Cafes

Rome / Roma

When in Rome, gelato is abundant and traffic rules are non-existent. You feel as if you’ve stepped into a parallel dimension where laid-back life, and hustle and bustle harmoniously co-exist . Romans are charismatic and love their city.  I have never been to a city that values aesthetic appeal so much. The old buildings all painted in a cohesive colour palette make for a visual paradise. It feels like walking on a rather massive, exceptionally beautiful movie set.  To say that Rome is beautiful would be an understatement. 

The weather was really hot when we were in Rome, and it was such a pleasure to escape what has been a rather harsh winter in Cape Town. 

Italian gelato is amazing. On just about every corner, you will find a gelateria – some are high-end, and others are little family shops – each with their own unique charm. I thoroughly enjoyed every spoonful! 

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Quirinal Palace

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The Pantheon
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Details of the Pantheon

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Cafe Granita from one of the oldest cafes in Rome. Not my usual choice, but delicious nonetheless.
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Details in the Vatican City

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Trevi Fountain

I think its safe to say that Rome is a cultural and historical masterpiece.

Nabeela x

Cape Towns Faves / 02.

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I recently spent some time in the CBD exploring mainly Loop Street and Long Street. I thought I’d sum up some of my favourite places that I found on my walkabout. I love Town and the shops and cafes are so trendy and cute!

The Company Gardens

I recently visited the Company Gardens for the first time in quite a few years. Since primary school, we frequently visited the gardens and the museums in the vicinity too. The other day, I popped in, and was amazed by the upkeep and improvements that have been made. There’s a wonderful vegetable garden and a cool restaurant and cafe. Its amazing to see that after all these years, the historical place is so glorious and beautiful. And to top it all off, the view of our lovely Table Mountain is just incredible.

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Yours Truly Cafe

I’ve been drooling over photos of this cafe for a few months now, but recently when I was in the CBD, I popped into the Loop Street branch. I love little cafes that are interesting and this one is really cool! It’s so breezy and airy, with dark, reddish-brown leather seating, and wooden tables with bar-style stools. There are plants hanging outside the window of the cafe an and perched on shelves inside too. It reminded me of the whole indoor-outdoor living that is so trendy. They also make a mean frappe!

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Pretty planty scene in Yours Truly Cafe 

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Long Street and Loop Street

I know this sounds kind of broad-spectrum, but I generally love Long Street and Loop Street. They have all the shops that I really like that sell everything from coffee to artisan clothing and ceramics. I spent some time strolling down these streets, popping into stores and looking at the interesting clothing, watches, furniture and clothing. I love all things handmade and local, so for me, I could spend the whole day on these streets. My favourite  shops that I came across were Stable, Mungo and Jemima and 117 on Long. I also saw some art galleries and my favourite one in particular was Smith, that has such wonderful and colourful paintings.

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Work by Danielle Clough hanging in Stable in Loop Street 

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I hope you check some of these gems out for yourself. They really reflect the true beauty of the creativity and artisans in Cape Town.

Happy exploring!

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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Seafood Pizza
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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
Apple Strudel
Apple Strudel

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!}

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