Man, it has been widely said, cannot live on bread alone. This idiom, from the Bible, is explained in a more secular manner by as “something that you say which means people need things such as art, music and poetry as well as food, in order to live a happy life …”

What happiness, then, if the bread in itself is art, music and poetry in loaf-form?

My folk have long been bringing back treats from – and raving about – Not Bread Alone. Now I drive past the bakery daily on my way to the salon and decided it was time to pay a visit.

At first glance, it is inauspicious, situated as it is in the forecourt of a petrol station. But my, what sights for sore eyes on the interior. The staff bustle about happily and their delight in their work environment is evident as they lay out oven-fresh pastries, tarts and cakes.

Prices are very reasonable and there are a few tables where one can enjoy a sit-down meal, or one can simply pick and choose a few items to take away and nibble on at the office.

Corlia Hibbert, who co-owns the business with her husband, James, tells me they have been in operation for five years and have recently opened their second store. The sweet life indeed, but in the end I opted for a savoury option and enjoyed a ham quiche with my mid-morning coffee.

And just in case I suffered a mid-afternoon sugar slump, I thought it best to buy a little strawberry treat. You never know …

Not Bread Alone is situated at 63 Malibongwe Drive and at Cnr Rivonia & Protea Roads.

I have not been paid to write this review.


58 Comments Add yours

  1. Tandy says:

    I love these artisan bakeries 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Me too, they rock 🙂

  2. Oh, I can guarantee that I would put on a few extra (over and above the already extra) kilos if I were to work at your Salon – how can you not want to try one of everything!
    🙂 Mandy

    1. theonlycin says:

      I expect to start seeing an increasing girth soon … 😉

  3. leigh says:

    Addictive! Everything looks divine.

  4. earlybird says:

    mmmmmmmmm! yum. And this place is NEAR you? Oh my!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Right in my line of vision, earlybird 😉

  5. SidevieW says:

    oooh, sounds like its worth a visit, everything looks good from the comfy breads cuddling up together to those rather brazen strawberry tarys!

  6. theonlycin says:

    It sure is worth a visit, Sidey 🙂

  7. Now… this place could be very dangerous indeed!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I think you’re right, Smidge 😉

  8. Ruth says:

    Sounds (looks!) like my kind of heaven!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Heaven, yes, Ruth, but hell to decide on what to buy 🙂

  9. Yvette says:

    Just a little ‘sweetie’, who could resist one would be ‘drooling’ all day, and after eating a strawberry chocolate delight in your photo one would be contented and smiling for the rest of the afternoon. x

    1. theonlycin says:

      Iwas grinning from ear to ear, Yvette 🙂

  10. nursemyra says:

    Do they make Tiger Bread? It’s my current guilty pleasure

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’m not sure, Myra, will ask them 🙂

  11. What an amazing place! What a shame it’s in the wrong hemisphere for me!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I’ll nibble on your behalf, Kate 🙂

  12. johnlmalone says:

    Lickily I had eaten before I read this; I could feel the calories piling on just looking at those delicious photos 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, John, yes … perhaps I should take a different route in the mornings 😀

  13. bluebee says:

    Oh, you cruel woman you – the GF versions just don’t cut it – *sob*

  14. adeeyoyo says:

    What temptation! My appetite seems to be returning and the pastries look really divine… Where’s the second store? Thanks for this, Cindy. 😀

    1. theonlycin says:

      One is in Linden and one in Rivonia, adee 🙂

  15. granny1947 says:

    I don’t much like you today…told you I was on a diet…humpffffffffff

    1. theonlycin says:

      Sorry, Granny, would you like some lettuce with that? 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      And that without a Malteser in sight … 😉

  16. Sparkle says:

    Oh my, I would not know where to begin.

    1. theonlycin says:

      Decisions, decisions, Sparky 😉

  17. johnell74 says:

    Cindy, I sit here recovering from a gall bladder removal op, and thinking how I couldn’t eat fatty foods before. When the pain dies away and the dressings are removed, I look forward to being able to indulge in one or two of these delicious delicacies.


    1. theonlycin says:

      I wish you a speedy recovery, John, I am sure your convalescent diet is rather bleak 🙂

  18. libraryscene says:

    I love that there was delight within the staff…I don’t bake much (add vegan and GF to mix, it makes for fun experimental baking) but when I do, there is such a sense of zen. I think a coffee/book/vegan cafe is in my next life. Fabulous pics! ~

    1. theonlycin says:

      Your book will be a bestseller!

  19. I love that you haven’t been paid for the review, it makes everything look all the more delicious! 🙂

    1. theonlycin says:

      I only review in a good way, Celia, life is too short to give attention to bad businesses 🙂

  20. Tammy says:

    Gorgeous Cindy! I would certainly go for one of those savory options!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Don’t tell anyone, Tammy, but I’ve been back twice already … 😉

  21. colonialist says:

    A bit out of my way! Do they offer a book of verse and thou – oh, no, they aren’t in the wilderness!

    1. theonlycin says:

      Hahaha, you clever thing 😉

      1. colonialist says:

        I like the ‘fill the cup’ one, too! 🙂

  22. ceciliag says:

    Did I see little custard pies in there? Ask her for the recipe! Bribe her or something. I love those things!! One day i am going to visit your neck of the woods.. the food there is so good! c

    1. theonlycin says:

      Oh don’t tease me … if you stay anywhere but with me I will strike you off my party list!

  23. It looks very good!! I did not get a notification that you did this post? Strange!! Enjoy the weekend!

    1. theonlycin says:

      I also have missed a bunch of notifications, Pinky, not sure what’s up … xxx

  24. Mal says:

    Aww, Cindy, I didn’t get this notification…..just as well, by now I would have put on a kilo or two just looking at the pics…and drooling, yum!! 😉

    1. theonlycin says:

      Mal, something is going on with WP, the notifications are missing all over 😦

  25. —Bread Alone? Hell No!

    These treats look Amaazing. X

    1. theonlycin says:

      They’re too tempting, Inner Chick 😉 Thanks for the visit!

  26. Tokeloshe says:

    Lucky you 😉

    Great photos!

  27. Isabelle says:

    It all looks so delicious ! On the first day I would choose a strawberry treat, then I would definitely try this and that… Tempting pictures, Cindy.

  28. Lorraine says:

    Stunning pastires and pies, only complaint is the corn in the Cornish Pasty’s, their name is no reason to put corn in a pasty!! Everything else devine:)

    1. theonlycin says:

      Haha, Lorraine 🙂

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