south africa

superette

i finally got round to going to superette and it is as good as i’ve heard. went there on a saturday morning after a night of one too many margaritas, so was dying for a coffee and some runny eggs. i really hate crowded restaurants and was kind of dreading that it would be packed full of the same crowd that goes to the biscuit mill market, but luckily the atmosphere was super mellow and the staff were friendly & attentive.

i opted for the poached eggs and didn’t actually read the small print – so i was surprised by the mound of crispy bacon, four huge asparagus stalks, a baby marrow (with flower, yum), side salad and a generous chunk of bread… not to mention the perfectly cooked poached eggs. A+ guys.

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i love coffee

i really liking this new local blog i love coffee

ilovecoffee.co.za is about coffee culture. the beans, the people, the places, the experience. think of it as an expedition to find the best coffee experiences SA has to offer while meeting and introducing you to the people that make it all possible.

perhaps they can help me find the perfect flat white in cape town; at least i have already found it in stellenbosch.

image from simply photo

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karoooooo (awoooooo)*

* to the tune of les savy fav, what would wolves do

my favourite thing about the karoo isn’t the wide open spaces or the lack of people or the lamb or the way it feels in winter (though all those are unimaginably good) – but the buildings. oh, those little houses.

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cinder and skylark

i get sort of stupidly excited every time i discover a local blog that sparks my interest (they’re not easy to find in the midst of billions of other websites, you know). lauren posted about cinder & skylark, where her photo had been featured – a cape town street style & graffiti blog run by michelle. see if you can spot anyone you know.

how fantastic is this girl with the cream soda top & white slacks?

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freedom day

it’s freedom day in south africa today, which also meant a very long and freeing weekend for whoever took off monday as i did. i filled my days & nights with a sleeping late, watching mad men & 30 rock, drinking tea and red wine and gin & dry lemon with friends, napping, eating eggs + avo on rye every breakfast, celebrating a birthday, beach walking etc… lit the first fire of the season – the days are getting shorter, colder and my feet are actually requiring socks in the evenings.

i also did some computer spring cleaning & i found this old picture i saved ages ago:

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kosie farmer

i’m lucky enough to own a few signed original prints by obie oberholzer (thanks to a generous friend), and this one is by far my favourite – both sweet and sad.

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le picnique

picnics might usually be associated with spring & summer, but autumn in the winelands (and south africa in general) is pretty much perfect outdoor weather in my mind. you can sit in the sun without getting hot, i mean – what’s better than that? yesterday i was driving with the window down and there was that yummy autumn smell in the air… it made me think about times spent lazing the day away on the grass somewhere. preferably eating some kind of cheese.

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old nectar

Una van der Spuy is 98 years old and she just published another book about gardening – her own garden in fact, at Old Nectar in Stellenbosch. one of the most beautiful gardens in the country, and the only private garden to be declared a national monument. still working in your garden at 98, let alone writing a book about it, is just incredible – i would love to meet her & see her amazing garden one day. the book is Old Nectar: a garden for all seasons

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