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ONTENTS

MAY 2015 BEAUTY

PERSONALITY

Turn iT up wiTh The black long

breaking iT down

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sleeve dress

Big for winter, a versatile addition to any woman’s wardrobe.

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iTs Time To Turn iT up Products that will have you turning up in sensational style

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luxe life - waTch ouT

someThing beauTiful

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Au naturale is the name of the game & Gisele Bunchen does it best!

glammed up

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Guys, get your Urban Styled look here!

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It’s the latest craze in the Zen world and we went along to find out more about it -aerial yoga, all you need to know

ENTERTAINMENT Tech know

Get her ultimate Autumn look this winter!

urban sTyled

HEALTH sTreTch yourself

Bulgari unveils their new luxury collection at Baselworld 2015

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We chat with popular dancer/ choreographer Courtnae’ Paul, SA’s hottest ‘B’ girl

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Highlighting the latest and greatest in the wonderful world of technology

The laTesT

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Keep up to date with the most current movies, books and music


LIFESTYLE

Tiffindell ski alpine resorT

fabulous finds

Our Fabulous Finds, your latest obsessions

Bringing the Alps into your backyard. Enjoy an authentic skiing experience right here in SA on the slopes of the Eastern Cape Highlands

TRAVEL

days aT sea

wanderlusT uncovered

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Tips, tricks and handy hints to take all your travel blues away

ellerman house villa one

spa aT The view

ellerman house villa Two

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burlesque cafe

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You’re in for a surprise at this quirky cafe with daily themes and delicious menus

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If beautiful beaches, lazy days spent sunbathing and slurping ice-creams is your thing. Look no further, the laid back locals and rustic charm will enchant you

DISCOVER Our luxury pampering session with a view

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Luxury personified on the Atlantic Seaboard with a personal chef to indulge your food fantasies; this jewel (no pun intended) is one to add to your crown in your quest for travel opulence

The Travelling chef

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Chef Alex Poltera from the KZN Midlands shares his Michelin starred travel diary. This time he is at the fabulous L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon SOHO | UK

bridezilla exisTs

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Mumm At Large shares the funny side of being a bridesmaid. Or not

jackie cameron

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Kitchen tips from one of SA’s most exciting and beloved Chefs

COOK LIKE A CHEF 57 veronica canha hibberT ellermanhouse

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debbie rich ouT To lunch pop up

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EDITOR’S NOTE | Aaliyah The sun is rising a little later, the mornings are a little cooler and I’ve got my jumper in the car, permanently. This can only mean one thing, Winter is beginning to say hello. With shorter days upon us and so many more things to it would be no wonder if you felt like me, wondering how And as many of us sun worshippers often do, we love to get away in the colder months to places where the sun is shining. This month our travel feature is not a destination but rather a selection of hints, tips and tricks we’ve picked up over the years to help ease those travel worries a little and to make the experience a lot more fun. We’ve turned it up! Editor Aaliyah Mia aaliyah@urbanlifemediasa.com 031 573 2405

Our cover feature this month is a young lady from Durban, who is inspiring others with her success in the entertainment industry. Courtnae’ Paul, is a mover and a shaker. Her legendary choreography and dance moves have earned her attention at a national level and her versatility has seen her springboard into one of the country’s hottest new Our cover was shot in honour of street art legend, Pastelheart. The personality whose creative gift kissed the walls of many cities around the world, from Durban to New York. His friendly face is sorely missed by all who knew him but his legend lives on in the ‘lips’ he had become renowned for.

Graphic Design & Layout Kira Persad kira@urbanlifemediasa.com 031 573 2405

We’re always on the lookout for new and interesting ideas or places to share with you and with the current trend toward healthy living and eating, we bring you Clementines. One of the newest and hippest food all meals are vegan. The owner, Debbie Rich, is a food lover from Durban and she shares her passion for food as well as a few delicious vegan recipes with us. Recently, a good friend of mine introduced me to aerial yoga and when of exercise. And besides, who wouldn’t like to work out and look good doing it. the luxury and opulence of this majestic hotel is something to be

Nompilo Mlambo mpilo@urbanlifemediasa.co.za 031 573 2405 Printer: Colourplanet

We hope you enjoy our Turn it Up edition and look forward to hearing your feedback, comments and suggestions.

With light and blessings,

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turn it uP

FEATURES:

COURTNAE’ PAUL

DANCER / CHOREOGRAPHER / MC / DJ

on the coVer Dancer | Choreographer | DJ Courtnae’ Paul PhotograPher: Abhi Indrarajan Shot on location:

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MakeuP: Zogra Cox courtnae’ Styled by: Nompilo Mlambo

Contributors: faShion: Tracey De Kock beauty: Fatima Rinquest bon ViVant: Mumm At Large Jackie Cameron the traVelling chef: Alex Poltera

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Big for winter, and a versatile addition to any woman’s wardrobe. It can be styled for the office, or accessorised for an evening out on the town. For a more classic look, choose minimal detailing, to avoid looking frumpy or outdated. The long sleeved black dress (or any long sleeved dress for that matter) exudes elegance. This dress may be very basic, but I think the basic nature is what makes it so stylish. It can be transformed into something glamorous in a matter of minutes, and it will always be in style no matter how long you have held onto it!

Let’s Look at a few ways to wear this versatiLe garment: 1. Sheer SleeveS Woman seeking a more youthful and sexy look, should look for a dress with sheer sleeves. This will give a more modern and updated style. Accessorise with a bold cocktail ring and statement earrings. Pair with an embellished, simple styled stiletto.

2. Keep hemlineS Short and necKlineS low Short hemlines are more modern and create a nice contrast to the style of dress, which is often considered quite modest. By having a lower neckline and a shorter hemline, a sense of balance will be created, as this type of dress can come across as quiet “solid/heavy”

3. Get the riGht fit an everyday option, comfort is key, while those worn quality fabric is essential. There are style options for any body.


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4. Jewellery Because it is a single colour long sleeve dress, you can experiment with more sophisticated necklaces, earrings and bracelets. Just remember that your aim is to create a balance and not look like a Christmas tree! If you choose a bold necklace than keep earrings simple; a plain

5. add a belt Change the look by adding a belt in the waist. Pick a wide belt for a younger look, and a thinner belt for a more classic look. A gold or neutral belt are a good option.

6. ScarveS Tie a beautiful, colourful scarf loosely around your neck. The pop of colour adds interest and is suitable for almost all occasions.

7. JacKetS Wear with a blazer for a more corporate look. A trench coat is also a great addition, but one that is more dramatic. Make sure that the length of the trench is proportionate to the length of the dress. Pair with boots and stockings. There are many more ways you can wear this dress to suit any occasion. No matter what the weather is like outside, this dress will see you through the whole year.

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If you don’t have a long sleeve black dress in your closet right now, go out and get one as soon as possible, as it will always be there to save you in a last minute clothing crisis!

“Be the best you!” Your friend in fashion

Tracey xx


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It’s tIme to

Tur n I t Up.

3 Words: Fatima Rinquest Gierdien

This month it’s the latest feminine scent, the perfect bronzer for a sun kissed look and beautiful skincare products.

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Designing Duo Bronzing PowDer R655. A beautiful bronzing powder that can be used all year especially in winter to add a bit of warmth and sparkle for a radiant complexion. I can’t leave home without a swipe of bronzer on my

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chanel le Vernis in 681 ForTissimo R355 They call it the deep navy blue, I call it a colour to die for, this ultra-chic hue is all you need to look really stylish this winter. reVlon age DeFying Facial cleansing Foam 120ml R115 A delicate cleanser with a combination of copper and grapefruit extract designed to reduce the appearance

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smoother.

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niVea Q10 Plus anTi-wrinkle energy serum R149,99 A stellar product formulated with hyaluronic acid to plump up the skin, leaving it energised and radiant. Invest in good skincare for this winter, this is an absolute must.

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Dolce & gaBBana Dolce Floral DroPs eDT 50ml R1030 with a hint of neroli leaves, and exquisite.

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SERPENTI GOES HEAD OVER TAIL

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SCULPTURES OF LIGHT

As unveiled at Baselworld, the leading event for the watch and jewellery industry. These luxury Bulgari watches reinvent the classic beauty of a timepiece. From design to functionality every exquisite detail brings opulence to life.

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somethINg BeautIfuL

Words: Fatima Rinquest Gierdien

This Winter go for the natural, nude and brown toned make-up. This season’s makeup look is flawless skin, sophisticated nude lips and pretty copper eyes. A look that is perfect for warm working days and intimate soirees. It’s all about the forty’s Hollywood glamour, very ladylike and flattering.

Your beautY kit: 1. Revlon ColorStay Foundation Combination /Oily skin in Golden Beige 2. Yardley stayfast lipstick in sienna 3. Sally Hansen nail colour in enchante 4. Rimmel brow this way sculpting kit 5. Yardley stayfast single eyeshadow in copper one 6. Chanel Healthy Glow Multi Colour Mariniere spf 15

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14 | BEAUTY HER ULTIMATE AUTUMN LOOK

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We love the elegant, pure, classy look, You can rock this outfit during the day or turn it up even more with a bold gold envelope clutch bag for an evening look. Ladies this Autumn get yourself a stylish tailored jacket you just won’t go wrong with it.

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4 1. Chaqueta Salero Jacket | mango | R1199 2. Necklace (Sina gold) | mango | R299 3. Burberry booties / zip detailed peep toe ankle | burberry.com | R9741 4. Angie Jeans | mango | R899 R393

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When it comes to guys, a simple modern gentleman look is a yes, yes, yes! Something comfortable, yet on point and trendy this laid back outfit is perfect for a day of hanging out with your boys or even date night with your bae. Get it now!!!

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4 1. Creson Stanley Suede brogues | Johnlewis.com | R3757 R610 3. Men’s grey Paul Smith cotton t-shirt | paulsmith.com | R900 R537 5. Navy wool blend zip coat | paulsmith.com | R5179

urBaN styLed


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Stretch Yours Aerial yoga is the latest craze in the Zen world right now! Invented by aerial performer Christopher Harrison (who is a former gymnast and Broadway choreographer.) It is about combining the different aspects of yoga, pilates, aerial arts and strength training designed to increase strength, mobility, balance and flexibility. So WHAT IS IT -

move and stretch.

WHY You SHouLD trY aeriaL Yoga: 1. FULL BODY WOrkOUt: 2. inner WeLLness:

your muscles are regenerated and strengthened during the workout.

are rejuvenated through blood movement which also boosts your mental abilities. your mind relaxes your skin is nourished and the neural connections in your brain are strengthened.

3. stress reLieF:

like most workouts, aerial yoga assists in rebuilding your emotional system

4. LeArn A skiLL:

The modern and enhanced movements involved in the workout aid your body to develop skills that you are not able to achieve in regular yoga.

5. spiritUAL UpLiFtment:

which helps you to develop your own artistic skills. it is also said you get to experience more joy and optimism.


21 | HEALTH What to Wear:

that cover your underarms and knee’s. Wearing socks will also required.

important to remember When doing aerial Yoga: - Avoid lose clothing (to prevent fabric getting in the way) - Arrive well hydrated - Eat a light meal prior to the class (Having nutrients in your system will help to give you the energy you need for the work out) - Avoid eating or drinking acidic liquids 1 hour prior

Have fun and play! These are the major principles of aerial yoga. “so get on your fitness gear and Turn it up with Aerial Yoga. DiD you know physical rehabilitation. For more inFormation go to:

and you look good doing it!!


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Techknow Tech-know

We find the most current, trendy & relevant gadgets that will make even the ‘nerdiest’ geek smile

hubsan h107c quaDcopter Drone with camera

withings.com

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shadoW Wireless earphones the babolat play

solrepublic.com

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Watch that

comeDy | 1st may 2015

Bianca is a content high school senior whose world is shattered when she learns the student to her prettier, more popular friends. Now, despite the words of caution from her favorite teacher, she puts aside the potential distraction of her crush, Toby, and enlists Wesley, a reinvent herself.

Drama | 15th may 2015

comeDy | 15th may 2015

The Barden Bellas are back diagnosed with ALS. Bec is a brash college student and would-be rock singer who can barely keep her wildly chaotic

marriage to Evan hits the skids, both women come to rely on what becomes an unconventional.

as they navigate through their senior year. Emily Junk, who’s a legacy thanks to her mother, Stars: John michael higgins, Brittany snow, elizabeth Banks, skylar astin, wilson, adam DeVine, anna camp, katey sagal

Stars: hilary swank, Josh Duhamel

Stars: mae whitman, Bella Thorne

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comeDy | crime

Drama

Dale, Kurt and Nick decide to start their own business but things don’t go as planned because of a slick investor,

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer returns to his childhood home where his father, the town’s

a harebrained and misguided kidnapping scheme. Stars: Jason Bateman, Jason sudeikis

Hank sets out to discover the truth and, along the way, reconnects with his estranged family.Drama

musical | romance

Set to the music of popular hit songs from the 1980s. A beautiful coastal village, present day Italy. After a whirlwind romance, Maddie is preparing to has invited her sister Taylor to

Stars: robert Downey Jr., robert Duvall

of her life... Stars: annabel scholey, greg wise


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eXPeRience this THe Good Food & WIne SHoW

Joining buddy Valastro, cake boss in cape town are celebrity chefs matt preston, australian masterchef Judge and siba mtongana, Food network. the celebrity chefs theatre features international and local chefs who will inspire, teach and engage closely with you. Good Food & wine show promises a tasteful journey from interactive cooking, great activities for children, wine appreciation and tastings, craft beer and much more. Book now at ComputiCket: ticket prices start from r250 – r450 per person. Vip ticket r600 per person performance times 19 – 20 may 2015:- 14:00 and 20:00 GooD FooD & wine show cape town 21 – 24 may 2015

ReaD this I AM PILGRAM Can you commit the perfect crime? Pilgrim is the codename for a man who doesn’t exist. The adopted son of a wealthy American family, he once headed up a secret intelligence. Before he disappeared into anonymous retirement, he on forensic criminal investigation. But that book will come back to haunt him.

THE ESCAPE Military CID investigator John Puller has returned from his latest case to learn

expert in nuclear weaponry and cyber-security, has escaped from the Army’s most secure prison. Preliminary investigations convicted of treason may have had help in his breakout.

Listen to

Kendrick Lamar Hardcore

Madness Title Sleeping with Siren pop

Hannah Cohen Pleasure boy Rock


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Fabulous Finds

Each month we make it our mission to scour the web for the finest in luxury and unusual items to add some va va voom to your wish list!

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Bentley classic weekender leather Briefcase inspired by their racing heritage this leather holdall 1930 le mans winning car. Fully lined in cotton with with envy

smarter wifi kettle

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100 percent awesome. using an app (naturally), worked out this will save you up to two days to ‘wake’ and ‘home’ mode, so it automatically starts boiling at times when you’re in the need

Polaroid instant moBile Printer

temperature (hardcore tea drinkers, you know what’s up here). The stainless steel kettle sends you a message to tell you when your hot water

images that are dry to the touch. Features automatic image quality optimisation with water-resistant, smartphone!

smarter.am

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fancy retro fliP down clock This retro-look clock combines high precision electronics with steam punk

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west Bend egg and muffin toaster,

dark control settings, egg cooker to steam, poach

dura flame infrared tower Power heater

up much space in your room and looks nice with its

temperature in just minutes. with cancel button, 1200 watts, 1 year warranty.

rosewill.com

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cocoon smart security system usB PaPer towel holder security. cocoon is a single smart home security device which combines sensors like a hD camera, motion Detection & suBsounD Technology to sense activity anywhere in your

The interchangeable topper is actually a wine stopper so you can easily replace it to complement any decor or season. This stylish device is sturdy, with a weighted, non-slip rubber-coated bottom. it has a

anything unusual happens, so you can take

so the roll will not unravel.

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28 | TRAVEL

Wanderlust Going on holiday is exciting and almost always an experience that we look forward to with much anticipation. But the planning both before you get there and even when you do, can be quite stressful. As we plan our winter holidays and get ready for a new adventure, we’ve put together some practical tips to make the planning easier and tidy up the nitty gritty once you’ve arrived at your destination.


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You’Ve arriVeD:

1. Either before you actually get there, or on

board learn a few local phrases, like please, thank you, and hello. It shows you’ve taken a real interest and when you greet someone in their native tongue it’s a great icebreaker a little.

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country where it’s not safe to drink the water, don’t. In other words, keep your mouth shout...even in the shower. Most hotels have complimentary bottled water in the rooms, I even use these to brush my teeth.

3. I often travel with my husband and though he is the best travel companion, (he’s the methodical one, checking maps, solo can be quite an adventure as well. So if you’re travelling alone, use it as an opportunity to make new friends, many of which you will have forever. Solo travel allows the culture and forces you to learn a new language.

4. When your limited foreign language fails you, try body language. Punctuate your sentence with a smile, it goes much further than trying to scream in your own language. 5. Always ask the hotel reception for a

business card, this helps when trying to explain to a taxi driver where you need to get to. It is also very useful if you get lost.

6. Always, always double check. When you get up to leave anywhere, a restaurant, a bar or even a bus stop, a quick turn around to make sure you haven’t left anything behind can save many hours of searching later.


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7. Try not to exchange money at your rather look around for a currency exchange. In fact, these days, most countries have ATM’s where you can draw money in the correct currency anyway.

which places of interest you really monuments always have a good local guide, don’t pass up the opportunity of using one. It might cost you a bit but you will learn more from him or her than your guide book can tell you, besides they will probably be happy to recommend other areas of interest or even restaurants you would otherwise not have known about. Topkapi Palace, he ended up spending the day with us and showing us the subterranean cisterns of the Basilica, the Blue Mosque and many others, including some great places to eat.

9. Do not be paranoid – Be wary, be wise but don’t be paranoid. A few years anoid that I convinced myself and my husband that someone in the hotel had morning we were leaving. Since, then I’ve aware of where I am but never to stress myself out.

10. Beware of tourist traps, rather decide ahead of time, book your tickets from home and then stick to that. Much time can be wasted at some of these, but if you really want to see it, arrive early, keep your sense of humour and make sure your camera is charged. I in Barcelona, and was happy to stand in the line to do so, my hubby, not so much, so we found him a spot of shade and left him there. He was happy to see it from the outside.


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online helps: The internet has become everyone’s friend. So before you make any decisions, have a look at a few user review sites, the most popular being Trip Advisor. It is a helpful tool not only for evaluating hotels, but restaurants and tourist attractions as well. I booked a Trip Advisor and now still highly recommend the same hotel. Just remember, user reviews are useful and can always helpful is the user posted images. Where to staY: These days hotels are not the only option, fully serviced apartments are becoming more and more popular. My American friend introduced me to a concept called you to have an authentic experience of the country

useful when planning your trip and can also assist if when abroad, purely for safety reasons. However, I must say, that if you post a question like, Where is the will be a number of suggestions that could come through. Just be smart about it. mobile apps: Many countries have great apps that you can show on Broadway or even in London. So before you go ahead and pay a fortune to see Les Miserables or London and buy tickets for the shows at discounted rates. I’ve used the app and the booth and I swear this is the only way to buy these tickets. With the booth though, you have to get there early as the queues can be quite long.


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traVel saVVy: 1. Invest in a durable, lightweight, smooth-rolling wheel bag that holds a lot and doesn’t tip over easily, you may pay a little more but will be grateful for the bag’s lighter weight once you’ve done your shopping. 2. If you’re investing in a good bag, ensure that it uses the universally accepted locking system. This way you won’t have to worry about misplaced

barely 6 months on mine and was almost denied entry.

7. If you forget your international travel adaptor or phone charger check with the hotel reception, they usually have a spare or two. The same applies to toiletries that you may have forgotten. 8.

bag is good to go.

to eat where locals eat. Choose a busy place as it will mean a quick turnover of food ensuring that what you get will be fresh. Warning: It may not be glamorous but I promise it will be an experience.

3. A slim digital camera that turns on and focuses

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camera. It’s become my best travel friend.

pretend it’s your anniversary or birthday, hotels have probably heard it all and then some by now.

4. Always make a copy of your passport and leave

10. Save your embassy information on your

a scanned copy to yourself and save it to your phone ready to print should you need it.

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luggage tag. Would be thieves will be likely to know that your home is empty for the next couple numbers and a postal code.

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on your passport, so do not leave renewal until the last minute.

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37 | TRAVEL 11. Depending on what is important to you, weigh your options. If staying in a luxury hotel is high on your list, then consider a low cost airline or

additional leg room are key, then book them, don’t rely on the upgrade that may not come and the stress of waiting that it does.

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you have used one.

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realise how important it is when you don’t have it.

17. blogposts, have a look at images and ask.

18. Some of the best restaurant and activity

recommendations will come from your concierge,

as arranging entry at Azucar, the famed Salsa dancing club.

you get bumped which means you would have to inconvenience.

14. Checking in to your hotel after the regular

time of 2pm provides you with an opportunity to request an upgrade. Hotels only become aware of no shows and cancellations after the check in time has passed, so they refrain from giving upgrades until then.

So whether you’re staying home to rediscover the beautiful country we call South Africa or going abroad to enjoy the sun, I hope the above hints, tips and ideas help to make your vacation a little less stressful, a lot more fun and if there should be drama, let it be drama of the best kind.

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both convenient and an easy no-fuss way to get around.

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spa aT The view The Spa at The View is in complete harmony with its ocean view surroundings. The amazing environment boosts your energy levels, helps recharge your batteries and inspires you to adopt a healthier lifestyle.

spa ,we were welcomed and greeted with beautiful smiles. As I waited for the therapist I was invited to relax on the sumptuous couches with a little

AMANZIMTOTI

cuppa while fresh ocean breezes cool you down after being out in the heat. The Spa has amazing sea view and when I saw it, it music and attentive therapists, this was no doubt the right place for me to experience a little pampering. which began with an extensive back massage and continued with a soothing neck and head massage from the bowl below the face rest, it was easy to allow slumber to claim me. The experience of the therapist was obvious as she seemed to know exactly where more pressure was attention. expereince at The Spa and can truly say this was one of the nicest massages I have received. I felt the

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MARGATE

Visiting Burlesque Cafe in Ramsgate has been described as “falling down a rabbit hole”! Once you step inside, you’ll quickly be swept up into whatever fantasy is on offer for the day. Perhaps you’ll arrive in Victorian England – all white linen, pale yellow teapots filled with roses and gleaming silverware – or maybe your train is bound for colourful India – complete with bright candelabra and coloured glassware filled with fresh herbs.

of our favourite seaside villages that we love to frequent. So, expect seasonal, organic, Mediterranean foods – with mezze, tapa’s, pasta and seafood with a strong vegetarian slant. We could not resist transforming this 1930’s site into a Cafe! Being a collector of art and antiques as well as that we should base ourselves in the village that we love so much.

Marine Drive, Margate, 4285, South Africa t: 039 3149886 Facebook: Burlesque-Cafe twitter: BurlesqueCafe www.theburlesquecafe.com


RECIPE

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inGreDients: baking powder | 3tsp bicarb | 2tsp salt | 4 eggs | 2 cup milk | 1cup oil | 4 tsp vanilla ess | 2 cup boiling water | 200g chocolate methoD: 1. Combine all dry ingredients except the 200g chocolate. 2. Then add all wet ingredients accept the water and mix all together. 3. 4. Pour into cake tins and bake at 180*c


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EASTERN CAPE

TIFFINDELL SKI AND ALPINE RESORT

Summer is has come to an end, and holiday options seem to whither down to spending the winter holidays cooped up at home, so where do you go?

to us for only a few months of the year it is too pure and clean to miss.

Spend your days on the slopes learning, at your own pace, how to ski and snowboard with our international and local instructors. Not skiing? snowmen, throwing snow balls or tobogganing.

memorable family or group holiday, a romantic honeymoon, corporate functions and conferences. Equipped as a fully functioning ski shop, ski school and more importantly all the ambiance of a truly international ski resort.

centrally heated rooms within 100m of the slope and the main lodge. With the choice of private chalets, family chalets, luxury suites, or the option of luxury 6, 8 or 10 sleeper self-catering alpine chalets, there is something for everyone.


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kids can get their schooling & skiing

day including dinner, bed & breakfast, ski equipment hire and ski lift pass.

and shooters in South Africa’s highest pub “Ice Station 2720”, hang upside-down from skis, have a few drinks telling the stories of your ski experiences. It’s time to give up the bikinis and summer sun for a magical winter ski holiday right here in South Africa – no passport needed! Book a winter holiday at become a South African “National Treasure”.’

where in the country.

tiFFindell

tel: +27 45 974 9004 e-mail: reservations@snow.co.za twitter:


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SOUTH COAST

D A Y S AT SEA The KwaZulu-Natal South Coast is renowned for its beautiful beaches, its lazy days spent sunbathing and slurping ice-creams, its laid back locals and its rustic charm. It comes as something of a surprise then to find nestled among the frangipani and palm trees, a five-star guest house that owes its aesthetic less to rustic beach chic and far more to ultra-modern euro-centric minimalism and high fashion. Even more of a surprise is just how well this works, and just how comfortable and inviting euro-chic can actually be.


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reated and designed 2005-2007 by Schoeldgen who developed

on Durban’s South Coast. The very private and Mediterranean lifestyle. He lived in Ibiza, Spain for nearly 10 years where he was active as designer of building, music compilations and

has been chosen under the 100 Best Hide- Away Hotels of the World.

magazines world wide. Please have a look at the website as it gives you lots of detailed information and the owner’s website www.aboutguido.com which already has more than 240.000 visitors which is quite amazing for an artist. daYs at sea

South Africa tel: +27 39 313 0013 e-mail: daysatsea.hotel@gmail.com Facebook: Days At Sea Beach Lodge twitter: daysatseahotel


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WESTERN CAPE

Villa 1

Ellerman House Modern architecture and a breathtaking private location with uninterrupted Atlantic Ocean views define Ellerman House’s original exclusive-use accommodation, Villa One. Separate to Ellerman House yet on the same property, Villa One offers all the benefits of being attached to an exclusive small hotel coupled with life’s ultimate luxuries – complete privacy and discreet, highly personalised service. Designed with the discerning luxury traveller

Sheltered from the prevailing Southeaster wind in

groups of friends. In contrast to the old-world glamorous, contemporary edge to the hotel’s

an exquisite, sea-view location in Bantry Bay, one of the most sought-after residential suburbs in Cape Town.

characteristic of this stretch of the rugged and beautiful Cape Peninsula. With accommodation for up to 10 people, spacious entertainment and villa epitomises the glamorous beach lifestyle for which Cape Town has become world famous.


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LeveL 1 With breathtaking ocean views and indigenous gardens. The Ellerman House Spa and two deluxe spa bedrooms are located on this LeveL 2 stunning collection of original art are key characteristics of the living areas. A personal chef is on call to create your meals. The emphasis is on fresh, locally sourced and seasonal ingredients.

specialised wine tastings treatment rooms,a relaxation area, sensation

Aerial Cablewayor Camps Bay the city centre

LeveL 3 three bedrooms, each with a spacious bathroom (Aqua) has sea views from the bedroom and bathroom.

snacks


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WESTERN CAPE

Villa 2

Ellerman House Gravity defying, ultra-modern architecture and breathtaking Atlantic Ocean views define the latest addition to Ellerman House’s luxury accommodation. Separate to Ellerman House yet on the same property, Villa Two offers all the benefits of being attached to one of the most exclusive small hotels in the world coupled with life’s ultimate luxuries – complete privacy and discreet personal service tailor made to the individual. Designed with the discerning luxury traveller

With three bedrooms, spacious entertainment

groups of friends. In contrast to the old-world

epitomises the glamorous beach lifestyle for which Cape Town has become world famous.

glamorous, contemporary edge to the hotel’s

is the quintessential ocean-view retreat – set apart, high up, away from the crowds.


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Its Bantry Bay location, one of the most sought-after prevailing Southeaster wind in summer and spectacular scenery characteristic of the rugged Cape Peninsula.

bathroom, study area, cinema, and three luxuriously appointed bedrooms each with an extensive open-plan dressing room and bathroom and separate W/C. The rooms are named Sea Point, Clifton and Bantry Bay, according to their geographical orientation within the villa. Each bedroom extends outdoors onto a private terrace.

designed kitchen, equipped with a central island, sleek timber cupboards, a separate scullery and walk-in cold room. The kitchen is designed for social, interactive cooking and casual dining and includes a personal on call chef. It a sliding panel.

South Africa tel: +27 21 430-3200 e-mail: info@ellerman.co.za Facebook: EllermanHouse


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Words: Alex Poltera

Twitter: @alexpoltera

the traVeLLINg chef at L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon soho – london

Joel Robuchon is a French chef who has award winning restaurants spread over 11 cities in the world, deeming him the world’s most ‘starred’ chef. L’Atelelier de Joel Robuchon is a 1 Michelin starred restaurant in the theatre district of London, UK. Spread over 3 floors, the eatery delivers a sense of incredibly modern surrounds with a predominantly black and red colour palette.


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Plum and Chocolate Dessert


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Kitchen view from the table

Iberico Ham and tomato toast

The dinner was a triumph. Every flavour combination experienced was unique to any other I had experienced before. The intricacies and details displayed and executed in the dishes were breathtaking and over-all the whole evening was sensational. l’atelier De Joel robuchon 13-15 West Street, London t: +44 (0)207 010 8600 email: Facebook: latelierlondon instagram: latelier.london twitter: latelierlondon


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briDeZiLLa EXISTS!! And I should know... I’ve met her!! Or rather I should say that I know her. TP has found the man of her dreams and what a spectacular couple they make. Cat mad (they have 4) and two little peas in a pod you have never met. It’s very cute how well suited they are but it’s like spending time with your grandparents! Bridezilla from hell the minute the wedding plans announced. I was extremely honoured to be asked to be Maid of Honour and was very keen to do wrong!! It all started out innocently and as expected. The “Save The Date” arrived and a few months later the

It also turned out that the one Direction Concert insanely, agreed to take the Daughter to a screaming mass of hysteria. Being the ever practical one, well, I think so at any rate – I informed Bridezilla-To-Be that I would stay the week with her And so it was, with much excitement and a plane

So far so good and the dress was being made, which meant we were on track, with plenty of time to go before the big event.

Tambo. There she was, ready to pick us up, a relief were expecting to get to her place and chill………

Then before you know it, the big day is looming. that the wedding was taking place in Jozi while the rest of us reside in Durban. Anyway, it so happened that the wedding was on the Saturday of the Easter weekend.

we hit the road amid instructions of what had to be


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And that my Darlings, is how NOT to be a Bridezilla!!

Toodle-DOO!!

arge

At L Mumm


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IN THE KITCHEN WITH Chef Jackie Cameron One of the most exciting South African chefs over the last decade, Jackie Cameron’s name has become synonomous with gastronomic pleasure. Look out for Jackie Cameron’s School of Food and Wine which opened in April 2015 in KwaZulu-Natal.

FiFo

Catch Jackie each month for tips as we build up to her chef school special Facebook: Jackie Cameron Twitter: @Jackie_Cameron Instagram: jackiecameronincolour www.jackiecameron.co.za


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COOK LIKE A Chef

VERONICA CANHA HIbbERT DEbbIE RICH


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Chef Veronica Canha-Hibbert Ellerman House to be true to the products used, as it is a privilege to be working with the best products available. She insists that the greatest care and attention is given to the product “The Chefs who work with me here at Ellerman House are all young and enthusiastic and I am proud of each one of them as they have proved themselves to be a vital part of all our successes in the kitchen.” The Ellerman House experience has always been about combining unique combinations. Its breath-taking South African master artworks along the best of new alongside the best of modern architecture. It’s also a piece of uniquely South African hospitality in seven years at Ellerman House has created unique

Veronica started her career in 1999 at The Mount Nelson as an apprentice under Garth Strobel. After qualifying Veronica left to work in Five Star establishments in England. She returned to Cape Town in 2008 and started at Ellerman House in July. is never an issue as new menus and dishes are constantly being created. She loves the genuine feeling of family between the various departments whose combined goal is guest satisfaction.

“I always ask myself whether I can create ingredients better ourselves.” The freedom to buy any ingredient she wants and to explore creative possibilities has pushed the boundaries of taste, with frequent guests often planning their meals

Europe, Congo and Zambia take shape.

South Africa tel: +27 21 430-3200 e-mail: info@ellerman.co.za Facebook: EllermanHouse


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Confit Pork Belly inGreDients: 1.5kg-piece pork belly, skin on, unscored | 1.5L canola oil | 500ml olive oil methoD - conFit salt 1. Combine garlic, herbs, salt and spices. Sprinkle 2 table spoons in a 7cm-deep, 25 - 35cm baking dish. inGreDients - conFit salt

cure.

3 cloves garlic, crushed 6 dried bay leaves, crushed 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme 2 tablespoons sea salt 2 teaspoons ground coriander 1 teaspoon coarsely ground black pepper

pork and dish. Discard. Pat dry with paper towel.

inGreDients reD - cabbaGe 2 rashers smoked streaky bacon, 1 tablespoon fennel seeds, crushed 1 onion, peeled and sliced

Maldon Salt freshly ground black pepper 150 ml balsamic vinegar 1 tablespoon knob butter leaves, chopped

combined oil. Cover with foil. 5. Bake for 7 hours or until very tender. porkbelly in the fridge, covered with oil, for up to 2 weeks. Drain pork, reserving oil. 7. Place pork, rind-side down, on a lined tray. Top with paper, another tray and 2-3 cans to compress. Chill overnight. 8. Preheat oven to 220C. Score the pork rind in a dia mond pattern. Cut into 2cm-thick slices. 9. Line baking dish. Drizzle over 1 tablespoon reserved oil. until crisp. methoD - braiseD reD cabbaGe 1. Pour olive oil into a saucepan heat on a moderate heat and add the bacon and fennel seeds. 2. Cook until golden then add the onion and continue to cook, with the lid on, for a few more minutes until golden and sticky. 3. Add the apple, followed by the cabbage chunks, salt and pepper and the balsamic vinegar and stir every thing together well. low heat for an hour, checking and stirring every so often. 5. Add the butter and the chopped parsley.


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Confit Pork Belly Cont.. inGreDients - celeriac puree 1.3 kg celeriac, brush excess tops, cut into quarters and peel. Rinse in cool water if there is any 1/2-inch thick, dice 1 tablespoon olive oil 4 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 1 teaspoon maldon salt freshly ground black pepper 1.5 litre vegetable stock 2 tablespoons unsalted butter 1/4 cup fresh cream methoD - celeriac puree 1. heat the olive oil in a saucepan over low heat. add the celeriac, garlic, salt and pepper and cook, stirring frequently, just until it begins to soften, approximately 5 minutes. 2. increase the heat to medium-high and add the stock. 3. Bring to a boil and cook until the celeriac is tender and easily pierced with a fork, +\- 20 mins. 4. drain the celeriac through a colander & return to the pot. use a stick blender, puree until no lumps are present, +\- 1 min. 5. heat the cream with the butter until melted. 6. add the cream and butter and continue to puree with the stick blender for another minute. 7. serve warm.


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inGreDients - pineapple: 1 pineapple 150g castor sugar 5ml vanilla extract 50g water 50g white granulated sugar 50g chenin Blanc 1 star anise 1 cinnamon stick methoD - sous ViDe pineapple 1. Bring water, cane sugar, and chenin Blanc to a boil. 2. add star anise and cinnamon stick to infuse. 3. set aside. 4. caramelise sugar, add pineapple 5. add sugar/wine mixture, then add vanilla extract 6. vacuum seal on high 7. cook at 75ยบc for 1 hour in a water bath.


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Duck and Rhubarb methoD - sauce: inGreDients - sauce: 1 Tbsp brown sugar 100ml red wine vinegar 500ml chicken stock 20g butter inGreDients - rhubarb:

caramelise.

methoD - rhubarb:

3-4 sticks rhubarb, roughly chopped 2 Tbsp brown sugar splash of grenadine, optional inGreDients - Duck:

methoD - Duck:

2 tsp salt 2 large duck breasts, trimmed and fat scored inGreDients - pak choi:

the duck is almost cooked through.

groundnut oil, for frying 1 red chilli, chopped 4 pak choi, quartered soy sauce, to taste methoD For pak choi: For the Garnish: 50g brown sugar ½ stick rhubarb, cut into 1žcm batons 20g butter

minutes.

For the Garnish:


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Oven Roasted Kudu Loin inGreDients 4 x 160g kudu loin, trimmed 25 ml canola oil 20g butter 2 garlic cloves, peeled, crushed 2-3 sprigs thyme maldon salt and freshly ground black pepper methoD 1. Preheat the oven to 220’c. 2. rub the kudu Loin with plenty of salt and pepper and the oil. 3. heat a large frying pan until very hot. 4. fry the loin on all sides until browned. 5. transfer to a roasting tin. 6. Place the kudu loin in the centre of the roasting tin, arrange the whole garlic bulbs 7. roast for 23 minutes for medium-rare. 8. when the beef is cooked, remove from the oven, cover with foil. 9. leave to rest for 15 minutes. inGreDients - semi DrieD roma tomatoes 80 g roma tomatoes 1 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves salt and pepper methoD - semi DrieD roma tomatoes 1. Preheat oven to 150°c. Line a baking tray with non-stick baking paper. Place a wire rack on the prepared tray. cut 1kg roma tomatoes in half lengthways. arrange the tomato, cut-side up, on the wire rack. 2. season the tomato with salt and pepper. sprinkle with 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves. Bake in oven for 2 1/2 hours or until the tomato is dry around the edges but still soft in the centre. 3. set aside to cool completely. 4. transfer to an airtight container. cover with extra virgin olive oil.


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methoD - FonDant potato 1. heat the butter over a medium heat in a saucepan. 2. when the butter is foaming add the potatoes and fry until deep golden-brown on one side, about 5-6 minutes. (do not move the potatoes as they cook.) 3. turn over the potatoes and cook for a further 5-6 minutes, or until golden-brown on both sides. 4. carefully pour in the stock, then add the garlic cloves and thyme sprigs. 5. season, to taste, with salt and freshly ground black pepper. 6. cover the pan with a lid and reduce the heat until the stock is simmering. simmer the potatoes until tender, then remove the potatoes from the pan using a slotted spoon and keep warm.


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Oven Roasted Kudu Loin cont... inGreDients - sautéeD asparaGus 3 tablespoons butter 1 bunch fresh asparagus 3 cloves garlic chopped inGreDients - sautéeD enGlish spinach

methoD - sautéeD asparaGus 1. Melt the butter or margarine in a large skillet over medium-high heat. 2. Add the garlic and asparagus spears; cover and cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until asparagus is tender. 3. If you like your asparagus well done, reduce heat and cook an additional 10 minutes.

3 tablespoons butter 500g English Spinach 3 cloves garlic, chopped

methoD - sautéeD enGlish spinach

inGreDients - Juniper sauce

3. Add the garlic and cook until fragrant (do not let brown), about 30 seconds. 4. Add half of the spinach and cook, turning with tongs, until it begins to wilt, about 1 minute. Add the remaining spinach and season with the salt and pepper and continue to cook, turning, until wilted, 2 to 3 minutes. 5. Drain on kitchen towel before plating.

100g celery, washed and cut into chunks 100g carrots, peeled and cut into chunks 162g onions, peeled and cut into quarters 100g leeks, washed and cut into chunks 3 cloves garlic 8 Juniper berries 350 ml Port 1 pinches Chinese 5 Spice 600 ml beef stock 40g unsalted butter inGreDients - VerJuice reDuction

1. Wash and dry the spinach.

methoD - Juniper sauce oil.

down over a moderate heat until reduced by half. 4. Add the beef stock and reduce by half again. 5. Strain the sauce and set aside.

100 g Sugar methoD - VerJuice reDuction boil. 2. Cook down over a moderated heat until reduced by half.


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Out To Lunch With My Darling Clementine Debbie Rich is not your average vegan. The vibrant and energetic proponent for healthy living is passionate about food and enthusiastic about life. Debbie first discovered the benefits of healthy eating as a way of life about three years ago. She was approaching the big Five O and what with so many new reported cases of cancer, she decided to go on a detox. Prior to this, Debbie was a coffee loving, caffeine addicted chocoholic. She constantly craved sugar but soon realised that the energy rush she was getting from the sugar was short lived. As a birthday gift to herself, Debbie embarked upon a three month no meat, wheat free vegan diet. She soon felt more energised and realised that the ‘healthier’ feeling she was experiencing was coming from the simple change in diet. Debbie was in love, and decided nutritional properties of food. Without any chef skills or

It was not long before Debbie was invited to share her tasty creations at the popular iHeart market in Durban and although, many were reluctant to even give the tasty treats a try, she persevered. This coincided with the shift in eating habits and toward a healthier lifestyle by people in general and soon Debbie’s delicious rainbow rolls were the talk of the town. passion to another Durban favourite market, The things yummy, like tahini, hummus and tzatziki with all manner of colourful raw vegetables. It was my turn to fall in love. Debbie has no formal chef training and does not profess to be one, what she is, is passionate about how valuable our health is. She loves food that looks as good as it tastes. She believes, that the way we eat can help our bodies heal themselves and says,

“This ain’t no hippy hot box, mother trucker!”


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With her bright colours and interesting design, I’m sure you will not miss her. Clementine is special to Debbie as most of the work was done personal one. If you’re keen to learn about whole foods or workshop to anyone interested and is eager To Lunch” with Debbie every Sunday at The be spending the day serving up delicious vegan treats on Twitter:@ClementinesDBN.

tel: 083 449 2880 e-mail: bluestar@telkomsa.net Facebook: twitter: @clementinesDBN.

“Why wait to experience bad health, before you pay attention and look for good health”


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autumn SmootHie ingreDientS: 1/2 cup almonds 1 tsp tumeric or small piece of fresh turmeric 1 tbsp raw honey 1 piece of fresh ginger 2 teaspoons cinnamon 1 cup of freshly squeezed orange juice 1 banana 1 tbsp linseeds metHoD: 1. blend all the ingredients together in a high powered blender or smoothie machine 2, serve chilled HeaLtH beniFitS : almonds are alkaline Ginger helps digestion banana has potassium linseeds are good omegas cinnamon helps blood sugar orange juice has Vitiman c


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aubergine Vegan burger ingreDientS:

1 cup chopped red onion 2 cloves garlic 2 cups chopped parsley 2 tsp Himalayan salt 2 tsp coriander powder 4 tsp cumin 4 tsp medium masala 1 tsp grated ginger methoD:

to change colour. oven till the skin begins to wrinkle, about 30 mins. small pieces. 4. Blend all the ingredients together in a S blade blender so that they bind together. 5. Take out the mixture and form burger patties. outside is crispy.

some sprouts and some chopped avo.

Alternative to a bun is a big portobello mushroom cooked in the oven for 10 mins with garlic and olive oil.


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Peanut butter & CaCao tart inGreDients tart base: 1 cup of ground nuts 1 cup of desiccated coconut 1/4 melted honey 1 tsp vanilla powder pinch of salt methoD tart base: 1. Add all ingredients together. 2. Take one tablespoon and press the mixture down into small tartlet bowls or all of it into one large tart dish. inGreDients tart: 1 cup soaked dates 1 cup coconut milk( without the E additives) 1/2 cup cacao powder 1tsp vanilla powder 1/2 teaspoon salt 3 Tbsp Lecithin 1/2 cup coconut oil 1/2 cup coconut water 1/2 cut peanut butter( the one without additives) methoD tart: 1. Melt coconut oil at a low heat 2. Blend all the ingredients together except coconut oil and once the texture is smooth then add the coconut oil. 3. Pour into the tart dish and place into the freezer until set. on top.


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