The best of the best awarded at the Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2018

Pretorians and winners of this year’s prestigious Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards got together at a lavish award ceremony held at Silver Lakes Golf Estate yesterday to raise a toast to this year’s winners. This was the 6th Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards event where we got to recognise the best the city has to offer as decided by readers – the residents of Pretoria – annually.

The MC for the event was none other than Jacaranda’s Martin Bester who also won two awards for himself – best radio show and best radio personality.

There is no denying that Pretoria is a first-rate city. In addition to breathtakingly beautiful scenery, a community with heart and a rich and diverse mix of culture and heritage, the city boasts charming suburban eateries, trendy hang-outs and top-notch shopping destinations.

This year, the people of Pretoria once again were not shy to give top marks to their favourites in the different categories and, after counting and auditing tens of thousands of votes, a beautiful coffee table booklet was again compiled as a guide to reflect the beauty and charm which underpins the character of the city. Make sure to get your hands on a copy.

The 2018 Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards winners’ list boasts names like SPAR as best supermarket, Mythos as best Mediterranean/ Greek Restaurant, Fournos as best bakery, Maragon as best English High School and MHC – A world in one store as best furniture/ home decor store to name only a few. For a full list of winners visit www.bestofpretoria.co.za.

“This morning’s event emphasised the sense of belonging that our Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards competition together with Rekord Newspapers and Get It Pretoria magazine have created between brands, the business community, personalities and our readers. Not only was it a successful gathering, it also left us appreciating that we all strive to have means to keep our community together whilst saving them time in their busy lives,” said Chris Mcinga, Business Manager at Capital Media.

As with previous years our ten reader winners also got to win their share of prizes worth more than R200 000 at the function held at the picturesque Silver Lakes Golf Estate Clubhouse. These names were drawn at random from the scores of people who entered this year’s competition.

This year’s prizes included vouchers from Placecol Silver Lakes or The Grove worth R2 500, vouchers from Metro Centre Home, a two night’s stay for two people sharing including breakfast at Legend Golf & Safari Resort worth R 9 200, a R2 500 jewellery gift voucher from Dust Designs, a one night’s stay including breakfast and a R300 dinner voucher for two at Farm Inn, Sunday lunch and a game drive for two people at Farm Inn worth R590, a Deetlefs wine tasting session for one lucky winner and a maximum of 29 guests at a place of their choice worth R8 000, a pair of Rayban Clubmaster sunglasses valued at R2 550 from Lambinon Optometrists, to name only a few.

A big congratulations to all the reader winners and overall winners in this year’s Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2018. From the Best of Pretoria team, thank you to every single person that voted and to those who won, keep up the good work. Hard work really does pay off and the people of the capital are not afraid to say thank you.

For more information visit us at www.bestofpretoria.co.za or follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

 

Make homemade sushi rolls

Ever tried your hand at sushi? It’s easier than you might think. Turn your kitchen into a Japanese restaurant for the night and treat your loved ones to home made sushi.
You will need
  • 440g Sushi rice
  • 100 ml rice vinegar
  • 60 ml sugar
  • 25 ml salt
  • 4 imitation-crab sticks, thawed, (or 24 cooked shelled prawns)
  • 1 firm avocado pear
  • 4 sheets nori (roasted seaweed)
  • 20 ml wasabi paste

 

Method

  1. Soak the rice in cold water for 15 minutes. Pour off the water, cover the rice with hot water, and bring to the boil.
  2. Simmer for 20 minutes or until tender and all the water is absorbed. Cover with a clean tea towel and set aside for 10 minutes.
  3. Combine vinegar, sugar and salt, and stir until the sugar dissolves. Spread the rice over a plastic tray and pour this dressing over.
  4. Mix in gently using a silicone spatula with a cutting motion, to separate the rice grains. Allow cooling to lukewarm.
  5. Slice the crab-sticks in half lengthwise, and cut the avocado in similar thickness strips. Place a sheet of nori, shiny-side-down, on a bamboo mat, with a short end towards you.
  6. Spread the rice 1cm thick over the nori, leaving a 1cm border. Make a shallow groove in the rice running across the short end closest to you.
  7. Spread some wasabi along the groove and neatly place the crab and avocado strips in the groove.
  8. Lift the edge of the mat nearest you, and slowly roll it forwards, ensuring the neat development of the roll in front. When a complete roll is formed, press the mat to make either a rounded or square roll.
  9. Wet a sharp knife, trim off the rough ends, and slice the roll into 6 neat, equal size rolls

 

 

Recipe courtesy of www.spar.co.za.

 

Spots for a delicious sarmie in Pretoria

The food in Pretoria is amazing. But, just because we have a seemingly endless supply of four-star restaurants to choose from, doesn’t mean we always want a fancy meal. Sometimes all we crave is a good old’ fashioned sandwich… After all, the chefs of this city are doing wonderful things with the filling delights these days.
Here’s a guide to five fantastic spots with sarmies worth seeking out.

Fournos 


These guys are in the business of baking heavenly loaves of bread so it’s only natural that they’d master the sandwich game as well. Here you get a choice of either Mozzarella or Cheddar, and all their sarmies come with delicious chunky, crispy hand cut potato chips. Fournos was voted  the best bakery in the city.

What are you waiting for? Order something…

 

The Sandwich Baron

Everything that comes out of The Sandwich Baron is garnished with a dash of perfection and the same goes for all their sarmies. Add to this – that they offer an extremely popular, free delivery service of freshly made-to-order delights, and you have what makes for a unrivaled spot. The Sandwich Baron currently has over 50 stores scattered across the country. Some of their sarmies are made with cheddar and have an excellent rationing of cheese so it isn’t too greasy. To find a branch go to the Sandwich Baron store locator.

 

Pizza Del Forno


This spot is known for its pizzas but don’t let that fool you. They give life to the saying go big or go home; with an ample amount of cheddar cheese melted between two large rectangular slices of brown bread. Pizza Del Forno offers traditional Italian flare, ranging from pizzas, pastas and salads, to grills, sandwiches and coffees. They boast an addictive offering of sandwich delights at a reasonable price of course. Click here to see their menu.

 

Lucky Bread

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If the smell of roasted coffee and freshly-baked artisan bread tickles your fancy, you might want to give this Brooklyn gem a visit. Luck Bread whips up some of the most delicious sandwiches in the city, and has become an oasis for Brooklyn Mall shoppers, even converting mall-sceptics into regular visitors.  They also have free Wifi. Visit them inside Pretoria’s Brooklyn Mall on the Mezzanine level on the corner of Veale and Fehrsen Street.

 

Grounded @ Echo

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There are few things more delicious than the coffee and sandwiches at this vibrant Villieria coffee shop. Have you tried their delectable expresso blend?

 

Top 10 things to do at Sun City

The legendary Sun City in the North West province is still one of SA’s favorite holiday and premium lifestyle destinations. Voted the city’s ultimate weekend getaway spot, it’s not hard to understand why millions of visitors are drawn to this extraordinary resort each year. Only an hour-and-a half drive from Pretoria, the newly upgraded Sun City has a diverse offering that combines a choice of action-packed entertainment options for all ages, as well as opportunities to relax and enjoy the quietness of nature. It’s like escaping to another world without having to venture too far.

 

Here are our top 10 things to do while you’re there.

 

1. Play golf

Boasting two remarkable world class golf courses, Sun City is renowned for golf. Established in 1981, the 7747 yards, par-72 championship Gary Player Country Club golf course is one of the most challenging and demanding courses in Southern Africa. The course occupies a mountain valley and features huge flowery bunkers and massive greens, as well as an island green on the per-4 ninth, making for an exciting and challenging golfing experience. The Lost City Golf Course is one of the most unforgettable course in South Africa. A desert course, the par-72 18-hole course covers more than 100 hectares with various themes, from desert to mountains and parkland. It incorporates 28 000 square metres of water features, with perhaps its most famous feature being the water hazard on the 13th hole, which is home to Nile crocodiles.

 

2. Explore the maze

The Maze of The Lost City is the largest permanent maze in the Southern Hemisphere that gives the illusion of an ancient archaeological discovery. Accessed via a 100 metre long suspension bridge, it ends at the  Maze Bar where you’ll find ice cold craft beers on tap.

 

3. Get to know South African legends

While you’re at Sun City, be sure to to enjoy an interactive exhibition, where both the young and old are able to celebrate the country’s most memorable achievers in the fields of sports, arts and culture. Located at the plush resort’s newly upgraded entertainment and convention centre, The South African Hall of Fame can help you test your skills on simulators and learn more about your heroes on touch screens.

 

4. Spoil yourself at the Gary Player Health Spa

The Gary Player Health Spa and beauty salon, run by Gatsby International Health Spas, is the perfect place for a little time out. For those seeking a sense of rejuvenation after days spent in the sun, there’s a range of healing and re-energizing treatments. There’s also a small, well equipped gym for those wanting to pump up their muscles.. and the most fabulous mani and pedi section… lie back, relax, doze for an hour and wake up to a perfect 10. Highly recommended!

 

5. Eat your heart out

With more than 30 restaurants, Sun City caters for all tastes and has something for everyone. While family restaurant brands are on offer, Sun city has now created several signature eateries. Among the new or refurbished restaurants are Bocado at the Cascades – which offers guests a beautiful setting to enjoy vibrant Mediterranean-inspired dishes; Legends at Soho – a trendy grill house that pays tribute to the icons who have graced Sun City since 1979, and the Brew Monkey at the Valley of the Waves – a gastro pub which has a decidedly rustic microbrewery feel with hand-picked craft beers and milkshakes.

 

6. Ride and slide

There are now seven thrilling slides to try at the Valley of Waves, with a ride for every comfort level, from an easygoing tubing experience to semi-submerged watersides that spiral downhill. Sun City’s exhilarating slides assure an unforgettable experience.

 

7. Segway Guided Tours

The Sun City complex is huge… and there’s loads to see. The best way to explore? A Segway Guided Tour.

Perfect for groups of friends or family, It’s easy, fun and you get to explore the area. There’s also an off-road tour along Pilanesberg National Park fence line(where you may just spot one of the Big Five).

Sun City Segway Tours:
Location: Sun City Resort, just below the Cascades Hotel swimming pool.
Email: [email protected]
Phone: 014 557 4052

 

8. Go wild at Adrenalin Extreme

At the outdoor adventure hub Adrenalin Extreme, you can go wild, delving into activities like drift trikes, hovercraft, the accelerator and squad 4×4 challenge. The accellerator is a high impact activity similar to bunjee jumping. The drift trikes are three

Open Daily. 9am – 5pm.

Contact +27 14 557 3294 or send an email to [email protected] for enquiries.

 

9. Party all night

Soho (formerly the Sun City Hotel) is Sun City’s always on party zone. Encapsulating the essence of the renowned Soho destination located in London and New York, which are known for their eclectic vibe and non-stop action, Soho boasts an exclusive, decidedly glamorous modern dance club, Encore, a vibrant bar and hot spot, Vibes, as well as new restaurants. This is where nights become day in spectacular style.

 

10. Go on Safari

Sun City is a five-minute drive from the game-rich and malaria-free Pilanesberg National Park where you can spot the Big Five with Mankwe Gametrackers or enjoy spectacular views of the reserve in hot air balloons. The Pilanesberg National Park is a melting pot of topographies – which include syenite koppies, forested ravines, bushveld and rolling grasslands and lighly wooded areas – all combined in the crater of an extinct volcano that covers 55 000 hectares.

 

What to do around Pta during the Easter holidays

Easter is a time to reflect and spend quality time with loved ones. Plan a picnic, invite a few friends and relatives over, go for a road trip, catch a movie with the kids or visit some of our local attractions.

Get It! Pretoria shared some cool ideas of fun activities you can do during the long weekend. Read them below:

 

Take the kids to the zoo

The Pretoria Zoo or National Zoological Garden of South Africa as it is more formally known is the largest zoo in the country and the only one with national status. It boasts an aquarium, reptile park and enough animals to make your head spin.

Details: http:www.pretoria.co.za/listings/pretoria-zoo/

 

Learn about our history

If you’ve never been, the Ditsong National Museum of Natural History, formerly known as the Transvaal Museum, is a definite must visit. The Museum’s collections and exhibits include hominid fossils from the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage Site and associated fauna, including Mrs Ples [the nickname attributed to a fossil skull believed to represent a distant relative of all humankind]; fossils, skeletons, skins and mounted specimens of amphibians, fish, invertebrates, reptiles and mammals. The Ditsong National Museum of Natural History is the only natural history museum in Gauteng and one of the largest in South Africa. It is unique in that it is the only institute in South Africa that offers the local, national and international community the opportunity to view its collections including original fossil material usually denied the public.

Visit their website for more.

 

Smell the roses

If gardening is your hobby then Ludwig’s Roses is the place to visit during the Easter holidays. Browse between the hundreds of roses on display, stroll through the gorgeous gardens or shop for luxurious rose hand creams, body lotion, linen spray or array of rose petal jams and syrups. There’s also a great little eatery where you can grab a quick bite.

Details: http:www.ludwigsroses.co.za/

 

Ride on…

Spoil the kids with some horse riding at the Voortrekker Monument. Cape riding horse offers the best trails rides and allow you to enjoy nature at its best. And don’t worry; experienced and inexperienced riders are welcome. Click here to know more.

 

Spots for a delectable cake in Pretoria

Maybe you’ve been tasked with planning your BFF’s next birthday party, or simply made it through a stressful day with all your hair in place. (Go, you!) We never need a reason to take Marie Antoinette’s famous advice. Yes, a delicious cake is the order of the day.

From a fancy chocolate cake to the city’s best red velvet, here’s where to get some of Pretoria’s tastiest cakes.

 

Fournos Bakery

Image: Courtesy of Fournos Bakery.

What pairs better with a freshly brewed cup of coffee than a delightful cake that’s smothered in the darkest of chocolate? Hmmm… Whether you’re sitting down for a slice or have a special occasion that you don’t feel like baking for, Fournos Bakery is consistently good. Take your pick from their mouth-watering cake display but their mini cheesecakes, topped with berry compote, are simply divine. It’s no wonder they’ve been voted the ultimate bakery in the city.

Click here to order their bakery items. 

 

Anja’s Tea Garden

Image: A baked delight at Anja’s.

If the smell of delicious pastries tickles your fancy, you might want to give this charming tea garden a visit. Set in a quaint yet chic location in Pretoria East, Anja’s Tea Garden is an independent venue and eatery. All their cakes are freshly baked, but do make an effort to try their chocolate cake. Here, you may choose to sit-in and enjoy a delectable slice of cake, or order a whole cake which you can say you baked. Although they only operate from Wednesday to Saturday, their freshly prepared delights and creative flair makes this spot a definite must-visit. For the fifth year in a row, Anja’s was voted the city’s best tea garden, can you believe it?

Located at  317 Graham Rd, Zwavelpoort, Pretoria, 0036

Woolworths Café

Image: A creation by Abigail Donnelly for Woolworths.

The various Woolworths Cafés in Pretoria boast stunning displays of cakes on any given day. Just looking at them is enough to get you drooling. It helps that they make great coffee, too – cake and coffee just go so well together, don’t you think? Order yourself a flat white and a slice of whatever catches your eye – it’s all good here.

Click here to locate a Woolworths Café near you.

 

Mugg and Bean

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Mugg & Bean provides the perfect refuge from intense shopping, or a fast paced morning in the city. With franchises in convenient locations across Pretoria, the vibrant coffee-themed restaurant has established itself as the most preferred choice for breakfast, pastries and that morning cup of Joe. Its coffee and food offering is specifically designed to meet the needs of just about everyone looking for a friendly informal dining experience available throughout the day. Their cake offering is simply divine. You might want to try a delicious slice of chocolate cake… coupled with a a delicious cappuccino of course.

Visit their website for more.

 

Château Gâteaux Patisserie

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Château Gâteaux Patisserie is home to a wide range of delectable desserts. They even serve up mini cakes so that you can satisfy your sweet tooth without overdoing it… or eat three different cakes in one sitting – the choice is yours! You can also walk away with a whole cake (and even pretend you baked it yourself, if you like). Cakes that really stick out from their menu are the Double Decker and the Black Forest Gâteaux.

Located at no. 69, Glenfair Boulevard Shopping Centre, Daventry St & Lynnwood Rd, Lynnrodene.

 

Miss Cake

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Miss Cake is a cute and unpretentious coffee shop situated in the heart of Nieuw Muckelneuk. Known to serve the most scrumptious breakfasts, cakes and light lunches, this little gem is fast gaining prominence within the city. Upon visit, you’ll find a range of delicious cakes on display, with divine cake tastings hosted regularly. The décor is a mix of pink, black and white stripes and a floral wallpaper.

260 Florence Ribeiro Ave, Groenkloof, Pretoria, 0027

 

Isabella’s Cake & Food Shop

Isabella’s Cake and Food Shop is one of Pretoria’s best kept secrets, and the ultimate ‘go-to’ spot for pastries, cakes and confectionery delights for occasions big and small. This chic and stylish eatery boasts a well-groomed interior, and offers an unrivaled array of cakes which you can enjoy as desert after a delicious meal, or as a stand alone treat. Their apple and nut and red velvet cakes are fantastic, but their famous Carrot and Macadamia nut cake is simply undefeated. Yum!

Unit N4B, Groenkloof Forum, 57 George Storrar Dr, Groenkloof.

 

Where to get the juiciest ribs in town

Every foodie knows that nothing inspires food envy quite like a glorious rack of ribs. To narrow down your search for the perfect pork, beef or spare ribs – we put out our rib radar to find restaurants that offer succulent ribs in every size, style and basting.

 

Spur

With over 50 years in existence, this famous steakhouse is known for serving generous meat portions and juicy grills. Spur family-friendly atmosphere makes it perfect for a lingering lunch or a dinner with family or friends. Our Readers have also voted Spur Steak Ranches the best steak restaurant in the Pretoria. Their famous pork spare ribs remain undefeated. Yum!

 

The Godfather (Centurion)

This is probably still one of the most buzzed-about steakhouses in Centurion. The Godfather is a relaxed and sophisticated candle-lit restaurant that specializes in aged steaks and seasonal greens. All their ribs and grills are prepared with their famous barbecue basting or spicy black pepper, mustard seed and salt. Enjoy a generous portion of sticky spare or lamb ribs with your choice of chips, mash, baked potato, rice or creamed spinach and butternut.

Click here to view their menu.

 

Cattle Baron (Centurion) 

Founded by franchisor Ronnie Dick in 1987, Cattle Baron is an ever-popular steakhouse that celebrates a strong family tradition with traditional booth seating and a comprehensive menu selection.  Tuck into some mouth-watering flame-grilled pork loin ribs basted in a signature barbecue glaze, and served with your choice of starch.

www.cattlebaron.co.za

 

Turn ‘n Tender (Menlyn Maine) 

Turn ‘n Tender is also regarded as home to some of the best pork and beef ribs in the city. Founded by four brothers in April 1977, the restaurant has garnered a lot of popularity for its friendly atmosphere and succulent dishes. If you’re looking to have some juicy ribs served in a hospitable and vibrant environment, you might want to give Turn ‘ n Tender a visit.

Price(s): Pork Loin Ribs  – R170 (Half Portion) | R285 (Full Portion)

Beef Ribs – R145 (Half Portion) | R240 (Full Portion)

 

Kream (Brooklyn)

Kream is a sophisticated restaurant that boasts some elegant dishes. Try their smoked pork loin ribs that arrive sticky and glossy in a tangy barbecue basting sauce. You also get a side of golden onion rings and skinny fries. Magnificent!

Price: Pork Loin Ribs  – R179 (600g)

 

For ribs to make at home, head out to…

Hokaai Meat Market

Since the early 1990’s, Hokaai Meat has established itself as a household name in Pretoria, offering the finest chops, ribs, roasts and spicy chicken fillets. Make banging, slow-cooked ribs in your backyard or oven with delicious beef, pork and spare ribs from Hokaai Meat Market. They are situated in four Pretoria locations; namely Lynwood, Montana, Centurion and Faerie Glen.

www.hokaaimeatmarket.com

Where best to watch Black Panther in Pretoria

If you haven’t had the chance to go watch one of the world’s most talked-about movies, you might want to head out to an awesome cinema this week.

Marvel Studio’s Black Panther made its debut this weekend, garnering exceptional reviews and remarkable box office records.

Black Panther chronicles the journey of a superhero T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) who, after the death of his father, the King of Wakanda, returns home to the isolated, technologically advanced African nation to succeed to the throne and take his rightful place as king. But when a powerful old enemy reappears, T’Challa’s mettle as king—and Black Panther—is tested when he is drawn into a formidable conflict that puts the fate of Wakanda and the entire world at risk. Faced with treachery and danger, the young king must rally his allies and release the full power of Black Panther to defeat his foes and secure the safety of his people and their way of life. 

Watch the trailer:

Marvel’s parent company Disney, reports that the movie’s opening received the fifth highest earning of any film, with an estimated three-day domestic gross of $235 million. The only other movies that are said to have brought in more numbers are Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Jurassic World and The Avengers, according to The Associated Press.

If you’re wondering where you can go watch Black Panther in Pretoria, these two cinemas will definitely make the movie viewing a memorable experience.

 

1. Ster-Kinekor 

Ster-Kinekor launched their first premium cinema experience more than six years ago with the Cine Prestige in Joburg. Since then, the group has expanded this premium range of cinemas to Brooklyn, Kolonnade Shopping Centre, Montana and Wonderpark. Anyone who’s enjoyed Cine Prestige’s high-quality movie experience will tell you how it compares to no other, surpassing all the expectations of an awesome movie viewing. Click here to locate a Ster-Kinekor near you.

 

1. Nu Metro (Menlyn Park)

If you’re looking to watch Black Panther at one of the most prestigious cinema complex’ in the city, you might want to head out to Menlyn Park’s Nu Metro. Nu Metro offers the very best in movie theatres – we’re talking digital and 3D technology, gourmet concessions and so much more. Not only that, but their popcorn is also quite delicious.

 www.numetro.co.za

 

 

 

7 must-try fish and chips spots in Pretoria

Crispy and comforting – when well done, a plate of traditional fish and chips is simply irresistible. These seven fast-food restaurants are the go-to place for a serving of the city’s finest fish and chips.

 

7. Fish and Chips Co.

Whether you’re craving hake and chips, viennas or a fish burger – our current favourite place for all things fish and chips is undoubtedly the Fish and Chips Company. This spot nails all the essentials when it comes to quality fish and chips;  a crisp, golden crust, thick-cut chips and excellent value for money. Not only that, but they also offer a wide selection of tasty meals to choose from. Scattered in different locations across the city, this friendly take-away franchise has established itself as an affordable go-to fish and chips spot for many of the city’s locals.

 

6. Jimmy’s Killer Fish and Chips

Jimmy’s Killer Fish & Chips is a scaled down version of Jimmy’s Killer Prawns, and is geared for the take-away & take home market. The focus on their menu is seafood items with a limited range of sandwiches, rolls & meat items. Their menu is very simple yet thoroughly researched, but still in keeping with their customer’s needs & preferences.

Expect crispy, tasty chips and delicious white fish, encased in a delicate batter. Add a squeeze of fresh lemon, and you’ve got yourself summer on a plate.

Corner James and Pretoria Streets, Silverton

 

5. The Famous Fishoek Co.

With its trademark authentic West Coast slang and its original “Mediterranean meets Paternoster” design and decor, this seafood restaurant oozes character and charm. The Famous Fishoek Company has earned itself a reputation for dishing up something of a surprise – both on the menu and off. They serve a variety of mouth-watering dishes such as prawns, calamari and snails – but do not miss their mammoth hake fillet, which is battered until golden and coated with their famous beer batter and lemon butter.

Shop 12, Lynwood Bridge Shopping Centre, Daventry St, Lynnwood Manor, Pretoria

 

4. Fishaways 

Whether you prefer a tasty, wholesome fillet of hake or mouth-watering sea delicacies like calamari and prawns, Fishaways promises unparalleled quality and flavour – fried or grilled. The fast food restaurant has been around for quite some time; serving the most flavoursome seafood and chips. What’s also great about Fishaways is that they allow you to order your food online, adding convenience and value for money to their offering.

What are you waiting for? Order something.

 

3. John Dory’s

This Durban-born franchise is famous for its great selection of SASSI-approved fish and generous meals to suit every palate. Located in four Pretoria suburbs, John Dory’s presents a delectable offering of calamari dishes, prawns and generous food portions at a reasonable price.

Try their tempura-battered or grilled Bassa fillet and chips.

Click here to locate a John Dory’s near you.

 

2. Tony’s Fish and Chips Co.

Toni’s Fish and Chips Company is a restaurant that combines convenience with fresh, high-quality food. After opening Toni’s pizzeria, the owners went on to perfect their method of preparing fresh fish and calamari. Today, this has materialised into their uncomplicated and unpretentious eatery. You simply cannot go wrong with their traditional fish and chips.

902 Pierneef St, Villieria, Pretoria, 0186

 

1. Ocean Basket 

Anyone who’s planning a seafood extravaganza knows to head to Ocean Basket, voted the city’s best seafood restaurant. Not only does this store adhere to SASSI guidelines but also offers an exceptional sushi selection, as well as all the deli items you need to make your seafood at home. Ocean Basket prides itself in its serving of family friendly, great value and delicious meals.

 

Guide: Where to find the most desirable coffee in Pretoria

For most people in Pretoria, the morning caffeine fix is a definite essential. The city, with its vast urban sprawl, is home to a number of exceptional coffee shops nestled in and among the high rises.

Head on over to any of these amazing spots for a delicious cup of coffee, as voted by the city’s locals.

 

1. STARBUCKS 

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For years, many have only dreamt of getting their hands on a delicious cup of Starbucks coffee. Today, the famous café-restaurant is made accessible across various locations in Pretoria. Voted the best spot to grab a cup of coffee in the city, Starbucks uses only the highest quality of Arabica coffee as the base for its espresso drinks. We’ve all heard of their brilliant frappucinos, teas, and lattes, which you can choose to enjoy alongside a generous slice of cake.

What are you waiting for? Click here to find a Starbucks store near you.

 

2. MUGG & BEAN

Mugg & Bean provides the perfect refuge from intense shopping, or a fast paced morning in the city. With franchises in convenient locations across the city, the vibrant coffee-themed restaurant has established itself as the most preferred choice for breakfast, pastries and that morning cup of Joe. Its coffee and food offering is specifically designed to meet the needs of just about everyone looking for a friendly informal dining experience available throughout the day.

Mugg & Bean is not just a premier coffee emporium, but a home to many of the city’s hustlers as it provides a relaxed environment, excellent service and value for money; all combined to create an unhurried old world encounter of cherished values, generosity, comfort, quality fare and of course, great coffee. Visit their website for more.

 

3. Coffee on 18th 

Previously known as Carl’s Coffee Shop, Coffee on 18th is located on the corner of 18th Avenue at Rietondale, Pretoria. This street-side café serves the most amazing coffee and food. If you have time for a leisurely breakfast or brunch, you might want to give Coffee on 18th  a visit.

 

4. SEATTLE COFFEE COMPANY

With a dynamic list of tenderly prepared and ethically sourced coffees, this exceptional coffee company has taken the artisanal approach towards the crafting of its offering; serving a selection of both organic and freshly-ground blends of delicious coffee. Seattle Coffee Company was created by Alley and Scott Svenson; a couple whose inspiration was born out of their experience of specialty coffee brands in their hometown of Seattle. Today, the coffee company has grown exponentially with shops in over 85 locations across the country.

Indulge in a creamy butterscotch latte or a delicious, smooth cappuccino.

 

5. Grounded at Echo

At Grounded at Echo, coffee is not just a drink – but a catalyst for conversation and community. The vibrant coffee spot was created so that locals in the Moot could gather to enjoy a great cup of coffee in an inspiring and calmative environment. Today, the space has grown to become something more special for many in Pretoria. Their espresso blend is a mixture of Brazilian, Guatemalan, and Costa Rican beans, medium dark roasted to preserve the more delicate flavours. Likewise, their menu items contain the freshest ingredients sourced both from within the community and from external suppliers. Grounded at Echo also provides a platform for the city’s artists to showcase their art and work.

Click here to view their menu.

 

6. AROMA 

Aroma Gourmet Coffee Roastery is a chic and family-friendly café situated in the plush suburbs of Lynnwood, Pretoria. This thriving coffee shop has become a local favourite for its exceptional combination of superior coffee and affable, warm service. They provide the best quality of freshly roasted coffee available, giving patrons a chance to experience coffee at its finest. Try their peanut butter freezo.

Image: Supplied

 

Get perfect eyebrows in under two minutes

Here are six steps to shape and fill your arches for perfect eyebrows in minutes.

You will need:

  • An spooley brush
  • An angled synthetic brush or your old mascara brush
  • Tinted brow gel
  • A couple of cotton buds (two at most)
  • Concealer and an eyebrow stencil (optional)

Direction:

Step 1: Brush your eyebrows using a spooley brush. It always helps to start brushing from the middle to the lower part of your eyebrow as this creates a more flawless, natural shape.

Step 2: Position your eyebrows into the shape of your desire using the angled synthetic brush. If you don’t have naturally strong brows, draw a brow shape that best flatters your face.

Step 3: Now that you have created your ideal brow shape, fill in the contours using the tinted brow gel.

Experts say it is important to choose a colour that best matches your natural skin tone as this will help achieve a more radiant and natural look. Failing to do this will leave your brows looking unnatural and unflattering. Keep in mind to never use black gels and black eye pencils for contouring!

Step 4: Continue to fill your eyebrows until you have created a nice ombre effect.

You might also want to shade the outline of your eyebrows using some concealer. This will help define and accentuate your eyebrows.

Step 5: Now neatly reposition your brows using the synthetic brush.


Step 6: Give your brows one final brush and prepare to dazzle.

Not sure where to shop for all your beauty essentials? Click here to see which store was voted the best in the city.

Recipe: Cherry Merlot Winesicles

Tantalize your taste buds with some delicious, adult-pleasing Cherry Merlot ‘Winesicles’. Yes, they include wine…

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ cups Ecco Domani Merlot

1 ½ cups fresh cherries, pitted

6 oz simple syrup

 

To make:

Combine the merlot, cherries and simple syrup in a blender and blend until completely smooth, about 30 seconds on high speed.

Divide between 9 popsicle moulds. Insert sticks and freeze completely for about 6 hours.

Run the moulds under hot water to release “winesicles” and serve immediately.

 

Enjoy!

Source: Foodess.com

Best Burgers in Pretoria

There’s nothing as splendid as a succulent burger made from the finest selection of beef; served with a touch of local flavour to have you licking your fingers.

Grab a friend, take a trip and experience first-hand the top seven spots that serve the best burgers in Pretoria.

 

7. Hudsons The Burger Joint

Hudsons burger patties are some of the best there is – that range from 180g to 250g of awesomeness. Their beef burgers are made using free veld fed beef and are served medium rare to unlock the flavour. Try their Badass burger which includes two juicy beef patties, each stuffed with habanero chilli, topped with jalapeño jam, white onion & cheddar.

18 Pinaster Ave, Hazelwood, Pretoria, 0081

 

6. Turn ’n Tender

The burgers at Turn ’n Tender are superb, without trying to be gourmet or fiddly. They arrive in manageable portions made with good-quality products, and are served with excellent, crispy potato chips on the side. Speciality options include the smoked mozzarella and biltong burger as well as their tremendous Jack Daniels treat; stuffed with onions, chilli and some good marmalade.

Menlyn Maine, Pretoria

 

5. Ed’s Diner

At Ed’d Diner, every burger is crafted with care – right from the brioche buns down to their special selection of house sauces, beef patties and cheese. They’re more than just about great food though. The restaurant also offers a tranquil and relaxing in-door setting – where you can enjoy a grand meal in a 70s-style space. Head out to Ed’s for the finest gourmet burgers, grills, and pizzas served with ice-cold beers and cocktails.

Located in Centurion and Parkview Shopping Centre

 

4. Burger Bistro

The burgers at Burger Bistro are the kind you’d want to eat in a park or on your couch or in a bathroom at work –  so no one asks you for a bite. Their burgers are flame grilled to perfection and served with some of the finest lettuce, cheese and tomatoes. Every burger comes standard with a 200g home-made burger patty and a freshly baked bun, alongside a pile of delicious hand-cut chips.

The Burger Bistro was founded by Corné Read and Jan-Hendrik van Staden, whose awful amount of time and passion for food led to the creation of what has now become one of the most prefered burger restaurants in Pretoria. Today, the Burger Bistro has grown exponentially, with restaurants scattered across different locations within the city. Try their succulent Godfather burger with a delicious lavender milkshake. Yum!!

Click here to locate a Burger Bistro near you.

 

3. Ribs and Burgers

Ribs & Burgers made a name for itself by putting a new spin on ‘trendy, fresh, quick, casual’. Serving traditional, succulent ribs with their unique basting and sources, burgers made from the best ground, free range beef and other delights for the discerning foodie, combined with friendly service, eclectic design and furnishings and warm welcoming atmosphere, R&B is quickly becoming the talk of the town.

For more on R&B follow them on Facebook.

 

2. RocoMamas

RocoMamas offers a selection of American-style burgers, served with fresh cut chips and seasoning. This fast-food enterprise has restaurants in three locations within the city, and has become quite legendary for their ‘Smashburgers’: 150g of smashed beef which you can add your choice of toppings onto. Each burger comes standard with tomato, cheese and their delicious Rocomayo.

 

The people’s fave….

Steers ( Voted Best Burger and Chips)

Our readers have spoken. Steers has been voted the best place to get a takeaway burger and chips in Pretoria. The fast-food restaurant is one of SA’s leading and most recognizable brands, and is renowned for serving the most delicious flame-grilled burgers and handmade chips. Their 100% beef patties are fried to perfection; topped with some of the finest own-made sauces and condiments. Steers is ranked among the best performing home-grown food franchises in the country.

Have you tried their mouth-watering Mega Ribster meal?

What are you waiting for? Head to a Steers near you https://steers.co.za/store-locator /

Recipe: Greek Buddha Bowl

If you’re an avid foodie or a staunch follower of trends, you’ve probably seen the #Buddhabowl trend on Instagram quite a few times.

Buddha bowls, or ‘hippy bowls’ as they are commonly known, are hearty, filling dishes made of delicious vegetables and whole-wheat grains. The Buddha bowl trend has grown exponentially since 2016, with chefs, celebrities and food enthusiasts across the globe each sharing their renditions of it.

While Buddha bowls vary from dish to dish – the formula remains the same. Not only are they jam-packed with rich nutrients and vitamins that aid weight loss and overall well-being, but are also a great way to use up any leftover produce.

If you’re not already on the Buddha bowl bandwagon, here’s an easy-to-make Greek Buddha bowl recipe to try at home.

You will need (Ingredients):

Chickpeas
Feta cheese
Cherry tomatoes
Green pepper
Couscous
Cucumber
Olives

 

Dressing:

3 tbsp olive oil
½ lemon
Parsley, finely chopped
Salt and pepper

 

Method:

  1. Cut up all the ingredients.
  2. Place in neat sections around the bowl.
  3. Add dressing

 

One last note…

Buddha Bowls are vegan, so there shouldn’t be any animal products like meat, fish or bacon in them.

 

 

Family fine dining restaurants in Pretoria

There are certain characteristics that distinguish a good restaurant from an average one. While these may vary according to preference – most people seem to agree that good cuisine is one of the most important ingredients of an awesome dining experience.

Your guide to the best eateries and restaurants for an awesome family dining experience in Pretoria.

 

Padbok Thai (Brooklyn)

Padbok Thai’s delightful dishes will transport you with their aroma and flavour. Start the divine experience with a bowl of vibrant and spicy tom yum soup, followed by any of their authentic curries. The Penang with chicken is fantastic. Save space for the excellent crunchy banana fritters, which are drenched in honey and served with coconut ice cream.

Cherry Lane Shopping Centre, Brooklyn Road, Nieuw Muckleneuk.

 

Shilla’s Korean Cuisine (Hazelwood)

Shilla’s Korean Cuisine is quaint restaurant nestled in the eastern suburbs of Pretoria. The unassuming surrounds make the food here so much more impressive. Portions are generous and so are the traditional condiments of blanched salted peanuts, silken tofu and kimchi. Light meals are delicious and satisfying, especially the pancakes stuffed with warm kimchi or calamari and spring onion. The pork dumplings are a highlight, and noodle lovers will enjoy the sweet-potato noodles with stir-fried veggies. End on the popular sweet and sticky rice cakes with red-bean paste.

27 Maroelana Street, Hazelwood.

 

Woodstock Urban Pizzeria (Constantia Park)

There are familiar names here like Regina and Margarita, but local palates are also represented with pizzas like the Jo-Burger with potato and asparagus, and the Woodstock with biltong and avo. The bases are thin and crisp and the toppings are generous.

206 Duvernoy St, Constantia Park.

 

Prosopa (Waterkloof Heights)

The sophisticated, fresh atmosphere of Prosopa, situated in the heart of Waterkloof Heights, is one where you immediately feel relaxed and welcome. If you kick off with the meze, that’s all you might get to. Highlights include fried brinjal and skordalia dip, halloumi cheese with grape chutney, and the more unusual pikilia platter. The lamb kleftiko is exquisite, as are the lambchops with spiced lentils. The Klein Karoo ostrich fillet with honey and soy is delicious, too. Desserts include a tempting Greek milk tart.

103 Club Ave, Waterkloof Heights.

 

Hinterland Vleishandelaar (Hazelwood)

Lamb and beef are everyone’s favourite in this well-loved establishment. The carpaccio is truly delicious, as are the popular marrowbones. For mains, choose between Kalahari or Karoo lamb chops, prepared to your preference, or go for the fillet, T-bone, rump, or sirloin steaks with your choice of sides. Other meat-based dishes include lamb curry or beef stroganoff. There are also some fish and chicken options for the non-meat eaters.

107, The Club Shopping Center, 147 Pinaster Ave & 18th Street, Hazelwood.

Intimate matters: Finding the perfect Bra

Bras are probably the most important piece of apparel you own and shopping for them can be quite, well let’s say… intimate. Whilst cheek and revealing underwear with frilly lace or soft satin are the most sought by many women – finding these in the right style and fit can be quite an adventure.

Bra fitters acknowledge how difficult the bra shopping experience can be, as well as all the bottled-up questions women are often too shy to ask, of which they hold all the answers too. So, we head out to speak to bra fitters in Pretoria to gather all the things one needs to consider when shopping for the perfect bra.

 

1. Pokey wires and painful straps are a sure sign that you’re wearing the incorrect style or size.

Painful straps are normally an indication that your band size isn’t working, or that the style is totally wrong. When you’re in a well-fitted bra, you should hardly feel your straps at all. This is why experts stress the importance of finding the right fit – which implies trying on different styles, and maybe going up or down a size, depending on how it feels. It is recommended that you go for a fitting at least once a year to make sure your bra fits comfortably, and correctly.  While most women have emphasised how embarrassing it is to ask for help when shopping for undies, wearing an ill-fitting bra is far more embarrassing. So ask! It’s not often that you will have to.

 

2. If you fasten your bra on the last set of hooks, your back band isn’t properly fitted.

Your bra’s back band does a vast majority of the work, so it’s important to ensure that it properly supports your breasts. Having to constantly pull your bra down or adjust it as it shifts up and down all day shows that its way too big. You’re wearing the incorrect size!

Another way to tell if your bra’s back band is too big is to see if it fits well when fastened on the last set of hooks, if not – you best believe it’s not your fit. The back band of your bra should be firmly placed on your body – ensuring both comfort and support.

 

3. The emphasis is on the quality.

Not all bras are created the same, so it’s essential to think quality and not quantity when shopping for the intimates. The life expectancy of an average bra is about a year, depending on the wear and care.  Focus on building a collection of good, high-quality bras. It’s not about the number of sexy bras you own – but rather about how well these look and fit on you.

 

4. Found the perfect bra? Great, now wear it properly….

Once you have your perfectly fitted bra in hand, you need to know how to wear it properly. ‘Swoop and Scoop’, the experts say.  Position your breasts into the cups to ensure they’re in the right position.  The best way to do this is to lean forward into your bra, fasten the hooks and then scoop your breast tissue up and away from the wire.

 

Fun facts; Did you know that:

  • The tiny bow that appears between the cups of most bras is a relic of sixteenth and seventeenth century stomachers.
  • There’s a bra that doubles as a gas mask in the event of an emergency.
  • In the absence of sports bras, women playing tennis at Wimbledon in 1887 competed in metal corsets, which were so stabby that they often ended up covered in blood by the end of a match.
  • The size on ones breasts changes and fluctuates throughout the year, and most women have one breast that’s bigger than the other.

Interesting!

 

 

Congratulations to our reader winners for 2017!

While the celebration continued throughout the morning, a highlight of the annual event has to be the reader winners.

This is where ten lucky voters (drawn at random) get the chance to draw their hand in prizes worth well over R100 000.

For the Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 we had some fantastic prizes and the winners couldn’t contain their excitement.

Some of the prizes included a weekend away at the FairCity Roodevallei Hotel, a Thomas Sabo watch worth R5 725, Placecol treatment vouchers valued at R1 800, a Metro Home Centre voucher worth R2 000 and a two-night stay for two at Walkersons Hotel and Spa including full board and two spa treatments.

And the winners are…

After months of anticipation we can finally reveal the Best of Pretoria Readers’ Choice Awards 2017 winners and we couldn’t be more excited.

You, the readers of Pretoria had the chance to vote for your favourite local establishments, people and places, supporting local ‘is lekker’ whereafter we tallied the votes.

This morning the winners were announced at a lavish function at the Forever Hotel in Centurion where guests could indulge, relax and of course, celebrate.

 

 

Shop till you drop!

Want to refresh your summer wardrobe but just don’t have the cash after a very jolly festive season?
Then Menlyn Park Shopping Centre’s annual Summer Sale is the place to be. Participating stores are offering up to 75% off local and international brands! We mean, come on!

Everything from summer print dresses, classic white button-up shirts, perfect little black dresses, trendy jeans, tees and male chinos, everything must go. H&M, Cotton On and Edgars are only some of the stores participating while Dis-Chem is offering up to 50% off cosmetics and bodycare products. Dion Wired has also marked down some of their products.

The Menlyn Park Shopping Centre summer sale runs until 31 January so dust off your credit card and get the gang together for s hopping spree like no other. .The newly renovated Menlyn Park Shopping Centre is now the biggest mall in Africa, with over 500 stores, and a large variety of other attractions, including restaurants, movie theatres, play areas for kids and adults, and the beautiful Central Park area where visitors can rest their feet and refresh themselves.

 

 

Because guys can also shop ’til they drop!

From bespoke suits to bamboo socks, the new and improved Menlyn Park Shopping Centre has men covered

Bringing the most fantastic international and local menswear stores together all under one roof shoppers can look forward to strolling through the doors of stores to the likes of Fabiani, Bagozza, Tread+Miller and Markham.

As the leader in menswear fashion and denim in South Africa, Markham has over 140 years of experience in menswear and leads urban, street-style fashion and denim in Africa. The Menlyn Park Shopping Centre outlet at 1250 m² is the largest store ever, and will encompass The Tech Bar, where you can get your social-media fix and charge your phone. There will also be “chill spots” where the ladies can relax and check out their guys in their latest threads.

Relay Jeans housed in Markham – has nothing but the freshest looks to see in the latest in trends for the youthful and energetic guy who sets trends and doesn’t follow them. Their pin boards in the store carry unique fixtures with denim-on-denim showing their originality and authentic style authority.

Tread+Miller is a unique footwear and accessories destination dedicated to the style-focused man. On-trend brands will be central to this great new store, in which masculine smells of cologne and leather will put shoppers completely at ease.

The House of Bossellino, established in South Africa in 2011, specialises in formal and casual apparel and footwear, selling top labels including, Damat, Abbliamento Versace and Stefano Bemer.

Carducci opened its second flagship store at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, and houses both men’s and women’s collections under one roof. The store even boats a VIP area where expert consultants can advise discerning shoppers on their wardrobe. Suits can be made to order, and an on-site tailor will be available for immediate alterations.

Sartoria Milano, home to master tailors have been crafting high-end garments since its inception in 1980. By bringing together the best of European fabrics that are blended in Italy and impeccable tailoring they are well versed with international menswear trends and contemporary cuts. There has never been a better time to be bespoke.

Since 1978, Fabiani has been the Leading Premium Menswear Retailer in South Africa. The much anticipated Fabiani opened a luxurious flagship store in Menlyn and offer the exclusive Fabiani Collection, G- Star Raw, Happy Socks and the Magic Smell of Comme Des Garcons.

And last but not least, Cape Town sock specialist Nic Harry will be bringing to Pretoria its limited-edition bold and daring socks, made with soft and luxurious bamboo fibres.

 

Who will be able to say no to all that!

Splendid stationery range

In a world full electronic instant gratification, it’s so lovely to put pen to paper – from dreamy love letters (tick the romance box) to heartfelt thank yous (tick the manners box). We’re loving the new Liberty Bespoke hand-crafted stationery range … made environmentally-responsible paper (tick the green box), there are so many gorg designs to select from … foiled gold and white for Christmas, overblown roses and on trend flamingos. Writing paper and envelopes, cards and gift tags and wrap … these make really gorgeous gifts, too. All available only online. Details: www.libertybespoke.co.za

 

Summer nights at Fumo restaurant

Recent upgrades to Fumo restaurant in Groenkloof have been celebrated in style.

Executive chef and owner Claudio Uccello treated guests to connoisseur dishes and quality Prosecco sparkling wine.

The restaurant was opened in 2011.

Uccello trained at Locanda Locatelli in London and remains true to his main ideal.

This is to meet modern South African society with contemporary touches by merging the sophistication of fine dining with warmth and familiarity of Italian culture.

This restaurant is a quaint little place, surrounded by an atmosphere of warmth and passion, playing on the duality of both the everyday and the eventful.

Biting into a dish at Fumo is not just about the meal, but also about savouring the experience of the ingredients that are used in each unique recipe; true artwork that are created by this talented and experienced world-class chef.

Uccello insisted that Italians wanted to welcome people by sharing what they have, however simple and in abundance.

An Italian’s role in life is: feed the people.

Trending this summer – all natural Empire Ice Cream

The start of Empire Ice Cream surely has the greatest story ever.

Husband and wife Emma and Anthony Churchyard launched their own ice cream range a few months ago after Emma got retrenched in July this year.

Emma is an adept cook, who loves to entertain guests and always enjoyed making ice cream for guests.

When they celebrated their anniversary in August, Emma said she was starting an ice cream business.on Anthony replied that they were going to do it.

They started with a 1l ice cream machine that took around 45 minutes to turn the ice cream around.

Anthony is also a professional photographer, and while at a client’s house, he saw a dusty industrial ice cream machine standing there.

“I asked the guy if we could buy the machine from him and he said I could have it for free,” said Churchyard.

After they collected the ice cream machine they decided to launch their product in October at Blank Canvas Studio, with Café Cruze Express treating guests with coffee and cappuccinos.

“Even though it was a scary project to take on, we produced 60l of ice cream in four days,” said Churchyard.

“This industrial machine produces 1,5l of ice cream every three minutes.”

Production levels were still modest as the couple was working from home.

“We only provide on order, but would love to supply restaurants, markets and events with our ice cream,” said Churchyard.

Empire Ice Cream is homemade, and artificial flavour and colouring free, with eco-friendly and biodegradable packaging.

Banting, lactose free, and other flavours are also available which ensures that every taste will be satisfied.

This ice cream is absolutely heavenly and mouth-watering, as it is infused with fresh ingredients such as mint, strawberry, coconut and more.

Current flavours include dark chocolate, salted caramel, coconut, fresh mint, choc-chip, peanut butter and vanilla.

Survive the last few weeks of 2016 with some organic cocktails

Every successful entrepreneur has a story – you can taste the passion in every drop of Gudgu.

Pieter du Plessis and Viljoen de Kock, executive owners and producers of Gudgu Cocktails, are just as intriguing as the name of their product which means “goedheid uit die grond”.

These two guys are creative, ambitious and health conscious, which leave South Africans with cocktails containing natural ingredients, and no preservatives. The cordials are organic,and delicious with a sugar-free range to choose from as well.

Gudgu Cocktails was one of the sponsors at the Best of Pretoria Awards Function 2016 recently where guests could indulged in the amazing flavours like strawberry, turkish delight, pineapple, ginger, pink lemonade and blueberry, to name a few.

By this time you are probably fantasizing about sipping on a healthy cocktail somewhere exotic – so rush to the Crafters Fair Christmas Market at the Moreletta Church to spoil yourself with some Gudgu.

Check out the Gudgu Facebook page for more information.

Organised and hosted by two talented sisters Lizelle Fouche and Ursula Burger, the Crafters Fair Christmas Market have over 250 exhibitors who undergo a strict selection process beforehand. This market also provide various employment opportunities, especially for the people of the informal settlement, Plastic View, situated next to Moreletta Church.

This market is absolutely packed with creative and unique stalls, guaranteed to make you wish you already received your December bonus and just perfect for your infinite Christmas shopping list.

Crafters Fair Christmas Market is open from 26 October to 5 November from 09:00 to 19:00 (closed on Sunday’s) – visit the Crafters Fair Market Facebook page.

Top brands soon to call Pretoria home

Pretorians are in for a treat as top international brands such as Zara, Hamleys toy store, Krispy Kreme doughnuts and H&M clothing will soon open their doors at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre.

It is common knowledge that the centre is undergoing a major R2-billion redevelopment due for completion later this year and we cannot wait.

When completed, the new and improved mall will be the largest in Africa with over 500 shops, offering fashionistas and foodies the ultimate shopping experience.

One of the brands that will be available to shoppers is Spanish clothing and accessories label Zara, which already has eight stores in South Africa.

Clothing chain H&M, which has its roots in Sweden, will also be expanding to the city, selling quality fashion at the best price and in a sustainable way.

With over 255 years of experience Hamleys, originally from London, prides itself on being “the finest toy shop in the world” and will open its doors to the thousands of waiting kids of the capital.

For the first time ever Pretoria will also get its very own Krispy Kreme and we could not be happier. Now we will finally also be able to indulge in their delicious coffees and gourmet doughnuts.

Last but not least, another highlight will be Hard Rock Cafe and residents can look forward to some of South Africa’s best musicians and entertainers, along with its legendary burgers, against the much-loved background of authentic memorabilia.

The mall is also excited to welcome some big anchor stores including Dis-Chem Pharmacies, Cotton On, DionWired, Apple, Vodacom and a Bose boutique store.

 

 

 

 

Perfect for a braai!

Jamie Purviance’s Weber Hot & Spicy Best Recipes for your Braai is for those who like it hot and spicy … the recipes are rated for heat and range from tangerine chicken (3/10 on the heat scale), through the completely delicious prawn tails with Bloody Mary cocktail sauce (6/10) to braaied potato salad with smoked trout, red onion and spicy greens (a hottish 7/10).

There are loads of sides along with seasonings and sauces which include an eye-watering habanero-rum sauce which, at 10/10, is not for the faint-hearted. Useful info is the section on various chillies and spices and braaiing fundamentals.

For something with more of a Mediterranean feel, Jamie has also put together Weber Mediterranean Best Recipes for your Braai … proving that with very little effort you can dish up something deliciously glam. Fancy fish?
Try yellowtail with orange, fennel and parsley gremolata or scallops with Italian salsa verde. More of a meat lover? Try Bistecca alla Fiorentina over rocket with shaved Parmesan.

For dessert think hot plums with brandy-allspice butter or roasted oranges with ouzo over ice cream – wow!  There are loads of luscious sides plus essential tools and braai time guides. A must-have for fans of outdoor eating.
Both are Struik Lifestyle books, R170 each.

 

Three thrilling reads

 Three great thrillers for weekend reading … all you need is a warm spot, a comfy chair and a vast glass of your favourite wine. Bliss. The Couple Next Door will have you checking on your children! When Anne and Marco are invited to their neighbour’s home for dinner, but asked to not bring their six-month-old baby (“no offence, nothing personal, but we just can’t stand the crying”) they think it will be fine. After all, it’s just next door, they’ll take the baby monitor and they’ll pop back every half an hour to check on her. But when they go home way after midnight, she’s gone. Every parent’s worst nightmare. Bantam Books, R305.

Peter Robinson’s When the Music’s Over is the new DCI Banks novel. Set in Yorkshire, DI Annie Cabbot is investigating the case of a 14 year old girl, who been found bruised and beaten and apparently thrown from a moving vehicle. At the same time, Alan Banks is investigating a cold murder … one from 50 years previously. As the two try to uncover the individual truths, they unearth secrets darker than they anticpated. Hodder and Stoughton, R340. James Patterson and Michael Ledwidge have written a thriller set in New York, at a time when tensions between America and Russia are running high.

In Bullseye, Detective Michael Bennett receives intelligence warning that there will be an assassination attempt on the US president, and that the Russian government may be behind the plot. Century, R305.

Where do you go to get your most thrilling reads? We want to know!