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WIN TICKETS TO THE REDD’S STREET CARNIVAL

It’s the Redd’s Street Carnival once more so tell your friends to tell their friends it’s time to paint the town red with Redd’s. Come join the fun at the Redd’s carnival at new beach Durban beach front, lower marine parade on the 28th of November. Be part of the procession and catch the cultural entertainment at 17:30.

The procession will open the festivities up to an uncontained after party for adult consumers at New Beach, where festival-goers can expect to dance the night away to a mind- blowing line-up of leading local artist such as Cashtime, Dreamteam, Riky rick, Chad Da Don, Nasty C, P.H WTF, DJ Feel and many more, who will undoubtedly leave them entertained.

Tickets for the after party will be available for over 18s for R100.00 at Computicket and will be available at the door for the same price on the day of the carnival. Doors open at 18h00 and the after party will continue until midnight.

For an impossible to contain experience join REDD’S as they tantalize your senses with CRISPAAHHH moments.

Win yourself and a friend tickets to this supercharged carnival extravaganza, all you have to do is share this blog post and tell us who you wanna bring along to paint the town red with Redd’s. And you can even win yourself a six pack of refreshing crisp Redd’s to get you started on your Redd’s Carnival.

 

 

eYadini Lounge Crowd Pleaser

eYadini Lounge
eYadini Lounge

EYadini Lounge has become the talk of the town and delivers first class entertainment on a weekly basis. Most popular for its Sunday sessions that bring in the best in the country to perform for the crowds. Set on a double-storey house, it stands out from its surrounding. The building somehow transforms from an ordinary double-storey by day, to a night club by night with the lights, sound system, DJ line-up and shisa-nyama.

The crowd pulled in by eYadini Lounge is the biggest by far proving that Durbanites are always up for a good party any day of the week. Mjay a.k.a Jabulani the owner is very popular with guests and if you did not know that he was the owner you would not tell. He has a friendly and welcoming persona which makes guests feel at ease and at home.

Like in any other township lifestyle establishment guests are not shy to spend on the most expensive bottles on offer and feast on the shisa-nyama while enjoying the vibe and culture of uMlazi at eyadini Lounge.

For a night to remember and consistent DJ line-up in a secure environment visit eYadini Lounge in uMlazi. Where every night is better than the last.

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Restaurants And Take Away – Old Dog New Tricks

Photo0725Today I set off to town looking for an adventure, I don’t know why but I knew when I got there I would find something interesting. And right I was, as I turned the corner of West street and Gardner street – there it was…a swam of protestors in red, I thought ‘might it be NUM hmm…but I had read they settled at 12%’. So, I decided to move in closer and satisfy my curiosity. It was a full on toyi-toyi with singing and the usual dance it seemed quite fun. At the back of my mind I was like what if this march turns violent? What than? But I felt a little reassured with the police leading and guarding the march that it would not get out of control. Anyway this is not the story I am trying to tell. Let’s get back to the story.

There is a new mall in town – Durban city centre, well not so new but new to me, it’s called the Mutual Mall. The mall has three entrance routes, one on West Street, the other on Smith Street and another on Gardner Street making sure it gets traffic from all directions. I had walked through the mall once before on my way to buy from Subway which is when I discovered this little gem.

I call it a gem because it introduces Durbanites to a variety of unfamiliar restaurants. It gives a different feel from the usual suspects such as the ever so popular KFC that needs no introduction, Mac Donald’s, Spur, Nando’s, Chicken Licken oh and not forgetting the underdog the Schwarma outlets that seem to be taking over the Durban CBD like a plague.

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Mutual mall offers a new take on fast food or take away, it’s designed to cater for the busy workers in the city offering little or limited sitting within the restaurant and a centrally located open space where patrons can sit for a meal. This means you can buy a little of everything that the Mutual mall restaurants have on offer and enjoy it at your own leisure.

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I visited restaurants that took my fancy and grabbed a menu to see what was on offer. I first went to The Fish and Chips Co. This is the first place that took my fancy first time I discovered the mall, it specialises in fish as I’m sure you have guessed. The menu is reasonably priced, you can have a meal for R30.00, and you can expect to find the usual suspects your fish, chips and calamari. The sitting is modest nothing fancy; it serves the purpose, what more can you want. Right across there is ‘Chillies’, as you might suspect its synonymous with Indian food, their menu cost a bit more I would say budget R60 if you would like to experience their food. Chillies is inviting to the eye too. I am planning on trying a thing or two from their menu when I have the appetite for hot Indian food. You can expect to find Durban’s very own ‘BUNNY CHOW’, your curries, biryani’s and roti’s. And last but not least there is Shefs Mediterranean kitchen which is literally two steps from Chillies. Their speciality is pasta, the menu is inviting with the food looking really tasty. Shefs is a presentable petite take away, expect a meal for R23 – R30, they also offer meals without pasta and sandwiches and wraps.

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The different restaurants all offer a different taste and aesthetics to the mall giving the consumer variety and value for money. Although I did not try out any of the food in these restaurants I did go to Nino’s, keep a look out for my review to see if Nino’s should be your next stop or your biggest nightmare.

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Wimpy Burger Special Nightmare

Yesterday, 06 September, I had a short meeting in UMhlanga after which I headed to Wimpy at the Workshop, Durban for lunch. I was early for my next meeting, so I thought why not just go and sit at Wimpy and get myself something to drink. I ordered the bottomless soda, the plan was for me to sit there and kill time while fidgeting with my cellphone. As I sat there the waitress arrived and asked what I would like to have. Oh! before that, a gentleman kindly approached and offered me a menu to which I said ‘no thanks, I’m actually waiting for some people but I will order as soon as they arrive, but I would like the bottomless soda’. He politely told me a waitress would be with me shortly to take my order.

The waitress approached and I ordered my bottomless soda. At the back of my head I was thinking about how many soda’s am I gonna have to drink before these people get here? As I sat there I noticed there is a special for R32.99 a burger with chips and a soda. So, when the waitress arrived with my drink I asked ‘Miss can you please change my order to this special right here, pointing to the picture?’ To my surprise she boldly said no! I was taken aback and repeated NO! and asked why is that? She said because the order is already on the system so what she could do is add the special on to the bottomless soda bringing my balance up to R52.99. I asked so what you are telling me is if a customer is unhappy with an order Wimpy is unable to cancel that order? What is the customer expected to do than? To which she replied cancelling of orders is just not done. The young lady did not have a condescending tone at all, I listened to her as she tried to explain. When she was done I said I do not understand what you are trying to tell me can I please speak to the manager? To which she went and up came the manager.

The manageress introduced herself and I explained the story. She said no problem, you will get what you requested. But, before that she explained how the order cannot be taken off the till once punched in but since I want another order the waitress would just have to sell the order I made previously to another customer so everything balances at the end of the day. I just thought to myself OMG! what a mission, just to cancel one order? Well, according to them it couldn’t be cancelled but it can be passed on to another customer.

As I waited for my burger I whatsapp’d my friend Nelly about the whole thing, she said ‘be careful they might just spit in it’ Oooh! What a bad thought. I remembered how my mom would always tell me to stop complaining so much in restaurants because they might just spit in my food. Not that I complain but I believe in good customer service and consistency.

The burger arrived, as soon as the waitress put it down the bun slid off the top, on to the side of my plate. I was like OK! I carried on texting and sipping my cream soda until it was finished and than wished I had ordered the bottomless soda but it was too late for that. So, I slowly made my way to my chips, it was a very small portion of chips I think there were just seven chips on my plate. I seasoned them with salt and squeezed some tomato and mustard sauce cautiously being careful not to drown my 7 chips. I proceeded to eat the poor chips and chat at the same time, after 2 chips I opened up my burger in two and noticed it was dry, it just had a smear of mayonnaise on the top side. So, I removed the burger patty, put the tired looking tomato aside and smeared some tomato sauce on the piece of lettuce and closed my burger.

I was pretty happy with my improvements I thought my burger was spit free and a bit juicier. So, I picked up my fork and knife, removed the serviette from it and stuck my fork in the burger. The burger bun cracked in places my fork hadn’t even touched! I thought bummer! What was going through my mind was, do I now call the waitress and complain about the stale bun and risk certain spitting in my food? Or do I just suck it up and eat the unsavory burger? Well, I ATE IT!

To add insult to injury the burger was not only tasteless but it tasted like it was steamed and I bet I could taste some soup. I should have complained and insisted on another burger, but I was not going to risk the possibility of consuming unknown substances. I did not finish the burger and that is sooo unlike me, I always finish my food. I did not even ask for a doggy bag. I wanted a glass of water to wash the bad taste ‘mainly of disappointment from my mouth’.

Finally, after the whole ordeal, my guests arrived. It was the worst meal I had ever paid for out of my own pocket. The thought of refusing to pay based on unpalatable food did cross my mind, but, I decided not to act on it. What I did not do is give a tip, which is something I always do. I felt robbed! like my money was taken at gun point for something I couldn’t even trace in my mouth. As I write I do not recall how the Wimpy burger tasted it was like cardboard forced down my throat, Oh! a soupy cardboard.

The experience was terrible, it reminded me of the time I bought the Box Master from KFC, west street and found charcoal half-way through my meal. And the time I paid R200 at Piato at the Pavilion on my BIRTHDAY for a beef or was it mutton Shank that was soaked in soapy broth. Those are stories I intended sharing with you soon, for now I’m still trying to wash off the thought of the worst burger I have ever eaten EVER!

The Durban Fashion Fair Shows Off South Africa’s Talent

Spring is in the air, I have not had the best of winter this year I have always said I prefer winter to summer but I now beg to differ. I can’t wait for summer to begin, I’m so happy spring is finally here.

To grace spring we ‘Durbanites’ had the pleasure of hosting the annual Durban Fashion Fair organised by eThekwini Municipality, boy was it a pleasure to witness. I was anxious to see two designers in particular, David Tlale and Thula Sindi. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend Thula Sindi’s show which was at 21h00, I was not well. But, the next day I made sure I attended David Tlale’s show no-matter what, and I’m so glad I did it was a spectacle. Set at the Durban Memorial Park right in front of the Durban City Hall. David Tlale put on a world class fashion show that left the audience in awe. I loved his concept, to me it said ‘I have arrived in all my splendor’ David made a grand entrance on two roaring motorbikes circling the runway. We were all set aback in amazement and surprise, our attention was fixed on the motorbikes. Than David leaps over and DJ’s his own show while our focus was on him and the music out came the gorgeous models reminding us why we were there in the first place. The garments were ready to wear with cool colours, not forgeting the gorgeous models. David Tlale’s show was a blast.

From there everyone proceeded to the Durban Exhibition Centre where some designers had displayed their garments for the DFF. There you had the opportunity to mingle with the designers and see garments that were previously on the runway. The garments were priced very reasonably, it was a great opportunity to interact and exchange business cards.

The DFF was a great success, but, my only disappointment is I wish more people could have come to see the DFF.

Take a look at some of the garments and accessories at the Durban Fashion Fair:

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