I am a little bit in love with Salvation Cafe lately. Situated in the heart of 44 Stanley in Milpark (an old series of industrial buildings, transformed into a meander of trendy boutiques and restaurants), it offers everything that I admire in food creation. Prepared with love and their own freshly grown herbs and greens, it offers a trendy buzz of deliciousness, complete with organic ingredients and plenty of vegetarian options.
According to their wesite:
Try creating your own fresh juices – a good ol’ ABC – apple, beetroot, carrot – with a twist of ginger is divine.
Get there early on a Saturday – before 9.30am – or make yourself comfortable with the idea of waiting for a table. It’s a comfortable environment (and they have wine) so tables don’t turn over so quickly.
Being in the centre of the buzz, it’s always a good place to play ‘which hipster has the weirdest hairdo’ too 😉
Always on the lookout for a hot wi-fi spot, I came across Gingko Restaurant in Parkview today. Although not a vegetarian or vegan restaurant, it boasts a menu with extensive vegetarian and organic options, with all fresh ingredients, free from preservatives and all that other rubbish that molests our food these days.
Jozi has some vegetarian and natural food restaurants (check them out here), but they tend to have a very cafe kind of feel, which is great, but Gingko is more of a ‘real’ restaurant in its’ setting.
I’ve only tried their breakfast menu, which has extensive options – enough teas and smoothies and shakes and and and to make anyone drool. I’ll definitely be back for some more and to relax on their deck with my Mac-Baby to get some work done from time to time.
They also have a small section where you can buy healthy foods. I think it’s great.
It seems that I am on a bit of a ‘homemade’ mission right now. Seeing that I am stuck at home and can’t do anything that involves much ‘doing’ or ‘thinking’ really, it does make sense…
Today’s homemade mission was chilli!
With a handful of fresh chopped chillies, garlic, herbs, olive oil and red wine vinegar, you can make the most delicious fresh chilli relish.
I’m a big fan.
Viva Cabin Fever
The Bad News:
I had a craving for hot chocolate in this icy Jozi weather and found…NONE… in my grocery cupboard.
The Good News:
I decided to make my own hot chocolate and it was the best idea I’ve had all week!
Anyone who knows me knows that I cannot live without Lindt dark chocolate, so I have a constant supply in my grocery cupboard. I may not always have bread, but I always have Lindt.
So here’s what to do:
Heat up some milk on the stove
Add a few blocks of Lindt 70% dark chocolate
Add a teaspoon of sugar if it’s too bitter
My Homemade Lindt Hot Chocolate