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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! :)

Things to do with Kids in Cape Town: Eat at The Orchard Farm Stall in Grabouw Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 30 MAY 2015

If you feel like a drive with the kids, then why not shoot up the N2 and tackle Sir Lowry’s Pass, taking it up past Steenbras Dam and then swinging left into Grabouw.

IMG_20150427_121811 the orchard farm stall and coffee shop in grabouw

The first thing you’ll see is the large rolling green lawn of The Orchard Farm Stall, a large airy farm stall filled with all manner of home made treats, farm produce and of course arts and crafts.

Of more importance to us here is the attached coffee shop / restaurant, which features a host of well priced, simple food options, covering you if you just want to stop and have a cup of coffee and a piece of cake, or sit down and devour lunch proper.

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The huge green lawn means that there is ample space for the kids to run around and play, and the owners also have had a little jungle gym with swings installed, perfect to keep the little ones busy.

Also, there seems to be a permanent jump castle setup as well – which needless to say keeps the kiddies pretty happy!

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So if you want to get some fresh air, let the kids run around a bit, and just sit and relax, then a stop at The Orchard Farm Stall in Grabouw is certainly not a bad option.

(My only complaint is a little one – given that it sits right on the N2, you do get the noise of the passing traffic – but in the same breath that gives you a little more to see and to talk about, so it’s not all that bad!)

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Note, if your kids are of the older variety, then another great option slightly further along the route is Peregrine Farm Stall and its associated Red Tractor Cafe – looking particularly good following its recent refurbishment.

Oh, and on the way back, don’t forget to pull over and stop at the Sir Lowry’s Pass viewpoint. Stunning views of the False Bay, Gordon’s Bay, Strand, and Somerset West guaranteed!

(The day that these photos were taken proved to be a little too windy for the girls – they were back inside the car before you could blink!)

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IMG_20150427_125839 chantelle lotter with the girls at sir lowry's pass viewpoint

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Related Link: TripAdvisor | Sir Lowry’s Pass

Coffee.com My Life 17 SEP 2013

What do you get when you marry a computer sales and repair shop with a coffee shop? Well, if you live in Gordon’s Bay then there is believe it or not, actually an answer to that question. Sadly.

A year or so back the Cinnamon Square shopping complex opened alongside Faure Marine Drive, sitting along the border between Gordon’s Bay and Strand, with Spar as the anchor tenant. At that time there was what looked like a little cafe bearing the name of Coffee.com on which Chantelle and I couldn’t help but comment on every time we rode past, which then one day simply disappeared.

Until now.

The other day Chantelle spotted a familiar sign appear next to Woolworths, in the laughably quiet but newly renovated shopping space that once used to host the equally quiet 7 Eleven/Friendly Grocer store – Coffee.com was back in action.

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We had decided to pop out for a quick bite to eat on one of my days of working from home and after driving around only to find pretty much everyone closed for business for the day (currently the Garden Kitchen nestled in Mountain Streams nursery is our coffee stop of choice), we bit the bullet and decided to pop over to Coffee.com in the hopes that it was open.

It was, and on entry the mystery surrounding the completely arbitrary name of Coffee.com became apparent: the mini venue doubles up as both a coffee shop and a computer sales shop, probably the most unlikely pairing of the decade!

Anyway, we sat down and ordered some food and some coffee, and sadly (because I don’t like to talk ill of any small business) I have to say, unsurprisingly it wasn’t very good.

And sadly for them, we didn’t even bother to look at the computer hardware on sale…