Top spots for a Women’s Month spoil in Cape Town
Women's Month

We all have women in our lives who are worth celebrating; a tribe of women who have our backs in the highs and lows of life. This Women’s Month, why not pay special tribute to the women who have loved, shaped, inspired and nurtured you? So in the spirit of celebrating womanhood… Here are four great ideas for a girly day out in Cape Town   1.    Girls Night at the V&A Waterfront Gather up the ladies and head to the V&A Waterfront for a day of adventure. Retail, restaurants, craft markets, the very best in live music, family entertainment and more…. Next up is dinner and a show at the Cape Town Comedy Club, where the best local comedic talent will have you all in stitches while you tuck into a delicious meal. Belly laughs and lasting memories guaranteed. Take in all of Cape Town’s natural splendour from the glorious heights of The Cape Wheel. Previously known as the Wheel of Excellence, The Cape Wheel is now permanently stationed at the V&A Waterfront. Tickets include a R5 donation to the Laureus Sport for Good Foundation, so you can enjoy your ride all the more knowing that you are making a difference. End your day with a magical meander around the marina (best done with tubs of gelato in hand) where you could just catch a glimpse of the playful seals that sunbathe and frolic around the harbour.   2.    A taste of local at the Bay Harbour Market There […]

The Most Delicious Winter Meals at Eden on the Bay
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Keep your tummy warm and full this winter with a delicious meal at one of our resident restaurants at Eden on the Bay. We know getting out of bed is difficult, but with Eden on the Bay’s Winter Warmer specials – it’s worth it! Eden on the Bay has a variety of restaurants to cater to your every taste. Whether you are craving a hot curry at Inside Lounge while you take part in their highly competitive Quiz Night, tasty, cheesy pasta at PRIMI or traditional African cuisine inspired meal at Moyo – your choices are endless and they’re all to-die-for. Breakfast specials at Eden on the Bay 1. PRIMI Big Bay Breakfast Menu Skip the dishes this weekend with a deliciously prepared breakfast at PRIMI, made exactly the way you like it. The PRIMI Breakfast Menu has something for everyone, from the not-so-hungry to the ravenous and ‘hangry’. Try a Brekkie Burger to fully satisfy those hunger pangs or a Salmon Protein Bowl for the health conscious. The breakfast menu also includes the usual suspects such as the Urban Run and the PRIMI Power. If you have just missed breakfast, or you’re just not really in the mood, try the Brunch Platter, which comes with finely sliced salami, white cheddar, pickled mushrooms, a boiled egg, marinated olives, Gypsy ham served with mushroom pate’ and Melba flatbread. 2. Moyo Blouberg Winter Breakfast Menu Woza Weekends! Every Saturday and Sunday, Moyo Blouberg offers a buffet breakfast for just R110 per person. […]

Our Top 5 Curry Houses in Cape Town
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With the weather steadily cooling down, it is a great time to start looking for a great curry house. Cape Town has so many eclectic tastes and restaurants on offer, you will pretty much find any dish imaginable. With tough competition, restaurants in and around the Mother City strive for excellence and also that “special something” that keeps customers coming back for more. Indian cuisine is by no means a one trick pony and Cape Town restaurants offer flavour palates that range from Northern to Southern Indian cuisine with truly authentic flavours.   Here are our top 5 curry houses in Cape Town 1. Maharajah For the best of both sides of Indian, try the Maharajah restaurant for a fragrant and rich Durban-style curry. Signature dishes include lamb off the bone, butter chicken and a fish curry that will simply melt in your mouth. All dishes comprise of aromatic spices such as cumin seeds, cardamom and coriander powder. Depending on where you sit, you can catch a glimpse of the iconic Table Mountain while you sample the best that Maharajah has to offer. Address: Corner of Kloof Nek and Woodside Road | Tamboerskloof  Tel: 021 424 6607   2. Eastern Food Bazaar This iconic and unassuming canteen-style eatery is a must stop for any newcomer to town. The Bazaar is a hive of activity and will satisfy any hunger pangs you may have with their delicious and wholesome meals that always have people returning. Order from a range of delicious […]

5 Manly Spas in Cape Town
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Father’s Day is coming up and we all know our dads deserve only the best for toiling away for an entire year to make our wishes come true. Even if this is no longer true and you have since moved on and started your own family, thank your dad this Father’s Day by spoiling him like he deserves to be. While this next sentence may make you scoff and turn away, hear us out. There are a number of ‘Men-only’ or ‘Manly spas’ around Cape Town that cater directly for male clientele. What does this mean? This means there are no fluffy pillows and pink explosions; male-only spas are sophisticated and chic and promise to appease even the ‘manliest’ of men.   Here are our Top 5 ‘Manly’ Spas in Cape Town   1. The Spa Room   The Spa Room is situated in the Sea Point Medical Centre and is a male-only spa. Treatments include Deep Tissue Massages, Kalahari Red Dune Sand Body Scrub, threading and a number of grooming treatments, just to name a few.             A male-only spa will give Dad the assurance that he IS allowed to be pampered once in a while and as the saying goes, “If he can do it, so can I!” Address: Sea Point Medical Centre, 11 Main Road, Sea Point.   2. Sorbet Man | Cape Quarter   Sorbet Man believes male preening should be a part of life and, as their slogan clearly states, […]

Top High Tea Spots in Cape Town
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If didn’t already know, afternoon tea is once again on-trend. We all know the ‘la-di-da’ of visiting the Mount Nelson for High Tea when someone is A; getting married or B; some relatives are in town – but where else can one go for a spot of tea (and cake)? Take a look at our recommended high tea venues from Chapman’s Peak to Constantia Heights.     1.    The 12 Apostles Nestled below Table Mountain, this exquisite hotel boasts uninterrupted views of the Atlantic Ocean and really gives you the feeling of being out of the hubbub of the city. Enjoy a tea stand for two that includes traditional light bites, finger sandwiches, delicate pastries and freshly baked scones, and you may even be treated to the pastry team’s latest creative inventions which could be anything from orange-scented cupcakes dipped in ganache to red macaroons with chocolate filling and strawberry mousse. How much does it cost? R245 per person Time: Monday – Sunday, 10am – 4pm High tea buffet: Saturday, 12pm – 4pm; Sunday, 2pm – 4pm Contact:  021 437 9000, restaurants@12apostles.co.za Where: Victoria Road, Camps Bay     2.    Cup & Cake This quaint and adorably decorated establishment at Eden on the Bay ensures that you get top class pastries, tea, coffee and service, no matter where you are on the Atlantic Seaboard. As you step into the cosy café, expect to feel as if you are in a chic yet rustic, country kitchen with the walls packed with design […]

10 Things To Love About Autumn
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Our days are getting shorter, there is a crispness to the air around us and leaves on the trees are slowly bursting into a kaleidoscope of red, brown and gold. If you haven’t already guessed, autumn has made its way to South African shores. Now that autumn has made itself comfortable for the next few months, we’re limited to what we can do outdoors, especially here in the Mother City. But that shouldn’t mean that our indoor vibes are any less fun. Here are 10 things to love about and enjoy during the autumn season:   1.     Piping hot waffles  Topped with fresh, seasonal fruit, whipped cream and lashings of warm, gooey Nutella, nothing beats a crispy, fresh-off-the-iron Belgian waffle when the seasons are a’changing. Try Big Bay Waffle Company, The Creamery in Claremont and Salt River or Belgian Waffles, Beers and Burgers in Hermanus.       2.     Ride the Promenade  On a warm autumn evening, there’s no better way to appreciate Cape Town’s beautiful sunsets than with a stroll down the Sea Point Promenade. It’s even better enjoyed on bicycles with your special someone. For those wanting an evening of fun, UpCycles offer an hourly bicycle rental rate of R60 for you to enjoy on the Promenade until the last few rays of sun slip below the horizon.       3.     Couch date Lazy summer days gave us plenty of excuses to enjoy the outdoors and soak up the South African sun. When it’s too chilly for […]

Why do Rising Sports Stars in SA Need Good Sports Management?
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In recent years, international sporting events have provided significant opportunities for rising South African athletic stars to compete on a global stage. These opportunities have proven that local talent can hold their own in the international arena. Unfortunately, this newfound success is often cut short by a lack of effective guidance and management, and is therefore not sustainable. It is often the case that once these athletes’ career primes are over, they find it extremely difficult to integrate back into the normality of everyday life. A lack of financial management knowledge often sees their earnings go to waste, and the cycle of poverty can become difficult to break, had they originally come from difficult social circumstances. So it’s clear that long term success in the aftermath of a successful sporting career comes down to effective sports management. Here are 4 reasons why rising sports stars need professional sports management:   1.      Contractual and legal negotiations Young athletes aren’t likely to be familiar with the contractual and legal element of their careers. They will need the experience and knowledge of a manager familiar with the ins and outs of contractual negotiations, legal jargon, fine print clauses and other important information. However, a good manager will understand this and make every effort to simply and effectively communicate contractual or legal details with their client. They will also invite their clients to be part of the conversation without isolating them, and will value transparency, professionalism and honesty at all times. 2.      Financial management […]

Top Cape Town spots for a special Valentine’s Day dinner
Top Cape Town spots for a special Valentine's Day

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, it’s time to get your plans in order for the big day. Cape Town is the place to be this Valentine’s Day. Its breath-taking sites promise a night of romance and wonder for you and your valentine. We all know that the way to someone’s heart is through their stomach. So, to make your date swoon, we’ve compiled a list of the top restaurants in and around Cape Town. Enjoy xx   1.    The Bay Hotel  Treat your partner this Valentine’s Day to a three course meal at Bistro @ The Bay. This restaurant offers a relaxed, yet luxury feeling. Enjoy the sunset looking out onto palm-tree-studded Camps Bay Beach as you sip on cocktails, eat from a wide variety of seafood dishes and savour a little something for your sweet tooth. *Booking is essential. Cost: R495 per person Address: 69 Victoria Street, Camps Bay For more info: visit The Bay Hotel’s website here 2.    The Village Idiot  For a more laid-back evening head to The Village Idiot in the CBD, whose sole vision is to create a neighbourhood hang-out. This pub-like restaurant offers a Valentine’s Day special with a three course set menu complimented by a glass of Simonsig MCC on arrival. Yum! You and your date are sure to have a whole lot of fun as the good food and drinks flow throughout the night. *Booking is essential. Cost: R300 per couple Address: 32 Loop Street, Cape Town For more info: […]

Things to do in Cape Town before the summer is over

Cape Town is now firmly on the world map as a must-see-before-you-die destination. From breath-taking nature and creative energies to vibrant people and colourful cultures, this mountain-meets-sea city truly has something for everyone. We’re halfway through summer now and this oh-so-fine weather needs to be made the most of. So before the sun disappears for winter, here is our list of favourite things to do in and around Cape Town this summer.   1. Early morning Lion’s Head hike For the early risers, set your alarm for 5am and drive to Lion’s Head to enjoy the sunrise and watch the city slowly wake up. This two hour hike is gorgeous in the morning as you’ll find the air crisp, the wind absent and the peace and quiet mesmerising. Another variation of this is to do an evening full moon hike and watch the sunset and the stars come up. Cost: Free More info: Visit Hiking Cape Town’s website here.   2. Hire a SUP Stand-Up Paddling (SUP) is hitting centre stage in the world of alternative water sports and Big Bay beach offers the perfect playing field. Head over to Cabrinha Kites at Eden on the Bay Mall to hire a board or book some lessons. This sport is quick and easy to learn. You’ll be paddling about on your own and enjoying the breath-taking view of Table Mountain in no time. Cost: R195 for 1 hour rental, R295 for 2 hour rental, R445 for 4 hour rental. Group prices […]

Montagu’s heart-warming success

The two year old affiliation between one of South Africa’s leading suppliers of dried fruit and nuts and an organisation for people living with disabilities has been described as a ground-breaking success story. Montagu Dried Fruit and Nuts and the Community Action Partnership (CAP) found reciprocal benefits from Montagu’s decision to train and employ disabled people to help with the production and packing of innovative dried fruit and nuts products. “Thirty-three packers, most of them still young, earn a living and experience a sense of belonging and self-worth in this way,” says Montagu’s sales director De Wet van Rooyen. The focus shifted from disability to ability – being part of a salaried team skilled in food processing, quality control and hygiene. CAP now also owns its own franchise operation in Swellendam’s Swellenmark Centre. Income from this outlet help to finance the running of the CAPability workshop, which is situated adjacent to the Montagu store.  Ilze Olivier, who helps to run the workshop, says it provides differently-abled people with an opportunity to join the mainstream economy. CAP co-founder Herman Smit points to further gains. He says the successful partnership between Montagu as a profit-driven company and an NGO such as CAP serves as a model for other NGO’s who’d like to rid themselves of a mentality of relying on handouts. “We’ve learnt to reason in a commercial way. By improving our standards for basic administration and finance we’re working towards financial sustainability in the long run. Profit from our Montagu-partnership has […]