Rob PetersChristmas under the African sun can take a bit of getting used to for those used to more chilly locales, but while it may not be a white Christmas in Cape Town there is still plenty of festive cheer to go around. Want to know how to do the silly season like a local? Look no further, we have everything you need to know on how to enjoy Christmas like a local.
FeaturedIt’s amazing how easily we underestimate the power of a great hand-massage. I know I certainly have. Thankfully I have seen the light, and trust me, I will never look back. It will become a must-have treat. This is all part of looking after my own wellbeing.
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Cape Town’s diverse multicultural ancestry has enjoyed the influence of many traditional cooking styles; but Mexican food, in particular, is on an upward trend in Cape Town these days. Chilli poppers, quesadillas, tortillas, fajitas, taquitos, enchiladas … you name it, we have it! And here’s where to satisfy your cravings …
You know what, Mother City lovers? You sure know how to show a writer some love … I mean, I put out one simple request for you to tell me where you would rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, and not only did you respond in your thousands but boy, did you blow my mind with suggestions!
As locals, we already know that Cape Town, our inspirational hometown, should be at the top of every traveller’s bucket list. But what if you could win an all-expenses-paid, six-month trip to six continents – and US$50 000 on your return home, for proving it?
Call me crazy, but if you had to ask me where I’d rather be on a Wednesday in Cape Town, I couldn’t tell you … simply because I’d want to be all over the Mother City at once!
It’s Happy Hour in Cape Town, Mother City lovers, and you know what that means … delicious, fruity, half-priced cocktails to kick start your weekend in our gorgeous hometown! Whether you’re a Cosmopolitan, Sex on the Beach or Mojito fanatic, you’ll find them all right here on our sunny shores, so join me at the following cocktail spots from Friday 8 to Sunday 10 February, 2013:
A glimpse behind a magical velvet curtain, a whiff of sea breeze in the air and a feeling deep within your soul that anything is possible … this is what a night at the enchanting Madame Zingara’s Miracle Tour promises – and boy, does it deliver!
If the sight of a cherub shooting arrows at loved-up couples and the over-the-top teddy bears and hearts displays in retail stores makes you see red, chances are you’re not in the mood to celebrate Valentine’s Day … at least not in the traditional sense. I understand, Mother City fans, I do, which is why I’ve compiled a list of fabulous getaway spots for us singletons to see this commercialised holiday through.
With her breathtaking beauty, tantalising restaurants and spectacular sunsets, Cape Town has to be South Africa’s ultimate romantic destination for Valentine’s Day 2013.
So, the six-week wait since last payday is finally over and you simply have to spend it on something, right? Why not treat yourself to a weekend mini-getaway? Sunshine, sea and relaxation is the order of the day, Mother City-lovers, so join me at the following top three getaway spots from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 January, and discover why You Don’t Need A Holiday, You Need Cape Town.
I moved to this beautiful city 849 days ago (I am still counting, and enjoying every day in this fantastic city). Over the past two years I have spent a lot of time exploring Cape Town. Every corner you turn is like unwrapping a new gift, as there’s always something amazing to be discovered.
On any given day of the week, I’m a burger and chips-, pizza- or KFC-loving girl. But there is something about a Friday night that demands to be celebrated with a true, Cape Flats-style Gatsby. The way the pink Viennas and hot chips fit so perfectly inside the long French roll (drizzled with tantalising chilli or tomato sauce and cut into four pieces) gets my cholesterol-filled arteries pulsating.
If memories of your leave are quickly fading away and you want to maintain some semblance of tranquillity, you can’t do better than enjoying some of Cape Town’s nature activities top this weekend. Join me for the following activities in the Mother City from Friday 11 to Sunday 13 January, 2013, and discover why you don’t need a holiday – you need Cape Town.
Cape Town is an inclusive, caring city, and with the festive season now upon us, responsible tourism through the assistance of the less fortunate is at the top of our list of priorities. Having won the Best Destination category in the 2009 Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards, the Mother City knows a thing or two about caring.
By a show of likes, who of you, like me, have left your Christmas gift shopping to this weekend? No need to fret, my late fellow shoppers, because there are plenty of fabulous markets in festive Cape Town this weekend to ensure that everyone gets a little something from Santa:
Deck the halls with cheer and holly, Cape Town fanatics, because it’s officially festive season in the Mother City! What that means, party animals, is that we are free to let our hair down and boogie like there’s no work on Monday…
Mother City lovers, today is December 12, 2012…12/12/12, the last time our generation will ever experience a sequential date this century (the next one will be January 1, 2101!) Big deal, I hear you say… but in the spirit of keeping things fun (and in Cape Town, when are they not?), I‘ve put together a list of 12 amazing things to do in the Fairest Cape today:
Nothing says Christmas like a tenderly cooked turkey or ham, sweetly mixed eggnog or chilled champagne and decadent desserts. If slaving away in your kitchen to create these mouthwatering delicacies makes you want to run for the hills, fear not – there is a wide range of stellar restaurants in sunny Cape Town, ready to relieve you of your culinary duties.
Just because it’s pay day weekend, doesn’t mean you have cash to flaunt, right? No need to worry, I’ve got you covered, guys. From live music to spectacular parades and free food tastings, you can have a fabulous weekend in the Mother City for mahala (free).
It’s official: Cape Town is home to the top 10 restaurants of Alto Top 100 Places to Eat! In a deliciously “byte-sized” contest, held online at www.spill.co.za, foodies from around the Mother City voted for their top 10 favourite eateries.
It’s time to raise the frosted glasses Mother City fans and toast to the imminent arrival of the Cape Town Festival of Beer 2012!
Colourful Cape Town is such a vibrant melting pot of cultures and it is here that you can truly immerse yourself in the stories, the food and the traditions of the wonderful people who live in the city. Join me at the following events from Friday 26 to Sunday 28 October and discover why there is so much more to the Mother City than the eye can see:
True to your mother’s word, breakfast is the most important meal of the day and in Cape Town, you’re sure to find several establishments that serve up the tastiest meals like no other.
My ideal weekend in magical Cape Town is a mix of culture, nightlife and food. Luckily for me, the following events and activities, from Friday, October 19 to Sunday, October 21, 2012 provides the perfect combination of them all:
When the sun sets in inspirational Cape Town, her streets and people come alive in a bustling fashion. Join me at the following nightlife events and venues from October 15 to 18, and discover why the fun never stops in the Mother City:
The sun is shining and the weather is sweet in Cape Town this weekend. So, get out there and enjoy the following fabulous outdoor activities in the Mother City, from Friday, 12 to Sunday, 14 October 2012…
Rise and shine, sleepy heads! It’s a beautiful Monday in our inspirational Cape Town and it’s time to plan your weekday activities. These are my top three things to do this week:
If you’re watching the clock like a hawk and simply cannot wait for 5pm to roll around, then you’re ready for an entertaining weekend in Cape Town. Put on your dancing shoes, whip out your sexiest outfit and get ready to party like there is no tomorrow with me at the following events in and around the Mother City:
It isn’t often that I get to be an honest-to-goodness tourist in my own city, much less spend the night at a four-star hotel, but the Food & Dreams Gourmet Evening at the Tsogo Sun’s Southern Sun Waterfront on Friday September 14, 2012 gave me the opportunity to do just that.
You know what I love most about Cape Town? She never fails to deliver! Even the dreariest of working weeks can be jazzed up with her never-ending programme of entertaining events. This week, the Mother City breaks out the big showbiz guns with the following fabulous events:
There’s always a really fantastic smorgasbord of things to do in Cape Town over any given weekend in the Mother city no matter what the season, so choosing just three is a little tricky.