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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!

Braai Time in Cape Town

Sizzling coals, rays of sunshine streaming down: yes, we love a good braai! So if you don’t want to mess around with meat yourself where do you go for a perfect stake? Here are our 5 top tips!

The Backyard Grill

Owner JP

Firm favourite in Sea Pont, wonderful food and their Secret Sauce is just perfect! From the outside this place may not look quite that inviting – dead plants for one thing, but that is compensated by the distractingly handsome owner, Mr South Africa JP Robberts. Service is a bit hit or miss, so get that bill when you can…
72 Regent road | Seapoint, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa

The Butcher Man
Not really a proper braai-place, but let’s face it, braai is all about the meat! So no faffing around with desserts or starters, or even drinks, let’s get down to the meat and where better than at the Butcher Man? You can pick out your own cuts of meat and have them cooked by an expert. Do try the burgers, they will blow you away. Quick, clean and inexpensive.
105 Main Road | Green Point, Cape Town Central, South Africa, +27 21 434 1111

Mzoli’s


Mzoli’s is an iconic place in the township of Gugulethu. Owner Mzoli Ngcawuzele went from selling meat from a garage to owning one of the most buzzing places to eat in Cape Town thanks to start up funding. Mzoli’s all about the experience of a proper braai, with different stalls cooking your meat in different ways. Don’t bring your vegetarian mates here, not even for a laugh as they will starve. The cutlery is plastic, as are the chairs, but the atmosphere is very special and authentic.
Ny 115, Guguletu, Cape Town, 7751, South Africa

Carne on Keerom


Italian run with owner Giorgio Nava rearing his own Italian-South African cattle. Very minimalist, definitely not the cheap option, but the hanger steaks – apparently if you ask for that particular cut people will think you know a thing or two about meat – are spectacular.
70 Keerom St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa

Kubu Cuisine


Not a romantic first date kind of place, but if you’d like to try some of the more exotic types of meat, like crocodile, ostrich, warthog or zebra then this is the place to be! Snd because it’s a food court you can pick whatever you want to drink from one of the other stalls. Perfect!
32 Dock Road, Cape Town Central 8001, South Africa
+27 21 811 2606

Cape Town’s Stone Circle Brewing

We love a good pint so we had a chat with Cape Town’s very own Stone Circle brewery, run by Nick and Jo.

Hi Jo and Nick, how is the brewery going?
“Starting any business is has it’s ups and downs but we are lucky enough to have a big group of regulars and our beer is receiving good reviews. The name reflects this: the Stone is for strength, the circle stands for our very special circle of friends.”

How did you get started as a brewer/brewery?
“We have a passion for beer and brewing. For four years we brewed every Sunday at home and then eventually went commercial.”

Favorite styles?
“We love everything and make different each month to keep it fresh. If pushed I would have to admit that I am partial to hoppy beers.”

Best beer experience you ever had?
“Winning the “People’s Choice” Award at the Woodstock Winter Beer Festival 2017”

The world is going to explode in an hour, what beer do you drink and why?
“I would drink something that I have never tried before.”

Anything you want the world to know about: anything goes!
“We are all individuals and we don’t have to be the same as everyone else.”

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!

CUPPAforCANSA: high tea for a great cause

Sadly almost everybody we meet is affected by cancer in some way: a relative, a friend, a neighbour, a colleague… Which is why CANSA – The Cancer Association of South Africa – does such invaluable work. For the past three years CANSA has been raising money with the CUPPAforCANSA at the wonderful Twelve Apostles Hotel. Last year R50.000 was raised, so this year CANSA wants to top that! The tea will be hosted by the lovely Claire Gardiner, there will be delectable pastry and delicious tea. We sat down with organiser Joanne Hayes to hear all about the tea:

What is your personal connection to CANSA?
“Both my Mom (breast) & my Dad (prostate) have been affected & I have two very close friends, one currently with Stage 4 Cancer, who have impacted my life. There is almost nobody, to a person, on the Staff of the Hotel, who hasn’t been affected in some way, through somebody they know or are related to.”

 Why the Twelve Apostles?
“In Cape Town, The Twelve Apostles is synonymous with the ‘High Tea By The Sea’ so having a high tea to raise funds for a worthy cause such as CANSA felt like completely the right thing to do! Drinking tea is also such a social, sharing activity, so that was also a big motivator. In addition, The Twelve Apostles has for a number of years been donating a percentage of the proceeds raised from High Tea By The Sea during the month of October to CANSA.  The Cuppa Event is our single biggest fundraiser in the year.”

Why should everybody come?
“Because they want to play a small part in helping to overcome the challenges that cancer sufferers are faced with on a daily basis.  What’s more it’s a fabulous, fun-filled & inspiring time to celebrate life, love, friendship and the power of positive sharing and support. And finally, because of the fantastic support of our sponsors, everybody is treated royally on the day with prizes, a goodie bag of treats and the most superb food! How could anybody possibly want to miss it ;-}}”

How indeed?! Be sure to book on time for this very popular event, there will be two sittings on Thursday September 28th from 10h00 – 12h30 and 15h00 – 17h30.

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