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13This Summer

Things to Do

Living Beautifully at

The New Gateway

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A tasty ham recipe perfect for your Christmas meal: try this smoked ham roast glazed with honey, a pork dish to enjoy during holidays Ham 1,5 kg, pork roast, smoked and cured, with the rind Honey 3 tbsp Lemon juice 3 tbsp Preheat the oven to 200째C (bottom/top heat). Wash and pat the meat dry. Truss if necessary. Mix together the honey, lemon juice, orange marmalade, thyme, ginger and cayenne pepper to make the marinade. Heat the oil in a roasting pan and brown the meat well on all sides. Pour in the broth and brush the roast with a little of the glaze. Put the roast in the preheated oven and roast for about 90 minutes - basting frequently with the marinade. Wash the potatoes and cook in boiling water for 20 minutes until done. Drain and allow the excess moisture to evaporate. Trim the mushrooms and rub them gently with paper towel. Peel the onions. Add them along with the mushrooms and potatoes to the roast the last 15 minutes of cooking. Slice the roast. Arrange the meat along with the vegetables on a platter. Serve garnished with thyme.

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Regulars 14 GADGETS AND GIZMOS We took a new tablet out for a spin abroad – a review of the new D-Link 8-inch tablet. 16 My Town Darren Gray 18 Stuff you should know Fast facts for beach safety 20 High society social scene Spotted out and about in Ballito 28 Inspiration Achieve all your goals in 2015

48 Local Talent Gavin Ferguson 88 Kids’ Corner Nutella popsicles! 96 Health Be Festive


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Features 28 Christmas Give-aways Stand a chance to win some amazing prizes 31 Christmas Stars The three brightest ornaments on the Umhlanga Christmas tree

60 Banting Holiday

68 Restaurant Review Comme C Comme Ca

74 Meet The Team Meet the Fabulous wacky team behind the magazine

70 Restaurant Review The Press Club

82 Live Beautifully with Pars Art

72 Beauty Review Nailworks Distribution

36 Gateway Superspar 40 Hello Summer! Check out our list of 13 things to do this summer

92 Focusing on 2015 Looking to the year ahead

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PUBLISHER Lorinda Scott | lorinda@fabmags.co.za

editors note

EDITOR Justin Scott | justin@fabmags.co.za GRAPHIC DESIGN Daniel Rambaly | daniel@fabmags.co.za Kate Ahrens | kate@fabmags.co.za

Holidays and Summer are, without a doubt, the best time of year by a mile. I don’t know about you, but I love the sunrises so early in the morning, the smell of suntan lotion, braais and fresh rain after a blistering day. I love slops, shorts, T-shirts and caps and driving with the window open because even the aircon in the car doesn’t seem to cool you down. I love long afternoons and late sunsets, where the day seems to run on forever before surrendering to warm nights with clear skies full of stars.

read, to learn, to talk and to bond and not just connect. Freedom to reflect on a year past and opportunity that lies ahead.

There is something special about this time of year, when we all seem to unwind a little, succumbing to the holidays which bring less stress, more time to find your sense of humour and personality that is so often lost somewhere and sometime during the year — and perhaps best of all is the opportunity to fall in love with our families again.

As we head off on our holiday, I want to thank you for all the support that you’ve shown us this year and I pray that you enjoy your summer and your holiday as much as I do, that you are able to use it to recharge and reinvigorate and that, as you enter the new year, it brings you all that you dream of and much, much more.

Holidays give us freedom. Freedom to find a reason to laugh from the belly. Freedom to fall asleep when the sun is still up and wake up when the sun has set. Freedom to

Each year, as I prepare for the year ahead, filled with new opportunity, I use this time, my holiday time, to recharge my batteries. Somehow, by immersing myself in all that is great about this time of year, I find a deeper appreciation for the things that are important in my life and this helps to motivate me to be better and do better in the year ahead.

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Merry Christmas, Happy New Year and we look forward to seeing you again in 2015!

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God Bless Justin and the FabMags Team

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IN THIS EDITION DON’T MISS UMHLANGA FEATURE

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Summer in Umhlanga

The Umhlanga Lagoon hiking trail Start at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, opposite Breaker’s Hotel and enjoy this hike of just over two kilometres. It’s not a difficult hike and is great for families or couples, or even for a bit of alone time. Walk through an unspoiled coastal forest and learn about nature, while spotting bushbuck and duiker. The piéce de résistance has to be the beach, right at the end, which you can take a leisurely stroll or simply turn and retrace your steps. An easy way to see our beautiful coastline.

The end of 2014 came around pretty quickly; weren’t we just in June? As the last few weeks of the year wind by there is one thing at the top of most lists: holidays! Most of us have spent the year planning what we might do once we’re not bound to our desks. Umhlanga is near perfect over the festive season, with tons to do and see. Add in our sun-kissed weather,

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stunning beaches and world-class shopping malls and you’re good to go. If the kids wake up, as they do, and ask “what are we gonna do today?” – hit them with our list of 13 things to do this summer!

Dive with Aqua Rush Diving off Umhlanga Rocks’ Grannies Pool is an experience! Aqua Rush has years of experience and will give you the time of your life. Discover a trove of underwater treasures including rocky reef formations, glistening white sand and an abundance of marine life – crabs, starfish and maybe even a distant glimpse of a shark. You will not be disappointed! Tel: 082 495 7001

KZN Sharks Board The ocean’s most feared predators are beautiful creatures that simply need to be understood. Visit one of the province’s oldest establishments: the KZN Sharks Board, which has protected our beaches for more than 40 years. Activities at the centre include boat rides, shark dissections and fantastic audio-visual presentations. This would be a great way to educate younger children about sharks and shark nets before taking them down to the beach. Tel: 031 566 0400

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abMags hosted its second annual Christmas table at the newly revamped The Waterfront Hotel and Spa, in Durban. The afternoon brought together a selection of special people from our community around a beautifully decorated table.

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All gadgets sourced from The Gadget Shop www.thegadgetshop.co.za

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D-Link 7” Tablet DTB 7168 Four years after the first tablet, the iPad, hit the market, the tablet war is definitely still fierce. There is loads of debate about Android versus IOS and which is best, but the answer to that really depends on what you are looking for and how big your budget is. D-Link is well known amongst techies for its connectivity products, so when we got the new D-Link 7” tablet to review, we knew that we’d be getting a quality product to use. We decided to review the tablet whilst we were travelling overseas, taking a gamble by leaving the clumsy old laptop behind and taking this lightweight, easy-tomanage tablet in its place. Did it replace the laptop? For sure! The D-Link tablet falls into the small screen category (8 inches and under), which means that the product is built to be easy to handle, lightweight and easy to carry around, which it is — no problem. The 1.2 Ghz Rockchip Dual Core Processor works

well and is efficient, switching between applications without delay. Some apps that are processor-hungry may hog the juice, so to speak, but the same applies to most other tablets in this space.

The tablet got so easy to use on holiday that we even installed Google Books and downloaded and read two books, something we don’t really do. Big kudos to the D-link tablet for converting us!

If you are travelling, you’ll be keen to use applications like TripAdvisor, Google, Maps, Gmail (or other mail apps) and Facebook — to share photos — plus a few others to do what you need to. The ability to read external memory cards and display and share photos is also important. The D-Link covers all of these well. The apps, once installed from the Play Store, all worked easily, with no fuss, and we made use of the hotel WiFi via the tablet to research day trips and the places that we were visiting. The tablet’s card reader easily handled the 32Gb card from our Canon 70D camera and uploading to Facebook and Dropbox was a breeze. I especially enjoyed Gmail on the tablet, which had a bigger interface compared to my phone, which made quick reading and replying easy.

So, all-round, how do we rate it? The D-Link 7” Tablet is a good buy and great value for money in this category, which actually worked for us. Storage, performance and usability all get the nod and we can categorically state that it’s possible to travel and remain in touch with the world using this tablet — we know, because we did it! Available online and via select retailers. Price gauged from Take-a-lot R1131.00, including delivery.

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Darren Gray

If you need a sleek Jaguar or gleaming Land Rover, chances are Darren Gray is your go to-guy. The Umhlanga Ridge Jaguar Land Rover dealer principal is well-known in the area by all who have driven out of his showroom satisfied customers. When he’s not clinching deals Darren is a family man, spending time with his wife Kelly and their daughters Tayla and Cara, or deep sea fishing on his ski boat. Here is what Darren likes to do in Umhlanga!

Where do you like to work out? I am not a gym freak, but have thoroughly enjoyed doing a couple of the Get Fit Challenges. What is your favourite restaurant to eat brunch at, in Umhlanga? Col Cocchio in Gateway

Best place to grab a relaxing cup of coffee? Always a great relaxing spot is on the terrace at The Oyster Box hotel. The view is spectacular over the ocean.

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Favourite place to relax when the weather is good? I love being on the beach, so relaxing for me is either out at sea on the ski boat or just being on the beach.

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What do you see as Umhlanga’s hidden gem? Umhlanga has a wonderful vibrant appeal to all locals and visitors. Once in Umhlanga there is no need to wonder any further as we have great beaches, great shopping malls, wonderful restaurants and entertainment all in the area called Umhlanga.

Favourite place to shop? I am not much of a shopper myself, however my daughters don’t need any encouragement to frequent Gateway shopping centre and often entice me to take them shopping.


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Remember the vinegar

Cover up

No, not for your slaptjips. Vinegar is a great quick fix for a jellyfish sting, if that emergency arises. Pour some into a spray bottle and mist it over the area to take the sting out. Also carry some antibacterial wipes to disinfect any cuts or scrapes.

You do not want to ruin your entire summer by burning yourself to an absolute crisp on the first day of the holidays. It is vital to protect your skin with a good, strong sunblock. There are scented variations these days so you don’t have to worry about smelling yucky. Apply sunblock before you get onto the beach so you are protected from the get-go.

Watch the essentials

Keep everything valuable together; like car keys, cellphones, house keys, jewellery etc. Put everything in one bag and make sure there is one person at your ‘spot’ at all times. Do not ever leave your beach blanket unattended.

Carry a carton of baby powder

It might sound strange, but it works! One of the tiny cartons works best; it fits into your beach bag without much fuss. Sprinkle it – lightly, so you don’t look like a Snowman – onto your skin and it will stop sand from clinging to any irritating places.

Summer is coming! Well, she may be taking a bit long but she’s on her way. Pretty soon we’ll have weeks of scorching sun and cloudless skies to remind us of how much we love Ballito weather. So, with the sun comes (obviously) days at the beach – and there are plenty to choose from on our gorgeous coastline. But, as with most things in life, it’s safety first! Follow our beach safety tips to avoid leaving the beach looking like a lobster this summer.

Go early

Use a huge, bright umbrella

As family, pick an unusual colour and buy the biggest beach umbrella you can find. Set it up first when you get to the beach. This is great for younger kids, as they will remember to look for your beach umbrella if they get lost. They would also be able to tell a lifeguard, or an adult who finds them, which umbrella to look for.

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Be a responsible citizen. Pick up all your litter before you leave the beach. Don’t leave plastic, cans or cartons on the sand, which could harm marine life. Make sure you take everything (including your children) well before you walk back to the car. It is not fun to walk all the way back to the beach.

It’s just like a sale, or a concert. If you aren’t there early you miss out on the best spots and the whole day is ruined. The best time to get to the beach is between 6am and 11am, before the sun gets to harsh! 11am you should be vacating the beach – till around 3, when you can flood back for the afternoon. If you’re there early, you can set up at your leisure and mark your territory.


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EVENTS AND HAPPENINGS ALONG THE UMHLANGA COAST

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Gateway’s Celebrity Chef Showdown @ Circus Circus the party Gateway shoppers had an exciting experience during August, September and October when ten of South Africa’s top celebrities took part in the second Gateway Celebrity Chef Showdown at six of Gateway’s restaurants.

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This was the launch of Pars Art beautiful showroom on Palm Boulevard. The showroom is very trendy and showcases the very best in modern chandeliers and unique furniture.

the people 9. Arian, Faramarz & Armin Eskandari 10. Britt Pengelly & Duncan Heafield 11. Cindy Robinson & Nishanth Naidu 12. Lisa & Christo Engelbrecht 13. Sagie Naidoo & Bharthie Gangaram 14. Mike Ak & Kubashni Nagapah 15. Dina & Sam Govender 16. Mrs & Mr Rev James Mthethwa (Mayor of Dundee).

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The wine was flowing, snacks were out and lots of people made it out to see this glamorous and blingy showroom. The Highlight was definitely the look and feel of the place, the best furniture and gorgeous chandeliers on display. We spent a great deal of time admiring it.

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Skabenga’s Birthday Bash at The Oyster Box the party UMHLANGA’S most famous Cat, Skabenga, celebrated his 10th birthday in usual grand style in the Pearl Room at the Oyster Box Hotel, with his annual October High Tea. While his birthday guests had a ball at the party with cat shaped pizza’s, and other sweet treats, the cat of the hour preferred the outdoors, languorously lying under the hedge

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the people 17. Skabenga & Sally Gray 18. Rheyna Moodley & Ashantha Moodley 19. Rehaan & Shyla Jithoo, Parushinee Naidoo 20. Bailey Obrien , Jade Smith & Candice 21. Charlotte & Nathalie Wolno 22. Aaisha, Katija Ally & Muhammad Jadwat 23. Kubashni Nagapah, Mickey Mouse & Sharlene Odayar 24. Zahra & Mohamed Asmal

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the highlight Skabenga’s Birthday Bash has been one of the highlights on the Oyster Box’s social calendar. Even Mickey Mouse took time out to celebrate Skebenga’s Party. Delicious cat shaped treats including a cake with Skabenga printed on it adorned the tables at the Party.

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Pure Day Spa the party A Women’s Day Event at Pure Skincare Clinic, a well organised event, with a great bunch of people who were really interested in what was being said. A varied and interesting group of speakers including Reza Mia, the famously fabulous Aesthetic Practitioner who happily answered questions about Fillers, Botox etc.

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Saint Lori and Skin Savvy launched the new RA serum by Lamelle on 16 September. Saint Lori is a boutique filled with beautiful garments from all over the world. Nestled in the back you will find beauty therapist Angelique Coombe-Heath who is always busy ensuring her client’s every need is being met.

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The highlight There was a variety of delicate, delicious snacks and wine. Clients received Body Guru gift bags with product samples sponsored by Loreal and QMS skin products. Ladies got branded headbands and Body Guru cupcakes. Therapists and professional hair stylists gave clients info on lash extensions and new products and they have introduced. Clients loved the salon’s atmosphere and friendly staff therapists and professional hair stylists.

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Liberating Greatness Achieve all your goals in 2015 By John Russout | www.johnroussot.com

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ongratulations! If you’re planning to set goals for 2015, you’ve taken the first step to achieving great things and turn your dreams into reality. The guidelines and frameworks that I’m sharing with you in this article have worked for me and I am absolutely sure they will work for you too, if you commit to the process and to following through on your action plan. The key ingredient to this entire process is YOU. Only you know what you want. Only you can take the necessary action to make that a reality. Your future is in your hands and you have everything you need to succeed in your life today. Believe it! I firmly believe that we have incredible minds through which we can achieve incredible things. Henry Ford said, “Whether you think you can or can’t do a thing, either way you’re right.” We therefore need to think we can, and put plans in place to turn those positive, empowering thoughts into actions that create the reality we desire. No rocket science. It’s just about creating a focused plan that guides you on your journey from point A to Z, and all the letters in between! I have a goals workbook available for you to download for free from my website, www. johnroussot.com, and this is how it works: I’ve divided the workbook into the six major facets of your life, namely health, financial, spiritual, family, business/career, and relationships. Each section has a goal template, and requires you to answer the following questions:

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Where to? What? When? Why? These are the key questions you need to ask yourself (and answer!) to make the framework work. WHERE to has two parts to it that look at positioning yourself for success. They are: 1. Where am I now? 2. Where do I want to be? Most of the time, we know the answer to the second question about where we want to be. We intuitively paint a picture in our minds of what we want, sometimes created from a reality of what we currently don’t have, or what we aspire to have in the future, but we don’t know how to get it. I’d like to suggest that it’s because we don’t spend enough time understanding where we currently are, and therefore not enough time unpacking what needs to be done to get to where we want to be. So, in each section, assess where you are, and where you want to be, so that you can build a plan of action to get to there. WHAT is all about what you need to do; the action required to get from where you are, to where you want to be. Your planned route on a road map, so to speak e.g. what do you need to do to get to Cape Town? Well, if you’re in London, you probably won’t be using a road map! And the route from East London, or Durbs is also different! Knowing where you are and where you want to be reveals certain clues about what’s needed to get there. Sometimes that might involve getting assistance from a coach or mentor, or someone close to you.

WHEN is designed to draw a line in the sand by when tasks need to be completed and goals achieved. Time-based goals are vital to ensure an urgency in taking consistent action. Without a line in the sand, tomorrow’s another day, and we all know that means no action taken, which in turn means no goals achieved. WHY gets you to look at and clearly state the purpose of what it is you’re doing. Victor Fankl, a survivor of the Holocaust, wrote in his book, Man’s Search for Meaning, that when you have a big enough “why,” you’ll find almost any “how.” Your goals need to have a purpose for you to really buy into them, and dedicate yourself to pursuing them. On the pages that follow in the workbook, I have given you a template that really works for setting your goals, and tracking your performance. What you measure improves so it’s worth writing it all down and tracking your performance. For your goals to be real to you, you need to make them colourful and alive with relevant detail. When using my templates, add your own pictures, graphs, charts, or whatever you need to get you to buy into your goals and focused on achieving them. Ask yourself the right questions, and you just might find the right answers! Have fun, dream in rich detail, use the resources at your disposal, take consistent, positive action, and your greatest achievements are just around the corner! I wish you all the very best on your journey!


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Vejan Pillay Business Star

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What does your daily job entail? My daily job is different each day and that is why it is so exciting. It involves meeting with the various general managers, heads of departments, sales and marketing people of the various hotels, restaurants, spas, etc, that fall under the Misty Blue Group. It also includes site visits to the various hotels, site visits to our property development site and engaging with architects, building contractors.

The biggest ornament on any Christmas tree is the star. This month, we profile and pay tribute to three of the biggest stars in Umhlanga, who most certainly deserve their place at the top of the tree! The three stars have stood out brightly and made a significant difference in the community, leaving a generous trail of magic and enchantment in their wake.

What has been your personal greatest achievement of 2014? The acquisition of the Docklands Hotel on the Point Waterfront and refurbishing it and developing it to the highest standards. We are very proud of what we have achieved and are now launching it as The Waterfront Hotel and Spa. What would you say you are most passionate about? I am very passionate about taking on a project or a new business venture, having a vision of what I want to achieve and persevering and accomplishing the goals. I am passionate about my products whether it is a property development, hotel accommodation or restaurant meals. What is the best advice you have ever been given? Work hard but also play hard and make time for you and your family. What does your community mean to you and how you make sure you give back? My community means a great deal to me because I owe whatever I have achieved through them. I am grateful for their support and I believe giving back does not only entail financial assistance but also getting involved in projects that benefit the community and also assist the youth and potential entrepreneurs from achieving their goals and making a difference to the community. What inspires you? My wife and two kids for believing in me and their support. The thanks and appreciation of my clients and patrons and the satisfaction from achieving your goals. How do you unwind in this great place called Umhlanga? Family time which includes time on the promenade at the beach, playing sport and going to the movies.

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Never dull your shine for someone else’s Tyra Banks

Shelley Buckle Congeniality Star

What does your daily job entail? I do graphic and web design for a great, vibrant agency in La Lucia called The No Nonsense Group. What has been your personal greatest achievement of 2014? Being nominated for the KZN Young Achiever’s Award for 2014, and winning it. A dream I thought would always just stay a dream! The others include being able to be a great ambassador for the North Coast (Miss Ballito) and recently buying my first car. What would you say you are most passionate about? Making a difference, and helping others who are in need. I feel that we should all do our bit to give back to the community. What is the best advice you have ever been given? Stay true to yourself, and don’t try to be someone you’re not. What does your community mean to you and how you make sure you give back? I believe that our community should have the right to education, health and life, therefore it is our responsibility to give back. Recently I bought a bucket of Hope from Grace Family Church where you fill the bucket with goodies and it gets donated to a worthy person. If everyone donated just one bucket each, we would make such a huge difference! What inspires you? As a designer, I find myself in front of a computer screen most of the time as it is part of my job. While it’s easy to say that I find lots of inspiration online, the truth is that I’m most inspired by stepping away from the screen. For me inspiration is everywhere, you just need to open your eyes more to see it. How do you unwind in this great place called Umhlanga? I take walks along the Umhlanga promenade, attend my local gym (Get Fit Challenge), drink cappuccinos at La Lucia Mall, shop at Gateway, visit the Wonder Market and UpMarket, hang out on the beach... there’s just so much to do in this beautiful place, and I’m blessed to live here! w.fa fabbmmaaggss. c . coo. z. zaa 34 || wwwww.


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Lee Folkard Innovative Star

What does your daily job entail? Either I am photographing an event or person. If not I am editing and sorting through images from work I have done. And lastly but most likely to take up most of my time, is meetings. More often than not my daily routine is meeting potential and existing clients. What has been your personal greatest achievement of 2014? Each year I undertake personal projects to build networks and get creative. My project for 2014, #ProjectScouted has been my greatest achievement. Having said that, the year is not over… yet *insert sneaky laugh* What would you say you are most passionate about? My beautiful fiancé. Followed by art and movies – I’m a movie addict. What is the best advice you have ever been given? Live life. 5.What does your community mean to you and how you make sure you give back? From a public viewpoint, the yearly projects I do are free to the people selected. The community means a lot to me as without the people, my photography would not spread from one to another. I also try my best to align myself with the correct charitable associations. What inspires you? Every day life and the world around me. As I said I am a movie addict and I do gain a lot of inspiration from film, especially the foreign indie film industry. How do you unwind in this great place called Umhlanga? The Umhlanga pier holds a special place in my heart. If ever I need to clear my mind and feel a sense of tranquillity, a walk on the pier, the sound of the waves and the beauty that is Durban always keeps me at peace.

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up the space or home in question. There is this distinct rationale that people have, whereby structure and furniture/finishings are placed on two different plains and you treat the structure first, and thereafter fiddle with the furnishings. However the greatest success in a project comes when the decision making takes on a holistic approach, and structure and furniture are seen side by side. In black and white it is hard to quantify, and interior design is a very personal environment, however you can always pinpoint a “holistic design” when there is an ease to the space, and every decision makes sense without having to try too hard. When building a new home, immense time and energy goes into the planning and initial decision making. Getting the home approved by a panel of architects, if living on an estate, or having to adhere to Council regulations, takes up months of the process. However when it comes to the interiors, who is there refining and defining this process?

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The importance of contextual design, and designing with a holistic approach, makes all the difference when looking at the finished product. It may sound like a contradiction in terms, but there is nothing worse in a home than when the energy in finishing the job has come in the last month of the project, and one can clearly tell that all the furniture and finishings came from the latest cover of a design magazine. Interior design is about more than just the finishing touches on a job, but rather the multitude of other decisions that make

We are lucky in a way that we have free access to a diverse range of interior design inspirations and are able to pull ideas across the board. However if that were enough reason to bypass an interior designer’s eye when building a home, the same could be said about Google and your family GP. Investing in design has become one of the fastest growing trends in the world, and trading in this commodity will always guarantee a positive result. Interior design has bypassed more than just being about the final bells and whistles, and the importance and benefits are clearly seen when a home speaks more about its context and those who reside within, than the individual items that full up the space between its four walls.


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Superspar

The Superspar brand is synonymous with quality, freshness and community. The Gateway branch recently underwent a major revamp, bringing with it a few new unique concepts but keeping with the age-old Superspar philosophy of providing excellent service with a smile.

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The three-phase renovation began in May. “Ultimately, we want to showcase all that Durban has. Our store must be the best it can be and reflect the warm blend of cultures in our community. We’ve got a diverse team and through them, we will give you our very best,” said manager Chad Wilson. The new store, which officially launched on November 26, wants to bring together the best of Durban’s eclectic food culture. Favourites like curries, dhall, pastas and lasagnes join local fare like shisa nyama and amagwinya. Newer foodie concepts in-store include a ‘create’ station right at the front of the store. Here, customers will be able to pick ingredients and craft their own smoothies, salads, fruit salads, wraps and pizzas. “We know our traditional food is loved, but we felt we needed to introduce a healthier option for our customers who want it. It’s not always easy to find healthy food in larger chain stores, so we pride ourselves on being able to offer it.” The coffee shop has been moved to the middle of the store, bringing a chilled vibe to the sometimes stressful world of grocery shopping. “The whole family can sit and have a break. We’ve got a lovely breakfast and lunch menu and of course,

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great coffee. Spots to charge your devices are available and – free wifi!” The produce section, as always, supplies fresh produce straight from the farmers to dinner tables. The department now offers a combination service, where produce can be packaged according to a family’s specific needs. A new baker has overhauled the bakery and confectionary, while the butchery now stocks a full range of premium meat cuts. “I can promise that our butchery stocks everything you need. Regular cuts of meat, or your special requests – we’ve got it all.”

What makes Superspar unique, according to Chad, is that they are a family. “And the store is our home. So, when you come here, you are our guest and we treat you in that manner. If you buy your braai meat here, we are at your braai. If you buy your birthday cake here, we are at your birthday party because that’s our cake. It’s our passion to be part of your daily life. Family sticks together, and Superspar will always welcome you like family.” The total space of the store has increased by 15 percent, giving customers more room to browse. Chad says his skilled team is more than ready


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to produce more than the average rate of service. A range of Christmas specials have been put together to celebrate the new store and there are insane prizes up for grabs – trolley dashes, a brand new Polo Vivo and a Venter trailer full of groceries. “We are looking forward to having the whole community come down and enjoy the new Gateway Superspar because we are so proud of how it looks.”

We absolutely cannot wait to share it with you and your family – you’re always welcome in our home!

Visit our showroom 9 Mount Edgecombe Drive, Broadlands

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Words Jodi van Wyk

Summer in Umhlanga The end of 2014 came around pretty quickly; weren’t we just in June? As the last few weeks of the year wind by there is one thing at the top of most lists: holidays! Most of us have spent the year planning what we might do once we’re not bound to our desks. Umhlanga is near perfect over the festive season, with tons to do and see. Add in our sun-kissed weather, stunning beaches and world-class shopping malls and you’re good to go. If the kids wake up, as they do, and ask “what are we gonna do today?” – hit them with our list of 13 things to do this summer!

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The Umhlanga Lagoon hiking trail Start at the Umhlanga Lagoon Nature Reserve, opposite Breaker’s Hotel and enjoy this hike of just over two kilometres. It’s not a difficult hike and is great for families or couples, or even for a bit of alone time. Walk through an unspoiled coastal forest and learn about nature, while spotting bushbuck and duiker. The piéce de résistance has to be the beach, right at the end, which you can take a leisurely stroll or simply turn and retrace your steps. An easy way to see our beautiful coastline.

Dive with Aqua Rush Diving off Umhlanga Rocks’ Grannies Pool is an experience! Aqua Rush has years of experience and will give you the time of your life. Discover a trove of underwater treasures including rocky reef formations, glistening white sand and an abundance of marine life – crabs, starfish and maybe even a distant glimpse of a shark. You will not be disappointed! Tel: 082 495 7001

KZN Sharks Board The ocean’s most feared predators are beautiful creatures that simply need to be understood. Visit one of the province’s oldest establishments: the KZN Sharks Board, which has protected our beaches for more than 40 years. Activities at the centre include boat rides, shark dissections and fantastic audio-visual presentations. This would be a great way to educate younger children about sharks and shark nets before taking them down to the beach. Tel: 031 566 0400

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Barnyard Theatre The Barnyard combines the essentials for a good night out: food, friends and wicked entertainment. All of these come together in an informal, rustic setting that reminds one of a farm-style showdown. Bring along your packed supper in a picnic basket, or grab some grub at one of Umhlanga’s many restaurants before settling down to enjoy a brilliant show. Pack some drinks, too! The production showcase some of the best talent the industry has to offer, so support local performers while having an awesome evening. Tel: 031 566 3045

Ocean Blue Scuba Wet suit, snorkel and an open mind. If you love the ocean and have an appreciation for the beauty of an underwater world, this one is for you. Ocean Blue Scuba is an authorised dive centre based in Umhlanga Rocks that caters for all levels of divers from first-timers to experienced scuba bunnies. They offer courses from open water dives to masters. Dive deep or shallow, boat or shore entry. Spend a few hours delving into the marine life our coast has to offer! Tel: 031 561 8120

Hawaan Forest Perfect for nature lovers, or those who want to get in touch with their green side (we all have one!). The indigenous woodland is apparently centuries old and home to a plethora of tropical trees and birds. The Umhlanga Ponds is a hop, skip and jump away from the forest, which is one of the coast’s best birding spots. Two hides are available for bird watchers to park off with a pair of binoculars. Bookings are essential and guided walks are available. Might be a good idea for older kids, as younger ones might not be able to stay quiet in the tranquil environment! Tel 031 566 4018

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The Umhlanga Lighthouse The old tale goes that a sailor left his home for long periods of time, and would miss his wife terribly. To let him know she was still holding a torch for him, she would visit a lighthouse and shine a light when she knew he’d be sailing past. Indulge your romantic side or show your kids the wonder of the ocean from the 60-year-old Umhlanga Lighthouse. The red-and-white 21m tower beams out nightly signals as far as 24 nautical miles away. A landmark of Umhlanga! Find it at the end of Lighthouse Road in Umhlanga.

Upmarket Umhlanga Umhlanga is home to some of the best festivals and markets on the Coast – no, that’s not a biased view at all. Upmarket is trendy and fashionable, held on the first Friday and Sunday of every month at the Umhlanga Centre. Haul your entire family along and shop for local crafts or clothes plus fill your tummies with the best in local cuisine. See and be seen! The best thing about Upmarket is that it’s undercover, so the rain can’t spoil your plans.

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Wave House

The name of this eatery is EVERYTHING – and most of the regulars who chill out there think so, too. Established by muso Ard Matthews and photographer Deborah Good, IWMC is the pinnacle of coffee culture with quality coffee and a lekker vibe. IWMC serves of the world’s only naturally occurring de-caffeinated coffees – the Racemosa bean. The atmosphere is awesome, overlooking the Chris Saunders Park and the meals are great for brekkie, brunch or a lazy lunch. Did I mention the coffee is awesome? Address: Mayfair On The Lake, Park Lane, Umhlanga

If you want action, the Wave House has your back, bro. Let’s start with the D-Rex, the biggest man made stationary wave in the world…a 10 foot barrelling left and right point break wave. All ages are welcome at the Wave House for a blitz of surfing, snowboarding and wakeboarding. If you don’t want to get wet you can have some fun in SA’s largest skate park. If you do want to get wet and you feel like being crazy, head for the Tube Ride – four water slides for the whole family. The Wave House Arena also plays host to local and international concerts, so keep your eyes peeled. Tel: 031 584 9400

Chris Saunders Park Quite possibly the quietest piece of the hustle and bustle that is Umhlanga. Lush, rolling hills of green grass and it always seems as if the sun is shining directly on Chris Saunders Park. It’s a green lung amid a concrete jungle, just minutes from the Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Two hectares of ultimate relaxation…pack a picnic basket and bring along a soccer ball. Roll up and towel and novel if you feel like your own company or bring your whole family along to chill by the pond. info@chrissaunderspark.co.za

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The Oyster Box Hotel If ever you have anything to celebrate, high tea is probably the best way to go. And where is the best place in Umhlanga to do crustless sandwiches, cupcakes and dainty tea cups? The Oyster Box wins hands down! Their High Tea Table is almost legendary and is a must if you’re in the area; pastries, cakes and quiches are just the beginning. Live music at the Palm Court is the cherry on top. Booking is essential. Tea begins at 2.30pm and ends around 5pm. Tel: 031 514 5000

Umhlanga Beach The jewel in any coastal town’s crown is its beaches, and Umhlanga Beach does not disappoint. Umhlanga Beach has been depicted on countless postcards (and FaceBook selfies) and will certainly live up to your expectations. White sand and warm water in front of some of the Coasts’ best hotels, so if you’re staying there you have easy access. Walk along the paved promenade – it’s gorgeous when the sun is rising or setting – and you HAVE to take a photograph at the end of the iconic pier. Viewing the ocean from that point is awe-inspiring.

DIAMONDS TANZANITES WEDDING JEWELLERY

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How long have you been involved in music and how did you get started? I started professionally last year October, but I have been passionately playing guitar and singing since the age of 16…when I received my first guitar. At the time, I was privileged to get a few guitar lessons and voice training that my sister and aunt helped contribute to. I guess they saw my sheer determination and desire to perform musically. For those who do not understand music, describe your playing/singing style. My style of music is a mixture of rock, soul and a bit of flamenco rhythm. I love to mix genres - from Frank Sinatra and Elvis Presley to Pharrell Williams and David Guetta. I play music from the 60s to today’s modern, contemporary hits. How have you developed your music and honed your craft? By understanding that I’m providing a service, learning songs that people truly enjoy listening to as well as capturing what the artist felt at the time and interpreting it, conveying it as best as I feel it. That said, I enjoy the fun party aspect of performing and having people dance to ‘Jailhouse Rock’ and the likes. How do you put yourself out there, in the music industry? Tell us a bit about the places you have played at…which has been your favourite/fondest memory? I enjoy meeting people and approaching venues but I’ve found that most of the time I am booked through people who have either seen me perform

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or been referred by other musicians or venues. Playing open mics is a good way to network and showcase yourself. I would suggest it to any musician wanting to get out there; Durban is a small scene. My favourite performance recently was a matric dance in Maritzburg College: I started playing one of my mellow original songs and everyone just got up and started their first dance. What a highlight to know that I was a part of a happy memory for so many young adults! And, of course, just a few weeks ago I played before Majozi and Mathew Mole, which was also a highlight. How does music help you in everyday life? Why are you so passionate about music? I believe we are most happy when we are doing what we are passionate about. That’s what I’m doing with my life right now; to wake up every day and know that is a privilege and blessing. It’s obviously not the easiest lifestyle with a multi-million rand income, but I love what I’m doing! What is your ultimate vision or goal for your career? How do you plan to get there? At the moment I enjoy playing covers to earn an income but I’m always writing new songs and sneaking them in between set songs, to see the how the crowd responds. I enjoy the entire process from the conception of an emotion, a mixture of a catchy melody to the chords and lyrics that eventually express themselves in a song performed live. I would be delighted to play originals live and tour around South Africa and if my music could allow me to travel abroad…well,


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that’s a goal I’d be happy to achieve. Obviously I will strive to be as successful as I can but I’m still in the process of finding the pathway to that. Have there been times when music has become challenging for you? If so, how do you overcome these challenges? A lot of the challenges are actually internal - overcoming your own fears and insecurities on and off stage can be a constant battle. There are always going to be challenges in any career you find yourself in. I’ve found that there are good days and bad days but most of the time people don’t even know you’ve had a seemingly bad gig… as an audience was moved and didn’t really care about you skipping a verse or hitting the wrong chord. Who has been your biggest musical influence? Who, according to you, is the best musician of all time? Wow. I’ve been inspired and influenced by so many musicians on the local scene who I admire and respect. I’m privileged to have musicians around me far more talented than I am, so I’m constantly inspired, challenged and kept on my toes. How do you balance music with everything else, like a day job? Music is my day job hahaha! Who has been the biggest help to you, in your career, locally? Phil Moffett, Nhlanhla Majozi, Stef Pearlman, Murray Caetano and Rolly Struckmeyer. What is the best thing about performing in front of an audience? That feeling when you know the atmosphere has changed in the room and people are totally zoned in on you…that silence just after you sing the last note or chord and the clapping or that sincere look of appreciation on the audience’s faces. What is the best advice you have ever received? Prepare as if you have never performed and perform live as if you have not prepared. Enjoy what you do, because so will others. Where will you be five years from now? May I answer that question in five years’ time? What is your favourite song (really hard for musicians to pick, I know!) Seal - Kiss From a Rose. I love that song! Lastly, where can we watch you perform? Have you got any vids the public can check out? Like my Facebook page and check out my Soundcloud links at https://www.facebook. com/pages/Gavin-Ferguson/104972579586833 I’ll be at: 21 November - Hops Riverside 6pm to 9pm 22 November - Blue Dolphin 7pm to 8pm 26 November - Winston Pub 8pm to 9pm 28 November - Grenada Market 8pm 29 November - Corner Café 11am to 3pm 30 November - Buds on the Bay 12pm to 3pm

R200 OFF *excludes batteries, repairs and items on special Valid until 18 January 2015 . The Pavilion . La Lucia Mall . Musgrave Centre . Gateway 0861 WATCHES (928243) www.watchesunlimited.co.za

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ircus Circus Gateway has a winning recipe: great food, vibey atmosphere and of course, those comfy chairs don’t hurt either. From their signature matchstick fries to the trademark newsprint paper on their unique serving plates, Circus Circus has just the right mix for a meal any time of day. Much of the magic that happens in the kitchen is down to eclectic head chef Daniel Evans. With his dapper English accent and quirky sense of humour, a few moments in his bubbly presence is a treat! We stepped into his busy kitchen to watch him make two refreshing festive dishes. Chef Evans cooks from his heart, so his recipes are rather informal and open to experimentation. Happy cooking!

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Recipes Moroccan cous cous with lamb skewers, watermelon and tzatziki • The cous cous is soaked in saffron for up to 24 hours to infuse the flavour • Add in chopped apricots, pistachios, cubed tomato, cucumber and mint • Place your warm lamb skewers onto a mound of cous cous • Serve with slices of grilled brinjal and roasted red pepper. Also, cut three slices of watermelon and place around the cous cous • Drizzle with warm olive oil and serve with a bowl of tzatziki on the side, with a slice of lemon Potato soufflé with cured salmon, beetroot and mustard purée. • The soufflé must be done in a blini pan. Make sure it’s white hot! It takes eight minutes to rise • Layer a few fresh rocket leaves on the soufflé, to form a bed for the salmon • The salmon is cured in salt and dill, and then cut very thickly. Layer it on the rocket • A puree of beetroot and mustard gives a sharp, tart taste to the dish. Spoon it on top of the salmon • Place a dollop of sour cream on the purée • Add on a few slices of cucumber. Core and peel it first, then dip the slices in vinegar to pickle them quickly • Finish off with a few fresh rocket leaves. Serve with a slice of fresh lemon T: 031 533 3212 | E: gateway@circuscircus.co.za A: Shop G020, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Umhlanga

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Christmas

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Menu Cold Selection Selection of breads

Chicken and bacon ranch salad French salad with herbed croutons and creamy vinaigrette Roasted sweet potato and feta salad with sweet chilli and coriander dressing

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Carved roasted gammon with cranberry reduction Roast beef with natural jus Roasted chicken pieces with a thyme cream Savoury rice tossed with fresh herbs Roasted new potatoes SautĂŠed vegetables in garlic butter Mushroom and spinach lasagne

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Iced fruit cake squares and mince pies Berry crème brulee Hot chocolate pudding with Chantilly cream and Bar One sauce

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The setting was jaw-dropping; the beautiful Wodka Restaurant has been given a fresh, sexy new look. Exposed ceilings, earthy floors and sharp gold feature walls – wow! The table décor was also a contemporary twist: instead of the traditional, rich golds and reds of Christmas, our table was popping with white and blue bits and bobs with an accent of silver. The Umhlanga staff and guests were spoiled for choice with the array

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of sumptuous dishes prepared by Wodka’s experienced kitchen staff – an absolutely enchanting afternoon. Our guests relaxed in the breezy courtyard before sitting at the table; we were all very impressed by what new hotel owners Vejan and Jenny Pillay and their team managed to accomplish with the old Docklands Hotel. The conversation around the table bounced from topic to topic: the


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fast development of Umhlanga, the Durban culture of waiting until the last minute to do everything (insert giggle and side eyes) and, of course, everyone’s plans for Christmas. Besides the Fab - FabMags team, we had a spritely selection of animated faces around the table, including eccentric Iranian businessman Faramaz Eskarder, Vernon Perry of Perry Umhlanga, Rosanne Pillai of Perfect 10 Lighthouse Mall,

Gareth Bailey of Tyson Properties Umhlanga, Yvette Farinha of Mount Edgecombe Estate, Dionne Collett from Take Note and Waterfront Hotel owners, Vejan and Jenny Pillay. All in all, a FAB-u-lous afternoon that we thoroughly enjoyed.

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No event is complete without a goodie bag and ours were right up there with the best.

A Big Thank you!!! Thank you to our fantastic sponsors for helping us put them together: Perfect 10 Lighthouse Mall, Tyson Properties, Aqua Spa, Nail Distribution, Lifestyle Superspar Ballito, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, Origin and Pure Skincare & Beauty Clinic.

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Waterjet Cutting tiles, stainless steel, granite, glass etc. Laser Cutting perspex, wood, paper, cardboard, leather, engraving Routering bamboo, wood, alubond etc Rivnutting & Stud Welding

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Umhlanga’s Best

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e have been carrying out surveys on our Facebook page, in search of Umhlanga’s best. Each edition features something different, so vote and you could find your favourite pizza, burger or coffee place featured in our mag! In this edition, we look at the top four musttry seafood places in Umhlanga – here are the restaurants YOU voted for!

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Jack Salmon Just walking into this light, airy eatery is a treat. The whitewashed, beachy furniture and earthy accessories make you feel like you’re at a beachside cottage. As soon as we walked in, our first words were: “something smells good!” Jason Roberts headed for the kitchen to prepare us a platter that made our jaws drop! Jack Salmon’s shining star is its fish – particularly a char-grilled tuna steak – two pieces of which found their way onto our platter. The platter was absolutely groaning under the weight of the seafood Jason and his staff prepared: prawns, langoustines, calamari, crayfish and squid heads on a bed of fragrant rice, with a portion of chips. Nestled in the middle was a small pot of fresh mussels. The shellfish was done excellently and well-complimented by a classic, fresh Greek salad on the side. The standout of this dish was the AMAZING sauce the prawns and calamari were basted in – a sticky, sweet and sour flavour that propelled me to eat until I absolutely couldn’t anymore. Jack Salmon also does some great grills and pastas! 031 572 3664

John Dory’s Gateway You cannot speak of seafood without mentioning John Dory’s. We visited the Gateway franchise on a sunny midmorning and chose to sit outside – winning! The great thing about John Dory’s is the familiarity and continuity; the seafood is uncomplicated and always tastes good. The manager on duty sent over a round of cappuccinos while we waited for our food (he gets a gold star). We sampled the Captain’s Platter – one of JD’s signature dishes. This one has two battered hake fillets, deep fried calamari, mussels in a creamy garlic and herb sauce and – of course – four JD’s prawns with rice and chips. The variety on this platter is what makes it work, as well as its size; it’s not huge enough to make you feel like a glutton but two people could easily share it and be satisfied. The calamari was fabulous dipped into the tartar sauce (another JD’s fave) and the prawns did not disappoint. The hake was also good – light, crispy batter. A great lunchtime meal to share with a friend or your other half. 031-566 3334

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Mozambik Gateway

Mozambik’s location, slightly away from the madness of Gateway overlooking the Wave House lends itself to relaxed atmosphere that could quickly morph into a hotspot for an evening meal. Being a fan of Portuguese cuisine I was excited to see what Mozambik came up with – glory beans, I was bowled over! They crafted a special platter which made all my seafood dreams a tantalising reality – prawns (a BUCKET), grilled calamari, deep fried squid heads and line fish. The platter was positively swimming in flavour; juicy, tangy sauce that provided a boatload of fun in my mouth. Jasmine rice added a fragrant touch. As a bonus, we were served a sublime crayfish thermidor on a bed of creamy mashed potato that quite possibly changed my life; the crayfish is filled with prawns and mushrooms and topped with a layer of grilled cheese…absolute perfection! 031 836 1574

Lord Prawn

You can just tell when a business is well-looked after and there are passionate people behind it. Lord Prawn in downtown Umhlanga is one such establishment – 38 years of serving seafood has given them plenty of time to perfect their recipes. The kitchen has been under the same chef since the beginning. Of course we had to try the prawns, since they are legendary in the area, and oooh! Amazing flavour – and the same goes for the langoustines AND the crayfish lined up on the platter. It’s meant for two people but (try me) I could have finished it, if I needed to! A few mussels were nestled on the platter, which were full of flavour. The calamari was stunning; soft and tender like I prefer it, and small enough to keep popping them into my mouth. The platter comes with chips and rice, so if you’re sharing then it’s easy to divide according to preferences. Classically, it’s served with bowls of lemon butter, garlic (my favourite) and peri peri sauce and slices of fresh lemon. Definitely worth a visit if you want traditional seafood! Bonus – a sinful tiramisu for dessert (score!) 031 561 1133


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a little bit of this,

a little bit of that

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owntown Umhlanga Rocks has a decidedly cooler, more laid-back vibe than upper Umhlanga. When your tummy growls there’s no better way to fill it than with panoramic sea views, and great company. We had both when we visited the trendy Comme C Comme Ca, situated opposite the Beverly Hills Hotel. The restaurant is still fairly new, having opened just four months ago. It specialises in gourmet pizza, steak, seafood, pasta and has just introduced a Mexican section to the menu – think tacos! Comme C Comme Ca – ‘a little bit of this, a little bit of that’ in French – also offers a range of cocktails and virgin cocktails with a chilled atmosphere right on the beach. The list of cocktails is classic, ranging from a Cosmopolitan and Margarita to your Pina Colada and Strawberry Daiquiri. Since it was the middle of the day we went for drinks from the non-alcoholic menu. We sampled the citrus twist – fresh strawberry juice over lemon and orange juice – very sharp and refreshing. We also tried the virgin daiquiri: I loved the combination of fresh strawberry juice and lime with ice. Comme C Comme Ca’s menu is expansive and it takes a while to choose your meal. Manager Lee Cosmo helped us out, ordering a brilliant Mombay pizza to get us started. Anything woodfire is divine, and this pizza was no different; spicy chicken, peppers, onions and cheese on a light base made for a great starter. Our second starter was a plate of chicken kebabs basted in a sticky lemon sauce. The best feature of this dish was the

accompanying vegetables – domes of cinnamon-sprinkled pumpkin and soft greens and carrots. Kubashni, Sharlene and I are selfconfessed seafood queens so we perked up at the mention of a prawn platter, which did not disappoint. The prawns were done in a peri-peri sauce (so much sauce that we could swirl our chips around in it) and cooked well. Not that we had much space left in our stomachs, but we ended with a plate of fish and chips, which is, according to Lee, Comme C Comme Ca’s signature dish. The batter on the hake was crispy and buttery, which was FABulous coupled with coleslaw and a homemade tartar sauce. Legend has it the sauce was whipped up one frantic night by the manager and enjoyed so much, that it became a permanent item on the menu.

As everything is freshly prepared from scratch, allow yourself the time to relax and enjoy the view, a leaisurely lunch or dinner. We had a great experience – and the food was very definitely worth the wait.

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OUR TEAM IS ALWAYS WILLING TO CREATE THE PERFECT EXPERIENCE FOR YOU! Private bookings | Year end Functions | Birthdays Get together to celebrate life with custom designed menu’s to cater to your needs. COMME C COMME CA invites our patrons to enjoy one of the most stunning ocean views in the heart of Umhlanga while you watch the sun, sip on a mouth watering cocktail and experience our traditional wood fired oven pizza’s. Open for breakfast mon-fri 9am and weekends at 8am

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Freedom of

The Press Club!

Words Jodi Van Wyk

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efore I came to the awesome world of magazines, I was a hard-nosed news journalist. Yes, shocking, I know. This is why The Press Club spoke to my soul!

The Press Club was originally sandwiched between the Mercury Newspaper and Daily News smack in the middle of Durban. In the eighties, it was a haven for journos to grab a coffee or wolf down lunch between deadlines. The new and improved Press Club, at The Umhlanga Centre, pays homage to its wonderful history with little touches of yesteryear: newspaper print on the walls, clippings at the counter and (the best touch in my opinion) newspaper menus! The journo in me got so excited when I saw how the text was laid out like a newspaper and the meals were divided into ‘mains’, ‘features’ and the like…okay, I’m getting dorky now. Let’s talk about the food! The menu is a foodie’s treasure trove – curries, wraps, sandwiches and the pies and chips that made the original Club famous. Lorinda, Kubashni and I left our empty tummies completely in the hands of Brett Sklarchik, who did not disappoint.

We started off with two salads: the Asian Chicken and Prawn and Bangkok Chargrilled Beef. I am not a salad fan but my mind was swiftly changed! Lorinda and I loved the beef – a seared fillet chargrilled with an oriental dressing… the combination of soy sauce, coriander, chilli and garlic was gorgeous. The meat itself was medium rare, tender and tasted unbelievable. The chicken and prawn salad was served in a crisp cup of lettuce, but I was mainly interested in the lemon and herb prawns…heaven!

Brett insisted we try the dukkha lamb chops, which were on the daily special menu, and I’m so glad he did. Each of us took a chop and dealt with it seriously. I mean, seriously – we gnawed on those poor bones until every bit of the exquisite crumbing was gone. We had to ask what the chops were done in – although Brett wouldn’t give his kitchen secrets away, we managed to find out that it’s a seed and nut crust with a few secret spices. Yummy! Our mains – a mild beans curry – was a nice surprise. It was not your typical Durban curry (you know those ones that have you sprinting for a glass of water?) but still tasted great. Soft broad beans and melting potatoes chilling in a cream-based, mild sauce…a party in my mouth, for sure.

Like any sane women, our highlight was the dessert. Lorinda and Kubashni checked out the array of tempting confectionaries displayed outside the restaurant and decided they weren’t leaving without tasting a slice of the chilli chocolate tart. This dessert really intrigued me – I’d kill for anything chocolate so I was already half sold – but the chilli added a delicious twist. We loved that the heat takes a second to kick in, like a quirky aftertaste on the chocolate. We also tried a chocolate lava pudding – ohhh my hat! The soft, hot, moist chocolate cake was amazing enough until liquid chocolate poured out of the centre…sigh. Our last dessert (yes, we had three – we were on deadline – don’t judge) was a real treat. A layer of lemon poppy seed topped with a layer of custard and finished with chocolate sauce. The flavours combined and danced on my palette quite nicely. After my afternoon at The Press Club I am sold!

I can’t wait to go back and try the rest of the menu, or attend one of their now famous curry nights…okay, when can I go back?

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umhlanga Beauty Review

Words Jodi Van Wyk

Spoils at Nailworks Distribution

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he fairy godmother of fashion, Coco Chanel, famously said that a girl should be two things: classy and fabulous. The finishing touch to any glamorous ensemble is a good manicure; it makes a girl feel polished and totes put together. The girls at Nailworks Distribution understand exactly that. Owner Nadleen Singh spends her days popping in and out of the Umhlanga Rocks store and sourcing the absolute best in international nail products to add to the Nailworks brand. Walking into the store is like waltzing into heaven (if you’re a nail technician). The shelves are crammed with everything you could possibly need for a manicure and waxing, and some tantalising extras. Resident nail technician Lisha Dewduth has recently joined the business, providing express gel and acrylic manicures and one-hour gel and acrylic pedicures.

We had two gel manicures and a pedi, and we were really impressed with how quick the procedures went. Lisha used an all-in-one gel polish unique to Nailworks, which does not require a base or top gel coat and shines brilliantly (it’s also chip-resistant…score!).

It leaves an ombre effect on your nails – so cool!

As if getting your nails done isn’t enough of a spoil, Nadleen dishes out free gifts to each client. We were given a cute goodie bag with a buffer, emery board and Nailworks nail colour, and a stylish tote bag. “When I got my nails done I hated how long it took and that the mani didn’t last as long as I wanted. Our products cut down on time without compromising quality.” says Nadleen.

Another time-saving feature from Nailworks is self-levelling acrylic and gel paint, which speeds up painting and drying time. The polish only takes 15 minutes to apply and is light and comfortable on your nails.

Nadleen is aiming to bring about a nail revolution with her exclusive range of polishes including glass gel, a technique that uses foils to impose patterns on gel polish, crushed velvet gel polish and chameleon gel polish – which works with your body temperature to change the colour of your nails.

Glitter gel is another new nail phenomenon. This one lasts between eight and 10 weeks without chipping and can be used as a build or overlay.

“We are looking forward to expanding and opening up our beauty side. We’d love to have a steady client base doing their nails with us. Our mission is to keep all nail technicians up to date with the latest trends and products,” says Nadleen. I loved the relaxed atmosophere and checking out all the girly merchandise. A nail tech’s dream!

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Meet the Fabulous Words Jodi Van Wyk

Fab Mags Team

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he Umhlanga Magazine is a favourite in the community, often disappearing as

soon as we drop them off! But have you ever wondered who the faces are behind the glossy pages of The Umhlanga? Well, you’re in luck – since it’s the season for giving, we decided to give you a sneak peek behind production – meet our slightly unhinged but totally lovable team (which seems to have an obsession with flying) Welcome to the world of Fab Mags!

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What would people be surprised to know about you? I'm the best friend you’ll ever have, if we take the time to invest in each other. I'm a long term commitment type person; friendships are for a lifetime. I'm not really good at superficial interactions (but that is why I have Justin - he is amazing like that, friendly with every person he meets). What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My husband, my kids, my animals, and my photo albums (they are irreplaceable).

Lorinda Scott Boss Lady – the brains behind Fab Mags and the resident oracle. Mother of four (including husband). What is your nickname? Lorinda, Babe, Mom, Lolls. What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Take the moaning dogs out, put the kettle on, then mosey on upstairs to wake up the husband and the kids, unless it is Nov/Dec crunch time, then I’m up at 5am working!

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? Besides my family and God water, potatoes, my long colourful nails? If you could invent anything, what would it be? Something that would make me enough money to retire now and live comfortably into the future. What that is… well now if I knew that, I’d not be here working, I’d be retired on a beach now somewhere, would I not?

What would people be surprised to know about you? It’s not really a surprise but I am terrified of moths.

Justin Scott

What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My family, they are really all that counts. Everything else can be replaced.

Boss Man – the creative force that keeps Fab Mags in front…and the voice of reason (he thinks so).

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? Sunshine and blue skies, being connected, lifelong friendships

What is your nickname? I’ve had a few but the one that seems to have stuck over the years is Scotty. Not often used but it’s the closest to a nickname I have.

If you could invent anything, what would it be? I did, it’s called MySlips (www.myslips. co.za). It sorted out a problem that drove me mad.

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If you could have any super power, which would you want? Any power with more than one set of hands would be good!! What’s your hidden talent? I work hard, I don’t give up and I believe I can do anything I set my mind too... (except giving up those darn potatoes ...) What do you want to be when you grow up? Funny enough, exactly who I am now. I am in a happy season, where I'm comfortable with who I am and where I am. Maybe, just maybe, at 50 or 60 I’ll become a beach bum though? I’ll travel the world and see every beach along the way, I don’t know, sounds kinda cool.

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? I guess I'm a long term kinda person, so

What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? It’s nothing deeply profound or insightful…I head downstairs and figure out who is making kids’ lunches and morning tea, between my wife and I. My brain starts turning fairly soon after waking up so to do lists tend to occupy me as well.

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for me, a superficial dinner with someone famous ain’t my thing. So it would have to be dinner with my mom and motherin-law, a good glass of wine, a good roast meal with potatoes and good conversation, now long overdue since they both spend their days in heaven.

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? Mahatma Gandhi, Robin Sharma and Bono If you could have any super power, which would you want? Flying….that would just be awesome. What’s your hidden talent? Being able to take an idea (only some) and turn it into a reality – it’s a talent that has needed refinement over many, many years but I think I’m good at it. After that I hand it to Lorinda who is great at maintaining it. What do you want to be when you grow up? I have to grow up? Never.


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Lucille Wendler Meet The Ballito sales guru and resident office timekeeper – you will never be late when Luce is around!

What is your nickname? Lulu to my friends and family and Lu to my husband. What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Give love to my family. Our animals come for early morning snuggles and then it’s all four of us on the bed: hubby Moz, Devi Dog and Felix Cat. After our snuggles I’m ready to take on the world. What would people be surprised to know about you? I hate public speaking. Don’t confuse my loud mouth with the ability to speak to crowds. What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My family. All the material things can be replaced. Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? People (I would not be me, without people), potato chips and the outdoors. If you could invent anything, what would it be? Patience in a bottle most people, including me, need more patience.

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? My father. I would give everything to share another meal with him. If you could have any super power, which would you want? Compulsion- I love getting my way, this way everyone I compel will have to do what I say. What’s your hidden talent? This was a really hidden talent. Most people who know me know that my husband is the chef in our house and they get told how I can’t cook. But in six years, I have learnt a lot and now you can leave me alone in the kitchen. My best meal I can make is a proper Indian curry (taught by the best, Kubashni) What do you want to be when you grow up? Career wise - CEO of Fabmags (Watch out Justin!!! LOL...) In my personal life- An excellent wife, loving and caring mother to Devi and my little babas, a good friend and over all, loving and caring to everyone I meet.

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What is your nickname? Jo. Or Jojo, if I like you enough.

Just let it straighten my hair while I chill. Come on!

What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Have a deep, meaningful conversation about life with my congress of teddy bears.

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? My paternal great-grandmother, Margaret Elizabeth van Wyk…never met her, but I’m intrigued!

What would people be surprised to know about you? I drive like Lewis Hamilton on steroids. What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My sister. I like her.

Jodi van Wyk The newest member of FabMags – journo, content co-ordinator and too cheeky for her own good.

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? My cellphone, skinny jeans and my boyfriend, LJ. If you could invent anything, what would it be? A hands-free, voice-activated GHD.

What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Have a cuppa green tea. What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m extremely afraid of heights and I actually have curly hair, although you’ll never catch me without my hair straightened. What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My phone and my GHD!

Sharlene Odayar Meet the sales lady with a sugary smile… and a debt collector with a serious bite. What is your nickname? Sharlz, Sharluu, Sharliss.

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Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? First and foremost my better half (Mr Odayar), my siblings my Labello. If you could invent anything, what would it be? Develop a robot with washing hands for my hair, without me doing anything …

If you could have any super power, which would you want? I want to fly! So I don’t have to sit in Ballito traffic. What’s your hidden talent? I could give Mariah Carey a run for her money. Really. I’m Idols ready. What do you want to be when you grow up? A minion. Bah!

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? Charles Michael Davis (Marcel) from the series Originals – YES please! If you could have any super power, which would you want? To read people’s minds, would be SO cool. What’s your hidden talent? I can actually bake! What do you want to be when you grow up? A Smurfette.


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What is your nickname? Honey What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Press the snooze button for another five minutes. What would people be surprised to know about you? I love driving fast cars…like a Lexus RCF What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My wallet and Cloud Nine hair iron.

Kubashni Nagapah The Umhlanga’s gorgeous sales rep – uber stylish and an awesome chef!

The perky designer for The Ballito magazine – sassy, only when content is outstanding!

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? Freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela If you could have any super power, which would you want? Healing, to help the ease the pain of people suffering from serious illnesses.

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? Chubby – my adorable sausage dog, Suncoast – feel the beat, My Cloud Nine and Stila powder.

What’s your hidden talent? Well, I can cook up a storm!

What is your nickname? Katie.

If you could invent anything, what would it be? I don’t know... haven’t invented it yet

What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Hit the snooze button.

Kate Ahrens

If you could invent anything, what would it be? A robotic masseuse

What do you want to be when you grow up? A rockstar.

What would people be surprised to know about you? I’m a little bit of a nerd and have my fair share of awkward moments.

You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? Hmmm... I would have to say Jennifer Lawrence, she’s my favourite actress and I love her sense of humour.

What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? My laptop, my whole life is on that thing!

If you could have any super power, which would you want? Telekinesis.

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? Technology, ice cream and the beach

What’s your hidden talent? It’s a secret What do you want to be when you grow up? A Jedi!

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What is your nickname? Blobs... lol What is the first thing you do when you wake up every morning? Scratch my #@*$ … LOL, only kidding – I have to have a glass of water. What would people be surprised to know about you? I actually pray almost every morning and afternoon. What’s the first thing you’d grab in a fire? Pack of marshmallows.

Daniel Rambaly The longest standing staff member and designer for The Umhlanga.

Name three things you absolutely cannot live without? Clean pair of boxers, my glasses and toilet paper.

A few FAB Facts • Currently publish 13 different magazines. • The owners are a FAB husband and wife team. • Lorinda started this publishing business with 1 small mag, Seaward Press 8 years ago • We are the largest independant publishing house in KZN

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If you could invent anything, what would it be? That’s easy…a Time Machine! You can have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive. Who would it be? I would actually like to get sloshed with Adolf Hitler & Mahatma Gandhi... Now that would be fun! If you could have any super power, which would you want? To fly, save on plane tickets. What’s your hidden talent? If I tell you, it wouldn’t be hidden now, would it! What do you want to be when you grow up? A Freedom Fighter!!


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Hazbat Inavat Khan once said: ‘Some people look for a beautiful space. Others take the space and make it beautiful’. The art of interior design is just that: an art. We sat down with a unique Umhlanga

Words Jodi Van Wyk

businessman who has taken the science of beautiful things and turned it into an art form.

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veryone loves collecting beautiful things. In every space we occupy – our cars, desks and especially our homes – we spread a bit of ourselves in the space, adding special touches through interior design. Each individual’s collection of beautiful things is unique. One could have a penchant for lamps, quirky clocks,

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matching tablecloths or even lace curtains. But there is that insatiable desire to be surrounded by items that add wonder and beauty to your space. Umhlanga businessman Faramaz understands exactly that! The warm, friendly owner of Pars Art on Palm Boulevard is a firm believer in giving you the best in beauty for your home. Born in Iran, Faramaz smiles whimsically

when asked what brought him to the sunny shores of South Africa….and says: “destiny, my darling.” He was in the business of buying and selling Persian carpets for years, when he saw a gap in the market in the highend Umhlanga area. “Slowly, I started sourcing pieces of art and items of furniture and bringing them here. Thus, Pars Art was born.”


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into your home.” Another unique facet of the business is that it caters for any taste and any pocket. “We’ve got modern, classic and vintage. Our prices are varied, but buying something for a slightly lower price does not mean I compromise on quality.” Faramaz is a hands-on business owner. “I believe, to be a successful businessman, you must know what your clients like. You must be able to provide for any need they may have. I have long talks with the clients, to find out what they like and how best we can help them. I will not let people buy things unnecessarily. If I feel your home does not need the piece you are looking at, I will tell you that and we will try something else.”

The split level store is dripping with eye-popping pieces, from sparkling chandeliers that twinkle and wink, to stunning antique lounge suites, to art deco style mirrors and breath-taking pieces of art. And the best part? Most pieces are either part of a very limited range or totally once-off. “If you buy a

piece from us, you will be the only person who has it in your home.” Pars Art – loosely translated in Iranian – means ‘the art of Persia’. Faramaz sources his pieces from his homeland, Iran and Italy and Holland. “It is such a joy for me to share those cultures with South Africa. It is like bringing a piece from that country

But the service does not stop there, Pars Art has an in-house decorator who will visit your home personally. Desiree Haug has a keen eye for the finer things. “She will help you select your piece and we come to your home, free of charge, to place it and make sure it looks beautiful.” And Faramaz’s most valuable business advice: LIKE your business! “That’s the difference here. I don’t come in to work and sell beautiful things because I want to make money. I do it because I love to beautify places and I like the business.”

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Christmas Gifts Christmas on a budget is not always the easiest! So this year why not join the trend and make something for that special someone? Here are some fun and easy gifts to try out this Christmas.

Tassel bracelets Tassel bracelets are easy to make and are very fashionable these days so, if you’re thinking of a nice gift for your friends, pick your favourite colour combinations, save some moola and try these out!

Tools and Materials: • • • • • • •

Embroidery thread Chain (long enough to go around your wrist) Fold-over crimp ends Jump-rings Clasp Earring wire (if making earrings) Pliers and scissors

Dirtections 1. Wrap thread around your fingers several times to make a bundle. 2. Place one end of the bundle in the fold-over crimp end. Use the pliers to close the crimp end. 3. Trim the bundle and even out the ends. 4. Attach the fold-over ends onto a jump-ring and add to one end of the chain. Add the second jump-ring and clasp to the other end of the chain. 5. You can also string the tassels and jump-ring onto a necklace or attach to fine wires to make earrings. Have fun!

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Pressed herb candles With load-shedding always hitting us hard during the December period, one thing that you can never have enough of is candles! So this holiday why not make your own and share with all your friends?

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Glass jars 1 block of beeswax (I used 1 ½ blocks to make two candles) Wick Pressed flowers or herbs (100 percent dry) Clean, empty tin can and a saucepan 1 old paintbrush (that you can throw away afterwards) An old knife Cutting board

Directions 1. On the cutting board, use the knife to chop the wax into smaller chunks that will fit into the empty can. 2. Place a few chunks of wax into the can (or double-boiler, place the can into the pot and add 5cm of water. Heat on medium until the wax is melted, then lower the temperature until the water calms to a simmer. 3. Dip the brush into the melted wax and apply the pressed flowers to the inside of the jar. Bear in mind that the flowers won’t stay completely put when you pour in the wax, but this will help them stay towards the outer edges. 4. To anchor the wick, dip the metal end of the wick into the melted wax and lower it to the bottom of the jar. The melted wax will make the wick adhere to the bottom. 5. As the wax melts, add more chunks until the can is nearly full. Once the wax is completely melted, use an oven mitt to very carefully remove the can from the water and slowly pour the wax into the jar. Depending on the size of your can, you will probably have to melt more wax. Repeat these steps until the jar is full. 6. To keep the wick from sinking, gently tie it around a pencil or chopstick. Allow the wax to cool completely. Trim the wick to ½cm before burning and always remember to keep the candle in sight while it’s lit.

Infused Olive Oil Struggling to find a gift for mom? If she likes to cook, this homemade olive oil could be the way to go!

Tools and Materials • • • •

1 tbsp red chili flakes 1 to 2 whole, dried Thai chilies 1 cup olive oil 500ml glass bottle with cork

Directions 1. 2.

3. 4. 5.

Pour chili flakes into your glass bottle. Set aside. In a saucepan, heat olive oil until a few small bubbles start forming. (If your oil starts smoking, take it off the stove and allow it to cool for 10 minutes.) Carefully pour warm oil into the bottle over the chili flakes. Don’t overfill. Cork the bottle and store in the refrigerator. Serve with bread, drizzled over salads, or in everyday cooking.

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Kids on Christmas

Words Jodi Van Wyk

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t’s the most wonderful time of the year…especially according to the littlest people at the Christmas table. We decided to visit Umhlanga College and Atholton Primary to hear what a few cuties had to say about Christmas, what’s on their wish lists (Lego seems to be very popular) and – of course – give us details on Santa’s whereabouts!

Have you seen Santa Claus? Yes, at my house!

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Kasey Russouw Grade 1

What is Christmas? big tree. When I put things on our Christmas?

us? Have you seen Santa Cla e. com ll he’ r yea this ybe Ma

Sphumelele Nene Grade 1

Huven Moodle y Grade 1

What is Christmas? Shopping!

What is Christm as? When I share my toy

What do you want for Christmas? A scooter, to go anywhere I want.

What do you want for Christmas? An SS Ton Gladiat or. That’s Hashim Amla’s bat.

Have you seen Santa Claus? At the North Pole, sure.

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Santa Claus? Have you seen t him. I’d like to mee

What do you want for An electric scooter.

What is Chri stmas? A day to help others.

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Have you se en Santa Clau s? Not yet. He’s coming.

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cobo Kwandiwe Ng Grade R

What do you want for Chri stmas? A snow glob e.

Have you seen Santa Claus? He keeps his presents at my house.

Have you seen Santa Claus? No. He won’t visit.

as? What do you want for Christm y. doll A wax

nta Claus? Have you seen Sa me presents. He’d better give

What do you want for Christmas? Wax crayons.

What do you want for Christm as? A soccer ball.

What is Christmas? It means I eat a big pork.

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What is Christmas? The day I get presents.

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Aaliyah Karodia Grade R

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Have you seen Sa nta Claus? I’m going to get him this year.


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stmas? want for Chri What do you e Console. Flo’s Caffein s? en Santa Clau Have you se here. Yes. Somew

What is Christmas? When we eat cookies for Father Christmas.

Kewan Naidoo Grade R

What is Christmas? When we go to church really, really early.

What do you want for Christmas? A big gun.

What do you want for Christmas? A goldfish. And a Siamese fighter.

Have you seen Santa Claus? He keeps coming to find me in Gateway.

Have you seen Santa Claus? At the shop. He likes shopping.

Dumiso Simelane Grade 1

Kwanda Twal a Grade R

What is Christmas? When Dad calls me to decorate the house.

What is Christm as? When I get toys. Whoa. Lots of toys. What do you want for Christmas? A teddy bear. Plea se. Have you seen Sa nta Claus? At my old school. Why hasn’t he co me here?

What do you want for Christmas? A Lego City Race.

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stmas? What is Chri ople presents pe ve gi I When with ribbons.

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Noah Fehse nfeld Grade 1

What is Christm as? Jesus’ burf-da y.

What do you wa nt for Christmas ? A Star Wars Le go box. Have you seen Santa Claus? In my small sc hool. He gave m e a compass.

Sophie Potterton Grade 1 What is Christmas? Not much, hey. A roast chicken? What do you want for Christmas? A Beatrix Doll. Have you seen Santa Claus? He sneaks into my house. Tsk.

Morgan Nel Grade 1

? What is Christmas ople talk lots with pe big the When all e Oupa. food. We always los What do you want A keyboard.

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What is Christmas? s and mum doesn’t When we go our cousin shout. What do you want for Lego.

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Nutella popsicles These Nutella popsicles are made with just two ingredients. They taste a bit like a chocolate Paddle Pop but you can make them at home and the kids will love them.

Ingredients • 1 cup full cream milk • 1/3 cup Nutella

Directions 1. 2. 3. 4.

Did you Know? • Venus is the only planet in the solar system that rotates clockwise, whereas all other planets rotate anti-clock wise. • Did you know; rabbits and parrots can see what is behind without turning their heads. • Hands and feet have more than half of the bones in the human body. • Just like humans finger prints, dog’s nose prints are unique and can be used to identify the identity of dogs. • The human eye has the ability to identify and differentiate over 10 million colours. • The goosy security! – Geese are used as a security guard in a prison in Brazil! How cool is that?

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Gather all ingredients and popsicle moulds. Place the milk and Nutella in a blender and blend until thoroughly combined. Pour into a popsicle moulds. Freeze and serve

Why are ghosts bad liars? Because you can see right through them What dog can jump higher than a building? Any dog, buildings can’t jump! What has four legs but can’t walk? A chair!!!!!!!!!!!


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e are very excited to have Madame Zingara back in Durban. If you have not experienced this for yourself yet, don’t miss out, you have to go! From the fantastic food to the fabulously amazing tent venue, fun and quirky waitresses service and then of course just being transported into another world for a good 4 hours. You forget you are sitting in the Suncoast parking lot. Madame Zingara returns to Durban with their sensational After Forever Tour. The dinner-cirque sensation promises to dazzle with an exhilarating new show, a decadent new menu and a

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mesmerising new interior. All the magic you’d expect from South Africa’s ultimate night out, plus a little extra. Housed in one of the last remaining antique mirror-tents in the world, the new interior takes the theme of an enchanted forest, while audiences can expect the best of never-seen-before local and international acts. The passion of red hot Argentinian Gauchos, the poise and grace of the Russian bar, the jawdropping Guinness World Record holding Icarian foot jugglers and mesmerizing aerial acts of strength and agility take the stage, along with the hilarious antics of Hot Mr C and his mischievous companion, the Absinthe Fairy. Madame Zingara’s very own


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songbirds, The Specifics, will be belting out all-time favourites throughout the night, while guests are taken on a culinary journey with a delectable four course meal. “We are so excited to be returning to Durban after being away for over two years. It’s the great people, amazing weather and the warm welcome we receive from KZN that makes it our favourite city to be in - our staff absolutely love it. The After Forever Tour showcases some incredible new acts that Durban has not yet seen before - it’s an experience not to be missed.” Madame Zingara For Bookings T:086 162 3263 | A: www.madamezingara.com

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Focusing on

2015

words Justin Scott

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t feels odd to be thinking about how we’ll tackle the new year that lies ahead of us when we are still in the throes of finishing up this one, but by the time you read this article, you’ll hopefully be deep into your end-of-year break and building up an appetite for the year ahead. My approach to each new year hasn’t changed from those in an article that I wrote a year or two back, the essence of which was that we shouldn’t be planning our lives on a year-by-year basis driven by resolutions that we seldom fulfil and which empty out our integrity account. Planning, in essence, is strategy and strategy is about taking a long-term view of our intent and purpose and then coming up with smaller, achievable goals that can be pursued and adjusted to make them happen.

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So if I’m not going to talk about the 10 ways to make your dreams come true in 2015, or how to go from beggar to billionaire in six easy steps, what exactly am I going to tell you to focus your attention on for the new year? Here it is. To use an analogy, if you’ve set a game plan or vision for yourself (read striving to fulfil your purpose) and we equate this to a winding road that you follow, then you need a set of virtues to be your barriers to help you not to drift off purpose or path. There are tons of those, but the best ones that I’ve come across in my years of reading and learning are covered below. Wealth without Work The expression ‘time is money is’ founded on sage wisdom. One of the applications of

this advice is to understand that, without investing time and effort, wealth cannot be created. Ideas and get-rich-quick schemes to generate easy wealth generally result in wasted and lost time which, at best, will set you back in achieving your long-term goals and, at worst, will see you worse off than when you got distracted. Even if you do happen to stumble across wealth without difficulty, it is the hard work that develops the appreciation and it is the appreciation that drives gratitude, which ensures that wealth is maintained and not squandered. Seeking Pleasure without Conscience This is self-explanatory and has a sting in the tail. Pleasure without conscience has consequences and the impact of these consequences will result in a detour from


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The Game is won at the Practice, not during the performance understanding, we cannot seem to change the way that we think and live. That change is brought about by character and the application of knowledge pertinent to the real challenges in our life. Business without Ethics Whether you run your own business or are employed, you’ll find that some of your goals will involve your career or your business and doing business with integrity and ethics is becoming harder than ever before. We have to question whether we can deem a goal reached if we’ve done it at the expense of our personal integrity or morals.

your long-terms goals and achieving your purpose. Don’t let this distract you from what you want to achieve. The common thinking here is, ‘What’s in it for me?’ Which seeks short-term reward or gain without thinking of the long-term impact. Look for symbiotic and not parasitic experiences and engagements. Knowledge without Character As Martin Luther King, Jr put it, we live in a world of ‘guided missiles and misguided men,’ where few technical problems are too complex to solve, but where we find it impossible to cope with the most basic of life’s challenges. In our more lucid moments we see that we are doing great harm to ourselves and our planet but, somehow, for all our intellectual

Opinion without Principle Life in a small town can be fraught with perceived politics and opinion. Since opinion is your belief, or judgement, rested on grounds insufficient to produce complete certainty, we have to be sure that our opinions are, at the very least, grounded on and voiced from strong principles. Principles are foundational and if we pursue purpose and goals on strong foundations, as opposed to flimsy opinion alone, we are likely to be drawn into debate — or even argument — which again steals time, energy and focus. As I have said, there are many virtues that we can address but these, for me, are good ones to focus on in the year ahead. Remember to set goals that are purposedriven and are time-centric, but not timefocused. Apply these or other solid virtues to keep you on track and ensure that you don’t trip yourself up in the year ahead.

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By Sean Temple | www.fluxmotion.net

Simple rules To follow this season: 1. Try keep alcohol intake down. It’s just safer for all on the roads and if you are going to indulge, try drink water between each drink. 2. Try eat half the plate of food that you planned to eat at the work and family functions lined up. A general rule is that often the sensation of hunger is actually one of thirst. Try drink a large glass of water, wait 20 minutes and then if still hungry, eat something complex like nuts, lean meat protein, avo or sweet potato. 3. If you don’t exercise or are a mad exercise junkie, try something new and if there is one thing I believe people need to do more of, it is to stretch and be more mobile. Try pilates, yoga, gymnastics or aerial yoga. These, or anything new, offer a new mental stimulation and invigoration before you head off on holiday and into 2015.

Be festive Because you can!

Words Sean Temple

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write to you midway through a business trip that has spanned Limerick in Ireland, London in the UK, Toulon in France and Dubai in the UAE. Currently I am here in France, working alongside Flux France (owned by French International Freddie Michalak). We, at Flux Fluid Motion, are looking at partnering with some incredible people and institutions globally to bring, what we believe, is a wonderful opportunity to share in a form of training that covers all people across all cultures. This trip has served to remind me that no matter where you go in the world, the questions are all the same around fitness and diet. It also got me realising that the hospitality and generosity of my hosts is so appreciated. Such kind people abound and I am thankful for that blessing. Now it is never said to be easy - nothing is - but if you work harder and longer, are diligent and attentive, passionate and caring, you

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will make an impression. The rest, they say, is history. The same applies for every walk in life. I will concentrate on fitness. The way that 2014 has flown by, means that your New Year goals, unless set in stone, will have been and gone. What to do then, before we start the mad season, is to try and look at 2015 as a goal. Start to define what you want out of your health and fitness. The world is now far more educated and understanding of fitness and nutrition than ever, however the glut of information flooding the internet has also created a form of intelligence based more on ignorant beliefs paraded off a Google Link read somewhere on an online gossip tabloid.

4. Be with family and friends, even better walk on the beach, chase a ball with your kids and dogs, create sand castles and enjoy what our East Coast summer has to offer. Long may we have those special people around to savour. One day they may not! 5. Smile at the person next to you in church, the cinema, the shopping queue or anywhere to be honest. A smile never hurt a soul and burns more calories than a frown. 6. Go to church. God is all around us and ask to appreciate all that has been offered to us. It’s amazing what a little appreciation toward our Saviour can bring! 7. Read a great book and switch the TV off some more, especially during the day. 8. Look up old friends that come to mind. Social media today has made that so possible that you can speak to someone on the other side of the world. 9. Appreciate 10. Stretch 11. Speak highly of anyone who deserves it, be silent on anyone who doesn’t. 12. Listen to old music, jump around and sing along. Even better sing in the shower. 13. Walk your animals, they love that so much.

I hope you all have an amazing and festive year end. It’s just a busy period, not a beginning nor an end. Treat 2015 as an opportunity to really step up and drive yourself toward your goals (Not anyone else’s, mind you!)

14. The size of the present is nothing compared to the meaning a present. 15. Tell yourself daily how incredible you are and what a difference you make to somebody.


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Location, Location… Location Management!

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its stature has grown as a solutions-focused organisation that, importantly, brings resources to the table. Clearly, our beautiful promenade and burgeoning commercial hub is no serendipitous event and we owe much to the UIP team for its dedicated efforts in realizing its goal of providing a quality managed area in which we can live, work, play and invest! So how have properties in the UIP precinct performed against the national average over the past 5 years? This is potentially an interesting mathematical exercise and one that can be deliberated upon for hours.

We’ve all heard the old adage “Location, Location, Location” when considering the purchase of property. Whilst there is much truth to this statement, quality management of a location is increasingly becoming a determinant of property growth. In 2007, Umhlanga Village was facing rising commercial vacancies attributed to growing urban decay and increased competition from the managed precinct on Umhlanga Ridge. This had the effect of severely impacting growth in commercial and residential property values in and around Umhlanga Village. Fortunately for property owners, businesses and holiday-makers alike, the Umhlanga Urban Improvement Precinct (UIP herinafter) has not only managed to stem this tide but it has also firmly re-established Umhlanga as one of the most desirable holiday destinations and property investment locations in the country. The Umhlanga Promenade UIP was founded in 2003 by Southern Sun. In 2007, in response to urban decay in the Village, Brian Wright was appointed to establish the Village UIP. Today, Brian heads up both UIP’s, which are operationally managed as one precinct that includes four adjacent managed areas spanning Umhlanga Lagoon in the North to Eastmoor Crescent in the South. The UIP has grown considerably over the past 6 years from a staff compliment of 5 people with

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a budget of R800,000 to over 70 staff members today with a budget of R7,5 million. This funding is 100% private and is provided by commercial and residential property owners in the area. As Brian enthusiastically explains, public spaces need to be well managed in order for an area to flourish. By well managed, he means creating public environments that deliver high quality experiences. He believes that quality public spaces tell a story – that people care – and that this has a profound effect on protecting and enhancing the value of investment in an area. One example of his philosophy of creating experiences can be seen in the Christmas lights soon to be erected in Chartwell Drive and Lighthouse Road at the entrance to the Village. Broadly speaking, the UIP has a dual focus. Firstly, to provide services on the ground in the form of cleaning, maintenance and security with a strong focus on green area development. The UIP also serves as a go-to point for service requests whilst providing credible and relevant news feeds from advisories to events. The UIP works with the municipality to ensure that public services are being performed to the required standard and then fills in the gaps where necessary. Secondly, the UIP is focused on lobbying the municipality for improvement in municipal services and investment in infrastructure. The organisation has embraced the municipality and

I pulled Deeds Office data for all sectional title units in Lagoon Drive, which have sold twice over the past 5 years (excluding outliers). By comparing each unit to its own prior sale price we get an accurate measure of growth and avoid the distorting effects of market composition. The average price growth over the period for these units was 8.8% per annum. By comparison, the FNB Property Barometer report quotes national growth over the same period as 5.9% per annum. Thus the growth performance of properties in Lagoon Drive exceeded the national average by 49% per annum. I strongly believe that the UIP is a significant contributor to the performance seen in this representative sample of properties. Thanks to its input, we enjoy a beautiful promenade, clean beaches and quality restaurants, which have been attracted to the area. These factors have a positive effect on the perception of the Village and thus on its property values. In addition, the fact that there are developments and upgrades to the precinct worth more than R5bn, either in construction or in planning, is a clear indication of the confidence in the Umhlanga Village property market. Clearly Umhlanga Village ticks all the checkboxes from a property investment point-ofview: Location, Location… Location Management!


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Located at Shop 15, Lighthouse Mall, Chartwell Drive, you will find a gem of a pub — The George! Popular with both young and old, this sports and beer-orientated pub is a great place to catch up with mates when you’re looking for a good time and great food. Here they believe that what makes their burgers top of the log is having the same person preparing them daily and it’s this consistent standard that is its lucky charm. Using only the freshest products and meticulous methods of preparation, they have created some extremely innovative burgers that simply scream, ‘Eat me!’ Serving over 15 burgers daily they are said to be the most popular on the menu! The patties are homemade, with meat sourced from Premier Meat, and what makes them unique is that the patties are stuffed with all sorts of unusual fillings. The most popular is the smoked mozzarella and jalapeno burger served with homemade relish, chips and salad. This lifechanging fare is a no-brainer for our top four!

Situated at Glenashley Corner, 40 Newport Avenue, Comics is one of those places that you just have to visit when you’re in the area! This quaint little restaurant has been around since 1995 and offers a range of different dishes, but what it has become best-known for is its simple — but amazing — burgers! The atmosphere here is super-relaxed and it’s a great place to grab an impromptu lunch or a much-needed kick-start after a good night. Made with fresh rolls and homemade 90-10 topside mince, flamed-grilled and basted with their very own secret-recipe BBQ sauce, the burgers are served with crisp lettuce, grilled onions and tomato. The bacon, avo and cheese burger is said to be the most popular and, after trying it, I can see why — with fresh ingredients and a juicy patty, what more does one need? Their slogan ‘You just keep coming back’ is a true reflection of the Comics brand and most customers return for more!

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Franks Speakeasy

Situated at 15 Chartwell Drive in the heart of the village, lies a steakhouse to be reckoned with! With a relaxed, modern feel, the Steak and Ale offers a complete dining experience, as well as ice-cold after-work drinks at the sports bar. With only the best top-quality free range minced steak from Dirk’s Meat Market, hand-moulded using only natural products to add to the flavour, this is one helluva burger! With over 30 burgers sold daily, it’s no wonder that these burgers were voted into the top four in Umhlanga. If you’re looking for the crème de la crème of burgers, try the bacon and cheese burger in a fresh bun, served with lettuce, tomato and gherkins and their special homemade burger sauce. Dished up with a portion chips and two healthy-sized onion rings, this burger is the answer to a ravenous hunger!

Mount Edgecombe’s hidden gem is definitely Franks Speakeasy, a restaurant and bar that aims to offer only the best food and drink in a venue that reminds you of times gone by. They only offer one type of burger, but that is more than enough as it is so good that it would hard to top it! Perfectly named the Franks Burger, it is a meal for a hungry man if there ever was one. The patty is definitely the hero in this burger. Almost the size of a woman’s fist, it is 25 grams of utter awesomeness made with 100 percent aged Angus A-grade forequarter beef from Mooi River. It is served pink in the middle on a char-grilled bun with homemade BBQ mayo, white cheddar and a mammoth side of spicy onion rings and chips — simple, but big and fantastic. Pair that with their craft beer and you have a pub lunch to write home about — it’s no wonder that they have such a loyal following of both men and women.

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he Cosmopolitan Restaurant at Urban Park Hotel is a clean, modern restaurant with an interesting and varied menu with quite a significant focus on spicy food, which was a flavour-filled treat! Head chef, Daryn Bowers, oversaw every detail of our meal and we were very impressed. We started with the Prawn Street Bhel (classic Mumbai street food), consisting of savouries with prawns, fresh onions and coriander, which was very different and tasty. We also tried the Ginger Bomb (prawns or chicken tossed in a spicy sauce packed with fresh ginger and served with naan bread), which was extremely tasty and the perfect size for a starter. This wowed us and we could not wait for the mains! Kubashni chose the Rogan Josh (lamb braised in a richly-spiced sauce of browned onions, yoghurt, garlic and ginger) and I had the Porterhouse Steak (250g of aged beef grilled to perfection and served with Mediterranean vegetables and potato wedges. Topped with crisp onion rings and natural jus), it was superb, tasty and with just enough edge to show that the chef loves what he does.

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For dessert I had the Chocolate Marguise (layers of chocolate sponge with rich chocolate mousse and served with honeycomb ice cream), which was beautiful and delicate, with spun sugar that it was almost too pretty to eat ... almost. It was light and tasty without being too rich to finish! Kubashni had the Custard and Berries (set vanilla custard topped with fresh berries and mixed berry ice cream), which she found to be the perfect end to her rich and spicy meal. Cosmopolitan also offers lunchtime specials, which we thought was a clever idea, and the food that came out of the kitchen looked amazing!

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The Oyster Box There is nothing quite like breakfast on the Oyster Box’s Ocean Terrace. You almost feel a bit decadent sitting by the pool, with its stunning views of the ocean, and a plethora of hot and cold dishes at your fingertips — could it really get any better? It may be on the pricey side for most of us, but it is a must-do for a special occasion when you can splurge a bit — it is so worth it! Starting with fresh oysters, fruit and a range of cheeses, you can move on to a gastronomic banquet of hot foods, ranging from the traditional bacon (two cuts if, you don’t mind) and eggs (done any way that you can imagine) with always popular pork sausages to Rogan Josh lamb kebabs, mince, sautéed mushrooms and potatoes and mouth-watering baked haddock in a creamy béchamel sauce. The menu changes daily, but everything on it is equally delish. Imagine not one, but however many platefuls that you want of all of this and more! And then, just when you think that you have reached bursting point, you are tempted by a number of pastries, frozen yoghurt, pancakes (just amazing) and waffles. My suggestion is that you don’t eat supper and instead head down to the Oyster Box at 7 a.m with a very hungry belly — as we did — and enjoy a slow, relaxed breakfast while you sip Champagne and orange juice till 10:30… A brisk stroll on the promenade to work it off might be in order afterwards, though! Tel: 031 514 5000

Wimpy La Lucia Mall La Lucia Mall is now home to a recently transformed Wimpy quick service restaurant. The new look is very modern and the diner-styled eatery screams classy chic, with its light wood cladding lending a really warm and inviting feel. It certainly shows the way for the rest of the franchise. Another ace up the sleeve of Wimpy La Lucia is the service. The waiters are jacked-up and always bright and cheerful, delivering good, reliable service. What we love about Wimpy — and I know that you feel the same — is that you always know what you getting, so we weren’t surprised when Wimpy was voted into our top four places to have breakfast. (I mean, who doesn’t love a good Wimpy brekkie!) Time, efficiency and price, plus good old traditional breakfasts to choose from! They recommended that we try their Mega Breakfast, which definitely lives up to its name with two eggs, three rashers of bacon, a 90g pure-beef patty, Wimpy relish (yummy), grilled onions and a small portion of chips. The breakfast was cooked to perfection and served exactly as we had requested and in record time — just what Wimpy is known for. Very happy tummies all around! Tel: 031 562 8480

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Vovo Telo

Situated in the Lighthouse Mall, Vovo Telo is no stranger to the local community who love it for its freshly-baked, amazing-tasting everything. It is also a firm favourite for delicious breakfasts that promote a bit of healthy living. The restaurant has a great ambiance and is always filled with laughter and chatter as the seats quickly fill up no, matter what time of the day it is. A must-try if you are looking for something light, healthy and yet ever so tasty that will keep you going till lunch time has to be the Surrey Hills Breakfast — a simple meal that has become a bestseller on the menu. It consists of homemade sourdough toast covered with a generous amount of Danish feta, slices of avo and a soft-poached egg served with a side of fresh rocket and blanched baby tomatoes with a drizzle of infused olive oil over the top. This is a truly refreshing, guilt free meal that you could easily make into a weekly — or daily — habit. Pair this with one of their killer cappuccinos and, in my book, you have a winning breakfast! Tel: 031 561 6593

Tasha’s

Situated at Gateway, this Greek-themed restaurant is another amazing eatery in the Tasha’s chain. Owned and flawlesslyrun by Aleko Manganas and his right-hand man, Murray Ewin, everything, from the faultless food to the on-the-ball servicewith-a-very-wide-smile is impeccable. In this busy mall, Tasha’s is the perfect place to get away from the crowds and relax in a laid-back contemporary restaurant. But the piece de résistance is definitely the food! Although we were only supposed to come for one dish, Aleko’s need to satisfy people’s tummies with a gourmet feast of Tasha’s favourites meant that we ended up having over four! The table’s favourite was the Bacon Rosti — a dish of epic proportions! Two immaculately cooked rostis (not oily) topped with streaky bacon, ovenroasted tomatoes, rocket and a poached egg finished off with the perfect forestiere sauce. It’s like taking your taste-buds on holiday and, with its sheer size and top-quality ingredients, it’s great value for money! We also tasted the simple, yet delish, Breakfast Royale — two poached eggs and hollandaise sauce on top of asparagus spears with a light lemon sauce, served with seeded health bread. It’s a nice healthy option that will keep you going till lunchtime! Other great dishes include Pimp My Toast, Forever Young and, for the health freaks, the Banana Breakfast. Tel 031 566 5209


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ur visit to Gianni's Ristorante in Ballito — which has the most amazing beach and sea views and on a clear day views all the way to Durban and the harbour entrance — was a truly excellent experience. We got the chance to chat to the owner, John Coburn, who is totally passionate about his restaurant. He knows the menu like the back of his hand and gets excited about the long list of must-try's. I was also very impressed with how fresh everything was — only the best of the best! For starters we had the Cozze Pot (mussels served with a white wine,olive oil, parsely and garlic sauce), which was prepared to perfection, and a decent portion size, and then we also had the best oysters that I have ever tasted, they were fresh, huge! For mains John insisted that we try the Seafood Platter and the Oven-baked Chicken and I am very glad that he did, as we were extremely impressed with both dishes. My platter was generous (a take-away was required).The crayfish was the perfect size for saying, ‘Yes! I have found the perfect spot for the best crayfish on the North Coast, plus the most amazing view!’ The entire platter was grilled to perfection and the prawns, fish and calamari were all very tasty —with 3 tasting sauces that just finished the platter perfectly, a definite must-do-again. Justin had the Half-Chicken Peri-Peri, perfectly basted and it was baked in the pizza oven and served with baked potato and vegetables. The 45-minutewait was well worth it, allowing us a leisurely chat as we watched the waves and reminisced about

the perfect place we live in — Ballito, of course — before the perfectly-cooked chicken arrived. Justin was enormously impressed — it was tasty and moist, with a fabulous flavour with just the right kick (but not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy it to the last bite). At the end of our meal, I tried the Mousse Al Cioccolata (chocolate mousse) with a very good cappuccino — the perfect way to end a fabulous meal. We also love the fact that John is actively pursuing the breakfast market. The one thing that we have always done wherever we go, is to breakfast on the beach and Ballito has been hugely lacking in that area — but not any longer! The breakfast options are small enough not be confusing, but varied enough to have options. The French toast served with

bacon and banana, topped with rocket and golden syrup, is a must-try, as is the Mama’s Breakfast (R25). The restaurant offers breakfast from 7.30a.m, a nice variety of lunch specials, pizza and a kids’ menu, plus an à la carte dinner menu. Families are most welcome, but there is no special kids’ area. It was interesting to note that nothing here is made in the same way as everywhere else. John has added his personal touch to everything and his vast travel and eating experience has been carried into his menu — and it shows. We had a superb experience at Gianni’s, where the food was great and the view even better. At weekends you need to book or you won’t get a seat (especially not one with a view)!

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n the next couple editions we will be carrying out surveys on our Facebook page in search of Umhlanga’s best. Each edition will feature something different, so vote and you could find your fave pizza, burger, coffee place, etc featured in our mag! In this edition we look at the four amazing cocktail restaurants in Umhlanga – these are the restaurants you voted for!

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A visit to Tasha’s is always a win when it comes to food, but I have to say that I think that I underestimated just how good they are when it come to cocktails! With their super-friendly wait staff and situation in such a popular area, this café turns into a bustling ball of energy at night while girlfriends and friends gather to enjoy great cocktails and great food. We started off our awesome exploration of the menu with my all-time favourite — a Strawberry Daiquiri and no, not the kind where strawberry syrup is used to make a crushed sweet, syrupy mess! This is the kind where, with every sip, your taste buds can detect fresh strawberries along with perfectly crushed ice and just the right amount of lime. Sticking to tradition, we tried their Mojito, which I found a lot more refreshing than those served at most places simply because everything is fresh and it isn’t packed with artificial sweeteners. Then, for something a bit different, I suggest that you try Tasha’s Cosmo, a delightful rendition of the original and quite amazing, made with fresh lime and cranberry juice. The Turkish Delight — vodka, rose cordial and fresh cranberry juice with a Turkish Delight in it is also a local fave. With the rose cordial and Turkish Delight flavours milling around together, it is a bit of an acquired taste, but it certainly does make for a really nice drink. Lastly, we tried the Pimms Cocktail, which is now my all-time favourite summer cocktail! In all its simplicity, it consists of Pimms, fresh slivers of lemon, orange, cucumber, strawberry and lemonade. It is refreshing, tasty and the flavours complement each other really well. Tel: 031 566 5209

Oyster Box Hotel It’s not by chance that when you picture yourself on a beautiful beach in Umhlanga that you see yourself on a lounger, with the most breathtaking panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and find yourself at The Oyster Box Lighthouse Bar. There can be no better place than the Lighthouse Bar for unwinding with exotic cocktails and great music. The team of skilled barmen, experts in mixology, have created unique signature drinks. We tasted four delicious amber-toned cocktails, which have become the stars of their drinks menu full of local flavour. Cucumber & Rosemary tonic - this was award winning for me, fresh but also flavourful at the same time. Made with tanqueray No. Ten gin shaken with fresh lemon juice, muddled cucumber wedges and homemade rosemary syrup, charged with tonic water. Next up was Umhlanga Shling- a naturally flavoured, fruit- forward cocktail with local cane muddled with fresh pineapple and mint, topped with crushed ice and mango juice, thereafter we had a haven of luxurious tranquillity the Negroni – Tanqueray* London Dry Gin, Martini Rosso and stirred with ice, served with a generous orange (yum). And lastly we had my favourite their signature cocktail the Basil Almond Delight a delicious blend of Ciroc vodka shaken with Amaretto, fresh basil leaves and cranberry juice, topped up with lemonade – a must try for something different and exquisite! Tel: 031 514 5000

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Elements Cafe Bar This chic restaurant and bar opens out onto a lower terrace with panoramic views of the ocean and a truly relaxed atmosphere. Walking in, I immediately felt comfortable and as if I could spend hours there just sipping drinks and hanging out with my girls. It has a sort of old-time charm with a fun but classy quality that really appeals to me. They’re famous for their wide selection of cocktails and their very helpful and friendly staff suggested that we try their four best-sellers. First on the list was the Beverley Hills 90210 — on the sweet side, but really delicious and flirty — made with Archers peach, lime triple sec, lemonade and fresh granadilla pulp. Next was a Strawberry and Cream Martini — a fun, fruity, dessert kind of cocktail made with vodka, strawberry purée, fresh milk and cream. For me, this was a dreamy dessert with a really nice kick — a must-have for anyone with a sweet and creamy tooth. Then came the ultimate top seller, the Clearly. Made with raspberry vodka, citroen vodka, triple sec, lime, lemonade and mixed berries, it makes a very pretty cocktail — but beware; she packs a tremendous punch. The trick to this cocktail, I found, was to let the ice melt just a tad and to drink from the rim so that the sugar adds a bit of sweetness and complements the mixed berries. While all the cocktails were very impressive, what really blew me away was the Apple Fumble… Made with gin, apple sourz, apple juice, triple sec and crushed mint, it is probably the most refreshing cocktail that I have ever had! All the ingredients work so well together to make it one classy and delicious drink. Tel: 031 561 2211

Remo’s Our Final stop of the evening was a very festive Remo’s in Umhlanga Village. We arrived to a restaurant packed with lively patrons and were immediately struck with the urge to dance! Remo’s was full of life and rearing to go for a big night ahead. We were shown straight to the bar where we sampled our first cocktail the Remo’s signature Aperol Spritz. This local fave consisted of Aperol, Prosecco and garnished with a slice of orange, it appeared as a light shade of orange and unexpectedly wasn’t sweet at all! This was a cocktail you can definitely have more than one of without getting overloaded by sugar, as well as being quite a classy drink. Next on our list was the classical Mojito! Remo’s definitely has this recipe nailed, the perfect balance of lime, mint, rum and sugar served over crushed ice, the only words I can use to describe it is “lip-smackingly-good” you really can’t beat a classic. Last but by far not the least was Sink The Pink, this is one for the ladies... Firstly its pink, it’s sweet and it packs a punch! Consisting of all the favourites Vodka, apple sours and Strawberry Liquor topped up with lemonade and a cherry to garnish. As a group of girls this was definitely a cocktail that screams “girls night out” so ladies looking for a night on the town? Look no further than Sink the pink! Remo’s is situated in the ever lively village, we danced, we jived and we ended our night with a bang! Remo’s, watch out, we’ll BE BACK! Tel 031 561 7143


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Gianni’s Words Lorinda Scott

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ur visit to Gianni's Ristorante in Ballito — which has the most amazing beach and sea views and on a clear day views all the way to Durban and the harbour entrance — was a truly excellent experience. We got the chance to chat to the owner, John Coburn, who is totally passionate about his restaurant. He knows the menu like the back of his hand and gets excited about the long list of must-try's. I was also very impressed with how fresh everything was — only the best of the best! For starters we had the Cozze Pot (mussels served with a white wine,olive oil, parsely and garlic sauce), which was prepared to perfection, and a decent portion size, and then we also had the best oysters that I have ever tasted, they were fresh, huge! For mains John insisted that we try the Seafood Platter and the Oven-baked Chicken and I am very glad that he did, as we were extremely impressed with both dishes. My platter was generous (a take-away was required).The crayfish was the perfect size for saying, ‘Yes! I have found the perfect spot for the best crayfish on the North Coast, plus the most amazing view!’ The entire platter was grilled to perfection and the prawns, fish and calamari were all very tasty —with 3 tasting sauces that just finished the platter perfectly, a definite must-do-again. Justin had the Half-Chicken Peri-Peri, perfectly basted and it was baked in the pizza oven and served with baked potato and vegetables. The 45-minutewait was well worth it, allowing us a leisurely chat as we watched the waves and reminisced about

the perfect place we live in — Ballito, of course — before the perfectly-cooked chicken arrived. Justin was enormously impressed — it was tasty and moist, with a fabulous flavour with just the right kick (but not so hot that you couldn’t enjoy it to the last bite). At the end of our meal, I tried the Mousse Al Cioccolata (chocolate mousse) with a very good cappuccino — the perfect way to end a fabulous meal. We also love the fact that John is actively pursuing the breakfast market. The one thing that we have always done wherever we go, is to breakfast on the beach and Ballito has been hugely lacking in that area — but not any longer! The breakfast options are small enough not be confusing, but varied enough to have options. The French toast served with

bacon and banana, topped with rocket and golden syrup, is a must-try, as is the Mama’s Breakfast (R25). The restaurant offers breakfast from 7.30a.m, a nice variety of lunch specials, pizza and a kids’ menu, plus an à la carte dinner menu. Families are most welcome, but there is no special kids’ area. It was interesting to note that nothing here is made in the same way as everywhere else. John has added his personal touch to everything and his vast travel and eating experience has been carried into his menu — and it shows. We had a superb experience at Gianni’s, where the food was great and the view even better. At weekends you need to book or you won’t get a seat (especially not one with a view)!

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n the next couple editions we will be carrying out surveys on our Facebook page in search of Umhlanga’s best. Each edition will feature something different, so vote and you could find your fave pizza, burger, coffee place, etc featured in our mag! In this edition we look at the four must try pasta places in Umhlanga – these are the restaurants you voted for!

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Circus Circus Gateway

Col’Cacchio Pizzeria

The always popular Circus Circus Gateway is definitely a hot spot for amazing breakfasts and lunches — a fun, vibey place to meet with friends and family. It’s no wonder that this eatery has made it onto our list of the top four places in Umhlanga for pastas. With so many decadent options, it was hard to decide just which one was the best, but in the end it was a tie between the Pasta e Gamberi Piccanti and the Pesto Chicken and Bacon Pasta. The Pasta e Gamberi Piccanti is a pasta that will tickle any real pasta-lover’s taste-buds. It’s a simple dish with prawns, chilli, mint, lemon zest and extra virgin olive oil all tossed together — fragrant and tasty. I loved the addition of mint, which lends a unique freshness which I had never tasted before or would even have thought of adding to a dish like this. All the flavours work together to create a tantalisingly light dish that is great for either an early or late lunch. The other must-try for a delicious fusion of flavours is the Pesto Chicken and Bacon Pasta, which is my kind of pasta — creamy and full of flavour, with a bit of richness and added body from the bacon and garlic mingling with the great flavours of the pesto. The Pasta al Fresco Crudo is another simple pasta and by simple I mean simply amazing! Diced ripe tomatoes, olives, dill, red onion, extra virgin olive oil, a hint of chilli and shaved parmesan. It’s a treat for the taste-buds, with just the right amount of sauce to be moist and flavourful but not so much that you get sauce slicked onto your cheek every time that you take a mouthful. The fresh basil and parsley also gives a fresh, easy-eating kick to the dish. I love the fact that at Circus Circus you can taste that everything is fresh and authentic — the best quality meals in great portion sizes. 031 566 3212

Known for its vast array of outstanding pizzas, the Col’Cacchio Pizzeria on the Palm Boulevard at Gateway hides a secret gem — their marvellous and very distinctive pasta dishes. I love this restaurant and everything that it stands for… quality food with fresh ingredients and unparalleled service. The relaxing atmosphere and impressive menu has earmarked this eatery as a must-visit for anyone looking for serious food that encourages you to stay a little bit longer and try a little bit more than you normally would. On our visit, we had the Crema di Gamberi, a prawn pasta worth a place on the podium of pastas that you cannot go through life without. Made with homemade pomodoro sauce (a fresh, Italian-style tomato base in which you can taste the authenticity and freshness) with cream, prawns and cherry tomatoes. Don’t let the simplicity of this dish fool you — it packs a powerful punch when it comes to flavour and, even though it is cream-based, it’s a surprisingly light meal. The prawns are A-grade quality, de-shelled and cooked to perfection. We also tried one of their top vegetarian contenders, the Funghi Bianco, which is an exceptional mushroom-based pasta made with exotic and flavourful mushrooms, cream, herbs and fresh, sliced Italian Parmesan. It’s just a divine option with minimal fuss about it. What I find impressive is that none of the dishes showed any oil residue at all. The passion that lies behind this restaurant is clear and the service makes you want to come back again and again. 031 584 6822

Aurelia’s Italian Restaurante

Situated at The Square, this Italian bistro is best-known for its relaxing atmosphere. It is set inside an attractive centre that offers a great, secluded vibe and is almost like a little community within a community — a great place to escape the masses. The menu is mouth-wateringly delicious and homely, with a great down-to-earth feel. The selection of pastas is vast, so only one choice was just not on the cards! They suggested that we try their top-seller, the Cajun Chicken Pasta, filled with yummy ingredients such as marinated Cajun chicken, peppers and mushrooms in a sinfully delicious creamy garlic sauce filled with spicy flavours from the Cajun-infused chicken — it’s like an Alfredo on steroids. If you are craving a non-traditional pasta, this is the way to go for a bit of Italian authenticity with a twist. We also tried their Chicken Polo Pasta, made with sliced chicken breasts and sundried tomato (a great addition which adds a really unique touch) in a creamy garlic and basil pesto sauce. Although it is quite rich, it’s a very tasty pasta, with a wonderful fresh flavour that tantalises the taste-buds. Here you get quality food at a quality restaurant! 031 566 7275

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Fego Café, Glenashley Located in the busy Glenore Centre, this venue is the hub for lunchtime eating in the area. Fego is a well-known brand that never disappoints. Known for good, quality food, it comes as no surprise that their pastas made it into our list of the top four pasta places. The pasta menu is a great mix of all the classics that make for excellent hearty meals. We had the Pollo Pasta, which was a first-class rendition of the original version with a great Fego twist. Made with tender chicken strips tossed in a creamy, homemade Napolitana and roasted pepper sauce, it is topped with roasted almonds, which is a nice addition to the original recipe and gives the pasta great depth plus a unique texture. Other great options that are also must-tries are the Pesto Pasta, with fresh basil, olive oil, pine nuts and parmesan, and the classic Alfredo, with ham, mushrooms and parmesan in a creamy sauce. 031 561 5855


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Restaurant Review umhlanga

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e were recently invited to come and experience the Beluga restaurant at Gateway. I like the fact that it’s on the outer edges of the Gateway shopping centre, which makes for an amazing dining experience. We were greeted by the friendly ladies at the front door (a really nice touch set by the Caviar group) and then Lesley, our waiter, showed us to our table. The restaurant is spacious but, even when filled to capacity, still seems intimate. The menu offers everything that you could possibly want without being so large that it overwhelms you. For starters we tried a number of different dishes — the Seared tuna salad, with baby leaves, avocado, sesame seeds and spicy Asian dressing, the calamari, which consists of spice-fried baby calamari with crispy pickled vegetables and a spicy peanut dressing, a roasted butternut and vegetable “tarte”, with cumin-infused, double milk feta, and the baby east coast crayfish, served with a lemon vinaigrette, sticky rice and ginger gastrique. It was all perfection on a plate! For mains we tried the asian prawn and chicken curry, with lemongrass, chilli, coriander, ginger, oyster sauce, the slow-braised shoulder of lamb, consisting of deboned and rolled lamb reduction , buttered mash and buttered vegetables, and I chose the ostrich, which is roasted with baby vegetables and potato croquettes, served with a beef reduction. Lesley was knowledgeable and explained to each person how best to enjoy their dish and “medium” for the ostrich was certainly the right choice. We also had the linefish, served with lemon beurre blanc, pickled vegetables and crushed potatoes, which was light and perfect. We also, of course, had to try the much-talked-about sushi. The blue plate, with salmon roses (four), seared tuna, tuna and salmon sashimi (six), rainbow rolls (six), California rolls (four),

tuna and salmon nigiri, was perfect sizewise. The sushi was fantastic and came at a fantastic price, too. To end this fabulous evening, we had the white chocolate beignets, consisting of Lindt white chocolate beignets, vanilla bean ice cream and butterscotch sauce, which was a perfect way to end the meal. We also had the simply ice cream, where the flavours change daily, served with caramel sauce and a pistachio biscuit, as well as the amazing vanilla creme brulee, with pistachio tuile and a mixed-berry coulis.

The food is fantastic, the service is superb and the kitchen is friendly and fast. Every order was perfect, even when we requested changes to the dishes. Beluga is also well-known for its cocktails, which are divine and also a decent size for you to enjoy — we loved the mango pina colada and the blood orange coconut mojito! If you’re looking for an alcohol-free cocktail, we thought that this sounded amazing — banana and white chocolate pina colada, with banana and white chocolate syrup, milk and condensed milk. I love the fact that you can see that the entire team loves what they do — they live and breathe Caviar and it shows in the food! Beluga is more than a restaurant; it’s a lifestyle — fun, happy and sexy! And we love it and highly recommend it.

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Food, Sun, Sea

At Circus circus Beach Cafe

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n a world where everything that we do is so fast-paced that we hardly get to look up and notice the beauty around us, we often miss the spectacular moments and places that surround us! Sitting at the Circus Circus Beach Café beneath the burning African sun, with my feet in the sand and a slight breeze coming off the ocean, I realized again how true this is. After a pleasant walk along the promenade, taking in the melting-pot of cultures and activities that this bustling city has to offer, we settled down at the Circus Circus Beach Café where we were lucky enough to snag a spot right on the beach. It was a spectacular day, so lunch with a view like that is almost impossible to pass up… Sitting there with pristine views of the ocean on one side and, on the opposite side, seeing families walking together, people running, biking, and skateboarding along the promenade makes this a really special place — it generates a sense of pride in your city as you think, ‘Look at what we have and what we can do!’ Inside, music is playing, people are laughing and, most of all, enjoying

themselves — the atmosphere here really can’t be beaten! We visited the restaurant on a Tuesday afternoon, but, if you had seen the restaurant filled to capacity, you would not have thought so. Going there and seeing what it is all about made me feel that every day at Circus Circus must feel like a weekend. I love that fact the restaurant is extremely family- and animal-friendly — so much so that they even bring out water bowls for the dogs. After soaking in our surroundings whilst sipping an ice-cold mint lemonade crush, which tasted similar to a mojito (minus the booze, but equally yummy), we ordered our mains. I wasn’t feeling up to a big, starchy meal so I had one of their most popular salads, the Cajun Chicken and Avocado, consisting of marinated grilled chicken breast, avo, cherry tomatoes, cucumber ribbons, julienned carrots and Cajun chilli dressing. It is a great light dish that keeps hunger at bay and the added bit of spice from the Cajun influence adds a great twist to the flavours. Other meals recommended as must-tries that were ordered were the

famous Circus Burger and Chips — 200g prime beef, gorgonzola, onion marmalade, avocado, crispy bacon, tomato relish and rocket. This burger isn’t playing around — it’s massive, packed to the brim, saucy and, oh, so delicious! Two women could easily share this and be quite satisfied. Then there was the Sticky BBQ Ribs — 500g pork spare ribs, marinated and chargrilled, served with French fries. There ribs are juicy, perfectly done so as to almost fall off the bone and the sweet-and-sour BBQ sauce is a winner. Ribs are often a scary choice because they are so often a disappointment, but I can confidently say that they are great here. Last, but not least, was the Symphony Platter — 12 grilled prawns, grilled calamari, fresh line fish and Cape Malay-style mussels served with savoury rice and lemon wedges. Yes, it’s more than a mouthful, but divine in every way possible. The seafood was fresh and the flavours were spicy and bold, but not overly rich. Everything was cooked the way good seafood should be cooked — to perfection! Of course, being a group of ladies, we just had to have dessert and the red velvet cake just called out to us, no matter how full we were, and they were delish. The food here is always fresh and full of flavour, whether you are there for breakfast, lunch or dinner. This is a great place to spend an afternoon, offering consistency in service and food. I also absolutely love the atmosphere of good ‘old-fashioned cuisine meets modern day’ set against the backdrop of urban vigour très chic, if you ask me!

T: 031 337 7700 | E: beachcafe@circuscircus.co.za | A: Shop 1, Snell Parade, Bay of Plenty, Durban

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Simply fabulous Words Lorinda Scott

at Mundo Vida Visiting Mundo Vida is a real treat — the view is just amazing and this is very definitely the kind of restaurant that you want to visit, screaming as it does, ‘We are a beach holiday!’ What you don’t expect, however, is the sheer sophistication of the food that you get to experience. Mundo Vida is a family-owned and run restaurant. It was started by Joni and the late Doni, a husband-and-wife team that have been in the restaurant business for many years. Joni now runs the front-ofhouse to perfection, with Duke, the head chef, who has a wealth of wonderful experience from all over the country including some of the finest local hotels. Duke has a real flair for food and there is nothing that he loves more than to create spectacular dishes that diners will never forget. He cooks with his heart and the food is well thought-through. He believes in keeping it simple and letting the beautiful natural flavours come out in the food. ‘Good food is good because you make it from scratch and do what you do well. How do you know that you’re on the right track? Simple, people keep coming back and new clients keep coming in,’ Duke says. ‘We always get positive feedback from patrons, even when they try new things.’ We started with a Truffled Cauliflower Cappuccino with Dukkah, which completely messes with your head soup in an espresso cup! We absolutely loved it. We then had the Norwegian Salmon Gravlax with horseradish, crème fraiche, prawn, orange, avocado, kataifi pastry, lime vinaigrette and mango chutney. This starter was out of this world! It had crunch and texture — it was fresh flavour all over the plate! I would order this for

a starter or main meal... or maybe even both. Justin had the Spicy Confit Duck Salad, with fennel bulb, red pepper, rocket, crispy noodles and an orange and sesame vinaigrette. He loved the freshness and the mix of duck and citrus really works! For mains we tried the Roasted Rack of Lamb, with salsa verde crust, butternut purée, polenta crisps, baby spinach, plum sauce and yoghurt dressing, and the Seared Norwegian Salmon, with almond and herb crust, sweet potato purée, ginger, sweet soya, tender stem broccoli

and soya beurre blanc. Again, this was the most astounding food experience and, at this point, we agreed that Duke is talented way beyond his years. Dessert was simply perfect — dark chocolate tart, dolce de leche, passion fruit, citrus and Chantilly cream. It was the perfect way to end the meal. Talk about a taste extravaganza! I highly recommend Mundo Vida if you are looking for a sensational taste experience. Obviously, they also provide the normal fillet-steak-and-chips kind of meal, but, guaranteed, it will still be a taste experience.

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night out at Barrio’s is a treatand-a-half, with excellent service and fabulous food. From the outset it is obvious that you will be having an authentic Mediterranean experience and, with so many wonderful tastes and traditions, this is one unique and lively restaurant.

meat is fall-off-the-bone tender and served in the traditional way). This was perfectly done and, as it should, fell off the bone as soon as my fork touched it — tender and tasty! And then we had the Seafood Platter for Two (fish, prawns and calamari), which was tasty, fresh and unpretentious. Love, love, love!

We started with more starters than we could eat, but the variety and the taste of each dish was just amazing. We thoroughly relished just how fresh and tasty the starters were and we particularly loved the Prawns (prince prawns seasoned and grilled in lemon

For dessert we had the Tiramisu, which was a large portion, with the flavours perfectly balanced, smooth and not overly rich — which meant the portion was devoured in no time. The Chocolate Mud Pie (steaming, melted chocolate and

The carefully selected dishes reflect the Mediterranean lifestyle — that dining is a ritual for the senses and intended as the sharing of flavours amongst companions, with the absolute necessity to pause for a moment and fully indulge and appreciate being alive butter), the Trinchado (beef strips in a tantalising, spicy marinade of tomato, garlic and chilli, served with toasted bread) and Shish Tawook (cubes of chicken breast marinated in lemon and yoghurt and grilled on a skewer) For mains we tried the Paella (a saffronseasoned rice dish, pan cooked with seafood and vegetables in the Spanish way) which was the perfect portion size, filled with seafood and with fabulous flavours. We also had the Arni Kleftiko (lamb shank slow-roasted for five hours in rosemary, garlic and lemon until the

peanut butter sponge topped with vanilla ice cream and drizzled with caramel sauce and shaved roasted almonds) was on the small side but, considering the richness and the intense flavours, it was actually exactly the right size. We had a truly fantastic evening out in a restaurant where all the staff looked happy, with salsa music and lessons in the background. Vibey and fun, we just loved the decor — it makes you want to visit the Mediterranean. In the meantime, though, take a few moments out at Barrio’s and enjoy —it is practically the same thing anyway!

T: 031 566 7456 | A: Shop 7, 12 on Palm Boulevard, Palm Boulevard Road, Umhlanga

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his quaint Italian restaurant at The Square centre is a real find. While chatting to the manager during lunch time, we discovered that the restaurant has many faces. It is perfectly suited to business lunch cum business meetings during the week and at night it transforms into the perfect place to get together, while on Sundays the area is packed with big family bookings, with kids running around the centre area. The menu is quite varied and not strictly Italian, which means that it suits most tastes. We started with Fegatini Di Pollo (Chicken livers sautéed in peri peri sauce with a side roll) which was hot and spicy!, Carpaccio Classico (thinly sliced Beef fillet topped with parmesan and balsamic vinegar reduction) and Gamberi Prawns (plump de-shelled prawns in a creamy garlic and cheese sauce baked in the pizza oven, topped with parmesan cheese). The dishes were all served perfectly. For mains we tried, as suggested, the Pasta Marinara, (Prawns, mussels, calamari in a creamy napolitana sauce) which was impeccably made and very tasty, and the Aurelias Fillet (Fillet stuffed with Brie cheese and topped with sliced avocado and served with a honey mustard sauce), although this is not a steak-house, the steak was cooked to perfection and was very tender and tasty — I am glad that it was recommended. We also tried the Pollo Piccante Pizza ( Mozzerella, cajun chicken, jalapeno chilli, peppadew and avocado) which is cooked in a wood burningoven which, in my opinion, is the only way to prepare pizza. The pizza was, predictably, very good. To end off, we had a perfect Crème Brûlée with a very good Cappuccino.

T: 031 566 6260 | A: 250 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, The Square w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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Healthy & Growing

y experience at the Fleur de Lis spa at the Coastlands Hotel was a real treat! The moment that you walk in you will find a welcoming drink waiting for you and the staff are friendly and accommodating. We filled in all the usual forms and were quickly whisked off to go and enjoy our treatments. The dimly-lit passageway immediately puts you into a quiet, peaceful mood — a really nice way to start. The rooms, too, are dimly lit with candles and smell just beautiful. With clear instructions, we lay down on the comfortable heated massage table (also a really nice extra) and our two therapists were superb! We were given a full-body hot stone massage, which was just perfect. You might think that a massage is a massage is a massage, but when there is a tweak here and a tweak there, such as we experienced, it is noticeable and I was very impressed. Regima, Pharmaclinix and Ettre Belle are the products used at this salon, plus good ol’ grape seed oil for the massages. After the massages, we were treated to a full-body scrub which left my skin, from tip to toe, feeling healthy, glowing and very soft —I totally loved that. The spa is very focused on couples and all four of their rooms are set up for two peeps. The rooms also have baths and showers, so you know that you are in for complete relaxation. I also loved the fact that that there are package deals and that they have perfectly partnered various treatments together. This spa comes highly recommended and you won’t go wrong by taking a morning out there. All-in-all, we were very impressed and we will be back!

T: 031 514 6582 | A: 329 Umhlanga Rocks Drive, 3rd Floor Coastlands Hotel

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Beauty Review umhlanga

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he Body Guru spa in the Lincoln Centre in Umhlanga is a great spot that delivers on all your beauty needs and more. Owned by Lara Jacobs the spa has been open for seven years and in that time has forged a name for itself amongst the top contenders in its field. This is not surprising, the staff are both knowledgeable and passionate about everything beauty and hair. Kubashni, our saleslady, and I were recently treated to some of their awesome offerings. I was given eyelash extensions and, for someone like me, who doesn’t have particularly long eyelashes, this was a real treat. You don’t realise how much lovely, long eyelashes can change the look of your face until you actually have them. It has been said that eyelashes can be one of the most arresting features of a woman’s face, enhancing the beauty of the eyes by making them look more dramatic and gorgeous. This simple fact has made eyelash extensions a true gift for all the women who cannot simply bat their eyelashes to get out of sticky situations. The procedure itself takes about an hour and a quarter and there

lease on lashes are a plethora of eyelash options to suit everyone’s needs, with different colours, lengths and styles to create effects that can range from the casual to the dramatic. I was astonished by just how light the lashes are. They add glamour to the eyes and, best of all, don’t require the regular maintenance which most false eyelashes do. All that you have to be mindful of is not to rub or scratch your eyelids too hard and also to avoid using oil-based makeup removers. Apart from that, you can just enjoy them for three carefree weeks, until you have to go back for ‘fills’. These eyelash extensions are so painlessly applied, yet so effective, that I’ll probably never again be happy with my old look — I’ve had a new lease on lashes!

During my treatment, Kubashni had a unique and very special Medi-Pedi. With this pedicure, you don’t use a scrub, but rather an alkaline wash which is a non-acidic peel, called DMK after Danne Montague-King, a highly-respected plastic surgeon from USA, who formulated the method. It helps to remove all the dead cells, calluses and even unwanted hair and leaves your feet feeling softer than ever before, as well as totally rejuvenated. I highly recommend this for people that have problem or sensitive feet. The product used is especially great for people who suffer from hard, cracked heels. The salon also offers QMS and RegimA facial products, skin peels, makeup, massages, sugaring, waxing and even spray-tanning. Then, as if all of this wasn’t enough, they also have an in-house hair salon. Now that’s having your cake and eating it too! This is a great salon with a wonderful, warm and friendly atmosphere that, even on your first visit, makes you feel that you are part of the furniture — a must-try, in our books.

T: 031 584 9302 | E: wellness@bodyguru.co.za | A: Shop 2 Lincoln On The Lake, Umhlanga w w w. fa b m a g s . c o . z a

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umhlanga Beauty Review

10/10

A Perfect Words Storm Catterick

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love doing spa reviews because, beautywise, I am shocking when it comes to looking after myself and, having moved into my own home, my priority is now buying things for the house at the expense of my beauty regime! I think that a lot of women can relate to this because, whether it’s kids, work, the house, etc, there always seems to be something that needs taking care of. Well, I say that enough is enough and, after spending a couple of glorious hours at Perfect 10 at the Lighthouse Mall, I am going to be a little bit more selfish and spend a lot more time in spas — and in particular this spa... My morning had started off really badly with a near-accident with a taxi on the way to Umhlanga, but when I walked into Perfect 10 and the staff’s happy warm and caring faces looked back at me, I immediately calmed down and the tension in my shoulders relaxed a bit and when they heard they were getting a massage, they immediatly started singing ‘Oh, halleluja’! My massage therapist, Zama, has been in the beauty industry for six years and she really knows her stuff. When I was compos mentis again after the massage, life felt amazing (I’m a massage sleeper when it’s that good). With just the right amount of

pressure to unknot all my muscles and some rhythmic arm movements (I honestly don’t know how masseuses make it seem as if they have 20 hands) I was in heaven! The massage is 30 minutes of pure pleasure and what I like about the Dermalogica oil that she used was that it doesn’t leave you feeling sticky afterwards. Once you have been wiped down with a nice hot towel, you are good to face the day ahead. What I also liked about the massage was that it didn’t affect my hair — you could easily grab a massage during your lunch break and be back at work looking good and feeling great. Next, I was seated in a relaxing massage chair to enjoy a cup of coffee and a Gellish pedicure. The treatment takes about an hour and a half, but when you’re that comfortable, the time goes by extremely fast! Trisha was my therapist and she has been in the industry for three years — she says that she couldn’t imagine herself in another career or in another salon. Trisha did my Gellish first. I really think that this is the way forward, ladies! Why on earth bother with ordinary nail polishes when Gellish is not that much more expensive, dries immediately and lasts for about a month — Gellish is amazing and my new best friend. Whilst I was getting my toes done, Kubashni, our saleslady, was enjoying

a Gellish manicure in the front room and it turned out to be as amazing as my toes did in the pedi room. For my OPI pedi, she started by putting on a softener which is applied to your calluses to help stop the skin from flaking and creating dust when you buff your feet. Then it was on to a Lemon Tonic Scrub (smells phenomenal) and, after a wash, she put on a minty mask to soften and moisturise the skin. This is covered with clingwrap and left to soak in for about 10 minutes. Once the mask is washed off, you get an amazing foot massage before the softener is rubbed in again. Well, at that stage my feet could have been in a competition with a baby’s bottom and come out the winner! All the products used are also retailed in the store. After my treatments, I got a chance to chat to the owner, Rosanne Pillai, who is patently passionate about all things beauty, as well as a huge fan of the Perfect 10 brand — she had been one of their most loyal customers before she bought into the franchise. Both a lawyer with her own practice and a qualified beautician, Rosanne is a busy woman, but she says that without the beauty side, her life would be incomplete. All in all we had a fabulous experience and I would go back in a heartbeat.

T: 031 561 4619 | Shop 18, 14 Chartwell Drive, Light House Mall, Umhlanga Rocks

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Hair Review umhlanga

Hair Guru’s

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rom the outset, I notice that this is a superb, but intimate, busy and happy salon — it is rare to see so many sincere and big smiles and lots of happy faces. The Body Guru Welness centre salon has a hair and beauty salon all in one.

Nirasha looked at my hair and made some great suggestions which I was very happy with and impressed by. She makes a point of teaching her assistant as she goes along, which was so nice to see. The salon has two stylists Stephanie and Nirasha - who has been a stylist for nine years, and is totally passionate about the salon, her clients and hair. I love the fact that the salon is intimate, something that shows as each client walks in and is greeted by name by every staff member. The conversations that follow are about work or family, which takes me back to the days when you were a ‘friend’ of the salon rather than just a number entering the door. The salon is adjacent to the well-known Flux gym. ‘Umhlanga locals love coming here because it is friendly and convenient, with ample safe parking without the hustle and bustle of a shopping

centre,’ says Nirasha. The salon has been at the Lincoln on the Lake centre, across from the Chris Saunders Park, for three years can easily accommodate a tight schedule with hair and beauty complementing each other to help get you beautified in the shortest possible time. It also offers fab specials, like a mani, pedi and blow wave, which I think is the smartest combo ever! The salon uses L’Oreal products right through from colour to shampoo. ‘We truly believe in our product and using the whole range ensures the condition that you want your hair to be in,’ says Stephanie. Nirasha also finished off by using a product she swears by called Unique1that does everything, and I mean everything, go find out more about it! I left loving my new colour and more layered look, which were all achieved in a very good time. Need a salon? Go and give them a try — you won’t be sorry! Mon - Fri 8.30am -5.30pm and Sat by appointment only.

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he second Aqua Spa situated at the beautiful Urban Park Hotel (which is opposite the Porsche Showroom) is serene and, with Jenny at the helm, going in the right direction. The two definitions of ‘aqua’ — blue and water — are the key themes carried through in each section of the salon, as well as in the treatments. The vibe is professional; we changed into our robes and slippers and straight away felt relaxed and prepared for something special. Reshma and Phindile were our therapists for the morning and Kubashni and I were invited to experience — and enjoy — the Aqua Spa’s signature massage. This was done very professionally and thoroughly relaxed us. The massage beds are a good size which means that you have a very comfortable treatment. The spa uses almond oil or other fragranced oils for the massages. We then each had a Thalgo facial, which was amazing and left our skins feeling

rejuvenated and hydrated. Thalgo specialises in marine skincare products and their motto is: ‘For every skin type the answer is Thalgo. Anti-aging is our forte’. The salon’s facial offerings are extensive and they use products from either the Dermalogica, Thalgo or Lamelle ranges. All the therapists are trained through Intec, which is internationally recognised. As part of the facial, a new experience for me was a paraffin foot wax that left my feet soft and beautiful in minutes! These are also their clients’ favourite treatments and I can see why. The spa also offers pedicures, manicures, a sauna and Jacuzzi and has five treatment rooms that can accommodate one or 2 person’s. With One amazing room being the executive couples room which even has a Jacuzzi in the room, which must be an awesome treat after a massage. A focus at Aqua Spa is couples and a lot of moms and daughters come in together, too. Each treatment room can accommodate two

Tel : 031 566 1610 | 60 meridian drive, Umhlanga

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people per session, which is quite unusual, and this is one of the few salons that I know of in this area with this focus. Price-wise, this salon is also highly competitive, with packages and monthly specials, so there’s no excuse for not treating yourself or your loved ones. Aqua Spa offers all kinds of treatments, focusing both on facials and the entire body, with massages and weight-loss, body wraps and detox, eyelash extensions and permanent make up, as well as the usual mani’s and pedi’s. What is also nice is that there are packages for teens, couples, brides and even mums-to-be and they also offer a men’s range of treatments from facials manicures and pedicures and not just the usual massages. They also offer corporate packages which can be tailor made according to time and budgets All in all, a great experience with the awesome parking being a huge advantage as you can literally park outside the front door of the spa.


Hair Review umhlanga

Doing it the right way

the Carlton way! earning a salary — sounds like a win-win to me!

Words Storm Catterick

During my time there, I was astonished at just how busy the salon was throughout the day, even though it was a weekday. According to Alex, a successful salon is the result of a combination of teamwork, a strong management team, true passion and belief in the products and the people in your company and you can totally see this in the energy and enthusiasm of the stylists in the salon.

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visit to a Carlton International salon is always an awesome experience and I recently had the best ‘hair day, as I like to call them, because I literally get spend the whole day getting my hair done. I have been to two other Carlton salons, so I knew that the standard of service and quality of hairdressing was going to be fantastic. What I didn’t know, though, was that each store has its own unique character and identity. The Carlton brand, a family-run business, started in 1968 and, from its inception, the mission has been to provide uncompromising, quality education — which is why Carlton has its own academy which offers the best training in South Africa, imparted by leaders and innovators in the hairdressing industry. What’s more, their courses are internationally-accredited and facilitated by world-class stylists who attend courses

overseas every year, keeping them on top of their game and up to date on the hottest trends in hairdressing. Students are not limited in where they want to work and, as there are student hubs around S.A, including Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban, they are spoilt for choice. At Carlton, education is key. ‘In this industry styles are always evolving, so you have to stay on top of fashion and trends for the growth of not only the business, but the staff as well,’ says Alex, the manager of the KZN Carlton branches. I chatted to Alex about the three-year course for which an aspirant hairstylist can sign up as a part-time student/parttime apprentice. The students attend college once a week and do salon training twice a week and, what really impresses me, is that Carlton pays the majority of the college fees and, in return for this investment, the novice hairdressers get to work for them for two years whilst still

Alex and Mishka (a junior stylist) attended to my hair on the day, I think that it’s awesome that Alex, the owner of the salons at both Gateway and La Lucia, remains so hands-on and involved in everything from styling, giving guidance to his staff, chatting with clients and offering advice. After my consultation — I wanted a complete change — we decided to chop off my (very long) hair to shoulder-length in a triangle line cut, with some graduated layers. Very trendy! They decided that an intense chocolatebrown base colour, with a few highlights underneath to give it movement, would complete the perfect hairdo. After my colour, I was given a Davine’s re-plumping treatment, which is the newest treatment from this all-natural product range. It hydrates and moisturizes the hair, leaving it soft, shiny and easy to manage even in the harsh KZN climate. The new look is fabulous and my hair has never looked healthier. The cut really suits my face and makes me look more mature and sophisticated, which my usually wild and wavy mane certainly did not. It always surprises me just how much a good haircut and style can change your whole look and Carlton definitely makes you the best version of the you that you want to be!

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you of that sticky feeling that often accompanies most massage oils. My two colleagues chose the more calming Swedish massage. A Swedish massage is a more soothing and relaxing type of massage that adjusts the soft tissue of the body and is mostly used to relieve stress and tension in the body.

Words Storm Catterick

From the smiles after everyone’s massages, it was clear that we were all very happy with our individual treatments. Up next, we got to choose from a facial, mani or a pedi.

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’m not very good at remembering to pamper myself, but with the growing trend towards healthier living, having a spa visit has become as important for health benefits as choosing a side salad instead of chips! Stress, anxiety and pain-relief are just some of the benefits you receive. We recently visited the fairly new, Spa D’ Sulis at the Protea Hotel. Managed by Kerissa Singh the spa is beautiful and runs like a well-oiled machine. This authentic Asian wellness spa was bought by well-known businessman, Siven Dorasamy, after a visit to a Thai spa during a holiday. Intrigued by the amazing techniques and benefits of a Thai massage he decided to open his own Spa in Umhlanga - end result is a fresh, new and very classy spa which offers utter relaxation and tranquillity! Myself and Two colleagues were treated to a fabulous spa day starting off with full body massages. I opted for the Thai massage - their signature treatment!

A Thai massage is a mix of intense, fast movements that concentrate on your pressure points and lymph nodes, which helps to detox the body and relieve stiffness. My therapist, Sophia, scored five big fat, wonderful stars from me! She was thorough and really got into all my knots, the effects of the massage are instantly gratifying. During the massage, the therapist stretches the entire body, which involves pulling your fingers, toes and cracking your knuckles and back (don’t worry it sounds worse than it actually is!) What’s unique about this form of massage treatment is that the therapist kneels on the table with you and uses rhythmic pressing movements involving her hands, arms and feet (you don’t actually really feel this as it’s done so well). They truly are like graceful ninjas moving around the table with soundless speed and agility. By the end of the hour-long aroma oil massage I had literally been massaged from head to toe, but the great thing about the Lilian Terry homeopathic complex they use is that your skin absorbs it liberating

I opted for the manicure and got to really appreciate the ambiance of the spa. This is one of the biggest spas that I have been to, with eight beautifully decorated and intimate treatment rooms, as well as three foot-massage stations, four mani stations and five pedi stations. This is the perfect place to have a pamper party for your baby shower, bachelorette party or birthday. They also tailor make packages to suit your specific needs and offer a mobile spa service. Other interesting treatments they offer which make their spa so different is their Garra Rufa fish spa. In addition to that, contributing to their individuality is their exclusive Vichy Shower which takes you on a journey through three stages, a full body exfoliation treatment, massage, body wrap of your choice and shower all done on the Vichy bed - for ultimate body rejuvenation! The staff are extremely friendly, attentive, which adds to the amazing well-being that you feel when you are there. They only use premium products, which are all environmentally friendly and organic. They are exclusive stockists for most of their product range, including the Italian-made facial product, Comfort Zone, and their new Matsimela mani and pedi range with baobab seed extracts. This is a great spa that offers a wide range of different treatments and can be tailor made to suit everyone’s needs, the professionalism and overall experience makes for a day that promises relaxation, comfort and lots of customer care – all in all a must-visit!

Shop 12, Palm Boulevard, Protea Hotel, Umhlanga Ridge | 031 566 2417 | www.spadsulis.co.za

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