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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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 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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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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Last year the lovely and talented ladies of Yellow Papaya invited me to a pop up restaurant. For those of you that don’t know what a pop up restaurant is, it’s a restaurant that moves around, i.e. it’s never held …

The Pot & Spoon

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Even the thought of starting to write this post has been a daunting task and perhaps why I left it till the last minute….the reason being that this year has probably been my hardest yet and the thought of rehashing …

2013 – A year in review

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Wishing my friends and followers all over the world the most blessed festive season, may you be surrounded by loved ones and made to feel very special and treasured. Peace & Love everyone.

To those of you that are blessed enough to spend today with their loved ones, please give a moment’s thought to those that aren’t that fortunate and remember that the message of Christmas is one of love – so please pass love along to everyone you encounter today.

This the season to be jolly!

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Tashas is one of my best discoveries of 2013, I know I know I’m about 3 years behind everyone else, but since I am hardly ever in Johannesburg or Constantia Village, I never knew it existed. In a matter …

Tashas

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Every morning on my way in to work, I sit in crazy traffic for anything from 45min – 2 hours.

This is arguably the most frustrating part of my day, all you can do is sit there trapped in your …

Spreading positive vibes

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I have been pondering over what I would write when this day came … would it be about how smart he was, wise beyond reason, how compassionate and empathetic or would it be about what he did for my country, …

Rest in Peace Tata Madiba

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Part of the La Boheme group, Engruna Eatery opened it’s doors recently to mixed reviews and I thought I should go check it out myself.

Serving an option of some starters, burgers, pizza and desserts – they keep it quite …

Engruna Eatery

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Going to the Grand is like going to a beach resort! You get to have your gourmet pizza or mussels while sitting with your feet in the sand and looking out to the beach.…

Grand Cafe & Beach

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For as long as I can remember Cafe Paradiso has been there. Growing up around Kloof Street meant lots of afternoons and evenings spent inside it’s inviting doors.…

Cafe Paradiso

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This little oasis caught us totally by surprise! While lazily shopping one day in Swakop, we walked all the way through this one shop and ended up in the middle of a beautiful garden. (more…)

Garden Cafe

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