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Ending a Touchwork year at Groot Constantia and Pastis, Cape Town (2018-12-11) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 26 FEB 2019

Following the last year-end function at Monkey Valley in Noordhoek, 2018’s Touchwork/Hypenica year-end function moved a little closer to home with a delightful session of wine tasting at the granddaddy of Cape wine estates, Groot Constantia, followed by a delectable French-themed lunch at nearby Pastis Brasserie.

Now a provincial heritage site, Groot Constantia is recognised as being the oldest wine estate in South Africa, with this age old winery having been established in 1685 after the land was first granted to Simon van der Stel, the then VOC Governor of the Cape of Good Hope.

These days, in addition to the production of excellent wine, Groot Constantia is also a major Cape Town tourist attraction (a member of Cape Town’s Big 6 to be exact), with the grounds being home to the Cape Dutch Manor House, the famed Cloete Cellar, two restaurants, a wine tasting centre, wine and cultural history museums, and walking tours of the vineyards and modern-day production cellar.

As for us on the day, we were there to taste wine, and taste wine we did.

Next up, a short stroll down the road lead the French-themed team to the Pastis Brasserie, a French inspired eatery that has been around since 2004. More wine was drunk, speeches had, Mystery Santa played, and lunch tucked into.

Great way to end off another good year for both sister companies really.

Merveilleux.

Related Link: Groot Constantia | Wikipedia | Pastis Brasserie | Cape Town

The Farmers Kitchen at the Mooiberge Farm Stall in Stellenbosch (2018-12-12) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 25 FEB 2019

The Zetler owned Mooiberge strawberry farm and farm stall is impossible to miss, thanks to its plethora of brightly hued scarecrows that proudly stand tall all scattered about the strawberry fields. The farm stall with its strawberry liqueur and strawberry picking activities already makes for a popular roadside stop, but it is the restaurant/bar additions in the form of The Farmers Kitchen and Thirsty Scarecrow (honestly, I don’t know where the one starts and the other stops) that really pulls in the big crowds.

Blessed with a magnificent view of Stellenbosch’s beautiful mountains (hence the name Mooiberge), The Farmers Kitchen/Thirsty Scarecrow also caters for the little ones with a neat little outdoor play area, perfect to keep the kids out of the way as you tuck into what is a particularly good menu.

Strawberries abound, the view is good, and the general vibe is live and bustling – to be honest, it really isn’t that hard to understand just why this spot is as popular as what it is.

For our first ever visit we met up with Retha and Miguel who had flitted into the country for a visit, and as meet ups go, this one was pretty nice. The weather good, the food excellent, and the milk pouring cow hilarious.

Well worth a stop in other words.

Related Link: The Farmers Kitchen | Thirsty Scarecrow | Mooiberge

Surfers and Breakfast at Delfino’s Restaurant in Mossel Bay (2019-01-07) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 24 FEB 2019

We ended off the last December holidays (which were really more January holidays than anything else) by dragging Mom and Dad with us for a goodbye breakfast at Delfino’s, the popular beach-facing restaurant at the Point in Mossel Bay.

I hadn’t been there in years, and to be honest, I rather enjoyed being back. All the old brown colour scheme has now been switched out to beach friendly blue (with a LOT of Flying Fish sponsorship), the restaurant is as well staffed (and popular) as ever, and it was a rather nice surprise to find out that over season they offer a proper breakfast buffet as part of their menu – which most of our party actually opted for on this particular morning outing. (I of course was going to be difficult.)

Plus, lazily watching the surfers hit the waves while your kids play on the lawn and beach out in front of you makes for a pretty chill breakfast expedition. A pretty decent start to the day then.

Too bad the literal next step was getting in the car and then driving the 4.5 hour route back home. Still, not the worst way to cap off what had been a thoroughly relaxing holiday with the family.

Related Link: Delfino’s | Mossel Bay

Drive up Signal Hill, Cape Town (2018-11-17) Photo Gallery | Travel Attractions 23 FEB 2019

While the Noon Gun still merrily continues its daily midday pigeon onslaught from the slopes of Signal Hill, the signal flags from which this Cape Town landmark derives its name have long since left, leaving behind the perfect viewpoint for those of us who don’t always feel like physically climbing up Lion’s Head just to experience the stunning views out over our Mother City.

I took the girls up the hill for a quick jaunt towards the end of last year, their first time up, and they immediately super excitedly fell into tourist mode by demanding to take photos of everyone and everything around them.

So my phone was obligingly passed around, lots of photos of pretty much everything around us were snapped, and then we did some strolling whilst successfully avoiding the various vendors and picnicking crowds on the other side of the hill.

As always, one of the best and easiest ways to get a great close-up view of Cape Town’s iconic Table Mountain!

Related Link: Signal Hill | Cape Town

Badges for the African Agri Indaba at the CTICC 2 in Cape Town (2018-11-27) Events | Photo Gallery 22 FEB 2019

Last year November saw the realization of yet another successful African Agri Indaba and Agri Trade Congress Africa summit, and as is now the norm, the RegNow (a sister company of Touchwork) Kinetica platform was roped in to handle the registration and badge printing operations. Also, given that the show was in Cape Town and the team was a little short-staffed, I too flitted into Cape Town in order to lend a hand (and of course watch my software solution in action).

The venue for the show was the new, beautifully designed CTICC 2, and seeing as this was the first time for me to ever visit this gleaming new extension of the Cape Town International Convention Centre, I was admittedly rather looking forward to the trip. That said, I immediately stuffed up the landing by accidentally parking in the underground parking for the Westin Hotel and then having to trudge down the road to reach the actual building that I needed to be in! (Also, that meant no free parking on the day for me.)

Aside from that though, the event was a great success, with good attendance, well organized sessions, and even an address from Helen Zille herself. As per usual, badge printing and registration went off without a hitch, and I came back smiling from ear to ear due to Kinetica working so well. (What can I say, I am sometimes rather proud of my software baby).

Seriously though, I don’t get around to visiting Cape Town nearly enough!

Related Link: RegNow | African Agri Indaba | CTICC | Touchwork

Visiting the new BASH at Louisenhof Estate in Stellenbosch (2018-09-02) Kid Activities | Photo Gallery 21 FEB 2019

While the original Rosendal (Durbanville) BASH branch continues to fire on all cylinders, the delightful Paarl BASH kids venue unfortunately didn’t quite work out. No worries though – nothing that a quick relocate to the lush Louisenhof Wines estate in Stellenbosch can’t solve!

So all the cool wooden play structures have been brought across, the fun kids play areas have been set up, the kitchen/restaurant area fired up, and the scenic Paarl view swapped out for a scenic Stellenbosch view.

The kids are happy to run about and play, the parents are happy that BASH can finally serve alcohol, and that of course then means that there is now little reason not to stretch out play dates for just that little bit longer.

Fun in the sun.

Related Link: BASH | Louisenhof | Stellenbosch

Milkshakes, Nutella and Breakfast at Koffi Terapi in Durbanville (2018-09-01) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 20 FEB 2019

Our plan was to visit the small Durbanville nature reserve by the race course and then eat breakfast at Evertsdal Opstal fell apart when on arrival both locations were closed for business. So instead we drove around Durbanville and spotted what looked to be a particular popular spot based on the amount of people milling about – and that’s the story of how the girls and I discovered Koffi Terapi.

Home to both lovely outdoor and indoor seated areas, the Koffi Terapi (great name!) coffee shop/eatery is immensely popular with the locals (as we discovered for ourselves based on a) how lucky we were to actually get a table and then b) how long it took for our order to actually come through). The menu is small but nicely rounded, the baked treats look delectable and the place makes good coffee.

As for the girls, well when they heard that there was both milkshake and nutella slathered flapjacks on the breakfast menu, well let’s just say there was no way that I was going to be allowed to leave the cafe any time soon!

My breakfast was pretty damn delectable too.

Related Link: Koffi Terapi | Durbanville

Tweety Bird Amber Ale at Rojaal in Grabouw (2018-11-10) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 19 FEB 2019

If you are looking for a hidden gem, then take a side road off the N2 and seek out Rojaal, the wonderfully eclectic Grabouw restaurant housed in an old flower-packing shed. Meaning ‘Abundance’ in Afrikaans, Rojaal overlooks one of the many valleys in the fruit laden Elgin Valley area.

Launched in 2016 by enterprising apple farmer Arno Reuvers, Rojaal is defined by its heritage style decor – as Chantelle would put it, boere chic to the max.

The quirky visual appeal is then complemented by a fine, generous menu and the whole experience is just one of laid back family charm. The views, the food, the hospitality, Rojaal just doesn’t seem to let you down.

On the day of our visit, I tucked into an absolutely delightful monster of a burger, washed down with the surprisingly good Tweety Bird Amber Ale, a product of our very own Gordon’s Bay micro brewery, Red Sky Brew.

Outside of that? Well I just relaxed to the max.

Oh, and there is more than enough space for the kids to run around and play.

Related Link: Rojaal | Grabouw | Red Sky Brew

Celebratory Dessert at Postcard Cafe in Stellenbosch (2018-11-07) Photo Gallery | Restaurants 18 FEB 2019

We celebrated last year’s wedding anniversary with some delectable lunch at Sweetwell, just outside Stellenbosch. For dessert, we took a drive through the town and headed out towards Jonkershoek, making our way to the tucked away gem of Postcard Cafe, the small bistro/restaurant situated on the grounds of the delightful Stark-Conde Wines estate.

Fronted by a large open lawn overlooking a small dam, the beauty of the landscape around you is almost reason enough to pay a visit to Postcard Cafe, but of course its well crafted menu is not something to be overlooked either.

Given the beautiful day that we found ourselves out and about in the valley, we opted to sit outside on the patio, soaking up the view while tucking into our desserts and coffee. (Sadly for us though, on this particular day the desserts didn’t quite match up to our expectations.)

Nevertheless, the locale is stunning, the atmosphere tranquil, and quite frankly, it is easy to see why Postcard Cafe is as popular as what it is!

Lovely.

Related Link: Postcard Cafe | Stark Conde Wines | Stellenbosch