#InspirationForTheNation for June

Just in time for Youth Day (16 June 2018), my #InspirationForTheNation for June is young South African  Gabriella Mogale, a Collegiate Girls’ High School matric learner who designed a way to insulate shacks, making them fire resistant. This idea is fantastic!




Eating Out: Cattle Baron Umhlanga Pearls

Cattle Baron is home to The Original, famous, ever-popular flaming Chateaubriand fillet steak served perfectly every time. Other signature dishes include our legendary 600g Fat Tuesday Rump/Sirloin, our exclusive 600g T-Bone steak as well as our renowned Green Pepper Fillet Madagascar and our unique Carpet Bag Fillet steak.”

The restaurant includes the legendary up-market Grill House that Cattle Baron is famous for. The franchise was founded in 1987 by franchisor, Ronnie Dick, with the Cattle Baron Umhlanga Pearls being the first within KZN, which is owned by Essery Hamilton.

As a steak lover, this has got to be one of the best steak joints I have been to in Durban with a juicy and perfectly cooked steak presented within a reasonable time frame.

I had a 2-course meal – starter and main. The volume of both dishes were large and provide value for money, however, I do feel there can be imporvement on the presentation. The taste and quality were above average and I really enjoyed both my meals.

For my starter I shared a platter that offered stuffed mushrooms (deep fried white button mushrooms filled with a delicious mixture of cheese, breadcrumbs, parsley & sherry), crumbed calamari steak strips and venison carpaccio served with rocket heaped on bruschetta. The menu states that for R160 the platter serves 3-4 and I have to agree, especially if you are having a main meal. I found that this was the perfect starter to keep my hunger at bay until my main meal arrived, which took around 30 minutes in total, which I barely felt whilst digging into the starter and chatting in between bites.


When the main meal arrived, the plate was warm, the steak was steaming and it smelt delicious. I ordered a beef fillet steak off their specialty menu – the Carpetbagger with gourmet filling of feta cheese, bacon, and peppadews, which complemented the steak.

I had asked for my fillet medium and it was cooked to perfection, still pink inside, which is a plus for me. Well done to the Chef Thagen Sigamoney!

The meat itself was tender, succulent, flavoursome and filling.

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If you are a meat lover, I would highly recommend the specialty steaks, of which there are a wide variety.

Not only does Cattle Baron have a vast menu of meaty dishes, they also provide vegetarian dishes, salads, and desserts and have a warm ambiance that is complemented by the upbeat background music. The restaurant itself is large and caters for both indoor and outdoor dining, catering to a vast variety of preferences.

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Throughout the week, customers can also expect wonderful in-house specials and live music at the weekend.


One such special is the Beef Ribs special available every Wednesday.


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Keep updated on the latest specials via their Facebook page.

Where can you find them? 7 McCausland Cres, Umhlanga, 4320

My rating: Four stars

Trading Hours: Monday to Sunday

Monday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Tuesday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Wednesday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Thursday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Friday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Saturday 11:30AM–10:30PM
Sunday 11:30AM–9:30PM

Reservations: Strongly recommended
Noise: Conversation-friendly
Other: Wheelchair accessible; undercover and secure parking

Area: Prime

#InspirationForTheNation this May

This month, my #InspirationForTheNation goes to Springfield Retail Centre!

“If we all do one act of random kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction.” – Michael Kornfeld

L-R: Lakehaven Child & Youth Care Centre staff and management – Xoliswa Shabalala, Michelle Van Rooyen, Himla Makhan (Manager) and Themba Mthembu with Elisabeth Pretorius (Property Manager under the Broll Property Group) who handed over the cash donation on behalf of Springfield Retail Centre.

As part of Africa Month 2018, which is celebrated in May, Springfield Retail Centre honoured the theme of this year’s celebration, being “The Year of Nelson Mandela: Building a Better Africa and a Better World”.

The centre and its management, donated R10 000 in cash to Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre based in Sea Cow Lake on Tuesday, 29 May, 2018.

The centre opened in 1958 and is a project of Child Welfare Durban and District. It currently cares for 42 children between the ages of 6 and 18 years of age who are abused, neglected and abandoned, and whom have been placed in the care of the Lakehaven staff by order of the court.

“Our aim is to provide children at risk with an environment that is stimulating, motivating and equip them with skills to become self-sufficient and positive leaders in the future. We are so grateful for this donation. I would like to say thank you to Springfield Retail Centre and appreciate you thinking of us and putting us first when it came to the donation, which we really need. The donation of R10 000 will be used for one of the cottages – for replacing appliances and whatever else is necessary to benefit the children in our care,” said Himla Makhan, Manager of Lakehaven Child and Youth Care Centre.

According to Property Manager under the Broll Property Group, Elisabeth Pretorius, who assisted in the handover, “We identified a need within the community and wanted to lend a helping hand by making a donation of cash, which is needed by worthy establishments such as this. We know it will go to good use.”

Visit http://cwdd.org.za/wish-list/lakehaven-child-and-youth-care-centre/ to see how you can do your part by making a donation.

Tips from the professionals: How to host a special event

Everyone loves to enjoy the company of friends and relatives especially at the time of celebrations, however for a host, there are usually many things that can keep you busy – from food servicing, sitting arrangements, decorations, and a whole lot more. 

All the above have equal importance to making an event successful; however, food has its own very special place, regardless of the type of event, be it a wedding, seminar, business event or birthday party. 

So if you are planning an event, remember the food is of vital importance. It’s not easy to play “host” and still have to prepare, present and serve the food. 

Luckily for those who are planning a party, there are companies that do the food prep and serving for you, leaving you to spend time with guests.

It is important to note that success of any event is in the attention to detail. This is where the experts come in. 

Blue Strawberry Caterers, have provided catering services in Durban at both corporate events and private functions for more than twenty years and they list some benefits associated with hiring professionals, like them, for your function! 

  • Time saver: It takes a lot of time to plan food arrangements. Along with the menu selection, preparation and presentation of selected food items, the quality of the food. Rather bring in the professionals who have experience in this area.


  • Worthy return on your investment: Contrary to what people think, hiring experienced caterers actually reduces the expenses of food presentation. They know what type and amount of ingredients are needed to serve all your guests, so there is less wastage. Moreover, you don’t have to go and shop for the ingredients. It’s all taken care of. 


  • Crockery and kitchenware availability: It is much easier when someone else has all the utensils for preparing, presenting, and serving food. This is also another saving.

  • No need to worry: Professional catering services relieve you from the worries of after party arrangements. Cleaning up after a party is a challenging task as it involves lots of things such as returning tables and chairs to rental services, cleaning of used utensils, and managing left-over food.




Supplier: Blue Strawberry Caterers

Location: Durban, KZN

Contact: 031 579 1463


Disclaimer: Featured Image supplied by Blue Strawberry Caterers

Get ready for the Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival on June 2nd!

On Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, the Fitch & Leedes Gin and Tonic Festival in association with East Coast Radio – KwaZulu-Natal’s NO.1 radio station – will light up Chris Saunders Park in the heart of Umhlanga from 11am till 8pm!

Now in its second year, this lifestyle event is set to impress once again with a combination of elements such as artisanal food stalls, the biggest variety of Gin Durban has ever seen and a showcase of the best local musical talent, all brought together by a common love for Gin & Tonic.

The festival features the internationally award winning Fitch & Leedes range of bespoke mixers together with a wide choice of Gin including the likes of Wixworth, Triple 3, Distillery 031, Cape Town Gin, Cruxland, Whitley Neill, Gordon’s and many more. Plus, every ticket purchased gets you entrance into the event as well as a limited edition branded Gin glass and ‘Rate your Gin’ leaflet.

One of the many attractions at the Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival is the opportunity to stand a chance to win a year’s worth of Gin & Tonic, simply by completing your ‘Rate Your Gin’ pamphlet as you go around from Gin bar to Gin bar. As you buy a Gin the bartender will mark that specific brand off on the leaflet. Once you have marked off every Gin and the leaflet is full, you can hand it back at the Cash Loading Station to stand the chance of winning!

This event is a must for your 2018 events calendar! So, keep on trend with the fastest growing drink craze and get your tickets now! Tickets are limited and available at a cost of R160 per person through Webtickets.co.za, or R180 on the day subject to availability.

For more information visit http://www.gandtfest.com/. This event is strictly over 18. Drink responsibly. T’s & C’s apply. Follow the event on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2012083532400080/



May the sounds be with you at Music at Makaranga this May 6th!

2017 Music at Makaranga

If music, food and fun with friends and family is how you love to spend your Sundays, then grab your tickets now for Music at Makaranga which takes place on May 6th!

Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy an afternoon filled with great views and the folky sounds of headliner, South African favourite, Matthew Mole as well as other popular local musicians from 12 noon.

Matthew Mole is a born and bred Capetonian, but regularly plays his charismatic sets for Durban audiences. Known for his songs, “Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine; “Autumn”; “Holding on”; “Run”; “Inside Out” and more, Mole has taken the South African music industry by storm and has hoards of fans singing along.

This family-friendly event costs only R140 per person and tickets are available at Webtickets. Children under the age of 8 years old are free.

For those who need refreshment whilst enjoying the melodies, there will be fully stocked bars with all your favourite drinks, a wide range of some of SA’s best wines, beers, a Gin & Tonic Garden as well food which is made available from the restaurant onsite Makaranga Garden Lodge.

Due to the nature of the event, all concert goers must note that no food or beverages, camping chairs or umbrellas are permitted, however picnic blankets and cushions are more than welcome! Picnic baskets may also be pre-booked through the Makaranga Deli by ordering with them directly.

A park and ride service is also available for concert goers on a first come, first served basis. Gates open from 12:00 until 17:00. T’s & C’s apply.

For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 512 5000 or follow the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/911944602311666/

Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Drink responsibly. Picnic baskets orders to be directed to https://www.makaranga.com/thedeli/


Granny Mouse is my #InspirationForTheNation this April!

Granny Mouse Country House & Spa is my #InspirationForTheNation this April! This is why: 

5 Chefs, 5 courses, 5 wines, all for a good cause!

Granny Mouse Country House and Spa is appealing to the public to get involved in their fundraising initiative for Heritage House PreschoolHowick, which is set to take place on Monday, 2nd April 2018 from 17h30

“Join us in a night of community outreach for one night only; all for Heritage House Pre-School,” said Sean Granger, General Manager of Granny Mouse Country House and Spa.

The event will showcase 5 chefs, a 5-course dinner as well as 5 wines and fabulous spot prizes, all for a good cause.

1st course will feature Smoked Duck Ice Cream, Orange Compote, Baby Potato Crisps with Pea Puree, Blueberries, Edible Flowers & Micro Greens prepared by Executive Culinary Artist Wayland Green (Granny Mouse Country House & Spa)

1st Course- Executive Culinary Artist Wayland Green

2nd course will be a Yorkshireman’s version of Samp & Beans, Wild Greens, Maas & Crispy Pulled Lambs Belly prepared by Head Chef Charlie Lakin (Camp Orchards Boutique Resort).

3rd course will feature a Trio of Heritage – Curried Line Fish served in a Pineapple Zulu Broth Crowned with a Savoury Squid Head Bobotie prepared by Chef & restaurant owner, Tim Lander (La Vita e)

4th course will be Grilled Midlands Beef, set upon a Vegetable & Potato Rosti with a Roasted Tomato & Fennel Chutney, served with Crumbed “Gourmet Greek” Black Brie, Marinated Artichokes & a Biltong Crisp, Drizzled with a Buchu Jus – prepared by Executive Chef Lorenzo Giliomee (Fordoun Hotel and Spa) (Vegetarian option available) 

4th course- Chef Lorenzo Giliomee

5th course is called Jou Ma Se Poeding” and features Butterscotch Banana Pannekoek with Melktert Macroons, Koeksister Ice Cream & Tamatie Konfyt Brule prepared by Chef and restaurant owner, Jen Pretorius (The Farmer’s Daughter)

All proceeds will go to the Heritage House Preschool which has been running for about 3 years and welcomes children from all backgrounds that live in and around the Midlands area. As with many schools there is a constant need to raise funds for maintenance and other unforeseen issues that crop up from time to time.

With charity, and the need to help others close to the hearts of the team at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa, they took it upon themselves to sponsor and host the evening at the hotel in an effort to raise funds for the school to show their support. They also made contact with Chef’s in the Midlands area and surrounds, as well as E by A for the décor, Hire Factor for the professional entertainment hire and music and KZN Wedding DJ’s for the photo booth – to provide lasting memories of another Midlands 1st!

We encourage everyone to book their seat at a cost of R800 per person for dinner or secure their stay over at Granny Mouse which includes the dinner at a cost of R3000 (per room). All rooms are set at the same price and are based on a 1st come 1st serve basis.

Email banqueting@grannymouse.co.za or call 033 234 4071 and speak to Veronica to make your booking or to make a donation. Seats are limited, so booking is essential.

Bank details for payments and donations are:

Heritage House Preschool (Pty)Ltd


Account 6267 6854 831

Reference: Number on invoice

Bookings are only confirmed upon receipt of full payment. Menus & Wines are set (vegetarian option available on 4th Course only).

No under 18’s. T’s & C’s apply.

Book now to help the cause!