Thursday, March 31, 2011

April events 2011

There's so much going on in April... here's a few tasters of what's to come and what to budget for :-)

20–24 April

Did you know? When a performer leaves the circus, it’s bad luck to say ‘good-bye’. Instead, they say, ‘See you down the road’. For fantastical fun, daring acrobatics and spectacular skills, see Just kidding (Zip Zap Dome, Artscape), a Zip Zap Circus School show. The school teaches young kids from diverse backgrounds the life skills of trust, honesty, teamwork and discipline, plus some pretty impressive party tricks. Expect a double swinging trapeze, unicycles, juggling, comedy acts and more. Tickets R50, www.zip-zap.co.za


29 & 30 April

Did you know? ‘Chipmunking’ is when a contestant in a food-eating contest attempts to put as much food in their mouth as possible during the countdown. Sample some of our country’s finest cheeses at the SA Cheese festival – this year in a new riverside venue, Sandringham (Stellenbosch). Expect the largest selection of cheeses you’ve ever seen, plus a variety of wines to go with them; try out milking cows, learn how to cook with cheese, and listen to live music. Tickets are R90 or R110, depending on the day, at Computicket – no tickets are sold at the gate. Until 2 May.


17 April

Did you know? Horses can’t vomit. But humans most certainly can, so go easy on the champagne at the inaugural Veuve Clicquot Masters Tournament. This larny polo event takes places at the Val de Vie estate in Paarl. Tickets are R350pp or if you want to be seriously larny: R950pp for the VIP section. Both include wine and lunch, plus there’ll be live music and of course hot polo players. www.valdevie.co.za


16 April

Did you know? Only a Roman Emperor was allowed to wear the 'trabea' which was a toga entirely coloured in purple and worn on ceremonial occasions. Go see royally awesome bands such as aKing, Hot Water and Honey B at the Sowing the Seeds concert (Cape Farm House, Scarborough). Expect gourmet food, craft markets, grassy lawns for picnicking and loads of fun. Don’t stress about driving, take the DIASY TRAIN – A train ride starting at Cape Town Station and travelling all the way to Simonstown with bus shuttles to and from the event. R30 gets you a return trip including complimentary drinks from South African Breweries. The private train carriages come fully equipped with great music and ample security Buy tickets (R130) on: www.webtickets.co.za and visit www.rockingthedaisies.co.za for more info.


16 April

Did you know? On 26 August 2005, world-record holder Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia ran 10km in 26:17 (that's 23km/h) in Brussels. Test your time in Stellenbosch wine country at the Eendracht Hotel VISTA TRAIL RUN (starts at Coetzenburg Stadium) in the name of charity. This year’s route offers a 12km trail run and a 5km fun run with magnificent, scenic views. Enter online at www.vista.org.za by 12 April (limited late entries allowed on race day from 6.15am).

11–16 April

Did you know? The largest piece of ice to fall to Earth
was a block 6m wide – it fell in Scotland in the midsummer of 1849. For some icy international competition, check out the thrills and spills of the third division of the 2011 ICE HOCKEY WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (Grand West Ice Station). The six teams are South Africa, United Arab Emirates, Luxembourg, Israel, Turkey and Mongolia. The winning team goes on to compete in the higher divisions for the world title. For more info, call 021-535-2260 or see www.iihf.com


13–30 April

Did you know? In the film The Silence of the Lambs, the ‘moth cocoon’ found in one of the victim’s throat was made from a combination of Tootsie Rolls and gummy bears. For a less gruesome story, go see SILENCE OF THE MUSIC (Baxter Theatre) – a classic tale of intercultural love told through world music. The cast includes Michele Maxwell, Loukmaan Adams and Asmina Alekar, a singing sensation from India. Tickets from R120 at Computicket. www.baxter.co.za


29 April

Did you know? An hour of vigorous dancing (think quickstep, not waltz) can burn up to 700 calories. Lovers of kasi (township) house music should head to KHAYELITSHA’S FIRST ANNUAL HOUSE LESSONS (Oliver Tambo Hall) to boogie with top-notch visiting DJs Black Coffee, Tira and Fisherman, plus Cape Town’s hottest DJs Pisce, Kenlow and Milli Bala. Tickets are R70 (R100 VIP) at Computicket. For more info, call 021-361-0355 or check out www.bazaladot.com


*published in khuluma magazine April issue plus a couple extras

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

funky African clothing shop










While strolling through the Cape Quarter in Greenpoint, I stumbled upon an awesome, totally original store called 'TOWNSHIP'.

After more investigation, I met the owner and found out what exactly this store is all about.

Highlights: This is an African clothing store; Zolani from FRESHLY GROUND is the ambassador; the clothing is made from 100% African cotton; and the clothes are made and inspired by women in the Townships.

Below is the unedited version of my story which featured in the khuluma magazine, March issue.


Township

Shop 10 Cape Quarter, De Waterkant, 27 Somerset Road, Green Point

Where the local township's bright colours are transformed into fashion.

Hidden in one of the New Cape Quarter’s winding corridors is a bright, rustic clothing store with an eye-catching country feel that really stands out among its prim-and-proper neighbours. Township is the brainchild of owner Nicole-Marie Iresch – an Algerian born woman who lived abroad for many years before settling in South Africa in 1990. ‘We had to leave [Algeria] when I was very young because of the war. I grew up in France and travelled the world over, living in England, Spain, Germany, Greece before joining Air France. You meet many people on board of a plane... I did not know much about South Africa but befriended with a South African lady when travelling in Brazil ... she invited me to visit her and introduced me to her country with great passion!’ And the rest is history.

During her initial visits to Cape Town, Nicole-Marie admits that she was not fully aware of the apartheid system and ventured into the townships on a number of occasions when she met a small group of women in Khayelitsha who asked her for support in order for them to create their own jobs. ‘I quit my job in Paris and decided to start a project with them. Was it courage? Probably, but more critically, I had the feeling I had no choice. This was my new life. I guess I was able to see what other people could not see: the life, the vibrancy, the hope, the inner beauty of the whole place. I saw the branded wallpapers inside the shacks and very early on, I envisioned that one day, I would create some township patterns’.

The first venture was to create shopping bags for Pick n Pay and bags for the conference industry. After completing a photographic study of the women’s houses and township streets, Nicole-Marie partnered with a textile design school in Paris too create the patented fabric designs, which were released in 2009.

She then spent 2010 designing the first collection, launching the store in December, with Zolani Mahola from the famed South African band, Freshly Ground as her ambassador.

All the items in the store, including the décor are inspired by the Townships and make use of second-hand furnishings. Expect to find skirts, dresses, tops, harem tops, ballerina pumps, sandals, men’s long-sleeve collared shirts, men’s boxer shorts and other accessories such as belts, scarves, bandanas and yearly planners. The store also offers a made-to-measure service.

‘Like any other business, I needed to overcome many obstacles and to trust my initial intuition. This gives you the strength to persevere. I felt great about what had been accomplished over all these years. A long journey... but it is not finished!’

All the garments are made in the township-based cooperatives and are made from 100% African cotton.

‘We are a Fair Trade accredited organisation and our relationship with the cooperatives is solid, alive. I believe this is the future, a future where you can build a solid bridge between the so-called first economy and the previously disadvantaged communities who can build their own future if being given a chance. We are very proud of the quality products we are producing together. We are a proudly South African textile brand and we want to demonstrate that ethical fashion is a vibrant, forward looking concept which can help to save and create many jobs in the textile industry, here in South Africa.’ 021-418-0388

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

where to hang this sunday evening





Gordon’s Bay is such a cool place to hang out on a Sunday if the weather is good.

Head to Berties Mooring this Sunday for an evening of blues with Gerald Clark.

Try the pizzas or the prego steak rolls – both are delish!

Booking is advisable, www.berties.co.za.

Free entry.

great nosh spot


If you’re looking for a great coffee shop to satisfy your sweet tooth cravings, visit Caramello’s in Kloof Street.

They even make their own nougat, which looks dreamy at R12.50 a piece. Their latte’s are good and at the moment they have a breakfast special: 1 mini breakfast (2 eggs, bread of choice, bacon and tomato) for R29 with a free Lipton ice tea.

They have a variety of other deli products and pastries.

www.caramellos.co.za, Shop 16, Lifestyle on Kloof.

Monday, March 28, 2011

I heart cheesecake


Super Easy Fridge Cheese Cake Recipe
This cheesecake recipe is simple and the result is a delicious light dessert great to serve at dinner parties or just to keep in your fridge for your own personal sweet-tooth satisfaction. I love it because it’s not too sweet and the topping of fresh berries adds an excellent tartness.

Base:
Mix 1 pkt tennis biscuits, crumbed, with half a cup of melted butter (125ml).
Grease a tart tin approximately 20cm in diameter. I used an oval shaped porcelain dish 5cm deep. Place in the freezer to set while making the cake mixture.

Cheese cake:
1Tbs gelatine (15ml)
2Tbs cold (fridge) water (30ml)
Quarter cup boiling water (60ml)
Quarter cup castor sugar (60ml)
1 tub low fat plain cream cheese (250ml)
1 tub Crème fraiche (250ml)
1tsp vanilla essence
Place cold water in a bowl, sprinkle gelatine over and let it absorb the water. Add boiling water to the jelly and mix well until dissolved. Add the sugar and stir. Mix in the cream cheese, crème fraiche and vanilla essence using a beater until consistency is smooth and even. Pour mixture over base and smooth out so it’s flat on top. Refrigerate until set. I left mine for just more than two hours.
Topping:
A selection of berries. After the cake had been in the fridge for one hour, I sliced up six fresh strawberries and placed half a cup of blue berries on the surface of the cake and put it back in the fridge for another hour before serving.

Friday, March 25, 2011

new food market in town







Yesterday I went to check out the new St Georges Mall Food Market.

It began in February and is run by the same people who do the Tokai food market, known as the EarthFair Food Market. The market runs every Thursday from 12-noon to 6pm.

Although it is a bit smaller than I thought it would be, it does offer a nice variety of lunchtime meals, pastries, cupcakes, veggies, organic health products, cheeses, biltong, relishes, olive oils, jams, freshly squeezed juices and so on.

It was fairly well supported when we arrived at 1:30pm. Clearly the lunchtime crowds were out.

I bought a jar of organic fynbos honey (320ml) for R40, a small jar packed with dried chillies in extra virgin olive oil for R30 (great for pastas or with cheese they told me), and a medium slice of creamy Gorgonzola for R30 (It was just too dreamy to resist!).

The person I was with bought a box of cupcakes (peppermint, black forest, cookies&cream and red velvet) for R55 and bought a variety of fresh produce. Other lunchtime meals on offer were: springrolls, calzones, burgers, a big variety of home-made pies, sandwhiches, wraps and more…

The pies and breads looked amazing!

I really enjoyed myself and would love to go again sometime.

Visit www.earthfairmarket.co.za for more info.

You can park in the Mandela Rhodes Place parking and the market is right outside the hotel entrance (by Winescence and Doppiozero).

The chocolate block


You have to try this wine!!!!

The Chocolate Block, made at boekenhoutskloof wine estate in Franschoek is a fabulous red, that I had the privilege of tasting for the first time this past weekend. The Chocolate Block is a blend, with Syrah being the dominat varietal at 67%. The wine goes for about R150 at the farm and R165 from the wine shop in Franschhoek. Each delicious mouthful is worth every penny.

The other range they do is the well-known Porcupine Ridge. I enjoy their Syrah, which goes for about R50 in the bottle stores.

Also noteworthy is that the boekenhoutskloof vineyards are organic.

http://www.boekenhoutskloof.co.za

The estate is only open for tastings Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. (closed weekends and public holidays)

Monday, March 14, 2011

wine and music




Yesterday we went for a picnic at the Helederberg Nature Reserve. Thankfully while it was drizzling in Cape Town it was a beautiful sunny evening in Somerset West. I was plonked comfortably under an oak tree eating pate and crackers and drinking a fabulous new wine.

New as in I hadn’t tried it before.

We stopped off at Manuka Café & Wine Boutique (www.manuka.co.za), which is thankfully open on a Sunday. Even in the day and age it’s tricky to buy wine on a Sunday afternoon in this country.

They have a wonderful collection and very informative shopkeeper, who helped us select this gorgeous, smooth and moreish wine: The Cederberg 2007 CABERNET SAUVIGNON (cederbergwine.com).

Manuka sells it for R135 per bottle.

Big Sky – who won an FNB Music Award for ‘Best SA Rock Act’ in 1996 – entertained us ‘til the sunset.

It was unfortunately the last of their summer concerts. But keep them in mind for next year as they aren’t nearly as crowded as Kirstenbosch and you get to see the bands up close.

www.helderbergnaturereserve.co.za

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Party Party

New music festival this weekend!!

What: The Hazenvlakte Music Festival

Where: The banks of the Nuwejaarsrivier Nature Reserve in Bredasdorp (two hours’ drive from the Mother City).

Entrance: Tickets R300 (weekend pass) or R200 (Saturday and Sunday) at Computicket. www.hazenvlakte.co.za.

Info: www.hazenvlakte.co.za.

The lowdown: The Hazenvlakte Rock Festival featuring a mixture of Afrikaans and English acts such as Karen Zoid, Koos Kombuis, Bed on Bricks and the Blues Broers. Activities include fishing, 4X4ing, mountain biking and wine tasting. Camping on the grassy banks is included in the ticket, however there are loads of lovely B&B's in the area.

See you there!

Friday, March 4, 2011

FRIDAY spot for after work drinks


It is Friday after all... and being lunchtime, it's only natural that thinking of an after-work-drink would pop into my mind.
Last week Friday we had a blast at &union... really love this spot!
We played ping-pong against ppl we hadn't even met before, shared tables and stories and beers...
Just make sure you have a lot of dosh, because three beers down will leave you at least R120 down…
In this particular case I was R200 down and woke up with a bit of a barby the next day… but so worth it...
Yes – it did get down to this... www.andunion.com, 110 Bree street

stop in at origin...

If you want to try an incredible variety of amazing teas, buy the teas or specialty glass tea-pots (nice pricey wedding gift), then pop in to Café Origin.

They do so much more than tea though, and are actually known for spectacular single origin coffees and of course their own house coffee! Yum!

Plus you can buy the beans!

I went to a coffee tasting their the other day and learnt how to ‘sluuurp the correct way. Some people took this a bit too seriously, startling my ‘partner-in-crime and me’ every time they snorted.

Useful tip: Once your coffee has cooled down, the flavour changes and those left with a really bitter flavour are poor quality.

Visit www.originroasting.co.za to check out the shop in de waterkant, 28 Hudson Street.

Once again I apologise for LR images... I've only had my bb with me and not my (pro) camera :-(

mk awards 2011

So, I attended the MK awards last weekend at the CTICC…

Bleeeugh

Don’t even get me started.

I’ve already had this frustrated conversation with my party partner in crime.

Still we had a fun time and I thank her for that...!

But as far as the actual nominations, winners and ceremony goes... to start my rant (which could be long and bitchy) would waste time...

For a good sum up on the awards, which I pretty much agree with sentence for sentence can be read on:

http://www.mahala.co.za/culture/some-of-my-best-friends-are-afrikaans/