It’s the most wonderful time of the year!
1. You can almost smell the ground as it heaves a sigh of relief with the first droplets. The spring rains wash away all of the dust that’s kicking about after winter and everything gets a wash. The city is back to its bright, most beautiful self.
2. In September, the jasmine starts flowering so you get the most gorgeous fragrance wafting your way at dusk while walking to your local or lighting up that braai.
3. It’s time to begin hosting those boozy outdoor lunches that last the entire afternoon.
4. Although brunch is actually the official meal of the season.
5. Heck, even this vegan brunch looks fantastic.
6. There’s the daily drama and excitement of thunderstorms. At 4pm, gusts of wind roar through the city as a warning. It’s best to remain under cover, preferably with your favourite tipple, until 5.30 when the skies are clear again. Just beware the hailstones – it’s not much fun when the sky flings golf balls at you, especially as it usually neglects to shout ‘Fore!’.
8. There’s even a festival dedicated to spring: the Festa di Primavera at Casalinga Restaurant. Prime Circle, Rubber Duc and Matthew Mole are on the music menu, amongst others, and there will be artisanal food and pop-up restaurants to keep you fuelled.
9. The sunsets are spectacular.
10. No longer can you expect a temperature variance of 25 degrees in one day. Which means there’s no need to keep a change of clothing in your car any more – and dining alfresco just got that little bit more special.
11. There are pop-up wine bars. (Wine Not pops up inside Level Three Restaurant in Kramerville on Thursday night, where you can head up the fire escape for a stunning view of Jozi by night.
13. The days are getting longer, so you no longer have to watch the sun go down while stuck in traffic.
14. Braaiing is magnificent at this time of year. Not too hot; not too cold. Pro-tip: award-winning butchery Braeside Meat Market has a special on burgers this week. You can get them as sliders, regular or thick for R55/kg.
14. Alternatively, you could eat this burger for lunch. (At Bistro Michel, the Parisienne-style restaurant located in the Blubird Shopping Centre, just off Corlett Drive). It’s a new addition to the menu and comes with homemade ketchup, chips, Emmentaler cheese, pickles and homemade barbecue sauce.
15. As the grass changes from brown to green, outdoor markets suddenly take on a new appeal. We recommend heading to Fourways Farmer’s Market. Get 20 or so of your nearest and dearest together, claim a spot and send off emissaries to purchase food.
16. There are new beverage options
17. These Malawian shandies would also go down rather well.
18. You can eat gnocchi for dessert. This baby is from That’s Amore in Parktown North.
19. And then in October, this happens: