Picnic and Wine – Warwirck Wine Estate #FlashBackFriday

#FlashBackFriday is about an amazing picnic experience I had at Warwick Wine Estate that was booked by a friend on our Girls Weekend Away in Cape Town. The concept of the Wine and Picnic is so well thought out, I particular like the relaxed environment, open space and lovely dam.

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We were booked in one of the Pods with a beautiful setting besides the dam.

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The gourmet picnic baskets are well presented, I particular like the presentation, the food is delicious.

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It was an afternoon well spent, in beautiful surroundings with amazing food and great company. Forgot to mention the most important thing about visiting a wine estate is the WINE…apparently it was really good…and feels light on your palette.

The service we received was questionable, it started off well but ended with an unfortunate incident with one of the waiters. I will not get into the details of what happened but it reminded me of the race dynamics in Cape Town. The sad part was that our own African sister disrespected us as paying customers.

I still recommend a visit, it’s a great day out with friends and I like the fact that its child friendly. It’s one of the places that I will make a return.

Another Splendid Experience.

Warwick Estate is open 7 days a week, 365 days a year!

Hours are 09h00 to 17h00.

Tel No: +27 21 884 4410

Email: visit@warwickwine.com

The Test Kitchen by Luke Dale-Roberts – #ThrowBackThursday

Like most people who EVENTUALLY get a table at The Test Kitchen, one automatically has VERY high expectations.

An intimate restaurant, with lovely interior, an open plan kitchen where one gets to see the Chefs in action.

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We had the 9 course menu without the wine pairing. Our table had very COMPLICATED dietary requirements. Our waitress was amazing, she explained the food well and ensured our dietary requirements were met.

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   Top Image: Bread for the Table & Bottom Image: The Test Kitchen ‘Appertisers’
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                                              Dinner is Served

Unfortunately for me, it did not live up to its hype, the overall culinary experience was great but I did find the dinner went on for too long. By the time we were served our final dessert, the entire table was ready to pay and call it a night. I guess that’s the negative thing about having a big table to serve with so many dietary requirements.

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The service was exceptional and all our requests were met with a smile. I recommend it for the experience and if you open to trying new things, but do bear in mind that it will set you back a couple of RANDS.

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CONTACT

Tel: +27 (0) 21 447 2337

Email: reservations@thetestkitchen.co.za

Address: The Test Kitchen, The Old Biscuit Mill, 375 Albert Road, Woodstock, Cape Town, SAfrica

Opening hours:

Tuesday- Saturday:

Lunch seating: 12:30- 13:30

Dinner seating: 19:00- 20:30

Vegan lunching in Cape Town – Plant Cafe

There one thing that I like about Cape Town (CT) is its abundance of eateries, restaurants and cafe. While driving to a meeting I stumbled upon Plant Cafe.

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“Plant offers delicious vegan food, helping you make more compassionate choices without sacrificing taste…” This sums up why I like this place, they have taken the time to make “deliciously conscious” vegan food and not compromising on healthy.

The menu offering is quite substantial – from burgers, to wraps, to sandwhiches, to raw food, to salad…there’s plenty to choose from. I had their Vish Burger (Nori encrusted potato steak with rocket, tomato and tartar sauce) Who would have even thought of using Nori to create a burger.

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I highly recommend a visit to Plant Cafe, for the meat eaters, its a great place to have your Meatless Monday.

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Address: 8 Buiten St, cnr. Loop Street, Cape Town

Opening Hours: Mon 10:00 – 17:00, Tue – Fri: 10:00 – 22:00, Sat: 09:00 – 15:00

Contact Details: Website: www.plantcafe.co.za Phone: 021 422 2737

A Splendid Eatery…

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Splendid Cape Town

I’ve been fortunate that my line of work has afforded me the opportunity to see a bit of Cape Town (CT). Being a person that loves to experience new things, I always make time to explore and visit different parts of this beautiful city.

CT runs pretty well and is geared for tourism, however there are often those uncomfortable dynamics that one becomes privy to – the lack of exposure for the ‘People’ of CT and the apparent gap between the haves & the have not’s. Granted these problems are Universal in other Countries/Cities, it still does make one feel somewhat uneasy when you speak or interact with the locals.

Having said that, CT is always a splendid experience and has what I call indescribable natural beauty. My last trip was extra special, spent time with family and got to revisit some of the tourist attractions.

What we did

Like most people who visit CT for the 1st time, we started at Robben Island – A World Heritage Site, described “as a unique symbol of the triumph of the human spirit, of freedom, and of democracy over oppression.”

We were fortunate to meet Christo Brand, a former prison guard who was one of several that were responsible for guarding Nelson Mandela and he is the author of ‘Doing life with Mandela: My prisoner, my friend.’ He spoke briefly on his relationship with Nelson Mandela and focused more on promoting his book.

The tours on the island are run by former political prisoners whom have extensive knowledge and history of the island – a great history lesson.

Robben Island
Robben Island

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Our next stop was Table Mountain – the iconic symbol of CT and recently named as one of the 7wonders of Nature. Our timing was perfect – late afternoon, no queues.

When you get to the top of the mountain, you can actually view the splendor that is Cape Town.

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Views from Table Mountain
View from Table Mountain

 

On top of Table Mountain
On top of Table Mountain

We took a sunset drive up Signal Hill, a fantastic place to enjoy the view of the sun setting over the Atlantic, perfect sundowner location.

The kids got to visit the Aquarium and took a ride on the Cape Wheel at the Waterfront.

Where we ate

What I LOVE about CT is an abundance of places one can grab a bite to eat, you really are spoilt for choice.

1. The Grand Café & Beach

  • The restaurant is part of Cape Town’s V&A Waterfront and is located on a private beach in Grander Bay. I battled to find something to eat as some of the Vegetarian sides were not available. I opted for their margarita Pizza, which was very LARGE with a thin base and tasted really good, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
  • The restaurant has a great atmosphere and vibe.

2. The Bungalow Restaurant

  • Located of the Glen Beach Country Club in Clifton, the outside area of Bungalow reminds me of some of the restaurant in Santorini (Greece) – endless sea views, soft colour tones in a classy yet relaxing setting. I opted for the Tricolore, a perfect light meal.
  • Overall the restaurant has a great vibe and fantastic views of the sea that stretched from horizon to horizon and not forgetting the mountain.

3.  Tokara Restaurant

  • Three words best describeTokara ‘Memorable Dinning Experience.’ The restaurant is situated on the wine estate with views over Stellenbosch and False Bay.From the outside one might think that the restaurant is a bit ‘STUFFY’ however the overall ambience is relaxed.The menu is substantial, I had all three courses and all three were a splendid experience. The drive from CT was worth it,Tokara is a must and I highly recommend it.

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Where we had dessert

1.  Charly’s Bakery

  • Charly’s Bakery!! The kids were indessert heaven with all the designer cup-cakes and cookies available to buy. I have been a fan of this bakery for years and I don’t leave CT without a visit toCharly’s.

2.  Tashas Waffle House – Constantia

  • This place is dessert heaven…it has an array of sweet treats, frozen yogurt, shakes, waffles and ice-cream. I don’t usually like taking pictures of food but I could not resist when I saw the size of our waffles.

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  • I had the Red velvet cheese cake waffle which I did not enjoy as much as the Choc Chip Waffle.

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Where we stayed

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Verdict:-

Awesome trip, a perfect combination of places we went, ate and chilled.

TS

**Images of the Bungalow are from http://www.thebungalow.co.za