saucisse boutique deli

Amanda Lewis left the Northern Hemisphere with big plans to open her own place filled to the brim with all the exotic delicacies she had come across while working as a private chef in Europe. That was until she returned home to find Cape Town’s thriving market culture ripe with small-scale producers and top-notch quality products. Why go to all the trouble of importing the products when they’re right here, on your back door? And so, Saucisse Boutique Deli was born.

Saucisse doesn’t have a set menu. In fact, it doesn’t have a menu at all – all the ingredients are there, it’s just up to you to put them together. If you feel like something simple – a sourdough sarmie with cheese and tomato, perhaps – then that’s what you’ll get. If you’re looking for something a little more interesting then add in some Serrano-style ham, Emmental and rocket. You could also order a meat & cheese platter, which includes a selection of four meats, four cheeses, breads, dips and rocket for a steal at 80 bucks. Add in R15 to the meat & cheese platter and allow your taste buds to decide on what they like by tasting the selection of meats available.

In keeping with European style, coffee can be ordered next door at Espresso Lab and if it’s wine you’re after, you need only amble across the courtyard…

One of the most pleasant and delicious ways to enjoy a leisurely lunch, before stocking up on some deli delights – both imported and sourced from small, local producers – to take home.

Unit A 112, The Old Biscuit Mill, Woodstock

021 447 7177
Unit A112, The Old Biscuit Mill

vamp furniture, woodstock

set of 3 vintage stack stools, re-upholstered in multi-coloured fabrics

2-tone Yellowwood & Imbuia mid-century 2-tier coffee table

mid-century Sapele & Mahogany wood sideboard with black and cream accents

Twiggy Bookshelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany

Paula van Niekerk and her partner Michael Dodds often discussed opening a furniture and homeware store, but it wasn’t until a weekend away to the West Coast in 2009 that the conversations turned into a reality. They stumbled across, Paula says, “a jaw dropping selection of mid-century furniture for sale.”

A few months after shipping their find to Cape Town, Vamp opened its doors in Woodstock; a logical choice, as Michael’s wood workshop had been based there for 20 years. They split the space into adjoining store and workshop, but when the building was sold, moved into the perfect spot opposite the Old Biscuit Mill.

Paula says of Woodstock: “We are inspired by the infectious energy, sense of community and the diverse creative talents Woodstock continues to attract.”

This inspiration and creative energy is something Paula and Michael themselves have in abundance, and are perfectly reflected in their gorgeous up-cycled retro furniture, original Mid-20th Century classics, quirky vintage kitchenalia and collectables, a select range of homeware by local design talents, as well as their own range of mid century inspired furniture, which they design and manufacture.

Every week I receive what Vamp calls their “Fabulous Friday Furniture updates” – sign up here – and every week the list of beautiful pieces I want – no, need – to own grows longer. A visit to Vamp is an absolute must, but be warned, you won’t come away empty handed; not that you will want to , of course!

The Pacman Shelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany

nest of three E Gomme G Plan tables in two tone teak

wall unit, made by Vamp from African Mahogany

Vamp bookshelf. Made by Vamp from African Mahogany

Retro nest of three tables in green, grey and cream

Metal light pendants re-sprayed in bright yellow

021 448 2755
368 Albert Road, Woodstock

tedxcapetown2013 viewing party at fast & remarkable

Tickets for this year’s event have sold out, but luckily there’s something called a TEDxCapeTown Viewing Party. Fast & Remarkable are hosting one such party at their shop in Salt Circle Arcade in Woodstock. There will be the webcast of the year, of course, along with a discussion on F & R’s food and sustainability theme for World Design Capital 2014. Also, Origin coffee and craft beer tasting with Beeguevara. The Salt Circle Food Truck will be offering a special on their fresh juice and wraps.

The details:
TEDxCapeTown 2013 Viewing Party
Fast & Remarkable
021 835 4199
Unit 6, Salt Circle Arcade, 374 Albert Road, Woodstock
Saturday, 20th July 2013

See invite here or visit the & R Facebook page

If the great coffee, craft beer tasting and fresh and delicious wraps are not reason enough, here are another 20, from the TEDxCapeTown website why you don’t want to miss TEDxCapeTown 2013. Speakers include:

Leonie Joubert
Leonie writes passionately about urban food insecurity, why it is an invisible problem and ideas on how to tackle it.

Johnny Anderton
Johnny works to develop and disseminate simple, cost-effective ideas to improve the lives of those living in informal settlements.

John McInroy
John follows his dreams and brings an infectious energy packaged in a single word… ShoOops! Where ever you go, go with your heart.

Jasper Horrell
Jasper focuses on the science and engineering of the SKA telescope and has a vision for Africa as a leader in knowledge-based activity.

Shabashni Moodley
Shabashni wants to mobilise schools and community colleges through group dialogue, peer teaching and democratic learning.

Nic Haralambous
Nic believes in embracing incompetence and how it allows for situations of learning and discovery, and often the emergence of the greatest innovation and success.

Shannon Hope
Shannon shares her beliefs in having the courage to start over again as she did in following her dream to become a full-time musician at the age of 29.

Riaan Conradie
Riaan offers some of the practical changes needed to facilitate real and tangible advances in the digital health arena.

Davey du Plessis
Davey uses adventure as a source of experience to understand the nature of humanity and the unlimited potential of the human spirit.

Tony Elvin
As a ‘social enterprise’ practitioner and evangelist, Tony draws inspiration from his diverse background to address the many challenges faced by post apartheid South Africa.

Jillian Reilly
Jillian addresses the fundamental problem with international aid and how to work within this broken system for social change.

Gavin Bonner
Gavin spouts spontaneous poetry and shares improv storytelling in rhyme and flow inspired by themes and objects in everyday life.

Angela Horn
Angela expands on the upsides of downsizing and how living with less can positively affect your life.

Whispers of Wisdom
Whispers of Wisdom consist of three guys and two girls who combine poetry, song and spoken word to talk about things that matter.

Ivo Vegter
Ivo talks about how environmental exaggeration harms emerging economies. Using amusing examples, he explains why excessive risk avoidance is as dangerous as risk itself.

Craig Hinds
Craig crafts some of the most beautiful acoustic songs to come out of South Africa, songs that seep into your soul, get under your skin and stay with you.

Karen Dudley
Karen uses food and sharing thereof as a metaphor for embracing our diversity and creating spaces for people to find comfort and nourishment.

Adrian Saville
Adrian demonstrates how mobility on all levels can create win-win outcomes that produce economic inclusion and social upliftment.

Angel Campey
Angel feels at home on stage with her discuss-it-for-what-it-is comedy approach and shares fresh perspectives on topics we should be talking about.

Rapelang Rabana
Rapelang believes in using mobile technology to re-imagine learning by creating interactive, personalized and adaptive learning platforms that produce data and transparently show levels of knowledge retention.

Shop at The Gear change

We love shopping online; it is quick, easy and convenient at The Gear change

Buying second hand goods online is another story, though. Stories of people being ripped off or scammed out of money and goods abound. Not all scams are easy to spot, because, sadly, not all scammers are stupid.

Shop at The Gear changeThe Gear Change in Woodstock offers an extremely safe and secure platform for cyclists looking to buy and sell cycling equipment, from bikes and frames to parts and clothing.

They also offer professional advice and exceptional service to ensure risk-free transactions from the time you start browsing all the way through to delivery.

As a bonus, if you have had any equipment stolen, let them know and they will keep an eye out.

Shop online at their website – where you will also find out all the info you need, including details about how and why you can shop with absolute confidence – or pop in to their store in Grey Street, Woodstock where you can have your bike serviced as well.

You’ll also find them on Facebook and Twitter.

The Gear Change
2 Grey Street
Cape Town
021 448 8905

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Here at The Gear Change, we provide bikes, parts servicing, race activations, clothes and accessories and many more. Here you will find professional and knowledgeable advise

a city soirée at woodstock cycleworks

City Soirée is a rather unique performing arts organisation that uses increasingly popular crowd funding to arrange unconventional events at some of the unlikeliest locations. One of these is Woodstock Cycleworks’ Launch Party, for their brand new store, on 16 October.

Make a pledge of just R80 and you receive R80 off you next bicycle service at Woodstock Cycleworks, so it is already worth the cost!

You also stand a chance of winning a Dahon fold-up bicycle worth R5 000, a set of 3 Bicycle Portraits books, a framed Bicycle Portraits poster and Kalahari Surfers – Tropical Barbie Hawaiian Surf Set (LP) from Roastin’ Records. Winners must be present at the draw, which will take place at 8pm on the evening of the party.

Also, if you arrive at the party by bicycle, skateboard, any non-motorised transport or show your MyCiti card, you will receive a free slushie or juice from Juicbox.

For every 20 pledges, a tree will be donated to Greenpop.

The party itself promises to be a blast, with food on sale from Didi’s Bitchin Burritos, Douw Steyn’s bicycle poitjie and boerie rolls Starling & Hero Bicycle Café, while the Beer Merchant and Juicebox will take care of your thirst. Roastin’ Records will provide the tunes.

Find out more at City Soirée and at the Woodstock Cycleworks Facebook page