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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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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Garden of Lights at Emperors Palace

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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.

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10 Things I’ve learned after a decade in Johannesburg

ImageMy 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.

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Welcome to Mzansi Life & Style!

I started this blog because I love Mzansi (South Africa) and I want to showcase the stunning style, happenings and life that is all part and parcel of living at the Southern tip of Africa.

I was born in beautiful Cape Town and migrated to Jozi (Johannesburg) in 2003 for work purposes. Attending functions, parties, launches and site-seeing became part of my life, coupled with sourcing celebs for the show I content produced (Spirit Sundae on SABC1). Besides this, getting to know the highways and byways of Jozi, increasing my social circle and having ambrosial culinary experiences begs to be documented. And since my being hired as a Lifestyle Editor for a local glossy is as rare as winning the Lotto, I decided to make this blog one of my dream jobs.

So, you can look forward to highlights of events, what’s hip ‘n happening, behind the scenes of shoots with celebs and my own personal sartorial elegance.

First pic – the very practical and comfortable, yet stylish, Black Coffee Concept Dress that I wore to this year’s SA Music Awards.