Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Vrede en Lust - Wine Farm and Bistro

Vrede en Lust is a wine farm between Paarl and Franschhoek. In Dutch it means "Peace and Eagerness." We are very familiar with the area, because my in-laws once owned a small table grape farm above theirs and later sold it to them. On this day we met my in-laws for lunch at the Lust bistro. These photos were taken some time ago.

Big brother, Jeremiah, with little sister, Amanda

The wine tasting room

Having a glass of their red wine
"The Red Lady" with our lunch

My husband, Robbie,
with his yummy lunch

My yummy lunch

My mom-in-law, Amanda, and me

Recently, a South African romantic comedy was filmed here called, "Semi-Soet" meaning "Semi-Sweet." You can watch the teaser below and choose subtitles "on" at the bottom of the YouTube screen.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Old Biscuit Mill

We went to Cape Town one Saturday and popped in at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock. It's a place to buy art, furniture, ceramics, wine, fine chocolate, clothing, flowers, food and more - especially on Saturdays when the vendors set up their stands in the middle of the shops and restaurants.

It was our first time there. We ate a scrumptious breakfast at Saucisse Boutique Deli before walking around the stalls. It's a good thing we did, because there was such a variety of food being offered at the different stalls that it would have been difficult making up our minds or sticking to a budget.

I didn't have my camera, so today's photos were taken on my hubby's phone.

Saucisse Boutique Deli

Saucisse Boutique Deli

Saucisse Boutique Deli

Some of the treats
we got at the deli

Chef Amanda Lewis (owner) with her father

We rode the glass elevator for fun

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Du Toitskloof

Our third stop on our Rawsonville outing was Du Toitskloof Cellar. We came for a light lunch before heading back home. We didn't do any wine tasting this time, because they were very busy with a large group of kayakers and we were satisfied that we'd spent enough money on wine at our first two stops. Also, I've done a series of their wines on this blog before and you can check out those links below.

To follow our stops, you can click on the map at the bottom of this post to view it larger. Du Toitskloof is the second winery below the blue N1 sign. You can click on these links if you missed Part 1 or Part 2 of our Rawsonville outing.

We ordered two curry mince Vetkoeks (pronounced Fet-cook and means "fat cake" as the dough is deep-fried in hot oil) and one Boerewors (South African farmer's sausage) roll. Amanda ate the "Boerie" with the sweet tomato relish and we had the curry mince, which was too spicy for her. I was annoyed that we didn't have something to eat our messy food with and the kitchen was too far away to ask for more serviettes (napkins), but the food was good.

Amanda took this photo of us

The curry mince-filled Vetkoek

Tuesday, August 26, 2014


This past month, on a beautiful wintery Saturday, we went wine tasting in the Rawsonville area. (Since we are in the Southern Hemisphere, we are heading into spring and not autumn like my Northern Hemisphere readers.)

Our first stop took us to the Wine and Tourism office and Goudini Wines. (Visit the link if you missed that post.) Our second stop took us to the uniWines estate, which is a co-op of Palesa, Meander, DaschBosch, Ankerman and Groot Eiland wines.

This was the first time that we encountered a sign that said that children were not allowed inside, so Amanda had to sit outside while we tasted some delicious wines from the various wine makers. We bought her a bottle of Ankerman sparkling grape juice that she could enjoy.

Rose Niemand and her wine making husband, Stefan, were there to tell us about the wines. Rose persuaded us to try the white and red sweet wines (Nectar de Provision) from Ankerman. She treated us to blue cheese and crackers, which went well with them. We ended up buying two bottles of the white. We really enjoyed our stop at uniWines and we came away with several purchases.

Rose and Stefan Niemand

You can follow our trip
with the map at the
bottom of the post.

Click on the images
to make them bigger.
It's worth it!

Meander - Merlot Shiraz/Syrah blend

Ankerman - Nectar de Provision (white)

Ankerman - Nectar de Provision (red)

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