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Reuben Riffel Brings His Culinary Genius to Jozi in September

Celebrated South African chef, restaurant owner and TV personality Reuben Riffel returns by popular demand bringing his sensational Franschoek based restaurant “Reuben’s” to Johannesburg for two days only!

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It’s one of the hottest events on the local calendar. And this year’s Delicious International Food and Music Festival is already shaping up to be one hell of an unforgettable experience! The beautifully curated experience of amplified music and amazing food returns for a two-day music and food fest at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit in Midrand on September 22 and 23rd.

We are already pretty excited to catch some of the hottest local and international acts on stage, what with a line-up that boasts, amongst others Grammy Award winner Erykah Badu, New Zealand’s young soul singer and multi-instrumentalist and my current fave Jordan RakeiDJ collective, Jazzanova and the British acid jazz band D-Influence.

Let’s talk about the food!

Celebrated South African chef, restaurant owner and TV personality Reuben Riffel returns by popular demand bringing his sensational Franschoek based restaurant “Reuben’s” together with Coca-Cola, to Johannesburg for two days only with a not-to-be-missed taste sensation of some of his fabulous signature dishes.

His delectable menu features an immaculate balance of flavours with dishes such as cold smoked Franschhoek trout and guacamole with preserved lemon, saffron pickled cauliflower, nori, nuoc chum dressing, black bean puree, sesame seeds, pickled mustard, sweet-gochujang cucumber and crispy rice fritter.

For mains there’s chargrilled beef fillet with sweet soy glaze accompanied by smoked bone marrow with salsa verde, barley & beef shin ragout, carrot-tarragon puree, umami mushroom and charged onion and dessert is passion fruit cheesecake accompanied by a gin poached peach, fruit & macadamia salsa and a berry macaroon.

Reuben Riffel’s long-table restaurant (brought to you by Coca-Cola) includes a cash-bar where restaurant ticket holders can complement their meal with the perfect wines and beverages that will bring out the flavour profiles of the ingredients in the dishes.

Riffel is delighted to be back: “Food doesn’t have to be fancy and extravagant to be delicious. Too much messing about with food makes it lose its identity, its essence. It shows a lack of respect for the items you’re cooking. I believe in looking for new ways to do things, but simplicity is always the key.”

During the Heritage Day culinary weekend, festival fans can enjoy some of their favourite food market vendors under one roof on the Delicious Mile, the professionally curated gourmet street food market which is the best of its kind in South Africa. The gourmet street food market serves food from all over the world, prepared by slow food producers. Patrons can get a little taste of South Africa in Johannesburg, perfectly paired with the best music and drinks.

DJ collective, Jazzanova and the British acid jazz band D-Influence.

Grammy Award winner Louie Vega leads the star-studded Vodacom Dance Arena hosted by Oskido and Kaya FM. New York born DJ Todd Terry and South African dance demigods DJ Christos, Vinny Da Vinci, DJ Oskido, DJ Fresh and Greg Maloka complete the music and dance line-up. The stage will open at 2pm on both days.

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Thuso Mbedu Scores Leading Role In American Series

Emmy Award nominated South African actress, Thuso Mbedu, has been cast as ‘Cora’ – the leading character on a looming American television series

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South African TV audiences first encountered her through the telly when she first appeared on Generations; The Legacy in the not-so-distant past. Four years later, Thuso Mbedu has paced through hoops to become the first South African actress to score a leading role in an American series!

Mbedu has been picked to star as the lead character on Barry Jenkins’ adaptation of The Underground Railroad. The actress will be taking on the role of Cora – the main character in the critically lauded novel.

The 27 year old’s history of flirtations with Hollywood dates back to 2018 and 2019, when she received International Emmy Award nominations for her stellar portrayal of Winnie on Mzansi Magic drama series – Is’thunzi. Although she didn’t bring any of the prestigious gongs home, there’s no lack of evidence that her star has now sky rocketed to global horizons.

The Underground Railroad tells the story of a young Cora’s journey as she negotiates her way in the pre-war South, according to Variety. Following her escape from a Georgia plantation, she discovers the existence of a railroad with a secret network of tracks and tunnels.

“My thumb and neurons are failing me right”, jotted the actress on her Instagram. “So I’ll just do as most South Africans do when this happens: I GOT THE JOB!!!”

 

 

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Esprit Launches in South Africa!

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Esprit is launching in South Africa with three intriguing, multi-faceted flavours – Mango with a twist of Chilli, Watermelon and Strawberry with a twist of Lime, and Blueberry and Basil with a twist of Hibiscus.

 

These are exciting and novel flavours that inspire an independent spirit and sassy confidence. The flavours are matched by distinctive packaging, including striking iconography and colours, and a bold campaign statement: “own your flavour”.

“Esprit is part of the global trend towards interestingly flavoured alcoholic drinks. It embraces the individuality of the modern South African consumer, those who knows who they are and exactly what they want,” says Tania Kotze, Esprit Brand Strategy Manager.

This launch allows Esprit to offer those who are unique, self-assured and self-affirming a drink that reflects their unique personalities. Esprit is expected to be in stores by March 2019, so look out for the advertising campaign that’s as interesting and unique as the drink itself.

Visit espritofficial.com to read more about the new delicious flavours!

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Babes Wodumo Fined & Released on Bail

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Babes Wodumo and her sister were on Monday fined R1000 after failing to show up on court this past Friday. Real name Bongekile Simelane, Babes and her sister, Nondumiso Simelane appeared in the Durban Magistrate’s Court on Monday.

The fine comes after the two had blamed their absence on a car breakdown on their way to court from Pietermaritzburg. The sistren claim to have been out of town attending gigs the night before their car’s said malfunction.

Tipcee was given a warning.

The three are being accused of assaulting a woman in Durban last month. The alleged assault came a day after Babes shared a video of her former boyfriend – Mampintsha – assaulting her on Instagram live.

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