Review: Wild Olive African Artisans

By Friday, February 10, 2017 0 Permalink 1

Another African gem to fawn over. I was lucky enough to receive a few products from Wild Olive for Christmas (shoutout to bae 🙂 ), and once I’d used them for a decent amount of time, thought I’d share this beautiful brand with you all.

Wild Olive is an African Artisan company located in Pepper street in Cape Town. They make a range of spoil-yourself products, ranging from bath salts to parfum creations to rich body butters; and every single one of them is made entirely of natural products. They are also cruelty-free (yusss!).

The three products that I received are a candle, a bar of soap, and a hand cream. The packaging of all the products is understated and simple, with the products themselves feeling very luxurious and high in quality.

For starters, all three smell incredible. The best in the scent category is undoubtedly the orange aurantium et aromata candle. The scent really fills a living space without being sickly, and it burns slowly enough to be enjoyed for a good amount of time. The hand cream is very rich and thick, also has a great scent, and the packaging is convenient because as the product gets used up, you can roll the top down and really squeeze every bit out. The soap is the simplest of the three, but leaves my body feeling clean, moisturised and again, smelling fantastic.

Check these guys out – they make great gifts and they will even package it specially upon request (red ribbon and all!) 🙂

Vegan Banana & Chocolate Oats

By Wednesday, February 8, 2017 0 Permalink 2

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup oats
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 tsp. cacao powder
  • 1 handful berries
  • maple syrup (optional)

Method

  • Combine oats, water and almond milk in a small pot and place on the stove on a high heat
  • Slice 2/3 of the banana and add to oats mixture (this will add some sweetness, depending on how ripe the banana is)
  • Stir the mixture until it starts to boil, then turn down to a simmer
  • Once the banana has mostly dissolved, add the cacao powder and stir to combine
  • Remove from the stove and serve in a bowl
  • This is where you can add the maple syrup if you need more sweetness
  • Chop up the remaining banana and add on top, along with the berries

And there you have it – a super quick, healthy, and oh-so yummy breakfast. This never takes me more than 10 minutes to prepare from start to finish. You can also add cinnamon to the pot if you like the taste. Let me know if you try this and let me know if this food/health segment is something you’d like to see more of 🙂

Spot Check: Melt

By Tuesday, November 15, 2016 0 Permalink 3

Stop everything. There is a grilled cheese spot in Cape Town!

Melt is a new (and very tiny) take-away joint at 233 Long Street. It is just past Beerhouse and contains some lovely ladies to take your order, four tables, and some very yummy melted goodness.

Their menu is displayed on a board in the restaurant, with ten savoury options and two sweet options, as well as hot and cold beverages. When I visited, I tried “The Pesto” (R40) which was basil pesto, danish feta, peppadews, and mozzarella melted into a rye toastie – and boy, was it delicious. There are a variety of unique and classic toppings to choose from as well as bread options to have it served on.

I would recommend going out of peak hours because if you hit the lunch rush, it can be a bit manic and you will wait a bit for your order. The prices were also slightly steep for a toasted sandwich but I think it’s worth it, especially if, like me, toasted sandwiches are one of those foods that you crave. There is currently a special running – R40 for a classic toastie and flat white.

If you’re in town and are feeling for a cheesy classic with a twist, give this spot a go. You won’t regret it!

Summer Essential #1 – SPF

By Friday, November 4, 2016 0 Permalink 2

I can’t stress the importance of using an SPF on your face, and wearing it all. year. round. I love makeup and the fact that it emphasises natural beauty, but I promise you, if you look after your skin, you’ll have to try a lot less to cover up imperfections. It starts with your base!

These are my two absolute favourite SPF products. They are both for the face, both incredibly lightweight, and are both great for applying makeup on top.

Let’s start with Kiehl’s. I find the formula on this slightly lighter and the finish is slightly more matte throughout the day, so makeup sits better on top of this. Retail price: R615.

The Body Shop Skin Defence has the same SPF, has the same main ingredient (water), but gets slightly oily the longer it sits on your skin and has 10 ml less product than the Kiehl’s UV Guard. Retail price: R220.

I have love for both of these products, but if you’re on a budget, I would recommend going for The Body Shop’s Skin Defence. They are both light and smell like Summer – definitely a must in any person’s Summer essentials.

Be safe in the sun, guys!

Spot Check: Scheckter’s Raw

By Monday, October 24, 2016 0 Permalink 5

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Located at the end of the hustle and bustle of Regent Road in Seapoint, is this quaint little health spot by the name of Scheckter’s Raw. Boasting an impressively healthy menu, it is the perfect place to pig out on gourmet food without immediately being hit with a pang of guilt and an urge to hit the treadmill.

The size of the restaurant really is very unassuming, but don’t let that fool you. There are a handful of tables scattered around, with bar stools around the centre counter as well as on the outskirts facing the street. The decor is simple and clean with the signature neon red heart in the Scheckter’s Raw logo on the wall as you come in. It feels clean but still homely and inviting, with wooden finishes and a beachy vibe.

For food, I ordered the Summer Salad (R75) which had baby leaves, spring onion, sweet potato, colourful veggies, walnuts, and Organic hemp seed cheese, all drizzled with a berry dressing. Guys, I’m not exaggerating when I say it was one of the best salads I’ve ever ordered in a restaurant. All the flavours and textures were right up my alley and I thoroughly enjoyed it. My friend ordered a berry smoothie (offered in two sizes) and she enjoyed that too. They also offer breakfasts, sweet treats, juices, and loads of superfoods to add. Everything on their menu is plant-based and cruelty-free.

Scheckter’s outlook on food is that it should be made and served with love, while still being produced ethically and eco-friendly.

Disclaimer: I am not vegan, but I have incorporated vegan meals into my diet and love trying restaurants that centre around this way of life, especially if it’s as scrumptious as this.

If you’re a health nut, or just feel like giving your body a break from all the pizza and ice cream (also delicious), then definitely give this a try.