A few months ago on the corner of Bolton and Jan Smuts a new restaurant opened it’s doors to the public with an interior made of burnt orange, cobalt blue and wood and a menu full of South African inspired dishes from Braai Broodjies to Lamb Shank served with Biltong Pap, Chakalaka and Smokey Tomato Sauce.Continue Reading…
If you have never been to Urbanologi at 1 Fox Precinct, then I suggest you quickly change that. Not only is it one of the best restaurants in Joburg, serving food that is as tasty as it is nice to look at, but now it’s also one that concentrates all its efforts into where it sources it’s ingredients from, embracing local produce and highlighting it in every dish made.
Urbanologi‘s new Project 150 sees to it that all their core ingredients, except spices, are sourced within just 150km of the city restaurant. They have undertaken this concept to promote farmers and breeders producing exceptional products right on our doorstep. How cool is that?
How often have you asked yourself what there is to do with kids in Johannesburg? I find myself battling with this dilemma pretty much every weekend, which drives me nuts because you want to be able to go to a place that not only they will like, but you will too! So when my lovely friend Gina King suggested going to The Field Berry Farm which involves, the outdoors, raspberry picking, raspberry eating, cake, food, homemade lemonade, beer and a play area we were in like flint! They even have a farm bike track for older kids, so take your bikes if you feel like a bit of a ride!
This beautiful little farm located in the South of Joburg has it all and it makes for such a wonderful full afternoon out for everyone and anyone. I mean who wouldn’t want to blissfully walk up and down rows of bushes laden with raspberries as the wind blows through your hair while you pick berries to your heart’s content.
I am 100% one of those people that say, ‘Camping? Nope, not for me!’ In fact, it took Shane about 9 years to convince me to go camping, which we did for the first time as a family a few months ago at Mountain Sanctuary Park. I can’t believe how adamant I was about hating it and how painfully wrong I turned out to be.
We spent two nights at Mountain Sanctuary and it was absolutely, yes I’m going to use this word, awesome! I loved every second of it, even the part where there we had to sit in the car for half an hour until a massive thunderstorm moved away, we then slept in our tent surrounded by howling winds and the sound of pouring rain. It was so cool being all snug inside right next to two of my favourite people.
Aaaaa man am I so happy to share this next post with you guys! One because the place I’m about to show you is epic on another level, I’m talking Grand Design scale and two it’s not only one of the most amazing houses I have ever stayed in, but it’s also completely off the grid and only an hour and a half away from Johannesburg.
My friend Leigh told me about Witklipfontein Eco Lodge a couple of weeks ago and when I went and had a look at their website I was blown away by the sheer beauty of it and after she came back and said that in real life it’s even better, I knew that we had to take a drive out to Vredefort (near Parys) for a couple of days to pretend wholeheartedly that this beauty of a house belonged to us.
Hooray for new restaurants and double hooray when you know the person who’s opened it and they’re super awesome and deserve all the success in the world. My friend Lexi has just launched her very own restaurant called Lexi’s Healthy Eatery right in the heart of Sandton and Shane and I paid her a little visit the other day to not only try out her food but to give her a giant high-5 too!
This awesome eatery feels like the type of place Mother Nature might settle into for a spot of lunch, as the menu is packed full of all sorts of amazing sounding, mostly plant-based dishes made with love and the utmost consideration for our planet. We’re talking a menu that has the kind of offerings on it that will make you want to try numerous things, not only because they sound delicious, but because you know that you will be doing your body a huge healthy favour by tucking in. What’s on offer (as I mentioned above) is mostly plant-based, but there are a couple of sustainable, free-range meat and fish options on there too. There is also a great fresh juice and smoothie section with loads of tasty combinations. There is nothing quite like a freshly made juice, am I right?