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Fruit wheels from Cecilia's Farm

As a small and local business who loves other small local businesses, we've build some fulfilling relationships with inspiring people throughout the lifetime of Hello Pretty. One such business is Cecilia's Farm.

Cecilia's is on a farm near Ceres called Koelfontein. They do fruits, nuts and wine and believe that nothing but the best fruit and nuts should go into their products and we can attest to them being true to their word.

A couple of weeks back we tried out a new product they've released, called their fruit wheels. We bought all of the cheese in Cape Town, and a few other treats to have with them, and had our friends over and all stuffed our faces. And obviously wine. Obviously.
 

They have an online store over here so you can get yourself some of their delicious things. When you place your order, we highly recommend trying a bottle or two of their 2011 Shiraz. It's a beauty. And the nougat is from another talented South African artisan called Ma Mère and we bought ours from Fabricate in the Gardens Centre.

Indulge this Summer season with these Cecilia's Farm products!

Indulge this Summer season with these Cecilia's Farm products!

We just love the folk's over at Cecilia's Farm, and we love delicious food, so it was only to be expected that we would become friendly. 

This 7th generation fruit farm grows a long list of different fruit here including cling peaches, apricots, nectarines, prunes, plums, various types of pears and apples, and even some grapes. They also make some DELICIOUS fruit and nut products - many of which we have had the privilege of tasting.

We were extra excited to hear about their new Honey Nut Drizzles, just in time for summer, Christmas, the weekend - any time to eat really.

Indulge this Summer season with these Cecilia's Farm products!

"Just in time for Summer, Cecilia's Farm have sourced the best local, badger-friendly honey and added to it a carefully chosen mix of chopped dried fruits and nuts, adding a whole new dimension of crunchy and chewy texture and delicious flavours to the honey.  Serve and enjoy as you would use plain honey. It is especially delicious drizzled over a soft camembert, hot flapjacks or as a filling for pancakes! Add whipped cream for the ultimate decadence! Honey Nut Drizzles are available in Fig & Peach or Apricot & Cranberry at R42,50/jar from the Cecilia’s Farm online Store www.ceciliasfarm.co.za or the Cecilia's Farm shop in Ceres."

Indulge this Summer season with these Cecilia's Farm products!
Indulge this Summer season with these Cecilia's Farm products!

Be sure to follow Cecilia's Farm on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

Spier Werf Market

Spier Werf Market
Spier Werf Market

This past weekend we popped through to Stellenbosch to visit the new Werf farmers market at Spier, and we're so glad that we did!

It was packed full of delicious ready to eat food, as well as fresh fruit and veggies. And of course, amazing wine!

Spier Werf Market
Spier Werf Market
Spier Werf Market

"Curated and run by Studio H, this weekly farmers market is focussed on bringing together lots of artisanal everything. The offerings include tasty treats, ethical and sustainable produce and products, indigenous plants, happy silk worms, and more. We'd love for you to stop by for a relaxing day outdoors in the shade of the ancient oaks on Spier's newly-restored historic werf. "

Spier Werf Market
Spier Werf Market
Spier Werf Market
Spier Werf Market

See all of the details on their Facebook pagewebsite or Instagram feed - we can highly recommend the trip!

Zestly Box!

Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za
Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za

So from time to time, Team Hello Pretty ingests things that aren't wine, cheese and coffee - and recently, Zestly Box has made our kitchen endeavours infinitely more enjoyable.

As the new kid on the subscription box block, Zestly Box is all about gourmet snacking, so we were naturally thrilled when one landed on our doorstep. AND! Because there are glass bottles and jars in the package, there is also lots of shredded paper padding. What's that thing about how you give a child a gift and they play with the packaging?

Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za

Jokes aside, I am possibly the least domestic human alive. In my mind, I'm Bree Van der Kamp herself (sans the drama), but in reality I am a flailing mess in  the kitchen. I'm happy to report there have been no fires as yet, but I am still new in this life.

SO! What better way to become more kitchen savvy than to have someone send me things to try out? Everything in the package is delicious and I develop mad skillz.

Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za
Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za
Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za

Each box comes with a detailed "meet the makers" page, so you know exactly who the gourmet wizards are that have created such droolworthy items, with every item carefully selected by the Zestly duo, Gino and Tamlyn.
 

Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za
Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za
Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za
Zestly Box! on http://hellopretty.co.za

In this particular box, the slab of lavender white chocolate was the first to go, with the olive caviar hot on it's heels. (Yes, they are already finished. #sorrynotsorry)

You should definitely get in on the action, at http://zestly.co.za/get-started/ - say hello to many delicious days in your future!

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Let's spoon!

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

Pretties, will you judge us when I say that Team HP partakes in the labours of our nations wine industry with great enthusiasm? I hope not, because we do.

Our online store crush has always been Yuppiechef - they inspire our own customer service, because let's be honest, those guys are just so super friendly and on the ball.

So basically, our crush sent us our favourite thing for Valentine's Day! Aw Yuppiechef stahp, you're making us blush.

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

After we rolled around in all of the pink shredded paper like little kids, we found the gorgeous bottle of Fairview Brut MCC, which was promptly flung into the fridge to be opened when the clock struck five pm.

The good news for all of us is that Yuppiechef's great service is bringing Fairview's delicious wines straight to our doorsteps - as serial online shoppers, we revel in the idea of door to door wine delivery. I mean, there's nothing more terrifying than a mall on a holiday. (That's a whole big pile of nope as far as I'm concerned.)

Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!
Team Hello Pretty celebrated Valentine's Day with Fairview and Yuppiechef!

To hear about any awesome news and specials, join the Fairview Wine Society over here.

To quote Fairview's Charles Back, here's to life, love and online shopping!

Lunch at The Table with the Hello Pretty team

Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team

Towards the end of last year, we were lucky enough to spend one lazy Sunday together, drinking wine and absolutely gorging ourselves on the most incredible food.

It was a pretty great opportunity just to be together outside of work, unplugged, to reflect on our year. It just gave us a rare quiet moment (or like, three hours worth of lunch) to talk about what we had achieved, and what we wanted to achieve in 2015. Because we are all constantly moving and travelling, to be able to do that together is really rare, and we couldn't have asked for a better setting.

We headed out to The Table at De Meye on the most beautiful day with the top down, wind in our hair, Taylor Swift blaring. (Shame. Our one male team member has ZERO say in our music choices.)

We were welcomed with a complimentary wine tasting, and obviously all left clutching new bottles - the wine is delicious, easy to drink almost any time (our favourite) and super well priced. What a win.

But then the food. Oh the food. I don't even know where to start. Actually just look for yourself:

Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team

That my friends, in amongst the vineyards, under the trees, is a beetroot tarte tatin with sour cream and "magic greens" (a mix of over 20 micro herb, vegetable and salad leaves). I DON'T EVEN LIKE BEETROOT! And there I was shoveling it in my face like a fat kid with cake.

Jess Shepard, you are a wizard.

Other amazing treats on the menu included

  • Homemade ricotta whipped with lemon and thyme
  • Pickled grapes
  • Broad beans (from Spiers biodynamic garden) mashed with goats pecorino, garlic and olive oil
  • Schoon de Companje bread and Hjike real farm butter
  • Slow braised pork neck with crackling and roast potatoes
  • And then the most beautiful desert: rhubarb ice cream with strawberry compote and rose geranium jelly
I had so many feelings you guys. I just want to go back. I actually just want to move in. Gush much? Yes. Sorrynotsorry.
 
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team

...

Sorry, I just had to take a second there. I was having a minor saliva situation.

But basically, the point of this post is to highly recommend going there. The people are kiff, the venue is drop dead gorgeous, and the food is basically art. It's fancy without the fuss, laid back without skimping on quality or details.

The folks who run the place are husband and wife team Luke and Jess, and they're really lovely people - I emailed back and forth about changing bookings and increasing table sizes and all sorts of nonsense beforehand (Ja I was *that* person), and they handled it with incredible grace, and welcomed us like family when our windswept selves finally arrived. (Driving with the top down has its pros, but also it's cons.)

Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team
Lunch at The Table with the http://hellopretty.co.za team

And the dog is a real sweetie too!

Treat yo'self. Email jess.chef@gmail.com for bookings. Thank me later.

Pretty chocolates

Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za
Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za

I spotted these lovely, tasty looking bits of chocolatey goodness on the interwebz last week, and felt that it was compulsory to share: Chocolates That Represent Japanese Onomatopoeic Words To Describe Texture. I mean. Just look at them.

 

Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za
Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za

'There are many factors that determine our experience with chocolate: the type of cocoa, the percentage used, and the flavors. But when Maison et Objet, the pre-eminent design show in France, told Oki Sato that they were naming him Designer Of The Year and asked him to design a set of chocolates, he had to pause. The head of the Tokyo and Milan-based design studio Nendo needed to rethink the concept of chocolate.

Nendo has created “Chocolatexture,” a series of 9 chocolates, all the same size, but each representing a Japanese onomatopoeic word that describes texture.
“The 9 different types of chocolate are made within the same size, 26x26x26mm, featuring pointed tips, hollow interiors, smooth or rough surface textures,” says Sato. “And while the raw materials are identical, the distinctive textures create different tastes.”'

Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za
Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za
Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za
Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.za
Pretty chocolates on http://hellopretty.co.zaI spo

Delicious as well as beautiful? I am definitely in favour of that idea!

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Vintage With Love

Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love

I was recently invited to a lovely, intimate breakfast with the ladies behind Vintage With Love - I had heard of the Jo'burg event, and was really interested in finding out what happens behind the scenes.

The concept is that fashionistas get to shop til they drop, and all proceeds go to literacy charities - that Jo'burg event? R750 000 in the bag, to help teach kiddies to read. Impressive or what? Not your aunties average pre-owned clothing sale - these ladies mean business.

Naturally the next step is to expand their reach to include Cape Town, which is where breakfast came in. The most fabulous Pnina Fenster charmed the pants off us, with tales of the fantasies that both vintage and the ability to read can weave in our lives.

Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love

"We've never lived in an age where fashion is so changeable and democratised - this age of consumption makes vintage all the more precious." Pnina felt that vintage is surrounded by the magic of chance - to find with a really great vintage piece is a serendipitous event in itself. How did this piece come to find you? Did someone fall in love wearing this?

Once we were well fed and whipped into a nostalgic frenzy by Pnina's anecdotes, we got down to brass tacks - how do we get involved?

The main event is to take place during the first weekend of June 2015, at The Forum Company in Constantia - but first, they need a hand from anyone looking to purge themselves of any gently worn fashion taking up space at the back of their wardrobes. (If only to make space for new things!)

Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love
Vintage With Love

Drop off points in Cape Town can be found at:

  • Callaghan Collezione, Cavendish
  • Studio 8, Claremont
  • Chic Mamas, Bergvliet
  • Hoity Toity, Oranjezicht
  • Desray, Western Cape
  • Mullers Optometrists (Cavendish, Claremont and Constantia)
  • Topaz, Constantia Centre
  • Cylnor Laundry, Somerset West
  • Pure Good, St Johns Road Gardens.

We'll see you all there!

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