Five of the best restaurants on the Camps Bay strip

When it comes to wining and dining, there’s no place more stylish to do it than on the Camps Bay strip. Am I right, darlings? Think about it… The ocean’s right in front of you, the mountain’s behind you, and you’re spoiled for choice with tons of different cocktail bars and seafood spots. That’s the problem though, isn’t it? There are just so many fabulous restaurants to choose from in Camps Bay! So where do you go? Let me point you to the trendiest, tastiest places!

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#1: Paranga

On an eye level with the beach, Paranga boasts gorgeous seaside views whether you sit outside in the range of the ocean spray, or in the cosy and intimate interior. They offer an enormous variety of food, all with a distinctly Capetonian feel, which is pretty special! You can choose from salads, sushi, seafood and selected meats. One of my favourite dishes on their menu is the grilled Kingklip with warm tartare and tomato sauce, fresh peas, diced potato, gem lettuce, boiled egg, fresh herbs and capers in lemon cream for R170. It’s simply divine! This stunning spot is also well-known for their extensive cocktail menu. Their grapefruit and mint G&T is a winner, I might add!

OPEN FROM 11AM TO 11PM EVERY DAY

#2: Café Caprice

Café Caprice pretty much defines the word “stylish”. The place, the people, the food and the drinks are all exceptionally stunning! Recommended for the “World Class” mixology award in 2014, the bartenders here create their cocktails with much precision, passion and pride. Sip on one of these perfectly-crafted concoctions and snack on a cheeseboard while you watch the sun set over the ocean between the pillars of palm trees. You can even head across the road with your drink in hand and relax in the sand with others members of the Caprice crowd. Can’t decide which cocktail to go for? I recommend the Botanical Gardener – a mix of rosemary and lemon infused Tanqueray No. 10 with fresh fruit zest topped with Hibiscus tea soda. It’s oh-so-refreshing!

OPEN FROM 9AM UNTIL LATE EVERY DAY

#3: Blues Restaurant & Bar

Blues is certainly a landmark on the Camps Bay beachfront. They serve up excellent contemporary Mediterranean cuisine in equally impressive décor. The unique interior allows diners to feel as if they’re stretched out on the beach as opposed to seated in a bar right next to it. The service is friendly and the ambiance lively, which makes it just the place to spend an evening with friends! If you’ve got the cash to splash, I highly recommend trying their Shellfish Extravaganza for two, which consists of premium West Coast crayfish, Mozambican langoustines, assorted prawns and West Coast mussels. It’ll be R1400 well spent, I promise! Oh, and make sure you order their delectable tiramisu or sticky toffee pudding for dessert.

OPEN FROM 12PM TO 11PM EVERY DAY

#4: Mezepoli Meze and Wine Bar

Mezepoli is probably my favourite place to dine in Camps Bay. This place is an exciting fusion of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisines. No matter what you order, your dish is sure to be a generous portion and to wow your taste buds! Each meze dish on the menu is perfectly paired with one of Mezepoli’s carefully selected wines. The restaurant also serves sushi, which is fresh and delicious, not to mention half price during the day in the summer. For the perfect urban dining experience, go here! It’s a fabulous place to sit back and relax with a revitalising cocktail in one hand and a table full of promptly prepared meze in front of you.

OPEN FROM 12PM TO 9PM ON SUNDAY AND MONDAY, AND 12PM TO 10PM TUESDAY THROUGH SATURDAY

#5: The Hussar Grill

The Hussar Grill is well-known for serving up great meat dishes and smooth drinks. In actual fact, this chain of restaurants is now regarded as one of South Africa’s premier grill rooms, so you can expect only the best, class A, grass-fed beef and game! To ensure you choose the meat perfect for you, they offer a “viewing session” of your meat before you eat (how cool?). Their meat board displays the raw meat cuts while your knowledgeable waiter explains how the process of preparation differs for each cut. A house speciality is the Hussar Carpetbagger, which is a dish combining stuffed fillet mignon with a combination of smoked oysters and cheddar cheese, topped off with a brandy and wholegrain mustard sauce for R169. Also, be sure to check out their award-winning wine list – perfect for sundowner sessions in “the bay”!

OPEN FROM 6PM TO 10:30PM MONDAY THROUGH SATURDAY, AND 12PM TO 10:30PM ON SUNDAY

Try CafĂ© Del Sol Classico for Italian food that lives up to its promise!

When last did you have an exceptional experience at a new restaurant? I did last night! After visiting Café Del Sol Botanico (the Bryanston restaurant) earlier this year, I was told that I simply must try Café Del Sol Classico (in Olivedale). Last night, I finally did just that – and it was wonderful!

Now, darlings, Café Del Sol is horrendously popular (both restaurants). It’s essential to make a booking at least two or three weeks in advance, which is exactly what I did for myself and my boyfriend, Nik. The minute we arrived at the restaurant last night, I was delighted. It’s a beautiful little spot hidden away in a non-descript shopping centre. It’s a lot smaller with more “classic” (if I may call it that) décor than the Bryanston restaurant. But it’s very romantic!

I’ll admit that once we were seated it took a while (around twenty minutes) for a waiter to come and take our drinks order, which was a bit annoying. But it was super-busy, in all fairness. We ordered a bottle of chardonnay which arrived promptly. One of the staff members then came over to introduce the specials to us. He did so with much enthusiasm, which made us want to try everything! We ended up going for the deep-fried halloumi served with pancetta (can’t remember the price) for starters to share, which came off their list of specials.

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The starter dish was glorious – fresh and flavourful! We then ordered our mains – I opted for the stuffed calamari dish (Falkland’s calamari tubes filled with red pepper, green Sevillano olives, capers, ricotta cheese, Grana Padano parmesan and a touch of chilli served with cappellini pasta mixed with seasonal stir-fry vegetables and beurre blanc sauce for R125), and Nik ordered the chorizo pasta (smokey Spanish chorizo sausage sautéed with fresh garlic, onion and white wine in a traditional Napolitana sauce with a dash of cream and fresh parsley for R115) with four prawns (extra R60). Sounds divine, doesn’t it?

Our mains came rather quickly, and my goodness, they were to-die-for! Incredibly tasty, and the portions were pretty big, too. My calamari was perfect! I enjoyed every mouthful. Nik said his pasta was the best he’s ever had in Joburg. After scoffing down our mains, we ordered both the chocolate tart (made the same way as chocolate truffles with a nutty crust for R55) and the Pavlova (sticky meringue, vanilla ice-cream and fresh berries for R58) to share for dessert.

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Both desserts were beautifully presented and tasted like heaven. I personally preferred the chocolate tart (probably because I’m a chocolate lover!) – it’s the best I’ve ever tasted! Overall, Nik and I both really enjoyed our time at Café Del Sol Classico. It was a very pleasant evening despite the slow service in the beginning. I simply can’t wait to go back – the menu is very extensive and imaginative, and there are so many things on there that I want to try!

Darlings, if you’re looking for a lovely spot to enjoy brilliant Italian food that absolutely lives up to its every promise, go here. An attractive interior and easy parking completes the picture. It’s certainly popular for very good reason!

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The walls are covered in beautiful quotes – it’s stunning!

DETAILS:

Address: Olivedale Corner Shopping Centre, President Fouche Drive, Olivedale, Johannesburg

Phone number: 011 704 6493

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/cafe-del-sol-south-africa

Website: http://www.cafedelsol.co.za

This tasty green smoothie can help fight adrenal fatigue

The best approach to take in order to help combat adrenal fatigue and reclaim your energy levels? By rebalancing your blood, of course. You see, your modern day diet is so full of acid-forming foods – wheat, gluten, sugar, dairy, processed food, you name it. And your body just doesn’t get much fuel from these foods. It can digest them, but it doesn’t get life-giving nutrition from them. It other words, these foods deplete your body.

 

Fortunately, there are hundreds of raw, natural foods that can replenish your body… Just like the ones in this tasty smoothie! Blend the most potent daily foods into a single drink and you’ll be well on your way to fighting and staving off adrenal fatigue and feeling on top of the world. Read on for the recipe and more.

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Adrenal fatigue fighting smoothie recipe

Ingredients:

  • 3 cups kale
  • 1 tbsp chlorella powder
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp maca powder
  • 1 tsp MCT oil
  • 1 lemon or lime (skin removed)
  • 2-4 drops stevia
  • 1 cup filtered water

Method:

Place all the ingredients in a blender and blend on high-speed until pureed. Serve immediately.

How long it’ll take for this adrenal fatigue smoothie to work

Within three days, you should notice a difference. With one week, you should be feeling much better! I recommend swapping out coffee for this smoothie. This will help you feel less groggy in the mornings and more energised throughout your days.

I promise you – sip on this super healing smoothie daily and you’ll soon feel like the better version of yourself – more alert, more capable and more in control of your life!

What the superfoods in this smoothie will do for your body

  • Fresh kale: High in calcium, keeps your nervous system calm, and calms down that fight-or-flight response.
  • Chlorella powder: Adds an extra boost of cleansing, detoxifying super-greens.
  • Blueberries: Rich in disease-fighting antioxidants and adds a lovely sweet taste.
  • Maca powder: Helps your body create hormone-regulating enzymes and helps your adrenal hormones renormalize.
  • MCT oil: Gives your mind and body an energy boost with slow-burning fats.
  • Lemon: Helps keep your lymph system hydrated and stimulates healthy enzyme function.
  • Stevia: Adds a little bit of sweetness minus the blood sugar spike.

For more information on adrenal fatigue, read my article here.

Five tips for losing weight on the Paleo diet… Without even trying!

In my opinion, the Paleo diet is a better choice than many of the diet commonly used by people trying to lose weight. Today, I’m going to discuss some key strategies that can help you lose weight without even trying while following a Paleo eating plan.

 

PS: Well done for making the switch to Paleo! You’re on the road to reaching your weight loss goals.

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Five ways to lose weight on the Paleo diet

#1: Keep your meals simple

One of the reasons why Paleo is so effective for weight loss is because it helps you reduce calorie intake without consciously restricting them. Studies show that eating simpler foods leads to eating less, which in turns helps you shed kilos effortlessly.

To keep your Paleo meals simple, stick to the basics of a healthy plate of food: Protein like meat or fish with fruit, whole foods, plenty of non-starchy vegetables, carbohydrates from root vegetables, and some healthy fat. It’s easy to go overboard with delicious Paleo recipes, but if you’re trying to lose weight on this diet, keep it as simple as you can! Save the gourmet stuff for weekends or special occasions.

#2: Stop counting calories!

Many Paleo newbies believe that less food is better when it comes to weight loss – and they’re terribly mistaken. This belief will cause you to deprive your body of the nutrients and calories it needs to function optimally. It can also cause you stress, which can weaken your metabolism. Calories do count, but when it comes to losing weight, undereating is just as problematic as overeating (seriously).

Don’t restrict your calories while following the Paleo diet – it’s not an effective weight loss strategy. Focus on eating meals that are satisfying without counting calories, and naturally eat less than you typically would when you’re not dieting.

#3: Make sure you’re eating enough carbohydrates

Carbohydrate tolerance is highly individual. Some people do well on a very low carb diet, while others crash and burn. Usually, the biggest factor is the amount of intensity exercise the person is doing (such as Crossfit).

While I find it unnecessary to restrict carbs, I do think it’s important to match your carb intake to the amount of exercise you do. Not only can a mismatch stall your weight loss, but it can lead to instances of fatigue and muscle breakdown if you’re over-exercising and not eating enough carbs.

If you’re relatively sedentary, or only do light exercise every day, I suggest eating a lower carbohydrate diet (7% to 15% of your calories). If you have a physically demanding job or are moderately to highly active, I suggest following a more moderate carbohydrate approach (15% to 30% of your calories) to stimulate fat loss better.

#4: Keep moving throughout the day

Spending too much time on the couch can reduce the benefits of an exercise programme and stall weight loss. Unfortunately, if you commute by car, watch a few hours of TV each day or work in an office, it’s not hard to see how you could spend the vast majority of your waking life sitting down.

Unfortunately, exercise alone isn’t enough to reverse the effects of too much sitting. When it comes to weight loss, keeping active throughout the entire day (not just the 60 minutes you spend at the gym) is vital.

There are a few ways you can increase your movement throughout the day. For example, you can try get into the habit of moving throughout the day by standing up and taking a five minute walk around the office every half hour. Getting into this habit will promote weight and fat loss as well as improve your overall health.

#5: Address your whole life (not just diet and exercise)

There’s a lot more to losing weight (and keeping it off) than just dieting and exercising. For example, sleep deprivation can make you hungrier, and high stress levels can cause you to overeat and store more fat. Yikes!

Focus on managing your daily stress using mind-body techniques like meditation or yoga. Plan ahead using shopping lists and meal plans to reduce the stress that comes with starting a new lifestyle. Connect with your friends and family, and get support in your weight loss efforts. Doing these things will help you shed those unwanted kilos and keep them off in the long haul – while enjoying your life at the same time!

Those are my top tips for losing weight on the Paleo diet! I hope you find them helpful.

Here’s why MCT oil is the ultimate brain and metabolism food

I hate hype. I’m not a sensationalist (if you scroll through my past headlines you’ll see this). In fact, it’s hype and sensationalism that turn me off from reading most magazines. So why did I write a headline like this one then, you ask? Well, because it’s true!

 

MCT oil is one amazing concentrated fat. No, it doesn’t come from some far away mountain range, procured by indigenous people with great care and shipped to you for free if you buy two bottles. Instead, there’s nothing mystical about this stuff – it just works! In fact, it’s a brilliant brain and metabolism foot. You need it in your life! Let me tell you more.

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What MCT oil is

Think of it as a concentrated form of coconut oil. The extremely healthy saturated fat in coconut oil is comprised of MCT (medium chain triglycerides).  And, MCT oil is a concentrated form of that fat. In other words, this oil is about six times stronger than coconut oil in terms of healthy benefits.

Now that I’ve got your full attention…

Why should you be interested in MCT oil

For starters, it’s easily digested and uniquely metabolised by your body. Instead of being metabolised through the digestion process like other fats are, MCTs are taken straight to your liver where they act similar to carbohydrates; providing instant, well-sustained energy.

But isn’t not just the energy you get that makes MCT oil interesting and appealing. MCTs also improve blood sugar regulation, boost metabolism (especially fat metabolism), better thyroid function, and can also improve appetite regulation. It’s no wonder MCTs are used to treat so many ailments, including diabetes, dementia and cystic fibrosis.

As far as brain function goes, MCT oil is like rocket fuel. It enhances ketone production big time. Ketones, of course, are a more efficient fuel for your brain. For productivity, using MCTs to outwork my competition is my unfair advantage.

That’s a pretty compelling list, isn’t it? And it’s why MCT oil (or coconut oil at a minimum) is a big priority in my diet plan.

How to feel the effects of MCT oil for yourself

I eat a tablespoon of the stuff a day. I like the taste, okay? Otherwise, it’s also awesome in coffee. Just add a tablespoon of MCT oil and a teaspoon of grass-fed butter to your regular cup of java and voila – bulletproof coffee! Seriously, this is an effect you will feel – and it feels fantastic!

You can now take your beauty sleep to the next level with a Slip silk pillowcase

If you love sleeping as much as I do, you’re about to be thrilled! Now, ladies, we’ve all had people with b-e-a-utiful skin tell us to sleep on silk pillowcases, am I right? But at the end of the day, if sleeping on a silk pillowcase means one more trip to the homeware store, chances are we’re going to be sticking to cotton.

 

But, it turns out we really should be sleeping on something silky if we’re serious about our beauty sleep. I’ll tell you why…

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Sleeping on a silk pillowcase can make a big difference to your skin and hair

Reality is, we spend a third of our lives in bed sleeping. Whether you take advantage of this time to apply skin treatments, hair masks, or even just to keep your teeth straight (shout out to my retainers!), the pillowcase you sleep on makes a big difference. I decided to test drive a Slip silk pillowcase to see what all the fuss was about.

I was surprised to discover that silk pillowcases do more than just prevent those weird creases on your face. They also help with anti-ageing and anti-bed head! Plus, they allow your skin to glide comfortably while you’re tossing and turning at night. A normal cotton pillowcase doesn’t allow for this. Instead, it absorbs moisture from your face and tugs at it – both big no-nos!

Silk pillowcases are also gentler on your hair. I normally shower and wash my hair every morning, but since changing my pillowcase to silk, my hairstyles have stayed intact overnight with minimal oiliness. See where this is going? Thanks to my silk pillow case, I don’t need to wash and style my hair every morning. This equals to more sleep, and healthier, better-looking skin and hair!

The finer details on Slip silk pillowcases

Slip silk pillowcases are made of mulberry silk with a thickness of 22 momme. Not fluent in silk speak? It basically means these cases are legit. Better than cotton, satin, or 100% silk. The cases are also made with non-toxic dye, which is huge for people like me who invest in organic skin- and haircare.

And, while Slip pillowcases are a tad pricy – as we’re constantly reminded – you get what you pay for. After sleeping on a Slip pillowcase for two weeks, I’m sold! You can buy yours online at www.slipsilkpillowcase.com.