Winter Warmers: Soups

With Winter on our doorstep, we can think of no better dinner than a delicious warm soup with some fresh bread to accompany it. In this post, we look at 5 soups to suit everyone’s tastes, from beef to beans and even a vegan option or two. With all this variety, we are sure you’re bound to find your new favourite, here!

 

First and foremost is the well known and loved, Butternut soup. We like to pair it with a fresh, crispy roll and toasted pumpkin seeds for garnish. Bonus, this soup is vegan too.

 

 

Serves: 4-6 people
Cooking time: 1hour 30 min
Find the recipe here: https://healthyblenderrecipes.com/recipes/spiced_butternut_squash_soup

 

Second on the list, is a winter warmer that is as legendary for its taste as it is for its cold-fighting capabilities. There is no better dish when you’re under the weather and we love it served with noodles rather than bread.

 

 

Serves: 10 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.tasteofhome.com/recipes/the-ultimate-chicken-noodle-soup

 

Tomato soup isn’t always the first choice but we think it might have something to do with not finding the right flavour combination. Next time try a grilled cheese with this classic soup, we guarantee that this will make your taste buds dance. If you prefer a vegan version, swap regular cheese for your favourite vegan brand and presto, you have a great flavour combo at your fingertips!

 

 

Serves: 6 people
Cooking time: 1hour
Find the recipe here: https://www.blissfulbasil.com/dreamy-vegan-tomato-soup/

 

For those who prefer a rich and hearty winter warmer, this delicious beef soup will tick all the right boxes. Perfectly paired with a freshly baked loaf or some delectable dumplings, but more importantly, a delicious glass of red.

 

 

Serves: 8 people
Cooking time: 1hour 50 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.tablespoon.com/recipes/best-beef-soup/2b97b987-4495-471d-8439-5c49c9259b3d

 

Last but surely not least, we had to include the comforting and flavourful bean soup. We love this option just as it is; no garnish or sides needed. The best part is that this soup only takes fifteen minutes to prepare, so you will have dinner done before you can say “Supper is served”!

 

 

Serves: 4 people
Cooking time: 15 min
Find the recipe here: https://www.food24.com/Recipes/Old-fashioned-bean-soup-20091103

 

Soup doesn’t have to be boring or bland, try one of these scrumptious soups for dinner and wow your friends and family.

 

Bon Appétit,

The Point Team x

 

 

OUR TOP 5 HIKING SPOTS IN CAPE TOWN

If the inner-city hustle and bustle is getting too much for you or you simply need to disconnect from reality for a bit, there really is nothing more rejuvenating than a hike in mother nature.

 

Thankfully Cape Town is home to many wonderful hiking trails. In this post, we are going to share our Top 5 with you.

 

LIONS HEAD

 

We had to start off with the most iconic route.

 

Day and night people stream up and down this popular hike which offers the most magnificent views of the city. Everyone should do this at least once, preferably on a day with clear skies to allow you a view of Robbin Island.

 

LEVEL: Moderate
DURATION: +- 1 ½ hours


 

THE PIPE TRACK

 

This walk starts at the junction of Tafelberg Road and Kloof Nek. The Pipe Track is precisely what it says: a path constructed to service a pipeline running below the series of peaks known as the Twelve Apostles. In several places, the path is very stony, but it is an easily accessible and popular walk, with many locals making regular use of certain sections.

 

This route is best enjoyed early on summer mornings and especially during winter when many of its protea species are in bloom.

 

LEVEL: Easy/Moderate
DURATION: +- 4 ½ hours

 

 

CRYSTAL POOLS

 

Another relatively easy route and part of the Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve, Crystal Pools offers hikers breathtaking views as well as swimming spots to cool down in.

 

Pre-booking is advised, permits are R65 per person, and gate times are from sunrise to sunset.

 

LEVEL: Moderate
DURATION: 2-4 hours

 

 

NEWLANDS FOREST

 

The dog-friendly and relatively shaded trails are great for the family. There are numerous tracks to choose from including sights like the ruins of Lady Anne Barnard’s cottage and Rhodes Memorial.

 

With great picnic spots on offer as well as the Rhodes Memorial Restuarant, an early morning hike with a spot of brunch or lunch makes for the perfect day out!

 

LEVEL: Moderate
DURATION: 3 hours

 

OLIFANTSBOS SHIPWRECK TRAIL

 

At the risk of repeating ourselves, this is another easy hike for the whole family.

 

The Thomas T. Tucker Shipwreck Trail will have you following the yellow flagged markers along the trail down to the beach. With this amazing sea view and wildlife galore, it’s not only a fun day out but educational too!

 

LEVEL: Easy
DURATION:
1 ½ hours

 

Some hiking tips to remember…

 

What to wear:

  • comfortable, breathable clothing
  • hat and sunscreen
  • hiking shoes

 

What to pack:

  • snacks/ lunch
  • lots of liquids/ water
  • swimming costume
  • extra socks
  • towel
  • camera
  • warm top

 

Rules for Personal Security:

  • Do not attract unwanted attention by openly displaying cash, cameras or other valuables.
  • If you are confronted by a criminal, don’t resist. Handover your goods as resistance might incite a mugger to violence.
  • Program emergency numbers in your cell phone before your hike.

 

 

Of course, there are plenty of other hikes to enjoy but why not get started on one of these, this weekend? Just grab your mates, pack your kit and off you go.

 

Happy hiking!

 

The Point Team x

PEOPLE OF THE POINT: MARA MANENTSA

April’s People of The Point is none other than our very own Mara Manentsa. Half of our Centre Management duo, and passionate about making your day better, he started with us from the ground up and is not stopping till he gets all the way to the top!

 

We are so happy to have him as part of our The Point family and look forward to having you learn more about him too.

 

How long have you been working for the point?

I started four years ago when we demolished the old building. I worked on site and with the team to grow into my position.

 

What do you do at the point?

I am assistant Centre Manager at The Point, I work with Juan to make sure that everything in the centre runs smoothly while helping our customers where I can.

 

What do you love most about your job?

To help people, to make sure they are happy and to learn more about management.

 

Are you studying anything now?

Yes, I’m doing a Management Development Programme at the University of the Western Cape.

 

What are your hobbies?

Playing with my kids, listening to music and seeing my friends.

 

What does freedom mean for you?

Freedom is exploring the desire inside yourself. People can’t stop your desire, to learn or be who you want to be, it’s not about race and religion it’s about willpower and what’s inside you.

 

Would you rather be completely invisible for one day or be able to fly for one day?

Fly!!

 

Would you rather never use social media sites/apps again or never watch another movie or TV show?

I can’t live without social media.

 

Would you rather find your true love or a suitcase with five million dollars inside?

True love, hands down!

 

 

Contact details:

Mara Manentsa

Tel: +27 21 439 9030
E-mail: mara@bermanbros.co.za
Web: www.thepointmall.co.za

 

I SCREAM, YOU SCREAM!

Ice cream must be one of our favourite treats, from Froyo to Gelato and all the toppings in between.

 

Have a look at our top 5 places to grab a scoop in Cape Town so that you’re covered when your next craving hits!

 

MYOG

We couldn’t go without mentioning our froyo masters, we love that they are open late, offer a new flavour every week and they even have a vegan option made with coconut milk. If you are a topping fan you won’t be disappointed here, from fresh fruit to sweets, they have a topping to conquer any craving!

 

GROUND FLOOR| THE POINT MALL| SEA POINT

 

 

UNFRAMED

There is nothing ordinary about Unframed! You can expect out of the box flavours like beetroot, matcha and turmeric on the menu and yes, they are all DELISH! They also offer vegan options and the flavours are changed often so you will always find one you haven’t tried yet. They focus on the art of ice-cream making and what great artists they are! Get ready to tantalise your taste buds with a scoop today.

 

V&A FOOD MARKET OR KLOOF STREET| CAPE TOWN

 

 

CRUMBS AND CREAM

Locals know the brightly colour walls all too well but if you haven’t gotten the scoop on Regents Roads coolest ice-cream spot, then best you listen up. We love having the best of both world and as their name would suggest that’s exactly what you get. Have your choice of any two biscuits, pick your favourite flavour (or two) and presto! You have a creamy, crunchy and totally satisfying sandwich. We love the originality, the flavours and the option to have a sandwich ‘cake’ for parties too. What’s your favourite Crumbs and Cream combo?

 

REGENT ROAD| SEA POINT OR V&A WATERFRONT

 

THE CREAMERY

If you love creamy, handmade ice-cream using seasonal, locally sourced ingredients then this is the place for you! Love them as much as we do? Why not get a tub to take home or hire their vintage scoop stall (that comes fully staffed) for private functions? We couldn’t think of anything better than their amazing flavours and staff on hand to serve us as much as we want.

 

BEACH RD| MOUILLE POINT

 

 

MORO GELATO

It’s not just gelato, it’s so much Moro! In fact, it’s exactly how Nona Moro would make it in Italy. This quaint gelato shop with its mint green and pastel pink decor will have you feeling like all your gelato dreams have come true. Try out the traditional flavours like vanilla and hazelnut or push the gelato boundaries with a “Ricotta e Fichi”, a Ricotta and fig flavour. Whatever your choice, make you get Moro!

 

LONG STREET| CAPE TOWN

 

Summer might be coming to an end, but let’s face it, ice cream is always a good idea!

Enjoy,

The Point Team x