June book review recap
In June, I worked my way through a few audiobooks supplied by various publishers through NetGalley. So here's what I read and what I thought. I reread John le Carré's classic novels about the intricate shadow worlds of international espionage. It's been acclaimed as...
Dirty Dozen Book Reviews
I've collected short reviews of the last twelve audiobooks I listened to through Netgalley and decided it's time to share them. I hope you enjoy and grab a copy of those that pique your attention. "Fatal First Edition" by Jenn McKinlay is the latest addition to the...
Step into my Slippers on 31 May 2024
Slipper Day, Reach For A Dream's biggest fundraiser, returns on 31 May 2024, promising a day filled with warmth, generosity, and fun - all in support of children with life-threatening illnesses. This year, Reach For A Dream and their partners bring you the chance to...
Ten Things About Champagne
There are ten essential insights into the world of Champagne to prepare you for the upcoming Johannesburg Cap Classique, Champagne & Bubbles Festival, slated for May 17th and 18th at the Inanda Polo Club in Sandton. Protected Origins: Only wines crafted within the...
Southern Moonshine breaks into the South African market

Southern Moonshine breaks into the South African market

This here gin girl has heard about a new trend hitting the spirits scene. Southern Moonshine range of unaged American-style moonshines are handmade in small batches, right here in South Africa. “As with craft beer and gin, we believe moonshine could be the next big...

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A new beginning with Prominent Paints

A new beginning with Prominent Paints

Prominent Paints sent me a paint voucher earlier this year. My mom retired recently. Before she was always anxious about weekends being too short to do everything she planned. Now she worries that there's not enough years left for her to complete the things on her...

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Get off your trolley for a drinks cart

Get off your trolley for a drinks cart

My gin obsession has lead to a new obsession. Getting a drinks cart. I was surprised by the options out there (although the first bunch of Google results will direct you to Gumtree - not quite what I had in mind). These are some of the wonderful local finds I stumbled...

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Precious citrus: ClemenGold Gin

Precious citrus: ClemenGold Gin

ClemenGold Gin is made from the delicious ClemenGold fruit - a mandarin cultivar grown locally and harvested from mid-June to mid-August. This classic Cape Dry style gin is distilled with nine botanicals, including sundried ClemenGold and orange peels, cinnamon,...

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Bloedlemoen Gin: The Crimson King* of citrus

Bloedlemoen Gin: The Crimson King* of citrus

Bloedlemoen Gin is another local craft gin distilled by the wonderful people at Hope on Hopkins. This citrus, spicy sweet gin includes botanicals juniper, blood orange, angelica root, liquorice root, cassia, nutmeg, cardamom, Grains of Paradise, coriander and...

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Gift idea: The Gin Box December: Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh

Gift idea: The Gin Box December: Gold, Frankincense, Myrrh

The Gin Box. Of all the subscription boxes, this is one the I think I like best. I have yet to buy one myself, but it's going to happen soon. A South African first, each month, second month, or third month - depending on your subscription - you receive an exclusive...

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Chameleon gin: Trouvaille Blossom and Hops

Chameleon gin: Trouvaille Blossom and Hops

Trouvaille Blossom and Hops gin is unlike any other gin (yes, I know this is true of every gin, but hear me out). I actually had the delightful opportunity to try this at the recent Johannesburg launch of The Gin Box. The thing that truly stood out for me, is the fact...

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Rewind: Inverroche Gin

Rewind: Inverroche Gin

This is an excerpt from a blog post I did in 2016 after visiting the Inverroche Gin distillery. In case you aren’t aware of what Inverroche is, it is a gin brand that has been making headlines all over the world, because they incorporate fynbos from the area into...

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Experience the African spice route with Musgrave Gin

Experience the African spice route with Musgrave Gin

For me, Musgrave Gin, was the first pink gin on my radar. But before that, there was Musgrave 11 - referring to the number of signature botanicals infused into this spirits. These flavours include top notes of aromatic cardamom, African ginger (Whitei Mondei) and...

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