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Organic at Heart restaurant: Countdown to opening!

January 27, 2011

Organic at Heart Restaurant

We are rushing around like mad things in this exhausting heat – furiously buying espresso machines from gorgeous Italian men called Nemo (yes, we found him!) choosing china, arranging fences and garden gnomes (essential in any garden) and of course battling to get Telkom to come the party (how boring it would be without Telkom to fight with!)

You are going to LOVE what we are doing and we know you are going to love making Organic at Heart your second home. We can’t wait to see you there!

So hold your breath….. opening on Wednesday 2nd February, my mother’s birthday – and also, as she tells me, Candlemas  and Witch’s Day. Being both a proudly lapsed Catholic and a confessed witch, she should know. Here is what Wikipedia says about 2 February by the way – just in case you are interested!

‘Modern Pagans believe that Candlemas is a Christianization[4][5][6] of the Gaelic festival of Imbolc, which was celebrated in pre-Christian Europe (and especially the Celtic Nations) at about the same time of year.[7][8] Imbolc is called “St. Brigid‘s Day” or “Brigid” in Ireland.[9] Both Brigids are associated with sacred flames, holy wells and springs, healing and smithcraft. Brigid is a virgin, yet also the patron of midwives. However, a connection with Roman (rather than Celtic or Germanic) polytheism is more plausible, since the feast was celebrated before any serious attempt to expand Christianity into non-Roman countries.

In Irish homes, there were many rituals centered around welcoming Brigid into the home. Some of Brigid’s rituals and legends later became attached to the Christian Saint Brigid, who was the Abbess of Kildare and seen by Celtic Christians as the midwife of Christ and “Mary of the Gael”. In Ireland and Scotland she is the “foster mother of Jesus.” The exact date of the Imbolc festival may have varied from place to place based on local tradition and regional climate. Imbolc is celebrated by modern Pagans[citation needed] on the eve of 2 February, at the astronomical midpoint, or on the full moon closest to the first spring thaw.

Some[who?] have argued that the Roman church introduced Candlemas celebrations in opposition to the Roman Pagan feast of Lupercalia.’

Sounds like a good day to me!

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7 Comments leave one →
  1. Melanie permalink
    January 27, 2011 9:38 am

    Cant wait for you to open…. we are situated opposite you. My colleagues and I cant wait to come over for a cappuccino (hope you going to have red cappuccinos? Yummy.

    • Organic at Heart permalink
      January 27, 2011 6:05 pm

      Hi Melanie – we will be thrilled to see you and yes, we will be serving red cappuchinos 🙂

  2. louise permalink
    January 27, 2011 6:53 pm

    not only that but its the dark moon on that day, the new moon the next and chinese new year the year of the rabbit swings into being. traditionally we soutrhern hemisphere witches are celebrating lammas as we are the other way around. so its harvest time here which may actually feel like a cool thing for you to celebrate what with serving food and all!
    good luck
    and may the goddess support your endeavour

    • Organic at Heart permalink
      January 28, 2011 6:25 am

      Looking more and more auspicious Louise! I love the harvest connection. Our organic veggie garden has lots to harvest once we open. Thanks for the interesting comment and hope to see you at Organic at Heart!

  3. Irene Petrony permalink
    March 30, 2011 6:37 am

    wow wow I love this place……. a friend called to say can I meet her for lunch at this new place Organic something, found it quite easily. I arrived first and thought mmm I like this (similar to one that used to be nearby which moved to be just a health shop in a nearby upmarket shopping center) only with out a shop and in a really divine old house which has a welcoming feeling thoughout as well as lovely staff. .
    Read the varied and enticing menu as I waited and was asked a number of times if I was OK and once my friend arrived, we quickly decided on our choice for that day.The food was delicious and we were unrushed and could enjoy a long chat while we enjoyed an after meal coffee. So many great meals on the menu that we can ensure Organic at Heart both of us will be back again and again and I have already sent the site and directions to many of my friends. Also very child friendly with mini tables and chairs dotted around outside in an enclosed area . I wish them all the best and want them to become a favourite for many people and look forward to their daily buffet growing in selection.

    • Organic at Heart permalink*
      March 30, 2011 6:15 pm

      Thanks for your wonderful feedback, Irene and for sharing us with your friends! If you are on Facebook, please join our Facebook page – we post our Organic Lunch Buffet Menu there every day as well as organic gardening tips, recipes and other interesting info that would appeal to people who identify with an organic and natural lifestyle. Lots of love, The Organic at Heart team xox

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