Thursday, December 20, 2012

THE WKND SOCIAL December Edition

This past Saturday we, The Collective, hosted the third installment of THE WKND SOCIAL. The December edition was a picnic braai on the Alex Theatre rooftop followed by the usual after party at Puma Social Club both in Braamfontein.

Here are a few shots taken by the amazing Conner Varin of The Collective

This time menu was a little BR (as in breakfast) to start followed by UNCH (as in lunch) as mains to make the word BRUNCH. Yes I know I'm total cheese. The menu that I conceptualised (so fancy huh?!) was executed by Belle's Patisserie, oh Linda of Belle's came up with the BR.

Think disposable cups, flasked coffee, boxed potato nicoise, jarred watermelon feta salad, pregos in paper bags and paper plates filled with chicken skewers vegetable skewers. All in THE WKND SOCIAL rooftop picnic bbq!

Papaya sticky granola and granadilla with cinnamon stick

Chicken Wings and Vegetable Skewers
Ciabattas for the pregos
Watermelon, basil and feta salad
The treat to end it all off with was Paul's Homemade Ice cream. We offered Butter Popcorn, Dulce de leche and chocolate nutella oreo. Trust me on this ORDER a tub from Paul!

Gordon's Ruby Cooler

Gordon's Mojito

Bottomless cocktails as usual sponsored by Gordon's Gin, this time we were all about jars. Hold onto that jar! We also added a new Gordon's signature to our menu Gordon's Mojito, so yum O! Along with our usual favourites the Gordon's Ruby Cooler and Grapefruit G+T.

 The bar men even braved the flashstorm to keep guests hydrated.

This was a perfect end to THE WKND SOCIAL 2012 Editions, we can wait for 2013!


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

In The Kitchen

I was in Cape Town for a wedding weekend before last and managed to pop into The Kitchen in Woodstock. Unfortunately due to my lack of planning it was sans my copy of A week in the Kitchen.
The feel is very homely and so inviting, and as patrons came in and out it really felt like Cheers without the booze of course.

Karen was in and out of the kitchen to greet & have a quick chat with patrons whilst the lunch salad offering was being prepared. Lunch for me was the five salads with slices of turkey and homemade cranberry sauce. Absolutely delish! Hearty, healthy and uber tasty!

Rounded off with perfectly mild latte.

Next time you're in Cape Town make a turn at The Kitchen, especially if you're vegetarian.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

New in Jozi: Three Marys, 44 Stanley

I popped into Three Marys in 44 Stanley over the weekend after seeing Aspasia's tweet about it earlier in the week. Turns out it's only been open for just over a week.

It seems to be the brainchild of Salvation Cafe's Claudia Giannoccaro, she's in the kitchen after all. It's a deli come restaurant concept with a menu of flatbreads, sandwiches and salads of the day and on Saturday a gluten-free frittata as well. Along with a selection of pastries and sweet treats. This is totally up my alley.

Made to order flatbreads

I tried this Asian Plum green ice tea for the first time and it is Yum O!

Serrano, gorgonzola, pear and rocket flatbread
Three Marys is good if you are a little peckish and looking to sit in a quite courtyard.

Monday, December 10, 2012

On my Cape Town plate

Last weekend in Cape Town was pretty interesting. My highlight, was the honour of witnessing a friend get married. The wedding at Vaal De Vie estate in Franschoek was the most beautiful I've been to by far filled with warmth and love.

This is what basically what I did last weekend, well a few shots at least.

Posed at Vaal De Vie estate
Ate wedding cake!

Celebrated Love

Drank bubbles at Franschoek Cap Classique and Champagne Festival
On my  Instagram steeze 

Lunched at The Kitchen

Insta what what Vino in Camps Bay

The Camps bay view

I am so blessed!

Friday, December 7, 2012

Chef Benny's SAA business class menu tasting

I spent a lunch last week at a tasting of Chef Benny Masekwameng's (Masterchef SA judge) SA Business Class long haul flight menu at 54 on Bath.

Courtesy: Angelfish PR and Events

We started with a few bubbles courtesy of Moet & Chandon and seasonal canapes. Then leapt straight into the menu, which the chef says is a menu of what he enjoys, recipes from his heritage and recipes from his mother.

White anchovy fillet bruschetta

Marinated fresh tuna salad
Grilled kingklip with a chive sauce served with a warm potato salad
Pan seared beef fillet served on a mielie pap & corn cake with cashew nut creamed spinach & chakalaka
Coffee mousse & pecan pie Courtesy: Angelfish PR and Events
In chef Benny's words the menu expresses "Where I come from, food dreams and where my journey started"

It tasted lovely at 54 on Bath, let's hope it executes as well in flight! Bon Apettite to the SAA business class travelers.