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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5 Podcasts That Don’t Suck

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Even though Podcasts have been around since forever, I was never really inclined to invest my time in them. Perhaps I never found a podcaster that piqued my interest or spoke about topics that I could relate to. But thankfully, I decided to give podcasts a second chance, and I’ve been laughing my way through traffic ever since.

 

After some thorough research, I managed to round up 5 podcasts that are so great, you’ll wonder why you never listened to them before.

 

1. “Views” with David Dobrik and Jason Nash

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Warning: Do not listen to this podcast in public because you will most definitely look like a lunatic, laughing maniacally to yourself.

Anything that features the comedic brilliance of David Dobrik and Jason Nash is guaranteed to induce bouts of laughter. So its no surprise that the duo’s podcast, “Views” which airs every Thursday night, sits comfortably at the top of the comedy charts on Spotify.

David Dobrik is a 22 year old YouTube sensation with an impressive collection of vlogs under his belt. Together with fellow 45 year old vlogger Jason Nash, these two have successfully produced hours of A-grade banter for listeners to enjoy.

“Views” allows fans of Dobrik to delve deeper into the makings of this internet sensation. The unscripted story telling and personal anecdotes that they share ultimately humanise the larger than life character that is David Dobrik. With Nash as comedic support, the podcast is reminiscent of a group of friends joking around and poking fun at one another.

Thousands have compared David Dobrik’s vlog squad to the 90s sitcom “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” and the Views Podcast is further proof of this. Listening to Dobrik and Nash retell stories of risque adventures and crazy romances, listeners will be transported from their traffic-filled commute to the cosy familiarity of Central Perk coffee house.

 

2. Modern Love with WBUR and the New York Times

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Where do I even begin?!

Modern Love is a popular New York Times column wherein readers submit their tales of love, loss and matters of the heart. These stories were expertly transformed into an audio experience through the creation of the Modern Love Podcast which is available on Spotify.

Hosted by the calming voice of Meghna Chakrabarti, Modern Love allows listeners to immerse themselves in the authentic human experience.

The stories are brought to life by Hollywood favourites such as Shameless star Emmy Rossum, Titanic’s Kate Winslet, Love and Other Drugs star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Each episode, which is approximately an hour long, delves deep within the intricacies of 21st century love. The concept of dating is broken down as it pertains to modern romantics. Heartache is explained through the lens of people who never fully achieve closure as a result of social media. Each story is packed with emotion, humour and poignant relatability across various age groups.

You will cry either from laughter or resonance, but trust me, you will cry. So keep the tissues on hand and enjoy a ride on this rollercoaster of human emotion.

 

3. I’m Sorry Dad with Ry Doon and Brandon Calvillo

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Brought to you by the hilariously self-dubbed “I’m Sorry Dad Boys”, this comedy podcast is a laugh a minute.

Hosted by film-maker Brandon Calvillo and stand up comedian Ryan Doon, the weekly podcast is a series of hysterical anecdotes and expert story telling by some of YouTube’s most underrated creators.

Fair warning, the podcast is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it technically appropriate for listeners under the age of 16. But semantics aside, this podcast is 100% without a doubt hilarious. Crude sexual innuendos, relatable meme culture, and stories that explore millennial nuances, this podcast is packed with equal parts lad-humour and a healthy dose of realism, gender equality and intelligent discussions.

Calvillo and Doon are often joined by fellow comedians such Jason Nash and Alex Ernst whose personal experiences also add to the overall humour of the podcast.

You can catch these guys every week on Spotify! Make sure to listen closely for details about upcoming comedy shows.

 

4. Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

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How can you not love Grace Helbig? The YouTube star has combined her love of story telling with her comedic genius in order to bring us this unique, fun and relatable take on modern culture.

Her podcast boasts a rotating cast of famous names such as Liza Koshy, Girl Boss Sophia Amuruso, Drake and Josh star Josh Peck etc.

As the name suggests, the overall message of the show is that the opinions shared should not be taken too seriously. It is light hearted comedy paired with funny personal experiences and commentary on millennial culture.

Intended solely to make her listeners laugh, Grace Helbig does a fantastic job of interviewing household names and bringing out the very best of the entertainment industry.

 

5. Congratulations with Chris D’elia

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If you’re looking for brutal honesty, unscripted comedic genius and edgy satirical humour, look no further than Chris D’elia.

With new episodes available every Tuesday on Spotify, the “Congratulations” podcast hosted by comedy legend Chris D’elia will definitely bring about ab-inducing laughter.

The stand up comedian boasts a number of highly acclaimed comedy specials such as Netflix “Incorrigible” and “Man on Fire”. His podcast is not intended for younger audiences, so perhaps listen to this funny podcast during your work commute or at the gym.

Each episode, which is roughly an hour long, is filled with observational humour and personal anecdotes that the comedian experiences on a day to day basis. His signature style of edgy, risque humour pairs perfectly with his on the spot comedy sketches.

This podcast is definitely a winner for fans who enjoy Chris D’elia’s unique style of comedy.

-Pri

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