Our pick of local and international must-haves and hot spots
The latest iteration of Omega’s Railmaster is denim-inspired (R67 000). The Railmaster was originally marketed to scientists, technicians and railroad workers, who had to work near forceful electromagnetic fields, so the choice of denim is a nod to them, since the material was originally worn only by labourers in the American West. The original Railmaster had a magnetic resistance of 1 000 gauss, whereas this denim version has a Master Chronometer Calibre 8806 which is 15 times more resistant. The watch has a brushed stainless steel case (40mm in diameter), with a cross-hatch in the centre of the dial, a conical crown, triangular markers every five minutes and Arabic numerals at 3, 6, 9 and 12 o’clock. It features a light grey Superluminova application on the recessed hour markers and stainless steel hands. The denim strap has leather on its underside, but if you’d prefer less denim, you can choose a stainless steel bracelet. Visit: www.omegawatches.com
A huge decor trend for 2018, concrete is functional and durable. However, today’s interpretation of the material – think textural finishes and organic shapes – gives it an inviting warmth. “We’ve seen an increasing interest in our collection of concrete composite pieces over the past few months,” says Block & Chisel’s Zane Pretorius, “so we’re really excited to offer a selection of the most beautiful concrete furniture items – from stools, benches and coffee tables to side tables and dining tables – to our clients.”
Block & Chisel’s concrete furniture (a blend of concrete and acrylic) is lightweight, easy to move and works beautifully paired with natural textures like raw woods and metals, complemented by the greenery of potted plants. Visit: www.blockandchisel.co.za
ENCHANTING FAMILY FUN
Based on the 19th-century classic ballet, The Nutcracker – brought to you by Joburg Ballet and choreographed by Angela Malan – will whisk you away to a charming, mysterious world. Clara and the Nutcracker Prince travel to the kingdom of sweets, dance through snowflakes and along the way meet waltzing flowers and the Sugar Plum Fairy. The production runs at the Joburg Theatre, Braamfontein, from 5-6 October and 9-10 October. Tel: 0861 670 670 or visit: www. joburgtheatre.com or www.webtickets.co.za
Spier has introduced a fresh, new pairing (running until 31 November), which you can enjoy on the banks of the Spier Dam. Taste four Spier wines (R95 per person) with canapés: The Private Collection Organic Rosé with ajo blanco – a Spanish white gazpacho of almonds and bread with strawberry and mint salsa. The Ideology Sémillon with a “prawn roll”: a buttery, toasted brioche topped with prawns, mayonnaise, celery and chives. The 21 Gables Pinotage with a blueveined Brie and spiced cranberry compôte wrapped in cured beef. Spier’s Méthode Cap Classique with an Italian-style honey meringue, blueberries and crushed pistachio in a mini sugar cone. Visit: www.spier.co.za
MUSIC FOR THE SOUL
Randy Crawford is performing her Farewell tour in SA. The concerts will be a bittersweet goodbye to her, since she’s retiring after the tour. The American jazz and R&B singer, famous for super-hits like Street Life and heart-wrenching tracks like One Day I’ll Fly Away, will be on stage in Cape Town on 23 October at the Grandwest Casino and Entertainment World (tickets start at R350) and in Pretoria on 26 October at the Sun Arena, Time Square (tickets start at R320). All concerts start at 8.30pm. For bookings, visit: https://online.computicket.com
SIMPLE STATEMENT PIECES
A celebration of pure minimalism, the Metal Chic collection by Folli Follie makes a subtle statement. Keep it elegant and wears-yours with a head-to-toe black ensemble. The collection is available in silver-plated, goldplated and gun-plated metal. Gun-plated ring (R990), gun- and yellow gold-plated double ring (R1 400 each) and yellow gold-plated cuff bangle bracelet (R1 390). Folli Follie: Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton, Johannesburg, tel: 011 883 0565; Menlyn Park Shopping Centre, Pretoria, tel: 012 348 4949; Canal Walk Shopping Centre, Cape Town, tel: 021 555 0811.
ESCAPE TO THE COUNTRY
Kick back and enjoy a leisurely picnic at Grande Provençe, whose ancient oak trees stretch towards the skies in the Franschhoek Valley. Your picnic basket for two people (R650) or one (R325) is filled with gastronomic delights, including free-range chicken, estate-made hummus, local cheeses and preserves, heirloom garden salad, smoked snoek pâté, olives, charcuterie and crusty farm-baked bread. Also in your basket is a Rocky Road Valrhona chocolate bar and a bottle of Grande Provençe’s Angels Tears (choose your wine), as well as a still or sparkling water. Vegetarian baskets are available on request. The picnics at Grande Provençe take place from September 2018-April 2019, but may be cancelled due to bad weather. Tel: 021 876 8600 or email: email@example.com
The first Soweto Food Truck Festival, brought to you by the Food Truck Fridays team, takes place on 6 October 2018 from 10am-12pm. Enjoy the finest food trucks the community has to offer, as well as craft beer, cocktails, fried ice-cream, kids’ entertainment and music from top South African acts. Tickets are R50-100 each. Mofolo Park, 1209 Mzilikazi St, Dube, Soweto. Visit: www.webtickets.co.za
Whistler Rum (R299 per bottle) is made on a farm along the R70 between Riebeeckstad and Hennenman in the
Free State. The makers are Caretus Mzaka and brothers Leon, Stephan and Trevor de Vos. After being in business for less than seven months, Whistler Rum’s already enjoying great success.
WHY “WHISTLER”? We named the rum after the people for whom we made it – the “whistlers”. Men who do things differently and whistle their own tune.
WHY THE FREE STATE? Apart from the fact that the Free State’s real, just like us, and just like Whistler, and besides the fact that all of us are from this area, proud of our roots and wanting to give back to the community, it made financial sense to build the distillery here. Besides, what could be more whistle-your-own-tune-ish than building a rum distillery in the Free State!?
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RUM. We only make rum, because that’s what we do well. We make two types:
Spice-infused: It’s so new and different in SA that the government couldn’t classify it. It’s infused with secret barrel-aged spices, creating softer, mellower flavour notes of cinnamon, vanilla and citrus. It’s loud and extroverted. Dark rum: This is obvious from its rich, golden-brown colour. With deep flavour notes of dark chocolate, toasted toffee and roasted groundnuts, it’s like a sexy, nocturnal pudding, only manlier and more fun to share with people.
HOW DO YOU INFUSE THE RUM WITH SUCH DEPTH OF FLAVOUR? The distillery’s located at an altitude of 1 500m above sea level, where there are huge temperature swings between day, night, winter and summer. These fluctuations mean the alcohol interacts with the wood in which it’s aged a lot quicker and a lot better. Combine all this with the use of old, used brandy and whiskey barrels, and depth of flavour is the ultimate destination.
Available via Takealot and at most major retailers. Visit: www.whistlerrum.co.za.