GFWS 2014 Media Dinner at Ocean Breeze Elangeni Maharani

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Okay so here it is, I was lucky enough to be invited to the pre Good Food and Wine Show dinner on Thursday night. This is the ultimate for me, amazing food at a gorgeous Durban venue, all the foodies, fans and famous under one roof. I teased with pictures on instagram and twitter, so here is the whole shabang.

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This is just the entrance, all the seafood you can fathom

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Ain't nobody forgetting sushi

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Siba's smoked salmon roll salad bites

Set at Elangeni Maharani pool decks Ocean Breeze, with food to cater to every whim and fancy. The idea is to take the Celebrity chef recipes and have the Elangeni Maharani kitchen recreate the dishes for us to gorge on. Megan and I had a game plan, start at the beginning, try it all, work your way to the epic dessert corner.

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Deconstructed caprice salad

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Some of my favourite dishes from the night were Siba’s salmon roll salad, Sanjeev Kapoor’s spinach, mushroom, lentil and cashew nut curry with Kholambi baat which is a kind of coconut rice.

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Siba is such a sweet lady and expecting another little lad soon

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The epic cheese table

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Durban, you amaze me

I’m not even going to say much at this point because, dessert…

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And Mauro iced our cupcakes. I got to chat to him a little and he mentioned that he was really a bit worried about coming to SA. He thought he was coming to the wild or bush, in reality he says it’s been better here than most of Italy. He was amazed at how beautiful Durban is and says him and his wife will be holidaying here soon.

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We did loads of smizing and posing while trying to pretend like we aren’t two seconds away from going full fan girl on Hayden Quinn

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I know Megan, I know

It was a spectacular night and honestly just fuelled my fire for the weekend ahead of #GFWS2014 bliss. I can’t get enough! I visited the show today and there’s tons to see and experience plus so many new local food finds.

Are you heading to the show this weekend? Tweet your pics and experiences with the hashtag #GFWS2014.

Wicked Donuts everywhere

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A while back I came across Wicked Donuts and the amazing sugary goodness they’re producing. Hand and home-made real yeast donuts transformed into fancy pants gourmet treats.

Whopper box

Whopper box

Wicked Donuts are a Durban based start-up and the donuts are made using Jeanne’s own dough recipe. There are no artificial colourants, they are vegetarian and all jams and jellies are home-made. you can also get gluten and egg free donuts by request. There are 16 gourmet flavours to choose from and 4 classics, you can view the full flavour list here.

everywhere we go, we be like

everywhere we go, we be like

I went by their I Heart Market debut to meet the lovely Jeanne and try out some of the donuts. They make a donut especially for I Heart Market called I Heart SUrprises. It is a donut filled with either caramel, chocolate or jelly. The range of flavours are really amazing. I devoured a Peanut Butter bomb in seconds, smothered in peanut butter and drizzled with chocolate ganache and peanuts. Because the donuts are proper yeast donuts and not the pretend stuff you find in the shops the shelf life is pretty limited. This is why you can’t buy them and eat them much later or the next day, they should be consumed as soon as possible. I also shared a chocolate chubby with mum and it was delicious chocolate covered donut with a decadent bar-one centre.

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The donuts are going places! They’re now available at The Boiler Room (at the old Lion Match Factory) and Republik daily. You’ll find them at I heart Market, Wonder Market and Market at the Square. Novelty donuts for special occasions or a special flavour that you’ve been dreaming of can be made. they also do deliveries so you can get you Wicked fix wherever you are. Sjoe! all this donut talk is making me hungry.

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Great news, they will be at Good Food and Wine show this weekend, make sure you pop by their stall and fill up on delicious.

Cuppa for CANSA pictures and fun

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On Saturday afternoon myself and most of the other Bloggers Who Bless Durban team went over to Hashtag on Windermere road (you’ll find my review of the place here) for a Cuppa for CANSA hosted by the lovely Viveshni aka Madame Macaron.

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Pretty table decor

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V outdid herself with organising and making everything perfect. The place was decorated to the theme of pink, black and bling. Check out the beautiful and crazy delicious dessert table

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Cake, macarons and cake pops made by Madame Macaron

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The best part is everything tasted as amazing as it looked. Savoury refreshments were catered by the talented french trained Boutique Boulangerie who you will also find at I heart market and Morning trade, I’m a big fan of their goodies.

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Scrumptious strawberry pavlova cupcakes from Smith's Bakeshop, yes they're amazing

Aside from all the noshing that went on we also had a great afternoon and all proceeds from entry fare, raffles and auction went to a worthy cause. Sadly I couldn’t get a bid in edgeways, there were some big bidders in the house. But everyone walked away with a happy, warm feeling in their heart I’m sure.

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The mandatory blogger selfie

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Well done on the wonderful event and fundraising effort Viveshni :)

Mani Monday: white hard candy

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So it’s still pretty grey, windy and weird in Durban but I’m intent on being springy. I chose these colours to make me feel happy and bright.

I used two coats of Woolworths white polish on all my nails, then randomly applied striping tape on my ring finger and went over it with Tip Top Cha Cha Cha.

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Of course I’m the only person in the world who can mess up something as simple as removing striping tape, so I had to do some damage control with the white polish and the super tiny end of a dotting tool.

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Voila. Nobody will be paying too much attention to notice the bang ups hopefully.

Rain hand lotion reviews including one that smells exactly like vanilla ice cream

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I tried. I really did. I tried not to open and use them all at once. But it was too difficult to resist. And it’s okay because now you all get to read about them. I did it for you, not because I have zero self restraint 😛

I got myself one of the Rain hampers at Cookie Swap to donate a little moola. It came with 6 hand lotions, each worth R50. The bundle of joy had Black Amber, African Cucumber, Biologie Rooibos Hydrating, Biologie Kalahari Melon, the all new Saffron and Tangerine and Wild Cotton which I’ve already reviewed.

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All the hand lotions are filled with Rain’s natural goodness and are handbag sized. The silver paint tube type lotions have a thinner consistency than the Biologie lotions but all are fast absorbing and leave my hands baby soft.

Saffron Tangerine:
This has a bit of a citrus scent from the tangerine and sweet spicyness from the saffron, it also has a healthy dose of coconut, sunflower and sesame oil.

African Cucumber:
A light fresh scent with a similar mix of oils. This one is great if you don’t like a strong scent and it is quite cool and summery.

Black Amber:
A warm perfume type scent, quite oriental. I pick up some cinnamon in the mix and it also contains plant resin extracts.

Biologie Kalahari Melon
A more earthy scent and contains Marula, watermelon and rosehip oil. I would say the two Biologie lotions are a little more Hydrating and heavy duty that the others. These are the ones I’d pick for my hard working mum for example.

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Biologie Rooibos Hydrating
Contains sunflower seed oil, rooibos leaf extract (rich in antioxidants) and shea butter but smells exactly like rich vanilla ice cream! I can’t stop applying it just for the wonderful scent, it is my favourite!

I now want the Biologie Rooibos body butter to go with my hand lotion so I can smell like vanilla pudding all over.
Will you be trying out any of these? You can find Rain at Gateway Umhlanga.
You all have a great weekend now I’ll just be over here sniffing my hands.

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