Sunday, April 26, 2015

Elemental Cafe...we try a new eatery in Linden.

A new restaurant recently opened around the corner from our house.
Having seen Facebook comments about it, we decided to give it a try.

This space has been used as a restaurant in two previous incarnations.
Some of the previous fittings have remained,
but the entire shop has had a makeover and
the current decor is new and fresh in blue and white.

They do cook with "heart"...
And the staf are frindly and helpful.
It is a family run business, which makes it "hands-on",
an important aspect in the food industry.

It has a wonderful "all day" type menu...
As a vegan/vegetarian Cafe,
it does not offer meat, chicken or fish.
They do serve cheese and eggs.
Diners can substitute tofu for feta should they wish to


"Wapple"?
I like the name.
We did not try a smoothie on this occasion,
but we will be back.

The wall art and signage adds character to the seating area
All the art work and signs were done by Sean Arthur.
Give that man a Bells!

Seating for all ooccasions..
For the children ( this table has a granite top so that they can "build-a-pizza"),
The exterior benches reminded us of seating at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town.
Just a pity that the sea is more than 1400km away.

This "beaded" curtain is made up from re-cycled plastic parts.
Mainly bottle caps and bottles

Muffins or cookies...
Does it really matter when they are delicious?

Some of Sean's signs.
Provides reading while awaiting a meal

The outside area with the new upgraded play area.

Separation by age...
a good thing so that the really small ones
don't get hurt by the more boisterous older children

This is what my wife decided to try...
A salad with quinoa, beetroot, carrot 
and spinach, with a citrus vinaigrette.
Carolyn felt that it lacked crunch,
and discussed this with Cafe owner Skye.
The decision was the addition of Feta cheese and sunflower seeds
to give it the "missing" element...
and they were correct.
One satisfied customer...
and the kitchen staff might make an addition to the recipe

My Black Bean burger with French fries.
The burger had sprouts and Feta Cheese as well as Rocket...
all of which I ate with relish...literally and figuratively 
As a carnivore I did enjoy it.

Cheese cake for dessert...
The first mouthful did not fill me with joy,
HOWEVER, when I added the berry sauce to the next fork-full...
BIG YUM...

And to round off...
 Cappuccino with the freshest biscotti I have had in a long while.
Overall the meal rated a 4/5.
But that being said, this is still a trial phase for this establishment,
so the food can only improve as the recipes are tried, tested and honed to perfection

Some of the signage both indoors and out.
Yes there is "free" Wi-Fi but you have to log-in to an MWeb site.
I was unable to do so, but I will try on our next visit.

Aside from food, they have a range of products for sale.
Tea, coffee, nougat and even something to keep baby happy 
while the parents are having a meal.

To find out more about the Cafe, 
visit:

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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Saturday, April 25, 2015

Travel & Things, the broadcast. 25 April, 2015


Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00

This was the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that aired between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 25/04/2015
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".



1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi

10h00-10h15:
Did you play with Lego as a child?
Did you know that you can make a round sculpture from rectangular bricks?
Nick Dreyers, Director of ExpoSA told me about 
The Art of the Brick exhibition is currently on in Rosebank
https://www.facebook.com/theartofthebricksa

10h15-10h30:
It is time to visit the West Coast.
Gershal Abrahms. marketing manager for West Coast Tourism
10h30-10h45:
Back to Mozambique.
Karin Sieberhagen, sales and Marketing manager SA
for the Serena Group regaled us with tales
from the Grande Dame of Maputo hotels...
The Serena Polana Hotel.
http://www.serenahotels.com/

10h45-11h00:
My surprise guest was not able to make it,
So Karin stayed on and chatted about the other Serena properties in Africa.
This fountain is in Kigali, Rwanda where the group has a hotel.
http://www.serenahotels.com/

This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Travel & Things, the guest list, 25 April 2015


Listen to a previous broadcast here:

Who else have been guests on my radio show?
Use this link to have a look.

"Travel & Things" is rebroadcast on a Wednesday night
 between 19h00 and 20h00

This is the line-up for "TRAVEL & THINGS" that will air between 10 and 11am on
SATURDAY, 25/04/2015
This unsolicited comment came from an International travel writer:
"Your show is really engaging because it is real people talking knowledgeably about places and happenings that matter, with humour and warmth and with no hype".



1485am broadcasts live from its Johannesburg studio
and nationally on DStv audio channel 869.
Radio Today (@Radio2Day) also streams via its website: www.1485.org.za
AND on cell phones: 1485.mobi

10h00-10h15:
Did you play with Lego as a child?
Did you know that you can make a round sculpture from rectangular bricks?
Nick Dreyers, Director of ExpoSA tells me about
The Art of the Brick exhibition, currently on in Rosebank

10h15-10h30:
It is time to visit the West Coast.
Gershal Abrahms. marketing manager for West Coast Tourism
chats to me

10h30-10h45:
We travel to Mozambique.
Karin Sieberhagen, Sales and Marketing manager SA
for the Serena Group regals us with tales
from the Grande Dame of Maputo hotels...
The Serena Polana Hotel. 

10h45-11h00:
A surprise guest awaits.
Tune in to find out who...


This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

We become travelers in our own city with a visit to the Clico Boutique Hotel Rosebank...

  


   
The hotel was started by the current owner to cater for the discerning traveler.
Small enough for individual attention,
but big enough to serve the needs of the travel-weary.
The property has certainly stood the test of time having been built 60 years ago.
It has been used in many incarnations, but it has been a boutique hotel for the past 9 years.
And given the construction in the area, I am amazed that is defied demolition
and stands as a bastion to comfort and fine dining.
The name comes from the owner's love of champagne,
and her favourite is... Veuve Clicquot.


A little bit of Cape Dutch in the heart of Rosebank, Johannesburg


The reception desk is "compact",
but with only nine rooms, it does not need to be any bigger.
The staff that we interacted with were friendly and helpful.
What was great for me is that the voice on the phone when I called to confirm
belonged to Alessia whom I met at reception.
A nice personal touch...


The foyer...
The hotel has interesting art work...and the collection starts here



Our room at the top of the staircase...
bright, airy and with the BEST pillows in a long while.
The bed is huge and EXTREMELY comfortable.
It was difficult getting out of it to go for a run in the morning.
However I forced myself and a brisk run through the leafy Rosebank streets
made me less guilty about the breakfast that awaited...


Award winning pillows


The downstairs lounge
It can be used as a private dining area


Having a bad hair day, then a visit to this hotel will rectify that


The intimate dining room,
we had a wonderful dinner and scrumptious breakfast here


The moon over Johannesburg...time for a quick photographic excursion
around the property before dinner


The entrance.
The hotel is wheelchair friendly with ramps to many of the areas


The garden, with accommodation on two sides.
The pool was sparkling clean and did look inviting,
HOWEVER, the temperature dissuaded me from taking the plunge.


Time for dinner...
expertly prepared by Chef Izanne Nawn.
She tells me that the dinner menu changes daily


Starters...
Springbok carpaccio salad with shaved Parmesan


My main course...
Seared beef fillet with lightly spiced butternut


This was the choice that my wife made...
Herb crusted Kingklip served with creamy risotto


We both enjoyed this dessert...
Panna cotta with litchi sorbet


BIG YUM...
Not a morsel left on any of the plates.
There was another course, Chicken Supreme stuffed with almonds
...but neither of us had room for that!
The dinner can be enjoyed as a 5-course meal(tasting portions)
and with wine pairing for each course.
Or, like we did, as stand alone dishes with a choice of red and white wine


The meal and the service certainly put a smile on our faces


A post dinner perambulation to help the meal settle
It was one of those perfect Highveld winter nights.


And this was what awaited me post my long morning run.
The one on the right!
The one on the left was for my wife.(and the poached egg was done to perfection)
Clico also offers Eggs Benedict, French Toast and an Open Omelette
 as breakfast options.


Once again we were travelers in our own city.
The hotel serves a mixture of local and International visitors.
And, you can book for dinner even if you are not a guest.
www.clicohotel.com


This posting is brought to you DESPITE
Eskom load-shedding...
Thank you to BP fuel and a home generator!


         

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