Skulls

14th January 2013

Everyone knows how much I love skulls especially my sweet little sister, and when she gave me this amazing bottle of wine for Christmas I completely fell in love with it.

Skulls 2008 was produced by R Wines (a collaboration between winemakers Dan Philips and Chris Ringland) in South Australia. It was then imported to Vancouver where she bought it and took it back to Hong Kong. Then she gave it to me for Christmas and I brought it back to Cape Town. How’s that for around the world?

The best bit about this wine though (aside from it’s 16.3% alc./vol.) is the AMAZING label by Hungarian designer István Orosz, entitled Ship of Fools. It’s surreal and beautiful. Orosz is often compared with M. C. Escher because of his forced perspectives and optical illusions, so spend some time seriously checking it out.

As Eat Magazine says: “This wine, and its label, is not for the feint of heart.”

Think we’ll have to save it for a special occasion.

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Ovopur

11th January 2013

In Hong Kong we visited a cool little coffee shop called Brio Espresso that stocked the unbelievably beautiful Ovopur water filter.

I’m kind of fussy about my water and I think it’s extremely important to find a solution for providing water that not only tastes good, but is also eco-friendly in your home.

Ovopur is a gravitational filter system that combines the unique shape of an egg and the thermal properties of porcelain to preserve and revitalise water, and the aquacristal cartridge that sits inside the Ovopur is made up of 4 different filtration levels.

It’s a beautiful and very useful thing – the perfect product actually – and if we had a house it would be the second thing I’d buy, after a comfy couch!

WeLove

5th December 2012

WeLove is a new online community that allows users to share and review interesting places and various niches in a city.

There’s a free app that’s used to rate or love a place or niche – whether it’s coffee, street art, sushi joints, artisan beer brewers or delicious places for breakfast, and every time you love or rate a location (or someone loves or rates a location you’ve added) you collect points. The more points you collect, the more influential you become.

It’s still quite a new startup and currently only available for Cape Town and Jo’burg, but I have a feeling they’re going to be huge.

 

Angry Birds Macaroons

28th November 2012

These macaroons are way too cool not to share! I just wish I liked the taste of them more.

Mexican macaroon connoisseurs Theurel & Thomas are still one of my most favourite websites in the world, but it’s only because the macaroons look so colourful and pretty!

(via Neatorama)

Baking

20th November 2012

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Between Meals / The Dog’s Bollocks

20th November 2012

On Saturday afternoon we finally made it to The Dog’s Bollocks and damn it was good (and so messy I couldn’t take a photo of the aftermath!) We’ve been for breakfast when The Yard is The Bitches Tits, but never for dinner. The first come, first serve policy with only 50 burgers cooked a night was the thing that enticed us up there and yes, the burgers were totally worth it. And we had loads of fun. And we’ll definitely be going back.

Where:
The Dog’s Bollocks – 6 Roodehek Street, Cape Town

What we ate:
Burgers. Big fat burgers.
I had a Mexican Chilli with Cheese (with a slight overkill of lettuce), Si had a Jalapeño Cheese and Rachel had a Peppered Mushroom.

What we drank:
Tap water. Although they sell bottles of red and white wine for R50 which is really reasonable.

Best bit:
Well the burgers were super tasty, nice and rare and my chilli was spicy which I loved, but in general the whole vibe of The Dog’s Bollocks is cool. I love that it’s so grungy and easy going….and I absolutely love the bathroom mirror.

Food Work / Anderssen-Voll

8th November 2012

I stumbled across this awesome coffeepot the other day on KITKA, a design blog run by Toronto based store Mjölk.

Designed for a new Norwegian collective called Food Work by Anderssen & Voll, this little coffeepot is a beauty.

Between Meals / Nopi

26th October 2012

Last night we went to Nopi for a treat with our lovely friends Flo and Luke. Last time we were in London we managed to get a table at Ottolenghi (we love their cookbooks!) and the food was just so good, so we were inspired to check out Nopi this time. It has a very similar style and vibe to Ottolenghi (they’re both run by Yotam Ottolenghi) and the food was as good and as unusual with crazy ingredients combined in weird and wonderful ways. The only downside? Bad, bad espressos.

Where:
Nopi – London

What we ate: (or more like what we didn’t eat!)
There were 4 of us and as we shared everything we really got to taste an amazing range of flavours. I ordered the Valdeón cheesecake, pickled beetroot and thyme honey to start and the Whole twice-cooked baby chicken with lemon myrtle salt and chilli sauce for a main. To have a look at the full menu, click here.

What we drank:
Cocktails and wine. I had a Saffron Chase, which was made with Chase English gin, Chase elderflower liqueur, lemon juice, saffron syrup & Champagne. (ohmygod!) and we had a lovely bottle of Italian red.

Best bit:
Aside from the awesome food, the bathroom was by far the coolest one I’ve ever been in. Check out the shot above! Wow.

Between Meals / Canteen

24th October 2012

Last night we had dinner at Canteen in Covent Garden with some friends. It’s similar to the Baker Street one where we ate once before, although it’s missing the awesome lights (they do have some neon though). Canteen’s Great British Food motto sums it up perfectly. The food is tasty, wholesome, and similar to what you’d expect from a cool gastro pub…with some awesome design thrown in for good measure.

Where:
Canteen – London

What we ate:
Beef Pie with mash, greens and gravy, Eggs Royale (yum), Fish and Chips and Fish Cakes.

What we drank:
Good old fashioned water that arrived in a simple, but lovely glass bottle.

Best bit:
The gorgeous branding, the great atmosphere and being able to eat breakfast for dinner.

Happy To Serve You

18th October 2012

Lots of lovely benefits to drinking coffee designed by the awesome Melbourne based coffee blog, Happy To Serve You.

Keep that latte art coming!

Between Meals / San Julian

16th October 2012

On Friday we went to our favourite Mexican Restaurant in Cape Town, San Julian. It’s probably the most authentic Mexican we’ve had outside of Mexico (except for Wahaca in London), the tortillas are sooooo good and the chilli sauces hot, hot, hot! The best bit though is that we always reminisce about our Mexican travels over tequila and cerveza and get to practice our Spanish with Arturo = Perfecto.

Where:
San Julian on Rose Street – Cape Town

What we ate:
Nachos (yum!), Ceviche (yum!) and Sinaloa Chilorio Pork Tacos with lots of spicy sauce! Yum!

What we drank:
El Jimador shots washed down with Sangrita and Coronas.

Best bit:
Dreaming of Mexico while sipping on tequila.

We Love Real Beer

28th September 2012

I completely forgot the We Love Real Beer Festival is on today. Check out the NeighbourGoods Blog for more info.

Cape Town is rocking this weekend!

Between Meals / Hudsons on Sommerset

27th September 2012

Last night we went out with the guys from work to Hudsons. It always has a cool vibe and the burgers are pretty tasty. Unfortunately my burger choice last night wasn’t that great (Blue cheese on a burger is a bit weird, it was the avo and biltong powder that convinced me) and my crunchy fries were teeth-chipping crunchy, but it was fun anyway.

Where:
Hudsons on Sommerset – Cape Town

What we ate:
Si had The Royale (250g burger, bacon, onion rings) + I ordered The La De Da (200g ostrich burger, blue cheese, avo, biltong powder) with crunchy fries.

What we drank:
Darling Brew Bone Crusher Wheat Beer, Caramel Vodkas and as always, no work dinner is complete without obligatory shots of Jägermeister.

Best bit:
Biltong dust, which is weirdly delicious. Whoever thought to sell the leftover powder at the bottom of the packet was a clever dude.

Happy Braai Day

24th September 2012

In respect for my current adopted country, we’ll call it Braai Day (my inner Aussie is shaking her head like crazy) and despite the weather being a bit grey for Heritage Day, I’m hoping these colourful bits will brighten your braai!

1. Weber Tool Set
2. Smokey Joe Weber
3. Weber Salt & Pepper Mills
4. Joseph Joseph Timer
5. Bodum Basting Kit
6. Country Road Lehria Cushion
6. Country Road Marlo Cushion
7. Country Road Cassa Throw

Les Artistes Espresso Set

20th September 2012

My philosophy is that you can never have too many espresso cups.

You just never know when you might have to hold an impromptu coffee session for 20.

These ones on the MOMA Store are cute.

Beluga Creations

20th September 2012

Beluga (one of our favorite CT sushi joints) have just launched Beluga Creations, their new Molecular Gastronomy kit and I would love to give it a try.

The starter kit comes with all the ingredients, utensils and instructional videos you’ll need to to cook 20 different recipes and additional ingredients (in super slick packaging) can be bought when you run out. I love that it’s so creative and pretty.

This is what the Caviar Group say: “Molecular Gastronomy is a modern style of cooking that combines food and science to take advantage of chemical and physical transformations for visually stunning and creative dishes.”

Look out Heston, here I come!

44 Stanley

18th September 2012

Hello! I’m home!

Zanzibar was amazing. Beautiful, relaxing and chilled (that’s another post all turquoise and aquamarine) and because our flight left super early on Saturday morning from Jo’burg, we decided to fly up the day before.

We spent the day hanging out in a rather awesome hotel, complete with private jacuzzi, champagne and Nelson Mandela next door! And since we were there we thought we should check out a bit of the city too. 44 Stanley was recommended to us by the lovely Maike, so we went to have a look. It was super cool and we killed a couple of hours wandering around and eating. Here’s what we found:

Bean There – an afternoon wandering is never complete without a good coffee stop. Jo’burg’s Bean There is just as sexy as Cape Town’s and the coffee rocks.

Anatomy Design – I fell in love with the skull screenprint in the window.

Lucky Fish was a gorgeous shop selling everything from cotton Indian bedspreads to handmade soap. Si bought me one of Fiona Goldthorpe’s Día de los Muertos Skull Soaps. It’s much too pretty to use so I’m going to find a box frame for it.

AOP Gallery – the Fiona Pole exhibition had just been hung when we stopped by. Her etchings are beautiful.

Vovo Telo – Mmmm. Pizza bread and juices to die for. Their awesome branding was done by South African illustrator Alta Stegmann and the best bit? They just opened a cafe at the V&A. Sweet.

Decade / Wasteland had some gorgeous vintage furniture that reminded me of pieces my grandparents used to own.

Frazer Parfum – I found some more beautiful Frazer Parfum bottles in Méchant & Gentil (oh! if only they didn’t cost a small fortune).

So 44 Stanley was the perfect start to our trip and definitely check out if you’re ever in Johannesburg.

(Thanks Maike x)

How To Make Marmalade

24th August 2012

This weekend I’m going to make some marmalade.

I’ve actually been talking about making some since last weekend, but this morning my favourite online kitchen shop YuppieChef emailed out their monthly Spatular magazine with what on it?

A Marmalade recipe of course.

I’ll take it as a sign!

Now … if only I had a beautiful Le Creuset Mamalade Jar to put it in…

Deluxe Coffeeworks

8th August 2012

My favourite Cape Town coffee shop Deluxe, have just opened their newest branch. 100m up the road from us. Oh yeah!

Deluxe Coffeeworks
6 Roodehek Street
Cape Town

SouleMama

7th August 2012

I absolutely love this Garlic Scape Swag by SouleMama. It’s just so simple and pretty.

Check out more of Amanda Blake Soule’s sweet blog here.

I heart Eggs

3rd August 2012

Anyone that knows me, knows how much I love eggs … like really love eggs, alot. Eating them makes me happy and Huevos Rancheros are my favourite.

I don’t usually put recipes on BTN, but as I was checking out Livestrong this morning and got distracted (and inspired) by some egg recipes, I thought I would share … and also because it’s Friday and eggs are always best on the weekend!

Baked Eggs
Crack two eggs in a small, ovenproof ramekin. Top with finely chopped vegetables and a splash of milk. Bake until whites are set but yolks are still runny enough for dipping. Enjoy with wholemeal toasted soldiers.
(via Livestrong)

Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs are a new one for me and even though they look like bad 80s canapés, I bet they taste amazing.

6 eggs, hard boiled, peeled
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1 tsp yellow mustard
3/4 tsp white wine vinegar
salt, pepper, paprika

Cut eggs in half. Arrange egg whites cut side up on a serving plate and put the yolks in a small mixing bowl. Mash yolks and mix in mayonnaise, mustard, vinegar, salt, pepper. Spoon mixture into each egg white half, dividing evenly. Sprinkle eggs with smoked paprika if desired. Serve immediately or refrigerate until ready to serve.
(via PinchMySalt)

Shakshuka

Not only does this Israeli recipe have an awesome name, I haven’t tried it before either! 2 egg firsts for me today!

2 eggs
1 tsp oil
1/4 chopped red onion
1 can fire roasted tomatoes
1-2 tablespoons garlic pesto (or just use some crushed garlic + basil)
coriander 

Heat the oil, add onions and saute. Add tomatoes, pesto and simmer for a few minutes. Make two indentations in the sauce and carefully break the eggs into them. Cover and cook for a few minutes till the egg whites are cooked through, but the yolks are still soft.
(via MangoTomato)

The awesome still life shots at the top are by photographer Annabelle Breakey. She takes the most beautiful photographs of food and you can check out more of her work here.

I’m going to make Deviled Eggs and Shakshuka this weekend. Yay!

Hope you all have a happy and egg-citing weekend.

*Sorry, couldn’t help myself*

This one’s for Si

27th July 2012

Guaranteed to wake anyone up in the morning, Death Wish Coffee is 200% stronger than as your average coffee shop cup’o joe.

I love the label, and the disclaimer on their site:

Disclaimer:  This is not your regular morning coffee.  This is not your store bought coffee.  You will not find this coffee at your local diner or at your sissy Starbucks.  Death Wish Coffee is the most highly caffeinated premium dark roast organic coffee in the world. This is Extreme Coffee, not for the weak. Consider yourself Warned.

(via uncrate)

The Vertue of the Coffee Drink

18th July 2012

The Grain or Berry called Coffee , groweth upon little trees…

It will prevent Drowsiness, and make one fit for Business… oh yeah!

This 1650s coffee ad is amazing. It’s from the British Museum and was produced by the first coffee shop in London.

(via Neatorama)

We ♥ Coffee

26th June 2012

So along with all the pop up Mexican places, London seems to have had an influx of coffee places too. And not just any old coffee shops, really cool coffee shops with weird and wonderful names, cool philosophies and creative project collaborations happening alongside the coffee making.

We’re pretty spoilt for coffee in Cape Town, so it’s nice to come here and also have amazing coffee options – even if we do have our AeroPress with us this time.

If you happen to be in the city, I can highly recommend the following places:

The Department of Coffee and Social Affairs
14-16 Leather Lane
Chancery Lane
EC1N 7SU
A coffee-focused social hub and part of The Coffeesmiths Collective.

dose espresso
70 Long Lane
Farringdon
EC1A 9EJ
Responsibly sourced, beautiful coffee and sexy latte art; these guys use a La Marzocco FB-80 semi automatic espresso machine; handmade in Florence to make their coffee.

Monmouth
27 Monmouth Street
Covent Garden
WC2H 9EU
The Granddaddy of London Coffee, Monmouth have been in Covent Garden since 1978, and also sell the most delicious selection of beans.

Kaffine
66 Great Titchfield Street
Oxford Street
W1W 7QJ
Antipodeans in London created this chilled (and beautiful) coffee space, based on the Australian coffee shop philosophy of great beans, cool tunes, good service and genuine hospitality.

Prufrock
23-25 Leather Lane
Chancery Lane
EC1N 7TE
These guys are into their coffee so much they want to share the love. London BRAT (London Barista Resource And Training Center) opened this year for Londoners who want to learn how it’s done – the right way.

Farm Collective
91 Cowcross Street
Farringdon
EC1A 9EJ
Great coffee and great food – straight from the farm.