Archive | Uncategorized RSS feed for this section

The 5 ways you could have spent new years

4 Jan

-Steve

I found this on the internet and it made me laugh.

Source: http://www.collegehumor.com/article:1811930

Beating the pre-christmas anxiety: daily activities

20 Dec

La-

 

Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri
30 / 21 

Wind:South Easterly

31 / 22 

Wind:South Easterly

25 / 20 

Wind:South Easterly

24 / 17 

Wind:South Easterly

26 / 16 

Wind:South Easterly

1) Beach

It is getting even hotter in Cape Town, so the beaches will be awesome. Be daring and swim in the sea or chill with friends or play some footie on the beach, either way, it’s a nice way of taking advantage of good weather. But, wear lots of sun screen and be aware of crowding.

or if the beach is not for you, have a picnic at Kirstenbosch gardens.

2) Movies

Make sure you bring a pair of 3D glasses

Half Price movies at Sterkinekor on Tuesdays  for cardholders.

R18 movies at Numetro on Wednesday!

*Megamind is awesome especially in 3D (after Avatar,  it makes me wonder if the media is trying to make blue people attractive?)

3)  Christmas shopping

Canal walk has the added fun of an indoor snow arena and is bigger with a greater varied selection of stores.

Blue Route, although small and under construction, has a bag pipe player and the most realistic Father Christmas I have ever seen.

Take a walk down Long Street or up Kloof street for some more unique present ideas and while you are in the area go look at the massive 15 meter tree at the Waterfront!

Christmas market at Olimpia cafe in Kalk Bay on Tuesday the 21st of December from 5pm to 10pm

4) Carrolling and Gigs

The Waterfront has carolls in the evenings until the 23 December at 19:00-20:00pm. Also, Christmas bands play at 18:00- 19:00.

On Wednesday Glen is playing at Manuka

On Thursday the 23th December, Shen Winberg is playing at The Polana.

5) Eating out

R12 Breakfast at Beleza  until 11:30am on the corner of Kloof Nek Rd & Burnside Rd, in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town. On Wednesday.

R15 English breakfast at Mugged from 7am to 9am 37 Roeland street, Cape Town. On Wednesday.

Saul’s massive burger (see previous post: https://innercitystate.wordpress.com/2010/12/14/the-burger-challenge-at-saul%E2%80%99s-grill/ )

Have Brunch at High Tea in Fariers in 53 Constantia road Plumstead, open from 9:00-15:00.

6) the Wild Card

Half price tickets to ride the Table Mountain Cable Car after 18:00pm

Ice sating at the Waterfront


Apparently Christmas Carols are lame

13 Dec

La-

I can’t believe the best time of year has not been mentioned…until now. CHRISTMAS! If the old traditions of carols by candle-light and decorating the Christmas tree has become more boring than what you remember it is definitely time to add new traditions to bring some  “Christmas spirit”.

The new sleigh

Last year while my sister and I were driving around looking for shops and Christmas presents, we discovered a new way of driving during the jolly season. This includes a few rules:

1)When in car, a Christmas hat must be worn at all times

2) A batch of mince pies must be at hand to give to the beggars at the side of the road. If not mince pies, then some other kind of treat

3) You have to say “Merry Christmas!” to anyone who makes eye-contact with you while the car is stationary, this includes being generally joyous.

4) Also, there has to be some Christmas music booming from the car radio, or singing if you do not have a car radio

The new manger

Here a Manger refers to the community of gathered people, like a house where a social gathering is taking place. Christmas is usually the time you say good bye to friends and hello to family… it shouldn’t have to be like that. This is an opportunity to see your friends and celebrate! For example: an awesome Christmas brunch! maybe before the 25th. This is also an opportunity to make others, even strangers, feel welcome (Christmas can be a surprisingly lonely time for many).

Your humble abode doesnt have to be decorated in Capitalist-enforced decoration scheme, but something that is personal and reflects what Christmas means to you. Also creating funny rules for your house over Christmas can be fun too.

Festive food and drinks

Like hot-cross buns in Easter, Christmas also has special and selective foods. We all know of the obvious: turkey, mince pies and Christmas cake/fruit cake, but there is alternatives that your stomach can venture.

1) Hot spicy apple cider

recipe: http://www.cooks.com/rec/doc/0,193,156165-249196,00.html

2) Gluvine (hot mulled wine)

recipe: http://recipes.epicurean.com/recipe/12691/gluwine.html

3) Eggnog (which there are all different varieties form around the world)

some recipes:  http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/christmas-creamy-egg-nog/Detail.aspx

http://allrecipes.com//Recipe/amazingly-good-eggnog/Detail.aspx

4)Ginger bread men top the list of sweet snacks during Christmas

5) Christmas beer

6) Cola tonic (with lemon)

7)Sparkling wine with a sugar coated rimmed glass with a cherry inside.

8) instead of Christmas cake, eat Stollen (German cake)!

A new Wishlist

Usually over this holiday period, it is about composing the perfect list of desired presents. Maybe it should be about making an effort for others, attempting to make it enjoyable for others- so that everyone can appreciate this time of year. Transform what christmas usually looks like, like Elf in the movie Elf 🙂

The new/old Cliche

Honestly most of us have said we were going to hand out presents to the under-privileged  or feed the poor… but never got around to doing it. This time round take action and do something that is important to you and represents Christmas in a great way.

Take a drive down Adderley street or down the suburban Edison drive.

Lastly, when all else fails sing Christmas carols out loud to yourself in the most ear-aching voice you  can master!

Anyone heard of Bruno Mars? And Katy Perry is doing it.

11 Dec

Glen

This guy, he’s different. While we have our usual pop stars doing the whole “sex and you are not perfect” message, Bruno Mars has entered the mainstream with an entirely different message. One of his single titles sums it up perfectly: Just the way you are. Bruno Mars is selling a message of “be who you are, because who you are is cool”. Bruno is pretty cool.

I like this message, because now I don’t have to feel fat and the need to strive for perfection because Bruno says I’m amazing just the way I am. And this will probably do much for many females as well. Instead of listening to Kesha, who says that you should brush your teeth with Jack Daniels, females can rest in the fact that all other girls have nothing on them according to Bruno in his song Nothin’ on you.

This will definitely be good for insecure people and give a positive message that is so desperately needed in the mainstream music scene. As long as people only hear the music. Just don’t let those people see the music video. That airbrushed girl in Just the way you are kind of reinstates the whole idea of “I like you just the way you are if you are airbrushed”. Don’t get me wrong though, the song is awesome and still has a positive message, here it is:

Now if Bruno sang his song to a fat chick who didn’t subscribe to mainstream standards of beauty, then I would give maximum respect. I guess mainstream never can fully be excluded.

Oh and Katy Perry is also doing it now with Firework. After kissing a girl and liking it, she has decided that everyone is a firework. She is telling everyone that they are worth something. Thanks Katy. Oh, and don’t try the firework thing coming out of your chest. That could end in tears.

Here is the link to her video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QGJuMBdaqIw

 

The under R25 breakfast specials

28 Nov

Going out for breakfast has become an occasional special event. It doesn’t have to be. If you look closely there are a lot of restaurants or cafes that offer affordable breakfasts, which definitely fill that I need to eat breakfast out shaped hole in your belly. These are my findings of the below R25 category of breakfasts, and they all cover the traditional morning meal time basics. Remember breakfast is usually until 12.

Mugg and Bean

Good old Mugg and Bean’s On the Go Breakfast never fails to fulfil morning hunger calls. The nice thing about the OTG is that you can order extra toast for free, which comes free with butter and Jam. Another perk about the OTG is that you can alter it to be healthy by choosing poached eggs and rye/ whole wheat toast. M&B serves breakfast for the entire day until the kitchen closes.

OTG: Toast, 2x Eggs, 2x bacon and grilled tomato. R24.95

Café Sofia

This restaurant has a few breakfast specials. Firstly, the Sofia Special which is awesome because it comes free with coffee, secondly it has the quick muffin selection, and thirdly, a smoothie for the health conscious.

Sofia Special: Toast, 2x Eggs, becon, grilled tomato and coffee. R25

Breakfast Smoothie: Oats, White Chocolate, Yoghurt and seasonal fruit. R24

Jumbo Muffin: Muffin and cup of coffee. R19

The Food Lover’s Market

This breakfast special probably provides the most food, but is a little bit greasy—which some people may prefer.

Breakfast special: 2xeggs, toast, bacon, sausage, tomato and chips. R20

Manuka

Petite: toast, 1x egg, bacon and tomato. R22

Partisan: Croissant (cinnamon/chocolate/almond) with cheese and Jam. R22

Manuka is located in the Steenberg Village centre in Tokai.

Kauai

For a rather healthy alternative, Kauai has a diverse range of breakfasts. To first mention that Kauai is home to the best and a diverse range of smoothies which start from R16.95

Scrambled eggs: Scramble

d eggs with low GI bread. R19.95

Power oats: Oats with mixed dried fruit, almonds and fat free milk. R16.95

Seasonal fruit Salad: A mixed of freshly sliced and diced fruit. R22.95

Wheat-free Muesli: 50% fruit and nuts, low-fat milk and fresh banana. R18.95

Coffe and Muffin combo: A selection of amazing muffins and hot coffee. Starting from R21.50


 Jay Cee’s

This is the old Jacqui Daya, but under new management, the branding has changed but I assure you this is still the amazing good food store and restaurant—everything is the same except the name.

Breakfast special: 2xeggs, toast, bacon and grilled tomato. R25

Scrambled eggs: Specially scrambled eggs with a combination of herbs and spices on toast. R25

Jay Cee’s is situated on the main road (205) in Rondebosch, in between Dean street and Kilpper road.

Eggerøre

Image via Wikipedia



Spur

Spur doesn’t have to be about supper, because it offers a wide range of delicious breakfast options.

Plain sman: 1xegg, 2x rashers of bacon, tomato and toast. R19.95

If you have any awesome alternatives or any alterations, add them!

Website review: You park like an A-hole!

25 Nov

Site URL: http://www.youparklikeanasshole.com (click me!)

You Park Like an Asshole helps you to convey your feelings to fellow drivers. In our beloved country it is by no means an uncommon sight to see cars parked so badly that they make us doubt why we ever practiced so hard for our own license.

You Park Like an Asshole helps by giving us a ready-to-print card that can be filled out on site and left for the ignorant moron. Once said moron finds his violation she/he is able to see their offence and if she/he has internet access You Park Like an Asshole will enlighten her/him as to what they did wrong and how they can avoid such stupidity in the future.

An example is the Diagonal Parking: Not so cool car, seen below.

I give http://www.youparklikeanasshole.com the following score:

Relevance and usefulness: Very very much

And that’s all that matters with this.

The Food Lover’s Market vs Mainland China

22 Nov

La

After many weeks of routine sushi-eating at Food lovers, I finally ventured to another sushi restaurant—Mainland China.  Both Food lover’s and Mainland are in Claremont—walking distance apart. But most importantly, they both serve HALF PRICE SUSHI.

The place

If you are in the mood for a trendy evening with a bit of a vibe, the lively ambiance of the Food lovers market is the place to go. It is always buzzing with people, conversation and the “ting” of wine glasses. However, if you want to escape urban Cape Town and rather step into an Asian environment, the stairs to Mainland China are ready to take you there.  Mainland is authentic—even the Chinese waitresses serve you in a broken English accent. The restaurant is decorated in Asian fashion, small, quaint and a little cluttered with Chinese symbols.

The food

The most important part. Half price sushi is served at both Food lovers and Mainland, but Mainland seems to have a more varied availability of sushi. However, at food lovers it does depend on the demand. Mainland also has other Asian cuisine options, like noodles, duck, rice and even bowties. The Sushi is made impeccably, perfectly compact. The Sushi at food lovers is also amazing; I can’t say which restaurant’s sushi is better, because it really is up to personal preference.  Food lover’s is not an Asian restaurant thus it serves high class meals from steak to pizza.

 

The Perks

Food lovers has a bar with a sushi conveyor belt—which Mainland does not.  At Food lovers you can also watch the sushi being made in front of you (which is always fun), also, Food lovers has ample supply of different liquors. Mainland China has cheap bonuses, like –oh my word—R12 giant bowties served with a massive dollop of ice-cream and syrup.  The half price sushi at Mainland can also be consumed as a Take-away, which is a service Food Lovers does not provide.

The Price

The price of sushi at both restaurants is similar, but some sushi options vary depending on which sushi you order. But drinks vary considerably, at Mainland a coke is R10. At food lovers you can only order half price sushi from Mondays to Thursdays after 5pm. At Mainland Sushi is half price every day except Monday from morning till closing time. Mainland is has an all you can eat sushi or buffet option ranging from R40 to R80.

Overall, both restaurants serve amazing sushi but it really just depends what mood you’re in. Tell me what you think?

If you are interested and your mouth is watering for salmon roses right now… the Food Lover’s Market is runs parallel to Cavendish Square and is across the road to McDonald’s. Mainland China is on the main road next to stadium on main above Nandos.

Namaste