Lifestyle

Monday Mania

For students, the pungent scent of term-time is in the air, and Monday blues are as common as the notorious mothercity's Winter flu. For those despairing Mondays marking a return to daily grind, 17 on Loader in the spirit of our "year-round hospitality" suggest you cheer up and step out. In the city that never sleeps, even Mondays get manic, and we're more than merry to tell you how... Our loyal, grungy, alternative pool-bar lover in The Shack, of course. The drinks are cheap, the crowd is comfy/careless and all that aside, its ALWAY open 'til 4am. Mondays. Sundays. Mother's Days. ALWAYS. Just next door to Shack - attack is Mercury. Mercury Mondays are infamous, and after all this time, high-schoolers and university-doers are                  

Out of Town

Roadtrip Essentials

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This week I packed up the unreliable little (sh)Citi Golf I refer to as "The Chad", and headed on out into the great unknown with My Old Man. Doing our own great trek, we dominated bustling metropolises the likes of Colesberg, Laingsburg and Bethlehem - and I only mention these because, relative to the other little dorpies we dashed through, this lot are fast-paced urbanisation. In the face of frequent 20 minute "stop-before-passing" roadworks, however, and throat-croaking attempts at "She'll be coming round the mountain" (which starts to mock, when the trip begins to seem interminable) I realized the necessity of... A ROADTRIP SURVIVAL KIT. So for those heading on out,  Indiana-Jones                  

Eating Out

Sushi and Chinese please!

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It's Friday! And given that we're on the precipice of a weekend, this post should come as divine enlightenment... On a very merry excursion to all sorts of central city venues for debauchery, jollity and merriment, we found ourselves quite under the weather/influence on the taxi trip home. Doing the route back to le loov-leh 17 on Loader (Cape Town's chic bed and breakfast in De Waterkant), the heavens opened and revealed a luminous red sign, on Seapoint Main Road, reading - "Xiang Yuan". With the excitement of teenage girls at the mall, we begged the cab driver to pull over and poured in to Xiang Yuan. Now my love of  the place may seem ridiculously evangelical but, given that the time was almost                  

Music

Estelle in Cape Town

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"Tell the promoter we need more seats, We just sold out all the floor seats!" As 2010 comes in so do "the hottest in the world right now". For the not-so football frantic, one of the wonderfluff consequences of being a designated Fifa 2010 host city, is the splendour that we're expecting to pour in. And while I may be including the European men that our slick city will be swelling with, I am, more importantly, referring to the celebrities that the event will bring. For those familiar with the phrase "American Boy" (and that should really be everyone who speaks english and lives above ground), Friday the 11th of June brings the lady that famed the phrase to Cape Town! Estelle, famous for                  

Eating Out

The Kitchen

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Recently roaming Woodstock, the mothercity and I rekindled our dwindling love affair... in The Kitchen. Last week, bleary-eyed from the sleep-sapping delicacies of a night become day, I begrudgingly bore my frustration, with the wind, out on the pavement of Sir Lowry Road. With the maniacal twitch of the rampantly hungry, I tore down the tramp-stamped sidewalks with the flavour of curse words in my mouth and was ready to go Jackie Chan on the next opportunist to approach. Then, chim-chimney-cher-oo, her lady Cape Town struck me by surprise again. PHOTOGRAPHS BY RUSSEL WASSERFALL   Nose took the lead, and I found myself seated inside of the treatery/eatery that is The Kitchen. The Kitchen is a Karen Dudley project that                  

Festivals

Grahamstown National Arts Festival

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"The time has come!" the Walrus said...   The National Arts Festival is, once again, almost upon us.  20th of June until the 4th of July - set the dates aside. Time to rethink youth-reclaiming road-trips, places to stop by on the garden route, and the essential first-aid kit: K.Y./masquerade masques/bandages/backseat readings and booze. "To talk of many things!" Grahamstown is where things inevitably get messy. With an economy founded entirely on the student-town's love of liquoring it up, things get fairly festive during festival time. But when physical theater is sidewalk decor, The National Arts Festival experience is as culturally enriching as it as sleep-draining and                  

Shopping

Cape Quarters’ Grand Opening

For those of you who have been above ground recently, you will know that the Cape Quarters has been renovating. Already a destination of the most gourmet, five star experiences per meter, the Cape Quarters has extended, and opened the doors onto, its lavish lifestyle of the piazza. As of last weekend they have been celebrating their Grand Opening!  The Cape Quarters has gone from being a fine dining courtyard, to a creative epi-centre dedicated to the good life(style). The Cape Quarters now includes a variety of boutique stores, salons, a gym and the first gourmet Spar. The facade has been retained, but the magic of the Cape Quarters now spills onto Somerset Road, adding to its sidewalk charm.  So far this has