Our pick of lo­cal and in­ter­na­tional must-haves and hot spots

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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


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


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


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.


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: restau­rant@grande­provence.co.za


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.

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