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.

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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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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Stop…and smell the flowers

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While researching and learning about the wild flower extravaganza I have discovered some extraordinary facts about the unique flower kingdom we are lucky enough to have in our (almost literally) back garden!

  • South Africa has more species of plants in one square kilometre than in the whole of England!
  • The Cape Floral Kingdom is one of the oldest plant kingdoms in the world with some species dating back 60 million years.
  • 70% of the 9600 plant species found within it are not found anywhere else in the world (Endemic)
  • Apparently there is more money made on the world market selling flowers from SA origin than the annual gold production value.
  • Europe’s total floral species number 10 000 where as a small country like South Africa hosts 23 000 species.
  • The Cape Floral Kingdom has been singled out from 25 world ecological hotspot areas as being of “irreplaceable value.”

So seeing the Wild Flowers is truly one for the bucket list of all nature lovers.

Name:                     Clanwilliam Wild Flower Show

Date & Time:          26 Aug – 3 Sept 2016
9am – 6pm (Daily)
Venue:                     Clanwilliam Church
Admission:              Adults R50 / Pensioners R35
Children R10
Contact detail:      cederberg@lando.co.za or
(027) 482 2024

It is said that the greatest variety of wild flowers in a single district in the world appear in the area around Clanwilliam; their annual Wild Flower Show lasts for 10 days.

Clanwilliam is approximately 170 – 200kms from Paternoster depending which route you take.

GENERAL FLOWER VIEWING TIPS

*Make sure you set out on your drive with a full tank of fuel & enough drinking water.

*Many outlying areas do not have mobile phone reception.

*Wear long pants/trousers and comfortable walking shoes for walking in the fields.

*Insect repellent is essential

*It is advisable to book your accommodation in advance.

For more info contact WEST COAST FLOWER HOTLINE 072 938 8186

For the latest West Coast Flower update (11 August) click this link http://us10.campaign-archive1.com/?u=5e69c29913a45db1a9e1635e4&id=100931df81

BEAUTY OF THE WEEK

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Or if you prefer Trachyandra ciliata is a common, seasonal herb/vegetable that is best known for its edible flower buds.

Locals and food foragers eagerly await the sight of these buds to make traditional stews or soups for a very limited season. The flowering stalks should be harvested before the flowers open or they are too bitter. Veldkool can be steamed or boiled in much the same way as asparagus.

VELDKOOL SOUP RECIPE

*Taken from the Paternoster Heritage-tyd booklet produced by Paternoster People’s Party and available to purchase at Oep ve Koep opposite Stay in Paternoster office.

For each portion: Blanche 2 small bunches of veldkool tips for 1 minute in salted water. Drain and chop finely. Saute garlic leaves (wild if you can find them) and a 1/4 onion finely chopped, 2 small baby potatoes, chopped or a small sweet potato, chopped, in 20g of butter until golden brown. Add half the veldkool tips and a few stalks of sorrel, 5ml each of chopped wild sage and wild rosemary, plus a pinch of salt. Add 250ml stock and cook gently until very soft and pulpy. Saute the rest of the veldkool tips in butter and scatter over the soup before serving. You can serve it topped with chopped bokkom/ biltong or feta cheese.

Variation: Stir 50ml plain yoghurt in before serving. The Khoikhoi were herder-gatherers and kept sheep, goats and later cattle so milk products were often used.

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GIVE AWAY

I have an wonderful gift for you!

Map Studio are publishing a stunning Visitors Guide to the Flower Region and I have another copy to give away this Flower Friday.

To qualify please send an email to fran@stayinpaternoster.co.za and tell me which town’s flower show was featured on last weeks blog post http://wp.me/p7EPrM-S. Subject line should be I ♥ Flower Friday…Make sure to include your Postal address so I can arrange to send you the book if you win!

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The great news is that this Saturday look like it’s going to be a Fantastic day for Flowers!

Please do check for updates on https://www.yr.no/place/South_Africa/Western_Cape/Paternoster/

FRIDAY 19TH August               11:00 to 16:00             Cloudy 16⁰c

SAT 20th August                        11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 15⁰c

SUN 21st August                       11:00 to 16:00             Rain 14⁰c

MON 22nd August                    11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 14⁰c

TUES 23rd August                     11:00 to 16:00             Partly Cloudy 14⁰c

WEDS 24th August                   11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 16⁰c

THURS 25th August                  11:00 to 16:00             Sunny 19⁰c

MAP of WEST COAST FLOWER COUNTRY

Download and print this useful map courtesy of Cape West Coast Tourism website.

http://www.capewestcoast.org/Flower-Route-Map-2014-LR.pdf

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If you require Accommodation on your Flower Safari please contact us at
Email: reservations@stayinpaternoster.co.za
Tel : 022 752 2048 (Office Hours)
OR book online at  http://www.stayinpaternoster.co.za/

 

 

“Be like the flower, turn your face to the sun.” ~ Kahlil Gibran

 

Blog post compiled and written by Fran Hepburn for Stay in Paternoster