Tuesday, 22 December 2015

On Holiday

I have been meaning to write this post for a few days now but holiday preparations got in the way. Baking, more baking, putting up the Christmas tree, final list for Christmas lunch etc etc You get the idea!

It has been a busy year, a joyful year and a sad year and now it is time to have a much needed holiday. A proper holiday will only begin after Christmas day as I still have quite a few things to do but then it will be beach trips and a trip down the coast for an adventure.

Thank you for reading my blog this year and following me on social media (if you do - otherwise the buttons are on the side of the blog *big grin*).

Have a blessed time with family and friends this Christmas and enjoy this time of relaxation. I will chat to you again in the new year - no set date as yet.

Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Sampar Crazy Cream

It is a crazy time of the year with everyone trying to finish their work and their Christmas shopping and get houses decorated. Our to-do lists never seem to end.

Now at least there is one thing that will be easier for you and it is also crazy - the new Sampar Crazy Cream. Crazy? How can a cream be crazy? Well when a cream looks like a cream but does more, then that would be crazy. White cream comes out of the bottle but if you look closely at it you will see flecks of what I will describe as foundation. When you apply it to your skin it mixes together creating a sheer coverage. Perfect for the woman on the go and for our summer weather. My kind of crazy!

Here is what Sampar has to say about their new product :

Sampar, a French skincare brand recently launched in South Africa, is adding a new double action product to their Cosmake-up range – a Crazy Cream! For those unsatisfied with BB and CC creams, Sampar’s new innovation aims to please. 
A product with multiple skincare and make-up benefits in one, Crazy Cream makes the perfect day cream for an even toned, smooth skin and gives the appearance of foundation without the heaviness of make-up. 
With their new Hydrocomplex formula, Crazy Cream enables the skin cells to retain moisture, giving you ultimate hydration and suppleness for up to 24 hours. 
SSP (Smart Sun Prevention), a breakthrough in sun protection, acts like a UV ‘vaccine’ at the heart of the skin cells, protecting the DNA and reinforcing the skin’s natural defenses against harmful UV’s that cause photo-ageing.  SSP is equal to a 15 to 20 SPF and lasts all day long.

Get Crazy-beautiful skin this summer with Sampar Crazy Cream.
Available in two colours: Nude and Tan.  Paraben free!
Purchase at selected Edgars and Woolworths Stores - R565 for 30ml.

Thanks Sampar for providing good crazy to our busy lives.

Thursday, 10 December 2015

Lindt Chocolate Ready to Sweeten Up Durban

There’s a sweet delight in store for Durban chocolate connoisseurs, as LINDT opened the doors to its brand new LINDT Chocolate Boutique in Gateway Theatre of Shopping last night. Following the successful launch of its first retail store in Sandton City earlier this year, LINDT is raising the bar once again, with the new Chocolate Boutique set to be the largest of its kind in South Africa.

Offering customers a highly customised and fully immersive brand experience, the new LINDT Chocolate Boutique will afford chocolate lovers the chance to explore a wide selection of international LINDT flavours, as well as the full range of well-known favourites. The store will also play host to Africa’s largest-ever LINDOR Pick & Mix station, from which consumers will be able to select custom combinations of their favourite LINDOR flavours.

Lindor Pick & Mix

“The new LINDT Chocolate Boutique is sure to be Durban’s ultimate chocolate destination,” explains Nicolas Thoenen, CEO of Lindt & Sprüngli South Africa. “Not only will it be our largest South African retail store to date, but it will also offer Durban consumers full access to the authentic LINDT experience, allowing them to truly immerse themselves in the brand and gain a greater appreciation for the art of chocolate making.”

Nicholas Thoenen

Durban consumers are also in for an added treat this festive season, with LINDT offering one lucky customer to the new Chocolate Boutique the chance to win a trip for two to Switzerland. Anyone who spends R100 or more in the new store between 10 and 31 December will be entered into the lucky draw, and stand in line to win this incredible prize.

The winner will be chosen on Friday 8 January and will be announced on the Lindt South Africa Facebook page as well as in store. For more details, please visit www.facebook.com/LindtChocolateSA.

Founded in 1845, Lindt & Sprüngli is a global leader in the premium chocolate category, offering high-quality products in more than 100 countries.

Don't forget to buy a Christmas bear

Decadent Lindt pops

LINDT Chocolate Boutique
1st Floor Shop F160
Gateway Theatre of Shopping

Lola's Bistro

I was very privileged to be invited along with another 9 bloggers to Lola’s Bistro last Monday night (30/11). Lola’s Bistro is situated at the Quarters Hotel Florida Road in Durban and from what I have seen mentioned on social media it is getting rave reviews. 

The bistro is owned and run by the food passionate Lisa Morel. Before the bistro Lisa owned and ran the very popular Lola’s Coffee Shop which she had to close when the owners of the premises she rented decided to open their own coffee shop. Instead of re-opening the coffee shop again in a different premises Lisa decided to stretch herself by moving into the realm of fine dining. Helping her make her new dream is the talented Chef Mitch Clark who has worked in Gordon Ramsay’s as well as other great chef’s kitchens.

Lola’s Bistro has a wonderful courtyard area to sit in, a beautifully decorated bar and a room that reminds me of a glass hot house for flowers (don’t worry it is air conditioned). On the night we were there the room had been hired out for a private function.

Beautiful decor

 Well it is time to get on with the important part of this blog post – the food! Oh the food!

We had a chance to look at the fabulous menu while we had our welcoming drinks and there was lots of chatter about the Smokey Bacon Soup topped with shaved biltong. Everyone was thrilled when our first taster portion of the menu for the evening was this soup and it tasted just as amazing as it sounded. Lots of oohs and aahs from the table.

What a divine soup

 Next up to taste was Seared Tuna with sesame seed crust served with deep fried wasabi mash balls and coriander pesto. Wonderful tuna and the wasabi mash balls were a delicious surprise.

Tuna and Wasabi Mash balls

Then we had Chicken Breast wrapped in bacon and served with butternut pieces and deep fried zucchini noodles. The chicken breast was soft and succulent with the bacon providing an extra taste sensation – as bacon always does.

Succulent chicken breast

The last part of the taster menu for the evening and known as The Grand Finale on the menu is of course dessert. This was the difficult part as a table was set up with various desserts and we could choose which ones we would like to try. Rich Chocolate Bomb Lava Cake, A Light Crème Brulee with an espresso kick, Peanut Butter Shortbread Balls with a creamy salted caramel ice cream and a Panna Cotta.

Choices, choices. I decided on the Rich Chocolate Bomb Lava Cake and the Light Crème Brulee. Oh my, oh my they were so amazing! I especially loved the crème brulee with the espresso kick and the chocolate bomb came in a close second. I also had a taste of the Panna Cotta and it was smooth and creamy with a refreshing vanilla flavour.

Oozy chocolate that tasted as good as it looks

Creme Brulee with coffee - yes please!

Thank you Lisa Morel for a delicious evening and I can’t wait to visit again for more divine food.

Lisa is very happy to help creative entrepreneurs. So if you have a small business, speak to her about setting up in a section of her courtyard.

Lola's Bistro 
Quarters Hotel 
101 Florida Road

Friday, 27 November 2015

Shop Till You Drop

We all know how crazy the malls are going to be this Christmas and who enjoys fighting through crowds to find the perfect gift??!!

Instead of experiencing the stress of the mall, why don’t you try a few different places to shop at.

Muse Shop is a home decor and gift store situated at the Fields Shopping Centre in Kloof. They have only recently moved there and the shop has had a beautiful makeover. You are sure to find lots of treasures and don’t be surprised if the gift you buy stays permanently with you.

Also at Fields Shopping Centre is the Anthology pop-up shop, the little sister to the main Anthology shop in Windermere Centre in Durban. With vintage and new items and beautiful art it is another shop where you could find yourself buying something for yourself instead. The shop is open until the end of January 2016.

Behind Delcairn Centre in Kloof you will find the Bellevue Campus which houses the delightful Fat Tuesday. Owned by Carol Clark, the shop is filled with beautiful and quirky items as well as her fabulous clothes. Recently Salt selling home essentials, accessories and bed linen opened inside Fat Tuesday. Once you have sufficiently bruised your credit card I recommend that you have a seat at the Bellevue Cafe and enjoy a cappuccino and something sweet.

You cannot leave Kloof yet. Next up is the Kloof & Highway SPCA which has fascinating shops filled with books, toys, men’s and ladies clothing, records and bric a brac. All the shops are open on Mondays, Thursdays and Saturdays from 8am – 12pm. They also have a delightful tea garden and live music. If you need new Christmas decorations then I recommend that you stop by the SPCA first.

For beautiful African crafts you need to make your way to Woza Moya in Hillcrest. There are now two shops – the first is at the Hillcrest Aids Centre in central Hillcrest and the second is in Botha’s Hill at Embo next to Kearsney College. Jewellery, shoes, African pots, clothes, plants, carvings and even the best soap;  Rondavel.

Looking for beautiful leather bags, wallets or belts then Layed Back in Hillcrest is definitely the place to go. They also have clothes, jewellery and shoes. In the back of the shop is Hope’s Closet for fabulous second hand clothing and the money made supports homeless women and children in Durban. They are always grateful for donations of good clothing and shoes. Upstairs in the stone tower is Mookins who stock handmade bath salts, soaps and bath bombs.

If you need to makeover your furniture or to buy a new piece – take a drive to Second Treasures Eco-Chic Furniture & Decor. What Christi does to furniture can only be described as art. Lots of other small decor items can also be found amongst the furniture and her signs are wonderful. Recently Heidi Handmade has made her home at Second Treasures with her beautifully sewn items.

Last, but certainly not least is the marvellous Mrs Pinkerton. Situated at the Mushroom Farm the shop is filled with furniture, clothes and other interesting items.

There you go – no reason to stress yourself at the malls as you are sure to find lots of special items for yourself your loved ones.

Thursday, 19 November 2015

Let Durban Entertain You

In addition to our beautiful ocean, Durban has lots to offer in entertainment.  So put on your glad rags and head out on the town!

If you are shy then you might not want to attend Karou Charou Hot & Spicy as the audience gets to play a role and become part of the show. 27 and 28 November at 8pm and 29 November at 6pm. Show is at Sibaya Casino and the tickets are R120 – R140 available through Computicket.

Have you ever wondered what happens after the gates of the Durban Botanic Gardens are locked? It is then that these magnificent gardens awake. Discover through Wickedly Odd – The Night Garden. 20 November – 6 December at 6pm. Option 1 : Corporate booking R 130 000; Option 2 : Corporate booking for smaller groups R695pp/tables of 10; Option 3 : Public booking 20 – 28 November and 5 December R695. Call 031 3133330 to book tickets or you can buy through Computicket.

Uncle Jumbo's Christmas Show is an annual production held in Kloof. Tickets can be bought from Kloof Village Mall Superspar. Take along a wrapped gift for your child to receive from Father Christmas and another wrapped gift with suitable age and gender marked on the gift for an underprivileged child.

See Aaron McIlroy in Funny Father Christmas at Grace Family Church in Umhlanga. Get your tickets through Webtickets. The show runs from 10 - 12 December.

Do you love Jeremy Loops? Now is your chance to see him live on 12 December at the Umhlanga Food & Music Festival. The tickets are available from Computicket.

Love comedy entertainment and songs from the 80’s? Make a booking immediately for The Glitter Girls at The Playhouse Loft Theatre. The show runs from 9 – 20 December and performances are at 7pm (Tuesdays to Saturdays) with 3pm matinees on 13, 19 and 20 December. Tickets are R155 for adults and R120 for students and pensioners. Book online through Computicket or call The Playhouse box office during office hours on 031 3699540.

Liesl Coppin, Lisa Bobbert and Marion Loudon

This year the annual family pantomime is Puss in Boots which comes to the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 5 December till 11 January. This version is set on an enchanted tropical island. Puss in Boots is written and directed by Steven Stead and designed by Greg King. The performances are at 2:30pm (Tuesday to Sunday) and 7pm on Fridays and some Saturdays. Tickets are R120 – R220 and can be bought through Computicket. Contact Ailsa Windsor of Going Places for block bookings and information on group discounts : editor.goingplacessa@gmail.com or 083 250 2690.

Don’t have kids but still like a good pantomime? Then Aladdin Grey St. is for you. Performances are until 30 December at Greyville Racecourse Centenary Room. Tuesday – Saturday at 7:30pm and Saturdays also have a performance at 2pm. Tickets are R130 – R170 phone 083 250 2690 to book.

The ever popular annual Dolphins by Starlight at uShaka Marine World is happening on 10 – 14 December this year. Starring Clive Gumede and songstress Samantha Landers who will be accompanied by the voices of the 20 piece Durban Gospel Choir, child star Lasandra Majola and a live band headed by musical director Evan Roberts. Tickets are R160 for adults and R130 for children and are available from Computicket. Be there 6:30pm for 7pm.

Scrooge’s Christmas happening at the Durban Christian Centre Jesus Dome is a heart warming stage production for the whole family. Performances are at 7pm on the 18 – 20 December and tickets are R35 and can be bought at Computicket.

For Your Ears Only at The Playhouse Company Drama Theatre from 12 - 23 December. Shows are at 7pm and Sundays at 3pm. Tickets are R130 - R150. Call 031 3699540 to book.

A Christmas Celebration at The Playhouse Company Opera Theatre. 19 - 24 December at 7:30pm. Tickets are R120 - R150. To put you in the mood for the holiday season.

Viva Las Vegas! Showcases divas such as Celine Dion, sex symbols such as Tom Jones and Rod Stewart, rockers such as ZZ Top and icons such as Elvis Presley. The show runs until 10 January at The Barnyard Theatre at Gateway Shopping Centre. Wednesday – Saturday R155; Tuesday night R120 and R110 for the Sunday matinee. Call 031 5663045 to book.

If you love singing to ‘We Are the Champions’ and ‘We Will Rock You’ then you CANNOT miss out on The Queen Show happening at the iZulu Theatre Sibaya Casino this December and January. The show recreates Queen’s 1986 World Tour Concert, Queen – It’s a Kinda Magic. 11 December – 10 January and tickets are R250. Book through Computicket.

Wednesday, 18 November 2015

Durban Christmas Markets

Lots of wonderful markets happening in and around Durban this November and December.

Here are a few that I am aware of :

Angel Rose Trading from 26 - 28 November in Waterfall 10am to 4pm

The ever popular Bellevue Market is happening on the 27 November. Find the market at 5 Bellevue Road in Kloof. The market starts at 4pm and ends at 8pm.

Woza Moya World Aids Day Christmas Market in Hillcrest 28 November from 8am - 2pm

Coralee's Christmas Fair in Hillcrest on 28 November from 2pm - 6pm. Christmas trees, wreaths, decor, jewellery, fresh flowers, baby gifts, crafts and more. Food on sale, live music and a children's play area.

Wonder Market at Chris Saunders Park on 29 November, 6 and 13 December from 9am - 2pm.

I Love My Coffee Christmas Market is happening on 4 December from 10:30am to 2pm. Great food and great gift ideas.

SPCA Christmas Fair at the Kloof & Highway SPCA on 5 December from 8am - 2pm. All SPCA shops open, kids entertainment, live singing and food. Father Christmas at 12pm and gifts can be purchased on the day.

Christmas Play Market is held at Giba Gorge MTB Park on the 6 December from 9am to 2pm. There will be live music, yummy food and a puppet show for the kids. You do need to book a place for your child at the puppet show and tickets cost R20.

The last Music at the Lake for the year is going to end with Carols by Candlelight and a Christmas Night Market on 11 December. Buy tickets from Webtickets for this special event.

Christmas Night Market at The Mushroom Farm is happening on 11 December from 4pm to 8pm. 

Hillcrest Country Market on 13 December in the Hillcrest Primary School hall from 8am - 1pm.

The Shongweni Farmers & Craft Christmas Market will be held at their new premises on the 16 December from 9am to 5pm. This is always a big market with over 200 stalls encompassing crafts, jewellery, shoes, clothes, toys and don’t forget the food and drink.

If you missed the previous Christmas Fair at Coralee's you have another chance as there is a market on 16 December.

The KZN Christmas Market Festival will be held this year at City Hill Church off Inanda Road in Hillcrest. Mark your calendar for the 15 – 19 December daily from 9am to 1pm.

Don’t worry if you can’t get to the I Heart Market on the 5 December as there are two more markets after that on the 12 and 19 December. The I Heart Market is on the lawns outside the Moses Mabhida Stadium from 9am till 2pm.