A Paternoster Bucket List!

We are often asked “So what IS there to do in Paternoster?”

I have been working on some insider tips to make the best of your visit. Here are the Top 35! *Everything below can be done within a 10km radius of your favourite little West Coast Dorpie.

  1. GRAB a cup of delicious Truth coffee and a Pasteis de Nata under the Manatoka trees at JUNK & DISORDERLY opposite the Stay in Paternoster office. *Be tempted by the variety of Charcuterie produce and sour dough bread!
  2. VISIT the Cape Columbine LIGHTHOUSE open Mon to Fri (excluding public holidays) 10am – 3pm
  3. EXPLORE the surrounding area with an adventurous BEACH BUGGY ride with local aficionado Deon Cell: 072 402 1829 Email:deon@farrout.co.za304481_487176314633763_196342009_n
  4. TRY the tasty home-made Chicken pies, Ciabatta bread and daily deli meals from THE PATERNOSTER EXPRESS Tel: 022 752 2627 *Also great for any necessities like toothpaste, ice and milk.
  5.  TREAT yourself to a well-deserved massage or facial at PATERNOSTER DUNES BEAUTY CLINIC Tel: +27 22 752 2217 Email: reservations@paternosterdunes.co.za
  6. INDULGE in a delectable coffee and cake or quiche at MONDVOL every Wednesday for R45! We recommend the Lemon Meringue and honestly, go any day 🙂 for friendly service and good food in a country setting. Tel: 073 939 018616708242_1227130620667669_1668647958460401427_n
  7. RIDE a horse along the beautiful Langstrand Beach with Ronel at DRIKUS HORSE TRAILS Cell: 082 748 5596 E-mail:  bassonr@telkomsa.net
  8. ROMANCE the heck out of your love and sip a sundowner on BEKBAAI BEACH while you watch the Sunset over the rocks & ocean.*NB Take your camera!
  9. DIP into luscious local oysters & mussels and other deliciousness at the quirky and oh so cool NOISY OYSTER bookings are essential Tel: 022 752 2196
  10. STRETCH & BREATHE it all out with our local Yoga instructor Shirley Tel:074 874 2221
  11. GET HITCHED! ELOPE! we have just the place, it’s sooooo Romantic and just all-round fabulous at GELUKKIE Email:weddings@gelukkie.co.za13490684_628917617266100_713442269960775233_o.jpg
  12. PACK a picnic and walk along LANGSTRAND beach all the way to the Groot Paternoster Nature Reserve approximately 7km (one way).*If you are lucky you will spot the Dolphins frolicking and go early because sunrise is spectacular from this vantage point!
  13. TUCK into some authentic Weskus home-cooking like Groenboontjiebredie, Pêrevoetpie & Smoorsnoek at OUMA SE KOMBUIS Tel: 084 800 1991
  14. PADDLE out between the rocks to see visiting seabirds, penguins & Paternoster from a different angle with KAYAK PATERNOSTER Tel: 082 584 1907
  15. EAT tasty & fresh Take-away Vis & Tjips at ON THE ROCKS at the Fish Market complex on the main beach Tel:083 988 1380
  16. WORK UP A SWEAT with our local Pilates instructor Frank Tel: 084 624 1607
  17. BUY anything from nails, fishing gear, scrummy samosas & curry mussels to flip flops at general dealer THE TRADING POST on the right hand side of the main road. Tel: 0845106503
  18. TRY out the yummy Burgers or Surf & Turf at the distinctive & iconic Red-Roofed VOORSTRANDT RESTAURANT right on the Paternoster Beach front Tel: 022 752 203816587176_1315167938599260_8800103095829318276_o
  19. COLLECT Sea Glass and take a Flamework class to make a memorable piece of Jewellery at FLEUR DELYSE GLASS STUDIO Email: fleurdelyse@icloud.com
  20. POP-IN at OEP VE KOEP for west coast produce, wine and more…They bake farm bread daily and as a treat stay for lunch and try the Cheese Platter with infamous Bokkom Butter, you are welcome 😉 *Get there early for the bread! Tel: 022 752 2105
  21. BE BEAUTIFUL with a fresh hair-do or a snazzy cut & blow at Le Notre Pere with Hennie Tel:083 295 6181
  22. TASTE adventurous, unusual and seasonally foraged Strandveld (only found on this coast line) dishes prepared and styled with flair by internationally renowned chef Kobus van der Merwe at WOLFGAT Email:diewolfgat@gmail.com
  23. PICK-UP some enticing sounding Black Fig & Black Pepper or Orange & Ginger Jam and pretty pink sheepskin sleepers to take home for Granny at JEM & PANTOFFELS Tel:082 783 180820424236_1388559767927099_909810370982296440_o
  24. COOK UP A STORM enjoy the lavish meal afterwards at NOSTRA DE PADRE with Italian Cooking Classes run by Uro & Sven Email: nostradepadre@gmail.com
  25. CREATE a unique leather item yourself at a MATTAT LEATHER WORKSHOP held at Jem & Pantoffels email:Cheryl.delaporte@gmail.com
  26. SIP & ENJOY a chilled glass of wine, a picture perfect view and wonderful meals prepared by chef Jaco Kruger at GAATJIE Tel: 022 752 2242
  27. SHOP at many of the quirky and quaint village stores and look for pretty things, jewellery & antiques at THE DUNE SHOP, PANTINA BAZAAR & MANEKI all located along St. Augustine the Main Road through Paternoster.
  28. BREW your own artisanal beer on a hands-on course in Beer making with PATERNOSTER BREWERY Email: info@paternosterbrew.co.za19598867_1110304109071724_7059203172368807291_n
  29. BROWSE and admire art and pottery from local and other artists at STONEFISH STUDIO & GALLERY and AT BOTHA ART GALLERY also both located along the main road through the village.
  30. RELAX, take a sip of your beverage of choice and enjoy a delicious wood-fired pizza at the family-friendly BLIKKIE PIZZERIA Tel:079 598 8616 *one of the best views in town and live music on selected weekends!
  31. SATISFY your craving for fresh & delicious sushi at DE SEE KAT…the view is also a winner. Tel:082 445 5540
  32. DESIGN and get therapeutically creative while making your own platter with PAM BREYTENBACH POTTERY STUDIO Email: butterpl@mweb.co.za
  33. GET ENERGISED and hike through CAPE COLUMBINE NATURE RESERVE, an especially beautiful time is in spring (Aug & Sept) during the breath-taking West Coast Flower Season.13620760_641611172663411_6960892483987946975_n
  34. WATCH the Rugby or just people watch at the local and legendary watering-hole THE PANTY BAR at THE PATERNOSTER HOTEL. Meet locals and gawk at the interesting ahem…displays. *definitely a favourite ‘I was here’ Instagram-able moment.
  35. LAST BUT NOT LEAST… FOLLOW US on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/accommodationinpaternoster/ and make sure you ENTER all our great competitions so you can come and STAY IN PATERNOSTER to start ticking off these bucket list experiences 🙂

A few additional insider tips…

*Always book for Restaurants & Experiences in advance to avoid disappointment

*Take along a jacket, the weather on the coast changes all the time and we can experience 4 seasons in one day.

*Keep your camera/smart phone full charged to take advantage of all the beauty

*Make sure you are careful with your valuables – out of sight is the best policy to limit temptation.

*Smile & make memories to remember with family & friends…these are the things that count!

Written by Fran Hepburn for Stay in Paternoster

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La Bella Vita – The Beautiful Life

What is your definition of a beautiful life? For many of us it is all about meaningful connections with people, eating good food and having great experiences – preferably all at the same time!

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Last Wednesday for a Stay in Paternoster office team building experience we had the chance to enjoy all of the above with artist and Italian cooking maestro, Uro and his partner, poet & deep thinker Sven, at Nostra de Padre – their new home in Paternoster.

Having lived in Italy for 5 years and learning about traditional Italian cooking from the local Nonna’s Uro inspired us to create a feast while consummate host Sven made us feel at home.

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Just like any good Italian family the chopping, peeling, sautéing and roasting was seasoned with plenty of laughter, eating, banter and occasional knife-wielding!

Using good quality, colourful ingredients, plenty of fresh herbs and veggies from the garden, we created a menu fit for a queen. Tips on which herbs to use when, how to make our own seasoning salt, the patience required for a perfect risotto and how to make a *wow your guests* decadent dark chocolate torte were all shared with an overflow of joy, humour and passion.

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As good friends do, we would like to share the delicious and ridiculously easy Torte Di Ciccolato recipe.

TORTE DI CICCOLATO with an ORANGE REDUCTION

Ingredients

200GR Good Chocolate (we used 2 slabs of 70% Lindt & 1 of toasted hazelnut Lindt)

1 Cup Plain Yoghurt (or we used Milk)

3 Free Range X-Large Eggs

1 Cup Breadcrumbs (if you want to make a Gluten free version use Almond Flour)

4 Oranges (Sliced)

250ml Honey

Method

For Orange Reduction – Put Orange slices in a saucepan

Cover with Honey

Add a few Cloves &/or Star Anise if you wish

Simmer on the stove for approximately 30 mins

For Chocolate Torte – Heat the Yoghurt (or Milk)

Melt the chocolate and add to Yoghurt/Milk

Allow mixture to cool for approx. 15mins

Add Bread Crumbs (or Almond Flour) & Eggs – Fold together well

Place in a 28cm Cake Pan

Bake at 180⁰C for 15 mins

Pour Orange Reduction over Torte and serve with Crème Fraiche

Buon Appetito!

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The fantastic news is that you can come and experience La Bella Vita right here in Paternoster. Learn to make a delicious Risotto like a pro! To enquire and book please contact Uro via email at nostradepadre@gmail.com

Current winter scheduled dates are; 16 June, 1 July, 12 July, 9 August & 26th August but private group bookings are also welcome. Cost R500 per person (2 – 6 people) or R425 per person (7 – 10 or more) price includes antipasto & aperitivo on arrival, cooking & enjoying a 5-course meal and take home recipes & gift.

An Ode to May

A personal Paternoster love story in words and photos by Fran Hepburn

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I first arrived, following my heart, to live permanently in Paternoster in early May 2012. So I guess I am somewhat biased when I wax lyrical about this time of year in our beautiful village. But after a few years of living here, I know that it is not just me who loves the absolute perfection that is May in Paternoster, all the locals whisper about it being a secret special season only we know about. This is my effort to share a little snapshot of this magical time with you.

From December to April the village is full and bustling, so it is a stark contrast in May when things get all mellow and laid back – like a soft sigh of relief. The days start later as the sun only peeps over Kasteelberg to the East well after 7 am. There is a cool chill in the air and the village is often covered in a misty blanket serenaded by the distant hooting of the fog horn. As I make a cup of coffee and snuggle back into bed, I tend to daydream of Brigadoon and the misty moors of Scotland.

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The days are still busy, which I know all you city folk will scoff at, but we do need to stack the wood in the fireplace & stock the wine rack! We don’t ever have traffic per se but in May, it is often just me and the street dogs heading to our respective daily toils.

The afternoons are a true blessing. The blustery winds of Summer have died away and the faintest salt-tipped breeze comes off the Atlantic ocean. Almost every day is the perfect day to take my Labrador Lula for a walk on the beach and luxuriate in the whole expanse of Langstrand all to ourselves.

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There is said to be a special kind of soft light – the kind that the renaissance masters in Italy captured so beautifully before the advent of modern day photography. This is the light we see in May, most noticeably at sunset. It touches everything with an ethereal glow and because of the changing season, we get cloud formations that help create a spectacular frame for a Magical May West Coast Sunset.

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As the sun disappears over Bekbaai to the west of the village the evening chill sets in. It is time to slow down, light the fire and enjoy a glass of red wine while we wait for the bredie simmering in the oven. I exhale and am grateful for all my blessings.

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New & Delicious in Paternoster

While we all really do love the old world fishing village charm of this little dorpie we are not complaining about some very welcome & delicious additions around town! From fresh baked Ciabatta, Croissants, Sourdough bread daily to locally cured bacon and handmade choriso to delight you on your next visit to Paternoster.

Your first stop should be right across the road from the Stay in Paternoster office at Junk and Disorderly. Locals, Peet and Camilla have created the wonderfully quirky deli and gift shop. They serve delicious Breakfast, Brunch or Lunch from Weds – Sunday under the shady Manatoka trees.  You can also buy fresh farm eggs and Sourdough bread with a wonderful array of charcuterie meats and sausages perfect for a beach picnic or al’fresco dinner. They serve Truth coffee and be warned the freshly baked croissants and Pastéis de Nata sell out early!

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Quirky and Rustic, the Junk and Disorderly Chef Peet is on hand to help

Your second stop should definitely  be at the Paternoster Express. Since taking over in July 2016 the new owners Stefan & Ingrid have lightened & brightened it up and, to the delight of locals & visitors, have brought in some wonderful deli-style foods. Fresh baked Ciabatta, to die for Chocolate Cheese Cake, Muffins, Quiche and Pastries can be found in the bakery while in the fridges there is a good variety of fresh veggies, gourmet cheeses, quality meats and much more. The shelves are so well stocked we no longer have to go to Vredenburg and this makes us all very happy! So apart from your basics like ice, coke and niknaks you can also find everything for your braai, potjie or cold meats and salad for Saterday lunch just as you come into town on the left hand side.

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Served up at the Paternoster Express with a smile 🙂

Another must stop, for a little more of the family-friendly farm feel, is called Mondvol Coffee Shop. Alex, Charmaine and little Lika relocated just a few kilometres up the road from Trekoskraal where many people knew and loved their picturesque Coffee Shop with a view. They are now situated on the small holdings called Pelgrimsrust just on your left about 100m before you come into Paternoster Village. Everything is homemade and the delicious cakes, breakfasts and lunches can be enjoyed on the farm-style stoep or inside near the fire. Charmaine also has a delightful range of children’s clothes called Likalief for sale, as well as yummy take home treats like nougat, jams and biscuits. If you are lucky enough to be here on a Wednesday it’s Coffee and Cake day for R45 and Fridays are Milkshake day for R25. We guarantee you will enjoy every Mondvol!

You are welcome and tell them we sent you 🙂

Written for Stay in Paternoster by Fran Hepburn

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Just like Ouma used to make…

Do you know what I miss? I miss Sunday Lunch with the whole family around my granny’s dining room table. It was noisy , messy and delicious. We ate wholesome, hearty meals prepared with love and spent hours eating, debating life, teasing, sharing and laughing. It is sad now that this family tradition happens less often due to families living so far apart and the busy pace of modern life.

Now we can’t really solve the problem of family proximity but I can offer a delicious solution to get you some food like Ouma used to make! Right here in Paternoster 🙂 And while you might not have a noisy family around the table you can watch the comings and goings of this always interesting little village from the stoep.

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Local sisters, Vanessa Abrahams and Carmen Jordaan have opened a wonderful little eatery at Stone Fish Studio called Ouma se Kombuis. Here you can get the hearty, homemade Weskus Kos that you have been craving.

It is a matter of pride that the local women of Paternoster cook their traditional recipes for Ouma se Kombuis with fresh, local ingredients and a generous pinch of love. There is a homespun cosy style in the friendly welcome, colourful decor right through to the sweet koeksister koebaai. Meals range from simple toasted sarmies and sweet baked treats to traditional Oxtail, Tamatiebredie, Groenboontjiebredie, Pêrevoetpie, Smoorsnoek and Afval specialities.

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Lekkkeeerrrr Groenboontjiebredie!                                       Freshly baked sweet goedjies

Dishes are prepared fresh daily based on seasonality and availability. So next time you visit us in Paternoster take some time to kuier, enjoy the food and warm hospitality at Ouma se Kombuis.

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* Ouma se Kombuis offers a special service for visitors to pre-order meals that can be put in the fridge in the holiday accommodation booked so there is a delicious home-cooked meal waiting on arrival.

Contact details for Ouma se Kombuis Carmen 082 534 9225 or Vanessa 084 800 1991

Located at Stonefish Studio, St Augustine Road, Paternoster.

Open every day except Thursday. HOURS: Daily 9:30am – 4pm, Sundays 9:30am – 2pm

Written by Fran Hepburn for Stay in Paternoster. Photos by Marina Enslin & Fran Hepburn

A breath of fresh air & a touch of class

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This was my lasting impression when I popped in for coffee & a chat with the lovely Doret, owner and hands-on manager at the new De Linden Boutique Guest House in Paternoster.

With the recent addition of Guest Houses and B&B’s to our Stay in Paternoster website and the wonderful competition we are running to win a weekend at De Linden, I wanted to see what all the fuss was about.

There is an overwhelming feeling of peace as you walk into the recently opened guest house, with a focus on several spaces for guests to spend time relaxing or gazing at the ocean view. There are seven luxuriously furnished rooms with special attention to the little details and comfort. This includes the beautiful Protea Suite with its own outdoor fireplace & private patio facing the sea.

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Doret has created a beautiful space for guests to feel cared for and spoilt. She has left behind a high pressured career in the city to start a new life in this sleepy little fishing village.  Her passion for design, creativity and people is brought together perfectly at De Linden and is tangible in the décor and stylish atmosphere. So while it is a guest house that provides all you could wish for as a guest, it is also a well-loved home that leaves you feeling like family.

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De Linden is situated perfectly in the centre of the village within easy walking distance to restaurants, shops and the beach.

After a  friendly chat and look-around it was time to get back to the office and as I walked back down Mosselbank Street, I felt relaxed and charmed by this stylish new addition and its lovely owner. Our little village is certainly delighted to have you here!

For more info and to book have a look at our website http://www.stayinpaternoster.co.za/

Photo’s by the uber talented Kusjka du Plessis

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Exploring our hunter-gatherer past & palates in Paternoster

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Dune vegetation behind Langstrand in Paternoster and in the distance is Kasteelberg.

A few weekends ago myself and a group of friends got together and with the generous guidance and knowledge of local, Hedwig Slabig, we gathered edible strandkos, then prepped and cooked it together.

For more than 95% of the last 100 000 years, most of the inhabitants all over the world had a hunting and gathering way of life. For the two months (August & September) that follow winter approximately 250,000 hunter/gatherers would make the temporarily abundant dunes of Paternoster below Kasteelberg their home, forage for food and leave behind interesting clues to their nomadic lives. There are many middens (refuse heaps) buried in layers of sand dotted all over Paternoster that reveal much about this culture and time.

We combed the dunes for *piet snots* which have pale carrot like tubers, nibbled the sour/citrusy wild sorrel and munched the nutlike potato bush/kiesie blaar pods that are left over after the flowers finish blooming. Some of the interesting edibles we identified, tasted and collected included dune spinach, tulbaghia (wild garlic), milk thistle, slangbessiebos (cousin to Goji berry), veldkool, sout slaai, boetabessies and spekboom.

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Then we scrubbed, chopped and sauteed together in Hedwig’s kitchen. Finally sitting down around her large dining table to share a well-deserved lunch. The flavours are unusual, more earthy and delicate than our palates are used to. An open minded attitude and curious spirit are essential.

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It was a great day spent with friends and I was reminded of the importance of community. The hunter-gatherer societies  centred around this strong sense of shared co-operation and it certainly felt like we experienced some of this spirit as we laughed, learned and cooked, the way women have been doing together since forever.

Footnote* Foraging, seasonal produce, sustainability and slow-food are buzz words in the culinary world at the moment. The good news is that there is a wonderful way to experience this trend in Paternoster. We are fortunate to have one of the maverick foraging chefs, Kobus van der Merwe, right here. In September he opened a wonderful new restaurant called Wolfgat that has our town and foodies from all over the world very excited. Lunch and dinner are  served by appointment only. Reservations can be made via email diewolfgat@gmail.com

Written by Fran Hepburn for Stay in Paternoster