Wrong turns that lead to hidden gems – Milk Bar Rosebank

Love it when I take a wrong turn and stumble across hidden gems. In this instance, I stumbled across a place called Milk Bar an African-retro styled café located on Keyes Avenue in Rosebank. I decided to grab a bite to eat and catch up on my emails.

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I’m an adventurous eater but having adopted a vegetarian lifestyle, I’m constantly disappointed at the limited selection one finds at restaurants. When I saw the menu at Milk Bar I was impressed to see that they have a nice selection of vegetarian options and a wide range of food that caters to a wide range of taste buds.

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I opted for the vegetarian bunny chow, so I asked the waiter how big it was, he told me that it was a Rosebank size bunny chow and not Durban size or the type you find in the hood:-) He was not kidding!!

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Rosebank size vegetarian bunny chow

To drink, I opted for the Iced lemonade and mint drink which was extremely refreshing. Milk Bar is lovely place to unwind, I like the fact that it’s different in a very awesome way.

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Milk Bar also has other locations:-

  • Pritchard Street in downtown Joburg,
  • Kramerville design district in Sandton – 6 Desmond St, Kramerville

Another Splendid Experience!

TS!

 

Tree Natural Concepts

I stumbled upon Tree Natural Concept this morning in between meetings in Umhlanga. Tree Natural Concept is a wellness concept store combining tree yoga, a beautiful holistic yoga studio, and tree café, a café serving coffees, smoothies, juices and light meals.

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Decided to grab some brekkie and do some work while waiting for my next meeting. I had the Foundation (Mashed avo, poached eggs on toast) the food is clean, healthy and tastes really good. They have a great menu selection.

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Love the look, its clean, fresh and earthy. I will definitely be back here, it’s my type of meeting/working environment. I do hope I can fit it a bit of Yoga when back in Umhlanga.

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  • The shop location – Ground floor of the Protea Building, Corner of Lighthouse Road & Ridge Road, Umhlanga Village.

The staff are friendly, helpful and serve you with a smile.

I’m truly falling in love with Durban again and its great to see that they are adopting a healthy lifestyle and opening these amazing places.

Another Splendid Experience!

TS!

Coffee, Food, Vinyl – Hard Pressed Cafe

The one thing that I love about Cape Town is the variety of coffee places one can go to. I stumbled upon a place called Hard Pressed Café on Bree Street in Cape Town. Coffee, Food, Vinyl are the core philosophy of this place.

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The coffee is great, I particularly love the Vinyl section in the store. It’s a great place to start collecting some old time classic vinyl.

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From a food perspective, there’s ample to choose from; they have bagels, croissants, sandwiches, salad and many I particular like how they names some of their food. I had the Elvis Pesto – scrambled eggs, pesto, feta on toast.

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Overall experience was splendid – friendly staff, good food, great coffee and awesome music.

TS!!

Stellenbosch – The Town Of Oaks #TBT

Today I was feeling rather nostalgic about places I had visited on work and family travel, so once a month, I will do a #TBT or #FBF feature and relive the wonderful experience and memories.

One of the places I fell in love with is a little town in the Western Cape renowned for its historical buildings, natural beauty and wine route. Known as the ‘town of oaks’ due to the large number of oak trees that line the streets and were planted by its founder, Simon van der Stel – Stellenbosch is truly a splendid place.

The town is abuzz with a contemporary living culture – bustling sidewalk café, restaurants, a collection of galleries and museums housing national, a mix of modern and historical architecture. It’s an idyllic setting to explore on foot.

Dutch Reformed Church
Dutch Reformed Church
Street lined with Oak Trees
Street lined with Oak Trees
Free WiFi
Wi-Fi Town

Where we ate

We really kept it simple, we had lunch at Dorp STR Deli, and Meraki – a small eatery in the heart of the town.

  1. Dorp STR Deli
  • Rustic looking feel, everything is made from recycled or organic material. Famous for their burgers, the Deli serves gourmet sandwiches, hearty breakfasts, lunch, dinner and so much more…
  • I opted for the Tapas, I just like the idea of eating a variety of different foods. I had the Wild mushroom bruschetta and the Panko crumbed aubergine – the aubergine were cooked to perfection.
    • Overall great atmosphere and extremely laid back.

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  • This little Gem I discovered while roaming the street of Stellenbosch. What drew me to this place is the all-white, contemporary, clean look. There’s a definite buzz at Meraki.
  • I stopped for a quick lunch and was not disappointed, the menu is fresh with a wide selection of food, even vegetarian are spoilt for choice. The eatery also has a Harvest Table which is available for breakfast and lunch. I opted to order from the menu and had the Green wrap.
  • While there, I learned that their cinnamon buns and coffee are some of the favourite food items.
    • Love this place is really worth a visit, another splendid experience.

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Where I stayed

Majeka House

  • Majeka house is an elegant, stylish, peaceful hotel with immaculate gardens. The hotel is tucked away in the leafy suburb of Paradyskloof which is 10m drive away from the main shops and café of Stellenbosch City.

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The hotel the awards winning Makaron Restaurant, a spa, a large heated indoor pool, free WiFi and comfortable accommodation. I was booked in the Junior Garden Suite, a pretty spacious room with a large terrace and semi-private pool.

  • All the rooms at the hotel are equipped with air conditioning, satellite TV and Lavazza coffee machines.
Room with a view
Room with a view

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Indoor Pool
Indoor Pool
  • Another popular feature of the hotel is the MLounge which offers Cocktails and Wines.
M Lounge
M Lounge
Makaron at Majeka
Makaron at Majeka

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With its majestic mountains and valley, Stellenbosch is truly a peaceful and special place to visit and it’s a mere 45m drive from CT.

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To anyone visiting CT and have a day to spare, I recommend spending it strolling the street, visiting the galleries, grabbing a bite to eat and experiencing this beautiful town.

A truly Splendid Experience.

TS!!

The Jungle

It’s always such a treat when one finds hidden gems in Jozi, my recent discovery is a place called The Jungle in Craighall. The place has been transformed from an old antique/furniture showroom to an awesome retail concept space.

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Inside the Jungle you will find a florist, a café, and a creatively structured retail space that offers beauty products, home décor, books and some splendid apparel.

The Cafe
The Cafe

The cafe is a great place to work from or meet a friend or client.

The Retail Space
The Retail Space

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The Jungle has a warm and inviting feel to it, one of those places I will visit frequently to get away from the 4 corners of my office.

Address: 357 Jan Smuts Avenue, Craighall Park, Johannesburg

Mon – Fri: 09:00 – 17:30

Saturday 09:00 – 15:00

TS!