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Greetings :) It is with much excitement that I present our July / August issue to you. It is absolutely PACKED with great reading matter for and from people of all walks of life. Since our last issue hit your screens I have been truly blown away by the masses of people coming forward with potential editorial contributions and it only goes to validate the truth behind the “domino effect”. One of the things we have tried to accomplish with Inspire from the get go - is a chord of “realism” throughout our reading content. Real people, real stories, real emotion and real inspiration and it is very rewarding to see how more and more people are stepping forward to share their experiences with all of us. So thank you, to each and every one of you. New alliances and connections have been built, locally and abroad which is amazing as we are finally spreading our wings wide and far – truly living the concept of a global publication. Our readership has more than doubled since the March / April issue, hitting over 12 000 reads in over 30 countries worldwide in May and June. It is always interesting to see how quickly people will help you, when you offer to help them. To my mind, a principle we should all try and implement more frequently in our day to day living. One hand does indeed wash the other. It is never without a few mountains or molehills that we continue to venture along our chosen paths in pursuit of our dreams, but each one encountered is within itself a blessing. These “bumps” along the way offer us insight into

The vision driving the creation of Inspire Virtual Mag was and still is to offer you, the reader a publication which truly benefits your life, at the same time understanding and respecting that we are all on a journey of growth and whilst paying attention to those facets is vitally important – we all still want to have a little fun too. I truly hope that as we go into our 8th month of existence on your screens that we are succeeding in our primary objective and that we continue to grow alongside one another. Our primary focus this issue is “transformation” – letting go, moving forward and pushing ourselves so that each and every day we move at least one step closer to where it is that we would like to be in our lives – as people, spiritually, emotionally, characteristically and financially. It does not matter how slowly you move, only that you keep moving. Set backs are an inevitability but do not allow them to detour you from your path of progression – instead embrace them as they really do play a pivotal role in the “greater you”. If you have a story that you would like to share with our readers, please feel free to share it with us. It does not matter if you are not a professional writer… stories of passion do not need a degree behind them for the fundamental message to be delivered. On the note of articles, if you are wanting to keep or file away any specific articles from any of our issues and do not have the internet bundle which allows you to download the entire mag, simply drop me an email at: jaynie@inspiresa.co.za and I will send it to you, no problem. Enough said…Enjoy it, share it and most importantly, grow from it. - Much love.

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contributors Jayne Lea Founder, Editor & Graphic Designer for Inspire Virtual Mag www.jaynielea.co.za www.facebook.com/jaynielea

"Live A Life Full Of Passion, Success and Meaning. Shift Your Mindset From a Limiting one to one of Mastery.” Hailing from Cape Town, single mom and established business woman, Jayne began her journey into the world of graphic design at the start of the new millennium. Driven by her passion for the creative process; fueled by her distinctive ability to interpret her client's vision and cemented by her precision for balance of composition, this multifaceted dynamo has built her brand JaynieLea into the success it is today. Jayne also heads a fantastic Cape Town online networking initiative on facebook called Mother City Networx which offers a platform for people to actively promote their businesses / services / products and events to all the online followers at no cost to them. www.facebook.com/mcnetworx

Fiona Cameron-Brown Inspire Copy Editor www.fionacameronconsulting.co.za.

Patti Graham Founder of Fine Women Business www.finewomen.co.za

Fiona Cameron-Brown runs an education and training management consultancy from a virtual office in the Winelands.

Patti Graham is an accredited Chartered Public Relations Pracitioner (PRISA). She has served on various Boards during her business career including: 7 years as a director of the IDC (Industrial Development Corporation), Vice Chairman of The Eastern Cape Tourism Board, Uvimba Rural Finance Board (King Williams town). Patti also served on the Border Kei Chamber of Business executive in East London for three years prior to her relocation to Cape Town.

Fiona Cameron Consulting offers a range of services e.g. writing, conceptualisation, policy analysis, and quality compliance. She lives in McGregor, with her husband, Tom and two cats.

Bronwen Watson Inspire Content Contributor bronwen.k.watson@gmail.com

Bronwen is an online copywriter and social media manager for a Johannesburg based digital agency. Specialising in online and social media, administrating, writing and editing content for blogs, mobile and social media community management.

Burbette Scott Smith Content Contributor / Blogger http://burbettestories.blogspot.com I sometimes feel like an accidental Tourist on this Journey that has chosen me and the Path I choose to carve out while I traverse this beautiful Earth. Each day is a gift from the One and each day I am grateful to receive and share it.I have hills and valiums, but I insist that my hills have panoramic vistas and that my valleys produce exquisite wines

Carol Gerber Results Driven Coaching carol@carolgerber.co www.carolgerber.co www.facebook.com/CarolGerberRDC My interest has always been in how people both think and behave, which is probably why when I went to University of Stellenbosch, I studied Psychology. The transition into Coaching has however been a journey. A 13 year career in Human Resources provided the platform where I lived out my passion for helping people develop their careers. Since May 2010, I have been applying that knowledge and passion as The Possibilities Coach, helping people to reach their full potential.

Mientjie Steyn Corporate Choices Social Media Marketing and Training info@corporatechoices.co.za www.corporatechoices.co.za http://www.facebook.com/Corporate.Choices

Mientjie Steyn owns Corporate Choices and has been in the media and marketing industry for 22 years. Her background as journalist, editor, photographer and publisher, mixed with a good dose of public relations and marketing, ensures that she has a very good understanding of what social media entails.


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Catherine Milward-Bridges Inspire Contributor catherine@polka.co.za http://communicatewithclout.wordpress.com

Originally a tobacco farmer's daughter from Zimbabwe, Rachel has been living in the Mother City for the last 18 years. She lives for road trips, is passionate about photography and loves quirky places and people. She does travel writing for a living and photographs everything, including guesthouses, weddings and babies.

Reece Sims Founder of The Gold Zebra editor@thegoldzebra.com www.thegoldzebra.com www.facebook.com/thegoldzebra www.twitter.com/theg0ldzebra www.youtube.com/theg0ldzebra www.instagram.com/thegoldzebra Reece Sims is a passionate advocate for the professional development of Generation Y women. She is the owner and founder of The Gold Zebra, a digital hub for savvy business and lifestyle advice as well as a repository for edgy awareness campaigns and interviews with inspiring female entrepreneurs. Kristina Leonardi Career/Life Coach & Motivational Speaker Founder, The Women's Mosaic® www.kristinaleonardi.com www.thewomensmosaic.org, www.facebook.com/thewomensmosaic www.chicksrockblog.com Kristina is a career/life coach and motivational speaker who has a proven record of getting "stuck" clients empowered to make lasting changes aligned with their true passions and talents. Whether speaking, coaching, writing, or creating programs for The Women's Mosaic®, she provides a unique yet practical framework for each individual to make the most of their personal and professional lives.

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Carla B CEO|Founder - EOTM Media Group www.eotmawards.com pr@eotmradio.com Carla Barnes aka Carla B. is the Founder and Executive Director of the EOTM Awards. She is also the CEO of EOTM Media Group which encompasses EOTM Radio & Media, EOTM TV and EOTM Public Relations. Ms. B. founded EOTM Media Group in February 2006 after deciding she was tired of being stuck in the infamous “rat race.” By 2010 Carla B. had produced and successfully syndicated over 1000 shows, allowing radio personalities the opportunity to grow with the company and share her vision.

Philippa Spark Inspire Content Contributor Event Planner, P.A. and writer www.philippaspark.co.za pspark.blogspot.com pspark@cybersmart.co.za Philippa Spark Productions began in 2007. Philippa has been involved in events worldwide, from weddings in New York to international polo matches in South Africa. Philippa's passion is writing, and her blog, Life in the very fast lane, is growing continuously in popularity and readership. Philippa lives in Johannesburg with her daughter.

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In a world where so many of us are confined to suits and ties, it was utterly refreshing to discover the fantastically positive, vibrant and oh-so-colourful Spandy Andy when one of his videos was posted onto my Facebook timeline. Within a few seconds of watching Andy's antics, I was smiling from ear to ear. As he danced across St Kilda Beach, Australia, with his over sized boom box and brightly coloured spandex outfit, he had people laughing within minutes, watching and joining his crazy dance act. Curiosity got the better of me and investigated his blog and You Tube videos. My smile broadened when I discovered that behind these spontaneous dance performances, the aim is to spread positivity and acceptance among people. That particular video that I had watched, with over 3.5 million views, is the one that had got Andy noticed. I was blown away at the simplicity of Spandy Andy's “concept” and how obviously effective it is, so I contacted about a feature for Inspire. Not surprisingly, his response was just as cheerful as his smile – without hesitating, agreed to share his story with us. According to his brother, Andy had always been a handful – super energetic and very much a free spirit. Unlike many of us he never suffered from that “societal restriction syndrome” and has always just done as he pleased, more often than not, getting above average attention. At school, was often picked on because of his religious choices and his height. Andy says that bullies will always look for something different or which stands out to use against their targets, so Andy used this to his advantage and embraced the ridicule, effectively diffusing the impact on him. The bullies soon gave up and left him alone. A principle that we should all embrace, and by which Andy lives, is to “just be yourself”. He believes that when people see him doing his crazy public performances they will think, “Well if this

guy can do this, then I can definitely be myself”. This sparks an element of self acceptance – and, of course, happiness. “You just gotta play and do the unexpected and then you get people smiling,” says Andy. Armed with his boom box and his favourite 90's and hip hop music, Spandy Andy now travels the world spreading positivity and acceptance through dance. The infectiousness and effectiveness of Andy's project is evident by his 27 800 followers on Facebook alone! I believe there is a great deal of truth in the saying that we should try to be a little more childlike in our ways: dance when we want to, laugh when we get the urge and, in general, try to be a little more relaxed about life and simply have more fun! Life passes us by so quickly that, all too soon, we may open our eyes to discover that we can no longer get up and dance. So, seize the day, be true to yourself and your heart's desires. Be grateful for everything that you have and stay positive! Smile at every, single person you see – just for one day. Very quickly, you will see and feel the difference it makes – not only for the people you shared your smile with, but within yourself, too. I am so thrilled to have been able to share Spandy Andy's story with you. Take a look at some of the fantastic and fun things that he is doing: he will leave you bewildered with his zany dance moves, quirky personality and vibrant spandex outfits. Born in Canada, Spandy Andy is now internationally recognized as a world-class entertainer. His high-energy performances are guaranteed to have you grinning from ear to ear. Spandy Andy loves to celebrate life. Thanks for spreading so many smiles, Spandy Andy Check out Spandy Andy at these links: http://SpandyAndy.com | @SpandyAndy Daily updates: http://Facebook.com/SpandyAndyFanPage YouTube: http://YouTube.com/SpandyAndy/ Article: Jayne Lea - www.jaynielea.co.za


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shake your In the movie Silver Linings Playbook, the main characters Pat and Tiffany are in training for a big dance competition that turns out to be much more than a fancy booty shaking contest. A unique romantic dramedy, it’s a film that shows there is a fine line between sanity and insanity, acceptable versus unacceptable behavior, and the beauty of living life to the beat of your own drum. In the movie The Sessions, Mark O’Brien is confined to an iron lung 20 hours a day, existing on a gurney unable to move from the neck down, and yet he writes poetry, is a professional journalist and decides to hire a sex surrogate so he can experience the most human of experiences. We go along on his journey (based on a true story!) and find him to be one of the most alive, loving and liberated individuals to have ever lived despite such extreme physical limitations. And as seen in the movie Lincoln, our 16th president is clearly not your Average Joe. He was always thinking out of the box, used his quirky sense of humor to diffuse or illuminate situations, and took numerous risks throughout the most heart-wrenching circumstances our country has endured. He stretched the Constitution to its limit, working within an established framework while implementing his own interpretation and/or bending the rules based on his hard-earned wisdom, keen observations and superior judgement as unprecedented needs arose and critical decisions had to be made in order for progress to occur. In the conscious movement class I take, we are told to ‘dance it your way’ and have breaks of ‘free dance’ where we boogie as we see fit; it’s not chaotic because there is an organized structure and unity contained within the flow as we come back together intermittently as a group throughout the hour. It’s a super-small class because for many people, when given the opportunity to move and think for themselves, even for just a few moments, is a daunting and uncomfortable feeling; it’s

an empowering exercise that requires more effort and less inhibition, and many simply don’t know what to do if they are not following the instructor. And that, my friends, is indicative of a larger problem with implications reaching much farther than a gym studio. Spielberg’s Lincoln asks, “Do you think we choose to be born? Or are we fitted to the times we’re born into?” As citizens of the 21st century, we are certainly living in extraordinary times that will require us to become the fullest and most unique beings we are meant to be. We each have something that needs to be expressed, something that no other person on this planet, no one who has come before or will come after can express. Right now we need new ways of looking at old problems and to change old ways in order deal with new problems, so it’s more important than ever for you to do your own thang, because there is no other way to generate inspiration and birth innovation. In any era it’s easy to get stuck in past habits and sucked into the zeitgeist of the day. Resist the urge to follow the herd, fight to honor yourself, think and speak your own thoughts and begin to know and create yourself anew every moment of every day instead of getting swept up by social media, news, commercials, and even your peer groups, work and ethnic cultures or family and friends who are all, consciously or not, forces that can easily grab hold of your mind, body, spirit and/or bank account. Don’t let your physical characteristics, family roots or societal dictates squash all the rhythms inside you that might be quite different from what those outside influences might have you believe, say or do. Not sure exactly what your groove thing is? Give me a buzz and I’ll get you started with some basic choreography and point you in the right direction, because ultimately You Should Be Dancing your own steps throughout life, hopefully with a fun disco floor beneath your feet along the way! Article: Kristina Leonardi www.kristinaleonardi.com


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Carla Barnes aka Carla B. is the Founder and Executive Director of the EOTM Awards. Ms. B is also the CEO of EOTM Media Group which encompasses EOTM Radio & Media, EOTM TV and EOTM Public Relations. Ms. B. founded EOTM Media Group in February 2006 after deciding she was tired of being stuck in the infamous “rat race.” By 2010 Carla B. had produced and successfully syndicated over 1000 shows, allowing radio personalities the opportunity to grow with the company and share her vision. By 2011 many of the shows produced under the EOTM network were being picked up by terrestrial radio and featured throughout the country. With a unique and innovative approach to integrating engaging entertainment interviews with equally alluring music, informative business, political, relationship and cultural podcasts under the network Carla B. has helped to pioneer the “New Media” industry and definitely has earned the right to be called a ”Media Guru”. In January of the same year Carla launched EOTM TV which focuses on creating and distributing first class, studio quality entertainment content and intellectual property across multiple platforms. Her commitment to distinction is evident in her insistence on using all exclusive subject matter and equally unique ways in marketing and branding her companies. With the launching of EOTM Public Relations firm in Los Angeles Ms. B. has also raised the bar for her clients with extensive knowledge and expertise in media relations and social media marketing. Carla is documenting the present successes and triumphs of the new media industry by building on the accomplishments of the past and helping to seek higher levels of success for the future. She is actively involved in the transformation, by shaping and perpetuating the continuity of communities in the USA and abroad. Which just happens to be a focal point in her decision to debut the EOTM Awards. "The EOTM's embrace every nationality and culture, new media and traditional, infusing nominees and taste-makers across racial and political boundaries, in turn creating a little something new in terms of Hollywood award shows," Ms. B. said in a recent interview. "I am led by these principles and dedicated to creating a solid platform that showcases and rewards these phenomenal individuals. Our goal is to partner with you to create, facilitate, grow and so much more,” In light of the major social and economic issues around the world, the EOTM Awards has established new accolades to recognize entrepreneurs, helping to ensure they are working with more of tomorrow's global leaders, today. A colorful tribute in the spirit of entrepreneurship, the EOTM's are set to honor entrepreneurs of all genres. Below are some of the awards that will be handed out on ENTREPRENEURS BIGGEST NIGHT, which goes down on Sunday, August 4, 2013 at the beautiful Pacific

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inspired She's a mean pool player, she loves shopping for bags and shoes but if truth be told, she's re a l l y h a p p i e s t i n t h e c o u n t r y, s a y s Stellenbosch born-and-bred Natasha Williams (29), the new Two Oceans winemaker. "Give me the smell of the soil and I'm at peace."

she makes, she loves Sauvignon blanc most. "Like a woman, it must be handled with care. It's a very fragile variety and super-sensitive to its environment in the vineyard but also the cellar. It's very hands-on. Actually, make that high-maintenance! It demands your utmost concentration. It stretches you and that's what I love: a really good challenge."

Focused and ambitious, she's worked hard to get where she is, with a portfolio of refreshing, smooth-drinking wines sold at great value prices from coast to coast in over 80 countries worldwide.

She's hungry to keep learning and extend her skills and her repertoire. Once a month, she and her colleagues take part in benchmark tastings. "We taste wines from all over the world, accross the style and pricing spectrum to keep us in touch with international trends. It's a fantastic opportunity to try wines we might otherwise never have access to. It's a brilliant – and most enjoyable! - part of the job."

"I won a scholarship to study viticulture and winemaking at Stellenbosch University and was on my way but then the donor went bankrupt after my first year. Luckily, the Department of Agriculture was extending opportunities to students and I could continue my studies. But before I did, I thought long and hard whether this was where I wanted to be. It was only then that I discovered how much I wanted this career, and I've never stopped wanting it! "Something my dad taught me is that the world doesn't owe you anything. You have to work for what you want. Neither of my parents was in a position to complete their schooling but that's never stopped them encouraging their kids all the way. My father instilled in us a thirst for knowledge and an awareness of the world. My mother has always motivated us to be the very best we can. They are my biggest fans!” Why wine? "My mother's a really great cook and works with aromatic Asian spices and layering of flavours every day of her life. I guess the taste for flavour, if you like, came from growing up in her kitchen. But also, growing up in Stellenbosch, the heart of the Cape Winelands, makes wine a key part of many people's lives here." Her grandfather also played a major role. "He applied the same rule to all the grandchildren. When we came of legal drinking age, he introduced us to wine. He wanted us to appreciate and respect wine and not abuse it. That made sense but we had no idea how much wine really meant to him. It was only after his death that we found books on wine among his possessions. Ironically, one of them has a picture of the cellar where I work now." Of all the wines

It's also what spurs her on to try different concepts like making white wine from red grapes or white wine the way red wine is traditionally made. "You learn so much when you work outside your regular parameters and it helps to relook the way you do routine things. Experimenting like this has helped me focus on optimising colour in our Pinot Grigio, for instance.” She doesn't mind the long hours or the road shows, in fact she loves it all. "When you meet the people drinking the wine you make, you feel proud and humble at the same time. It's such a massive responsibility to create wines they will enjoy and remember. When you get it right, it's hugely satisfying." And when she's not working? "What luck to live in one of the most beautiful parts of the world: magnificent white, sandy beaches, two different coastlines with different landscapes, different currents, dramatic mountain views. From when we were kids, we used to spend our holidays on the beach, fishing, collecting mussels, picking up shells. There's nothing like a vigorous, bracing swim to give you back your mojo!" When she's not thinking about food and wine pairings ("I love Two Oceans Pinot Grigio with four seasons pizza and sushi, and our Cabernet/Merlot blend with Malay-style curries"), she likes to relax with music. "I like a fusion of sounds. Give me instruments and vocals, jazz with a modern sound and I'm happy!“


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When we are experiencing something akin to the ‘dark night of the soul,’ think of the caterpillar who thought the world was over just before it became a butterfly, and

It’s bad enough the public is seduced

that ‘it’s always darkest before dawn.’

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feeling! There’s a saying that many athletic coaches and trainers use: No pain, no gain. Yes, that can certainly apply to losing 20 pounds or training for a marathon, but it applies to our inner workouts as well. As humans we like to avoid pain as much as possible, but pain can be a very useful tool if we let it. Emotional, mental, physical or spiritual/soul pain shows us where we’re out of wack and

When we are no longer able to change

where attention needs to be paid and adjustments made in order to learn and grow in any area of our life.

a situation,

To the extent that you are ‘asleep’ is the proportion in which the Universe is going to use some big ‘ole version of its alarm clock to ‘wake you up’ and give you a big kick in the butt to do something about it. And a kick in the butt doesn’t feel too good, but we all need one now and

we are challenged to change

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It would appear that soup has pretty much been around since time began. In France, street vendors would sell a broth claiming it to be cure for physical exhaustion. The first recipe book featuring soups appeared in 1742 and was called "The Compleat Housewife". Perfect housewives and cures for exhaustion aside, a bowl of soup still remains a firm favorite during the colder months. So I went in search of the best spots to enjoy a hearty bowl winter deliciousness… Constantia Glen, Constantia - If you are looking for soup with a view, then Constantia Glen is the place to go! The views over the valley are as magnificent as the soups are tasty. They have a Honey Roasted Butternut & Sage Soup, a Beef Goulash Soup (from a recipe handed down through the generations) and a French Onion Soup. The soups are saved with fresh bread and Rooibos butter and cost R45 for a single portion or R50 for a Trio of Soup, which a smaller portion of all three. Please note that you will be required to drink wine with your meal as they are not essentially a restaurant, rather a tasting room with food on the side. Wine tasting is R30 a person. Tel 021-795-6100, email wine@constantiaglen.com, www.constantiaglen.com. Dear Me, Longmarket Street - The name alone was enough for me to investigate this spot in the CBD and turned out to be a delightful find. It's one of those cheerful creative spots where the menu is attached to a clipboard and there are cute long-stemmed green flower decals on the walls and mirrors. I had the soup of the day, which was a Creamy Potato & Watercress Soup served with crème fraiche. I had never had a potato and watercress soup before and loved it almost as much as the place. The soups change on a regular basis depending on what's in season, so you could have Roasted Parsnip Soup one day and Zucchini & Mint Soup the next. Their take-away soup costs R35 (in a recyclable container) and comes with fresh bread. You can choose to eat-in as well, but that will cost you about R10 more. They also have a range deli items and baked g o o d i e s f o r s a l e . Te l 0 2 1 - 4 2 2 - 4 9 2 0 , e m a i l info@dearme.co.za, www.dearme.co.za. Reuben's @ The One&Only, V&A Waterfront - Most people have this idea that Reuben's at The One&Only is a posh and generally unaffordable place. You are half right - it's kind of posh, but it is affordable. Their Winter Warmer Lunch Special for R125 consists of a bowl of soup, a gourmet sandwich and Malva pudding. When I was there I had a tasty bowl of Creamy Carrot and Cumin Soup along with a panini filled with slow-roasted lamb and roast vegetables. In order to make room for the Malva pudding I took the other half of the panini


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I home for supper! The restaurant is warm and cosy with a lovely view of Table Mountain and the canals. Plus you can park underground at the hotel for free. Available for lunch from Mondays to Fridays, so take a break from the office and leave the peanut butter sandwiches at home. Tel 021-431-5800 restaurant.reservations@oneandonlycapetown.com, www.capetown.oneandonlyresorts.com. Roxy's Cafe, Dunkley Square - This has long been a watering hole of mine, but I had never thought to eat there until a friend mentioned that I simply had to include them in my soup search. I am very glad I did! Their Cauliflower and Cashew Nut Soup was the best cauliflower soup I've ever had. It had loads of garlic in it (yum!), was garnished with roasted garlic shavings and in the middle of the bowl was a tasty chunk of cauliflower that had been fried in batter. Delicious and different, much like the place! The quirky décor in Roxy's has hardly changed over the years, but I still find the comic strips fascinating and I love the old movie posters and cars on the ceilings. I still feel a little uneasy being watched by a mannequin in the bathroom though! Soup of the day is served with bread and costs R35. Tel 021-461-8507, email roxyscafe@gmail.com. Stardust, Rondebosch - Dinner and a show is the order of the evening at Stardust, where your waiter is also a performance artist (some of them have been in wellknown shows like CATS and The Rocky Horror Picture Show) so don't be surprised when you see him or her on the stage singing a well-known hit. Apart from showbiz staff, they have pretty impressive presentation when it comes to their soup – it comes in a bowl that you can eat! I had a very rich and chunky Broccoli and Cheese Soup with lamb belly bits and garnished with butternut crisps. The soup-in-a-bread-bowl is served with (more) bread and costs R45. Don't expect an early night though. The entertainment is so much fun that you'll be tapping your feet and singing along until late into the night. Tel 021686-6280, email admin@stardustcapetown.com, www.stardustcapetown.com. The Wild Fig, Observatory - The Wild Fig is lovely in summer and winter – sit outside under fairy lights in summer and keep warm inside by a fire in winter. They serve great food too and it turns out that they also have soup in a “bread bowl”! Their Corn, Cheddar and Chilli Soup was served in a giant bun with the lid taken off and the inside scooped out - bit like a Bunny Chow, but in soup form! I also tried their French Onion Soup and the eye-wateringly spicy Tom Yum Soup. All were delicious! Have a nightcap in Annie's Bar after dinner - they have a great whisky selection and their leather couches are so comfortable you may have a difficult time leaving! Soup of the day costs R39 and the Tom Yum Soup costs R58 (fish) or R60 (prawns). They also have 3-course set menus, starting at R185 per person. Tel 021-448-0507, email info@thewildfig.co.za, www.thewildfig.co.za.

The Yard, Gardens - Fancy a bowl of Sweaty Betty's Sexy Soup? I suggest you give it a try because it could be the only thing you need to eat that day! Served in recyclable containers, the soups from Sweaty Betty at The Yard (otherwise known as the Dogs Bollocks burger joint by night) are filled with all the good stuff. They are the kind of soups that your granny made that kept you full for days. I tried their Pea and Ham Hock Soup with plenty of of yummy ham shreddings and the Cauliflower and Broccoli Soup with generous lashings of melted cheese. Served with bread, these sexy soups will cost you R40 for the meaty stuff and R30 for the veggie stuff. If you are broke, they have smaller containers too. The Yard itself is fast becoming the most famous food-serving garage in town because of its no-frills funkiness and decent portions at good prices. Put your name on the chalkboard, grab a beer or some wine and watch out for scooters when you collect your order. It's that kind of place... Tel 083-440-7843. ZOOP!, Hout Bay Market - From a compliment at a dinner party to a stall in the Hout Bay Market, ZOOP! soups hav come a long way and it's not surprising. These bowls of yumminess are made using natural ingredients and freshly-made stock, with no flour, gluten or preservatives, making them perfect for people with food intolerances. They have four soups to choose from at their stall on the Hout Bay Market and these can vary from Curried Red Lentil Soup to Sweet Potato & Ginger Soup or a Spicy Coconut Chicken Soup. ZOOP! soup, served in an eco-friendly take-away bowl with a roll, will cost you from R30 to R50 depending on the soup. You can also buy a litre of soup from R80. ZOOP! is at the Hout Bay Market on Fridays from 17h00 to 21h00 and Saturdays and Sundays from 09h30 to 16h00. You can also order online. Tel 082-223-7677, email linda.mckeever1@gmail.com, www.zoopsoups.com. Article & Photos: Rachel Robinson rachelrobinson.photography@gmail.com


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Food Hospitality World is a new “global event” for the food and hospitality industries organised by Fiera Milano which already takes place in Italy, China, India and Brazil. Cape Town will, for the first time, become part of this exciting global initiative in 2014. The launch of Food Hospitality World in Cape Town in May 2014 will turn the Mother City into the culinary capital of South Africa and the African Diaspora and will help attract much-needed investment into the country. Fiera Milano, the leading worldwide trade fair organisers based of Milan, Italy, has become a major player in the African marketplace. It is the driving force behind Food Hospitality World which will showcase the best of South African and African hospitality to an industry seeking fresh markets. The event is set to deliver bigger and better business opportunities for companies and trade professionals. The show connects hundreds of exhibitors across numerous product categories where key national players and promising international exhibitors have the opportunity to interface. It also serves to establish contacts for those wanting to enter the market and there are important seminars and presentation delivered by experts in the field to help find vital solutions to universal problems. Food Hospitality World in Cape Town is expected to provide a tremendous boost to South African food-based products and services and will also showcase both local and international exhibitors. Fiera Milano, which already has the popular annual Good Food and Wine Show under its banner, will launch Food Hospitality World at next year's Good Food and Wine Show. The exhibitions will follow each other and will run for an entire week at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. Food Hospitality World runs from Monday to Wednesday May 19 to 21 with the Good Food & Wine Show following from Thursday to Sunday May 22 to 25, 2014. Cape Town now joins other major international cities Milan, Sao Paulo, Mumbai, Bangalore, Guangzhou and

from next September also Istanbul - in hosting what is likely to become one of the most significant events on the South African business calendar. Food Hospitality World combines Italian Tuttofood (food and beverage) and HOST (hospitality) and it's a trade fair that differs from the Good Food and Wine Show because it functions as a “business-to-business” initiative. The Mother City is the gateway to Africa and the City of Cape Town is heavily involved in promoting the exhibition which will attract clients from far afield. Sales and Marketing Director Louise Cashmore says: “The launch of Food Hospitality World, which is Fiera Milano's mother brand, will add another dynamic dimension to Cape Town and afford business people in the industry an exciting opportunity to participate in the largest food showcase on the continent. The South African hospitality industry is recognised worldwide and this gives its key players and chance to interact with their international counterparts which can only be of benefit to all concerned.” A spokesperson from Fiera Milano says the rich investment this initiative will bring to the city will help ignite interest, promote opportunities and employment and manouevre Cape Town into a unique position on the African continent. It will attract investment and ideas that will unite all those important players in the hospitality industry. The added burst of investment potential will bring benefits not only to Cape Town but to South Africa as a whole. Photo Caption: Masterchef SA judge Benny Maskwikameng (left) and Junior Masterchef Austalia winner Isabella Bliss and her twin sister Sofia (right, who also reached the top four in the hit show) receive a special award, created by the Lalela Project, from Grade 7 learner Saki Sifuba at the official launch in Cape Town of the Good Food & Wine Show. The three join other celebrity chefs including Gordon Ramsay, Eric Lanlard and Bill Granger at the show. It was also announced at the launch that Food Hospitality World will be coming to Cape Town next year which will make the Mother City the culinary capital of Africa. Pic by Jurie Senekal. www.fieramilano.co.za




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It was late October, early November, if I remember correctly. We were leaving Cape Town for good at the beginning of December, but knew that we had to be back for an engagement on Christmas Eve. We had to find somewhere to stay: a bed and breakfast with a hostess willing to let us invade her home on the day that most families dedicate to their nearest and dearest. I went on a mission, Google-ing and trawling through all the accommodation websites I could find. Armed with a list of names and numbers, I started making telephone calls. I don't remember exactly how many calls and/or e-mail enquiries I made before I spoke to Jenny Hermon. I told her my story and asked whether she could give us “room in her inn”, so to speak – we didn't even need breakfast and we'd sneak out early so as not to disturb her and her family. I hadn't even finished my story, and imagine my relief, when she said, “Yes, of course!” So, we discovered Oxford Cottage; a charming Victorian home, beautifully restored and decorated, and in a quiet cul de sac in Wynberg, Cape Town. It is close to two well known Cape Town boarding schools and is in easy walking distance of both picturesque Chelsea Village with its cafés and fascinating shops, as well as Kenilworth eateries like Borusso's and Jake's. Part of the Oxford Cottage charm, is its intimacy – only three rooms. All are en suite, spacious and comfortable, and simply, but beautifully decorated. Two, “Longmore” and “Morgenrood” are in the cottage, itself, on either side of the front door, looking on to the veranda and the immaculate garden. We so enjoy sitting out there with a cup of tea or glass of wine at the end of a long day. The third, “Maynard”, is a slightly larger, self-contained room with a private entrance and courtyard. In addition to the option of two single beds or a king size bed, it has a kitchen and small inside dining area to make this super for if you stay for more than just a couple of nights. Best of all, for summer, is that this room has lovely double doors that open out to the pool. The decor, while reflecting the Victorian era in which the house was built, is unfussy and makes clever use of period and contemporary pieces. Jenny has carried this theme into her dining room and adjoining kitchen, from which one can also see into the private, slightly sunken lounge. It is in this lovely space that Jenny cooks and serves your breakfast. The table is always beautifully set. Again, Jenny combines what must be family heirlooms and contemporary crockery – individual butter dishes and a plunger of coffee for you (and your partner), “communal” bowls of fresh fruit salad, yoghurt and muesli, from which to help yourself and then, for my husband and I, the piéce de resistance: Jenny's creamy scrambled egg on toast!

When we arrived at Oxford Cottage on that Christmas Eve in 2011, we were graciously and warmly welcomed. Although we said that we didn't want to bother with breakfast, and would get going relatively early, Jenny graciously, but firmly informed us that breakfast on Christmas morning was not negotiable. “You can't drive all that way, and not have a good breakfast,” she said. So began our association with Oxford Cottage; because we must come to Cape Town from time to time, for both business and pleasure, we still stay at Oxford Cottage, and shall continue doing so for as long as Jenny will have us! Oxford Cottage can be found at 21 Oxford Street, Wynberg, Cape Town www.oxfordcottage.co.za E-mail: info@oxfordcottage.co.za Telephone: +27-21-7612929



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to adults and children in poorly-resourced communities in the Western Cape. “'New Horizons – Beyond 100 Years' is our chosen theme to reflect our solid commitment to continuing to provide the very best mental health care that funding allows. As we head into our second century of work, we are driven by a mission to reach those where services do not exist, to challenge discriminatory practices and make mental health a reality for all,” said Ingrid Daniels, Director of the award-winning not-forprofit organisation. The Cape Town International Kite Festival is organised by Cape Mental Health each year to generate funding and bring together people of all abilities. The Cape Town International Kite Festival happens on (and above) the lawns surrounding Zandvlei, Muizenberg (corner Axminster and The Row). Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, the event offers lots of parking and easy access by train (False Bay or Muizenberg stations). Entry is just R20 for adults and R10 for children between 12 to 2 years). For more info: www.capementalhealth.co.za, 021 447 9040, info@cmhs.co.za or get regular updates on Facebook www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest and Twitter @CTKiteFest.


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