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March 2015

Recently one of our locals visited Hingham Nursery Tea Garden and gave it a really BIG Thumbs up! – Paige Potter

My mom and I went to HNTG. What a delightful lunch surrounded by lush greenery and served by two waitresses who felt like old friends. My mom had the lemon cheesecake- which really was super soft and creamy and had the perfect touch of lemon. I had the rose pink lemonade (a MUST try, I’ve never tasted anything so delicate and floral), and the toasted sushi sandwich. The sandwich consisted of salmon, caramalised red onion, fresh onion, avo and pickled ginger; officially my new elixir!!!! What a delicious combination of ingredients (I ate it as if I hadn’t seen food for a good 24 hours). The salad that accompanied the sandwich was in itself an artwork, with beautiful edible flowers on the top. Trully a magnificent, refreshing, and flavour packed delight. Highly recommend this wonderful place.

Telephone: Address: 15 Clematis Grove, Glenhills off Rinaldo Road
http://www.hinghamnursery.co.za/site/default.asp

April 2014

On a recent trip, to Cape Town, we were advised to try a restaurant called Postcard Café in Stellenbosch. The restaurant is situated on a small wine farm just outside Stellenbosch – Oude Nektar Wine Estate, Jonkershoek Road, Stellenbosch.

You can choose to sit inside or outside, but the surrounding views are spectacular. The long verandah overlooks a small lake, where the wine tasting room is situated, surrounded by overhanging weeping willows – beautiful! Access to the wine-tasting is across a little bridge located just in front of the restaurant.  

The menu is seasonal and seems to change daily depending on availability. My husband enjoyed a glass of white wine (sadly I was driving) and I had a glass of their homebrewed lemon iced tea. Their drinks menu seemed to be quite limited as I tried to order a Lime & Soda or Rock Shandy, only to be told they didn’t serve them. Nevertheless, my ice tea was very good.

We shared an Antipasto Plate (small – R94) which was plenty for 2 people, and a salad of Crispy Fried Prawns & Calamari (R109). Overall, the food was a little pricey, but well worth it for the surroundings and overall atmosphere of the place. Service could have been a little better.

We would definitely put Postcard Café on our list of places to visit in Cape Town – well worth the visit.

 

 GPS co-ordinates:
33°57’14.00”S 18°54’38.00”E

Chantal

February 2014

Some locals were delighted to find Makaranga and give it a THUMBS-UP! A 30 acre indigenous and exotic botanical gardens which amongst many magical attributes, has 18 ponds, trickling meandering streams, a contemplative waterfall in a addition to a labyrinth to walk and do a little soul searching while accompanied by calming gentle-toned wind chimes.

Every bit of this place is quite breath-taking.

The staff will welcome you to NONNA, a contemporary Italian bistro and deli, or direct you to the pool for a swim with equal enthusiasm.

Imagine a wedding in this setting!

Telephone: +27 (0) 31 764-6616
Address: No 1A Igwababa Road, Kloof, 3610, KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
GPS Co-ordinates: 29°47’28.76″S; 30°49’06.75″E

Sheila

The contemplative waterfall at Makaranga

The contemplative waterfall at Makaranga

The enchanting Makaranga grounds

The enchanting Makaranga grounds

Art worth visiting Makaranga to view

Art worth visiting Makaranga to view

 

 

January 2014

A best kept secret eating venue of the locals just has to be Caffe Italia Express situated at Park Boulevard Centre, Brownsdrift Road, Riverside. Their phone number is +27 (0) 31 563-0333

Caffe Italia Express - sign

The ambiance is good, the food is authentic and made from scratch, so may take a little longer but makes up for it in flavour. A plus is that you get to chat to the locals and sociable staff while savouring the delights of your choice of wine.

Sheila

Caffe Italia Express - wall

Caffe Italia Express - Oyster Bridge

 

 

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