Frida's Quirky Coffee Bar 

Frida's Coffee Bar is no ordinary restaurant. Housed in what used to be a suburban home in Albemarle, Germiston, this coffee bar and cafe takes quirky to the next level. Firstly, you are greeted by a garden adorned with crocheted dream catchers, colourful rugs and pot plants galore. Beautiful mosaics guide you through the garden path into the restaurant. But before you step inside, check out the pool - no longer a family's haven from the summer heat, the centre of the garden has been turned into a dining area! Complete with tables, chairs and comfortable cushions, this is most certainly one of the most interesting spots to have a meal in the city. It's also a really cool spot to host a party, keep that in mind.

Frida's Coffee Bar

Frida's outside seating is relaxed, but nevertheless eye-catching. Colours meet your eye at every turn. The day of our visit was fairly sunny with a slight breeze. As such, we opted to sit outside, but not before taking a look around the cafe's interior. We almost regretted our seating choice then, as Frida's Coffee Bar is another world all together on the inside. Each wall is painted a different colour. Tapestries add even more vibrancy, but the main attraction is the iconic and stoic Frida Kahlo herself. Painted portraits of the artist hang on almost every surface of the restaurant. Notorious for being the subject of most of her paintings, Kahlo was undoubtedly one of the most prolific female artists of her time. Paying homage to her legacy, this coffee bar and cafe is a must-visit for art lovers, feminist scholars and anyone who loves chocolate cake.

But, before we get to the food, we must mention another fascinating feature of the interior restaurant - a library! Guests are welcome to take a seat on Frida's comfy couch and soak up some great literature. From art history books, to painting manuals and even biographies, this mini library is a book lover's dream. Add a cup of the cafe's great coffee and you are set for an afternoon of bliss.

 Tex-Mex Fare and Death by Chocolate

Frida's Coffee Bar serves up an array of Mexican-inspired dishes (fitting, since Frida was proudly Mexican). Their menu includes the good old favourites - quesadillas, burritos, fajitas and crunchy tacos. But, we ordered the spicy chicken livers with toast to start. Luckily, our unusual choice paid off well. The livers were perfectly cooked, but the highlight of the dish was the garlic and chili gravy. Rich and hearty, it was almost filling enough to skip straight to dessert. However, we chose to try out the quesadillas for good measure and because they are my personal favourite. Floury tortilla fold overs filled with grilled chicken and three types of cheese was what hit our table. Accompanied by tangy sour cream, spicy salsa and creamy guacamole. We pigged out on the meal, leaving very little space for Frida's famous chocolate cake.

Frida's Coffee Bar

Needing something sweet to round off the feast, I ordered a red cappuccino with honey. Being my frothy drink of choice, I wasn't expecting anything I hadn't tried before. Needless to say, I was pleasantly surprised. Frida's rooibos capp is undoubtedly the best I have sampled. The flavour of the tea is bold, but sweet. With just a pinch of cinnamon, this could be heaven.

Not wanting to miss out on all the hype, we also ordered a slice of Death by Chocolate cake to go. The serving was large enough for three, but we managed to scoff it down in a team of two awhile later at home. Fair warning - this really is death by chocolate. Not for the faint of heart or stomach, this cake reminded us of Miss Trunchbull's “most scrumptious cake in the entire world”! Super moist, dark chocolate sponge covered in ganache, we vote this as Joburg's best death by chocolate cake. Visit Frida's Coffee Bar and sample a piece to prove us wrong.

For more information

Follow them on Facebook for more information - facebook.com/FridasCoffeeBar.

Or, you can contact them on 063 122 8841 | [email protected].

Details: 49 Hatfield Ave, Albemarle, Germiston South, Johannesburg. 

Have you been to Frida's Coffee Bar before? Let us know about your experience! 

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]http://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] | https://www.facebook.com/paul1889.southafrica/

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What Is It?

It's finally here - Spring! With all its lovely blossoms, breezes and sneezes. Come and celebrate Spring Day at Frida's Coffee Bar. Something Creative will be hosting a paint with friends morning. So, bring along all your besties and prepare to get a little messy. Art supplies will be provided, but you do need to bring your own apron.

Spring Day at Frida's is sure to be a blast. Where better to unleash your inner artist than at a coffee bar and Tex Mex eatery dedicated to celebrating the life and art of Frida Kahlo? Portraits of the stoic artist line the walls and there are shelves upon shelves of books about paint techniques for your perusal. Plus, Frida's has without a doubt the most decadent Death by Chocolate cake in the city! After your paint session, sit down for a chat and cappuccino or one of their super red lattes.

Don't miss out on this Spring Day fiesta! 

When Is It?

Sunday, 01 September 2019 at 11:00 - 13:00.

Where Is It?

Frida's Coffee Bar, 49 Hatfield Ave, Albemarle, Germiston. 

How Much Is It?

Tickets cost R250 per person for the paint morning (including all art supplies). Contact Something Creative on [email protected] for booking details.

For more information

Follow Frida's Coffee Bar on Facebook for more information. Contact them on 063 122 8841.

Egg 'Muffins'

These egg 'muffins' are actually baked omelettes that are simple, speedy and very filling. They are extremely convenient because you can throw in anything you have on hand. They also mess free, so they make the ultimate breakfast to feast on in the car on the way to school in that morning traffic.

Ingredients:
6 eggs
Oil
Salt and pepper
Veg of your choice

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Grease a muffin tin with the oil.
Place some veggies into each muffin cup.
Beat the eggs and add seasoning.
Pour eggs over the veggies.
Bake for 20 minutes until cooked and serve.

Source: A Sassy Spoon

Muesli Bars

These delectable bars are packed with nutrients: omegas from the nuts and seeds, vitamins from the fruit and potassium from the banana. Add some spices like ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon for an immune boost.

Ingredients:
2 Ripe Bananas, mashed
1/2 C Nut Butter
3 Tb Coconut Oil
1 Tsp Vanilla Essence
1 C Nuts, assorted/of your choice
1 C Oats
1/2 C Mixed Seeds
1/4 C Dried Fruit
1/4 C Desiccated Coconut

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Mix bananas, nut butter, oil and vanilla.
Add rest of ingredients and extra oil if it's too dry.
Put onto baking sheet and bake for 30 minutes.
Slice into bars and enjoy.

Source: Chloe Moir

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Apple Muffins

This is a travel friendly muffin that is perfect for a grab-and-go breakfast or lunch box treat. Just make an extra batch, bake, freeze and pop in the microwave for 30 seconds for a quick grab during those busy morning rushes.

Recipe:
2 1/2 C Oats
1 C Dried Dates, chopped
1/2 C Boiling Water
1 Apple, chopped
3/4 C Milk
2 Eggs
2 Tsp Vanilla Essence
2 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Tsp Bicarbonate of Soda
2 Tsp Cinnamon

Method:
Preheat oven to 180°C
Blend dates and water, let sit for 5 minutes and blend again.
Blend in milk and apple.
Add remaining ingredients and blend until oats are ground.
Fill greased muffin tray with batter.
Bake for 30 minutes and enjoy.

Source: Bren Did

Pizza

I know you're thinking "how can pizza be healthy or easy to make?" but just bear with us. The base for this pizza is made from brown flour to add some much needed fibre to your kids' diet (for an extra boost, add some crushed nuts, wheat or bran). This recipe is also free of yeast so there is no need to faff around with kneading and rising. Just mix, shape and bake. This pizza sauce is a great way to sneak in some extra veggies for the fussy ones and you can top this pizza with whatever you find in your pantry and fridge.

Recipe:
1 1/3 C Brown Flour
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 C Milk
1/2 Tsp Salt
2 Tb Olive Oil
3 Tomatoes
Salt and Pepper
1 Tb Oil
1/2 C Veggies, of your choice
Toppings, of your choice

Method:
Preheat oven to 200°C
Chop tomatoes and other veg, rub with oil, salt and pepper.
Roast until softened.
Blend into a paste, add water if necessary.
Mix flour, salt and baking powder.
Add milk and oil.
Mix until a dough forms.
Break into four balls and shape into circles for a mini pizza, or
Shape all of dough into a circle for a large pizza.
Bake for 8 minutes, less for smaller pizzas.
Top with tomato and veg sauce made earlier.
Add toppings of your choice.
Bake for 15 - 20 minutes, less for smaller pizzas.

Source: All Recipes

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Chocolate Cake

Not all chocolate cake has to be a glutenous sin. This cake is made with bananas, which reduces the need for sugar and fat while still keeping the cake moist. You can also add some extra nuts and dried fruit for some extra brain power or even some chocolate chips for a slightly guilty pleasure.

Recipe:
3 Bananas, mashed
3 Tb Honey
1 Egg
1/2 C Yogurt
1 1/2 C Flour
1/4 C Cocoa powder, unsweetened
1 Tsp Baking Powder
1/2 Bicarbonate of Soda

Method:
Preheat the oven to 180°C
Mix bananas, honey, egg and yogurt.
Add dry ingredients and mix until combined
Pour batter into greased muffin tin for muffins or into a greased baking pan for squares or into a cake tin for a cake.
Bake until done, for 50-55 minutes for a cake or brownies, 20-30 minutes for muffins
Cool and then slice into pieces.

Source: Bake. Eat. Repeat.

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C - cup        Tsp - Teaspoon        Tb - Tablespoon