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Burger King arrives in Durban…

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Friday I attended the launch of the Burger King store in the new Pavillion Food Court. I loved the mystery of bein ushered into a store which was all blocked off.

The store offically opens on Monday (14/04/2014) to the public and boy are you in for yummy treats.                               

Most of us in Durban have been suffering from serious FOMO after seeing all the BK pics/Tweets from JHB and CT. The store has opened 18 weeks ahead of schedule which is fantastic.

I learnt some interesting facts on BK :                     

  1. All staff employed have never worked before.
  2. Most of the food items are sourced locally.
  3. Staff are promoted internally.
  4. More stores are planned for KZN.

5)BK offers a bottomless Soda Fountain which has a range of Pepsi drinks and ice.  We were allowed to sample everything on the menu. I opted for onion rings and the world famous Whopper Burger – totally divine, well flavoured, huge portions with crispy chips.

Dessert proved to be very difficult for me to choose so eventually I opted for the choc brownie with ice cream and a vanilla milkshake. Gooey chocolate oozed from the centre – such a treat and a super thick vanilla milkshake.

I left BK a happy camper totally full as I headed off to work.I will defo be returning to BK to try out more of their menu especially the chilli products.

So Durban, treat yourself to the yumminess that is Burger King which opens on Monday the 14th April in the new Pavillion Food Court and is Halaal.

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The #DBNbloggermeet event.

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In January 2014, I was asked about arranging an event for Durban lady bloggers. Having worked on Cookie Swap last year, I do know how much of time, work and effort goes into an event. I sat on the fence until I approached Michelle and Nicola to come on board as part of the team. It was a constant arrival of emails, tweets, whatsapps on a daily basis and now that the event is over I miss it 😦

As soon as we tweeted about the possibility of an event did we get the Durban ladies saying yes and how excited they were. Our next point of business was picking a date and a venue (read about Hashtag).

The team pooled our contacts together and started working on sponsors. Never in my wildest dreams did I think we would have so many generous and amazing sponsors come on board for our event. It was only when we got to Michelle’s house to pack did we realise how much stuff we actually had. And yes it was like an Oprah moment creating 25 bags of treats/gems for our bloggers.

The status quo is that Durban and Durban bloggers are not considered for product launches BUT after this event this weekend I am sure its going to change!  The hashtag #DBNbloggermeet trended in South Africa as well as #LoveYourLenovo.

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The much anticipated day arrived and Durban pulled out all stops in terms of fab weather. Joining us for the event were 3 of our sponsors and Mandy from Kitten Action the charity we decided to support. Our venue hosts, Hashtag were so generous that we were not charged anything for our food and drinks and it was then we decided to support Kitten Action by donating kitten food and R50 per blogger to her charity.

Prior to the event Uber ran a twitter competition and gave away a luxury VIP pick up and drop off to the event. This got all the ladies tweeting and wanting to be spoilt. Little did the ladies know how much spoils they were in for. At the start of event, Mandy told us about the charity we were supporting and how our contributions would help. This was very touching and thank you to all our lovely ladies for supporting especially Shirley who was very generous.

Then Carly and Monique from Lenovo who had flown in especially from JHB to join us chatted to us. Carly explained to us about the amazing giveaway they were going to run at the event and give away their new Yoga Tablet. We were asked to tweet what would we do to win. For once it was not considered anti social as we all were glued to our phones. I will be reviewing the Yoga Tablet soon, so I won’t be sharing any info on the product now. The response and tweets were amazing that Lenovo surprised us by giving away not 1 BUT 2 Tablets.

Brett from Frys Foods joined us telling us about their products and importance of meat free Mondays.

Karen from Philospica Botanic spoke to us about their products and soon to be opening Spa in Durban.

Then it was time for food, laughs and lots more talking and tweeting. Throughout the morning, giveaways were taking place and every lady went away with a gift. And then the most anticipated moment our hidden huge LeCreuset bright orange goodie bags were brought out.

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It was heartwarming to see how excited the ladies were and their squeals of joy discovering LeCreuset goodies. The #DBNbloggermeet was a great event meeting new and old blogging friends.

A big thank you to all our generous sponsors and finally a bigger than big THANK to Michelle and Nicola my Dream Team for all your hardwork and support in making this event a success and a great day for all much love and gratitude.

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Ciao xxx

#HashtagDBN

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Us Durban bloggers were rather spoiled when Michelle found us this rather quirky and amazing venue #Hashtag. I was invited to the launch of Hashtag but due to work commitments I couldn’t attend. BUT I knew I would be there for the #DBNbloggermeet. I kept seeing the tweets about Hashtag and couldn’t wait to visit.

Having spoken to Brendan, one of the owners on the phone prior to the event, my interest in Hashtag was even more heightened.

Brendan told me about the concept of designing your own pizzas and burgers using …wait for it – A Tablet. This instantly appealed to the gadget girl geek within me. So on Saturday morning I found myself outside this gorgeous blue building as we started unpacking and getting ready for our #DBNbloggermeet with Michelle and Nicola.

The staff were amazingly helpful and helped us lift, carry, move and hide the enormous bright orange goodie bags. Hashtag was kind enough to give us the exclusive use of their venue. I loved the quirky signs found in Hashtag especially #SelfieZone.

Check out the pics.

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Our kind hosts Nasrin, Brendan and Trushin sponsored all our food, drinks and amazing coffees.

Ronaldo the very talented chef came out and spoke to the ladies about the menu and we all were told to order any pizza we wanted off the menu!!! WOW free choice of the pizzas on menu or design your own. Most events I attend one is just given finger food and not to pick our own choice.

A friend of mine, a vegetarian had visited Hashtag a few weeks ago and raved on about the amazing vegetable pizza he had, and trust me he is a very fussy eater. So I defo knew I was in for a yummy treat. After consulting Nasrin on the popular pizzas Michelle, Nicola and myself opted for the Lamb Mint. I got my cousin Maheshree to get the Chicken and mushroom so we could swap (greedy me). Our divine pizzas created by Ronaldo arrive on these gorgeous boards with the cutest lil blackboard pegs with which pizza it was.

The pizza was a feast for the senses it smelled divine, looked divine and yes you guessed it tasted divine. I am not a pizza fan but loved the thin crust pizza with lots of toppings of lamb , mint and cheese. My senses were in a total tizz and loved every bite of my pizza and Maheshree’s chicken one.

As the day was rather warm the staff kept us all hydrated all the time with glasses of iced cold fizzy drinks. I didn’t stay for dessert which I believe was all sorts of yumminess in the form of chocolate, chilli and bananas.

Will I be returning to Hashtag most definately for my birthday on the 20th to treat my senses to more of Ronaldo’s divine creations including desserts this time.

The atmosphere, vibe and service is great at Hashtag, and I know its going to be a place my friends are sure to enjoy for my birthday.

Michelle and I joked with Nasrin about taking Ronaldo home with us actually Nasrin, Michelle and I were serious 😉

See you guys on the 20th Hashtag and once again a big thank you for playing a huge part in making the #DBNbloggermeet a success.

For more info on Hashtag checkout their site and follow them on Twitter.

Ciao or should I say Bon Appetite xxx

#DBNbloggermeet…

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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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Durban Welcomes Zomato …

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Zomato? You thinking Tomato or an exotic Tomato variety … Actually, no.

Last year I kept seeing local South African bloggers tweeting about Zomato reviews and the chance to win iPads. So my curiosity got the better of me and off I went to my trusty old bf  “Google”  to find out more.

Zomato is an online restaurant discovery guide providing information on home delivery, dine-out, cafés and nightlife in cities of India, Brazil, Turkey, Indonesia, New Zealand, Philippines, South Africa, Sri Lanka, Qatar, United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom. In 2011, Zomato also launched applications for iOS, Android, Windows Phone and BlackBerry devices.

So once I found this information I was keen to see/read/review/taste more. But alas, at the time, Zomato was only in JHB and CT. Then last November I got a call from the gorgeous Thando (Jozifoodiefix.blogspot.com) who works for Zomato in JHB. We had a long chat about Zomato, how it works etc. Thando then sent me links to look at and we discussed a meet and a brunch with bloggers in Durban that I knew. Instantly I drew up a list of fellow bloggers that included @fayinthemaze, @NicolaLMeyer, @lizalaughalot, @AMG133 and @jantripepi.

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Thando and I looked at possible dates as we both agreed the brunch needed to happen before December got into party mode. Invites were sent off and on the 1st of December we met at the gorgeous and vibey Market Eatery. It was an intimate gathering as Thando talked us through the site, its history and the setting up of Durban Zomato. We were asked to bring along our Smartphones, Tablets or Laptops so we could play around on the site.

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It was rather quick and easy to register and navigate. I linked my Twitter handle to it so that everytime I wrote a review it would be shared on Twitter.

We then ordered from the yummilicious menu and trust me it was super hard to decide what to eat. I eventually settled on Lamb Chops and wasn’t disappointed at all.

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Thando presented us all with gorgeously wrapped pressies from Zomato which were lovely Foodie coffee mugs. To a Social Media/Techno fundi, Zomato is a perfect site to check out reviews on eateries and to be honest, I always Google new places and leave reviews all in one place and its growing in terms of Global sites. So yes I love Zomato! And I am currently ranked as the number 3 foodie in Durban.

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I look forward to Zomato expanding in Durban and including all of the yumminess that is found here.

Ciao xxx

Pancake Sundays …

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I am not a baker though I love cooking savoury dishes.This afternoon after having a rather lazy Sunday decided to make Pancakes for tea time. Two years ago while watching Jamie Oliver Christmas special Jamie shared his Pancake recipe which I committed to memory and love making .

I decided to share this easy recipe with you :

  • 1 Egg.
  • 1 Cup of milk.
  • 1 Cup self raising flour.
  • 1 Teaspoon vanilla essence.
  • Sugar to taste.

Method.

  1. Whisk egg , milk and vanilla.
  2. Whisk in dry ingredients.
  3. Heat up a frying pan and put in a small amount of mixture using a ladle or measuring jug.
  4. Turn over once bubbles start appearing
  5. Serve warm with butter , syrup , cream or jam .

Tips :

  1. I use a mug to measure out ingriendents so that way its all the same.
  2. I did substitute buttermilk for milk amazing light and fluffy pancakes .
  3. Add a pinch of cinnamon for a different flavour.
  4. I tried grated apples mixed with sugar and cinnamon to the mixture before cooking once it was divine.

Bon Appetite.

Ps Do tell me what you like your pancakes served with ?

BRITISH CHEFS AT GFWS 2013

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I just had to share these tidbits of information on the Chefs who will be at GFWS 2013 in DURBAN

JAMES MARTIN

James Martin has made a great impact since he began to appear on television in 1996 and has rarely been off screen since. He presents BBC1’s hugely successful Saturday Kitchen; regularly attracting viewers in excess of 3.5 million. It is one of the UK’s most popular weekend shows.
He was a regular team member on Ready Steady Cook and gained a whole new army of fans with his prowess on the dance floor in Strictly Come Dancing where he reached the semi-finals.
James also runs restaurant The Leeds Kitchen. The aptly named restaurant offers best of British food with a twist, created by James and his restaurant team.
James has authored numerous publications including: Masterclass, Great British Dinners, My Kitchen and Saturday Kitchen Best Bites and continues to make regular appearances around the world attracting vast crowds for his demos. He has written numerous best-selling cookbooks including his latest Slow Cooking.

MS CUPCAKE

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Mellissa Morgan, aka Ms Cupcake, is a vegan baker and chef who prides herself on her ability to transform basic ingredients into vegetarian and vegan masterpieces. Originally from Canada and now based in the UK, she describes her baking as classic North American with a British flavour twist. All of her unique recipes contain absolutely no animal products so are entirely vegan. Mellissa began baking from home when she couldn’t find indulgent bakery goods for vegans in London. She soon realised that it wasn’t just vegans she could cater for, but also those with food allergies or religious dietary requirements. She began to develop gluten free, soya free and even sugar free cakes, and after opening London’s first entirely vegan retail bakery in April 2011, she was named the Baking Industry Awards Rising Star of 2011.
Mellissa first appeared as an amateur on ITV’s Britain’s Best Dish and has since made appearances on Islam TV and Sky News. Her latest TV appearance as a contestant on the ITV show Britain’s Best Bakery won her a whole new set of fans, following praise from the judges for her fantastic tasting vegan cupcakes. Mellissa has completed the first Ms Cupcake baking book, to be published in May 2013 by Random House.

ANJALI PATHAK

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Anjali Pathak is the new face of the family which, thanks to her grandfather, took Indian curries to supermarket shelves around the world. She is the culinary expert and brand ambassador for the Patak’s brand.
Being part of such a well recognised family, Anjali has always been determined to make a name for herself in her own right and is a respected chef and has also been shortlisted for a number of awards including Asian Women of Achievement Awards and First Women Awards for her work with Indian food and flavours. Anjali loves all aspects of food and so has also explored her field further by gaining qualifications in Diet & Nutrition.
The co-author of an award-winning cookbook and a member of the Guild of Food Writers, Anjali is also a popular blogger and an ambassador for the British Asian Trust. She continues to go from strength to strength, regularly appearing on television and appears in leading lifestyle and food magazines around the world.

VIVEK SINGH

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Vivek Singh spurned family expectations to follow his father’s footsteps and become an engineer and surprised them instead by announcing his intentions of becoming a chef.
After graduating, he joined the Oberoi Hotel Group as a specialist in Indian cuisine. He was fast-tracked to become the Indian chef of the Oberoi’s flagship Rajvilas in Jaipur – at the age of 26. Rajvilas was voted the most luxurious hotel in the world by Tatler in 2001.
Vivek was recruited by The Cinnamon Club in Westminster as executive chef for the launch in 2001. Since first opening its doors, The Cinnamon Club has been redefining expectations of Indian cooking and has crafted a brilliant marriage between Indian flavours and spicing and western culinary styles.
Vivek’s award-winning food has established The Cinnamon Club as probably the most famous Indian restaurant in the world. Vivek is widely believed to be one of the most articulate Indian chefs of his generation.
In November 2008, Vivek opened the Cinnamon Kitchen, a new concept from The Cinnamon Club team.
Vivek is also involved in The Anise Bar, which is at the same location as Cinnamon Kitchen. Cinnamon Soho, Vivek’s newest restaurant opened in March 2012.
Books include The Cinnamon Club, Cinnamon Club Seafood, CURRY! and
Curry, Classic and Contemporary and his latest Cinnamon Kitchen.

I hope all Durban foodies attend this event and understand why I am so excited yet again especially with this British trio 🙂
Bon Appetite
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5 more sleeps till Taste of Durban 2013

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For all foodies like myself the TASTE OF DURBAN is a major event on our calendars as we so rarely get these events.

So like a kid before Christmas I am counting down how many sleeps till Saturday.For a social media junkie like me this event is great as I get to met a number of the brands and bloggers I tweet to on a regular basis.

If you havent booked your tickets or heard about this Foodie heaven read on for more ……

The Pick n Pay Taste of Durban in association with ORBIT sugar free chewing gum proudly bring you Taste of DURBAN 2013 from FRIDAY the 26th to 28 JULY 2013 at Suncoast Casino.Here CHEFS from the TOP 9 RESTAURANTS in Durban will create their signature dishes and a special starter sized menu for the festive…
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The EATERIES INCLUDE

CAFE 1999, HAVANA GRILL, HARTFORD HOUSE,BAR-BA-COA,FREEDOM CAFE, LITTLE HAVANA, BUTCHER BOYS, ELEMENTS CAFE AND AMARAVATHI PALKI.

TOD 2013 brings a host of other ‘must-do’ experiences.
These include:

– The Pick n Pay Fresh Living Chef’s Theatre – top local chefs will showcase their culinary skills in fun and informative cooking demonstrations, culinary challenges and entertaining Q & A sessions.
– The Pick n Pay Wine and Canapé Experience – an interactive area where guests can learn to create simple, stylish canapés and how to pair each of them with a range of wines to complement and balance the flavours.
* LINDT Studio – Switzerland’s finest chocolate house will have their Master Chocolatiers on hand creating delicious LINDOR truffles and fresh pralines.
* Simply Asia and Singha Beer Experience – A unique Thai dining experience with food prepared by authentic Thai chefs from the Land of Smiles.

* Asara Bistro Box – Asara will release some of their Vineyard Collection and speciality range wines in Durban, which will be paired with a selection of gourmet burgers and chocolates.
*The Consol Mixology Theatre – an interactive studio where visitors learn how to master the art of stunning seasonal cocktails.
*Castle Milk Stout Experience – SA’s premium stout makes its first appearance at this year’s Taste of Durban.
*Sevruga Sushi & Sparkling Lounge – Sevruga at Gateway, will be offering various sushi and wine pairings for visitors to enjoy.

There is defo something for everyones palate and now I hope you realise why this bunny is so super excited !

TASTE OF DURBAN 2013 – FAST FACTS
What, Where, When, How…

Festival times:
– Friday 26 July: 18h30 – 22h30
– Saturday 27 July: 13h00 – 17h00; 18h30- 22h30
– Sunday 28 July: 12h00 – 17h00

Tickets:
Tickets are limited and booking is recommended – for further information and bookings visit ITickets on http://www.itickets.co.za or Pick n Pay tickets on http://www.pnptickets.co.za
– Standard tickets cost R80 (includes entry & a tasting glass)
– Premium Tickets cost R180 (includes entry, R100 worth of Festival Crowns and a tasting glass)

Taste of Durban Festival Crowns
Crowns are the Festivals’ official “currency”, which can be purchased at the festival from the Taste Bank or Crown Sellers walking around the festival grounds. Visitors use these Crowns to purchase sample dishes.

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5 Celebrity Chefs who inspire me

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Yesterday I spent an hour lost in a bookshop.I am totally addicted to books and cannot resist the smell of a new book and turning crisp pages. In my mind I already started compiling a wishlist of books I want. I lingered longer in the cookery section and pointed out to my friend which books I already had.Its amazing how many cookbooks I already own but also how many I still want. I was also able to point out several chefs who I follow and interact with on Twitter.I later told my friend how I wish I had an unlimited credit card to buy all the books I want.

The following are celebrity chefs I admire and would love to own all their cookbooks someday :

1) Jenny Morris – I totally adore this awesome South African chef, who I had the pleasure of meeting.She has a great personality that comes through her cooking.I was pretty lucky to get Jenny to sign her cookbook for me.

2) Nigella Lawson- Nigella oozes passion for her cooking, entertaining and life. Her decadent recipes are not complicated and watching her on TV cook makes one hungry very quickly. I was extremely lucky that my dearest friend bought me my 1st Nigella cookbook. one which I have had my eye on for years 🙂

3) Jamie Oliver – started following Jamie while I was in London due to his Healthy Eating in schools programe. He is down to earth, empowers the misguided youth and makes cooking easy.

4) Heston Blumenthal – this chef really blows your mind with his use of science in cookery. Love how he makes each eating experience asalute to the senses.

5)Bobby Chinn love his food journeys throughout the world

Who are your favourite chefs?
Bon Appetite
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5 people I have met from Twitter….

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My Twitter addiction started in August 2011 and since then has increased dramatically. I used to love Facebook but now I rarely go on to it. At first Twitter seemed daunting but in no time I found my way and totally loved it.

Since 2011 I have Tweeted 23577 Tweets and I have 780 followers. I recall my first couple of months and thinking will I ever get a 100 followers.I love Twitter as you can follow and interact with so many people all over the world even if it has a 140 character limit. My blogging journey also started due to Twitter and has grown. I have made some really awesome Twitter friends and I cant wait to meet them though I have also met several of them.

My list of 5 Tweeters include :

# Deon Govender a popular DJ from Eastcoast Radio. Deon was super friendly ad always follows back and interacts with his followers.He has some pretty cool mixes on Spreaker that you can download. So check him out on Twitter @djdeong

# Jenny Morris a much loved SA Celebrity chef also known as The Giggling Gourmet. I had the awesome pleasure of meeting the amazing soul last year at The Good Food and Wine Show. Jenny was so lovely, funny and has such an amazing personality. She even signed a copy of her new cookbook and posed for pictures. My friends were all green eyed monsters about how I knew Jenny and how she was so lovely to me. Aunty Jen as I know call her on Twitter has awesome tweets and always replies to her followers. Find her @JennyMorrisChef she will defo keep you laughing.

#Alvin Quah from Masterchef Austrailia was another Tweeter I met. Alvin was voted the most popular masterchef contestant in SA. Alvin is a bundle of laughs and has great stage personality.He was very friendly to the crowds and allowed a photo session. Check him out on @alvinquah

#Jsomething is the awesome lead singer from my favourite SA group MiCasa. I had the pleasure of meeting, a photos and chatting to this really awesome guy at The Heinken concert in CT.Awesome down to earth guy and not to mention drop dead sexy 🙂 check him and MiCasa out @jsomethingmusic and @MiCasaMusic. Listen to their music its awesome.

#Zolani Mahola from the amazing group Freshly Ground another SA star so humble, friendly and always replies to her followers on Twitter.Feel in love with her voice when she sang Sometime wow what a track…. Follow her on Twitter @zolanimahola.

Twitter is amazing I have meet some pretty awesome people both famous and not so if you aint on Twitter I suggest you try it out and then you will relaise why I call it my addiction…

Ciao for now Tweethearts….

Ps dont forget to check me out on Twitter @verushka143