The FedGroup Colour Me Crazy run & colour fest is coming (and I have some tickets to give away)

Remember the HOLI One Colour Festival I attended earlier this year?  Well the FedGroup Colour Me Crazy 5km Run & Colour Festival is keeping all that colour lovin’ going with an easy fun run (or cycle – will tell you more about that) followed by a huge, well-deserved party.

Joburg had their chance for colour craziness back in September with an event that saw 10 000 people of all ages join in on the fun…

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Images provided by KL PR & Events… Oh and that’s Roger Goode bottom right btw, doin’ his thing to the big Joburg crowd.

And now it’s the Mother City’s turn on Sat, 26 Oct at the West Coast Ostrich Ranch.

What can you expect?

  • As I mentioned above, things kick off with a 5km colour run.  OR for those bike loving folks out there, you can now do the route on mountain bikes.  The cyclists will kick off the 5km and will be followed by the runners through the colour route.
  • This is then followed by live performances by Goodluck, Locnville, iScream & The Chocolate Stix, Roger Goode, Dean Fuel, Steph Be and more.
  • There will be a variety of food & drink stalls.
  • Plus prize giveaways, including Samsung cameras which are up for grabs for best dressed individuals & teams.
  • Crazy outfits are encouraged, and colour explosions are to be expected throughout the day.

What do you need to take note of?

  • Venue:  West Coast Ostrich Ranch, Van Schoorsdrif Road Philadelphia, off N7, Cape Town
  • Date:  Sat, 26 October 2013
  • Registration and Times:
    Doors Open 9am.
    Registration: 9am to 11am.
    Race Start – 11am ( Bicycles)
    Race Start – 11:30am ( Runners)
    Festival Start – 12pm
  • Ticket prices:  Tickets are R290, or R320 with a T-Shirt
    Early Bird Special for Bikers until 19 October: R270 (R320 after the 19th October)
    Kids Under 6 Years – Free
    Tickets can be purchased at www.quicket.co.za

BUT LISTEN UP:  I have 2 sets of double tickets to giveaway to two lucky readers.  All you have to do to be in the running is send the following tweet:

Hey @CTmylove I would LOVE to win tickets to the @ColourMeCrazySA Cape Town run & colour fest on the 26 October #LoveColourWin

Terms & Conditions:

  • This giveaway is for the tickets only.  No travel included.  Winners must be able to get to the venue on their own.
  • Only one entry per person.
  • Entries close at 5pm on Wed, 16 October 2013.
  • There will be 2 winners drawn, each receiving 2 tickets.
  • The winners will be determined by lucky draw & announced here on my blog and on Twitter on Thu, 17 October 2013.

I’ll leave you with the official video from the Joburg event to further tempt you:

Looks fun, no?  Happy Friday all.  And good luck to all those entering.

xxx

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The Spring tasting menu at La Mouette

This post is really just aimed at making everybody very hungry this morning…  cause I’m evil like that…

But yes, one of my favourite Cape Town dining spots, La Mouette, has launched their Spring Tasting Menu which will be available until the end of October and it definitely sounds like a goodie.

What’s the deal?  6 courses for only R185:

  • Course 1: Mezze
    Goat’s cheese croquette, falafel, tabouleh, smoked aubergine puree, grilled courgette and sumac
  • Course 2:  Caramelized onion soup
    Brioche croutons and fontina tortellini
  • Course 3:  Soft poached egg
    Grilled asparagus, barley, béarnaise relish and parmesan broth
    Or
    Pan fried line fish
    Chickpea puree, red pepper emulsion, raisins, calamari, baby spinach and smoked paprika
  • Course 4:  Confit shoulder of lamb
    Spiced yoghurt, pea puree, carrot emulsion and pan fried gnocchi
    Or
    Sweetcorn risotto
    Tempura vegetables, smoked butter, chili and lime dressing
  • Course 5:  ‘Waldorf’
    Gorgonzola croquettes, celeriac puree, marinated grapes, radish and pickled apple
  • Course 6:  Spiced coconut panna cotta
    Coconut crumble, passion fruit puree, pineapple foam, tamarind granita and toasted cashew nuts

The Tasting menu is available for the whole table only.

Sound good?  Of course it does… think I’m gonna have to go spoil my belly with some springtime happiness soon.

To further tempt you, here’s a little “foodporn” collage from previous tasting menus I have personally worked my way through:

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Mmmmmm… such good memories…

To make a reservation:

  • Contact them on:  021 433 0856 or reservations@lamouette.co.za
  • They are located at:  78 Regent Rd, Sea Point

xxx

Another great music madness weekend with Rocking the Daisies 2013

Right, so that’s one more Rocking the Daisies weekend under my belt, pretty much making me a veteran now…  (and no, that does not mean “old” OK – just experienced)

Even though I have survived many a mad weekend before, I learnt 3 very important new lessons this weekend:

  1. A yoga mat DOES NOT make for a good mattress alternative (couldn’t find my bloody camping mattress anywhere).  My bruised body is not very happy with me right now…  I feel like a 90 year old recovering from hip replacement surgery. #notfun
  2. If the weather report says it’s gonna be cold.  Believe it.  Don’t be optimistic and pack some shorts and your bikini because last year there happened to be a bit of sunshine.  Pack a snow jacket if you can.  The chill factor this past weekend was brrrrrrrrrr, especially at night.
  3. Spending R30 on a bottle of the new limited edition Cloof Wine Estate Rocking the Daisies Crispy White or Fruity Red got you WAY more bang-for-your-buck than spending R40 on one double vodka & Red Bull.  Really hope they do this again next year:

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    Photo credit: Cloof Wine Estate Facebook page – oh and those are plastic bottles, so totally safe to bring into the campsite as well.

The highlights of the weekend for me personally was seeing The Hives and Skunk Anansie doing their thing on stage.  Both were amazing live acts with The Hives’ lead singer, Howlin’ Pelle Almqvis, having everyone totally captivated with his quirky southern gentlemen persona and Skunk Anansie’s Skin (aka Deborah Anne Dyer) – who is now 46 btw – looking and sounding absolutely incredible.  I mean the lady was rocking a skin tight, see-through catsuit and did the most bad ass crowd surfing I’ve ever seen.  Huge respect…

But enough talking, let me rather share some pictures (mainly because my brain is still too tired to think of anything clever to say 😉 ).  So here goes:

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Bright lights at Main stage…

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Lots of options…

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Electro beats served up with lazers of course…

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General strangeness inside the Nu World Beat Burrow…

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Hydration & glow sticks… two key elements for a successful weekend…

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These gigantic hands had a very AfrikaBurn feel to them…

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Clockwise from top left: My “cold as ballz” festival chic look; with Mario & Luigi*; with peeps D & Ilze; with neighbour/actor/comedian Siv Ngesi.

* Luigi, aka Mark Bland, also runs a wine blog you might be keen to check out called The Blenders Wine.

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Main stage by day…

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That water was only for the brave…

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The Beach Bar was where it was at during the day…

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The Hives

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Skunk Anansie

I also took a little video clip from the Skunk Anansie set – here they are doing their massive hit, Secretly – one of my all time favourite songs of theirs and a song that use to blare outta my crappy car radio when I was at varsity, practically making my whole car shake.  Freakin’ love it:

Apologies about the bit of static.  My camera’s video/sound capabilities aren’t that great, especially when it comes to dealing with base.  But it gives you a good idea of the vibe at least.

All I have to say in summary is that it was an awesome weekend with fantastic folks and brilliant music.  I’m already wondering who they are going to get down to SA for next year’s festival to try beat this year’s lineup…  it’s got me quite excited actually… but for now I’m still glowing with happiness from being to ugly sing along to soooooo many songs that I love.  High fives all round to that!

xxx

Get your drink on at Slug & Lettuce

Right about now… you’ll probably find me in a tent, in the middle of a zombie apocalypse scene (otherwise known as Rocking the Daises – the final stretch), nursing a moerse hangover…

Another spot that has good hangover causing potential?  Slug & Lettuce in Long Street:

DSC02862On a recent late night town mission, I popped in there with some friends and let’s just say quire a bit of “booziness” was accomplished (well done team, well done).

I had actually seen their sign many many times before, but never went inside to check it out.  I was taken aback by the quirky decor, cause I guess I was expecting more of a traditional Irish pub vibe inside.  But the quirkiness I really quite loved:

DSC02852 DSC02865 DSC02858It gets very busy inside, but the vibe is good and the drinks are cold.  What more could you want really?  Next time you’re looking for a good drinking hole option, do keep them in mind.

You’ll find them at 218 – 224 Long Street and you can contact them on 021 424 7328 or longstreet@slugandlettuce.co.za.   I see they also have another branch over in Green Point.  Will just have to give that one a test drive now too.  You know, for research purposes and all. 😉

xxx

Lazy afternoon wine, cheese & charcuterie bliss at Constantia Glen

IMG_3569This past Monday was not only an absolutely beautiful day here in the Mother City, it was also the day bestie Leigh & I had one of the most relaxing, amazing afternoons both of us have had in quite some time.

That’s because we spent our afternoon chilling on the stoep at Constantia Glen, overlooking the vineyards and filling our lungs with farm fresh air, while enjoying some beautiful wines and stuffing ourselves with the some of the yummiest cheeses and meats I’ve ever tasted.  In one word it was: heaven…

But let me give you a quick photo tour:

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DSC03707DSC03712 DSC03715 DSC03717I fell head-over-heels in love with the Constantia Glen guard dog, Frankie.  Yes, he does look a little depressed… maybe being constantly surrounded by all that awesomeness is just too overwhelming for the poor little guy… but don’t you just wanna cuddle him?

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Such a gorgeous “fuller figure” boy…

Now a wine tasting session at Constantia Glen only costs R40* per person and includes 6 wines – 3 from their Constantia Saddle range and 3 from their Constantia Glen range.

*The fee is waived if you purchase wine of R100 or more.

We kicked things off with the Constantia Glen 2012 Sauvignon Blanc (R100), then the  Constantia Saddle White (R60), followed by the slightly sweet, berry infused Constantia Saddle Rose (R60).  I enjoyed all three and could picture myself slowly sipping away on any one of them on a hot summer’s day.

We then moved onto the reds, starting with the Constantia Saddle Red (R85), then the Constantia Glen 2010 Three (R165) and the Constantia Glen 2008 Five (R245).  My favourite was that last one which is a smooth, spicy blend of 5 Bordeaux varieties.  It’s also their flagship wine with quite a few awards under its belt.  It’s the type of wine I picture whipping out on special occasions… or hell, even a big night in while watching movies & relaxing on the couch.  Hmmmmmm.

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There they all are…

Paired with your wine tasting, you can also get yourself a meat & cheese platter.  They have the following 4 options:

DSC03724We tried the cheese & charcuterie platter (R100) which has a good mix of everything, served with a warm, freshly baked baguette, gherkins & capers, the tastiest homemade jam and Rooibos smoked butter… I know what you’re thinking… say what?? Rooibos smoked butter??  Yes.  And it was a-ma-zing.

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This platter made the soooooo happy, I wanted to dance in the vineyards like a scene out of The Sound of Music…

This really was the perfect way to spend an afternoon.  We felt like we had been transported to a different world, when in fact we were only about a 20min drive away from the CBD.  All Leigh and I have been able to talk about since is how we really need to go back.  And soon.

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Cheers!

Wanna plan your own trip there? (and you really should)  Here’s all the details you need to know:

  • Address: Constantia Main Road, Constantia  (Just past Eagle’s Nest)
  • Contact them on:  021 795 6100 or wine@constantiaglen.com – it’s best to call ahead and book a table, especially in summer.
  • They are open:  weekdays from 10am to 5pm; Saturdays & Sundays from 10am to 4pm.

Next time you’ll also find me taking a little afternoon nap on that lawn, that’s for sure…

xxx

Markets happening this weekend (for those not going to RTD2013)

So if you’re not heading through to Darling for Rocking the Daisies this weekend, then maybe you’d be keen to check out a cool market or two?

The first is The Treasury Market – these folks partner with the Stellenbosch Slowmarket every 1st Sat of the month – so it will be a great mix of the usual spoilicious food & drink selection, plus fantastic arts and crafts to fulfill your retail therapy requirements too:

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  • When? Saturday 5 Oct from 9am to 2pm
  • Where? Stellenbosch Slowmarket, Oude Libertas, Stellenbosch

The second is the Doilie Market over in Durbanville.  This weekend they are celebrating their “Season of Sauvignon”.  Expect live music, the men can watch the Springboks vs New Zealand game on the big screen, and there will be lots to keep the kids busy, including a petting zoo, horse rides, fun rides & games.  For the “big people” there will also be over 40 crafters exhibiting proudly South African goods and of course, there will be wine!

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  • When? Saturday 5 Oct from 10am to 8pm AND Sunday 6 Oct from 10am to 5pm
  • Where? D’Aria Winery, M13 Durbanville

Those sounds like pretty good options, no?  Have checked, the weather forecast and it’s going to be pretty decent weather too, no rain predicted… perfect for a bit of market exploring.

xxx

Beautiful Maverick has launched an online store

The lovely Genuvieve Davies from Cape Town based women’s fashion label, Beautiful Maverick, has been a woman that I’ve kept on my speed dial since I met her last year.

She’s bailed me out a few times when I was in desperate need of a dress, particularly something I hadn’t already worn to death at previous events.  And one thing I can say is that this lady certainly knows how to knock out an effortlessly feminine & sexy look.

When she recently told me about the launch of her new online store, I was very excited.  Now her pretty things are just a few clicks away, with free delivery within 2-3 working days on any order over R500 (or a R80 delivery charge if your order is less than R500).

Being a online shopaholic myself, I went to go have a look immediately and spotted these items from her Spring 2013 range which I’d love to have in my wardrobe:

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Left: Lynn shift – R625; Right: Cynthia dress – R575

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Left: Tori dress – R550; Right: Sara Tee – R395 with Chene Trousers – R550

Pretty hey?

ALSO, I spotted a great deal… If you act fast, you can snap up this dress which is on sale for R250 (was R550).  There’s only 1 left and it’s a size 34:

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I’ve seen this dress on eTV News reporter, Tanya Nefdt, and it’s gorgeous…

It being “hump day” today, why not spoil yourself with a little summin’ summin’…  just click on over here.

xxx