Lunch At J.B. Rivers Hyde Park

J.B Rivers Hyde Park is slowly becoming a regular lunch spot for my colleagues and I these days. It’s simple, affordable and you can always expect the food to be of the best quality and the service just as good. It’s also such a great place to just relax and people watch. I mean what can be more exciting than watching the Rich & Famous shop all day LOL. Good place, great afternoon and now back to the grind. Happy Tuesday All🙂 Check out the last post here: J.B Rivers Hyde Park Part 1.

Quinoa Salad with Roast Butternut, Olives, Butter Beans, Wild Rocket, Sunflower Seeds, Roasted Bell Peppers, Avocado and a Creamy Hummus, Lime & Honey dressing: img_5819

Steak & Egg with Fries: img_5821

Things To Do In Bloemfontein

img_6188Bloemfontein has always been one of those cities you simply drive through when heading to the Western Cape but this time around I actually stopped and spent a few days there. On first impressions you would think that it’s one super boring place but once I started to explore, I found some awesome places that are totally worth a visit. So I figured I would let you guys in on some of the fun spots:

1. Naval Hill Planetarium: The Planetarium sits on top of Naval Hill with its beautiful panoramic views of Bloemfontein. Here you can expect to see some wildlife anything from Giraffes to Ostriches, or simply just enjoy an afternoon or morning park run with lots of other running enthusiasts. The planetarium offers one of the best if not best Cosmic Show & Tour in South Africa. You will also find the Nelson Mandela statue at the Naval Hill viewing decks which make for a perfect Instagram photo shoot moment LOL.

2. Boyden Observatory: If you are one with the stars then Boyden Observatory is the perfect place to visit in the night time to witness Gods beautiful sky creations. On our visit we got o see Saturn and that was one of the most beautiful experiences I have ever had. Boyden is also home to the third largest telescope in Africa.
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3. Die Mystic Boer: This one is for all the cheap drinks lovers and tequila fanatics. If you are looking for a good jol in the town and some trashy delicious pizza then this is the perfect spot. Unfortunately though all they serve is pizza so don’t go looking to have a quiet sit down dinner here. img_6187

4. Mimosa Mall: Look the only reason why the mall has made the list is because it is one of the most relaxed malls I have ever been to in my life. It’s not crowded and the service at most of the stores is spectacular.

5. There are lots of other fun places to check out but I didn’t have the time, so will make sure I make another trip to Bloem soon and add to the list🙂 HAPPY MONDAY!!img_6104

Southern Sun Bloemfontein

img_5986This past week I spent a few days working from Bloemfontein in the Free State and stayed at the Southern Sun Hotel. Like most Southern Sun hotels the rooms were pretty standard and the service pretty good as one would expect. The hotel has a lovey pool area and the rooms on the first floor have great access to the pool and lots of outdoor space. I guess next time I am in Bloemfontein this will be my hotel of choice based on comfort and the easy access to Mimosa Shopping Mall. I don’t really have a lot to say about the hotel, like I said it’s just another Southern Sun, not one of the major key ones but it has all the basics covered.
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Reasons To Stay Here:

Good Service.
Easy Access to the mall which has most of the big stores.
Rooms are spacious and clean.
Free WiFi

Our next post will be on things to do in Bloemfontein look out for it🙂

Strongbow Apple Cider Launch At Neighbourgoods Market

img_5852-2Strongbow has made a big comeback guys! I was slightly skeptical at first but let me tell you their new apple ciders have made me a believer! Who would have thought that that old apple ale Strongbow would make such a strong come back, such a major upgrade, shuuu.

Strongbow launched its ciders on Saturday afternoon at the vibrant and ever buzzing Neighbourgoods market with a magnificent release of over 8000 origami butterflies over the city as they remixed the purity and serenity of nature back into the city. The new ciders offer a great variety and bring back that refreshing sting that so many other ciders lack. The Red Berries cider is by far my favourite, that strawberry flavour mixed with a touch of lemon and apple finish was the perfect combination in the afternoon heat. It was also a clear winner with the all ladies at the Apple Cider Launch. The gents on the other hand seemed to love the Gold Apple cider most, must be that bittersweet finish it has to it. 

The launch was fresh, crazy fun and a great way to spend a Saturday afternoon on a rooftop in JHB with the whose who of SA. I am pretty sure that the ciders will be making many appearances at parties and braai’s this summer! Don’t be shy to grab yourself some no one will judge you,  this is definitely Strongbow like you have never seen and tasted before!

What we enjoyed most about the event:

The rooftop venue was cool and the perfect hangout just above the vibrant neighbourgoods market – unfortunately the getting up there was a bit of a mission

Seeing 2leestark perform was super cool good to see the boy doing great things.

The great mixture of guest was lovely for once it didn’t feel like another JHB party with the same old faces. Some new ones and some old ones gave the event a perfect combination.

The food, burgers, pizza and donuts were the perfect combination with the ciders. Super chilled, not pretentious, people were actually relaxed and having a good time

I was  literally typing this blog while at the event, trying out new things and watching it all unfold so we don’t miss a thing.  Lol Happy Sunday friends be safe and remember to grab a Strongbow.

Find Us Within You 

fotorcrmmeatedWhen loneliness has taken a hold,
And you wish you had me to hold.
When sadness becomes bold,
And the warm room turns cold.
Remember what you are,
Remember who you are.
Remember you know better,
Remember you’re loved no matter.

When the coldness of the world has you cornered.
And the darkness of strangers’ hearts has you worried.
When hatred is gnarling at the door,
Threatening the peace of you in the corridor.
Remember you’re never alone in your corner.
Remember you’ll always be stronger.
Remember you’re loved beyond measure.
Remember we’re always together.

Remember you can always find me in you.

Remember. You can always find us within you…

Naffstarr