Restaurant Bucket List

As most of our family and friends know, WE LOVE FOOD! I came across this list of nominated restaurants for the 2015 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards and just made up my mind to try all of them out. Where we’ll find the time to visit all of them, heaven only knows! But like they say, where there is a will, there’s a way! So now, my restaurant bucket list is as follow (we may not visit them in this order 😉 ):

Camphors at Vergelegen© petravandecasteele.com

Chefs Warehouse & Canteen

DW Eleven-13

Five Hundred

Foliage

Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort

Indochine

Jordan Restaurant

The Kitchen at Maison

La Colombe

Overture

The Pot Luck Club

The Restaurant at Newton Johnson

The Restaurant at Waterkloof

Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient

Rust en Vrede Restaurant

The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Français

Terroir

The Test Kitchen

Tokara

We will definitely be blogging about our experiences! Stay Tuned! 😉

Beautiful Breakfast at Bean In Love

So this is a rather short post but well worth the mention. On one of me and hubby’s rare mornings off, we decided to have a quick breakfast. We visited Bean in Love in Paarl Main Road. I’ve been eyeing this little place for a while everytime we drive past. It was a sunny winter’s morning so we decided to sit outside and enjoy the clean air. I just loved their cappuccino! We tried their croissants and boy were we in love! They also sell a variety of things like spices, adventure bags, snacks, flowers, and obviously delicious coffee! (To name a few) When you in Paarl again, why not give them a go? We promise you won’t regret it. 🙂

I just love cappuccinos with pictures. :)
I just love cappuccinos with pictures. 🙂
It's the little things that make me go back for more
It’s the little things that make me go back for more
The Mr's choice
The Mr’s choice
The Mrs' choice
The Mrs’ choice
Even normal water looks great here!
Even normal water looks great here!

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An Impromptu visit to Val Du Charron

We are known for making impulsive decisions at the best of times but this one was Awesome!

We went to the Spar in Wellington to get ice-cream as it was one of those hot Wellington weather days. When we got out of the shop I told Marc that I felt like a drive, because it was such a beautiful day. We took a drive towards the Bainskloof Pass, past Antoniesvlei, when we decided to turn around and look for one of our favourites, a Wine Estate! 🙂

We popped into Val Du Charron and weren’t quite sure as to whether it was open. We went to the entrance and it stated that they were still busy with reservations but was greeted with a warm welcome by Chrisma.  She made us feel right at home! We tasted some of their wines and just loved the Theatre of Wine Trio which consisted out of Four White Legs, Erasmus – Den Deen & Black Countess.

The Four White Legs is a white blend consisting of 33% Chenin Blanc, 24% Nouvelle, 20% Pinot Gris, 20% Sauvignon Blanc & 3% Viognier. We are not big fans of white wines but I must say that this blend was quite nice and reminded me that Summer is on the way! As most of our family and friends know, we are red wine lovers  and we were looking forward to the Erasmus & the Black Countess. The Erasmus is a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Pinotage, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Shiraz. The Black Countess is a blend of 44% Shiraz, 24% Pinotage, 16% Mataro, 8% Carignan, 8% Grenache Noir. Needless to say, it was amazing! Definitely getting more of those! 🙂

Chrisma also introduced us to their 2015 Pinot Gris and boy was I surprised! We just loved it and definitely making it one of our summer wines this season.

We were also advised that their restaurant, The Local Grill, will be opening soon (October 2015). We had a look at the menu and it looks delicious! We called it “Our Kind of Food”. We’ll definitely be visiting to lay into that menu!

The estate also boasts with a 4 & 5 star Guest House and a Spa! With this combination, Val Du Charron is the best place to plan an escape to. Husbands and partners do take note of this one. I already hinted to hubby for a weekend. 😉

Val Du Charron also have some of the most amazing views of Wellington! Hence no filter on the pictures of the views. 😉 The lawn is nice and big to accommodate families with children as well as a great relaxation spot for wine lovers during summer.

My apologies for the image quality. These were taken with my not so state of the art cellphone and one of the only times I did not have my pocket camera on me.

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The Local Grill Restaurant Menu that we can’t wait to try!
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This is what I call Good Wine!
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Even the horsie enjoyed the wine! 🙂
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I just loved the designs!
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This is my kind of Wine Rack! I need one! 🙂
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Views to take your breathe away!
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The Spa has a wide variety of treatments that will make any woman smile from ear to ear!
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We spotted these beautiful mosaic angels on the estate and I just loved how the sun was just touching them and making them shimmer.

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