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Love, love, love: Shakespeare in Love

“You will never age for me, nor fade, nor die.” Witty, timeless and possibly the greatest love story ever told, obviously we are talking Shakespeare in Love, still playing for another month at the Fugard Theatre! 20 actors and one fabulous dog bring the timeless movie to life on the stage and eFoodies spoke to Shakespeare in Love’s director Greg Karvellas.

Hi Greg, can you tell us a little about the play, its history?
“Shakespeare In Love is a fictional story of William Shakespeare and how he came to write Romeo and Juliet and how he began Twelfth Night. The stage production we are doing was adapted by Lee Hall from the 1999 academy award winning movie of the same name written by Tom Stoppard.”

Why did you decide to do this famous story?
“I watched the movie when it came out, I was in high school at the time and it opened the world of Shakespeare to me. It made it accessible and fun. After reading the script and watching the movie again, all the magic I felt that winter afternoon in standard 8 came flooding back and I knew this would be a show audiences would enjoy.”

If I love the movie, will I love the play?
“Absolutely! They are quite similar with the difference being in some of the characters and their relationships. If you haven’t seen the movie you will still love the play and it may even inspire you to see the film and then come back to see the show a second time!”

Why should everyone drop what they’re doing and go see this play?
“It’s a brilliant piece of fan fiction which opens the world of Shakespeare to audiences who are both familiar and unfamiliar with Shakespeare. Its filled with hilarious comedy, heart breaking love and a bit with our gorgeous dog actor Bogart, who is guaranteed to steal your heart.”

Get your tickets here right now!

Win your own Custom Xmas Bauble!

Yay, it’s beginning to look a lot like… Christmas! I know, it’s early days, but now is the time to get ready, beat the December rush! especially if you’d like something custom made, just for you. Like the fabulous Custom Christmas Baubles Fiona Steyn of Creative Tootsies makes, and you can win your own custom bauble, just read on below!

Hi Fiona, tell us a little about yourself?
“My name is Fiona Steyn and I live in Bellville. I am under construction, a work in progress going on 40.
I love being creative and working with my hands. Born and bred in Cape Town, I also had my feet steady in the west coast.
My grand parents had a farm there, Holbak. That is where I became ‘mens’. We, my brother and myself, worked and played on the farm. We helped with the sheep, carried water to the farm house and we even had our own ‘boshuis’. Years passed and I had to start working. Loved what I did but the hunger for more was calling loud and clear.”

Have you always lived in Cape Town?
“Yes I have. Conceived in Parow. Born in Parow. Stayed in Goodwood and then later moved to Bellville.”

What does Cape Town mean to you?
“Cape Town is a slow brew of mixed cultures, people and sommer bietjie van alles. I love Cape Town. The sea, mountains and then: the people.”

How did you get started creatively?
“So just before I had my son, I HAD to start something as I was not going back to work. Hubby (then) said I must stay at home. I can NOT sit and do nothing. CREATIVE TOOTSIES was born out of an idea to help my friend
make ends meet. It started out with bead work and then turned into anything I can put my hands to. Vinyl is my favourite.”

Please tell us about your personalised Christmas baubles!
“Christmas, like any other birthday, is extremely important to me. It is your special day, yours alone (and the person who gave birth to you) Jesus is our SAVIOUR, so celebrating His birthday with Him every year is so special!! That is His promise to us that He will always LOVE us.”

What can our readers win?
“Oh goodie – ONE lucky reader can WIN 4 hand painted xmas baubles WITH their name on!! ONE lucky ready will win ONE transparent bauble, 8cm that can open (with their name on) with a mini surprise inside.”

Okay Lucky Readers: please like and share this article on Facebook and you may be singing under a very specially decorated Christmas Tree this year! Want lots of custom baubles? Check out Fiona on Facebook!

Laundry? There’s an app for that…

Laundry. One of life’s certainties: there’s always More. Laundry. But in Cape Town at least you don’t have to deal with it yourself anymore, because there’s an app for that! We spoke to born and bred Capetonian David Shleifman, who came up with the rather dashing Washr app:  it picks up your laundry and brings it back, clean! How is that for a great idea? And loyal eFoodies readers get a 10% discount, see below!

David, how did you come up with the idea for Washr?
“I came up with the idea when I realised that walking up and down to my local laundromat and dry cleaner was becoming a little bit of a pain. I searched around and there was no easy to use app or mobile app around that I could to get someone to my door with a big bag, pick up my stuff and drop it off within 24 hours without leaving my apartment. That was all I needed to create what is Washr today.”

You make it sound so simple! Did you always want to start a company of your own?
“Yes, I’m 29 and I have always known that I would be an entrepreneur from a very young age. I have a keen interest in marketing and really like watching people challenge themselves by building businesses from the ground up.”

Any washing tips you’d like to share?
“Did you know that you are able to unshrink your clothing?
-) Fill up a bucket of lukewarm water.
-) Add 1 table spoon of hair conditioner
-) Soak the piece of clothing for 30 minutes and gently stretch the piece of clothing back to it’s original shape.”

Thanks for that 😉 So you did your own laundry before you started Washr?
“Yes, prior to starting Washr I used a laundromat as much possible but being very close to Long Street as we know the only other thing more annoying than doing your own laundry is finding a parking in town.”

Perhaps that can be David’s next app, solving the parking problems in Cape Town? Until then, our lucky readers get 10% off their first time using washer using the promo code ‘eFoodies10’ within the Extra Info box in the order form! So forget going to the laundromat this weekend, why not go outside? Check out our 4 Fab Reasons to Go Outside

 

Coffee for Coin!

Cape Town entrepreneurs Leona van Wyk & De Wet Strauss

We love Indiegogo.com, a place for dreamers and inventors! You can raise money for your project, whether it’s a video game, a documentary or a new restaurant in advance, which makes your personal risk a lot less. So Indiegogo is a great place for creative people from Cape Town to fund their dreams, like De Wet Strauss and Leona van Wyk who came up with Coffee for Coin,:”The first coffee shop that only accepts cryptocurrencies and ships its coffee directly to your door”

De Wet, can you tell us a little about yourself?
“I am an industrial engineer and Leona is an HR administrator, but more importantly we share a passion for delicious coffee and nifty technology. Coffee has always been an essential part of our lives, from late nights cramming sessions to first dates, you can always rely on coffee to pull you through. It has always been a dream of mine to open a coffee shop of my own and sell top quality coffee to the public.”

How does cryptocoin join the party?
“Being an engineer, I’m naturally always looking for the next innovation, and I usually find myself wrapped up in new tech all the time. I immediately fell in love with the concept when I realised the benefit it can have for developing countries and that it can actually decrease the money gap between the rich and the poor as transaction fees are nearly zero. To think that nowadays you can send money to a loved one million miles away and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.”

So how does it work?
“CoffeeforCoin will be the ideal platform and tool to teach users at a relatively early stage how to successfully transact with bitcoin and utilise it to their advantage. The solidification of bitcoin as a currency and the controversy surrounding it gave way to the launch of this exciting new platform.
The website takes the user through the process of setting up a wallet, exchanging money for bitcoin and in the end trading a fraction of the bitcoin in exchange for delicious coffee. It’s presented in both English and Afrikaans and it was designed to be user friendly and informative.”

How did you come up with the idea?
We have a vacation home in Kleinbaai, close to Gansbaai and Leona and I are self-proclaimed coffee addicts to say the least. Usually when are on holiday we buy coffee beans from local roasters. So, when I initially began to take a keen interest in the exciting field of cryptocurrency, especially bitcoin, the seed was planted. The idea was born to begin the first coffee retailer, shop that only accepts cryptocurrencies and ships its coffee directly to your door.

If you succeed with this part of the plan, what will be the next step?
“We already started crowdfunding campaigns on both Jumpstarter
and Indiegogo which we hope will help raise capital in order to make this dream a reality. The end goal would be to launch a couple coffee shops in South Africa that will educate people on bitcoin and sell delicious coffee beans.”

What’s your favourite Indiegogo project? Let us know!

Zeitz MOCAA

Decades in the making and finally opening its doors on September 22nd, the Zeitz MOCAA has sold 24.000 tickets already. Not surprising as the building itself is well worth a visit! The entrance hall alone is an absolute showstopper, a 27-metre-high, cathedral-like atrium with a glass ceiling that also serves as a roof terrace with a sculpture garden. Not an easy conversion, the massive walls of the 42 former grain silos had to be hollowed out to create space for the museum.

The old grain silos had been sitting empty for almost two decades. A prime piece of real estate right in the middle of the touristy Victoria & Albert Waterfront, it had long been decided to bring a big cultural center here. However, negotiations with the Guggenheim, the Tate and Saatchi all fell through and when architect Thomas Heatherwick signed on to do the design it was still unclear what the building was actually going to be. Former Puma CEO, Africa lover and conservationist Jochen Zeitz – apparently he speaks seven languages including Swahili – didn’t mess about once he saw the building: within 30 seconds he had pledged his huge African art collection for at least the next 20 years.

The work on display includes pieces by Kudzarai Chiurai from Zimbabwe, El Loko from Togo, and Mouna Karray from Tunisia to name a few. There’s also an entire floor devoted to a retrospective of Nandipha Mntambo.  The Swaziland-born, South Africa-based artist has become famous for her cowhide sculptures, often using her own body as a mould. Nandipha said in an interview with Between10and5 that she was actually planning to be a forensic scientist before she became an artist.
As it turned out, Nandipha changed her mind and applied to the Michaelis School of Fine Art at the University of Cape Town instead. Her interest in chemistry and taxidermy came in handy when she was looking to find a medium to express herself: cow hide!  Not interested in being “that cowhide chick” over the past few years Mntambo has also turned to painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography video and recently she mentioned that she might start working with sound.

Of course not everybody is happy about the new museum: it’s a bold statement to be THE art museum for an entire continent. Then again: it’s a start!

Have you been to the MOCAA yet? Let us know!

Wear your Shine!

Aren’t these fabrics FAB?! There’s a whole line, including backpacks, trays, cushions, caps and coasters. They make me want to redecorate my entire house in happy, positive colours! The bright colours, the modern twist on African folk art and the very happy vibe are what mark these designs out as Shine Shine. eFoodies spoke to creative director Tracy Rushmere: “I love seeing people wearing their shine”

How did you come up with Shine shine?


“One of the things I love about Africa is how it has its own way of doing things – it appropriates rather than emulates .
The name Shine shine exemplifies the part of Africa that inspires me. Shine shine has a sense of humour and doesn’t take itself too seriously.”

 

How does the design process work?
“I have always been drawn to beautiful and quirky things. Inspired by the political and commemorative cloths of Africa I partnered with designer Heidi Chisholm to create a more contemporary take on this textile tradition. I feel we work brilliantly together – I love how she thinks!”

How did you get into designing fabrics?
“Since university I have traveled a lot and I got interested in folk art from various countries, so I ended up working in folk art stores and galeries. So when I returned to South Africa I did the same. Textiles tell a story – Shine shine was a way of communicating a funkier, more urban story.
My brother, Grant Rushmere, developed a coffee brand called Afro, and we created a few textile designs to add context to the brand. I loved the experience and Shine shine was the next step.

So what is in your future?
“I have never been a planner, I simply fly by the seat of my pants. It works perfectly for me.”

Let that be an inspiration to us all ;-)) More about Shine Shine here  and where to buy here!

Comedy in Cape Town: no joke!

Laughter, it’s good for you. There’s a science to it and more and more research is being done to the scientific benefits of laughter. As the Mayo clinic puts it: Laughter is no joke. It is seriously good for you. It lowers your blood pressure, reduces stress hormones, a good belly laugh even tones your abs! How’s that for a workout…

When I am feeling a bit glum I like to watch Eddy Izzard, or Michael McIntyre. Couple of hearty har hars and I’m right as rain!
And as luck would have it, Michael McIntyre is actually coming to Cape Town January 18th and 19th, get your tickets here!  Not everybody’s cup of tea, McIntyre is often considered too safe and bland, even irritating, by people who prefer their comedy with more swearing and controversy, but Michael has got plenty to laugh about as he was the highest grossing comedian in 2012!

Stand up comedy

Dalin Oliver at The Cape Town Comedy Club

Nothing like some live comedy to boost the spirits, and Cape Town has plenty of home grown talents ready to get you giggling. Cape Town Comedy Club started as a pop-up in 2005 but now there are five comedy filled nights per week at The Pumphouse. Voted one of the ten best comedy clubs in the world by Traveller.com! Even better, to chase away those Sunday Blues you pay only half price on Sundays….
Cape Town Comedy Club, The Pumphouse, 6 Dock Rd, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8001, South Afric

Laughter yoga
The principle behind Hasyayoga, or Laughter Yoga, has very little to do with humor and everything with the benefits of unconditional laughter. Apparently your body doesn’t know the difference between real laughter and the fake version. During a session you learn how to laugh for 15 to 20 minutes, followed by relaxation. There’s even a Skype Laughter Club in case you can’t get to the center. More info on their website. Want to start right away? Here’s a neat video! .

Get up there yourself: take an improv class!
Nothing quite like making people laugh to get a rush. It’s also a great ice breaker: people will like you much better if you’ve made them laugh first.
Even seasoned comedians struggle with getting a resounding laugh going sometimes, including Michael McIntyre who once said in an interview: “I like the stage lights to be bright so I can’t see people because I will inevitably only see the ones who aren’t laughing. Sometimes I embarrass myself terribly and stop the show and say, “What’s wrong with it? You don’t seem to be having a fun time.”” So don’t worry if some of your jokes fall flat! Improv classes in Cape Town at Improguise.

Mama City Improv Festival
And once you are hooked on improvisation, you simply must check out Africa’s one and only International Improv Fest, founded by reporter and improv veteran Eva Gilliam. Eva is our hero because she really believes in improv and even financed the first edition of the festival herself. That takes some dedication! For the second edition she decided to go for crowdfunding, read all about the campaign and Eva’s love for all things improv here!

What makes you laugh? Please let us know!

 

Get your geek on: fun shopping in Cape Town

Don’t know about you, but I could really do with some retail therapy! Luckily, you can seriously shop till you drop in the Mother City. So we went for a walk on the quirky side: Slytherin ankle socks, anyone?

Quirky Me

Super Hero Pencil!

If you are doing quirky, where better to begin than at Quirky Me? “Kooky decor, genius gifts” is their tag line and they do have some seriously fun stuff. Founder Ingrid Corbett is aiming to make the space around you more fun and interesting and sourcing her wares locally. Loved her stuff, especially the  Super Hero Pencils and the Mia Wallace closed edition print by South African embroidery designer Danielle Clough.
Shop 6, Courtyard, Constantia, Main Rd, Constantia, Cape Town

Imagenius
Three floors of cool and funky African design, hand picked by sisters Jacqui and Mandi Hunter. Jacqui also designed the restaurant at The Grand Daddy Hotel. Oh those FAB Shine Shine pillows. I love Shine Shine, a Cape Town based brand founded by Tracy Rushmere and developed with graphic designer Heidi Chisholm.
E1, Watershed, V&A Waterfront, V & A Waterfront, Cape Town, 8002, South Africa

Treasure Box

Slytherin ankle socks

Fancy some Slytherin ankle socks? Arwen’s EvenStar? A Dalek necklace? Narcissa Malfoy’s wand? A golden Snitch fidget spinner? Consider it done! Born on a rainy day during a Harry Potter movie binge, lusting after Hermione’s Timeturner Necklace,
Treasure Box specialises in movie inspired jewellery. Fish Hoek Cape Town, Western Cape

Yuppie gadgets
All the stuff you never knew you needed, like a water melon keg tapping kit. A Ron Burgundy dress up kit. A samurai sword umbrella. Yes. I need all these in my life. And then there’s The Shit Box, a cardboard portapotty, perfect for festivals and camping trips. Well, perfect….
7 17th Ave, Maitland, Cape Town, 7405, South Africa

Just for a laugh: No food on the Death Star

Tea Time: Cape Town’s 5 best places for a nice cuppa

Nothing like a cuppa to lift your spirits. Tea is very hot (yes, pun intended!) at the moment, with both the benefits of drinking the green stuff being a subject of lots of studies and lots of hip tea places popping up all over town. One of the best things about tea in my book? It usually comes with cake! So here’s our top five:

Nigiro Tea Merchants Where better to go than to the source? “Allow the tea do the talking and learn the wisdom that comes from surrendering to tea and silence.” is Nigiro’s motto. The Tea Merchants’ is situated at the back of Origin Coffee and actually Nigiro is Origin spelt backwards! I love that kind of word play. Owner Mingwei Tsai started back in 2009 with 120 different loose leaf teas and nowadays there are over 200 from all over the globe. Relax with a tea ceremony and do check out all those very nice tea pots and cups and parafernalia.
Nigiro Tea Merchants
28 Hudson Street, De Waterkant, Cape Town, +27 (0)21 421 1000

High Tea Café Tucked away in a courtyard in suburban Wynberg High Tea has grown into THE local go-to place for special occasions, not in the least because of owner Irma’s fab cakes… The access is a bit of an adventure, but once you are there it feels very much like your own secret garden. We suggest the honey ginger rooibos!
High Tea Café, Access from Whitby Rd, 53 Constantia Main Rd, Plumstead, Cape Town, 7801, South Africa

Low-Carb High Tea
A festive, yet healthy take on the traditional sugar, fat and carb-heavy tea, The Conservatory at Cellars-Hohenort in Constantia are giving you the saintly option, with delicious little snacks, including seeds, yoghurt honey pannacotta and dark chocolate and beetroot cupcakes, to name just a few! I must say being good is starting to sound pretty delicious there.
Cellars-Hohenort, 93 Brommersvlei Rd, Constantia Heights, Cape Town, 7806, South Africa

Tea by the Sea
In the words of the great George Michael: If you’re gonna do it, do it right! So let’s go really fancy at The 12 Apostles. They have their own pastry team. I know. The accent is very much on the food rather than on the tea, you can actually also opt for bubbly!
The 12 Apostles,Victoria Street, Camps Bay, Cape Town, 8005, South Africa

Kirstenbosch Tea Room
This is the no-frills option at a spectacular location, one of the world’s most renowned botanical gardens and voted number 6 of the world’s most exciting picnic spots in the world. Tea comes in a mug. In a bag. Kids get crayons. If it’s chilly you get a blanket. No. Frills. But: the scenery is spectacular and the scones are pretty epic as well, served with heaps of clotted cream.
Gate 2 Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, Rhodes Drive Newlands, Cape Town, 7700, South Africa

The Tea Bar
I do love a good (tea) yarn and Lady Bonin’s Tea has just such a great story! Jessica Bonin, the founder of Lady Bonin’s, started selling tea all around Cape Town from a caravan back in 2010. The world’s first tea caravan! She sourced organic tea directly from the farmers, for a decent price. At The Tea Bar you can have tea pairings, tea ceremonies and tea slushies but you can also just have a cuppa.
The Tea Bar, 213 Long Street Cape Town CBD

Did we miss an important place in your tea drinking experience? Please let us know!

 

Bring the pretty: Haldane Martin

While I am mostly food focused – wait, do I smell fresh bread? – I also love pretty things. As it happens Cape Town based architect and designer Haldane Martin actually manages to combine two of my favourite things: eating&drinking and very pretty design. Though his rather masculine, stream lined, dark, steampunk designs are perhaps not what most people would think of as ‘pretty’. Haldane famously designed the interior for Truth Coffee’s head quarters in Cape Town and the Google Umbono Incubator, but more recently he has also transformed the Striped Horse brewery bar and did a lovely, dreamy, pink design for Hip Hop Fashion. Haldane qualified as a designer at Cape Tech back in 1992. He won theStyle Student Award and pretty much started designing his own homeware from then on. Martin describes his style as Contemporary South African. Have a look:

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