Move Aside Marcel’s !

Hello my name is Tessa, and I’m addicted to frozen yoghurt…

That smooth, creamy, mouth-puckering tartness that not only relieves one on a sweltering hot day (and trust me, we’ve had LOTS of those!), but tickles the senses and reminds you that no matter what happens in life… frozen yoghurt will make it all OK.

You won’t be surprised then when I tell you that I gave an internal squeal of excitement when I came across MyOg in one of my favourite streets. It’s very discreet and rather hard to spot but once you know where it is, and once you’ve walked through the door… the world outside is but a forgotten memory!

Now, let me just say upfront that this place ‘aint cheap! A small portion of froyo plus 2 toppings will set you back R30.95 and the more toppings you add and the bigger the size- the higher the price. I just can’t justify spending this much on such a small portion of something that I’m known to inhale in minutes! So for me, it’s a treat. Not like the mandatory and all-too-frequently ingested coffee and chocolate in my diet.

I’m rather surprised that it’s taken Cape Town so long to get a place like this because in the UK and USA Frozen yoghurt bars are all over the place !!!

I suppose the froyo culture here (excuse the pun!), hasn’t really taken off.

Just you wait, people, just you wait!

Anyway, I whatsapp’d my friend Vanessa on Saturday afternoon;

Craving a MyOg’, I thumb-typed. “See you there at 6!

Now it’s always such a tough decision-making process when ordering because they have such a variety of toppings to choose from and when you know how much you’re paying- you want to make absolute sure it’s the BEST COMBO YOU’VE EVER HAD IN YOU’RE LIFE.

Sorry, but that’s just how it is.

Eveeeeeentually we had our “final answer” and went with two plain flavours (they only have a choice of plain and chocolate, to which you add your selected toppings).

On the one we opted for banana and yoghurt covered peanuts, and the other – mango and coconut! While Vanessa’s boyfriend Blake (who tagged along for some guy-ness), chose chocolate flavour + crumbled Oreos. His looked amazing!!!

The entire place has a very light, airy, minimalist sort of feel with a lot of “grass” all over the place and a white, pink and green colour scheme. They embrace the “wellness” aspect and they push the fact that all the yoghurt is “98% fat-free”. But don’t let that fool you. It’s actually got quite a bit of sugar in it! I asked the man serving if they had any that was just plain and unsweetened. (I really like that sour, tart, muncu flavour the best). Sadly, they don’t but they might be thinking of including it in the range at some stage.

Another reason that I like going to MyOg is that there’s some pretty decent eye-candy! The men who work there are all European/French.

It’s a good thing that when I’m there it’s usually a hot day, as the colour of my cheeks are already rather pink… you know, from the heat!!!!!!

MyOg is situated at 103 Kloof Street and is open from 10am-10pm and 12pm-10pm on Sundays.

Oh! And they also give away free badges!

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Wellness Warehouse Green Living Store

Last week Thursday was the launch of Wellness Warehouse’s new Green Living Store in the Lifestyle Centre on Kloof Street. My, my, my! I was overly impressed by the offering of all the AMAZING products!! There was also a 10% discount on every single item for the duration of the evening, so you can imagine how I could have easily walked out with half the shop. But I didn’t. Sadly.

The atmosphere was relaxed and casual, while a live band entertained everyone with a few upbeat tunes. A highlight for me was also the cocktail bar where cute ‘movember-d’ barmen artfully mixed up some very tasty (and interesting!) concoctions. I had a Beetroot Martini. The oxymoron in it left me amused…

The canape’s were also very “Wellness”y with little fruit skewers, gluten-free mini quiches, marinated mushrooms topped with little Caprese salads and raw chocolate fudge (which was devilish!). There were also cute strawberries dressed to the nines in little ‘tuxedo’s’! The entire Wellness Warehouse team really put a great deal of effort into the event and even gave everyone a small Spekboom plant to take home as a gift. Bless their cotton socks 🙂

I caught u with Sharni– who looked positively dazzling in a flow-y summery green dress + wedges! and then spent much of the evening eating raw chocolate fudge and obsessing over Breaking Dawn with the affable Janine while we both ‘Oooohhh’ed and ‘Aaaaaaah’ed over all the cool products.

Have a look!

Everything in the store; shelves and light fittings etc is recycled

Director of Wellness Warehouse makin' a lil speech!

Beetroot Martini

Yummmm

pretty fresh flowers

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Hudson’s, The Burger Joint – My Thoughts…


I can’t remember the last time I ate a burger… (prior to last night!), which is strange because I actually really really like them. They just don’t tend to be something I find myself ordering when eating out. Maybe it’s because I hate eating them with a knife and fork…but at the same time I feel extremely self-conscious of eating them with my hands. Strange, I know. It’s the same with pizza, although I know for a fact that my pizza consumption most certainly outweighs that of any burger. I have a feeling that this might change after last night.

I ate at Hudson’s,The Burger Joint for the first time. Yes, you heard right- first time! For me, It’s been one of those places that you always see and think, ‘I must go there sometime’ –but never actually do. I loved it for the fact that it was the perfect atmosphere for the type of occasion- a relaxed dinner between friends who hadn’t seen each other in absolute ages…we were so busy talking and catching up that it didn’t really bother us that the service was a bit slow. The models waitresses seemed pretty indolent towards their customers- almost a complete contrast to the upbeat and lively energy of the place. The music was so loud that even after asking them to turn it down (which, it turns out, the manager doesn’t do, on principle), it was difficult to hear ourselves speak. All I’m saying is- don’t go there on a first date. Nothing worse than those awkward, ‘Sorry, what was that?’… ‘Sorry, say that again?’…’You said who?’

Anyway, back to the food. All three of us ordered burgers. Mine was called “the Game” and was comprised of an ostrich meat patty with goat’s cheese, cranberry relish and rocket. I asked for some sweet potato crisps on the side (at an extra R14- all sides are extra). The burger was delicious and I loved the flavour combinations… goat’s cheese and I are involved in a rather passionate love affair at the moment. I cannot get enough of the stuff! The actual patty itself was rather small for the price of the burger (R55) and I thought on the whole, Hudson’s definitely doesn’t offer value for money. Yes, the food is nice… but then again homemade burgers can be amazing too and are dead easy to make! I was also slightly put off by the state of the toilet. Firstly, there’s only one and I just felt it was rather dirty and grungy for somewhere that charges nearly R100 for a burger. Just saying.

All in all though, it was a good evening. My friend Nicci and I ended up sharing a chocolate brownie milkshake for dessert that was huge! Again, it took us forever to decide which one to go for as their entire list of shakes is all too tempting- think peanut butter, Bar One, Horlicks and honey; chocolate and mint etc.

I don’t know if Hudson’s will be a regular feature on my list of local restaurants, but it definitely was the right place for a girly catch up and decent burger. There could be worse places to spend a Monday evening, right?

Find them at:
69a Kloof Street, Gardens
Tel: 021 4265974
Email: info@hudsons.co.za

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