They've been open for business for roughly 11 months and this new kid on the block is already 70% booked out until next May! So what's so great about La Grenadine Petit Hotel, a guest house tucked away deep in the heart of Cape Town's CBD?
By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2012 11:34
Your fruit cake should have been baked by now and you should be feeding it with brandy every week! Well, maybe if you were Julia Child or your great granny, yes, but hey, we live in the real world, which is pretty hurried and fast at the moment. With this easy fruit cake recipe, you can make your fruit cake with not much effort and with a drizzle of your favourite brandy every week or so, your fruit cake will be perfect by Christmas!
By Nina Timm 5 Dec 2012 10:01
Five South African bands are to take to the stage in the Amphitheatre's Summer Concerts between Wednesday, 26 and Sunday, 30 December, 2012, at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront.
4 Dec 2012 10:58
When it came to selecting a location for new photographs reflecting the new, slimmer me, I thought immediately of The Table Bay Hotel. I asked Fabiani's Waterfront store to lend me garments to use for the shoot for which I'd hired photographer Hetty Zantman.
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 4 Dec 2012 09:44
Justin Bieber's tour dates for South Africa have been announced: he will perform on Wednesday, 8 May at Cape Town Stadium and Sunday, 12 May, 2013, at FNB Stadium, Joburg.
4 Dec 2012 09:34
Thanks to a technological magic wand that turns blue into green I recently drove a sexy four-door coupe at a less then leisurely pace from Gansbaai to Hout Bay using an average of just 5.8 litres/100km of costly juice for the journey.
By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 4 Dec 2012 08:52
International Guitar Night (IGN) is a series of shows designed to bring "the world's greatest and most accomplished acoustic guitar players" to South Africa. The brainchild of Tony Cox, South Africa's own internationally acclaimed guitar wizard, the stated focus of IGN is to feature guitar players who "pluck the strings creating bass, rhythm, melody and percussive lines all at the same time, coaxing a mini-orchestra from the six strings".
By Michael Britton 3 Dec 2012 11:31
This year's Rock the River SA New Year's Festival will take place from 28 December, 2012, to 1 January, 2013, at the Savannah Farm (Windmeul Road, Perdeberg), located 30 minutes' drive from Cape Town (and 20 minutes' drive from Durbanville).
3 Dec 2012 10:36
The EDM Fest will take place on 16 December, 2012, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and will feature some of the world's top EDM DJs, including: Gareth Emery, W&W, Lange, Protoculture and Sarah Howells performing a live vocal set. Ending the line-up will be local DJ Kingsize.
3 Dec 2012 09:39
The new Afrikaans musical Pretville is unlike anything you have ever seen locally. It spells fun with a capital F and delivers what it promises, and much, much more. In fact, there's so much more that the little that is left, leaves nothing to the imagination.
By Daniel Dercksen 30 Nov 2012 08:51
After a sold-out season earlier this year, comedian Marc Lottering is back with I Don't Work On Sundays at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre. Judging by the non-stop laugher that left many people barely able to contain themselves, adding some extra performances might be required!
By Eugene Yiga 29 Nov 2012 11:25
The two cabaret artists, Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson, do a show that is an absolute delight. Kalk Bay Theatre is the ideal venue for this intimate show, which offers something for everyone.
By Daphne Cooper 29 Nov 2012 10:26
The holy trinity power house team of, Jaco van der Merwe, Louis Minaar and Peach van Pletzen are truly a combined force to be reckoned with. Jaco's lazy gruff rapping style and cleverly conscious lyrics, Peach's multi-instrumentalist multi- talent tsunami and Louis' brilliant creative mind and skill create a super group of note. The only baffling thing is the fact that Bittereinder are not better acknowledged and celebrated. Perhaps now with second album offering "Die Dinkdansmasjien" things will shift. The SA music industry seems to be nodding their heads in appreciation and time to the beat.
By Ruth Cooper 29 Nov 2012 09:44
Out of 3,000 primary schools that entered Afcon 2013 mascot competition to draw the official talisman of the 2013 edition of the Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) -- Tumelo Nkoana 's mascot is the one that ultimately won the competition, The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) reports.
28 Nov 2012 13:30
Special-interest tourism packages are a great way to get like-minded people to enjoy a holiday together. Cruise liners have long had erudite guests to entertain and educate passengers but Crystal Cruises and the Music Centre of Los Angeles' distinguished Spotlight Program, have upped the ante in the classical music and dance stakes by offering performances and master classes at sea on two Northern Europe cruises next summer.
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 28 Nov 2012 12:11
"The name's Bond, James Bond". These words, though iconic and catchy, have never mattered much to me. I like James Bond, but not to the degree that I care whether he takes his martini shaken or stirred. As Daniel Craig's Bond says in Casino Royale (2006) when asked whether he wants his martini shaken or stirred: "Do I look like I give a damn?" Bond's just a guy who kicks ass, has cool toys and gets laid more often than not.
By Charles Siboto 28 Nov 2012 11:38
Buena Vista Social Club and Brand New Heavies have been announced as headline acts for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2013, as part of the first 13 confirmed acts. The festival is to take place on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 April, 2013, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.
28 Nov 2012 10:00
What makes the latest Bond really great is that it is not the traditional Bond. Yes, there's the daredevil and heart-pounding action sequences, magnificent cars, gorgeous girls and tiny gadgets, but Skyfall is ultimately a stirring and emotionally evocative human drama unlike any other; with Bond and M pitted against an unscrupulous villain with a personal agenda and unyielding vendetta. Moving global warfare of epic proportions into the background, Skyfall zones in on an intimate and emotional war zone that strikes all the right chords.
By Daniel Dercksen 27 Nov 2012 09:58
Ray-Ban South Africa has invited local musicians to reignite the spirit of iconic songs from the past seven decades for its 75th anniversary celebrations. Inge Beckmann, Arno Carstens, AKA, Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Beatenberg, Jeremy de Tolly (The Dirty Skirts), The Gugulethu Tenors, Laudo Liebenberg (aKing) and The Plastics have recorded live their own versions of tracks from the 1930s through to the 90s.
26 Nov 2012 12:51
The superb Flemish-Belgian Bullhead (Rundskop) shows that it's impossible to be compassionate in a world of ignorant fools and a misguided loner who does not know how to vent the anger that consumes his humanity.
By Daniel Dercksen 26 Nov 2012 11:03
The University of Cape Town's Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) presents the inaugural Live Art Festival from 30 November to 4 December. Subtitled "Make-up your Mind", the event features more than two dozen emerging as well as established artists from a wide range of fields and aims to be a space for exploring contemporary art.
By Eugene Yiga 26 Nov 2012 10:25
The winners of the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards were recently announced at a ceremony held at The Westin, Cape Town. Restaurants are judged on stringent criteria, taking into consideration their food, service, ambience and other aspects of the eating out experience.
26 Nov 2012 09:45
Gagasi FM is to launch a summer campaign, Illa Ngil Thola Khona, starting with a launch event, The Gagasi FM Beach Festival, on Sunday, 2 December, 2012, at New Beach, Durban from noon. The campaign will include an on-air competition with R140 000 in cash prizes, Chris Brown tickets, and a brand new car.
23 Nov 2012 11:39
Following her sold-out collaboration with Freshlyground's Zolani Mahola, musician Karen Zoid goes Under the Covers for five nights at Cape Town's Theatre on the Bay. The unplugged show features all the songs she wishes she had written herself (as well as a few guilty pleasures), including hits by Lady Gaga, Leonard Cohen, Miriam Makeba, Modern Talking, Beethoven, The Beatles, and Queen.
By Eugene Yiga 23 Nov 2012 11:32
When I heard that Adidas Originals and We-Are-Awesome were bringing The Drums to South Africa for Part 3 of their live performance series, that little place in my belly - the one where we keep the extra cookies, started to bubble with excitement. Upon hearing that it was going to be on the rooftop of the Breakwater parking lot at the V&A Waterfront, I grew ever more excited.
By Mary Fay Everard 23 Nov 2012 10:55
Two thousand extra tickets have been released for Kanye West, when the hip hopper performs as the headline act at the Feel the Beat of Sub-zero Experience on 2 February, 2013 in Joburg. Tickets went on sale through Computicket on Thursday, 22 November, 2012.
23 Nov 2012 10:15
What started as a butter museum by the wives of local Darling dairy farmers in 1978 has become a quaint and interesting museum that is well worth a visit. Although Charles Henry Darling, then governor of the Cape, gave his name of the town founded on Langfontein (now Ormonde Estate), he never visited it. The area was originally called Groenkloof where farms such as Groote Post were used to graze VOC cattle and harvest salt.
By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 23 Nov 2012 09:00
The 2013 Cape Tattoo Expo will be held from 25 to 27 January, 2013, at a new venue: the Cape Town City Hall. Visitors can look forward to big-name international convention "regulars" such as Bob Tyrrell (US), Laura Juan (Spain), Randy Englehard (Germany), Robert Hernandez (Sp/Pol), Mark Bester (UK), as well as the very best that South Africa has to offer.
22 Nov 2012 12:32
I'm addicted to Jack Parow's nostalgia-inducing song I Miss, in which he lists some of the coolest things that kids experienced when growing up in the 1980s and 90s. This song takes me back to summer days spent exploring the neighbourhood on my BMX, rushing home after school to watch shows like He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (1983 to 1985), always reciting the show's iconic phrase along with Prince Adam as he held his sword aloft and would say: "By the power of Greyskull ... I have the Power!"
By Charles Siboto 22 Nov 2012 11:51
In the build-up to The Cape Town Festival of Beer (23 to 25 November) 10 bloggers received home-brewing kits from Keg King to begin their blogger brew master competition. Although the brewing kit comes with all the necessary instructions some went off the beaten track and decided to get creative. Almond was added, coriander, orange peel, various fruits and it is still under debate whether or not bubble gum was added to one blogger's brew.
By Jordan Scott 22 Nov 2012 09:53
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