Montecasino Christmas Village

Treat yourself at Montecasino this Christmas (3)(1)

I spent my first white Christmas in Germany back in 1995, and it was truly magical. My first snow experience was at midnight in the grounds of a castle in Detmold, Germany. I also loved the Christmas markets in the town square and the smell of all those yuletide goodies to eat and drink.

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VÖOST is Vital

VOOST_RETAIL&PHARMACY_PRES_WS_V2.pptxThe brand and marketing team at Vital have asked me to test a new range of food/health supplements called VÖOST. I am super excited to enjoy the benefits of extra energy and that spring in my step, which as has been lacking lately, via this new funky range of vitamins and minerals.

The 5 product range, which is made in Germany, consists of Vitamin C, Vitamin B Complex, Calcium & Vitamin D, Magnesium and a Multi-Vitamin.

Over the next month or two, I will be “VÖOSTING” my way into the festive season, so check out my review post soon.

As their pay off line says, good health is Vital. So true!

 

“Captain” Marc Lottering takes off with new show

Marc and Mishkah - circa 2009 - on Spirit Sundae

Marc and Mishkah – circa 2009 – on Spirit Sundae

I first met Marc Lottering back in 2009 when I was a Producer for the SABC1 show Spirit Sundae, and I can truly say that he is as down to earth in real life as he is on stage. His latest show has an aviation theme, and the characters that he portrays are cleverly linked to this theme. “This is Captain Lottering Speaking” is currently on at the Pieter Toerien Montecasino Theatre and Studio. Mr Lottering never disappoints in the humour department, you’ll laugh so much, you’ll need tissues for the tears and smudged mascara!

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Pet Shop Boys are coming to South Africa

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Pet Shop Boys are one of my all time favourite bands. I know practically every song on their best of album and Domino Dancing is my ring tone. Consisting of Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe, the Pet Shop Boys are listed as the most successful duo in UK music history by The Guinness Book of Records, and they are heading to Mzansi!

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Remember Movember for Men’s Health

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It’s that time of the year again, when men grow moustaches and most of the time, that is about all that happens. Most of the people I’ve asked don’t really know what Movember is all about and the aim of growing that mo.

On the official Movember website, it states that “Movember is about bringing back the moustache (Mo), having fun and doing good to change the face of men’s health, specifically prostate cancer and testicular cancer. Mo Bros take action by changing their appearance through the growth of a new moustache for the 30 days of Movember, and in doing so become walking, talking billboards for men’s health. Mo Sistas sign up and commit to supporting the men in their lives while helping to promote men’s health at home, in the workplace and within their community.”

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Review of the Sony Cyber-Shot 20.1 Mega Pixel Camera

Sony-20-1-MP-DSC-SDL747305914-1-5c5e8I was given the Sony Cyber-Shot 20.1 Mega Pixel camera to review recently. After looking through the menu on the camera, which was easy enough to navigate with only a few options, I started snapping away. The camera is very simple and easy to use, and features 20.1 Mega Pixels with 5 x zoom lens. But here is the conundrum… why buy a camera, which retails for about R999, when most people nowadays have smart phones, which may not have 20.1 mega pixels, but can take really good photos nevertheless? The screen size of the Sony Cyber-Shot is also rather small in comparison to the screen size of my iPhone 5S. I took the same photo with both the Sony Cyber-Shot and my iPhone 5S and could not spot the difference in quality, even though the iPhone 5S only has 8 mega pixels.

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Win A Double Ticket To A Mystery Picnic

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Sometimes it’s difficult to find a lovely picnic spot, if one lives in Johannesburg. So when I heard about the newly launched Mystery Picnics, I was keen to find out more.

Mystery Picnics, hosted in Johannesburg, should be an entertaining night out, and its theme is “A Vintage Affair.” I’m already creating a mental look book/mood board for what I can wear, and I guess I will be taking out my 1920’s paraphernalia from previous Madame Zingara events and themed birthday parties.

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Pretoria Lights Up for the Neon Run

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Image credit: Neon Run

If you are into running, fun and being lit up like a Christmas tree, then the Neon Run is right up your alley, and this year, it takes place in Pretoria on Saturday the 15th of November 2014, powered by 5FM. This neon-extravaganza takes place at Supersport Park and will see participants run, walk, cycle or skate a 5km route at night, covered in neon accessories and body paint.

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Kenny G in Jozi

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I first heard of Kenny G back in 1992 when his album called “Breathless” was released, and my favourite track from that album was “Silhouette.” Now for all those Kenny G fans out there, the good news is that he is coming to South Africa next month, but the bad news, is that at this point, it is literally for “one night only” which is at the Coca-Cola Dome in Northgate, Johannesburg, on Thursday, 20 November 2014 at 8pm.

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Redneck Pizza Review – Col’Cacchio Celebrity Chef Series 2014

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I was recently invited to review “The Redneck Pizza” at the Col’Cacchio in Nicolway, which forms part of this year’s Celebrity Chef Series. Now, I have to admit that I am a huge Col’Cacchio fan, and have been since I was introduced to the brand back in 1999 / 2000, when I lived in Cape Town. The fact that they use fresh ingredients for their pizzas and not the “melted cheese” variety is what makes this brand stand out from the rest of the pizza crowd. Talking about standing out, the atmosphere at most, if not all Col’Cacchio branches that I’ve been to, is one of good service with a smile and that personal touch. This was the case when my husband and I were welcomed to the Nicolway branch of Col’Cacchio by Manager Victor Rottcher, whom we spoke to at length about the service industry in South Africa as well as restaurant and hotel experiences – the good, the bad and the ugly.

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