Durbanville Hills Wine Tasting & Mini Review

Located about 20 minutes from Cape Town City Center, this beautiful wine cellar overlooks the hills where the wine used for tasting is cultivated. The spectacular view has nothing on the ambience and tranquility that comes with this restaurant.

 

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To begin, you need to choose which tasting you would like to do. However, if you prefer to eat at the restaurant only then you may do so.

I have to point out that I was extremely impressed with the different types of wine tasting they offered.  The following tastings are available at the Durbanville Hills:

Crystal Tasting – A selection of 8 wines and a souvenir crystal glass to take home. R60 for 1 hour.

Cheese and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 cheeses. R95 for 45 minutes.

Chocolate and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 artisan chocolates. R80 for 45 minutes.

Biltong and Wine Pairing – A selection of 5 wines paired with 5 types of biltong. R95 for 45 minutes.

Cellar Tour – A tour of the cellar which includes the Crystal Tasting. R80

There is a menu where you can order food from the restaurant as well. To be completely honest there isn’t really a lot of food on the menu since the establishment is based on wine tasting. My friends and I did the Crystal Tasting and then ordered a smoked bacon and chicken sandwich. The chicken on the sandwich was extremely salty and I took almost all of it off my sandwich and ate the bacon trimmings on the toasted sandwich. I personally feel that R65 for a sandwich (with only one slice of bread) is a lot to ask for. I wish I had ordered something else instead. Another point I have to note is that it was slightly windy on the day we went wine tasting and my chips on my plate (literal crisps, Lays, not fries) flew off my plate as the waiter brought it to the table. His response was “chips!” to which I laughed but he did not replace my chips, which I paid for. I didn’t say anything because the waiter was hardly at our table and not very attentive. Even guests who arrived after us were given first priority.

With regards to the wine tasting, they were very informative and explained the process each wine goes through. They also tell you about the taste of the wine and the difference between each of them. It was nice to be enlightened about the different wines and everything that comes with it.

 

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To be honest, I wasn’t always a wine drinker. I would thoroughly recommend this for the experience. I loved learning about the history of the wines and how they were cultivated. Although I didn’t have the best experience with the food, I’d love to go back and try something else!

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What I’m Reading Right Now – May 2017 “It’s Called A Break Up Because It’s Broken – Greg & Amiira Behrendt”

I have an ugly secret that I’m terribly ashamed of…

When I was in high school, I stopped reading books. I didn’t stop because I wanted to but more because I became so obsessed with wanting to do well in school that I didn’t make time for myself. Slowly but surely I missed books. Not being able to earn my own money made me walk into book stores and really miss the smell of paper.

This actually made me realize how expensive paperback books were and the ridiculous amount you have to pay for subscription services! This year, however I started working and really put time and money into buying books. I am currently using Google Books as I find that this is the cheapest and easiest for me, and I always have my phone with me so I don’t need to worry about carrying around extra weight (hello, campus student here).

If you’ve been following my blog or my YouTube channel, you would know that I came out of a 4 year relationship about a little over a month ago. The journey has really been a difficult one for me as my ex and I are no longer in contact and we did not part ways on the best of terms. This broke me. Emotionally, spiritually and mentally. For some reason, in my depressive state (no, seriously I once skipped a whole week of varsity due to the fact that I refused to run into him) I decided to open up my YouTube and in the search tab I typed “how to get over a break up”. Silly right? I know, but at this point in time I had lost myself and just wanted advice from someone who knew what I was going through, even if it was only for views. I stumbled upon a video by Lauren Curtis (you can watch the video below, if you want) and she spoke about a book called “It’s Called A Break Up Because It’s Broken” and my cheap little butt typed it into Google and when I could not for the life of me find a PDF version of it, I decided to by the ebook. Man, little did I know that this book would change my life forever…

 

 

I’ve never believed in self-help books before. I thought they were just a ploy or some way to make people feel good about themselves. Greg and Amiira really took the time to write a no-nonsense, stop feeling sorry for yourself and get your ass in gear book. I would highly recommend this to anyone going through a break-up or even just needing a push to get over an ex. This book takes you through every phase of a break-up and guides you in order to find yourself and get your life to where it needs to be. It also contains stories from real life people, some yummy recipes and exercises to complete in order to get back to your good, old self (without your ex).

What I loved the most about the book was that both Greg and Amiira talk about their own experiences and failed relationships and tell you exactly what you need to do. I loved this, I felt like they were talking to me and knew exactly what I was going through and how to help me. For example, when I had hit rock bottom and stayed at home for a week and missed out on important classes, they have a chapter called “stop calling in sick” and it really opened my eyes to what I was doing. My ex is running around campus having the time of his life so why the hell can’t I? In fear of running into him? (Which, just by the way is another chapter in the book) In fear of seeing how happy he is without me? I was lying in a blanket and balling my eyes out for a week, I was pathetic. I could not put the book down and in turn, finished this book in 3 days (provided that I am a university student and I am an English major, so I have other novels to read).

This one is a solid 10/10 for me.

P.S: This is going to be a monthly series and I will be doing reviews on books every month depending on my schedule and if I can finish it in a month.

I will be doing a life update sometime in the future. For now, I’m focusing on my exams and starting to focus on building my empire, so that when Mr. Right does come along… I’ll be ready and independent.

Fave quotes from the book:

“The person you loved took a good long look at the awesomeness that is you, evaluated your relationship together, and said “no thanks, I’ll try my luck elsewhere”

“Awesome thought: the right guy is out there right now, wondering when he’s going to meet someone like you”

“If you pay attention to negative thoughts, you’re only affirming their validity”

I Am Currently Reading: You Are A BadAss: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life – Jen Sincero

Featured image is not mine and credits go to the respective owner, I found it on Tumblr.

 

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January Instagram Round Up

Hello beautiful and welcome back to my blog!

This year has started off with a very busy schedule for me. One of the things that I promised myself is that I would be more consistent with 3 things: my blog, my Instagram page and my YouTube channel. I’m very proud to say that I have accomplished this goal in terms of the fact that I’ve been posting almost every single day on Instagram (OK, maybe not January), I now post a new YouTube video every Friday and I would like to bump up my blog post to 3 days a week!

These are my January Instagram snaps. Would you like to be friends on Instagram? I love following fellow bloggers. Just pop me a follow and comment that you found me via blog and I’ll be happy to follow you back xo.

 

6 posts for the month of January is ridiculous, but if you follow me then you would know that there were a ton of posts for the month of February. One of my photos were even featured on the Urban Decay South Africa website!

 

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Mother’s Day Gift Guide 2016.

Hi everyone, I am so excited to put this post up because I have an exciting announcement to make. Firstly, I will be uploading more regularly as I have set up a proper blogging schedule and I am planning on buying my own domain! I have been saving for some time now so that I could afford it seeing as we in South Africa do not use US Dollars and the rand is extremely weak at the moment. Also, one of my YouTube videos will be going up so if you’re not subscribed already, please feel free to do so as I have a vlog going up next week. My YouTube channel is JustDeeanneDIY so if you type that in to the search bar, it will pop right up!

Anyway, I have 3 Mother’s Day posts lined up for this week: the gift guide, a few cocktail recipes (alcoholic & non-alcoholic) and a recipe lined up before the big day. I just thought I’d show my readers the gifts I purchased for my mom, my boyfriend’s mom and my grandma.

Bath Products/Lotions:

I am probably Oh So Heavenly’s biggest fan when it comes to their products. This was the last gift pack they had on the shelf and I just had to snatch it for my boyfriend’s mom since she will be traveling to Thailand in December. These travel sized lotions are perfect for a mom who loves traveling or someone who moves around a lot for work. The packaging made this convenient enough not to wrap! I purchased it from Clicks and included in the pack is: travel sized body wash, travel sized body lotion and a loofah. Great mini pamper kit! If you want, you can get bigger sizes in this range but it’s all up to preference. Due to the fact that Matthew and I have been dating for 3 years, I feel that it’s okay to buy his mom a gift since his mom buys me birthday gifts and Easter parcels.

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Jewellery:

My mom always told me that you can never go wrong with jewellery and she was eying a pair of these pearl earrings that I thought were so adorable. Jewellery is a difficult thing to purchase because every woman has particular taste in jewellery but if you know your mom and what she likes then it’s a great gift. These are freshwater pearl earrings from Harris & D’arcy. To go along with this gift I purchased a coffee mug that says “Mom’s The Boss” and will fill it up with candy closer to Mother’s Day and treat mom to a brunch, yum!

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Scholl Velvet Smooth Electronic Foot File:

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I was blown away when I purchased my own foot file today. Even though it has been out for about a year or so, I was amazed when it really did work. You can’t expect miracles from every product but this one was definitely worth it. Loved how easy it is to use and to clean up and the results are amazing. This one will come in hand for grandma along with a Woolworths gift voucher!

 

Gift Vouchers:

As mentioned before, I love Woolworths and I am obsessed with their, well, everything. A few of my favourite stores to gift vouchers to family are: Woolworths, Edgars & Truworths. As I said before, it’s really all up to you.

 

Hope you enjoyed my little compilation of gifts and now that you’ve gotten a glimpse of what I purchased, maybe it’ll inspire you. Stay tuned for my Mother’s Day cocktail specials tomorrow!

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