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What Is A Cronut?

This is a delicious croissant-meets-donut pastry delight. It is shaped like a normal donut, but made with croissant dough. The hype and origin of this yummy treat came from New York City.

The cronut is available in many forms; some have fillings, some are glazed and some are given a hug of yummy flavours and additions for garnish.

What Is A Donut?

A donut, or doughnut, is a ring-shaped, deep fried pastry. It can be served plain, sweet or dressed with other ingredients.

Now that we know how to tell them apart, let us check out some cool places in Johannesburg that will have you drooling over their creative and delicious work of culinary art.

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XO Patisserie

The XO Patisserie changed the game in the baking industry. Because of their creativity and innovation, they won the TIME Magazine’s Top Inventions of 2013.

The patisserie boasts cronuts that are to-die-for and have gone through great lengths to ensure that they give you variety, creativity and quality at its best. XO Patisserie serves up cronut milkshake options as well.

Their cronuts come in different options such as the simple glazed cronut, filled cronuts (think chocolate and custard) and cronuts topped with yummy treats.

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Tonka Bean Bakery

Tonka Bean is all about baked goods. They have a world of options which include both cronuts and donuts.

At Tonka Bean, you will be able to get the best of both worlds and more. The bakery's goods are very simple but the taste is out-of-this-world, with just the right amount of everything.

They use French methods to craft their yummy treats, creating treats that are simply divine.

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Dope Donuts

Dope Donuts are known for their extravagant delights and creative presentations. This spot is great for anyone who wants to indulge in a rich, sweet treat.

At Dope Donuts, you can order online and select all of the goodies you want to be delivered. Their minimum order is 12 donuts, so you can choose a variety of flavours to explore and enjoy.

Their donuts are the epitome of delicious and the texture is perfection in your mouth.

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Belle's Patisserie

Belle's Patisserie has a wide variety of bakery goods. It's no surprise to find both donuts and cronuts here.

This award-winning patisserie offers some of the best donuts around, and you can enjoy them at their signature styled stores with a lovely cup of tea. They offer a simple approach with these treats, simple and super yum!

What is your favourite, a donut or a cronut? Let us know in the comments section below. 

What Is It?

The Palazzo at Montecasino is kicking spring off with a Spring High Tea to launch new their High Tea menu for the season. Bring your girlfriends and indulge in their new selection of delectable sweet and savoury treats. To enhance your experience, Palazzo have partnered with TWG Tea – the world’s finest luxury brand tea - to bring you the best selection.

Your ticket gets you a glass of bubbly on arrival and a selection of sweet and savoury delights, perfect for a day of tea with the ladies. Come dressed in your best pastels (it is spring after all) and rock your pearls (as per the dress code).

When Is It?

Saturday, 1 September 2018 at 13:30.

Where Is It?

Rosa at Palazzo, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, Fourways, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R320 per person and can be booked through  [email protected] or 011 510 3714. (For bookings made by phone, ask for Danielle Peters).

For More information?

For more information visit the Tsogo Sun website

It’s weird when someone recommends a venue that you pass on a weekly basis – it’s almost as if you become blind to your surroundings and only notice something when it’s off the beaten track.

The Carreira Centre is one such venue. I mean, I vaguely knew it was there, but have never felt inclined to go and visit it. Until a recent Facebook post when a friend compared the prices of various Woolworths produce with the same items she found at Carreira Centre shops. THAT spurred me into action!

Firstly, this is not a glamorous venue, in any shape or form. That being said, I rather liked it! Isabella (my 5-year-old) and I began our meander at M Squared Bakery and Coffee Shop, a restaurant that is quite popular for its well-priced breakfasts, delicious pizzas and good coffee. I LOVED the wide variety of homemade bread, rolls, croissants, cinnamon sticks and hot cross buns and will definitely pop in on a regular basis to stock up. The very large cakes are incredibly well-priced, as is the melktert, which I valiantly managed not to buy. Sadly, I’m not a fan of the coffee, which I found quite weak.

Hours: Monday – Friday (07:00 – 17:30), Saturday (07:00 – 17:00) and Sunday (07:00 – 13:00).

Next up was Pilaros Cheese, stocking a variety of cheeses, juice and a massive milk tank for those looking to fill their own containers with fresh milk (under R20 per litre). Mr Tasty Ice-Cream Factory also warrants a visit with boxes of 20 frozen fruit lollies for an average of R40 per box. I also discovered a fridge filled with boxes of Italian Kisses and a variety of cones and ice-cream syrups.

We then made our way to the Randburg Wholesale Market, filled with every type of fruit and vegetable you can imagine. The prices are VERY good (bear in mind that I rarely shop at Food Lovers Market or Fruit & Veg City, and head to Woolworths because it is en route home from my daughter’s school). Plus, it stocks produce I have never seen in Woolworths, cabbages bigger than my head, shelves groaning with wide varieties of the same vegetable and so much more. It was relatively busy, and seasoned shoppers whizzed around in no time at all, while Isabella and I walked the aisles with our mouths open in wonder.

Hours: Monday – Friday (08:00 – 17:30). Saturday (08:00 – 17:00) and Sunday (08:00 – 13:00)

NOTE: I have absolutely NO idea how the quality compares with other stores, how long the items last, or how they taste. That being said, I will be doing a month’s trial for the next week weeks – doing my weekly fruit and veg shop at the Randburg Wholesale Market and topping up at Woolies if we run out of anything. (Comment below if you would like me to update this article in 4 weeks’ time with my findings!)

Our last stop was across the parking lot to check out Goodman’s Butchery and Delicattesen. I wasn’t overly blown away, but did chat with a lady who was filling her trolley with an alarming number of packets of bacon. Apparently, it is so delicious that she visits every three months to fill her freezer!

Hours: Monday – Friday (08:00 – 18:00). Saturday (08:00 – 16:00) and Sunday (08:00 – 13:00)

We also noticed a liquor store, spice shop and plastic store (along the lines of Wespack) but didn’t venture in as we were running out of time!

The verdict – if you live in the area, this is a no-brainer for your weekly shop! Recycle empty milk containers and get them filled at Pilaros, pop next door to M Squared to pick up fresh bread and rolls (and maybe a treat or two) for the week and end up at the Randburg Wholesale Shop for seasonal fruit and veggies.

Not only will you save a fortune, but you will also support owner-managed stores and buy items without any hidden preservatives and chemicals. What’s not to like? HINT: If you prefer a quieter shopping experience, try and avoid the weekends when it gets very busy and parking becomes a stressful experience!).

For More Information

Address: The Carreira Centre, 252 Pine Avenue (corner Republic Road), Ferndale

Tel: 011 787 8900

Written by Shelli NT

What Is It?

Enjoy breakfast and a great day out in the country with the family at Fresh2U Farmer's Market –offering visitors over 70 vendors where they can shop to their heart's content and chat with hands-on producers, who will take you through their unique wares. The offerings range from traditional South African dishes, decadent baked goods and handcrafted goat's cheese to a selection of breads, home decorations, jams and preserves. There are craft stalls as well as kiddies arts and craft activities to keep the children busy. Sadly, no pets are allowed on this heritage site.

When Is It?

Saturday, 31 March 2018 from 08:00 to 14:00.

Where Is It?

Franz Hoenig Haus Gardens, 30 High Street, Modderfontein, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is FREE.
For More Information

For more information about this market, click here to visit their website, or contact Chantelle on 082 338 7818 or [email protected].