Day 8 of the count down – 16 days and counting!Haagen-Dazs such a yummy summer treat!
Last week we attended the official launch of Gourmet Boerie, which I blogged about over here last month. With Mr en-tow we ventured out to the centre of town last Saturday evening, to check-out the newly opened restaurant. Gourmet Boerie is situated on the corner of Kloof Street in Cape Town, a wonderful vibey part of the Mother City. The vibe at the launch on Saturday evening was indeed tangible!
We were greated at the door with a drink of our choice – you guessed it, bubbles for me, who would ever refuse awesome Cape Bubbly! There were also craft beers on tap, a selection of wines, coolers and soft drinks so everyone was well catered for.
I really love the décor of the restaurant and much to our surprise, we found out that one of our neighbours was instrumental in the development of the space! The décor is modern with wonderful exposed brick work, clean lines, vibrant colours and a stunning bar area, perfect for stopping in for a beer and boerie on your way home in the evening.
The main dining space is casual with long tables and benches; there is an additional seating area outside with large folding doors to allow the restaurant to flow naturally to the outside area, which is great for alfresco summer dining.
I was not entirely to sure what to expect when sampling the “boerie rolls” but I must admit I was very pleasantly surprised. The bread rolls where light and airy and the boerie was perfectly cooked, with that “perfect bite” and certainly not tough or full of gristle. The flavour combinations where heavenly! My favourite was the “The Hangover”, topped with bacon, caramelised pineapple and avocado with cheese sauce followed closely by the “Shroom Sauce”, topped with a creamy mushroom sauce with fresh herbs and cos lettuce – seriously yummy!
As I mentioned in a previous post, it is approaching the silly season, we all begin to make our Christmas lists and end-of-year gifts need to be sourced. Well I cannot think of a better Christmas shopping experience, away from the busy malls and general hustle and bustle, than The Constantia Gift Fair.
The Constantia Gift Fair is held at SARDA, in Constantia, a truly beautiful location, with amazing views of the breathtaking Constantia Valley. The Constantia Gift Fair 2012, will be held from the 7-11th November. There will also be a The Gift Fair taking place in Durbanville, at the end of November.
The Constantia Gift Fair is not only a fair, it is a lifestyle event full of inspirational ideas and hand-picked innovative products – a celebration of gifts with a difference. There will be fabulous home and garden accessories, stunning fashion items from local fashion brands, and gorgeous must-have gifts on offer.
After you have finished your shopping or if you are merely in need of extra energy to carry on shopping 😉 head on over to the deli area. The deli section is an extravaganza of delicious and exotic food-gifts. The famous Tina Bester, “Queen of Tarts” will also be at The Fair, wowing patron with her baking prowess. There will definitely be something for everyone from gorgeous sushi, flat-breads burgers to decadent cheeses and breads, so come and sample the amazing food on offer – wash it all down with a craft beer or superb Constantia Valley wines. Even the kiddies will be catered for. You can finish of your meal with amazing artisanal Ice Cream and perfectly brewed coffee. It is all making my mouth water already!
The Fair promises a magical atmosphere, with late-night shopping on Friday evening until 8pm, live music for the adults and entertainment for the kiddies as well. Kiddies activities will include art options, as well as physical fun to keep your little-ones occupied while you shop.
The Constantia Gift Fair will be held from the 7-11th November 2012:
7 & 8th Nov (Wed & Thurs) 9am – 5pm
9th Nov (Fri) 9am – 8pm (live music)
10 & 11 Nov (Sat & Sun) 9am – 5pm
The Durbanville Gift Fair will be taking place from the 29th November until 2nd December 2012. For more information or contact details you can visit The Gift Fair website.
As many of my readers already know coffee is somewhat of an obsession of mine. I will not drink coffee unless it’s the “real-deal”, I am not embarrassed to say I am a big coffee snob, instant coffee does not pass my lips – EVER! I would quite honestly rather drink Rooibos tea or water, than drink instant coffee. That said you can also get coffee served to you that is masquerading as espresso coffee, some watered down excuse for coffee. I guess like great wine; it is all about what goes into the product that determines the outcome, as well as who is making it! It is important to know where the source of the coffee beans, as well as how they are roasted and brewed. Hence my plan to source some of the best Coffee in the City. [Read more…]
As with braaing, boerewors is part of our National Heritage and something everyone in South Africa is familiar with! Well you will be happy to know that “boerewors” is getting a facelift.
The Boerie is coming! It is no secret that Boerewors is one of the most renowned traditional dishes in the South African cuisine. Whether you braai it with your chops, steam it with mash and veggies or eat it on your meaty pizza, every South African loves a good boerie – especially with an ice-cold Craft Beer! Like most good things, the traditional boerie is due for an upgrade and thus a diverse group of top South African entrepreneurs would like to introduce – GOURMET BOERIE.
The concept behind Gourmet Boerie is all about the traditional Boerewors roll and Craft Beer, with a touch of pizzazz! It boasts a proudly South African stamp, with every item in-store produced locally by South Africans in South Africa. Ingredients have been sourced from local suppliers, all menu items are manufactured in SA and all merchandise and staff uniforms are made from native hemp – even the furniture has been created by a local designer. The three Craft Beers – Jack Black, Darling Brew and Devils Peak – are pumped from a cold room on site, ensuring ever-cold beer. Local SAB beer, as well as ciders and spritzers for the ladies, are also available.
We are a Proudly South African business that sells an iconic South African brand in a really fun, sexy and creative space that will be appealing to all South Africans and tourists alike,” pronounces Craig Bright, co-founder of Gourmet Boerie and owner of Rocking the Daisies.
What is on the menu you may ask? Well Silwood-trained, Kate Marek, is taking the reins and will be running the kitchen. Her culinary experience reaches as far as, vocations in food capitals of the world, such as London and Melbourne. Marek’s creations for Gourmet Boerie include The Breakfast Boerie, The Gorgonzola, The Hangover, The Herbiwors, and even a Kiddies Boerie. Gourmet Boerie has something for everyone! Customers have the choice between traditional, lamb, chicken or vegetarian boerewors, with an Ostrich boerewors in the pipeline. All boeries are available on a selection of different bread rolls. For those of us with a sweet tooth they offer traditional South African desserts such as Koeksisters, Milk Tart and Malva Pudding.
As if that isn’t a big enough bite to chew, the Gourmet Boerie team has also developed their very own, unique boerewors recipe, available to buy and braai in the comfort of your own home – along with incredibly delicious sauces to complement each dish. Furthermore, for sport enthusiasts, there will be two 53” high definition plasma screens, crafting a place where local is truly lekker! It’s the ultimate spot for South Africans to enjoy their own culture cuisine with free WiFi and food for thought while also introducing newcomers to this world-famous hospitality.
Gourmet Boerie will be retailing its succulent boerewors and Craft Beers to the public as from October 2012.You can find them at Buitenkloof Studios on the corner of Buitensingel and Kloof Street. All boeries are available as sit down or takeaway – if you don’t have time to sit down and dine, grab a boerie on the run!
To celebrate the launch of Gourmet Boerie they are running a competition on their webpage. To enter the all-time “Win a Gourmet Boerie and a Craft Beerie each week for a year” competition, you can visit their webpage here and scroll down to the bottom to comment.
Gourmet Boerie will be situated on the Corner of Kloof & Buitensingel Street Cape Town.