I’ve said it before and I will say it over and over again – being a foodie blogger is pretty damn awesome. I am absolutely in love with what I do and the fact that it revolves around food (pretty much 24/7) is the living best. But, it can also be ridiculously manic – not in a stressful way – just full and busy and go, go, go!
A few weeks ago was exactly that. Four media events in a week, all the while prepping to feed 600 people and squeeze Mother’s Day in there somewhere too. Let me break it down for you…
Thursday, 08 May: The Union Pop-Up Bar with Bombay Sapphire
Some events just get it so right, and this one was no exception. The venue, the decor, the nibbles, the people and those cocktails! Phwoar. My particular favourite was a mix of Bombay Sapphire, lime, soda and pickle juice – served in a tall glass with a pickle to finish it all off. Brilliant. The concept of the bar is simple – they show up, serve drinks for a few months and then disappear. Poof. Gone. Then, when you least expect them to show up – they’re back at a brand new location, shiny and new. This time they’re based in Illovo and are only around until the 26th of July. Get there.
Friday, 09 May: DStv Delicious Festival Launch – Cape Town
It’s not often you get whisked off to Cape Town with your little food stylist companion, Leila. Not often at all. DStv did just that and packed the two of us onto a flight to the windy city – which we apparently nearly missed, according to a cheeky SAA employee – Moses has got jokes. Arriving in a wet and windy CT with three other Joburg girls, we piled into a tiny rental car and with Leila at the wheel (CT born, knows her way around) sped off to the Protea Hotel – Fire & Ice on Bree Street. The heart of Cape Town, that little street. (My heart definitely belongs there too.) The hotel is overly gorgeous and modern – I wish we had spent more than a few hours there – the bed was insanely large and I could’ve spent hours curled up in it, ordering room service and chatting to Little about life.
The launch event for theDStv Delicious Festival was understated and filled with delicious cocktails and the most incredible fish tacos (other than those at El Burro, of course) – I’m guessing inspired by The Pot Luck Club. A slow walk home in the drizzle with a mandatory stop at AndUnion (now WeinHaus + BierGarten) to say hi to the lovely Simon, and then – giant hotel bed. The 03h30 wake-up call the next morning was not pleasant. But necessary. Thanks to Wimpy for saving our lives with coffee. Again. What’s a trip to another city without Wimpy? Nothing.
Saturday, 10 May – Jozi Craft Beer Fest
That 03h30 wake-up call? Specifically so I could get back to Jozi before 9am and serve 600 hamburgers, 300 pieces of fudge and 300 brownies to a starving crowd at the Jozi Craft Beer Fest. We had prepped frantically all week and thanks to the incredible team behind The Counter, we smashed JCBF out of the park. Exhaustion finally set in the next morning…
Wednesday, 14 May – Acer’s ‘A Touch More You’ Event
This one was fun. So simple, so straightforward, no mess, no fuss. Just a small group of ladies (fashion bloggers, foodies, models, techies) getting together to see how Acer’s products can improve your daily life. We ate grapefruit olive oil cake (heavenly), sat in the sun, learnt a little dance and laughed. A lot. The venue was gorgeous – Monaghan Farm – and the company was even better.
Thursday, 15 May – Remo’s Fratelli Launch
I had never actually heard of Remo’s Fratelli until I got the invite to their launch. And now, I am so glad that I know exactly who they are and where they are, because this restaurant is incredible. From the minute we sat down (when we eventually found a table), we felt right at home. I latched onto Wayne, the waiter, and he provided phenomenal service the entire night. Look, the red VIP bands on our arms might have helped with his attentiveness, but who cares. He was there every time I lifted a bottle of Prosecco to fill my own glass, shouting at me for doing it. Apparently you are not allowed to pour your own drinks at Remo’s – don’t even attempt it.
The food was so tasty, I cannot wait to go back. Fish and courgette chips, deep-fried artichokes, haloumi, pizza. The pizza! Mamma mia…Remo’s have got it spot on – I can see that I’m going to spend a lot of time there.
So that’s it – a week in the life of a blogger. Fun, full of food and booze, an array of crazy and interesting people and generally good times. Oh, and let’s not forget about the drops that week – the first from Stork for World Baking Day, and the second – a gallon bottle of Tabasco Sauce. I mean. A gallon!