Do This Weekend: Irene Dairy Farm

Do This Weekend: Irene Dairy Farm

I am 100%, a city girl! But I do like to day dream about how awesome it must be to live on a farm and ya know, do the whole Country Girl thing… If you’re looking for something a little different, relaxing and outdoorsy to do this weekend, you may just enjoy a trip to Irene Dairy Farm in Centurion. It’s a beautiful, old-style, operational dairy farm that started way back in 1895. You can go there for a morning outing and enjoy a meal, walk around amongst the dairy cows (the white ones are massive, you won’t believe how big until you see them), say hi to the swans (there’s a beautiful black swan too), or admire old, rustic random things like the vintage petrol pump. The Dairy Shop has T-H-E most delicious Double Thick real GREEK yoghurt! And trust me when I say real! I’ve tasted the Greek Yoghurt in Greece and nothing has even come close until now. Granted, it’s pricey as heck, but absolutely worth every mouth watering spoonful. Their bottled milkshakes and goats cheese Feta are pretty amazing too! If you’re planning on having breakfast or lunch, there are two restaurants to choose from. We tried…

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To Do This Weekend… Mexican Food

To Do This Weekend… Mexican Food

On the weekend, the hubs and I headed out to explore Jozi, and more specifically, Jozi’s hottest Mexican restaurant, Perron. Based in Illovo, this Mexican gem is a hot spot for fabulous food and a must visit if you’re in the area. Bright and colourful, it’s feisty and funky and once you’ve experienced their Churros (aka Mexican doughnuts) you’ll save the location to your Waze account, and keep going back for more. The style of dining at Perron is just up my alley. You can either order a “meal” or snack on a bunch of tasty (not-so) little tappas (alone or with your entourage). So if you’re unsure about what to order, these offer a great way for you to get the whole Mexican experience in bite sized options. Their cocktail menu is also pretty interesting, with a different offering to the traditional fun drinks. Border Crossing, Chico, Negroni, Lime Mojito and Smoked Mexican Old Fashioned are some of the choices, but I went for the Delicias de Fruta. A raspberry vodka cocktail with orange liqueur, melon liqueur, pineapple juice and cranberry juice. It was perfect for a hot summer’s day in the city! For our meals, hubby went for a “real meal” – Sizzling Steak which…

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Sparkle, Celebrate, Scintilla

Sparkle, Celebrate, Scintilla

I’m counting down the days to celebration season! And, what better way to bid au revoir to 2013 and bonjour to 2014, than with a glass make that a bottle of 2003 Scintilla, J.C Le Roux’s award winning bubbly, created in the signature Cap Classique style (Méthode Cap Classique). So, although Scintilla is not technically “champagne” – since anything that isn’t made in Champagne France can’t really be called champagne – the production process of J.C Le Roux’s Méthode Cap Classique’s follows the same style that the French folk use when the make Champagne. In other words Scintilla, it’s not simply carbonated wine. It sparkling personality is earned, through years and years of perfection in a bottle! It’s amazing! Totally delicious, classy and ultra-sophisticated! Scintilla is made with a blend of 75%Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir. The two wines have spent seven years on the lees, which is the result of Scintilla’s smooth character, complex flavour and superior taste. Class my dears, class! My preference in bubbly is usually on the sweeter side! But, when it comes to the real deal (Champagne or  Méthode Cap Classique for example), then I prefer it a little more crisp with a dry palette that is well balanced. I will defs be celebrating the…

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Hooch Fox

Hooch Fox

I’m not a big drinker, but I do love a pretty drink every now and then… Have you guys seen the new Hooch Fox alcoholic drinks in store lately? Maybe you’ve already tried them out? If not, give them a bash, they are pretty cool and great for summer parties! While Hooch Fox may seem new, the brand Hooch has been around for ages! I remember it from my pee-pee joller days (in the green bottle). I loved them! I would drink Hooch and only Hooch when I used to do the whole night club thing. They were amazing then and while they’ve been re-branded, they still taste good! Hooch Fox comes in a variety of funky flavours! I got to sample Hooch Fox Strawberry and I also bought a six pack of the Mango for our bush trip last week. They were perfect for our game drive picnic stops. These alcoholic coolies are yummy to drink on their own or you can mix them with more serious stuff to create a foxy cocktail. Try the Chilli Strawberry Sting: Ingredients 150ml Hooch Fox Strawberry 25ml vodka 24ml vanilla syrup Half split chilli Method Muddle chilli in the base of a shaker, add the…

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Pink Bubbly La Fleurette

Pink Bubbly La Fleurette

My Outfit: Sunglasses: Prada, Denim Shirt: Edgars, Floral Pants: Forever New, Black Tee: Cotton On J.C Le Roux sent me a bottle of their new Non-Alcoholic bubbly, La Fleurette, just in time for spring! Together with a fun press pack, they challenged me to create a post that would express the floral and fabulous tones of La Fleurette Non-Alcoholic. The stakes are high! As in Louboutin heels high! After popping the cork, I poured myself a glass of La Fleurette Non-Alcoholic. Sitting in my kitchen, I tried to come up with something exciting. Something unique and fun that would not only excite me and the peeps at J.C Le Roux, but also my fabulous StyleScoop readers too. I found myself staring right at the answer… my mixer! September also marks the month of StyleScoop’s fifth Blogoversary and I had been wanting to bake a birthday cake. What better opportunity? So I went with a rose inspired cake and used La Fleurette Non-Alcoholic in the ingredients. After doing some research, I discovered that “Fleurette” means “an ornament resembling a flower”, so my cake idea blossomed into a cupcake bouquet. This was really fun and easy to do. I got some tips on how to make a cupcake bouquet…

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The Best Eggs Benedict in Durbs – Arts Café

The Best Eggs Benedict in Durbs – Arts Café

If you’re in Durban and looking for a great place to have brunch on a lazy Sunday morning, look no further than the Arts Café in Glenwood, Durban. A fabulous venue with a fabulous menu! They make the most amazing Eggs Benedict you’ve ever tasted! A perfect recipe, made with just the right amount of Hollandaise sauce, so that you can still taste the other ingredients. I’m all about fabulous food that looks and tastes good, but I also like to taste the different flavours and textures of the meal. Their Eggs Benedict is definitely a winner. I tried the spinach, while my other (and better) half, had the salmon on Sunday and we both agree, they are the best we’ve had! Cooked to perfection, so that when you “dig in” and cut the egg, the yolk pours out, while the egg whites stay firm and properly cooked. While you’re there you simply have to try their Spanish coffee. It’s coffee served in a glass (as apposed to a cup or mug) and flavoured with citrus and cinnamon! Mmmm! Totally unique and a must for all coffee lovers. The Arts Café is trendy and has a lovely atmosphere. Whenever we’ve…

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Sweet Delicous Cupcake Recipe

Sweet Delicous Cupcake Recipe

Yummy, yummy! When I got the press release for DKNY’s new Sweet Delicious fragrances, it came with an Almond Cupcake recipe from master pastry chef Johnny Iuzzini, who collaborated with DKNY on these fragrances… I decided to be stupid brave and attempt this recipe, but here’s the thing… they didn’t come out quite right. Although they still tasted darn good, they didn’t look as they should have. I had some “issues” in the kitchen, but I guess that’s what happens when you attempt a professional chef’s recipe on your first cupcake attempt! Yes, first cupcake attempt! My blog has always been about trying new things (trends, makeup looks etc) and sharing them, so even though my cupcakes did’t look like perfect little pastries, I decided to show you guys anyway instead of just giving you the recipie! Maybe on my second attempt they will look as good as they tasted, but that’s a very big maybe if I’ll try again! This recipe is very time consuming, requires lots of preparation and lots of washing up – so brace yourselves! Almond cup cake, orange curd, rose water meringue, candied kumquat, crystallized rose petals, fresh pomegranate seeds I started with the orange…

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My Festive Christmas Day

My Festive Christmas Day

This year we hosted Christmas day in our new house and had (almost) the whole fam over. It was a blissful day in Durban, and we really couldn’t have asked for better weather! Sun, food, family and fun, it was the perfect Christmas day… For starters and pre-Christmas-Lunch-snacks, we did a huge cheese board. I decided to do this after seeing it at the Woolworths Christmas Media day, where they had the most amazing cheese board on display. It looked so festive and so indulgent! It was a good choice and everybody loved it! I made mine a little more Christmassy by decorating it with tinsel and LED star lights. My mom in law makes the most amazing bacon rolls and she made a whole batch for Christmas. We added these to the cheeseboard, which I think made it look even more festive! Then it was decorated with glazed fruit, grapes and I even made my own caramelized almonds. Stanta made a huge drop under our Christmas tree! After opening our presents, it was time to dig into the food. We made a huge glazed gammon (I lie, we pre-ordered it – shhhh), roast beef, two over-sized roast chickens, potato…

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