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The Larder

The Larder is the brain child of Writer, food stylist and chef Sonja Edridge. Opened in October 2011, you can find The Larder in Block & Chisel on Deep River Main Road.

Sonja’s vision was to create a “homely space where ‘slippers are welcome’. She sources to the freshest ingredients from local producers to give you the most delicious meals. The menu changes according to the season’s and what fresh ingredients Sonja has that day.

The Larder serves breakfast,lunch and tea treats from Monday to Friday from 9am-4.30pm. They are open on Saturday’s from 9am -2pm but only serve breakfasts.

I popped in for lunch on a Saturday morning. The menu is displayed on blackboards and mirrors around the cafe (although I found it a little difficult to read the menu on the mirrors). Unfortunately I was told that they don’t serve lunch on Saturdays as the restaurant closes at 2pm !?! I arrived at 12pm….which leaves 2 hours to serve lunch??? Anyway…my options were breakfast or cake. My friend ordered poached eggs on toast and, after the last scones were served to someone else, I had to settle with a cheesecake!

That being said I did enjoy my cheesecake, which was served with condense milk….interesting. My friend enjoyed her poached eggs, which were served on a wooden board. Not so sure about serving my cheesecake on the board though…felt a bit awkward. The Larder also has a large selection of interesting teas, but I settled with Earl Grey.

Every Thursday,from 3-5pm, The Larder hosts a Food Market selling fresh produce, like fresh fish from Ocean Jewels and ice-cream from The Creamery, to name a few. They also have ‘no-cook weekends’ or ‘no-cook Mondays’, where Sonja will prepare ready made, delicious meals so you don’t have to slave over a hot stove. Sonja also sells her delicious creations straight to the public, like Bacon Jam, Lemon curd and hot cross buns, to name a few.

I must give credit to The Larder for their Facebook page, even if you don’t live anywhere near The Larder, join their Facebook page. They update their status regularly, keeping you up to date with events, menu changes, specials of the day, what’s just come out the oven -it’s brilliant. Social media is a powerful medium that is often under-utilised by small businesses but The Larder get’s it right!

Would I go again…YES!

The Larder

Inside Block & Chisel on Deep River Main Road

021 712 1961

The Larder

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Posted by on June 6, 2012 in Uncategorized


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Every time I am in Paarl I have to visit this beautiful coffee shop, Kikka.

Kikka opened in 2004. Situated in a beautiful early 20th building on Paarl Main Road, this friendly coffee shop, florist and gift shop is bursting with personality. You can’t miss the splash of lime green and bright pink as you drive past!

As you walk in you are hit with the smell of fresh flowers as the resident florist arranges a bouquet for a customer. I chose a table in the shop window. I though I made a great window display :) and I could survey the coffee shop and the street from my perch. I was quite happy to sit back in my window seat and watch the busy goings on in this coffee shop for the rest of the afternoon.

I ordered a pot of tea and pancakes with cinnamon and sugar :) My partner ordered a giant cupcake from their inciting cake display. Kikka offers breakfasts, lunch and afternoon tea treats but also have a look on their blackboard for daily specials. They also offer a kiddies menu, delicious milkshakes and cakes to order.

Kikka has become an institution in the town of Paarl and I would say no visit to Paarl is complete without a visit to this coffee shop.


217 Main Road, Paarl,

Tel: +27 21 872 0685
Open Monday to Friday 7:30am – 5pm,
Saturday 8:30am – 3pm and
Public holiday 9am – 3pm.

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Posted by on March 21, 2012 in Coffee Shops


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Pink Coffee Boutique

Today I visited this little hidden gem in Kenilworth. Pink Coffee Boutique opened in October 2011 and is run by a husband and wife team. Thie husband owns a packaging business, which operates from the front of the house and the wife runs the coffee shop which spills out into a covered courtyard.

This coffee shop is beautifully and tastefully decorated. It has a vintage feel and is visually beautiful! (very feminine) but at the same time feels homely. Although the house may look small from the outside their coffee shop covers both a large indoor and outdoor area. The drinks and sweets treats are listed on blackboards around the shop and the cakes and muffins are displayed on various tables inside and outside. When I was there they had Carrot cake, individual lemon meringue pies, Humming Bird Cake, Chocolate brownies (which are served with cream or ice-cream) and sweet and savoury muffins.

On the food side they offer breakfast, light lunches and sweet treats. A coffee will set you back R15 with no refill included. I ordered a slice of the Red Velvet Cake and an ice-coffee which came in a glass bottle :) Unfortunately I found the cake a little dry. The cake slice came to R32 (a little steep if you ask me) but it was a rather generous slice and I couldn’t finish it. My boyfriend tried a breakfast – scrambled eggs, bacon, tomatoes, toast and a salad for R32 which he enjoyed. When he asked for tomato sauce he received a squeezy bottle with a face on it! (You will be happy to know that these bottles are available at the shop on your way out.)

How cute is that bottle?!

My one draw back is that you have to know this place is here in order to go there. Goldbourne Road does not get much traffic. I hope the owners think of creative ways to get more foot traffic through the building as I think they have a great product offering and Cape Town should not miss out on this! It could also do with bigger sinage on the front of the building as I drove past and didn’t even notice it was a coffee shop.

All in all, Pink Coffee Boutique offers an enjoyable coffee shop experience with comfortable seating (with enough space so you don’t feel like you are sitting on your neighbours lap!) good food, friendly staff, in a laid-back neighbourhood environment.

Pink Coffee Boutique

Open Monday – Sunday

46 Goldbourne Road Kenilworth

021 762 5510


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Posted by on February 18, 2012 in Coffee Shops


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Hmmm Bakery

The other day a friend brought me the most delicious treats from Hmmm Bakery and I had to go check it out!

Hmmm Bakery is found in a small side street between car repair workshop in Gardens. If you blink you will miss it!

Hmmm Bakery makes all their cakes and sweet treats in the premises. The cater for restaurants as well as you and me. The bakery is very open planned so that you can watch the baking process while sipping on your cup of coffee in the coffee shop area. They have a small menu which is written daily on a blackboard as you walk in. But this is a working bakery so don’t expect friendly staff waiting at your beck and call for you order – they are bakers and will quite happily carry on with their task without even saying hello.

I was there on a Friday lunch time and they were busy with lots of orders for the weekend so boxes were piled high and they were not that interested in a walk-in like me. When I inquired as to what was on offer for take-away I was shown freshly baked muffins, cup cakes and gluten free chocolate almond cupcakes (my fav!). They also offer wedding cakes and birthday cakes – A 4-tired wedding cake for R1,400 is very reasonable. (You can have a look at some of their beautiful creations on their website.)

This is not really a place I would meet friends for lunch this is a working bakery and I would definitively consider them the next time I want a specialty cake made or some treats for my book club. I think if you walk in looking for a treat your options are very much luck of the draw – try and phone a head and order a cake or a tray of muffins for a party.

Give them a try and let me know what you think.

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Hmmm  Bakery

6 Clare Street, Gardens, Cape Town 8001

Tel:  021-462 1950

Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 08.30 – 16.30

Saturday – collections only


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Posted by on January 26, 2012 in Coffee Shops


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“Happiness. Simple as a glass of chocolate or tortuous as the heart. Bitter. Sweet. Alive.”
― Joanne Harris, Chocolat

Chocolate! I LOVE Chocolate! And if you share the same feelings as me you will love my latest discovery.

Rococoa, The Art of Cocoa, is a coffee shop come Chocolate Heaven for choc addicts like me. The owner Gabi is passionate about chocolate and has a vast knowledge of this ‘food of the gods’ and has poured her heart and soul into Rococoa.

Rococoa is a true chocolate experience comprising of a coffee shop with a cocoa inspired menu, a chocolate shop which showcases the best local and imported chocolate delicacies, a chocolate studio with a permanent chocolate chef and as well as a’ Chocolate Exhibition’ that allows you to take a tour through the fascinating history of chocolate.

The chocolate inspired menu includes Rawcocoa smoothies, Venezuelan Chili Hot Chocolate, Whoppie Pies (my fav!), chocolate fondue and how about a chili chocolate spread on your burger? The Coffee shop then flows into the chocolate shop where you can buy imported chocolate from France and Belgium, Swiss Hot Chocolate, local chocolate products and handmade chocolate truffles including a few interesting flavours like white chocolate and blue cheese which will complement a good red wine, I’m told.

From the coffee shop you can watch Rococoa’s resident chocolate chef create a range of chocolate delights to order and you can also join in as Rococoa offers chocolate appreciation workshops as well as workshops with international chocolate chefs.

Lastly you will discover the Chocolate Exhibition.  Gabi has put a lot of time and effort into recreating a cocoa plantation, a 17th century cocoa processing kitchen as well as a timeline from when chocolate was first discovered the the Aztecs to Cortez to today. Rococoa caters for School outings as well as birthday party’s. The children will be able to walk through the Chocolate Exhibition, sample some delicious chocolate and get their hands dirty in the kitchen decorating biscuits or molding their own chocolates.

Rococoa will be hosting a series of Holiday Workshops to keep your kids entertained. See the below list of activities and contact Rococoa for more information and to book.

13-Dec 9 – 11 am Decorate your own Gingerbread  House R 180.00

15-Dec 3 – 5 pm Decorate Gingerbread Tree Hangings R 150.00

20-Dec 9 – 11 am Decorate Gingerbread Men & Women R 120.00

22-Dec 3 – 5 pm Decorate your own Gingerbread House R 180.00

05-Jan 3 – 5 pm Make and decorate cupcakes R 80.00

10-Jan 9 – 11 am Mould and decorate your own chocolates R 80.00

12-Jan 3 – 5 pm Make and decorate cupcakes R 80.00

Rococoa is a truely unique experience, a hidden gem in the heart of Cape Town that more people need to discover.

Rococoa: The Palms, 146 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock

Tel: 021 461 2301

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Posted by on December 5, 2011 in Coffee Shops


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Gaslight Cafe in Muizenberg

Last weekend I visited Muizenberg on a beautiful summers day in the middle of winter!

After playing a round of putt-putt I was left wondering where to have lunch. Thats when I found the Gaslight Cafe located at Surfers Corner.

This simple coffee shop has a very basic interior, with a small but tasty menu and very reasonable prices. This little gem is popular with the locals. I had their Sunrise Breakfast which consists of 1 egg, 2 slices of bacon, tomato and 2 slices of toast, all for R25! Breakfast is served all day! Those in my company also had a delicious omelette and a toasted sandwich, which were gobbled up very quickly!

I also noticed a delicious looking Lemon Meringue Pie, a Chocolate Cake and a Pecan Nut Pie for those of you looking for something sweet.

So next time you are in Muizenberg and are looking for good food at a reasonable prices and a sea view, why not try the Gaslight Cafe.

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Posted by on July 13, 2011 in Coffee Shops


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An Update – The Belgian Waffle House


I am reposting this post just to let you all know that I visited this little waffle house again this past weekend. It is still going strong, always busy and I was lucky to get a table! This time I tried the Banoffee Waffle with caramel and banana which was delicious!

Free this weekend? Why not take a trip to the Strand and pop in at this little gem.

Over the December holidays I spent quite a bit of time in the Strand. And while I was there I stumbled across this gem, The Belgian Waffle House.

The Belgian Waffle House is located on Beach Road,Strand. It is owned by a real Belgian lady, Evi. Its is open daily from 8am to 6.30pm.

The menu consists of a selection of sweet and savoury toppings which you can choose to have either on a waffle or pancake. The sweet toppings include chocolate sauce, caramel sauce, syrup and honey and each waffle is served with two generous dollops of ice-cream or cream and a Belgian flag. :) In the savoury department they have a breakfast waffle which includes scrambled egg and bacon served on a waffle. The prices for waffles are really reasonable, starting fromR22 to about R30.

The rest of the menu includes a cake of the day, muffins, milkshakes as well as a lunch menu of homemade lasagna and quiche. All the prices are again really reasonable.

So next time you are in the Strand, make a stop at the Belgian Waffle House, Grasso Building, Beach Rd, Strand.

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Posted by on July 4, 2011 in Coffee Shops


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