Adventures in Gauteng
Gauteng is my home, well to be more specific Irene is my home. Over the years I have been lucky enough to slowly find hidden treasures in Gauteng and here are two that I was blessed to experience this lovely second week of August. I call these adventures as they always hold exciting experiences that are so much fun.
adventure number 1
In the middle of Pretoria ( which is in Gauteng), there is a place called Hazlewood. It is a suburb just off the main road that holds many hidden gems. I have been to two so far but there are many that need to be explored. The variety of food places is amazing, there is greek food, Asian food, a seafood restaurant, a beer bar and then many little bistros that I can not wait to explore. I have been to a bakery called Sprouts which is two shipping containers placed on top of each other. The food is amazing, very simple bakery style food but it is done right. They also make hell of a good coffee.
A more traditional restaurant which I went to more recently was 23 on Hazlewood. This is a more traditional restaurant in the way that it is laid out. The food, however, is a unique experience that awakens every taste bud. The smell of freshly baked good and fresh coffee are perfect for a morning wake up. I had lunch and shared two different plates, there were so many divine sounding plates it took some time to choose.
salmon roses and beef capatio
I have never in my life had a better salmon dish than this. It was fresh salmon wrapped around a cream cheese mixture with ginger and spring onions. I would go back any day and have it. The potion was rather small, I would say it is a good dish to share with people. The beef capatio is something I am not the biggest fan of but this was done perfectly. The seasonings was divine and the meat was perfectly cooked.
adventure number 2
Another place which was once my home, Joburg, holds many treasures that need exploring. For my aunts birthday, we had high tea in a rather high-class hotel. It was a very snazzy event. 54 on Bath is a luxury hotel in Rosebank. I want my house to be decorated the way this hotel is. In a building that looks so normal from the outside holds a restaurant that does the most amazing tea spread.
We began the tea with a white chocolate foam with a lemon curd sort of mixture, it was divine. Our first round of teas were a Rooibos and a Green tea, if my cousin was writing this he would give you a much better description of the teas. Then came the food, a classic three tier cake stand with classic flower plates held food that excited every sense.
The bottom tier held three different savoury treats. One was a rye bread with a salmon rose on it, the bread was so light and the salmon so fresh. Then there was a more toasted bread with a brie cheese mouse on it, I found this to be too strong but it was rather tasty. The last was a pita bread with a beef capatio on and the most amazing sauce.
The middle tier had savoury scones and sweet scones. On the side we were given cheese, a cream cheese mix, berry jam and cream. I love scones and these were just perfect. The savoury were more salty and the sweet were so light and fluffy.
The top tier held the desserts. There were five desserts each so unique. A doughnut like ball with coffee cream in it, a beetroot cake with a cream cheese icing. the beetroot cake was light and fluffy, not too sweet at all. Then there was a three-layer type of coffee cake with a chocolate topping. A lemon meringue with proper meringue on top, the lemon like mouse was smooth and not too sour. There was a white chocolatee dome filled with melted white chocolate. A dessert platter worth dying for.
On the side were two different quiches, one a spring onion and salmona and the other spinach and feta.
Over all the food that Gauteng holds is amazing, the people that walk the streets are unique and the hidden treasures are worth adventuring too.