Stodels │ Fun For the Whole Family
Before our most recent trip to South Africa, if you asked me what Stodels was, I would tell you that it was a nursery. All I have ever known about Stodels is that it is a place where one can buy plants, trees, gardening supplies, and maybe even some garden furniture. It is definitely not a place I would ever have considered for a family outing.
On a sunny winter’s day, we found ourselves at the Stodels nursery in Bellville.
… And what a pleasant surprise awaited us there!
This is an ideal place for families. The Play Park at Stodels offers a delightful entertainment area, complete with trampolines, sand, swings, and an extensive wooden jungle gym. Parents can keep an eye from the outside decks of the Green Leaf Cafe while kids enjoy the outdoor play. For us, this was absolutely amazing! We don’t even have restaurant play-areas in China, so trust me… this was INCREDIBLE! I don’t know who was more excited about this set up – Eli or us! We had pick up my aunt, who has Mondays off, and we were looking forward to relaxing morning.
Stodels also an animal farm around the back of the cafe, with bunnies, goats, gin pigs, ducks, sheep, llama and chickens. Children are allowed to hand feed the animals giving them a wonderful hands on experience of farm life! The cafe sells bags of raw veggies for R10.
The Western Cape of South Africa was in the height of a drought season while we were visiting. Due to minimal rainfall, there is a drastic shortage of water at the moment. We learned a lot about this unfortunate situation while we were there. These JoJo drums are being installed in many backyards. People are collecting ran water in order to do their laundry, water their lawn, and fill their swimming pools. The initial cost of the Jojo tanks might set you back a little, but this is a really amazing initiative that hopefully stays around long after the drought has ended.
Above, Stodels was selling a lot of “drought-friendly” plants. Very clever!
The Middle of Winter
There were a lot of activities to do in the Stodels but much of it was closed, presumably because we were there in the middle of winter. All we really wanted was coffee, some good food options, the playground, and to feed the animals. Everything that we needed was still available – so not complaints from us!
Of course, being a Monday in the middle of winter, we were one of only three or four tables. We are thankful that the cafe was even open for business. When Eli saw the play park, he ran off and didn’t look back. We found a table as close to the jungle gym as we could. In fact, we sat under the trees with the sand beneath our feet. It was perfect!
Coffee and a View
With Eli loving the slides, nets and so much freedom, we enjoyed cups of hot coffee a few feet away. And not to harp on the luxuries of life out of China, but it was SO GOOD to be able to order things with options. So so soooo many options. Cream with my coffee – yes, please! While we waited for our meals to arrive, Justin and Eli went to check out the animals, and my aunt I sat chatting at the table.
The menu at the Green Leaf Cafe is really great. There are tons of great options, including a number of low carb options. In South Africa, the buzz word for low carb dieting is “Banting”. This term isn’t really popular anywhere else, but we saw it on almost every menu in Cape Town.
It was really refreshing to be returning to my hometown, and have so many options to eat. Especially since I had started my ketonic joinery just a month before. This was one of the main reasons that even though I was on vacation, I managed to stay on track. There was no reason not to. Banting is a little different to the ketogenic diet though. I noticed that most of the banting options were very high in protein, which is not what keto is about.
Breakfast Food – Always a Win!
This has always been a favorite for me – breakfast food. Pretty fitting now too, for the high-fat, low-carb lifestyle. Justin had the grilled pita bread, with lots of “chippies” on the side. My aunt had the deep fried Halumi cheese salad. All of our meals were top notch! To finish it all off, Justin HAD TO have a dom pedro – it had been way too long!
A wonderful morning spent in an unexpected spot. We thoroughly enjoyed everything that Stodels Nursery and the Green Leaf Cafe had to offer, and we knew that we would have to return at least once before our time in Cape Town was through.