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Vogue Lounge Umhlanga Lifestyle Photo Review

Vogue Lounge Umhlanga lifestyle is a great place to relax and enjoy your time with friends and family. The atmosphere allows you to unwind, offering different settings for its audience. Vogue Lounge is a RESTAURANT I BAR I LOUNGE offering a VIP Lounge and a Cigar Lounge. Vogue has recently incorporated new events to appeal to a wider audience. Thursdays are dedicated to all things woman while Fridays are for dinners leaving Saturday exclusively for the VIP night scene with a DJ line-up. Vogue intends introducing Wednesdays as part of its themed events focusing on yet another clientele. Good food, diversity, ambiance and excellent lounge service are the highlights that Vogue intends excelling on.

Peepsouth will have another visit to Vogue to experience the upcoming Wednesday events and the Thursday all things women night. We were at the Friday women’s day dinner and I have to say the food is excellent.


@Coffee Lifestyle Premium Coffee Experience

At Coffee - florida road
At Coffee – florida road

The coffee trend in South Africa is growing with every sip, cup and saucer. I found it interesting that in a place such as Durban, South Africa where the weather is always somewhat warm there would be such a notable rise in the trend in coffee. @Coffee on florida road struck my fancy, first with the dated yet contemporary aesthetics of the place. If nothing, the corrosive bare bricks alone gave a rigid character to the place, one of old spice and bare back.

At Coffee - florida road
At Coffee – The rising coffee trend

Coffee has always been the sought of drink associated with winter, a cup or two to chase away that winter chill usually does the trick every now and then. But, with the times coffee has evolved and now caters for a variety of tastes, budget and delicacies.This has brought about a new-found love for premium coffee worldwide and Durban with its warm weather is no stranger to a good cup of ground coffee.

At Coffee - florida road
At Coffee – florida road, Premium Coffee

What is interesting about the space @Coffee is its focus on coffee, the accompaniments offered are centred around the customers enjoyment of coffee. Which is why @Coffee won an award for best coffee in Durban. Finding a good cup of coffee is a battle as we all know. I have had my fair share of bad coffee which made me appreciate a good premium cup @Coffee.

Raymond and Wayne co-owners of At coffee
Raymond and Wayne co-owners of At coffee

@Coffee is the brain child of Wayne Snyman and Raymond Msweli. I had the pleasure of chatting to Wayne about @Coffee; it was initially a chat which later turned into a conversation. Wayne is a charismatic young man who loves and lives @Coffee he is a hands-on coffee enthusiast. “@Coffee is a place where you can get good premium coffee in or on the go, a place where you can eat your croissants with your hands or a fork and knife” said Wayne.

Croissants At Coffee - florida road
Delicious Mouth Watering Croissants At Coffee – florida road

Wayne has many ideas to diversify @Coffee to cater for his busy customers, I loved his coffee on the go concept which he is working hard to promote. With the demanding and busy lives we lead it only makes sense for business to come to us.

Coffee to Go At Coffee
Coffee to Go At Coffee

Local is lekker, although Wayne’s premium coffee beans are imported they are roasted to perfection in South Africa giving the beans just the right texture and aroma. This aspect is important to Wayne and Raymond as consistency is key with their niche market. @Coffee is in the business of providing a lifestyle experience of good premium coffee at the convenience of the customer. Its positioning on florida road a busy lifestyle environment means @Coffee caters for an informed clientel who value quality and good service.

At Coffee patron
At Coffee patron in for a quick cup of coffee

@Coffee offers a premium coffee experience and friendly environment for friends, family and colleagues. @Coffee is about the experience and coffee culture that anyone can appreciate over conversation, lunch or on the go. I found the spot unique as there are not that many coffee bars with spearheaded coffee fanatics like Wayne Snyman. When next you’re in need of a cup I suggest you try coffee on the go here is a link:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K3aGYDXHVyk


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Coffee on the Go is convinient for patrons on the go for that morning morning cup and inbetween pick-me-up
Coffee on the Go is convenient for patrons on the go for that morning cup and in-between pick-me-up
At Coffee patrons
At Coffee patrons enjoying the great outdoors








Coffee is the most drank bevarage in the world with tea coming second
Coffee is the most drank beverage in the world with tea coming second





Relaxed Dining Experience – Europa Restaurant Florida Road

Europa restaurant
Europa restaurant

If you were to ask me to share with you one of my favourite restaurants at the moment I will tell you one word Europa. I could tell you what you would expect me to say about any other restaurant – that they offer great Italian and other continental cuisine, imported coffees, delicious delights and so on…but that is not what I fell in love with.

Europa restaurant
Europa restaurant

Europa restaurant offers a relaxed atmosphere where patrons love to gather and enjoy a good meal and conversation. The environment is relaxed and comfortable, with a harmonious relationship between design and ambiance. To explain it lightly – it’s like chilling at home with friends except you are catered for and surrounded by people who feel at home.

Europa restaurant
Europa restaurant

Europa has managed to do something many restaurants fail to accomplish in my opinion, and that is to create a space that offers a service and aesthetics that allows the customer to enjoy the experience and vibe of the place.

Europa restaurant
Europa restaurant

Ofcourse there are other great places out there for one to choose from, but for a chilled day out over good food and service with colleagues or friends, I would recommend a meal or two at Europa restaurant on florida road, Morningside.

Healing the body and mind through the spiritual

The eyes are said to be the window into the soul, how much do you think you can tell about a persons wellbeing and state of mind? You might not notice much by merely looking at someone, but you may through interaction with friends, colleagues and family. The busy lives that we lead in this day and age make it easy to get entangled in the day to day activities and ignore the bodies barometer and stress signals that sometimes are the source of ailment. Tension can bring about mental and physical fatigue that can lead to ailments that erode away at our quality of life.

peepsouth decided to chat to Preshana Bhimma a therapist and transformational coach at the Soul Sanctuary to get an idea of how one can manage stress.

Preshana Bhimma, Transformational Coach at the Soul Sanctuary

peepsouth: Who is Preshana Bhimma?

Preshana: I am a self conscious being who is inlove with people and the environment we interact with on a daily basis. I am inspired by people and the elements that bring about harmonious relations between the self and the environment.

peepsouth: How can stress affect a person?

Preshana: I believe a troubled spirit can give rise to a troubled mind and body which can bring about tension and stress, leading to a diminishing sense of self and surrounding. People can underestimate the factors that lead to psychological and physical ailments.

peepsouth: What is it that you do?

Preshana: I strive to help people come to the realisation of the self and awareness of their environment by helping them to create an environment where people can fall inlove with themselves.

peepsouth: How did you come to be at the Soul Sanctuary?

Preshana: It has been a vision and dream of mine for over 10 years, I have prayed and meditated over it and asked God to bless me with a ready made space where I can come in and start practicing and help people by focusing on energies. I am thankful and greateful to be here.

peepsouth: Where would you say you gain your source of strength?

Preshana: I have done alot of soul searching and spiritual growth over the years, I have had to grow as a person and be at peace with myself which puts me in a better position to help others find their soul sanctuary. I draw my strength from the love of people, travel and the open sea.

What are the stress signals that one should look out for:

  • Discomfort
  • Chronic headaches
  • Anxiety / depression
  • Lower back pain
  • Insomnia
  • Hormonal imbalance

what steps can one take to manage the signs of stress:

  • Attending a facilities workshop on stress management
  • Anger management
  • Meditation *can include prayer
  • Counseling

Preshana also offers the following:

  • Transformational coaching
  • Bio-Energetic stress test
  • Colour therapy facilitation

The above therapies help in screening of the mind and body, clears scatter tension and anxiety, analysis of your aura etc. and helps bring back balance and control of ones life.

The Soul Sanctuary offers a lovely bundle of services that focus on healing the body, mind and soul.

Here are other services available:

  • Hypnotherapist
  • Practitioner of touch energy healing
  • Hot stone therapist
  • Thai beauty and massage
  • Om Shanti Chrystal Cove
  • XEF – Gourmet food and delectable deserts , where you can also enjoy coffee, art and music
The XEF gourmet foods, coffee and dessets
The XEF gourmet foods, coffee and desserts
The Soul Sanctuary
The Soul Sanctuary
The Chrystal Cove
The Chrystal Cove
Hot Stone Therapy and Thai Massage
Hot Stone Therapy and Thai Massage

The Rainbow Nation – South Africa

South Africa is fairly new to democracy unlike its counter parts in Africa, yet it is said to be the most westernised country in Africa. As a South African I never paid attention to this fact until it was pointed out to me by my fellow African man. This got me thinking, why is a young democracy the most saturated. Colonialism obviously had a huge influence on the urbanisation and westernisation of native South Africans. European colonial origin can be dated back to America, UK, Greece and Rome.

To my knowledge the process of influence began with the voyage of discovery, colonisation, conquest and exploitation of Spain and Portugal: it continued with the rise of the Dutch East India Company, and the creation and expansion of the British and french colonial empires. Due to the reach of these empires, Western institutions expanded throughout the world, even after decolonisation these institutions persisted.

My focus here is not on what was but on what is, and that is a diverse and rich culture. On the streets of South Africa you will notice a western trend and South African township style. By western trend I mean the influence on the South African youth is a reflection of visual, print and social media. There is a mix of eclectic, chic, dated, contemporary and video vixen style of dressing. It is not just about style but about what defines the individual, I am inclined to say a person who is passionate about their ‘art’ “yes art” becomes a sort of brand. An individual who loves rap will treat it like an art, follow popular trends from celebrities from dressing, swagger, gesture, dance, slang and even write music or be involved in rap battles.
A great platform to witness this is a social event preferably a party scene where you can witness the different looks and behaviour.

South African restaurants have more of an obvious western culture by this I mean, as an African country one would expect to find a traditional menu or part thereof this is not the case. As a result when you attend a black function for example a family function the menu will have a large western influence. One thing I can tell you where there is no compromise is the slaughtering of an animal for meat this might be a cow, lamb or goat. Which is cooked outside on a three-legged pot in an open wood fire, the meat from this is absolutely manufique. It is the highlight of the entire event, every part of the animal is consumed including intestines and hooves it is accompanied by dumplings a sought of bread but its consistency is wet/sticky where as bread dough is dry and should not stick.

Here is a recipe you can try: Note the dough should be a bit sticky not dry.

Dumplings and Lamb Stew Recipe
Serves: 5-6
For Dumplings:
575ml (2¼ cup) cake flour
250ml (1 cup) warm water
5ml (1tsp) instant dry yeast
5ml salt
10ml (2 tsp) sugar
For Stew:
1 onion, chopped
25ml cooking oil
± 500g stewing lamb, trimmed and cubed
2 tsp (10ml) salt
4 black pepper cons
50 ml chutney
4 carrots, chopped
4-6 baby potatoes, peeled
1 stock cube
75ml split peas
2ml crushed chilli
2.5ml medium curry powder
5ml fresh parsley, chopped
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
5m1 worcestershire sauce
  1. Sift all the dry ingredients into a bowl.
  2. Add water and knead.  Do not add more water if it looks dry, just continue kneading until combined.
  3. Cover the dough and let it rest at a warm place for about 30-45 minutes.
  4. Make round balls the size of a golf ball.
  1. Heat the oil in a big saucepan, throw in the onions.
  2. Add the lamb pieces stirring with a wooden spoon to lightly brown.
  3. Add the spices, chutney, split peas and herbs.
  4. Dissolve the stock cube in 500ml warm water and add to the stew. Simmer at low heat for 15-20 minutes.
  5. Add the potatoes, carrots and neatly place the balls on top of the stew.  Simmer for 30 minutes.
You can replace the lamb with mutton or beef and adjust your water and cooking times accordingly

Even with these obvious trends I do not know if I have answered my initial question of how in a young democracy can westernisation be so ingrained. Maybe I can attribute it to the large influx into the cities during urbanisation and the apartheid era that saw many South Africans abandon their rural homes to work in the cities to sustain their families back home in the rural area. This gave rise to broken families and children that grew up without a mother or father to parent them and instill culture and tradition in them. This gave rise to an erosion of culture and tradition which lead to the future generations to identify with that which surrounded and influenced their daily lives.

 Westernisation as such is not a bad thing its a diversity and an intertwining of cultures. The loss of one culture to another is unacceptable but the coexistence of more than one culture makes for a rainbow nation, which is what South Africa is.