Monday, January 31, 2011

Market on Main

The Joburg CBD has been undergoing a revival in recent years, and one of the must-visit spots has to be Arts on Main. All about art and creativity, the space plays host to a restaurant and roof-top bar, exhibition spaces, exclusive shops and now a Food & Design Market.

Only in its second week and the place was buzzing. Joburgers obviously have a need for a relaxed Sunday morning sipping ice cold Sauvignon Blanc while sampling what the food stalls shave to offer – and this market hits the spot!

From a food variety point of view the market still has a lot of room to grow, and we are predicting it will do just that. Go early to secure a seat at of the door-tables or take a picnic blanket and find a spot under the olive trees and then spend the day sipping wine and cocktails whilst listening to the live DJs.

Fabulous Sunday morning out!

Friday, January 14, 2011

Gourmet Burgers in Joburg

Dukes in Greenside has to be the snazziest burger joint in Joburg! On Wednesdays they serve a South African rock menu, in which 15 of SA’s top rock bands & performing artists (like AKing, Heuwels Fantasities and Jack Parow) ‘designed’ a burger. With offerings like Ostrich with roasted beetroot, blue cheese and pesto to Footlongs, Bunny Cows and Soy Burgers, there is something for everybody. The menu is a much a work of art as the inspired burgers, and you can even have a side of sweet potato wedges! If you have a sweet tooth (and have the space!) you can end your meal with Popcorn & Smatries with Chocolate Sauce, or any of their other creative desserts. Not the cheapest burgers, but you are assured to leave satisfied and stuffed.


PS They don’t have a wine menu yet, so BYO is advised if, like us, you enjoy a glass of red with your burger.

Dukes, 14 Gleneagles Road, Greenside, Johannesburg. 011 486 0824.

Friday, January 7, 2011

Beer & Biltong in the Midlands

So the fiancé and I decided to make a road trip out of our LONG drive down to the Wild Coast by staying over in the Midlands. Besides the utter beauty of the area and all the cows (love em!), we just adored the beer and biltong!

There are plenty of places to visit (and things to taste) on the Midlands Meander, and we particularly enjoyed the Beer Tasting at the Nottingham Road Brewing Company (at Rawdons Hotel) where we tried the Light Lager, Pale Ale, Pilsner and Porter, each with its own animal character! (

A not-to-be-missed stop is the Biltong shop at the Engen Garage (just take the Mooi River off ramp). You can choose from a range of flavours and styles and also have it freshly sliced. The Traditional and Spiced flavours are superb! Do yourself a favour and pop in on your way down to or back from Durban.

Hope everyone had a ‘LEKKER’ holiday season!