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Saturday was the 1st Durban blogger meet for ladies. I worked with the amazing team of Michelle and Nicola in arranging this very successful event which Trended in SA on Twitter.

The event was held at the uber trendy #Hashtag. I decided to just share a few pics. Full blog posts will follow shortly.

A great day of fun,amazing food seeing old friends and meeting new ones.


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Girls Night Out…


Last night I won tickets to the Lux Girls Night out at the movies. I invited my friend Megan to join me. With my crazy work times and since Megan got married last year, we haven’t spent much time together.

We have a lot in common and can chat for ages. So it made perfect sense. We arrived early and chatted non stop on our way there.

Soon as we arrived, we popped into the new Filo Frozen Yoghurt shop and tried out their delicious offerings.

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Then it was off to get checked in to the event – champagne and orange juice awaited us. We were treated to Lux goodie bags and had a dress up photo booth.

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I, the typical poser had to do those pics. It was at this point we both realised we didn’t even know what movie we were going to watch. Typical us chatting – up a storm. We both were unsure about the movie “The Divergent” but were rather surprised and loved it.

The soundtrack is amazing with great eye candy and amazing ink work. Before the movie while sitting there stuffing our faces with popcorn, we recalled dramas and craziness from other movies that we had watched and were hysterical.

I totally loved my evening spent with Megan. It reminded me about friendships and several lessons :

  1. Just because I don’t see/speak to you often doesn’t mean you are special to me.
  2. Friends will always have your back regardless.
  3. Only friends will fight to pay.
  4. Friends are memorykeepers .
  5. Friends care regardless situations.
  6. Laughing and crying at the same time over crazy moments with friends.

Dearest Megan, I thank you for your friendship, care and advice. Strange that we gelled instantly at work with so much common ground.

Though we don’t see each other much I appreciate the time we do spend together.

Here’s to more days out with fun, laughter and crazy stories…

Hugs and Kisses V…


ciao xxx

Its time for some cookies cheer


The last few weeks my life has been consumed by the National Cookie Swap. I was approached by Ishay from http://www.FoodandtheFabulous.com to run the Durban leg of the swap.With my crazy life , this was something I could not do on my own so I enlisted Fay from http://Thesparklinglabyrinth.wordpress.com.

The big event is on Saturday the 14TH with a few spots still remaining in each city. WHAT IS COOKIE SWAP?

The idea behind Cookie Swap is to create awareness via tweets, posts and other social media all while raising money for Khayelitsha cookies and spreading the Cookie Cheer. Cookie swap is a fun event where people get together and do just that: swap cookies! Everyone brings 60 cookies or treats with them to the event and the cookies are swapped, sampled and taken home to enjoy.


Khayelitsha Cookies is an organization that empowers, educates and assists women in the community with employment within the organisation (making and selling cookies). All funds raised at Cookie Swaps through ticket sales and the auction will go towards Khayelitsha Cookies. Funding is required to better the working conditions of staff and purchase much needed shoes for the factory workers. The aim is also to create awareness about Khayelitsha Cookies and what they do so that they may grow and help even more people.

This year all three Cookie Swaps will be using the united hash tag #cookieswap3. Tickets for your entry into Cookie swap can be paid for at the door, however it is essential to reserve tickets in advance with your city host as tickets are limited for each event.


Cape Town: Dear Me in CBD http://www.dearme.co.za/

Jozi: Moema’s Patisserie in Parktown North http://www.moemas.co.za/

Durban: Piatto Florida road

When: 14 September

Time: 11:30 for 12

Cost: R50


Cape Town: @foodandthefab

Jozi: @Kimmari

Durban: @fayinthemaze @verushka143

Like the National Cookie Swap Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/RSACookieSwap

And follow the event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/507929649290403/

Read about Khayelitsha Cookies and what they do on their website http://www.khayelitshacookies.co.za

I hear via the grapevine there are some pretty amazing goodies bags for all as well as fab raffle and auctions items . So go on spread some love.



In a weeks time this delicious event is on its way to Durban. All foodies like myself mark out all food events as they are so few we have in Durban and its about the only time we get to meet other Food Bloggers.

This year we have the likes of the gorgeous British chef James Martin , Ms Cupcake who is well known for her famous vegan cupcakes and Anjali Pathak from the Pathak family of spices. As an ardent foodie lover and my addiction to the UK this trio make me so happy.

On the local front we have Jenny Morris who is so amazing and inspiring , I met her last year at the show and fell in love with her passion for food and life, Deena Naidoo the winner of the first season of MCSA and the lovely Chef Benny Masekwameng .Hopefully I get to meet this awesome chefs .

I love the fact that the GFWS showcases new proudly South AFRICAN products and that the public get to sample them and get special show discounts on the prices.

As always there are show attractions:

• Brilliant Baking Theatre
Baking is gaining world-wide popularity and this theatre is devoted to all things sweet, baked and tempting. This interactive theatre – headlined by Ms Cupcake – features baking workshops, recipe and technique demonstrations. There will be opportunities for visitors to ask the experts all the dos and don’ts of baking.
• Celebrity Chefs Theatre
One of our most popular theatres, the Celebrity Chefs Theatre is where our local and international celebrity chefs will be whipping up their signature recipes and demonstrating delicious recipes which visitors can recreate at home. Catch James Martin, Ms Cupcake, Anjali Pathak, Vivek Singh, Jennis Morris, Benny Masekwameng and Deena Naidoo.
• Creative Coffee Theatre
The Durban Good Food and Wine Show plays host to the SCASA Coffee Competitions’ KZN Barista Championship Regionals at a dedicated Creative Coffee Theatre. This is an interactive hands-on workshop zone where visitors and trade can learn from professional baristas how to create speciality coffees, create latte art and make the perfect cuppa. Find out who are Kwa-Zulu Natal’s best baristas at the Regional Barista Championships.
• Durban Bites
Featuring some of the city’s top restaurants and restaurateurs courtesy of Durban Tourism.
• MasterCurry Competition
Amateur cooks have been invited to submit their favourite tried and tested curry recipe. Thirty-two participants will be cooking off at the show with the finals taking place on Sunday, August 11. The overall winner receives a trip of a lifetime: A five-day luxury holiday for two, sponsored by Incredible India, to the culinary mecca of India. The winner will also experience the majestic Taj Mahal, Jaipur’s glittering bazaars and ancient palaces and temples.
• Outdoor Good Food & Wine Bar
The Outdoor Good Food & Wine Bar takes centrestage in the outdoor arena at the Good Food & Wine Show. Sip on your favourite cocktail; enjoy an iced cold beer or take in the sunshine with a glass of your favorite wine or a bottle of bubbles – we have it all for you in this zone, which is surrounded by Durban’s favourite restaurants serving mouth-watering samples of their signature dishes – it’s a highlight of the Good Food & Wine Show and open until way after sunset.
• Rhodes Sishebo Theatre
In the heart of the Cultural Quarter of the Durban Good Food & Wine Show is the Sishebo Theatre. It is here that we keep the pot boiling with mouth-watering demonstrations by leading chefs from well-known township and local cultural restaurants, famous for their delicious stews, using the full array of traditional canned Rhodes products as essential ingredients to make the perfect “sishebo.”
• Spekko Spice Table
Visitors to the show will be able to enjoy the sharing, preparing and tasting of cultural foods, either traditional or contemporary. The setting is intimate and the audience will sit in a home-style kitchen and enjoy the hospitality of the Spice Table hosts who will interview well-known community celebrities who have a common passion for food and storytelling. Spice Table comes to life with wonderful anecdotes and delicious food and is authentic, down to earth and welcoming.
• Woolworths Little Chefs Kitchen
Sponsored by Woolworths, there will be hands-on workshops for children aged 4-7 and 8-12. Chef Barry Farnan is in charge of the theatre which will get youngsters to pick their own vegetables from a vegetable garden built especially for the show. Young cooks will find out where ingredients come from and learn to cook in a series of fun yet informative classes including how to make hamburgers, one-pan pasta and fruity pancakes. Tickets will be sold at the door.
• Woolworths Real Food Theatre
The future of a healthy nation is to encourage people to eat nourishing food, to respect what comes from Mother Earth and to understand the role of sustainable food. These important elements form the core of Woolworths Real Food Theatre which is one of the innovative and exciting new interactive theatres at this year’s Durban Good Food & Wine Show. The Real Food Theatre will have hands on cooking workshops with a focus on natural sustainable ingredients. It will host visiting celebrity chefs Anjali Pathak, Ms Cupcake and Jenny Morris alongside Durban’s top chefs who will be sharing their food philosophies with visitors. They include Graham Neilson of 9th Avenue Bistro; Marcelle Roberts of Café 1999; Brandon Louwrens of The Grill Jichana at the Southern Sun Elangeni and Maharani Hotel and the first winner of MasterChef South Africa Deena Naidoo.

So if you had no plans to go I suggest you do !


• Good Food & Wine Show Durban August 8 to 11- Durban Exhibition Centre
Tickets cost R75 for adults for R40 for children. This includes more free theatres than ever before. Visitors can download discount coupons for great savings on the Good Food & Wine Show website http://www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za

Instructions …..


My brother like most men are clueless about many things and often need us to tell them information they need.

So today my brother and his gf were going to the Taste of Durban.They both had never been before.So like always I had to share the information on the event with my brother before he left.
I visited the show yesterday so was still armed with menus, maps and general information.

As my brother was about to leave home , I sat him down and did a run through of the event. From the purchasing of crowns, to the stalls he had to visit . I even marked on the map where he need to visit and ticked off on the menus what he needed to eat.

I felt like the ORACLE giving him all this important information.The Oracle was a nickname , my friends in London gave me 🙂

So lets wait for my brother’s feedback on the event and lets see if the information I gave him was useful or is his sister silly……




A month ago I was mentioned in a tweet to a new Twitter account belonging to @HeyGorgeousSA.The gorgeous diva within me was very curious to find out more.At this point this Twitter account was looking for 100 followers to host its first giveaway.They now have a following of 556 and still growing.

So this product range is based in the beautiful Mother City of Cape Town , this is where the team creates the most amazing looking beauty and bath products that look good enough to eat. All their products are made with love and care and lots of attention to detail.In their range all products are organic , vegan based and no animals are harmed in the making of these delicious body treatments.

From cupcakes, to fudge , to souffles wait this sounds like a dessert menu but these are all scrupmtious treats for your body.

The Facebook and Twitter accounts are very interactive with their followers and promote their products daily. They have lots of giveaways and very helpful in recommending products to those of us who have special beauty needs.

On the 29th June 2013 HEY GORGEOUS SA is hosting a brunch event in CapeTown.The event promises to be filled with lots of fun , treats , products to try and amazing goodie bags .So if you are in Cape Town and free this weekend make sure to book and go to this event. I am gutted not to be able to attend but I have heard via the grapevine that a Hey Gorgeous SA roadtrip might be on the cards 🙂

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For more information or a brochure of these yummy products

EMAIL : leana@hey-gorgeous.co.za

TWITTER : @HeyGorgeousSA