Trendy Eatery :: Meraki

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Whilst shooting in Stellenbosch I was really impressed by what I saw in terms of unique and creative restaurants offering delicious and healthy food. I don’t want to compare it to town, but a few places had a kind of Kloof Street trendiness to them, whilst maintaining a unique and unpretentious feeling at the same time.

Maraki was one eatery that tops my list. From the outside it pulls you in with its clean cut lines and minimal quirk. From paint dipped chair backs and table legs to a large custom made trestle shelf displaying the treats of the day, wine and preserves, this eatery is effortlessly on trend. The the fridges are stocked with the latest selection of craft beers while the pristine white tiled wall and gold leaf branding are just a few signs of attention to detail that display an attitude of quality.

On the menu, owner Corlandi has a selection of  tasty and well thought out breakfast and lunch delights. The fresh juices caught my attention and I grabbed a delicious Mrs Beetlemint (beetroot, apple and mint) that instantly rejuvenated me. The quinoa burger with sweet potato fries and aioli was possibly the best veggie burger I’ve had yet. The delicious combo of fresh, health and tasty food really made me feel uplifted after I ate it.

Her concept of minimalism paired with quality food and drink is proof of a winning combo. Her presence and personal input into Meraki is evidently what makes it a success, as the passion and inspiration has not been lost or handed down. Well priced, delicious and visually on the mark, this is one place worth driving out to visit.

Meraki :

42 Ryneveld St, Stellenbosch

021 887 7703

Follow them on Facebook here.

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New Kloof Street Hotspot :: Yourstruly

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After being open for only a few days, all the cool kids are flocking there. Yourstruly has opened it’s doors in Kloof Street, sharing the love of a coffee shop meets eatery meets bar combo. Having established itself in Long Street, the second Yourstruly has taken over the courtyard area next to Saasveld Lodge, bringing an open plan, urban and artisan feel into trendy Kloof Street. With a cool mix of premium coffee, DIY pizzas, craft beer, pastries, sandwiches and art on offer, it’s bound to be a new city hotspot.

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Yourstruly

74 Kloof Street
Cape Town

021 426 2587

New Tapas bar:: La Parada

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Capetonians can welcome yet another great addition to the trendy restaurant and bar list, La Parada. This new Spanish tapas heaven boasts a beautiful open plan interior, with a view stretching through the big glass windows from the outside and expanding inside to look over an open plan counter top to the kitchen on one side, and a bar on the other. The decor comprises of a combo of wood, glass and metal, with details such as tarnished copper clipboard menus, wine barrels hanging from the roof, stained glass panels and a large gold bull’s head hanging on the wall. The restaurant is split into two, with sit down tables and leather booths in the restaurant and large wooden share tables in the bar half, perfect for bookings or a spontaneous pop in drink and snack. The stained glass roof feature and glass floor panel add special artisan touches to the restaurant whilst distressed walls and a Spanish movie poster wall collage add an old world edge. It’s no surprise that La Parada has a sister restaurant in Kalk Bay, as the decor suggests that these guys are experts at bringing old world Spanish appeal and contemporary twists together with an artisan feel. A club is planned to open below the restaurant to fully utilize this amazing space.

The tapas were delicious. We ordered a bottle of Groote Post: The Old Man’s Blend red wine and sampled a selection of mouth watering bits. The tapas come in small and large portions and are reasonably priced ranging from R15-R45 depending what size and type of tapas you order. The mouth watering prawn croquettes and calamari with salsa verde were my favourites. My friend raved about the oxtail canneloni. We shared a portion of Patatas Bravas which also hit the spot and topped it off with tasty rice pudding. They have a great selection of wines, craft beers and cocktails to compliment the tapas menu.

All in all a treat for the senses, La Parada offers a great combo of delicious tapas and drinks with updated old world Spanish charm.

Address: 107 Bree Street, Cape Town. Open 12am until late, Monday to Sunday.

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Not just a pretty wine…

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Muizenberg market is great. I’ve been there twice and both times I’ve felt like I was transported into a different dimension. The people are so friendly and it’s a chilled out break from the city with a free spirited feel that makes Cape Town one of the most versatile places. From trendy town you pop over to the other side of the mountain and you are still surrounded by mountain and sea, but with a more bohemian fishing village feel stretching from Muizenberg into Kalkbay and Simonstown. It’s rustic and every day feels like the weekend there.

At the market Donny walked up to me with a glass of wine that tasted magical. We ended up finishing 2 bottles. It was a sauvignon blanc called The Fishwives Club and is from The Fishwives Boutique Winery and Buitenverwachting Estate.  The sauvignon blanc was beautiful, crisp and slightly fruity for a standard sauvignon blanc but in all the right ways. The talking point though was the unusual gorgeous packaging.  The bottles feature different artworks of goddesses riding colourful fish. The artworks on the bottles were displayed on two different canvasses, the one being a sauvignon blanc and the other being a blanc de noir called Eros, cleverly an anagram for rose and the name of the Greek God of love. The fish artworks on the bottles were done by Mieke Wertschnig and the ladies were painted by Sam Brown.

The Fishwives Club wines are the perfect wines to accompany seafood and a long relaxing afternoon at the coast. This is what magical market afternoons are made of.

You can follow The Fishwives Club on Facebook at this link.

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Cool New Bar: Cabrito

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From the guys who brought us Royale, Assembly, Neighbourhood and El Burro, welcome a new bar addition to the family, Cabrito. Open for about a month now and located under El Burro, it’s Mexican counterpart, Cabrito spreads the love to the downstairs Greenpoint main drag. The chic wood interior, tiled bar, atmospheric lighting, artisanal vibe and craft beer are reminiscent of the recipe of the success that gives trendy Cape Town bars their cool cred. Don’t get me wrong though, this place has it’s own unique charm with a minimal feel and enough varieties of tequila to make even the toughest of critics happy. The link to El Burro is definitely evident, and if you are a fan of the restaurant you can feel the vibe emanating down the stairs. It echos the crafted wood interior and beautifully lit bar setup of upstairs, not to mention great quality food and drink. When I arrived it was packed but thankfully Tammy grabbed a table for us earlier, allowing us to enjoy our Jack Black and Steph Weiss drafts seated on benches at a table. They also have a small vibey veranda that was packed.

Their small snack menu offering a range from biltong to nachos includes one of my favourites, the Chillis Rellenos, from upstairs. It’s a delicious smoked cheesy chili popper without the crumbs served with guacamole. We ordered a portion and it hit the spot as usual. Another draw card is their top quality tequila menu. I kept hearing whisperings of a R100 shot of tequila, and established that it is the Jose Cuervo Special Reserve. No I didn’t go the tequila route when I was there but by the looks of it tequila lovers will find their zen here. Craft beer is available bottled and on tap. They have a great selection of wine by the glass, ciders and their trademark margheritas.

With all of this and more Cabrito is yet another great addition to Cape town’s thriving bar scene. Places like this make Cape Town, well… Cape Town.

 

Cabrito is open Monday – Saturday: 3pm –late

Ground Floor Exhibition Building, 81 Main Road, Green Point, Cape Town 

 Contact: +27 (0) 21 433 2364

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The Foodie: The Sexy Sugar Free Vegan Project

Okay wait! Before you get afraid that there are too many healthy words in this title let me give you a few visuals to change your mind. I stumbled across the Wolf and Willow blog hosting The Sexy Sugar Free Vegan Project cookbook by Nancy Alice Chalmers. It’s a downloadable eBook containing some of the most amazing looking recipes I’ve recently seen with beautiful food styling. Being a pescetarian myself, which means the only meat I eat is fish, I do enjoy the prospect of being able to eat delicious food that is guilt free. Even if you give it a bash two nights out of the week, it’s a healthy habit to incorporate into your lifestyle.  The e book includes over 50 recipes, almost all of them gluten free! The mouth watering variety of recipes includes roast vegetable pot pies with a smoked “cheese” sauce; red velvet and coconut cream brownies; pumpkin and pepita bread; potato, rosemary and blackberry pizza; red rice and quinoa shitake rolls and cacoa, berry and coconut crunch ice cream, all vegan and sugar free! You can purchase the recipe eBook online at https://sellfy.com/p/84mh/ . Enough talking. Check these recipes out for yourselves.

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