Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Kirstenbosch summer concerts 2010/2011

Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2010/2011 line-up:

21 November 2010 Just Jinjer

28 November 2010 TKZee with Khuli Chana

5 December 2010 Mango Groove

12 December 2010 Freshlyground

26 December 2010 Civil Twilight

2 January 2011 Prime Circle

9 January 2011 The Parlotones

16 January 2011 Jack Parow, Heuwels Fantasties and Francois van Coke

23 January 2011 Farryl Purkiss,Dan Patlansky, Inge Beckman

30 January 2011 Lira with (tbc)

6 February 2011 Isochronus and Kidofdoom

13 February 2011 Zebra & Giraffe

20 February 2011 Jesse Clegg

27 February 2011 Loyiso with Chad Saaiman

6 March 2011 Goldfish

13 March 2011 Jamali

20 March 2011 RJ Benjamin with (tbc)

27 March 2011 The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra

3 April 2011 aKING

Beer time at &union

October = beer drinking season, and if you’re looking for an awesome spot to try out delicious weiss, lager, cheeses, prego rolls or sausages... then head to Brewers & Union Beer Salon and Charcuterie (www.andunion.com). They have an indoor and awesome outdoor section on the bustling street of Bree, plus they offer an exclusive red wine, to be found only at this spot, and available for sale at R120 per bottle – it’s yummy!
It serves as a trendy after-work-drinks spot, or a relaxed fun first date spot. It offers a variety of locally brewed artisan beers under the &union label. These go for an average of R40 per 500ml bottle... which is a bit pricey, especially to the average castle-lager drinker, so don't bring that person with unless you can deal with indignant outrage and grumbling chatter about how SAB makes better products for affordable prices.
Brewers & Union also hold beer tastings and pair beer with foods (guidance lines are on the beer labels).
Check out more information on this video clip featuring Paul Snodgrass at http://www.andunion.com/AndUnion/Mediavid1.html

Crowded House in Cape Town tonight

Tonight has finally arrived…

Some of you 20-somethings in Cape Town might think that Crowded House are waaaaay old-school and not your thing, but I beg to differ and have sung their songs at many a karaoke or at a drunken 80’s (90’s) jol… I know you know what I’m talking about…

Plus it’s always cool to see some international musicians that ‘made it big’, who aren’t from the States… if these kiwis can do it, then so can the saffas!

Tonight’s show starts at 8pm (Grand West), and there are still some tickets available on Computicket (R263 – R518).

Now we’re getting somewhere, so don’t dream it’s over and even though in Cape Town there are Four seasons in one day, and work makes you fall at your feet, and your spouse nags you saying ‘you better be home soon’… just chill and take the weather with you…

Thursday, October 14, 2010

In Search of Good Wine

Over the past couple of weeks I have discovered a few really yummy wines!

A lot of people forget about the Durbanville area when they think of going ‘wine tasting’, but there are three fabulous farms right next to one another that have incredible wines!

D’Aria wine farm (www.dariawinery.co.za) has an delicious and affordable red blend (Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot) called: MUSIC by D’Aria.

It goes for about R35 and won the 2009 double gold Michelangelo International Wine award.

They also do a fabulous Saprano Shiraz, which is a bit pricier at R120 but totally worth it for a special occasion.

Just next door is Bloemendal (www.bloemendalwines.co.za), which has an incredible sauvignon blanc. I spent the whole day drinking the semillion – which is fine – but when I tasted the Sauv-blanc, I wished I’d bought a bottle of that from the start. The Bloemendal 2006 goes for about R60 at the cellar, and has also been awarded a Michelangelo gold.

De Vallei Boutique wine farm (www.devallei.co.za) just a bit further down the road sports one of my most favourite reds: The De Vallei Syrah at R75 (Michelangelo gold)

I don’t normally drink rose, but I found the wine that made an exception to my rule: De Vallei Annerose at about R65 (Michelangelo gold)

In my books it’s not really a rose, and is more similar to another one of my favourites: the Haute Cabriere Chardonnay/ Pinot Noir – but I would say better!

And that’s because it is a Chardonnay (55%) and pinot noir (45%) blend.

Stock up your shelf with these and you’ll have a wine for every occasion – promise!!

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

what to do on a sunny sunday afternoon

Looking for something to do on a sunny Sunday afternoon?

Walking on the promenade in Mouille Point – Sea Point is a fabulous way to take in that sunshine and get some fresh air… After your walk and maybe a round of putt putt (There are two 18-hole courses, 021-434-6805) stop for some live music and cold beers at the lovely eatery La Vie Café (205 Beach Road, 087-808-2456/ 021-439-2061). Dave Ferguson starts his gig at about 4pm. This is a perfect place to be entertained by while you sit back and watch the sun set over the ocean.


record breaking art sale for SA

ON the 11th of October, at the Cape Town Strauss & Co 43 M Art Auction, a new world record for the highest price paid for a South African painting on auction was set.
Irma Stern's Gladioli was sold for the price of R 13 368 000.
According to Strauss press the sale of the whole auction totalled over R43 million bringing Strauss & Co’s total for the year thus far to over R120 million rand confirming the underlying strength in the South African art market and Strauss’s leading position in the market
For more information see Strauss & Co's website at www.straussart.co.za

Retro style

For those who used to trek to the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock for late nights of awesome 80s music and now find themselves wondering ‘whatever happened to Deco Dance’?

Well, I found it! At 120B Main Road, Sea Point.

Admittedly it took a while because it’s so easy to drive past it. If you go long the Main Road and you pass Nando’s… well then you have gone to far.

Right next door to Nando’s is an entrance with lumo writing saying ‘Deco Dance’. The new club has two dance floors, one in a smoking area, and the other in a non-smoking area. Like the previous one, no drinks are allowed on the floor so that girls (if they get the urge) can dance barefoot.

I know it sounds grotty – but after fiver hours of dancing and having been in heals all day (plus 2 or 10 tequilas) the temptation to take your shoes off and dance like a fairy at a trance party sounds like an awesome idea!

For more info check out www.decodance.co.za.

And if you are dying for a snack at say 3am, head across the road to Café Erte (256A Main Road, 021-433-0726). They serve delicious gourmet burgers until 3:30am as well as a variety of other delicious simple meals.

They also serve Jack Black beer on tap, cocktails and equally dangerous fishbowls.

for the love of vino.. and food

La Boheme Wine Bistro & Bar (341 Main Road, 021-434-8797) is a real Sea Point gem, and can be easily missed, unless you know where to look.
It's shares property with
La Bruixa Espresso and Tapas Bar, which opens from 7am.
It gets very busy, so do book to ensure you get a table, or just arrive early. They have quite a variety of wines by the glass, and an interesting list of dinner menu including ostrich mince balls, chicken roulade (a must!) and tasty peppered fillet.
I love the cosy romantic cafe-style vibe complemented by bursting bookshelves and large wooden board menus.

If you're like me and wine is your thing –
head out to the cosy Harold’s Wine Bar (021-439-5363, Ritz piazza, Main Road), which offers more than 60 different wines by the glass at reasonable prices. They don't really do food, but you will be able to find delicious olives and snacks to go with your (many glasses of) wine.


Looking for a whole new way to see the mother city, need someone else to drive while you go wine-tasting, or maybe you just love bikes, history and a bit of adventure…

Book a tour in a WWII-style side-car with Cape Sidecar Adventures (021-434-9855, www.sidecars.co.za – make sure you book at least a day in advance). They will create a package to suit your needs including and drop-off from a hotel or where ever you may be staying and supply jackets, helmets and gloves. I went on a Peninsula type of tour including a trip up to Signal Hill. I went at 8am ride and it was a bit chilly, but totally worth it!! The views are spectacular (have a peek)… Two people can go, with one in the sidecar and the other riding pillion. I would really like to give the wine tour a try sometime… at least that solves the DD problem.

Friday, October 1, 2010

More October events

26 October
Did you know? Tokyo, with 33.8 million citizens, is the world’s most populous city. Don’t miss multi-platinum band Crowded House (Grand West), on their world tour with new drummer Matt Sherrod and new songs, plus the all-time favourites such as Don’t Dream Its Over and Better Be Home Soon. Also catch them in Durban at ICC on the 28th and Joburg at Carnival City on the 29th & 30th. Tickets from R260 at Computicket.

27 October

Did you know? After Chris Daughtry came fourth in the 2006 American Idol (2006), he was offered a record contract. His was the fastest-selling debut rock album in history. Daughtry will be performing in SA for the first time this month. Hear his crowd-pleasing hits such as No Surprise and It’s Not Over plus many more at the Grand West. Also in Jozi on the 29th at Coca-cola dome. Tickets from R220 at Computicket. www.bigconcerts.co.za

8–10 October

Did you know? The male jawfish collects all the eggs laid by the female, holding them in his mouth for protection, and doesn’t eat again until they hatch. Luckily you can chow down any time on oysters, potjiekos or skaapkop during the Breedekloof Outdoor Festival. Stop in at wine estates in Rawsonville, Slanghoek, Goudini and Breede River for fun activities such as quad-biking, fishing contests and adventure challenges, plus loads of delicious wine. Festival passes are R30, www.breedekloof.com

17 October

Did you know? The world’s strongest man, Žydrūnas Savickas, can squat 425.5kg, bench press 285.5kg and deadlift 407.5kg. Get ripped at this year’s SA MUSCLE EVOLUTION GRAND PRIX (Artscape Theatre), a bodybuilding-and-bronzing-oil extravagana of the country’s muscliest men and women. R20 pre-judging, R120 for the finals later in the day. 021-976-6191.

15–17 October

Did you know? Alcohol leaves the human body at a rate of about 0.015% of blood-alcohol content per hour. Bear that in mind when heading to WINE ON THE RIVER at Goudmyn farm (Robertson) for a weekend of wine-tasting (over 300 local labels), live jazz, food stalls, lazy riverside lunching, a farmers’ market, arts and crafts and more. From R90, www.wineonriver.com

8–10 October

Did you know? A shark has a sixth sense that can detect electrical fields. Feel the pulse at this year’s ROCKING THE DAISIES (Cloof Wine Estate, Darling), with more than 65 bands as well as 13 comedians, an abundance of food and clothing stalls and more. Expect to see the likes of Zebra & Giraffe, The Dirty Skirts, BOO!, Springbok Nude Girls, Jesse Clegg and Brit rock band New Young Pony Club. Day passes from R150, www.rockingthedaisies.com. Jozi folks can catch similar acts at Rocking the Gardens at Emmarentia Dam on 9 & 10 October.

28–31 October

Did you know? Halloween (1978) was shot in 21 days on a budget of $320  000, and became the highest-grossing independent movie at that time. Get ready for spine-chilling film thrills at the South African HorrorFest (Labia Theatre, Gardens). The programme includes new movies, cult classics, sneak previews, short films, Halloween dress-up prizes, horror DVD collections, plus dark art and photography exhibitions. A highlight not to be missed is the live- music soundtrack performance to the screening of a classic silent horror movie by The Makara Ensemble (members of Terminatryx, Lark and violinist Matthijs van Dijk). The festival ends 5 November. Tickets from R30, call 021-424-5927 or visit www.horrorsociety.com

23 & 24 October

Did you know? The Edmonds Community College kite team holds the record for flying a single-line kite for 180 hours and 17 minutes in 1982 in Washington, USA. ‘Uplifting Mind and Body’ is the theme for the 16th Cape Town International Kite Festival – Africa’s biggest, which attracts pros from around the world and over 20  000 visitors for kite-making, kite-flying, food stalls, kiddies’ rides, an eclectic craft market and live entertainment on the lawns of Zandvlei (Muizenberg). Entry is R15 adults, R5 children – and all profits go to Cape Mental Health.

It's already October!!!

I can't believe how this year has flow by…

I’ve already seen a TV Christmas ad, facebook posts about Christmas and count-downs, last year’s decorations and cards in big SALES counters – it’s come way to soon!

But before we get too ahead of ourselves, October is an awesome month for Cape Townians.

Firstly, there is Oktober fest at Paulaner Brauhaus – so head there for some beer tastings on a sunny Saturday afternoon (www.paulaner.co.za).

October is also the month for music! Maybe it’s the spring in the air, but I’m super keen to go chill out and watch great local bands jam all day.

Like this weekend: It’s the Season of Sauvignon and a number of wine farms in the Durbanville area are celebrating by having live entertainment, picnics and of course loads of wine for tastings.

The Forbidden fruit music festival guys (www.4biddenfruit.co.za) are hosting ‘Rockin’ in the vineyards’ all weekend long at D’Aria wine estate (www.daria.co.za). Tonight the likes of Karen Zoid, Dean Fuel, Ballyhoo are performing, followed by DJ’s late into the night. Saturday offers bands such as Ashtray Electric, Anton Goosen, Van Coke Kartel, The Pretty Blue Guns, while Sunday gets grooving with the likes of aKing, plus other blues and jazz bands.

I’ll be heading there tonight for some fun.

Bloemendal Wine estate (www.bloemendal.co.za) is also hosting a Farm Fest on Saturday and Sunday where bands such as Bed on Bricks, Boulevard Blues, Gerald Clark Trio.

Food stalls will range from, various potjies, like kerrie affal, lamb, bredies etc, to traditional braai, lamb spit, with rooster brood, stywe pap, farm breads and lots more. Celebrity chefs will be holding cooking demonstrations and comedians will be will be keeping us tickled.

Hooray for fun times!

See you there!