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So delicious!
The annual DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival is back! As usual, there’s an amazing summer vibe, music (this year’s headliner Erykah Badu will be supported by Jazzanova, and British acid jazz band D’Influence) and so much good food! Wander down the Delicious Mile for a sampling of some of the best street food, or pop in to a pop-up restaurant for one of their signature dishes. There’s also a kid’s play area, and family tickets are available. It’s all happening on 22 and 23 September at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit.  

Take the leap
Want to feel like you’re on top of the world? Who doesn’t? Want to jump off a crane that’s 50 metres high? Um… Play at Height is that crane at Pineslopes, but you don’t have to bungee off it if that isn’t your thing. You can very sensibly stay at the top and have a drink while you enjoy the gorgeous views from the Sky Bar. There’s also abseiling and wall climbing. We’ll see you at the top!

Tickle your funny bone
When it comes to laughter, what’s better than the best? Jimmy Carr’s Best of, Ultimate, Gold, Greatest Hits – that’s what. Experience the dark humour of this British comedian at The Teatro on 21 and 22 September.

 

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The braai without the smoke
If you’ve got a hankering for some Braai Day flavours but don’t want to stand around the flames yourself, the Beerhouse at Pineslopes has you covered. Spend your public holiday listening to live music and enjoying 40% off Brew BQ platters. In the words of Homer Simpson, “Mmmm… beer…”  

 

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Add the sizzle to your braai with these hot recipes!

Get the 411 Everything Fourways Braai recipes

Heritage Day is coming up, which means South Africans from all walks of life are getting their braais ready. We went looking for some recipes with a twist, and found flavours of Asia, Spain and biltong – of course!

Nice spicy rice
Jan Braai, the man behind Braai Day, isn’t only about chops and wors (nothing wrong with them, though). His recipe for chicken, seafood and chorizo paella is fragrant, spicy and totally delicious

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Hot chick
If you think that Thailand and braais don’t go together, think again. This dish of chicken thighs with lime and ginger by Food and Home has all our favourite Thai ingredients, along with a hot kick of ginger and chili. Just add more to turn up the heat.

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Rock it old school
Steak is a braai stalwart for a reason – juicy, delicious, tasty. Mmm… This recipe from Woolworths adds an extra punch with herby butter and spring onions. And check out their video – they actually cook the steak right on the coals.

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Super local, super lekker
Good old braai broodjies get a scrumdidlyumptious sprinkling of biltong in this cheesy, jammy recipe from Food24.

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The week ahead is dotty and delicious!

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Fourways has done it again with a great lineup of events and things to do. From art to music, burgers and holiday fun, there’s something for everyone!

Play time
If the kids have got some extra energy to burn during the school holidays, set off to The Fun Company at Fourways Mall. Their Half Price Holiday Special is exactly what it says on the box: 50% off all attractions between 9am and 11am every day of the holidays. So let them bash into each other in go-karts, pew-pew their way through laser tag, and knock down some skittles.

Sneaky burger jam
The last Wednesday of every month, which is on 27 March, Smokin Aces at The Buzz host a Muso Lunch, featuring a live old school jam session. You can even join in if you are brave enough. They also have a half-price special on burgers – a must at this American style diner. This one is worth sneaking out of the office for. (We won’t tell.)

We’ve gone dotty!
Find your happy place with a Dot Art workshop. This three-hour session harnesses the natural creativity that lives in all of us, one dot at a time. For R400, the facilitator will guide you through the basics of dot art and get you going on a project. You’ll be given all the tools and materials you need, as well as a starter kit to take home. It’s on at The Secret Tea Garden on Sunday 24 March, from 10am.

No-cook Mondays
Did you know that kids eat free every Monday at Pellegrino Toscano at Cedar Square? Whaaaat?!?! It’s true. (They do need to be under 12, so just acting like a kid isn’t going to cut it.) For every adult meal ordered, you get a kids’ one on the house. We can never decide between slurping up a tagliatelle salsiccia e porcini (Italian pork sausage, porcini mushrooms, roasted garlic, napoletana sauce and a touch of cream) or munching on a pizza with Parma ham and rocket.

Round up the family – we’re going to Smoke Daddy’s!

We often get asked to recommend family-friendly places in Fourways, and our current favourite is Smoke Daddy’s at Cedar Square. This retro-looking, super awesome spot is owned by the same people who run our other family fave, Papachinos!

 

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Everyone is welcome
You know those places that are great for date night, but you feel awkward about taking the kids there? Well, Smoke Daddy’s is definitely not that place. In fact, kids are more than welcome! There’s an enclosed play area, milkshake stand and a Luigi look alike (that’s from the Cars movies, in case you don’t get out much. And if you don’t, then start at Smoke Daddy’s!).

Kids’ parties are sorted, and super fun, in the party bus. It’s like getting a private dining room, but it’s got comic-book-style decor. Basically, a whole lot better.

 

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Kids party’s in the bus #kids #restaurant #restaurantdesign #eatout #smokedaddys #cedarsquare

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So much deliciousness
Of course the main reason we go to a restaurant is to eat. And boy do we eat well at Smoke Daddy’s! Meat on the grill is the house speciality. The beef is aged and comes with either a traditional basting or Daddy’s Smoke House Rub. From rump to rib-eye and skewers to strip-loin, there’s a lot to sink your teeth into! The ribs are out of this world, as are the burgers.

Not a devoted carnivore? Fear not! The menu is extensive. Take your pick of lime salmon, fajitas and chargrilled chicken in a Jamaican jerky marinade. There are even salads, open sandwiches and hoagies. Top tip: leave plenty of space for a milkshake. We can’t choose between Melk-Tert and Chocolate Ganache. Can we have both?

 

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Rocking vibes
As if delicious food and a party bus wasn’t enough, Smoke Daddy’s also has friendly service – their birthday singing is top notch – and super cool decor. With bowling skittles and guitars on the walls, and gleaming metal pipes, it’s a mix of rock ‘n roll and steampunk.

 

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Round up the fam and book your table at Smoke Daddy’s!

Warm scents for cooler days

Get the 411 Everything Fourways Autumn fragrance

Can you feel that whisper of autumn on the breeze? Some trees have even – very sneakily – started changing their leaves. Inspired by nature, we thought a change was in order for us too, and went off to find a new signature fragrance. With great stores at Fourways Mall, like Edgars, Foschini and The Body Shop, as well as Escentuals at Cedar Square, we’re really spoiled for choice. These are our favourite warm scents for cooler days.

Tropical rainforest
Stop by The Body Shop and try out Bowhanti. Within seconds you’ll be transported to a tropical rainforest. This spicy woody fragrance is inspired by the Wacapou tree and combines a smoky blend of patchouli and incense for mysterious seduction.

Dark and mysterious
Clinique Aromatics in Black is the epitome of gorgeous, dark and mysterious – and that’s just the bottle. Inside is just as alluring. The base notes of myrrh, tonka bean and vetiver entwine seductively with exotic florals and succulent fruit. The heart of this fragrance is jasmine and neroli, on top of which float plum leaf, pink grapefruit and bergamot. Oh!

Sexy and sophisticated
We know and love Marc Jacobs scents for their sweetness and openness – just think of the sunshiney Daisy. But Decadence is a sassy fragrance that is perfect for a more mature woman. Inside this handbag styled bottle, you’ll find a perfume with a heart of jasmine and orris root. The top notes are saffron, iris and plum, while it all rests on a base of liquid amber and papyrus wood.

All the exclamation marks!!!!
The hot pink bottle of Joop! Wow! for Women shows you everything you need to know about this fragrance. With top notes of rose and wild raspberry, heart notes of peony and a base of patchouli and white musk, this is a warm and sensual blend of florals and woods. The people who are lucky enough to snuggle you will definitely say, “WOW!”

Put your money where your mouth is

I’ve been on a crusade for the last six months or so (here, hold my handbag while I climb on my soapbox). Ever since that cute-but-disturbing ad about the orangutan in a little girl’s bedroom was released, I’ve been trying to adjust and align my shopping habits to ensure that they are more eco-friendly. My first step was to remove all palm-oil based products from our house, get a worm farm (yes, it’s a thing, no we haven’t named them), and stop accepting those damn prolific plastic bags every time I shop.

It’s a good way to start, but what to do when large retailers continuously insist on individually wrapping and packaging everything from chicken breasts to coffee capsules? Our post-modern, digitally-connected and always-on lifestyle demands convenience to ensure sanity, but is it worth it when convenience comes at the cost of a planet?

Enter Sam and Dom
Sam and her husband Dom understand, in their words, that “there is no planet B”, and that’s why they’ve opened one of Joburg’s first packaging-free stores, The Refillery, in Cedar Square. “We decided to do plastic free July last year,” Sam, the mother of two small children tells me, “And we found it easier than we thought, even with two kids. That’s when the idea for The Refillery was born.”

Your loadshedding survival essentials

Get the 411 Everything Fourways loadshedding

With Eishkom dropping surprise loadshedding bombs on us, we got like Boy Scouts and prepared ourselves. We hit Fourways Mall to get the essentials we need to survive power cuts – because we are not the types to sit in the dark, sulking. (You know that there’s never a dull moment when we’re around.)

Get lit
We do have an emergency lantern that’s great for activities that need bright light, taking out contact lenses, but the super white glow isn’t the nicest for hanging out in the lounge. The answer is stocking up on candles – lots of candles. Mr Price Home has more candles than you can imagine, in various colours, scents and sizes. With short pillar candles starting from R30, you can get a bunch. A lantern is all you need to turn loadshedding into a cosy night in.

Don’t mess with my coffee!
Take away our coffee and we get grumpy. While we’re dreaming of a beautiful Italian gas stove with five hobs, we need a solution for right now. Cape Union Mart has a range of survival gadgets, and you don’t have to be dangling off the side of a mountain to get the most of them. This Fire Maple Gas Stove screws on top of dinky gas canisters and folds up neatly for when you don’t need it.

We still need to update our Instagram
Electricity might stop, but social media does not! Make sure your phone doesn’t go flat with this no-nonsense power bank from Dion Wired. It can charge two devices simultaneously, and if the power bank is fully charged, it’s got enough to pump up eight cell phones. Everyone’s going to want to be your BFF.

Munchies sorted
Say no to hangry, and say no to unhealthy snacks! Checkers Hyper stocks a range called Simple Truth that is free from all the nasties. Crackers, fruit gums, nuts, chips – all without MSG, colouring or sweeteners. Checkers Hyper also has a pretty sweet selection of wines and cheeses for when you can’t cook.

A green weekend is coming our way

NIROX Sculpture Park is one of our favourite out-of-town drives. The location is exquisite and the events are always interesting. This Saturday, 16 March, they have an open-air African interpretation of the Shakespearean classic, A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Performed by the National School of Arts, this version is described as “Renaissance drama meets Generation Z”. The score will be performed live by Lerato Lichaba and Tubatsi Moloi from The Urban Village ensemble. Their particular sounds of ancient-futurism are brought to life through flutes, guitars, vocal synthesisers, traditional African instruments and live loops.

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Go wacky
Chicago’s Piano Bar, AKA Party Central, is celebrating St Patrick’s Day with a Rocking St Paddy’s party on Friday 15 March. There are great drinks specials – indulge with 40% off till 7pm, then R15 for a tequila or GnT from 7pm to 10pm. From 9pm, Lonehill Estate will rock out and DJ Vee will take us through the afterparty. There will also be a pot of gold hidden somewhere. Will you find it?

More beer, please
Dress in green and go to the place that is usually yellow (that’s The Beerhouse at Pineslopes) on 16 March for some live music and excellent beer (of course). The lineup includes Jerry And The Bandits, Brendon White, Justin Serrao, the Gobabis and then finally Mr. TK Tequila on the decks to take your vibe all through the night!

Oh Molly!
All weekend, Molly Malones is showing their Irish pride with a non-stop party. On 15 March it kicks off with the street party – an outdoor festival with great food and drinks. After 10 years, this has become known for its friendly vibes, fabulous sound and amazing lighting. On Saturday and Sunday, the celebration continues with live bands and more fun.
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Guys, make a statement in these tees

When it comes to fashion, women tend to get the cream of the crop in terms of styles, patterns, colours, accessories… But gents, you don’t have to stay out in the cold, sticking to plain colours – or stripes or polka dots for when things get wild. We hit up the shops at Fourways Mall and discovered some hot hot hot statement t-shirts for guys. Are you ready to get bold?

The ultimate
Once you put on this statement shirt from Mr Price, there’ll be no doubt about your style status. With a skull coming undone, a snake coiling through it, flowers, moths and checks, this is the opposite of minimalism. It is all awesome!

Play it cool
Show your cool status in this yellow tee with a retro motorbike print. The slim fit is flattering for us mere mortals, but if you’re buff like this model, it’ll show off your efforts at the gym. The top’s at Markham, along with a range of printed and distressed shirts and hoodies.

Floral? Camo? Both!
There’s no way you’ll blend into the background in this Tate tee from Old Khaki. The tropical pattern is right on trend, but the deeper shades of the background tone it down – perfect for an afternoon braai. (But we do want to go to a braai where the guys are wearing hot prints in even hotter colours! Call us!)

Find your tribe
If you’re still finding your feet with statement clothing, this navy and white tribal tee from Truworths is a great start. Deep blue is a safe bet, and a single-coloured pattern is also an easy way to wear the look. (Careful though. Once you start wearing tribal prints, Aquaman style tattoos are next. And if you know Jason Momoa, definitely call us!)

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Celebrate St Patrick’s Day with these recipes

Get the 411 Everything Fourways St Patrick’s day

St Patrick’s Day is almost here (it’s on 17 March) and we’re going to celebrate it with some delish Irish dishes. (And perhaps a dram of whiskey, but we definitely will not be dressed as leprechauns.)

Dessert first
Not everyone is a fan of Guinness. It’s rich, malty and tangy (and apparently very good for you) but it is a full-on flavour. Mix it with chocolate, however, and you have a crowd pleaser on your hands. Thank you, Nigella Lawson, for this chocolate and Guinness cake recipe. The frothy white cream cheese icing makes it look like a glass of stout. It’s just as delicious without icing, though.

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Now for the veggies
The love that the people of Ireland have for potatoes is legendary. Mashed, baked, roasted, in soups and stews, it’s all good. Colcannon is a traditional Irish dish that is basically mashed potatoes, but with herbs, chives and cabbage or spinach stirred through it. And a whopping dollop of butter in it to make it creamy and gorgeous.

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A pot of goodness
Try this Irish lamb and turnip stew, and you will not go back. It’s easy to make, and as it stews away on the stove, your home will fill up with delectable aromas. Warning: your neighbours might knock on your door for a taste. (And if you can’t get turnips, opt for potatoes, carrots or any root vegetable.) Mop up your stew with crusty bread and enjoy!

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Dublin what-now?
A coddle is a traditional Irish meal that is the epitome of comfort cooking. Line a pot with onions, pearl barley, cooked sausages and bacon, and then top with potato slices. Pour stock over it and let it simmer gently, then dot it with butter and finish it off in the oven. Yes please! Try Donal Skehan’s Dublin Coddle.

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The way tea time’s supposed to be

Get the 411 Everything Fourways high tea

We’re big fans of high tea. With all the sweet nibbles, scones and teeny tarts, it’s perfection. (TBH the tea might be a bit of an afterthought for us. We’re there for the treats.) These are our favourite Fourways spots for catching up with friends and taking our mums out for a cuppa.

Old school rules
The Tea Room at Crabtree & Evelyn at the Design Quarter has an eclectic mix of floral decor and antique furniture. They bake all their goodies on site and will serve you a tiered cake stand full of little tarts, scones and bakes, or a good old slice of something sweet, like this Victoria sponge. Take your pick of teas, from Earl Grey to green mango and bergamot. Mmm.

Sweet smorgasboard
One of the best things about Fournos at Fourways Crossing is the variety of tea-time treats. Everything is freshly made, from the crunchies to the croissants. And these little petit fours. Don’t tell, but we might have popped four of them in our mouth one right after the other. (That’s what the ‘four’ means, right?) Fournos makes amazing cappuccinos, but if you want to stick with the high-tea theme, go for a Red Cappuccino.

Tropical treats
Just stepping into Carmella’s on the Square at Cedar Square is calming, thanks to the gorgeous palm wallpaper to the warm, welcoming scent of deliciousness coming from the kitchen. They have a variety of baked treats every day, but you have got to try the high tea classic: scones with jam and cream.

Tart it up
For the most amazing range of pastry and the cutest cupcakes, Tart Patisserie at Leaping Frog is for you. We were tempted by the mini chocolate bundt cakes and also the passion fruit tartlets, but when we saw these succulent cupcakes, we could not resist! Tart Patisserie will also make cakes and cupcakes to order, so the next time you’re having a unicorn themed party, you know where to go.

We’re gonna dance, dance, dance!

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Special stars
Can you believe that juicy band Mango Groove has been going for 30 years? (Don’t think too much about that or you’ll feel old.) To celebrate, they are having a spectacular concert at the Teatro at Montecasino. You’ll be on your feet, grooving along to old favourites like Special Star, Dance Some More, Hellfire, Move Up and Moments Away. You can also expect new songs, like Faces to the Sun. There are only three shows, from 8 to 10 March, so do not miss out!

Show your true colours
Also on at Monte from 8 to 10 March is the CANSA Shavathon. Show your support for those affected by cancer by shaving, spraying or donating your hair. If you can’t make the event, or your corporate job won’t let you rock blue hair, pay a “bail out fee”. The money raised goes to CANSA, which assists people who are undergoing treatment, and also contributes to ongoing research to make cancer a thing of the past.

Cheers
Take a trip out to Muldersdrift on 9 March for a chilled day of sampling wines, gins, craft beers and bubblies at The Cellar Rats Summer Wine Festival. Chat to over 70 producers, get something delicious to eat and relax in the tranquil setting of Bosheuvel Country Estate. There is plenty of entertainment for kids, a sparkling pool and a restaurant on the estate. As they say, “Save water, drink wine!” We agree, but we also save lives and take ubers or get a designated driver.

Music is the answer
Here’s one for the techno lovers. Mandala Madness: Awakening is 14 hours of underground psychedelic trance, techno and full-on – that’s a melodic type of trance music. (We had to Google it.) It’ll be a sublime alignment of beats and the cosmos with over 22 DJs and 2 dance floors. It’s at Room 22 in The Square Shopping Center in Sunninghill. Get ready to dance all day and night.

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