Thursday, 31 October 2019

#DisneyOnIce back in 2020

Disney on Ice, is skating in to SA once again next year! And for the 1st time, we welcome: Mickey and Friends!

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots

Paying tribute to Walt Disney & the True Original icon - Mickey Mouse! This Disney on Ice show is taking you back to where it all started - Steamboat Willie! Minnie, Donald & Goofy join Mickey in this modern take of the old classic & venture through meaningful Disney moments, spanning generations, to decide on their all time favourite memory!

Off on a high-seas adventure with Moana.
Into the crowd favourite wintry world of Arendelle with Anna & Elsa.
Get Emotional with Emotions from Inside Out.
Just keep swimming with Dory as she takes on the sea to find her family. 

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots
Credit: Pixar

Adding an interactive element to the show, fans will have the opportunity to vote & pick outfits for Mickey & Minnie to wear during the final celebration!

Opening at the Ticketpro Dome in Joburg - Friday, 19 June to 28 June.
Then to GrandWest in Cape Town - Wednesday 1 July to 5 July.
And back to Sun Arena at Time Square in Pretoria - Thursday 9 July - 12 July.

Tickets go on sale - 4 November at 9:00 only at Computicket! (There is an added 15% on all full price tickets, if you buy between 4 & 30 November.)

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots
Credit: Disney

"Each section of the show was carefully selected to immerse families in an array of beloved stories that they have grown to know & love."
This is going to be another spectacular run of one of my favourite shows! You don't want to miss out on the fun.

#DisneyOnIce Lloyd Loots
Credit: Disney

Tuesday, 29 October 2019

#TeamHeineken Experience

The #TeamHeineken Experience - an interactive set to thrill rugby fans during the Rugby World Cup 2019.


The Rosebank Mall activation demonstrates that everyone can enjoy the spirit of the #RWC2019, whether they know the rules or not!

Heineken has always aimed to create memorable experiences & bring enjoyment through all of their sponsorship platforms, & well, the #RWC2019 is no different. Heineken invites South Africans to celebrate the tournament with them. 


This experience blends Heineken's premium beer with cutting-edge technology, including a virtual reality kicking game! Naturally there are many opportunities to win Heineken & #RWC2019 merchandise. 

Get a taste of the 'alcohol-free Heineken 0.0 straight fro the revolutionary Heineken Blade draught system & stand a chance to receive a limited-edition personalised Heineken #RWC2019 bottle.


Best of all, is that the #HeinekenExperience is free of charge to anyone of legal drinking age in SA.
Doors open 10am to 6pm daily.

Along with this activation, Heineken will bring a Japanese stadium experience to SA through a final match viewing, where they will have some of SA's biggest acts performing prior to kick-off. 


Follow the hype online:
Facebook: Heineken SA
Twitter: @Heineken_SA

Monday, 21 October 2019

#SundaySociety at The Maslow

We all love a good glass of bubbly right? Well now is your chance to joing The Maslow Sandton for their Summer Social Sundays picnic. 

Languish on the lush lawns of The Maslow, under the trees whilst tucking into some indulgent treats under the summer sun. A picnic of the most lavish kind, on Sunday - 27 October 2019.

Picnic Veuve Clicquot

Partnering with Veuve Clicquot to create a sumptuous summer picnic experience. With the garden oasis backdrop, you'll be sipping on Champagne & enjoying the live band. Now that's one way to end off the weekend on a high note don't you think?

Picnic Veuve Clicquot

Included in your gourmet picnic basket is a Cape cheeseboard with fig preserve, a roast chicken & butternut salad, cheeseburger sliders, mini wors rolls & crispy jalapeño arancini. But that's not all. There is dessert too - strawberry & marshmallow skewers dipped in chocolate & blueberry cheesecake jars. So i can guarantee you won't be leaving hungry! For only R690 per couple, you get all of that & 2 glasses of Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label. 

For bookings contact The Maslow Sandton - 010 226 4600

Summer Picnic

SA Fashion Week - #AW20

It's that time of the year again. 

South African Fashion Week kicks off this Wednesday on the rooftop of the iconic Sandton City Mall in Johannesburg. 

With 30 of SA's luxury label designers set to show us what they've got, this season is bound to be one for the books. Get ready to see what some of the biggest names in SA fashion have got coming down the runway. I'm really excited to see what Gert Johan Coetzee, De Mil, Lunar & Ephymol have in store for us. 

And the opening show on Wednesday is the New Talent Search 2019, which I think is always an exciting one. With a briefing along the lines of: Shaping the Future of Sustainable Fashion, entrants had to consider 2020 world trends to submit a 7-look portfolio combining contemporary shapes, style & construction with their creative inspiration. 


Get your tickets here

If you can't be there, get in on the online action & follow the conversations.
#SAFW #AW20 #SAFWAW20
#SAFWWomen #SAFWMen
#SAFWLuxuryCollections #SAFWLuxury
#SAFWTradeShow 
#NewTalentSearch2019

Friday, 11 October 2019

#TsogoWine presents #ChampagneDay

It's one week until we get to pop the corks with Tsogo Sun for the annual #ChampagneDay celebrations!

And to make it an even bigger & better celebration this year, Tsogo Sun is celebrating their 50th anniversary, whilst 2019 marks the 150th anniversary for Moët & Chandon Impérial.


And you guessed it right! The #ChampagneDay celebrations will be happening from 18 October through to 31 October at Tsogo Sun Hotels.  With incredible (not-to-be-missed) Champagne & MCC special offers on a variety of bottles of bubbles. 

Moët & Chandon Impérial - R549
Moët & Chandon Nectar - R599
Veuve Clicquot Yellow Label - R549
Veuve Clicquot Rosé - R740
Simonsig Kaapse Vonkel - R160 (Brut, Satin Nectar & Satin Nectar Rosé)

These prices are literally cost price that you could bag these bottles for out in stores. But why would you want to buy one in store & drink it at home, when you can enjoy #ChampagneDay at one of Tsogo Sun Hotels?

Pool, Summer, Champagne
#SSHydePark - JHB

Pool, Champagne Day, The Cullinan Hotel, Tsogo Sun
#SSCullinan - CPT

Champagne Day, Lloyd Loots Sandton Sun
Sandton Sun - JHB

If you are in JHB, head to Sandton Sun, The Palazzo at Montecasino, Holiday Inn Sandton, Southern Sun Hyde Park, Southern Sun Montecasino & Café Cru.
Down in CPT, you're off to Southern Sun Cape Sun, Southern Sun The Cullinan & Southern Sun Waterfront. 
Or in & around DBN, make your way to Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, Durban & Beverly Hills Hotel.

In my, & group sommelier of Tsogo Sun Hotels: Miguel Chan's, opinion - if you've never enjoyed Moët & Chandon at one of their hotels, then you have not really celebrated #ChampagneDay! They truly have a wide variety of excellent Champagnes & MCC's, at real affordable prices. So why not join us for a proper #ChampagneDay celebration?

Get to Sandton Sun San Deck or Southern Sun Hyde Park on Friday 18 October between 4pm & 10pm to join in on the festivities & create your very own #MoëtMoment with your friends. We will also be in the presence of Moët & Chandon winemaker - Amine Ghanem. (That is rather exciting for me to be honest! I can not wait!)

So come pop a bottle of bubbly with #TsogoWine in celebration of #ChampagneDay in association with Moët & Chandon to create your very own #MoëtMoment!

Lloyd Loots, Veuve Clicquot Champagne

Check out some of my favourite #ChampagneDay memories over the years here

Still not convinced, check out more info here. And join in on the online conversation using #TsogoWine, #ChampagneDay & #MoëtMoment

Veuve Clicquot #SSHydePark

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Nataniël - #WhenGiantsWaltz

Sitting down with one of South Africa's artists that is most probably a household name is something that not everyone would say they have done. But having High Tea with Nataniël really does takes the cake. (Mind that pun.)

There is a new show, waltzing it's way to Emperors Palace. And Nataniël is taking the lead in his 18th production in 18 years at Emperors - When Giants Waltz. Lets be honest, this is one man that gets on stage year on year with a concert that I think is bigger & better than the one before. Nataniël on the other hand believes that the audience knows what they like & you always need to make sure that you don't change it too much.


Nataniël's biggest supporter, his grandmother always said that when things are shaken up, that is when giants waltz. And the world is currently changing at a rapid pace, where 'giants' represent the government, global warming, diseases & the unnatural occurrences on earth that results in humans becoming 'smaller & smaller' over time. That is only the starting point of the show. (A show where every song has a costume change just by the way. So Floris Louw has been working incredibly hard over the last year to put new costumes together.)

Nataniël jokes that this is the 1st show that he really talks about himself, because usually you make up "lies" or tell stories about someone else. This is the production that we have been waiting for. An honest insight into the life & perspective on the world that he so boldly explores, exploits & explains. Delving into the contrasts of BIG and small, the struggle between the threatened & the indestructible. The war between the individual & the establishment.


And dare I say, the debate between the political & the intelligent. (Without actually even discussing politics, as politics, as Nataniël puts it, is organised evil & has never seen anything good come from politics, as it is a last resort. Politics is unattractive & the people in that, dress bad. So it's not something that he wants to bring into his show, because his show is beautiful & is supposed to inspire, which he believes politics doesn't do. 

Nataniël explains: "I'm the master of living in a bubble. So this show is a 95 min survival guide to living in a bubble in the modern world." This is going to be a show that you'll be able to experience on more that one level. Sit back & enjoy the stories, costumes & songs or dig into all of that a bit deeper as he elaborates on the evils in the world. But Nataniël does want you to walk into the theatre & lose yourself in the moment & forget about the outside world for a moment of pure entertainment. 

When Giants Waltz - Nataniël

If you've seen a Nataniël show before, you'll see some familiar faces - Nicolaas Swart & Dihan Slabbert, who have been working with Nataniël for over 15 years now. These 2 gents who started their careers back in 2003 with the South African boy band - Hi-5, have grown from strength to strength & will be back on stage doing vocals. With Charl du Plessis on Keyboard, Juan Oosthuizen on Guitar, Brendan Ross on saxophone, Werner Spies on bass & Peter Auret on the drums, you know that there is an amazing group of artists that will be there to entertain. These are the guys that have become like family & everyone understands the others, which makes working together a whole lot easier.



This is most definitely not the last that we will see Nataniël on stage. He has his heart set on being on stage until the very last. And why not? The likes of Cher, Barbara Streisand & Bette Midler are still singing & to quote Nataniël, "Patti Labelle now sings the paint off the walls." And interesting fact, Nataniël walks a minimum of 25km everyday. Walking, he believes is the best exercise for the lungs & for the heart that is not strenuous on the rest of the body.

Nataniël emphasizes that the days of stopping with concerts, productions and being on stage, only happens the day you no longer have an audience. And I do think we want to see him on South African stages for a while longer, so get your tickets now at Computicket, for 1 of 12 unforgettable concerts at the Theatre of Marcellus at Emperors Palace from 4 to 27 October. 

Tickets for #WhenGiantsWaltz start from only R160 per person. (That's honestly a steal guys. You should buy tickets for the whole family!) 

Monday, 16 September 2019

#WINEderland returns to Pretoria

The TOPS at SPAR Wine Show WINEds its way to Pretoria.

Head on out to Menlyn Park Shopping Centre from 3 to 5 October for a dazzling 'POURformance' of some of SA's best wine.

So what I love about this show, is that it really offers something for every wine-lover - from novice to aficionado. So you can really take a stroll & I guarantee there will be something happening that's going to not only tickle your tastebuds, but you also may just learn something more about wine that you didn't know at the interactive wine theatres. The #SAWineShowcase Theatre, that is presented by Jon Meinking, is always a treat, you'll find me seated in that theatre on Thursday eve!

Lloyd Loots #WINEderland Maxhosa

There is a variety of tickets available from www.wineshow.co.za
General Admission - R185
Couples Combo - R385
Weekend Pass - R280

All tickets includes your tasting glass, show guide & access to the wine theatres & unlimited tastings!
Couples Combo - double up on the above & add a 6-pack of glasses (valued at R570).
Weekend Pass - gives you access on both Friday & Saturday.

Here comes the exciting part! 
I've got 2 sets of 4 tickets to give away. Yes, that means you & 3 friends will be able to visit The Wine Show at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre on Thursday - 3 October. 

How to enter:
1. Like As Seen By Lloyd & Tops at SPAR on Facebook.
2. Share the Competition Post on Facebook or Twitter using #WINEderland.
3. Tag your 3 friends that will be wining it up with you. 

T&C's apply. 
Winners will be announced 30 September. 

Thursday, 12 September 2019

#WineRoutingWithLloyd - Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen, Lloyd Loots

A wine estate that has one of my favourite views in Constantia, is most definitely Constantia Glen. There is just an air of surreal tranquility that is really just good for the soul. We finished our #WineRoutingWithLloyd trip this year, with a stop here. And what a way to end off a great trip. 

Constantia Glen

Constantia Glen

Lunch with winemaker - Justin van Wyk. A real down to earth guy & we just had a wonderful afternoon of eating some of his favourite items from the menu & sipping on some of the award winning wines that come from the estate. 

Just a quick mention, that the Constantia Glen TWO 2018 is 1 of 5 white Bordeaux-style blends that were recently rated as 'wine of the year' in Tim Atkin's 2019 SA Special Report, & got a 95/100 for the 3rd consecutive vintage. Whilst the Constantia Glen FIVE 2015 & Constantia Glen THREE 2016 both scored 93 points. 

Constantia Glen, Wine, Glass

The Constantia Glen TWO is my favourite. A soft barrel fermented blend of Sauvignon Blanc & Semillon where the oak, tropical fruits & slight minerality are combined & balanced elegantly. 

The Constantia Glen THREE, is a blend of Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon & Cabernet Franc. These grapes are hand harvested & sorted, so you know that some serious care has gone into making sure these grapes are perfect. Dark red & black fruits coming through on the nose & intensify on the palate into something slightly more savoury. 

The Constantia Glen FIVE, is the flagship wine & a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Malbec & Petit Verdot. Ripe black cherries initially hit me hard on this one, but with some time & air, there was a bit of floral & even herbaceous notes. On the palate, a rich full bodied wine that is like velvet. 

Constantia Glen

Having a conversation with Justin van Wyk really does leave you in awe of the incredible work that a winemaker actually goes through to get from vine to bottle. He is definitely one of the really calm & collected guys & that really comes through in his wines. The attention to detail in prep of grapes & the fermentation process are proven in the outstanding quality of the wines you'll get here. 

Salmon

The menu is seasonal, & will surprise you each time you get there. But what I can guarantee, is that you will always find something fresh & interesting to eat. 

Flammkuchen

Tuna Niçoise Salad

From a fresh Tuna Niçoise salad or the winemakers choice of flat bread, or as it is otherwise known - Flammkuchen, that sports Boerewors & an egg! Each to his own, but definitely don't be shy & be adventurous when ordering something off of this menu. 

To end off. A delectable chocolate fondant, that will have satisfy that sweet tooth of yours! I love how the acidity of the strawberry breaks through that sweetness of the dark chocolate. Yum.

Chocolate Fondant, Strawberry

#WineRoutingWithLloyd - Driven by the #KiaSportage

Constantia Glen, Mountains

Wednesday, 11 September 2019

#SteenbergGardenParty

Just around the corner. Are you all ready for the Steenberg Garden Party? It's coming back to Joburg again this year.

So head on out to The Kitchen - L'antico Giardino, The Forum Company out in Lanseria on Saturday 5 October between 12:00 & 17:00 to sip on some of the best wine to come out of Constantia.

#SteenbergGardenParty

You'll have the opportunity to stroll through the magical gardens of The Kitchen - L'antico Giardino, The Forum Company in Lanseria whilst sipping on bubblies & wines from Steenberg Vineyards at the all-inclusive outdoor experience. 

Tuck into a harvest table that is laden with the freshest culinary delights & listen to the laid back live music in a relaxed al fresco lounge area at what has always been a stylish afternoon. 

#SteenbergGardenParty #WineRoutingWithLloyd

Some of the wines that will be on offer for the afternoon include their ultra-elegant MCC, their crisp & refreshing Sauvignon Blanc. But if you're up for some more serious reds, you'll have be able to delve into those too. Be adventurous in your journey of discovery with Steenberg's signature cool climate wines. 

#SteenbergGardenParty #WineRoutingWithLloyd

For only R600 per person, you'll have unlimited wine tastings, food & live entertainment. The day is all about enjoying delicious wines, relaxing with friends & discovering Steenberg Vineyards. So round up a group of friends, arrange that Uber van & get those ticket from Webtickets here now. 

Hope to see you at the #SteenbergGardenParty.


#SteenbergGardenParty #WineRoutingWithLloyd

#PortuGaloBrooklyn

I've been going to Brooklyn Design Square in Pretoria for the last 11 years, since I moved to Gauteng, and it has been amazing to see how it has grown from strength to strength over time & how places come & go. A newcomer that I was excited to go try, is PortuGalo! A family owned restaurant, where the gift for cooking sparked the idea to open a REAL Portuguese restaurant. Sunday lunch family recipes have been passed down for generations, keeping it simple & authentic. 


On arrival, you'll be greeted by a stunning outdoor area, that immediately has you relaxing & you'll forget that you're sitting in the middle of Brooklyn. Trying to keep to the Portuguese style, the restaurant has been styled with a mixture of modern & vintage Portugal. (And well, I simply love it. It's something new that has been needed in the area for some time now.)


Kicking off the evening with a Portuguese Wine was a no brainer. The Mariana Branco, being the house wine, would be the wine for the evening. So interesting story behind this wine. A love story. Mariana, was a nun, back in the mid 1600's in Alentejo & she had a forbidden affair with a French nobleman. The Mariana Branco is a soft, fruity white wine that is easy drinking & pairs very well with pretty much everything we ate. So if you're unsure & you want to try something new & unique, then opt in for a glass (or 3) of the Mariana Branco. 



To the starters, or tapas should I say. A great variety of all those starters that you usually find on a menu, but this time, they are prepared the Portuguese way. Think Chouriço, Prawns, Rissoles, Trinchado, Chicken Livers & Mussels; all made with love & fresh spices. Grab a fresh Portuguese roll with some butter & dig into that sauce, you won't regret those carbs!


For dinner, you'll find a taste of everything to delve into. A special mention here must go to the old style Portuguese stewpots - Cataplana's. I tried the Seafood Cataplana; the prawns & calamari are cooked perfectly, whilst the Portuguese flavours are showcased beautifully. The seafood menu really stood out for me here. There are so many great dishes to choose from & what makes it even better is that they have the same base dish, served a few different ways. So you really do have some options when it comes to deciding on a main meal here. 


Also, the whole catch of the day is prepared in a way that I have really never had before. There is a bit of spice there that will surprise your palate in the best of ways that bring out that seafood freshness in a 'non-fishy' way. 


What is a visit to a Portuguese restaurant, without having Pasteis de Nata for dessert? These baked custard tartlets are always a winner when it comes to rounding off your meal. Freshly baked & still warm is the best way to savour these treats. 


So all in all, #PortuGaloBrooklyn has my vote. 
You should pop in & check it out for yourself.