@TasteOfJoburg @PicknPay @Montecasinoza September 2014

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

After announcing record numbers for last year’s event, Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg is back at Montecasino Outdoor Event Area this September. Budding gourmands need look no further for a feast of the senses with an array of spectacular offerings from twelve of Joburg’s top restaurants.

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Festival Director, Justine Drake says that she is delighted to be part of such a large scale culinary experience that includes the multicultural mix that is Joburg’s food scene. “Every year we are blown away by the large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

All those looking to visit Taste of Joburg for the first time can expect to be wowed by the “Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience”, the “Robertsons Butcher’s Block in association with Big Green Egg”, “The Rekordelig Premium Cider Lounge”, the “Lindt Chocolate Experience”, the “Castle Milk Stout Lounge” as well as the “Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre”, and experience why Taste Festivals have become such a global gastronomic movement.

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We’ve been running this event for eight years and the challenge each year is presenting the experience in a different and dynamic way. I believe that this year’s festival will again deliver an unforgettable experience, one that will thrill and delight Joburg foodies with its unique mix of food, drink and entertainment. It’s definitely sensory alchemy in action. The large crowds who attend the festival to taste the best dishes Joburg restaurants have to offer. Our sponsors and partners always do a fantastic job supporting us and have the same vision for what is certainly the highlight of Joburg’s culinary calendar.”

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With thanks to glorious sponsors, I have tickets to giveaway to join in this culinary festival. Whoop!  Please answer this question and leave your answer in the comment section. Please do make sure you enter the correct e-mail address.

WHERE is Pick n Pay Taste of Joburg take place this year?

I wish you enough,
Wenchy

Posted from the second cloud on your left, while licking the spoon.

@sterkinekor @the100ftJourney Women’s Month giveaway!

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Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

“But women- this I will never understand- they are touched by the oddest things”
Richard C. Morais, The Hundred-Foot Journey

I had the absolute delight to attend a ladies coffee morning at the new  with amongst others   at  Sandton City. (I wonder if I will ever get use to people I admire so greatly, actually knowing my name. #humbled).

We were spoiled to gorgeous cakes, coffees, glitter, colour, laughter, flowers and much anticipation to watch  in the comfort of the superior experience, which is #CinePrestige. It is quite an experience.  I loved it. It is colourful and spicy. Exquisitely unfolds to a backdrop of dreams, embracing what we do not understand and being who you are.

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I am thrilled to bring to my readers an awesome gift from SterKinekor. I would love a copy of the book being an avid reader and knowing the beautiful aroma the movie left behind. The gift will make absolute sense once you have enjoyed watching The Hundred-Foot Journey.

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1x consol jar
1x apron
1x salt and pepper grinders
1x Eastern spices
1x wooden spoon
1x The Hundred Foot Journey novel
1x double tickets

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Please answer the question in my comment section. The competition winner will be announced on 31 August 2014 when women’s month draws to a close.  Which actress plays the role of Madame Mallory?

I wish you to embrace the unknown,

Wenchy

Starting a new fashion range #Ghana #wenchytude #JoziGem

Dear friends and other interesting people,

Being fat, regardless of what I wear I look the size of a small African country. Maybe Ghana?

Having lost weight (Yes, stone me… I heart #banting), my clothes do not fit. That isn’t sexy either.

My jeans don’t look proper on my body…it makes this bubble… Yes I know. Exactly what supermodels everywhere is wearing!

Yes… I am one of those fat people who buy something in every colour if I like it….so I now have a range of baggy jeans.

Start a new fashion label since I already have the range?

I can’t shop for every 15kg’s lost. I have stuff to pay dammit.

I wish you some kick ass jeans.
Wenchy

Somewhere over the rainbow and other chronic conditions.

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

As I sit here, “Somewhere over the rainbow” is playing and I feel tearful. You should know that I am Jude Garland darling.

I came into “The Foot Spa” in Killarney Mall to ask Mali to please rub my neck so I could lift it. Yes, literally. (A bit of ‘Cheers’ where everyone knows my name…Clearly they do much more than deal with feet.)

The stupid pain in my neck is back. Been some days now. Yes, the pain that came just before the sickness changed my life.

I fear the pain. It associates with huge changes and very real turmoil on many levels. I don’t wanna play.

I close my eyes and dream of where blue birds fly.

….away above the chimney tops, that’s where you find me.

Wenchy

@KievitsKroon Country Estate, Spa & Conference Centre

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

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My son Kevin (21) and I recently visited the award-winning Kievits Kroon Country Estate. It is really not a long drive from Johannesburg and we arrived much sooner than I anticipated. As we stopped outside the 16 hectare estate, the first thing I noticed was the manicured lawn and the Cape Dutch architecture. A touch of the Cape just outside Pretoria.

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Booking in was a pleasure. We were treated to welcoming drinks overlooking a beautiful white rose garden and the receptionist came to us with our card key (those always make me nervous) and explained where everything was located. We found our room very easily with the provided map and settled in. We were treated to cheese, biscuits and wine in our room which really hit the spot!

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It was wonderful to relax and chat to my grown up son. How often do you get to do that?

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Kev and I were treated to  a fine dining experience in their signature restaurant, Granita. We had Gourmet Dinner Menu 2. It was awesome fun trying exotic dishes with my son whom is a very fussy eater. We enjoyed all the dishes, laughed so much and just had a really great time. While I have been privileged to have enjoyed fine dining before, it was a first for my son.

We loved coming back to our room with turned down beds,  decorated with white roses, chocolates, fluffy gowns and slippers.

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Breakfast was fabulous! Great old style buffet with Kev and I joking, me trying desperately not to eat toast (#banting!) lol. The staff is exceptionally friendly and helpful.

We were offered a late check out and were off to the most amazing Spa EVER!!!! I have been to many a Spa, but this one stands alone when it comes to awesome.

Firstly they have a great little buffet as you enter with incredibly ice tea. It was absolutely delicious. Next we completed our forms, had a full tour of the facilities which is extensive and truly impressive. Each treatment is sign posted, telling you exactly what to expect. It is overwhelming in its perfection.

I could spend hours there… for weeks if they would let me! We changed into our gowns and our therapists collected us from a relaxation room. Kevin and I had a full body massage each. I fell asleep during mine. It was just right. I cannot describe the luxury and absolute indulgence of the Spa in enough words!! I will go back there any and every chance I ever get.

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I have to thank Kievits Kroon for hosting Kevin and I – huge gratitude. It was a stay I will always remember. Not only did we receive wonderful treatment, were totally spoiled while at Kievits Kroon, but we also got to spend one on one time with each other as grown ups… although, I guess he will always just be my baby boy :)

I wish a splash of the Cape in Pretoria!

Wenchy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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#Constellations @Monte_Theatre @JannaViolante @AshleyDowds by @Brian_Trudgeon

Dear friends and other interesting creatures -

I present a guest blogger, @Brian_Trudgeon with a passion for the arts, bears, writing and drawing. I am sure you will enjoy his review of Constellations now on at @Monte_Theatre.

I wish you enough,

Wenchy


CONSTELLATIONS
08 August 14 – 28 September 14
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What a truly stellar piece of writing by Nick Payne. The play tells of a love story that may or may not have taken place in an unlikely collision of paths. Marianne the Quantum Physicist meets Roland the Bee Keeper at a party.

The story plays out across several parallel universes sharing the same space in time. They meet and it ends there. They meet and Roland walks away from a possible infidelity, as he is a married man. In an alternate universe they fall in love.

In one universe he cheats on the marital home, in another she is the infidel. They part forever, or do they? In another universe, can they re-kindle what they had?

Marianne is played by a very talented Janna Ramos-Violante who has distinguished herself in multiple disciplines winning awards as an actress, playwright and director. Her performance in Constellations certainly is stellar. Her perfect English accent, comic pause and timing are outstanding. I am a fan.

Roland is played by Ashley Dowd, well-known to South African’s as a TV presenter, actor on Scandal and Generations as well as author of a travel journal. His plays a very believable role and makes Roland a very endearing character. The perfect Bee Keeper to a Quantum Physicist. He brings a lot of depth and human warmth to his role.

As a duo, they make for a stunning production. They play off each other very well and keep, what could be a repetitive and slow-moving production very interesting. A perfect casting for a really witty and intelligent thought-provoking piece of play writing.

Mention has to be made of the direction of the award-winning Alan Swerdlow, who has done a masterful job of bringing this award-winning play onto the South African stage. A privilege in view of the fact the play will only make its Broadway debut in 2015.

The set is very minimalist and lends itself well the action taking place on stage. Telling a good story can be done with the minimum of props and lighting effects. Lighting truly was used to signify the switch between universes at most. The soundtrack was all it needed to be. No more, no less. Perfect.

If I am to summarise I would say, a very brave production that explores life and how small changes can lead to a multitude of consequences and outcomes that can be happy or sad. The permutations can become endless. As humans we all play a game of, “What if I had done this or that differently? Where would I be now?” Constellations explores this aspect of humanity in a warm, witty, intelligent and honest way.

This is definitely a thinking person’s play and very well worth watching.

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Brian Trudgeon Twitter: @Brian_Trudgeon A forty something IT Geek, want to be great artist. Quirky, Queer, proud father to three with a humanitarian bent. I still don’t know what I want to be when I grow up. I have always enjoyed writing and have been published anonymously and otherwise. I can claim to be an accidentally published photographer. In my spare time I like to sketch or write the occasional piece of poetry. Born in me is a great love for live performance of any kind and I have great admiration for anyone who offers themselves up on an altar that is the stage.

@SAGuide_Dogs for the Blind at @TheatreOnSquare 24 August 2014

Dear friends and other interesting creatures,

The South African Guide-Dogs Association for the Blind will be hosting their Gala Variety Concert at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square on Sunday, 24 August 2014.
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The sought-after annual event has drawn together many of the finest entertainers for a music and comedy extravaganza.

The star-studded line-up will be truly historic, with more leading performers this year on one stage, than ever before.

There will be two shows only: 15h00 and 18h30.

The stars of the show have kindly given of their time and talents free of charge, and the entire proceeds of ticket sales will benefit the S.A. Guide-Dogs for the Blind.

To add to the generous spirit, Daphne Kuhn is proud to host the event at the Auto & General Theatre on the Square, with their amenities, staff and services also provided pro bono.

Producing the sensational concerts will be Chet Diepraam. “Using the same winning concepts of the Leading Ladies and Leading Men extravaganzas at the same theatre, we will treat Joburg audiences to the most remarkable line-up of entertainment variety never before seen on local stages,” adds Chet. “The finest available, some established and some new, performing their signature, show-stopper numbers, for one day only! It’s to be a concert that the discerning Jo’burg public dare not miss!”

Stars include:

  • Michael de Pinna (Director of the show, Master of Ceremonies, funny man of Yebo Gogo fame, singer, screen and stage actor, Twilight of the Golds) assisted by choreographer Cary-Lee Cunningham;
  • Samantha Peo (Award winning performing artist for roles including Chicago, Cabaret and Aspects of Love)
  • Keith Smith (Hello Dolly, Aspects of Love, Egoli)
  • Kate Normington (Mama Mia, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Menopause the Musical, Tomfoolery, Two in the Bush)
  • Carly Graeme (Mamma Mia, We Will Rock You, Starlight Express, Boys in the Photograph)
  • Cat Simoni (local and international singer and pianist whose shows include Cat on a Hot Black Steinway, Cat’s American Songbook and tributes to Barbra Streisand and Ella Fitzgerald)
  • Timothy Moloi (Velvet voiced star that performs with big orchestras, recently the genie in Aladdin)
  • Cito (Front man of Wonderboom, also lead in Queen at the Ballet and Jesus Christ Superstar)
  • Brenda Sakellarides (The Sound of Music, King and I, Menopause, and director of Youth Ballet)
  • Kiruna Devar (Lead in Sweet Charity and star of Leading Ladies concert, top achiever at the NSA)
  • Fiona Ramsay (Iconic actress and singer, with film credits that include Hotel Rwanda, Bang Bang Club)
  • Tony Bentel (pianist and entertainer extraordinaire, also of Doo Bee Boobies fame)
  • Helen Desbois (SAMA nominee and MTN Radio Award winner, We Will Rock You)
  • Holly Diamond, aka Neil Holland (One of The Dreemz drag trio, better than Celine Dion herself)
  • Claudia Monja from the Joburg Ballet will grace the stage with a dance extract from “The Dying Swan”

There will also be special guest artist appearances by legends of SA stage and music.

  • Annabel Linder,
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  • Des & Dawn Lindberg;
  • Miro Chakaryan (Concert Master and First Violinist of the JPO) will set the tone for the show in the foyer with his magical violin!

Daphne Kuhn, director of The Auto & General Theatre, enthused “We are excited to host some of SA’s finest and most known artists, all rallying together for this fundraiser for the SA Guide-Dogs for the Blind.”

Parking is available at the Mandela Square or Sandton City Parkades.

There will also be raffle, with a new car as first prize.

BOOKINGS:

Tickets for the spectacular variety concert are R250 and can be obtained from www.strictlytickets.com or call 082 553 5901.

Follow the SA Guide-Dogs for the Blind on TwitterFacebook and Instagram ; and the Auto & General Theatre on Facebook and Twitter.

 

I wish you a giving spirit,
Wenchy