Feast for a (vegetarian) king

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On Saturday we were at the Neighbourhoods market, all set and ready to get lunch, when our friend Jack suggested we go to a vegetarian restaurant in Mayfair called Shayona. The food is prepared according to the mantra that you get out what you put in, and is apparently made without any stimulants like garlic. I didn’t think food without garlic could be this delicious! Mandy and I shared a kind-of mixed platter (deluxe lunch)that comes with three curries, rice, roti and pudding.Jack also suggested we try these little coconut, coriander and chili balls which were out of this world. The best thing – other than the taste – is the price; lunch for 6 of us came to less than R400. If you’re looking for a great vegetarian restaurant in Johannesburg visit Shayona in Church Street Mayfair. (This may go without saying but there is no alcohol served so don’t get a surprise)

What’s your cup of tea?

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This has been a weekend of tea….

On Sunday morning, with my two best friends by my side (well one by my side, one in the backseat), Lana del Ray blaring from the speakers, we set off to the little hole town of Heidelberg, about 40 minutes from Joburg. The reason for this mission was a breakfast at Her Majestea’s – a tea house and cafe which boasts over 100 teas on the menu. Mandy ordered pomegranate white tea, I had pineapple rooibos and Sazi had strawberry – the white tea was definitely my favorite. We also ordered some blooming tea – which doesn’t really have much taste but it’s great for the photos. There’s a lot of attention to detail at Her Majestea’s although there are some elements that I think they could do with out (like rude jokes on the back of the toilet doors).

If you’re looking for some amazing tea a little closer to home, visit the Good Luck Club in Corlett Drive – Sazi and I had the pineapple and ginger rooibos tea there on Friday and it was out of this world. I also had after-meal tea at a Turkish restaurant in Mayfair on Sunday afternoon. I love drinking tea out of these little glasses, although it definitely wasn’t as strong as the tea they serve you in Turkey.
Turkish tea - Johannesburg
All photos edited on Pixlromatic on my ipad