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.

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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.

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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

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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/

 

Travel Review: The View Boutique Hotel & Spa

 

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When it comes to a getaway full of relaxation, quality time and attention to detail, The View Boutique Hotel & Spa is a perfect choice!

Driving up to the property you are welcomed with two entrances, a parking area that leads to the restaurant and another a little further around the bend which can accommodate 100+ cars. This area, I was told, has been newly renovated and off the road, the Hotel does not look like much – until you drive in. This truly is a hidden gem.

Upon check-in, the staff are extremely friendly and hospitable. You are not only welcomed with a smile but along with that comes a sugar bar complete with sweets and pastries – a signature offering courtesy of The View. Delish!

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The General Manager, Tammy Bogusch is professional, yet with a warm demeanor that would have you feel as though you’ve known her for years.

She runs a staff contingency of around 50 people spread across, reservations, housekeeping, spa, maintenance and food and beverage. However, the owners, George and Joan Lithgow are very hands-on and can be seen in and around the property. The View Boutique Hotel & Spa started from a mere 2 rooms back in 1994. Since then, the hotel has grown into the prestigious establishment it is today.

Once we were checked in, the lovely lady at reception asked if we needed help with our luggage and we then retreated to our room.

When we arrived, we were stunned at how gorgeous The Grand Deluxe Room with a sea view was. The room boasts a four-poster bed, large TV, balcony and luxurious bathroom. Our Jacuzzi bath with jets (yes jets!) was filled with gorgeous pink petals, and I loved the signature touches of gold on the crisp white towels and leafy green accents, which gave it an exotic Island feel. The body wash, shampoo, and hand wash are all top of the range, that of, Charlotte Rhys – plus, there is a pair of toothbrushes with mini toothpaste which is a lovely touch.

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When we moved further into the room, we were welcomed by a bed full of goodies, from a platter full of fruit sticks, olives and feta and other little niceties, to a complimentary bottle of wine, to water, chocolates, and rose petals scattered on the bed.

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To celebrate our getaway, we popped open the wine and sipped it while nibbling on the platter and looking at the ocean from our balcony.

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What is a getaway without a little exploring? So that is just what we did! The View Boutique Hotel & Spa boasts 6 pools, a terrace with an ocean view, a large spa with fully-equipped gym, an award-winning restaurant called Giorgio’s, and more – there is so much on offer at The View, you won’t even need to leave until check-out time.

 

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Skin softening milk bath

 

During our stay, we were fortunate enough to be treated to a couples pampering treatment complete with a Swedish back, neck, shoulder and head massage and soaking in a skin softening milk bath. For me, this was probably the best back massage I had ever had. The ladies had a wonderful technique, communicated well and were professional. There was also the choice of enjoying a 30-minute session in the Jacuzzi/sauna – which comes standard with every accommodation booking.

When it came to dinner time, we couldn’t wait to try out the restaurant. Giorgio’s is a creation by father and son, George & Giorgio. The restaurant offers a fusion style cooking with Italian flair and boasts elegant décor with chandeliers, accents of silver and plush seating to ensure both luxury and comfort while dining.

The menu offers starters ranging from Snails, to Ostrich Carpaccio, and even Mussels Mariniere, to mention a few. They have also created a menu of designer pizza options, featuring the likes of Prada, Gucci, Giorgio Armani and more (see below). With the restaurant having an Italian influence, there is a wide selection of pasta dishes, as well as speciality dishes featuring their signature dish – beef fillet.

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When we placed our order, we decided to skip the starters and go for a main and dessert.  I opted for a Fillet & Mushroom pasta – Giorgio’s creamy white wine sauce served with fillet strips and mushrooms on Italian linguine  – and hubby chose the speciality – Tender fillet of beef resting on a base of thinly sliced creamy potato & baby spinach topped with crispy onions and jus. Both dishes were fantastic. Plus, we were treated to a mini pizza as a pre-starter. For dessert, we were advised to try the Chocolate Brownie with Pecan Nuts, which was out of this world. We will definitely be going back to try some of the other dishes! Price-wise the rates are competitive and reasonable for the size of the dish you receive. It is well worth a try!

The restaurant also allows guests to get a glimpse of the history of the hotel and the restaurant itself with a  photo wall featuring memories of the family and the Hotel. There is also the wine cellar, which showcases the wide range of wines on offer (they recently won a Diner’s Club International Diamond Award for their wine list for 2017).

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Chocolate Brownie with Pecan Nuts

At breakfast time the next morning, we decided to order room service and eat on the balcony, which was so relaxing. We had the table set up for us and the breakfast selection was so vast, it was hard to choose what to eat. We both had a yoghurt and muesli starter and then hubby had the English Breakfast whilst I had a three egg omelette filled with caramelised onions, bacon, mushrooms, and cheddar – it was so appetising and it was complimented by a bit of “dolphin-watching” in the distance.

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Overall our stay was 9.5 stars out of 10!

The room was spacious, the bed was extremely comfortable and we had a good night’s rest. The spa was amazing, the staff were hospitable and friendly, the venue itself is gorgeous, and the food was delicious. The only thing that may be a bug-bear for some, is that there are quite a few stairs, so it is important to note this when making your booking.

With Valentine’s Day around the corner, The View Boutique Hotel & Spa is hosting a Valentine’s special at Giorgio’s. Find out more here

Address: 9 Hillside Road, Doonside, Amanzimtoti, KZN, South Africa

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Restaurant is open from 06h30 to 21h30. Prices and times stipulated here are subject to change

Contact: 031 903 1556

Email: info@hoteltheview.com

Website: www.hoteltheview.com

Starbucks Gateway is officially here!

 

Clive Liversage (Managing Executive for Starbucks SA) with Fawzia Peer (eThekwini Deputy Mayor) and Travis Scott (Store Manager) cut the ribbon to mark the opening of the Starbucks store at Gateway Theatre of Shopping, as the “partners” and the public look on.

The second Starbucks store in Durban recently opened its doors (December 5th) at Gateway Theatre of Shopping.

Starbucks Gateway, which boasts 436 sq/m, was inspired by the rolling green hills and sugar plantations in the uMhlanga area. It highlights the similarities between this and coffee plantations around the world. The artwork is unique and tells a story and the scenes that are used as wallpaper, depict lush agricultural scenes complete with banana palms while a statement artwork on a concrete wall includes a cut out world map and elements of the history of coffee.

Taking the coffee experience to another level, the store also extends to an upper level, allowing for customers to feel “at home” and embrace the mission of Starbucks South Africa – ”To inspire and nurture the human spirit – one person, one cup and one neighbourhood at a time.”

The opening saw the Durban Gospel Choir fill the Mall with their singing before the cutting of the ribbon at 9am, after which Bollywood Dance Troupe added a festive vibe to the entertainment for guests waiting to be served, which included Isabel (11) and Rachel Muller (13) from Cape Town who were first in line.

Seen at the official opening to the public were:

Clive Liversage with Isabel and Rachel Muller – the first customers in line to get their Starbucks
Sharon and Rachel Wilkinson, Shanis Haripersadh and Austin Naicker
Jess van Huyssteen, Tyde and Jordan Janse Van Rensburg, Nokwanda Mthembu and Ricky van Huyssteen
Unathi Matutu, Andiswa Dladla and Shanaaz Meth
Joelle Ganess, Talia Sardha and Kresan Moodley

 

VIP treatment as Starbucks launches its first store in KZN!

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Hostesses: Thobile Zibani, Kadija Makhanya, Gugulethu Khuzwayo & Noluthando Nzaca

Last night (Tuesday, November 21st, 2017), the famous American coffee company, Starbucks, opened its doors for a special VIP evening that saw hundreds of media and invited guests celebrating the first store to open in KZN and the third one in the country.

Located at 266 Florida Road, the new Starbucks store exudes Zulu influences with modern,  wooden decor accents, and patterns that seem to tell a story. Very importantly, the store also exudes a relaxed vibe, friendly staff and of course, delicious coffee,  which is sure going to appeal to a wide customer base.

If you were wondering when you are able to step foot into this awesome new “Instagram-worthy” space – the official opening to the public is this Saturday, November 25th – so, save the date! Doors open at 9am

There will also be a store opening in Gateway Theatre of Shopping early in December, just in time for the festive season!

On the night, when we arrived, media were invited to learn more about the coffee from the Barista of the evening, Ishan. He explained that the Florida Road store is one of only five in Africa that stocks reserve coffee in Africa, which means that this store has been chosen to serve premium coffee for avid coffee connoisseurs, over and above the standard menu! Fancy. The coffee reserve brands are that of Vietnam Da Lat, the aged Sumatra and Ethiopia Bitta Farm and we were given a sampling of food items which were infused with coffee and made especially for pairing with each coffee blend. 

 

Apart from the amazing menu with both food and beverage options, customers also get an overall shopping experience with a variety of items for sale.

 

Here is a sneak peek of what you can look forward to: 

Cheers to a happy Starbucks experience and many memorable “sharing” moments

STEP UP FOR HEALTH AT THE DURBAN WELLNESS FESTIVAL!

The Durban Wellness Festival takes place on Saturday, November 11, 2017. It is a true celebration of all things healthy with live music and an expo that not only aims to raise awareness about the scourge of diabetes in South Africa but also to encourage people to look after the one thing that money cannot buy – their health.

Diabetes may be the second highest cause of death in South Africa after tuberculosis but people are still in denial.

As most people only begin to look after their health when they have a scare and are forced to drastically stem their intake of fast food and begin exercising, the Durban Wellness Festival supported by SASA and Lilly has been created to show people that they can make positive, fun changes before it is too late.

The strong message from Jenny Russell, branch manager for Diabetes SA Durban, a non-profit organisation that provides support and wellness education for both diabetics and communities at large, is that diabetes is both preventable and manageable.

“Get tested at the Durban Wellness Festival so you can manage this silent killer or, better still, learn how to live a healthy life the fun way,” she suggests. DWF logo chosen3

“Join us for either a 5km Run or Walk, a variety of entertaining activities, and a live performance by Durban singer and songwriter, Holly Wasserfall who also happens to be a type 1 diabetic. This is a family affair, so everyone is welcome – even your pet dog. But on a leash, of course,” says Russell.

Taking place at the Durban Amphitheatre at the Bay of Plenty, the Durban Wellness Festival will open for registration at 10am. The Durban Wellness Festival officially kicks off at 2pm with the 5km walk and run starting at 4pm with the entire event finishing at 6pm with lucky draw spot prizes.

Russell adds that despite the light mood of the day, Diabetes SA will not be pulling any punches when it comes to driving home the reality of the diabetes pandemic.  “Diabetes has become known as the Tsunami of the 21st century, killing more people worldwide than AIDS and cancer combined. Our main objective is to bring diabetes into the spotlight, in the hope that it gains the recognition it deserves, instead of remaining in the shadow of HIV, AIDS and Cancer.”

To bring the message even closer to home, Russell states that the latest statistics received from a podiatrist doing her Master’s degree are absolutely shocking. “In 2014, 1,288,973 diabetic patients were registered in state health facilities alone in KwaZulu-Natal.  An unacceptable total of 2323 diabetic lower limb amputations were carried out between 2013 and 2014 in KZN. This amounts to six per day!” she points out.

When you have diabetes, your body is either unable to make enough insulin, or it is unable to correctly use the insulin it does make. As a result, the glucose in your bloodstream cannot move into your cells to be used as energy and thus creates a build-up, resulting in high glucose levels.

Damage caused by elevated blood glucose levels is irreversible. Diabetes has been linked to cardiovascular disease, stroke, eye disease, kidney disease, nerve damage, lower limb amputations, sexual dysfunction as well as high blood pressure and high cholesterol.

2016 Statistics from the International Diabetes Federation, the World Health Organisation and the Centre for Disease Control paint an extremely depressing picture.

Worldwide, 415 million people were diagnosed as diabetic as opposed to 35 million patients with HIV and 14 million with cancer. Every six seconds a person dies from diabetes-related causes. Every 10 seconds two people develop diabetes and every 30 seconds, a lower limb is amputated due to diabetes related complications.

What is most startling, according to Russell is that statistics show that at least 50 percent of those with diabetes are unaware of their condition. “That means that those numbers are, in reality far higher. In some countries this figure may reach 80%. We have between 3 and 3.5 million diagnosed diabetics in South Africa. We also have an estimated 1.5 undiagnosed diabetics and approximately 1.5 to 2 million pre-diabetics in South Africa.”

Children are also not immune. Worldwide, every year, 70000 children under the age of 15 develop Type 1 diabetes. Type 2 diabetes in children is becoming a global public health issue with potentially serious outcomes. Thirty percent of children born since the year 2000 are expected to become diabetic if lifestyle changes are not made.

95 percent of all diabetics are type 2 with 90 percent of all complications experienced by type 2 diabetics. “What is so frustrating is that this is preventable if people eat healthy foods and exercise. Hence, it is important to get the message out there and to continually try to educate people to make good lifestyle choices for both themselves and their families,” she concludes.

Supporters of the 2017 Durban Wellness Festival are SASA who are committed to the prevention and treatment of non-communicable diseases in South Africa, as well as Lilly Diabetes, who have been a global leader in diabetes care since 1923 when they introduced the world‘s first commercial insulin. Ninety years later, they remain committed to meeting the needs of people with diabetes from medicines to support programs and more.

A major emphasis of Lilly’s work is to understand that people with diabetes should first be seen as individuals. Many of their programs and solutions are designed based on feedback from people who live with the illness every day.

The 5km Walk or the 5km Run costs just R60 per person with all proceeds going towards Diabetes SA Durban. Please note that this organisation is a self-funding organisation and does not receive any form of government funding and all proceeds raised go back into the education of this dreaded disease within KZN. The Wellness Expo is free to the public.

For further information about this event, please contact Pat Bonini on 082 499 5222 during office hours or via email at mw.nerve@mweb.co.za.

An enjoyment of Beauty, Fashion & Style at the Essence Festival 2017

The Essence Festival 2017 recently kicked off in Durban, offering something for everyone, from fashion to beauty, music to lifestyle,  food and more!

This event serves as the sister event to the annual Festival in New Orleans and with the backing of the eThekwini Municipality that has been spearheading the annual Durban Fashion Fair for the past six years, they put together a specific programme for the festival as well as a Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion which was hosted in Hall 2 at the Durban ICC from 29 September to 01 October.

Hosted within the Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion there was much on offer, including panel discussions co-ordinated by Minnie Dlamini (29 & 30 September) and Selby Mkhize (01 October), beauty and hair demonstrations, fashion shows, exhibitors, motivational talks as well as a Young Designers Fashion Competition which saw Siyathokoza Zulu taking 1st place with her designer vision showcasing street style womens wear entitled 50 shades of Black; and Hayley Richards coming in 2nd with her storyboard theme showcasing cross-functional dressing targeting the professional businesswoman, inspired by the classic suit and tie. The competition was judged by an esteemed panel including Zama Mathe, Laduma Ngxokolo, Nthato Mashishi, Lindiwe Kuzwayo and Mikaelah Patterson.

Seen throughout the weekend at the Beauty, Fashion & Style Pavilion were:

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