Monday, 12 November 2018

The Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair

Guys! What better way to celebrate the start of the festive season & a fabulous weekend other than sipping on some incredible bubbly & gin that's available in SA, at the bar that has been voted as Joburg's Best Sundowners with a View in the latest Best of Joburg awards?

Well, we are in luck! The Wade Bales Cap Classique & Gin Affair is setting up at the Southern Sun in Hyde Park's Rooftop Terrace Bar. It's bound to be a day of epic bubbly proportions in my opinion as we have to look forward to over 60 of SA's premium MCC's, including the likes of Graham Beck, Steenberg, Anthonij Rupert, Tanzanite & Boschendal. 

Not sold yet? You'll also get to not only taste, but to celebrate the fastest growing spirit in the world; Gin. Especially since there will be up to 50 craft & international gins to sample from. With the local producers present to share knowledge & unique insight into their gin. 

Dates:
Saturday - 24 Nov (15:00-19:00)
Sunday - 25 Nov (13:00-17:00)

Tickets are only R350. This includes a Champagne glass; unlimited tastings of all bubbly & gin on show; as well as 6 fresh oysters to enjoy. (Lets be honest, this is a bargain.)

So head on over to Quicket here to get your tickets now, before they sell out!

Follow the fun on social media:
#BubblyGinAffair

Friday, 2 November 2018

Weekend Getaway - Kloofzicht Lodge

Need that quick weekend getaway but the rising petrol price is making you think twice about a far drive? Well, then you should keep on reading. Settled just a stone throw away from Joburg & Pretoria, between the Cradle of Humankind mountains you'll find Kloofzicht Lodge. 


Whilst sipping on a glass of wine, overlooking rather exquisite fly fishing dams, there is a calming stillness that will have you relaxing in no time after your arrival. 



There are 60 suites that all overlook the water & you'll have quite the view from your very own private balcony, which in my mind is always an added bonus. Rooms are incredibly spacious & have been fitted with pretty much exactly everything that you could need. I was greeted with a bouquet of fresh red roses & a bottle of bubbly! What a welcome to make you feel extra special. 



So dining at Kloofzicht Lodge in itself is an experience on it's own. With over 18 years of experience in the industry, Chef Chris Tustian has brought a new culinary creativity to the menus at the hotel & I was promised a delightful experience. (I honestly got more than just that! See below why.) Showcasing his extensive knowledge & passion for food, using the best quality ingredients, he prepares contemporary cuisines which express his talent & passion alike. 



So I headed off to dinner. The fine dining option is something that I'll always opt for. There is just something about a beautifully presented plate of food that I love. 






One of my favourite wines, the De Grendel Rose, is always a winner with dinner & also, it looks rather pretty in a glass & photographs well. 

And there is a spa guys! You know how I love a good spa day. Unfortunately, I had limited time on this visit. So I didn't get to pop in & have a massage. But I know that it is there & I'm definitely going to get there soon to test it out & report back to you.  


Kloofzicht Lodge has a lot more on offer than what you may expect. They can accommodate up to 120 delegates for a conference in five conference venues. And as I mentioned; fly fishing dams are a plenty, so if you are one for sports, you can gear up & head to one of the dams to try your luck & show off your casting technique. 


You may even be lucky enough to see an array of bird life or game on the drive in & around the Lodge, as it is actually built on a small nature reserve. So if you are in luck, you could spot kudu, impala, eland, red hartebeest, gemsbok & zebra. 


Check out Kloofzicht Lodge here. It's honestly a great little getaway spot that is close enough to the city, but far away enough to make that much needed break. 

Thursday, 25 October 2018

Queen - It's a Kind of Magic

Growing up, at home I got to listen to some really great music that my parents listened to & the one that I grew to love the most is definitely Queen! And now, Johannesburg, are you ready? Queen: It's a Kinda Magic, the world's premier Freddie Mercury & Queen tribute show is set to have Emperors Palace audiences singing along to the greatest hits. 



From 30 November until 31 December at the Theatre of Marcellus, Queen: It's a Kinda Magic is set to recreate Queen's historically famous 1986 World Tour concert on stage in SA. Are you ready for 4 weeks of  the band's greatest hits, such as 'We Will Rock You', Bohemian Rhapsody', 'We Are The Champions' & 'Fat-Bottomed Girls'.

The global success of the show is linked to the attention-to-detail of the costumes, instruments & lighting cues that have all been designed as to replicate the real deal from the concerts back in the day. With Giles Taylor taking the ropes as the role of Freddie Mercury, and is the only tribute performer in the world who sings & plays both the piano & guitar live on stage. 



Tickets are available from Computicket, starting from only R180.

Check out www.queenitsakindamagic.com of Queen It's A Kinda Magic for more info. 

Right... Tickets up for grabs! 10 sets of double tickets to see Queen It's A Kinda Magic on the opening night - 30 November at Emperors Palace. 

How to enter:
1. Like As Seen By Lloyd & Queen It's a Kinda Magic on Facebook or Follow @Lloydi_Boy on Twitter.
2. Repost the Competition Post on Facebook or Retweet the Competition Tweet on Twitter. Remember to include the #QueenItsAKindaMagic  in your post/tweet.
3. Tag a friend in your post who you'd be bringing with to the show. 

NB. Remember, you have to include the #QueenItsAKindaMagic, otherwise your entry is not valid & can not be counted.

Good Luck!

Thursday, 18 October 2018

#MissSASoviet - it's time to #WearItLikeTamaryn

It's always an exciting time of the year when you get that inbox from Soviet Denim & their collab with Miss South Africa.

I've been privileged enough to have walked the path alongside Soviet & Miss SA from the inception of the project in 2014, for the past four years with Liesl Laurie, Ntando Kunene, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters & now with current Miss SA, Tamaryn Green. If you don't know what I'm going on about, it's the #MissSASoviet denim collab, whereby each Miss SA has had the opportunity to create their own style & brand of denim jeans. We are lucky enough to have had a sneak peek at the new range created & personalised by current Miss SA, Tamaryn Green at the Soviet Denim Head Offices in Midrand. 





So in celebration of the 'Diamond Jubilee' of the Miss South Africa pageant the back pockets of the denims have been personalised with diamond shaped pocket plates. Sticking with the theme of crowning & diamonds, Tamaryn & designers have kept that in mind to carry through the diamond element & Miss SA branding into the trim details of the denims. 




Presenting the 'Gina' - a bright indigo, skinny jean that features the popular rip & repair detailing. The waistband is elegantly designed with trimming of silver detailing.





Lets pair the Gina with sneakers & a basic t-shirt to hit that casual look out of the park, or dress it up in a pair of heels & blouse to take on the evening for a night out. 





Presenting the 'Rolene' - a bright periwinkle blue jegging denim, with the signature pocket details & has incorporated a rose gold waistband & matching button.



The Rolene, being slightly more classic would work great with a blazer & you have a variety of colours to play around with, matching it with hues of lavender, burnt mustard, white, pale pink or even a nude. 



Caroline Hardman, MD for Soviet Denim emphasized how happy they as a brand are with the partnership with the Miss South Africa brand over the past 4 years since that initial synergy back in 2014. "The collaboration allows us to offer our customers a limited keepsake in the Miss South Africa Denim, which we feel sets our brand apart from the other denim brands," Hardman added.


Tamaryn has just launched her personalised denims, which will be available to the public as from the 3rd of November. If you head on over to the Mall of Africa, Soviet Denim store, you'll find Tamaryn in store for a meet & greet. Thereafter, there will be limited stock in stores across the country. So if you want yours, you best get one as soon as you can. Check out www.sovietdenim.com to find a store near you. 

Check out the happenings online:
#TGDenim #WearItLikeTamaryn #MissSASoviet 


Image - Nikita Maritz

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

James Morrison in SA

"I'm super excited to be heading to South Africa for a few shows next year! It'll be my first time playing there & my first gigs in a little while, can't wait to play in Johannesburg & then with the mountains as the backdrop in Cape Town's Botanical Garden" - James Morrison.



There you have it guys. Straight from the British singer-songwriter & guitarist, James Morrison. He is coming to SA early next year, for the very 1st time!

2 Nights at Montecasino - 22 & 23 January 2018
1 Night in Cape Town - 26 January 2018

Get your tickets now on Computicket (JHB) & Webtickets (CPT).



A guy with a great soulful voice & a guitar. The likes of  Sam Smith, Ed Sheeran, George Ezra & James Bay have all cited him as an influence. So you know the show is going to be one memorable night out. 

Stay in touch on social media using #JamesMorrisonSA.

Wednesday, 5 September 2018

Calum Scott - Only Human SA Tour

Ladies & Gents... New news just in!

Calum Scott is coming! To South Africa... The Britain's Got Talent finalist will embark on his 'Only Human' SA tour in November. Having his hit 'Dancing On My Own' reach 3 X Platinum in South Africa, I think it's about time that we get a piece of him. 


The first show in Durban is at the Durban Botanic Gardens on 9 Nov. The show was added after local fans had social media buzzing with requests to add a Durban date. Joining him on state will be Cape Town trio; Opposite The Other.

Cape Town on 10 Nov, where Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions are the local support acts to join him on stage at the ICC. 

Finally he ends the tour in Johannesburg on 11 Nov at Marks Park in Emmarentia, where Majozi, Opposite The Other, & Ben Dey & The Concrete Lions are joining him to entertain local fans. 

Get your tickets here


Monday, 3 September 2018

#WineRoutingWithLloyd - Anthonij Rupert Wyne


What turned out to be one of my favourite experiences on this trip happened to be the visit to Anthonij Rupert Wyne. Everything was so well planned out & the most incredible service from every person that was part of the day here.

We arrived to a glass of bubbly & got to walk around the Anthonij Rupert tasting room which served as the Manor House on the estate & is completely furnished in mid 19th century Cape Dutch style.


Thereafter we were ushered out to find this vintage Rolls Royce parked outside, only to hear that this would be our ride for the day. 



Now I may not be the biggest car person on this planet, but when it comes to old cars & especially cars of this caliber, I get somewhat excited. So off we drove up around the farm on the private roads, that are closed off to the public, all the way to the Franschhoek Motor Museum. 

Here we were taken on a private guided tour of each motor vehicle, motorcycle & bicycle that was on display at that moment in time. What an experience. Our guide for the day was so knowledgeable about every item on the show floor; from who, when & where it was manufactured, to how it found it's way onto the showroom floor today. I fell in love with some of those cars, & looking at some of them, I realised that I was born in the wrong era. I so would have loved to drive some of those older beauties back in the 40's or 50's.


With over 100 years of motoring history & unique collection at this beautiful setting,  I rate it is a must see for every person, whether you're a car fanatic or not. You'll be able to appreciate the beauty & history behind some of those incredible collection items. 


What also makes it quite cool is that you can visit 4 times in 1 year & see different cars out on display every time, as they are changed up every few months just to add some new variety to the mix. 



Located at the museum is also a restaurant & wine sales for just in case you need to something to eat or a refreshment.


But then, off we went again in the vintage Rolls Royce back across the estate, taking the scenic route & enjoying the drive. What I can say about this estate is that nothing was out of place. You can see that a lot of effort has gone into the details here & that everything is maintained to the most perfect conditions. Making it such a pleasure to sit back & relax whilst taking everything in on this visit. 



Finally we arrived at the Terra Del Capo tasting room, & a lovely welcome glass of fresh, crisp MCC. This tasting room was built as to showcase the Italian inspired Terra Del Capo range. 


Kicking things off here with a cheese & wine pairing. But there is a twist. Nothing is specifically pre-paired for you. You are left to sample an array of cheeses & sip on 4 of their wines & find pairings that fit your palate & discover what works for you. 


Terra Del Capo - Pinot Grigio : a light, crispy yet aromatic fresh white that gives you hints of stone fruits & some lemon on the nose. On the palate you should have a good balance & structure with a refreshing aftertaste. A blend of grapes form 3 different regions within the Western Cape, each then contributing to a different & unique attributes of the wine. 

Terra Del Capo - Sangiovese : a complex wine with ripe cherries on both the nose & the palate. With highlights of a bit of spice. You can definitely get that hint of oak that's just added some depth to this glass. You may even get a slight mouthful of light cocoa in that soft aftertaste. 

Anthonij Rupert - Optima : what I love about this bottle is that what you get on the nose, you'll get on the palate. So expect some ripe red & black fruits mixed with some spice. A complex full bodied wine that could even describe as being somewhat chunky, but beautifully structured flavours of black cherries, blueberries & plums. 

L'Ormarins - Cape LBV : a little something sweet & spicy to end off with. Nuts & Ripe Plums on the notes, that will have you thinking of that Christmas pudding. On the palate those nuts develop into more distinct roasted hazelnuts & pecan nuts. A smooth & balanced glass where you can expect the flavours to remain in the mouth for a wine as that aftertaste develops. 


The fine cheese selection has a bit of local & imported artisanal cheese, that too, are made in a true Italian-style. From a mild & grainy to a strong & creamy, they have included smoked Mozzarella, aged Fontina & Gorgonzola. 


Finally catch the tram back up to the manor house to end off the magnificent day at this beautiful estate. 

Visit Anthonij Rupert Wyne here.
You should also note, that any visit to Anthonij Rupert Wyne is by appointment only & you won't be able to get through the security gates if you have not made that appointment. 


#WineRoutingWithLloyd

Tuesday, 21 August 2018

#WineRoutingWithLloyd - Steenberg (Part 3 - Bistro Sixteen82)


After checking in and relaxing for a bit next to the pool, we headed on back up the tasting room at Steenberg. This is where Bistro Sixteen82 can be found, & I was expecting a great dinner. But what I got was not just a great dinner, it was an incredible educational, dining experience that is worth talking about. 


The modern contemporary design aesthetic from the tasting room & hotel follow through into this welcoming space, giving the restaurant a relaxed, yet vibrant & alive feeling. 
So Bistro Sixteen82 was opened back in 2009 & one would describe it as a proper bistro & tapas styled restaurant, that offers breakfast, lunch & dinner.


I honestly didn't really know much about the restaurant at all in the aspects of what they serve etc. So it was really a unfolding discovery as we went along. So, in the evenings, they only have a Tapas menu to eat from & their lunch menu is quite a bit more extensive in the sense that they have a selection of starters, mains & desserts to choose from. (Also, they have a full separate vegetarian & separate a vegan menu for those who are a bit more specific about what they eat.)


So we just ordered a few of the tapas from the specials board, & well, me being me, I popped another bottle of the Steenberg 1682 Chardonnay MCC just because it was another great day of #WineRoutingWithLloyd.


When my Dad & I eat out, you know there will always be Oysters. It's a given, & this evening was not going to be any different, so we got a plate of fresh West Coast Oysters, & washed them down with a glass of bubbles. 


Gambas, "Persillade" - which is essentially a prawn dish served with a sauce/seasoning made from chopped parsley, garlic, herbs & olive oil. 


Baby Patagonian Calamari - pan-fried baby squid. Always something to get right, either you'll end up with a plate of tubes that are like rubber. But these were cooked perfectly, with a great texture & slight bit of crispiness. 


Pickled Fish "Tacos" - Probably my favourite dish of the eve. Thinly blocked slices that have been mixed with a variety of fresh herbs & are served in a hard 'taco' shell. Again, a beautiful balance of flavours that play around & the changing textures of fish & crisp taco. 


And a chocolate dessert that I'm still salivating about. Great balance of both flavour & texture. And beautifully presented. A visit here is most definitely worth it, & you'll immediately get the idea that Chef Kerry Kiplin had quite a bit of Asian influence when putting her meals together. 


So earlier I mentioned that this was an educational dining experience. A big issue that has ruffled our seafood menu's is sourcing seafood that is ecologically responsible. So, Bistro Sixteen82 & ABALOBI, are pioneering SA's 1st restaurant-supported fishery that supplies sustainable & traceable premium quality seafood caught by small-scale local fishers. Providing smaller fishing communities with better prices for their fish & in essence a better livelihood for their entire family. "The direct route from boat to plate, ensures sustainability both for fisherfolk & for the resource."

Image: www.southervines.co.za

When a piece of fish is brought to your table, alongside your plate is a wooden fish with a QR-code, that when scanned using the mobile app, will give you the entire story about the fish from hook to cook. You can trace exactly where this fish is from, where it was caught, how it was caught & by whom it was caught. So you can eat in peace knowing the full story about the fish on your plate. 

Check out Bistro Sixteen82 here