Travel & Restaurants

Tonka Bean Bakery

March 27, 2017



Sometimes all I feel like doing is stuffing my face with a magnificent custard doughnut. Ok, hang on let me rephrase that, every day I feel like stuffing my face with a magnificent custard doughnut or two. The problem with feeling like this all the time is that not many places around here sell pastries that you will literally jump through fiery hoops for, well that is until now!

It’s with great pleasure that I would like to introduce you to Shakil who owns and runs a wonderful bakery called Tonka Bean Bakery where he makes and sells artisan baked goods that are made using classic French methods, really good ingredients and a whole lot of love.

I first tasted Tonka Beans creations at Father Coffee in Rosebank and have since been completely hooked. So the other day I took a drive out to them in Fourways to meet the genius behind probably the best custard doughnut I have ever tasted! Hands down. I’m talking the type of doughnut you’d prefer to be alone with so you can eat it in private with no one around to judge your table manners or ask you for a bite!!

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My Recipes, RECIPES

Easy peasy chocolate cake

March 17, 2017


Every now and then it nice to bake something that requires very little effort, something that isn’t super fancy but still hits you right in the sweet spot good and proper. Yesterday I really felt like a slice of chocolate cake but I didn’t feel like the mission of making icing for it, luckily for me I’ve been saving this particular recipe in my to-bake folder for a while now and so I thought I would give it a whirl.

This cake is the perfect accompaniment for a hot cup a tea or an easy to transport snack for say a picnic or a packed lunch. As a side note, how cute is my red tiffin that I got from Pilgrimage Spaces? I’ve been looking for one for ages! I love it.

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Travel & Restaurants

Paul Bakery

March 16, 2017


Oooohweeee there is nothing I love more than a bakery, fresh bread, fresh cakes, fresh custard slices. Man alive I love a good custard slice, in fact anything with custard in it I’m there like a greedy bear!

Over the last couple of months Melrose Arch has welcomed a few new tenants, one being Jamie’s Italian (which you can read all about in this blog post of mine) and the most recent addition Paul Bakery situated just opposite the FNB bank, which is pretty convenient because it means you can draw a mountain of cash and then simply walk across the road and blow it all on cake.

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Travel & Restaurants

Jamie’s Italian

March 3, 2017


There is a new kid on the block in Melrose Arch and it goes by the name of Jamie’s Italian, Jamie being Jamie Oliver. This family bistro setup on the High Street is welcoming and serves up some seriously good Italian style food which I’m a huge fan. On arrival, I was curious as to how involved Jamie Oliver was with the set-up of this restaurant and being the nosey parker that I am I asked one of the managers. Turns out that Jamie Oliver himself and his team personally approved every single thing on the menu as well how the restaurant looks and feels. It’s all him, even down to the type of tomatoes they use in their sauces and the plates that they are served on.

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Sneaker Lab

March 3, 2017



So a few days ago I got to try out a Sneaker Lab shoe care kit on some of my sneakers. Have you ever scuffed a pair of sneakers that you absolutely love and think that there is no way you can bring them back to their former glory? Well, think again. This brand has a few cool elements like a Sneaker Cleaner, a Sneaker Protector, Sneaker Wipes, a Leather Care Spray and even an Odour Protector. What’s even better is it’s locally made, really nicely designed and it does exactly what it claims to do, which is keep your shoes looking fresher for longer.

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DESIGN, illustration

Bat Butt Zine

February 26, 2017


My very talented friend Shaun Hill can draw like no one’s business! This kid is so talented that he makes me want to cry. You know those people who are able to just pick up a pen and draw anything you ask them to? Well, he is one of them which means I love him and hate him all at the same time. Jealousy will do that to you.

Shaun runs a site called Bat Butt Supermarket where you can buy all sorts of awesomely designed things from t-shirts to patches to zines and he has just brought out edition 4 of his Bat Butt zine which features over 90 artists from around the world, including amazing illustrators who are some of my all-time favourites like Nina Torr, Hannah Shone, Maaike Bakker, Amber Smith, Jackfox, Megan Bird-Steyn, Imile Wepener and Shaun himself, just to name a few. This zine also comes with a CD made up of 12 local bands, some stickers, a few foldout posters, a couple of matchbooks and not one, but two books that hold all the amazing drawings.

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