THE CONSOL CRAFT BEER REVOLUTION HEADS TO DURBAN

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Suncoast is hosting the Consol Craft Revolution Beer Festival  in Durban for the first time this year on 7th March 2015, between 12pm and 6pm.

You can expect a selection of South Africa’s top Craft Breweries, as well as an artisan boutique winery and a selection of gourmet street food from some of Durban’s popular eateries including Unity, Renegade Kitchen, Maddison Bakery & Café Vigour.

Breweries include Shongweni Brewery, Bassett Brewery, TwoOkes Brewery, The Standeaven Brewery, Craft Republic (featuring Darling Brew, Soweto Gold, Dragon Brewing Company and Irish Gold), Robson’s Brewery and That Brewing Co.

Entertainment will be provided by the Gus Brown Band, The Kickstands, John Ellis and Callie & Barry Thomson.

The festival currency is ‘castros’ – each castro is worth R5 and can be purchased at the event, in denominations of R100 booklets, in order to purchase all food and drink during the festival.

Entry tickets cost R100.00, which includes a free beer glass and these can be purchased online at iTickets or on the Craft Revolution website or at the door on the day.

For more info check out the event on:
Facebook: ConsolCraftKZN
Twitter: KZNCraftRev
or on the Website: www.thecraftrevolution.co.za

Durban markets in the next month

It’s Market time again – from this weekend and into March, these are the markets you can look forward to:

Market at the Square Night Market – Granada Square, Umhlanga
The Litchi Orchard Night Market - Salt Rock
I Heart Market – Moses Mabhida Stadium
The Food Market - Hellenic Hall Durban North
Wonder Market - Chris Saunders Park, Umhlanga
The Morning Trade – Rivertown

Adore Home magazine

Catching up on some online magazine reading today – the latest Adore Home Magazine is out and I’m loving the summery pops of colours as well as the surf vibe in this issue – perfect for Durban homes.

Click here to read the issue in full for free online

Girls pop-up Durban

This weekend make sure you’re headed to this cool pop- up market at the Open Plan Studio on Station Drive.

Girls pop-up has been collaborated by Peg & Pencil and will include coffee, cupcakes and clothing all under one roof over Valentines weekend – on Saturday 9am – 3pm and Sunday 9am – 1pm.

For more details, check out the Facebook page

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Crush Magazine issue 48

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I’ve been giving banting a try – unsuccessfully I have to add – so reading this issue of Crush Magazine had me drooling big time – I’m off to satisfy my sweet tooth now after seeing the cover…
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Loved the ‘What’s in the Pantry’ feature – I’ve been known to rustle up some sublime pasta dishes with just the contents of my grocery cupboard and the month of love had to feature oysters on the menu:

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Click here to read the issue in full for free online

Madame Zingara in Durban

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I was invited to Madame Zingara’s Theatre of Dreams last week and it was truly magical. If you have never been before you are missing out big time! If you have been, you know the show is amazing and this year is no different – so do make a plan to go again.

The local and international acts were spectacular and I was mesmerised by the Ikarian Games duo from Ethiopia specifically with their body juggling act – I never knew what they did was even remotely achievable – a true spectacle. Without giving too much away I’ll just say that there’s a pole dance act which had every female green with envy and every guy wishing there was a pole in his bedroom! Wow!

The acts are divided up over the course of the evening, interspersed with singing performances from The Specifics – a team of 4 sassy songstresses who belted out some pretty vibey numbers which had the audience on their feet and up on stage at the end of the evening. And then there is the food – 4 courses all served with clockwork precision to each table and all delicious – the black sesame seed encrusted salmon was memorable served with wasabi mash with a lingering bite – I might go back just for that!

The Madame Zingara After Forever Tour is on in Durban until the end of April and bookings can be made through the website.

Thank you to Take Note Reputation and Suncoast for the awesome hospitality.

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HAILEY BALDWIN FOR TOPSHOP DENIM – AUTUMN WINTER 2015

I am denim obsessive. Skinnies, bootlegs and skirts in particular and the odd jegging for good measure. The range at TOPSHOP is vast and sometimes overwhelming, so here’s a handy breakdown of shapes available in TOPSHOP SA stores:

· GIRLFRIEND Slim straight leg, ankle grazer jean in an updated stretch fabric in vintage inspired washes.
· LEIGH Super soft skinny jean, mid-rise ankle grazer.
· JONI Skinny, super high waisted jean, spray-on skinny.
· JAMIE High-waisted, super stretch skinny jean.
· MOM Authentic, rigid, high waisted jean with tapered leg.
· HAYDEN Loose fit, boyfriend jean with rip & repair details.

There are 9 shapes in the collection in various fits & silhouettes, washes and styling. I like that there are more authentic,  directional shapes, as well as the staple skinny styles.

The range is currently in TOPSHOP SA stores and ranges from R699 to R829.

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What’s on at Suncoast?

Quite a lot on the go at Suncoast – and it’s not just Madame Zingara…

Thursday 5 February
WHISKY CLUB at SUNCOAST Havana Grill at 7pm
A 3 course meal, Kavalan whisky blends and live entertainment.
Tickets via Computicket for R250.

Friday 27th & Saturday 28th February
LOVE GURU in the SUNCOAST SunZone
The hit show by Sans Moonsamy – adding a little spice with his advice on love, romance and everything else.
Tickets via Computicket for R120.

Now until 30 April 2015 
MADAME ZINGARA
Bigger & better than ever before, the popular After Forever Tour is running until the end of April.
Enjoy decadent dining, the best of burlesque theatre, exceptional local and international talent
Tickets range from R390 to R495 per person.
For more information, visit www.suncoastcasino.co.za

Saturday 14 February
OPEN AIR SALSA in the SUNCOAST Amphitheatre between 3pm & 5pm
No experience or dance partner required, go join in on the fun and exciting salsa dance lessons at 3pm.
Entry is FREE!

Until 31 March 2015
The REAL DEAL is back – catch a movie, enjoy a two course meal and more for just R199 – saving R270.
Real Deal booklets can be purchased at the SUNCOAST Guest Services Desk and the 
offer is redeemable from Sundays – Thursdays.

Weekdays & Saturday 
SUNfit on SUNCOAST Beach from 5:30pm on weekdays and on Saturdays from 7am
Enjoy sweeping views of the ocean while you get into fitness action with SUNfit sessions – take part in Bootcamp, Kickboxing, Zumba, Corefit and Yoga. Inspired by fitness expert, Lisa Raleigh, these sessions are fun, FREE and the perfect way to get into shape!

For more info on any of these events, visit suncoastcasino.co.za
Facebook: /gottalovesuncoast
Twitter: @suncoastdurban

Single on Valentine’s?

Hear hear to The Oyster Box, which is hosting a singles evening for Valentine’s!
Round up some friends and give it a whirl – I think this is an awesome idea for the most over-rated couples event of the year! Give those couples a run for their money ;)

The Valentine’s Singles Dinner will be held in the Pearl Room on Friday 13th February, so go and enjoy the occasion, with some friends or on your own.
Cost: R590 per person
which includes a welcome cocktail, prepared by a flaring Mixologist
& a night of live entertainment with local comedian Jem Atkins of The Single Dad fame,
as well as music from a top DJ and great food.

And yes, the Oyster Box is still catering for couples with their Valentines Day Dinner in both The Grill Room and The Ocean Terrace Restaurants on Saturday 14th February.
There are a selection of menus and live entertainment, ranging from R750 to R950 per person.

Book early to avoid disappointment.
Contact: (031) 514 5000 or restaurants@oysterbox.co.za

In keeping with the ‘love theme’ in February, they’ve also introduced an Evening Indulgence each evening in The Palm Court, which includes a cup of tea or coffee & a selection of pastries, scones & sweet treats.

The Evening Indulgence is available each day from 6pm & 9pm at a cost of R85 per person.
No booking is required.