Tag Archives: South Africa

South African Poinsettia – Spectacular Leaves.


I saw this while walking around the block today. The Poinsettia Tree or Shrub. Did you know that the requirement for this plant to change colors is 12 hours of darkness for 5 days in a row. This is called Photoperiodism.

Photo taken with a Pentax WG2
Photo taken with a Pentax WG2
Slightly different angle.
Slightly different angle.
Staring directly into the sun. I think this is my favorite of the 3 photos.
Staring directly into the sun. I think this is my favorite of the 3 photos.

As always.
Love and respect
G

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Bird of Paradise Flower – Strelitzia


This post was inspired by the consistently excellent work of Don Charisma. Go check out his post. Red And Yellow Flower. This is the South African version of that plant.

This incredible flower is from the plant family “Bird of Paradise”. I am pretty sure that the name comes from its resemblance to the remarkable flying creatures.

I took this photo while staying at a very dodgy guesthouse in Orkney South Africa.

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As always.
Love and respect.
G

Mikes Kitchen Main Road Bryanston (Review)


It is so good to be back in sunny South Africa! In case you haven’t been following, I have just returned home from a 23 day trip in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Very interesting place, I did a few short posts covering some of my movements while there. They should be easy enough to find if you are interested 🙂

Right! Let’s get to it.
My in-laws are a fantastic bunch of people who really enjoy eating out together. Some time over Easter they all visited Mikes Kitchen for a meal and decided that this would be where we celebrate my 39th birthday – Which I totally missed being up in Africa.
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We got to the place a little early, which was nice and enabled me to take a few photos without people all over the place. Somehow people get quite uncomfortable with heavily tattooed guys taking photos of them. We booked a table for 12, under this huge oak tree and next to the very secure kids play area. There are a number of “minders” constantly watching over your children while they play.

For the kids:

    • Small track and pushbikes.
    • Jungle gym.
    • Nice spacious open-sided indoor area with decent screens and PlayStation consoles.
    • Completely fenced in and secure facilities

I have no idea what the childrens menu looked like because my boys didn’t even sit down. They had an absolute ball and anyone with young children will agree that if the kids are happy everyone is happy.

The inside of the place is upmarket and very nicely decorated. During the day the lighting is fantastic!
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Between the 10 adults we ordered a pretty wide range of main courses. No fish today, but we had Fillet, chicken and lamb on the table. What can I say? It all looked incredible! In fact, I had to be quick to get a few photos before everyone dug in.
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I ordered a Fillet Perini – This 300g steak was smothered with a dark yellow topping of Peri Peri chicken livers. To be honest, my writing is just not on a par to give the absolute perfection of this dish any justice. The vegetables I ordered on the side were a perfect compliment to the meal and the few chips I grabbed off the plate next to me finished the meal off nicely.
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Everybody loved their meals.

An interesting thing about my family is that we normally eat and leave, sometimes people would get up and go before everybody is finished. This is not some dysfunctional behavior but we really do eat as a family a lot. So when people have something else to do, there is no pressure to stay at the table.

At Mikes Kitchen under the big oak tree the vibe was so good that we even stayed for dessert.  Mmmmmm, the Bar One Delight! For those that are not from around here a Bar One is South Africa’s version of a Mars Bar. It’s the chocolate bar your granddaddy used to eat. Just one of those things that have been around for ages.

Imagine that fried in phyllo pastry, nice and hot and very gooey delicately placed on a serving of Ice-cream with a cherry for effect.
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We all totally loved this meal. The service was great and the vibe was brilliant. I am looking forward to my next visit, big time!

Value for money?
10 main courses
3 Desserts
2 Kids desserts
Drinks and 2 hours of fun
@   R1400 or $140
You decide?

Thanks for reading my review.

As always.
Love and respect.
G