About Acrobranch

Ready for an exciting zip line experience or treetop adventure? If you answered yes, then be sure to visit Acrobranch! With nine Acrobranch parks throughout the country, they offer both children and adults a unique outdoor adventure, from tree to tree in lush, green forests.

Each of the parks boast their own unique and different obstacle courses, some ideal for young adventure seekers (AKA the kids) and some for reasonably fit adults and teenagers. All of the Acrobranch obstacles consist of awesome treetop high ropes and tricky crossings in the form of ladders, tunnels, walkways and bridges, as well as spectacular zip line thrills to top it off. You and your family will enjoy two hours of fun and adventure here, and let's not forget to mention the fact that you'll be getting active and burning off a few calories while you're at it!

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Where Is Your Nearest Branch

Since we are in Johannesburg, we will focus on where you can find different Acrobranch locations within Gauteng. If you want to know where you can find Acrobranch in Cape Town and KwaZulu Natal, click on the respective links.

As for Joburg and surrounds, you can find your nearest Acrobranch at these destinations:

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Why You Should Visit Acrobranch 

It'll get you active. Instead of sitting on the couch and being lazy, Acrobranch will get you up off the couch, out and about, and have you moving and using those muscles. In case you didn't know, you need at least 30-minutes of moderate physical activity every day. So, why not count this towards your daily goal?

It's fun for all ages. From kids and teenagers to adults and the young at heart, Acrobranch is loads of fun for everyone. There are obstacles ideal for all ages, and best of all, you don't need to have experience or a high fitness level to enjoy this outdoor activity.

It's affordable. Depending on the obstacle difficulty and age of participants, the cost of this outdoor entertainment activity varies, but you certainly won't bust the bank. From as little as R190*, you'll enjoy two hours out treetop adventure and fun. That's a great deal if you ask us.

It's perfect for team building and parties. From challenging and adventurous aerial team building activities to fun-filled birthday parties and events with a treetop twist, planning an unique excursion at Acrobranch is always exciting. Visit their website to see what they have to offer when it comes to corporate team building sessions and special celebrations.

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What To Wear When You Visit

Acrobranch has a dress code guide to let you know what you should wear when paying a visit to their exciting outdoor obstacle course.

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For More Information

For more information about Acrobranch and their various outdoor obstacle courses, visit acrobranch.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or 086 999 0369.

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to keep up to date with the latest news, offers and information.

FireRoom Sushi & Grill

For one of the most delicious and theatrical sushi experiences you'll find in the city, head to the FireRoom Sushi & Grill at Montecasino. It's a must for your foodie bucket list. As for meetings and date nights, hell yeah, it's a must-do for sure. They prepare and serve sushi like you’ve never seen it before – ON FIRE! Literally. But if you're not too keen on the flaming Fire Roll or Sushi Braai, they have a selection of traditional options and of course, their signature dishes. The African Platter is scrumptious and offers a little bit of everything in 18 pieces — Springbok Roses, Fire Rolls, Sweet Tiger Rolls and Dragon Rolls.

Special Alert: From Tuesday to Thursday during lunchtime all traditional sushi is HALF-PRICE.

Details: FireRoom | 011 465 0587 | [email protected] | Shop no. 64, Montecasino, Montecasino Boulevard, corner William Nicol and Witkoppen, Fourways, Johannesburg.

John Dory's

You CANNOT go wrong with sushi from John Dory's. Not only do they offer a wide variety of sushi but they also have plenty of other delicious goodness on the menu for those who don't appreciate good sushi. Sorry, we're a little biased. But back to the sushi! A few of our favourites we recommend are the Prawn Avalanche — a California roll with prawn filling, topped with half a tempura-rolled prawn and spicy mayo sauce; the Snow Crab Rolls — crab tempura rolls with mayo and sweet chilli topped with avo, Sriracha mayo and caviar and last but certainly not least, the C & C Bombs — crab and cream cheese bombs crumbed, deep-fried and topped with smoked mayo and caviar. Yum!

Special alert: It's HALF-PRICE sushi on Wednesdays! This offer is only available for eat-in. Terms and conditions apply. OR on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 11:00 to 16:00, choose any three green plates from the sushi belt for R99.

Details: John Dory's | Branches nationwide | Joburg office: 011 287 5300

The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill

It's all about the sushi at The Big Mouth Sushi & Grill at Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton. It's slightly more expensive here, but believe us, it's SO worth it! You can expect to tuck into a wonderful selection of world-class sushi, no matter which kind you prefer. Take your pick from moreish poké bowls, new-style sashimi, a few traditional classics and plenty of interesting signature choices. One of the signature sushi options that really caught our attention was the Chicago Roll — Panko rock shrimp, cream cheese, tobiko, teriyaki, sweet chilli jam, tempura chilli, kewpie mayo, garlic flakes and spring onion. Sounds quite different, right?

Details: The Big Mouth | 011 783 4097 | [email protected] | Nelson Mandela Square, 5th Street, Sandton, Johannesburg.

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The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar

If you happen to be in the inner city when your sushi craving hits, then make your way to The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar in the hip and happening Maboneng Precinct. This place fuses African flavour with Japanese cuisine and creates mouthwatering dishes that'll keep you coming back for more. Sushi is on the menu throughout the week and on the weekends, guests can enjoy a delicious prawn braai. And if you're REALLY into sushi, you can take a sushi-making master class with their very own Vusi Kunene and The Blackanese chefs.

Special alert: 50% Tuesday Sushi Special where selected sushi is available at HALF-PRICE.

Details: The Blackanese Sushi & Wine Bar | 072 729 6456 | [email protected] | 299 Fox Street, Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg CBD.

Yamada

If you're looking for sushi that will not bust your budget, then make sure you check out Yamada. They've got a conveyor belt so, if you don’t feel like ordering from a waiter, you can just pull up a bar chair and help yourself to the variety that's spinning around and around! Once you're done, they stack up your plates and tally up the cost. Easy! We love their lunchbox, which comes with 15 pieces of mixed sushi but change it to salmon only. Trust us, it’s a feast!

Special alert: All-you-can-eat sushi buffet, every day, all day, from R175 per person*!

Details: Yamada | Rivonia: 011 039 8188 or 011 047 8668; BluBird Shopping Centre: 011 039 6777 or 11 068 8888; Waterfall Corner: 011 075 7777 or 011 047 8668 | [email protected] | Click here for addresses.

Hashi

Hashi is a fab spot to head for fusion sushi with a twist. They’ve got all sorts of interesting creations that you need to try out like the Taku, which is tofu tempura, cream cheese, avo, spring onion with mango/strawberry/kiwi and wakame, on a bed of spicy sauce and Hashi’s secret sauce. Another delicious option is the Udon Japanese Noodles (if you’re not a sushi purist, that is), stir-fried with chicken, prawns or veggies. And a for dessert, make sure you try the chocolate spring rolls!

Special alert: On Wednesdays, it's half-price sushi! Valid on sushi only and selected items. Also, check out their lunch daily specials.

Details: Hashi | 011 888 0330 | [email protected] | 32 7th Street, corner 4th Avenue, Linden, Johannesburg.

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So Yum

After all the retail therapy in Hyde Park, surely you need to grab a bite to eat to replenish your energy levels? And we know just the place. So Yum has lots of dim sum on the menu — we like the pork and mushroom filled parcels. But that's not all! Their sushi is great, especially when eaten with a side of edamame beans. How about some tuna roses and a rainbow roll or two? The latter comes with crab, avo, salmon, tuna, caviar and mayo – basically, it’s the works.

Where: So Yum | 011 325 5360 | [email protected]Hyde Park Corner, corner Jan Smuts Avenue and William Nicol Drive, Hyde Park, Johannesburg.

JB’s Corner

While JB’s is not a sushi restaurant per se, they do have a menu dedicated entirely to the delicacy. What’s really great about it is that you can swap the stock-standard white rice for healthier brown rice – health freaks, rejoice! Their fashion sandwiches are to-die-for. Another interesting option we found on the menu of the Melrose Arch branch was the Chirashi. It's a cake of sushi rice (looks like a rice cake almost) that has spicy salmon, avo, cucumber, caviar and sesame seeds stacked on top.

Details: JB's Corner | Melrose Arch: 011 684 2999; [email protected] Sandton City: 011 784 1810; [email protected] | Click here for addresses.

Yamitsuki

Bedfordview’s Yamitsuki has a conveyor belt, so you can choose whichever dishes catch your eye if you're too hungry to wait to be served (fair enough). The quality is great and their salmon and cream cheese fashion sandwiches are sublime. Another must-have is the Salmon, Strawberry & Cream Cheese Rainbow Philadelphia Roll... once you try it, you'll be hooked. And for dessert — dessert sushi! It's a crêpe sushi roll with fresh strawberries, Nutella, cookies, honey and your fortune!

Special alert: They offer quite a few specials during the week:

Details: Yamitsuki | 011 455 0380| [email protected] | 53 Van Buuren Road, Bedfordview, Johannesburg.

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Don't Miss This Pop-Up Dining Experience!

Hoteliers James and Vicky Peech of Johannesburg’s eco-chic The Peech Hotel have invited some of Joburg’s best-loved chefs and ex-restaurateurs to host a series of pop-up dining events in Basalt, their casual fine-dining restaurant.

We are deeply saddened that so many of Jo’burg’s independent restaurants have closed permanently,” says Vicky. “We watched with heavy hearts as the entire landscape of dining out changed during lockdown. And with this in mind, we’ve teamed up with some of this city’s best Chefs to offer local gourmands the opportunity to experience their talents once again."

Vicky’s husband and founder of The Peech Hotel, James Peech adds, “Like almost every other hospitality business globally, we’ve had to be innovative in order to make the most of an extremely challenging time for everyone in our industry. We are delighted to offer the city’s food and wine lovers the opportunity to see some of their favourite chefs in action again; this time through a series of refined pop-up dining experiences hosted in Basalt. These events also provide an opportunity for some of the Chef’s pre-pandemic kitchen and restaurant teams to reunite and do what they do best.

Historically, The Peech’s clientele were mainly international travellers, however James and Vicky opened Basalt in September of last year to attract both in-house guests and local guests looking to enjoy great local food and South African wines.

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The Basalt At The Peech Chef Collab Series

La Petite Maison & Basalt

The first guest chef pop-up welcomes the reunion of alumni, with all three chefs having graduated from Italy’s prestigious ALMA La Scuola Internazionale di Cucina Italiana. Chefs Tyeye Ngxola and Tim Stewart (ex-La Petite Maison, where they soon became known for their French-inspired, refined dining experience) in collaboration with Basalt’s head chef Feni Malebye-Lutalo, will present a sublime five-course tasting menu, paired with some unique, boutique-style local wines from smaller producers. The wines will be presented by sommelier Clive Hlabathi (co-founder of local wine agency, Toasted Barrels).

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Image: Front left to right: Chefs Tyeye Ngxola, Tim Stewart and Feni Malebye-Lutalo.

Farro Food & Wine

Having previously cut their teeth at Michelin-starred restaurants and award-winning eateries in the UK, dynamic husband and wife team, Alex and Eloise Windebank, were the hands behind the stylish Farro Food & Wine. Team Farro will offer an elevated five-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairing presented by Great Domaines. With the option of both lunch and dinner services on select dates, their loyal followers will have the opportunity to experience and savour their superior food and fabulous wine once again.

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Image: Alex & Eloise Windebank.

Chef Candice Philip

Formerly the Head Chef of GREI at The Saxon, Candice Philip achieved noteworthy distinction during her 15-year tenure at one of Joburg’s finest five-star hotels. Having previously worked under legendary local chefs David Higgs and Luke Dale-Roberts, chef Candice eventually took over the reigns by introducing her own successful dining concept, GREI, where she was awarded the Mercedes Benz Eat Out Nederburg Rising Star award for 2018, and in the same year, the Young Chef Award for Conde Nast House & Garden SA Gourmet Restaurant Awards. During her guest chef pop-up at The Peech, Candice will present diners with a finely curated five-course tasting menu, including a cocktail pairing prepared by one of Joburg’s best mixologists. Renowned for her attention to detail and delicate balancing simplicity with sophistication, guests should anticipate a memorable sensory journey.

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Image: Chef Candice Philip.

Book Now!

To book your seat at one of these amazing pop-up dining experience, you can contact The Peech Hotel via:

Spaces are limited, menus and pricing will be sent as soon as reservations open up. Please note:

For More Information

For more information, visit www.thepeech.co.za.

You can also contact them on [email protected] or via Whatsapp on 072 594 8116.

Don't forget to follow and like them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to keep up to date with the latest news, information and offers.

Address: Basalt Restaurant, The Peech Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose, Johannesburg.

The Peech Boutique Hotel To Open Basalt Restaurant

Foodie enthusiasts, there's a brand-new culinary hot spot coming to Joburg this September at The Peech Boutique Hotel! The hotel will be opening the doors to its new dining experience, Basalt, soon. And Frederico Dias has been appointed as Head Chef.

Dias is well-known in South Africa’s fine chef and press circles for his years spent as Head Chef of Cape Town’s Pot Luck Club under the mentorship of the one and only, Chef Luke Dale Roberts.

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Frederico Dias, Head Chef at Basalt

The Peech Boutique Hotel Had A Makeover

A Fair Trade accredited hotel, the upgrade of the eco-chic urban offering is the latest step in The Peech’s evolution. The recent upgrade has included the addition of 16 new Luxury Rooms, increasing the hotel's capacity to a total of 32 rooms and suites, including a two-bedroom Luxury Villa. Also, other than the renovation of the original guest-only bistro dining space, Basalt is a completely new and extra offering providing a stylish and refined dining experience for both Peech residents and the city’s culinary scene. Chef Freddie will be at the helm of both restaurants.

What's On Basalt's Menu

Chef Freddie is currently adding the final touches to the Basalt menu, which he describes as “contemporary global cuisine”. All he will share now is that diners can expect carefully selected seasonal produce, influenced by his cooking in some of the world’s finest restaurants, while his Portuguese roots and current love of Asian and Mexican flavours will also filter through. In his own words, “really amazing food” is coming to Joburg!

Opening Times

Basalt will be open for dinner five nights a week  - from Tuesday to Saturday.

Basalt opens its doors at the beginning of September with table reservations opening online on Friday, 30 August 2019. Visit thepeech.co.za to find out more.

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For More Information

For  more information about The Peech Boutique Hotel, visit thepeech.co.za. You can also contact them on 011 537 9797 or [email protected].

Don't forget to follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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The Peech Hotel is a member of Tablet Hotels. Visit www.tablethotels.com.

What Is It?

The ToyZone Kids Cycle Race 2019 at Melrose Arch is all about fitness and fun, and a great way to entertain the kids and family. With four age categories from which to choose (aged 3 months - 13 years), the Cycle Race and fun day also includes:

Remember – helmets are a must and your kids won't be allowed into the race without one.

All proceeds from the ToyZone Kids Cycle Challenge 2019 will be donated to the Smile Foundation, a South African NGO that assists children with treatable facial anomalies such as facial paralysis, cleft lip and cleft palate, cranofacial abnormalities, ear, nose and hand conditions, and burn wounds.

When Is It?

Sunday, 26 May 2019 from 09:00 - 15:00.

Race times:

Ducklings (18 months – 3 years) 1km Starting time 9:30
Bunnies (4 years – 6 years) 2km Starting time 10:00
Foxes (7 years – 9 years) 3km Starting time 11:00
Lions (10 years – Adults) 5km Starting time 12:00

Where Is It?

Melrose Arch Piazza, Whiteley Road, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

To enter, go to www.smilefoundation.co.za. Entries cost R100 per entrant.

Entries are open to children aged between three months and 13 years, in four age categories:

Prams, scooters, tricycles and bicycles are welcome, and parents may accompany their children around the ToyZone Kids Cycle Challenge 2019 circuit (or, in the case of Foxes and Lions, cycle with them.) Please remember that helmets are compulsory – no helmet, no ride.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit www.smilefoundationsa.org or call 011 325 6480. If you have any difficulty booking, please contact [email protected]  | 083 629 3775. 

What Is It?

Bernini presents COSMO Hustle Summit, an amazing event that aims to equip you with talks to steer you the right direction into becoming the hustlepreneur you want to become.

If inspiration, changing the game and kick-starting something of your own is what you looking for then The Venue Melrose Arch is definitely the place you need to be.

Tickets are running out by the day so get yours now!

When Is It?

Sunday,  04 May 2019 at 08:00

Where Is It?

The Venue, Melrose Arch, 17 High Street, Melrose, Johannesburg, Gauteng.

How Much Is It?

Entrance is R280 - R380 per person, you can get your tickets Here.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit Here.

Be a part of a mind shifting exhibition curated by the ever so talented Beather Mgoza Baker, as we see a showcase of the works of art by very talented artists, Wolf Werdigier and Willie Bester. These two lateral thinkers are ready to share the creative juices through their work.

These contemporary artists are known for their thought provoking, subjective and deep visual stories. The Melrose Gallery presents Out Of The Furnace - A journey collaborating two powerful social justice activists with an eye for truth and beauty.

Come and feed your eyes to a world of art!

When Is It?

Wednesday to Sunday, (Opening - 13 March) 14 March to 07 April 2019 from 18:30.

Where Is It?

The Melrose Gallery10 High Street, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, Gauteng

How Much Is It?

Entrance is Free. Must RSVP on [email protected] (NB: Limited space)

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit their Facebook event page.

Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden

The Walter Sisulu Botanical Garden is a vast expanse of stunning flora and fauna. It has a beautiful cascading waterfall, educational walks and even a black eagle which nests atop the waterfall kraans. It is open on weekdays and weekends and will sometimes have a show or event taking place. The Garden also has a mini-train that operates on weekends which is great fun for the kids (and possibly the only operational mini-train in Gauteng).

Tip: Make sure you call before going as sometimes the Botanical Garden hosts events which can be loud and interrupt your idea of a quiet afternoon picnic.

Details: End of Malcolm Road, Poortview, Roodepoort

Walkhaven

This one’s for all the dog lovers out there. Walkhaven started in 2006 with the strict purpose of being a safe environment to exercise your pooches. Walkhaven has a restaurant, a kennel and a function venue with hordes of families making the trek to spend the day with their furry best friends. It’s situated in quaint Muldersdrift on a 22-hectare plot of rolling grassland and features a little dam for your dogs’ enjoyment.

Tip: Visit their website for info on getting an annual pass, which also entitles you to other perks.

Details: Plot 77, Zwartkop, Johannesburg

Gillooly's Farm

Gillooly’s Farm is another great picnic venue on the more eastern side of town. This big piece of grassland features everything from braai areas (very rare in parks these days) to conference venues. They even have a restaurant on the property. It’s beautiful, safe and perfect for picnicking with friends as you can braai, play sport or suntan on the soft sprawling lawns.

Tip: Saturdays tend to be a little busy and at times, so there can be a bit of a ruckus (they don’t only allow braaing but alcohol too, which is fun for some… but not for all).

Details: Boeing Road West, Germiston, Johannesburg

Emmarentia Botanical Gardens

This central Joburg contingent is the perfect venue for a picnic. You don’t pay an entrance fee, are exposed to a world of beauty and have a brilliant view of the city. The Emmarentia Dam and Botanical Gardens is known for its dam and, more recently, for the big live music shows hosted there. They also offer paddle boat hire and benches skirting the dam. This is the most popular park in central Johannesburg and is a must for people who haven’t yet visited it, as well as for those who have.

Interesting Fact: The Emmarentia Botanical Gardens is in fact not one of the eight National Botanic Gardens and is run by the Joburg Parks Department. Walter Sisulu, on the other hand, is a National Botanic Garden and is therefore run by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Details: Olifants Road, Emmarentia, Johannesburg

Van Gaalen Kaasmakerij

A personal favourite is Van Gaalen, which is actually a cheese factory (although we feel that using the word factory when referring to this little slice of tranquillity is blasphemy). They do Gouda and only Gouda as they do it so damn well. From aged cheeses to young, softer ones, their Gouda is immaculate! But enough about their cheeses before we start drooling on our keyboards. The property boasts a restaurant, a small quiet river and, of course, the cheese ‘factory’. They provide tours of the cheese-making process and allow patrons to use their property for picnics.

Tip: If you phone a day ahead they will make you a picnic basket on the banks of the Skeerpoort river. Another tip would be to book ahead for their restaurant if you plan on heading out there because it can get busy.

Details: Skeerpoort off the R512 (turn off towards Magaliesburg). Call or visit their website for more info.

Zoo Lake

As Joburg’s original park, Zoo Lake used to be the place where the Randlords went to have picnics. With 9 hectares of play area and almost nowhere to park, Zoo Lake is one of our favourite spots to check out. If you forget the picnic goods at home, you can pop into Moyo and grab a bunch of stuff to eat. You can also go for boat rides on the lake – at R10 a pop (it’s been R10 since forever, but just make sure as this price can change before we know it).

Tip: The weekends get pretty packed so try and go early to get a decent parking spot. Alternatively, you can park at Moyo but then you have to buy something from the restaurant.

Details: Zoo Lake, Parkview, Randburg, 2122

Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary

Give me odorous at sunrise a garden of beautiful flowers where I can walk undisturbed…” The poet Walt Whitman said that. Though he’s never been to Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary, we’re pretty sure he would have enjoyed walking the path around this beautiful piece of flora and fauna. The soft green grass, the chirping of birds and the sun shining softly on your cheek makes for a great picnic experience. With 36 hectares of land to put your blankie down on, we highly recommend the old Ethel and James Grey Park and Bird Sanctuary.

Details: Edgewood Avenue & Melrose St, Melrose, Johannesburg, 2000

Riversands Farm

Hands down the friendliest park in Jozi, Riversands Farm on the outskirts of Fourways (just past Dainfern) boasts tons of activities. Above and beyond soft grass and a relaxed atmosphere, this picnic hotspot is a great place to take the pups for a walk. There’s also a zipline, cafe, sports grounds and other cool stuff to get up to if the picnic basket runs empty. Riversands Farm is also known for hosting events such as the SA Gin Festival, so it’s worth keeping an eye on their events calendar. Oh, and before we forget, there’s a Sunday market happening, well, every Sunday. Count us in, please!

Tip: Bring sunblock. There’s not that much shade.

Details: Riversands Commercial Park, Rose Road, Knopjeslaagte, Midrand, 2189

Rietvlei Nature Reserve

Just past Pretoria, you will find 4 000 hectares of prime picnic fun. Rietvlei Nature Reserve is home to 404 species of birds, a big fat dam and loads of trees. So grab some blankets and picnic baskets, get the kids in the car and drive on over.

Tip: Don’t take a wee in the water. Rietvlei Dam supplies over 41 million litres of water to Pretoria on a daily basis. Also, if you’re driving through from Jozi, pack a snack to keep your wandering fingers out of the picnic basket on the way.

Details: 14 Game Reserve Ave, Rietvallei 377-Jr, Pretoria, 0181

Your Very Own Back Yard

Yup. We went there. It saves you a drive, you can keep the beer cold, and no one is going to yell at you for making a fire.

Tip: If you don’t have a backyard, check out the other nine venues… just saying.

Venue: Where the Wi-Fi connects automatically.

By Shawn Greyling

Remember that our “Top Picks” are not paid for and are compiled at the discretion of the journalist. We only write about what we love.

What Is It?

The weather’s getting warmer, which makes it the perfect time to get outdoors with your loved ones. And where better to spend Spring Day weekend than at Melrose Arch, where the brand-new season is being welcomed with a day of family fun complete with a lovely market, delicious food and great music, as well as entertainment and children's activities?

From the organisers of the ever-popular Fourways Farmers Market, the Spring Market will be held along High Street from 09:00 to 18:00. Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the pedestrianised area and treat your palate to an array of gourmet delights. There’ll be everything from burgers, sushi, pizza and tacos to Indian, Greek, Arabic and Argentinian food, as well as sweet-tooth treats like churros, petits fours, waffles, tarts, sweets and gelato, among other delicious artisanal goods. While enjoying your food, you'll be entertained by various live musicians performing on High Street, and from 13:00 to 16:00, the Belting Betties will perform 'Gatsbyesque' and post-modern jazz hits.

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On the Piazza, if you're still hungry, settle down for a meal at one of the fine restaurants and catch some live music from Smanga, Mr Brown, Nu Season and DJ Zan-D from 12:00 to 17:00. Oh! And don't forget to stop by the M&M Pop-Up Kiosk along the way and buy some of your favourite sweets!

As for the kids, they'll get to play with Thomas the Tank Engine train sets and have their faces painted, while roaming buskers will entertain with magic tricks and balloon sculpting.

There’s an added bonus for art lovers, as The Melrose Gallery’s second annual SculptX Fair is taking place from 31 August – 30 September 2018. The works of more than 40 established and emerging South African sculptors can be seen in the gallery and a number of public areas around Melrose Arch. View exquisite pieces by the likes of Anton Smit, Willie Bester, Pitika Ntuli, Vusi Khumalo, Bridget Modema and Richard Chauke in High Street, Melrose Boulevard, Whiteley Rd and the Upper Level of the Galleria.

When Is It?

Sunday, 02 September 2018 from 09:00 - 18:00.

Where Is It?

The Piazza and High Street at Melrose Arch, Melrose North, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry to the Spring celebration is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this Springy event, visit www.melrosearch.co.za or call 011 684 0002.

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Tammy Taylor Nails 81onCorlett

Hidden in the heart of Melrose and just a stone's throw away from buzzing Melrose Arch sits Tammy Taylor Nails at 81onCorlett. This gem was designed with love, passion and warmth and offers visitors a serene haven to indulge in a pamper session or four. They offer a variety of treatments to soothe, rejuvenate and beautify, including waxing, massages, facials, hand and feet spoils and lash extensions!

Details: www.tammytaylor81oncorlett.com | 011 568 7537 | [email protected] | 81 Corlett Drive, Birnam, Johannesburg.

Allure Lashes and Aesthetics

Brows and lashes are definitely the features that frame and accentuate our face, which is why Allure Lashes and Aesthetics offers exceptional eye services at great prices. From lash lifts and microblading to permanent makeup, spray tans and your choice of classic or volume lashes, you're bound to walk out looking and feeling like a new person. You can get your initial full set of volume lashes for R950* and classic lashes for R750* (both of which will take two hours to apply). After that, you can opt for a fill if you want to keep your lashes on fleek (the initial set will last two to three weeks) or get them removed. There is also a deposit needed to secure your booking.

Details: www.allurelashes.co.za | 011 029 4422 OR 061 533 6940 | [email protected] | Stonewedge Office Park, Block C, First Floor, 01 Wedgewood Link Road, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Lash extensions

Lash & Brow Bar

The name says it all. Lash & Brow Bar is the place for matters of the eyes. When it comes to lash extensions specifically, you can take your pick from a classic set (R778* per new set) or a volume set (R889* per new set). Fills cost between R333* - R495* depending on how long you've had your lashes (between one to three weeks) and as for removal, it'll cost R111 at the studio. If you're unsure about whether lash extensions are for you, they have an really informative FAQ here.

Details: www.lashandbrowbar.co.za |  011 463 8471 | [email protected] | 131 Wilton Avenue, Bryanston, Johannesburg

Wink & Whisper

For a lash and brow professional that pays attention to detail, make sure you make a booking with Falon at Wink & Whisper in Sandton. She specialises in microblading and various lash extension techniques to ensure that your eyelashes and eyebrows look absolutely flawless. Book yourself in for an accentuating lash lift (R500*, takes 30-45 minutes and lasts 6-8 weeks) 6D microblading (R1 900*) or a full set of fluffy and natural looking Russian volume lash extensions (R1 100*).

Details: www.facebook.com | 072 034 6056 | [email protected] | 52 Kingfisher Drive
Sandton, Johannesburg.

The Brow Studio

The Brow Studio in Melrose Arch specialises in the shaping, correcting, colouring and tattooing of eyebrows, and they also beautify lashes. Not so long ago, our beauty enthusiast, Kim, paid them a visit to give her brows and lashes a new lease on life, and she was thrilled! Read her review here. Other than giving clients stunning brows and fan-like lashes, they also offer permanent makeup, microblading, manis and pedis and, of course, lash extensions. Give yours a little oomph with either a classic (R1 050*) or volume (R1 500*) set.

Details: www.thebrowstudio.co.za | 082 928 0088 | [email protected] | Shop 11, The High Street
Melrose Arch, Johannesburg

Lash extensions

Head To Toe Beauty Spa

Kim had her lash extensions done here not so long ago, and she was absolutely head-over-heels with her 'new' fluffy, long and luxurious lashes. It took about two and bit hours, but the end result was definitely well worth the time investment. Here, you can get your full set of lash extensions for R650*. A fill will cost R370* and removal is R150*. Other than the lovely lashes, they also offer a wide range of beauty treatments. Give their website a squiz to see what else they offer.

Details: www.headtotoebeautyspa.com | 011 792 5799 | [email protected] | 7 Philip Le Roux Avenue, Malanshof, Randburg, Johannesburg

Bloom & Bare

For a luxurious pamper experience, make sure you make an appointment at Bloom and Bare, situated in the little suburb of Boskruin at the Boskruin Village Shopping Centre. They offer a range of treatments that'll leave you feeling relaxed, spoilt and rejuvenated. There's everything from waxing, facials and brow treatments, to manis and pedis, peels, massages and lash extensions (individual lash extensions which lasts 4-6 weeks, R650*). Their fully trained therapists are committed to offering a lush experience along with attention to detail.

Details: www.bloomandbare.co | 011 516 0051 | [email protected] | 1st Floor, Boskruin Village Centre, President Fouche Drive, Boskruin, Randburg, Johannesburg

Lash extensions

A Little Bit About Hotpod Yoga

Hotpod Yoga Joburg opened it's first location in Linden back in 2015 and has taken the city by storm! Being the first of it’s kind in the city, everyone wanted to experience it for themselves. And due to the high-demand for Hotpod Yoga, this led to the opening of a second pod in Melrose in May this year! Since launch, Hotpod Yoga Joburg has run over 2 600 yoga classes and taken over 3 000 customers through 150 000 minutes of hot yoga!

Hotpod Yoga Melrose and Linden co-founders, Genna and John, were born and bred in Joburg. Genna worked in the mining industry before following her passion and buying her first yoga studio in 2016. As a teacher, having trained in 2008 and using her business background, she built it into a thriving yoga school. Whilst exploring expansion options, she came across Hotpod Yoga and fell in love with the simplicity of its approach. Together with her husband, John, an engineer and fitness fanatic, they identified the growing need for yoga for everyone – to enable people from all walks of life to access yoga and benefit from its many advantages, without being put off by the stereotypes.

Hotpod Yoga is established in over 40 locations around the world. It encourages customers to adopt a ‘yoga designed for real life’, leaning away from today’s stereotype of bendy Instagram goddesses and green juice guzzlers.

Hotpod Yoga Joburg

Photographer Credit : Ed Reeve

What To Expect...

Hotpod Yoga really is for everyone! If you've never tried yoga before, then this is a great opportunity to get started! Classes are held in their signature, 20-person, inflatable studios, AKA pods. Heated to 37 degrees Celsius, these pods offer the perfect environment to escape the outside world and release the tensions and stiffness of everyday life. Hotpod Yoga has built a strong reputation in the city and it continues to grow as it establishes itself as the ‘go-to’ yoga destination.

For their full schedule, visit their website at hotpodyoga.com.

Hotpod Yoga Joburg

Where To Find Hotpod Yoga?

What to join in on the hottest yoga trend to hit the city? Then make sure you pay them a visit at one of their two locations across the city:

Hotpod Yoga Joburg

How Much Does It Cost?

Hotpod Yoga Melrose and Linden classes are priced as follows:

All bookings MUST be made in advance and online at www.hotpodyoga.com.

Hotpod Yoga Joburg

For More Information

For more information about this interesting and unique yoga experience, visit hotpodyoga.com, call 076 484 7216 or email [email protected]

Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Hotpod Yoga Joburg

Shots!

Not that kind of shot! Vaccination is as important for puppies as it is for new humans. According to the South African Veterinary Association there are four core diseases that our furry friends need to be vaccinated against:

These vaccines are very important in managing the health of your dog and are prescribed from weeks 8 to 15 of a puppy's life. After that it's recommended to have your dog vaccinated after its first birthday and then once every three years. With that said, find yourself an awesome vet who has a passion for animals (shout out to Silverfields Vet in the West Rand for being awesome), and they can guide you through the vaccination process. Having a good vet is key to having a happy, healthy mutt.

Puppy Proofing Your Home

Puppies are known to tear anything and everything to shreds. Sorry to break it to you, but you can't leave your socks on the floor any more. Secure entrances and exits to the home – nobody wants to go looking for a puppy at 2 AM on a Monday morning. Crating is a great way to train your puppy to become somewhat independent and to keep them safe at night when you're getting your much deserved beauty sleep. House training is important too, so read up and teach your doggo to not go toilet in the house! There are different methods suited to your specific environment, such as training your dog to do its business on newspaper, moving the paper closer and closer to the door and eventually out of the house. With that said, it's good to designate a specific spot for your pooch. Put a dog bed or crate in this spot and accustom your new pet to this area by placing his or her food and water there as well.

Routine

Routine goes hand in hand with house-training your puppy. Dogs are pack animals and will fall into rank and file if you take charge. A great way to instil routine into the new member of your family is to set a time in the morning when you get out of bed. Take the puppy outside at this time to go do his or her business. After a while the doggo will get used to this and end up nagging you out of bed when you want to sleep in. This also applies to feeding time. Try and feed your puppy around the same time every day.

Diet

Just like humans have different types of metabolism, so do different breeds of dog. Read up about your breed and ask your vet to recommend a diet... the last thing you want is to feed your dog a brand of dog food that's not meshing well with the dog's requirements. Often it's cheaper and healthier to cook for your dog – might sound silly, but if you make the food in bulk once a month it can make life a lot easier. Besides, who wouldn't want a healthy little mutt running around? An important factor is to note what dogs can and can't eat, like chocolate is pretty much poison, but sweet potato is good for them.

There are lots of dog food brands that claim to have all the right ingredients for puppy health but not all of them get the balance right. When taking your puppy to the vet for his first check-up, speak to them about the best food options. A food that is specially formulated for mini, medium and large breeds and provides antioxidants, such as Vitamins C and E, helps your puppy build a strong, healthy immune system. For example, Hill’s Science Plan contains these antioxidants, as well as high levels of DHA, a vital fatty acid to support a healthy brain and learning abilities in puppies. The ingredients are easily digested, which helps your puppy to absorb more nutrients from the food.

Dog Parks

Rule of thumb is to take your new pupper to the park after 16 weeks from birth. This gives the vaccination time to do its thing and for the dog's immune system to become stronger on its own. Once your doggo has reached this milestone, have a look at the top dog parks we've mentioned below - we're sure your furry friend will make a couple of buddies at these spots for sure! Oh, and invest in a good leash - nothing that will sit uncomfortably or choke the dog.

Johannesburg Botanical Garden

Also known as "Emmarentia dam" (which it rightfully is), the Johannesburg Botanical Garden boasts 81 hectares of flora fit for a royal puppy or three. There's ample shade and great spots to lay down a blanket and chill with your furry friend. Bring a bowl of water along as it's not recommended that your dog should drink out of the dam... in fact, keep your puppy away from the dam – it's too busy with runners, ducks and cyclists anyway. The top part of the park (the entrance closest to Beyers Naude Drive) is dedicated to dogs, so it'd be your best bet to hang out there.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/conservation-contents-95/botanical-gardens-contents-96

Walkhaven

A stone's throw away from the Cradle Of Human Kind lies a safe space for dogs to run free, kick it with the cool kids and make new friends. With 22 hectares of awesomeness, your dog will feel right at home at Walkhaven. There are two dams for the dogs to swim in, various hiking trails, braai and picnic facilities that have been spread out to avoid congestion, and loads of maintained space in which to walk, picnic, play and enjoy a day out. The best part is that dogs are not required to be on a leash – in fact, the facility prefers them to run around and play freely. Just be sure to clean up after your dog (poo bags are available in the bar and on the deck area). The park also has a little pub and grub area which serves cold beer and hot pizza, and the restrooms are serviced regularly and remarkably clean. Check the link below to find out about the entrance fee.

Details: https://www.facebook.com/pg/Walkhaven/

James & Ethel Gray Park

Pretty laid back and relaxed, James & Ethel Gray Park is a great place to take your new puppy as it's not as busy as those mentioned above. The park is patrolled by local security and managed and monitored by the Melrose Rates Payers' Association, owing to a clean and safe environment. Be sure to take your leash with as we're not too sure about leash laws here – we've seen doggies off their leashes but can't confirm whether this is the rule.

Details: http://www.jhbcityparks.com/index.php/list-of-parks-mainmenu-39/122-james-a-ethel-gray

Adopt

Wherever possible it's better to adopt than to buy... well, it's always better to adopt. Have a look at our pet adoption article and find a pet best-suited for you and your family. You can also contact your local SPCA.

By Shawn Greyling

What Is It?

If you love to delight your palate with amazing cuisine and fine wines, this is an event for you! The Peech Hotel is delighted to host Franschhoek’s Haute Cabrière Wine Estate and esteemed chefs, Nic van Wyk and Westley Muller, as they bring you an exceptional six-course dinner tasting menu, paired with Haute Cabrieré wines. Sounds divine! Menu highlights include pan-fried Patagonia calamari with black tomato sauce and seared scallops, paired with the Haute Cabrière unwooded Pinot Noir and, to finish, a chocolate torte with amaretti crumbs, candied pecan nuts and salted caramel popcorn, accompanied by a glass of Pierre Jourdan Ratafia. Seating is limited, so make sure you reserve your seats ASAP.

When Is It?

Tuesday, 31 July 2018 - Saturday, 04 August 2018 from 19:00 - 22:00. Book now before it's too late:

Where Is It?

The Peech Boutique Hotel, 61 North Street, Melrose, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

R595 per person. Seats limited, booking essential. To book, email [email protected].

For More Information

For more information about this pop-up restaurant, visit www.thepeech.co.za, email [email protected] or call 011 537 9797.

Also, don't forget to check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

What Is It?

With 2018 FIFA Mania at fever pitch, make sure you catch the quarter-, semi-, third-place playoff and finals at the Melrose Arch More Than Soccer Fan Zone between 01 - 15 July 2018. Here, you will be able to watch the games live on their big screen in the Piazza while enjoying delicious meals and drinks from your favourite restaurants, such as JB’s Corner, Jamie’s Italian, RocoMamas, Piza ē Vino, Tasha’s, Paul Patisserie, Roast Café, Sushi Burrito & Co or The Grillhouse. There will also be live bands and entertainment lined up, as well as spot prizes to be won on Final Day!

Please note:  The Fan Zone on the Square is only running from 01 - 07 July 2018.

When Is It?

You can catch all the nail-biting FIFA action on the following dates:

Where Is It?

The Piazza at Melrose Arch, Whiteley Road, Melrose North, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Depending on where you park, you’ll pay for parking and meals and refreshments at your favourite restaurant, but, other than that, the FIFA entertainment is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this exciting event, visit www.melrosearch.co.za or call them on 011 684 0002.

Melrose Arch Trading Hours:

Also, check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Where To Eat?

Take our word for it people! When we say the suburb is inviting, charming and without a doubt stylish, we totally mean it! The beautiful scenery that doesn’t go unseen even to those who have visited the area more than twice. Not forgetting that it is becoming trendy by the day, so as you can imagine there is a bunch of fun stuff to do and amazing food to indulge in. The stylish setup of the area is compelling and so is the food. There’s a number of choices to choose from, upmarket restaurants, pizzerias, and drinking spots. The highlight of it all is how amazing the food is, with every food place different yet similar to the other with great cuisines to explore and the opportunity to explore new experiences. Food so good it'll make you lick your plate clean!

Ono Eatery

This is just a unique food spot, giving you a Hawaiian-inspired cuisine in Joburg. You can eat out and not even feel bad about eating all things delicious, because they serve all things healthy. The Ono Eatery is an amazing way to kick start any day, whether you are simply in the mood for some delicious breakfast, lunch, brunch or dinner. This is the place just for that. And of course, not forgetting their specialty their delicious Poké.

Ono Eatery

Trabella Pizzeria

What’s eating out without pizza and some pasta right? Well, this is just the place for amazing Italian food and mouth watering goodies. The Italian inspired dishes and wood-fired pizzas are ideal for anyone with a huge appetite after a long day. The perfect place to bring friends and family to come indulge in some great food. With their amazing toppings; spinach, pancetta, artichokes and garlic and many more.

The Great Burger Company

Deliciously prepared burgers, that are so mouthwatering you'd literally have to come back for more, allowing you to choose exactly how you would like your tasty tower to arrive. Choosing your choice of patty, bun, toppings, fillers and sauces. So, if you are looking for a fast food spot that will keep the whole family happy then this is just the place to visit.

Parea Greek Taverna

Parea Greek Taverna, is just the touch of exoticness you need in your life, giving you the best in Greek cuisines. Celebrating getting together with other people, who also enjoy the phenomenon of being together and enjoying amazing food. And of course what's a Greek restaurant without a little bit of dancing? Well, they make sure you are always entertained when you enter their grounds with belly dancing and Greek dancers. Now you can't tell us that is not the ultimate Greek experience.

What To Do?

Nightlife

Illovo Junction comes alive in the night time and it gets twice as amazing. Clocking out from that 9-5 and want to grab a few drinks and just unwind? Then, The Griffin is just the place, as it is not quite a bar and not quite a restaurant, giving you the best of both worlds bringing together foodies alike with the best in craft beer, desserts, nibbles and Sunday roasts. Next on our list is Daisy Dukes  being the hottest western themed saloon in Jozi. Providing you with the most amazing experience and of course amazing food and drinks, other than that you can also enjoy line dancing, karaoke night, comedy nights, quiz nights and a lot of other fun acticities. Moving on to our third favourite spot, they say life without Mexican food, is not life at all and we think it's true. Which is why Perron is here to spice up your life with some Mexican food and some spicy tequilas!

The Griffin, Daisy Dukes, Perron

Culture

As Illovo Junction is known for its trendy setting ideal for the everyday person, being the perfect place to be when seeking to relax, chill, eat and have a few drinks. Mixing all cultures from Mexican, Italian, Hawaiian, Greek and Western cultures to make sure you have a variety of choices to choose from. It doesn't end there, there is an amazing Jiu-Jitsu studio the Gracie Barra - Jiu-Jitsu Studio for everyone who wants to learn self-defense and self-discipline. See we told you, there's more to this place.

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For those of you who have never heard this term before (like us singletons and those without children yet), here is the definition of a babymoon:

"Babymoon"

(ba·by·moon   ˈbā-bē-ˌmün)

Noun. Informal.

A relaxing or romantic holiday taken by parents-to-be before their baby is born.

So, essentially it's just like a honeymoon, except you enjoy this special time together BEFORE the 'special day' AKA the birth of your little bundle of joy. Sounds like the perfect way to get some well-deserved rest and spend some quality time together before the big day arrives. So, just for you guys, we went in search of some of the best romantic and relaxing babymoon spots throughout the city. And of course, we found the most romantic places possible. All you have to do is book, pack and enjoy this special time together. Make the most of it, it's your babymoon!

Babymoon

De Hoek Country Hotel

For the ultimate babymoon, the stunning and luxurious De Hoek Country Hotel in Magaliesburg offers parents-to-be a romantic and relaxing seasonal package, available all year round. We all know the stresses that comes with having a baby, which is why they encourage expectant couples to take time out to unwind and relax with a two day getaway at this idyllic country escape. The Babymoon Package includes the following:

Day One:

Day Two:

*Please Note: Treatments are not included and charged separately to your room account. Terms & Conditions Apply.

Details: www.dehoek.com[email protected] | 014 577 9600 | Plot 7, Zeekoehoek, Magaliesburg, Gauteng

De Hoek Country Hotel

The Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa

Since this will be your last romantic getaway alone together before the two of you become three (or four), why not go all out and indulge in a weekend of absolute luxury (and comfort) at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa in Sandton? Take your pick from their various suites (from Grand Chateau and Courtyard suites to the Tree House Studio and Maison Spa Suite), pamper yourselves with some soothing and relaxing treatments at the Balinese-style Spa at Fairlawns (ladies, think amazing foot massages to ease and relieve those swollen feet - bliss! There's also a Mommy-To-Be 30-minute massage available) and delight your taste buds with some delectable cuisine from Amuse-Bouche or the Manor House Bistro. Sounds lovely!

Details: www.fairlawnshotel.co.za[email protected] | 011 808 7300 or 011 804 2540 | 01 Alma Road, Sandton, Johannesburg

The Peech Boutique Hotel

Looking to get away but not too far from home? Well, then why not escape to the tranquil garden haven of the Peech Boutique Hotel, just a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the city? It's hotel and suites are surrounded by stunning and lush gardens (perfect for a relaxing stroll and some fresh air), and if you're up for a little bit of shopping and exploring, you're only 10 minutes away from popular shopping and business areas such as Melrose Arch, Sandton and Rosebank. And for a bite to eat, head to the bistro and enjoy simple, laid-back and chic food. After a long and adventurous day, retreat back to your spacious and luxurious garden room or suite, or house room.

Details: www.thepeech.co.za[email protected] | 011 537 9797 | 61 North Street, Melrose, Johannesburg

peech boutique hotel

The Winston Hotel

A babymoon isn't just about baby, it's also about spending quality time with your partner and unwinding before your bundle of joy arrives (growing a human being isn't easy!) and what better way to do that than spending a few days away at the five-star gem of hotel, The Winston Hotel. Not only can you expect the best personalised service and lovely accommodation, but you can also expect absolute luxury, all the best entertainment within close proximity and of course, lots of romance (that's right gents, listen up). They do offer a romantic package complete with all the bells and whistles, but just make sure you swap out the sparkling wine with something more appropriate for the mommy-to-be.

Details: www.thewinstonhotel.co.za[email protected] | 011 268 3140 | 06 Tottenham Avenue, Melrose Estate, Johannesburg

Hands On Retreat

Dads-to-be, here is a fantastic option to spoil the mother of your child - a Couples Weekend Spa Sleepover! Trust us, pregnancy puts a lot of strain on the body, so one of the best things you can do for her is treat her to a lovely, relaxing weekend away filled with soothing and rejuvenating treatments to help relieve all those aches and pains. Plus, it gives you and entire weekend of us-time! Now, the 50-minute Couple Hot Stone Massage that's included in the package may not be the best idea for her (belly and all), so make sure you call the retreat and find out if they can cater to your needs.

Details: www.handsonretreat.co.za[email protected] | 011 326 0066 | 04 Argyle Avenue, Craighall Park, Randburg, Johannesburg

hands on retreat

The Oasis Boutique Hotel

Now, since you have a baby on the way, we know that your budget can be tight. Buying everything baby needs can be pretty pricey, and surely spending a fortune on a babymoon isn't on the cards. But what if you want to enjoy a relaxing getaway even if it's for a night or two? Well, then why not book a stay at the stunning Oasis Boutique Hotel in Sandton? It's a quiet and tranquil haven perfect for relaxing, complete with beautiful surroundings, lovely cuisine, wireless internet, popular hotspots nearby and Egyptian percale cotton linen, bathrobes and complimentary slippers for the ultimate comfort. Sounds heavenly! And best of all, it's luxury at a fair price.

Details: www.oasis.sa.com[email protected] | 011 807 4351 or 011 8074330 or 011 807 4303 | 29 Homestead Road (between 11th and 12th Avenue), Rivonia, Sandton, Johannesburg

The Munro Boutique Hotel

And one more for good measure. The Munro Boutique Hotel offers more than just a place to stay, it offers everything you need for the ultimate babymoon. It's true! Think panoramic views of the city, gorgeous decor and furnishing, waterfalls and lush gardens surrounding the hotel, impeccable service and much more. It's literally like haven on earth. The price tag per night can cost a pretty penny, but it's your babymoon! Enjoy this time as much as you can, even if it means splurging a little bit. The Milkwood Suite goes for R 2780* per night and its stunning!

Details: www.themunrohotel.co.za[email protected] | 011 487 1420 | 63 St Patrick Road, Houghton, Johannesburg

munro boutique hotel

If there is one thing I'm protective of, it's my eyebrows. Not only because I have heard SO many horror stories of ladies over-plucking their brows, brows never growing back or being scalded by extremely hot wax. But also because I'm a survivor of a brow tragedy (not self inflicted though). Too much peroxide and a whole lot of burning equals losing your eyebrows and months of regrowth. I'm lucky they grew back unscathed!

It has been many months (perhaps years, I lost count) since that tragic incident, so I thought it was time to pluck up the courage (excuse the pun) to try again and get my eyebrows shaped and tinted by a NEW and QUALIFIED brow professional. So, when a few of my girl friends recommended I go to The Brow Studio, I thought I'd give them a try. Heck, why not go all out and do an eyebrow tint and shaping AND lash tint! After all, my friends' eyebrows and lashes looked amazing, so they must be profesh!

brows

The studio is small but oh-so-modern and sleek in it's design and decor. Think black decor and furnishings against a light grey backdrop. While waiting for my appointment with my brow specialist angel, Dudu, I took a good look around and sussed out their treatment list. What put me at ease the most was the fact that The Brow Studio specialises in the shaping, correcting, colouring and tattooing of eyebrows. Which means they know exactly what they were doing when it comes to eyebrows. A few treatments that caught my eye were:

Brows

Now, for those who don't know, I'm blonde. So blonde, in fact, that my eyebrows and lashes are far too fair to see without any sort of enhancement. Practically invisible. If I didn't tint them or fill them in with makeup, you probably wouldn't know they existed (brow-shadow and mascara are my BFFs).

Here are a few before shots of my nonexistent brows and lashes so you can see the difference once they're tinted. Don't laugh!

brows

brows

Dudu did an amazing job and brought new life to my nonexistent and neglected brows and lashes! She talked me through the process (which I appreciated considering my last brow experience ended in a catastrophe), plucked where necessary, pinpointed my brows' problem areas, tinted every single brow and lash hair (every hair counts, right?) and made me feel as comfortable as possible with some lighthearted chitchat. She even gave me a bit more insight about microblading, which has been on my bucket list for the last year or so. I think that might be my next adventure!

Once I got to see my beautiful "new" eyebrows and lashes, I was surprised and oh-so-happy. It's amazing what a little bit of shaping and tinting can do with the help of a brow angel! I happily walked out of there without a smidgen of makeup on my face. And the cost wasn't too bad either (R370* for an eyebrow shape and tint and lash tint combo). It's needless to say that I'll be visiting Dudu again in the future, when my brows and lashes need some sprucing up. I love the fact that I don't need to waste time fussing over my brows or apply some mascara in the mornings. It's liberating!

Here are the after shots... excuse the tint in the pores (oops!)

brows

brows

For More Information

For more information about The Brow Studio and their treatments, visit www.thebrowstudio.co.za, call 082 928 0088, or email [email protected].

You can also make your bookings online at www.myappointment.co.za.

Don't forget to check them out on Instagram and Twitter.

What Is It?

This event is for all ages. A place where you can choose a canvas, grab some paints and get to creating. You can expect lessons on how to create your unique art and much more. Materials will be provided. There's plenty of inspiration provided and you get to take your unique artwork home. Bring the whole family to experience this unique event.

When Is It?

Weekdays at from 09:00 - 18:00

Where Is It?

Art Jamming, Shop 27, Melrose Arch Piazza, Melrose.

How Much Is It?

 

Tickets cost R 135 at www.artjamming.co.za.

For More Information.

For more information visit www.artjamming.co.za or Email [email protected].

The Green Craft Bar

Imagine there was a place where you could get top craft beer draughts that don't cost an arm and a leg. Meet the Green Craft Bar - the multi-location beer bar you've been waiting for. Good food, great suds, and an environment not taken over by dudes dressed as lumber jacks. Their flagship shop at the Benoni Country Club (they also have branches in Glenvista and Modderfontein), is well worth a visit the month. The menu is off the charts - think bar food but with a gourmet twist. The Green Craft Bar serves chicken wings with mash, slap chips or crisps, something called Benoni Cherries (which is pretty much mince and risotto rolled into balls), chicken and beef tacos, Haloumi wraps, a beautiful butternut and peach salad (which is off the hook, by the way), and a pulled pork pita.

More Details: http://www.thegreen.co.za/

 

Mad Nomad

By the same guy that brought Kream to Pretoria (and Midrand for that matter), comes a Turkish delight so fragrant that you don't even have to set foot outside of the country to experience it. The Mad Nomand in Midrand offers urfa kebabs, pide (flatbread) combinations, and lamb shanks that will leave you dreaming. The vibe is super sleek, so dress the part (now you can finally wear that baby blue tux of yours)!

More Details: http://www.madnomad.co.za/

Épicure by Chef Coco

The great African Food Renaissance has arrived. Introducing flavours from East African, chef Coco (the guy behind Sel et Poivre), is taking on the Sandton palate with his latest offering, Épicure. At the time of writing Epicure is not yet open (they are waiting for a liquor license) but folks can expect fine a la carte dining, culinary art, Afritapas food, a rum bar, cigar space fitted with a humidor, al fresco eating and even morning-fresh and healthy dishes!

More Details: http://www.epicurerestaurant.co.za/

Angelo's Kitchen

Fresh off the block with a brand spanking menu for 2018, Angelo's Kitchen in Bryanston is the place to get your pizza and pasta on. Sure, they've been around for years but we don't need an excuse to go bananas on their black mushroom and blue cheese gnocchi (the gnocchi is made in-house) or roast lamb pizza with extra chilli! Angelo's is a family business, and you know we always recommend that you #SupportLocal.

More Details: http://angelos-kitchen-sloane.business.site/

Ciao - The Little Eatery

Ciao is a little deli type vibe in Melrose Arch that's packing a big hunger busting punch for its size. We're talking old school bagels stuffed with salmon and cream cheese, brand spanking new bubble waffles topped with ice cream and chocolate, and smoothies so soft and simple that you can't help but slurp them so loud that your mom yells at you all the way from Roodepoort. Ciao is also big on salads, so if you're in the mood for a gourmet salad then hit them up the next time you find yourself in the Arch.

More Details: https://www.facebook.com/ciaoeatery/

Kraal Restaurant

Head to the popular Thaba Eco Hotel in the Klipriviersberg Nature Reserve for a treat and a half. Kraal Restaurant is a masterpiece waiting to be discovered. Their a la carte menu is something so pretty that it's on par with a poem Lord Byron wrote before he got kicked out of England... yeah, let's just go with that analogy, shall we? Beyond the beautiful beef, lamb and chicken burgers, toasted sandwiches and tramezzinis, there lies a kitchen that is capable, waiters that are passionate, and a venue so pretty that it is on par with a Lord Byron... wait... we've done that one already... anyway. The crux is, go check it out - we're sure you will fall in love with the place. You know, #NoRegrets2018.

More Details:http://www.thabahotel.co.za/restaurant/kraal-restaurant/

By Shawn Greyling

The Whippet

What used to be the Linden Hotel is now one of Johannesburg's most famous coffee shops and milk tart spots. But let's focus on the coffee for now, shall we? The Whippet is a fan favourite and a hit amongst tourists for some reason. Maybe it's got something to do with the good coffee? Of course, it does! Either way, their americanos are brilliant, their espressos potent and the lunch menu is something out of a midsummer night's dream. The baristas are all good at what they do and super friendly. Add The Whippet to your must-have coffee bucket lists, please.

Motherland Coffee Company

This coffee shop only uses the finest coffee beans sourced from African countries like the Congo, Ethiopia and Rwanda. They aim to reclaim Africa, our motherland, through their excellent java. They do this by only sourcing fair trade coffee beans to ensure that every sip you take supports Africa and her people.

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Bean There

Coffee is the most traded commodity in the world and with it comes the ups and downs of big industry. Thanks to Bean There and its massive investment in fair trade coffee from Ethiopia, many farmers and farm workers in the region have access to things such as running water and medical aid... and these improvements to the working condition has split over into every cup of coffee served at the Bean There Cafe at 44Stanley in Milpark.

State 5

State 5 is the coffee company that has brought Greenside and Fourways the evolution of cold brew coffee. This process leaves one with a delicious cup of joe that has a more delicate flavour with an even bigger kick than your regular cup. Their menu has an extensive range of cold brew mixes that will leave you begging for more.

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The Grind Coffee Co.

The most Instagrammed coffee in the world can be found at Melrose Arch inside a cycling store... yup. Dayne of The Grind Coffee Co. is quite passionate about java and this shows in the flavours and aroma that is brewed up in every cup - or cone - served at his coffee shop. They also serve deli styled sandwiches, and cold brew for those hot summer days.

Father Coffee

This coffee shop has a branch in the prestigious Rosebank and our beloved Braamfontein. They stock a wide range of coffee beans from all over the world. The friendly staff are more than happy to teach the clientele about how to brew the best cuppa with the machines and beans you have at home. So you can enjoy that perfect cup of warmth in your own home.

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Double Shot Coffee & Tea

We don't want to pick one above the other but... Double Shot in Braamfontein holds a very special place in our hearts. Artisan coffee would be the best way to explain what's going on at this little shop in the city. The owner roasts up a fresh batch of their in-house blend each morning, so you know it's fresh. Double Shot also serves muffins, cookies and pastries for those who feel like a nibble... oh, and they also serve craft teas... yeah, craft teas is a thing.

Have you been to any of our favourite coffee shops? Let us know if the list is missing one of your hangouts and we'll be sure to check it out. Sharing is caring so show this to that caffeine addicted friend of yours. 

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