The Potato Shed

At Newtown Junction

Type: Restaurant 

We decided to venture into town today to this hip new venue in the heart of Newtown.


The vibe is amazing, the setting is perfect and the food is exceptional. Trying out the Calamari, Chilli corn and the Red beef burger. We are even trying the Soweto Gold – Gogo Ginger Ale, first for us and absolutely loving it.

I would highly recommend a trip to Newtown and to pop in at the Potato Shed for a bite to eat.

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The Kitchen Bar

We came to a local restaurant today at Design Quarter in Fourways.

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.thekitchenbar.co.za/

This is a really great restaurant with a great menu and a great vibe. The staff are friendly and efficient and the food is generous and delicious.


Great outdoor and indoor seating for all occasions, and with 520 seats available it makes this restaurant one of the biggest in the country. We came on a breakfast run this morning and ordered a traditional breakfast and a KB Bacon Rosti breakfast. The portions were large and very tasty.


They offer an extensive menu for breakfast, lunch and dinner and everything in between. Their platters are also a great alternative and a great selection of platters and cocktails are available.

Le Meridien Hotel

Ile Maurice ~ Mauritius 

Type: Accommodation 

Website: http://www.lemeridien-mauritius.com/

We did not visit this one on our BMW R1200GS Adventure, but we celebrated 25 years of marriage here this week and I thought of sharing our experience with you.


Beautiful beaches and sunsets that are out of a magazine… this is really what it looks like here, no photoshop or trying to make it look better than what it really is.

On arrival at the hotel we were greeted by hotel staff that immediately make you feel welcome and offered us a welcome cocktail while they completed the necessary documentation.


Then we were upgraded from a deluxe room to an executive suite, not sure if this was because we are celebrating a very special anniversary. (25 years) We were very surprised and happy for the upgrade.


Nothing can beat a dinner right on the beach with the sound of waves right by your dinner table. The food is signature style quality in look and taste and all the staff are so friendly and helpful, nothing is too much for them or too much bother.

Day 1: was spent getting to know the resort, unwinding at the sauna and reading a book while it rained it the late afternoon. The perfect start to a very relaxed and peaceful break.

Day 2: we decided to take a scooter ride out to Grand Bay, so although it is not on my BMW, the scooter option was a lot of fun and we blended in with the many locals using their small 125cc motorcycles.


Day 3: was spent doing water sports and enjoying the sun, beach and cocktails.


Day 4: we decided to travel a bit further out on the scooter to explore more of the island.

Day 5: we are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary on a catamaran cruise. I will post a separate blog just on this special day.

Day 6: we will be relaxing once again at the sauna, reading a book and winding down.

Day7: we head back to South Africa

Below are some pictures from this beautiful island, walks on the beach and our time here in Mauritius. 

Vovo Telo

Bakery and Cafe in Harties 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: https://www.vovotelo.co.za/

We visited Vovo Telo Restaurant in Hartebeespoort and was pleasantly surprised by the venue, service and food. It was a great morning out on the bike.


It is a relatively small cost little restaurant but exceptional service. They have indoor and outdoor seating with a huge tree in the parking lot that you can go and smoke under. They also have an inhouse bakery that makes breads, rolls and other pastries.


I would recommend Vovo Telo for a visit when in the Harties area. 5 out of 5 from us.

Cafe Beyritz

Lynnwood Bridge in Pretoria

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.cafebeyritz.co.za/

We took an hour ride out to this restaurant this morning in Lynnwood Bridge. The waiters were extremely friendly and there is an awesome atmosphere created at Cafe Beyritz. The breakfast was one of the best we have had, with their unique touch and flavour. We were pleasantly surprised and really enjoyed it. Two thumbs up to the chef.


Seating can be indoors or outside on the sidewalk style cafe. There are a number of eateries to choose from, so we will definitely return in future to try out one of the others. Easy access off the N1 and easy to find. Try it out next time you are looking for a new place with great food.

La Vie en Rose

Killarney Country Club

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://lavieenrose.co.za/

We took a 40 minute ride out to the Killarney Country Club to visit La Vie en Rose restaurant. It has a great atmosphere and equally great food. The service was fast and friendly with both indoor and outdoor seating.


We had a great time and a hearty breakfast was well received. The menu is quite extensive catering for Breakfast, Lunch and Supper. La Vie also serves as a function venue for birthdays, baby showers, engagements or any other surprise party of your choice.

Silver Orange Bistro

In Hartebeespoort 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.silverorangebistro.co.za/

We have reached our final restaurant in our quest to visit 52 places in 52 weeks, and what a year it has been. Silver Orange Bistro is a worthy finale, they definitely rank in our top 3 places to visit. We were shown to our table right next to the fireplace, which they don’t normally light early morning but did for us as it was particularly cold this morning.


They have indoor and outdoor seating available dependent on the weather and the occasion.

We were surprised at the menu that offers a unique taste experience with Fillet kebabs or smoked trout options in the breakfast menu and Duck, Ostrich or Springbok in the mains menu.


What a taste explosion and 5 star quality food on your plate for a very reasonable price. Then at the end of your meal just when you think you are done and can’t fit anything more in, they bring you a complimentary scone with cream.


Follow the path down through the citrus trees to the Almost Orange bar and Gin tasting venue. They offer beers and platters for a lazy Saturday afternoon in amongst the citrus plantation.


This is worth the trip and a second or third visit during the warm summer months. Bookings are essential as it fills up quickly.

Ox Wagon Lodge

Type: Accommodation and Restaurant

Website: http://www.oxwagonlodge.co.za/

Situated on the koppie just before descending into Hartebeespoort, Ox Wagon Lodge is hidden away in the bush.

‘This living museum and private hideaway for nature lovers is where you relive the romance of the early Pioneers and Jock of the Bushveld era. The Oxwagon Lodge is a unique concept combining original ossewa with some modern comforts, in an atmosphere of friendliness, bird song and beautiful trees.’ – website.

Below is a picture of the quaint accommodation and the view from the lodge over the Hartebeespoort valley and dam.


Each Lodge has an ossewa attached to it and this is the bedroom or at least the bed where you will sleep for the night like Jan van Riebeck or Simon van der Stel…

This makes this a very unique experience and something you will remember for years to come.


The restaurant and bar area is situated in the middle of the half moon shaped accommodation so you feel what it felt like in those days when the ossewa provided the only form of protection against the enemy and animal predators.

The Ox Wagon Lodge offers a special experience for parties, conferencing, weddings or just a romantic weekend away for two. The Ox Wagon Restaurant serves Sunday lunch including oxtail potjiekos, real farm bread baked in an old handmade oven and other traditional dishes.

Thaba Moshate Hotel

Peermont Metcourt Hotel and Casino 

Type: Accommodation

Website: http://www.thabamoshate.co.za/

We were lucky enough to win a 2 night stay at this luxury Hotel and Casino in Burgersfort. We chose the long weekend to spoil ourselves and rode through Friday morning. It was a 3 and a half hour ride through Emalahleni, Middelburg, Steelpoort and finally onto Burgersfort.

On arrival we were pleasantly surprised at this little piece of luxury situated just on the outskirts of the main town, far enough out to be away from the city, but close enough for the convenience of dropping in at the shops for a bottle of wine.


Rooms are comfortable with mood lighting, large screen TV and all the necessities like hairdryer, safe and a coffee station in the room. The restaurant offers buffet and al a carte menu options and there is more than enough variety and choice to delight your fancy.


We took a ride out to Dullstroom passing through Lydenburg on Saturday, this was an hour and a half ride out through the Waterfall pass. Parts of the road were very bad with huge potholes on a stretch of road, but the most beautiful scenery riding through the mountains.


We had waffles at The Waffle Co and a walk through Dullstroom to the various arts and crafts shops, this was a great day out. The ride back seemed shorter than going there, because we went on the highway going back so the roads were better.

Saturday afternoon we watched the rugby SA vs France in the 2nd test and then turned in for an early night, watching movies with popcorn and a bottle of red wine.

Sunday (Fathers Day) it was time to pack up and head back home.

Harvard Cafe

At Rand Airport 

Type: Restaurant 

Website: http://www.harvardcafe.co.za/

We visited Harvard Cafe this morning on our breakfast run and enjoyed the warm gas heaters in the venue. The atmosphere was warm and inviting with live music provided by Jimmy the resident musician.


The buffet breakfast is reasonable at R89 per person and tasty. They offer a comprehensive menu including burgers, pizza’s fresh from their pizza ovens and a great steak. Enjoy sundowners or try their craft beers while light aircraft fly overhead.


There is seating inside and outside with tables close to the runway. There is a children section whereby children can play on a jungle gym whilst the parents enjoy their experience at Harvard Café.

Just around the corner is the South African Airways Museum for just R35 per adult, this is a great little piece of South African history.