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For those who may not know this bit of info about my ancestry, I am one eighth Chinese. How I came to that calculation is a post for another day, but suffice to say, my great grandfather was born in the then Canton province of southern China. (It is now called Guangdong – former official name was Kwangtung). So, anything relating to China is usually of interest to me, and hence, I was keen to go see the Terracotta Army and the First Emperor of China: The Exhibition.
Now, I’ve seen bits and pieces of the what is known as the Terracotta Army either in the movies or documentaries over the years, but I never really knew what they were all about – until now. Thanks to this exhibition that is currently on at Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp (now called Mogale City) in Johannesburg.
3Sixty recently launched their new menu, with a 10 course tasting menu to selected media. Mzansi Life & Style was lucky enough to be part of this selection.
Blake Anderson was appointed as the Complex Executive Chef of Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination, Montecasino, in October last year and, having spent the first six months settling in to the challenges of running a 24/7 operation, has now turned his significant culinary talents to reinventing the menu of the property’s trademark restaurant on the casino floor.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.