Babylonstoren

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I’ve been so looking forward to writing this post for a while now, and I’m so excited to be sharing it with you today!

A few days back, I visited the beautiful Babylonstoren estate with my family. It was such a lovely, hot day and it felt like summer! Babylonstoren is a Cape-Dutch style estate near Stellenbosch (again, in the Western Cape, South Africa). We spent the afternoon roaming the wonderful grounds that include gardens, restaurants, a hotel, a shop and a spa.

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We sat down at the Greenhouse Restaurant that happens to have a huge greenhouse next to it (I wonder where it got its name from?!). The greenhouse itself is full of luscious greenery and my cousin and I had a ball snapping away at all the stunning plants. The restaurant makes the most divine scones and fresh juices, as well as desserts.

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The other restaurant is called Babel, both of which are very popular and were almost full to capacity!

If you love nature, the different gardens will give you such pleasure. There are so many, such as the rock garden and the prickly pear garden (which I refer to as the cactus garden in the post) to name just a few.

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I also have some exciting content coming that I’m very excited about, so stay tuned! I am getting constantly growing support and followers and I really appreciate! Thank you for following along on all my baking, making and photo-taking.

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Riebeek-Casteel

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After a cold, rainy and miserable week in Cape Town, we were treated to a beautiful, sunny and warm day today. We took a drive out to the quaint town of Riebeek-Casteel off the N7 (in the Western Cape, South Africa). The weather was marvellous, and I almost forgot that it wasn’t summer! We spent the afternoon looking around at all the gorgeous little shops that sold everything from beautiful vintage furniture, décor and books to handmade soaps, wonderful body products and handmade beanies. There were a few cafes and a pub too. I thoroughly enjoyed the laid-back, holiday-ish vibe that radiated through the small town. I love discovering new places that aren’t far from home.

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Cute little plants planted in farm-style rustic tea cups.
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The most beautiful vintage chests of drawers, books and other bits and bobs.
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Body products in another store.

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I tried a really yummy brewed iced-tea made locally by Uber Flavour. This honey and lemon combo was really interesting and and a real treat.

I love exploring and adventuring and then documenting my travels through photography and writing. I have a few more posts like these planned. I hope you’re enjoying them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Cape Town Faves / 01.

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I’ve always heard that Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but when you’re a kid who has shared a city with Table Mountain your whole life, you assume that it’s normal. It’s only as I’ve grown older that I’ve been seeing my city in all its glory. I’m discovering so many wonderful spots in and around the Mother City (which is what Cape Town is sometimes called) and I’ve decided to share a few of my favourite spots with you. My plan is to make this a new series on the blog, and as soon as I have enough new favourite places to write posts, the next ones will follow. Some of them are the touristy kind, others aren’t. But whether you’re a tourist or a local, these are some places worth checking out.

 

  • Market on the Wharf and The Water Shed at the V&A.

I have to admit that this is probably my favourite spot in Cape Town. Its at the V&A Waterfront, but its outside, and the wooden benches overlook the beautiful harbour. You have a perfect view of the mountain! There are two separate areas: one that sells food stuff and one with local, artisanal products (my two favourite things). The ‘food shed’ as I call it (Market on the Wharf is its proper name) sells the best burgers at a place called Woodies and the yummiest pancakes, waffles and pastries at The Love of Yummyness. It also has a The Creamery stall that sells ice cream and Truth Coffee as well as many other food and drink stalls. Its always such a treat to go there and indulge. The Water Shed has many traders that sell a variety of local, artisan and handmade products. I could spend hours in that place and my parents always have to drag me out.

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The beautiful harbour.
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My all-time favourite pancake: nutella and strawberries. YUM
  • Sea Point Promenade

I love walking and running on Sea Point promenade. The fresh ocean air is so refreshing and it’s beautiful to watch a sunset (or a sunrise if you’re an early bird) there. And if you’re alone, don’t worry! There’s plenty of people, dogs and seagulls to keep you company along the way!

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  • Table Mountain

Being a Cape Tonian, naturally I would love Table Mountain. I see it almost every day and its one of the most famous landmarks of our city. But being on top is a totally different experience. I only have one (believe it or not) recent memory of being on top on the mountain. We took a cable car up ,watched the sunset and then rode down. It’s so beautiful, you can see everything from up there! Its fun to spot places from above. Once the sun goes down, the whole city lights up and its such an inspiring thing to see.

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A beautiful sunset on Table Mountain.
  • Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach is in the Simon’s Town area and I can say with much confidence that it is my favourite beach in the whole entire world (so far). Its called Boulders Beach for a reason. The huge boulders mean that its very sheltered, especially at low tide and so it feels like a huge, salty swimming pool. It’s the only beach I feel totally relaxed at. My favourite thing to do is sit on a rock as the tide comes in and watch the water lap onto the rock. Jumping off the boulders is also loads of fun and if you’re up to it, you can check out the penguins too!

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How cute aren’t the penguins?

 

  • The Creamery

I Yes, I AM a die-hard fan of this place. I first discovered them on Instagram when I was a newbie-grammer and once I tasted it, I was sold. The cute décor and yummy ice cream keeps me going back for more. (You can read a post I wrote about them here). Their waffles are divine and the ice cream is made from products that are sourced locally. My favourite café is the one in Moullie Point (not far from the promenade).

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Newlands Cafe
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Raspberry and Choc Chip – YUM, my favourite.
  • Camps Bay

I don’t go to Camps Bay very often, but I love the vibe. It feels like you’re on holiday the moment you climb out the car. You can walk along the beach, or grab a smoothie or pizza at one of the restaurants opposite the beach. All just in time to catch a killer sunset.

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  • The Neighbourhood Goods Market at The Old Biscuit Mill

The few times I’ve been here, I’ve LOVED it. Its my kind of place. Local products, smoothies and pancakes and LOTS of other food, what more could a girl want?  It’s a perfect way to spend your Saturday morning. If you’re the kind of person who doesn’t mind wandering around through crowds (as long as you’re armed with an iced latte) and admiring all the prettiness and yumminess, then this is the place for you!

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  • The Woodstock Exchange 

The moment I walked into this place, I fell in love. The shops sell all my favourite local brands from skincare products and jewelry to home decor, coffee and chocolate. Its a place I definitely recommend if you enjoy all the handmade and pure goodness.

  • The Clay Café

This place is awesome. The view is just spectacular and its so fun too! They make all kinds of pottery from tea cups to ornaments and you go and paint them. They glaze them for you and you can come and collect them. Its really lots of fun to see your work and you can do it all whilst enjoying some cake or pizza!

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The view is just stunning and so is the awesome, chilled vibe.

I definitely love my city and especially these places! I can’t wait to discover new places and share them with you too! What are your favourite places in the Cape or anywhere, really?

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

Robertson Photo Diary

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A few weekends ago, my family and I took a lovely drive up to the Robertson and Mcgregor area. It was delightful and I had a blast snapping away. I’ve been meaning to share these pictures for ages, but I’ve been so busy and then I fell ill, so this post is long overdue.

We had a picnic breakfast on the Du Toits Kloof Pass and then drove into Robertson and Mcgregor.

Along the way, we also stopped at a padstal (Afrikaans for farm stall) that sold every kind of pumpkin imaginable. From green and yellow ones, giant ones and teeny tiny ones. We also visited an art gallery and a quaint coffee shop, where I tasted a very interesting iced-coffee with whipped cream in it . Mcgregor is a tiny town – you could probably walk the whole town flat.

Anyway, here is my photo diary. I hope you enjoy flipping through my snaps. This is part of a new series called Click.

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Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

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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Chocolate Cheesecake
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Red Velvet Cheescake
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Freshly-baked scones
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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!}