Friday, November 6, 2015

Durban Good Food and Wine Show 2015

We decided last minute to attend the Durban Good Food and Wine Show this past weekend. Whenever we go for these type of events at the Durban Exhibition Centre we try to go on the last day as this is when most of the exhibitors try to get rid of their show stock at really bargain prices.

This year there were a few celebrity chefs such as Rick Stein, Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris and more but we went to see Brent Owens because we're fans of the Masterchef TV series.

Brent won last year's Australian Masterchef and he had a show on Sunday. In his show he prepared a Crispy Pork Belly and he had Durban's own celebrity Logie Naidoo assist him with the plating. We were lucky to taste this Masterchef's dish after the show and with good reason we know why he won.

Leaving Brent's show we walked into one of the open free shows hosted by Claire Allen who was a finalist in last years Masterchef South Africa. She asked the same question about Agar Agar that Brent asked in his show and since I knew the answer I immediately raised my hand and gave the answer. To my delight I walked away with a preservatives set.

We also ran into Roxanne Wardman, last year's Masterchef SA's winner and her good friend Siphokazi Mdlankomo who was also a finalist on the show. Really cool people.

The Tea Merchant had an interesting stand at the show. Had no idea there were so many different teas available, like Black Forest Fruits, Moroccan Mint and other unusual flavours.

The rest of the show was pretty interesting. A lot of wines from different vineyards all over the country. They had a ticket booklet that allowed you to taste a little wine for one ticket. Eventually some of the wine exhibitors didn't even need the tickets. They were just giving out the wines for tasting. The organisers should do away with that system completely.

The food vendors at the show weren't that impressive. Some food trucks were inside the venue like Fudart and Iwantmycoffee. The food truck concept hasn't really taken off in Durban and it would be a good idea for any willing entrepreneur.

Nouvelle Cuisine had cronuts, almond roca churros. We took a couple of cronuts away and they didn't disappoint.

The show was a good experience overall and we're already looking forward to the next one!

Friday, February 13, 2015

50 Shades Of Grey [Movie Review]

Last night Ster-Kinekor decided to have a pre-screening of the much anticipated movie based on the book by EL James, Fifty Shades Of Grey.

I haven't read any of the books because they appealed more to housewives (not sure if they're desperate) and amorous girls.

As expected the movie section at Gateway was teeming with women of all shapes, sizes and ages. It looked like some of them were in a large group which later I found out were invited by Sibaya Casino that booked a block of seats. There was some drama as the Sibaya seats were all over the show and people wanted to be seated next to their friends. This resulted in some stubborn ladies sitting in the wrong seats and some irate ladies trying to move them. The movie eventually started half an hour later after management was brought in to sort out the seating.

Some promo people were there. I think I saw Herbalife and a company that was selling beauty products. Mangwanani ladies were present giving free massages outside the Prestige theatre.

Fifty Shades Of Grey stars Jamie Dornan as Christian Grey and Dakota Johnson as Anastasia Steele. Some people were hoping that Grey would be portrayed by the ever gloomy Ian Somerhalder but I think Jamie did a good job. And some said that Dakota was too pretty to play Anastasia because she was supposed to be a plain Jane girl next door.

The movie itself was actually very interesting but my girlfriend Lorna said that a lot was left out that was in the book. Later she read a few excerpts to me and I think that if these were included in the movie they would have made it ridiculous and it would lack class.

If you're a diehard fan of the book don't expect the raunchy dialogue or the racy sex scenes found in the books. Just enjoy the movie.

Monday, December 1, 2014

World Aids Day 2014

Today is the 1st of December 2014. It is World AIDS Day.

As the world fights the issue of dealing with HIV and AIDS many organisations in South Africa are joining them.

We have realised that besides finding a cure young people can be educated to prevent the spread of HIV by abstaining from sex at a very early age and if that isn't possible then they should at least condomise and stick to one sexual partner.

The government has provided free condoms in most public toilets and this has been an effective weapon against the spread of HIV.

As the cure for AIDS is still to be found all we as responsible humans can do is try to prevent it.

Lets work together to stop AIDS.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

An Evening With John Legend

Last night Durban spent an evening with John Legend.

I wasn't really a fan of the artist but after watching him perform live I have developed a lot of respect for him and his talent. 

The venue was the beautiful Moses Mabhida Stadium and she was just showing off closing her top to protect the concert goers from a little rain that always prevalent at Durban events.

Lira opened for him and her performance was a spectacular starter for what was to come for the rest of the night. 

Legend came on just after 21:00 and it was well worth the wait! He was accompanied by a string quartet, a guitarist, drummer, bassist and he wowed the crowd with his perfect piano playing. 

He was very interactive with his audience, delving into his past and his humble beginnings from just playing piano to backup singing for Alicia Keys.

He dedicated a song to his grandmother, Bridge Over Troubled Waters, and you could see that music was in every part of his being.

His flawless performance lasted till 23:00 and his encore was the much anticipated All Of Me with the entire stadium joining in. 

I don't think anyone left disappointed and if you did then you don't know what music is or you're deaf.

Monday, September 22, 2014

World Rhino Day 22 September 2014

Today is world Rhino Day!

World Rhino Day celebrates all five species of rhino: Black, white, greater one-horned, Sumatran and Javan rhinos. It is held every year on the 22nd September.

It started of as an awareness day started by the WWF in South Africa has grown into a global phenomenon but this isn't stopping poachers from killing rhinos for their horns.

For more info on World Rhino Day you can visit the official website here.

Let's make the world aware that rhinos in the wild are dwindling and soon we won't have these majestic creatures if we don't put a stop to rhino horn poaching.


Last Thursday 18 September 2014, saw the launch of the Greyville Exhibition and Events Company.

The event was attended by over 500 event organisers and media personalities who were given a tour of the facilities before ending up at the executive suite for a fabulous fashion show, drinks and snacks.

Essentially what was showcased was a venue that can cater for events ranging from a small intimate dinner party to a full on wedding or a sporting event.

Some of the rooms included the Sea Cottage room which is a little small and the Silver Ring Room which is one of the largest indoor facilities without any pillars inside it in Durban. From this room you can see the beautiful Durban skyline across the Greyville Racecourse and the Royal Durban Golf Course.

The fashion show at the end of the night's launch included some of Durban's most talented designers. The show started off with Just Undies models dressed in some of the sexiest lingerie that could rival a Victoria's Secret Fashion Show followed by the show stopping Kireshen Chetty Styling and Jacqui Emmanuel amongst other designers.

The evening ended in a spectacular fireworks display with everyone going home with a goodie bag and a couple bottles of wine.

Friday, September 5, 2014

Neon Run SA: The Durban Chapter

Last weekend on the 30 August 2014 was Durban's turn to experience this really bright event.

Gates opened at 2:00pm and the Neon Run was scheduled for 6:30pm.

There was plenty of entertainment as people slowly filled up the side field near Kingspark Stadium. Some 5FM DJs including Roger Goode, Dean FUEL and alternate rocker Mathew Mole played throughout the day.

The 5km run started at 7:00pm with some people running straight to the loos at Moses Mabhida Stadium and a few people (I won't mention any names) running straight to Subway for a chow!

The run itself was fun. There were people skateboarding and rollerblading too. At the halfway mark there was a led UV light station for people to take selfies.

When the people got back the party went on into the night.

We didn't stay till the end. We ended up at Rovers Sports Club and were unfortunate enough to see some Rovers Rugby players go Full Monty on the bar! The free stripshow was not appreciated.

The next run is to be held in Bloemfontein at Chevrolet Park on the 20th of September 2014. If you're in the area it would be good to check it out. You won't be disappointed.