If you can’t stand the heat…


So I am a self-confessed Bikram yoga addict, I have been practising for just over two years now and it is my little obsession and stress-outlet. For those of you who are not quite on the same page as me; Bikram is a one and a half hour class where the studio is heated to 40 degrees. The practise is great, it really allows you to experience a deep awareness within your body whilst at the same time granting you humility, boundaries and patience.

Our class yesterday evening was taught by Sally (the owner of the studio) who has been the sole inspiration for me to continue and grow to love yoga. Sally is currently 7 months pregnant and looks incredible, she was prancing around the studio in minute hot pants and a crop top with this gorgeous protruding belly, too cute!

For those of you interested in trying out yoga, I practise at Bikram Yoga Jozi, an awesome studio in Illovo in the Thrupps centre, click here for details.

Cooked dinner after class last night, with my fellow yoga class-mate and bride-to-be best friend! We made ourselves roast chicken with a baked ricotta, chickpea, basil and pepper salad, was delicious and healthy (definitely “yoga-approved”). so for those of you interested, see the recipe below:

INGREDIENTS:
 – 1 can good quality chickpeas
 – 1 chopped red pepper
 – 1 block ricotta cheese
 – 1 handful shredded fresh basil
 – 1 lemon
 – dried chilli flakes and origanum
 – olive oil and red wine vinegar for dressing

METHOD:
 – Preheat the oven to 180 degrees; crumble the ricotta onto a baking tray, sprinkle with chilli flakes, origanum and S&P and bake until browned for approximately 15 minutes.
 – In a salad bowl; drain the chickpeas and add the chopped pepper and basil, mix well.
 – Make a quick dressing of freshly squeezed lemon juice, olive oil and red wine vinegar and pour over mixture.
 – Finally add the baked ricotta and mix well.

Trying out the Wolves music evening tonight, can’t wait for some good music, a few drinks and a catch up with the night-hawk, will report back tomorrow!

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Bottega


Dined at my local, all-time favourite restaurant last night; Bottega in Parkhurst.

I just luurrve this restaurant, as always, it exudes a constant charm and buzz, with packed tables arranged in the cosy & stylish face-bricked interior. And most importantly the food is always brilliant, simple and classy! I had the West Coast Sole, which was delicious and I succeeded in polishing off my entire, very generous, serving. The sole is crumbed and dry-grilled to perfection, with a side serving of a delicious lemon-butter type sauce, the key to Bottega’s food-success is their simplicity, they do not bother with the fine garnishes and frilly finishes, which are deemed unnecessary given the simple and fresh approach they have with their food. The others had lamb, rump, chorizo and calamari which all looked and smelt great. Needless to say, we all managed to roll our way out of there and trundle on to the Attic, where a little nightcap was much-needed; just to settle the food… All in all, a great night! Thanks team…

LOCATION: 4th Avenue, Parkhurst

Spring is in the Air


So it seems that I will never tire of my local neighbourhood, Parkhurst – I was out and about on 4th Avenue last night and wow, the vibe was amazing! Every restaurant was brimming over with patrons, some sipping on the Attic’s finest sweet mojito’s whilst others enjoyed the bustling vibe of Espresso, the pavements were packed and finally all the dreary black winter coats have been laid to rest & substituted with short floral skirts and sandles – yay, spring has finally arrived!

“A little Madness in the Spring
          Is wholesome even for the King.”

                                              Emily Dickinson No. 1333 (c.1875)

 

Jade is the new Black


Monday left me feeling slightly down and sorry for myself at the prospect of a full week of work ahead and the on-comings of yet another bout of flu.  And so it was that I found myself at the Polish Nail Spa at the Parks Centre in Parktown North (a little indulgence never hurt anyone). This little salon is so impressive, it’s started and run by two sisters who have managed to create a professional salon environment with a homely and vibey edge that makes you feel relaxed and welcome. The wafting coffee aromas from Parks Cafe next door do help, but the atmosphere is mainly attributable to their ever-friendly staff, cool decor and constant stream of cliental who create a buzz of warmness. And needless to say the pedicure is amazing, wont bore you and elaborate!


Polish use OPI who have just introduced their new Hong Kong range, which is awweeesommme!! the colours range from deep greens, blues and plums to bright oranges – with cool names such as “A good Man-Darin in hard to find”, “Dim Sum Plum”  and “Jade is the new black” – colour I have on above.

This salon is definitely worth a visit, just make sure you book way in advance. Luckily I was able to secure a booking for 8 of us bridesmaids + bride in December the day before the wedding! Can’t wait!!

LOCATION: The Parks Shopping Centre, cnr Wells & Jan Smuts Avenue, Parkwood, Joburg

Love Jozi


So; did a little bit of exploring on the weekend and stumbled upon a little gem of a shop in ‘downtown’ Joburg. The featured Love Jozi store is the brainchild of Bradley Kirshenbaum who has established a minimalist style space situated in the creative  Arts on Main complex off Fox Street.

The shop features two main designers; being the Love Jozi CityBoyRange, stocking their range of authentic Joburg T-Shirts, along with their Skyline 2010 key racks – ranging in size and colour. These are great, and had to spoil myself to one – just couldn’t resist, see below for the black range; Skyline2010… The store also features some of the awesome, ever-trendy Black Coffee range. Definitely a must to check out!

LOCATION: Arts on Main, Corner Fox Street and Berea Road, Fairview.