2 sleeps till the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival!

Matthew Mole -Ukelele LRIt’s National Women’s Day this Wednesday, August 9th and time for the ladies to sit back, relax and enjoy the day off in the best way possible…  with local sounds, fabulous food and good company at The Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Hosted at Chris Saunders Park in Umhlanga, ladies are encouraged to bring along their family and friends to celebrate! Doors open from 12 noon till 8pm.

For the food lovers there will be Artisan food stalls boasting fresh, creative, gourmet and mostly South African inspired cuisine, with tasty chow ranging from burgers, chicken strips, Indian street food, chicken prego rolls, peri-peri livers, espetada, flatbreads with gourmet toppings and potato twisters, that will complement the local craft beer offering at the craft beer tent.

Added to the mix will be a G&T Garden, and a selection of fine wines sure to get you moving to the sounds of local South African artists including headline act, Matthew Mole.

Well-known South African artist Matthew Mole will entertain you with his amazing vocal talent. His signature sound of folk with electronics will have you singing-a-long to fan favourites such as Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine, Run, Holding on and more. He was recently nominated in the categories for Best Pop and Best Produced album at the 23rd edition of the South African Music Awards and is sure to make your Women’s Day extra special.

Whether you are a local or not, keep it ‘lekker’ at the Buco Umhlanga Food and Music Festival.

Tickets cost R100 per person through Webtickets and R120 at the door. Children under 8 years are free.

Don’t forget, with so much on offer, own food, drink and umbrellas will not be permitted at the venue.  Alcohol will not sold to persons under the age of 18.

To keep updated follow the Facebook events page Umhlanga food and music festival

For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 563 4298.


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.

Continue reading “Treat yourself on Tuesdays this Women’s Month at Granada!”

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!


Fun French props supplied by Alliance Francaise Durban for photo opportunities


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:


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


Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards
Kerry and Caylen Kirsten with Shelley Richards


Till next time!


Have you ever contemplated a World without printing?



Where would we be without warnings signs and traffic signs? How would we know when or where to exit a freeway or a parking lot? How could we know the speed limit? How would we know which gate to board at an airport? How do we tell which soft drink can to remove from a café refrigerator or shampoo to put into a supermarket trolley?

In short, how would we function without printing?

Steve Thobela, CEO of PrintingSA, the representative body for South Africa’s printing and packaging industry, says that he relies on printing and packaging every day. Without printing he would not have vital information where he needs to see it most, be able to make quick, informed decisions or communicate.

Thobela is not a Luddite (someone who does not like new technology and avoids using it). He enjoys reading on his tablet, relies on his smart phone and relaxes in front of the television when he has a night off. But he also knows that new age technology and print are closely linked and an integral part of everyday life.

In South Africa, this has spawned an industry that employs 45 000 people and contributes R55-billion to the Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Printing impacts the lives of almost all South Africans on a daily basis. At the same time, digital is the mainstay of a modern day economy. Without the internet and technology, businesses and even homes, could not function.

“It’s time to call a truce on the print versus digital war. People get very emotional when they begin discussing whether digital media will close down newspapers and magazines and whether libraries and bookshops will disappear. But that is only a very small part of the picture. Printing goes far beyond textbooks and novels,” he points out.

In summary, print informs, educates and entertains. Without packaging, labelling and advertising, it would be impossible to tell different brands and products apart. It is these – and consumers’ responses to them – that gives brands the value that they covert and supports the extensive advertising and marketing sector.

Fashion is also all about print. It goes beyond glossy magazines and advertising. Without printing, there would be no trendy designs on T-shirts or printed fabrics, no printed sneakers or even a price ticket on a pair of jeans.

On a more serious note, without labels on food stuffs, consumers could not identify ingredients to which they could be allergic and there would be no way of finding out the dosages of over the counter medicines. Someone with an intense headache or nausea is unlikely to hit Google to find out.

On the business side, Thobela adds, the printed business card remains the mainstay of networking.

Even smart phones – which have been seen as the major rivals of print – come in an attractive printed box with – wait for it – a printed instruction leaflet.

“It is definitely time for people to take a more rounded view and to celebrate the strengths of each. Printing has been bad-mouthed for damaging the environment. The paper industry has been criticized for using large amounts of electricity and killing trees. But trees are grown especially for paper and no indigenous trees are harmed. We do not accuse meat producers of threatening to make cattle extinct when we order a steak at a restaurant or of causing large emissions of greenhouse gases which lead to global warming,” he says.

While critics point to electricity consumption and emissions from printing and paper companies, they could also look to the massive amounts of electricity – ultimately generated by environmentally unfriendly coal-fired power stations – consumed by computers and digital devices. Unlike this equipment, paper can be safely recycled. According to the eWaste Association of South Africa, toxic compounds including lead, mercury and cadmium can be dangerous if electronic equipment is dumped in landfills or not recycled properly.  A typical computer monitor may contain more than 6% lead by weight and up to thirty-six separate chemical elements are incorporated into e-waste items. These items are also very difficult and expensive to recycle due to their complexity as well as the fact that many contain flame retardants and other compounds which are extremely difficult to process.

And so the list goes on.

For Thobela, it’s time to stop the counter-arguments and to focus on growing the print industry for the good of all.

Win a trip to attend the Metro FM Music Awards with a simple SMS

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Ever wanted to rub shoulders with SA’s who’s who in the world of music and entertainment? Ever wanted to have your very own Celebrity experience? Well here’s your chance.

CAIVIL, a premium brand catering for ethnic hair care in South Africa, are hosting a once in a lifetime competition.

Two lucky South Africans and their partners could WIN a glamourous Black Carpet VIP experience!

The prize  – A Black Carpet VIP Experience in Durban – will include flights and accommodation in Durban on the Metro FM Awards weekend, 2 tickets to attend the Metro FM Music Awards on 25 February 2017 at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention, plus a chauffeur drive to arrive in style, a shopping voucher so the lucky winners and their plus one, can get their glam on, as well as entrance into the VVIP Caivil Celebrity Pamper Parlour for grooming touch-ups, so that they look their best when they step out in style and meet their SA favourites.

This luxurious experience is brought to you by Caivil, a proudly South African premium brand that has been trusted for generations and offers a wide variety of hair care products that are tailor made and suited for care, protection and maintenance of the varying hair textures from natural to softly textured. The unique combination of ingredients provides a good foundation for healthy ethnic hair growth and maintenance with the effect of good care and nourishment of the hair and scalp.


Caivil is about ensuring that hair assumes the role of being the real “crown”, bringing out the best potential for that sophisticated look that helps you feel and look your best as you confidently step out to face the world!

To enter, SMS the word CAIVIL and your (full) name and ID Number to 34764. All entrants will be included in the draw and winners will be announced on Metro FM on 20 February 2017. So keep your radio tuned to Metro FM to find out if you are a winner.

SMS charged at R1.00 each. T & C’s apply.

For more information visit http://www.maricosa.com/promotions/promotion.html