Insect-based Pop Up Restaurant in Cape Town
Aug03

Insect-based Pop Up Restaurant in Cape Town

The world’s population is increasing at an exponential rate, which puts pressure on the planet to produce more and more food. By 2050 we will need to produce double the amount of food – if the population growth increase at its current rate. Farming livestock and even mass producing crops puts pressure on the planet’s natural resources. Farming requires water, energy and expanse of land. The more people there are, the more food is needed. There’s been a global shift in consciousness when it comes how and what we consume. The fact is, overpopulation is killing the planet. As each day passes, humans are looking for alternate sources of food, which is why we’ve more of the world’s population are now turning to Entomophagy. It’s not a new phenomenon but one that is moving from the “unusual” to “mainstream”.  One such pioneering insect-based restaurant in Cape Town is the talk of the town at the moment, and we’re looking forward to sampling the unusual fare at The Insect Experience in Woodstock. Circa 2017, food scientist Leah Bassa launched Gourmet Grubb, a company that turned black fly larvae into protein powder and milk. This EntoMilk is packed with nutrients and there’s even an ice-cream range that can be found at the sought after Old Biscuit Mill market in Woodstock. The Gourmet Grubb brand went from EntoMilk into a full-blown pop up restaurant specialising in bug fare, under the creative eye of chef Mario Barnard who has a unique flair for making insects taste good. After stints in Thailand, Mario returned with an idea to cook bugs and bring the trend across shores. Your job? To make the mental leap ! Cue background sounds of *crickets*.  Yes, that’s right. Eating insects is becoming a “thing”. Gourmet Grubb has certainly carved the path for others to follow suit. A large percentage of the population will need to get their mental state warmed to the idea of chowing down on ant ice-cream and crunchy crickets. If we look at the science, eating insects provides a perfectly viable source of protein and one that is environmentally sustainable. According to an article published in IFL Science, house crickets contain an average of 205 grams/kg of protein and beef contains 256 gram/kg ! Eating insects is practised by many cultures around the world. Daily our social media feed is flooded with typical tourist snapshots of eating crickets in the East and devouring mopane worms in Africa. In due course, this practice will become widespread and no longer considered quirky. It might take us years to get there, but this Cape Town based insect  restaurant  is certainly...

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Finding Exclusivity at Ellerman House in Cape Town
Aug03

Finding Exclusivity at Ellerman House in Cape Town

Ellerman House in Cape Town is the perfect luxury hideaway for discerning guests, with one of the most exclusive addresses in the Mother City. This tranquil boutique hotel caters for guests seeking a sublime destination far-away from the maddening tourist crowds of Cape Town’s hub. Known for its classic artworks and understated sophistication, Ellerman House is certainly a place catering for the elite, but without the ostentatious atmosphere. Overlooking the striking sapphire waters of the Cape’s Atlantic Ocean, Ellerman House certainly sets the standard in terms of location. Oh Ellerman House, you most certainly are a calm, classic and cool sanctuary showcasing the grand life reminiscent of a bygone era. High tea for me please, served in bespoke tea cups accompanied by your signature sandwiches. There are two exclusive use villas ideal for small groups. Each villa is a mixed architectural masterpiece of contemporary builds, designed to make the most of seaside living. Flanked by the lofty sedimentary sandstone mountains, and surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the villas are certainly ideal for that “I’m in the Hamptons” holiday. This is beachside glamour personified. Decor is peppered with modern artworks, designed to bring pops of colour to the cool blue hues of the open spaces villas. Expansive glass doors ensure the breezy seaside life becomes a part of the minimalist interior, and natural light filters throughout. Each Villa is privately staffed and guests can take solace in knowing that their time is flexible, and their own. Lunch is served when you desire and languid days around the infinity pool are encouraged. Villa One can accommodate 2 – 10 people and has 3 levels of oceanside bliss. Just glorious. Villa Two is similar to Villa One with its overall look and feel, but only has two levels. This villa sleeps up to 6 people, but has plenty of spacious areas for entertainment. Also equipped with a private infinity pool, this designer Villa also makes the perfect escape for small groups. The actual Ellerman House Hotel has seductive views of the coastline and caters for individual guests/couples in more of a bed and breakfast manner. There are 13 individually styled bedrooms in the hotel, each of which is nothing short of inviting. In conjunction with an array of luxury accommodation options, Ellerman House also offers sundowner experiences, has its own wine cellar, bar area, and their own sugar shack pantry. Of course, these are only a few of the things on offer at Ellerman. There is so much more to discover – attention to detail is their forte. Haven’t heard of Ellerman House? That’s probably because it’s one of Cape Town’s best...

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4 Family Activities in Cape Town
Jul18

4 Family Activities in Cape Town

Cape Town is the perfect holiday destination for families. There’s so much to do in a city that never sleeps, and – apart from being an adventure lover’s paradise – it is also one of the most awe-inspiring destinations perfectly equipped to entertain families with its natural beauty. Family activities in Cape Town can include anything from lazy days on white sandy beaches, to scaling mountains, exploring vineyards, shopping, boat cruises and more. Either way, families certainly won’t be bored exploring the iconic landmarks, sweeping scenes and bustling coastal villages of Cape Town. Swim with Penguins at Boulders Beach Boulders Beach is located in Simon’s Town which is located one the False Bay coastline. It’s about a 20 min drive from the famous Cape Point Nature Reserve, and has proved time-and-time again to be a highlight with tourists. A protected penguin colony lives freely on the shores of Boulders Beach. Visitors have the option of walking along the rustic wooden walkway to view the nesting penguins from up close, or they can relax on the beach in the protected bay in the hopes of seeing the penguins swimming freely. Either way, Boulders is one of the nicest Protected and safe beaches/bays in the peninsula. You’d need to get there early to grab a spot as the beach is a tiny bay. Perfectly round granite Boulders protrude from the water and create small channels of water between the smooth rocks provide the perfect hideaway for penguins. It’s not uncommon to spot a few jackass penguins gliding through the shallow crystal clear waters while you’re dunking and diving in the waters. After spending time with the penguins and indulging your sun seeker side, we recommend you explore Simon’s Town on Foot. There are beautiful curio shops, ice-cream vendors and an array of restaurants catering for a variety of palates (even your teenager’s fussy food choices). Family Activities in Cape Town at the VA Waterfront The VA Waterfront sits on the Atlantic Seaboard of Cape Town and is centered around a yacht basin. There is something for everyone at the Waterfront ! There’s a delightful daily sunset cruise ideal for families – it’s not too long, so the little ones won’t get bored. The cruise meanders its way around the harbour area and gives a great vantage point. There are a ton of sushi, seafood and mixed grill restaurants, so you certainly won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to meal times. If you’re a large family with contrasting dietary habits, then head to the food market where you’ll find a wealth of flavours and stalls boasting decadent dessert options! Of...

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My Top 4 Venues for Wine Farm Weddings in Cape Town
Jul17

My Top 4 Venues for Wine Farm Weddings in Cape Town

One of my colleagues recently got engaged, and she’s served as the inspiration for this blog post about wine farm weddings in Cape Town. Having been to a spate of wine farm weddings in recent months, and being a self-appointed connoisseur of fine wines, I thought that I’m more than qualified to offer up my top 4 venues for wine farm weddings. There are so many venues in the wine-rich regions of Cape Town, and all of them offer something spectacular. Some of these farms are well-known, while others are off-the-beaten vineyard. Today I’ve decided to give a bit of airtime to 4 wine farm venues that offer something unique to loved-up couples wanting wine farm weddings in Cape Town. Zorgvliet  Zorgvliets rests in an exquisite valley of vineyards and is a mere 7 km from the vineyard town of Stellenbosch. This luxury farm oozes a sense of country charm and is ideal for weekend away weddings. Ultra-luxurious rooms surround a small lawn and swimming pool in an almost courtyard setting. Just in front of the area is the Banghoek restaurant ideal for pre-drinks and the elegant Oak room area for your reception, which is where the weddings take place. Vineyards hug the entire region and make for the ideal setting for photographs. A winding road extends down to a boutique style deli and picnic area, set under a tree. It’s a little oasis, jsut perfect for casually finishing a bottle of wine and indulging in a deli style simple lunch. This is the perfect thing to do the day before the wedding. There’s a quaint church and chapel at the end of a winding road. We highly recommend jumping aboard the farm tractor for an exciting journey up into the hills for the wedding. Beau Constantia The contemporary Beau Constantia is the ideal choice for a wine farm wedding close to Cape Town. The exquisite farm is situated on top of Constantia Nek, and offers panoramic views of the mountains, city, False Bay and even extend all the way across to Stellenbosch and the Helderberg mountains. Vineyards are located 350 metres above sea-level and wine connesiers can expect a variety of reds and whites on offer. In terms of weddings, there is the elegant Chef’s Warehouse for a reception area and the rolling lawns provide the ideal place for the ceremony. Beau Constantia can tailor-make a wedding experience suited to your crowd and numbers. It’s an ultra-chic wedding venue and selecting your house wine most certainly won’t be a problem. Bakenhof Bakenhof is an elegant wedding venue located in the Wellington region of the Cape winelands, a couple hours...

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Enter These Famous Running and Cycling Events in Cape Town
Jul10

Enter These Famous Running and Cycling Events in Cape Town

Coastal Cape Town is a premier destination for the adventure lover, thrill seeker and outdoor enthusiast. A buzzing city rests at the foot of the flat-topped Table Mountain, and contrasting suburbs lie scattered across vineyards and coastlines. Every where in Cape Town has some kind of a view. Whether it’s a cliff, beach, mountain in the distance, vineyards or a yacht basin; there’s pretty much something picturesque everywhere you turn. The topography of Cape Town lends itself to numerous sporting activities; which include everything from surfing to trail running, mountain biking, sailing and rock climbing. There are literally hundreds of small sporting events held annually in Cape Town, but it’s impossible to list all of them in on single blog post. We’ve grabbed the most popular running and cycling events in Cape Town that are worthy of being added to the energetic crowd’s “bucket list” of global sporting events to enter. Grab the lycra shorts, tie the laces, clip in your cleats or tie shoelaces and come to Cape Town for these famous running and cycling events! Cape Town Cycle Tour The Argus Cycle tour is – arguably – the most famous cycling road race in the southern hemisphere. It’s also the world’s longest timed cycle tour, making it a must conquer sporting event for budding cyclists. Annually, Cape Town sees an influx of thousands of tourists taking to the roads to complete this event. The (usually) 109 km route starts in the centre of Cape Town (Grand Parade Precinct area) and winds its way around the peninsula, finishing in the Green Point/Waterfront area. Hard-working riders are treated with hard hill climbs, downhill freewheeling on roads hugging the cliff faces and exquisite seaside areas in flat easy-cycle areas. It’s one of the world’s most scenic cycle races and is incredibly well-supported by locals. Roads are lined with supporters playing music, dancing and encouraging cyclists – the cycle tour is nothing short of a massively festive event. Where to Stay : It’s an early start and the city centre can become congested. You don’t want to spend too much time on the road getting to the start point. We recommend you stay in the centre of Cape Town or within the VA Waterfront area. Our hotel recommendation : Townhouse hotel is an affordable hotel, literally located within walking distance of the start of the tour. For more elite hotels stay on the town side of the VA Waterfront at either the Westin Grand or the Southern Sun Hotel. For slightly further afield, but “across the road” we recommend the five star Cape Grace Hotel or premier Silo Hotel.  Enter the...

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Yoga Retreats in Cape Town
May05

Yoga Retreats in Cape Town

There is nothing more rewarding than aligning your mind, body and soul to feel more connected with mother earth. The health benefits – both physical and mental – of yoga and meditation encourage a complete sense of wellbeing. In a frenetic high-stress world, we need to reconnect with the basics of life and get back to a healthier state of being. We need a calm space in nature and a quiet space that just lets us be, a place that nourishes both the mind and body; and feeds the soul. Yoga and Yoga retreats provide an ideal setting to reduce stress, nourish the body with only the healthiest of foods, and increase your overall fitness. If you can’t create the environment where you are located, then join a Yoga retreat to meet like-minded people We’ve sourced a few Yoga retreats in Cape Town and surrounds, and trust we’ll help you in the search to reactivate your potential! Hearth and Soul Location : Stanford – 2.5 hours drive outside of the city Stanford is located at the foot of the mountains along the Overberg coast. Situated just past Hermanus, Stanford’s natural environment offers both coastal and mountain tranquility. Hearth and Soul is tucked beneath a canopy of trees and is the home of transformational retreats. Hearth and Soul are facilitators of a variety of retreats, including anything from sustainable living initiatives to meditation workshops, conscious living and Yoga retreats. The team at Hearth and soul says, “We believe that art and nature have tremendous power and can help greatly with emotional, mental and creative blocks.” The spans 220 hectares of pristine fynbos vegetation and thick forests, and is a magical place deep within the mountain wilderness. There are 10 en-suite bedrooms with patios and balconies, all with panoramic views your surrounds. Decor is earthy, and furnished in a way that doesn’t detract from the pristine surrounds. You would need to check the current list of events happening at Hearth and Soul. The farm does offer daily classes in Korean immune-system strengthening exercise, which are open to guests staying on the farm. Pauze Retreat on the Atlantic Seaboard Location : Camps Bay, Cape Town between 27th Oct – 1 Nov 2019 The Pauze Retreat offers the opportunity to enjoy absolute serenity on the coast of Cape Town in area fondly referred to as the St Tropez of Cape Town. Palm-fringed Camps Bay rests on the shores of the Atlantic Seaboard and is a pocket of paradise at the foot of Lion’s Head mountain peak. The stark turquoise ocean contrasts the emerald vegetation carpeting the backdrop of mountains. The setting for this...

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Things to do in Hermanus
May04

Things to do in Hermanus

Hermanus is a coastal fishing village painted as the hub of whale watching in South Africa. The village is growing, but still manages to keep its quaint seaside charm. There really are a host of things to do in Hermanus. Bustling cafes, elegant hotels and seaside eateries lie sprawled across the rocky coastline of Walker Bay. Hermanus has been recognised as one of the 12 best places in the world to view whales, especially during the height of whale season which is from May – November. September is the time of year with high concentrations of southern right whales in the bay. Year round it’s quite possible to spot the Bryde’s whale that is more than just a seasonal visitor. The old harbour area is the most popular pocket of Hermanus and it’s where most tourists position themselves to view whales. However, there is so much more to Hermanus than this vibrant central hub. We encourage you to explore the blue flag beaches, tidal pools and bio-diversity coastal walks lining the town.   Whale watching : From land, kayak, air or boat  There are plenty of outfitters offering a variety of whale watching tours, so you most certainly won’t be stuck for choice when it comes to selecting a boat cruise. The best time of year to view southern right whales is from May to November, with almost guaranteed sightings during September and October. Visitors can also spot humpback whales, rare killer whales (orcas) and enjoy year round sightings of the Bryde’s whale.  During whale season there is an appointed “whale crier” that strolls around the area in front of the village square and old harbour. He notifies the public of a whale sighting by blowing a traditional kelp horn, and encourages people to stroll down to the main viewpoints to observe this large marine mammal in its natural environment. If you’re a die-hard ocean fanatic, sign up for a whale watching sea kayaking tour where you can enjoy a 2 hour round trip of the old harbour area. Don’t have sea-legs and prefer a bird’s-eye view? Then the 30 minute “flight of giants” comes highly recommended. Spend 30 minutes circling the air in a small Cessna plane, and enjoy idyllic aerial views of Walker Bay. If you’re wanting to watch whales from land, then find a section along the meandering 12 km coastal path that snakes its way from one end of Hermanus to the other. Swimming : Beach and tidal pools Have ocean, will swim ! It goes without saying that there are ample rock pools, coves, bays and beaches punctuating the uneven coastline of Hermanus. For starters,...

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