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).
WEDNESDAY 27 MARCH, 2013 / COMMENTS 
My friend Lexi has just started a foodie blog called Whisking it where she regularly posts delicious recipes from an amazing looking chicken pie to biscotti. If you're looking for something to make for dinner tonight or a tea time treat for the weekend go and scour her posts, there are so many nice things to make and there a lot of Gluten free options too.
Just don't go look at her blog on an empty stomach. I just made that mistake and now i'm even hungrier!
MONDAY 4 MARCH, 2013 / COMMENTS 
There is an awesome (pretty new) Italian lunch spot that has recently started popping up every Tuesday at the Rosebank fire station from 12 - 2. I went last week around 12:30 and it was PACKED! You pay R45 for a take away box and then you get to fill it with all sorts of delicious Italian dishes from their harvest table.
We tried almost everything, but while we were there they kept on bringing out more and more dishes!
It is run by a couple of authentic Italian families and they all make a dish or two of something delicious. It's also a great place to learn a few Italian phrases (which will come in handy for our Italy trip in July!).
If you're bored of your usual lunch/take away and work near Rosebank it's definitely worth the visit - parking is a bit of nightmare so come on your vespa or car pool!
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!
WEDNESDAY 20 MARCH, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Watermelon juice, a seemingly obvious invention yet i've never made it before! I did have a glass of it at Burnsides a few weeks ago on a hot Sunday and it was wonderful and refreshing!
MONDAY 25 FEBRUARY, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Previously a men's luxury gift shop, Croft & co has become a wonderful cosy coffee shop to spend a morning in. They have delicious Lavazza cappuccinos, a nice selection of breakfasts and sandwiches, and free Wifi. They also still keep stock of a few nice gifts for men such as cigars, knives and wine.
It's also a great place to have a G & T or glass of wine on friday afternoon, they're open at 6:30 am for breakfast and lunches but stay open a bit later on friday evening (when they serve Prego rolls).
Find them at:
66 Tyrone Avenue, Parkview, Johannesburg.