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Craft Beer and Play at Grass Roof in Port Elizabeth (2017-07-08) Farm Stalls | Photo Gallery 21 MAY 2018

If you are ever out in the Port Elizabeth area and find yourself in need of a good kid friendly restaurant option, be extra sure to pay the exceedingly cool Grass Roof farm stall and coffee shop a visit.

Situated on the Olive Tree Farm, just a few kilometers from Sardinia Bay, the Grass Roof is a coffee shop, kids playground, trendy cafe, and farm stall all rolled into one. Open Monday to Sunday, the eatery strives to promote a healthy, organic lifestyle, with a lot of its food menu and farm stall offering sourced directly from the gardens and fields of its host farm.

In addition to all the fresh produce and baked items (it is a proper smorgasbord of tasty stuff), the farm shop is stocked with all manner of deli surprises, authentic crafts and handmade items.

The rolling lawn in front of the restaurant provides the perfect play area, which is complete with a number of fun kids activities like old tractors, climbing frames, etc. (There is even a giant adult swing if you are keen on also joining in on the fun!)

Then we get to the restaurant/cafe itself. First off, the menu is amazing. Well presented, evocative descriptions, and a final product to back it all up, makes for an exceptional light meal experience. From pizzas to gourmet burgers, from craft beer to freshly brewed Mastersons Coffee – Grass Roof’s kitchen team has  you covered.

Also, the view from the deck is pretty damn decent too!

And yes, just as the name implies, all of this happens under a bright green, grass covered roof!

It is no wonder then that this is easily one of Chantelle’s favourite spots on the list of places visited over the course of our 2017 roadtrip holiday. Definitely worthy of a family get together or two!

(Also, eagle-eyed readers might have spotted that the last two photos in the gallery aren’t exactly of the Grass Roof visit. As it so happened, we actually stayed with our good friends – and tour guides – the Grangers during the P.E. stint, and of course, Evan being Evan, time simply HAD to be made for a braai or two!) 

Related Link: Grass Roof Farm Stall | Port Elizabeth | #JuneHolidays2017

Alpaca Wool and Petting at The Alpaca Loom in Paarl (2017-05-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 02 FEB 2018

Having told Chantelle all about our visit with the Alpacas at Dietmar Keil and Kerstin Heisterkamp’s The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio, she was pretty eager that the girls and I take her for a visit too – which is why just over a month after that first visit, we found ourselves once again petting and feeding the adorably fluffy alpacas of Paarl!

Jessica was of course super thrilled to be back (feed bucket firmly in hand), and now with her mommy at her side, Emily too was feeling a whole lot braver than what she did on our solo visit!

Naturally feeding and petting the alpacas down in the kids play area was attraction number one for the day, but the roaming llamas, dromedary camels, and alpaca herd were more than just a little eager in trying to grab our attention whenever they were given a chance.

Unfortunately there wasn’t much in terms of cakes and pies leftover in the little “log cabin coffee shop with a view”, so just juice for the girls and coffee for the adults it was.

As it was last time, watching the ladies weaving the alpaca wool was super interesting, the alpaca wool products intriguing, and the view itself over the Southern Paarl landscape spectacular.

Apart from the coffee shop, kids petting area, jungle gym, and weaving studio, the Alpaca Loom also offers short Alpaca Barn Tours, which take place on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays at 15:00.

(Also, the unexpected bonus of having little newborn alpacas running around the fields with their moms was pretty special too!)

Naturally, I grabbed far more pictures than what was necessary of Chantelle and the girls feeding Alpacas:

In summary, it is really hard not to come and visit this place with kids and NOT leave with a broad smile on your face! :)

Bonus: Obviously the coffee shop and weaving studio is just a small part of The Alpaca Loom’s business. Basically, if you are in the market for it, you can purchase pet alpacas, alpaca wool, breeding stock and even guard alpacas from these guys!

Related Link: The Alpaca Loom Coffee Shop and Weaving Studio | Paarl

Breakfast at Tredici (The Bakers Dozen) in Swellendam (2018-01-11) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 27 JAN 2018

So I mentioned earlier that Chantelle and I needed to drive up to George in order to pick up our Accent that was sitting there for repairs a couple of weeks ago. This of course thus meant a road trip along the N2, which, given how early we ended up leaving Gordon’s Bay, also then meant the need for a decent breakfast stop too.

Enter one of Chantelle’s favourite stops along that route – the Tredici (or Bakers Dozen) bakery, restaurant, and coffee shop in Swellendam.

Driving along the N2, Tredici is nearly impossible to miss when you enter the Swellendam area, thanks to the building’s very European styling, its bold black accents, and its imposing four meter high doorways.

Inside you are greeting by the sights and smells of all the delicious pastries and baked goods being brought to life and put on display, before heading through to select a table either downstairs, upstairs, or these days, outside.

Obviously, a good cup of coffee was the order of the day, but as I mentioned at the start, we were there for breakfast as well – and pretty soon we were tucking into some good tasting ‘brekkie’ combinations from their reasonably comprehensive menu.

Chatting to the waiters, business over the course of the December holiday season had been particularly brisk, so much so that Tredici had to even go ahead and set up a little outside ‘On the Go’ container pop up shop to service all the people knocking at its doors!

Tredici is a genuinely nice place to stop, and seeing as the kids weren’t with us for this particular trip, we could actually sit down, relax and enjoy the tranquil pace of life that stems from living in a place like Swellendam for a change.

Always recommended.

Bonus: In case you are not familiar with the term Baker’s Dozen, it stems from an old European custom whereby bakers would illustrate their honesty by offering their customers more than what the law required – so instead of 12 loaves or 12 measures of something, the customers would always receive 1 extra – hence the baker’s dozen.

Bonus 2: The evening before we left for George, Chantelle and I decided to have Chinese food for supper. Pro tip: The giggle worthily named ‘Wok This Way‘ in Somerset West delivers big time in terms of food, flavour and atmosphere!

Definitely highly recommended!

Related Link: Tredici | Swellendam

A Bite to Eat at A Taste of Africa in Colchester (2017-07-07) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 21 NOV 2017

After a long morning spent game watching (after having enjoyed our night spent in the Addo Elephant Park as part of our June Holidays 2007 road trip), we were now about to embark on the drive down the road to Port Elizabeth, where we would be staying with Evan and Natasha for a couple of evenings.

However, a quick poll around the car quickly established that first a stop for something to eat was very much in order, and so instead of turning right towards Port Elizabeth, we turned left and ambled down towards nearby Colchester.

Having been established in 2015, the conveniently situated A Taste of Africa restaurant can be found at the BP petrol station complex at the start of Colchester, hard to miss thanks to its current brilliant blue paint job.

Passing the pizza oven out front and heading inside, you’ll find a cozy space with a lot of home industry products lining the wall. The restaurant/coffee shop has both indoor and outdoor seating arrangements, and from the look of things, capable of running a small bar setup just as easily.

The menu is decent, nice and casual, the food okay enough, and the staff more than welcoming and friendly. (The girls loved all the special attention that they were getting).

Seeing as we were pretty much the only people there for our stop, it isn’t really possible to comment on the vibe, but guessing from the setup, I suspect that more than a FEW party groups get together here every now and then!

Oh, and they do have a nice little garden setting too.

Bonus: Colchester (affectionately known as the Jewel of the Sundays River by locals), is itself a pretty interesting little place mind you. Twenty minutes outside of Port Elizabeth, lying on the banks of the Sundays River and bordered by the South Gate of the Addo Elephant National Park, the settlement of Colchester rose (nearly a century ago) as a challenge to Port Elizabeth (apparently), with the original vision of the engineer behind the whole thing for it to become the railway center for the whole of the Eastern Cape.

That battle was obviously lost, but Colchester, named after the oldest town in the United Kingdom, is however surrounded by ancient sand dunes (dating back about 100 000 years), and is situated in a part of the country that remains largely unspoiled – thereby meaning that the opportunities for fishing, hiking, river cruises, sand boarding, sand sledding, canoeing and swimming are plentiful.

So worth looking into if you want to escape the built up confines of Port Elizabeth then.

Related Link: A Taste of Africa | Facebook | #JuneHolidays2017

Lunch at Potbelly Coffee Shop & Bakery in Klapmuts (2017-10-07) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 20 OCT 2017

If you have kids and live out in the Helderberg or Stellenbosch area like we do, then undoubtedly you have at some point made the drive and taken them out for a visit to the always interesting Butterfly World.

If that’s the case, and you travel the route that I would, then you will definitely recognise this particularly eye-catching (and rather cute) logo/name combination:

Funnily enough, I’ve always thought this place was a butchery or bacon/pork-themed restaurant of some sort (kind of like Sweetwell in Stellenbosch), but as it turns out, Potbelly is in fact a coffee shop and bakery of all things!

Tucked into a building which is also home to a fantastic little farm stall/deli called Deli-Co, as well as a bits and bobs home decor store (Bali Trading), Potbelly is a family owned business that specializes in quality wholesome food, homemade pies and bread – baked daily of course.

Given that the R44 is a popular drive with both bikers and classic car clubs alike – not to mention the fact that it is a super popular meeting spot for the locals – this little coffee shop is almost always bustling with activity, and this was certainly the case when Chantelle, the girls and I popped in for a bite to eat a Saturday or two ago.

Luckily for us though, we managed to snag a small table in the corner, and were soon tucking into some delicious, freshly made food.

Although we didn’t get around to trying any of the baked goods on the table, there certainly looked to be some very interesting things on offer, making a sometime in the future coffee stop very much a certainty.

(That said, I was slightly disappointed to discover that they were in fact not a pork-themed butchery/restaurant.)

Given the general look and feel of Klapmuts as a whole, this nice looking building with its very visible business logos is definitely easy to spot! That said, just in case you need some help, here’s a handy map:

Related Link: Potbelly Coffee Shop & Bakery

Milktart Pancakes at Koffie Stories in Gouritz (2016-12-31) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 16 FEB 2017

We enjoyed a great end of December family vacation in the seaside holiday/fishing village of Gouritz (aka Gouritsmond) last year. One of the nice little discoveries that we made whilst there was this tiny little coffee shop squeezed into the premises of Swanepoel Algemene Handelaars (General Dealer) on the outskirts of the town.

Koffie Stories (which is now in its new location and under new ownership) has kind of drifted from its original premise as being Gouritz’s first ever coffee shop where you could actually go for a cup of coffee and pay to hear a story told by one of the locals, transforming itself instead into a more conventional coffee shop/eatery (and art gallery), though still sporting a very homely atmosphere.

The coffee is not bad (and well priced), but the real draw card is by far their dessert filled pancakes – with the milk tart filled and peppermint crisp tart filled pancakes demanding that we go for tea pretty much each and every day that we stayed there!

So just a heads up then if you have a sweet tooth and find yourself in Gouritz one day…

(Also map in case you too need to taste these rather tasty dessert pancakes)

Related Link: Koffie Stories | Facebook

Coffee and the Giant Aloe at Alcare Aloe in Albertinia (2016-06-27) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 21 JUL 2016

The last day of our long weekend away in the Garden Route had finally arrived, and as luck would have it, the good weather that we had been enjoying up until now finally gave way to some rain, making the last morning of hotel breakfast and packing up a bit of a grey, overcast and wet affair!

While Evan and Natasha opted to stick around and spend some more time in George, the rest of us decided to call it a day and head back home via the N2 – but not before making a scheduled stop at the Alcare Aloe shop in Albertinia,to pick up some supplies that Monty and Cheryl had ordered before they had left for the weekend.

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Pleasingly, the shop has attached to it a great little coffee stop in the form of the Giant Aloe Cafe, which was exactly what the doctor ordered on such a cold and wet day.

Featuring a centrally placed fireplace and loads of home made nibbles to choose from, we quickly settled in for a nice warming cup of coffee and a small treat for the girls.

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(Also, it gave Chantelle and Cheryl an excuse to do a bit of browsing through the multitude of aloe products on display!)

Of more interest to me however was the giant, super realistic aloe statue erected outside. Naturally, a closer inspection was called for!

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Unveiled in 2010, this 9 metre tall statue of a Cape Aloe plant (Aloe ferox) features individually sculpted leaves, flowers and thorns, weighing in at approximately 2,500 kg!

This beautiful piece of art (designed by George-based sculptors) took approximately 8,800 man hours to complete and now stands as a beautiful and eye-catching landmark for the small town of Albertinia (which is already kind of known as “Aloe Country “anyways!).

In other words, you can’t miss it.

Related Link: Giant Aloe Statue | Alcare Aloe | Albertinia

Coffee at The Blue Cow in Barrydale (2016-04-16) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 10 MAY 2016

Recently we enjoyed a great weekend away at Warmwaterberg Spa, situated on the R62 about 30 km past Barrydale in the Western Cape. Saturday afternoon we decided to take a drive out to Barrydale to have a look around town, and in doing so ended up enjoying a great coffee stop at The Blue Cow – described as the coffee shop on Barrydale’s “Waterfront”!

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Situated on a calf paddock next to the farm’s dam, The Blue Cow is a small, stylish coffee shop that serves great coffee and good treats. The water below the deck is teeming with giant koi fish, and on arrival the girls were both handed pieces of bread to feed the demanding mouths – which obviously was a big hit for the two of them!

There is also an abundance of weaver bird nests alongside the water, and we were treated to a great weaving display by one of the birds while waiting for our order to arrive.

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The atmosphere is tranquil and the views superb, making this quiet coffee shop quite a jewel in Barrydale’s tourist offering.

Plus, I kind of like the description/history on their menu:

“Six generations ago Robert Cooke, a farm worker near Dublin in Ireland fell in love with a landowner’s daughter, Mary-Anne Proudfoot they were forbidden to marry because of the class difference so, undeterred, they jumped aboard a ship to Cape Town and then took an ox-wagon to Swellendam in 1890 the Cooke Family ended up with the farm in Barrydale where they have been farming dairy and fruit ever since.

Boetie and Hannette Cooke continued farming in the family tradition and raised their children Bertus, Anika and Danel on the farm. About eleven years ago Hannette had an idea. She told Boetie what she wanted to do and in true male tradition he told her it was a silly idea and wouldn’t work. It took Hannette two years of female guile to convince Boetie that a restaurant in the “calf paddock by the dam” on the farm would be a good idea.

And a great idea it was… The Blue Cow was born! 11 years running, moo!”

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Oh, and everyone rather enjoyed their food!

Related Link: The Blue Cow | Facebook

Coffee in Hermanus at Europa Cafe (2015-07-15) Photo Gallery 09 AUG 2015

So following our exciting and thoroughly enjoyable whale watching adventure in Gansbaai, Chantelle and I decided to stop for some coffee and cake in Hermanus on the long drive back home. (On such a beautiful day, who could really blame us?)

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As always, Hermanus’ famed Cliff Walk is a treat, particularly with all the interesting art pieces they’ve dotted along the tourist part of the walk. Chantelle and I were treated to some frolicking whales in the bay, following which, we located a nice spot at the Europa coffee shop.

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Pleasingly, the coffee and cake were rather good! :)