Hmmmm, Hermanus. What a gorgeous little seaside town. Just like the flyer says, the air really does taste like champagne from the surrounding Hemel en Aarde Valley vineyards carried on the wind and mixed in with the scents of the sea. Tim and I regularly escape to this quiet little village for whale watching or just for a break in our routine, and the one place we’ve visited twice so far is also our favourite: Ocean Eleven Guesthouse. Situated right on the cliffs and with breathtaking, award winning views, this is one spot you should really put on your travel radar.
I don’t do resolutions. Like most people, I’m not all that keen on setting myself up for failure and attempting to keep to them seems like a legit way to screw yourself over. Instead, I like to opt for goals, which is kind of the same thing but with way less pressure. Since we can all agree that 2016 was just horrific – revolting really – I’m so excited for 2017! Aren’t you? There’s just this *tingle* in the air – I think it’s gon’ be a goodie. On that note, one goal I could totally resolve myself to is a low-sugar diet. If I aimed for a no-sugar diet, in minutes I’d invariably be stuffing my face with every kind of sugary substance known to man. Instead, I want to be more mindful of how much sugar I intake, and this Toasted Coconut Sorbet is the perfect way to appease myself without failing hard.
Guys. I’m in love. Like a deep, soul crushing love. Sorry Tim, it’s not you this time (still love you the most though). Harbour House / La Parada is the latest addition to the Constantia Nek restaurant strip, and the latest addition to my list of obsessions. This place is just… wow. Everything I look for in a dining experience, this place ticks all my discerning boxes.
I hate my floors. There, I said it. I mean, they’re brand new and we chose them and we oversaw the entire thing, but I hate them. They’re too… grey. And tiled. And just grey tiles. Gross. So I’m on a mission to cover them up in the most affordable way possible and this DIY Rope Coil Mat is one such way to distract from the eyesore that is our flooring.
As you know, we just celebrated our first wedding anniversary! We also just happened to be invited to a slew of newly launched restaurants, so we decided to extend the celebrations for a few days, being treated to a different dinner each night! First up was an utterly divine dinner at the newly launched Italian eatery, Blanko in the iconic Alphen Hotel, Constantia. Transformed from the 5 Rooms Restaurant before it, Blanko is an all-white, blank canvas (hence the name) for incredible, unfussy yet beautiful food and astonishing artworks.
Today is our first wedding anniversary. I suppose it’s time I told this happy/sad story here, despite the fact that I’ve tried exclusively to keep this blog my ‘happy place’. In doing so though, I’ve found much of what I say can be aseptic and without the backbone of truth that goes behind every word. So forgive the heavy topic today, but I’d rather you knew me as I really am.
Gnocchi is one of those foods that I feel like I could’ve grown up eating but never did. It’s like home in a bowl, and sadly I was only introduced to it in adulthood – I know. Ridic. It’s everything you could ever love in one dish – wholesome, nourishing comfort food that’s just like a big old hug… and potatoes. I mean come on. Even better is this global move to one-pot cooking that I’m ALL about – less dishes, less washing up, less water wastage – win-win. This is one such dish that involves heaps of luscious green seasonal veg, lashings of Grana Padano and moreish dumplings of perfect Italian gnocchi, all tumbled through with cream. Yup. Heaven.