The Orchard

My long weekend started in a good way with the blessings of a Friday. The past Friday has been the best one for me by far. It marked a very important milestone to the start of a beautiful life journey and also marked the start of my bestie road trip to Hermanus.

With road trips come random stops and the inspiration to this post.

We stumbled across the Orchard Farm stall while reaching the end of Sir Lowry’s Pass in Elgin. From the road it looked like a lovely “dorpie”style farm stall with a massive outdoor garden and entertainment area. The explorer in me immediately made a sharp turn and informed my bestie that this was where we having tea. It was such a great spontaneous decision.

As we walked through the farm stall we felt like buying all the homemade goods…not to worry we didn’t break the bank but we did buy Popeye sherbet…how could we resist the childhood thrill of sherbet through a pipe.farmstall.jpg

After making our way to the restaurant / coffee area, we were seated in the enclosed “stoop”area. This was very cosy filled with paintings and overlooking the outdoor garden / play area with easy access to the farm stall.outdoor.jpg

Thanks to our walk-about through Orchard we knew exactly what we wanted before looking at the menu. I ordered the scones that were served with strawberry jam and cream and my bestie took a chocolate butter icing and a dollop of caramel.

I absolutely devoured the scones, it was the best tasting melt in your mouth scones. It was that good there was no time for chit chat.beforedevoured

If you ever find yourself on Sir Lowry’s Pass I strongly suggest a pit stop at Orchard.garden.jpg

 

 

 

 

 

 

Peaches & Cream

It’s been a while since my last blog post, but that is just a sign of a busy life where time escapes you. I am pleased to be writing this post feeling completely relaxed and pampered. I took much needed time out and literally escaped to the mountains, to Paarl to be exact. After checking out of the beautiful Sante Hotel & Spa we went exploring and came across a wine farm called Vendóme.  At the end of the beautiful drive in which is surrounded by vineyards we found the perfect gem called Peaches & Cream.IMG-20160301-WA0019

I felt like I parked my car literally in the vineyards. As we walked towards the entrance, it felt like we were entering a beautiful farm style home with a magnificent entrance garden setting the scene. Peaches & Cream personifies the word vintage. Walking through the restaurant, which felt more like a farm stall I immediately felt a feeling of peace come over me. As it was a beautiful day in the Winelands we were escorted outside to their pretty garden which provides lots of shade. We made ourselves quite comfy under what looked like a grandpa tree. My best friend and I literally just relaxed for more than an hour before ordering any food. The place itself is truly tranquil!IMG-20160301-WA0007.jpg

As lunch time creeped up I decided to keep it light and be adventurous. I ordered the Salmon Avo & Orange Salad. The salad consisted of salmon, lettuce, red onions, feta, capers, oranges and fresh lemon dressing. I was initially a bit sad to hear that they had no avo’s due to the scarcity. My disappointment was quickly forgotten when the salad arrived. I would never have paired salmon and orange, but the culmination of the flavours and the homemade lemon dressing was so refreshing. I loved every forkful of the zesty flavours!

Peaches & Cream your menu reflects that “love in your tummy feeling”. I also love the fact that you have a quaint indoor venue that can be hired out for functions.

If you are in the Winelands, I strongly suggest you visit Peaches & Cream, just not on a Monday as that is the only day that they are closed. I will definitely be making the journey back into the Winelands especially to try some of your other food items.

Peaches & Cream all the best welcoming visitors with your tranquility!

 

 

Tea Under The Trees

This beautiful gem found in the heart of the Winelands, Paarl to be exact is so true to its name. It is a tea garden where you zone out from the everyday hustle and bustle and literally have tea under the trees. My 1st experience left me feeling like I never want to leave. You forget about time when you in the garden and focus on the beauty and all that there is to take in and not forgetting the delicacies to indulge in. Tea Under the Trees takes on the inspiration from Alice in Wonderland, it also reminded me of the secret garden, with the greenest lush grass, huge trees, benches to relax on or in my case to pose for a photo and so many different shades of well trimmed flowers in the garden. There is even a mini orchard on the one side and sheep grazing in the grass (okay they not real, its beaded sheep, but such beautiful crafted local art).

My 1st experience was for one of my best friend’s birthday breakfast. We fell so in love with the place that we decided to make Tea Under the Trees our birthday breakfast special outing. My next visit to the majestic garden was for my birthday. Yet again, my experience was special. We arrived for breakfast at 9.30 am (the garden opens at 9 am Mondays to Fridays and closes at 4 pm). The adventure began from the moment we parked in between the vineyards. Walking to the garden on a path made from tiny stones we passed the cutest vintage kids party and the quaint play area for the children. We were welcomed with friendly smiles and showed to our table which was perfectly situated at the start of the greenest stretch of grass that screamed for the kids to go running. Looking into distance all you see is greenery, chandeliers hanging from the trees and all kinds of flowers. At this stage my tummy started rumbling. The garden is not Halaal but that was not a problem as there are still a few options for us to choose from. Our breakfast consisted of freshly homemade scones served with jam, cheese and butter and toasted tuna & mayo on homemade brown bread. We were so hungry we devoured our food but that was also a sign that we enjoyed every bite of it. After breakfast we went exploring in the garden, ran around, and checked out the vintage shop, walked at the back of the colonial – styled house where they cook all the food. This felt a bit like a walk through the museum with all the antique equipment. The best part of the walk-about for the kids was coming across the trampoline in an area where the swimming pool is. Naturally the child in me convinced myself to go jumping.

After walking off and jumping off our delicious breakfast, 3 hours had flown by and it was time to bid the garden farewell. That is what I love most about Tea Under the Trees, you lose yourself to the beauty of the place, you forget about all your worries, you unwind and enjoy what you have around you. Tea Under the Trees I will be back to try your yummy desserts and homemade ice tea!

I highly recommend this place to all; it’s perfect for a girls date, family outing, kid’s party, bridal / baby showers and even intimate weddings. Pictures do not do justice to the beauty of Tea Under Trees, you need to experience it for yourself!

Till the next time we meet, stay magical.