A staycation to Premier Hotel Sea Point

I’m all for staycations. Getting away for a weekend, even to a place just 40kms away. It does the soul good and refreshes you before it’s back to work and routine.

I had the chance to slip away to the beach, escape suburbia for a weekend, and spend sometime at Premier Hotel Cape Town.

This 4-star hotel is located in Sea Point and a mere 100m from the beach, and surrounded by so many trendy eateries to try out during your stay. You can walk to the beach, walk to a breakfast spot, or take a stroll down to the bustle as well. If you’re more for chilling at the actual hotel, take your bather to the pool and soak up the sun. Or grab a cocktail at the in-house restaurant.

Premier Hotel have a selection of rooms as well, and we were super lucky to be able to have the executive sea view suite, on the top floor, overlooking the sunset every evening.

From being welcomed into the hotel, the service, and the extra touches, Premier Hotel ensure their guests are also attended to and happy during their stay.

Consider Premier Hotel in Sea Point when you’re booking your next staycation. You’re close enough for a short commute, yet you can still escape and get away from everyday life.

To book your stay at Premier Hotel, visit their website here.

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A visit to Franschhoek

We were invited on the Cape Winelands District Municipality Media Educational to Franschhoek Wine Valley on the 15th of March 2019. It was a day trip filled with plenty of activities supporting the theme of Health and Wellness.

Many people visit Franschhoek for the wines in the valley but they often miss the other hidden gems in the area. On this media educational we strayed from the obvious and went to visit some other locations to try new things.

First on the agenda we got to visit the Medicinal Herb Garden created by Juda James and the municipality back in 2006. The garden is a little gem hidden in plain sight with tons of herbs to heal all health issues. Juda is extremely passionate about what he does and told us of all the ways different herbs can be used to treat daily ailments. A royal treat was getting to taste a freshly made Buchu drink which according to Juda is extremely good for overall health and can be enjoyed daily. The first time I heard of Buchu was when I tried Buchu Gin. Having Buchu infused water is even better as it brings out more of the herb’s flavor. If you’ve never been to a Medicinal Herb Garden I’d suggest taking a trip to Franschhoek where you can walk through Juda’s garden where over 36 different herbs are growing at the moment including Dagga and Wild Dagga. Passion and knowledge is what fuels Juda and he could teach you many interesting facts about the herbs you use in your foods daily.

From Juda’s Medicinal Herb Garden we left for Anthonij Rupert Wines where we enjoyed a Rooibos Tea Tasting in the farm’s historic and recently refurbished Manor House. Visitors can take a tour through the gorgeous rooms and view the valuable art pieces throughout the Manor. The tea tasting took place in one of the dining halls where one of the very first visitors to the farm carved her name into one of the windows with a diamond. Wine might be the main reason many visit Anthonij Rupert Manor but its rich history, gorgeous rose gardens and herb garden are part of what makes this location truly unique. The Tea Tasting was a royal treat especially since we got to taste three of the delicacies offered with the High Tea at the farm. The idea behind the tea tasting and High Tea’s is to provide more options especially for those who are unable to drink or wish to travel to this beautiful wine farm with children. The scenery is breathtaking and if you’re in the mood to travel to wonderland you can even opt to have your High Tea in the Rose Garden. The Media Group got to taste the Rooibos Tea’s and it was quite interesting. There were four different Rooibos Tea’s ranging from the original to Rooibos Shangri La. The Favourite among the group was the Rooibos Tangerine & Ginger which is quite refreshing. While doing a Tea Tasting on a wine farm might seem odd it is definitely interesting and worth a try. Especially if you opt for the High Tea where you get to indulge in 8 different treats made fresh for the occasion.

For many coffee is fuel to get through the day and when visiting Franschhoek Terbodore Coffee is where you need to go. This beautiful coffee roaster is located on the main road and offers more than just regular coffee and treats. While the Big Dog Café has a menu with plenty of variety they do offer unique treats. For one there is the roastery tour where you get to enjoy learning more about the drink you consume daily. We were taken on this delightful tour by Jommo and like Juda he is passionate about his craft. He started as one of the packers and worked his way up to the roasting room. Being taught about the process of roasting coffee and unlocking its flavor by Jommo is a treat in itself. It’s interesting to learn how much time and effort goes into roasting the perfect beans you get to purchase from supermarkets and convenience stores. Terbodore gets their beans from countries all over the world as we might have the perfect ground for grapes, but coffee struggles to grow here. After learning everything about how coffee is roasted and what is done to not only unlock but keep the flavor of the beans we got to do a tasting of the Terbodore Honduras coffee. The tasting took place in the Big Dog Café, the tasting consisted of an espresso, a cold brew and a filter coffee made in a pour over. What you might not know is that one of the baristas at Terbodore used to be a chocolatier so he often creates chocolates that complement the house coffees. With the Honduras coffees we got a white/milk chocolate with orange shavings which went smoothly with the coffee. Terbodore Coffee can be bought in store or online but also in their onsite store. If you’re a coffee lover or even curious about coffee it’s the perfect place to go as you can enjoy a coffee education, tasting and even bite to eat all in one place.

After plenty of learning and tastings we took a bit of a drive to visit Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa. . Santé is located in a valley surrounded by mountains which makes it feel almost secluded and increases relaxation. You haven’t had a Spa Retreat unless you’ve been to Santé Wellness Retreat & Spa. Apart from offering Spa treatments, Santé is also known for its accommodation, wellness packages and health optimizing. There’s even a conference package where the entire company or team can enjoy tranquil surroundings and good food to help spark creativity and productivity. Each and every single room at Santé has been individually decorated so no room looks the same. Their most popular Spa packages are half day and full day packages which are generally encouraged by the staff. They might be a bit pricier but what you gain from it makes it worth it. The longer you manage to stay at Santé the longer you want to stay. Their passion for holistic wellness is seen in everything from the décor and layout of the place to the spa treatments and most importantly the food. Santé believes that balancing your mind, body and spirit will achieve lifelong wellbeing. The food they serve is not just delicious but incredibly healthy. In fact many who want to go Vegan opt for the Detox Package at Santé to help them make the change. The meals are created using unrefined foods and while it might seem impossible they don’t add any sugar, dairy, gluten, preservatives, colorants or additives. And most importantly of all these beautiful meals don’t just look great, they taste amazing too. We only got to visit Santé for lunch and a quick Spa treatment but we left wanting more. This is definitely one place I’m putting on my list of must visits in the future. Next time I’ll opt for a longer stay to try different meals, treatments and desserts… I heard their chocolate cake is the best you’ll ever taste in your life. I’m also curious to try the Vinotherapy Experience which is a signature and trademarked spa experience that can only be found at Santé. If you’ve dreamt of taking a bath in wine then this unique experience is one that should be added to your bucket list too.

The day was packed with educational and interesting experiences where we learned as much as we enjoyed. We ended the day with a wine tasting and early dinner at Old Road Wine Co. This newly launched wine company is quickly becoming a favourite among locals. Reason being that the company is focused on recalling the stories of legendary characters and vines that shaped the Franschhoek community in the early years. They have a wide range of different wines you can enjoy from The Originals to the Quirky Ones and each tell their own story. Even the name refers to The Old Road where it all began.

For the Wine Tasting we got to enjoy trying the three different wines in the Single Vineyard Range. These wines are in some ways more special as they are only harvested from a single vineyard and therefore produced in smaller batches. There is the Grand Mère Semillon 2016, Anemos Chenin Blanc 2016 and 12 Mile Syrah 2015. The Grand Mère Semillon 2016 is harvested from eighty-year old vines which is why it got the name Grand Mère referring to the family matriarch. It is an elegant and refined wine in which you’ll taste notes of opulent pear, kumquat, citrus peel and exotic spice. The Anemos Chenin Blanc 2016 got its name from the ancient Greek lexicon of ‘wind’. Reason being that it is believed the Anemos reveals something of the wild and spiritual nature of its birthplace. This wine is concentrated but very fresh, perfect for a summer’s day. You can expect to taste white pear, quince and gooseberry fruit and even almond blossom. And finally there is the 12 Mile Syrah 2015 which is a characterful red wine with flavors of ripe berries and natural spice. This wine got its name from the post man who is said to have travelled 12-miles each day no matter what the weather to make sure his packages got delivered. His persistence, loyalty and character is reflected in the 12 Mile Syrah. This was just one of the tastings, there are plenty others to enjoy at Old Road Wine Co. from their different ranges.

When you visit you’ll also get to taste the exquisite food on their menu and even pair it with one of their many different white or red wines. Their Pancetta Wrapped Ribeye is definitely a favourite along with the Sesame Seared Tuna. Each meal is cooked to absolute perfection from the meat to the sides. Make sure you keep space for dessert as the Macha Green Tea and Stone Fruit Parfait is an absolute must. One trip to Old Road Wine Co. will definitely leave you coming back for more. Fabulous wines, great food and spectacular people are all part of what makes Old Road Wine Co. an indulgence.

On this Cape Winelands District Municipality Media Educational we learned about the many different things you can do in Franschhoek. People often look for the most obvious activities and places to visit, but in reality there is so much more to do here. In fact as we travelled from place to place throughout the day there were many other fun activities and places that appeared in sight. Next time you visit Fanschhoek make sure you stay for a night or two and truly explore. You might find some experiences that will get you hooked on this beautiful part of the Western Cape.

Written by Rochelle – LOKAL Contributor

Out of this world curry at Sundoo!

When a place gets very busy, very quickly, you know they’re doing something right. And that’s exactly the case at Sundoo in Sea Point. This award winning restaurant is your must-visit Indian Eatery in town.

The waiters and managers are on point with orders, knowledge, and just going the extra mile for their customers. When you visit Sundoo, you don’t just visit for the food, but for the entire experience that comes with it.

We tried the chicken wings and mini chicken rotis to start the evening, accompanied by a cocktail that was just right, after the first few bites we knew every meal was going to be jam packed with flavour.

And what a feast! I had the lamb curry in mild, and my partner had the prawn curry in hot. With a feast before your eyes, Sundoo really bring out the red carpet for every customer that comes through their doors! 🍛

Ensure you make a reservation at Sundoo for your next Indian eatout!

Visit Sundoo on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.

Disclaimer: Sundoo invited us to try the menu.

Escape to somewhere else at Kwéyòl.

If you think there’s any other place like Kwéyòl, you’re wrong. Kwéyòl is such a unique restaurant in Cape Town, that try as you might, you won’t try any other place like it.

Situated in Botanik Social House in the CBD, when you step into Kwéyòl, you get a feeling of being at home. Being indoors, but outdoors. It feels like a little escape from the streets of Cape Town.

Mala Bryan, the girlboss behind Kwéyòl, puts so much passion into her meals, and prepares everything with the highest amount of love. You can taste the homecooked feel in her meals, as every bite is packed to the brim with flavour.

We tried the curried corn and fried chicken wings for starters and omg. You might want to order extra chips because the sauce of the curried corn is amazing! PS: Feel free to lick the bowl!

For mains, we went for the lamb neck stew and the grilled chicken wings. From presentation to taste, each meal felt like you were in a Caribbean kitchen on a tropical island, with Afro influences, eating a fresh homecooked meal.

Kwéyòl is a must for every local and tourist in Cape Town, and I can’t wait to go back and enjoy more of Mala’s meals!

Follow Kwéyòl on Facebook here and on Instagram here.

Disclaimer: Kwéyòl invited us for dinner.

ChiCha blows minds!

ChiCha doesn’t fall into any specific cuisine category in my eyes, but rather as that vibey spot in Sea Point where friends can gather over good tapas and an amazing wine selection. It’s just a little bit paradise that Cape Town needs.

ChiCha is based around snacks and small plates where you can order and share conversations around delicious food. I don’t have one single bad thing to say about ChiCha. Everything was that good.

Luke and I tried a few different tapas and snacks to try and what stood out was how every single dish had a completely different flavour and taste, but every single dish was packed with this pump of flavour at the same time.

If you’re meat-free – definitely order the tofu bites, hand cut chips with truffle oil, and ChiCha corn fritters. The corn fritters with spicy dipping sauce will blow any meat and meat-free eater away!

Some say you only do steak at a steakhouse? No. You do steak at ChiCha. Trust me. You do steak at ChiCha. Steak that is cooked to absolute perfection! Soft, flavourful, and beautifully seasoned.

Try a little bit of everything at ChiCha – especially the tandoori chicken potstickers. They’re one of the best potstickers in Cape Town! I don’t do shellfish but Luke loved his squid and prawns too.

End off your time at ChiCha with churros. More Mexicana authentic you do not get.

I can definitely say without a doubt that ChiCha is the place you’ll make plans to visit, and equally just pop into for a quick bite and a glass of wine. It’s a gem.

Follow ChiCha on Facebook here, and on Instagram here.

Disclaimer: ChiCha invited us for lunch.

The perfect date night at Seelan

Seelan Restaurant & Bar is your next date night venue. Seelan takes a comfort & relaxation, but makes it vibey. With a beautiful view of Table Mountain and the harbour sounds to accompany your meal, there really isn’t any other way to do your next date night, girl’s get-together, or birthday celebration. 🍾

Seelan Sundoo takes a variety of dishes, as well as his own signature meals to create a menu that sparks imagination for your palette. From seafood, to pasta, to poultry, there’s a dish with a personal touch on Seelan’s menu.

My partner and I had our own date night at Seelan, enjoying cocktails and one of the best meals we’ve had. Starting with the Mango Daiquiri (it has Sailor Jerry – Yum!) and fresh West Coast Oysters, you’re bringing the taste of the ocean right next to you, to your plate. The Paradise Comso (with Reyka Vodka) was definitely my favorite cocktail of the night!

I opted for a Wild Mushroom & Truffle pasta (also recommended by the waiter), while my partner was daring and had the duck – something he hasn’t had before. The weren’t words to describe the meal except “OMG!” and “Wow! This is SO good!” Whatever you try on the menu, I know it’s going to be packed with flavour and taste.

There’s nothing like a creamy creme brûlée to end your menu, and Seelan got it right!

Actually, Seelan get everything right. A vibe, atmosphere, food and drinks. Take a drive to the Waterfront, and indulge in a fusion of meals!

Follow Seelan on Instagram here, on Facebook here, and view their website & menu here.

Disclaimer: Seelan invited us for the meal.

Magic at Macau

Where can you find a blend of southern Chinese and Portuguese cuisine, with significant influences from Southeast Asia? Only at Macau. Chef Kuan Geo Lai together with Seelan Sundoo have created a place that sparks imagination for the tastebuds.

Situated in Hout Street, just off Breë, you’ll find a place that doesn’t look like it belongs in the CBD. You step into a restaurant from another world, where a modern feel pays homage to tradition.

Based around ordering a few different dishes to try and share around friends, the menu boasts something for everyone – from dim sum, to ramen, there’s something that you will love. Not only for the taste, but for the passion Chef puts into the meals.

My contributor – Rochelle – and I went for lunch at Macau. We started off with the chicken & garlic chive potstickers, and the honey glazed cha siu pork. The potstickers are packed with stuffing with a thin pastry casings; honey glazed pork is crispy, tasty, with a sweet taste at the same time.

What stood out the most for me was the aromatic crispy duck with mandarin pancakes. The make-your-own pancake concept is something you don’t often find, and everything married so well. Wrapping the crispy duck, fresh cucumber, with a dash of the homemade Hoisan sauce in the thin pancake was heaven.

The Macau Roll takes sushi to a new level with the flame seared salmon. The freshness comes out and the mayo adds a bit of tang to the dish as well.

Just before dessert, we tried the salt cod fritters with garlic aioli. This little balls melt in your mouth, and the pure cod flavor isn’t over powered by anything.

You know when you order fondant, you want that oozing middle? Well, omg did Macau’s truffle chocolate fondant ooze for sure! It was a rich fondant that paired perfectly with the green tea ice cream and chocolate soil.

Macau is a gem that Cape Town has been waiting for. Spend an afternoon snacking on these dishes while feeling how much thought went into blending these flavor combinations, will make you appreciate eating them even more. A massive thank you to Dennis for being so knowledgeable on the dishes, and Chef chatting about them made us enjoy them even more!

Visit Macau on Facebook here and Instagram here.

Disclaimer: Macau invited us for lunch.