Nestlé launches Starbucks at Home

A few days ago, I attended the launch of a new range of coffee products from Nestlé, under the Starbucks brand, held at the elegant Ferguson’s on 5th in Illovo, Johannesburg. The new range consists of 17 products, including whole bean, roast and ground coffees, as well as the first-ever Starbucks capsules developed using Nespresso and Nescafé Dolce Gusto proprietary coffee and system technologies, in South Africa.

This is the first product launch in Africa since NESTLÉ and Starbucks formally joined forces and created a global coffee alliance in August 2018.

These are the influencers chosen to represent the brand and they include @takkies7 and @claudiahenkelza, together with Bruno Olierhoek, CEO of NESTLÉ South Africa.

“We are very pleased to bring these new ranges of exciting and premium coffee products to consumers in South Africa. The partnership with Starbucks brings three of the world’s most iconic brands together – Nescafé, Nespresso and Starbucks. The global coffee alliance will, over time, transform, expand and elevate, both the in-home and out of home coffee market, bringing innovation and better offerings to a larger number of consumers” said Bruno Olierhoek, CEO of NESTLÉ South Africa.

The Starbucks range of coffee, co-developed between NESTLÉ and Starbucks, will be available from September 2019 in these retailers: Checkers, Pick ‘n Pay, Spar and Makro.

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Moyo Melrose Arch launches new signature menu

moyo Melrose Arch is synonymous for its vibrancy, face painting and mostly for its original take on African cuisine. Think Maputo peri peri chicken to beef dombolo potjie. This winter moyo Melrose Arch is launching a fantastic signature menu called “Taste of the Wild”. The menu will take you on a wild journey through Africa, tasting exotic game meat prepared in unique and delicious ways. moyo, meaning heart in Swahili, is the perfect way to describe how much love and time is put into cooking the various dishes.

“We have specially created unique marinades for every type of game, ensuring tenderness and dishes packed with flavour,” explains Martin Van der Walt, Executive Chef at moyo Melrose Arch.

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Mother’s Day Concert at the Joburg Zoo

In case it has slipped your mind, this Sunday, 12 May, is Mother’s Day. Got nothing planned yet? How about listening to some of South Africa’s top musicians, all while taking in the beautiful surroundings at the Joburg Zoo, at this year’s 30th Mother’s Day Concert.

Over the years, the Mother’s Day Concert at the Zoo has become a hot item on Johannesburg’s events calendar and is attended by over 10 000 visitors.

Against the beautiful backdrop of the zoo, in a serene setting, families from all over Johannesburg can enjoy South Africa’s top and international acclaimed leading musicians live on stage – the sensational Mafikizolo, the incredible GoodLuck music band and the captivating singer-songwriter, Msaki. Dynamic Afro pop duo, Mafikizolo is an award-winning music group that’s behind favourite hits, like Khona and classics, Udakwa Njalo and Ndihamba Nawe. Electronic wizards, GoodLuck will entertain crowds with all-time favourites, including Back in the Day and Thinking About You. Msaki is sure to mesmerize visitors with her soulful sounds and smooth voice.

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Top 10 BOKEH Emerging Creative Talent Finalists Announced 

The top 10 Bokeh Emerging Creative Talent finalists were announced at the glamourous “Bokeh on Tour” events in Johannesburg and Durban recently.

Over 40 film entries were received from aspirant South African film creatives under the theme “The City Superhero”. The top 10 will go on to compete for the grand prize of R50 000 which will be announced at the sixth edition of the prestigious Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival later this year.

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KitKat Chocolatory Pop Up Store

I recently attended the media launch of the Nestlé KITKAT Chocolatory – a unique Pop Up store that will offer chocolate lovers an opportunity to experience personalised and handcrafted chocolate creations. The four-­week pop-­up store will be located at Mall of Africa, Midrand, Johannesburg, from 24 November 2018.

Members of the media and a handful of personalities were treated to a sneak preview of what South Africans can expect at the KITKAT Chocolatory Pop Up. Hosted by radio DJ and TV Personality, Tumi Vorster and held in Johannesburg at the Chocolate Academy in Fourways, we were afforded a unique opportunity to be the first in South Africa to experience the journey in the making of creating the perfect break. Amongst the celebrities attending were the effervescent Taryn Louch, also known as LittleMissLouch, LikeHome page curator and former Miss South Africa, Vanessa Carreira-Coutroulis, “My Kitchen Rules SA” contestants Donald Chipumha and Luyanda Mafanya, as well as Food blogger Steve Steinfeld and celebrity chef, Chef Nti.

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Women’s Health Live Festival

October was the start of my return to gym! The long time wasted gym membership debit orders that go off on the 1st of each month, into the gym abyss, has come to an end! Let me back track a little … towards the end of 2015, I needed an operation which, after 3 weeks out of hospital, led to a blood clot, which led to a pulmonary embolism in my lungs, which almost killed me. It took about 2 years to feel like my usual self, although my left leg and foot will never be the same again. Hence, I did not feel healthy enough to venture into a gym. Thank the powers that be, that now I can at least walk on a treadmill for 30 minutes at a brisk level 5! Slowly but surely, I am getting there, literally one step at a time.

Since I am finally on a path to fitness, I am delighted to tell you that on the 10th and 11th of November 2018, Women’s Health (WH) magazine are launching the first ever Women’s Health Live Festival – a weekend of wellness.

It will be held at The Wanderers Sports Club in Johannesburg. Think of it as a Coachella of Wellness – three stages (entitled Trends, Fitness and Inspiration) supported by amazing speakers, fascinating panel conversations and interviews led by the WH editors chatting to cover stars, celebrities, fit family, social influencers and experts who will be sharing stories, experiences, expertise and knowledge.

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Montecasino’s “Night Out for 2”

 

As we all know, the cost living keeps soaring, fuel prices are getting us down and having enough money for even one fun night out, after paying your bills, sometimes seems like a miracle! Well, Montecasino have come the rescue with their “Night Out for 2” package. So, what do you get, how much does it cost and how do you get it, I hear you asking?

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The Capital On The Park Resort

Sandton welcomed the opening of a new hotel, The Capital On The Park Resort, with a glitzy launch event for invited guests last night. This new, half a billion rand business resort on Katherine Street, will offer business travellers a place where they can stay, work and play.

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Starbucks to open in Sandton City

Can you believe that Starbucks launched in South Africa almost 2 years to the day, with their first branch in Rosebank – in case you missed it, read that article here.

Now, after months of planning, Starbucks together with Taste Holdings, will open the doors to their newest store in Sandton City on 26 April 2018.

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Incredible India at Mall of Africa

Back by popular demand, and celebrating its 2nd year at Mall of Africa, ‘Incredible India’ returns to Johannesburg from April 27 to May 7, 2018.  The event promises to be an extravaganza of authentic Indian lifestyle, fashion, culture and cuisine as local and international exhibitors display their wares and delight your senses.

Incredible India has become an annual event that South African and African Indian communities have come to look forward to at Mall of Africa. It is a lifestyle, food and cultural experience with exhibitors boasting the very best in international Indian clothing, cosmetic jewellery, silk carpets, homeware and more.

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