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Corsica’s coolest

Yesterday I arrived back in London after a beautiful 11 day trip to France during which time I spent five days in Corsica – the other Emerald Isle, in my opinion anyway.

I spent most of my time in the little town of L’ile Rousse. These were my favourite finds.

For a cute buy

Soi 3 Corsica

Shop for cool quirky stuff and sip on goooood smoothies.

Soi 3 is one of the quirkiest little stores I’ve ever seen. One-of-a-kind stationary sets (black with neon multi-coloured polka dots), frogs in a jar that once you add water turn to dashing young princes. There are also those ever expected photo frames – but seriously cool ones, fridge magnets that double up as bottle openers, belly rings and my favourite, the Freudian slip post-it notes. Genius. Oh and you can also grab lunch from their pasta-only menu or sip on a freshly made fruit smoothie. Find the store in Avenue Piccioni.

Bakeries

Bertini Corsica L'ile Rousse

Bertini

The locals get their paninis, croissants, pizzas, quiches and other sweet delights from Bertini which is in Avenue Paul Doumer or from Tomasini which is on the corner from Rue Paoli and Avenue Piccioni.

Tomasini Corsica L'ile Rousse

Tomasini

Best restaurants

La Crepiere Corsica L'ile Rousse

La Creperie

La Creperie sells good quality food at great prices. Most restaurants in Corsica close from 3pm – 7pm and only start serving food at 12pm. La Creperie is open just about all the time. They have good omelettes, pizzas, salads, yummy crepes (sweet and savoury) and ice-cream sundaes and serve a pretty decent espresso. All round, they’re super and they’re right on the beach front so you get a great view too.

Chez Paco Corsica L'ile Rousse

Chez Paco

For a mind-blowing paella that will leave you gob-smacked, you have to go to Chez Paco. It’s a family run restaurant that’s been around for 30 years and they specialise in paella. I will be dreaming of this meal until I return to Corsica. Unbelievable. The portion is huge so for good reason, they only serve paella for a minimum of two people. They also make their own version of the traditional Corsican lemon liqueur. Chez Paco, 18 Rue Napolean.

Another fabulous restaurant that you should dine at, is L’Altore. They make the most unbelievable mussels with your choice of curry, garlic and olive oil, roquefort cheese and cream. They serve them with super crunchy french fries that have their middles scooped out so each french fry can be used to scoop up the lip-licking sauce of your choice. They also make fabulous salads like their roast vegetable  salad, or the one with warm, crispy octopus on greens and crispy mini-roast potatoes. The bacon and fried goats cheese salad is also super delicious as too their fried calamari-rings that they serve as a starter. And their Irish Coffee? It’s the biggest one you will ever be served and it comes in a venetian glass that could easily double up as  vase. Awesome. L’Altore, Place du marche

Local designers

Bianc' & Neru Corsica L'ile Rousse

Bianc' & Neuru

I was so surprised to see how fashion forward all the stores in Corsica are! I found the boutique shopping to be better than that in Nice and the local jewellery designers make some stunning pieces. There were a pair of rose gold earrings that caught my eye. They were a modern take on the map of Corsica and so delicate and pretty. Local clothing label, Bianc’ & Neru sells high-quality T-shirts, vests and hoodies for guys and girls that have a number of awesome prints, embellished designs and styles to choose from. Look out for their stores scattered in most of Corsica’s main cities.

Markets

Markets Corsica L'ile Rousse

Cheese lovers unite

There are markets in every little town around Corsica. Monday to Sunday farmers, bakers and local producers sell their products from morning till lunch time in L’ile Rousse. There is so much to choose from: cheeses, meat, bacon, ham, fish, local sweet dishes, honey, olive oil, biscuits, nougat and loads more. It’s best to go hungry… So you can try them all! My favourite sweet treats were the honey, polenta and date mini-cakes, the crispy and syrupy bowties and the mini-baklava.

Corsica L'ile Rousse

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Feed your face

The EatOut Restaurant Awards 2009 have come and gone and with them, they’ve announced the Top 10 restaurants in SA.

1. La Colombe, Cape Town
2. Mosaic Restaurant, Pretoria
3. Rust en Vrede Restaurant, Stellenbosch
4. Terroir, Stellenbosch
5. The Roundhouse, Cape Town
6. The Restaurant at Grande Provence, Franschhoek
7. The Greenhouse at The Cellars, Cape Town
8. Roots, Johannesburg
9. 9th Avenue Bistro, Durban
10. (In joint position) The Tasting Room at Le Quartier Francais, Fanschhoek & Overture, Stellenbosch

So in the spirit of all things delicious, I decided to do some thinking around some of my fave places to eat in Cape Town. Here’s my list…

Flat white and carrot cake at Mon Petit Pain in Knysna

Best Sushi: Maz Sushi (Sea Point)
Best Chinese: Jewel Tavern (CBD)
Best Italian: Basilico (Newlands)
Best coffee and croissant: Jardine (Bree Street, CBD)
Best sweet potato chips: Royale Eatery (Long Street, CBD)
Best for lunch: Il de Pain (Knysna)
Best English Breakfast: Miss K (Greenpoint)
Best atmosphere: Olympia Cafe (Kalk Bay)

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The sweetest suprise

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Mount Nelson Hotel has the most scrumptous offering this August!

Pastry Chef Vicky Gurovich and her team are whipping, beating and whisking up calorific mouthfuls of Lindt-inspired chocolatey treats that will see you popping a mini-cake, a handful of truffles and pretty petit fours all in one afternoon tea setting.

Sounds marvellous doesn’t it!? It’s going to set you back R150/person but I can promise you it’ll be worth every recessionista cent.

This special afternoon tea offer is served daily from 2.30pm – 4.30pm until 30 August. Booking is just a click away…. Click!

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Rodger Federer and Andy Roddick are busy clobbering each other on the tennis court as I type this. I really hope Andy wins. There’s something about the underdog sweeping in unexpectedly to take first prize that’s just so awfully thrilling.

But now onto more exciting things shall we…

Here’s what I love, love, love at the moment!

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Eat: I’ve always loved Royale Eatery in Long Street but my long-lost craving for their sweet potato chips has kicked up into high gear again and I find myself there at least once a weekend noshing on a bowl of the yummy goodness while flicking through a mag of some sort. Other things to try on the menu are the roast veggie salad (baby spinach leaves, feta, roast veggies and sunflower seeds) and the Federale burger (R56). Milkshakes? It’s a major toss-up between the Oreo or Brownie milkshake. To die for.

I’ve recently (I know, like, where have I been!?) discovered Lazari in Vredehoek and it’s become one of my fave breakfast spots. Scrambled eggs on croissants or their early morning breakfast (R32) consisting of two eggs, four rashes of bacon, two slices of toast and half a fried tomato will sort you out in no time. They make great coffee, the people are lovely and if you’ve got a sweet tooth you have to leave with one of those scrumptious little chocolate caramel biscuit slices (R10). They’re sooo good.

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Style: When it comes to my personal style, I like to mix things up a little bit: like I’ll wear a black strapless dress but then pair it with neon pink stockings and black pumps. If it’s a little chilly, I’ll wear baby pink legwarmers on my arms. Get the drift? One of the greatest clothing boutiques in Cape Town has got to be MeMeMe. Honestly, that place is like my dream wardrobe. I was there this past Saturday ooooing and ahhhing over a blue knitted pageboy cap, a red beret, a mini, navy blue bubble skirt (Doreen Southwood – I love you) and long fingerless cable gloves. I walked out with the gloves. They’re purple and come up to my elbows. Basically, they’re R230 of pure awesomeness.

Drinks: I’m in love with Julep! This tiny hideaway is literally a hole in the wall and you need to dunk down the alleyway between Long Street Café and Café Mojito to find it. Once you’re in though, you feel like you’ve just been let in on Cape Town’s best kept secret – the atmosphere is very Grahamstown but they make super stylish apple martinis and the jukebox kicks out everything from Elvis (I’m all shook up yeaaah hey) to Kings of Leon’s Closer. They’ve got a delish little tapas menu so if you’re feeling a little peckish, olives, cashew nuts and herbed feta cheese will solve all your problems.

Music: I’ve recently discovered The Long Fingers. And they’re addictive. The lead singer has this crazy I’ve-smoked-two packs-a-day voice and their remake of the late King of Pop’s Billie Jean has this unbelievable salsa sound to it… I know it sounds odd, but believe me, it makes you want to get up and get your groove up. Once you’ve heard that, track down Pump Up the Jam. So great! I’ve also got Milow’s acoustic retake of JT’s Technology and Kim Carnes Bette Davis Eyes on repeat. I know it’s a bit of an arb choice. What can I say? I’m nostalgic.

PS. Oh my gawd. The tennis is still on!

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Here’s what I’m buzzing about right now…

Fashion

Jo Borkett winter sale is now on. Kicked off today so head out and swipe some plastic at stores in Sandton City, Rosebank, V&A Waterfront and Cavendish.

Nike Air max 1

Nike Air Max 1

Nike’s Air Max 1 sneakers are so hot right. The thing to get about them though is this: They’re fashion sneakers and have nothing to do with sport. Got it? Good. But heads up: These sneakers are solely for the brave. They come in screaming neon, making sure that your feet do all the talking. Nike Air Max 1 are for guys and girls. High five!

Food

Fiesta in De Waterkant (Cape Quarters) have a fabulous Monday deal. Half price cocktails before 7pm and order three tapas for R49. Rad. Be there like a bear.

Listen

Missy and Ana

Missy and Ana

I’m in love with Ana Nalik – her song 2AM makes my world move. She writes beautifully and her melodies are haunting. Think soundtrack to Grey’s Anatomy.

If you love Fiona Apple, you’ll love Missy Higgins as much as I do. She’s 24 years old, writes her own material and from Oz. I want her wardrobe. And her voice. And she has a kick-ass site.

And have you heard the Razorlight single Wire to Wire!? I can’t get enough.

Hot new teen buy

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I predict that Roxy’s new headphones are going to be all the rage when they hit stores in SA. Just launched in the US, they’re so fashion forward coming in blue and green or orange and pink. They also come in three different styles: On ear headphones, In ear headphones and Earbud headphones… I’m itching to buy mine online. Yes, if you were wondering, I am impatient. It’s a digital thing. 🙂

Technology

Cool little info bubble hey!

Cool little info bubble hey!

Bing.com
Microsoft have launched their own search engine. So clearly, like everything else, they want to be the best and that means taking on Yahoo! and the oh so obvious Google in the competition for the best search engine. Will they succeed? I don’t think so. Just in life, people have web habits too and one of them is Google. It’s become so instinctive. To make the swap is going to take major conscious effort. I didn’t even last a day.

The cool thing about Bing.com though is the pop-up speech bubble that appears if you scroll over each potential click through link. I am loving that.

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Google wave
Google is currently working on their most ambitious project yet – Google Wave. At the moment, it’s only available to developers but by the end of the year, this free tool will be set loose and released into the hands of the public. It’ll run in your browser and will combine elements of e-mail, instant messaging, Wikis and photo-sharing. Sounds amazing doesn’t it!? If you want to check out a preview click here!

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camps bay

Keeping your ear to the ground is the only way to live in Cape Town. Otherwise before you know it, you’ve been robbed of a killer sashimi special right from under your nose. You don’t want that to happen do you, huh huh huh? No, didn’t think so. Here’s your guide to being in the know.

Love burgers? Head to Caprice in Camps Bay for their amazing burger special! Any two burgers on the menu and you only pay for the most expensive one. Choose from a selection of beef, chicken or veggies burgers. But beware, these aren’t just your regular cheese burger guys. We’re talking gourmet here people! Last night I chopped down a beef burger topped with cranberry jelly and melted brie and swapped the chips for salad (yes, that’s allowed). To-die-for!

I’m Italian, so naturally I’ll know where the pasta specials are. Andiamo in De Waterkant (Cape Quarters) makes the most delish pasta. Choose any two pastas plus quaff back a glass of wine each for R100. Perfect night out for two. My recommendation? The mushroom and parma ham pasta.

Buzz in Gardens have introduced a dinner menu! Whooohoooo! I’m in love with their perfectly scrambled eggs on toast so I’m dying to try out their dinner deals. Plus for the month of May, if you head in after 7pm, you’ll get 25% off your bill. Nice.

Moving swiftly and ever so briefly along to fashion….

I’ve been invited to attend the Woolworths Trenery launch at the end of June. Designed by the much loved team behind the label Country Road, our fave one-stop-shop Woolies will be stocking the new-to-SA Trenery brand in selected stores from August. If everyday luxury is what you’re after, Trenery is going to steal your heart.

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The quickest and easiest way to make friends…Milo biscuits

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185g butter
¾ cup brown sugar
1 egg (lightly beaten)
1 cup Milo
¼ cup water
¼ cup self raising flour
1 ½ cup plain flour

Icing:
2 tsp butter
1 cup icing sugar
3 tsp milk
½ tsp vanilla essence
2 TBS Milo

1.    Beat butter and sugar until light, fluffy, add egg. Beat until combined.
2.    Stir in Milo, water and sifted self raising and plain flours. Mix well.
3.    Roll mixture into balls and flatten slightly.
4.    Bake at 180 for about 20 minutes or until biscuits are lightly browned and firm to touch. Stand biscuits on trays for 5 minutes, place on wire racks to cool.

For the icing:

Combine butter, sugar, milk and the vanilla essence in a small bowl. Mix well. Spread icing over cold biscuits, sprinkle Milo on top.

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