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

 

 

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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

Cape Towns Faves / 02.

Hello

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

The Liebster Award

Hi everyone! I am honoured and excited to have been nominated for the Liebster award by Brandy over at SomewhatHandyBrandy. Thanks,Brandy!

In my understanding, the Liebster Award is an award given to a blogger by another blogger. It’s to help new bloggers into the blogosphere and to help spread the love. To accept your award, you have to do the following:

  • Thank the person who nominated you and link back to their blog.
  • Copy and paste the Liebster Award badge to your post.
  • Nominate 10 new bloggers.
  • Answer the 10 questions the person who nominated you asked you.
  • Create 10 new questions to ask the bloggers you nominate.
  • Notify the bloggers you have nominated by leaving them a comment on their blog

Brandy’s questions are:

Why did you start your blog?

I started my blog because I was reading a few other blogs at the time and felt inspired to share my thoughts and creativity with the world too.

What is your favourite book?

Wow, this is a hard one. My all-time favourite is probably A Little Princess by Frances Hodgsen Burnett.

What does a perfect weekend look like to you?

Out and about at markets or relaxing at home for a fun crafternoon!

If you could have any superpower, what would it be and why?

If I could have any superpower, it would be invisibility so I could help catch all the baddies in the act!

What is your favorite holiday tradition? 

I love sleeping at my gran’s house in the school holidays.

If you could only eat one food for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Potatoes for sure.

What is your favorite Disney movie and character?

It would have to be Frozen. (But then again, I watched it so many times with my little cousins that the songs make my cringe). My favourite character is Olaf.

What advice would you give your younger self?

I’m pretty young, so I guess it would be to make the most of primary school. You’ll miss it in high school.

What’s your biggest fear?

This one is hard. One of them is to play the piano in public.

Which do you prefer: A brand new car or a restored vintage car?

A restored vintage one!

 

The blogs I nominate are:

Avery Huia’s Blog 

Georgia Maye 

Lilac Place 

India Kitty 

Glossary 

Baking Ginger

Sea of Blooming Dreams 

Miss Caly

Happiness Is.. 

Rabbit and the Duck 

 

My questions are:

  • Why did you start a blog?
  • What do you prefer: modern minimalism or colourful clutter?
  • What is a quote that really motivates and fires you up?
  • What do you do as a creative hobby?
  • If you had 10,000 of your country’s currency, what would you do with it?
  • What colour makes your heart sing?
  • Iced coffee or iced tea?
  • Dream job? (Mine would be a scrapbook product designer *insert all heart-eyes*
  • Doughnuts or ice-cream?
  • Favourite blog?

Yay, I’m so honoured to be nominated for this fun award! Spread the love if you get/got nominated!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Robertson Photo Diary

Hello

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

 

Choc-Coffee Loaf Cake with Pistachios

Hello

Over this weekend, I was really feeling for chocolate cake. So out came the Kenwood mixer and on went the oven, but I decided that I wanted to try something different. And so, I decided to make this cake!

You will need:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of sugar
  • 1/4 cup of oil
  • 2/3 cup of self raising flour
  • 2/3 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cocoa
  • 1/4 cup boiling water (with a teaspoon of coffee)
  • A handful of pistachios for the top

Method

  • Pre-heat your oven to 180º/C
  • Beat the eggs and sugar
  • In a different bowl, sift the dry ingredients
  • Mix the dry ingredients into the eggs and sugar
  • Add the oil and mix well
  • Add the coffee
  • Pour into a greased loaf tin and bake for 20-25 minutes or until baked through
  • Top with icing and pistachios

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This cake is so yummy and it’s perfect for a weekend treat as its just enough to eat before the week starts again. Lately, I’ve been so inspired, but not in a way that I just want to make stuff. I want to explore! There’s SO much creativity here in Cape Town and its so exciting to discover! The Design Indaba is coming up soon and I’m really hoping to pop in there.

Have a fab week

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx

Choc-Chip and Oat Cookies

Hello

My exams are finally over and it feels so great to just be able to do whatever I like. I’ve been planning to post this for a while, but naturally, in between studying and school, I didn’t have much free time to blog. But hey, it’s almost holiday time and I have some really cool posts planned that I’m looking so forward to sharing with you.

A little while back I tried this really great cookie recipe and they were SO yum, so I thought I just had to share.

You will need:

  • 1/2 cup of butter
  • 1/2 cup of brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup of caster sugar
  • 1 cup of cake flour
  • 1 1/4 cup oats
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 50g of chocolate (you can substitute it will nuts, or sweets. Anything really)

Method:

  • Preheat your oven to 180°/c
  • Cream butter and sugar together
  • Next, add the egg and beat well
  • Seperately, add the flour to oats, baking powder and bicarb
  • Add the butter and chocolate
  • Spoon onto  a greased baking tray
  • Bake for 8-10 minutes (time may vary depending on how big they are)

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I definitely recommend you give this recipe a shot. Please leave your bog links in the comments, I’d love to read them!

Miss Artsy-Crafty xxx