Beer & Gin Dates At Giles Pub & Restaurant Craighall 

Random Beer and Gin dates with friends are always welcome in my world. When my friend suggested we take a break from work and go grab a quick lunch at Giles Pub in Parkhurst I was only too happy to oblige. I am surprised I have never been here before seeing as I hang around Craighall & Parkhurst on a regular. I was also pretty shocked to know that this pub has has stood on the same corner since 1994 so my usual “I’m sure it’s new,” excuse didn’t work this time when trying to explain why I have never been here lol. Anyway there is always a first time for everything and I am sure it won’t be my last time either. Seeing as my friend is a regular here we were treated with the most efficient and respectful service. We decided to have lunch out on the deck overlooking Craighall Park valley which made for the perfect lunch atmosphere. For lunch we asked the waitress to give us some suggestions and she confidently steered us towards Andy’s Fish & Chips and the Grilled Calamari & Salad which she says are her favourite.

Andy’s Fish n Chips – Our waitress ain’t never lied it was indeed fresh fish, great batter and the perfect slap chips. Simple yet satisfying.

Grilled Calamari & Salad – this meal was refreshingly light, delicious and paired well with the Gin & Tonic.

The Bar – you can expect a surprisingly long wine list and lots and lots of beer from the Castle Tank!!!

A perfect blending of the old with the new makes Giles an inviting spot for after work drinks . You can also tell everyone who comes here knows each other, it’s one of those Craighall residents regular hangout spots. I’m pretty sure I will hang out here more often every time I am in Jozi. It’s chilled and you will proper enjoy yourself without emptying your pockets.

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Blogger Appreciation Tuesday #26

Welcome to Blogger Appreciation Tuesday number 26, Friends. This week I am showing some love to all the new bloggers, those who are just starting out and can do with that little bit of extra support. Hope you guys enjoy our suggested blogs and show them some love on a regular. Welcome to the blogging world newbie blogging friends hope it’s everything you imagined it to be.

Encourage, lift and strengthen one another. For the positive energy spread to one will be felt by us all. For we are connected, one and all – Deborah Day

Your small support could accomplish a big dream – Mohammad Rishad sak

Most of us, swimming against the tides of trouble the world knows nothing about, need only a bit of praise or encouragement – and we will make the goal. – Jerome Fleishman

NEW BLOGS TO CHECK OUT!

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Lamb Loves Thyme
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Adventures Of Bee & Moe
Swan Blog
Black Lioness
Meletso
Beastly Eats

For those of you that didn’t share your links with me on Twitter be sure to share them in the comments below and I will include them in one of our next blogger appreciation posts.
#ThrowBackTuesday to picking strawberries at Red Berry Farm 🙂

The Fat Fish Restaurant For Our Last Supper In George

Always save the best for last when on holiday right? Lol who would of thought this gem would be the one. Funny how we actually found it by accident, we were meant to have dinner at La Capannina but for some odd reason it was closed, so we ended up walking to The Fat Fish and boy what a blessing. This place is pure gold! The Fat Fish is another one of those make a booking in advance type of places but since luck has been on our side all holiday we managed to get a table. Our spectacular waitress Yolandi who deserves the biggest shout out ever was our personal superwoman for the evening. Not only did she give us 5 star service, her dessert suggestion was pure heaven on a plate. That girl is A+ man! By the way how amazing that we have been getting such great service in the Western Cape, lol.

Seeing as I have been craving good calamari all holiday and didn’t win at The King Fisher I decided to give it a try here. Let me tell you, best decision ever that calamari was every bit crisp, light, tender, sublime. My friend also went for the Calamari but added some Grilled fish to his plate and he says his fish was absolutely refreshing, best fish he has had in while (his words) . For dessert our the amazing Yolandi suggested that we have the Hazelnut Meringue with fresh berries, the best thing dessert we have had in a while. The berries were fresh and that meringue just melted in our mouths such happiness I swear I saw rainbows and unicorns while eating it. The food really is prepared with time, refined skill and attention to detail as promised. Stunning, stunning dinner place, it is a bit more on the pricey side but well worth it. You can look at spending R750 for two including drinks. By the way the newspaper style menu design is pretty cool, enjoyed checking up on some local news while deciding on what to eat!

Cocktails And Beautiful Views At Butterfly Blu Knysna

When you go to visit a close friend that you haven’t seen in over a year for a day, it only makes sense to go all out and make the best of it. That’s exactly what my friends and I did when we spent the afternoon together at Butterfly Blu Restaurant by Brenton-on-Sea, Knysna. What was meant to be a simple catch-up over some cocktails and snacks by the beach ended up being more of a catch-up over lots of Gin & Tonic, Vodka, Champagne and Pizza LOL. How we survived the afternoon is truly beyond me, ha ha ha.

Upon our arrival at Brenton we decided to first take a long stroll on the beach and catch-up before we headed to the restaurant. The restaurant seeing as it is on the perfect location is always packed out on the deck so making a booking in advance is a must. We were lucky enough to find space at the bar then eventually got a table once another party had left. Our amazing bartender Basi who was the real MVP of the day then made sure we were well taken care of all afternoon. I honestly don’t have much to say about this place besides the fact that it is AMAZING, it is WONDERFUL, it is ELEGANT, it is MAJESTIC, worth every penny (mind you it’s pretty cheap), gives great service, has stunning views (God is really an artist), by far the second best destination of our holiday! Here is what our day looked like:

The Views: My favourite part of the venue was looking out over the ocean and just day dreaming while being sun kissed. Oh so beautiful (my pictures don’t do it justice blame it on the a a a alcohol).

The Drinks: Basi’s cocktail suggestions made my friend really happy the one with the hint of Gin was her favourite. I stuck to my beloved Gin & Tonic which of course was refreshingly tantalising as always. To end of the afternoon we celebrated our friendship with some champagne which was very fitting since we realised we have now been friends for 10 years!

The Food: – Was made with magic hands I tell you the fish and chips was perfectly golden crispy, light, fresh and the fish just melted in your mouth. The authentic Croatian Pizza was just as good, light crispy base and the cheeses perfectly melted.

Stunning place and perfect for sundowners with friends. I think my friends and I will be back here soon.

Breakfast Pitstop At Cruise Cafe Knysna

While on our George getaway my friend and I decided to take a short trip to Knysna to go visit one of my best friends whom I haven’t seen in over a year since she moved here. She suggested that we spend the day at the Brenton on Sea taking in the views while sipping on cocktails. Before we headed there though we decided why not also have breakfast in Knysna at Cruise Cafe by the Waterfront. Cruise Cafe is beautifully situated by the Knysna Lagoon which means you can expect stunning views while enjoying your meals.

We tried to keep our breakfast light since we knew we were going to have a big afternoon filled with lots of yummies and cocktails. We all ordered the French Toast simple breakfast which came with bacon and fried banana. It was simple, filling and very yummy. The best part about this place for me really was the views. They were just so serene and a beautiful sight to start of the morning. You can also book cruises here which is what we noticed most tourists were there for so early in the morning. The breakfast prices are also super decent I think we spent R120-R150 for our breakfast and drinks which is pretty cheap. Awesome place and well worth a visit in my books.