On my way – The Yard, Konsert van Hoop, Decorex

On my way – The Yard, Konsert van Hoop, Decorex

Take a trip around the city with me Naushad Khan as I take a gander at some of the most exciting events currently on, as well as what’s on the immediate horizon.

Tasty treats at The Yard

After delighting patrons with their Asian and European menu since opening in October 2017, The Yard owner GP Singh has extended this Asian influence into his Sunday brunch menu.

Food choices include some classic regulars such as croissants, omelettes, waffles and my personal favourite, eggs benedict. However The Yard adds their special touch to some of these.

We tried The Yard speciality omelette with marinated prawns, smoked chilli sambal, spring onion and coriander. This was an absolute winner, with Asian f

lavours wrapped in light and fluffy eggs. Each ingredient gets a chance to shine in every bite.

The savoury waffle offerings include hummus, avo and poached eggs. There is a bobotie, beef mince and fried egg option, but we had to try the chicken tikka masala with poppadam and a sambal chutney.

The Yard has a good selection of sweet waffle toppings. Try the lemon meringue and berries, or the chocolate mousse and ice cream or cream.

The Yard is located in the Silo District at the VA Waterfront.

Open Monday to Saturday, from 7.30am to 10pm, and on Sundays from 7.30am to 3pm. For more details or to book, call 021 879 1157, or visit www.theyardatsilo.co.za.


Kunstreffers: Concert of Hope

The Suidoosterfees this year has decided to include two of the most important public holidays in South Africa, Freedom and Workers Day. Freedom Day is commemorated annually on April 27 in memory of the country’s first democratic election. As a celebration of this day the Suidoosterfees and Artscape has produced a Freedom Day concert, entitled Kunstreffers: Concert of Hope.

This is a music and dance spectacle filled with performances by popular artists such as Laurika Rauch and the Libertas Choir (conducted by Johan de Villiers), as well as the winners of the Suidoosterfees Talent Search 2017: the Unknowns dance group, Vusumuzi Mpofu (poet) and Anja van den Berg (singer). Robin Peters from ‘The Voice’ fame will sing famous hits like Bruno Mars’ ‘Versace on the Floor’, while the opera singers, Janel Speelman and Xolane Marman, will sing well-known classical music. This is an opportunity for young and old, where the stars of tomorrow share the stage with living legends of today.

The festivities will commence at the Artscape Opera House on the Friday at 3pm.

Tickets are priced at R120, R80 and R40, and can be booked at Computicket.


Inter Hotel Challenge all set for 2018

Inter Hotel Challenge

For the sixth consecutive year, the search is on for tomorrow’s chefs, bakers and wine stewards as the Distell Inter Hotel Challenge was launched in a series of regional training workshops and glittering gala dinners this month.

It is a unique event that takes place over several months every year and is the first of its kind to be staged in SA. Behind the fun of the competition and the glamour of the contending hotels, lies a serious intent to establish a strong mentorship programme within the hospitality industry. The primary objective is to partner with the industry in order to create and sustain a strong national base of top quality chefs, bakers and wine stewards. This in turn plays a huge role in the SA tourism industry.

The candidates are now in the planning, practice and preparation phase as they count down the weeks to the challenging June “cook-offs” that will be hosted at various hotels and culinary academies around the country. The three top spots – “Chef of the Year”, “Baker of the Year” and “Wine Steward of the Year” – will be announced at a gala dinner to be hosted in Cape Town on August 4.

Two Oceans Aquarium a must for all ages

Two Oceans Aquarium a must for all ages

The Two Oceans Aquarium offers more than 3000 animals in nine galleries, including a room full of eerily-lit jellyfish, an underwater tunnel and the I & J Ocean Exhibit, which offers opportunities for qualified divers. There is also an interactive exhibit where visitors can touch plants and animals or view them under a microscope, a children’s activity centre, and a venue for birthday parties.

Feeding Times at the Two Oceans Aquarium on set days every week: animals at the Two Oceans Aquarium are fed by staff who provide a live running commentary for visitors. Animals in the Ocean Exhibit are fed daily at 12am (diver) and 2pm (drop feed). The African penguins in the Penguin Exhibit are fed daily at 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Dock Rd, V&A Waterfront, Cape Town

Call 021 418 3823, or 021 418 3952 for more information; or email aquarium@aquarium.co.za.

Decorex Cape Town 2018

Decorex Cape Town 2018

The highly-anticipated Decorex Cape Town – sponsored by Plascon – taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from April 27 to May 1, includes a noteworthy décor and design line-up brimming with a number of new #rhythmoflife features.

Winners of the Best Overall Stand at this year’s Decorex Durban and headline sponsors, Plascon, will have colour specialists on hand at its ‘colour café’ to disseminate insights into the importance of colour complements and contrasts on spatial perception and cognitive influence.

Channelling this year’s #rhythmoflife theme will be renowned interior design team, Mariano Roussow, who will craft an impressionable room setting for the popular Decorex Designer Spotlight feature. Visitors can expect a timeless design in this uniquely crafted space which reflects the décor, design and lifestyle trends in a completely innovative style.

Vanessa Haywood, a leading South African actress who featured in the four-time Oscar-nominated film, ‘District 9’, will form part of this year’s glamorous She Shed feature, in support of breast cancer awareness NGO, PinkDrive.

Visitors looking to renovate or build will gain vital industry insights from the Builders DIY Theatre.

For more information, send an email to decorexinfo@reedexpoafrica.co.za; or visit www.decorex.co.za.