Johannesburg Good Food and Wine Show 2016

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It is next stop Johannesburg for the revitalised Good Food & Wine Show, which will be bringing a menu bursting with delicious offerings and innovative experiences to the Ticketpro Dome from Friday, 29 to Sunday, 31 July 2016.

“Our aim this year, with revamping the Show’s look and feel, is to provide a more interactive, informative and entertaining offering packed with a profusion of immersive experiences to enjoy and trends to uncover,” says Maria Chieppa, Managing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa – new owners of the show. “We struck gold with this recipe in Cape Town and will be dishing up more of the same at the Johannesburg show.”

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The National Eatery and Speakeasy – Review

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Siraaj Cassiem & Chef James Diack

The National Eatery & Speakeasy, located in Parktown North, Johannesburg, hosted food bloggers recently to showcase a selection of their signature dishes from their new Winter menu. Chef James Diack and his team gave us the menu below, allowing us to select our own preferred dishes. This I prefer to the little and many taste plates sometimes offered to us at such events. Being able to enjoy the full size portions allows me to experience their food exactly the way you will, when you visit The National.

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Soweto Fashion Week

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Soweto Fashion Week (SFW) and sponsors look forward to another exciting autumn/winter season showcase.  The phenomenal communal uplifting fashion week is scheduled to start on 25 to 28 May 2016 and Soweto Fashion Week will present the AW17 collections from existing and upcoming young talented designers.

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Starbucks Opens In Johannesburg

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Mzansi Life & Style was recently invited to the opening of the first Starbucks store in South Africa. Now, if you watch any American movie or TV series, this is by far the most commonly used coffee shop reference. It has taken a while to get to our shores, but like Krispy Kreme and Burger King before that, coffee addicts can finally get their paws on the real deal.

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3-D Printed Clothing Range

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This is hard to believe, but clothes can now be created on 3D printers. What next?

Attendants to the annual Mercedes-Benz Bokeh South African International Fashion Film Festival will not only be experiencing a fabulously fashionable event including, awards, film screenings and workshops, but they will also be privy to an exclusive unveiling of a revolutionary 3-D printed clothing range from Modeclix. The dresses are created by Dr Shaun Borstrock from the University of Herfordshire in the UK in collaboration with Prof Mark Bloomfield from Electroboom and for the first time, offer a wearable 3-D printed clothing range. The Modeclix collection, featuring eight dresses and two headpieces, is a major breakthrough in 3-D printing and garment technology. Previous 3-D printed clothes were very structured and rigid this new range from Modeclix is uniquely customizable and flexible, mimicking the movement and drape of fabric.

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Lip Sync Battle Africa

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Image of Cassper Nyovest and Boity Thulo on the set of Lip Sync Battle

It seems like Lip Sync Battle (LSB) has taken the world by storm. Already in season 2 in the USA, the entertaining show entails two celebrities “battling” it out for the LSB champ belt, by miming to well known songs. The audience determines the winner by how loudly they cheer. It’s all fun and games on LSB, and very “tongue in cheek” when it comes to the celebrity feuds, as they provoke each other in the rounds of two songs each.

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Culinary Team South Africa

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2016 is offering many South Africans the chance to represent our beautiful country. Besides our athletes heading off to Brazil later this year to compete in the Olympics, our South African Culinary team will also be competing in the prestigious IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany, from 22 to 25 October 2016.

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Magnum Pleasure Pop Up Store

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I recently attended the launch of the latest Magnum pop up store in Nelson Mandela Square, and all I can say is “Please may I have some more?”

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Tsogo Sun Tasting Table

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Chefs from the left: Gregory Gautier, Preshanthan Pillay, Jade Sullaphen, Shaun Munro, Prenolan Naidoo, Kenneth Ngubane, Deena Naidoo and Garth Shnier. Photo Credit: Strategic PR

Mzansi Life & Style was recently invited to the Tsogo Sun Tasting Table event, which was held at the Southern Sun Hyde Park restaurant, Lucé. Invited media were treated to an eight course tasting menu, prepared by eight of its group’s executive chefs, showcasing some of the diversity that can be found at their over 80 restaurants and food outlets across the group.

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Kevin Hart Takes South Africa in March

Kevin HartI am a fan of Real Husbands of Hollywood, a show that can best be described as a mockumentary & parody of similar titles in the “reality” genre. It features Kevin Hart in the lead, playing a version of himself, together with his best friends in Tinsel Town, all hustling their way to the top of the entertainment food chain, with Kevin’s character always trying to one-up his friends, which lead to the creation of the term “mitch” (male b$%*h).

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