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)

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Woolworths Edamame Snack: Review

Woolworths South Africa have done it again! The pioneering brand of fresh, organic food in South Africa have exceeded my expectations once more.

Photo by Jenn Kosar
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The latest installment to their ‘nibbles’ category is a delightful little snack called‘Edamame and Cashew’. The sour cream and chives flavoured mix of roasted and salted edamame beans and cashew nuts, has rendered me an ‘edamame addict’.

Alright, so we’re all familiar with the humble cashew nut, but what exactly is edamame?

Well, simply put, edamame is a popular ingredient in traditional East Asian cuisine. The soybeans, which are prepared in their pods, are a staple in most Japanese households.

Not only do these magic beans look like something out of “Jack and the beanstalk”, but they’re also packed full of antioxidants and Vitamin K!

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As a college student, this neatly packaged box is the perfect on-the-go snack! High in protein and healthy fats, this Woolworths Food product keeps me satisfied and focused during lectures.

Image courtesy of Woolworths

This snack has quickly become an essential in our household! Not only is it a healthier option in comparison to sodium-packed potato chips, it is also a genuinely delicious anytime treat!

Fun fact: Not only is edamame a plant-based source of protein, it is also free from added sugar, making it the ideal healthy snack.

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Be sure to embrace the Woolworths Rewards Program when shopping for this yummy treat. Make sure to sign up online or in-store: it’s quick, easy and reliable! Plus, the friendly faces at Woolworths South Africa will make you glad you stopped by!

All in all, I would rate this snack a 10/10 on the ‘Pri Eats World’ snack-o-meter!

Am I rightfully obsessed with this snack? Let me know what you think of this product in the comments below.

-Pri

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Less talk, more snogging

Introducing Snog, London’s finest fro-yo!

Last year, on a birthday trip to London, I stumbled upon the most adorable fro-yo truck in the world!

It stands tall and proud, in the middle of Southbank, drawing large crowds of eager fro-yo fans.

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As a South African, who hails from Durban no less, I should be used to sunshiny days! Surely Summer days in London would pale in comparison to the scorching heat of Durban?

Boy was I wrong!

Perhaps it was the sight of Snog’s signature red bus for the first time, but suddenly, London was the hottest place to be.

Wasting no time at all, I dragged my cousin (a local Brit), across the perfectly manicured lawns, to the growing queue in front of Snog.

Surrounded by clear blue-skies and local buskers, I began contemplating the contents of my fro-yo bowl. The option of coconut fro-yo was almost too much for my piña colada-loving heart to handle.

Keeping on theme with London’s surprising sunshine, I decided to go with a tropical fro-yo bowl. I ordered a stunning array of coconut and pineapple frozen yoghurt, topped with fresh raspberries and coconut shavings

Photo by Humphrey Muleba 
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After one spoonful of Snog’s frozen yoghurt, I was ready to pack my bags and move to Snog City.

P.S. if you are familiar with British slang, but unfamiliar with the Snog brand, you may be picturing an entirely different scenario when I say “Snog City”. Just know that the Snog City I intended to portray, was one of frozen yoghurt mountains and valleys of tasty toppings. Not a parallel universe filled with a bunch of tongue-wrestlers.

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I sat across The River Thames, spooning fruity magic into my mouth and listening to the rhythm of London’s local talent.

There is perhaps nothing sweeter than sunshine, but my fro-yo came pretty close!

If frozen yoghurt is what dreams are made of, then Snog is a Winter Wonderland.

-Pri

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