Monday, November 28, 2011

Win Tickets to see Lira at Kirstenbosch

Multi-award winning Afro-soul songstress, Lira, will be returning to Kirstenbosch this year straight off the back of her highly successful national ‘Captured’ tour. You can expect an immaculate performance with an emphasis on new material off her fourth, and latest studio album titled Return To Love as well as songs you know from her previous platinum-selling albums, Feel Good and Soul in Mind.

Lira is an inspiration to thousands of South Africans and continues to strike a chord with her impactful songwriting, moving vocals, and powerful stage presence. Lira’s music is defined by its honesty, soulfulness, femininity and utter joyfulness. Not surprisingly, ‘Soul in Mind’ received six SAMA Award nominations and walked away with four, including Female Artist of the Year and Album of the Year. 

Adults: R100
Botanical Society members: R90
Youth (6 to 21 years): R75
Children under 6: free

For the full line-up, read Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts 2011/2012 line-up post.

The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h00 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00.

For further information and ticket prices, telephone +27 (0) 21 799 8783/8620 or go to or

So it’s that time of the week again where we will be giving you a chance to WIN one set of Double Tickets to this Sunday’s Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts! This Sunday you get the chance to see Lira performing live at Kirstenbosch!

All you have to do is LIKE Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts AND comment on this post and tell us your favourite Lira track and we'll pick a winner! Easy peasy!

Entries close on Wednesday, 30 November 2011 by midnight.

Winner announced:
Congrats to Megan May ( for winning the pair of tickets this Sunday to see Lira! Enjoy the show!

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Home...I am Coming Home

I am going home to visit my parent for 10 days...haven't gone back since February and I missed them dearly!

Even my family is not uber cool or rich, but they are irreplaceable. And always close to my heart. I am going home!

Via Pinterst

Friday, November 18, 2011

Win Tickets to 4XCHANGE Summer Tour 2011 and Afterparty!

JOZI save the date for 26 November!

The event will feature 4 OF THE WORLD'S TOP 100 DJ'S:
- Tom Novy 'Global superstar'
- Giuseppe Ottaviani
- Solarstone is the REAL DEAL!'
This global musical tour will take place on the 26th November 2011 at Barcode SuperClub in Johannesburg in conjunction with approximately 20 of SA’s top DJ’s and the venue is set for 7000 people to enjoy an outdoor extravaganza of lighting, sound and of course musical excellence. Positioning it as a 12 hour musical journey it will be a party to start the party as students finish with exams and the holiday season starts.

Event details:
Date: 26 November 2011 6PM till 6AM.
Venue: The Superclub, Boksburg

DJ Lineup:
Outside Arena Main Floor 1:

Erica Elle (5FM) 6PM - 7PM
Alan M 7PM- 8PM
Justin Vee & Roger D'Lux 8PM - 9PM
International (Switzerland) Tom Novy 9PM - 10:30PM
International (U.K.) Prok & Fitch 10:30PM - 12AM
Ricardo Da Costa 12AM - 1AM
Sean 1AM - 2AM

Inside Arena Main Floor 2

Chris Sen 7PM - 9PM
Warwick French 9PM - 10:30PM
Speedy 10:30PM - 11:30PM
Dean Fuel 11:30PM-12:30AM
International (U.K) Solarstone 12:30AM - 2:30AM
James Damian 2:30AM - 3 :30AM
International (ITALY) Giuseppe Ottavianni 3:30AM - 5:30AM
Small Paul & C Funk 5:30AM - 6AM

R130 presold / R150 @ the door
R260 VIP / R300 @ the door
R1200 VIP
Limited VIP/VVIP tickets available
Available at Computicket, Cameroom, Xogo and Sunglo stores

R1200 gets you Royal Treatment:
VIP access | VVIP parking | goody bag | free selected drinks | mingle with the artists and DJ's | access to VVIP area with personal bar and service | birds eye view of the venue

For more details go to

COMPETITION: Win 4 VIP tickets to 4XCHANGE Summer Tour 2011
JHB! I have FOUR VIP TICKETS to give away!
Check out my Facebook page or on Twitter @jasapple to see how to win those tickets!

One winner will be announced on Friday the 25th of November 2011.

* This competition is only open to people over the age of 18.

Win Tickets! Mini Music Festival ft. Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Heuwels Fantasties & JR at Kirstenbosch

Wow after Locnville and Jax Panik kicked off the first Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert 2011/2012, the second concert surely will get everyone in the mood for more music!

The second Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concert features Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Heuwels Fantasties and JR. It is going to be a mini music festival where Afro beat and disco house meet Afrikaans rock and rap.
Van Coke Kartel: Musicians Francois van Coke, Wynand Myburgh, Hunter Kennedy and Pierre Greeff grew up in Bellville and played in many bands over the years, of which Fokofpolisiekar is the best known. When Fokofpolisiekar took a break in 2007, the Afikaans rock bands Van Coke Cartel and Die Heuwels Fantasties were formed. Both groups have since won several music awards. Van Coke Kartel will also introduce the new album at Kirstenbosch.

Jack Parow Jack Parow is an Afrikaans rapper, from Belville. His debut self titled album was released in 2010 and debut single, Cooler as ekke, has become his most recognizable song with over 1 million views on YouTube. His songs are hits on national radio stations and he has been on prime TV shows and on covers and centre-folds of publications in South Africa and in Europe.
So grab your friends and get down to Kirstenbosch on 27 Nov 2011 to the tunes of  Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Heuwels Fantasties and JR. I strongly feel the show is R- rated, parental guidance is advised due to the use of strong language during the concert performance.

Tickets are selling R100 for adult, R75 for youth (6-21 years old with a valid ID) or R90 for Botanical Society members with card.

The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h00 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00.

For further information and ticket prices, telephone +27 (0) 21 799 8783/8620 or go to or

So it’s that time of the week again where we will be giving you a chance to WIN one set of Double Tickets to Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Concerts! This Sunday you get the chance to see Jack Parow, Van Coke Kartel, Heuwels Fantasties and JR rocking you through the sunset!

All you have to do is go to my Facebook page or Twitter to check out the competition details!


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Fashion Procrastination 101: Pinterest

Facebook is no longer the reason I procrastinate. Now procrastination has become more beautiful and stylish. It is Pinterest.

I love this site so much...when I need fab cakes, I got fab cakes....when I want to see beautiful clothes, I just melt by looking at those beautiful garments.

Pinterest I blame you!


I would LOVE to wear this to WORK! 


THE BAGS....Want want want!


Casual Weekend~

Monday, November 14, 2011

Coolest KitchenAid mixer - Wonder Woman

I have no idea what they are saying on KitchenAid Brasil's Facebook page, but they have some really nice looking KitchenAid mixers. This will definitely make cooking so much cooler!

I want one! Is Yuppie Chef selling the Wonder Woman one?

Wonder Woman

Peace & Love


Rock & Roll

Win Tickets to StyleSociety Pop up Boutique

I am sure some fashionistas and stylish ladies know about the upcoming of the ever popular StyleSociety Pop up Boutique hosted by StyleSociety. Like last year, they will bring you the best in fashion, beauty at the Protea Hotel Fire and Ice in Tamboerskloof, Cape Town on Saturday, 3rd December 2011.

I've been at the event last year and it is such a perfect opportunity to spend a day out with your girlfriends and get pampered and do shopping (without guilt)! You can read my StyleSociety Pop up Boutique experience here.

Tickets are R50 a person and include a welcome drinks and a fab gift bag. Guests also get free access to the exclusive Styling Room where you can enjoy free make-up and styling advice by experts in the industry.

Estee Lauder will be joining StyleSociety Pop up Boutique – dishing out all the latest on skincare, make-up and fragrances. Estee Lauder will also be giving away a total of five Estee Lauder gift sets valued at R15000.00 on the day and leading up to the event! Nice!

You could do a good chunk of your gift shopping in an intimate venue, picking up anything from shoes to face masks from the local designers and international brands, carefully selected by the StyleSociety team. Just perfect timing to so some Christmas shopping too!

For more details for this stylish event go to StyleSociety for more details. Book your tickets at Computicket.

Due to unforeseen, I will be missing out the StyleSociety Pop up Boutique this year...(boohoo) but the good news is that I will be giving these tickets away to a lucky lady!

Just comment below: what fashion or beauty item you cannot live without? Is it your GHD or your LBD? 

I will announce the winner of the double tickets on Monday, 21 November 2011. 

Congrats to Sharikajaga for winning the tickets! Enjoy the pampering weekend!

Best Dim Sum Spot (According to Cape Town Asian) - Sheng Feng Chinese Restaurant

When we get asked, “Where do we get good dim sum in Cape Town?” The answer usually is: Sheng Feng. Many dim sum newbies probably don't know about this place, but many Chinese foodie people do. Sheng Feng has been serving Cantonese Chinese food in Cape Town for couple of years.

The restaurant is spacious, airy with simple Chinese decor. You will find Chinese family gatherings during the weekend.

I can't compare the dim sum with Hong Kong or even Joburg, but I have tried dim sum all over Cape Town and Sheng Feng is possibly the best I have had. The restaurant is a no frills place but the dim sum is traditional and fresh. In true Hong Kong style, you mark the dim sum that you want from a menu form that is both in Chinese and English. The menu is diverse with a range of sweet to savory dishes. They have about 40 different types of items on the menu.

Some highlights on the menu include the shrimp rice noodle roll, steamed shrimp dumpling (Har Gau) and pork siu mai. Possibly their best dish is the pork buns (Cha Siu Bao). For dessert, I always order steamed custard buns and fried Man Tau. My personal favorites were the congee and Singapore rice noodles.

I find it's best to choose one or two dishes at a time (depending on the size of your group). Prices vary from R18-R30 per plate depending on size and ingredients of the dishes, and most have 2-3 pieces per serving.

Service was decent although you need to track down the server sometimes about the food. And in some cases the language barrier prevents you from knowing what is in some of the items. Unless you speak Mandarin or Cantonese.

Our bill is normally around R70 per person (including tips, tea and leftovers!), which is really affordable!

Dim sum is served everyday from 11am-2pm. Dim sum aficionados know to hit Sheng Feng early in the day for the best selection because after 1 p.m. selections aren't quite as numerous.

Some of my table's favourites:

Steamed Shrimp Dumpling or Har Gow were four medium-sized bites of dim sum. Shrimp was fresh, possessed a light aroma of sesame oil. Wrapper was nicely done.

Steamed custard bun filled with pleasant creamy custard flavour. 

Char Siu Bao (Honey Roasted Pork Bun) - probably the best bao ever in Cape Town.

The pork shai mai is excellent. 

Deep Fried Sesame seed ball arrived freshly made. Hot with a thick skin but just the right sweetness of azuki beans (red beans) filling.

A plate of pan-fried turnip cake came in four pieces. The texture of the turnip cake is smooth in the inside and crispy on the outside. The turnip flavour is actually quite light. 

Spring Onion Pancake. Almost like the Chinese version of roti but will flavour of spring onion. Best to dip with a bit of soy sauce and some raw chilli.

Singapore Rice Noodles. My favourite rice noodles. Stir-fried with curry powder, baby shrimp, honey roasted pork, and veggies. The rice vermicelli is fluffy and flavourful but not spicy.

Char Siu Rice Noodle Roll (or cheong fun) had diced honey roasted pork, chewy rice noodle wrapper, and a nice sweet soy sauce. Try the Shrimp cheong fun for their big and fresh prawns.

Sticky Rice Wrapped in Lotus Leaf was very good. Glutinous rice was cooked fine, with lots of filling, including a small egg yolk, shitake mushroom, minced mung beans and pork inside.

Fried Dough Bun (Man Tau) – I specifically asked for deep fried bun with sweet condensed milk for dipping. They normally do the steamed one. Awesome dish, very good when fresh and hot.

Red bean (Azuki bean) pastries

Sheng Feng is located in Shop 6 Village on Main, Parklands Main Road.
Tel 021 556 5107

Friday, November 11, 2011

2nd Scavenger Hunt @ Camps Bay

If you missed the first scavenger hunt then save this date for the second one - 20 November!

The organizer, Gumball 4 Pix Photography, decided to be more specific about the location of the scavenger hunt this time around so Camps Bay's beach front and back streets seems perfect!

Hmm....maybe one of the words will be Asian tourist?
The rule is simple, you will receive a carefully compiled list of interesting words to take pictures of upon arrival. And you hunt for them!

Because everyone has their own ideas and interpretations words, the ideas is that everyone should take a picture of the listed words as they interpret it.

Like the first event, anyone may join, you don't need a fancy camera, even you and your cellphone can join the fun!

More details are on their Facebook event or else check out some pics from the first hunt!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Why The World Used To Be Cooler

Reason #1 - Whiskey vending machines existed. And you can even add water or soda....

Good idea to make a comeback?

Happy Phuza Thursday!


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Grand Café & Beach Presents its New Year’s Celebrations in Grand Pacha Style!

Beach parties will never be the same again, Grand Café & Beach, renowned for its Grand beach parties and 1st class entertainment, presents ‘One Night of Pacha’ on New Year’s Eve with the world famous Pacha nightclub from Ibiza. Followed by a day into night party on New Year’s Day, which is billed to go down in Cape Town’s history books as one of the Grandest celebrations ever.

On New Years Eve leading Pacha DJ Andy Baxter with supporting local D.J’s and the world famous Pacha dancers will carry the audience into the New Year in true Grand style. Guests will receive a welcome drink on arrival and doors open at 22:00 – late. Ticket price R750 per person.

The celebration continues with ‘Pacha New Year’s Day Party’ - a day into night party with DJ Andy Baxter, a sunset performance by Goldfish, the Pacha dancers and supporting local D.J’s. 1 January 2012 from 14:00 – late. Ticket price R500 per person.

Both parties will redefine what it means to celebrate in true holiday style: cocktails, canapés, chic decor, hot party beats and with waves crashing in the background. It is definitely an new year experience not to be miss at one of the kind restaurants in Cape Town! Grand Café offers a unique experience the tactile decadence completes the trendsetting design offering a café style dining experience on the deck or beach with magnificent views of the Atlantic Ocean and Robben Island.

Pacha is more than a club; it represents the Mediterranean lifestyle of free spirit and strong character, as well as being a symbol of glamorous and hedonistic inimitable nights. Pacha Ibiza has attracted visitors from all over the globe and has become a must see venue due to its personality, experience and its way of understanding and living the nightlife. 

For reservations – 021 425 1826 or


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