As I mentioned in an earlier post, the husband and I went down to Cape Town at the end of March for a small vacation and also to celebrate my belated 30th birthday with friends and family. I know this post is a bit late, but hey, rather late than never!
Saturday morning (the 21st) I went to StyleBar in Tyger Valley (you can read my post about it here). Theresa really did a great job of making me look like an ombré princess!
The afternoon was my party which I held at my mom's house in the Northern Suburbs (yup, this is the house that I grew up in). Since we held the party outside in the huge garden, I thought it would be fitting to have a "Wild Wild West" theme. Those who know me know that I normally don't like dress-up parties, but I figured with this theme you can go as wild as you like (pun intended). You also don't need to buy or hire costumes, as most people have at least one cowboy-type item in their closet: check shirt, jeans, boots. I decided to go for a cute polka dot dress and cowboy boots. I also bought a little cowboy kit at the Crazy Store which included two guns, extra "bullets", and a sheriff's badge. I didn't want to mess up my hairdo!
I organised a "spitbraai" for the guests as it fitted in perfectly with the theme, as well as being absolutely no effort from my side (except for working out the details and ordering people around). The amazing thing about hiring these people is that they bring their own cutlery and crockery, and take away the dirty dishes when they leave! The food was amazing and everyone had a great meal. I received a lot of compliments and I felt quite chuffed!
The weather was also amazing and I felt like that was sort of a belated birthday present. The sky was clear and there wasn't a leaf stirring during the party. We did experience loadshedding for two hours, so I couldn't play the music during that time that I had curated so meticulously, but everything worked out well in the end.
Sunday & Monday
Sunday we spent recovering from the party, and I had a good look at all my pretty gifts.
Monday we decided to go to Fairview. We've been there once before when we were still at university, but decided that it was time for that cheese and wine tasting again. Everything was just as I imagined it, and the cheese might even have been better than I remembered! There are a couple of options to choose from, but we went for the classic wine and cheese tasting. For R25 you taste 6 wines and the available cheeses. I'm not sure how the tasting works in terms of quantity of cheese you're allowed to consume, but we went around the cheese tasting a couple of times! The wine was fantastic, as always.
Also, please note my outfit shot taken by the husband! (And yes, I still don't have a tan…) Top and shorts from Mr Price, kimono from Cotton On, sandals from Woolworths, and bag from Aldo.
After Fairview we wanted to visit a good friend of mine who recently moved back to Stellenbosch, but we needed lunch first. The same friend suggested we go to Meraki in Ryneveld street in Stellenbosch. I lived in Stellenbosch for six years, but many of the smaller eateries are quick to disappear, so we didn't know about this particular one.
Meraki is quite small but very chic. Its all-white decor and the name of the eatery (as well as other small signs) are all stencilled on the glass in white. It looks clean and sophisticated, as well as a bit hipster (which is to be expected). We both ate the gluten-free coconut fish with cucumber ribbons and wasabi mayonnaise and it was ahhh-mazing.
TuesdayTuesday we went to Durbanville Hills and took my mom along. She is also a lover of good food and good wine, and always ready to accompany us on little trips like these. We've been to Durbanville Hills a couple of times before and every time was great.
Firstly, the views are amazing. Secondly, the venue is amazing. Thirdly, the wine and the food are amazing. Should I go on? We went for the Crystal Tasting which means that you taste six wines and get a souvenir glass to take home. We tasted the wines and then went upstairs to the restaurant for lunch. We had the gourmet burger and it was delicious. I tried to look up the name on their menu, but it seems the type of burger served changes every few weeks.
And that was our very short Cape Town trip! Have you ever been to any of these wine farms or eateries? Or do you have any suggestions for me for a next trip? Let me know in the comments section.
Until next time!