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3 Feb

A Jacksons Affair

Begrudgingly dragging myself to Jackson's Real Food Market in Bryanston wasn't how I saw my last weekend panning out. I find social media in general, overwhelming enough, without adding the antioxidant-rich maze of health do’s and dont's to that as well. The frenetic pace of our lives doesn't satiate us, we add so-called fitness inspiration Instagram feeds to it (narcissistic norm-core shaming labelled as inspirational) We have to balance our chi and soak our Chia seeds! Consume Kombucha to fight cancer and quinoa for fibre or was it protein? We are told to pull coconut oil through our teeth and Gwyneth/Goop tell us to put Jade eggs in our lady parts. This is all before an interval session of running and sprinting...
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17 Nov

Pimp My Street Kitchen

Africa is a continent full of strong and resilient women. Women who choose to fight every day despite their circumstances, they get up and they find a way to work in order to put food on the table, for not only their children but their grandchildren as well. Three of these women Ali, Busi and Johanna are street vendors who formed businesses out of unemployment and a need for income. Their stories inspired the creative collective Being Frank started by Jo Theron, Shannon Davis and Kirsten Townsend, to start Pimp My Street Kitchen, this project is aimed at helping these ladies grow their businesses. This Project is broken into two parts: Part one is to supply them with newly rebranded health and safety compliant, trailers through crowdfunding. Part two...
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15 Nov

6 Ways To Avoid Hotel Disasters

Tis the holiday season soon and it got me thinking about festive exhaustion syndrome . . .   I need, to begin with, a small disclaimer. I do not judge but rather am in awe of those free spirits amongst us, who couch surf, Air BnB with reckless abandon and hitchhike their way around the globe. You are braver than I could ever dream of being. Whilst my many neuroses no doubt hold me back from dancing with Shaman at dawn. I can only accept who I am. I was recently regaled with a haunting tale of a lovely couple, who shared about their trip to Mauritius with me. Inspired by Instagram accounts and bolstered by clever sales pitches like 'sleeping under...
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25 Oct

African Design

Yes, this article may have cheesy beginnings, nevertheless whilst watching BBC Earth - Africa on Netflix, I felt myself becoming all romantic and nationalistic. Life in Africa is one of constant turmoil and uncertainty, as David Attenborough's voice rings majestically out the speakers about how only the strong survive, I think to myself this pertains to the humans of Africa too (Corny as that might be). Loyalty and a sense of patriotism run through my veins thus I will list a few of my favourite Female designers from across Africa. WAIF Cape Town based jewellery designer Gisele Human's work has my heart. Delicate brass ornaments that can not only be worn but also deserve to be framed and observed from a distance. Stirred by nature and asymmetrical forms,...
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21 Oct

Stilbaai G n T’s

Upon returning from a recent trip to the USA, my husband kept expressing his relief to be home. His complaint, he found it all together rather vanilla. To be fair he was ensconced deep in Trump country, he yearned for a cosmopolitan city and the peppery rocket salad that sits on our dining table most evenings. I have expressed my insatiable love for our continent before, I am unapologetically, hopelessly, unequivocally in love with this place. I know we are facing an uncertain future with our tertiary education system, literally burning. Our beautiful country is currently being ruled by gangsters and thugs, posing as politicians and entrepreneurial families. I can't help being optimistic, despite these seemingly insurmountable challenges. Perhaps, indomitable hope is...
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7 Oct

3 Sorbets For Summer

How to have your bubbly and eat it . . .         Sorbet is something I am only a recent convert to, I always viewed it as the bankrupt cousin of ice cream. I have found that the refreshing icy treat does, in fact, have a certain allure. Pretty bottles of normally obscure aperitifs keep the mixture from freezing too solid. A teaspoon of honey serves to stop ice crystals from forming, and with that secret in your arson, only your imagination limits the fun that can be had. In the spirit of being a very bad housewife, is it important that the bread is baked by my own fair hands? If it’s made with love and triple A flour and enjoyed with...
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23 Sep

5 People You See At Gym

I walk into the bright synthetically lit room, rave electro and dance-pop blare from the speakers. I lope hunched over like Quasimodo, trying to go unnoticed as I dash to a treadmill at the back of the room. All the whiles I think in panic, never make eye contact.   Gyms are a necessary evil in the country I reside in, however I feel they are the uncomfortable and archaic rash of our generation. Worse than selfies are gym selfies. self-love and taking care of oneself is important, this I understand. Nevertheless, if I have to see another mouth breather take a picture of his sweaty abs, whilst shouting yaaasssss bru, I will hurl myself through the glass window. In my trauma...
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13 Sep

Merging Art & Food

NCW  - Opening soon     We recently got a peek at what promises to be one of Joburg’s more inspired venues. Opening later this year the NCW venue and restaurant marries art and food in a home on the outskirts of Melville which used to house a book publisher. Complete with pressed ceilings and wide corridors, the owner and trained chef ‘Ence Willemse’ gutted this old girl to restore her to her former glory. It was a yearlong project to peel back the layers. The renovation is striking and effective whilst still being wonderfully sympathetic to her charms. Ence has earned his foodie stripes with placements at Overture, Jardine & local darling Roots at the Forum Homini. One gets the sense that...
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7 Sep

Bao Everyday!

When our photographer suggested ‘Momo’ for lunch recently, I was more than a little sceptical. I love my city, she is a humble beauty, with tree-lined streets, an undeniable buzz and the nicest people. A few of our city’s weaknesses are clawing our way back from years of governmental corruption & neglectful councils and quite frankly our Asian food scene. When I think of Asian food, I think of towers of steaming baskets containing soft pillowy buns, deep broth's, umami flavours and smoky sweet Korean barbeque. Bright greens, deep red birds eye chillis, perfectly balanced kimchi and the joy of soba noodles. As a continent Asia offers a diversity of cuisine like no other and yet somehow Jozi (Cape Town...
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2 Aug

When Only Nostalgia Will Do . . .

A party without cake is just a meeting – Julia Childs   Whether you’ll admit it or not, we all have our foodie dirty laundry. Those comforting dishes that flood us with memories and nostalgia. Dishes we wouldn’t be seen ordering in a trendy café or be caught serving to guests in our homes. The dish I crave when I’m sick or craving pudding or just missing my family, is my mum's peach cobbler. Deep into Winter when there were no apricots left on our trees and the dreary fruit isles had nothing but tart, floury apples, my mum would turn to ‘Koo’ for inspiration. Amongst my mother's small arsenal of dishes that she wields for special occasions, are firm family favourites...
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