My annual round-up of ups and downs from the year that was and what I hope for 2016.
A few tried and tested spots to grab good chow in and around the 031.
It’s mos def worth the mission to this Midlands eatery. Country vibes, spectacular views and a cheesecake that makes them famous.
along some extra cash money for the shop (The Winkel), next door.
Also, if you
ask nicely, they may make you the world’s most amazing veggie burger.
Hungry, in a
rush and feel like the best Mexican food in Durbs?
Hit up El
Hombre and order like, everything. Especially
the chili-chocolate churros.
Chili-chocolate churros. Oh and chili-chocolate churros.
Well yes, I’m
limited to chips but the rest of you meat-eaters can chow down on some pretty
impressive looking chicken strips and burgers (and they’re delicious according to my carnivorous crew). Everyone can enjoy the unique vibe and friendly staff.
Tip: Return your plate to the counter like a decent person and score some Wilson’s toffees.
express enough how wonderful this Indian-vegetarian food joint is. Slap bang in
the middle of town’s chaos, cheap as chips and tasty and hell.
Tip: Order a
veg thali and get a selection of all sorts of curries, chutneys and sambals. Also,
try the masala chai tea for a heavenly sugar rush.
Bon Appetit yo!
HAPPY GADAMN NEW YEARS! As per tradition, I like to do a little roundup of the year that was. Here are some of Girl With A Bum’s 2014 moments – the ups and the downs.
I kicked off 2014 with a champagne bottle to the head and 7 stitches for good measure.
I started a new job at a kick-ass digital agency. Then changed jobs again to go corporate like a real sell-out.
I began dating a rad guy. Then that rad guy and I decided to part ways. Only good vibes there.
I saw one of my oldest friends walk down the aisle. And cried like a baby.
Got my nose pierced and my foot tatted. And cried like a baby.
Another year of saying hello and goodbye to new house mates. And seeing a Facebook feed brimming with engagements and pregnancies.
Did a fair share of dranking, smoking, dancing and late nights.
Drank a LOT of Steph Weiss while I was at it.
Got sucked into Neknoms, Ice Bucket Challenges and “No Make-up Selfies” like I did Bitstrips in 2013. Can’t help it, occasionally I follow the crowd.
Continued blogging while laughing that the acronym for my blog is GWAB.
Adopted my baby Church.
Took up swimming for a few brief, yet glorious months.
Found out that a beloved “internet friend of mine who had tragically died of cancer” – was actually all a Catfish by a crazy, crazy girl. Rallied up a group of other girls affected by the scam. (More coming soon!)
Got a personal trainer with Boss Lady Lauren. Man, those 5am wake up calls!
Had a local newspaper steal my content and publish it without my permission. Went through a series of arguments and fights, only to be further let down by some really awful people.
Was lucky enough to be a bridesmaid for a beautiful friend of mine.
My body briefly gave up on me and I was in and out of the docs for blood tests and medicines. Then I got better because I am strong like Mother Russia.
My mommy got very, very sick and retrenched but bounced back because she IS Mother Russia.
We found a lovely home for our beloved piggy, Molly.
We said our final goodbyes to our family home as well as my awesome digs. I then said hello to my dream flat.
I said another very hard goodbye to my second mom/domestic executive of 18 years as she retired to her home in the Berg.
Lived through a teeny tiny earth tremor and the MRP Tear Gas Incident ‘14.
Went to, and fell in love with the Transkei for the very first time.
Learnt how to NaeNae. Sort of.
Sold some shiz at a market. Promised myself “never again”.
Fell irrevocably in lust with Black Math.
Wore a sari to Halloween, for no good reason. Thus beginning a casual chain of events.
Lost tragically and suddenly, my very beautiful aunt.
Saw dear friends leave for Dublin, Jozi, Amsterdam and Germany. More goddam goodbyes. Made some pretty epic new friends too.
Turned well old – hello 25!
So, plans for 2015?
Travel in the slow lane (occasionally)
Travel, in general.
Well, this post is a little late to say the least. But life has been considerably chaotic at the moment – which is exactly why a little Midlands getaway, was exactly what I needed.
A couple weekends back, we “road tripped” up to my friend Emma’s incredible farm for a girls weekend complete with cheesy sing-alongs, gossip and wino.
Needless to say, we had a rather amazing time feeding the animals, picking strawberries, getting drunk in a field and kickin’ it country style. You can imagine how in my element I was with a calf and Em’s Motley Crew of hounds running around! On Saturday night, we were treated to a rather spectacular thunderstorm as well as killer pizzas from Il Postino – with me being the only weirdo who ordered a banana pizza. Man, it was good though and totally worth the teasing that followed. Girls are mean.
Here are a few happy snaps from our mini meander. I still get excited that fairytale places exist on our doorstep – KZN is one hella beautiful place!
After what was, the most insanely beautiful wedding between my friends Kris and Rudi in The Valley of 1000 Hills, Paul and I decided to make a meal out of the long weekend that followed and hit up the Midlands.
We started off, nursing hangovers and retelling stories from the night before (where I apparently danced around with not only Paul’s tie around my head but also a stolen flower girl’s ivy crown) at Treat Cafe.
Yummy breakie, stunning view and friendly staff. It’s definitely worth the mish up the hill. We then stopped off at the Mandela Capture site for a little pre-Youth day patriotic celebration and a brush up on our SA history. Sort of.
What followed was a day of cheese tasting, goat petting and stall visiting.
Wanting to do the Meander? Here friend, I have taken the time to map out the best for you – just click on the links. You have to try out:
and my personal favourite visit
We came away with enough home made breads, cheese wheels, procured meats and preserves to arrive at our cosy little cottage called Rainbow Retreat and make a feast for two.
That night we kicked it old school with a crackling fire, rounds of pool and a rather shoddy game of Monopoly.
We awoke to a crisp and cool morning, where Paul made us some legit Milo before we headed to Howick Falls for a little spot of antique shopping – after which my charming boyfriend proceeded to surprise me with a couples massage at Granny Mouse Spa.
I came home feeling well fed and extremely relaxed – not to mention spoiled. I also managed to ferret an Ohm keyring, prayer flags, Ganeshi journal and incense. We were blessed with beautiful South African winter weather and I highly recommend revisiting this familiar route A$AP, Rocky! You probably all went with your parents when you were kidlets, but grab your holmies and make a foodie adventure out of it this time!
I just had a rad weekend away that I felt I had to share as it is amazing what awesome places we can visit in KZN,with only a 1.5 hour drive.
My friends and I spent the weekend at Lesley’s holiday house in Notties,in the Midlands. What followed was a weekend of feet dragging in Uggs, the smell of last night’s fire and a lot of eating and singing.
On the first night, Kris made some Gluwein ( recipe coming soon) which warmed us up rather nicely. The next morning it was crumpets and sunshine. We lazed on the grass in warm patches of sunlight singing Third Eye Blind songs and dancing like loons.That afternoon we followed the Midlands Meander route,stopping for beer tasting and Austrian cuisine.
Really enjoyed a weekend of beanies and cuddles. Here are some of the snaps as of course I was glued to my camera.One of the people we went with only realized who I was when I had put my Canon up to my face!