Daily Archives: August 25, 2013

Its RAIN AFRICA TIME IN DURBAN

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In the last month there seems be lots happening in DURBAN.And it seems September is no exception 🙂

‘In Africa, rain represents life. The arrival of the first rains after the long dry season is celebrated with much thanksgiving. When the rains come the rivers fill, the grass grows, the herds fatten and prosperity blooms. So profound is Africa’s gratitude for rain, that the Sotho people welcome visitors with the expression “Khotso, Pula, Nala” (Peace, Rain, Abundance) as part of their traditional greeting.’

And thus , Durban will no longer be dry.This well known brand is internationally accredited Fair Trade and Beauty without Cruelty. Rain has built their reputation by producing quality products which are handmade and using only the highest quality natural ingredients. The new store is to launch in Gateway Theatre of Shopping Centre in Umhlanga and will open its doors at the beginning of September this year.

Now for all beauty bloggers this is amazing news as we in Durban are often left out in terms of these amazing products.

WHO ? WHAT ? IS RAIN AFRICA?

Rains roots lie in the unique manufacturing process of their quality products, as this was the vehicle through which Rain could create employment opportunities for the underprivileged. Initially Rain was purely a manufacturing wholesaling company, only much later expanding their vision by opening the first Rain branded store in 2005. This original concept soon took off and resulted in further stores having been opened since, including two international stores in the cities of Amsterdam and New York.

I love products/companies who work to enrich the lives of people by giving back to the community.More and more people are turning to products made of natural ingredients and sourcing locally made products.

PRODUCTS ?

As far as product offering, at their core they are a range of products rich in an ancient African pharmacopeia of indigenous oils that incorporate tribal Africa. Rain offer a wide variety of body care, bathroom accessories and gift sets, these are hand carved and crafted making each one an original. Rain also proudly seeks to showcase Africa and its treasures to the world.
Rain body care ranges are natural skin food, formulated using organically certified botanical actives, wild-harvested plant oils and extracts .The ingredients used in the making of Rain products are specially selected for their potent antioxidant qualities and skin-nourishing values.
The core ingredients include hydrating super-oils like Mongongo Nut Oil, Marula Oil, Kalahari Melon, Mafura Butter and Baobab Oil all combined to create a feast of vitamin rich goodness bursting with active free radical scavengers, omega oils and essential fatty acids.

Just thinking of all these amazing sourced African products , I REALLY CANT WAIT FOR NEXT SUNDAY 🙂
Follow on Twitter : @rain_africa
Website :
http://rainafrica.com/za/

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OYSTER BOX HOSTS NEXT GOURMET FOOD & WINE DINNER FOR CHARITY

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The OYSTER BOX is well known for its amazing food and its stunning location.Food 4 Thought KZN has decided to hold it’s next fundraising Gourmet Food & Wine Dinner in The Pearl Room at The Oyster Box on Monday 9 September 2013.

What is Food 4 Thought KZN and how does it work?

The founding restaurant members are: Fordoun, Hartford House; Granny Mouse (Midlands); 9th Avenue Bistro; Ciao Bella; Café 1999; Market(Berea); Kung Thai (Durban North) and The Grill Room at The Oyster Box.
Each participating restaurant provides their customers with the opportunity to support the project by adding a 1% charge to the total bill. The charge is added automatically by the restaurant’s POS system after the total and before the tip. The project gives the customer a discrete ‘opt-out’ of paying the 1%.
In addition, staff of the participating restaurants, are encouraged to gain a full understanding about Umthombo, in order to truly appreciate the value of project and the impact it is making on the lives of young people.

AND THIS LEADS ON TO UMTHOMBO ???

Umthombo fuses high-intensity engagement programmes such as surfing, football, art and drama, with psychosocial support, to help children overcome the traumas associated with having lived on the street. It has a centre in Point, Durban called Safespace.
“Umthombo has developed successful strategies around the urban phenomenon of street-children,” says Tom Hewitt MBE, founder of Umthombo. “The proceeds raised from ‘Food 4 Thought’, will enable us to to build on this success and provide hope for more children.

THE EVENT :

The five-course paired menu at R650 per person, including wine, has been exclusively created by The Oyster Box’s Executive Chef, Kevin Joseph. For starters, a Chilled Oyster and Passion Fruit Jelly with Lavender shards of sugar, will be accompanied by a Kleine Zalze Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc; a delicious second course of Foie Gras Parfait with Basil Gelatin, Quail-scented Jelly and Langoustine Cream, is matched with a Sumaridge Pinot Noir.

Paired with a Rupert and Rothschild Classique, the main course of Loin of Venison, Oxtail and Herb Crust, Candied Beetroot and Cauliflower Puree, is the prelude to the exquisite Croquembouche and Brule Tower, Cognac Ice Cream and Candy Floss dessert. Live music will be provided by talented Durban musician, Wallace Nock.

Food 4 Thought KZN is a community of top restaurants and ‘good food’ lovers. Through the contributions of diners, who have the option to add 1% to their bills when dining in participating restaurants, the work of Umthombo can be carried out. Thanks to the generous contributions of the KZN dining public, without whom the initiative would not exist, Umthombo receives vital and sustainable monthly support towards its work.
To book for the Food & Wine Gourmet Dinner call The Oyster Box on (031 514 5000 or e-mail restaurants@oysterbox.co.za.
For more information about Food 4 Thought KZN and to join the community visit our website on http://www.food4thoughtkzn.co.za.