Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers and Ribs

I had the incredible opportunity to pay a visit to the famous Gibson’s at the V&A waterfront on Saturday night.  I had been noticing their posts on social media for quite some time and each time they posted a picture of one of their mouthwatering burgers or milkshakes I honestly started salivating!  That’s how good they looked!

But as we all know, Instagram doesn’t always portray reality, so I decided to go and try it out for myself.  The experience when I walked into the restaurant was not what I was expecting at all!  I had envisioned the decor and feel of the place to represent an American diner, with vinyl chairs and plastic table cloths (which I’m not much of a fan of by the way).  But as I walked in I was blown away by the sleek, sophisticated decor; the filament bulbs hanging from the ceiling, the geometric mirrors and the slick minimalist furniture.  I was happily impressed!  The decor and feel of a place directly effects the enjoyment of my experience there, so I knew we were off to a good start.

The next thing to mention was the impeccable service.  As we arrived we were taken to our table and immediately a waitress came along to tend to our needs.  This, unfortunately, is not a common thing at most restaurants in South Africa and it can completely ruin your evening when you have been sitting at a table for a good 15 minutes before someone slowly ambles over to ask what you would like.  Our waitress was friendly, attentive, engaging and was always close by when we needed her.  Another big tick in my books!

Now lets get onto the most important part of the evening…THE FOOD.  If you are an indecisive person then I would highly recommend reviewing the menu a few days before as it can be slightly overwhelming.  They have close to 50 different burgers to choose from which all look absolutely mouth watering!! Our poor waitress kept coming back for our orders and I think it took nearly 20 minutes for us to finally make up our minds.  One of the things I really appreciated, which I have never experienced at any other burger place before, was the care and detail they go into to make sure you get EXACTLY what you want.

How would you like your burger cooked?, would you like raw or caramelized onions?, would you like hand cut fries; sweet potato fries; a baked potato or a side salad? would you like half and half of normal chips and sweet potato chips?”

Unfortunately we were far too stuffed after our burgers to order a milkshake, but I suggest you do!  They have 120 different milkshakes to choose from and they look like works of art rather than that standard milkshake you order at your local fast food joint.

I’ll have to go again to try one out for myself!

A xx

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Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

One of my favourite things to do on a lazy weekend afternoon is to go have a picnic in the exquisite Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.  Its acclaimed as one of the great Botanic Gardens of the world and it’s literally 1 km from where I live in Cape Town.  How lucky am I!

The gardens are absolutely huge, you can explore and walk around for an entire day without seeing everything that’s there.  What captures me the most is the raw, unedited beauty of the place.  There’s a different tree or flower everywhere you look, some of which I could stand and take photos of for hours and still not be able to capture their beauty.  The best thing to do is to get lost on one of the thousands of different paths that meandre and criss-cross around the gardens.  You’re bound to end up in a secret spot that you’ve never been to before, seeing so much beauty along the way.

My personal favourite thing to do is to pack a selection of delicious cheeses, crackers, fruit and a bottle of champagne (of course); a picnic blanket and a good book and to then spend the afternoon relaxing on one of the many rolling lawns.  You can nature and people watch for hours on end, read your book or even play a few games!

If you ever visit Cape Town it’s definitely something that you HAVE to do before you leave!

A xx

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Constantia Uitsig

It’s always fun when new places pop up in your area to go explore them and see what’s on offer.  That’s exactly what my husband and I did this past Saturday and we were not disappointed!  Constantia Uitsig has recently opened it’s brand new Heritage Market which has caused quite the buzz in Constantia, Cape Town.  As the area is so saturated with wine farms already, you often find yourself going to the same place over and over again which can start to feel quite monotonous.  It was the best news ever when we heard that there was a quaint tasting room for the wine farm itself as one of the various little establishments that make up the Heritage Market.

We decided to throw caution to the wind and venture onto new territory.  With a mixture of anticipation and excitement we waited for what would be the ultimate test for the newly starting out business…the cheese board.

And wow, what a cheese board.  I’m talking the fine dining of all cheese boards, there were even little edible flowers placed all over with such tenderness and care I didn’t want to eat the piece of art that was before me.  But, after taking far too many photos and looking like a complete ninkompoop, we eventually tucked in.  I am seriously not lying when I say that it was by far the most delicious, texturaly interesting, mouth watering cheese board I have ever had the pleasure of indulging in.  And I’ve enjoyed quite a few cheese boards in my time believe you me.

I have to admit I was slightly disappointed to only get 3 wines in our tasting, but if you’re wanting to try something new and live on the edge a little I would definitely recommend giving them a try!

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Beau Constantia

So first of all I want to apologise for not posting last week!  I have just recently got a new job and things have been a little crazy.  I’m really going to try post something each week because this blog just makes me happy and I love seeing all your comments and likes!

Beau Constantia is another one of the many wine farms in the Constantia area and lies just up the road from Eagle’s Nest and Constantia Glen.  It’s located at the very top of Constantia Nek in Cape Town overlooking False Bay.  The views from the wine tasting area are completely unobstructed and breath taking.  This wine farm has a slightly more upper class feel to it so it’s a great excuse to dress up a little and flaunt what you’ve got!  I promise you won’t feel overdressed.  Plus there’s the added addition of Chefs Warehouse restaurant downstairs which has been acclaimed as the 4th best restaurant in South Africa.  I haven’t yet had the opportunity to enjoy their mouth watering fine dining experience so that’s definitely on the Bucket List for me!

Their tasting consists of four wines, one white and three reds, however we managed to swap out one of the reds for their delicious rose which I would definitely recommend.  The cheese and charcuterie platter is presented in a gorgeous little wooden box which just shows the effort they put into their presentation.  Now I’m going to talk about something that may be a little surprising but here it goes…

THE TOILETS! I can’t help myself from mentioning them as they are definitely a part of the experience of going to Beau.  Each cubicle has a massive glass window looking out onto the stunning vineyards below.  A loo with a view, who would have thought?!

To top it all off, we got a surprise complimentary taste of their exquisite MCC champagne which made the overall experience quite unforgettable.  These guys are definitely in my top 10 wine farms to go to when visiting Cape Town!

A xx

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Foxcroft

Now this was a fine dining experience.

As the chef puts it:

“At Foxcroft, we aim to cook with the same intensity and thoughtfulness as fine dining but in a more casual and approachable format. As a cook, deliciousness must come first and anything not actively contributing to that must be removed.”

— GLEN FOXCROFT WILLIAMS

That perfectly summarises the experience you get when you treat yourself to an experience at the famed restaurant located in Constantia, Cape Town.  The ambience is casual, welcoming and warm unlike some fine dining restaurants where you feel judged as soon as you enter the room.  Not at Foxcroft.  You can come dressed however you like.  I on the other hand will find any excuse to dress up and when I go to a restaurant that has a four course set menu with complimentary home made bread and roasted garlic, well, the heels come out that’s for sure!

The service is excellent with the waiters constantly being on the lookout for whenever you need a refill.  You choose two tapas starters, one main and one desert from a menu that looks almost too exotic to be edible.  The wine is as excellent as the food and there’s a wide range to choose from, so if you’ve spent your whole budget on the food you can go with wine from a slightly lower level of the range.

This was one of my most memorable dining experiences for sure and I hope to be back soon!

A xx

P.S. please forgive me for the bad quality photos…my camera had to be taken in for repairs but it will be back before my next post so fear not!

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The Silo Hotel

Now this was an experience.  I had heard about the new Silo district in Cape Town for quite a while, seen post after post on Instagram of incredible views, breathtaking interiors and exotic looking cocktails.  It was fair to say that I had some massive FOMO and was desperate to be part of the cool crowd.  Finally about two weeks ago we decided to just go!  Initially we wanted to check out the new Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) as it houses Africa’s largest contemporary art collection, all under one enormous roof!  As I am a massive art fan I have been dying to go since it’s opening in September 2017.  Alas, when we arrived after spending an hour in traffic just to get there the doors had closed and they weren’t allowing anyone else in for the next hour as it was packed with Capetonians on holiday along with the rest of Europe and the UK.  So we were in a bit of a predicament.  What to do now?

Then a brainwave struck and I remembered that The Silo Hotel was right in front of us.  We waltzed into the foyer (feeling extremely under dressed) and asked where the roof-top bar was.  The intimidating receptionist then responded that we needed to make a reservation but that he would check to see if anyone had cancelled.  Luck was on our side and we were whisked away to the lift that was pure luxury in itself.  Stepping out the lift and onto the roof the first thing we saw was the extraordinary rim flow pool that looked fit for Grecian Gods.  Then you walk to the bar and are hit by a sensory overload as you look out at the glory of beautiful Cape Town.  Never have I seen a view so captivating.  We had some wine and bar snacks to share and pretended we were foreigners on holiday staying at this exquisite 5 star hotel.  The wine was delicious, the bar snacks were even more delicious.  What more is there to say?

A xx

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Constantia Glen

One of my favourite places to go on any sunny weekend afternoon is the beautiful wine farm Constantia Glen.  It’s located in Constantia (hence the name), which is the oldest wine producing region in South Africa dating back to 1685.  We go there so often we know most of the waiters by name and are always guaranteed to get a table on even their busiest days.  What I love is the ambiance of the place, you can’t help but feel relaxed as you gaze at the picturesque views of the vineyards and the mountains beyond while sipping on their superb selection of wine.  We love it so much it was even where my husband proposed!  Not only are their wines to die for (especially their champagne), but their food lives up to their well known reputation.  The menu boasts delicious contemporary European cuisine that saturates the taste buds with flavour.  They also provide a selection of cheese and charcuterie boards to keep the hunger pangs at bay if you aren’t going to order a meal.  This is definitely the place to go for a romantic date or a gathering with a group of friends!

Be sure to pay them a visit.

A xx

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