Treat yourself on Tuesdays this Women’s Month at Granada!

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In celebration of Women’s Month, Granada Square presents Treat me Tuesday for all the ladies who enjoy a little spoil!

Every Tuesday in August, revive yourself from the Monday blues by indulging in special offers from Sorbet, Simply Panache Hair & Beauty, Angelos, Little Havana and Pintxada.

Pop into Sorbet and receive half price on all full body massages – hot stone, aromatherapy and Swedish (full prices range from R430-R475), or visit Simply Panache hair salon to tame your mane at only R95 for a wash and blow dry.

For those wanting to make the most of their afternoons, dine in style at Angelo’s, Little Havana or Pintxada with lunch specials sure to suit all palates.

Lovers of the Mediterranean will enjoy all that Little Havana has to offer, with an option of a two course meal for R120 or a three course meal at R140, which includes a glass of complimentary Wolftrap wine, Tanqueray gin & tonic or Stella Artois.

Starters include a choice of Soup Du Jour, Vietnamese Pork Cakes, Chicken Livers, Chilli Sweet Potato Salad or Cuban Beef Strips, with an option of main courses such as 200g Grilled Steak, Coriander Chicken Pasta, Grilled Baby Sole, Slow Roast Pork Belly or Butternut Squash Curry.

Desserts include a choice between Ice Cream and Chocolate Sauce or Dessert of the day.

If you prefer a more tapas style lunch, Pintxada has the option of a two course meal for R120 or a three course meals at R130, which includes a glass of complimentary 330ml Amstel or Heineken, Wolftrap wine or Strongbow cider.

Tapas include a choice of Gazpacho, Ensalada del dia (V), Traditional Bravas, Gnocci (V), Spicy Wings, Chicken Livers on toast, Croquetas and Albondigas.

Plato Principal has a range of different dishes including Pasta del dia, Risotto (V), ½ Rotisserie Chicken and chips, Deboned Pork Ribs, 200g Steak with chips and sauce or Thai Vegetable Curry (V), alternatively there is the option of Panini with Frites, with a choice of either Chicken, Pulled Pork or Smoked Salmon.

Dessert or “Postre” include a choice of Ices & Sorbets or Dessert of the day.

And finally, if Italian is what you are after, Angelo’s is also offering their lunch special featuring a two course meal at R130 or a three course meal for R140 which includes a complimentary glass of wine, Amstel or Amstel lite or a Strongbow cider.

Depending on your selection, you can enjoy a starter, with the options of La Caprese, Michel Angelo, Minestrone Soup, Grilled Calamari or Peri Peri Chicken Livers.

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A celebration for the French!

From 13-15 July, the Bastille Day Wine Festival was hosted at Granada Square in Umhlanga.

The event celebrated all things French with superb wine on offer from over 35 wine estates including Boekenhoutskloof winery, HermanusPietersfontein, Domaine des Dieux, Miles Mossop, Diemersdal, Ken Forrester Wines, Leopard’s Leap, Pierre Jourdan, Protea, Steenberg, Graham Beck Wines, Franschhoek Cellar Wines, Boschendal 1685, Distillery 031, Hartenberg Wine Estate, Dieu Donne Winery, Baleia Wines , Oak Valley Wine Estate, La Vierge Wines, Kloovenburg Wine, Holden Manz Wine Estate, Strandveld, Jordan Wine Estate, Paul Wallace Wines, Groote Post, Stella Artois
Rekordilig, Huis De Chevallerie, Vermut Premon accompanied by delectable European inspired gourmet food made available from Europa, Angelo’s, Pintxada, Little Havana and Ferruci.

Wondering what Bastille day is?

Bastille Day is the common name given in English-speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. In France. The French National Day commemorates the Storming of the Bastille on 14 July 1789, a turning point of the French Revolution, as well as the Fête de la Fédération which celebrated the unity of the French people on 14 July 1790.

The event was enjoyed by all those who attended and Granada Square look forward to next year’s celebrations of the blue, white and red!

 

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Fun French props supplied by Alliance Francaise Durban for photo opportunities

 


July #InspirationForTheNation

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It’s July and on the 18th of this month marks an important day for South Africans, that of Mandela Day.

Nelson Mandela International Day commemorates the lifetime of service Nelson Mandela gave to South Africa and the world. It was launched on his birthday, 18 July, in 2009 via a unanimous decision by the UN General Assembly.

Mandela Day calls on us all, every day, to make the world a better place. Each year on 18 July we look back on what has been done and forward to what will be done.

My July #InspirationForTheNation is every person who gets involved in Mandela Day this year.

Change starts with each and every one of us and this year, the theme is #ActionAgainstPoverty.

In my mind, this theme could not be more important, as South Africa struggles with a high percentage of unemployment, with a large portion of society living in debilitating environments and with beggars at traffic lights. For me, poverty is one of the leading causes of crime and if we can help fight poverty, we may be able to fight the negatives that are associated with this as well.

Let’s make South Africa a country that takes action and inspires change not just on Mandela Day, but every day.

If you are getting involved in Mandela Day, tag me in your photos on Twitter @DivinelyMoulded or alternatively send me an email with your pics. Visit the contact page for more.

#ACTIONAGAINSTPOVERTY

 

June #InspirationForTheNation

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Image courtesy of  http://staceyfru.co.za/index.php/about-us/

Be inspired this June by a 10-year-old South African girl. She has done so much with her life in only a few short years and is truly a human being we all can learn from.

Stacey Fru,  is a self-acclaimed published South African Author who has won multiple awards.

Hailing from Jozi, Fru wrote her first book Smelly Cats’ when she was 7 and this was without the knowledge of her parents. When she turned 8, her book was published.

By the time her second book Bob and the Snake was published, 9-year-old Fru was three times (multiple) award winner.

The synopsis of her book, Smelly Cats is as follows: It is about two cats who are cousins. It portrays the common challenges of different socio-religious and academic backgrounds as well as challenges posed by geographical locations to the two on a daily basis. Stacey’s book also depicts that even though the cats come from the same family, they are bound to have differences due to who they are. The constant fights are real reflections of daily lives. However, just like in real life, fights are a vital spice of life that do not last forever.

Awards include:

‘Smelly Cats’ is the 2016 NDA ‘Best ECD Publication 2015: Special Mention Category, prize donated by UNICEF.

She won 2 awards at ‘Young Leader 2016’ for her leading motivational and inspirational roles, and Academic Achievements and Initiatives 2016’ for her writings at the East Wave Radio Nelson Mandela International Community Day Leadership Award.

This young girl is passionate about writing and writes stories, essays, poems, speeches and attempts songs. She is also a guitarist and a ballerina. Apart from this, she still finds time to be a motivational and inspirational speaker

In August 2016, Fru became the Youngest Founding Member of Wits University Centre for Multilingual Education and Literacy.

Want to know more? Check out her website to preorder copies of her book or call directly on +27 82 548 6385 for copies or www.staceyfru.co.za or https://www.facebook.com/staceyfru

I hope you are feeling inspired to go out and reach your dreams!

KZN’s first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival – a success!

On Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 KZN hosted the very first Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival at the picturesque Chris Saunders Park in the heart of Umhlanga.

With a combination of lifestyle elements, bringing together food, music and the biggest variety of gin that Durban has ever seen, the event was a resounding success with gin enthusiasts and those just in for the fun of it, having the choice to select between a Gin & Tonic taster or a perfect serve Gin & Tonic, poured by the mixologists, complemented by fresh garnishes as well as relaxed live music by the Gus Brown band as well as other local acts.

The event saw a great turnout and out of the hundreds of people that attended the festival, I captured quite a few of the groups of friends and family that were enjoying the experience. Seen at the event were:

 

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 Aran Jung, Carolyn Ogle and Cathrine Boogaard
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Laura and Warren Taylor, Craig and Lee Du Bruyn and Di Smith
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Colin Chester, Shirley Berko (Cuizine Africa) and Gareth Lagesse
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Back L-R: Moses Beukes, Brian Vezi & In front L-R: Mandisa Ngema, Mbali Radebe, Ndo Vezi, Thuleka Cele and Mbali Koba
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Emelia Govender, Kajol Gabriel, Alisa Reddy and Lucrecia Singh
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Travis Lester, Tasha and Brett Neilson and Justin Van Vuuren

 

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Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards

 

Till next time!

Ciao…

Decor Tips for Mix-Match decor

A living space that works together by mixing colour, texture and pattern can be difficult to achieve. It can become kitsch and messy.

In order to get the look right, I spoke to Keswyn Mackintosh (Interior Designer and Business Developer at Inspired Design) who gave some ideas on how to get the mix-match style.

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Pictured right: A House of Décor floral and solid patterned sofa mixed with a hounds tooth pattern. The colour on the scatter adds contrast. Floral is then once again included in the painting, to tie in the look. 

According to Mackintosh, “There is a large amount of thought and planning when creating a mix and match room”.

No matter if your room has furniture of different colours, styles or patterns, as long as they are the same height, the room will look balanced. However, ornaments in different heights are an exception to the rule and add a layered effect for interest-sake.

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Pictured left: Different shades of blue and grey single sofa chairs of the same height, tie in with the rug. The coffee table in a dark coloured stain and the metal ottoman bring in an element of nature and the variety of colours and styles complement each other. 

“Any well-decorated room seeks some common ground, where everything finds a way to work together,” Mackintosh added.

Working a combination of styles

If your room incorporates both vintage and modern decor, ensure you make use of vintage items in the most strategic way. “Mixing and matching is all about selecting what looks right together,” Mackintosh said.

Paint colour:

Wall paint should be kept neutral in order to be combined with a variety of colour and texture options that are accentuated in the décor pieces.

As an aside, she added that green has been trending since the start of the year, however instead of painting the walls green, rather paint them a neutral shade and add in green elements through smaller decor items. Here is an example

Ciao for now and happy decorating!

 

Fun in the kitchen with a kid-friendly recipe

Name: Flapjack Friends

Makes: 8-10

Prep time: 5-10 minutes

Cooking time: 10 minutes

For all the parents out there who want to enjoy a fun affordable activity with their children, then opt for baking. It is a great way to interact with your little ones – especially if it is cold and rainy weather and you prefer a day indoors.

I have to admit that I am not at all a chef, but I have a few recipe’s which I enjoy making. When it comes to baking, I find that I am able to involve him and it allows me to spend much-needed quality time.

I find that at 2 years old, he is at a critical age where my husband and I need to teach him as much as we can, or at least try.

During and after the baking experience I realised a few exciting benefits:

  • He spent less time wanting to watch TV. (I do try to limit this and this was one way of taking his attention away for anything digital)
  • The process of baking helped him build his creativity
  • The final result helped him enhance his imagination
  • Working with the food colouring and different colours of the ingredients assisted in him repeating and in turn revising the colours he knew as well as learning new ones.
  • He learnt to repeat the names of the ingredients
  • He used his listening skills

Here’s the easy-to-do basic recipe:

Ingredients: (I used a tea cup to measure out everything)

2x tea cups of flour (+-300g)

1/3 tea cup of brown sugar

1 tea cup of milk

½ cup cold tap water

1 tsp of baking powder

1 tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 cap/drop of vanilla essence

1 pinch of salt

1x large egg

Cookie cutter (I chose the shape of a person)

Optional

1/3 cup of strawberry Nesquick

1 cap/drop of food colouring (I used blue)

Method:

Heat a frying pan (preferably non-stick) with a drop of cooking/canola oil

Once hot, turn the heat down to about 3.

For the batter:

In one bowl, sieve together and mix the dry ingredients – except for the Nesquick

In another bowl, beat the egg and milk, water and vanilla essence together

Combine the ingredients by mixing the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients

Mix until it becomes a thick yet pourable batter. Do not over mix. Then fold in the Nesquick and food colouring

Pour batter into a jug to make it easier to work with

Then pour the batter into the pan in the size needed in order to cut a shape out of it using a cookie cutter.

Watch for tiny bubbles starting to appear on the top of the flapjack and turn. Keep checking the flapjack. It should turn a light golden brown colour on the other side when done.

Place aside and leave to cool.

Once all the flapjacks are cooked and cooled, press a cookie cutter into each one to create your flapjack friends.

Enjoy!