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Taking a bite out of the Big Apple

I’m on a roll with the corny titles 😀 .

As I mentioned in my previous blog, it’s been a busy time. Straight after my trip Greece I was in New York for 6 days. Well, more like 5 days. With the time difference, the jet lag knocked a day off my time in New York.

Once again I was in a new country and city. And top of my agenda for New York was a good ol’ fashion New York hot dog. My quest for the perfect New York hot dog involved checking reviews for hot dog stands (that don’t exist) and walking around checking the cleanliness of hot dog stands (majority of them are clean). Eventually, after all that checking and identifying a hot dog stand near my hotel, I got one from a random hot dog stand outside the Guggenheim Museum. A spicy Italian hot dog, that was mouth-watering.

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Another must is pizza from Brooklyn. A bike tour through Brooklyn led us to 2 amazing pizzerias: L’industrie Pizzeria and Roberta’s Garden and Tiki Bar. Aside, from the hot dog, Brooklyn pizza sure is amazing. I’ve had many a great pizza but Brooklyn’s pizza is the best I’ve ever had 😀 .

 

In terms of other restaurants, I was in New York for a short period of time and didn’t have much time to take in the many restaurants. I did, however, manage to try out Zuma, Indian Accent, and Boqueria.

Boqueria has a beautiful setting and definitely had a Spanish ambiance to it. The food and service was great as well.

Indian Accent was also amazing. The creativity of the dishes was fantastic. And every dish I tried was delicious.

 

I was surprised to find a Zuma in New York… I didn’t think there was one here. I’m accustomed to Zuma in London and so the New York restaurant had some high expectations. Unfortunately, the New York branch did not impress. The food and service was not of the quality we were used to. However, the ambiance was amazing. I definitely enjoyed the vibe in New York.

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Waffles from The Whitby Hotel

Throughout my time in New York I noticed one particular feature that was almost non-existent in many restaurants: quality service. In the restaurants we patroned, waiters easily forgot our orders or disappeared. If it was a fast-food place I could understand – New York is a busy city. But we frequented many high-end restaurants, including the restaurant at our hotel (The Whitby Hotel). Maybe it’s just a New York thing? But it was definitely off-putting and made me crave London.

 

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My big fat Greek experience 

August was a crazy month for me: waiting for visas to come through, packing up my South African life, moving to the UK, and finally a vacation. My Greek vacation.

This past August and September, I spent 10 days touring Greece: a couple of days in Athens, a day in Sparta, and the a week in Santorini. And it was my first time in the European country. So based on everyone else’s experiences I had great expectations.

Touching down on Athens, I was excited to experience the history and the food. In terms of history, Athens never fails to disappoint. Unfortunately, I was only in Athens for 2 days and only managed to soak up the history of the Acropolis and the Temple of Poseidon. However, I did managed to get my fix of Athenian food: fresh seafood, beautiful Greek salad, and gyros. And how can I forget the best drink: Ursus (or red vodka).

 

Ah gyros… The perfect meal containing protein, greens, and a little bit of carbs (:-P). And let’s not forget how well a gyro goes with Fanta Lemonata… Or a Greek coffee.

 

In Sparta, we were treated to mouth-watering organic and fresh food. And the best Greek coffee I had in Greece. It also boasted the best orange juice. Or so I thought.

 

After a quick trip to Sparta, we departed for Santorini. The iconic Greek island, with its blue churches and white walls. A must see for any traveler. And for an food enthusiast. Every restaurant in Santorini offered delicious food, with equally divine cocktails.

Santorini also offered interesting Greek wines. While I’m not a fan on Santorini wines, as the white wines are too acidic and the red wines are not really red wines (more like pinot noirs), I can appreciate its vincanto (the island’s semi-sweet dessert wine). And the best orange juice ever – to be found at Cafe Emporio, in Emporio.

Wines aside, the seafood in Santorini is amazing. I stuffed myself with squid to the point of where I can’t eat squid at all. That and the fact that no other non-Greek restaurant has met the freshness and tenderness of a Greek-made squid.

 

After travelling through some of Greece, my favourite dishes and drinks were:

  • Greek salad (or village salad)
  • Feta wrapped in phyllo pastry, fried in olive oil and drizzled with sesame seeds and honey.
  • Grilled squid – a must!
  • Fresh orange juice
  • Anything with pork
  • Greek coffee
  • And the best lobster burger from Santorini

With all the amazing food in Greece, I must admit that the shellfish was not as great I thought it would be. And that Ursus (or red vodka) was unattainable in Santorini.

Greece was an amazing experience. But only travelling to 3 cities and 1 island, I think a trip back is much needed. Nonetheless, I left Greek feeling extremely Greeked out but craving a Greek salad and a Greek coffee wherever I went.

***  The title is corny, I know. But do you know another Greek title that can be manipulated 😝.

Vegan Hippie Connection Market

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you my first vegan post. Now I’m not vegan but I do respect the lifestyle choice. And I have been trying to be more healthy and eat less processed food. I also realise there isn’t much awareness about vegan restaurants or markets in Gauteng, although the lifestyle is growing. So I’m going to try to shed some light on the many markets or restaurants. Bear with me but you’ll start seeing more diversity.

To kick off this new mandate, I stopped by the Vegan Hippie Connection Market held at the Pirates Sports Club in Parkhurst, Joburg and on the last Sunday of every month. It’s not a stone’s throw away from my home but it is quite central if you’re in Joburg. And it’s close to all those trendy restaurants in Parkhurst (cc Craft, etc).

The Vegan Hippie Connection Market started almost a year ago and has since had 10 markets. The market boosts 60-62 vendors. So you’re spoilt for choice, with food, clothing, and other lifestyle goodies.

Some of the goodies that I enjoyed were:

  • Vegan ice-cream (so yummy)
  • Dog biscuits (Goliath loves them and the vendor tested the biscuits on her dogs)
  • Getting henna done
  • The delicious Persian olives
  • The tofu and avocado spread
  • The tasty vegan energy bars
  • Waffles
  • And I wanted to get my hands on all the jewelry on offer

Taking a walk around it’s difficult not to buy everything you see. The vendors are extremely friendly and happy to chat to you about their product(s) (and to give you a sample to try 🙂 ). And you don’t feel pressured to buy the product. The vendors actually don’t mind if you have a taste, take a business card, and order from them at a later stage.

The atmosphere is also fantastic and welcoming. I know a few people who are trying to adopt the vegan lifestyle and they are faced with plenty of judgement for not going all in. In this environment there’s nothing of the sort. There’s no judgement. In fact, I was only asked once if I was vegan. I must admit I panicked and said that I was vegetarian. A vegetarian who had a sausage and bacon for breakfast. Don’t judge!  see-no-evil-monkey

Talking to the owner Benita Coetzee you get a sense of what she wanted the market to be: a community where you could find all things vegan and be in a non-judgmental environment. And she’s achieved that.

The market is also dog-friendly and dogs of all sizes are welcome. There’s also plenty of parking. And live entertainment 🙂 .

Have a look at the photo gallery below to see what the market had to offer. I came away with kombucha (a drink I’ve started enjoying this year), buddha earrings (because how could you not), and some dog biscuits.

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Ginger and Fig, Pretoria

I rarely go into Hatfield, but as of late I’ve been travelling through Hatfield quite often. I’ve always seen Ginger and Fig on the side of Duncan Road and finally, in January, I made my way there.

Ginger and Fig is an artisanal eatery. Or that’s what the website says. So I was keen to try their dishes.

Red Latte

On the Saturday morning I went to Ginger and Fig, it was packed. My friend had found 2 seats near the window and we waited for a table to empty, which wasn’t a long wait. After chatting for a bit, I caught the attention of waiter to order a red latte. My friend had already ordered her beetroot, pineapple and ginger juice. The red latter was delicious. And the only reason I didn’t order the beetroot juice was because it was too sweet. My friend kept diluting it with water.

Beetroot, pineapple and ginger juice

For breakfast we ordered the Smoked Trout Rosti and the French Toast. The Smoked Trout Rosti consisted of poached eggs, smoked trout, sweet-potato rosti, wasabi cream cheese and hollandaise sauce. It was a delicious dish, as the sweet-potato rosti added sweetness and the cream cheese a hint of spiciness. And it definitely was a filling breakfast.

Smoked Trout Rosti


The French Toast was served with milk jam, bacon and friend banana. The french toast was soft and the milk jam sweet. The fried banana was also tasty and added more sweetness to the dish. However, the bacon had too much fat and the meaty parts was too crispy to eat.

French Toast

The breakfast at Ginger and Fig is tasty but there are some elements in a dish that do lessen the taste experience. For example, the overly sweet juice as a result of too much pineapple juice and the burnt bacon on the French Toast.

However, the service is good and the waiters friendly. But I did have to request the bill twice before it arrived.

Therefore, I give Ginger and Fig 2.5 cupcakes.

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Extraordinary (read: if you have to make a sacrifice to be here, do it)

Joziburg Lane

This past weekend had plenty of food events occurring. The Market at the Sheds in Pretoria and the Street Food Festival in Joburg in Maboneng, to name a few. But what caught my eye was the Joziburg Lane Street Food Extravangza Pop Up in One Eloff Street, Joburg. It may not be the cleanest  area in Joburg but opening up a permanent food market in the area is a fantastic initiative to revitalise Joburg CBD.

Joziburg Lane is difficult to miss as the building is bright yellow. You immediately know where to go. Parking is available in the building so don’t feel shy to drive up the ramp until you find parking on the top level. Interestingly, the food stalls are on the ground floor of a set of apartments. So once you’ve parked, take a walk down the stairs until you can’t go any further. Don’t be like me and start exploring the apartments. It’s easy to get lost.

Once we were back on the staircase, we followed the music till we reached the ground floor. A  band was playing, creating the perfect relaxed vibe. And the great part was the it wasn’t too busy.

Some entertainement 🙂

The best thing to do upon arrival is grabbing a drink and then exploring your eating choices. There’s plenty of drinks on offer: beer brewed in Soweto, wine, cocktails and soft drinks. We grabbed 2 cocktails from Cocktail Bar: the Cosmopolitan Glamour and the Downtown chill. The bartenders are friendly and willing to swap out ingredients to make your drink more palatable. My drink, the Cosmopolitan Glamour, was supposed to have chili vodka. I can’t handle that so the bartender swapped it for vanilla vodka. A welcomed change. If cocktails aren’t your thing, you can grab drinks with more variety from the bar across from the Cocktail Bar. I’d give Gogo’s Ginger Beer a go. It was delicious and had the right amount of spiciness.

With all the food choices it’s tough to pick just one. So here’s a list of the stalls I ate from. The first was The Wicked Waffle, which is Brussel Waffles with various toppings. We went for the Lady in Heaven (strawberries, cream and Belgian chocolate) and the Oreo waffle (Oreo biscuits, vanilla ice-cream, and Belgian chocolate). The waffles were crunchy on the outside and fluffy on the inside. And the toppings on each waffle worked well together. I really enjoyed the waffles. They were tasty and made you feel warm inside.

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Lady in Heaven

The second stall was Joburg Deli, which has an array of sandwiches. I tried their Spinach Leave Wrap with Ostrich mince. The perfect meal for Banters, or if you’re trying to cut down on carbs. The wrap was delicious and spicy. It’s hard to believe that such a simple dish could be so yummy.

Next up was Zombie Chefs, which has a food truck and its own store (if you walk left as you exit the food stalls). I wanted to try their biltong salad but it was sold out. So Lee had their Thai Chicken Burger. The burger has the right amount of spiciness. The chicken was cooked and seasoned well and the veggies in the burger, that were marinated in soya sauce, was not overpowering. It was the perfect Asian styled burger.

Alas, I realised there was only so much food I could stuff into my stomach, so we decided to take some food back with us. From Jeff’s Eat, we picked up Mince Samoosas. These were delicious and the mince was marinated well with the perfect amount of spiciness. We also picked up Chili Biltong from Braeside Meat Market. The biltong was fresh and spicy, obviously. It was difficult not to eat all the biltong before we got home. Lastly, we managed to get a Blue Velvet cupcake from Kay’Kreations. I thought I’d have it for dessert but it’s too pretty to eat.

In addition to all the food, there’s also some lifestyle goodies on sale. There’s jewelry on sale just outside where the food is located and skincare products inside. In particular, is Yum-elicious. A temporary stall that sells a variety of hand and body scrubs. If you have a few minutes to spare, have a chat to the owner, who was a chef and has for the past 3 months been making her own body scrubs. They smell delicious and she’s more than happy to explain to you how the scrubs are made. In addition, 10% of sales go the NPO she’s working for.

I’d love to see Joziburg Lane become as big as the Neighbourhood Goods Market in Braamfontein or the Maboneng Precinct. The food stalls have delicious food made from quality ingredients and are priced fairly. I’ve been fortunate to eat at many food establishments, including Michelin star restaurants. So I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of food at Joziburg Lane. And the vibe transports you away. I didn’t feel like I was in the heart of Joburg. I felt safe and the market could have easily been one in a European country.  I can’t wait to see the market grow and become an attraction in the CBD.

Joziburg Lane is set to open on the 2 September 2016. Trading hours are:

  • Tuesday to Saturday: 10am to 5pm
  • Friday: 10am to 10pm

For more queries, here are their contact details:

Zeppelins Brewery and Bunker Bar

Craft beer has taken the world by storm. After microbrewing started becoming popular in the 1970s, craft began gaining popularity. Eventually reaching South Africa, where we have festivals upon festivals based on the trend.

The trend has even taken me by storm. I must admit: I’m not a fan of beer. It’s too bitter for me. But craft beer, craft beer I can drink. The creativity of adding different flavors to beer, making it more palatable, excites me.  So much so that I’ve started visiting places that have craft beer. And it is how I ended up at Zepplins Brewery and Bunker Bar. Said to have 80 craft beers :-D.

Zepplins is located underneath Blos Cafe. If you walk into Blos Cafe, turn right towards to toilets and you’ll see a staircase, on your left, leading down to the bunker bar.

It’s amazing as you walk downstairs. The dingy area is great and then you walk into a deck that makes you feel like you’re at a game lodge. Not the middle of residential Faerie Glen.

Seating is pretty simple: unless you find a waiter, it’s self seating. But as soon as you do find a seat, a friendly waiter is approaching you with a menu.

Given that its a Craft Beer place, I expect the menu to list all 80 beers. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case. The menu only lists the beers on tap, which is mostly Zepplins Beer – their house beer.

If you’re like me and you have no idea what to order, try the tasters. Try their tasters. The tasters range from Blondes, IPA, Reds, and Stout. And there’s 2 brands, aside from the Stout: Zepplins and Devils Brewery.

 

My friend, Khethi, and I decided that the beers on tap weren’t for us and left it for the guys to drink. Seeing this, the waiters made a plan. They offered Khethi and I 2 other beers: a cherry beer (Liefmans), which was delicious and had the right of sweetness; or a fruity Scottish beer (Dead Pony), which was enjoyable.

 

 

 

The waiters had got it right! However, they didn’t have my tried and tested Fiery Dragon Ginger Beer, as stock hadn’t arrived. But they do have a beer to make up for that.

With all that drinking, you do get hungry. Worry not, for Zepplins has food covered as well.


We went with their bar snacks. My favorite was the jalapeño poppers, the bone marrow, and the sauce of the chicken livers (I’m not a fan of livers).

Zepplins is a great place to grab a beer and bite while catching up with friends or watching the rugby. The atmosphere is relaxed and the service fantastic. I’ll definitely be back!

 

Lenin’s Vodka Bar

Lenin’s Vodka Bar… That’s all I read and I knew we were going to have drinks there. How could you not?

The bar is located next to James XIV, in Maboneng Precinct. So I didn’t have to walk far 😜.

Walking into Lenin’s Vodka Bar is like walking into another world. You leave the bright sunlight and enter a dimly lit room. A room that includes a DJ booth and storeroom in the one corner and a bar in another. And just as Lenin would’ve preferred, there’s sickles and hammers all over the walls. I love it! Who needs to visit Mother Russia when it’s right in your backyard 😂.

As soon as we sat down, a bartender brought us menus. The drinks have the greatest names: the Kremlin, Red Star, Chernobyl, and the Vlad.

The Kremlin is green, as it should be, and was balanced well. It had a great citric taste. I think I could’ve drunk more if it!

The Kremlin

The Red Star was a bit harsher. The grenadine was a bit overpowering.

The Red Star

But the best was the Leningrad. The lemon neutralized the alcohol and you couldn’t taste the vodka, gin, Barcadi or triple sec. It was just lemon wonder.

The Leningrad

I really enjoyed the bar. I only wish it was closer to Pretoria. But I guess it would lose its charm then.

Hazelwood Food Market

I’ve been attempting to go to the Hazelwood Food Market for a few weeks but somehow something always gets in the way. Sleep is really important guys :-P. But I finally managed to drag myself out of bed and head to the market.

As it turns out, getting out of bed was the easy part. Finding the market was a different story. It turns out that the Hazelwood Market is not in Hazelwood but in Greenlyn. So don’t head towards Hazelwood. You’ll probably be as confused as I was.

The Market is at the end of the parking area of Greenlyn Village Centre. It’s a medium sized market but it’s packed with food, drinks and flowers. It brought a tear to my eye. I was so excited to see so much food in one area that I had no idea what to do with myself or where to start.

Walking through the market, I wanted to try everything but realising that I couldn’t eat everything, I focussed on a few interesting stalls. The first stall was The Pop Café, a Bubble Tea stall. Since we weren’t sure what good combinations to use, the gentlemen at the store kindly recommended 2 drinks. The first was a green tea with lemon bubble tea and melon boba. It was delicious! The lemon added depth to the green tea and the melon boba was refreshing. The second was a rooibos tea with passion fruit boba. This was refreshing as well but not as yummy as the first tea.


The second stall was the Churros. Every since being banned from eating Churros from a street vendor in Rio de Janeiro, I’ve been dying to get my hands on one. The stall has 2 variations: the normal churros (in mini or normal size) and a red velvet churro. Seeing that I’d never tried a churro, I thought it best to start with the original. There were 2 filling options: chocolate and dulce de leche. I decided to go with chocolate. The churro was divine! It was crunchy and sweet. Definitely well worth the wait, although I feel it may have been even more tasty on the streets of Rio.

After walking around for a bit, we found Katayef Persian Pasteries and bought 6 traditional Jordian sweet – Qattayef- with Nutella fillings. The pastry is deep-fried and soaked in sugar syrup before serving. It sounds sickenly sweet but it’s not. Somehow, the pastry balances out the sweetness and you can eat many in a row. Trust me, I’ve tried it and I don’t have sweet tooth, thanks to Banting.

The next stall was the reason I got out of bed – Bun Box – a stall that sells steamed buns and dim sum. Ever since Cape Town, I’ve been struggling to find mind-blowing bao (steamed buns). But I think I’ve found my fix. Their steamed buns were light and fluffy. I had the pork boa and the pork was tender. It was delectable. I think I’m going to become a regular of the market, just to get my hands on their steamed buns.

The last stall was the Fudge and Turkish Delight stall. Here, plain and rose Turkish Delight was spread over a huge pan. The Turkish Delight is made from corn syrup and after making peace with the fact that I’ll never find pistachio Turkish Delight in South Africa, I bought way to much Rose Turkish Delight. The Turkish Delight was sweet but yummy. I keep sneaking into the pantry at home to stuff 3 into my mouth.

I’m pleased that I dragged myself out of bed and went to the market. The market has almost everything a foodie would want, at decent prices. I can’t wait for next week Saturday :-D.

Market details:

  • Opening hours: 8am to 2pm
  • Venue: Greenlyn Village Centre, Thomas Edison Street
  • Bring cash with. Some vendors don’t have Snapscan or card facilities

Stalls to check out:

  • Hazel Tree Pancakes
  • Katayef Persian Pastries
  • The Juice Bar
  • Corrado’s Cucina
  • Pizza Cones
  • Taco Kombi
  • Belgian Waffle Cafe
  • Fudge & Turkish Delight
  • The Pop Cafe
  • FlatBread
  • The Bun Box
  • And all the churros you can get your hands on 🙂

Paul Cluver and my love story with Gewürztraminer

Today’s blog is written by guest blogger, Janina Hundenborn.

I love Paul Cluver wines! So much so that allure of their wines was the only reason I made my way up those winding roads, from Cape Town to Hermanus, to visit their wine estate. It was the weekend after my birthday and I could not think of a better way to celebrate.

The Cluver wine estate is situated in the Elgin valley near Grabouw in the Western Cape. The climate is a little colder than what South Africans are used to, but Paul Cluver knew how to use this to grow wines from his home country. You can find German style Rieslings and Gewurztraminer among other wines on their tasting menu. The furniture of the tasting room is worth mentioning briefly as the benches and tables are actually made out of a massive Cyprus tree that fell over in the garden!

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The road up to the tasting room and restaurant. 

We start the tasting with a 2015 Sauvignon Blanc. The wine is clear with a hint of green in the colour. The taste is crisp and fresh, citrus flavours are dominating. The wine is a little too zesty for my taste but I can imagine that sometimes one might look for just this kind of refreshing taste. I move on since the next wine is the whole reason I am here: the 2015 Gewürztraminer. A little bit of a tongue breaker but you are immediately rewarded for your efforts. I ask the lady to fill up my glass particularly well since this is my favourite. She happily complies and I can’t contain my excitement! The nose is spicy with a little bit of honey coming through. This is not surprising since “Gewürz” actually means spice in German.  The palate delivers on what the nose promised. Spices, honey and great length. I savour the wine as you have the perfect interplay between a soft sweetness on the tongue with some refreshing acidity in between. This interplay is both fascinating and delicious. I’m in love!

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The Sauvignon Blanc with its clear and crisp colour. Paul Cluver has won several awards for their wine in recent years, which are displayed on the tables around the tasting area.

 

It is time to move on to the next wine, the 2015 Dry Encounter Riesling. As the name suggests, this is a dry wine. Clear in colour, the taste is rich in minerals as typical from the Elgin soil. The Riesling is delicious but may not cater to everyone’s taste. It’s dry and some might prefer a little more sweetness. But fear not, Paul Cluver has you covered! With the 2015 Close Encounter Riesling, a Spätlese wine (Spätlese in German means a late harvest, not quite so late as your dessert wines but late enough to let the sugar content increase in the grapes) much higher in sugar content. I love the name “Close Encounter”, it hints at the sexy yet cosy feeling you get from this sweet and smooth wine. The Close Encounter Riesling is so rich in flavour, it reminds you of taking a big bite out of one of those green and slightly sour apples. If the Dry Encounter is too dry for you, you will love the slightly sweeter and perfectly balanced Close Encounter.

We are moving on to the Reds now. I am not a fan of red wines. It’s not that I don’t like the taste of red wine but my body cannot handle it. When I have just one glass, my cheeks turn red, my tongue starts feeling funny and I just cannot see the appeal of purple lips and teeth. However, I was positively enlightened by the 2013 Pinot Noir. The colour is delicate and the wine is relatively clear for a red. You find your typical bundle of berries on the nose. The palate is smooth, berries with hints of chocolate. It’s quite a light and fresh taste yet matured and low in acidity. This 2013 Pinot Noir may just have me converted! Excited, I move on to the next: a 2014 Pinot Noir. I am surprised that you would give out the younger wine second but I give it a try. You can still detect the berries and the freshness of the older brother, however, as young wines do, this one is high in acidity and not nearly as pleasant and well behaved as the 2013 Pinot Noir. I may not have been converted after all.

Finally, we taste the Paul Cluver Noble Late Harvest. This is a delicious dessert wine, with lots of apricot and honey on the nose and the palate delivers on these promises. It’s surprisingly fresh given its sweetness and the perfect way to end our tasting experience.

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Couldn’t leave without some of these treasures!!!

We did not get to taste their flagship red or their Chardonnay but you don’t pay for the tasting so I think that’s okay. I leave Paul Cluver with a bottle of the Gewürztraminer, the Close Encounter and top it off with a 2013 Pinot Noir, looking forward to the next time I get to open one of these.

 

 

Breakfast Pancakes

Sunday morning pancakes with my sister is one of my favourite childhood memories. The mess everywhere, the 5 pancake flops before the good ones and the loud noise that woke up my parents. Pancakes are definitely my favourite breakfast dish.

So what’s the best birthday breakfast? Pancakes of course! And according to 100% of the people I’ve asked, the best pancakes in Pretoria are from Harrie’s Pancakes. Harrie’s Pancakes are located all over the province: Graskop, Eastwood, Cullinan, and Dullstroom. I visited the Eastwood Branch, in Arcadia.

The day we went was perfect pancake weather – that cloudy, raining, miserable weather. Harrie’s was packed! Luckily, I managed to grab the last available table. As soon as we sat down, a waitress appeared with a menu. We ordered hot chocolate, which was decent, and 2 savory filled pancakes: Bobotie with a vinaigrette and Sticky pork with peaches and spring onion.

The bobotie pancake was mouth-watering. The bobotie was spiced well and the chutney vinaigrette added the right amount of sweetness.


The sticky pork pancakes was unique! The pork was cooked well but it was too sweet. Unfortunately, the pancake didn’t help with the sweetness and the sauce did not assist with reducing the sweetness.


While I feel that the pancakes are a hit or miss depending on the filling, the pancakes, without the filling, were delicious. There were light, fluffy and a huge portion. And I have yet to taste better pancakes.

So, I’m a bit torn about the cupcake rating to give Harrie’s Pancakes. Their plain pancakes are delicious and deserve at least 3 out of 5 cupcakes but the hit or miss is frustrating as you’ll have to go through the entire menu to find the best pancakes. Which, isn’t a bad thing I guess :-P. The ambiance deserves a 2 out of 5 cupcakes and their service 2 out of 5 cupcakes (the service was great until we received our order and then we never saw the waiters again. Luckily when they seated some patrons we were able to get a waiter’s attention for the bill). Therefore, I give Harrie’s Pancakes 2.5 pancakes.

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Good                    Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector Cupcake-Outline-Vector Cupcake-Outline-Vector

Very Good          Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector Cupcake-Outline-Vector

Excellent            Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector

Extraordinary    Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour Cupcake-Outline-Vector colour