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Milk Tart Jaffles at Signature Divine in Oudtshoorn (2017-07-05) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 06 FEB 2018

Having spent the day being guided around the magnificent Cango Caves, watching people zip-line down to Cango Caves Estate, and letting Jessica ride about on a camel at Wilgewandel, we were now happily making our way back towards the guest house, when the rather inviting scene over at Signature Divine caught our eye and immediately prompted a rather impromptu milkshake and coffee stop.

Originally setup to host events at their lovely small Klein Karoo venue with a view, Signature Divine has since evolved into a wonderful little eatery that offers a great menu packed with all manner of thoughtful gourmet treats.

In particular, the team is known for their menu of interesting gourmet milkshake combinations, basically a great way to try and escape that all oppressing Karoo heat!

To complement the magnificent view on display, Chantelle selected a milkshake, the girls opted for ice cream, and I got stuck into some good coffee – after which, on suggestion of our bubbly waiter for day, I discovered the world of milk tart jaffles.

Seriously, how in the world did I NOT know that this simple but delicious South African dessert morsel existed!

Anyway, adjacent to the eatery and its two beautiful stone barns is also an art gallery (Annie’s Art), showcasing the interesting acrylic work of Annamarie Janse van Rensburg.

(Surprisingly, the art gallery was open to the public but completely devoid of life. Definitely not something that would fly in the city – all her paintings would be off the wall in a matter of minutes! Definitely one of the nicer aspects of small town living though.)

In summary, Signature Divine is a surprisingly lovely stop in what feels like the middle of nowhere. Definitely worth pulling over if you ever find yourself in the area!

Oh, and much to the delight of both Jessica and Emily, the restaurant does have a small trampoline for the kids on the grass patch. Small, but much appreciated touch.

Related Link: Signature Divine | Facebook | Annie’s Art Gallery | Oudtshoorn

Coffee at the Deeghuys Taste Kitchen in Durbanville (2017-08-05) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 31 OCT 2017

Back in August the girls and myself found ourselves in the Northern Suburbs, and so decided to check in with my mom and dad and see if they wanted to join us for a stroll around Sonstral Dam. They said yes, we had a lovely walk, and then seeing as there was still plenty of time to be killed in Durbanville, I suggested that we head off and grab something to eat/drink.

So we did.

The Deeghuys group was started in 2012 and they focus on selling high quality, ready-made baked goods, both frozen and fresh – basically, quick to bake goods for those of us to lazy to make/mix from scratch!

From what I can tell, they’ve been quite successful, with stores popping up all over the place (in fact, we even have one out our way, near the Somerset Mall).

What  did however surprise me was to learn of the existence of the Deeghuys Taste Kitchen (in hindsight, makes sense, this is close to where their headquarters is based anyway), essentially a deli/restaurant that pretty much offers a taste of what Deeghuys sells in its stores (along with other more standard deli/restaurant fare of course).

Now my mom and dad have previously been here for a breakfast or two, hence the suggestion, and on the day it was a great choice given that it is relatively spacious, features loads of treats for those of us with an incurable sweet tooth, and is reasonably kid friendly. (They have a little kids play area corner which Jessica seemed to rather enjoy).

Unfortunately for us though, given that they close rather early on a Saturday (14:00), we kind of caught the tail end of service, meaning that we were pretty much restricted to a cup of coffee and whatever was already out on display seeing as the kitchen was now closed.

Luckily, these restrictions didn’t prove to be a complete bust because in the end we all enjoyed some rather nice treats.

Truthfully, service wasn’t fantastic because everyone was kind of bustling about trying to wind down operations for the day, and as a result, poor little Jessica’s order was somehow missed. Though once alerted to the problem, the friendly waitress quickly atoned for her mistake and gave Jessica a whole box of sausage rolls as opposed to just the one she originally wanted!

(Also, she was MIGHTILY pleased with her hot chocolate foam art).

It’s actually a surprisingly nice space tucked in at the back of Durbanville, and well worth a visit if you want to step away from the bustle of main road.

Bonus: It is a little hidden away, so in this case, a map is rather handy for a change:

Related Link: Deeghuys | Deeghuys Taste Kitchen

Scones, Cream and Jam at Hillcrest Berry Orchards in Stellenbosch (2017-03-05) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 09 APR 2017

As you drive through the Banhoek Valley on your way to Franschhoek, just before Pniel you’ll encounter an insignificant little entrance marked with a small signboard for Hillcrest Berry Orchards.

This so happens to be an old favourite of Chantelle’s, and we are almost always guaranteed to pull over for a quick coffee stop every time we find ourselves driving along this particular route!

Hillcrest Berry Orchards is as the name suggests, a farm known for growing a lot of varied, good quality berries. They are perhaps even more known for the wonderful jams that they produce from all these berries, though we know them almost exclusively for their wonderful little restaurant and tea garden setup – with the tables along the porch giving one an absolutely stunning view across the beautiful Banhoek Valley landscape.

The scones there are particular favourites of ours, though you must be sure to select the option with the Devonshire clotted cream! It is always great fun selecting something new to try among their large selection of jams, and from the look of things, our girls might be growing up to appreciate the scones too!

This particular outing happened as part of a fairly lengthy early March Sunday afternoon drive for the four of us  – first lunch at Eaglevlei outside Stellenbosch, then play time at The Carnival on the Weltevreden Estate, followed by a drive through Franschhoek, over the pass and on to Theewaterskloof Dam, before heading through the picturesque Viljoen’s pass to reach Grabouw, before finally shooting back home via Sir Lowry’s Pass!

(No sir, no messing about for us when it comes to lazy Sunday afternoon drives! :P)

Anyway, it really is a lovely little late afternoon spot to stop for coffee, well made scones and some particularly delicious jams.

Related Link: Hillcrest Berry Orchards | Facebook

The Coffee Petrol Start
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I dislike traffic. In fairness though, I’m pretty sure that everyone dislikes traffic. Unless you are some sort of weird sadist who somehow derives pleasure from sitting in bumper to bumper traffic, which I guess then is fine too.

Anyway, I dislike traffic so much that I telecommute, meaning that I only need to fire my car up once a work week, heading out to the relatively lovely Westlake area of Cape Town for my weekly Monday morning meeting.

This of course then means that I get to endure the fun that is Monday morning traffic.

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So given all that, Monday mornings are therefore understandably a shock to the system – meaning of course that an early cup of coffee is then obviously in order.

However, it can’t be a leisurely stop to some place where a bearded guy with a twirly moustache in a plaid shirt with rolled up sleeves lovingly pours a coffee made from beans which he first gently fished out from a large Hessian sack.

No, it needs to be good coffee which is quickly retrieved, probably best if done during the other Monday routine that is the weekly petrol stop.

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So just as well then that while my car takes in its share of some damn fine petrol, I get to savour some of that particularly tasty brew that the esteemed Seattle Coffee Company whips up on a daily basis inside the FreshStop at my local Caltex in Strand (Greenways).

Convenience, good coffee and smart fuel. Seems a good way to start a day that you know is about to become a tad more frustrating the minute you turn on to that ‘beloved’ N2 highway of ours…

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Tip: Here’s a handy map to my local Caltex. It’s probably a good idea to find your own!

Related Link: Seattle Coffee CompanyCaltex

Coffee at Lorenzo Marx in Paardevlei (2016-04-08) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 20 APR 2016

If you are looking for a nice quiet spot to enjoy some good coffee and simple food close to the hustle and bustle of the Somerset Mall area, then Lorenzo Marx coffee bar in Paardevlei (right next to the Cheetah Outreach project) certainly hits the spot.

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Paardevlei at the moment is a bit of a hidden gem, which means that you get beautiful surroundings and not much hustle and bustle to go alongside it – thus allowing you to truly take your time and soak in the dappled sunlight whilst enjoying an excellent cup of coffee at one of Lorenzo Marx’s comfortable outdoor tables.

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The coffee shop/restaurant is relatively small and intimate, but comes with excellent service and great food. Certainly a stop that both Chantelle and I enjoyed!

Related Link: Lorenzo Marx

Coffee Stop at Tredici Restaurant and Bakery in Swellendam (2016-03-13) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 28 MAR 2016

It is completely impossible to miss spotting Tredici if you travel along the N2 through Swellendam, simply because its unique European style makes it stand completely out from the rest of the buildings in the area!

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We were returning from a very enjoyable weekend away with my folks at their place in Pinnacle Point, Mossel Bay, when I decided that we needed a coffee stop, primarily because I was starting to feel a bit tired, but also because Chantelle literally always says that we must stop and check that interesting place out, but we never ever actually do!

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Well I have to say that I’m very glad that we finally did. Tredici, Italian for Bakers Dozen, is a bakery, restaurant, and functions venue situated in Swellendam. It is styled in a mix of local Cape Dutch elements, combined with the best of chic French and warm Italian styles.

The interior is as beautiful and the exterior is striking, and the artisinal bakes on display are certainly very inviting (and as it turns out, the coffee is pretty good too)!

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Chantelle was so taken with the place that she definitely wants to come here for a little more of a substantial stop, so I guess then that I had better get to work on planning a bit of a Swellendam weekend away for the two of us sometime in the near future! ;)

Related Link: Tredici

Coffee at The Green Fountain Restaurant in Strand (2016-03-22) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 27 MAR 2016

One of the perks that comes from my working mostly from home and Chantelle’s shift work is that we can often slip out for a lunch or coffee date whenever it suits us (and more importantly whilst the girls are both still at school!).

IMG_20160322_102614 chantelle lotter drinking coffee at the green fountain restaurant in strand

Chantelle had spotted that a new place had opened up next to the McDonalds in Strand (not the prettiest of areas mind you), and eager to see what it is all about, we decided to head over for a quick coffee and scone date – going in not expecting much and coming out quite pleased with what we had found!

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The Green Fountain is a brand new licensed restaurant and boutique function venue, which offers well priced food in a pleasingly decorated shell. The real magic of the place lies however in the beautiful garden which it opens out on. Centered around a beautiful steel gazeebo housing a big fountain, the garden is tranquil and makes you completely forget that you are right next to the busy Faure Marine drive.

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There are private seated areas in the garden itself, tables on the patio (which we quite like), and then tables inside for when the weather is perhaps not that great. Being technically a budget restaurant, the food is exactly what you would expect from an establishment like this, but that said, on our second visit when we actually stopped for lunch, I was more than pleasantly surprised by the excellent burger and chips which I thoroughly enjoyed.

So yeah, I’m rather pleased that another nice option has opened up in the area!

And yes, there is in fact a small green fountain in front of the restaurant:

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Related Link: The Green Fountain

A Note on Easter and Breast Milk Jessica | My Life 02 MAY 2011

If you are a breastfeeding mother and you read material that is handed out to you, then you would undoubtedly know that the food that you eat effects the milk that your breasts produce. It is quite a simple system really, and hence there exists a substantial list of foods and food types you should avoid if you want a happy, healthy baby.

But of course, seeing as we are all human, we do tend to forget – and make mistakes sometimes, which is exactly what Chantelle and I did this past Easter period!

As we all know, commercial Easter is about selling, purchasing and consuming chocolate – in huge quantities, and because we have a situation in the family where every sibling buys for every other sibling and parent Easter eggs, soon we had amassed a decent quantity of delicious and delectable chocolate here in our kitchen – which we of course devoured like a ravenous pack of animals over the course of my holiday week.

At the same time, Capetonians would have noticed that the temperature dropped quite drastically as well, thrusting us straight into winter which of course has the affect that more coffee is suddenly consumed.

Again not such a good thing if you remember your breastfeeding 101.

As far as we can tell (and it is a bit of guesswork at the moment, but definitely a theory that fits the foot best right now) is that the sudden surge in chocolate and coffee consumption (which are recognised stimulants) had a direct affect on mommy’s breast milk because from a baby with absolutely no problems, we shot straight to a baby suffering from horrible colic each and every night for the past week!

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Sketches: The Enabler Sketches, Paint & Photoshop 04 MAY 2010

So another quick black pen on normal printer paper, hastily scribbled down in front of my work keyboard while my mind happily drifted into problem solving mode to deal with some issues raised on one of our important projects.

As you can see from the subject matter, no doubt my brain was craving some good wholesome coffee, but considering that one now has to walk all the way downstairs just to make a cup, it might not exactly be getting all that much in the near future.

Certainly nowhere near the levels it has grown used to! :P

The small black and white drawing has been scanned in and blown up using my nifty little Canon LiDE 100 Scanner and then moved over into Photoshop where my Genius tablet and I happily coloured it in, before uploading it here.

Smooth.

The Enabler – 3 May 2010. Black Pen on Paper. Digital Colouring.