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Taste | Create | Discover


ED’S NOTE

The month of luurrrve.... It’s February, notably one of the hottest months in South Africa, not just from the sun but from under the collars too. Yep, it’s the month of love, Valentine’s Day. It’s a day some love and others loath.

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But there really shouldn’t be so much pressure. Why does it have to just be about romance? Why can’t you celebrate loving your cup of coffee? Your child? You favourite pair of shorts? heck, why not just celebrate loving yourself. Do it differently this year, and create a day that’s all about the things you love. So for me it’s pretty simple, it involves my husband Warren, my Guinea Pig Smudge, a hot cup of coffee, a book and a bowl of popcorn. Simple. On this day I will laugh a lot, wear pyjamas all day and act silly.

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What do you love? Maybe it’s a ‘being in my 30’s thing but I’m starting to recognise the speed of life and the absolute necessity to be as happy as often as you can. Do the things you love. In this issue we celebrate our love for coffee by declaring our love to the AeroPress (page 10), we boast about our gorgeous front cover by introducing you to a talented new illustrator (page 20), and we discover the love of co-working (page 26).

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Please feel free to contact me if you’d like to contribute articles or whether you’d like to advertise in an upcoming magazine. We’d love to get to know you and to shamelessly promote your company! Flat White Magazine - Made with love and a strong cup of coffee. Yours in Coffee,

Christine

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CONTENTS

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Monmouth Coffee Superette How to make a great cup of coffee Chocolate-kissed butter shortbread recipe Home brewed opinions chapter 3 An ode to AeroPress Kopi Luwak Happy New Beers Messge in a bottle - La Jeunesse Delicat

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Cupcake Mommy Blogging 101 Olympus Stylus 1

DISCOVER

My journey from Coffice Nomad to Coworking Knowmad Grande Roche Hotel Book Reviews

COMPETITIONS Win Win Win!

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Monmouth Coffee From Cape Town to London the coffee culture is growing and adapting to all tastes and flavours. This December I spent a few days visiting some of London’s finest coffee shops and top of the list is Monmouth Coffee in Covent Gardens. At 27 Monmouth Street this elongated coffee shop is constantly packed with coffee lovers even to the point where the outside bench was our only seating option. Monmouth started roasting in 1978 and held regular tastings for the community before people would buy their beans. They now roast and supply country wide and have a large roaster in Bermondsey. Like most coffee shops in the UK they have a filter blend and an espresso blend on daily and each blend boasts unique flavours of the region it is from.

Behind all this there is a friendly faced barista pumping out the orders and he sure does know how to pull a good shot because Monmouth Coffee is pure pleasure to drink. If you are lucky you will find a seat at the back of the shop which is a welcome respite from the busyness of the front of the shop. Enjoy free wifi and if it is winter (like it was for us) you will never want to leave the warmth and the tantalising smell of coffee in this place. For anyone visiting London, specifically the Covent Garden area, do yourself a favour and visit Monmouth Coffee. I would even suggest planning a day in Covent Garden to visit Monmouth. What an incredible coffee experience it was.

To read up more about Monmouth Coffee you can visit their website at www.monmouthcofWhen you step in to Monmouth fee.co.uk. you experience true coffee love. Before you even get to the cof- By Coffey and Cake fee shop there is a counter *Coffey and Cake is a blog delvladen with scales, timers, cof- ing into the delicious world of fee paraphernalia and of course coffee, cafes, sweet treats and bags and bags of various beans. the good things in life. LIKE the At this point you are able to Facebook page to find your next taste and smell the different coffee fix (www.facebook.com/ blends and make a decision on coffeyandcake) or follow the whether you want a filter shot blog www.coffeyandcake.blogsor an espresso shot. pot.com www.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


Superette

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A trendy Cape Town joint with its yellow and grey benches and tables, Superette is fast becoming a city favourite. Superette is perfectly located at 66 Albert Street within the very trendy Woodstock Exchange building. I stumbled upon this breakfast and brunch hangout while trying to find another coffee shop and am so glad I did because it is a hidden gem amongst a bevy of artisan goodness. Run by the organizers of the Neighbourgoods Market, Superette is a Neighbourhood cafe that stocks local fresh produce, craft beer, and serves up coffee from Rosetta Roastery and Deluxe Coffeeworks. A new menu is prepared daily and they even have a special brunch menu on Saturdays. This large space is great to spend some time alone, get some work done or have a catch up with friends. Superette has benches set up along the front windows so you can sip on a flat white while you watch the world go by, or find a table amidst the others and enjoy a hearty meal on a Saturday morning. Superette also sell locally packaged goods and I must admit it was difficult not to buy the biscotti on display. At lunch there is a fabulous array of col-

our on the tables as fresh salads from local farmers adorn the plates. Fresh and funky are two words which greatly describe this cafe. The service is friendly and the coffee is from two fantastic roasters, so you won’t leave disappointed. The sun shines in through the large windows making Superette a great spot to be refreshed and revived after a long week. So do yourself a favour and make sure you stop in to Superette when you next visit Woodstock. Grab a meal and a cup of coffee, and then mozie through the rest of the artisan stores in Woodstock Exchange. It really is a great way to spend a morning. Superette is open from Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3pm. By Coffey and Cake *Coffey and Cake is a blog delving into the delicious world of coffee, cafes, sweet treats and the good things in life. LIKE the Facebook page to find your next coffee fix (www.facebook.com/coffeyandcake) or follow the blog www.coffeyandcake.blogspot. com

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HOW TO MAKE A GREAT CUP OF COFFEE Throughout the world, more than 1.6 billion cups of coffee are consumed each day. Globally, coffee is second only to water when we look at the consumption of beverages. For many, coffee has become an integral part of their morning ritual.

Equipment – Whichever method you are using to brew, make sure you are using good quality equipment that is cleaned often and properly maintained.

Water – Water makes up the highChris Brown, Director at The Daily Buzz, a chain of est portion of the final beverage corporate workplace coffee bars, says, “Coffee is (except for drinks like cappuccinos produced from the seeds of a small red fruit that and lattés). Good quality filtered grows on the coffea plant. There are two main water goes a long way to ensuring types of commercially consumed coffee beans: the good in-cup quality as well as helping to maintain Arabica bean and the Robusta bean. The flavour your equipment for longer. of the bean is dependent on a number of factors including the growing region, soil, temperature, Milk – If you are steaming milk for a weather and even neighbouring foliage. Contrary café latté or cappuccino, try to use to popular belief, buying expensive beans does fresh milk that is well before its ‘best not automatically mean it will result in a good cup before’ date and make sure it’s cold of coffee. There are a few fundamental rules that when you start. This gives you more need to be followed to create the perfect cup.” time to aerate the milk with fine bubbles that will give you a much creamier and sweeter velvety texWhen asked, “How do I make a great cup of cof- ture. If fresh milk is not an option, long life milk fee?” Brown, who has studied at the London foams really well. School of Coffee, advises you to consider the following factors: About The Daily Buzz: Beans – Whichever beans you decide to use, make sure they are fresh. Look for beans packed in a foil-lined bag with a 1-way valve (a small round plastic disc embedded on the inside of the side of the bag).

The Daily Buzz is South Africa’s speciality coffee bar service provider for the corporate industry. As a family-established business that started in 2006, The Daily Buzz currently provides the ultimate inhouse coffee experience to a number of blue chip corporates. The Daily Buzz offers premium coffee, scrumptious food and exceptional levels of service Grind – If possible, buy whole bean cof- in a location that’s close enough for staff to grab fee and use a burr grinder to grind your a great coffee and a muffin and be back at their beans. Only grind as much as you re- desks in a minute. quire for the occasion and then store the beans in an airtight container in a For further information on The Daily Buzz, cool dark place. Make sure the grind coarseness please visit their website is suited to the coffee brewing method you plan www.thedailybuzz.co.za on using. Espresso = Fine; Filter = Med; Plunger/ Twitter: @daily_buzz_za French Press = Coarse. www.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


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Chocolatekissed butter shortbread Adapted from Tina Bester, The Queen of Tarts Makes 30 biscuits Ingredients: • 275g softened butter • 160g caster sugar • 300g flour • 150g corn flour • 90g dark chocolate • 90g milk chocolate

After the hour, preheat your oven to 160 degrees C. Cut your sausage into rounds about 1cm thick and place on a non stick baking tray. Bake for 1015 minutes, until the tops are mostly solid, and the bottoms have started turning a pale golden brown. Allow to cool on your baking tray.

While you’re waiting for them to cool, melt your chocolates (I break the slabs into small pieces and melt in the microwave, a few seconds at a time). Once your shortbread is completely cool, and your chocolate is still very runny, place teaspoonfuls of Method: the melted chocolate on each of your shortbread In a medium sized bowl, cream your butter and rounds, and spread until almost the edges. sugar until pale yellow and fluffy. Sift the flour and corn flour together into your bowl - mix with a Allow the chocolate to harden (if you can) and enwooden spoon as much as you can, but at some joy! stage you’re going to have to get your hands dirty and squish it all together to make a dough. It will By The Gorgeous Gourmet take some patience, so don’t lose hope. Once it is alwayscandice@gmail.com all sticking together somewhat coherently (there Twitter: @GorgeousBlog will still be a few crumbs) roll it into a sausage www.thegorgeousgourmet.co.za about 6cm thick, wrap in clingfilm and place in the fridge for an hour or so. www.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


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Home Brewed Opinions Chapter 3

When through various social media channels it was learned that our fearless leader at Flat White Concepts had acquired an AeroPress it seemed fit that the next chapter of Home Brewed Opinions should cover the AeroPress.

of something you will find in certain adult stores. We won’t go there. I’m sure you can figure it out. Brewing in an AreoPress results in a very balanced coffee, with full flavour which is due to it using air pressure to extract the flavour from the coffee.

The AreoPress is possibly the most versatile of coffee brewing apparatus. It is manufactured by Aerobie Inc., who are most famous for manufacturing Frisbees. As the company slogan goes: “High Performance Sport Toys,” the Areopress is no exception. It is as much fun as a Frisbee on the beach. However, this fun happens in the kitchen (although it is versatile enough to take down to the beach and brew a cuppa at your sunset picnic) and you do not have some strangers Labrador running of into the sunset with your Frisbee firmly clenched between its teeth.

There are varied methods of brewing and your AeroPress will come with a set of instructions which you can follow. The most important thing to keep in mind is that there is no exact science to brewing coffee. The most important things to consider are using fresh filtered water, freshly ground coffee, the correct coffee to water ratios, and taking care when brewing.

The question as to why the president of Aerobie, Alan Adler invented the AeroPress in 2005 is unknown and to be perfectly honest I do not really care. I’m sure there is a reason but I am just grateful that it does exist.

The inverted AeroPress method is thus:

The AeroPress consists of two cylinders made of some sort of plastic. One cylinder has a rubber plunger that fits inside a larger cylinder to create an airtight seal, very similar to a syringe. Amongst the coffee geeks it is comically known by the name

That being said, I have found that when using an AeroPress the inverted method has produced some of the better cups.

What you will need: • AeroPress • 16g of freshly ground coffee (about the consistency of table salt) • A large spoon • 240ml of filtered water (boiled to about 90 degrees) Instructions: Place the cylinder that has the rubber upside-down and insert it into the larger cylinder until it reaches the number 4 circle (there are numbers 1-4 down

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TASTE the side of the AreoPress) and place it on a flat surface. Once you have done that place the filter into the filter cap and rinse with hot water. Add the ground coffee into the inverted AeroPress and pour about half the hot water into the AeroPress, saturating the grounds. Give it a thorough stir and let it stand for one minute. Pour in the remainder of the water and screw on the filter cap. Gently tip the AeroPress and flip it on top of your mug and gently plunge down, stopping when you hear a hissing sound. And there you have it. As I mentioned earlier, the AeroPress is very versatile in producing a full flavoured coffee with a fairly short brewing time. It is also a very convenient and handy device that can be used at home, and it also easy enough to pack into the picnic basket or the boot of your car for a road trip. It even comes with

a zip bag for transportation. To clean just rinse with hot water. DO NOT, I repeat, DO NOT put it in the dishwasher. It will crack. When cleaning mine I have myself a little more fun by unscrewing the filter cap, hold it horizontally, and plunge further thus shooting out the grounds. The more force you use the further it goes. Just do it outside or over the sink. I shoot the grounds into my plants. Coffee is very good fertilizer due to it being high in Nitrogen. Just a handy tip. Enjoy! By Carl Anthony Badenhorst Twitter: @blueberry_notes Editor’s Note: When Carl sent me this review, I had just finished writing the next article, my ode to my AeroPress. Great minds!

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AN ODE TO AEROPRESS It’s February. The month of love. I love my husband and of course my pet Guinea Pig (whose picture I annoyingly post all over my social media accounts - annoying to you of course, not to me the proud mama). I can’t, however, talk about that here, afterall that’s not what this magazine is about (lightbulb moment for new magazine idea). So I decided to talk to you about a new found love of mine, thanks to my husband who so cleverly listened to my obvious hints about what I wanted for Christmas. It was, of course, the AeroPress. Despite my obvious love of coffee I have never claimed to be a coffee know it all. I’m more of a coffee like it all. I just drink a lot of the stuff. I am, just like you, learning about the coffee ins and outs as I go along and this was one of those gadgets that everyone kept talking about. I had

to have it. I definitely give this little handy gadget a two thumbs up. Why? Well firstly not everyone can afford those big fancy shmancy machines and this little guy is very affordable. Secondly it takes about 2 minutes to make, which suits pretty much everyone these days. Thirdly, you can make it to suit your personal taste by playing around with the water to coffee grind ratio. And lastly, the coffee comes out smooth man. Oh so smooth. Many places to buy this product. Here are some to try: www.yuppiechef.com www.quaffee.co.za www.beanthere.co.za www.moreflavour.co.za By Christine Bernard

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The most exclusive coffee in the world Full range of 100% Wild Organic Kopi Luwak.

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The name Kopi Luwak may be familiar to some of you. It comes from the Indonesian word for the Coffee (Kopi) from an Asian Palm Civet (Luwak). These small cat-like animals are much like our native Meerkaat. The history of Wild Kopi Luwak dates back almost 200 years, the Dutch had long since established themselves in what was then the Dutch East Indies islands of Sumatra and Java and Bali, now Indonesia. From as early as 1715 they had been exporting Arabica beans to Europe and at that time Indonesia was the first place outside of Arabia and Ethiopia to extensively cultivate and export coffee beans. Under the oppressive rule of the Dutch, local farmers were forced to grow coffee along with other cash crops such as spices and tropical fruits. The farmers were forbidden by the colonial government to pick the coffee for their consumption, but the tenacious locals noticed that the droppings from a particular species of Luwak (Asian Palm Civet) contained high amounts of undigested coffee beans, the same beans that had been denied by the plantation owners for so long. They collected these droppings, cleaned, roasted and ground the beans and made their own coffee. The Civets have a highly developed sense of smell that allows them to sniff out the ripest berries, containing the correct amount of acidity and water content. While the cherries are being digested, the enzymes in the Civets stomach digest the soft fleshy part of the coffee cherry, but the bean itself is left virtually intact. These enzymes also breakdown the protein in the undigested beans and slightly ferment them. These two specific actions remove virtually all traces of bitterness and acidity form the end product. 95% of the Civets diet is made up of the coffee cherries, the remaining amount is made up of other fruits, berries and nuts found around the plantation, which also has an influence on the final taste of the coffee.

ed with that of a strong coffee. It was these unique flavours compared to that of the standard beans being processed that lead the VOC to produce this coffee for themselves. This soon became the most sought after coffee in this area and fetched a high price due to its scarcity. Recently Wild Kopi Luwak has seen resurgence in popularity, however with the price of this coffee rising at an alarming rate unscrupulous individuals have taken to extreme measures to try and cash in on its popularity. In some places Civets have been trapped and poached away from their natural habitat within the plantations and put into cages where they are only fed coffee berries. This practice is on the increase and purchasing truly Wild Kopi Luwak is becoming difficult. However there are many long running establishments determined to stamp out this illicit trade. Australian Expat Albert Taylor, co-owner of the Mandailing Estate in North Western Sumatra, invites any parties to visit their remote plantation to educate them of the habits and processing of truly wild and naturally processed Kopi Luwak. He has lived in the area for almost 20 years and has studied the Civets extensively. This knowledge has now been put into practice on the Estate where they have built specific ‘Luwak gardens’. These areas contain the original Arabica trees from Colonial days, and a multitude of the wild fruits and nuts the Civets enjoy. Educating the locals to protect not just the environment but also the Civets themselves. This education will enlighten people as to the various financial and social benefits of local employees in hand with supplying wild free roaming Civets with a staple diet and an environment in which they flourish.

Wild Kopi Luwak is available from selected coffee importers around SA, but care should be taken when buying this product from online distributors offering cut price deals. With limited supplies worldwide prices are again on the rise for what is truly one of This aromatic coffee, with its unusual process, soon the world’s most unusual and rare coffees. came to the attention of the Vereeniging Oogst-Indies Company. The distinct flavours of Wild Kopi Lu- Vist www.kopiluwaksouthafrica.co.za or www.facewak are known to be that of a syrupy full bodied na- book.com/KopiLuwakSouthAfrica for more, and enture. It has a thick hint of chocolate and molasses, joy the most exclusive coffee in the world. yet does not have the acidity or bitterness associatwww.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


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Happy New Beers It is a new year and it is time for a new beer. There is a lot of talk about the craft beer revolution but since it is the beginning of the year, I thought it might be time for a new years craft beer resolution instead. This year I plan to try as many new beers as possible. I set this same goal last year and proudly achieved it. Achieving goals is doubly satisfying when the practice is equally as enjoyable as attaining the accolade.

The Jack Black - Skeleton Coast IPA IPAs (India Pale Ales) are going to be even bigger with SA craft brewers this year. This is the first of two new ones on the list and the first of many more to come in 2014. This IPA is themed around the Cape of Good Hope and the coastline up Africa. This was the journey that the original IPAs had to travel from Burton to parts of India like Bombay and Calcutta. It has a mild aroma, good malt body and is strongly bitter.

So to get started, here’s a mix of some of the new options at the League of Beers. Some are about A brief history of IPAs in RSA would look as follows to launch, some have just launched and some are (I am open to wiki-style additions as this is to the best of my knowledge): newly available in the country. • First IPA brewed in South Africa was Triggerfish’s Hammerhead, although Robson’s also had their The Citizen - Diplomat This beer is brewed in the style of the original Durban Pale Ale which is brewed to be in the vein pilsners which come from the Czech Republic in of an IPA. So considering this, it might be a tie. a town called Plzen. These beers tend to be fuller • The next big one was the Blockhouse from Devil’s and more flavoursome than standard lagers. They Peak. have an increased bitterness and sweetness and • The first imperial IPA was the Titan from Triggerend with a crisp, dry finish. This particular one is fish. leaning very much toward the sweet flavours. Citi- • The first double imperial red was the ZAR from zen brew beers that they like to drink: flavoursome Experimental Brewers. and distinctive, but drinkable. This new one is exThe Experimental Brewers - Jozi Thunder actly within that theme. Another new IPA in 2014, a milder IPA. I think the www.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


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and-driving rules or people being more concerned with flavor and experience than getting drunk. Plus the increased popularity of craft beer is taking craft beer to non-drinkers who, without wanting to go against their stance, still want to experience the magic of craft.

This one is a step away from the usually malty, nonalcoholic beers and is refreshingly hop-forward. In The Authentic Mexican - Imperial Tequila Ale The ITA (not to be confused with IPA) stands for fact, if it is pure hops you are looking for, this might Imperial Tequila Ale. It is oak-aged to give it extra help satisfy that craving all day long. character and balance. Despite being of a high alcohol percentage, the decent level of bitterness So those are the major new beers we’ll be bringing and the citrusy twang; it is well balanced. The Oak out in 2014. I hope you get a chance to try them barrels impart not only balance but a hint of Te- for your New Beers Resolution. And if you have any other beer ideas or you’re keen to brew your own, quila flavour as well. pop me a mail at rob@leagueofbeers.com or head over to our site and place a review on the beers BrewDog - Nanny State As a step back in the opposite direction, this beer you’ve tried. is hoppy like an IPA but has almost zero alcohol. Non-alcoholic beers are becoming increasingly Happy new beer everyone, popular. The reason could be the stricter drinking- Rob, www.leagueofbeers.com


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Message in a bottle Introducing the perfect wine partner for a seductive Valentine’s evening with the one you love. ‘Wine is an industry of romance, filled with lusty dreamers working the land in some of the world’s most picturesque settings’. So claimed American novelist John MacDonald in his famed Wine of Dreamers, and, with this sentiment in mind, it’s no wonder that winemakers are often drawn to romantic clichés when naming and marketing their wines. Yet they don’t always deliver on those starry-eyed promises when it comes to what’s inside the bottle. There is, however, one particular wine that more than lives up to its name. At once youthful and delicate, La Jeunesse Delicat not only offers a bouquet of sophisticated flavours, but will send just the right message to the object of your affections this Valentine’s Day. The day of Valentine is all about sharing. Sharing is the most beautiful thing that you can accomplish in your life. The ultimate accomplice in the art of seduction, La Jeunesse Delicat is a food and pocket-friendly allrounder that partners effortlessly with everything from nouveau French to Italian pasta. Sitting comfortably between a structured and serious Rosé and a more jaunty fruit-driven Beaujolais, La Jeunesse

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Come to the farm and feel the love: 021- 881 3119 or info@de-toren.com R90.00 per bottle DE TOREN Private Cellar, Polkadraai Road, Stellenbosch There’s no doubt, that with the advantage of this (Tours & Tastings by Appointment Only) dusky-pink love potion in, his quiver this Valen- www.de-toren.com tine’s Cupid’s arrow will shoot straight to the heart.

“Lets share the world. A sea for you, the waves for me. A sky for you and the stars for me. The Sun is for you and the light is for me. Everything is for you and you are for me….”

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There are three classes of people: Those who see. Those who see when they are shown. Those who do not see.” Leonardo Da Vinci This month’s quote is from Carl Badenhorst @blueberry_notes

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CREATE After majoring in art at school and suffering through an art teacher that made art a nightmare Coral-Leigh packed up her art supplies and hid them in the darkest recesses of storage, but after becoming a momma to a rambunctious and curious four year old who often makes her stop and see the world a little differently she decided it was time to dig out the art supplies and capture life in the most hipster way possible – with pen and paper!

P.S: She designed our front cover!!!

After much convincing and support from friends and family the random journal doodles and other pieces are now for sale. Illustration might be a dying art but it’s not dead yet and even when it goes she’ll still be clutching at her pencil drawing till her fingers give up.

Personal Blog: http://cupcakemummy.wordpress.com/ Illustration Blog: http://sojournillustrations.wordpress.com/


CREATE What is your actual day job? During the day I'm an office administrator which is just the politically correct way of saying I'm the office bitch. I do everything from filing, vat capturing, newsletter creation (which I'm supposed to be doing right now), the company logo design and graphic layouts to booking trips, taking minutes and occasionally gluing my hand to things cause I'm not concentrating. This happened earlier this week... don't laugh. Are you looking at doing illustrations full time? I would love to. Really, if I had to pick out a dream job that would be it. Mainly cause I could do it anywhere in the world which means I could pack a backpack and travel with my son :) What is your favourite form of creativity? Probably drawing and painting, though I like just being creative in general. Where is your favourite place to draw? Anywhere. I always have a sketchbook and pencils with me just in case I'm randomly inspired. Who or what is your inspiration? Um... no one I guess? I've been drawing since I was little. There are a lot of great artists out there but everyone has their own style and I don't think you should aspire to be like them (unless it's to become as well known like them) as you need to find your own niche. I think your personality dictates your drawing style. As for "what" inspires it... so many things, I wouldn't even know where to begin. Today it could be a line from a song or tomorrow it could be an emotion. You are very open about living with Asperger’s and being Bipolar, which is wonderfully refreshing. How does this affect your creativity? Or does drawing help you cope? You might laugh but I have this theory that those with some form of mental "issue" make the best artists. Our emotions are all over the place and art tends to be a form of therapy. That's just my opinion. And yes it does tend to help me cope, I even have a teeny page called "illustrating my depression" in which I hope to try bring awareness to it and to kick the stigma that you should be ashamed or silent about it. What drawing are you most proud of? The one I draw next... I don't have a favourite really. Sometimes I look at some of my work and think "did I really draw that?, damn I'm actually pretty good" but I have real self-worth issues (I'm working on them) and struggle to think anything I do is really good enough. Why the name Cupcake Mummy? and what prompted the name Sojourn Illustrations? It's a pretty long story that has to do with my momma remarrying but to sum it up I've always been just a smidge cupcake obsessed and gained the nickname "cupcake" in high school, when I fell pregnant friends said "now you're a cupcakemummy" and it kinda stuck. As for Sojourn... I'm sure it will probably change in the future (as with anything new you start up) but I chose it because Sojourn means "a temporary stay" and to me drawing is a bit like a vacation. Makes sense in my head. What's on the cards for 2014? Good things. Big things. An apartment for Fysh and I. My art paying the bills... we can dream right? Lastly, go on, tell me something.. anything.. I dislike mushrooms with a passion, they're gross and smell funny. They're pretty to draw when they're in a forest but they need to stay out of my fridge. www.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


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Blogging 101

Since I started www.lovilee.co.za in March 2010, I have had a few enquiries on how to start a blog etc. There has been some technical questions asked, but also just some general know how questions… I thought I’d share some of what I have learnt with you. Note that I do not view myself as an expert on blogging by any means. I am simply sharing what I’ve learn’t over the past three years.

to find in published recipe books and people like me, get to showcase things I love and am passionate about and try to inspire others on a daily basis.

My Background:

What you need to know before starting a blog?

I have a BSc Mathematical Sciences degree from the University of Johannesburg, Previously RAU. I initially started off my course with Psychology and Mathematics as majors. In my first year of studies we were introduced to various programming languages in Computer Science. I soon realised that I was not very proficient in the ‘hard core’ programming languages, but that I really enjoyed HTML (the language websites are programmed in) and SQL (data-basis). So I decided to change my majors to Mathematics and Informatics (where we would learn more about the business part of programming, e-commerce and web design).

Essentially, a blog is a type of website that gets updated on a regular basis with new content (called a blog post), not overriding previous content, but adding to it.

Blogging is hard work, but fulfilling. To organise an article for every weekday of the year, to try and keep content fresh and relevant is by no means easy. It takes a good few hours to put a good article together and then updating social media networks! When I was still researching starting a blog, I read a very interesting article stating that you need to spend at least 3-4 hours per day on a blog to make it successful and I agree!

I am not convinced that you can get crazy rich from blogging – some people might beg to differ, I do After completing my degree I immediately started think there are easier and less time-consuming working in a corporate environment. In between ways to make money. You need to blog because then and now, I moved from programming to fi- you WANT TO, because it is your PASSION. nance to analysis, got married, had a baba and, as you know, started a blog.

What is a blog? Blogging has evolved from the original ‘diary like’ entry system where someone jogged their thoughts down for others to read to something so much more. Photographers use it to showcase their gorgeous photos, foodies get to share recipes that people would previously only have been able

Why do I still work part-time?

A lot of people are surprised that I seem to be living the dream and still choose to go into an office from time to time. Why do I do it? I loooove working at the company I work at, the people and work are great! I love getting dressed up in the morning, going to the office, coming home and feeling that I have accomplished something great! Keeping up

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CREATE with what is going on in the world of technology I am very lucky to have a supporting husband and and making sure that my skills stay up to date is some great, like-minded friends, who have encouralso important for me. aged me to go on when I felt pressing the ‘DELETE’ button on it all. Remember you are never too old Believe it or not, full time blogging can get lonely at and it is never too late to start considering a blog, if times. Whilst I interact with a large amount of peo- you ‘Do what you love, you will love what you do!’. ple on a daily basis, it is all through social media or on-line… There are seldom face-to-face contacts, www.lovilee.co.za which I NEED!

Questions to ask yourself: ‘What do I want to blog about?’ Is there anything you enjoy or are really passionate about or do you want to use a blog to promote your business or profession? ‘How frequently do I want to post articles?’ Rather start off with one or two days a week on a regular basis than a full week and realise you cannot keep up the work after a few months. ‘Do I want to generate any revenue from my blog?’

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Olympus Stylus 1 Shooting primarily with a digital SLR camera, I find it increasingly difficult nowadays to revert back to a compact camera, as I often struggle to find a similar equivalent in terms of image quality and functionality. The Olympus Stylus 1 however is definitely one of the better compacts that I have used and can highly recommend this as an alternative to a DSLR.

enough to be portable, yet rugged enough to withstand the usual bumps and knocks that may come its way. The menu navigation was simple and user friendly and I managed to orientate myself within the first 5 minutes of using it, without even a glance at the manual (who needs manuals anyways, right?)

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CREATE era shoots JPEGs or alternatively, if you are an advanced user, you can also shoot in the ORF format which is the Olympus RAW file. There are dials and customizable buttons aplenty, which lets you easily access common functions such as exposure and aperture, without having to navigate menus, and what I found especially pleasing was the simulated lens ring and zoom lever on the front of the camera which affects the aforementioned, in a way that experienced DSLR users will be familiar with. The camera also comes with a small, yet efficient pop up flash, but also has a hot shoe attachment that comes in handy when wanting to attach a flashgun. The large screen on the back was extremely responsive and there was no noticeable lag at all when making quick movements. Although the screen does not flip out completely as with some cameras, it does have a handy tilt-down function which is great for those arm-extended-up-in-the-

air shots. The camera also comes with two other nifty features. It has an Art Mode setting which is great for editing your pic in camera with some stunning special effects. And also, a WiFi function which enables you to send your images directly to your smartphone. Perfect for posting to social networks. All this together with a large 12 megapixel CMOS sensor, built in image stabilizer, high definition electronic viewfinder, 10.7x zoom (with constant f2.8 aperture throughout) and quick responsive touchscreen, makes this the go to camera for when you don’t feel like lugging around your DSLR. The Stylus 1 has a RRP of R 8 999.00. Visit www. za.olympus-mea.com for further info and specifications. By Warren Bernard

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My journey from Coffice Nomad to Coworking Knowmad:

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DISCOVER Even though I consider myself a nomad, I have lived in one place for extended periods of time and enjoyed steady long-term corporate employment, which I’ve off-set in my free time with a laptop, earphones and a seat in coffee shop. Living in London my coffee of choice was Starbucks (yes! I hear your gasp of horror, but if you drink really strong black decaf, there is only one choice from the coffee chains situated in the UK, roasteries not really being a coffee scene there). Head down, focused, plugged into my music (Country, yes! Again I hear you gasp). These were my happiest hours - productive, enjoying the buzz of people around me rather than the flat quiet air of home which contributed nothing to stimulation or a sense of belonging. When I travelled, mostly to the US, that green mermaid was my version of St Christopher, that patron saint of travellers. I would be lost, driving around, needing a restroom, frazzled - and this vision would appear at the side of most any road I was on. When entering, there were friendly faces, at the ready with hot strong decaf and answers to my questions to find wherever it was I was trying to find. But above all, there was free wifi. I could find that hotel on google maps and screenshot it for when I was behind the wheel again, or do a price comparison if I hadn’t already booked somewhere to stay. or write up my travels, happy to sit among the laptop brigade. And the aircon... Oh, the aircon... For me, every time I walked into a Starbucks, I felt I was home, safe, comfortable and with my tribe. Then I made some life-changing decisions. I moved countries. I left my safe well-paid job. I chose change, challenge, self-sufficiency. I aspired to fulfillment. I made a move towards my true authentic self and chose independence. It was heady for a while, I embraced the local coffees shops in Cape Town and settled on a few favourites to move between. In time though, I came to realise that I was tapping away in a one-man band, the only soul there most afternoons, the lone ranger galloping away on my keyboard amid the few social coffeegoers chatting. I started struggling with the lack of stimulation and interaction. No-one to discuss business ideas with, no like-mindedness to strategise with. The lack of structure became oppressive

at times, I often lacked the impetus to get out and start the day. I recognised I had a challenge to overcome and looked around at coworking options. I had a picture: open-plan, creative types, buzzy atmosphere, interaction, stimulation. Except that I couldn’t find it. And stumping up the cost when I wasn’t earning yet, was a daunting decision, I’d have to give up too many coffees to justify it. I stopped looking. But not long after, via a twitter contact which had started with a coffee conversation (yup, coffee and wine, universal languages) and another local freelancer, a new coworking option came up. I went in for a trial day. Open plan - tick. Creative and digital types - tick. Younger dynamic people doing a variety of roles - tick. Internationals - tick. It felt like a good fit. I had somewhere i could ‘be’ when I got up in the morning. Somewhere I wasn’t going to run out of data allowance on the coffee shop network, the wifi was actually going to work... all day! I had like-minded colleagues to talk to about similar business interests. I was getting the best of all worlds. And i was STILL independent. Free to be me as I continue to work on my business plan. Free to be me as I follow my dream of location-independence (which has now evolved to find coworking spaces when I get there). I am a Nomad no longer, call me a Knowmad rather. By Cathy Grimes. Cathy is a Digital Marketing specialist, focussing on social media coaching and strategy for the wine and travel industries - helping businesses grow through using social media and a strong web presence. She is WSET certified - the Wine and Spirit Education Trust is recognised as the global leader in wine education. She is also a registered tour guide for the Western Cape and loves showing guests around the Winelands of the Cape, sharing her local and global wine knowledge while evangelising wine tourism destinations (and yes, she likes using big words sometimes!). Email her at nomadicwine@gmail.com with any social media or wine tour questions. Follow @nomadicwine for tweets on wine country, social media tips and pictures of sunsets, lots of sunsets...

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Enjoy a new perspective in the month of love Long hot days stretching into romantic summer evenings and a soft breeze plus sunsets that sweep across the mountains. This is the Cape Winelands. Thoughts of love take flight as you and your partner float across the beautifully manicured vineyards of Paarl in the Western Cape.

award winning Bosman’s Restaurant.

Situated in the Manor House, the 70-seater restaurant has been named one of the top ten restaurants in South Africa and one of the top 100 restaurants in the world. These richly deserved accolades are recognition of the magic harmony of flavours and This is the place for a romantic break and the textures that are the hallmark of a truly magnifiGrande Roche Hotel in Paarl, Western Cape has cent dining experience with unsurpassable service devised a package for February 2014 that will take and stunning views across the Paarl valley. love-struck guests on the perfect trip to pop the question. A stay at this historic Manor House with To set the mood the evening begins with Bubbles a hot air balloon trip, deliciously tempting break- in the Rose Garden in front of the Manor House at fasts and a romantic dinner is a recipe for lovers 7pm. The menu includes: anywhere. Amuse bouche; Prawn tartar, tempura baked prawn, avocado springroll, coriander mayonnaise The destination in itself is magical: a gracious Man- and rosewater-ginger soup; One hour slow cooked or house steeped in history, a dining area that is free range chicken egg, pork neck terrine, beurreelegant yet understated, staff who understand that noisette-potato espuma and pea fumet; Jus glazed service should be unobtrusive yet friendly and ef- sweet bread, celeriac purée, raviolo and truffle jus; ficient and views from the Terrace that are simply Caipirinha-coconut sorbet; Duck breast and duck breathtaking. leg confit, broccoli crème fraîchemousseline, port wine glazed Belgium figs and pancetta croquette; The Grande Roche Hotel offers everything that a Classic opera cake slice with croquant vanilla ice couple would require to enjoy a romantic break. cream. (Subject to availability of fresh ingredients) R685 pp. The month of love is celebrated annually and Valentine’s Day on Friday February 14 sees a specially Roland infuses classic international cuisine with prepared six course menu, designed by Michelin imagination and innovation and each menu is comtrained chef Roland Gorgosilichand served in the plemented by wine from the award winning wine www.flatwhiteconcepts.com | Issue 9


DISCOVER list. Expert recommendations from the Master SPECIAL PACKAGE DEAL: Valid: 01 Feb 2014 – 28 Feb 2014 Sommelier guarantees a match made in heaven. Suite Type: Terrace Suite Nestled at the foot of the magnificent Paarl Rock Basis: Bed & breakfast (oysters and champagne) Mountain lies this small luxury hotel - the spectac- Min Stay: 2 nights ular five-star Grande Roche Hotel. It’s a place for Inclusions: rest and relaxation; where guests can enjoy pano- • Early check-in on day of arrival ramic views encompassing the valley and the Drak- • Bottle of champagne in the suite enstein Mountains as they enjoy a terrace meal with fresh strawberries or use it as a base from which to explore the sur- • Hot air balloon ride over the Paarl Winelands • Romantic 4-course wine paired dinner on the rounding areas. Bosman’s Terrace A proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the Rate: R 2,750 per person per night sharing World, the Grande Roche Hotel features 28 elegant, comfortable suites situated amongst the vineyards For Bookings: 021 - 863 5100 on a working fruit and wine farm. It’s a destination reserve@granderoche.co.za where history interacts with modern day comforts, Issued on behalf of The Grande Roche Hotel by HIPand where privacy and tranquillity provide a peace- PO Communications (Beryl Eichenberger 021 - 556 5597 or Jessica Miller 021 - 556 8200) ful escape from the stresses of daily life.


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BOOK REVIEW

The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton

This festive season, instead of over-indulging in food and drink (okay, there was some of that too), I simply gorged myself on books. I was privileged to have been able to take off a decent amount of time over December and January and filled that time with doing the things I love the most in the world – spending time with family and friends, sleeping, swimming and obviously, reading. I read nine books in three weeks. It was heavenly. This month, I have decided to review the book that triggered my binge. I read The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton on my kindle for 3 reasons: 1) I’m impatient and the almost instant access to a new book provided by the kindle experience satisfies my childish need for instant gratification; 2) When I buy books on my kindle I can pretend to myself (I am very gullible, I must say) that they are free; 3) Have you seen how thick the book is??? I know that reading is almost

the only exercise I get, but my arms would have got dreadfully tired which would have compromised my reading pleasure. As you most likely already know, The Luminaries won the Man-Booker prize 2013. Being obtuse, I often refuse to read books based solely on the fact that they are popular. But, having read the articles about Catton and her remarkable book, I found that my curiosity overwhelmed my mulishness. And I am so very glad that it did. First let me say that I wish that I could have read this book in one sitting. I will read it again, and when I do, I will hole myself up for two or three days and just read, pausing only for food and bathroom breaks. Second, The Luminaries never delivers what you are expecting – and that is one of the main reasons why it is just so very good. Set between 1865 and 1866, the book chronicles the interconnected stories of a number of charac-

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DISCOVER ters in colonial New Zealand during the gold rush there. Prior to reading this book, I had no idea that there had even been a gold rush in New Zealand. The book is extremely well researched; it is informative without being tediously ‘teachy’ about its facts. The context, the environment, and the texture of the location of the story makes it so much more than merely a setting for a story – it is at least as integral to the experience as the characters and the plot. The characters that Catton has created are remarkable and unforgettable. In a story where, unconsciously, I kept looking for the hero or heroine to idolise, there was none. All of the characters are beautifully complex, perfect in their imperfection, deliciously unpredictable and utterly entrancing.

er, in reading The Luminaries, not once was I ever even capable of hazarding a guess as to what might happen next. The book is so well paced and so well timed. Just as things seem to be slowing down to a dull roar, Catton snatches the reader back up into a new sub-adventure, a new intrigue. I got the sense while reading the book that this sort of frenetic, unpredictable pace and timing reflects the pace and timing of life during the wild and untamed period in which the book is set.

Catton deftly navigates the perilous terrain of complex themes including colonialism, patriarchy, greed, honour, lust, love, and redemption. The Luminaries is captivating in every possible way. Every time I was wrenched back to reality I was moody and resentful. As entertainment The Luminaries is I have the unfortunate gift of being able to predict superb; technically it is a masterpiece. the events and conclusions of a story before I have read them – this is, perhaps, a side-effect of read- By Lisa Wiebesiek-Pienaar ing too many of the same ‘kind’ of book. Howev-

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“And the day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.” ― Anaïs Nin This month’s quote is from June Knight @junejknight

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Issue 9 February 2014  

Flat White Magazine is our journey through the creative, culinary and beautiful world around us

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