Monday, April 21, 2014

Tashas V and A Waterfront

This past Saturday was the Old Mutual Two Oceans Marathon, I was not going to do it but after receiving an entry via their lucky draw I figured fate wanted me to. I suffered through most of it but completed in time and received my medal.

We woke up at 4am, I ate a coconut chia seed breakfast and a banana and fueled along the race with copious amounts of sugar in the form of Gu, Powerade and Coke. On completion, after the best shower ever, we went for breakfast to drink Champagne, celebrate and eat something... Salty.

I read about Tashas ages ago before she got her spot in the Waterfront and have always wanted to try it so we decided it was a good place for our celebration it being an anniversary and for the marathon we had completed, being my first, we totally needed to toast the moment.

They don't take bookings so there was a waiting list when we got there but were seated pretty quickly and were at a door so we had a view of the ocean. It is really beautiful inside, clean, airy, minimal and sleek with a cake table catching your eye, planning your after meal treat before you sit.

In my ravenous state I forgot to take pictures of our meals but they were well sized hearty portions, I had chicken schnitzel on ciabatta with an avocado and french dressing salsa and my friend had bacon rosti with a forestiere sauce of mushroom with poached egg. There were lots of delicious meals passing us all looked of a high quality which is why it has become a well known brand. None of us had any dessert but all said we would be back soon.

Our meals were all R80 which is quite high for breakfast but fair for lunch, the menu is large and will cater to all tastes, we had a great time and well done to all my friends who completed the two Oceans until next year.

Shop 7117 V and A Waterfront
Cape Town
Tel: 021-4214350

Pictures and article copyright by Tamsyn Wells

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Creation Wines

I used to live in Hermanus years ago when I used to work at the Arabella Hotel, I was there for a year and never went to the Hemel-en-Aarde Valley, the wine region of Hermanus, I am however sure we had a few bottles of wine at our staff parties.

I really enjoyed visiting this farm, Creation Wines, one for it's beauty but all our wine farms are beautiful, mainly this farm does a few things different. You receive a complimentary wine tasting which takes place in an informal setting in the cellar and there are lots of wines to try from an upper range to a less expensive one called Whale Pod.

The reason I would like to mention Creation Wines is because of their wine and food pairings, my friend and I went for the canape and wine pairing, now after a rather large wine tasting already we were well on our way.

Upstairs we were seated in the restaurant which was fully booked just fyi phone beforehand, the waiter then arrives with delicious freshly baked bread and pours your first wine. A large platter is then placed on the table with assorted canapes, some are cold and later the hot ones come with the red wines, a well trained waiter explains the first wine and why they paired it with the particular canape.

You go on a journey, sampling the food and wines from the farm with an amazing story to go with each, I think there were eight. This is a fun day out but just a note you will still be hungry so go like we did after lunch time or stay and have a light meal after the tasting, the other food looked great. 

Hopefully Karla has found another amazing place to try in my old home town of Hermanus. Thanks to you and your mom for taking me in from my break in the city.

Creation Wines
028 - 2121107
Hemel-en-Aarde road, Hermanus

Pictures and article copyright by Tamsyn Wells