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What to do in Stellenbosch 2018: Chocolate pairing at Waterford Estate

Last weekend saw us in Stellenbosch, where we had the most wonderful time. I’ll let the pictures do the talking so you can see for yourself…

Saturday, 4 August 2018: Lunch at Majeka House’s M Bar, chocolate pairing at Waterford Estate

W Cafe french toast and eggs benedict
We had some weekend admin to sort out first thing, so Saturday’s breakfast was enjoyed at W Cafe in Woolworths, Table Bay Mall. See Husband’s eggs benedict and flat white, with my poached pear-topped French toast and vanilla-cinnamon cappuccino. Yum.
Road trip to Stellenbosch
What’s a road trip without caffeine? We ended up with a cafe mocha for me and a Coke Zero for Husband, and enjoyed watching the scenery become all woodsy the closer we got to Stellenbosch.
Majeka House herbal infusion
What a welcome! When you see that tree in the middle of the road, you know you’re in whisper distance of Majeka House. Also see one of the quirky pig ornaments (they’re everywhere at Majeka House), and the herbal infusion from Majeka’s own herb garden, served in the prettiest floral cups.
Majeka House M Bar and cacti
The M Bar at Majeka House is beautiful, with gold touches and pops of royal blue everywhere. There was a toasty fire blazing inside, but we opted to eat out in the elements, amongst the unusual cacti.
Majeka Menu lunch
Our lunch choices from the Majeka Menu. We opted for just a main each – the line fish for Husband and the pasta for me, with the vanilla creme brulee for dessert.
Lunch at Majeka House M Bar
There were no burgers in stock and the menu was quite seafood-heavy, so I the coriander-chilli-broccoli-bocconcini pasta was my best bet, especially when paired with a gingery rose martini. Also see husband’s asparagus and the linefish – Cape breem on the day, cooked to perfection, as well as the vanilla creme brulee topped with a cookie and paired with a cappuccino.
Coffee at Majeka House
Strong, rich coffee, a crisp breeze, bird song and blues and greens everywhere you look. That’s Majeka House!
Bird room at Majeka House
Bellies full, it was time to explore our room! We were in one of two with access to a private (very cold) pool. Also see the pretty pink and grey birdy theme, even on the glass doors on the bathroom.
Flamingo room at Majeka House
I won’t tell you how many takes we took at getting it to look like I was wrapped up in the flamingo birdy. πŸ™‚
Pool at Majeka House
See the beautiful but chilly pool. The base is striped and would be good for a few laps! I didn’t brave it much more than this, alas. The coffee was much needed, and even that didn’t do the trick so we decided it was time for a quick explore of the local wine farms. What a good idea!
Waterford Estate
Waterford Estate is like something an artist imagined and brought to life with a magic paintbrush.
Waterford Estate
You just can’t go wrong with visiting a wine farm in the Western Cape, but Waterford Estate has a special touch. From the game viewing vehicle to the pretty trees…
Waterford Estate
To the classy country setting with lights and log fires everywhere you look…
Chocolate wine pairing at Waterford Estate
To the chocolate-wine pairing, which is complementary if you’re staying at Majeka House. Waterford Estate was actually the first local wine farm to offer a chocolate-wine pairing, and we can see why it’s been such a success. The chocolates are specially crafted and can only be bought at the Estate. We highly recommend this activity if you’re visiting Stellenbosch!
Waterford Estate fruit
But the best part, for us? The tiny fruit dotted on trees in rows and rows across the estate. They were sweet and seedless, and left our fingers orange-scented.
Dornier in Stellenbosch
Dornier is on the same road as Waterford Estate, so we stopped in for a quick visit – see why I say you can’t go wrong with visiting a wine farm in the Western Cape?
Stellenbosch
Some of the things we saw while travelling those semi-rural roads of Stellenbosch.
Snacks at Majeka House
Juice and dessert! We’d just returned to our room when there was a knock on our door in the early evening, and we were presented with fresh, spicy juice and a yummy berry-chocolate panna cotta.
Majeka House jacuzzi
Later that evening we made use of the fitness centre and the steam room, sauna, indoor pool and jacuzzi. This is bliss!
Gowns at Majeka House
This was the best option from our standard gown photo shoot. I promise. Not seen: Just how fluffy and soft and warm they were.
Majeka House archways
Night time! See the sky at sunset and how the Majeka House archways light up once the moon rises.

Sunday, 5 August 2018: Breakfast buffet at Makaron

Makaron tea.
The moment Husband’s eyes were open on Sunday morning, it was time for breakfast in Makaron. See the hot breakfast menu, some of the treats to choose from the continental buffet, and tea equipment.
Majeka House breakfast pig.
This little piggy guarded the breakfast buffet.
Chairs at Makaron in Majeka House.
The seating arrangements at Makaron restaurant in Majeka House are quite something. Look at these fancy chairs!
Breakfast at Makaron
We had bowl after bowl of beautiful assortment of food. See our strong coffees served with hot milk, clusters of honeyed muesli with nuts and yoghurt, the American pancakes with hot, jammy blueberries and Husband’s full breakfast including tomato, mushrooms and sausages.
Dacshchund
Suspicious Bassie, once we were safely home again that afternoon.
Dog hug.
Bertie having a snuggle with his dad.

Monday, 6 August 2018: Sunrise in Woodstock

Sunrise
The most beautiful citrus-streaky sunrise when I got off the MyCiti bus at Woodstock Station on Monday morning.

That’s all, folks! We hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Majeka House and Waterford Estate were part of our review package.Β All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

What to do in Stellenbosch 2018: Lunch at Clos Malverne

T’was the Freedom Day long weekend in SA last weekend, so we had time to fit in lots of fun moments.

We were also lucky enough to be reviewing a mini version of the winter lifestyle package at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch, so this week’s post is jampacked with mouth-watering food and breathtaking views. See for yourself…

Friday, 27 April 2018: Go-karting at Century Karting

Foodlover's Market breakfast
We had a later-than-usual breakfast brunch on Friday as didn’t have to get up with an alarm. See my chai latte and enormous croissant with bacon, brie and blueberries, as well as side salad. Husband had the mince on toast topped with an egg. All this at the Foodlover’s Market on Sandown.
Go-karting at Century Karting.
Husband had spotted the Century Karting track when we made a miss-turn in the parking lot of Canal Walk, and as keen to give it ago with his dad, brother and father-in-law. They went zooming around the track so fast that the bottom right blurred pic is about the clearest ‘action shot’ I managed to snap.
Century Karting
Team photo of the proud racers. The sons had more aches and pains the following day than the dads.
Dogs
We also spent some quality time with the puppers that eve. They’re such sweeties.
Petiscos dins
We dined at Petisco’s with brother-in-law Spec that evening. Their creamy chicken xai-xai fillet is amazing!
Pink sunset Petiscos
Pink sunset from the balcony at Petisco’s that evening.

Saturday, 28 April 2018: Massage, four-course lunch and ice-cream wine pairing at Clos Malverne

News Cafe
We had a quick earlybird breakfast with Spec at News Cafe first thing on Saturday, then it was time to set off for our grand adventure…
Lake in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.
Such pretty scenery on the road to Clos Malverne in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.
Signs to Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch
Blue skies, check. Green valleys, check. Chirpy birdsong, check. Before we knew it, we were at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley.
The Spa at Clos Malverne
Our first stop – the spa! We were treated to back, neck and shoulder massages, as well as time in the steam room to unwind. There were Ferrero Rochers awaiting us on the massage table pillows. Such a lovely start.
Clos Malverne restaurant
Feeling relaxed after our massages, we were ready for the four-course lunch that lay ahead. But first, where to sit? So many appealing options at the Clos Malverne restaurant…
Freedom Day Mandela painting at Clos Malverne.
The bright, happy painting in the restaurant was so fitting for the Freedom Day long weekend in South Africa.
Sunny balcony at Clos Malverne
We sat in a corner of the sun-dappled balcony with panoramic views of the vines and valley ahead.
Clos Malverne
This is why it’s called a ‘meal with a view’ at Clos Malverne. See my starter butternut-goat’s cheese arancini and Husband’s half-shell mussells in Thai curry broth.
Clos Malverne lunch
Mmm. See Husband’s fillet steak topped with asparagus spears and springbok samosas on top, with my bacon-wrapped chicken fillet and pork belly below. Such beautiful plating, with tastes to match!
Dessert at Clos Malverne.
Loved the mini apple rolled in poppyseeds that accompanied my pork belly (it tasted of pear). Also see our desserts – the ‘savoury sweet’ on top is a butternut-chilli-caramel cheesecake, with the ‘white dark chocolate’ mousse below.
Ice cream wine pairing at Clos Malverne
If you thought we would be full by then, you obviously haven’t heard of Clos Malverne’s ice cream-wine pairing. This is not part of the lifestyle package but definitely worth booking as part of your stay. Flavours range from the ‘lemongrass, chilli and litchi’ as paired with a flute of MCC to the orange, ‘gluhwein and star-anise’, paired with a sweet dessert wine. Full descriptions to follow on Bizcommunity!
Clos Malverne room.
Next stop, nap time. The rooms are named after wine varietals, with views of the valley and amazing pool. Husband was clearly amused at the wonderful simplicity of the TV remote!
Pool at Clos Malverne
Look. At. That. Pool! But it was too pretty to just lounge around and look at, despite the icy water…
Pool at Clos Malverne
Proof of our pool time. We lounged beside it and also had a quick dip – t’was super chilly!
Gowns at Clos Malverne
A slight variation of our usual ‘gowns in luxurious spaces’ photo. These were super soft and fluffy.
Clos Malverne
‘Clos’ means ‘walled vineyard’ and the vines sure are well protected on the farm. We went for a walk as desk set in and marvelled at the beauty of the setting sun over the mountains. See the rising moon in the last picture.

Sunday, 29 April 2018: Elevenses at Helena’s, Root 44 Market and the Stellenbosch Flying Club

Sunday in Stellenbosch.
This looks like a very good Sunday morning to me. See the sunrise, coffee on the balcony, fruit parfaits left in the fridge for our in-room breakfast, and fluffy brown cows grazing in the adjacent field. Then it was time to leave.
Trees in Stellenbosch
We took the long road home, with quite a few stops along the way as the typical Cape country scenery is all the more beautiful in the heart of Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch wheel.
That included an explore of the sides of Stellenbosch we’d not yet seen, like this giant wheel.
Breakfast at Helena's Restaurant in CoopmanHuijs Hotel
Helena’s Restaurant in the Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel was so charming that we had to stop in for ‘elevenses’ or second breakfast – just a cappuccino for me, while Husband had the salmon eggs benedict. Delicious.
Root 44 market food
If you’re in Stellenbosch on a Sunday morning, chances are you’ll end up at the Root 44 Market, drooling over various crafts and foods. These looked amazing! Colourful confections at the market.
Corn dogs at Root 44 market
A corn dog for everyone, no matter your tastes.
Stellenbosch Flying Club planes
The Stellenbosch Flying Club was our very last stop on our way out of town for a look around at the planes.

That’s all, folks! Click here for my full, wordy review on Bizcommunity…

Clos Malverne lifestyle package
This is what we came for – it’s wonderful!

*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Clos Malverne were part of our review package.Β All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Late-summer swimming and buffet breakfasts at the President Hotel

I almost titled this post ‘a tale of two presidents’. Last Friday we both had a day of leave from work so took part in the peaceful protests across the country – we didn’t march to town but stood as part of the human chain in the suburbs while passersby honked, cheered and showed the thumbs-up sign.

But that’s not all we did…

Friday, 7 March 2017: Save SA peaceful protest

Durbanville roads
We set out Durbanville way last Friday morning for breakfast. It was a beautiful day.
Urban Wines in Durbanville
We ended up at Urban Wines, which offers a wide range to buy as well as a few delicious breakfasts…
See some of the deliciousness here. A strong cappuccino, wall of brightly labelled craft beers, Husband’s egg on mushroom breakfast and my Nutella pancake topped with plain yoghurt, syrup and assorted nuts.
Save SA march in Sunningdale
We ‘manned’ the corner of Tryall Street and the R27 in Sunningdale during the Save SA peaceful protest from around 10am to noon.

Saturday, 8 April 2017: Review night at the President Hotel

Lacomia breakfast
You’re looking at our Saturday morning breakfast at Lacomia in our nearest Builder’s Warehouse. That’s a latte on the left, their chocolate cheesecake in the middle and the bull’s eye fry up on the right.
Dogs on couch
We spent some quality time with the doggies when we got home as we would not be seeing them that night…
Dogs in garden
The doggies went to stay at their granny’s house for a sleepover as we were off to the President Hotel in Bantry Bay/Sea Point for the night. They had a fun time sniffling around her garden together before we left.
View of Table Mountain from Table View.
View of Table Mountain as we left Table View for the Bantry Bay/Sea Point side of Cape Town.
President Hotel entrance.
The President Hotel entrance.
President Hotel keycard
Keycards, check. Sunnies, check. Summer pairings specials menu, check.
President Hotel
All the pretty sights inside the President, but the main attraction for us was outside…
President Hotel pool
View from our room on the fourth floor. One of the prettiest pools I’ve seen, and just look at the Sea Point sea beyond!
Swimming at the President Hotel.
We unpacked and trotted down to the pool as soon as possible. Perfect way to unwind!
Gulls at the President Pool.
Gulls sitting on the lip of the the pool and sipping from it.
Sunset at the President Hotel.
Sunset at the pool, so pretty with all those lights and the peachy sky.
Cocktails at the President
Cocktails in the gin bar that night, with our toes in the sand on the wooden deck. Not very well lit, I’m afraid, but highly recommended! I had the pina colada on the left, Husband had the Long Island Ice Tea on the right.
Dinner at the Islands Restaurant at the President Hotel
Dinner at the Islands Restaurant we sat outside under the stars and ate all of the above (click through to my official review for the full descriptions).
Drinks at the Islands Restaurant
Assorted drinks while we ate the above included a chocolate shake, a glass of red and a strong cappuccino. Mmm.

Sunday, 9 April 2017: Islands buffet breakfast, Sea Point promenade stroll and afternoon sushi stop

Grey sky pool at the President Hotel.
When we got up the next morning the poolside lights were still ablaze even though it was 7am, as the sky was dismal and grey. Our moods were chipper though, because were were heading down for a much-anticipated buffet breakfast.
Breakfast buffet at the Islands at the President Hotel.
The breakfast buffet at the Islands restaurant in the President Hotel sure is impressive. Look at all the choices!
Breakfast buffet at the Islands at President Hotel
What we ended up eating – top left is my bowl of muesli, hot oats, stewed fruit, yoghurt, nuts and cup of filter coffee; bottom left is Husband’s eggs on toast with streaky bacon, assorted fish, and mushroom; and on the right my second course – mini croissants, cold meats and cheeses, slices peppers and more bacon. Yes.
President Hotel in Sea Point
Bellies full, it was time for a spot of exercise. Note how warmly dressed we were. This is the plaque stating the hotel was officially opened by Nelson Mandela in 1998.
Sea Point grey skies.
We made it down to the Promenade for a brief stroll and took this photo as proof, then high-tailed it back to the hotel as we were so windswept.
Sushi at the orient at Eden on the Bay
After checking out we spent more time with the doggies before heading out again. We didn’t feel for much though as it was Sunday afternoon, so simply stopped in at The Orient in Eden on the Bay for a quick snack. For me a hot chocolate, for Husband a double portion of sushi sashimi.
briyani and pumpkin fritters
Lupper at Mum’s later that evening included a wonderful chicken briyani and pumpkin fritters in caramel sauce. They were restaurant-worthy!

That’s all, folks. We hope you’re having a relaxing Easter weekend. Don’t miss my full review of our stay at the President Hotel on Biz! πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Obviously our night’s stay and meals at the President Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.