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Christmas Beyond The Table

A festive safari breakfast

Chase a sunrise and spot the Big Five while sitting next to a riverbank with a festive breakfast feast:

  • Coffee and tea with rusks.
  • Freshly squeezed juices.
  • Bacon, sausages, and a spread of cold meats.
  • Sweet and savoury pastries.
  • Yogurts and muesli.
  • Cheeses, jams and spreads with a selection of breads.
  • A fruit platter. 
Christmas lunch

The Christmas hike lunch
Enjoy a beautiful stroll taking in the majestic scenery that South Africa has to offer. Bring along a basket filled with everyone’s favourites and shake up the traditional Christmas lunch with an outdoor picnic.

  • Cheese and vegetable sticks with a variety of pâtés, such as hummus, trout and liver.
  • Ciabata with humus, basil pesto or olive tapenade
  • Chicken wings and kebabs
  • Chorizo slices and meatballs
  • Mini cheese and salami pizzas
  • Kettle fried chips
  • Dried fruit skewers
  • Biltong
  • Christmas cake
  • Juice and water 

And if this doesn’t tickle your fancy you can Dial-a-Picnic.

The gourmet Christmas beach braai

Imagine swapping the city for beach sand, fresh air and the sounds of waves…


  • Braaied garlic and cream mushrooms
  • Chicken skewers
  • Your favourite braai meat


  • Biltong-crusted fillet steak with burnt butter sauce served with jalapeno and cheese potatoes.


  • Marshmallows and chocolate cake
  • Top your meal off with ice-cold sangria! 

Recipes are available on http://braai.com/recipes/ 


If you are a family that would prefer that someone else prepares your food, then enjoy Christmas at one of these restaurants that will serve up a celebratory lunch/dinner for you, your friends and family.

Misty Hills (Muldersdrift)
Misty Hills Country Hotel is offering their guests a 6-course luncheon including springbok and kudu sashimi marinated and crusted with pepper and coriander. The main course is a roasted turkey and duck roll stuffed with sage and pear and served with grilled polenta, heirloom root vegetables and cranberry jus. The whole family is invited, and the children may choose from a variety other options including a delicious gingerbread house for dessert. The lunch will cost R395 for adults and R210 for children under 12. There is no charge for children under the age of six.

De Kloof (Groenkloof Pretoria)
A festive delight await you at De Kloof at Waterkloof Golf Estate with a menu fit for royalty. Several courses of delicious food including gruyere and cauliflower fondant, maraschino cherry sorbet and paprika-roasted nuts. The main course includes a lamb-and-raisin pie with ras el hanout pomme purée and rib chop at R640 per person. 

Fiamma Grill (Ballito)
Beautiful seaside views and delicious food are what this fabulous restaurant, Fiamma Grill, offers this Christmas guests. They will dish up a 3-course set menu that has something for everyone from fresh sushi to decadent fudge Picasso for dessert. Lunch starts at 12h30 at R750 per person. Kids aged 4 to 12 years will enjoy a separate kiddies’ menu at R400 per child.


Happy at home

Home is where the heart is – it doesn’t matter where you eat, as long as it is together. How about a festive Christmas fondue, dripping with delicious, local South African cheeses? Give each guest a small black potjie and a heat-source, then let the festivities begin. Have an all-day family fest around the table with refreshing drinks and amazing food while everyone chats and laughs together.

  • Cut bread into festive shapes using a small biscuit cutter.
  • Cut pork (bacon, too), beef, chicken, turkey, and lamb into small pieces. Meatballs also work well.
  • Cut vegetables into pieces – broccoli and cauliflower, bell peppers, roast potatoes.

As the day goes, everyone makes their own combinations and eats when they are hungry, making wonderful family memories for a lifetime. 

Eat, drink and be merry! Enjoy Christmas 2020!



A “cheers” to (the end of) 2020! 

The Afropolitan went to restaurant and bar, Throbbing Strawberry, in Douglasdale to hear their ideas and inspiration on some tasty, fresh and festive cocktails to serve at home. Throbbing Strawberry is a very vibey spot, known for their superb food and stunning cocktails. We sipped on these… 


Strawberry & Rose Tanqueray

Shake together a double shot of Tanqueray with a single shot of rose syrup. Pour over ice and fill with soda water. Add fresh lime wedges and strawberries, and garnish.


Elderflower & Cherry Crush

A half shot of elderflower syrup and a half shot cherry syrup mixed with a double shot of vodka and poured over fresh, crushed strawberries and lime wedges. Fill with lots of ice and soda water and granis with strawberries and a cherry.

Aperol Summer Spritz

Pour into a glass of Cinzano or sparkling wine a double shot of Aperol. Top up with soda water and garnish with slices of orange.


Old Fashion

Double shot of bourbon and a shot of sugar syrup topped with crushed ice and a few shakes of bitters. A few fresh lime wedges will finish it off with a fresh flavour.


Cucumber Spritzer

Pour a double shot of cucumber syrup over freshly cut cucumber slices and fresh lemon wedges. Top up with soda water and garnish with cucumber.


Cherry & Basil Cooler (Non-alcoholic)

Pour a double shot of cherry syrup into a tall glass. Add ice and some basil leaves and fill with orange juice.

 There are many more cocktails and a beautiful bar to be enjoyed at Throbbing Strawberry, and a menu that’s got something delicious for everyone. Throughout the festive season, guest at the restaurant and bar can enjoy wine evenings and live music.

Author: Christelle Wolmarans 

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