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)

Lucky Shaker – Zimbali Wedge: Review

Sipping on Sunsets

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When you work with a team of people who are as passionate about work as they are about partying, Fridays are guaranteed to bring the fun!

Yesterday, the team and I celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our lovely Amy Jenkins! After a productive day of work, and far too many giggles (courtesy of that Friday feeling), the team traded schedules for sunsets at the Lucky Shaker in the Zimbali Wedge.

Against the backdrop of Ballito’s rolling hills, we sipped on custom-designed cocktails and marveled at yet another classic South African sunset.

With it’s glowing reputation, it should come as no surprise that the staff at Lucky Shaker are as friendly and innovative as their famous cocktails. Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but the drink of the day was a delightfully refreshing cocktail called “monogamy”. With hints of pineapple and an abundance of gin, this fruity drink was the perfect way to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be.

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The Lucky Shaker has built its brand on fresh ingredients, unique flavour combinations, and of course, serious fun. The tropical-themed bar intertwines contemporary decor with earthy undertones, in order to transport patrons to exotic beaches off the coast of Hawaii.

We sipped on pastel pink cocktails, topped with goji berries and pineapple slices, as the air filled with laughter, great conversation, and well-wishes for the bride-to-be.

The charismatic staff were always near, ensuring that no glass ran empty. As platters of tapas arrived, the beautiful presentation provided a feast for both the eyes and our taste-buds.

At this point, everyone has heard about the Lucky Shaker’s iconic tacos. These delectable soft shell tortillas offer a variety of fillings, from succulent lamb to hake goujons to my personal favourite: the falafel taco! These deceptively tiny tacos are insanely filling, and with a variety of yummy options, the taco platter has something for everyone!

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Catering to the needs of vegetarian customers, the Lucky Shaker reigns supreme with their delicious meat-free platters. Perfectly crisp bruschetta topped with tomato and basil, enormous calamata olives, and Vietnamese summer rolls are just a few of the veggie options enjoyed by the team.

As the afternoon sky filled with hues of pink and crimson streaks, I watched our table glow with the smiles of satisfied customers. The Lucky Shaker is more than just a bar, it’s an experience. It’s a chance for friends and family to gather round a table, chatting and giggling as seasonal drinks flow in abundance, and tasty treats are shared with those you love most.

Aside from the selfies, I can honestly say that our evening was a cellphone-free experience. Considering the current climate, where almost everyone is dependent on their smartphones, this speaks volumes about the authentic, genuinely fun atmosphere that Lucky Shaker guarantees.

If I were you, I’d round up the squad and secure a table at Lucky Shaker this Friday! I hope to see you there, sipping on sunsets and celebrating life.

-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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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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Images are not my own

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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

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-Images are not my own

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