My mom’s birthday was not too long ago and my brother wanted us to do lunch somewhere. We decided on lunch at Buena Vista and wine tasting afterwards at Peter Falke Wines. God blessed us with a beautiful day in the middle of winter.
First stop was Buena Vista on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Mom ordered a Nederburg rose for the table and me and my brother opted for cocktails. I ordered the Quesadillas Con Cordero which was filled with roasted lamb. It was delicious! The birthday girl had the lamb cutlets with some nice veggies.
After we were all fully satisfied we took some pictures and headed to Peter Falke wines.
Now this wine estate is one of my favourites! It has amazing views and stylishly decorated.
Halfway through our tasting, my mother’s boyfriend popped the question and she said yes!
After the whirl of the proposal we took some pictures on the estate and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. It was quite an eventful day and Cristiano was such a good boy through it all. He was quite exhausted after the full day of activities.
Both my mother and mother-in-law are born under the same star sign, Cancer. Their birthdays are 2weeks apart and I decided to take the 2 of them for lunch at Brenaissance with the little Mr. Both grandma’s love their grandson to the moon and back and have been a tremendous source of support. I only saw it fitting to treat these two ladies to one of the best wine estates I know of, Brenaissance.
Brenaissance is the estate before our wedding venue (Clos Malverne) in Stellenbosch. I love this estate! It is absolutely beautiful and stylish with its black and white theme. What I love even more about this estate now that I am a mommy, is the playground and the little stream that passes by. The day we went the weather was a bit dreary but I can’t wait to go back in summer when Cristiano is bigger and can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The below pictures were taken in 2013 when me and Marc first visited the estate and it also gives one a nice idea of how amazing it looks on a bright summers day.
We ordered the Lord T red blend which I absolutely LOVE! We ordered the Full house pizza and the Hole-some Option. The Full House pizza consisted of a Biltong, Cajun Chicken, Parma Ham and Caramelised Onion pizza. This way we had all the flavours in 1! Yummy! The Hole-some pizza was a pizza of your choice with the middle cut out and replaced with a salad. Very different but oh so nice!
Cristiano also made a cute new friend at Brenaissance. 😊
Our Doona is a real life saver on these outings. Review on this nifty must have coming soon. 😉 With the fire crackling and there being very few people, we had an amazing time! 😍😍😍
So with Women’s Month in the air, hubby treated me to a lunch at the Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia. Considering our love for food and wine, Groot Constantia has always been on our list of places to visit so I was super excited to go.
There was a bit of a chill in the air but I was more than happy to sit outside because the views were just breathtaking!
Marc was quite hungry at the time (we woke up late) so we headed straight for the mains. Me not being able to eat much, almost always skip starters. Marc had some of his favourite red meats, a medium rare Steak. I went for the roast leg of lamb which had an interesting minty sauce. I loved the veggies that went with the red meats. Just gave the plate the right balance.
After lunch we explored the estate and took a walk up to wine sales for a quick wine tasting. We have a taste for Stellenbosch and Paarl wine. When we visited a wine estate in the southern suburbs before we weren’t very impressed with the wines. I was somewhat hesitant about the wines but was delightfully surprised! We only tasted red wine (our favourite!) We also got a nice dark chocolate with our tasting that had a salty taste to it which was amazing!
After wine tasting we explored the grounds and enjoyed the scenic views.
And then we always need a take-away! In this case some Sparkling wine!
It felt like just yesterday that I met my husband in a club in Stellenbosch, not knowing that our paths would cross again and that we would have had such a long journey until here. Short version of our love story is as follow.
Girl goes out to party with friends after exams. Girls meets cute boy in a club, only knows his name and that he was from Stellenbosch. Oh, and that he said: “You’re looking for a boyfriend but I’m not looking for a girlfriend.” Girl replies that she’s just out to have fun with not a care in the world! (secretly liking this handsome boy quite a lot and couldn’t stop thinking about him for a week! Yikes!) A week later these 2 souls meet again in another club and finally exchange numbers. From there they chat and figure out they like each other quite a lot and fall madly in love. Not all is smooth sailing but 10 years later they are happily married (with a 4 year wedding anniversary coming up) and working hard at their careers despite some crazy ish that they have to deal with.
Then the question was, How do we celebrate 10 years of being together with a crazy schedule to keep up with? We were thinking a couples spa treatment but hubby is not too keen on spa things. Considering that we basically live in Cape Town and everything being around the corner, staying a night in some hotel would just be pointless. Then there was the option of a fancy night out. Unfortunately with some flu bugging and not feeling to great, a daytrip seemed like the best option. Being very tired after a hard week at the office and a crazy flu bug that refuses to go away, what is one supposed to do except for curling up in bed with a marathon of series and movies? Anyway, that’s what I felt like doing. But being determined to make the best of a sunny winters weekend, I pulled myself together and enjoyed Cape Town.
First up on the Saturday was Quaglinos in Mouille Point for brunch / lunch. Now this place looks stunning on the inside with the most gorgeous views of the ocean. I LOVE a place with a view! Especially if it’s overlooking the ocean!
The interior design of the restaurant was beautiful but unfortunately I did not find the seating too comfortable. The chairs did not have any cushions and had a bit of a weird design that made it an uncomfortable seat. I sat on them because I wanted to enjoy the view more than anything.
When it came to ordering, we both went for a piece of steak. Our preference is always medium rare. That’s the best way to enjoy steak! The presentation of the food I give a 10/10 and the taste was definitely a 12/10!
After Quaglinos we headed for dessert at the one and only Charly’s Bakery! This is most probably the most famous bakery in South Africa! And who can argue with that? Whenever I walk in there I’m in cake heaven! My favourite cake is the wicked chocolate cake and the chocolate brownie! Just thinking of it makes me want to run down the road to Charly’s!
We generally skip starters and went straight to mains. I’ve been feeling for fish for a while and got myself a Linefish Mousseline. Just looking at that fish makes my mouth water. (I’m a born and bred Capetonian and LOVE my seafood!)
Recently hubby has been all about burgers and is on a mission to try as many burgers as possible. Hence him choosing a Wagyu Burger where the recommended beer was the Anker Bier. Needless to say, my mr was licking his fingers while enjoying this beauty.
After having a very filling lunch, we set off to the V&A Waterfront Food Market! Yes, I know I just said that we had a filling meal. But like most of our friends know, we LOVE food and wine and always manage to make space for more! LOL!
We got ourselves a bottle of DMZ Syrah, also from Stellenbosch wine region. We paired this with some nice moist beef biltong. The market was buzzing and we enjoyed ourselves just people watching.
After the food market we wandered around the Waterfront and just soaked up the beauty that our city has to offer. I mean, we have one of the 7 Wonders of Nature right in our backyard and amazing artists around every corner that just delights all your senses.
I don’t think we would ever want to move away from Cape Town. We love our Cape Town. Cheers to many more outings in the Mothers City!
Hubby and I started our own tradition not too long ago. We decided that we would do something different every Boxing day (26 December). So far we’ve been visiting different wine estates on Boxing day. Sometimes we go with family and sometimes it’s just the two of us. My brother joined us on this occasion and we had so much fun!
We started of our visit to Webersburg with a wine tasting, my favourite pastime!
After our wine tasting we decided on light lunches. Mitch (my brother) had a Sesame Crumbed Chicken Salad. Just by looking at that salad, it made us all want to have healthy New Year resolutions! It was so good! (Sorry for the bad image.)
Me and hubby shared a Webersburg Snack and Wine Platter. I didn’t expect it to be that big! It was quite tasty and filling! The Wild Mushroom Arancini was our favourite! We enjoyed a Webersburg 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon with our food.
The views were spectacular, the service GREAT and the wine AMAZING!
After Webersburg we went to the Root 44 Market which is just down the road. Even though we had quite a meal at Webersburg, when visiting Root 44 Market you cannot help yourself but to have another helping of food! The smell of different flavours is just amazing! I cannot imagine going to the Root 44 Market and not having anything to eat and drink!
On our table we had some fresh Oysters, Mussels with Vetkoek (One of my favourite types of bread. Reminds me of the times spent on the farm as a child.) and a very thin based pizza. I can’t quite remember what was on there. All I know is that it was perfect! We rounded off our snacking with some Audacia Rooibos Wooded Natural Red wine. Who ever thought that Rooibos and wine would taste that good?!
We had great food and wine at both places. You will not be disappointed by these places, Promise! 🙂
We just love exploring new places. We normally take a drive and just see what’s out there and sometimes make a quick stop at any place. Some of our favourite places to visit is Wine Estates. Some of the reasons are that they always make for spectacular views and photos, they have wine (some of our favourite treats) and they don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Wine tastings generally cost between R20 – R50 per person and the amount of different wines you can taste is generally between 3-5 wines. Some wine estates also offer different platters that you an try with their wines. Therefore, if you are looking for a budget outing this summer, try out a wine estate.
So on one blissful day, we stopped over at Landskroon Wine Estate in Paarl. This estate is on the same road as Spice Route and Fairview. They have the same spectacular views as these 2 estates but not all the frills. When we got there my breathe was taken away by the gorgeous views. We visited the tasting room where the tastings were R10 per person (I think, speaking under correction). The wines were pretty well priced and quite a variety was available. The tasting room assistant also advised us that we could bring our own picking and enjoy their wines on their big, open lawn. I loved this idea as at some estates one needs to buy your picnic from the estate (normally quite expensive). You however need to book in advance in order to do this. We just got some wine, glasses and some of the snacks that were available at the tasting room. It was a perfect day. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. 😉
This was one of those days where we weren’t quite sure what to make of the weather and decided to pick a place at random. We decided to go down an unknown road off the R44. We found this little estate, Ridgeback Wine Estate.
At first it seemed rainy but then the sky opened up and the sun came out. We were too late for breakfast (they were still willing to serve us breakfast) so we decided on lunch instead. Hubby chose the Lamb Shank and I went for some pork fillets in a red wine sauce. The food was delicious and the service GREAT! We had a waiter with a smile and always ready with a joke that had us laughing all day.
I decided to explore the area around the estate and just loved the pond in the middle, the little waterfall, the animals in the pond and the fact that it had a kiddies play area with a jungle gym. Not only does Ridgeback wine estate have great family facilities but their red wine, especially the Merlot, was amazing! We are definitely visiting them again. 😉
So as many of our friends may know, we’ve visited quite a few places in the past and I’ve decided to share our past experiences via a #FBF (Flash Back Friday) post every week until we can get up to date.
It was a sunny afternoon in the Winelands when we weren’t quite sure of where to go for the day. We eventually settled on Peter Falke Wines. I wanted to see the estate that was popular for being open till 7pm, Tuesdays to Sundays. For people who like wine estates and don’t quite want to end their wine tasting at 5pm, you have to try this place! We went during the day though and I was in awe of the beauty of this estate on a bright sunny day. I loved the lush green lawns and the decor. The estate is very stylish and has comfortable seating, even bean bags further down to laze the day away. Not only was the setting picture perfect, but the wines were amazing! On top of the great wine, they had tasty platters with various options to choose from. All this from a guy that I knew sold socks! I was truely amazed! I’ll let the pictures talk for themselves. 😉
Our first post is all about Hubby’s Birthday Weekend. Our good friends decided to treat us to a weekend in the Winelands. We started our weekend with a check-in at Marianne Wine Estate‘s Lofts on the Friday.
The Saturday morning we had breakfast that was to die for and off we went to Jordan Wine Estate to donate clothes for charity and in exchange we got wine. 🙂
After Jordan Wine Estate we went to Warwick Wine Estate for a Big 5 Vineyard Safari and tasting. We had so much fun going up the hills in an open Land Rover, while it was freezing cold! Luckily for us, the guide brought us some nice red wine to warm us up on top. We stayed there for a while and was in awe of the beauty of our country. You have to be there to understand this type of beauty! After our vineyard safari we went and posed a little with Madiba and just ran around like a bunch of kids, just having fun! There was also the story of the Wedding Cup, but that we keeping for a next post. 😉
After Warwick Wine Estate we made our way down the road to Arra Wine Estate. This is a small wine estate that overlooks Klapmuts with great staff. We were welcomed by a warm smile and big glasses! Just the way we like it. 😉 Soon after we arrived, Eskom delighted us with some loadshedding. The beauty of being at Arra was that we didn’t need Eskom to make our day! We had good cheese, preserves, crackers and GREAT wine!
After our cheese and wine tasting at Arra, we went back to Marianne Wine Estate for our last tasting of the day. Here we had a great time with our french tasting room assistants. Hubby and his friend may have been a bit hard on the guys but it was all in good fun. If there’s one thing that I absolutely love about Marianne Wine Estate, it’s their red wine! Especially the Desirade! My absolute favourite! Sitting on that deck and looking at the views was just amazing! After our tasting we had a nice relaxed evening and dreading the Sunday that we had to check out of this piece of heaven. But it was a weekend well spent with great friends. Definitely one for the books!
All I can say is that the Winelands is a MUST for anyone visiting our beautiful country, South Africa! 🙂
This experience was one of the many reasons why I started this blog. I hope you guys follow me and hubby on our future adventures, discovering our country.