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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Cool Store :: Chapel

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I love the whole creative resurgence in Woodstock and Saltriver. I think some of the most creative local treasures are sitting tucked away there waiting to be dug out. Many know this but I’m sure there is also a sense of overwhelment when being faced with so much to search through.

The Woodstock Exchange has boutiqued a few designer stores and coffee shops together really nicely to help with this, including a design market held there on Saturdays. So my focus has been pulled to Chapel. Inspired by the bicycle culture, and on a quest to create a stylish bicycle backpack, Chapel was created in 2009. They are interactive in the bicycle scene, running cycle events every month in collaboration with Woodstock Cycles, but mainly keep busy by creating trendy backpacks, bags and leather goods that are locally sourced and manufactured. A unique Capetonian brand worth some attention, check out their website.

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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

Road trippin’ in a Ford Ecosport

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So it may be windy in the mother city but nothing’s holding us back in the quest to win a Ford Ecosport. Giles, Donny and me (being their plus one adventure friend) were selected as one of top 4 teams, from different cities in South Africa, to win a Ford Ecosport. The challenge? We get to drive around in an Ecosport for a month and take snaps and vids of the wonders that Cape Town has to offer. Being the Cape Town finalists, Giles’ urban discovery is a secret spot in Cape Town (which will soon be revealed in the video). Whilst roadtripping in our beautiful province from Cape Town to Noordhoek, Simonstown, Kalkbay, Campsbay and the winelands, we reveal many of Cape Town’s hidden gems with a film crew following us around and filming our mission to our secret spot, turning the car into a party car. Many laughs, wins, fails and a weekend of fun was had in the quest for discovery. From secluded beaches to wine farms and restaurants, keep track of what the Here & There team get up to at  https://ecosportdiscover.co.za/finalists/ and help us to win the Ford Ecosport by following us . By supporting us you could win the use of a Ford Ecosport for 6 months. Our video will be out soon packed with laughs and some Ecosport adventures.

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White Rabbit Days…

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Continuing on from the magic of Muizenberg market, I walked around and came across a stall that was more like a treasure chest. White Rabbit Days. It’s a collection of beautiful laser cut leather accessories, as well as lace accessories and beautiful plaited ribbon neckpieces. From art deco inspired shapes to beautiful intricate floral patterns and chandeliers, there’s something for everyone. I was drawn to the beautiful punchy yet controlled colour palate from beautiful neon coral to shiny bronze and crisp white.

Helen Andrews, Capetonian designer and creator of White Rabbit Days, has been designing jewellery for the last 10 years. Here’s what she has to say…  “The concept began as a way to explore new cities, you chase the signs, follow the white rabbit and see where it takes you, what treasures you find, who you meet and where you end up. The same goes for creating jewellery – take bits and pieces, mix them together, take them apart, add and subtract until you have something beautiful and BOOM, White Rabbit Days was born.”

Her ranges consist of lace, leather and ribbon. “The limited edition lace earrings and necklaces are all hand crafted using crocheted lace, silver trimmings, beads and fresh water pearls. They’ve got the large style glamour of big drop earrings and are super light so will be kind to the old earlobes. The leather accessories add pops of colour for Spring – from sophisticated gold owls to bri-i-ight coral statement earrings – all leather jewellery is on sterling silver chain and hooks. The ribbon range consists of chunky statement necklaces – hand woven from ribbons – these babies will add some WOW to any outfit.”

So if your outfit needs an instant pick me up, a touch of crafted beauty or some bespoke glamour, just follow the white rabbit to a place where accessories shine.

Follow White Rabbit Days on Facebook at this link or browse the designs in person at one of the following stockists: The Fringe Arts Haas,  Coco Li,  Utique, Tintswalo Atlantic and The Wild Orchid Boutique.

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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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