Oudebosch Eco Cabins

A little while ago, my family and I went to stay in the beautiful Kogelberg Nature Reserve for a quick getaway. It was utter bliss. I had just returned from my Europe trip, and it was lovely to have a chance just to lie in the winter sun, and read a book, without the constant noise of the internet (there’s no cellphone reception) and city. The Oudebosch Eco Cabins are beautiful, wooden houses on the foot of the mountains in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve. There are mountain bike and hiking trails all within the area too, which is lovely too. As a design student and a person who has a deep appreciation for aesthetics and innovation, I was taken aback by the incredible design of these sustainable, eco-friendly structures. They’re beautiful and functional and staying there was such a treat. Nothing quite like some peace and quiet, fresh air and time offline…

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Nabeela x

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Green Musings / Babylonstoren

Babylonstoren is one of my favourite places. I could spend all day sipping their deliciously fresh  juices and eating popsicles made from fresh fruits and herbs straight off the farm. I adore the many gardens, each with their own unique beauty. Its such a treat to have a good old stroll through this lovely, peaceful place. I have been to Babylonstoren before, but the novelty never wears off.  It’s a visual feast and an all around sensory delight. If you’re in Cape Town, this is a place you need to visit…

Here are some snaps from my recent visit…

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Nabeela x

{All photographs are my own. Be nice, don’t steal.} 

 

Sunday Sipping / Kahvé Road

Last Sunday, I had a quick coffee date with my mum. We came across a exquisite coffee bar and patisserie, Kahvé Road. As soon as you step inside, its easy to forget that you’re in the middle of a suburban mall. The leather upholstery, dramatic lighting, and moody interiors make for an incredible ambience. They have a selection of herbal teas, coffees and fresh juices, as well as delightful pastries, desserts and my personal favourite, macarons. What a lovely place…

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Chocolate and espresso dome
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Pineapple, orange, strawberry and mint juice

 

Nabeela x

 

 

Sunday Sipping / Crème de Levain

On Sunday, we were treated to a taste of Spring here in Cape Town, with the sun making an appearance and the iciness in the air taking a day off. My family decided to take advantage of this, and I found myself in the lovely little town of Stellenbosch. A Sunday isn’t a Sunday without a visit to a cute café for a little treat, so we visited the charming Crème de Levain, a lovely little café, bakery and creamery. The interior is simply gorgeous, and their waffles are incredible. If you’re in the Stellies area and need a place to refuel, make sure to check this little place out…

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Blueberry waffle – yum!

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Nabeela x

Sunday Sipping / The Silo

I recently popped into the beautiful new hotel and the V&A Waterfront, The Silo, for Sunday tea with family.  The juxtaposition of the  fresh, modern art and luxurious interiors within the old grain elevator walls make for an incredible space. Naturally, I fell in love. We went to the Willaston Bar, a lovely space with amazing views, good coffee and delicious cakes. If you’re looking for a cool new spot to do coffee dates, this is your place!

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Nabeela x

{The first photo was taken by Iman Cassiem. The rest were taken by me.}

 

 

Pizzeria Villagio

There’s a really cozy little pizzeria in my neighbourhood called Pizzeria Villagio. The restaurant is really warm (because of the wood burning clay oven) and cosy and it feels like you’re in a little village somewhere in Italy. The décor is rustic and has an Italian-village feel to it. I love the collection of colourful rustic frames on the walls too.

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The pizzas they make are simply divine! They are made with thin crispy bases and delicious toppings. My favourite pizza is definitely the vegetarian one with chargrilled aubergines, courgettes, peppers, mushrooms and feta. They are also known for their pastas and steak.

Vegetarian pizza with chargrilled courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, pepper and feta. Yum!
Vegetarian pizza with chargrilled courgettes, aubergine, mushrooms, pepper and feta. Yum!
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Photo credits: Sandra from Pizzeria Villagio

They also offer home-baked cakes and other bakes that are delicious!

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Red Velvet Cheescake
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Freshly-baked scones
Apple Strudel
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If you’re feeling for some Italian food and a cozy family-friendly atmosphere, try them out. You’ll be amazed.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

The Creamery: DOCUMENTED

I recently visited The Creamery Ice Cream and Dessert Café in Newlands. While I was there, I chatted to Katy-Rose, a manager there, and I learnt lots about the business and how it all started. So here it goes…

Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery
Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

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Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery
Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

Back To The Roots

The Creamery was started in 2010 by Kate Schrire, who wanted to teach people about sustainable farming in a fun way, and she chose ice-cream to do this. All the ingredients used in the products are sourced locally from farmers or people who make home-made goods. If they for some reason cannot be sourced locally, The Creamery pairs up with farmers who source the products themselves. The business is very experimental and new flavours are always being tried and tested. Customers are generally willing to taste new flavours making it easy to see which ones work.

Decor Inspiration

The Creamery is very much inspired by dessert cafes in the USA such as Jeni’ Splendid. The décor is cool and quirky. Much of the décor, such as the bar stools, fridges and coffee machines are The Creamery’s signature colour, Creamery Green.

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Photo Credits: Katy-Rose at The Creamery

Where To Find Them

There are a handful of dessert cafes and stalls where you can find The Creamery. (The Creamery is Cape-Town based at the moment). They include Newlands Dessert Café (flagship store), Salt River Dessert Café (head office), the V&A Market On The Wharf, The Biscuit Mill on Saturday mornings and the lunch time market at the St Georges Mall on a Thursday. Look out for them at their new Mouille Point Café, opening soon!

There is also a range of take-home products so that you can enjoy the ice-cream at home too! There are plans to expand these exciting products too.

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Flavourful

The Flavour Of The Month Campaign started in March 2015. It is selected as the most interesting, exciting, out-there flavour. There are many interesting flavours that have made an appearance at The Creamery! They include Cookie-Dough, Carrot-Cake, Blackberry Cheesecake, Strawberry and Bazil, Butternut and Toasted Marshmellow, and Rosetta Roasted Coffee to name a few.

The Creamery is a family and community orientated business. Their aim isn’t just to make money, but to be a part of communities and families.

So next time you’re not sure what to have for dessert after Sunday lunch, why not try them out? Your taste buds will be tantalized for sure!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

{A special thanks to The Creamery for allowing me to do this post. It’s greatly appreciated!}