Creature Comforts at Creation Wines

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June is a very exciting time for my family and friends as we have the pleasure of celebrating a multitude of birthdays.  June 2016 was no different and saw six of us (including three June babies) heading for the beautiful Hemel en Aarde Valley (translated to Heaven and Earth Valley) near the seaside town of Hermanus.

menuWhile most of our celebratory weekend was spent on the picturesque High Season Farm, we did manage to tear ourselves away from the awe-inspiring beauty to visit Creation Wines, an exceptional Wine Estate on the Hemel en Aarde Wine Route.

With offers of cheese, charcuterie, wine & chocolate pairings, to name a few, our table opted to indulge in the Tapas Pairing menu; an eight course tapas and wine pairing for an astoundingly affordable R270.00 per person.

During the four hours that followed, we were introduced to flavours we had only ever dreamed of: Pickled seabass with sweetcorn, coriander and a home-made poppadum; Cauliflower soup with hazelnut, thyme and blue cheese….each dish that was set down in front of us seemed to blow the previous dish away.  The experience was truly otherworldly.

Our Wine Ambassador, Jo-Ann, ensured that our afternoon was spectacular.  The wine never ceased to flow, our youngest member (a strapping young lad, all of one year old) was spoilt with creamy mash and buttery peas (yes, we all tasted his ‘dish’) as well as Nutella pancakes with ice cream.  No request was too much for the Creation Team and we all felt a little gob-smacked at the outstanding service and value for money.

It was with great delight, that on leaving, we found that recipes for many of the dishes we had tasted were available on the Creation Wines website.  It was decided then and there that the cauliflower soup would be recreated at our next Dinner Club, and that we would have to be back for the three course lunch pairing.

If you are tempted to try your hand at one of the Creation Wine dishes, you will find a whole host of scrumptious recipes here:  http://www.creationwines.com/category/recipes/

And should you be looking for unique ways to season your new creations, try one of the eat.art Salts of Origin tubs.  Dishes cannot help but make a statement when sprinkled with a little Hawaiian black lava salt or decorated with a few Cyprus salt flakes.

Written by: Tamsyn Lombard for eat.art

The Café Hoppers

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With South Africa’s coffee culture as strong as ever, it’s not surprising that most frequenters of coffee shops are not actually stay-at-home moms on coffee dates whilst the kids are at school, but rather moving and shaking small business owners and self-employed professionals who partake in the religion of café-hopping. The two pre-requisites are simply decent Wi-Fi and good coffee…and as such, many experience a different ‘office’ each day of the week.

Many of my most favourite clients are exactly this, café hoppers on the quest for great coffee and a paperless working environment, which makes meeting them always a pleasure, providing an excuse for me to get out of the studio and into the coffee shop buzz that is such a prevalent part of many people’s daily lives.

So, after a quick client survey – I am delighted to be able to uncover (our opinions of) the best coffee shops in Cape Town; rated on a) the quality of their coffee, b) their Wi-Fi; and c) of course, the view from the “office”.

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4 Adored spots to dine

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So in seemingly simple task of attempting to make a dinner reservation last week, and the many rejections that I was met with – it occurred to me that this had actually become an exercise in discovering the current hottest spots on the Cape Town restaurant block! Some have been around for an age and have therefore honed their expertise and developed a fiercely loyal, long-lasting clientele and others are still in the teething stage. The resulting info was too good not to share, so here we go….the restaurants that get are getting a big thumbs up at the moment are~

*THE BLACK SHEEP

A family owned and run eatery that claims to be laid-back whilst dishing out a fair portion of swag…this restaurant is contemporary and hugely respectful of excellent food and wine. You’ll find exciting items such as “Sticky char sui pork ribs with quick cucumber and daikon kimchi” for starters or “South Indian Kingklip coconut curry with rice, sambals and poppadum’s” for mains, on the menu. This is a blackboard restaurant, thus besides the small set menu of favorites, the menu changes daily to accommodate trends, experiments, seasons etc.

Situated on trendy Kloof St, visit their website for more info and BOOK WELL AHEAD to avoid disappointment!

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Food Craft – Review

By Candice from A Gorgeous Life

 

As we were unable to attend the first Food Craft event, we were thrilled when we were given another opportunity to experience the New York diner-style dinner at the Tap Room.

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Brilliant Blue Water

Certainly a much-loved venue – The Blue Water Café at Imhoff Farm along Kommetjie Road – is one of our absolute favourites for an early supper on the lawns or a long and lazy luncheon with friends and family! Having recently spent the afternoon in its arms with good company and great food….made me realise that those of us who are lucky enough to live in Cape Town should make it a rule to cross over a mountain at LEAST once every weekend! Whether it’s Table Mountain via Kloofnek to Camps Bay/ or Suikerbossie to Hout Bay/ Chapmans Peak or Ou Kaapse to Noordhoek– there is just no excuse not to! And what awaits us on either end is always a saltier breath of air, a glimpse of the sea, a silhouette of a mountain and a damn good restaurant to go to!

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The Queen of Tarts

I just love it when I stumble across a pretty new little haunt that takes my fancy…and since I love ANYTHING pretty, it doesn’t take much!  I am a sucker for meaningful attention to aesthetics and when I was faced with a rare 30 minutes to kill between one meeting and the next; stuck in the middle of the infamous Obz – The Queen of Tarts called my name from across the block! Or was it that dainty, feinty waft of baking elegance that drifted down Blake Lane in my very direction!?!

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Aaaahhhh – with the soft autumn sunshine flooding this more-than-quaint corner “shop” we nestled into our nook and just sat back and sighed in sheer delightfulness at the bric-a-brackery that abounded…all so delightfully chosen and artfully arranged to frame the most incredible looking array of baked goodies and treats. Certainly not for the feint-hearted this selection was so perfectly crafted and even more beautifully displayed that it took on an almost dangerous air of significance. Diet..? Not in this coffee shop my dear – no such word exists here and I am in a small slice of heaven.

Although in saying this, not only is the Queen of Tarts known for her yummies, but I managed to sneak a peek into their kitchen whilst the chefette was tossing together some pretty awesome looking salads.

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I am getting to know the closet baker within me…who has only started revealing herself since I had the girls. I find myself over-committing to cake sales and birthdays with a frenzy that is growing rapidly out of control, especially when in the moment of hand-moulding a fondant family of dual-coloured hedgehogs complete with prickles for Belles class cake raffle (it was our turn last week!)…I am thinking “You have officially been bitten by the baker bug!”.

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On top of this, and with such impeccable timing Eat.Art launches their Bake Art range – which could very possibly be even prettier than the Queen of Tarts’ Coffee Shoppe – and THAT is saying something – this range is a conversation piece! Available in ranges for any occasion: boys, girls, glam (love!), chocolate and family, I wouldn’t be surprised if Eat.Art becomes responsible for more inner baker unleashing’s in the very near future.

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So put this altogether and I am now a ball of baking anticipation ready to be unleashed on the world of eggs and flour with fodant and frosting. I used to walk into a nursery and blow my budget and then some, then it was the stationary shop….now it’s the cake shop. I am finished!

Do yourself a favour and brave the Obz parking squash for a tea time at the Queens…and then dash home inspired to bake your heart out using Eat.Arts Bake Art goodies. The Queen of Tarts may have some competition on her hands – Eat,Art makes it look so easy.

 

Nan_blog picWritten for eat.art by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle

Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie. Having worked with the Eat.Art team before, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the Eat.Art blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.

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Fire and Ice Hotel – the search for the best burger continues

By eat.art MD, Shelley Barnard

The latest search brought us to the hotel where the décor is over the top grand, the restrooms are an experience and the promise of their famed milkshakes is reason enough for a visit.    But do you know that they also have an assortment of burgers that check the gourmet box?

They have a limited selection of pre-designed ensembles and from there you build your own.  The most notable burger and apparently, the best-selling, is “The jaws” – a huge 350g beef patty topped with paprika and melted cheddar that requires a snake like dislocation of mandibles for an all-encompassing bite.  It goes for R125 and we were super impressed to have one of our ladies ordering and finishing it!

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