Get to @Mugg_and_Bean for #SmokyFlavours!

Can you get addicted to barbecue sauce…?¬†After the #SmokyFlavours launch last Thursday, they sent us home with a little bottle of the sauce their sauce and I am hooked! ūüėÄ

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Recently, my Glugster and I were invited to attend the exclusive launch of the Mugg & Bean #SmokyFlavours menu at Morrells Farmhouse, where we were treated to a feast and a half!

These delectable, perfect for winter dishes, will only be available will August – so don’t wait!

You know – when you head to a Mugg & Bean¬†–¬†that you are¬†going to eat well, and you’re going to get a generous plate of food.

 

Here’s the official press release!

NEW ON-TREND SMOKY FLAVOURS FIRES UP THIS WINTER

There are few things as true to South Africa as the smell of a smoky summer braai, but Mugg & Bean is reimagining and introducing these aromas to a new category in its winter menu, launching on Tuesday, 05 July 2016.

In the past smoky food that is charred or burnt is a sure sign of ruined meal. Not anymore. This season, smoke is the hottest trend. Rising in global popularity in recent months, smoky food dishes are complex with their sweet and bitter undertones, where various cuts of meat are flavourfully infused with a smokehouse treatment, prepared over an open fire or smoke-filled with speciality sauces. Lesser known cuts such as brisket and flank steak are dominating the meat market using the smoky trend.

Marketing Executive for Mugg & Bean, Lee-Ann Cullingworth explains that this addition was made to satisfy their customers‚Äô adventurous palettes, ‚ÄúWe want to enthuse our consumers, feed their growing appetites for exciting and new dishes and take them on a flavour adventure.‚ÄĚ

Because this smoke flavour cannot be pinned down as a specific taste, the trend is rather defined by its distinct scents, similar to a nostalgic memory of campfires and the sense of being warm and comfortable. The smoke-kissed meats are complimented with fresh salads that can comprise of ingredients like crispy onions, root-to-stem veggies and seasonal citrus flavours, perfect for the winter time.

‚ÄúThe new additions will see use of smoked paprika, chipotle and other smoky sauces,‚ÄĚ says Cullingworth. ‚ÄúFlavour and innovation are at Mugg & Bean‚Äôs core. Our new-product development team is constantly adapting our menu to the latest trends while ensuring our food is always generous, made-from-scratch and authentic.‚ÄĚ

Mugg & Bean has always been about generosity, which comes to life through its generous portion sizes, flavours inspired from across the globe and the warm and welcoming food experiences that has remained true to the brand for the past 20 years. ‚ÄúWe will continue to push our culinary boundaries by bringing new ingredients and flavourful combinations to our customer‚Äôs plates and palettes,‚ÄĚ concluded Cullingworth.

Do yourself a favour and walk into a Mugg & Bean restaurant this winter to try the newest category and let us know what you think of the new offerings on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram, using the hashtag #SmokyFlavours.

So The @FordSouthAfrica EcoSport Has Gone Back…

The Ford EcoSport has gone back… And I am going to miss it.

I got to drive the Kinetic Blue Ford Ecosport 1.0 GTDi Titanium Manual for a week, courtesy of Ford South Africa.

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Check out the pictures on Ford’s website to see detailed shots of the interior of the EcoSport.

What I Like

Fully adjustable driver seat and steering wheel.
I can fold up the backseats and put them back down ON MY OWN.
A cup holder for every seat.

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What I Don’t Like

No lights or air vents for the back seat.
No overhead grab handles on any doors.
The silver panel on the centre console catches the sun sometimes.

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What About Driving It?

I like a powerful car, and I found the EcoSport actually appeases my love of power by being responsive under foot, even though this model¬†only has¬†a 1L engine under the hood. And there’s a little bit of a rumble when you accelerate that sounds like a much bigger engine.
For me it handled like a dream. Parking it was a breeze, aided by power steering of course.

I can sit comfortably while I drive¬†and¬†I can get into and out of it with ease even with the higher ride, and¬†the height of the foot pedals off the floor is just right – I’m not driving with my toes or having to lift my feet to reach the pedals.
The air conditioner works like a bomb, which is a must have for me, and the sun visor is actually long enough to keep the sun out of my eyes РI often find them to be too short to be any good. And both visors have mirrors on, the passenger visor mirror including a little light.
And having very light-sensitive eyes I really like that the rear view mirror dims automatically at night, there’s no need to flick it back and forth.
And I didn’t actually find a blind spot in the EcoSport, which I have in a lot of other cars.

Cruise control makes for very comfortable driving on the highway, and it aids in keeping your fuel consumption down of course. I did not see a huge difference in fuel use while I was driving it BUT I didn’t take any really long trips. I did my usual trips with my Glugs to the station in the morning and fetching him and going to Guide-dogs. The furthest we went was to JHB South to visit family and the boot is deceptively spacious – we fitted 3 cooler boxes and¬†some luggage in it with ease!

The seats are comfortable, I could even use the headrest which for me us unusual – its usually too high for me. The driver’s seat is adjustable up and down¬†and¬†backwards and forwards, and it has some lumbar support you can adjust.¬†I really prefer fabric seats to leather… I loathe burning my bum when I sit down and whilst the leather is easier to clean, its hot for my dogs too.
The back seat is made¬†for three… but definitely not three big bums. ūüėõ¬†Coming home from my sister¬†there were three of us¬†in the back seat and whilst we had ample legroom, we were a little bit squished sitting next to each other.
Carting my dogs around is no problem. My three Labs could happily sit together on the back seat, and folding the seats flat meant they could comfortably lie down and even spread out a bit without squishing each other.

The freedom of hands free phone calls using SYNC is fantastic – answering and hanging up using the buttons on the steering wheel means I don’t let go of the wheel.¬†I tend to make phone calls when I drive, its just how I roll, so SYNC is ideal.
And I can control the radio volume the same way and cruise control the same way.

And an added bonus – the cubbyhole is chilled! I can keep my water cold while I drive!

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A¬†Bit About Safety…

Driver and passenger airbags with side and curtain airbags, traction control and ABS with Electronic Stability Control.
Five 3-point seatbelts as well as ISOFIX kiddy carseat anchors in the back.
Automatic headlights – you can switch them on and off yourself or you set it to auto and they come on when its dark and go off when its light, or when you switch the car off.
It also has rain sensing windscreen wipers, though I can’t imagine anyone forgetting to turn those on in the¬†rain!
And it¬†has a sensor built into the bumper so when you’re reversing it will warn you if you’re heading for a pole or a wall. And I¬†love this reverse sensor alarm because I have nightmares about accidentally running over one of my dogs!

Spec

Pricing starts at R256,900 for this model
1.0L Turbo-charged 3 cylinder EcoBoost engine
5-speed manual transmission
Leather seats
ISOFIX child seat anchors
Auto headlights
Ford SYNC¬ģ with Bluetooth and Voice Control
2 x 12V power socket (front and rear)
Steering wheel mounted audio controls
Cruise control with steering mounted controls
Rain sensing wipers
Cooled glovebox capable of holding 6 x 330ml cans
Rake & Reach adjustable steering
Auto dimming rearview mirror
Reclining, 60/40 split rear seats
Driver seat height adjustment and lumbar support

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I state clearly that whilst I was loaned a Ford EcoSport to drive for a week,
I signed an indemnity form and I was not paid nor asked to write this blog post
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You Must See Tutankhamun and his Treasures at @SilverstarZA!

When I heard the¬†TUTANKHAMUN ‚Äď His Tomb and His Treasures¬†exhibition was coming to South Africa I was very excited and determined to see it while it was here, and then Tsogo Sun’s¬†newly revamped¬†Silverstar Casino¬†invited my Glugster and I to the opening evening!

It was a wonderful event with gold covered “statues” welcoming us inside and gold-rimmed bubbly glasses, and delicious food and a pyramid¬†of gold-wrapped chocolates!
My Glugster collected our audio guides but we didn’t know about the earphones so we walked around looking like we were on the phone all night. The guides are included in your ticket price and you can hang it around your neck, and you can’t see¬†the exhibition¬†without one. Be sure to ask for a pair of earphones when you get your guide though – although¬†I think you should be able to plug in your regular phone earbuds too (which neither of us had with us last night ūüėÄ ).
It also makes it a lot easier to take pictures if you have both hands free.

The first thirty-odd minutes of the exhibition is limited to 60 people, and then you move into the exhibit where you can spend as much time as you like, but it will probably take you about 90 minutes to go through it.
Each exhibit is numbered so you punch in the number on your guide to listen to the details, and its available in a kids’ version as well, and I would love to know what was on it! The “adult” audio guide has a LOT of information and my Glugs and I actually skipped a few of those and just read the plaques on the display items.
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It was really comical standing in front of a display and seeing both of us reacting to what we were listening to on separate devices!

I also think it will be interesting for children – Tut became Pharoah at just 8 years old and he was only 18 when he died. And the sheer volume of gold statues and treasures that were entombed with him are quite marvelous. You can’t actually touch anything but its not all barricaded behind thick glass so you can actually get quite close to the pieces.

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I state clearly that we were given tickets to attend the show, and talking about the show is appreciated but not specified.~~

Where Were You When That Song Was Playing? You Must See @MixtapeSA!

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All dressed up for Theatre on the Square!

I was given a¬†mix tape once… It was an awesome selection of metal and I loved it. I wanted to play it all the time but old fashioned tapes didn’t last very long, so I had to be careful with it.
And then my sister recorded Destiny’s Child¬†or some¬†such¬†over it! Can you believe it!?
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Last Thursday we got to see Mix Tape at Theatre on the Square and I loved that too!

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When we arrived we were greeted with some glorious treats! Strawberry daiquiris, pina coladas, popcorn, and a table full of sweets -Toffees, pixie sticks, lollipops, sweethearts, eclairs Рit was awesome!
This is my kind of theatre experience!

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And the music was so cool! I was trying not to sing along too loudly so as not to annoy the patrons around me, but it was hard to keep quiet. Perhaps thats what the toffees were for…¬†*grin*
The show tells a wonderful story of friends brought together by music, and the relationships they form with each other. I had a lump in my throat on more than one occasion too, so you may want to take some tissues along with you.

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From the website: Mix Tape is a heart-warming musical comedy about three unlikely friends and the mix tapes that inspired young love, jealousy, angst and embarrassing hairstyles.
Taking you back to when headbands were cool, Alanis was a rebel, and mix tapes defined a generation ‚Äď we meet Marvin (Mortimer Williams), Vix (Vanessa Frost) and Katie (Kristy Suttner). The year is 2014, Vix is on her way to Cathcart, Marvin and Katie are on their way too. They‚Äôve been best friends ‚Äúfor-like-ever‚ÄĚ but they haven’t seen each other since 1997‚Ķthat’s like 17 years. Expect lots of laughs as these friends remember the magical moments of their youth‚Ķ
For a fabulous, funny musical evening with a difference, tickets can be booked by calling Strictly Tickets on 082 553 5901 or Online via Strictly Tickets: www.strictlytickets.com or via the theatre’s box office on 011 883 8606. Tickets are R140 and there are special discounts for students, seniors and group booking arrangement can be made.
Enquire about the HARD ROCK CAF√Č dinner/show special on the Nelson Mandela Square to get into the swing of things!

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if I sneak in at the stage door maybe I can have a private encore…?

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I must state clearly that we were given tickets to attend the show, and talking about the show s appreciated not specified.~~

You Must See @showtime_sa’s @cirque_eloize!

My Glugster and I were privileged last week, to attend the media and VIP performance of

Cirque √Čloize iD

at Montecasino’s Teatro.

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As we arrived and I¬†fetched my press pack, I heard someone say “Barry’s just arrived…” and turned around to see none other than Barry Ronge!¬†ūüėÄ
I’m usually terrible at recognising¬†faces, but as the auditorium started filling up I saw SO MANY FAMOUS FACES! I was really glad when the show started and the lights went down¬†and I could stop¬†playing lookee-loo!
So just ‘coz I CAN¬†do a whole lot of name dropping from last Wednesday’s performance – before I tell you about the actual show – here goes… I had a lovely chat with Barry Ronge after I went up and introduced myself, I had my picture taken with Cito, Ilze Klink¬†and¬†Emmanuel Castis (and went totally fan girl when I was speaking to Cito). Alex Jay got hauled on stage¬†and we spotted¬†Gugu Zulu, Anne Power, JJ Schoeman (whom I have met before), Timothy Moloi, Carol Manana… I could go on but you know how I hate to brag.¬†ūüėõ

And now onto the show.
I’d seen a snippet on YouTube, so I knew it was nothing I’d ever seen before, but it went WAAAY beyond incredible. My hands were literally sore from clapping when we left!
Could you imagine a contortionist and a break dancer dancing together!? It so worked!

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20140820_CirqueEloize_ID_ContortionDuo2And could you imagine a woman on a ribbon trapeze, performing with an inline skater?!! It was so beautiful, so fluid…
Guys on a pole, trampolining¬†on and off a wall, a juggler, a¬†guy on a stunt¬†bicycle, a girl in a hoop… It was mesmerising!

The show has beauty and artistry for the ladies in the audience, and it has the absolute cool factor for the men!

Cirque √Čloize‚Äôs dazzling and energetic show entitled ‚ÄúiD‚ÄĚ started in¬†South Africa for the very first time at the Teatro at Montecasino on¬†Tuesday, 19 August. Showtime Management, SA promoters of this unique visual spectacular that combines contemporary circus arts and urban dance announced the show is extending by a week to accommodate public demand.
‚ÄúiD‚ÄĚ must close on¬†14 September. ¬†
With a limited season of only four weeks, patrons are encouraged to book now to avoid disappointment.
Its a dance fuelled adrenaline rush. Get ready to be blown away by the pulsating and captivating performances that make¬†Cirque √Čloize iD¬†the¬†not to be missed family entertainment happening of the year. Hurry, book now at Computicket. Special family packages available via Computicket.¬†For Montecasino Group Hospitality and Show and Stay Packages please dial telephone 011 367 4250

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SHOW INFORMATION

VENUE
Teatro at Montecasino

DATE
From 19 August until 14 September 2014

SHOW TIMES
No Monday shows
Tuesday to Saturday @ 20h00
Saturday @ 15h00
Sunday 14h00 and 18h00[GP1]

TICKET PRICES
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday @ 20h00 & Sunday @ 18h00:
R120, R150, R250, R350
Friday @ 20h00, Saturday @ 15h00 and 20h00 and Sunday @ 14h00:
R150, R200, R300, R400

FAMILY PACKAGES
Family Package (4 to 6): R300.00 per ticket
Valid Tue ‚Äď Thu at¬†20h00¬†& Sun at¬†18h00¬†– Top Price Only
Only available at Computicket stores or the call centre on 083 915 8000

STUDENTS DISCOUNT
50% Discount on top price only ‚Äď subject to availability
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 8pm performances ONLY. Available after 2pm on the day of the performance.
Part-time and full-time students, including visiting international students. Student must be present with their student card. One show ticket only per valid card that must have a recognisable original photograph. Only available at the Teatro/Montecasino Box Office.

BOOKINGS
Computicket by calling 0861 915 8000 / 011 340 8000, visit www.computicket.com or visit your nearest Computicket service centre.

CORPORATE BOOKINGS
Strictly Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm ONLY
Contact: Beth McKey
Landline: 011 476 5456
Cell: 073 321 2191
e-mail: sales@showtime.co.za

ONLINE
Cirque √Čloize iD:¬†¬†¬†http://www.cirque-eloize.com/en/shows/id
Montecasino:  www.montecasino.co.za,
Showtime Management: www.showtime.co.za
Follow Cirque √Čloize iD on Twitter¬†@showtime_SA and @cirque_eloize¬†and find Showtime Management on Facebook¬†http://Facebook/showtimemanagementsa

~~As per my Ladybloggers pledge, I must state that whilst I was gifted two tickets to the show I was not asked or paid to blog or tweet about the show. I must also say a big thank you to Showtime and Montecasino for giving me two tickets to the show, which meant I could take my sweetheart with me!~~