A day with Mom in downtown Jozi…

About 3 weeks ago, I introduced my mom to downtown Jozi.  We started at the Neighbourgoods Market in Braamfontein.  Neighbourgoods is mostly a food market (with a few bits and pieces of fashion upstairs).  The market is known for it’s freshly prepared food – and people flock there every Saturday to sample interesting goodies and enjoy lunch on the upstairs terrace.

Here are some pics…

IMG_2883Above:  We purchased the best brownies EVER from the same place that bakes this bread…


Above & Below:  A basket full of interesting mushrooms… they sold hot, mushroom kebabs – omigosh, soooo yum!



Above & Below:  This pie shop makes the best pies!  Mom and I both enjoyed a  pie for lunch.

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Above:  Smooooothies!

IMG_6946Above:  Organic chocolate…

After a very satisfying morning browsing Neighbourgoods, we stopped at Velo for cappuccino (very yum!)… and had an interesting chat about why so many people don’t even realise what a gem Braamfontein has become.

Then we hopped into the car and drove to the fashion district… we browsed a huge fabric shop and bought some pink shwe-shwe fabric for my floppy hat… and topped it off with a cool drink at the Fashion Shack (while watching traditional dancers perform in the square).  Mom loved it!  I’m going to take her downtown again – next time to Arts on Main.

Afterwards – we drove back to Mom’s place – and spent the rest of the day making a big floppy hat (for me!).  Here’s an unknown fact-about-Heather…  I have a BIG head!  It sucks because I luuurve hats… and hats that you buy in shops simply do NOT fit my extra-large noggin!  I have tried on hundreds of sun hats… trying to find a large-rimmed hat that will actually fit my head (all to no avail).  So – eventually – I decided to ask my mom to make me one (as a 40th birthday prezzie).  Interesting fact about Mom:  she’s an ex-fashion-designer… and a very skilled seamstress and pattern-maker!  She can sew pretty much anything!

So we made a pattern for a hat that fits my head… and Mom sewed it for me.  I’ll post some photos of the hat in a later post (I’m actually a bit behind with my blogging…  all kinds of news to share!)… (watch this space!).

2 thoughts on “A day with Mom in downtown Jozi…

  1. I found your blog very interesting, kindly forward me the specific street addresses with some landmarks of some of the places in Braamfontein. I’ll go and check it out.

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