A Night at the Palace – The Palace of the Lost City – Hotel Review

My first experience of the Sun City resort was back in 1989. I was 15 years old, it was the first time I had ever gone anywhere on holiday and it my first time on a plane. I had the opportunity to see the resort many times since then, but I’ve never stayed at The Palace of the Lost City (the most expensive hotel within the Sun City Resort) until last month, when I was invited to enjoy #ANightAtThePalace.

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Starbucks® Launches New Espresso Capsules

Starbucks has announced the launch of a range of Starbucks Espresso Capsules compatible with Nespresso® machines* in South Africa.

The new espresso capsules will be available in Starbucks stores in Johannesburg and Pretoria from 12 May. Coffee lovers will now have the opportunity to enjoy the same delicious coffee at home as they do in store, with a range of four Starbucks espressos. Starbucks Espresso Capsules are made from only the finest Arabica coffees and the range includes classic Espresso Roast, Colombia, Kenya, and Guatemala Antigua priced at  R95.00 for  a pack of 10 capsules.

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Le Kap Lifestyle Fair

Le Kap Lifestyle Fair, anticipated as a highlight of the ‘jet-set’ social calendar, makes its début in Johannesburg after being held successfully in Cape Town for the past three years.

The event will be hosted by Steyn City, the sprawling 2000-acre multi-billion Rand lifestyle resort, on the 10th of June 2017. “The exciting collaboration between Steyn City and Le Kap Magazine to host this sophisticated annual event is a powerful and unique social and corporate platform, which will attract both local and international captains of industry, celebrity and VIP guests to Steyn City” says Giuseppe Plumari, the CEO of Steyn City.

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Jamie’s Italian Review

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I bought my first Jamie Oliver cookbook in about 2000 (The Return of the Naked Chef) and I’ve been a fan of his cooking and shows since then.

Jamie’s Italian restaurant recently opened in Melrose Arch in Johannesburg, and I visited the establishment, at my own cost.

The restaurant reminded me of an up-market version of Col’Cacchio restaurant (another favourite of mine). We were welcomed by the manager and lead to our table – it was 12h00 noon and the restaurant had just opened for the day, so it was fairly empty, and I was able to get a good sense of the space and décor.

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Debonairs Pizza Celebrates 25 Years and 600th Store Opening

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In 1991, two students from Pietermaritzburg, in KwaZulu Natal, decided to start Debonairs Pizza. Now, 25 years on, the South African franchise is celebrating the opening of its 600th store, in Botshabelo near Bloemfontein, in the Free State, on 28 November 2016.

With summer upon us, there is no excuse not to have some quality time outdoors, with family and friends, while enjoying a delicious Debonairs Pizza. After all, they invented the Triple-Decker® and the Crammed-Crust®.

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Dolci Cafe Review

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I recently discovered a quaint little cafe in Craighall Park, Johannesburg, called Dolci Cafe, that is perfect for an intimate breakfast or lunch, kitchen tea or baby shower.

Headed by husband and wife team Clayton Boyd and Jackie Righi-Boyd, Dolci is an Italian café, pastry shop and baking boutique dedicated to authentic foods, the highest available quality products and a mouthwatering selection of artisan cakes and cupcakes.

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Top SA Music Talent to Perform at Jam Jozi Montecasino

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Montecasino, in association with Marshall Music & Sony ATV, has expanded their entertainment offering by staging a massive two-day, picnic-style musical festival that speaks to a vibrant and colourful South Africa: Jam Jozi! Taking place from the 29th – 30th October 2016, Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination will bring you some of South Africa’s finest local bands, DJs and musicians such as Jack Parow, Matthew Mole, Al Bairre, GoodLuck and Mafikizolo – all on one stage. With a weekend pass costing just R150 allowing access to over 20 performances, this unique festival is destined to become a firm favourite on the events calendar amongst avid local music lovers.

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UberEATS launches in Johannesburg

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Uber has revolutionized the way we travel and now they are doing the same with food delivery.

UberEATS a new on-demand food delivery app powered by Uber, and went live on Thursday 29 September, in Johannesburg.  It will allow users to order food from a selection of restaurants that are up to 3.5km away. They hope to take 35 minutes from start to finish to deliver meals using their existing UberX vehicles.

The UberEATS app can be downloaded from the app store or through the Uber rides app,  and meals can be requested for delivery in Northern Johannesburg from 7am to 10pm, seven days a week with a R20 delivery fee. They expect to extend the service to Midrand and Pretoria by the end of the year and Cape Town next year.

UberEats launched in Toronto‚ Canada‚ in December last year and has since branched into four continents and more than 22 cities.

There’s no minimum order size,  but every order includes a delivery fee of R20 (the same as the minimum fare for an UberX).

Get UberEATS!
1.    Download the app or go to ubereats.com to find what you’re craving.
2.    Sign in – you can use your existing Uber account for UberEATS – or create a new one.
3.    Tell them where to deliver – add your home, work, or any other address you’d like.
4.    Browse local restaurants – search for your favourite local restaurant or try something new.
5.    Check out with a tap – simply pay with your card on file. And remember, the delivery fee is R20.
6.    Track your order – watch as your order gets picked up and delivered right to your door.

Discounts for new users:

On your first time trying the UberEATS App, enter this promo code at checkout TryEatsZA to enjoy up to R100 off your first order. Available for new UberEATS users only.

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3SIXTY Montecasino launches new menu

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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.

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