4 DELICIOUS ITALIAN-INSPIRED EATERIES TO TRY

This month we’re tucking into an array of delicious Italian-inspired treats – and we didn’t even have to leave SA’s shores!

Forti Grill & Bar

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.” This is the philosophy behind chef Fortunato Mazzone’s food at Forti Grill & Bar in Pretoria (Time Square, Menlyn Maine). A combo of fine dining and Italian cuisine, peppered with recipes passed down through the family (“Prawns of My Father” has been on the menu since 1976), the vibe and small touches bring the Italian character home, with wine, art and music integral…
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4 DELICIOUS ITALIAN-INSPIRED EATERIES TO TRY

TOP 10 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

According to the World Happiness Report 2018 released by the Sustainable Development Solutions Network for the United Nations, Finland is the world’s happiest country out of 156 nations.

The report looked a six determining factors that support well-being, namely income, healthy life expectancy, social support, freedom, trust and generosity. In addition to assessing the 156 countries’ happiness levels, this year’s report also assessed 117 countries according to the happiness levels of their immigrants.

In second place is Norway, followed by Denmark in third position and Iceland and Switzerland in 4th and 5th place respectively. South Africa ranked at 105, with Mauritius ranking the highest on the continent…
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TOP 10 HAPPIEST COUNTRIES IN THE WORLD

MINI-ESCAPES NEAR SA’S CITIES

As a working parent, we know your time is precious, especially time spent with your family. With a few public holidays coming up soon, you probably want to maximise these few days of leave – we know we do! With this in mind, here are some popular family getaways near enough to the main cities to be convenient, but special enough to offer you a true escape from traffic, the school runs and work deadlines.

Western Cape

You’re spoilt for choice if you live in Cape Town, with great destinations as close as…
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MINI-ESCAPES NEAR SA’S CITIES

OFF THE BEATEN GARDEN ROUTE

When your heart and mind are attuned to search for the road less travelled, perhaps it’s no surprise that your car is also destined for the same uncharted paths. I say this because I’m convinced that my Land Rover’s built-in GPS is pre-programmed to find and direct me to the nearest gravel road.

On a recent trip along the Garden Route, for example, the annoying voice insistently directed me onto a dirt road running parallel to a perfectly good freeway.

It was a long weekend and my husband and I were headed to the towns of Knysna, Plett and Wilderness, which…
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OFF THE BEATEN GARDEN ROUTE

REVIVING INNER CITIES, REVIVING THE ARTS

Call it gentrification – which for some means the removal of the urban poor in favour of the well-heeled crowds – but the revival of South Africa’s inner cities has been a boon for the arts. Once-seedy buildings are now home to trendy cafes, art galleries, pop-up theatres, open-air film screenings and hip stores. These new establishments often create employment and support local economies by attracting patrons with disposable incomes.

Here’s our list of must-see urban spots to visit.

One Eloff Street, Jo’burg

Painted a striking yellow and turquoise, this building in…
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REVIVING INNER CITIES, REVIVING THE ARTS

How to spend the holiday season in the picturesque Northern Cape

The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, with desert landscapes, wildlife and gemstones. Together with Botswana, it shares Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, with its red sand dunes that shelter lions and falcons. Wild daisies and other springtime flowers carpet the typically arid plains of Namaqualand, a region stretching into Namibia.

Holiday season is coming up and everyone has something in mind for a getaway. “The Northern Cape is a melting pot of activities, ranging from long road trips, safaris and game drives, hunting lodges and charming old Karoo towns,” says Jean Lambrechts, owner of Northern Cape Famous Lodges.

Northern Cape Famous…
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How to spend the holiday season in the picturesque Northern Cape