Voodoo Lily

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The name of this restaurant was enough to entice me to give it a try and it didn’t disappoint. Been here a couple of times for breakfast and the food has always been good, service delightful and ambience nice as they have indoor and outdoor seating. I prefer outdoor and the weather in Joburg can’t be beat…even in winter it’s hot out!

So, when they announced that they were serving sushi that was definitely a reason for me to go back. Look, sushi in Joburg is not sushi in NYC and I have finally made peace with it! Now, I’m happy enough to just get my sushi fix.

It’s a win win for all though as they have a diverse menu and for those on the banting diet this is your place. It’s kid friendly as there is a small jungle gym across the street and they have a kids menu. The milkshakes are kid approved and my husband’s order of the deconstructive wrap was absolutely delicious as I was too late in taking a pic before he finished it!

place: Voodoo Lily Café

where: Birdhaven, 64 St Andrew Street & Wrenrose Avenue

my take: a safe bet anyday

The Grind Cone

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One of the things I miss most about NYC are the ice coffees! Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter…a good ice coffee hits the spot. I have yet to find the perfect ice coffee but the grindcone at The Grind Coffee Company at Melrose Arch is a close second!

The grindcone is an espresso/macchiato poured into an ice cream cone that has been dipped in dark chocolate. It’s filled just enough at the bottom with dark chocolate so that the coffee doesn’t ooze out. Ingenious!!! Coffee and dessert all in one…simply divine!

place: The Grind Coffee Company

where: 34 Whiteley Road, Melrose Arch

my take: if you need a pick me up, the grindcone is it!