1) Day dreaming about my Venice travels. 2) The Eat.Art dinner at Rococoa in Woodstock was amazing. 3) My three favourites to get me through the day. Dolces x iPod x Macbook Pro. 4) Coconut Lindor balls which have sneakily become my favourite! 5) Witchery happiness which opened a little while ago. 6) Birthday fun with Tal. 7) Rows of Nikes and some of my dream shoes to add to my collection. 8) Flower power. 9) Karma Kream from Lush, love it to bits. 10) Spotted 250 in Grazia. 11) & 12) Lunch at Tashas, one of my favourite spots in Cape Town. 13) Seeing Eminem live was a life / childhood goal. 14) The Hazelnut chocolate mousse and creme brûlée cheesecake at 5 Rooms were magical. 15) Saw Santana live and it was a phenomenal performance.
What: Live Music at 5 Rooms.
Where: The Alphen Hotel in Constantia.
When: Wednesday to Sunday night from 8pm.
When I was invited to attend one of the live music nights at the 5 Rooms at The Alphen in Constantia I simply couldn’t resist. The restaurant is one of the most well renowned in Cape Town and has been on my list of places to go for awhile now.
I decided to have a girls night and Nicole joined me for drinks, a catchup and a night of great food music.
We started out with cocktails – the Strawberry Daiquiri is must have – and then tried out the snack platter on offer. Think the most amazing mix of truffle polenta, salt and pepper squid, croquettes and more. It was perfect amount for two and we oohed and aahed with each bite!
Around us, the live performance had begun and did it deliver! The band, under the curatorship of saxophonist Rus Nerwich from The Woodstock Music Academy, played a mix of old and new, classic and fun pop mixes, all with a jazzy twist. Some of my favourites included, Georgia on Mind, Just the Two of Us, Mustang Sally, Fever and one of the best covers of No Diggity I have heard in awhile!
A little while into the music, we decided to have a sneaky treat and delved into the dessert menu, all of which we wanted to order, after much debate we settled on the Hazelnut Praline Chocolate Mousse and the Creme Brûlée Cheesecake, both of which I have been dreaming about and need to go back to have again!
The evening was fantastic and I would highly recommend it, it’s a fun twist on evening night drinks and the cosy and inviting atmosphere of the 5 Rooms, as well as its mix of old world charm makes it a little something different and exciting.
Did I mention how incredible the music and food were? I know I will definitely be back again soon!
After a rather wonderful few day in Europe, you can read more here, it was time to visit the Beaujolais wine region as well as a stop in Fontainebleau and Avignon.
We made our way south and stopped 16th century Château Fontainebleau. After a stroll around the imperial gardens we continued to through Burgundy’s wine country to Beaujolais’ green hills and vineyards.
Our next stop was a 16th century Château, it was simply magical. After settling in it was time for wine tasting within the Château’s working winery, and we sipped on Beaujolais wine which, while it was fantastic, did not measure up to South Africa’s finest.
After relaxing at the Château’s pool and a night of traditional French cuisine and a little more wine and partying to end off the night we finally made out way to bed and got ready for Provence in the morning.
We unwound and admired the rustic beauty of Provence, with its landscapes of lavender, sunflowers and wild herbs.
We had a lunch stop in the Popes’ fomer seat of power, Avignon and took in the town’s Roman heritage. Sampling ice cream and all the food on offer it was time to make out way to the French Riviera.
We visited the Fragonard Perfumery and learnt about how perfume is made, a few people managed to pick up a bottle or 2 at great prices, it was then back on the road and we made our way to Antibes.
The French Riviera was an incredible place, we gambled in Monaco, visited Nice and had the most relaxing few days.
Keep an eye out for more in Travel Diaries. Day 5 & 6, coming soon!
1. Stormy seas on the promenade. 2. Happy days and happy faces. 3. At the Nelson Mandela tribute concert at the Green Point stadium. 4. Some afternoon reading. 5. Waterfront views. 6. One of my favourite views. 7. Matthew Mole at Kirstenbosch. 8. Selfies with Tal. 9. Kirstenbosch perfection. 10. The only cure for being sick. 11. City Hall 12. My birthday present to myself. 13. Starting the day off juicing! 14. Lindt Dessert range, was utterly phenomenal! 15. Nike Free Runs. Birthday gift! 16. Making Slutty brownies! 17. An early birthday surprise from New Zealand. 18. Some Lindt goodies that arrived!