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Posted in Uncategorized, Cook, Food, African, on 16 March 2018, by , 0 Comments

When we think of tagines we often think of an item on a menu that could be ordered the same way as a chicken tikka masala or an oxtail stew. But the word ‘tagine’ also takes its name from the earthenware cookware it is made in.

Tagines are typically a stew-like dish made with meat, vegetables or fruit, on occasion with potatoes or lentils and a thick gravy. It is served with a variety of starches today although traditionally couscous or bread was commonplace.

The very concise history of the tagine

When it comes to flavour, the moyo tagines and the majority of what you will find recipes for is based on the Moroccan tagines.

In most Moroccan dishes, including the tagine, one can trace the long lineage of immigrants and colonizers who have left their mark in more than one way.  The cuisine of the first inhabitants of Morocco, the Berbers, still exists today in staple dishes like the tagine. New spices, nuts and dried fruit came later with the Arab invasion, which we see in combinations like dates with lamb tagines. The Moors brought olives and citrus fruit and the Jewish-Moors left their incredibly sophisticated preserving techniques behind. The Ottoman Empire introduced kebabs and the French colony, although very short-lived, left behind a culture of cafes, pastries and wine.

When you consider the rich culinary history in the region it is both impressive how far the modern tagine has come and incredible that it has stood the test of time and still survives today.

Moroccan food, and therefore by proxy tagines, has a remarkable character when it comes to the spices that colours the cuisine. The staples are dried ginger, cumin, salt, black pepper and turmeric. Cumin is so common in Moroccan cuisine that it is often served alongside salt and pepper on the table. Cinnamon makes its appearance in tagines, from time to time, often in combination with sweeter ingredients such as dates or dried fruit. In tomato-based tagines, you may find paprika or smoked paprika.

But who introduced this appetizing dish to the nomadic tribes who first used it? Or was it invented in Morocco itself? According to the Encyclopaedia of Kitchen History by Mary Ellen Snodgrass, the tagine dates back to Harun al Rashid, a late eighth-century ruler of the Islamic empire. Foods cooked tagine-style appeared in The Thousand and One Nights (or more commonly known as ‘Arabian Nights’) in the ninth century. Some sources date it back to the Roman Empire because of the portable ovens used by Romans that are similar to tagines.

 

How tagines work

There are different ways to prepare the tagine. You have the original qidra style in which Arabian clarified butter is used to lubricate the surface and a puree of chopped onion is added for flavour and aroma. For “muqawlli” style cooking, the ingredients are placed in olive oil to enrich the flavours.

The fluted cone shape of a tagine contributes to the incredible succulent dish it creates. The angled lid causes steam to return to the dish as it cooks. This in combination with slow heat produces a stew-like dish that is cooked evenly and meat that is ‘fall-off-the-bone’ soft.

Let’s take a moment to remember our high school science classes. Some of the mystery around why tagines work so well to create tender flavourful dishes is in the science.

Some materials are conductors of heat and energy and others are insulators. Clay is such an insulator, which heats very slowly, almost reluctantly and then disperses the energy in the same way – very slowly.

Now just consider for a second when you cook a steak in a hot skillet, it gets a nice char, but it can also become a little tough, mostly because the muscle tissue seizes up due to the sudden shock of the heat.

On the other end of the scale, we have slow cooking methods. In the last few years, there has been a rising trend towards “sous vide” which means you cook meat in a sealed plastic bag at very low temperatures for hours and then adding a char or browning effect by a quick sear or grill right before serving (the “reverse sear”. Whether these techniques really make a difference is up to a person’s personal taste – but if you like slow cooked food then tagines could be to your liking.

Paula Wolfert, an American Cookbook author and expert on Clay Pot Cooking, tells the tale of how the food was prepared in Moroccan villages utilising slow heat. The custom was to prepare meals a day in advance by filling tall clay pots with meat, seasoning and vegetables. Packing them tightly and covering them, and then placing them overnight in the ashes of a big communal fire.  In the morning the villagers would retrieve the pot with everything cooked evenly after being cooked on a very uneven heat source for the night.

In addition to the slow cooking factor, there is an ‘urban legend like’ quality that some cooks ascribe to the clay tagines that absorb flavour over time. According to some, you will never find that kind of flavour in a stainless-steel pot.

 

The modern tagine

Although history points to tagines (the cookware) being made from unglazed clay we’ve seen an uprising of kitchenware brands modernizing this ancient cookware since the late 1990s. Tagines are now available in cast iron and enamelled cast iron that holds some of the same benefits of slow cooking tender flavourful dishes. The new cast iron versions prove to be significantly more practical in a modern kitchen where open fires are not as commonplace and stovetop proof cookware is required.

Our consensus is simple. At moyo, we love the warm hearty flavour of a tagine, that is why you will find them on our menu. We hope to see you at a moyo soon to enjoy this rich historic dish.

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Posted in News, on 19 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

moyo is a celebration of commitment to the beauty of Africa and her people, inspired by the traditions and values of our ancestors. moyo’s famously warm hospitality and modern African ambiance makes it the ultimate destination for a unique African experience.

In May 2017 moyo partnered with StreetSmart South Africa as part of the organisations’ initiative to raise funds for street children projects through participating restaurants and has since donated more than R90 000 to local StreetSmart charities. StreetSmart was started in 2005 under the founding patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. The funds raised go to selected and approved organisations that run programs for the normalisation of street and vulnerable children’s lives. moyo creates awareness with a StreetSmart menu insert at all moyo restaurants, informing customers that a voluntary R5 can automatically be added to the table’s bill. Should the patrons wish to contribute more or none at all they should simply inform their waiter. StreetSmart operational costs are sponsored so every cent donated at restaurants goes to the beneficiaries.

The StreetSmart organisation’s message is to encourage the public not to give money to street children as this enables them to carry on living on the streets. In essence, eating at a StreetSmart restaurant and contributing is the “smart” way to help a street child.

“We took a long time to find a partner that had both a national footprint and a benefit to local organisations. The fact that 100% of the proceeds go to the relevant charities is what won us over. We are looking forward to a long and substantial partnership with StreetSmart,” says Innes Linder, moyo National Marketing Manager.

Visit one of the five moyo restaurants which span across South Africa including; Blouberg and Kirstenbosch in Cape Town, Ushaka in Kwa-Zulu Natal and Zoo Lake or Melrose in Johannesburg to make your StreetSmart contribution.

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Posted in Restaurant, Promotions, on 14 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

February, 2018: The day of red roses, pink hearts and white doves is fast approaching. For all you love-sick puppies, the secret admirers and those of you who are convinced you are going to have to share your grey years with your ‘bestie’… moyo welcomes you to a unique Valentine’s experience!

Planning the perfect Valentine’s date for your special person takes a considerable amount of deliberating. This is a time to enjoy your loved ones, rather than getting lost in the execution. Let’s face it, everyone relishes in a little wining and dining. Come write your own African love story at moyo this Valentine’s Day. All you have to do is sit back, indulge in flavoursome food and whisper sweet nothings into your significant other’s ear. Allow the warm hospitable staff at moyo to take it from there.

Upon arrival you will be greeted with a complementary welcome drink to toast to the evening. A selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages will be available. So, whether you want to calm your nerves and seem naturally charismatic for your Valentine or you couldn’t find a babysitter and have to be on your best behaviour, we have you covered. Please note that each individual moyo has its own Valentine’s food experience planned.

Cape Town:

Kirstenbosch

The Valentine’s day experience includes a Methodé Cap Classique tasting with a pâté selection and melba toast, a complimentary welcome drink, a 3-course meal, and soulful live entertainment, for R395 per person.

100% deposit is required in order to secure your booking.

Contact them on (T) 021 762 9585 or kbfunctions@moyo.com to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience.

Blouberg

Valentine’s day at moyo includes a full al a carte menu, a complimentary welcome drink and soulful live entertainment.

R125pp deposit is required in order to secure your booking.

Contact them on (T) 021 286 0662 or edenfunctions@moyo.com to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience.

Johannesburg:

Melrose Arch

The Valentine’s day experience includes a 3-course meal, a complementary welcome drink and soulful live entertainment, for R350 per person.

100% deposit is required in order to secure your booking.

Contact us on (T) 011 684 1477 or mafunctions@moyo.com to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience.

Zoo Lake

Valentine’s day at Zoo Lake includes a 3-course meal, a complementary welcome drink and soulful live entertainment, for R375 per person.

100% deposit is required in order to secure any bookings.

Contact them on (T) 011 646 0058 or zlfunctions@moyo.com to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience.

Durban:

uShaka

Valentine’s day at moyo includes a full al a carte menu, a complimentary welcome drink and soulful live entertainment.

R125pp deposit is required in order to secure your booking.

Contact them on (T) 031 332 0606 or ushakafunctions@moyo.com to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience.

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Posted in Restaurant, Promotions, on 14 February 2018, by , 0 Comments

moyo uShaka February Promotion

February is budget month in Mzanzi, so moyo uShaka will be running budget-friendly promotions for the rest of the month.

Pick your favourite and bring your friends and family for an unforgettable experience without busting the bank!

Weekly Specials for Moyo Main

Burger Mondays

Buy a Dukkah Delight or Mamas Inkukhu Burger and get a Moyo Burger for free.

 

Potjie Tuesdays

Any one of the following Potjies @ R 99.00

  • Beef Dombolo
  • Durban Lamb Curry
  • Tripe
  • 3 Bean Curry

 

Mahala Kids Wednesdays

Buy any moyo main meal and get a free kiddies meal!

 

Phuza Thursdays

Buy any one of our light meals and get a classic cocktail for R 35.00

 

Samaki Fridays (Lunch Only)

Fish and Chips for R 65.00

 

Bunny Saturdays (Lunch Only)

Buy our Lamb Bunny and get a free 500ml Draught (Stella or Castle light) for R 99.00

 

Please note the following:

  • To avoid disappointment, bookings are recommended
  • Terms and conditions apply
  • Promotions are for the uShaka moyo Main store only
  • Menu items are subject to availability
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Posted in News, Restaurant, on 13 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

moyo uShaka

November, 2017: It’s summer time and now moyo Durban fans can come on back to the sunniest, saltiest hangout spot KZN has to offer. The moyo uShaka Pier is reopening on 02 December 2017, just in time for year-end celebrations and the holiday mood that is already filling the air.

With the pier being closed for a total of 16 weeks to date, the vital well maintenance has been successfully completed and even more exciting is the announcement that the moyo uShaka team have completely revamped the pier bar which will be revealed to the public for the first time.

The Pier offers guests a new look, a breezy atmosphere and fantastic dreamy ocean views, making the moyo pier the perfect casual African dining experience. With the reveal of the newly revamped pier, moyo will delight guests with a new menu, which focuses on simple African light meals and baskets, featuring burgers, shisanyama and the traditional favourite tripe.

The moyo main restaurant underwent a subdivision as well as some refurbishments in order to enhance the African ambience and make guests feel welcome a home away from home with Mama moyo. “We strive to ensure each guest has an unforgettable moyo experience and for that reason we felt that the store required some refurbishments, allowing us to heighten and enrich the nostalgic, memorable appeal of moyo uShaka”, says moyo Marketing Manager, Lynette Balie.

Furthermore moyo has decided to shift their focus onto the quality of their food rather than quantity, striving to give guests from near and far a truly memorable African experience. The emphasis on the quality of the food gives room to provide specialised cuisine centered around the element of excellence.

So whether it be a sundowner and a snack on the pier or a dinner party in the main restaurant to celebrate the end of the year, moyo uShaka caters to all needs and invites guests to come and celebrate the end of the year in true African style.

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Posted in African, Travel, on 11 December 2017, by , 0 Comments

Crystal clear rolling waves crashing onto long white sandy beaches surrounded by dramatic settings of greenery and mountains makes South Africa’s beaches among the best in the world. Coastlines that stretch more than 2400 kilometres, consisting of vast unspoiled beaches and the trendiest hotspots to provide you with the best entertainment on your holiday. Here are 13 of the best beach holiday spots in South Africa.

Camps Bay Beach

Camps Bay beach sits at the foot of the twelve apostles mountain range with trendy cafes, bars and restaurants set on the mountainside and sparkling blue water, soft white sand and palm trees falling beach side. Take a stroll on the long beach strip, set up a rental deck chair and bask in the warmth of the sun while working on your tan or enjoy a cocktail at one of the trendy sidewalk bars and café’s across from the beach. This beach has everything a holidaymaker could ever want.

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Clifton Beaches

An area where you will be spoilt for choice when it comes to beach selection. The affluent suburb of Clifton boasts four magnificent beaches which are titled simply Clifton 1, 2, 3 and 4. Naturally protected from the wind these beaches attract many visitors both locally and tourists alike. These beaches are well worth the visit.

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Blouberg Beach

On the Atlantic Ocean with the Benguela Current, Blouberg beach is a seemingly endless beach situated close enough to delight in the charmed view of Table Mountain. Perfect for surfers or vacationers to choose between joining the crowd or relaxing more privately. With the ideal conditions for windsurfing and kitesurfing, Blouberg beach is a great visit for thrill seekers.

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Muizenberg Beach

Muizenberg, a firm favourite with surfers and swimmers due to the warmer waters and good swells.  Not only popular amongst swimmers and surfers, but the multi-coloured changing huts and the long stretch of beach attract many photo happy visitors to get the best Instagram worthy pictures possible. There are also a variety of beachfront restaurants where beachgoers can grab a bite to eat.

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Grotto Beach

If whale spotting is on your bucket list then this is the beach for you! Known as the best land-based whale watching site in the world, this beach stretches over 11 miles around Walker Bay in Hermanus. There is ample amount of space to watch the Southern Right Whales frolic in the bay, best seen between June and November.

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Paternoster Beach

If you’ve ever been to Paternoster, you’d agree that the standout attraction is the endless stretch of deserted white sandy beach. Think spectacular sunsets, succulent West Coast seafood, brightly painted wooden boats and friendly fishermen. The long white sandy beaches are perfect for a nice stroll and the beach. Paternoster beach is very popular for whale and dolphin watching and enjoying delicious seafood from any of the little restaurants surrounding the stretch of beach.

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Tinley Manor

If you blink when driving past this small town, you may miss it. It may be small but it sure packs a beautiful punch. Scenic beaches which can only be accessed by dirt roads make it a completely secluded picturesque piece of paradise. Famous for its blue oceans, tidal pools, fishing and surfing, this is truly a relaxing getaway spot.

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Sodwana Bay

Popular with scuba divers this beautiful sea town is a firm favourite for holiday-makers during the December and January times. This incredibly long stretch of pristine beach is perfect to explore. Summer nights to see Loggerhead and Leatherback Turtles coming in to nest on this sandy beach. Not only a great beach holiday but for the avid horse riders you can go horse riding on the beach and in the reserve. Bird watchers and hikers have the option of a 5 km walking trail through the coastal forests and sand dunes too.

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South Beach

Durban’s popular vacation location, situated on the southern end of the Golden Mile. Known as a safe place for beginner surfers, it’s the perfect getaway if you have an active lifestyle. There is also the option to hire a canoe or bicycle and explore this incredible strip of beach. Beachfront hotels, restaurants and trendy nightclubs line the palm-fringed shoreline. Take a stroll on the promenade and grab a delicious traditional meal and moreish cocktails at moyo Ushaka

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Umhlanga

his is one of the most popular beach getaways for locals and holiday-makers alike and it’s no wonder with the warm Indian Ocean and gorgeous golden sands. The town has a great nightlife, delicious restaurants and is a stone throw away from Durban’s largest shopping centre, The Gateway Theatre Of Shopping. The lighthouse sets a beautiful backdrop to this beach while having sundowners on the Lighthouse Hotel’s balcony.

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Ballito

The rocky Dolphin Coast in KZN provides the perfect exploration vacation. This beach town has a festive atmosphere all year round with a few beautiful beaches to choose from. During the December Christmas period, Ballito is buzzing with holiday-makers giving this town a vibe like no other.

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Jeffery’s Bay

One of the top rated surf spots in the world, Jeffrey’s Bay, or J-Bay is known as the surf capital of South Africa. International surfers flock to catch the legendary waves surrounded by a paradise of sunshine. Not only for international surfers, visitors come from all parts of South Africa to experience the fun of J-Bay.

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Nahoon

East London’s most popular beach, Nahoon is perfect for lazing on soft sand or swimming in the warm Indian Ocean, and the surf on this beach will provide surfers with epic waves. A favourite activity for most visitors; a stroll on the boardwalk through the dunes, this is a beach that will not disappoint.

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Posted in African, Travel, on 16 October 2017, by , 0 Comments

South Africa is a country filled with majestic mountains, rolling hills, sprawling grasslands and vast valleys which provide a breath-taking backdrop for exceptional Safari getaways and offer the opportunity to view the all-important Big 5. We take you on a bushveld adventure and show you our top 5 premium and top 5 affordable lodges our beautiful country has to offer.

Kwa Zulu Natal

The Zulu Kingdom is not only popular for its balmy subtropical climate, dazzling Indian Ocean and the towering mountaintops of the Drakensberg, but this beautiful province also offers some of the most incredible natural bushveld and luxurious game lodges allowing you to experience the magic of an African safari.

Premium Luxury Lodging

Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is a four-star luxury safari lodge situated on the western boundary of the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park. The combination of breath-taking expansive views and remarkable architecture makes the most of its prime position overlooking a waterhole with an uninterrupted experience of animals in their natural habitat. Choose from 4 types of accommodation all positioned to takes advantage of the spectacular views with complete privacy.

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Affordable Luxury Lodging

Nambiti Plains Lodge is a Five Star Eco Lodge, situated within the scenic landscape of the Nambiti Game Reserve. This lodge offers a luxurious stay with the reality of the African wild surrounding the Eco-lodge. Perched on the edge of the waterhole overlooking the natural plains with suites boasting 1180-degree panoramic views, guests can immerse themselves in pure luxury while watching the animals gather around the waterhole and beyond.

All image credits: www.nambitiplains.com

Mpumalanga and Limpopo – The Kruger National Park

The world-renowned Kruger National Park reserve is the largest game reserve in the country, stretching across 2 million hectares with an abundance of flora and forna. The Kruger National Park is well-known for its awe-inspiring safari experiences offering an enormous range of unparalleled safari accommodation with a range of traditional and luxurious safari accommodation. Regarded as the greatest safari experience, it’s no surprise that the Kruger National Park is the top destination in South Africa for many international tourists.

Premium Luxury Lodging

Narnia Lodge, the 5-star luxurious treehouse style lodge is perched among a canopy of 100-year-old trees overlooking the Sabir River. Choose from 9 luxury suites providing complete privacy each equipped with their own plunge pool overlooking the river. For the hopeless romantics, avid adventurers or the people who need a complete disconnect from the norms of life, you can opt for a night under the stars in one of the 4 luxurious treehouses in the Lion Sands Reserve just a stone’s throw away. A wildlife treat indeed!

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Affordable Luxury Lodging

Lukimbi Safari Lodge is situated in the easily accessible southern portion of the Kruger National Park. This stunning affordable luxury lodge has a choice of classic suites, premium suites or two ultra-luxurious suites. With these private lodging options, you can’t feel closer to the bush without actually being in it.

All image credits: www.lukimbi.com

Eastern Cape

If you are looking for an encounter with the majestic “Big Five” on a once-in-a-lifetime safari experience, then the Eastern Cape will satisfy your desire. Alluring scenic diversity is one of the Eastern Cape’s most attractive characteristics with the lush expanses of the Tsitsikamma Forest to the marvellous southern slopes of the Drakensberg Mountains and wild, arid plains of the Great Karoo. Get ready to embark on a memorable journey through the astonishing Eastern Cape.

Premium Luxury Lodging

Kichaka Luxury 5-star Lodge is ideally situated overlooking the magnificent Eastern Cape bush and Big 5 game. Guests will enjoy an outstanding level of comfort and luxury during their stay in one of the 10 exclusive suites Kichaka has to offer. Each lodge is built in secluded settings ensuring total privacy and a real sense of space providing guests with unrivalled levels of sumptuous opulence.

All image credits: www.kichaka.co.za

Affordable Luxury Lodging

Sibuya’s Bush Lodge is a four-star lodge set in a pristine wilderness paradise overlooking the indigenous wooded valley perfectly observed from the spacious viewing decks that surround the main lodge. With four secluded luxury thatched suites to choose from Sibuya guarantees a personal private experience.

All image credits: www.sibuya.co.za

North West – Madikwe Game Reserve

Madikwe Game Reserve, the fifth largest reserve in South Africa, spans 75 000 hectares. It is situated against the Botswana border in the North West, boasting breath-taking landscape and is home to the famed Big 5, the endangered African wild dog and a large variety of other mammal and bird life.

Premium Luxury Lodging

Molori Safari Lodge and Spa is a five-star lavish lodge catering to those who love spending the day lounging by one of the infinity pools and absorbing the tranquillity of the surrounding views of the bushveld. With several infinity pools to choose from, the guests are spoilt for choice. Built on the rolling hills of the reserve, the 10-bed camp and spa were designed to look over the valley and surrounding hills. All the suites have floor-to-ceiling retractable glass walls, opening onto a private deck and swimming pool. Luxurious bush accommodation at its best.

All image credits: www. molorisafari.com

Affordable Luxury Lodging

Thakadu River Camp is set within the riverine canopy along the banks of the Marico River compromising of the main camp as well as 12 large and spacious luxury tented suites, each with their own viewing deck overlooking the Marico River.

All image credits:  www.madikwe-game-reserve.co.za/thakadu-river-camp/

North West – Pilanesberg National Park

Nearby to Sun City Resort, you will find the Pilanesberg National Park, lying amongst the only significant hills in the area of the flat highveld plain. Although its small size, this game reserve offers an increased chance of seeing some of the fantastic game including the Big Five found in the reserve. With its unspoiled wilderness and abundant animal life, it’s no wonder the park is one of South Africa’s favourite and accessible parks.

Premium Luxury Lodging

Buffalo Thorn Lodge is a tranquil sanctuary in the middle of the bushveld offering guests an intimate bush experience. With five thatched chalets which accommodate a maximum of 10 guests at a time, this private luxury lodge is the epitome of exclusivity. Take in the breath-taking scenery on the private decks of each stand-alone unit or relax in the private jacuzzi while experiencing nature at its best.

All image credits:  www.buffalothornlodge.co.za

Affordable Luxury Lodging

Black Rhino Game Lodge is nestled within an old Tamboti forest at the foot of an ancient volcano crater. A hidden treasure located west of the Pilanesberg National Park, Black Rhino overlooks a watering hole that is constantly alive with different birds and animals giving guests a kaleidoscope of African colours. Discover a luxurious bushveld getaway in the private suites all with their own private outside showers. This is the ideal place to treat yourself to the splendour of the African wilderness.

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Posted in African, on 19 September 2017, by , 0 Comments

With Heritage Day approaching, South Africans are encouraged to celebrate our unique cultural heritage, diversity of beliefs and traditions. Here, we’re celebrating our heritage by taking a closer look at our favourite heritage-inspired designs by top local creatives.

Thabo Makhetha

Thabo Makhetha, who specialises in luxury African womenswear rooted in culture, was inspired by Basotho blankets for her prêt-a-porter range called Kobo by Thabo Makhetha. The talented designer utilised traditional Basotho Blankets and reinvented them into a contemporary high fashion range.

Laduma Ngxokolo

Knitwear designer Laduma Ngxokolo has gained international acclaim for his award-winning range ‘The colourful world of the Xhosa Culture’, inspired by traditional Xhosa beadwork. His love for textile design began in 2003 and he has since received many prestigious awards for his work. His brand, Maxhosa by Laduma, established in 2011, was designed with the desire to explore knitwear design solutions suitable for Xhosa traditional dress.

African inspired interior

Attention, attention. If your niche is interior design and home decorating, then these next creatives will intrigue you. Victor Nqakaza Ntsindiso, Jane and Jann and Shweshwe have created South African heritage inspired wallpaper that will give your space that ‘Proudly South African’ feeling as you walk through the door.

Victor Nqakaza Ntsindisos was inspired by his understanding of traditional African patterns and symbols, which he translates into a two-dimensional world, evident in his geometrical wallpaper designs.

Jane and Jann, owners of Fabricnation textile designs garner inspiration from the South African textile tradition. These traditional designs are used in a modern urban context to create a wallpaper range they call ‘the fabric of the nation’.

Shweshwe, sometimes also referred to as German print, is a printed dyed cotton fabric widely used for traditional South African clothing. The printed fabric isn’t only suitable for traditional events – now, designer Shweshwe has adapted this magnificent print into a beautiful modern wallpaper.

Stylishly contemporary furniture designer, Pierre Cronje, created a range of bespoke furniture pieces inspired by Cape Dutch Settlers and French Huguenots. These unique designs are beautifully created to fit into our contemporary lifestyles.

Last, but definitely not least, is the extremely talented 82-year-old Mama Esther Mahlangu, the first woman and first African artist to paint one of the 17 official BMW Art Cars. This saw her joining the ranks of artists such as Andy Warhol and Frank Stella. Her traditional Ndebele-inspired aesthetics of geometric, graphic and bold prints were beautifully painted on one of the BMW Art Cars in 1991. Now, BMW South Africa has installed her Ndebele painted panels into the new BMW 750Li individual. These cars will form part of BMW Group South Africa’s Heritage Collection displayed at various Arts and Cultural events.

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Posted in Food, on 27 July 2017, by , 0 Comments

Each culinary region in Africa has its own distinctive, unapologetically authentic flavour. While each region on the continent is protective of its particular tastes and recipes, variations of the same dish are generally prepared within the same area on the continent. There is no greater evidence of this than the ongoing debate about who makes better Jollof rice: Ghanaians or Nigerians? In North Africa, which is made up of diverse countries such as Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco, Sudan, Tunisia and Western Sahara, you can enjoy cuisine that is a combination of traditional ingredients and cultural influences. The culinary tradition is always rich in colour and flavour.

Ingredients brought into the region by traders and migrants have heavily influenced the foods of North Africa. Variety, diversity and depth are added to a selection of herbs and spices. Arabs introduced spices such as saffron, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and cloves. Turks brought in sweet pastries and other baked goods. Wheat and its by-product semolina were introduced early on, but the nomadic Berbers adapted semolina into couscous. Today, couscous is a staple in North Africa and enjoyed all over the world.

The Mediterranean is a stone’s throw away from North Africa, which means olives and olive oil have become integral to the cooking process. Seafood, goat, lamb, beef, dates, almonds, vegetables and fruit are all staple foods on the North African menu.

The regional nuances within North Africa create an interesting gastronomic blend. In Tunisia, turmeric, dried chilli and mint are common ways to create spicy and hot dishes. In Egypt, stews are rich in vegetables while, in Libya, its history as an Italian colony means tomato-based dishes are more common.

Although desserts aren’t a must-eat after every meal, North African menus boast a host of tasty, rich and sweet desserts. These can range from pastries and puddings drenched in honey syrup, to fruit salads (dates and figs are a favourite) and biscuits, sweet teas and spiced coffees.

With its unique tastes and diverse offering, there is definitely something for everyone to enjoy when indulging in cuisine from North Africa.

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Posted in Food, on 19 June 2017, by , 0 Comments

Moyo Melrose Arch

Inspired by the traditions and values of our ancestors, moyo is a celebration of, and commitment to, the beauty of Africa. moyo’s famously warm hospitality and modern African ambiance make it the ultimate destination for a unique African experience. moyo is more than a restaurant, it is a destination and perfectly aligned with the vision of the holding company; Fournews who value innovation and creating real experiences. Most recently, under new ownership and management, the well established moyo Melrose Arch has undergone a sizeable renovation which ushers in a new era for this very exceptional moyo location.

moyo Melrose Arch franchisee, Sharlotte Naidu, took ownership of the Melrose Arch store in July 2016. With 20 years of experience as a turn around strategist consulting for various organisations, Sharlotte’s focus has for years been around strategy, structure and people. Alongside her consulting experience one could say Sharlotte has been in the restaurant industry her entire life as her parents have owned restaurants for as long as she can remember. “It is through my professional experience working closely with individuals and large groups of people, gaining insight into their perspectives and the pressures each and every one of them face that motivated me to create a destination allowing people to unwind, allowing them to breathe again and feel at ease, even if just for a moment,” says Sharlotte. She goes on to say that the newly revamped moyo Melrose Arch, as a destination, has been designed and curated for guests to reenergize during their time with the moyo family and leave the restaurant feeling rejuvenated.

“As the new owners of moyo Melrose Arch we set out to ensure the creation of a memorable experience, the ultimate African dining experience”, says Sharlotte. The venue takes guests on a journey with fantastic food, exceptional customer service, the most beautiful ambience and soulful music. A lasting African experience for guests is of utmost importance to the moyo Melrose Arch team. The store’s new design boasts a perfect combination of the warmth of mama Africa and the vibrance of elements taken from a modern, upmarket African community. The fusion between old African décor and design and new contemporary injections of energy is now evident.

moyo Melrose Arch, 5 stories deep, once filled with depth and heritage has been refined and will continue to see upgrades throughout the remainder of 2016. All upgrades are not yet complete but the first phase sees the completion of the newly upgraded popular outside entrance area. A modern African bar, the Malkia Bar, has been introduced, overlooking the Melrose Arch square, creating the perfect space for guests to enjoy those warm summer evenings and wonderful sunset experiences. It is the perfect after work drinks destination where guests are able to unwind.

As you enter further into the entrance level an all new formal dining area has been created, crowned by a breathtaking chandelier handcrafted by African women all of whom are living with HIV. The sophisticated dining area lends itself as the perfect space for exclusive dining events or high teas. All design and décor elements that form part of the revamp have been created by local designers, capturing local talent. Just above the ground level, the extremely welcoming mezzanine floor boasts an abundance of bold accents and bright colour.

As guests move one level lower they enter into the Tasting Kitchen, which is to further be developed in phase 2 of the renovation, here they can sample the various African cuisine canapé offerings. As guests move further down, once completed during phase two, this level will boast a decadent wine cellar available for booking by guests as a private room in which dinners can be served and wine pairing experiences had for special occasions. Right opposite the wine cellar a cigar lounge will be introduced, offering rare cigars, an impeccable offering for those who enjoy a high caliber experience, in a space where they can relax and unwind.

The final lower level is where the function and event area is located, commonly known to moyo as the ‘Rock Room’ which boasts a dramatic double volume bar with various art cut-outs, each symbolic with their own Swahili meaning that tells a different story. This space can hold up to 200 guests for functions, corporate events or private functions.

Additional upgrades to come throughout the year, as part of phase two include the introduction of an upmarket, plush whiskey bar on the ground level. A sure favourite destination for the sophisticated palate and tourist.

People are centric to the moyo Melrose Arch values and sentiment. The significance of people includes not only guests but the importance of caring for staff. The moyo Melrose Arch concept is centered around creating a place we can call home. Either as a guest or an employee, the moyo Melrose Arch team are a family, a family in which guests are welcomed.

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