Addis Easy Keepers- Review

Ever find that your plastic storage containers vanish or you tend to either find the lid or the base, but seldom the two together? Insert Addis Easy Keepers, not only is it incredibly handy that the lids clip to the base making them easy to find, I have open shelves for storage in my kitchen and this new and improved design makes for a neat and tidy cupboard. YAY!

I got these easy keepers a little while ago to test drive and seriously, I am impressed… They are such great sizes and have totally neatened up my shelves. The one and only request I would have is to have them in another colour, at the moment they are only available in this maroon/red. As I said I have exposed shelves in my kitchen and the red clashes a little with the muted pastels through out my home, see home tour here, I would be totally thrilled if they were brought out in white. Its nice to have variety too, right?

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Addis Easy Keepers are safe to use in the microwave, freezer and dishwasher and are made in South Africa from high quality plastic that is food safe and BPA free.

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Easy keepers are available in 6 sizes from Pick n Pay and Checkers stores..

I am such a sucker for being pampered and thanks to Addis, saving me so much time when it comes to neat and tidy storage, I am able to have a facial and not feel bad… :)

Melissa.

xxx

Photos 1-3 are my own.

Photo 4 – Addis

 

Publik Wine Bar

Publik Wine bar by Melissa Louise

On Friday November first we attended the opening of Andy fenner and David Copes PUBLIK WINE BAR based on 81 Church Street, Cape Town. A good friend Kristian Sorensen is the wine connoisseur at Publik, the wine bar is stocked with natural wines which are organically made and are free of sulphates. This is an offering not widely found in most Cape Town bars and restaurants. The wine bar is open from 4pm daily, I do recommend you pop in and see what’s on offer.

“As is the case with most good ideas, Publik Wine Bar was conceived halfway through a fair amount of booze.

The idea seemed simple. I was opening a butchery with a liquor license. I didn’t want to run a bar. Dave did. Two beers later we had pretty much come up with the concept. A wine bar inside a butchery.

That’ll work, won’t it? What if it was a wine bar inside a butchery that concentrates on natural wines. A bar showcasing interesting varietals. A bar championing winemakers who like to do as little to their grapes as possible. A bar for people who love wine but are bored of drinking the same stuff. And guess what? We actually did it.” – Andy Fenner

Publik Wine bar by Melissa Louise

Publik Wine bar by Melissa Louise

The interior is a minimalistic take on industrialism, I love the mix of textures and materials. These include exposed/raw concrete, timber and copper piping. The walls and chairs are painted black this dark palette lends to a underground cellar feel, just perfect for a wine bar. Love love love.

Have a look at their website for further details.

xxx

Photographs sourced from instagram- Melissa Louise, Kristian Sørensen , Andy Fenner

Pinotage on tap 2013

What an amazing weekend, I have truly not had one of those in a LONG time!! Saturday in particular was my favourite, we attended the 9th Annual Pinotage on Tap festival. The festival is centred around celebrating the new vintage of the ever-popular Dimersfontein coffee chocolate pinotage, and OH MY was it delicious.

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

We arranged a shuttle to fetch us from home in Cape Town and made our +- hour journey to the Dimersfontein Wine and Country Estate  in Wellington. I really really recommend organising a driver should you want to attend the festival. Minimal fuss, and the peace of mind that you will arrive to and from the festival safely. If you fill up your van its really inexpensive.

The entry gates opened at 12h30, the program for the day was filled with live entertainment and instruction as to when the food stations would open. They had 3 delicious meals on offer redeemable with food vouchers. The ostrich sausage, mash and gravy was my favourite and so weather appropriate. It was really well organised (baring the dessert scavenger hunt) and we had such a lovely time with friends in such a picturesque setting.

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

 Goodie bags and Pinotage on tap.

Upon arrival we were greeted by tunes of a live jazz band, the goodie bag station and the first of many wine barrels. The Pinotage is so smooth, with distinct flavours of coffee and dark chocolate with a hint of mint and baked plums on the nose. Ripe subtle tannins create a wine to be enjoyed young hence the celebration of the new vintage which harvested in August.

Our goodie bags included a program for the day, a wine glass, a bottle of water, a sandwich (how responsible of the organisers, lining our stomachs as we entered) and a few promotional flyers.

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

 Left: The country house & a jazz band. Right: James & I

“Although it drizzled most of the day, there was plenty of coverage and wine to keep us warm. We had so much fun dancing in the rain.” – Melissa

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

 Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

Left: Chris & Milos. Middle: James & Andrea. Right: Katy & Kirsten. 

Over the past year James and I have been blessed with some amazing new friends, the kind you feel you’ve known forever. You guys are seriously wonderful, thank you for making these amazing memories with us!

One member of our friendship group is the talented wine, food and lifestyle blogger Katy from Katys Table.  I love her blog, her writing is witty, smart and each post takes me on an adventure. She will also be documenting our POT2013 adventure so be sure to like her on facebook to keep up to date with new features.

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

Food & live entertainment.

The musical line up included Gangs of Ballet, Natasha Meister and Newton’s 2nd Law. The perfect balance of chill.

 

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

One too many glasses of wine and two new friends. 

Pinotage on Tap 2013 by Melissa Louise

The view from the top of the estate.

Although the event closed at 18h30 we had make the executive decision for our driver to arrive at 17h30. It was perfect timing…

You are welcome to join the Dimersfontein fan club on their website.

We will definitely be going next year.

xxx

All Photographs taken by Melissa Louise

Review: Chandani, Indian and vegetarian restaurant

Chandani Review by Melissa Louise

Chandani, a little piece of north India squeezed into a renovated Victorian house in Roodebloem Road, Woodstock, Cape Town. It being our first time going to Chandani, we called to make a reservation (which is recommended). We were informed that dinner service is from 7pm -10pm. The added benefit of booking a table at Chandani is that their meat is halaal and there is a wide variety of vegetarian options on the menu, this doesn’t effect James or I but is convenient should we ever have guests who prefer either.

We arrived shortly after 7pm, while greeted at the door and shown to our seats one can’t help but notice the antique decor elements that run throughout the restaurant and the amount of effort that has gone into every detail and table setting. The eating areas are divided up amongst rooms and verandahs with timber lattice screens. While the screens offer little visibility it supplies one with a sense of togetherness but also allows for more intimate dinner experience.

Chandani Review by Melissa Louise

Chandani Review by Melissa Louise

Our waiter, Chris, was pleasant. He made us feel welcome and had a fine knowledge of the menu. We skipped starters and headed straight for the main course. Choosing Murg Korma, Chicken cooked in rich cashew nut curry (ultra mild and slightly sweet) and Bhuna Gosht, Lamb cubes dry roasted in a pan with freshly pounded spices and simmered in an aromatic tomato curry (medium). Both were beautifully presented in little tempered silver bowls. The food was fragrant, portions generous and fairly priced. We ordered a side portion of rice and two naan breads, this was a more then sufficient meal for two. As the food arrives you are presented with a warm dinner plate, something through my late Grandpa I’ve learnt to appreciate.

The wine list comprises a selection of labels meant to complement the dishes on the menu. It well priced and the restaurant offers a lovely touch by allowing you to taste the wine before ordering.

Chandani Review by Melissa Louise

The restaurant is co-owned by Dina and Jagdish. It’s a lovely touch to have the owners be so hand on. Together they are the most attentive hosts which make Chandani a warm place to return to. One can’t help but notice the passion Dina has for the food while she made her rounds to ensure every patron was attended to and satisfied with their meal selection.

When leaving Chris, our waiter, walked us out and offered us a petite spoon of ‘mouth fresh’. This is a combination of aniseed, peppercorns, saffron water, and mints. Mouth fresh is good for digestion and as most indian dishes have generous amounts of onion, garlic and ginger the mouth fresh helps cleanse the palette. It’s an acquired taste, but definitely worth trying.

From beginning to end, every detail enhanced our experience. The warm reception, ambient dining room, delicious food and attention to detail made for a lovely evening. We will definitely be returning.

Contact Details:

Chandani , 85 Roodebloem Avenue, Woodstock, Cape Town

Telephone: 021 447 7887

Website: http://www.chandani.co.za

xxx

Images: All by Melissa Louise

Homemade Iced Tea- Rooibos, Lemon, Mint & honey.

Home Made Ice Tea by Melissa Louise

I have this crazy obsession for Bos Ice Tea of late. It’s truly delicious but at my rate of consumption I thought its best that I try a home made version. Not to compete (as if I’d stand a chance) but a healthy, cost effective, quick and easy home made version.

Step One:

Choose your ingredients. The flavour of your Ice Tea is entirely up to you. I used ingredients I already had in my fridge and garden. I used a quarter lemon, a handful of mint, 4 Rooibos teabags to 1 litre of water and honey to taste.

Make sure you cut and clean the fresh produce. A little trick is to let your mint soak in a bowl of salt water this will kill any bacteria, hidden insects or parasites.

Step Two:

Add the tea bags into your jar of choice, pour in the boiling water (I find that tea brews better with boiling water) and leave the tea for a few minutes to brew. You can stir to speed up this process. Then add your ingredients gently as not to bruise or break them resulting in unwanted bits in your tea.

 

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home made ice tea home made ice tea

Step Three:

You can add sugar to taste, I didn’t add any as the honey is sweet enough for me but that’s up to you. Leave the tea to chill in the fridge, this time will also allow for the mint and lemon flavours to infuse the tea. Serve with ice.

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 Images: All by Melissa Louise