It’s 07h00, still dark, the city already buzzing…the smell of coffee… fresh croissants just out of the oven… it’s the last day on location, and Loop street is walking, full of memories…
Bernice van der Merwe started her career as a food & décor writer, and a stylist on various publications. In April 2012 she took on a dream and started her own business, My Basaar.
The name comes from her childhood years in Philipstown, where the annual church bazaar is one of the biggest events on the calendar. Philipstown is situated in Big Sky country, eastern Karoo area almost right in the middle of South Africa.
It is the last day for My Basaar as a restaurant and food shop. The off site part of the business were acquiring a lot more time from her, and today…will not be shy asking for the same attention. There is just too much to do, preparing, cooking, serving …if life could go down as a book, and this part of the journey with My Basaar could go down as a chapter … it will go down as one to remember and a bloody good one too!
Lens & Ladle were in town to capture beautiful Bernice and her team, always cooking for, and serving their customers as if it was in the comfort of their own home.
Leya, David, Bernice, Charmaine and Manie.
City -the last verse
“I can’t believe I’m here and that I don’t fear tomorrow anymore. I think we might be headed for a great time. So look at me, tell me what you see and give me a left cheek kiss. If this is not called happiness and don’t know what it is.
So take a deep breath, tell me what you smell. I smell a good time in my life.
If this is not called happiness and don’t know what it is. I think I like this city.”
– Billie the vision and the dancers
Princess Marie Antoinette came to France as a new bride when she was only 15. The young queen missed the simple cake in the shape of crescent, of her homeland, Austria. To honor their new queen, the bakers in Paris made some “kipferls” of their own. The only difference was that they called it by the French word for crescent, “croissant” and made it look more complex for the royal dining table.
Barista, an Italian word meaning bartender.
Manie, the perfect gentleman from the beginning till the end.
Bernice is a humble human being with a warm personality, and an inspiration for everyone around her.
With good reason this facts about Bernice van der Merwe will show you why…
her career started as an intern at ‘Huisgenoot’ and YOU magazine
assistant food editor at ‘Sarie’ magazine for 6 years
junior food editor at ‘Huisgenoot’ and YOU magazine for 6 years, stylist for décor & food, food writer
publications @ Caravan and Outdoor/Sarie/WEG/ / TV Plus/Huisgenoot/Drum Décor
Food styling on the latest ‘Kook en Geniet’, Wenresepte 500
Published cook book: One-Two-Three on the Table
Cook Book series (with Arina du Plessis): Party Magic 2, Party Magic 3 and Party Magic 4
Televison @ Expresso Morning Show/Dagbreek Kyknet/Nataniël Tafel
Food Stylist on Marita van der Vyver’s new movie ‘Dis Koue Kos, Skat’ – coming to the big screens 2016
The door closed at 16h00, it was a long day that went by quickly. Good times will be remembered! The sit down, the knowing that they came out to your creation, your ideas, your food, to enjoy, to relax, to come away from the busy life in the city for a minute or two…to My Basaar. A proud moment.
Photographs by Jorina: www.jorinakriel.com