HQ launches their new Mediterranean Delicacies Aperitivo Board

Feeling like a flavour adventure? HQ launches its new Mediterranean inspired Aperitivo Board pairing menu with Mediterranean Delicacies and the Brandhouse World Class Reserve collection. The launch took place on Wednesday, 27 August 2014, at Headquarters Restaurant, Heritage Square, Cape Town.

Overflowing with flavour fusions, World Class introduced their four new signature cocktails, which were demonstrated to the audience before tasting. Each cocktail was paired gorgeously with four generously sized tapas integrating Mediterranean Delicacies’ ingredients prepared in HQ’s unique culinary style.

Raising the bar in experimental, experiential gastronomy, different elements of sensory stimulants were brought into the mix. For example, helium balloons with Pastis were released with the Dill-Lectable cocktails, with the goal being to add an aromatic olfactory enhancement. Something different.

Another well paired duo were the smoked salmon & cucumber parcels (filled with avocado, Mediterranean Delicacies sweet chilli cream cheese, caper berries, and lime) accompanied by the oh so British High Tea cocktail which comprised Tanqueray London Dry, cucumber, citrus, mint with a splash of tonic.

Comedian Mum-z hosted the evening with special performances by singer Ricky Botsis. Guests were encouraged to keep their phones at hand and ears peeled for the Foodie Twitter Quiz (Twiz) which saw three lucky guests return home with Medi Deli and HQ hampers!

The new Mediterranean Delicacies Aperitivo Board special will be available at HQ every weekday from 5 PM to 7 PM for R250.00 and includes the tapas boards and four cocktails.

Nitida celebrating Seasons of Sauvignon

Enter the World of the Durbanville Grape

Add a drop of spring to your step at the annual Seasons of Sauvignon on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October, 2014. Recognized as one of the country’s top terroirs for quality wines, the Durbanville wine valley will be hosting an array of Nitida Wines and 10 other leading wine producers showcasing their finest cultivars in the celebration of Sauvignon!

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Renowned for its rolling hills and Mediterranean climate, complimented by the moisture driven coastal mist and cooling southeaster from False Bay on the Indian Ocean, Durbanville wine valley finds itself perfectly positioned for the production of award winning cool-climate wines.

“We carefully managed all our sauvignon blanc vineyards by partially opening up the canopy for optimal sun exposure thus guaranteeing healthy grapes, enhancing fruit development during ripening and ensuring a desirable balance of pyroxene (green) and thiols (tropical)” Says Nitida Wines Owner, Bernhard Veller.

This year’s Seasons of Sauvignon at Nitida wine farm will be hosted (entrance free) at the family friendly restaurant, Tables@Nitida, which has recently undergone reconstruction and doubled in size. The venue still boasts a natural outdoor amphitheatre, ideal for live concerts and picnics on the lawn, offering ample room for jumping castles and other fun outdoor activities.

A variety of stalls will be on display offering an array of delicious sweet and savoury treats for all tastes. Pre-booked picnics are also available at a cost of R240 (R300 per couple on the day).

Guests can kick back and enjoy the live band with family and friends whilst sipping on their favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Additional cocktails will be made available for the more experimental pallet, including the Elderflower Sauvignon Blanc slush garnished with fresh mint.

For more information, kindly contact 021 976 1467 or visit www.nitida.co.za

EVENT DETAILS:

Event:               Seasons of Sauvignon at Nitida
Date:                 Saturday and Sunday, 25 & 26 October 2014
Time:                11am – 4pm both days
Venue:              Nitida Cellars, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, 7550
Entry:                Free of charge
Place:               Tables at Nitida
Music             70`s / 80`s band playing covers
Food options:   Pancake and ice cream stands
Beef fillet/chicken burgers, boerie roll and suckling pig on herbed flatbread
Parking:             Available parking outside and behind Tables
For more info:   021 976 1467 or info@nitida.co.za
Website:           www.nitida.co.za

 

SA Cyclist returns from Tour de France

Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition, returned to SA on July 21st , 2014 after participating in the Tour de France L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées.

The prize included entrance  into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.

“Racing through the small towns and country side was very beautiful and the narrow streets and crowds supporting made it even more exhilarating. Crossing the finish line was incredible, relief, joy, achievement and regret. It was over. This amazing race was over. Thanks so much Rockets for making this possible.” says Grobler

Read more about Grobler’s experience on http://www.rocketsrange.com/blog/

 

Equinox Spa: August & Winter Specials

Equinox Spa at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa are celebrating Women’s month by offering luxurious specials and great deals throughout the month of August.

Blissfull Moments: R1100.00 (135 mins)

  • Aromatic Body Polish
  • Back-Neck-Shoulder massage
  • Gel manicure
  • Express Pedicure
  • Glass Of Bubbly

Equinox Pamper Ritual: R850 (105 mins)

  • Back-Neck-Shoulder massage
  • Gel manicure
  • Express Pedicure
  • Glass Of Bubbly

Equinox Signature Indulgence: R650 (75 mins)

  • African Wood Back Massage
  • Relaxing Appetizer Facial
  • Invigorating foot ritual served with pure African indulgence

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Equinox Winter Specials:

  • Nimue:
    Purchase a Nimue skin health kit valued at R1040 and receive a FREE Nimue Introduction Facial
  • TheraVine™
    Purchase a TheraVine™ Introductory Skin Kit valued at R620 and receive a FREE TheraVine™ Introduction Facial
  • Medi-Heel
    Purchase a Medi-Heel home care kit at R380 and receive a FREE Medi-Heel treatment

For bookings and more information contact Equinox Spa on 021 430 0511 or email info@equinoxspa.co.za

Cape Royale Gives Back

On Friday, 18 July 2014, the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa Management team grouped together for their 67 minutes of giving back to the community for Mandela Day.

With 67 lunch parcels the team headed out to disseminate the food packs to homeless and other less fortunate Cape Town inhabitants. Additionally, 67 copies of the Big Issue were purchased from various vendors throughout the area, which were subsequently offered to guests upon check in at the hotel later that afternoon.

“We continuously strive to assist in improving the lives and education of our in-house staff, today we took the opportunity to give back to the community at large in our neighbourhood, in honour of Mandela Day and the immense good that Tata Mandela stood for in his courageous and positively revolutionary life which he dedicated to the people of his country,” says Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa MD, Johann du Plessis.

Medac and Rockets sees SA Cyclist into the L’Étape du Tour

L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées will be joined this year by Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition held at their stand this year.

Following his dreams, the 37 year old South African cyclist enthusiast will be participating in the Tour de France race along the Col du Tourmalet from Ste-Marie-de-Campan and finishing at the ski-station of Hautacam. His trip, valued at R60, 000.00 departs Johannesburg on July 17th, returning July 21st , 2014.

Packed with adrenalin rushing activities, Grobler’s prize includes entrance into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.”Every cyclist or cycling fan would give anything for the chance to watch Le Tour let alone ride in a race that follows in the champs’ pedal strokes. I simply could not believe my good fortune when i found out i had won. What an honour and what an opportunity! Thank you Rockets!” Says Grobler.

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Rockets by Medac is a high quality retail brand of compression sportswear and functional training equipment. All fabrics used contain an Antimicrobial agent and are both moisture wicking and highly durable. The Compression range of gear is manufactured using a cool, lightweight high quality fabric that provides a maximum stretch without losing its functionality. The unique performance based fabric provides compression during exercise, reducing muscle vibration therefore improving overall performance and recovery.

“The Medac and Rockets team look forward to the L’Étape du Tour with great anticipation, being such a significant facet in the cycling arena” says Medac and Rockets CEO, “however, it is with even greater satisfaction that we are able to award this prized trip to one of our loyal customers. This certainly sets a president and we look forward to the prospect of future opportunities to give back to those whom support us in the sport apparel realm.

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To track Grobler’s performance and read more about his trip on his blog, or to find out more about Medac and Rockets range of performance gear and other  products, go to www.rocketsrange.com.

Cassia hosts Christmas in July for Charitable Cause

This July Cassia Restaurant at Nitida Wine Farm in the Durbanville winelands is hosting a Christmas in July charity fundraiser for the Iris House Children’s Hospice.

The three course dinner-dance is being offered at R275.00 per person with R150.00 from each ticket sold being donated to this fantastic foundation; offering guests the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food prepared by Cassia’s French Chef Florent Hameau and his team, accompanied by gorgeous Nitida wines.

The festivities include a welcome drink upon arrival, Nitida wines on the tables, three course Christmas themed menu, goody bag, automatic entry into the raffle to win a night’s stay for two at the Crystal Towers five star hotel, lucky draws, auction and dance.

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Says Cassia owner, Warren Swaffield: “It’s always such an incredible feeling to be able to give back; We are in a very fortunate position whereby we are able to offer such a service to those in need, and we will continue to do so going forward.”

Based in Cape Town’s Nothern Suburbs, Iris House provides quality care for Special Needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions within the Northern suburbs, Mfuleni and Vredenburg areas. This vibrant charity is committed to enriching the quality of life for their members and member’s families.

To make your dinner reservation and support this incredible cause contact Iris House on 021 559 8000 or email info@iris-house.org.

Event details as follows:
Event
: Christmas in July Dinner-Dance at Cassia
Date: Friday, 25 July, 2014
Time: 7pm till late
Venue: The Saffron Room, Cassia Restaurant, Nitida Cellars, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, 7550

Mediterranean Delicacies Meets Those Who Wander

As part of their pursuit to permeate numerous spheres of lifestyle and gastronomy, Mediterranean Delicacies pairs up with Salon 91 for the exhibition launch of Those Who Wander, beginning July 25th, 2014.

The contemporary art collection comprises a collection of eight incredibly gifted young South African artists showcasing a multimedia mix of print, sculpture, drawing and painting. The theme draws on elements of misfits and outcasts exploring the wastelands of the chosen artists’ minds and our universe. Artists include: Gerhard Human, Ree Treweek, Daniël du Plessis, Jade Klara, Bruce Mackay, Jean de Wet, Hanno Van Zyl and Rikus Ferreira.

Commencing at 6:30pm guests may enjoy Mediterranean Delicacies’ delicious new Regal Range as well as gourmet tapas whilst perusing these unique pieces.

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Event details as follows:

Event: Those Who Wander Art Exhibition
Starts:
Friday, 25 July, 2014
Time: 6pm – 9pm
Venue: Salon 91, 91 Kloof St, Cape Town 8001
Contact: 021 424 6930

Equinox Spa Specials during the month of July

Equinox Spa at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa are hosting two promotion days this July. Medi-Heel™ offers the perfect solution for dry and cracked heels. In one application, it gently removes all dead skin cells leaving softer and smoother heels. Guests whom book for a Medi-Heel™ treatment at a cost of R150 on Saturday, 26 July 2014 will receive the treatment free when purchasing two products to the same value on that day.

On Monday, 28 July 2014, Equinox Spa will be hosting a Nimue™ consultation day. The cost of the consultation is R50 and includes an in-depth skin analysis, a product description customised to your own skin and a free gift. Guests will receive a free full size Exfoliating Enzyme or Active gel/lotion to the value of R440 when purchasing any Nimue™ products to the value of R2000 or more.

For something more relaxing book for an Equinox Detox Ritual which includes a stimulating body exfoliation and a detoxifying wrap express facial at a cost of R700 for a duration of 75 minutes.

For bookings or more information contact Equinox Spa on 021 430 0511 or info@equinoxspa.co.za.

Visit the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @Cape_Royale for daily news & updates.

LifeStraw®’s Bold Arrival in Southern Africa

With RSA as its home base, distribution company Aqua4Life launches the multi-award winning LifeStraw® in Southern Africa (RSA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Transkei and Swaziland). The launch took place at Le Roi Beach Club in Camps Bay on Thursday 26 June, 2014.

Produced by Swiss-based company, Verstergaard, this chemical free micro-filtration system instantly converts contaminated water into safe drinking water. Internationally and SABS tested LifeStraw® removes up to 99.99999% of bacteria, protozoan cysts and turbidity from water.

The product range will be available to the South African retail market late July 2014 in the forms of LifeStraw® Personal (filters up to 1000litres), LifeStraw® Go (filters up to 1000litres) and LifeStraw® Home unit (filters up to 4500litres). Each product offers environmentally friendly, cost and energy saving solutions. Upon purchase of any LifeStraw® product, Vestergaard contributes clean water for a child in Africa for the period of one year through their humanitarian Social Responsibility program.

“We have a plethora of projects lined up for the implementation of LifeStraw® in poorer communities with little or no access to any water sources. Our foremost quest in southern Africa is to save and change the lives of those most desperately in need of clean, running water. We now need role players to step up and help us change those people’s lives.” says Aqua4Life MD Nico Germishuizen.

Amongst a magnitude of accolades LifeStraw® was named “Best Invention of 2005″ by Time magazine, “Innovation of the Year” by Esquire; Forbes dubbed it “one of the ten things that will change the way we live”, and Saatchi & Saatchi awarded it for “World Changing Ideas” in 2008.

Aqua4Life has also partnered with various other service providers including Rotary Int. (Clean Water & Sanitation) and Human Moments. It also supplies humanitarian products (which filter up to 100,000litres) to Southern African Governments, GIZ, US Aid, Red Cross and WHO, as well as partnering with Corporate SA via CSI funding initiatives to implement clean water solutions to those who most need it.

To find out more about LifeStraw® ® products or to place your pre order, go to www.aqua4life.net, or check out the LifeStraw® ® Facebook page or connect on Twitter.

Catering done by Mediterranean Delicacies & Le Roi Beach Bar