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