Along Lynnwood #1: Afroboer

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From students in Hatfield to the affluent soccer moms of Silver Lakes, you’ll be hard pressed to find a Pretorian from the East that doesn’t use Lynnwood Road daily. Along it are some coffee shops that are obvious favourites, like Aroma, but there’s really no need to ever cue for Saturday breakfast to Fourno’s again.
We might not have a view of the ocean, but just off Pretoria’s favourite suburbian road you’ll find a trail of small and authentic cafés worth taking your mother to.

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Around the corner from the busy Solomon Mahlangu (Hans Strydom) crossing is the relaxed and lovely Afroboer. The farmhouse-like café has a neat and simple look, relying on a few thoughtful touches and lots of fresh flowers for décor. Besides, the centrepiece of the ‘baker’s café’ is a scrumptious cake-filled counter that gives you enough to look at.

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The focus on cakes, tarts and bread is no wonder, considering that the restaurant grew out of owner Michelle Cronje-Cibulka’s kitchen and night-time baking business. The precision and creativity needed for great baking is a balance that’s clear throughout Afroboer’s menu.

There are local classics with unique touches, like the pap en vleis featuring beef short rib and chorizo stewed in beer. Many of the breakfast and lunch options are original but accessible. You may not have thought of eating baked oats with whiskey, cream and roast hazelnuts, but now that you know it exists, you can’t resist.

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I was happy to note that Michelle’s perfectionism (read dedication) continues throughout the drinks menu, which isn’t treated like a lazy second heir as is too often the case.
Pretoria East’s healthy living fanatics will love her red and green juices or Paleo recovery shake, while couch potatoes can get nostalgic over retro hot chocolate with a Marie biscuit marshmallow sandwich.
There’s a good coffee offering (Kilimanjaro single-origin roast), with an interesting tea collection on the way from one of the last remaining Malawian tea producers.

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Finding a nice coffee shop is one thing, but I get even more excited by a business that tries to do good beyond making a profit. In this case the vast majority of Afroboer’s staff hasn’t graduated high school and almost none have previous culinary experience.
Michelle wanted to give unique chances to people that might not have had them, and trained all of them from scratch. Knowing this makes that white chocolate cheesecake taste even better.

Check out their Instagram for food pics or the rather adorable website and put Afroboer on your list of places to try.

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Things to note:

– Great for breakfast, but be prepared for busyness
– Gluten-free and allergy options available
– Very kiddie friendly
– Closed evenings, Sundays and public holidays
– Garden upgrades and alcoholic options on their way
– Menu changed regularly

little but lovely Grahamstown

copyright Elna Schutz 2013Our city has been in national news quite a bit lately due to ongoing water problems, but Grahamstown made it into the Mail & Guardian yesterday for very different (though to me not entirely clear) reasons. While I could see where the feature writer’s theories on how the town treats love and sex might come from, it left me with a general sense of having been misunderstood.

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Maybe that’s a sign that the four years here have made me a bit of a proud local? With just about a month left for me here, I’m starting to say goodbye to this place that I understand might seem rather strange to outsiders, but makes a really good home for those that let it.

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Recently my camera’s been following me everywhere like a pet (yes, we even take walks together) and I’ve been trying to snap some memories. Mostly I just let my eye wander to pretty but rather random corners.

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You’d think that’s because there are enough pictures of the cathedral and monument out there already, which is probably true. Yet I think it comes more out of knowing I will leave a place, so I try to soak in even the little details. As a believer in the idea that wherever you are, you need to be fully, I suppose that’s the best I can do for now.

copyright Elna Schutz 2013Also, I don’t yet have a future job to plan for, so thinking about the present is just right. *laugh*

*El


All pics shot on a D40 & copyrighted to me ladida.