I am Lara and this is my blog. It's all about how I like to explore different cities, delight in good food and drink in everything life has to offer! These are my ramblings
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Conveniently situated just down the road where we stayed, was a restaurant called Bill’s. They have restaurants all over England and we were very lucky to have one so close to us. You can sit down and have a meal or simply pop in for drinks and they have a huge variety of things they sell as well. (more…)

Bill’s

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WOW one of my best London discoveries to date. Being South African I am all about the meat and can truly appreciate a good medium to rare steak! My mom and I met up with my brother in London, in …

Steak & Co

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This is a champagne bar, yes you read correctly – this is a bar straight from heaven for us to enjoy as much champagne as we want! Happiness.com!…

Amuse Bouche

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Summer in London, I have never seen anything like it! It was a completely new and different country to the one I have visited so many times before – I absolutely loved it! Especially since Cape Town was having a …

Coat & Badge

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YAY I am finally back from my European holiday and another maddening 2 months of craziness has flown past – but not to worry I have so many awesome new places and sights to share and will be starting with that TODAY! Whoop!

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The last 2 or so months of my life has been filled with enough change to last any normal person a lifetime, but hey why do one thing when you can do 10 right!?! ha ha! Well that has pretty …

Onwards and Upwards

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I am a big fan of the high tea tradition, mostly because I think tea is like a liquid hug and truly makes me inappropriately happy and also because it is usually accompanied with copious amounts of cake!…

High Tea at the Jaj Hotel

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One of my best friends whom I haven’t seen this year very sweetly insisted on spoiling me for lunch and took me to Koi Restaurant. I knew about their recent launch and had heard that their sushi was amazing …

KOI restaurant

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Bistrot Bizerca has had Cape Town buzzing for months now but I have taken forever to finally go there!

The reviews I had read on this place were quite mixed, most praising the food and general ambience however some said …

Bistrot Bizerca

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In recent years I have started taking an interest in wine, enjoying wine tastings and especially food and wine pairings.

Myself and my best friend Katherine was in Hemel-En-Aarde Valley last month for a wedding and took this opportunity to …

Creation Wines

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I was visiting some friends in Stellenbosch the other day and we decided to ‘be cultured’ for the day and do some exploring of the historical sites in the area. The best place for that is no doubt the Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch Village Museum

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Over the past few months I have fallen in love with 2 brands Origins and Sensai. I have been using Origins sporadically for a year or so but now am a loyal user! I first discovered them in the USA since they don’t stock the brand in SA (tragedy). (more…)

New Beauty Finds

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Hi Peeps, I just wanted to pop you a quick message to apologise for being so useless at posting this past month! Here are a few reasons why:

  • It was my birthday and organising a party takes a lot of time & energy  ;-)
  • I have been house-hunting! YAY but also incredibly time consuming!
  • Work has been cray-cray, giving new meaning to ‘late nights’ when they end at 2am in the morning WTF!

But on the plus side I have been getting up to some cool sh%t so will be sharing more of that this week!

Busy Bee

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Eight is a beautiful restaurant situated on the Spier estate in Stellenbosch. I was there for the first time the other day and was completely blown away by how stunning the venue was, lots of light and such creative use …

Eight Restaurant

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It was one of those afternoons where Cape Town was showing off its beauty again! Everyone was outside enjoying the sea and sun and we were in desperate need of some excellent sushi! Wondering up and down the Camps Bay …

Umi Restaurant

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I am a big Bastille fan, I only discovered their music recently but became completely obsessed! When we heard they were coming to perform at the Kirstenbosch gardens in Cape Town – we rushed to get tickets!…

Bastille at Kirstenbosch

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I have been to Shimmy’s 3 times since they opened up and each time I have been really impressed by their food but I never really got their ambience…I feel the venue is too huge and soulless. Tables upon …

Shimmy Beach Club

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brenaissance

Brenaissance is a wine estate in Devon Valley in Stellenbosch, in other words a place I have never heard of, never been to and would never have known existed! This estate is still very young, started only in 2011 …

Brenaissance

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I visited La Parada in Bree Street about 3 months after they opened, I am a big believer in letting restaurants figure out any teething problems they might have BEFORE I step foot anywhere near them. And in this case …

La Parada Bar de Tapas

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laperla

La Perla has been a bit of a mixed bag for me for years, in other words, I have a love-hate relationship with it! Drinks at the bar or under the umbrellas on the deck = amazing! Late night cosy dinner dates inside = awesome! Driving around for 30min trying to find parking = not so awesome and I have had more than one experience where the food just didn’t do anything for me…nothing in particular ‘wrong’ with it, just a bit bland as well as incredibly expensive. (more…)

La Perla

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I recently had some friends from the USA, Nashville specifically, visiting here in SA and we decided to go for lunch somewhere in the V&A Waterfront. It was a beautiful day and I wanted us to be outside where …

Den Anker

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