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Momo & O

Last night, to help celebrate our friend’s birthday, we tried Asian food at Momo and O on Grant Avenue in Norwood. Here’s what we thought of our experience.

The Drink

If you don’t want to end up going from restaurant to restaurant hoping someone will sell you a bottle of wine because the liquor store is already closed, then you better keep this in mind before heading to Momo and Co: They don’t sell alcohol. They do, however, allow you to bring your own poison and they don’t charge corkage so come prepared!

The Food

As it seems to be the practise with Asian food, Momo’s and Co is very affordable. You can order from the wide range of delicious Tappas or their large helpings of noodles, broth and dumpling dishes. The presentation is also so pretty! We spent a few minutes amireing the Artist presentation before actually eating!

The atmosphere

If you like trying out new food then this is the place for you! In true Asian style, you can order an number of tappas and eat together communal style. This gives you more of a sense of all the food and not just want you order! I was really a relaxed vibe, a space where you can lose track of the time while enjoying good food and good company.Debs, thank you for sharing your special day with you! I hope your birthday weekend was beautiful and file with all the love you deserve! I love you!

And the last cool thing about his spot? Has to be this strange room that leads to the bathrooms. The lighting, the mirrors and the expose facebrick walls all make for an amazing spot for a photo shoot! We. And a bit of fun in there!

Thank you so much for popping in today! It’s always a pleasure to have you here! Have a beautiful week😘

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Sobae Frozen

Do you ever have the intention of doing something or going somewhere and never get around to fulfilling your word? I do,all the time!A few months ago, I promised you the lowdown on Victoria Yards on actual market day. Life got hectic and I couldn’t get to one. Thank goodness for second chances because I made it there today!My friend finally got an official shop in the Victoria Yard space and today was the first day of official business in the space!This one is for all those who love all things sugar free. Sobae is essentially extremely ripe fruits blended with ice and let me tell you, it is delicious! I have a sweet tooth and I loved it! Apparently, you won’t find this kind of tasty treat anywhere else in South Africa. It’s popular in Europe and we are just now catching on!

For more information about this yummy dessert, check out their Instagram page to learn more about their different flavours and where you can find them.

Thank you so much for popping in! It’s always such a pleasure to have you here! Have a beautiful week, erbody!

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Something Borrowed Part 3

Tuesday is National Heritage Day in South Africa. We basically spend the day celebrating our various cultures by dressing up and sharing different dishes. Did you know that there are 11 official languages in South Africa?! That’s 11 different cultures so you can imagine how colourful the next few days are going to be, not to mention more yummy dishes than you can wrap your head around! I am Xhosa ( As in Nelson Mandela? Steve Biko? We’re kind of a big deal!) So I will be sharing a Xhosa dish with you today!

At church today we had to bring a dish specific to our cultures and we’ll have to do the same at work this week as well. I thought it was fitting to add just one more recipe to the series in the spirit of things. Today’s recipe is brought to you by my very own mother!

Mom’s Mfino

Ingredients

1. Cabbage

2. Spinach

3. Baby marrow

3. A Large onion

4. Oil

5. Salt and spices of your choice

6. Water

7. Maize meal

Just a couple of disclaimers:

  • I didn’t specify portions. You’ll need to use your discretion depending on how many people you are serving,
  • The point of this meal is that it must be green. You can use any edible green leaves ( carrot, beetroot leaves, etc.) and not just the ones mentioned above.

Instructions

1. Finely chop the onions and greens ( the finer the better)

2. Saute the onions in hot oil

3. Add greens, salt and spices to taste and saute for 10 minutes

4. Add water to just about the surface of the greens and bring to a boil

5. Sprinkle mielie meal and stir until it is the desired stiffness.

6. Lower the heat and stir every 5 minutes.

7. This is my mom’s trick: make sure your pot is tightly seeled. After 3 or 4 stirs, water will spill down the lid when you lift it and that is how you will know the mielie meal is cooked.

Like most daughters, I swear by my mom’s cooking so, it was an honour to share this recipe with you! It was described as an unusual meal, but this comment was made between mouthfuls so I think it’s safe to deduce that this was meant positively! Thanks for sharing, mama!

So, happy Heritage Day to all my South African Friends! Have a beautiful week, dear readers! Thanks for stopping by!

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Something Borrowed Part 3

Happy Sunday erbody! I hope you’ve had a good week! I’m so excited to get back to work tomorrow! I need something to keep me out of trouble and it’s good to wake up to a purpose and not one you make up for yourself for the day😏 Woaw! I’m jumping to my next post already! Let me get back to what I have planned for you today!

Ok, I’ve been waiting for the perfect recipe to share with you, so part 3 of this series took longer than anticipated – sorry! But, don’t worry, Winter is technically not over yet so the timing is still in place!

I’m pretty confident in the kitchen and I enjoy cooking. Baking, on the other hand, is trickier for me, or rather, I am less practiced at it. I was on tea duty at church today and I thought I would make something from scratch instead of buying ready made baked goods like I normally do. Also, my friend Kelly (you remember my dinner hosting Kelly, right?) baked a cake for Stacey’s birthday and she swore to me that it is super easy to bake! I was sold and today, I bring you the recipe!

Kelly’s Chocolate Cake

Ingredients

1 1/2 cup sugar

4 large eggs

11/2 cup self raising flour

1/2 cup coco

1 tsp baking powder

8th of 500 g Margarine

1 tsp Vanilla essence

1/2 cup Water

1/2 cup milk

Ingredients

1. Preheat Oven to 180 degrees.

2.Beat eggs and sugar until sugar is dissolved and well mixed.

3. Sift dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

4. Melt margarine, milk and water in a pot.

5. Mix egg/sugar mix with dry ingredients. Stir until batter is smooth. Add vanilla essence.

6. Add liquid mixture. Stir until smooth.

7. Grease baking pan with margarine and sprinkle a little flour over it. You can also use spray and cook and line the pan with paper.

8. Pour mixture in pan and bake for 25 -35 min.

But, wait. There’s more…

Since I’m new to baking I decided to keep the icing very simple:

Icing

Warm a can of caramel in a pot to “cement” the two cakes and drizzle over the top and sides. You can also melt a slab of plain chocolate with some cream and drizzle over the top.

Well, there you have it! I think it turned out great and many yummy noises were made! A huge thank you to my friend Kelly for sharing the recipe!

I’m so excited for Wednesday! I’ve been nominated for the Sunshine blogger award! I haven’t been nominated in a while! have an awesome week, erbody😘

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Surprise: 3 Tips for Hosting a Dinner Party

Hey, Erbody!

I’m so excited about this month’s surprise post! I love collaborating with my friends! They give some of the best ideas for content!

I’m sure I shared with you before that the Eat Out Village decided to start doing Dine Ins just to mix things up! Well, Wednesday night was officially the first dine in. I thought I would share with you Kelly’s (my host) 3 tips for hosting a successful dinner party.

Plan your meal ahead of the time

You need to be sure of your guests dietary preferences. You don’t want to make a meat-based meal for guests that are vegetarian or are allergic to something you made! Did anyone say, recipe for disaster?!

Always Over Cater

If you’re catering for 9 people, for example, then cook for 12. You dont know what people’s portions sizes are and you don’t want your guests to go hungry!

Don’t place too much emphasis on formalities

You want your guests to be relaxed when they come to visit you. It’s ok to set the table but if people want to sit on the couch for dinner then let it be. The less prescriptive you are, the less stressful it will be for you. Also, read the room. No one needs to eat at a specific time. Let your guests relax and enjoy the vibe!

So those were Kellys quick and easy tips for a successful hosted done-in Needless to say, it was a huge success! Kelly did an amazing job and we all had a great time! Thanks, Kells!

Thank you so much for dropping by! Have a great weekend!

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Eat Out – Parea

Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you’ve had an awesome weekend!

Let’s get right into it! My village people decided to reawaken The Eat Out Club, because, what’s not to love about it?! Check out the last spot we tried out!

The Spot

Parea is a greek restaurant at Illovo Junction in Johannesburg. It looks squashed from the outside but opens up into a spacious indoor and patio area on the inside. They even have belly dancing ladies complete with plate breaking once a week! Whoppa!

The Service

I found our waitress very helpful. She answered whatever questions we had about the menu with no trouble! The management was always visible and helpful too!

The Favourites

It’s tough to decide what you want to eat at any restaurant, so my friend Stacey ordered some starters to share with her Justin which gave her a chance to try as many dishes as possible! They have a great selection of seafood which we all enjoyed! Their chips are made exactly they way I like them: big chunks that very clearly come for potatoes! They also have jugs of sangeria perfect for a table of up to 7 people!

So this is definitely the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a good vibe and great food and drink!

We’ve also decided to evolve the Eat Out to Dine in, depending on the person chosen to pick the next spot! It’s gonna be an awesome year, guys!

Thank you so much for popping in! It’s always a pleasure to have you! Have a beautiful week ahead😘

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The Eat Out – The Royale, Johannesburg

Happy Sunday Erbody!

I trust you have had a great weekend and you’re rested up for the week ahead.

It amazes me how much we can change over a short space of time. And we don’t realise it ’till we revisit ourselves and see a huge change!

I love food. I love making it, and trying what other people make and so the eatout was always the highlight of my month! Check out my previous posts about it here.

Last night, a handful of the old members of the Eatout got together to celebrate a birthday in true eatout style. Our adventure took us to The Royale in Craighall, Johannesburg.

The Spot

The restaurant itself doesn’t really stick out among the long rows of shops,bars and car dealerships along Jan Smuts so you will have to trust your GPS completely to get there in case you miss it. Once inside, you are met by a Cuban vibe: Great music, palm trees and rustic photoframes on the walls. There’s an open roof in the outside/ inside area that is going to be perfect when summer really kicks in! The birthday girl had to book us a table well in advance and we found ourselves sitting next to a bridal party as well! In true Joburg style, The Royale brings in all types of people from the sophisticated cuisine hunters to the hipsters popping in for a few drinks.

The Service

I arrived late to the venue so I didn’t know who our waiter was. He was difficult to flag down but the place does start getting busy after 7 on a Saturday night. Our food and drink, however, did arrive promptly every time! The food portions were reasonable, in size and in prices, and just as yummy!

Our Favourites

Speaking of yummy food, the ribs were amazing! Tender meat and a portion fit for a king! The prawn curry was just the right amount of spicy to enjoy without tearing up! The clam and mussels were also a hit. Those 2 rolls on the side help to enjoy the leftover lemon creamy sauce😋. I will definately be having the squid next time I’m there! In a nutshell, none of us were dissappointed with our food!

Well, there you have it! My take on an authentically Cuban experience with a little help from a few friends! Thanks for your input guys! Of course, your company makes these outings all the more delightful!

Well, thank you once again for dropping by, everyone! I hope to see you on Wednesday!

P.S Oh I almost forgot! When you visit this cool spot make sure you take a picture at the Palm Tree! The Palm tree was awesome!