lunch in philadelphia

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About 30 minutes outside of Durbanville you’ll find Philadelphia. A quaint little village with friendly shop owners and great little artsy finds. Philadelphia means ‘brotherly love’ – from the bible. Hmm, okay.

Quiet streets, filled with gems like art galleries,  a cheese shop and eateries await discovery. Beware the camera fearing beast outside the gem shop. That guy was not a happy chappy.

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One of the most popular gathering spots in Philadelphia is most likely The Peppertree, which is well known among the Cape weekend roadies.

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Another rustic haunt that’s well priced with friendly service and a pretty decent menu is The Deli Shed. The chicken mayo sarmie, which comes in an interesting round shape, is out of this world. They add some chutney, fresh thyme and a hint of grated raw onion – just the way I like it! The coffee is good, there’s a selection of fresh fruit and veggies, a variety of homemade breads and some other pantry fillers that you can add to your bill to take home.

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The quiet streets are a welcome escape from the city hustle. Philadelphia is a treat to any enthusiastic Instagrammer with it’s old school patios, zinc roof sheets, lazy cats, weather worn doors and interesting (slightly weird) warning signs about pinching geranium cuttings.


Endless calming fields of wheat singing with a persistent hum in the the gentle breeze surround the little village during the wheat growing season (don’t ask me when that is – we have Google now). All and all, a trip to Philadelphia is a Saturday morning well spent.

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sedgwick’s original cocktail party

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My foodie friend and author of  Mzansi Style Cuisine, Thuli Gogela,  invited me along to The Original Cocktail Party, hosted by Sedgwick’s. We made our way to Tjing Tjing to try out five of their eight new refreshing cocktails for summer.


I know what you’re thinking, Obies in summer? Yep, that’s right. These cocktails are zesty and perfect to sip on while dipping your toes in the pool at sunset. Think raspberries, mint and a squeeze of lime combined with the sweet, rich taste of Sedgwick’s. Bring on the holidays!

The new cocktails have really cool, old school names, like The Charles Shandy, The Undine’s Hero and The James Regent. I had a taste of them all and my favourite is definitely The Undine’s Hero. A combination of ginger beer, Sedgwick’s, lemon and fresh mint – the perfect thirst quencher. Second best, for me, is The Sedgwick’s Lane which is made with fresh raspberries, muddled with sugar, cranberry juice and a double shot of Sedgwick’s. Mmm, delicious!

The food was tasty and in easy to enjoy portions. It included mini boerewors rolls, seared tuna, veggies rolls and pork belly skewers. There was MORE than enough food and no one left the party hungry, that’s for sure. Self proclaimed gypsy jazz band, Manouche, entertained with hip and swinging tunes.


Grab a bottle of Segwick’s this summer, it’s way more than just a winter warmer from days gone by! Check out their site, Facebook and Instagram.


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