Good Food & Wine Show JHB

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MASTERFUL CHEF LINE-UP FOR GAUTENG GOOD FOOD & WINE SHOW!

If you’re a passionate cook or food lover, you will not want to miss the Good Food & wine show taking place at the Coca-Cola Dome between 31 July – 3 August 2014. With a host of top chefs and the latest trends and tips from the world of food, this is on my list of things to do.

See celebrity chefs in action such as Matt Preston, Lisa and Helen Tse, Buddy Valastro, Reza Mahammad, and Food Network’s Siba Mtongana of Siba’s Table, to name but a few.

Some highlights of the event :

Foods from around the world restaurants – eyes on Indian and Thai cuisine amongst others

Baking is BIG – following the global trend, baking will take centre stage with a kids bake-off area and an adults baking theatre

Regional Wine Tasting Tours- We’ve upped the ante and moved away from the traditional wine walk to a series of tasting pods. Each visitor will receive a free pack of Wine tasting coupons with their wine glass purchase. Coupon booklets cost R20 each thereafter.

Food Champions – featuring local food artisans

Food trucks – streetwise food is given a showcase

Craft beer – featuring local microbreweries and food and beer pairings

Aphrodisiac Cooking – Surprisingly seductive, ingredients that hit the spot.– getting to know what the active ingredients are in our food that help to lift our moods and the awesome flavour combinations that produce desired results – talks and demos and ‘Romancing the Stove’ classes.

Extreme Nutrition – what foods you need to fit the sports scene

Tools for Cooks – a new area dedicated to the best in cooking appliances, utensils and tools to help you get creative in the kitchen – look out for the Cake Boss bakeware being launched at the show

Kyknet Kook- This is a celebration of Afrikaner culture, heritage and food. It features well known Afrikaans celebrities cooking up a storm.

Writers Block- Writers and bloggers and wannabe bloggers will be able unleash their words on all things culinary in the new specially designated Writers’ Block section. Even more inspiration comes in the form of a prize from Yuppiechef to the writer whose copy has been judged the best.

Celebrity Book Signing- Buy a signed copy of your favourite Chef’s cookbook. These are exclusive to The Good Food & Wine Show and in most cases not available in South Africa, so make your way to the Celebrity Book stand after the demo & get your signed copy

Tickets on sale now on www.computicket.com or at your nearest Shoprite Checkers. Ticket prices from: R125 per adult | R50 per child under 12 | Free for children under 3

See www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za for more information.

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Stand a chance to win 2 tickets to the Good Food & Wine Show SA happening at the Coca-Cola dome on the 31st July to the 3rd August 2014.

1. Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @Namritha25
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International Inspiring Women: White Christmas in July

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IIWN believes that YOUR core purpose is simple- to love and accept yourself, be your BEST self, and express yourself fully in this world, to do something MEANINGFUL with your life. You’re here to make a difference. Everything else just follows from it.

Come join us on 27th July 2014 at the Michelangelo Hotel

At this White Christmas in July themed event. You will share in the spirit of the joy of giving and receiving and you will leave on a high note so that you can: 

  • Wake up excited about your life every day!
  • Believe in yourself and TRUST your intuition more.
  • Get clarity on your purpose, your raison d’etre, and bring it to life.
  • Brainstorm ways to make your passion a living and make choices that work for you.
  • JUNK the comparison monster and stop wishing you had someone else’s life over yours.
  • Never again be afraid to show the world who you really are- No more hiding. Full self expression.
  • Feel more focused and less confused about what to do next.
  • Stop letting FEAR of failure, rejection, not being enough, life passing by etc, run the show.

Date: Sunday 27th July 2014               Time: 13h45      

Venue: The Michelangelo Hotel, Mandela Square,Sandton

Theme: White

Christmas in July Cost: R450 per ticket (Inclusive of a Decadent Food Buffet, Goodie Bags and Entertainment ) 

Often do you think of….

Oh, what I’d give to find a wonderful group of people who GOT me, really understood and accepted me as I was as we journeyed together to find new ways of being; design our lives based on values and purpose; bounce ideas off; let go of fears; draggy thoughts; and failures keeping us back… a safe place to share my inner and outer journey, support them in theirs, and be supported by them… IIWN awaits you on the red carpet to embrace YOU!

Limited Seating Available and Payment confirms your booking!

Banking Details: Bank: 

Standard Bank Acc: Blueprint Int , Acc Nr: 421480432

Branch:    Fourways Crossing , B. Code: 009953 ,   Ref: 1st name & Surname

Contact Details:  Anusha Singh   Tel: 0116560718,  Cell: 0824401125

Email:   info@anushasingh.com

 

**Win** 2 tickets to this event .

1. Follow @Namritha25 and @IInspiringWomen on twitter

2. Please share this post and comment below on how you inspire others.

 

 

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Fathers Day at The Maslow Hotel

This Father’s Day, spoil Dad with good food and live music overlooking the Oasis garden at the Lacuna Bistro at The Maslow Hotel.

The sumptuous menu below is what you and Dad can enjoy. My personal favorites are the Sticky Spare Ribs with Bell Pepper Basting and the sweet and spicy Chicken. Best ribs I have tasted! Don’t forget the Mocha Crème Brûlée which is definitely a winner.

STARTERS
Salmon Gravadlax with Beetroot Relish
Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Cream
Classic Panzanella in Rye
Salt and Pepper Calamari Salad
Nicoise style Pasta Salad
Five-spice Duck Salad
Cobb Salad with Buttermilk Ranch Dressing
Harissa Chicken and Cous Cous Salad
Salad Greens with House Dressing
Roasted Parsnip Soup with Cheesy Croutons
Bakers Bread Selection
MAINS
Prime Rib of Beef with Horseradish Sauce and Yorkshire Pudding
Roast Leg of Lamb with Minted Bread Sauce
Sticky Baby Back Pork Spare Ribs with Bell Pepper Basting
Sweet and Spicy Beer Can Chicken
Lamb Curry with Atchar
Oxtail Pot
Baked Seafood Pie
Pan-roasted Kingklip with Smoked Tomato Gravy
Roast Potatoes
Pilaf Rice
Cauliflower and Broccoli Gratin
Honey Buttered Sweet Potatoes Wedges
Caramelized Butternut Crumble
Roasted Vegetable Kebabs
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Mint Caipirinha Fruit Salad
Apple and Pear Tarte Tatin
Bread and Butter Pudding with Jack Daniels sauce
Banofie Pie
Passion Fruit Cheesecake
Mocha Crème Brûlée
Artisanal Cheeseboard
R350 pp

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On Arrival, all guests on Father’s day will receive a complimentary single malt Macallan , a shot on the rocks for each and a Goodie bag with Maslow branded goodies.

The Beer garden with will include brands like : Jack Black, Devils Peak, Soweto Gold, Grolsch and Peroni.  All Beer can be sampled and purchased at the stand and Dad stands a chance of winning some magnificent prizes, including an overnight stay at Suncity :)

Bookings are essential , so call : 010 226 4600
info: lacuna.bistro@suninternational.com suninternational.com/maslow

***Win : 5 lucky readers stand the chance of winning a Lacuna Board compliments of The Maslow hotel. As seen below in pic with Chef DallasOrr and Miss SA

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Simply comment below with your fathers day message and share this post on twitter and facebook the following:

“I want to win with @TheMaslowhotel and @Namritha25 “

Winners must be able to collect prize from Sandton.

 

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Robin Sharma live in SA

Robin Sharma is one of the world’s most highly respected leadership experts. His work is a source of inspiration for individuals and organizations all over the world as he influences them to live as leaders and realize their potentials.

Robin Sharma is an internationally acclaimed author of several international bestselling books and he is also a qualified lawyer.  After quitting his profession, he self – published his first book. Since then he has successfully published over 11 books, which  include:
•’The Leader Who Had No Title’ ,  •’The Greatness Guide’,  •’The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari’ and my favourite book •’Who Will Cry When You Die?’

After attending Robin Sharma’s seminar last year in Johannesburg, I left feeling highly inspired and motivated to be a better leader. He ignited a passion in me to be more, Do more and act more!  He has an amazing positive energy and is so humble.

I recommend all of my followers to book now for his presentation in JHB on 25 July 2014. You will be greatly rewarded with so much more inspiration, skills and empowering tools.
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“It is only when you have mastered the art of loving yourself that you can truly love others. it’s only when you have opened your own heart that you can touch the hearts of others. when you feel centered and alive, you are in much better position to be a better person.”

“Push yourself to do more and to experience more. Harness your energy to start expanding your dreams. Yes, expand your dreams. Don’t accept a life of mediocrity when you hold such infinite potential within the fortress of your mind. Dare to tap into your greatness.”
― Robin S. Sharma

For more info & tickets : www.Abem.co.za

***WIN***

5 lucky readers stand a chance of winning tickets to see Robin Sharma live in JHB, SA.

1) Follow my blog, RT and share this blog post and let me know you have done so.

2) Post your comments below to share your inspiration from Robin Sharma’s work, and let me know why you would love to attend.

Tickets are valid for Johannesburg, South Africa only.

 

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The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz.

Lessons from The Book : The Four Agreements, by don Miguel Ruiz.

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Lets set free our self-limiting beliefs that rob us of joy and create needless suffering. Based on ancient Toltec wisdom, the Four Agreements offers a powerful code of conduct that can rapidly transform our lives to a new experience of freedom, true happiness, and love. I have learnt from the Four Agreements:

Be Impeccable with Your Word

Speak with integrity.  Say only what you mean.  Avoid using the word to speak against yourself or to gossip about others.  Use the power of your word in the direction of truth and love.

Impeccable means “without sin” and a sin is something you do or believe that goes against yourself.  It means not speaking against yourself, to yourself or to others.  It means not rejecting yourself.  To be impeccable means to take responsibility for yourself, to not participate in “the blame game.”

Regarding the word, the rules of “action-reaction” apply.  What you put out energetically will return to you.  Proper use of the word creates proper use of energy, putting out love and gratitude perpetuates the same in the universe.  The converse is also true.

Impeccability starts at home.  Be impeccable with yourself and that will reflect in your life and your relationships with others.  This agreement can help change thousands of other agreements, especially ones that create fear instead of love.

Don’t Take Anything Personally

Nothing others do is because of you.  What others say and do is a projection of their own dream.  When you are immune to the opinions and actions of others, you won’t be the victim of needless suffering.

We take things personally when we agree with what others have said.  If we didn’t agree, the things that others say would not affect us emotionally.  If we did not care about what others think about us, their words or behavior could not affect us.

Even if someone yells at you, gossips about you, harms you or yours, it still is not about you!  Their actions and words are based on what they believe in their personal dream. Our personal “Book of Law” and belief system makes us feel safe.  When people have beliefs that are different from our own, we get scared, defend ourselves, and impose our point of view on others.  If someone gets angry with us it is because our belief system is challenging their belief system and they get scared.  They need to defend their point of view.  Why become angry, create conflict, and expend energy arguing when you are aware of this?

Don’t Make Assumptions

Find the courage to ask questions and to express what you really want.  Communicate with others as clearly as you can to avoid misunderstandings, sadness, and drama.  With just this one agreement, you can completely transform your life.

When we make assumptions it is because we believe we know what others are thinking and feeling.  We believe we know their point of view, their dream.  We forget that our beliefs are just our point of view based on our belief system and personal experiences and have nothing to do with what others think and feel.

We make the assumption that everybody judges us, abuses us, victimizes us, and blames us the way we do ourselves.  As a result we reject ourselves before others have the chance to reject us.  When we think this way, it becomes difficult to be ourselves in the world.

Take action and be clear to others about what you want or do not want; do not gossip and make assumptions about things others tell you.  Respect other points of view and avoid arguing just to be right.  Respect yourself and be honest with yourself.  Stop expecting the people around you to know what is in your head.
Always Do Your Best

Your best is going to change from moment to moment; it will be different when you are healthy as opposed to sick.  Under any circumstance, simply do your best, and you will avoid self-judgment, self-abuse, and regret.

Doing your best means enjoying the action without expecting a reward.  The pleasure comes from doing what you like in life and having fun, not from how much you get paid.  Enjoy the path traveled and the destination will take care of itself.

Living in the moment and releasing the past helps us to do the best we can in the moment.  It allows us to be fully alive right now, enjoying what is present, not worrying about the past or the future.

Have patience with yourself.  Take action.  Practice forgiveness.  If you do your best always, transformation will happen as a matter of course.

A beautiful read with so many life lessons.  Share your wisdom taken from this book.

Happy reading.. Nams

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Top Gear Festival 2014

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Start your engines, as Durban comes alive this June with The Top Gear festival. If you have not yet got your tickets, then you will be missing out on one of the most anticipated motoring events of the year.

Top Gear Festivals are unique events created for those with a passion for Top Gear and motoring in general and this year Top Gear Festival Durban is set to transform Moses Mabhida Stadium into petrol-head heaven, as cars and stars take to the track next month.

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An action-packed live stadium show created by the Top Gear Live production team. Presented by Clarkson, May and Hammond, featuring The Stig, this seated performance will incorporate local personalities, international stunt drivers and a whole host of Top Gear’s trademark special effects, jaw-dropping stunt manoeuvres and customised cars.

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Out on the track, Top Gear Festival will play host to tons of motoring festivities including mesmerizing displays from local Ferrari and Porsche Clubs, as well as Time attacks, Race of champions and Motorsport mania.

Event venue: Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban

Dates:              21-22 June 2014

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Tickets range from R260 for a Basic ticket, R499 for a Standard ticket, R995 for DStv Superior and for the ultimate fan – the SuperSport Elite Village ticket at R1995. The Standard Family Package, which includes 4 Standard Tickets, is R1750

Use the discount code GEARUPS420 to get 20% off Standard (R499), Dstv Superior (R995) and SuperSport Elite (R1995) tickets when purchasing SHOW 4 tickets through     www.topgearfestivaldurban.co.za
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Inspiration for the week : Invictus

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Out of the night that covers me,
Black as the Pit from pole to pole,
I thank whatever gods may be
For my unconquerable soul.

In the fell clutch of circumstance
I have not winced nor cried aloud.
Under the bludgeonings of chance
My head is bloody, but unbowed.

Beyond this place of wrath and tears
Looms but the Horror of the shade,
And yet the menace of the years
Finds, and shall find, me unafraid.

It matters not how strait the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll.
I am the master of my fate:
I am the captain of my soul.

William Ernest Henley

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BMW 4 series: Impressive parking assistant

As cars became safer over the years, the design regulations made them quite difficult to see out of. This meant parking aids had to get clever. The camera and radar systems in the new BMW 4 Series are so advanced that we thought we might be able to park it, using nothing but the car’s own eyes and ears. It enables the driver to carry out precise maneuvers in tight spaces.

Ciro attempts to park the new BMW 4 Series without looking out the window. Will Ciro’s test end in success or a lengthy and difficult to explain insurance claim? For more info: www.cars.co.za

Park Distance Control, Surround-view and Reversing Assist camera allows the driver to enjoy a clear view in the area around your vehicle when maneuvering into parking spaces and at road exits. Park Distance Control (PDC) at the front and rear as standard allows you to park safely and comfortably thanks to optical and acoustic signals.

Surround-view shows your vehicle in the Control Display with the aid of a projection from above. The Side-view system included in this equipment option guarantees a better overview when visibility is poor at road exits. The Reversing Assist camera provides welcome support when you are reversing into parking spaces.

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BMW is definitely at the forefront of introducing new innovative ways to enhance the driving experience.

 

 

 

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Champagne at Tsogo Sun

A select few bloggers had the privilege of sampling beautiful sparkling Champagne at The Southern Sun hotel, Hyde Park.  With stunning city views ,a gorgeous sunset and millions of tiny bubbles happy bubbles in a glass, that happiness :)

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There is no other wine that captures the romance and joy of a single moment as when the foil of a bottle of Champagne is peeled. Like all great wines, iconic Champagne possesses a seductive quality, nuanced and prestige to command a special place at dinner tables of many celebrities and executives in the uppermost levels of society.

The good news is…  now you too can join the “celebrity” ranks and enjoy the finest Champagne at affordable prices in South Africa – only at Tsogo Sun hotels and casino properties, restaurant, bars and lounges.

Champagne is a sparkling wine, but not all sparkling wine is Champagne. At Tsogo Sun you can enjoy the real thing from the unique area of Champagne, located in the northeast of France.

Harnessing the group’s considerable purchasing power, Tsogo Sun has negotiated the very best prices you’ll find for Champagne.

Tsogo Sun have selected, with the guidance of their sommelier Miguel Chan, a diverse collection of the world ten legendary and vibrant Champagne house, based on their uniqueness, elegance and eternal generosity.

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Discover and enjoy a selection of Billecart Salmon, Bollinger, Dom Perignon, Louis Roederer, Moët & Chandon,  Taittinger and Veuve Clicquot Ponsardin at various Tsogo Sun properties including 54 on Bath, Beverly Hills, InterContinental OR Tambo, InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, the Palazzo, Sandton Sun and Suncoast Towers.

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You’ll also find your favourite Champagne, including Moët & Chandon Brut Imperial starting at R680 and Veuve Clicquot  Ponsardin Yellow Label starting at R765, at selected Tsogo Sun hotels nationwide, including Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton, Southern Sun Montecasino, Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront Cape Town,  Southern Sun Cape Sun, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Southern Sun Gold Reef City, Southern Sun Emnotweni, Southern Sun Newlands, Southern Sun O.R. Tambo International Airport, Southern Sun Pietermaritzburg, Southern Sun Pretoria, Southern Sun Bloemfontein and SunSquare Montecasino.

Whether it is a specific celebration or spontaneous fun gatherings with friends, or just because you like Champagne – treat yourself to a glowing and glamorous lifestyle– anytime at Tsogo Sun!

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For further information, please go to tsogosun.com

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The Prayer of Saint Francis

The Prayer of Saint Francis of Assisi is a powerful prayer. I first came across the prayer during a Pranic Healing course I attended in Dubai.
Now I wish to share this beautiful, powerful prayer with you, as I firmly believe that you too will experience comfort, love and great fulfillment, as I did.

Prayer is an invocation with a deity, an object of worship, or a spiritual entity through deliberate communication. We often hear the saying : “As you give, you shall receive”  The Blessings you give, will return to you.

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The Prayer is recited in the  Twin Heart Meditation By Master Choa Kok Sui. I encourage you to sit comfortably in a calm place and meditate using this prayer.

About the Prayer of St Francis
-Mother Teresa of Kolkata (Calcutta, India) made it part of the morning prayers of the Roman Catholic religious institute she established, the Missionaries of Charity. She attributed importance to it when receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in Oslo in 1979 and asked that it be recited.
-Margaret Thatcher, after winning the 1979 United Kingdom general election, paraphrased the prayer on the doorstep of 10 Downing Street, surrounded by a throng of reporters, having “kissed hands” with Queen Elizabeth II and become Prime Minister.
-Archbishop Desmond Tutu, winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize, declared that it was “an integral part” of his devotions.
-In October 1995, President Bill Clinton quoted it in his welcoming speech to Pope John Paul II on his arrival in New York to address the United Nations.
-The prayer is used by Grandmaster Choa Kok Sui in his Twin Hearts Meditation.
-The hymn form of the prayer was also a part of the funeral of Diana, Princess of Wales on 6 September 1997. Sinéad O’Connor included her version of the song on the Princess Diana tribute album.

Try this meditation or even recite this prayer and this will be one of the most valuable experiences you have had.  For me it was  emotional and peaceful at the same time.  My life has since changed and these days when faced with problems, I am reminded once again to go back to The Prayer that helped make things all ok again.

God Bless and may you always be guided.

Love Namritha

 

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