Just a few weeks before the country entered lockdown, L'atelier Bakery hosted its grand opening event. We were lucky enough to be invited along to sample some of their delectable menu items. What we found was undeniably chic and quintessentially Parisian. This elegant bakery offers a stunning selection of cakes and pastries, neatly displayed to attract your attention from any angle of the restaurant floor. It also gifts its patrons with an atmosphere quite unlike any other cake shop and eatery in the city. L'atelier promised to be a hot spot for cosmopolitan foodies and pastry lovers. Located on the first floor of the Trumpet Building along Keyes Art Mile, we had it pegged as the next hub for First Thursdays in the City.

Due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, sadly L'atelier's grand opening was followed by a period of closure. All throughout hard lockdown, we reminisced over their delicious mini tartlets, canapes and cakes. Now, we've been delivered the best possible news since we first got wind of their opening - L'atelier Bakery is offering collection and delivery in level 3 lockdown!

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We are now open from 8h00-14h00 for all your delicious treats. Our delivery menu is available on our website. We also provide a delivery service. Call us on 010.110.7467 or email [email protected] #patisserie #delicious #cakes #pastry #nomnom #eeeeeats #foodie #eatout #delivery #instafood #insta

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What's On The Menu?

L'atelier Bakery is the brain child of pastry chef and restaurateur, Laetitia Van Waeyenberge. A self-taught chef, she trained at EFL culinary school in Belgium to further perfect her skills. Laetitia and her team of chefs are experts in French and Belgian delicacies, from French Madeleines to croissants, baguettes and much more. However, L'atelier Bakery is more than just a cake shop. They also offer tasty breakfasts and savoury eats. Here are our top picks of what they've got on offer in level 3 lockdown:

Breakfast

Start your day off on the perfect note with a breakfast specially prepared by L'atelier's chefs. Their Breakfast Bruschetta Bar has all you need to get on the go - Eggs Benedict served with spinach and feta. Paired with a fresh juice or a rich and creamy coffee from Afrikoa Cafe, its sister restaurant just next door, this breakfast is simply divine.

Savoury Snacks

There's nothing better to get you through the mid-morning slump than a savoury filled croissant. L'atelier offers three varieties of this filling snack, including a decadent salmon, cream cheese and avocado option. But if you're looking for something a little more substantial to tide you over till lunch, pick up one of their Feuillete Saucisse - puff pastry stuffed with vienna sausages, minced meat or cheese. It's the perfect indulgence.

Lunch

If you are fortunate enough to work or live near Keyes Art Mile, pop into the bakery at lunchtime to order their soup of the day. You'll have the option of tomato, butternut or carrot with coconut, served with grated cheese and crispy croutons. Alternatively, spoil yourself with a generous slice of quiche. Made from the flakiest pastry, rich cheese, cream and the freshest eggs, it's a definite must-try.

Sweet Specialties 

Of course, you may want to visit L'atelier Bakery simply to treat yourself to a selection of their specialty pasties and tartlets. We can hardly blame you! In level 3 lockdown, L'atelier will be offering an array of divine biscuits, filled pastries and tangy tartlets for you to enjoy at home. Chocoholics, there's good news for you, too. You can order an assortment of chocolate truffles and Afrikoa chocolate bars from the bakery for collection or delivery.

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How To Order

L'atelier Bakery is open for collection and delivery. All you have to do is give them a call on 010 110 7467 or contact them via email to place your order. You can then opt to collect curbside or to have your order delivered to your home or office. Deliveries within 5km will cost R20, while deliveries within a 10km radius will cost you R50. Keep an eye on L'atelier Bakery's Facebook and Instagram pages for updates on their menu, collection and delivery services.

For More Information

Visit latelierbakery.com for more information.

Address: Level 1 Trumpet Building, 21 Keyes Avenue, Rosebank, Johannesburg.

What Is It?

If you love cake then this is your chance to indulge and explore a variety of delicious cakes at the Eat As Much As You Can - Cake Tasting.

This event promises to be a yummy one.

Don't miss out!

When Is It?

Saturday, 23 May 2020 at 11:00.

Where Is It?

Sunkist Garden Pavilion, 311 High Road, Benoni, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R100 per person |Booking is essential, call: 010 001 7967.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Here.

Just Teddy

Just Teddy is a restaurant, eatery, bakery and patisserie that recently opened shop at Hyde Park Corner in Sandton. Offering a selection of exquisite confectionery and luxurious meals, this eatery serves decadence on a plate. Inspired by Parisian techniques and Middle Eastern flavours, the food at this establishment will delight any palate. Their focus is on attention to detail, a philosophy often lost in modern times. The dishes on offer pay tribute to Teddy's cultural heritage, as highlighted in the sublime flavours of the lavish delicacies on offer.

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Luxurious Meals

Just Teddy's menu offers a fine selection of sumptuous meals. Ranging from baked pastries to indulgent lunches, there is something to satisfy any craving. The options are scattered with French nuances and Lebanese flavours. Perhaps the most popular pick, the Hamburger Sûpreme is reminiscent of the Just Teddy ethos. 100% grass fed beef, mature cheddar, butter lettuce, pickles, heirloom tomato, wholegrain mustard mayonnaise and ketchup are all layered onto a 24k gold-plated black brioche bun. Burgers don't get much more opulent than this. This burger speaks volumes of the care, attention to detail and quality that goes into every item prepared at this eatery.

The Hamburger Sûpreme is just the tip of the grandiose iceberg. Other worthy menu items include the Plateau À Fromage, Fillet on Ciabatta, Fatoosh Salad and the various viennoiserie confections, freshly prepared daily. Tea lovers will weep at the dedicated tea menu, with more than 17 leaves on offer. Other drinks available include fine coffees, delicate wines and champagnes, gin and a great selection of gourmet milkshakes.

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High Tea

Popularised during the 1700s, High Tea has become a favoured trend in recent years. With the delicate selection of sweet and savoury delights, we can see why. Just Teddy serves up their own version of this classic treat, which comes in three tiers. The top tier offers a selection of scones, rich chantilly cream and sweet jam. The middle tier pays homage to Teddy's Middle Eastern roots, with Labanese spinach pies, grilled halloumi, hummus, baba ganoush, falafel, tabbouleh and man'oushe bread with za'atar herbs. The bottom tier holds a selection of the tarts, cheesecakes, éclairs, cake, macarons, petit fours and cupcakes of the day.

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Boulangerie and Pâtisserie

At its core, Just Teddy is a fine boulangerie and pâtisserie. To clarify, a boulangerie is a French bakery that specialises in bread, whereas a pâtisserie specialises in French pastries. This is an important distinction, as most bakeries in the city do not cater to both bread and pastry cravings. The fact that Teddy does supply both accentuates the baking talent that can be found at this eatery. Baked delights include the Berry Charlotte, Strawberry Swirl, Namoura, Madeleines, Frangipanis, Cheesecake, Mille Feuille, Gateaux and Isphan, to name a few. With all the decadence on offer, this is definitely not the place to be when you're watching your calorie intake!

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For More Information

Just Teddy is open daily from 7:00 to 19:00.

Address: Shop LM4, Hyde Park Corner Shopping Centre, Corner William Nicole Drive and Jan Smuts Avenue, Hyde Park, Sandton.

Contact them on 010 203 9038 or via email at inf[email protected].

Visit their website to find more information. Alternatively, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to stay up to date with the latest news and events.

*Images sourced from Just Teddy's Facebook page.

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Have you been to Just Teddy? Let us know about it in the comments section below!

The Art Farm - A Sense of History

The Art Farm is precisely what its name implies - a dedicated art venue out in peaceful Alewynspoort. Established in 2014 by Eugene and Ilse Becker, The Art Farm is built on farmland which dates back to the early development period of Johannesburg after the South African War (1899 - 1902). With this sense of history in mind, you should definitely pay this unique art centre a visit.

Art Farm

Food, Wine & Fine Art

The Art Farm is all about art - every kind, from culinary art, to wine making, music and visual art. This is where the written word is celebrated and children's laughter is cherished. Nature welcomes you here too, providing the perfect relaxing environment just a short drive from the city. With an on-site restaurant and bakery, kiddies play area, bar and events venue, The Art Farm is the ideal family-friendly space to enjoy a little fresh air, some great tasting food and, of course, all kinds of art. The farm also boasts 27 art stalls - converted stables which each hold a new delight for visitors. You can stroll through the stables to pick up a selection of original pottery items, vintage furniture, paintings and winery.

Art Farm

Book lovers, there is something special here for you too. A loft bookshop with over 7000 books! Come out on a weekend to enjoy an entire day of gossipy biographies, adventure tales, stories of love and astounding facts about the natural world. Young readers are also welcome to get lost in a world of fairy tales, trolls, heroes and valiants. Afterwards, you can visit The Art Farm's famous pig, Spekkie. The kids will certainly be delighted by her antics as she frolics in the mud pool. The resident farm horse, SM-arty offers rides to the kids, too. You and the kids may also take some time to plant a few seeds in the veggie garden. If you return a few weeks later there is sure to be a fresh bounty to harvest. Either way, this is tranquility at its very best.

The Art Farm Night Market 

The Art Farm Craft Yard hosts monthly night markets. Featuring live music, art displays, foodie delights and a great atmosphere, the night market is a must-visit. There are only three more night market events taking place this year, so don't miss out on all the fun! However, if night markets aren't your thing, pop by for the weekend market. A celebration of authentic art, hand-made crafts, real farm fresh produce and eco-friendly materials. These markets take place every Saturday and Sunday from 09:00 - 15:00.

On Saturday, 05 October 2019 the Art Farm Craft Yard invite you to enjoy a craft whiskey, gin and beer bash! Of course, you can also indulge in the usual weekend market fare, which includes craft stalls selling beaded jewellery, wooden toys and trinkets, soaps and quirky home decor items. The Art Farm deli will also be there, offering you an array of deli meats, cheeses, breads and home-style baked biscuits. So, bring the whole family along for a fun day out at the vintage-inspired Craft Yard.

For more information

Visit their website for more information - the-artfarm.co.za.

Or, follow them on Facebook to stay up to date with the latest events, workshops and exhibitions.

Details: Plot 56, Klipriver Road, R550, Alewynspoort, Eikenhof, Gauteng | [email protected]

Belle's Patisserie

Belle's Patisserie specialises in an assortment of gorgeous, luxury cakes and cupcakes. Their colourful rainbow cake is a favourite among patrons. But their Ferrero Rocher Cake is what keeps chocoholics coming back for more. Think soft chocolate sponges, sweet icing and a scattering of hazelnuts. If you prefer a higher icing to cake ratio, try one of their tempting chocolate cupcakes.

Contact details: Belle's Patisserie | 082 968 5389 | 116 Sandton Dr, Sandhurst, Sandton | [email protected] | https://www.facebook.com/BellesPatisserie

The Fat Zebra

This trendy Linden eatery serves up scrumptious cuisine for any time of day, including dessert. Their fantastically rich and decadent Chocolate Torte is the best in Linden. This chocolaty treat is crafted with less flour and sugar than traditional cakes. Instead, it's made with quality eggs, chocolate and fine techniques, resulting in a dark treat dusted with icing sugar and succulent grapes.

Contact details: The Fat Zebra | 067 403 1896 | 71 7th Street, Linden, Randburg | [email protected]zahttp://www.thefatzebra.co.za

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Melt Chocolate

Melt Chocolate, or Melt Chocolaterie, is a chocolate lover's dream. Their menu offers up a selection of chocolate confectionery from waffles and cakes to fondue and truffles. Their lavish cakes are available in a selection of flavours including chocolate chip, vegan chocolate and chocolate cookie dough cake, among the many others. All of these are simply superb.

Contact details: Melt Chocolate | 011 463 1578 | Nicolway Shopping Centre, William Nicol Dr, Bryanston | [email protected] | https://meltchocolates.co.za

Nice on 4th

This Parkhurst establishment is famous for their breakfast baskets. But what they should be famous for, in our opinion, is their delectable cakes. Their Belgium Chocolate Cake has been described as the ultimate chocolate cake by regulars. We recommend pairing this with their excellent cappuccino, for a bitter sweet finish.

Contact details: Nice on 4th | 011 788 6286 | 37 4th Ave, Cnr 14th street, Parkhurst | [email protected] | http://niceon4th.co.za

La Tazzina

Whether you want a slice of cake for a teatime treat, or are searching for an extravagant cake to wow guests at an event, La Tazzina is your go-to. The eatery offers decadent cake slices in an assortment of flavours, while The Cakery creates masterpieces for the masses. Their chocolate treats, which are all mouthwatering, include the Moist Choc Slice and luxurious Nutella.

Contact details: La Tazzina | 011 454 4334 | Cnr Of 1st Ave & Amelia St, Edenvale | [email protected] | https://www.facebook.com/latazzinacafe/

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Walnut Grove

One can hardly walk past this eatery without ogling and drooling at their magnificent cake displays. The Rainbow Cake instantly catches the eye with the vibrant assortment of colours. But we implore you to look past this show piece in favour of the chocolate offerings. You won't regret it, we promise. Their Raffaelo Coconut & White Chocolate Cake with a moist sponge, yummy icing, coconut and Raffaelo balls, is a definite winner.

Contact details: Walnut Grove | 011 783 6111 | Shop B38, Sandton City, Cnr 5th Street & Rivonia Road | [email protected] | https://walnutgrove.co.za

Paul

This French patisserie has opened up shop in many countries around the world, including Europe, USA and Asia. Now, they call the Melrose Arch precinct home. They are renown for their French pastries, especially the macarons, eclairs and tartlets. But they also serve up a luscious and sinful chocolate cake. The Moelleux au chocolat will delight any chocolate lover's palate.

Contact details: Paul | 010 020 300 | Shop 010I3, Corner The High Street & Crescent Drive, Melrose Arch | [email protected]a | https://www.facebook.com/paul1889.southafrica/

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Croydon Bakery

Perhaps the most renowned bakery of the east, Croydon Bakery bakes delectable bread, cakes, tarts and other confectionery on a daily basis. However, it is their pies that they are most famous for. These include steak, pepper steak, Cornish, sausage rolls, curry, chicken and mushroom, cottage and spinach feta cheese. All of their pies are homemade with flaky pastry and flavourful fillings.

Contact details: 011 974 4549 / 90 Brabazon Road, Croydon / [email protected] / http://croydonbakery.co.za

George's Bread & Co

This overnight Boksburg sensation stems from the same family tree as Croydon. George bakes the most amazing confections from scratch with the best ingredients available. Their crafts are some of the best we have ever had, from their freshly baked bread, light and fluffy cupcakes, perfect chocolate chip cookies, filling pies and the ultimate cheesecake. There is nothing at this bakery that we do not love.

Contact details: 010 110 7575 / Shop 7, K90 Centre, Cnr Northrand & Rondebult Road, Jansen Park, Boksburg / [email protected] / https://gbco.co.za

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De Backery

This Dutch bakery was started in 1963 by William Verhoogt. They still use the same recipes and methods today as they did in 1963, with imported Dutch ingredients. All of their products are made in house with high quality, fresh ingredients. Products on offer include pies, bread, loaves, sweet confectionery, tarts and cakes. Above the bakery is the windmill restaurant, De Molen Pancake House and Restaurant, a replica of the Zeldenrust Molen in Holland.

Contact details: 011 453 2233 / 47 Van Riebeek Avenue, Edenvale / [email protected] / https://www.debackery.co.za

Bread Basket

Also located in Edenvale, the Bread Basket started in 1982 offering fresh baked goods and a quality deli. The bakery now offers quality confectionery which includes cakes, cake pops, tarts, scones, muffins, macaroons, cookies, pies, bread, doughnuts and pastries. Patrons come from far and wide for their delightful cakes, either full cakes, slices, cupcakes or filled cupcakes. We love the Red Velvet, Vanilla Custard, Cookies & Cream and Chocolate Mousse selections.

Contact details: 011 452 1129 / Greenstone Shopping Centre, Cnr Modderfontein Rd & Van Riebeeck Ave, Edenvale / [email protected] / http://thebreadbasket.co.za

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Sugar's Bakery

Another gem tucked away in Edenvale, this bakery and family restaurant serves up homemade meals, artisan breads, delicacies and Greek specialties. Greek confectionery offered include Eliopitas, Tiropita, Kourabiedes, Melomakarona, Bougatsa and Baklava, among others. The bakery also offers more traditional baked goods and an on-site restaurant offering breakfast, toasted sandwiches, omlettes, salads, prego, pizza and souvla.

Contact details: 011 452 7001 / 118 Terrace Road, Sebenza, Edenvale / [email protected] / https://www.sugarsbakery.coffee

Fournos

Fournos in Boksburg offers scrumptious baked goods and confectionery. Here, you can get crusty breads, sweet cakes, a wide selection of pies, crumbly pastries and the best croissants outside of France. These flaky morsels are available in four flavours - plain, chocolate, almond and blueberry. Each one of these are mouth watering and delicious. Another favourite at this bakery are their cakes. The Bar One cake, in particular, is irresistible.

Contact details: 010 597 1925 / Shop 85, East Rand Mall, Jansen Park, Boksburg / [email protected] / https://www.fournos.co.za

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Frangelicas

Frangelicas motto is simple: Happiness can be measured in cupcakes and coffee cups. One of the oldest and best loved Kosher patisseries and cafes in Glenhazel, this hidden gem is a must-visit for cake lovers and sweet tooths. Run by a husband and wife duo for the past seven years, Frangelicas is a neighbourhood hub. With their delicious Kosher breakfasts, lunches and desserts, they offer the surrounding community a place to escape and enjoy the sweeter side of life. Catering for family functions and special holidays, the cafe is also a great party venue. They welcome diners of all kinds, so be sure to stop by on your next trip through Glenhazel.

Frangelicas

Frangelicas

Pastry Delights

Have a hankering for a deliciously moist slice of chocolate cake? Or, in need of a custom birthday cake? Frangelicas is the patisserie for you. Their catering menu includes a number of delectable cake options. From apple struddle with cranberries, to Bar One cake and chocolate mousse cake, there is sure to be something to tantilise your taste buds. However, what this bakery is really known for is their award-winning cheesecake. Frangelicas famous original cheesecake is smooth, tangy and rich. But, if you are looking for something a little more decadent, we recommend the baklava cheesecake. Dripping with sweet syrup and covered in chopped almonds - yummy!

The bakery also makes delicious breads like traditional Challah, available most Fridays. Their teatime classics such as muffins, scones and cupcakes are customer favourites. We like the sound of mini cheesecake muffins with a pot of piping hot Ceylon tea. Shared with friends or family, this would be the perfect way to unwind after a busy week.

Frangelicas makes their pastry delights using milk, Parev or Chalav Yisrael ingredients. Their first priority is to please you, their customer. So, if you have any special requirements, simply let them know when placing your order.

Savoury Treats

Frangelicas isn't only all about the sweets. Their savoury cafe menu also boasts an impressive selection of tempting breakfasts, light meals and mains. An eclectic mix of European cuisine influences, the savoury menu offers an assortment of toasted sandwiches, tramezzinis, pizza, pasta and salads.

Breakfast

Frangelicas should be next on your breakfast restaurants bucket list. Not because their breakfasts are unlike the standard cafè fare, but because of their welcoming atmosphere and generosity. If you have been searching for a family-friendly restaurant environment, here it is. Try their Breakfast Tower - freshly toasted Italian bread topped with a mountain of sauté spinach, scrambled egg, mushrooms and haloumi cheese. Add a serving of avocado or super smoky kippers to the dish for an extra taste dimension.

Lunch & Dinner

Lunch and dinner are sorted at Frangelicas, too. Their assortment of sandwiches is a lunchtime dream. From plain and simple cheese and tomato, to smoked salmon and cream cheese, their sarmies are the perfect light snack. If you want something a little more substantial, try out one of their four pizza options - classic Margarita, Hawaiian, Caprese or Vegetarian.

The cafè now also stays open after dark on Thursday and Sunday nights. Bring the family along for dinner on their breezy outdoor deck under the fairy lights. Or, stay warm and toasty inside the cafè next to their central fireplace. Frangelicas pastas make a wonderful, hearty meal and would be perfect on a chilly night out. The butternut cannelloni sounds like a winner to us. Alternatively, opt for a baked potato main, smothered in either creamy mushroom sauce, spinach and feta or Napolitana sauce and cheddar cheese. For the super health conscious there are a variety of tasty salads to choose from. Whatever you choose to dine on at Frangelicas, it is sure to be prepared with love and care.

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Special occasions

Frangelicas specialises in turning your special occasions into lasting memories. Catering both sweet and savoury delights, they are your one stop party shop. For your convenience, their website features an online ordering section. You can specify all dietary requirements and special requests here, too. With just a few clicks you can order your cake and eat it! How great is that?

For more information

Visit their website for further details, or follow them on Facebook for the latest updates.

Details: 2 Long Ave, Glenhazel, Johannesburg | 010 013 4237 | [email protected]

Le Patisseries In Joburg

A patisserie is a bakery that specialises in cakes and pastry. So basically, it's a world of different textures, flavours and creativity that'll delight your taste buds and indulge your senses. Let's take a look at a few spots around the city.

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Patisserie de Paris

Situated in serene Blairgowrie is an amazing little shop called Patisserie de Paris. It's quaint and homey, almost like one of those bakeries you see in the movies.

This patisserie has a chef who is trained according to the French patisserie standards, so you can expect some amazing pastries and decadently rich cakes. Not only that, but they also have the traditional macarons, croquembouche, freshly baked breads and much more.

This cosy store is tucked between many like-minded creative establishments, so just keep an eye out for the burst of  pink.

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GLAZE Patisserie

The GLAZE Patisserie pride themselves in the art of baking. And the Melville community can certainly vouch for them.

They have created innovative and unexpected twists to baking that gets people intrigued about their presentation and ready to nibble on their delightful eats

Have you ever looked at something and it looked so good that you didn't want to eat it? Moments like this will happen at GLAZE Patisserie. This is a marvelous place to have a good French dessert.

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Belle's Patisserie

Better known as Belle's, Belle's Patisserie has two branches in Joburg and they're definitely spreading the decadence and indulgence.

One of the standouts at the patisserie is their Bar-One cake (ask them to warm it up just a little - mouthwatering). They have a wide variety of cakes ranging from traditional to unique treats like Red Velvet Cheesecake and many other rich gourmet cakes.

Their pastries are to-die-for, but this you must experience yourself.

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Chateau Gateaux 

Ever heard of the term fresh-to-frozen? Chateau Gateaux is all about that and the melt-in-your-mouth, rich, indulgent texture and overall deliciousness.

So, if you want to buy a cake to take home, you can actually freeze it and when you are ready to indulge, just defrost and enjoy the same quality of cake.

Chateau Gateaux has built up quite a reputation for themselves, having people come from all around Joburg to enjoy a slice or two, or maybe the whole cake.

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Cutting Our Slice

We could use any excuse to eat cake, let alone a good pastry. The fact that we breathe is excuse enough for us. So maybe it's time for a patisserie hop, savour all the melting moments you will be having - literally!

Soon after they opened their doors, residents of Boksburg and surrounds started flooding to George's Bread & Co. We just had to find out what all the fuss is about. The bakery was founded by George, who hails from the family that owns none other than Croydon Bakery itself, arguably the best and most well renown bakery in the east. After working in the family business for nearly 20 years, he decided to start his own bakery where he crafts some of the best breads, pies and confectionery.

My first experience with George's was a red velvet cupcake. Now, I should mention that I am fussy when it comes to cupcakes. I want the sponge cake to be moist but light and airy. I also don't enjoy an overly sweet cake and I detest most icings as they are usually just whipped up cavities. But this cupcake was a thing of dreams. The cake itself was airy and light but not dry at all and the icing... well, I could eat that slightly sweetened cream cheese frosting with a spoon.

I was immediately left wanting more and insisted on going straight to George's the first chance I got. I was quite surprised with what I found. As a baker myself, albeit an amateur one, I am usually disappointed when walking into bakeries, purely because they lack anything that actually makes them a bakery. Selling a few pies or having dry and sugar-loaded cakes does not make a bakery. George's, however, did not disappoint.

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The black and beige signed shop immediately stands out from the rest of the K90 Centre. The interior just screams sophistication with the low hanging lights, darkened floors and black finishes. Most of the interior is scattered with tables and chairs for patrons wishing to have a sit-down meal or an expertly prepared cup of coffee. The walls at the back are lined with displays of their baked goods.

These baked goods consist of bread; white loaves, brown loaves, baguettes, ciabattas, raisin loafs, rye bread, health bread, mosbolletjies, paninis, cheese rolls, Portuguese rolls and even honeycomb rolls, to name a few. But, of course, the brother of Croydon Bakery needs to have good pies. George does not disappoint with his sausage rolls, chicken, steak, Cornish, curry, ham and cheese, cheese griller, feta and spinach or even venison pies. He also expertly makes sandwiches, quiches, croissants, pastries, doughnuts, cookies, tarts, truffles and will even make puff pastry and dough for you to cook at home.

One last thing they make, which deserves a special mention, are their cakes. They have a large variety of flavours available in whole cakes, cupcakes and slices. The best of which, in my opinion, are the cheese cakes. But they also have a delicious carrot cake and amazing chocolate cakes. Other flavours include black forest, red velvet, cream cakes, custard slices, apple slices, Swiss Rolls as well as Madeira, banana and date loaves and vanilla, funfetti and peanut butter cupcakes.

The one thing that makes this bakery a new favourite is the impeccable service. Instead of storming up to me and demanding to know my order immediately, the staff were gracious in allowing me to take my time browsing through their many options. When I was ready to order, I was assisted straight away. The lady assisting me, kindly informed me that they are more than happy to specially bake something or to hold stock for me should there be something in particular I want - a great service considering how quickly they sell out.

I left this bakery packed with bread rolls, a selection of cupcakes, pecan and red velvet truffles and a chicken and mushroom and spinach and feta pie. Each one of these items were tantalizing on the palate and perfect in texture. I felt like I was leaving an award-winning patisserie in Paris, France instead of a bakery in Boksburg.

Find out more here.

What Is It?

Who can say no to the Stonehaven Spring Beer Festival? Break away for a while and take a trip to Vanderbijlpark to have a good time sipping an ice cold beer.

This year brings amazing artists from around the country including The Parlotones, Matthew Mole and many more. The vibrant crowd always makes the ambience super awesome, don't miss out.

There will be some fun water games to welcome spring as well as cool games and competitions.

When Is It?

Saturday, 31 August 2019 at 11:00

Where Is It?

Stonehaven on Vaal, Next to Old Baddrift Bridge, Vaal River, Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R40 – R120 per person, get your tickets here.

For More Information

For more information, click here.

What Is It?

If you really love to eat or to bake, this is where you want to be. Walala Wasala is bringing their first Makers and Bakers Day at the 27 Boxes in Melville.

Come and enjoy some of the best artisanal bakery goods and yummy nibbles, there will be tons of amazing bakers ready to serve something good for you to buy.

27 Boxes is the perfect place for a day out so you don't want to miss it.

Don't miss out on this!

Where Is It?

27 Boxes, 75 4th Avenue, Melville, Johannesburg, Gauteng

When Is It?

Saturday, 02 November 2019 at 10:00 - 15:00.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is Free.

For More Information

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Black Forest Bakery 

And no, they don't just sell Black Forest cakes. This bread spot is worth more to the average foodie than a bag of chips. Black Forest Bakery boasts mouthwatering, freshly baked bread that would make anyone weak at the knees. This gem is situated in one of the trendiest precincts of Joburg, Braamfontein's infamous Juta Street and they have another store in Sandton. They are known for their amazing bakery goods. Imagine this; swiping freshly baked bread to scoop up that last bit of a tasty oxtail stew. Swing by Black Forest Bakery to tickle your taste buds. Drools, Drools, Drools!!!

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Patachou Patisserie

Saying that name must have made you feel like quite the French connoisseur right? Visit the Patachou Patisserie and go on a journey of fresh bakery goods, as their bread is to die for. In SA, the potjie is one of our signature dishes, so trust me when I say that adding the bread at Patachou to your meal will bring you the best combination of both worlds. Now that I've planted that scintillating idea in your mind - I can also tell you that; this spot also have delicious sweet little nibbles. Visit them to experience a touch of France!

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Babette's Bread 

Let me tell you a little story... once upon a time in a world filled with flour lived a Law graduate who became obsessed with baking bread. All the butter, yeast and mixing through the dough took her to a place called the US of A to explore what she loved under the guidance of a French baker. She grew up to become a bread artist, and her name was Barbette. She came back to Johannesburg and opened her own world of scrumptiousness, which is one of the bread spots that we have fallen in love with. Babette's Bread has one of the best breads we have tasted and her sourdough bread will have you saying feta, rocket and sun dried tomatoes.

Junipa's Bistro

Want to talk artisan, well Junipa's Bistro is thee bread spot you must visit. Situated in the ever so modern burbs of Bryanston, the atmosphere is absolutely great. This spot also has freshly brewed coffee to compliment their oh so yummy freshly baked breads that will have you eating out of the palm of Junipa's (pun definitely intended). Whether you want bread to go or to sit down at the bistro, you surely won't be disappointed. I'm quite the matchmaker so I'd pair their goodies with a good pulled chicken and cheese.

Fournos

If anything, I think we have established that Fournos is one of the franchises that actually make some of the best breads around. They have tons of tummy hugging fresh bakes that will have you warm inside and filled with nostalgic thoughts. Believe me when I say, you will be spoiled for choice - just don't buy the whole shop unless the plan is to get a franchise. The passion they have for baking and serving good food shines through, you cannot deny yourself of such goodness.

What a mouthful? Literally...last words. Bread, Butter (not margarine), chicken, cucumber and mayo! That is my weakness. Do you know of any other awesome bread spots in the city? Let us know about them! 

For the past four years, I have been documenting the dawning of Joburg's culinary Golden Age. In fact, I am so passionate about the local food scene that I emailed Pulitzer Prize-winning food critic, Jonathan Gold of the LA Times before his passing. Why? It was partly inspired by a new restaurant being constructed in Linden. Excited beyond belief, I dug around, chatted to locals and found out what's potting. The first thought was, "I have to get the international dudes to pay attention to what's happening in Joburg!" Besides, the restaurants flanking the streets of Linden deserve as much attention as they can get. Which brings us to this neighbourhood's most exciting eat-out experience, Van Der Linde.

Named after the suburb's founder, this quasi-fine-dining spot takes up shop where the old Linden bottle store used to be. Now, before we dive head-first into this comprehensive review, let's get one thing straight. Whenever I review a restaurant, I give it some time to settle in. There is nothing worse than rushing into an eatery that's barely removed the plastic wrap from its steam table — it takes time for a place to find its footing, run smoothly and fine-tune its service. Seven months in (give or take), I've decided it's time to finally step foot in this eatery.

When it comes to dining out, you expect the service to be on point. In fact, dining for any amount of money deserves decent service. Van Der Linde has managed to get that right. This is due to exec chef Amori Burger ruling the kitchen with a firm but fair fist.

Van der Linde is made up of four components: the bakery, the bar, the kitchen and the wine room. These elements combine to create a unique dining experience whether you're sitting down for brunch with the family or impressing a date with something new.

The Bar At Van Der Linde

The bar menu was put together by the talented Jody Rahme (check Jody's Instagram account below). The thing I love about Jody's work is his infatuation with bourbon, which surpasses my infatuation with bourbon... and that takes some doing.

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The Bakery At Van Der Linde

At the helm of Van Der Linde's bakery is 29-year-old Lydon Dodo. As with all things served at this Linden eatery, the bread, pastries and sweet treats are all made from scratch. Apple sourdough bread, croissants, bagels and other bread varieties are freshly baked, in-house, daily. The sourdough takes weeks to make (well, the initial starter at least).

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The Kitchen At Van Der Linde

Breakfast At Van Der Linde

Every meal of the day is the most important meal of the day, but for the sake of tradition, let's start with breakfast. VDL offers a unique 'build your own breakfast' where you construct plates of ham, eggs, bacon, banana and even morcela (a Portuguese take on the traditional European blood sausage). Each item is charged individually. Table d'hôte items include curried tofu scramble, farm loaf French toast served with stone fruit and thyme, quinoa granola (an interesting take on a light breakfast classic), and the Instagramer's favourite, avo toast. The restaurant also has a wine shop stocking some interesting vintages.

Our Choice: Don't think twice, order the creamy scrambled egg and bone marrow served with sourdough toast and tomato relish or build your own breakfast.

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Lunch At Van Der Linde

Life is too short to lunch alone. VDL takes this into consideration as their lunch menu sings songs fit for two. Above and beyond the usual tomahawk steak (on the bone — NEVER have a rib-eye off the bone), 200g beef burgers and fish and chips, the restaurant offers a chubby charcoal-grilled rib-eye steak served with blue cheese sauce, bacon, and gem lettuce. The country chicken roast sees a lemon and herb high-heat cooked bird served with roast veg and gravy. And here's one for the vegetarians — leek and potato baked in white wine and topped with manchego cheese.

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Our Choice: Let's go back to the rib-eye. Now, I've had rib-eye done sous-vide and blasted with a blowtorch in Paris, I've had it baked and seared in a knob of butter and olive oil at The Maslow in Sandton, and I've dropped it on the floor after a couple of single malts by the fire, but I've not had it done the way Van Der Linde does it. I am convinced they follow tradition (sear the outside to seal in the juices — which is a myth, by the way — get the centre to 55°C and dress with thyme) but somehow their rib-eye is beyond melt-in-your-mouth beautiful. Someone mentioned that it's too expensive but to them I say, why don't you go have a Steers burger instead? Life's too short to Scrooge McDuck your wallet when it comes to good steak.

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Dinner At Van Der Linde

The highlight of any three-meals-a-day kitchen is their dinner. With dishes such as bone marrow served on toasted sourdough and filet au poivre dressed in a cognac sauce, Van Der Linde is not prancing with the puppies, so to speak. Night brings with it a dining crowd that's cut its teeth on the finest fair in the city. Fortunately for us, Van Der Linde finds itself successful both in taste and presentation with their dinner menu. It's as if they discard the fine(r) dining mantle and just do food... good food at that.

Without listing the entire menu, the harissa flavours introduced to fluffy yet stern paneer served with roasted pumpkin is what vegetarian dreams are made of. The mushroom and truffle ravioli is as good as it reads and should be ordered with a glass of white wine. On the wine tip, double-check the prices before ordering as those grapes don't come cheap. If you feel adventurous then try the mustard pork chops. For you big eaters — like me — order a side (baby potatoes, roast veg, that type of stuff) as the portions aren't the biggest.

The crème brûlée is worth the order even though you've had something similar many times before. I'd like to see a bit more adventure on the dessert menu, though. As safe as baked chocolate pudding or a cheese board may be, I feel that this restaurant has the ability to shine when it comes to the sweet stuff. 

Our Choice: This is the biggest reason why I will give Van Der Linde another visit sooner than later: the mushroom and truffle ravioli tossed with Grana Padano, the common cousin of Parmigiano Reggiano.

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The Bonsai Studio At Van Der Linde

In the courtyard of this refined dining spot, you will find an oasis of tranquillity with old patio furniture and bonsai trees. It is there that the Bonsai Studio hosts its workshops where hobbyists can learn about growing and caring for these miniature trees through classes and meeting like-minded and passionate individuals. The Bonsai Studio also runs an online store which stocks everything you need to get started on your bonsai journey.

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Price

Breakfast: R20 - R95 (excluding Build Your Own Breakfast)

Lunch: R75 - R320

Dinner: R65 - R240

More Information

Address: 50 4th Ave, Linden, Randburg

Social Mediawww.facebook.com/vdlrestaurant/

Contact: 010 594 5443

By Shawn Greyling

What Is It?

The 20th Annual Stonehaven Spring Beer Festival is a very popular event where thousands of people celebrate the start of the spring season on the banks of the Vaal River. Held at Stonehaven on Vaal, guests are entertained with top SA bands, great drinks and exceptional grub. Expect well-priced country stalls with hearty foods like baked, soft pretzels with beer-cheese dip, and beer bread from Stonehaven bakery, topped with homemade cheese. This year's live entertainment includes Prime Circle, CrashCarBurn, Gangs of Ballet, Wonderboom, Howie Combrik and Pascal & Pearce. There's certainly something for everyone.

When Is It?

Saturday, 25 August 2018 from 11:00 – late.

Where Is It?

Stonehaven on Vaal, (next to Baddrift Bridge), Sylviavale, Vaal River, Vanderbijlpark, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R30 – R90 per person, available here!

For More Information

Visit this website or this Facebook page for more information.

Paul Bakery is finally in South Africa and you can enjoy all the baked goods your heart desires at our beloved Melrose Arch. This family-owned bakery-restaurant will start trading all things delicious this Thursday, 02 March 2017 and the official grand opening will be on Sunday, 05 March 2017.

Hurry along to this fine establishment for an authentic Parisian-style experience already enjoyed by everyone in Europe, Asia, America and The Middle East with over 670 outlets. The aroma of PAUL's wide range of artisan and elaborate breads is enough to evoke sheer happiness from anyone.

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The Paul brand is built on a legacy of passion for excellence, exemplified by traditional artisan production methods passed down over five generations. Established in 1889 in Croix, Northern France, their commitment to excellence ensures you're served food made with carefully selected fresh ingredients, polished presentation and unsurpassed quality.

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Explore the world of Paul’s distinctive French style, vist PAUL's

Walnut Grove, located in Sandton City, offers delicious baked treats, breakfast options, Greek, Mediterranean, Italian, brunch options, burgers, seafood, vegetarian food, and so much more. This family run restaurant has a passion for food and merges their Mediterranean heritage with seasonal ingredients. The restaurant also offers Wi-Fi and fresh coffee or tea, for those looking for a comfortable place to work and enjoy great food.

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Village Fair Bakery is located in Village Green Shopping Centre and specialises in baked treats and pastries. This little bakery is a must visit if you love baked goodies. This is also a great spot to go to if there is a birthday party coming up and you need to impress your guests. Choose from a variety of options such as their apple tarts, shortbread, chocolate fudge cake and meringues – all of which can be enjoyed at the bakery with some coffee or as a take away.

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Fournos Bakery, as the name suggests, is a bakery and restaurant who serve up delicious breads, baked goods and meals. They have delicious and decadent cakes on display as soon as you walk in and their BarOne cake (when available) is always a winner! A definite must-have if you want to over indulge chocolate! Whether you are just a bit peckish or ravenous, pick from Fournos Bakery’s selection of toasted sarmie treats available as a single or double (as in two sandwiches). You can choose the bread you want the yummy filling stuffed into - from croissant, rye, French loaf, whole wheat, Italian olive loaf, Low GI, seed loaf, gluten-free bread, to a tramezzini.

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Tart Patisserie is a privately owned and run specialised patisserie. All treats are freshly made on the premises and they also supply these delicious treats to both corporate and individuals. For light breakfasts and scrumptious lunches then tasty pastries, you can visit the patisserie during their operating hours. If you're too lazy to cook, Tart Patisserie stocks quality homemade frozen meals. If you're throwing an event with a specific theme, Tart Patisserie also prepares themed cakes, biscuits and platters to suit your needs.

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Yudhika Sujanani's creation to escape and taste the finest coffee, tea and cake is named Holi Cow. The restaurant/ café is a reflection of eclectic taste and admiration for all things beautiful. Named after the sacred cow, mother of the world, as believed so in India, Holi Cow follows an akin philosophy of taking simple ingredients and transforming them into delicious meals that satisfy and hearten souls. The meals are freshly prepared all the time. The Holi Cow restaurant/ café is very homey and welcoming. One can look forward to a lovely meal as though they are in the comfort of their own home.

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