Blossoms, bagels, croissants and crocuses

2,347 views March 27th, 2015 By Jacqui Thompson

by Jacqui Thompson

Gia’s onMontrose feels like a breath of fresh air – literally - as it is situated in the grounds of Montrose Nursery and the outdoor tables are scattered among the trees and flower beds.

Gia’s at Montrose Nursery: A peaceful Sunday treat

2,273 views March 16th, 2015 By Dianne Bayley

gias-at-montrose-nurseryBy Dianne Bayley

Because we don’t have an ocean or large, beautiful mountains close by, Joburgers are always looking for fun, fabulous things to do. If you’re into vibey places, loud music and lots of people, Newtown and its surrounds will probably do it for you. But if, like me, you need a little peace and quiet every now and then, head over to Morningside and treat yourself to a breakfast, lunch or brunch under the trees.

Gia’s restaurant is snuggled under some beautiful old trees at the back of Montrose Nursery, just off Rivonia Road. You’d think that with all the Sandton traffic screaming by (yes, even on a Sunday), it would be hard to find a spot to chill and not hear anything but the birds and your own conversation.

Montrose Nursery is it . . . wander through the bushes, shrubs and little plants for sale with a skilled advisor at your side and look at all the amazing garden accessories they have on offer too. Once your wandering is done, head up to Gia’s and find yourself a table inside the restaurant, on the patio or under the trees. asks: Do you ‘nose’ your wine?

2,320 views March 10th, 2015 By administrator

By Judy Brower

At we feel passionately about empowering and informing people. The vast majority of people in South Africa are not necessarily exposed to a wine culture. Being in the wine industry ourselves we take it for granted that everyone knows that wine is made from grape juice and that harvest takes place in the summer.
With this in mind, we have spent a considerable amount of time in the last year preparing a set of videos called NOSE YOUR WINE, aimed at giving the up-and-coming wine service professional an entry into the wine world, thus helping them to be more confident in what they do, and of course, ultimately sell more wine!

Ocean Basket re-commits to sustainable fishing

2,192 views March 10th, 2015 By administrator


The continuing demand for seafood is fuelling a global exploitation of seafood resources with devastating effects on our fragile marine ecosystems. More and more, there is a massive call from projects like The Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (SASSI) for consumers, retailers, and restaurants alike to make more responsible choices and to play their part.

OpenWeb launches capped ADSL

2,052 views March 10th, 2015 By Dianne Bayley

citysearchsa-internetBy IT-Online

Shortly after introducing Africa’s first bonded ADSL in the cloud, OpenWeb has now launched an even more affordable capped version.
This is not a load balancing solution, but a bonded solution where lines are combined to create a fast speed. The bonding takes place in OpenWeb’s 1Gbps cloud which offers good speeds, redundancy, reliability and performance.

Openweb CEO Keoma Wright says true, affordable bonded ADSL in the cloud is now available in South Africa. “Finally, clients that do not have access to fibre, will be able to install a superior solution that offers them speed and performance without breaking the bank.”

The company has invested in a state-of-the-art cloud backbone that will deliver the lowest bonded latencies in the country. Users can now bond up to seven ADSL lines together to create one fast Internet speed.

Bonded in the cloud allows one to bond up to seven ADSL lines together and enjoy one single superfast upload and download speeds. Openweb offers a three-tier redundancy system that will ensure continued performance.

Packages start at R799 for a 50Gb two-line bonded solution and goes up to R2 849 for a 150Gb four-line bonded solution.

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Before winter kicks in - a summer bruschetta delight!

2,298 views March 7th, 2015 By Dianne Bayley

As summer begins giving way to autumn and the trees are turning golden, there’s still time to enjoy a few more light summer treats before we  start making those delicious soups and stews. Here’s an anytime summer favourite!

It’s pronounced “brusketta” – and it’s even easier to make it than say it! It’s one of the most delicious things you can serve up to the kids after school, or have with sundowners on a warm summer evening. Not only does it taste of Italy, it’s not expensive to make – and it’s very filling.


  • 1 French-style baguette or similar Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 6-7 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, more or less to taste


  • The “true foodies” like to peel their tomatoes by popping them into boiling water first. We like them with their glowing, healthy skins on – just wash them and chop then into small squares.
  • Place the tomato into a medium-sized bowl, add the minced garlic, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the balsamic vinegar.
  • Cut the baguette into 1cm thick slices and brush one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush.
  • Place the slices olive oil-side down on a baking sheet or roasting pan and pop it under the grill to lightly toast the bread.
  • Place the toasted bread slices olive-oil side up on a serving plate, and scoop the tomato mix onto each piece. Serve immediately.

If you’re not serving immediately, serve the tomato mix separately from the toast to avoid sogginess. Enjoy your crisp, fresh bruschetta – and share! Italian food is for sharing! Feel free to add fresh avo, a bit of mozzarella - or anything else your family enjoys to pump up the taste.

Lifestyle: Developing an attitude of gratitude

1,327 views March 4th, 2015 By Dianne Bayley

attitudeWhen we talk about “lifestyle”, many believe it’s all about diet, exercise, work-play balance etc. It is – but it’s so much more than that . . . and it all starts with “attitude”.

Elizabeth Gilbert, author of Eat, Pray, Love, said: “There is so much about my fate that I cannot control, but other things do fall under the jurisdiction. I can decide how I spend my time, whom I interact with, whom I share my body and life and money and energy with. I can select what I can read and eat and study. I can choose how I’m going to regard unfortunate circumstances in my life-whether I will see them as curses or opportunities. I can choose my words and the tone of voice in which I speak to others. And most of all, I can choose my thoughts.”

In an age of electronic communications, we are in touch with people almost constantly – which is all rather nice, but how often do we stop and check what their attitude is doing to our peace of mind and (ultimately) happiness? With around a billion people on Facebook now, we get posts and feedback daily from all kinds of people around the world. When last did you count how many posts you read that were positive? I’m willing to bet that for every one positive post, there were at least ten or more negative ones. What does that do to each of us?

“Every good cook should know a little French: Le Creuset”

943 views March 1st, 2015 By Jacqui Thompson

South Africa, geographically speaking

5,059 views February 27th, 2015 By admin

The nine provinces of South Africa

South Africa has nine provinces: the Eastern Cape, Free State, Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo, Mpumalanga, the Northern Cape, North West and the Western Cape. (Image: Mary Alexander)

South Africa occupies the southernmost tip of Africa. The country’s long coastline stretches across 2 500kms from the desert border with Namibia on the Atlantic coast southwards around the tip of Africa and then north to the border with subtropical Mozambique on the Indian Ocean.

The coastal zone is quite narrow for much of that distance, but gives way to a mountainous escarpment that separates it from the high inland plateau. In some places - notably the province of KwaZulu-Natal in the east - a greater distance separates the coast from the escarpment.

While the country is classified as semi-arid, it has considerable variation in climate as well as topography.

The great inland Karoo plateau - where sparsely populated scrubland gives rise to rocky hills and mountains - is extremely dry, and gets more so as it shades in the north-west towards the Kalahari desert. Exceptionally hot in summer, the area can be icy in winter.

#Hack.Jozi Challenge: Get paid for innovative ideas

2,262 views February 25th, 2015 By Dianne Bayley

city-of-joburgThe City of Johannesburg has launched the #Hack.Jozi Challenge, calling on citizens to submit ideas that will turn Jozi into the city they want to live in.

Says Zolani Matebese, the head of broadband at the City of Johannesburg: “Your digital solution to a problem in Jozi could be the ticket to launching your start-up. With prizes valued at R5-million at stake, the #Hack.Jozi Challenge wants to find the most innovative digital ideas to enrich the lives of the people of Jo’burg.”

Participants don’t need to have technical experience, as the campaign is seen as an opportunity to formulate partnerships. #Hack.Jozi could assist idea-makers to find technical partners who can help them move forward to the next round, should their idea be selected.

Application takes the form of a YouTube video and online application form. The deadline for entries is 6 March 2015.

Issues that can be addressed include everything from access to healthcare to affordable education. “If you have an idea about how you can use technology to help your community, we want to hear from you,” says Matebese.