So that was winter…time to be healthy

After a few months of wining and dining, reviewing and writing, it is time to celebrate the new season. Here at JHP we start by updating our personal brand plans and goals, which gives us time to re-focus and re-energise before the run-up to 2018. Launch plans are in place for the JHP Gourmet Guide™ to hit the streets at the end of October. Reading and checking the recipes that have come in from the chefs is a time-consuming, hungry-making exercise. The announcement of our partnership with Swiss International Air Lines was met with great enthusiasm and anticipation from chefs all over the country. Our countdown to the announcement of the plated chefs will start soon…watch this space. Meanwhile, let me share some snippets from my last trip to Jozi, plans for my next trip and some fun on the streets…with a sip or two of wine.

CAFÉ DEL SOL BOTANICA 

Combining family and friends who feel like family around a table is a perfect way to spend a Saturday in Jo’burg. Good friends from Botswana, my godson from Pretoria and our older son joined my husband and I for a lot of laughter over great plates. I booked at Café del Sol Botanica Bryanston for convenience, and was really impressed with the above-average shopping centre setting, the service and the food. Rave reviews for the gnocchi, ravioli, calamari from the boys (robust flavours and ample portions gets them excited), and the pear and walnut and the salmon salads for the girls. Lovely to have a large Italian family table behind us competing in the acoustics arena!

Shall be back in my favourite city in September to walk my younger son, Warren, and his friend, Tom, home. They have been walking through Africa to raise funds and awareness for Aluwani. Check out www.walkwithus2017 if you want to know a little more.

BEST OF LOCAL FARE ON THE MENU AT THE ANNUAL VISA STREET FOOD FESTIVAL

I mostly share my stories about what happens in restaurants, but now let’s hit the streets. In September Cape Town (followed a week later in Johannesburg) will be hosting a celebration of street food at the Side Street Studios. The two-day festivals will highlight authentic and innovative street food, with a new night market launching for the first time in Cape Town.

Be ready to get your hands on true South African cuisine – vinegary fish and slapchips, gatsbys stuffed to capacity and the best braai. As the cream on top the Visa Food Studio will be hosting top chefs and speakers for a day of interactive tastings, workshops and demonstrations.

It is the perfect way to start your Spring in Cape Town…make your way to Woodstock on Saturday 2 September or Sunday 3 September…or both. Jo’burgers – you will have to wait patiently! Get to Maboneng on 10 September. For more information visit www.streetfoodfestival.co.za or www.webtickets.co.za to buy your tickets.

A salivating secret ingredient – pay with Visa on checkout, and you will get a 10% discount on your ticket price.

FOUR SEASONS WESTCLIFF

The Four Seasons is one of those hotels where there is always something exciting happening. I love that they have a big heart! Their 2017 Run For Hope will benefit CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation of South Africa. This exciting event will be held on Saturday, 9 September from 8:00am – 12:00pm, in the Westcliff neighbourhood with the option of a 5km or 7.8 km route. Over the past two decades, Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts around the world have raised more than a billion Rand towards Cancer Research, a cause close to my heart. The funds provided by this event will be used to help establish programmes that create a better life for the increasing number of survivors supported by the CHOC foundation.

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TASTE SUNSHINE

On the same day that I am walking I will be wining…as part of the largest world-wide tasting of South African wine. Local wine portal www.wine.co.za has put together an ingenious way to celebrate their 21st birthday.  Join wine.co.za and friends on Braai Day anywhere in the world, light the fire, open some great South African wine, and share it – and your pics on your and their social media pages using the #tastesunshine. You stand a chance to win some fantastic South African Wines!

Sign up http://www.tastesunshine.co.za, or join their Facebook Event and they will have a map available closer to the time to showcase all the #tastesunshine events around the world. If you are keen to host an event, anywhere in the world, and use the #tastesunshine, then contact Judy Brower – judy@wine.co.za.

CONGRATS to Judy and team for 21 years of success!

BOOK OF MONTH – Genes to Plates

I was thrilled to read that respected and experienced dietician Judith Johnson, had teamed up with Yael Joffe and Alex Royal to put pen to paper and launch “Genes to Plate”. This book with over 100 really easy, accessible and tasty science-based recipes that sync with your unique genotype, has been written perfectly for anyone interested in personal nutrition based on DNA tests. Our body chemistry is unique, with DNA determining everything about us – from health to our hair colour. It enables us to look back and then look forward when managing our health. Why not know more and then plan better for wellbeing? With this in mind I booked my initial consultation, then started to devour the valuable information in this book. I am a disciple of you are what you eat. I also believe that knowledge is power. Simple, concise and beautifully laid out, this book at R399 at Wellness Warehouse is sure to make you eat, and think differently.

Let me finish Winter by sharing my personal byline….’Eat, write, eat right’.  Happy Spring!

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