Ice cream for breakfast

Last week I was invited to attend a morning function hosted by Capsicum Cooking Studio, in collaboration with The Creamery, once a month Capsicum host an event the concept for this one in particular was Ice cream for breakfast. (Yes, you read right!!!!)

About a year and a half ago Capsicum moved to the newly renovated Rex Trueform building in Salt River, a stone throw away from The new Creamery cafe.

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S T U D E N T  |  A Y E S H A  |  ” Breakfast on-the-go” 

French toast brioche with buffalo mozzarella, macon crisp, black salt, coffee marshmallow + sweet cream ice cream. (This was my fave, so delicious I had two)

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Winning student Ayesha with The Creamery owner Kate.

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S T U D E N T  |  S H O U N E E Z  |  “pb + j” 

Mini doughnut with homemade strawberry jam + peanut butter ice cream

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S T U D E N T  |  S A R A H – J A N E  for  R O Z A N N E  |  “healthy yoghurt crunch” 

Yoghurt panna cotta with strawberries, rocket, crispy mango, granola crunch + coconut-lime swirl ice cream

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Thank you to the Capsicum students, The Creamery and Capsicum Cooking Studio for a delicious morning, it was the perfect start to my Friday.

xxx

Photos by Nikki and Melissa.

Journey to scoop mountain – The Creamery Giveaway with Melissa Louise

So last week I hinted that The creamery and I were up to something…

IT’S GIVEAWAY TIME!! <claps>

Win with Melissa Louise and The Creamery

I have been a huge fan of The Creamery for the longest time, they make simply delicious ice cream using amazing locally sourced ingredients. They are becoming a fast favourite in Cape Town which has helped them expand…

The newest addition to The Creamery family is the Salt River Cafe, baby sister to the much loved Newlands Cafe. It is a beautifully designed space with double volume ceilings, metro tiles and an expanded seating area. They serve a similar menu to the Newlands cafe- scoops, pints, coffee, milkshakes, sundaes and waffles to name a few…. What I love most about the design of the Salt river cafe is that there is a HUGE window next to the seating area where you can watch the ice cream coming straight out of the churn… How cool? 

Win with Melissa Louise and The Creamery

Make sure you pop in to the Salt River cafe sooon for their delicious ice cream-

Unit G2, PALS Building,
97 Durham Avenue, Salt River

Mon-Thurs 12.00-18.00
Fri 12:00-23:00
Sat 10.00-23.00
Sun CLOSED

If you are anywhere else and neeeeed Creamery ice cream, which happens often, you can check out the other spots on where you can find them in and around Cape Town.

In other exciting news The Creamery has just launched their LOYALTY CARDS!!! YAY.

Win with Melissa Louise and The Creamery
They are beautifully illustrated cards that describe your journey to “scoop mountain”. Isn’t that a fun concept? How it works is simple – “10 ice cream orders = 1 scoop on The Creamery”…. If you’ve ever needed an excuse to eat 10 ice creams – well now you have one! :)

Now for the giveaway… Tell 2 of your besties about the new loyalty cards The Creamery have just launched and you could win yourself a voucher to the value of 1 pint of ice cream (flavour of your choice). 

How yummy does that sound? All you have to do to enter is the following:

1. Follow Melissa Louise on Twitter.

2. Share this on twitter and tag in 2 of your besties – “. now have loyalty cards. Share & win with , enter here: http://goo.gl/04oQT6 “

3. Comment on this post below to tell me where you have shared.

AND THE WINNER IS CINDY ALFINO! YAY!

Happy entering x

*Giveaway closes on 5 February 2015 and winner will be announced 7 February 2015. If you do not have twitter unfortunately you are out of the running. Giveaway open to Cape Town residents only. Voucher value of R70.00. Voucher is not transferable for cash.*

Summer Cocktail with Spier

I have always been a fan of the Chardonnay Pinot Noir blend and was elated when Spier sent me a bottle of their newly released Chardonnay Pinot Noir… oh my, it is delicious!

As a part of the #DRINKPINKSPIER experience Spier has launched a signature candyfloss cocktial using the Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir… How delicious does that sound? I loved this concept but struggled to find candyfloss and nothing screams summer to me more than watermelon!

Here is my version of a summer cocktail with Spier.

What you will need:

1 || Spier Chardonnay Pinot Noir

2 || Soda Water

3 || Watermelon

Summer cocktail with Spier by Melissa Louise

Summer cocktail with Spier by Melissa Louise

Mix equal parts of soda water and Spier signature Chardonnay Pinot Noir , stir in ice and add watermelon to taste. 

Summer cocktail with Spier by Melissa Louise

Here is a little more about this award wining wine according to Spier,

ORIGIN:
Coastal

TERROIR / SOIL:
Soils: Kroonstad
South-facing Vineyards from Stellenbosch and Durbanville
Proximity to ocean14 – 20 km.

VINEYARD AND CLIMATE CONDITIONS:
Chardonnay from Stellenbosch and Pinot Noir from Durbanville with an average age of 14 years yielded the grapes for this wine.

WINEMAKING:
Grapes were hand-harvested early morning in 10kg lug boxes and pre-cooled before hand-sorting and whole bunch pressing. The juice was transferred into stainless steel tanks. Fermentation took place under controlled temperatures between12 – 14 °C. The wine matured for 3 months on the lees before blending and bottling.

ANALYSIS:
Alc: 12.95% TA: 5.7 g/L
RS: 2.7 g/L pH: 3.41

APPEARANCE:
Light salmon pink

TASTING NOTE:
Aromas of strawberries and yellow apple, with a crisp fruit finish.

SERVE WITH:
Seafood salad, avocado, smoked salmon or egg canapés.

xxx

 Photos by Melissa Louise, Editing and compilation by Nikki @ Zana.

Product crush: Zana || Coin Purse

As most of you may know I am one of the designers at Zana. This month marks my one year with the team and seriously it is and has been my dream job! I am so grateful to have found and to be able to do what I love everyday.

We have done SO much in the last year but one of my very favourite projects and one we are all so proud of is our new coin purses which launched this past week.

Zana Coin purses - Melissa Louise

They are the perfect combo of fun and luxury! They are double sided, textiles on the front and genuine leather on the back. The variety of new Zana original textiles are bound to appeal to many and if you didn’t have enough to choose from each design comes in two shapes, round bottom and rectangle. eeeeek.

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 How beautiful are all the brass details? *DROOOL

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In my bias opinion, they are a total must have!!

Shop them in ZAR for R230.00 each – HERE
Shop them in USD for $23.00 each – HERE

xxx

Photographs by Melissa Louise & Zana

Love Milo launches a new range and man I am excited

I have always crushed on Love Milo , their designs are simply elegant and I absoultley love the cross use of materials and textures. Excitingly , last week Nikki and I attended the launch of Love Milo’s botanical range at Nap Living in Cape Quarter.

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 My dear friend Nikki & I.

Nap is TO.DIE.FOR ! It was my first time there and I cannot believe what I have been missing out on… They stock a beautiful array of products from linen and glassware to furniture and so much more. Everything has a natural aethetic and this couldnt have been a better setting for the launch of Love Milo’s botanical range.

All Love Milo designs are created using photography, none are computer generated, this allows the final product to reflect the graphic lines and forms found in nature while also maintaining the slight imperfections of our environment.

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 “It is this natural diversity within african environment that is the inspiration behind all our products. ” – Nicki, founder and owner of Love Milo.

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Most of Love Milo’s designs are monochrome and while this is my favourite I do like the hint of colour in the new botany range. Visit the Love Milo’s website here, they also have an online store – how convenient!

Like them on Facebook or instagram to keep up with new and fun projects Nicki is busy on… Want to know more about Nap Living? Visit their website here.

Love Milo Launch- Melissa Louise

I am obsessed with the Tribal stripe cushion and I am totally considering using it in my bedroom makeover that I am busy with… 

Love Milo Launch- Melissa Louise

Love Milo Launch- Melissa Louise

Thank you to Nap for hosting us and for supplying the delicious treats and to Love Milo for a wonderful evening and our little keep sakes.

xxx

 All images by Melissa Louise, cover image by Love Milo.