MONDAY 26 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
While planning our Barcelona trip, I sought out all the advice and tips I could get on where to go and what to do. One of the first people I went to was Kat Cameron, a long time blog follower and all around lovely person : ). She sent me back a massive email full of things to do and see. She also invited us over to her apartment for supper and sundowners on your first night in Barcelona!
We had had quite a bumpy start to our trip (we missed our flight from London due to train delays), so we arrived in Barcelona a little bit hot and bothered but going to Kat and her husbands beautiful home was like an oasis! They made us Mojitos from scratch and we had a traditional South African braai. It was such a lovely balmy evening and we chatted until 2am!
Have a look at few snaps of the night and her beautiful home! Ps. How flippin' cute is she? I absolutely love her style, and you must see her draw!
Thank you Kat, for all the tips and for your hospitality. It was such a treat meeting you and your husband! You really spoilt us!
SATURDAY 17 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
From the people that brought Cnr Cafe to Craighall park now bring The Wolfpack to Parkhurst. A brand new bar serving craft beer on tap and incredible gourmet burgers. We headed down on opening night to be the first to give it a try and they did not disappoint! It was completely packed with people. The beers and burgers were flowing and the vibe was awesome.
They have a nice range of delicious burgers to choose from that go for between R65 - R90 (including a side dish). We went with a group and tried a few different things. I loved the interesting side dishes like Polenta chips and apple/cucumber salad that come in a little cone on your board. The presentation was beautiful and everything tasted amazing.
Craft beers are at normal craft beer prices, wines and champagne from R23 and R36 per glass. They also have quite an extensive cocktail menu with cocktails from R40/45.
I loved the interiors, they've done everything so beautifully and it'll hopefully set the bar pretty high for future restaurants in Parkhurst.
Overall the service was great, the food was amazing. The only problem will be getting a table! From what i've heard it's completely booked out this weekend, but I think you could pop in for a take away.
Find them at 21 4th Ave, Parkhurst.
011 447 7705
WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Need Supply Co. had a really cool instagram competition on during July and August. They wanted to integrate everybody's summer holiday adventures under the hashtag #goexplorenow. They featured a few of my instagrams from our trip, but it was also just so cool to see where everyone else was spending their summer. This picture at the top won. How incredible does that look?
TUESDAY 13 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Shoreditch is the new cool place to hang in London. There are so many awesome places littering the streets, with people literally spilling out the doors.
Pizza East was no different. The industrial space was packed with beautiful people and pumping music. We hadn't reserved a table so were lucky enough to get a seat at their pizza bar.
We drank wine out of tumblers, and sample a few of their eats on offer. We had the lamb meatballs for starters which were incredible, followed by a simple basil margherita pizza. Their pizzas definitely lived up to hype! The base was thin, but puffed up around the edges from the heat of the gas-fired ovens.
For dessert we tried their doughnut bites, with some kind of chocolate liqueur sauce. They were hot and delicious and went way too quickly.
Tips: Be sure to go visit their WC to find the photo booth downstairs, and plan your visit from thurs - sun as they have dj's there in the evenings.
They have a real life old school photo booth downstairs. That first photo we were caught off guard, but the rest we did okay.
TUESDAY 13 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Croatia was interesting.
I have to be honest from the beginning that Dubrovnik didn't meet all our expectations. We imagined a "hidden gem" still untouched and beautiful. While it is still very pretty and the sea is warm, it is very touristy. We visited the old town in Dubrovnik on our first night and felt like we were in Montecasino. Even though it is a genuine medieval city most of the original city had to be rebuilt after it was besieged and damaged by Serb-Montenegrin forces in 1991 after the break up of Yugoslavia (pretty hectic stuff to have happened so recently). The old town feels too new and streets are mainly lined with restaurants and souvenir shops.
So we tried to avoid the old town and hired a scooter so we could explore the coastline. The sea and the beaches are amazing (pebbly but amazing). The colour of the sea is unbelievable and it is crystal clear. We found some really great beaches and also rode out to a small town outside Dubrovnik to go find a few of the spots where they filmed Game of Thrones. It was probably a really dorky thing to do but we enjoyed it.
You'll also be happy to know the exchange rate is actually in our favour (about R2 to 1 Kuna), so it's quite an affordable holiday if you can't get to Italy and really has some rad spots. Here is a brief overview in pictures.
The Arboretum in Trsteno aka The Kings landing gardens
FRIDAY 23 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Sorry it's been quiet over here at EJN, i've been putting all my blogging energy into our photography blog this week and it's looking amazing! Dylan built us a new website, so if you have a chance please go check it out and let me know what you think.
There's also a lot of new work up (and still a few weddings we haven't blogged yet). We kicked off our new season (our working season is from August - May - how bizarre) on 3 August and have already shot two lovely weddings (with two really wonderful couples). This season is looking flipping busy but I think it's going to be amazing.
These are some sneak previews of the two weddings we've shot this month. There's more on the blog!
To see the full wedding story video of Lucia & Fanie's wedding go here. I was fooling around with their pictures and some music and this was the result. It's really worth the watch ; )
THURSDAY 15 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
Bubbledogs was the coolest little discovery on our London trip (Thanks to my London friend Nats!). As you might have guessed it combines the fanciness of champagne with tuck shop food ;) hot dogs.
Bubbledogs is in a bit of a back road off Goodge street, and you'll know you've found it when you see a long line of people waiting to get in. It's a super tiny space so they can only take in a certain number of people at a time. Our wait time was an hour and a half, but it actually took a lot quicker to get in and they squeezed us in at the bar. We were basically back to back with table behind us but it was cozy and added to the vibe!
We were pleasantly surprised to find that they serve REAL champagne from France served by a genuine little French lady. I really loved it and Dylan and I have been drinking a lot more bubbly with normal meals since then.
Food-wise they have 13 different types of "gourmet" hot dogs complemented by sweet potato chips or tots. I had a José hot dog (with salsa, avocado, sour cream and pickled jalapenos) and Dylan had a BLT which were both really tasty but I wouldn't really call them gourmet hot dogs. The rolls and the sausages were quite normal and small (nothing like the Great Dane) and we were still hungry on the way home!
So the concept is a real winner but I think they really gotta up their game with their hot dogs!
Earlier that day we also had a drink at Leon after visiting the Tate Moden, which is another one of my London favs. When i'm there I just want to take pictures of everything plus they play the best tunes!
My favourite place to have a cappuccino in London.
WEDNESDAY 14 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I just love these beautiful pictures from Hansel from Basel's SS 13 look book. It makes me excited for spring! When we got back from overseas we found that our Jasmine had already started blooming! Now we just need warmer weather so we open up the doors and the windows to let the wonderful smell in.
Who's ready for winter to be over already?
Here's a little more about this brand:
Hansel from basel is continually inspired by the small details of our everyday environment. "We couldn't resist the lush green foliage, poppy florals, and brilliant hues of bougainvillea densely scattered around our los angeles neighborhood. Kelly green, mustard, and fuchsia are important colors repeated throughout the collection and as we like to say, our socks and tights are in full bloom!'
TUESDAY 13 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
I celebrated my 25th birthday while in London. It was the day after the royal baby was born and it was a day i'll never forget. I got to hang out with Dylan, my sister and my sweet niece and nephew all morning. We went to Hyde park, got soaked in a freak rain storm and ended up at Laduree in Harrods. We sipped on tea and picked out a plate of multi-coloured macaroons, and got surprised with a birthday cake and a song from the lovely french staff.
Dylan and I spent the rest of the afternoon shopping on Oxford street and ended the day at Byron with my sister and brother in law. You may remember Byron from this post I did about 2 years ago! Their focus is burgers and beers and they get it so so right. I'm also obsessed with the little design details on everything.
Post-getting-caught-in-the-rain-curls! How cute is my niece?
Last picture is from Byron (see the full post on this place here).
WEDNESDAY 7 AUGUST, 2013 / COMMENTS 
The Amalfi Coast has been at the top of my travel bucket list for a long time and it was worth every hour and toll to get there (I will be writing a full post about driving around Italy - that is an adventure in itself).
This place had a serious effect on me - a calming, exciting, nerve wracking, first date kind of feeling. Have you felt that way about a place before? Like you just want to get to know it so badly.
Dylan and I loved exploring and taking in the beauty of this place. We found secret beaches, chartered a speed boat for a day, floated around the island Capri, explored turquoise grottos, ate way too many carbs, found lemons the size of our heads, drank some really strong limoncello (yeow!), had near death experiences on the windy coastal roads, had a picnic in the middle of the ocean and got stung by jelly fish.
We stayed in Furore quite high up on the hill at an awesome B & B where we ate fresh out of the oven croissants and had coffee every morning with a view of blue. There were some days where you literally couldn't tell where the sea ended and the sky began. It was soul food and I decided right there and then we had to come back here (some day!). Some places just do that to you - they steal a tiny piece of your heart and you'll always feel a pull to go back. Paris did that to me too (as I think it does to everyone).
Put this place on your travel bucket list, now!
Capri in the distance.
Heading back to Amalfi
I found this cute map here to give you better idea of where everything is (This is quite near the bottom of the boot on the west coast of Italy).
- We loved having a car, even though parking costs the same as food for a day but you don't really need one as the whole coast seems really well connected with buses.
- Definitely hire a boat from Amalfi and go up the coast and around Capri - it's the best view of the coast and was my favourite day out.
- Go find the Fiorde di Furore (that incredible beach above!). It's under a bridge and quite easy to find in Furore. The sun only shines in for a few hours a day but it's totally worth it. The water is crystal clear and there is small shop there that rents out loungers, umbrella's and food. It's also surprising quiet and the only the locals seem to go there.
- Try the local limoncello after a meal - it's potent but tasty!
- If you have a car drive from Amalfi all the way to Sorrento - it's longish drive but so beautiful.
Ps. All pictures are mine, taken on my iphone