As the long-awaited April holidays approach, many of us are getting ready for road trips and holiday travels. Taking care of our eyes during this time is never really a priority, but eye care should never be neglected, especially during long road trips when our eyes are exposed to extended drive time, harsh UV rays and lights. Wearing the right type of lenses to suit this environment is imperative, and as such, Vision Works is sharing their Top 5 eye care tips for travel: Keep Your Eyes Clean – After a long day or night of travelling, it is never a good idea to fall asleep with contacts or cosmetics on. Eyes are more likely to be susceptible to infection and soreness if they are not cleaned. Carry makeup remover with you, as well as a bottle of eye drops to help relieve your weary eyes. Wear Proper Sunglasses – Protecting your eyes from the sun does not mean only doing so while outside in the sun; this should also be a consideration while you are driving on the roads as well. UV rays shine down year round and can affect your eyes negatively. To combat this, invest in good quality polarised lenses. Care for Contacts Properly – The last thing you want to do is go on a trip with a pair of contacts that should have been thrown away two months ago. Before you begin your travels, make sure you have new contacts or enough replacements for your disposable lenses. Be sure to have a backup pair of glasses with you as well, just so you have the choice of giving your eyes a break if needed. Because you’ll be away from your normal routine, make sure that you do extra diligence to remember when to switch out old contacts for a new set. Bring Your Prescription – This really is a big pre-planning step that many travelers do not think of when it comes to caring for their eyes. If you bring your prescription with you, then you are one-step ahead of the game if you lose your contacts or break your glasses. Drink Water – Keeping your eyes properly hydrated is . . .
Franschhoek Mother’s Day breakaway at Grande Provence Treat your mom like a queen this Mother's Day and spoil her with a Franschhoek breakaway and elegant luncheon at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate on Sunday, 12 May 2019. The Restaurant at Grande Provence is going all out with a three course set menu including a glass of bubbly on arrival and a special gift for mom. This culinary indulgence begins with an enticing amuse bouche of beetroot jelly ravioli before you tuck into a choice of cured yellowtail or ox tongue served with pickles and sweet mustard. Culinary gems to choose from as a main course are beef wellington and confit rainbow trout. The star of the dessert selection is the pineapple cake with coconut lime sorbet, or try the lemon pound cake with olive oil ice cream & blueberries. There’s a special menu for vegetarians starting with heirloom tomato &, mozzarella bavarois followed by a wild mushroom risotto, and pineapple cake with coconut lime sorbet. A delicate peppermint macaron petit four brings the lunch to a delightful close. This indulgent menu with all the trimmings is available at R495 per person. If you really want to go the extra-mile, make a weekend of it and take advantage of the Grande Provence Winter Heartland accommodation offer. For bookings, call Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail email@example.com. Visit www.grandeprovence.co.za for more information. Diary listing information: Date: Sunday, 12 May 2019 Time: 12h00 – 15h00 Cost: R495 per person. Pre-payment is required to secure your booking. Venue: Grande Provence Heritage Estate, Franschhoek Booking: Call: (021) 876 8600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cosy winter value at Steenberg’s trendy Bistro Sixteen82 - Warm up with Chef Kerry Kilpin’s exciting seasonal creations and excellent winter value at Bistro Sixteen82, Steenberg’s beloved cellar door restaurant in Constantia. For an indulgent lunch of neo-bistro comfort food, there’s a special Hearty & Homely Menu to keep you fuelled from Monday to Friday, 2 May till 30 September 2019, excluding public holidays. From R230 for two courses, R265 for three or R295 for a four course meal, this is winter value at its best. Chef Kerry’s lip-smacking trio of starters, mains and desserts, give you ample to choose from. The broccoli & roasted onion soup, pickled fish, and goats’ cheese panna cotta come with delicious salsas and exotic twists. The mains of sustainable fish fritters, line fish, pulled beef & ricotta gnocchi, and a risotto of the day are enriched with great depth of flavour. The dessert line-up is a choice between a dreamy yoghurt mousse, a delicious chocolate choux, or rich caramelised apple bread & butter pudding. The Vintner’s Breakfast is another fabulous Bistro Sixteen82 winter offering. This special breakfast for wine lovers includes a glass of Steenberg bubbly with your choice of signature classics on the breakfast menu including Chef Kerry’s famous eggs benedict, as well as tea or coffee. The Vintner’s Breakfast at R195 per person is available Monday to Saturday until 31 October 2019 from 09h00 and ends with a classic wine tasting and cellar tour at 11h00. The chef’s special Tapas Menu Selection of five tapas dishes for R325 for two people sharing is ideal as an early supper every day of the week between 17h00 and 20h00 until 30 September 2019. This is the perfect after work indulgence with your choice of top notch Steenberg bubblies and wines. Bistro Sixteen82 is open seven days a week. The Vintners Breakfast and Hearty & Homely lunch menu are available for tables of up to 10 people. To book, call 021-713 2211 or email . . .
Steenberg champions a year of sustainable, traceable fish with ABALOBI One year after Steenberg’s popular Constantia eatery, Bistro Sixteen82, became the first restaurant to partner with ABALOBI, the small-scale fisher initiative supplying chefs with responsible and traceable fish, the enterprise has grown to over 100 Western Cape restaurants. Through the use of the ABALOBI app, Steenberg Executive Chef Kerry Kilpin works directly with fisherfolk who supply her with their daily catch. All the fish caught by these small-scale fishers is completely traceable, literally tracking the journey of every fish from hook to cook. Out of all the ABALOBI partner restaurants, Bistro Sixteen82 remains the most proactive, with the most number of guests engaging with the app by scanning a QR code at their table for the full story including where and by whom the fish on their plate was caught. Sourcing seafood that is ecologically responsible and socially fair is the crux of this ground- breaking project. By partnering with ABALOBI, restaurants provide fishing communities in seven different fishing areas on the western and southern Cape coast with a better price for their fish and livelihood for their families. The direct route from boat to plate ensures a fair supply chain for the fisherfolk. As the first ABALOBI ambassador, Chef Kerry continues to champion the cause and is motivated by the need to protect fish resources for future generations. “I want my son to be able to eat fish when he grows up,” is her mantra. Creating nine delicious dishes over the past year using a diverse variety of up to 14 different species of sustainable and traceable fish, has been the key to Chef Kerry’s ABALOBI success story. From grilled line fish drizzled with her signature sauces, to pickled fish and tapas, Bistro Sixteen82 guests are spoilt for choice. For the small-scale fishers, creating a secure market for their catches has had a profound impact on the lives of their . . .
As we all know so well, we spend every day running from A to B in a highly stressed environment and time flies by. Often, we do not even have enough time to spend time with our important others and your interaction with your mom is probably a quick WhatsApp or call between meetings and errands. This May, make the time to spend some quality moments with her. The gift of a night stay at Granny Mouse with a spa treatment is not only the best way to spoil her but an opportunity to go along for the pampering and share the experience. We chatted to a few mom and daughter combo’s and have decided to pass on their thoughts on the whole experience: 1. Make a few nights of it Don’t keep to the same frenetic schedule and rush through a morning of spa treatments, only to head back to the craziness of the city. Instead, head to the country for a chance to relax and reconnect. The real bonus is away from those distractions- leave someone else to pick up the slack, sort out the crises and, instead, enjoy a full day of relaxation and spa treatments. 2. On arrival Order a plate of snacks before your treatment and, together, go over the spa menu and enjoying creating a personal, customized experience just for the two of you. That won’t just give you some extra bonding time but allow you to build up some pre-granny mouse spa excitement. The Granny Mouse Spa has a pick ‘n mix menu where you can select 3 or 4 treatments that suit your particular needs – alternatively, if you can’t make up your mind, you can opt for the Granny Mouse signature package or any other combinations that will make for a perfect day of pampering. 3. Make this a together experience Even though the Spa menu comes with a list of individual treatments and endless options, explore the things that you can do together. How about a mom and daughter massage and a mani-pedi or time out in the CSpa Shimmer Milk Hydro bath where you can catch up over a bottle of bollie? That way you can compare notes . . .
The saying goes: “choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life”, but the 26-year old Col’Cacchio love story is a much greater romantic affair than that. Kinga Baranowska, the brain behind the Col’Cacchio (pronounced Kolcakio) menu, admits that her love for food has tied her to places and people, kept her breathing through tough times, and has provided a creative outlet for when she is working long hours. “Food and cooking have saved me in so many ways, and taught me so much,” she says. Her passion was moulded by working in her grandmother’s ice-cream shop in Poland as a child and enjoying her Polish mother’s wholesome traditional cooking while growing up in Europe, Australia, and finally South Africa. “One of the things I’m proudest of is how popular my creations have become,” she says. It was while working at an Italian restaurant in Johannesburg back in 1991 that Kinga cultivated her dream of opening her own eatery. “I was going to open a restaurant in Miami,” she says, “as my best friend just moved there”. When regular patron Michael Terespolsky suggested a similar, yet joint venture in Cape Town, Kinga’s dream quickly became a reality, albeit literally in a different direction. Says Kinga: "I didn't even know him that well. My parents thought I was crazy - but I said yes." “The next thing I knew we were building a pizzeria on the Foreshore. Pizza is what I knew, and there was no such gourmet offering available in Cape Town at the time,” she says. Michael and Kinga opened their doors a year later on her 21st birthday. It was a dream come true, and the birth of a bond that evolved into a partnership that stretched way beyond the walls of the business. The duo’s personalities and skills were so well suited and complementary that working together added not only richness to the relationship but romance as well. The starry-eyed entrepreneurs were married not long after they realised their mutual appreciation for gourmet . . .
Grande Provence goes back to its roots with new Heritage Tasting Menu Grande Provence, the landmark 1694 Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, has gone back to its culinary roots with a new Heritage Tasting Menu. Prepared by Marvin Robyn, the passionate young head chef who is bringing new energy to The Restaurant at Grande Provence, the Heritage Tasting Menu is available exclusively to dinner guests. The menu offers a wide selection of fresh, local ingredients expertly prepared with Chef Marvin’s own twist on South African heirloom recipes. With dishes such as Malay onions, smoked snoek & fish kaiings; Ox tongue with sweet mustard & pickled butternut; lamb rump, morogo & rooibos jus; and springbok rump with mielie pap, chakalaka, buchu & honey jus, the menu is a collection of true South African heritage food. Grande Provence celebrates its 325 year heritage in every facet of its operations, from the 17th century buildings to The Gallery focusing on local artists using age-old techniques with a contemporary vision. Chef Marvin, who cut his culinary teeth helping his grandmother produce trays of herzoggies for her catering business, graduated with distinction from the acclaimed Institute of Culinary Arts (ICA) in his home town of Stellenbosch. Before joining the Grande Provence team towards the end of 2018, he gained valuable experience working with leading chefs in a number of top winelands restaurants including Delaire Graff, Cuvée at Simonsig, Equus at Cavalli and finally Makaron at Majeka House. At Grande Provence, Marvin has shown tremendous leadership ability despite his young age and is an enthusiastic mentor to the rest of the kitchen brigade with endless good energy and new ideas. He describes his cooking style as refined South African classics, bringing new inspiration and modernity to local heritage food. The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open daily for lunch and dinner. The new dinner Heritage Tasting Menu is priced . . .
Hearty Italian autumn fare at 95 At Morgenster Just as the vines begin to change from grassy greens to warm shades of red and yellow, 95 At Morgenster is embracing autumn with Chef Giorgio Nava’s authentic Italian cuisine with a modern twist. With a collection of Italian recipes showing off autumn’s bounty from flavourful porcini pasta to comforting gnocchi, 95 At Morgenster has an answer for all your change of season cravings. Balmy nights may be behind us but you’ll always be greeted warmly at this authentic Italian winelands eatery. Ideal for celebrating Easter, 95 At Morgenster will be open for the entire long weekend including Monday so gather your loved ones for some authentic Italian at its absolute best – delicious, honest food that lets all the ingredients on the plate speak for themselves. The menu is à la carte and contains firm favourites the likes of classic caprese with creamy artisanal burrata mozzarella, hand cut salmon or steak tartare, delicate slivers of carpaccio, velvet textured hand-made pasta, beautifully prepared line fish, and a fine selection of prime cuts. 95 At Morgenster will be closing for the winter season at the end of May. But don’t despair you still have the opportunity to spoil the wonderful woman in your life with a stress-free Mother’s Day feast in a spectacular winelands setting. The stars on the dessert menu include legendary chocolate lava fondant and hand crafted ice cream which are just some of the tempting treasures that are sure to satisfy your mom’s sweet tooth. Why wait for Mother’s Day to spoil her? Make your booking today while you still can before the season closes. 95 At Morgenster is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesdays to Saturdays, and for Sunday lunch. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Two of Paarl’s most iconic brands have received worldwide recognition once again. The definitive UK publication Drinks International has included both Nederburg Wine Estate and KWV in their 2019 listing of ‘The World’s Most Admired Wine Brands.’ According to Annelize Stroebel from the Paarl Wine Route, these accolades once again demonstrate the incredible quality of wines produced by South Africa’s second oldest wine route. “Paarl winemakers have become renowned for their incredible consistency and innovation and we can boast a proud winemaking heritage dating back centuries. We would like to congratulate both KWV and Nederburg on this impressive achievement, placing 45th and 47th respectively. Both these wine giants have been deeply rooted in the local winemaking history and have made significant contributions to the South African winemaking industry as a whole,” mentions Stroebel. The highly-anticipated top 50 list acknowledges wine brands that show consistent or improving quality, reflect the region or country of origin, shows target audience responsiveness, excellent marketing and packaging and market appeal to a diverse demographic. The top fifty placement puts the South African duo in the company of illustrious wine brands such as Penfolds in Australia, Torres in Spain, Villa Maria in New Zealand, Concho Y Toro in Chile and M. Chapoutier in France. For more information on the Paarl Wine Route, visit www.paarlonline.com or follow @VisitPaarl on social media. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With the month of April filled with an abundance of public holidays, families across the country are taking the opportunity to get away and unwind. For those on the hunt for a good bargain, Premier Hotels & Resorts will be giving guests 20% off all 2-or-more-night stays at any Premier Hotel or Resort from 19 April – 5 May. With 16 stunning properties on offer you are bound to find something that will appeal to your travel needs. Here are some options to ponder over. Those looking for a seaside stay can head to Premier Hotel The Richards in KwaZulu-Natal. This piece of paradise offers true African beauty with endless unspoilt beaches and coastal conservation areas nearby. For some spoiling, the hotel’s Lezuri Spa offers packages that can be tailored to specific needs, including cocktails or nibbles from the spa set menu. For a getaway that combines the wonders of nature with warm South African hospitality, pick Premier Hotel The Winkler. Located close to the world-famous Kruger National Park and other breath-taking ecological attractions like God’s Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and Mac Mac Falls, it is the perfect base from which families can explore majestic Mpumalanga. Premier Hotel O.R. Tambo is the ideal accommodation option for families keen on seeing the City of Gold in all its glory. Johannesburg offers an array of activities ranging from shopping at Sandton City and learning about the country’s past at the Apartheid Museum to going on exhilarating rides at Gold Reef City. Best of all, it’s close to a Gautrain station to enable quick and easy access to all that Jozi and its neighbouring city, Pretoria, have to offer. To take advantage of Premier Hotels & Resorts April offer, book via the website. Bookings are subject to availability | Terms and conditions apply For more information, visit www.premierhotels.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .