Snuck away for lunch, to our Buchanan Square neighbours, Col’Cacchio’s launch of their new Banting friendly menu. Tim Noakes it seems has people divided, but there are tons of people who swear by Banting and their results. Lucas on hearing what Banting was about said in disbelief ‘there are people who voluntarily don’t eat carbs? WTF?!’ LOL Anyways as someone who always orders a gluten free pizza at Col’Cacchio, I was super keen to try out their new menu, seated next to the Cosmo, ELLE & GQ girls we tucked into starters – the outright winner being the Banting-friendly Cobb salad with cos lettuce, chicken, bacon, cherry tomatoes, avo, egg, crispy onion and a ranch style dressing.
Yay for our first #NiftyWeeklyProject winner – @zoemiagruss who’s favourite coffee spot is House of Machines!
Last week was the first of what we’re callin’ the #NiftyWeekyProject & the theme was ‘coffee shops’ – there were 70 entries in total & 5 winners. From coffee shops just down the road, like House Of Machines, to Bryni’s trip to Smits Koffiehuis in Amsterdam, and Kristen’s new favourite & delightfully cosy spot, La Causerie des Mondes in Dijon, France – here are the winning photographs & a few of our favourite spots thrown in too!
P.S. this week’s theme is ‘indulgences’ – you can take that as you wish and show us yours.. Simply upload your photo to Instagram and include the hashtag #NiftyWeeklyProject as well as a lil description – no tagging of old photos please. If we love & regram your photo you’ll win a Nifty voucher for x16 Strips – delivery not included.
A few months ago, The Creamery announced via Twitter that they were opening a new store in Salt River, an announcement that pretty much made our year. The Creamery are to Cape Town ice-cream lovers, what Paul Ballen is to Johannesburg – pure goodness. Whilst we’ve had The Creamery many times at events like Design Indaba, their Newlands store was always a little bit of a schlep for us lazy Capetonians..
Their brand new store which is also their new HQ opened last week while we were away in JHB for iPhoneography, which is why, today for lunch there was only one thing on the menu – ice-cream please! The new store is situated at 97 Durham Avenue, Salt River which is also now home to Origin, The Taproom, Quirk + Red&Yellow – best of all it’s just down the road from the Nifty Studio in Woodstock – we have yet to ascertain whether this is a good or bad thing.. Think wallet & waistline issues.
Photo of the Flat Mountain window by @RowanEva
This weekend Rowan took over our Instagram account – we’ll do a blog post all about him – and showed us a sneak peek of a new coffee spot opening in our hood, Flat Mountain coffee roasters. We haven’t been this excited about a new shop opening, since The Creamery announced they were opening in Salt River (1 October is the day) and we were especially happy because since moving from Side Street Studios – where we were right next door to Rosetta, The Field Office & Superette – there have been no great places to grab a cuppa coffee within walking distance of our new studio space in Buchanan Square. To make things even better Flat Mountain is literally across the road from us in Sir Lowry Road so we’ll be popping in regularly.
Yesterday was their first day of business and we grabbed a cappuccino, espresso and bottle of JuiceBox cloudy apple juice. The space is bigger than expected, great wooden paneling, mild steel stools & thick rope lights – it’s super clean but not too minimal, there is also a pop of yellow in the form of a comfy couch. For their first week they’re running a special – R10 for all coffees, so go pop in and check it out, you can also pay via SnapScan which we love! They’ll be expanding their menu in the coming weeks with some sandwich offers soon, cos as much as we love The Kitchen, with their latest round of price increases means they’re not nearly as affordable as they used to be..
Who The Kitchen
Where 111 Sir Lowry Rd, Cape Town
When Monday – Friday – 8:00am to 3:30pm.
When taking a stroll along Woodstock Main road it’s hard not to notice the buzz that surrounds the area, and in the middle of the bustling main road where the rather infamous eatery, The Kitchen is located.
The Kitchen was started by Karen Dudley and has seen the likes of the Obama’s, who have eaten there, yes, those Obama’s. Rumour has it, that they stopped there after their security mistook The Kitchen for the famous Test Kitchen, but loved the food anyway and a newspaper clipping of the incident is framed outside.