• Gardens at the Stables private home in Westcliff

    Exploring Joburg’s Private Gardens

    Every year in early summer, a bunch of private gardens in Joburg open up to the public as part of the Gardens of the Golden City series. This is a rare and…

  • Giuliano eating pizza at Bistro Dolce Vita restaurant in Morningside

    Jozi Restaurant Round-Up

    When I first started 2Summers, I blogged about practically every Jozi restaurant I went to. (Even Spur.) I’m a bit more selective these days, as writing about every restaurant in town is…

  • Bacon-avo burger from Hodad's in Edenvale

    This Is the East: Hodad’s of Edenvale

    Seventh in an occasional blog series called This Is the East, about hidden spots on Johannesburg’s East Rand. This edition features Hodad’s, a locally owned fast-food joint in Edenvale. I love supporting small, locally…

  • Mexican food at Picasso's in White River, Mpumalanga province

    South Africa’s Best Tex-Mex Restaurant

    Picasso’s Mexican Taqueria, which I’ve decided is South Africa’s best Tex-Mex restaurant, is not in Joburg or Cape Town. It’s in a small tourist town in Mpumalanga province called White River, not…

  • Sobae apple-cinnamon-pomegranate sorbet at Victoria Yards

    Sobae Sorbet: A Frozen Joburg Love Story

    Today is Heritage Day, a holiday celebrating South Africa’s incredible cultural diversity. It’s also the unofficial start of summer and a day when South Africans celebrate their diversity by grilling meat. (Heritage…

  • Succulent flowers in my garden

    Feeling South Africa’s Pain

    Back in the olden days, I often used this blog as a vessel for my grief and sadness. I went through a lot of tangible pain in the early 2Summers years —…

  • Daouda Fashions shop in China City, downtown Joburg, visited during the JoburgPlaces "Of Origins and Migration" tour

    Musings on Migration in Joburg

    JoburgPlaces, a downtown tour company that I’ve written about many times, recently introduced a couple of different city experiences that center around the concept of migration. The JoburgPlaces Migrant Cuisines Storytelling Dinner…