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17 Nov

Hola Don Armando

It might not be on all the cool kids radar yet or in a spot that is reaching any culinary heights, but downstairs at Illovo Square is the relatively new kid on the block Don Armando. He’s swarthy and handsome, quiet and un-assuming. Charcoal hued framed artworks ground the space, busy floor tile and a glint of Art Décor at the bar pay homage to South American glamour. In the evening you half expect a tragically beautiful woman in a sequinned red dress to start singing about her lost love in Buenos Aires.     A small menu celebrates Argentina’s staple, beef. The proteins are all given lightly charred, smokey glory by the ‘Asado’ flames of a coal fire. The sides are simple, no...
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16 Jul

Where The Grapes Are Grown

Wherever wine grapes are grown, it is beautiful - Margrit Mondavi   The Cape is a place of beguiling loveliness, where impassioned vintners harvest, crush, press, ferment and clarify their souls into each bottle, where it lies and over time becomes one of the world's most gracious liquids. Bottles are sold for thousands the world around, it is something that men have given their last penny for and women have gained the whole universe over. Idiom wine is the kind which causes you to loose your head, each cultivar is carefully matched to the optimum site and cultivated into a smooth velvet that keeps you coming back for more. Being absolute red wine nuts at They’re Wonted, we decided to visit Dry Dock...
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4 Jun

La Boqueria Style

The new La Boqueria eatery is a rich tapestry, you feel a story is about to unfold when you arrive and the coolness of the décor with its nod to mid-century design, makes you feel like you could be part of the story too. An amalgamation of inspiration from markets and street food around the world and the owner’s hearts and souls. The innovative team behind ‘The Foundry’ are crusading again, on a noble quest to have Joburg drink better. #Jozidrinkbettter Studies are already showing that millennials are spending more of their money on experiences than retail consumerism. Great business minds the likes of Buffet are seeing the shift and investing accordingly. The more online our lives become the more we crave...
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7 May

Malfy Gin

Gin the stupefying invention of Monks from the Salerno Coast. Botanicals and juniper berries were added to the alcohol making a fragrant liquid, which to this day we pair with, tonic laced with lemons cucumber, blood orange or pomegranate seeds.     .This aromatic sauce was sipped by some of the finest lips in history from Her Majesty the Queen to Scott Fitzgerald and has slowly started to form its own name on the alcohol scene. Step back craft beer, for you are no match for artisanal Gin. Made up of small distilleries paired with equally exotic tonic, bringing to life the romance of the Gatsby era. Full of rich golden hued parties, packed to the rafters with the finest minds in history....
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30 Apr

Sushi Doughnuts

Wabi Sabi is a Japenese concept, based on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. An aesthetic centred around beauty that is imperfect, impermanent and often incomplete. A way to appreciate the flow of life and see the beauty in all its imperfections and trials.     We felt like having some fun with Pinterest darling ‘sushi doughnuts’. Who doesn’t love a doughnut, eaten hot in a parking lot, rolled in sugar and the faint hint of sticky apricot jam in the centre? Then switch to our California babe, sushi, ‘Westernized’ and ‘Fashionized’. An art form of precision in its native Japan, we took an altogether more 'Wabi Sabi' approach to ours. Sticky rice carrying cool salmon, delicately popping caviar, avo and sour Japanese...
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2 Apr

We’re in love with FABB

This past week, we woke up to a country in crisis, a cabinet re shuffle tantamount to treason. How many more blows can our beautiful but battered country take? Is this divine planning? The powers that be being given enough rope to ultimately hang themselves? Or are we facing scars that will take generations to heal?     In need of cheer, we decided to head to the hours-old Fabb Café & Gelato on 4th Avenue Parkhurst. The first glimpse of the awning lifts our spirits, a blue & white palette reminiscent of calm Greek isle tones transports one. The name ‘Fabb’ is shortened from the original Italian ‘Fabbri’ and its ‘fontophile’ heaven, a passion we wear proudly at ‘They’re Wonted’. It...
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24 Mar

A Day In Brighton

On my recent gallivanting through Europe, I decided to spend the day in Brighton.  This prepossessing seaside city in East Sussex has long been a popular day trip for Londoners. The capital was proving her critics right and sulked under grey gloom for weeks. I felt like I needed something a little brighter and so I hopped on a train in search of elusive vitamin D and headed to South East England’s shores. Brighton teeters on the brink between Victorian detail and urbanism. Sadly now known as the homeless capital of the UK, the contrast and grunge of this quirky place is home to artists and sensitive creative types who flock to the mild climate and colourful lanes. The iconic...
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9 Mar

Cereal Killer Cafe

I have long had a love affair with cereal. Frosties and Fruit loops are my Achilles heel. On a recent trip to London, I knew I had a pilgrimage to make.     Identical twins from Belfast, Alan and Gary Keery, were struck with the idea for Cereal Killer Café one hungover morning when the craving for cereal and chocolate milk occurred. They weathered, failed crowd funding and plenty of doubt to bring their vision of 80’s and 90’s nostalgia to light.     Their original Shoreditch space is full of colourful boxes and memorabilia. Accused by some locals of gentrification, the twins prefer to call it economic development in an area where creative ideas work. They have proved their doubters wrong and...
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24 Feb

CASA MARANI

We said in an interview recently that we tell stories of African people locally and abroad. What makes someone African? The colour of our skin? We like to think it’s an indomitable spirit, loving your country and your city, living in it and giving yourself to it, what could make you more African? The mother and daughter team of Casa Marani have been feeding the residents of Johannesburg for 20 years at the Bryanston market, they recently took the leap and moved to a tiny shop on 4th Avenue Parkhurst, squeezed between two much larger stores, blink and you might miss them.     From the street it's not immediately obvious what you'll find in Casa Marani, a warmth draws you in, something tells...
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14 Feb

The Creative Struggle

David Rose in Schitt’s Creek clutching onto his sweater whilst snapping at Stevie that “Funky is a neon t-shirt that you buy at an airport gift shop next to a bejewelled iPhone case this is luxury”, perfectly sums up most of my life. I stare disparagingly at floral-clad hipsters as they mockingly ask me if I know what colour is, yes I know what colour is and I choose most gleefully to not wear any. If I wanted to look like a pile of reindeer poop I’d shimmy into a Doré or a Queenspark and call myself Marge. Popular culture has in a small way destroyed the credibility of creative people the world round. We are seen as frivolous and ridiculous. As...
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