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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.
It’s not everyday at that a new, independent (not part of a franchise) spa and salon opens up, so I was keen to try out Divaz Spa & Salon, when I was invited to review it.
Situated in Langhams Lifestyle Estate in Fourways, Johannesburg, the spa is a “hop, skip and a jump” away from Montecasino. The fact that it is not in a mall helps, because one just has to park in the ample space parking lot and you are right at the entrance of the salon.
Entrance to Divaz Spa & Salon
I was welcomed by Fatima Omar, the Spa Owner and Belinda Aslett, the Spa Manager.
Belinda Aslett (Spa Manager) on the left and Fatima Omar (Spa Owner) on the right.
I was impressed by the size of the spa and salon. Even though there are no pools, saunas and steam rooms, the uniqueness lies in the fact that it is divided into two sections: one for kids and one for adults. The idea is that you can book your kids for a mini spa pampering and activities in the Kids Spa while you relax and rejuvenate in the Adults only section. The sections are completely separate as well. Fatima and her team can arrange kiddie birthday parties, pyjamas parties, bridal showers, baby showers etc. and can accommodate up to 40 adults or children in the large space. Have a look at the photos below to get an idea of the space available.
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.
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.
If you are like me, and you don’t have plans to leave Johannesburg or South Africa for the festive season, then best you check out what you can do in Jozi while everyone else is soaking up the sun on some island somewhere.
If you’re stuck here, then you may as well enjoy it – less traffic, more parking spots and better service at restaurants, not to mention all the festive fun that Sandton City is offering.
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.
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®.
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).
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.
The Garden of Lights at Emperors Palace, in Johannesburg, is an annual event that takes place between 5 December 2014 and 4 January 2015. As the name suggests, it literally is a garden filled with amazing festive light displays accompanied by Christmas carols.
My husband (Siraaj Cassiem) and I arrived in Jozi (Johannesburg) in 2003, so 2013 marked a decade in the City of Gold. I am originally from Cape Town, and whenever I heard of Johannesburg, I always had this vision of doom and gloom and inner city squalor, as this was mostly what was seen on television.
So it was with a tad of trepidation that I agreed to join my husband in Jozi when he was transferred there in 2003, when he worked for eTV. Apparently, some of the biggest forms of stress involve moving house, moving to a new city and changing jobs – and I was doing all 3 in one step with this move.
Fortunately, my brother-in-law lived in Pretoria at the time, so he was able to take us around to view possible places to rent, which we had done a month before Siraaj moved to Johannesburg. We found a lovely cottage to rent in Jan Smuts Avenue in Parktown North, which was very central.
The big day came on 2 September 2003. Siraaj had moved up a month before me, as I needed to work out my notice period at work. I put my car on the train the day before and flew up to Egoli.