Taste of Durban

27 July 2015



Zomato is a restaurant search app providing in-depth information for over a million restaurants across 22 countries. Zomato's core content features include restaurant information such as scanned menus and photos sourced by its massive feet-on-the-street team over 500 cities. Users can rate and review restaurants, as well as create their own network of foodies for personalised recommendations. Zomato's mobile app is available for iOS, Android and Windows Phone. It can be downloaded free from: zomato.com/mobile

For Taste of Durban, Zomato partnered with them to create a collection that showcased all the restaurants that served food at the event. See more information and list of restaurants here.

I was lucky enough to receive complimentary tickets to Taste of Durban, from the lovely ladies at Zomato. Despite the pouring rain on Friday evening, MC and I headed out for much needed date night and to taste the delicious meals on offer.

We enjoyed a taste from each stand (the crispy calamari from Beluga was my best!), were treated to live DJ's from East Coast Radio, and tasty cocktails from various bars/lounges. There were different stands selling products from cupcakes and treats, biltong, Banting bakery and buffalo cheeses. We treated ourselves to the delicious dessert of Wicked Donuts - the Nutella mini donut is amazing! There were also two master classes available - a mixology master class to learn how to mix cocktails and a burger master class to make different burgers. Unfortunately, we skipped those due to time and the pouring rain but had a wonderful evening.

*Please excuse the bad iPhone, dark and rainy photography


Cold and rainy entrance

Bacardi Mixology Bar


Duck Spring Roll and Butternut Risotto from Jackie Cameron

Salmon sushi and Crispy Calamari from Beluga

Calamari roll, Tuna slider, Lamb spring roll and Chocolate Blondie from Boiler Room Cafe

Chilli chicken and Sticky ribs from Greedy Buddha


Tom Yum Noodles from Simply Asia

The BEST Nutella donuts from Wicked Donuts



Thank you Zomato for the great spoils and a delicious evening.
x

Five on Friday

23 July 2015



Another crazy week of business and hectic-ness but it's Friday again! And the school holidays are officially over - back to structure and routine in our household...
Linking up with Christina and friends for Five on Friday and Karli for Oh Hey Friday!

Running 

It's no secret around here that I have never been a runner and that I actually hate running. Until now...
Two weeks ago, I decided that I needed to get my a&& back in the gym doing regular weight training twice a week and cardio (aka running) three times a week. I have started from the very beginning with a six week program that will slowly increase my running fitness and distance.

Thus far, I am very proud of my running progress. I have slowly increased my speed when running and walking and each run has show a good increase in distance. Soon I will just be running for 30 minutes (eeeeeeek!)






Week One: Run for 2 minutes, walk for 4 minutes (repeat for 30 minutes)

Week Two: Run for 3 minutes, walk for 3 minutes (repeat for 30 minutes)

Dare I say that I am actually enjoy it!
x

EN 1st Birthday - Family

21 July 2015

Family

I won't lie, I secretly love parties for the pure reason I get to get some family photographs taken without having a full shoot - and often these are the best shots! Unfortunately, EN's Bumpa was away for the weekend but both Granny's were there to shower her with love and celebrations. And her big sister and special Gogo were never far away either. EN has captured the hearts of everyone in our family and her sweet little nature has everyone loving and adoring her - she really is a little ray of sunshine who slips under the radar as her big sister takes centre stage... Speaking of big sister - she is the most protective of her little EN and they are already best friends! It is heart melting to see them laugh and play together.

(All photography by Heather Fitchet)













Dear... Your Greatest Strength

20 July 2015


One thing we learn very quickly in life is that nobody is perfect. We all have our strengths and weaknesses. We need to learn how to work on our weaknesses and grow our strengths.
Letter link up with Amber.

July Letter Prompt: Your Greatest Strength


Dear MC,

One of the first traits that attracted you to me when we first met was the positive way people spoke about you. Everyone had such wonderful and amazing things to say about you. And still to this day, i have yet to meet someone who has a bad word to say about you. This is phenomenal!

When thinking of your greatest strength - it is so hard to pin point just one. You are full of them. You seem to excel and thrive at everything that you do - in a family, as a friend, in the work place and on the sports field. Yes, I may be a little biased but so many people compliment you and have great things to say about you which is true testament to the man you are.

If I really had to choose, I would say your greatest strengths are:
Modesty
Loyalty
Ambition

Modesty.
I have never met a more modest or humble man. You have been blessed with a great personality, gorgeous good looks and a good, solid upbringing yet you don't see these good things in yourself. You stay true to who you are no matter how many perks or gifts you are given, you look in the mirror and don't see the handsome looks, there is no arrogance in you and you never think you are better than anyone else.

Loyalty.
You are always there for someone - me, the girls, your family, your friends, your colleagues or your team mates. You go above and beyond to be there for them and to have their backs. You will never engage or allow someone else to speak badly about anyone too - including me. You do not stand for betrayal or gossip or general nastiness. You have a heart of gold and always find and see the best in everyone. And if you do not like someone, there is a very serious reason (and even then, you know the bad quality lies within them and you make an excuse for them).

Ambition.
You achieve all you set out to do. Unfortunately in life, you have often been dealt a bad blow with others determining your fate. But you always rise above it and succeed even more. You set incredible goals and achieve them by working hard, making sacrifices and giving it your all. You played and excelled at all sports, you are in business in a field that you have taught yourself and you are doing so well, you are the most outstanding husband and father (with having very little experience or history in having girlfriends or being around babies/children). I have never met someone with your drive, will and determination to succeed, motivation and discipline to get things done well.

It is no secret that I am your Number 1 fan but I want you to know that your personality traits continue to amaze me, each and every day. I am in awe of the man that you are and I strive to be half the person you are in our daily lives. May these strengths continue to grow and develop and may you be successful in all that you do. I am so lucky that I get to stand by your side, and be your cheerleader as your conquer these phases and years of life.

I love you MCR
Love Your Bride
x

Five on Friday

17 July 2015





It's been a while since I did a Friday post but after getting lost on Pinterest for a few hours... Linking up with Christina for Five on Friday and Karli for Oh Hey Friday!

Friday Favourites
1. Free Fonts. The designer in me has become obsessed with all things pretty and twirly and colourful. I am amazed at how many incredible and creative fonts there are available.
2. Home Drive In. This is my ultimate dream in our garden. We have one wall and one big wooden screen that would be ideal for a white board/sheet and a projector screen. Hopefully one day soon...





3. Neon Outfits. If only Pinterest had an option to purchase directly off the image. Love these bright neon colours!
4. Playroom DecorBeing a teacher, I am OCD when it comes to organisation and I adore colour. I love putting activities together and playing fantasy and fun with toys. The playroom in our house is one of my favourite rooms and I don't think it will ever be finished. Love this decor inspiration.
5. This Car. Is my dream car.

Have a happy weekend
x

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