Top picks of things to see and do in Cape Town

Top picks of things to see and do in Cape Town

On my way , by Naushad Khan highlights some of the most exciting events currently on, as well as what’s on the immediate horizon in Cape Town and beyond.

Hilarious hypnotist celebrates 25 years

Andre The Hilarious Hypnotist will celebrate 25 years on stage as South Africa’s very own convener of the strange weird and wonderful with at the Roxy Revue Bar from May 9 to June 10. Andre discovered his hypnotic calling after watching a performance of the late Max Collie in action.

Having already studied drama, teaching and with a background in psychology, Andre immediately became hooked at the promise of being able to entertain people on stage with his hilarious hypnotic skills and that is exactly what he has been doing for the past 25 years.

No two shows are ever the same as the shows strength lies in the fact that every night’s volunteers are completely different, leading to a diverse, humorous and action-packed evening performance. With every person reacting differently to Andre’s suggestion, not even Andre knows what to expect when he steps up on stage.

The strength of the show hinges on the volunteers of the evening and that is what makes Andre’s show such a feel good and funny evening’s entertainment. It truly is the only show in the country that can claim that it makes stars of your friends and family.

Book at Computicket.

Col’Cacchio launches two new Halaal restaurants

Colcacchios launches halaal store in Cape Town

Col’Cacchio, the popular Italian-inspired franchise known for its gourmet thin-base wood-fired pizzas, hearty pastas and crisp fresh salads recently announced the opening of their first certified Halaal stores.

The Atholl and Canal Walk stores have been converted to be SANHA certified Halaal stores and boasts a brand new menu and look and feel. Consumers can expect all the tried and tested iconic Col’Cacchio favorites as well as an exciting new mocktail range.

Col’Cacchio has always been able to adapt to and stay ahead of food trends, in part due to the fact that they prepare everything in-house using only the freshest ingredients. Knowing the exact origin of every delicious component of their menu items gives them an elevated level of control and consistency over their new Halaal menu.

A glance at the Halaal menu:

  • Hollywood Scene – a crowd favourite with macon, thyme, rosso onion, avo and crispy onions
  • Salmone – back on the menu due to popular demand, the Salmone is made with smoked salmon, rocket, sour cream and black pepper
  • Makhani – a toasted piandine made on thin Italian flatbread, folded and toasted with hearty butter chicken, crispy onions and galbani fior di latte mozzarella

Visit www.colcacchio.co.za

 

Franschhoek chefs team up for StreetSmart

Franschoek chefs and restaurants

Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at a StreetSmart luncheon on Monday, May 7.

Chefs Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst and Neil Jewel are joining forces for this not-to-be-missed 3-course fund-raiser at Foliage Restaurant.

StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, will utilise the proceeds in support of affiliated NGO’s working with children in Franschhoek.

Chef-proprietor of Foliage, Chris Erasmus, enjoys wide acclaim for his unique cooking style from home-grown vegetables and foraged wild ingredients.

Darren Badenhorst, chef de cuisine and owner of Le Coin Français, creates “art on a plate” that leads guests through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations inspired by nostalgic food memories.

Head chef at Bread & Wine on Môreson Farm for the past 18 years, Neil Jewel is famous for his masterly crafted charcuterie and delicious, uncomplicated food.

Tickets for the StreetSmart luncheon are available at R595 per person online at www.foliage.co.za.

Joe’s Easy Diner now in Parow

Joes burgers

Joe’s is a much loved retro-American diner that brings that 50’s story to life, while at the same time delivering a quality eating experience at great value prices.

Joe’s Easy Diner has been in South Africa since 2012 and has established a community spirit in Canal Walk and Blue Route Mall, Tokai. The Joe’s TO GO mobile unit has been at many events and festivities, creating a vibe.

From the first day, people loved it, proving that all goes well with some Elvis Presley, a great hamburger, a big bowl of fries and what is billed as “the best milkshake in town”.

It is with this successful reputation that Joe’s Easy Diner South Africa comes to Parow, always remembering the company ethos of “Quality Forever”.

The new location at the New National Hotel, at 358 Voortrekker Road Parow, opposite the Parow High School, next to the Foschini headquarter and just a few metres from Parow Centre is ideal for teenagers, young families, office workers and anyone wanting to experience the 1950s.

It was a time characterised by a feel-good, optimistic mood that influenced the music, the design and the culture of a unique era.

Visit www.joeseasydiner.co.za for more info.

Change dialogues at Festival of Learning

SACAP

SACAP (the South African College of Applied Psychology) has announced that the seventh annual Festival of Learning will be held in Cape Town on May 24 and 25.

With this year’s political transformations raising the hopes and expectations of South Africans, the Festival aims to ignite valuable conversations around the theme, ‘The Power to Create Change’.

The programme of interactive talks and panel discussions is aimed at exploring how the fields of psychology, counselling and coaching can lead to individual and group transformation for the betterment of society. The Festival of Learning breaks with tradition when it comes to presentation format by focusing on generating dialogues and conversations that directly and meaningfully connect the festival-goers and presenters.

Leading academics and experts, thought leaders and authors will be guiding a variety of dialogues across a wide variety of topics that explore the individual’s power to create change in their own life, family, community, workplace and country. Conversations will range from the latest on single parenting and blended families to new perspectives on human sexuality and gender, as well as pioneering initiatives to handle drug use and addiction.

Tickets can be booked at www.webtickets.co.za.

For further information visit: go.sacap.edu.za/psychology-festival.

While away the weekend at Vintage Ideas

Vintage Market in Franschoek

The Vintage Ideas market takes place at Simondium’s Country Lodge and is an ideal place to browse and relax during the long weekend. The market runs from Thursday, April 27, to Monday, April 30, and is a paradise for vintage lovers.

The list of exhibitors is extensive and includes a host of first-time participants. Find your vintage treasures including fashion, accessories and décor items from suppliers such as Plan B Vintage, The Secret Garden Vintage Shop, D Modern and Antebellum. Add some oomph to your winter wardrobe with stylishly hand-crafted handbags from Zstitch.

The deli is stocked with delectable goodies, but if visitors want something to nibble, they can stop at the Braai Colony, Holi Cannoli food truck, Precious Patch for decadent waffles or the KIKKA pop-up stall for a bite to eat and gorgeous fresh flowers. If you want to catch your breath, visit Gordyntjies bistro for delicious, rustic home-cooking.

Live music will provide the ambience in the marquee, while kids are catered for in the special play area with ZORB balls and a jumping castle.

Visit Vintage Ideas at Simondium’s Country Lodge on the R45 between Paarl and Franschhoek.

For more info, visit www.vintageideas.co.za.