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.

Living In A Tipi – ROADTRIP!

By Monday, July 25, 2016 0 Permalink 4

Lancewood TiPi Lodge

Recently, my family and I decided to take a road trip to the beautiful Assegai farm in Robertson. It’s about a two-hour drive from the city, and oh heavens, is it worth it.

The Lancewood TiPi Lodge is where we stayed, and living in a TiPi is just as cool as you’d think it is. The lodge has three TiPi’s so far, and they accommodate from 2 to 12 guests. All TiPi sites come with a fireplace, beds and bedding, hot water bottles, basic cutlery and crockery, a private outdoor shower and washbasin, and a cooking area with a washbasin and gas cooker. There is also a block nearby with toilets and showers, and a swimming pool. I’d consider this as more of a “glamping” experience – so pleasant and SO peaceful.

Along with the TiPi lodge, Assegai also offers alternative accommodation in the form of the Assegai House, if the outdoors isn’t your thing. Also on offer, are activities like hiking, archery, clay pigeon shooting, and an holistic massage, amongst many other things. There are also other attractions in the area, such as a cactus farm, an olive farm, and plenty wine farms for you to choose from.

Springfield Wine Estate

Springfield Wine Estate

If you’re looking for an escape and an entirely unique experience, I would highly recommend the Assegai Rest accommodation. The owners, André and Jacky, are also lovely and very helpful! All their info links will be listed below and a vlog will be posted shortly on our experience 🙂

Lancewood TiPi Lodge at Assegai Rest

Assegai House

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WIN With IYØS This Mother’s Day!

By Thursday, May 5, 2016 1 Permalink 7

It’s that time of year again, when we get to celebrate the most important woman in our lives – our mothers! To help you, we are teaming up with IYØS once again to give you the opportunity to win this beautiful Trollbeads bracelet AND playing cards bead, valued at R2000.

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To enter, all you need to do is share this post on twitter or Facebook with the hashtag #givemomatrollbead and that’s it!

Competition closes on Saturday at midnight and you can share as many times as you want – the more the merrier! We will contact the lucky winner on Mother’s Day (Sunday, May 8th) and we will have your gift sent to you within a week.

Good luck and a Happy Mother’s Day to all our beautiful moms!

Spot Check: Max Bagels

By Wednesday, April 13, 2016 1 Permalink 8

Max bagels (street shot)

I have had an unwavering love for bagels for as long as I can remember. So imagine my excitement when my friend and I came across this tiny (and I really do mean tiny) gem in the heart of Cape Town.

Max bagels (interior)

Max Bagels can be found at 120 Bree Street and is open 6 days a week from 8am to 4pm. They have a delicious selection of bagel toppings to choose from and a few beverages to go with it. On this occasion, I ordered their BAT (R45) which is a twist on the classic BLT. Bacon, avo, and tomato. So mouthwateringly good.

Max bagels (food)

There are no tables, just a few benches and chairs to sit at, which is great for people-watching, but not so great if you prefer having a place to eat in comfort. In that case, just go in, order the perfect bagel, take a drive down to the Promenade, and enjoy.

The food is delicious, the place is cute as can be, and the service is really good. If you’re an avid bagel lover like I am, definitely give this spot a go 🙂

Local Love: Zana

By Friday, April 1, 2016 0 Permalink 2

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I first noticed Zana through their social media. I saw a few of my friends posting pictures of these beautiful and unique items ranging from pillow cushions to wall hangings to handbags, and I knew I had to get in on the action. I did a little research and here is what I found:

Zana was started in 2012 by a mother-daughter duo in Cape Town, both had extensive experience in the creative field and they decided to turn their passion into a business once they saw that there was a (global) demand for their products. Now, four years later, they run a successful workshop in Woodstock where all the products are created, tested and packaged.

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They have three pop-up stores; one in Gardens Centre, one in Kloof Centre, and one in Cavendish, but their biggest and most convenient platform is their online store.

I made my purchase on their online store and decided to go for a black and white speckled sling bag (R310). I paid online and received an email to say that my product was ready for pick-up a week later. They do give you an option to have it couriered to you at an extra charge if you are unable to fetch it yourself. I however was able, and took the drive to Zana’s beautiful workshop in Woodstock where my package was patiently waiting. They also sell their fabric for those of you interested in DIY!

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Very unique, very reasonably priced, and a great option for gifts for loved ones! They have a huge range of products  and I can’t wait to make my next purchase, which will probably be something from their homeware section because wow.

Check out their site here.