess it is pretty "crazy" and they wanted to bring that across.
Once you get inside it's pretty sweet though. The whole interior is MINT! Which is right up my alley (If you've seen my kitchen you'll know how much I love the stuff). They then have a huge black and white photograph of three awesome cowboys on the whole right wall of the restaurant which totally makes the space.
Food wise they serve a lot of different Spanish Tapas, pasta's and pizza's. We tried the deep fried sardines with lemon (well dylan did) and the seafood fritters. We then shared a fennel and sausage pizza which was really nice and REALLY cheesey (if you like really cheesey pizzas).
The whole place felt really authentic, especially the little tasty pastries you get with your bill. I don't remember what they called these but they were delicious and such a perfect end to the meal.
Find them on 4th Avenue, Parktown North, Johannesburg.
TUESDAY 7 MAY, 2013 / COMMENTS 
So the other day I wrote a post about my winter goals and plans, one of them being to make and freeze and variety of delicious soups for winter.
During the week we want nice, quick and healthy meals without having to go out and buy anything. So I went to the fruit and veg shop and bought a trolley FULL of ingredients (it came to about R300 with fruit and salad ingredients - so cheap!) and decided to make three different soups.
I made Nigella's butternut soup,
All delicious and simple.
I always thought soups were such a mission to make, but they're so easy peasy (and the recipe's are so adaptable). All you really have to do is chop up the veggies, and add water/stock and let it cook.
They've been so great to heat up on these cold winter days. I'd really recommend this. I doubled each recipe and decanted the soups into portions of two (you'll need quite a few small tupperwares). You'll save money, you'll eat healthier - I can't recommend it enough! : )
I'm thinking of doing a few more interesting one's next time. If you have any tried and tested recipes please let me know : )
TUESDAY 30 APRIL, 2013 / COMMENTS 
After a meeting in the CBD this morning Dylan and I went to have quick bite and coffee at the new eatery in Braamfontein called Daleahs. It's lovely spot with delicious food, good coffee in pretty, transparent cups and an all around nice atmosphere. I just had croissant but Dylan had the beef sliders which were amazing, and so fairly priced. Dylan also tried the Greek coffee which was a really authentic experience, served with a shot of sparkling water and a sweet preserved fig.
They're in the bright green building just off Juta street (opposite Post). :)
(I recommend sitting outside in the little courtyard, it's really nice).
FRIDAY 11 APRIL, 2014 / COMMENTS 
So I don't know how many of you have caught onto the Tim Noakes Real Meal Revolution hype but Dyl and I have been doing it for a while now and are enjoying it so much. Not only is the number on the scale going down but we are actually enjoying cooking and eating again!
Here's one of my favourite recipes. Perfect for this chilly weather!
FRIDAY 10 JANUARY, 2014 / COMMENTS 
We shot a wedding at a beautiful venue in the Midlands last year called Netherwood. On the same property is restuarant called Blueberry hill (now Cafe) which served up the best coffee we could find in the area and some mean blueberry pancakes (I hear their cheesecake is amazing too).
Well this cafe has recently been vamped up by the ladies behind Anatomy Design. They've transformed the space into a stylish cafe with beautiful details everywhere.
When you go inside you walk into a greenhouse sort of entrance hall full of light and and walls covered in micro greens. On the left you have the Blueberry Cafe with a long porch in the front overlooking the awesome view. On the right you have Die Winkel (The shop), which is filled with beautiful things for home and travel. Comfy couches, luxurious Wolf & Maiden luggage and other nice items for gifts or for yourself.
We went there twice while we were there for lunch and breakie and they were both delicious. I'd recommend the burger for lunch and the harvest table for breakfast. It's such a generous breakfast - You get a trio of freshly squeezed juices in little lab glasses, a hot breakfast, muesli and yoghurt (with berry compote) and a board of baked goods for R65. It was a little bit too good to be true.
If you're travelling in the KZN area anytime soon i'd definitely recommend a detour to visit Blueberry Hill. It's in Nottingham road (opposite Fordoun).
MONDAY 10 JUNE, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Tried and tested twice.
This is such a delicious cauliflower soup recipe with a really surprising ingredient. Coconut milk. An ingredient I would have never thought to put in soup!
I first tried this recipe the lazy way without pre-roasting the vegetables, and I actually found it tasted a bit better than when I did roast/grill them. You can taste the coconut milk more which I think is one of the yummiest things about the soup.
Here is the full recipe (try both ways and let me know which way you think is better?).
How to do it:
Ps. So I just did the one-pot wonder the first time and chucked in the garlic, onion, leek with olive oil and then added the rest of the ingredients. It worked out great and tasted a little better in my opinion ; )
Full credit to Seven Spoons who helped me find this recipe
FRIDAY 3 MAY, 2013 / COMMENTS 
From the same incredible people who brought you Food. Wine. Design. now for the first time bring you the Winter Art Fair. This one is really special as it combines food, wine and art at the Nirox foundation (which is a 15 hectare piece of land in the Cradle of humankind). I hadn't heard of it before but the pictures look amazing. It's just this WIDE open expanse of land with sculptures and interesting things around every corner.
All the top chefs and wine makers from Franshhoek are flying up to cook us amazing food and serve us their best wines and I just can't wait! I'm going with a whole bunch of friends and thinking of bringing some picnic blankets so we find a nice spot to chill and eat and enjoy the surroundings.
It's on this weekend 4th & 5th May. R100 at webtickets. Go here for more information on how to get there.
TUESDAY 16 APRIL, 2013 / COMMENTS 
is Beefcakes in my opinion*
Where else in Joburg do you get to drink an endless variety of pink drinks, play bingo, daaance and get to eat a proper burger while doing it? I had dinner there a few weeks ago with a few lovely local bloggers and had such a good time. I don't know if any of you remember the movie Pleasantville (?) but I felt like I was in the Pleasantville diner.. where all the cool 50's kids hang out on a friday night, drink bubblegum milkshakes and eat hamburgers.
We went on a tuesday night, which is bingo night, hosted by Molly. We tried our best to win but think we were slightly pre-occupied with our Watermelon cosmos and Lemon drop Martini's.
Later on in the evening they brought out these (above)... which are deep fried twinkie's and banana spring rolls. Oh. my. word. You have to try these at least once in your life. They will change you. (Also if you wanted to know... the burger I ordered above is a Beach Boy which is also delicious).
Find Beefcakes at Illovo Muse.
198 Oxford Rd, Illovo.
They're open Tues - Sun. Be sure to book a table for dinner!