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.
Back when I lived in Cape Town and worked as a Production Manager on international commercials, I often went to view hotels, so that I could see where our overseas clients would be staying. I was reminded of this time in my career, when I was invited (together with a group of other influencers, bloggers and media) to experience what the Radisson Hotels in Johannesburg have to offer clients. Enter #BluJoburg.
It’s not everyday that an independent nail bar / beauty salon opens up, especially when it opens in a location that is not a mall or shopping centre. But this is the case with the newly opened luxury beauty salon called Studio MoMa. It is situated in the BDO Building in Parktown, Johannesburg. I was treated to a manicure and a chance to see what else the nail bar, soon to be full salon, had up its sleeve.
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.
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.
I first heard about Mo Magic when my husband was working on a show called “Holiday Swap” about 3 years ago, and Mo was a contestant. I was told about his “mind magic tricks” and spoon bending, so I was well intrigued when I got an invite to the media launch, which we attended last night. We all need a bit of magical delight in our lives, now and again, so this was welcomed.
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.
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.