I AM LOOKING FOR...
Today I want to present to you a once in a lifetime opportunity; a new year’s resolution of epic proportions; a personal challenge that will not fade silently into the night. I am talking about the chance to walk 100km over a period of 4 days in the brand new, UNESCO-sanctioned Magaliesberg Biosphere – the first ever 100km Sunrise to Sunset Woman’s walk.
Rustenburg Adventures Tourism and Accommodation is launching the first Magaliesberg Biosphere event in the form of this magnificent 100km hike. A hike that will take you to places where no car, bike or bicycle can take you, the only way to reach it is with your tekkies and walking stick.
The experience costs R6 000.00/person and includes all your meals, accommodation and transport, plus a R3 000.00 donation towards Rustenburg’s Tourism Association. Yes, this is quite a wad of cash, but it will buy you the luxury of time, time to: spend in nature; create memories, do something you have never done before, see things you have never seen before and meet amazing new people.
So, why don’t you make your resolution for 2017 one that you can talk about for years to come and create your own wow-factor. It does not matter if you are overweight or a senior citizen (over 50, really!!??); you just need to be moderately fit and have the will power to take this bull by its horns or rather, Acacia by its thorns.
You never know when you will meet somebody who you may need in your life or someone who needs you in their life, so give yourself over to this opportunity and make your 2017 a grand story to tell. Therefore I challenge each and every person who read this to enter and report afterwards how this affected their lives.
Dr. David Molapo said: “What is basic and simple to you is life to someone else” RATA is utilising this moment to create a life changing event for you.
For more information, go to rata.co.za
I was slightly concerned about my sophistication levels lacking when I agreed to attend the second Food-and-Wine pairing at Kedar Heritage Lodge. What do I know after all about drinking classy wine when I generally do not care whether mine is in a proper glass or a baked beans tin; I just love wine.
I was very excited though as I entered the Armoury Dining Hall on Friday evening, with its tables shimmering white and silver, waiting breathlessly for its guests. The excitement built as people walked in and soon I was surrounded by friendly, excited chatter; nobody was an expert, we were all there to enjoy an interesting evening and hopefully retain some information.
First of all I have to say that I am sure Vusi, Kedar’s in-house chef, did some magic in that kitchen because his food was out of this world! His dishes; expertly paired with some top notch wines from Glen Carlou sent most of us into a different culinary dimension. Everything was tied neatly together by our wine guru for the evening, Monique Jordaan. She is tiny, blonde, knowledgeable, and her day job is being a lawyer!
We started off with an amuse bouche (amuse your mouth says Monique) of goat’s cheese, crusted and marinated with green olive oil, served with basil tomato salsa and a truffle oil dressing, paired with a sauvignon blanc. We were educated on the concrete eggs used for modern day wine fermentation; going back as far as ancient Greco/Roman culture. I was lucky enough to have Kedar’s GM, Estelle Wainright, at my table. This dynamic blonde is the driving force behind these events and she promises that there are lots more in the pipeline, so keep an eye on Kedar’s and RATA’s websites.
Next up was tea smoked venison loin, served with mango and red chili compote, paired with a cabernet sauvignon. At this stage we were taught how to properly enjoy wine: breathe your nose while you sip, suck air through a rolled up tongue over the wine, spit into the spittoon. Nobody was willing to waste good wine, though.
When it was the main course’s turn I barely contain myself, so far the plates have been excellent! We were not disappointed. Pan fried dukkah crusted kingklip served with roasted fennel puree and balsamic vinegar marinated strawberries; joined by the chardonnay. This time Monique did not have to compete with the jolly chatter as she explained the pairing, as everybody was concentrating on their food.
Too soon it was time for dessert; a zesty Brulee lemon tart served with caramel crackling, brandy snap triangles, lemon sorbet jelly cubes, white chocolate and Cointreau mousse. The chocolate spoon was a really nice touch. Our dessert went excellently with the welder noble late harvest with its undertones of cotton candy.
We all went our separate ways happy and content; a lot richer for the experience we had. Thank you Estelle and Kedar Heritage Lodge, I will certainly keep an eye on your future events. They are fresh and fun and definitely worth your time and money.