Concha Cafe: Review

Portuguese meets South African

Nestled in the heart of Ballito, Concha cafe intertwines two different cultures into one perfectly blended cup of coffee.

I stumbled upon Concha about a month ago, while celebrating a trio of overlapping birthdays. Walking into the cafe for the first time was an experience in itself. The atmosphere was electric, and a symphony of morning happenings filled the air. There wasn’t an empty seat in sight (thank goodness our lovely friend booked a table in advance!), and its easy to see why the place was packed!

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The cool morning air was abuzz with the chatter of early-risers, seeking a delicious pick-me-up from their local cafe.

Along with a moreish patisserie display, the aroma of roasted coffee beans wafted through the cafe. It was like something out of a classic black and white French film – only way better!

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The charming family-run bakery infuses the best of Portuguese and South African culture, in order to create a unique and unforgettable dining experience.

Located just a short walk away from the shimmering Dolphin Coast, Concha allows patrons the choice of in-house dining, or seaside sipping! From Portuguese-style cuisine at the cafe, to lounging on the beach as you sip decadent cappuccinos, customers are truly spoilt for choice!

Brunching with a large group of foodies is exciting, because among the variety of meals ordered, there are always unique and unexpected flavour combinations.

Plus, the beautifully presented food practically demands a spot on our Instagram feeds!

I opted for the classic “Mais Barato”, which consists of a poached egg, creamy mushrooms, rosa tomatoes and bacon rashers.

I’d like to think of myself as a bit of a poached egg connoisseur, but to be honest, my expertise is loosely based on the fact that the aesthetics of a poached egg appeal to my primal millennial senses a.k.a the omnipresent poached egg on avocado toast.

But Concha’s poached eggs were admittedly far tastier than an aesthetically pleasing Instagram photograph. They were perfectly soft, with golden yolk oozing into the crisp ciabatta soldiers. The rosa tomatoes, while succulent and fresh, were just acidic enough to cut through the richness of the yolk.

But the star of the show was none other than the creamy mushroom sauce! Decadent, creamy and far too luxurious for breakfast, this mushroom sauce was the ultimate treat, seamlessly tying the meal together.

Our long wooden table was truly a sight to behold, as plate after plate of delicious food was set before us. I spotted buttery croissants, sweet and savoury breakfast waffles, and of course, an endless stream of perfectly blended coffee.

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With their radical milkshakes, freshly baked artisanal bread, and unique array of pastries, Concha’s extensive menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!

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It’s clear that the staff at Concha are as passionate about food as they are about people. We were greeted by friendly faces and engaging owners who went the extra mile to foster personal connections with customers.

As I mentioned earlier, we were celebrating three very special birthdays, and the staff at Concha went above and beyond to make it as special as possible! We were treated to a round of watermelon-flavoured shooters, which in all honesty, was the ideal way to spend 10 am on a Tuesday morning! Viva Concha cafe, viva!

Concha prides itself on radiating positivity, community engagement and authentic human connections. This message is perfectly encapsulated by the cafe’s catchy hashtag: #ConchaCulture.

I cannot think of a more perfect way to describe our time at Concha. It was not just breakfast. It was an experience. It was sharing delicious food, exploring diverse cultures, and even a enjoying a cheeky watermelon beverage, with like-minded people from all over the world.

From their delicious food, to their ocean-adjacent location, Concha Cafe is a winner in this coffee lover’s book!

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-Pri

Have you experienced the #ConchaCulture before? Leave a comment below, or on my social media pages ( https://www.facebook.com/prieatsworld ) describing your visit to this vibrant cafe! Be sure to like and share this post with fellow coffee-lovers across the world!

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Copyright Priyanka Govender (2019)

10 Signs You’re Secretly a Wellness Hoe

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What on earth is a wellness hoe?

Don’t worry, I was just as confused as you are. It’s not as crazy as it sounds, in fact, it may just be your secret identity.

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I have scoured the internet in search of an all-encompassing definition to describe what a wellness hoe actually is. But in order to truly capture the essence of the term, I’ve compiled 10 points to help you investigate how much of a wellness hoe you are. Off we go!

 

1. You can’t resist a Scented Candle

Okay. I totally get this because my luxury scented candle collection is getting out of control. Basically, if the thought of a basil and mint scented candle gives you goosebumps, or a french vanilla creme brulee candle makes you want to scream with excitement, you’re a wellness hoe. And its not just the glorious blend of aromas that send tingles up your spine, the jar is important too! Think rose gold, minimalist glass and fancy fonts. Oh my God, I can already smell all the new candles I’ll be buying tomorrow.

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2. You are the Queen of Journals

If you’re anything like me, you have more journals than you can count. They’re strewn about your house, waiting for you to pick up a pen and immortalize your memories, emotions, poetry etc. You have a journal for recipes and meal plans. You have a journal for documenting each day. You may even have a journal dedicated to all the cute dogs you see throughout the week (which is of course, the best kind of journal!) No matter what you use your special journals for, we can all agree that writing/doodles go hand in hand with wellness.

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3. Coconut Oil is your solution to everything

Ahhh coconut oil. The most versatile of all the oils if you ask me. Looking for a 1-ingredient hair mask? Coconut oil. Skin needs some extra moisture? Coconut oil. Existential Crisis? Coconut oil! There are very few things that coconut oil can’t fix. If you’re anything like me, you buy it by the truckload and use it daily! If this has prompted you to run out to the store and buy a big tub right now, make sure you choose organic extra virgin coconut oil. Enjoy and welcome to the coconut club!

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4. Athleisure dominates your wardrobe

If you already know what Athleisure is, chances are you are comfortable all day long. Athleisure is the term coined by visionaries who realised that fashion and comfort could indeed be combined! Yoga pants, Nike Air and cute hoodies are your everyday attire and you will wear it with pride to brunch and basically anywhere that requires pants.

5. Your house plants are your babies

The only millennial stereotype that I will accept is the one claiming that we are 100% obsessed with house plants. Perhaps its the minimalist aesthetic it adds to your home, or the sense of pride you feel knowing that you are capable of keeping another organism alive! All I know is that succulents, aloe plants and seedlings are the recipients of my love and the models on my Instagram feed.

6. Face Masks are your specialty

True wellness hoes know that if need be, face masks can be whipped up using whatever you have in your kitchen. From creamy avocado and cucumber to polishing brown sugar and honey, you are a wizard in the face mask department. Not only can you turn any sleepover into a spa experience, but you are on a first name basis with everyone at Lush, The Body Shop and Sephora.

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7. Your kitchen is stocked like a trendy cafe

Your friends love coming over to spill tea, especially when your cupboards are filled with a variety of fancy loose leaf teas from elder flower to chamomile. Your wisdom lies in your ability to solve any problem with a hot cup of tea and good book. But its not just tea you’re passionate about, you also have a soft spot for organic coffee beans and french vanilla creamer. Yum!

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8. Sleep is Everything

You prioritize your full 8 hours of sleep over pretty much everything. Nothing can compete with cozy cocoon of blankets and pillow, especially after a warm bath and a slather of peach scented body butter. You have your night time routine down to a fine art and will eliminate anyone who threatens to disrupt it. Yes, its that serious.

Friend: Meet me at the pub for drinks?

Me: It’s after 10, my bra is off, my night cream is on and I am wrapped like a burrito of happiness.

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9. You’re about that Green Juice life

Yeah yeah, judge all you want, but you have to admit that drinking a green juice is like an explosion of goodness in your body. Just imagining all the vitamins and nutrients in each sip is enough to make a girl want some of that natural nectar immediately! And if you’re still not convinced, think of it like this: Green Juice is like an elixir to help combat any unplanned doughnut and pizza cheat days! Plus it actually tastes pretty good!

10. Farmers Markets over Clubs Anyday

You love a bit of spontaneity and dancing, but given the choice between a trip to the farmers market and a packed club full of drunken strangers, and the farmers market wins every single time. Perhaps you’re like me, a total foodie who falls in love with artisanal bread and colourful flowers. If you are, you’re likely to enjoy iced coffees and freshly baked pastries with your closest friends at the local organic market. From handmade trinkets to hummus and olives, your adventures in the sunshine never disappoint!

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If you do any of the 10 things above, congratulations, you’re a wellness hoe! Enjoy a life filled with happiness!

-Pri

-All text is subject to Copyright (2018)

-Images are not my own

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Brandon Calvillo: Short Films That Make You Think

Have you ever scrolled through YouTube, not really looking for anything specific, and then all of a sudden, you stumble upon a goldmine?

That’s sort of what it was like when I came across Brandon Calvillo’s YouTube channel 

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Who is he?

Brandon Calvillo is a 23 year old former Vine star (RIP Vine) who quickly rose to the top of the charts with his hilarious 6 second videos.

Together with brothers Jesse and Gregory, Brandon Calvillo has established himself as one of the most influential social media comedians.

Today, Brandon continues to entertain millions as a regular member in David Dobrik’s vlogs. He also hosts a successful podcast called “I’m sorry dad” with fellow comedian Ry Doon. Calvillo is also present within the Instagram environment, producing “silent vines” that manage to tackle political, racial and gender bias, all the while retaining comedic undertones.

His unique sense of humour played an integral role in setting him apart from other viners his age. Often thought of as satirical, dark humour, Calvillo explored avenues of comedy that forced viewers to think deeper, and in turn, revealed his own self-awareness.

His transition to YouTube was slow, but steady and currently boasts some of the best short films in the industry.

Why his short films are important:

Calvillo’s films are quite simply, works of art. The talented young creator tells stories so masterfully, that he is able to capture the intricacies of the millennial experience within a relatively short video.

Presumably drawing from his personal experiences, or perhaps observation, each video Calvillo produces leaves the viewer with a resounding sense of fascination. By making the decision to incorporate highly subjective themes such as love and loss, Calvillo writes with the entire spectrum of human emotion in mind. This is of course, no mean feat, further highlighting his immense talent.

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Many have referred to Calvillo’s sense of humour as “dark” or “disturbing”. Personally, I believe that may have been his intention all along. Film is a form of art, and art is only significant when it arouses profound emotion within you. These seemingly “dark” films force viewers to evaluate the current socio-political climate by showing them a perspective they have not seen before. Personally, Calvillo’s  ability to portray this in such a subtle manner is ingenious.

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Should you watch his films?

I would recommend Calvillo’s short films to everyone, especially those with an innate sense of wonder.

They are highly thought-provoking, humorous and entertaining across various age groups. Anyone seeking a deeper understanding of millennial culture will benefit greatly from these videos. The realistic portrayal of modern day relationships, international issues and the power of technology within everyday interactions is incredibly refreshing.

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Brandon Calvillo: Film Director

Brandon Calvillo’s journey as a writer, director and film producer is off to a very successful start, and luckily for us viewers, it’s only the beginning.

-Pri

All text is subject to copyright (2018)

Images are not my own