Unicorn Rainbow Melt

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

I popped into Cafe Patisse Greenside today to check out the unicorn rainbow melt advertised on their Facebook page, and it is so cute! Made me wish I had a small person to impress.

There was a table with many little people with their mom and dad sitting behind me. I heard this small voice declare it the best taste he “has ever has”.

Then the kids (all under seven I think) started taking pictures of their food. I did compliment the parents on starting them young.

I had a favourite of mine, the carrot cake that I have Instagrammed often. It tastes really awesome besides making a pretty picture!

Pop in!

I wish you enough,


Spur – A taste for my throbbing ovaries. 🦒

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

Something very few people know is that @SirNoid and I have been considering having the vasectomy (I insisted on seven years ago – again… what is with the seven that keeps popping up in my life?), reversed.

Playing the role of the supportive husband, @SirNoid said if you can go three months with not a single doubt, we can investigate having another child.

Well, tonight my husband is at a gala dinner and I decided I shall go to Spur for supper by my own self. Not just any Spur mind you. The Palomino Spur at Sun City! Go big or go back to your fine dining experiences Wench.

When my kids were younger (25 YEARS ago!) it was their favourite hang out. This visit should seize my ovaries and induce menopause, or have me arranging reveal parties as there were no Pinterest when I was vomiting and having severe heartburn.

I asked to be seated in a booth towards the back so I can observe. I did not ask to seated near the children play area as my memory is not that poor.

It wasn’t long before a birthday song was sung. Not a proper song. Plenty clapping and few lyrics. I don’t like that.

With great excitement, I spot a Strawberry Daiquiri on the menu. Must be a pre-mix-job I decide, but order it anyway. After it arrived, I asked for a glass of crushed ice to try to revive it. It works enough for me to feel a small kick. Small, but I’ll take it. Don’t order this if it is your signature drink. You won’t be living your best life.

I’ve not seen the steak with prawns and cheese on the menu before, so I order that. I think there may have been garlic involved. With vegetables. I’ve been ill. My body needs butternut and spinach.

The steak was done as I asked (rare) and the prawns and cheese topping was not bad either. The garlic lingered as it should. Vegetables were good, I love the onion rings but the chips were a little sad. Main meal was a win then?

Another birthday clap. The birthday kid gives a loud cry. Hates ageing that kid does.

There are two men sitting behind me. Swearing in Afrikaans. They speak as if all the woman of the world is lining up to give them a bit of that. I picture what they look like in my head. Eventually, I turn around to see what these sex gods look like… Congratulate me again on never having sex in Afrikaans. I’m clearly a winner. Ugh.

The waitress has been fabulous. I always ask for water with ice and more often than not it is forgotten. She kept it coming. I may love her.

I order Peppermint Crisp tart with ice cream because it reminds me of my son Liam James… and I’m a sentimental sod. Oh and a Cappuccino.

Good job on dessert. Truly. It had that homemade touch to it and tasted lovely. The Cappuccino was okay.

As closing time approaches, the now overtired parents and sleeping children have left. Thankfully so has the wanna-be sex gods.

The staff starts cleaning up around me. Loudly in voice and mop action. That annoys me.

There is a man loudly discussing breast milk, and I quote “warm from the nipple”, I kid you not, at the Spur counter where I am supposed to exit the restaurant. It appears this man is waiting for one of the staff members. He spoiled my nostalgia for sure.

Spur served a much better meal than I expected. Yay! I do wish they would go back to singing “Happy birthday!” without the clap. The ambience was family orientated as expected, the music was toned down and my waitress, Blessing, was just that! Outstanding. Attentive, friendly and knowledgeable. I did tell her that she was lovely and tipped accordingly.

I spoke to the Manager, Dumisani about the breast, nipple braai fire talk and that perhaps friends waiting for staff to finish their shift should do so silently or elsewhere. He apologised and thanked me for bringing it to his attention. I felt heard. His eyes when I said the word nipple confirmed it. Thank you, Sir.

As for my ovaries, rejoice beloved. I don’t think I will be out this late at night by myself, in a town other than where I live, doing a review with a babe in arms! Besides, a clap for my birthday child won’t do.

I wish you enough,

#MamaWench 🦒

47 On Grant

  • 47 on Grant can be described in one word: Generous

Generous and sincere delight that you came to visit this Halaal . Generous deeply spiritual peace with smiles. Generous excitement at explaining dishes and excitement at doing so. Generous sharing in “how to” (drink Turkish coffee as if I would know!) and generous portions of food, especially flat bread and salads!

47 on Grant is located in the heart of Norwood. While the entrance is on the street, there is ample parking around the corner. The restaurant is a jump on the magic carpet as it opens onto the back of the restaurant to a delightful open air area with soft light. It really is such a gentle, almost sacred space. I loved it before I ate anything!

Dinner at 47 On Grant

Nadia is a humble but effective and efficient hostess and servers are well trained. There is no cutting corners. Nadia is clearly passionate about her offering and it shows. I noticed that she checked each dish before it was served.

I had a lamb kebab, unlike anything I’ve had before, cooked outside on an open flame. Surprisingly as I finished the one meat serving, a second appeared. It was delicious. Crispy, thin slices.

47 On Grant

I do not drink large amounts of alcohol, so being a Halaal restaurant that does not serve alcohol made no difference to me. The “mock” tails came in a wide variety. Fresh and crisp.
While my dessert was inventive and different, mozzarella inside a thin pastry, deep fried with a sweet sugar sauce with ice cream, I did not enjoy it as much as I hoped I would. I also tried a Turkish traditional cake which was light with ice cream. It was ok, but did not deliver for me on the overall experience.

Who do I need to credit for this pic?

If you are looking for an intimate dinner, romantic in the city, head for 47 On Grant and sit outside. Be open to experience new flavours and experience a different kind of dining.
Thank you for the opportunity to dine in style with #DineJoziStyle47 once more @JoziStyle It is always an honour for @SirNoid and I to be included.

With sincere gratitude I would like to acknowledge 47 On Grant whom sponsored the dinner, in exchange for a genuine, truthful, impartial and honest review.

I wish you enough,


PS. Did I mention I loved the flat bread ? 💜

@PicknPay @TasteOfJoburg @Montecasinoza

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After announcing record numbers for last year’s event, Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “the Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

“We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action.

The large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

I have tickets to giveaway to join in this culinary festival.  Please answer this question and leave your answer in the comment section.

When does Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg take place?

I wish you enough,

Posted from the second cloud on your left.

“Delightfully fabulous!” @Budmarsh_Lodge

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,
@SirNoid and I was most fortunate to be invited in spending some time with.
Budmarsh Country Lodge is the perfect get-away for those seeking a tranquil, warm and inviting time away from the buzz of the City.

The rooms are large, the bed very close to heaven and the bath that you can do the backstroke in, purely delightful. I was also thrilled to see the size of the shampoo, lotion etc was big enough for two and not of inferior quality which is so often the case. I loved the sticker with the logo on the toilet roll! 🙂 Attention to detail is a win for me. The coffee facility in the bedroom was a surprise. A proper filter coffee with home made biscuits. Loved that.

Naturally the ducks, pond and adult size swing where even my African hips fitted in was awesome! I loved it.

The food is absolutely delectable. Executive Chef, Chris is an artist in taste, value and presentation. Every six course meal is a journey and one I looked forward to at every meal. Perfect combinations and absolute joy. I highly recommend any dish coming from Chris’s kitchen!


The venue is suitable for couples or those traveling alone. It is in close proximity to Johannesburg and you are poorer for not visiting, and especially not dining!

My only negative was that Wi-Fi could only properly connect in the lounge and not in the bedroom, but then it reminded me that in that setting I should not be needing contact with the outside world!


A visit to add to your bucket list. Check out my album with pictures: HERE

I wish you a visit at Budmarsh!


As posted on Trip Advisor.

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