The Perfect Protein Pot – Kauai

Because grilled chicken breasts get boring quick

I stumbled upon Kauai’s compact little protein pot completely by accident. It was one of those days where my to-do list was filling up faster than a movie theater playing the new Lion King film.

At some point, my brain registered that food was indeed a necessary component to my survival – and the only definitive way of protecting the innocent from my hangry wrath.

Luckily my mum knows me better than I know myself, so it was no surprise when she showed up at uni with a little package of deliciousness. As though straight out of a cheesy rom-com, the Kauai Protein Pot and I experienced our iconic “meet-cute”. If you haven’t noticed, I’m hella dramatic about food.

And so, our love affair began. I’m happy to announce that we have no immediate plans to terminate the relationship. See, hella dramatic.

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Anyway, let me tell you all about this amazing little protein pot. Unlike most salads, this pot of nutrition is warm, spicy and extremely satisfying. Sauteed kale, red pepper, juicy rosa tomatoes, spring onion and fresh chunks of feta make up the base of this pot. The veggie medley is beautifully complemented by chipotle chili and thinly sliced, free-range beef sausage. And finally, the star of the show: a perfectly poached egg rests on top, peeking out at you with promises of fluffy, yolky delight.

There’s no other way to describe this meal other than “It just WORKS!” The rich and creamy yolk is the perfect element to counterbalance the spicy red pepper and sausage, while the dark green kale leaves add just the right amount of crunch to qualify this pot as a “salad”

They say that dynamite comes in small packages, and Kauai’s Protein Pot is testament to that. This meal is the perfect portion for lunch as it satisfies your hunger without leaving you in a state of mid-day lethargy.

Together with the protein-packed egg and sausage, the fiber from the medley of vegetables ensures that you are sufficiently satisfied – leaving you just enough room to enjoy your 3 pm afternoon snack!

I always feel as though my meal is “healthier” when I can count the number of ingredients on my fingers! I guess less truly is more – especially where this flavour bomb is concerned.

Personally, I get my Protein Pot from the Kauai at Gateway’s Virgin Active Gym. However, with over 150 Kauai stores nationwide, you’ll have no trouble getting your hands on one of these bad boys! Who knows, maybe you’ll have your own “meet cute”.

If you’re already a fan of this protein pot, tell me why you love it – and if you haven’t tried it yet, be sure to tell me what you think when you do!

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Be sure to check out Kauai’s Summer Menu below:

Photo Credit: Kauai

-Pri

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Concha Cafe: Review

Portuguese meets South African

Nestled in the heart of Ballito, Concha cafe intertwines two different cultures into one perfectly blended cup of coffee.

I stumbled upon Concha about a month ago, while celebrating a trio of overlapping birthdays. Walking into the cafe for the first time was an experience in itself. The atmosphere was electric, and a symphony of morning happenings filled the air. There wasn’t an empty seat in sight (thank goodness our lovely friend booked a table in advance!), and its easy to see why the place was packed!

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The cool morning air was abuzz with the chatter of early-risers, seeking a delicious pick-me-up from their local cafe.

Along with a moreish patisserie display, the aroma of roasted coffee beans wafted through the cafe. It was like something out of a classic black and white French film – only way better!

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The charming family-run bakery infuses the best of Portuguese and South African culture, in order to create a unique and unforgettable dining experience.

Located just a short walk away from the shimmering Dolphin Coast, Concha allows patrons the choice of in-house dining, or seaside sipping! From Portuguese-style cuisine at the cafe, to lounging on the beach as you sip decadent cappuccinos, customers are truly spoilt for choice!

Brunching with a large group of foodies is exciting, because among the variety of meals ordered, there are always unique and unexpected flavour combinations.

Plus, the beautifully presented food practically demands a spot on our Instagram feeds!

I opted for the classic “Mais Barato”, which consists of a poached egg, creamy mushrooms, rosa tomatoes and bacon rashers.

I’d like to think of myself as a bit of a poached egg connoisseur, but to be honest, my expertise is loosely based on the fact that the aesthetics of a poached egg appeal to my primal millennial senses a.k.a the omnipresent poached egg on avocado toast.

But Concha’s poached eggs were admittedly far tastier than an aesthetically pleasing Instagram photograph. They were perfectly soft, with golden yolk oozing into the crisp ciabatta soldiers. The rosa tomatoes, while succulent and fresh, were just acidic enough to cut through the richness of the yolk.

But the star of the show was none other than the creamy mushroom sauce! Decadent, creamy and far too luxurious for breakfast, this mushroom sauce was the ultimate treat, seamlessly tying the meal together.

Our long wooden table was truly a sight to behold, as plate after plate of delicious food was set before us. I spotted buttery croissants, sweet and savoury breakfast waffles, and of course, an endless stream of perfectly blended coffee.

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With their radical milkshakes, freshly baked artisanal bread, and unique array of pastries, Concha’s extensive menu is sure to satisfy even the pickiest of eaters!

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It’s clear that the staff at Concha are as passionate about food as they are about people. We were greeted by friendly faces and engaging owners who went the extra mile to foster personal connections with customers.

As I mentioned earlier, we were celebrating three very special birthdays, and the staff at Concha went above and beyond to make it as special as possible! We were treated to a round of watermelon-flavoured shooters, which in all honesty, was the ideal way to spend 10 am on a Tuesday morning! Viva Concha cafe, viva!

Concha prides itself on radiating positivity, community engagement and authentic human connections. This message is perfectly encapsulated by the cafe’s catchy hashtag: #ConchaCulture.

I cannot think of a more perfect way to describe our time at Concha. It was not just breakfast. It was an experience. It was sharing delicious food, exploring diverse cultures, and even a enjoying a cheeky watermelon beverage, with like-minded people from all over the world.

From their delicious food, to their ocean-adjacent location, Concha Cafe is a winner in this coffee lover’s book!

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-Pri

Have you experienced the #ConchaCulture before? Leave a comment below, or on my social media pages ( https://www.facebook.com/prieatsworld ) describing your visit to this vibrant cafe! Be sure to like and share this post with fellow coffee-lovers across the world!

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Copyright Priyanka Govender (2019)

Breakfast on the Beach

Our amazing team recently celebrated 3 of our favourite things: food, the beach, and Candice! Our sunshine soul celebrated her 25th birthday in true Durban fashion by opting for breakfast on the beach!

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With clear blue skies and an abundance of sunshine, we were delighted to spend a Tuesday morning at the beach, celebrating Candice’s special day!

After a brief rendezvous at Concha Cafe, where we successfully secured the goods (a.k.a our perfectly blended coffees), we headed down to the beach for a celebratory breakfast.

Equipped with colourful beach-blankets, breakfast treats, and copious amounts of coffee, we were 100% prepared for hours of fun.

To Candice’s delight, she was surprised with not one, but two identical Harry Potter birthday cakes! Designed according to the exact cake Harry received on his 11th birthday, (courtesy of the supremely talented Ria and Saya), Candice transformed from woman to wizard before our very eyes! The birthday cakes, which consisted of decadent chocolate sponge, made even more indulgent with a buttercream filling, was sinful enough to bring out the Slytherin in everyone.

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Settling into the warm, brown-sugar beach, we indulged in banter and chocolate croissants as the gentle sea breeze drifted ahead.

It was truly the perfect morning! Surely it couldn’t get any better than it already was?

And just like that, a pod of dolphins appeared, swimming happily, just an arm’s length away. These surprise guests truly were the cherry on top of our breakfast sundae.

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As I type this, I can’t help but smile as I think of our party-crashing porpoises. They arrived out of the blue (literally), and stayed just long enough for us to marvel at their friendly interactions with local surfers.

After chatting away for hours, we had soaked up enough sunshiny goodness to get our natural dose of vitamin D.

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Before we bid the coast farewell, we made sure to clear our space of any paper, plastic etc. It took less than a minute, but it made it all the difference to our golden shores.

When we gaze out into the shimmering Indian Ocean, we are often so mesmerized by it’s sparkling blue surface, that it’s easy to forget about the beautiful and intelligent creatures living below. To us, it is sheer aesthetic. To them, it is simply home.

When we contribute to the destruction of another living being’s home, we are contributing to the destruction of our humanity.

Non-profit organisations, such as the Durban Green Corridor Project aim to spread awareness by educating society on the dangers of plastic pollution. This organisation advocates for safe environmental practices by adopting a strong anti-pollution stance.

Instituting simple daily practices such as cleaning up after a trip to the beach, recycling, donating to NPOs etc. make a huge difference in the long run.

Our team loved the surprise visit from our dolphin friends! Help us help them, by keeping our beaches clean.

Because a life without dolphins, is a life without porpoise (I absolutely could not resist this delicious pun)

Leave a comment below, recommending a few easy anti-pollution habits that you personally practice.

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-Pri

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Lucky Shaker – Zimbali Wedge: Review

Sipping on Sunsets

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When you work with a team of people who are as passionate about work as they are about partying, Fridays are guaranteed to bring the fun!

Yesterday, the team and I celebrated the upcoming nuptials of our lovely Amy Jenkins! After a productive day of work, and far too many giggles (courtesy of that Friday feeling), the team traded schedules for sunsets at the Lucky Shaker in the Zimbali Wedge.

Against the backdrop of Ballito’s rolling hills, we sipped on custom-designed cocktails and marveled at yet another classic South African sunset.

With it’s glowing reputation, it should come as no surprise that the staff at Lucky Shaker are as friendly and innovative as their famous cocktails. Perhaps it was just a coincidence, but the drink of the day was a delightfully refreshing cocktail called “monogamy”. With hints of pineapple and an abundance of gin, this fruity drink was the perfect way to celebrate the beautiful bride-to-be.

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The Lucky Shaker has built its brand on fresh ingredients, unique flavour combinations, and of course, serious fun. The tropical-themed bar intertwines contemporary decor with earthy undertones, in order to transport patrons to exotic beaches off the coast of Hawaii.

We sipped on pastel pink cocktails, topped with goji berries and pineapple slices, as the air filled with laughter, great conversation, and well-wishes for the bride-to-be.

The charismatic staff were always near, ensuring that no glass ran empty. As platters of tapas arrived, the beautiful presentation provided a feast for both the eyes and our taste-buds.

At this point, everyone has heard about the Lucky Shaker’s iconic tacos. These delectable soft shell tortillas offer a variety of fillings, from succulent lamb to hake goujons to my personal favourite: the falafel taco! These deceptively tiny tacos are insanely filling, and with a variety of yummy options, the taco platter has something for everyone!

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Catering to the needs of vegetarian customers, the Lucky Shaker reigns supreme with their delicious meat-free platters. Perfectly crisp bruschetta topped with tomato and basil, enormous calamata olives, and Vietnamese summer rolls are just a few of the veggie options enjoyed by the team.

As the afternoon sky filled with hues of pink and crimson streaks, I watched our table glow with the smiles of satisfied customers. The Lucky Shaker is more than just a bar, it’s an experience. It’s a chance for friends and family to gather round a table, chatting and giggling as seasonal drinks flow in abundance, and tasty treats are shared with those you love most.

Aside from the selfies, I can honestly say that our evening was a cellphone-free experience. Considering the current climate, where almost everyone is dependent on their smartphones, this speaks volumes about the authentic, genuinely fun atmosphere that Lucky Shaker guarantees.

If I were you, I’d round up the squad and secure a table at Lucky Shaker this Friday! I hope to see you there, sipping on sunsets and celebrating life.

-Pri

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Milk and Honey Bar: Review

“Champagne bar with Parisian flair” 

Avid concert-goers had their wishes fulfilled when British sensation, Ed Sheeran, announced that he would be performing in South Africa. Not only was his ‘Divide Tour’ a smashing success, but he paved the way for his opener, Passenger, to secure a stadium tour in late 2019.

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As most Durbanites know, our sweet little coastal town falls just below the radar of touring musicians. But on the bright side, when international artists do decide to visit South Africa, nobody is more prepared for travel adventures than a Durbanite.

That being said, my family and I were more than happy to convert a concert experience into a mini-adventure when we touched down in Jozi. There were several gastro-pubs on the list, but Milk and Honey was at the very top.

Milk and Honey at Monte Casino

I first encountered ‘Milk and Honey’ while scrolling through my Instagram feed, and since then, I have heard nothing but glowing reviews.

So of course, we had to check it out for ourselves! I’m very happy to report that the experience was every bit as glamorous as Instagram depicted.

Upon arrival, we were greeted by the friendliest team. Although we were unable to secure a reservation earlier on, the staff were incredible and offered us a table almost immediately.

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Keeping with the Parisian theme, Milk and Honey’s decor would fit comfortably between the pages of Anna Wintour’s favourite Vogue edition.

After perusing the extensive cocktail menu, the girls and I decided on Milk and Honey’s signature cocktail. The signature cocktail was light and refreshing, and consisted of Ciroc Mango, Coconut Syrup, Lemon Juice & Pineapple Juice. The menu listed this drink as ‘the perfect sharing cocktail’, and boy was that the understatement of the year! These cocktails were perhaps the largest, most exquisitely presented drinks in Monte Casino. They arrived in beautifully preserved ostrich eggs, with rose-gold straws peeking out.

The signature cocktail was the perfect solution to Jozi’s warm weather, and it tasted even better than the menu described.

The first few sips transported us to a Hawaiian island, where Piña coladas flowed constantly, and the sun never set.

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With an underage munchkin at our table, we were worried that the restaurant would be unable to cater for her needs. But of course, Milk and Honey surprised us once again with their perfectly curated list of mocktails. The munchkin ordered a strawberry daquiri, and was as happy as any Gen Z with internet access could be.

While the cocktails flowed, and the munchkin sipped what she described as “the best strawberry daquiri” she had ever had, we snacked on Milk and Honey’s signature popcorn.

A combination of sweet and salty goodness is enough to make any foodie happy, but this particular honey-drizzled treat was the star of the show.

Not only did this Parisian-themed bar provide the perfect aesthetic for our Instagram feeds, but it also proved why it is a cult favourite among local foodies.

If you’re looking for a unique cocktail experience, with a luxurious twist, I highly recommend Milk and Honey Bar in Monte Casino.

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Contact them via their website to make a reservation, and be sure to share your experience in the comments!

Have you ever been to Milk and Honey? Tell us all about it in the comment section below, and share this post with someone who would enjoy the Milk and Honey signature cocktail!

-Pri

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Less talk, more snogging

Introducing Snog, London’s finest fro-yo!

Last year, on a birthday trip to London, I stumbled upon the most adorable fro-yo truck in the world!

It stands tall and proud, in the middle of Southbank, drawing large crowds of eager fro-yo fans.

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As a South African, who hails from Durban no less, I should be used to sunshiny days! Surely Summer days in London would pale in comparison to the scorching heat of Durban?

Boy was I wrong!

Perhaps it was the sight of Snog’s signature red bus for the first time, but suddenly, London was the hottest place to be.

Wasting no time at all, I dragged my cousin (a local Brit), across the perfectly manicured lawns, to the growing queue in front of Snog.

Surrounded by clear blue-skies and local buskers, I began contemplating the contents of my fro-yo bowl. The option of coconut fro-yo was almost too much for my piña colada-loving heart to handle.

Keeping on theme with London’s surprising sunshine, I decided to go with a tropical fro-yo bowl. I ordered a stunning array of coconut and pineapple frozen yoghurt, topped with fresh raspberries and coconut shavings

Photo by Humphrey Muleba 
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After one spoonful of Snog’s frozen yoghurt, I was ready to pack my bags and move to Snog City.

P.S. if you are familiar with British slang, but unfamiliar with the Snog brand, you may be picturing an entirely different scenario when I say “Snog City”. Just know that the Snog City I intended to portray, was one of frozen yoghurt mountains and valleys of tasty toppings. Not a parallel universe filled with a bunch of tongue-wrestlers.

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I sat across The River Thames, spooning fruity magic into my mouth and listening to the rhythm of London’s local talent.

There is perhaps nothing sweeter than sunshine, but my fro-yo came pretty close!

If frozen yoghurt is what dreams are made of, then Snog is a Winter Wonderland.

-Pri

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What really caused the Ethiopian Airlines Crash?

Disclaimer: This article includes news coverage up until 25th March 2019. Further updates in the investigation will render this article subject to change.

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Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302 claimed the lives of all 157 passengers after a fatal crash on 10 March 2019. The flight was a mere 6 minutes into its journey before complications arose, leading to its tragic crash near Addis Ababa.

Among the 157 fatalities, 19 United Nations members lost their lives on the morning of 10 March 2019. Thorough investigations were conducted on 12 March 2019 in an effort to recover vital information sources such as the aircraft’s black box. Forensic investigators, together with Ethiopian Airlines’ employees combed through the debris of the crash site, guarding themselves with surgical masks and white forensic suits. The aircraft was reduced to several broken pieces, however, after hours of searching, the black box was ultimately recovered. The recordings that were recovered from the black box revealed pertinent information relating to the crash. This information is currently being analysed for details regarding the flight pattern, distress signals and software malfunctions.

The Kenya-bound plane is the second tragic crash involving the notorious Boeing 737 max 8 airplanes. The previous incident, involving the Indonesian Lion Air flight, occurred no less than five months prior to the Ethiopian Airlines crash. Thorough investigations into both flights revealed an unsettling number of similarities between the nature of the crash. In both instances, the pilots identified complications within the aircraft, requested an emergency landing, and tragically lost contact with ground control. Initial reporting alleged that the aircraft’s automatic control systems, specifically, the  Boeing’s Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System (MCAS) were to blame for the deadly crash. The MCAS is an anti-stall software system that aims to prevent the aircraft from stalling during the flight. Senior officials close to the case have confirmed their belief that the MCAS was active during both the Ethiopian Airlines crash, as well as the Indonesian Airlines crash. Reports also called into question the capability of the aircraft’s crew, citing a lack of simulation training as a possible reason for their failure to shut down the MCAS software. However, these allegations were refuted in recent reports by a direct statement from the CEO of Ethiopian Airlines, Tewolde GebreMariam. GebreMariam, who has publicly criticised Boeing’s lack of transparency regarding changes in the operation of the MCAS software, expressed his frustrations regarding the questioning of his crew. GebreMariam insists that all Ethiopian Airlines crew are fully prepared and adequately trained to handle crisis situations. GebreMariam also referred to the crew’s intensive simulation training, ultimately holding Boeing responsible for their inability to inform crew of the MCAS’ latest operational changes. GebreMariam’s reference to MCAS’ involvement emphasises the role that Boeing’s anti-stalling software played in the crash. After the Indonesian Airlines crash, Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg publicly admitted that the company should have provided full disclosure regarding the operation of the MCAS. Therefore, while English and French investigators continue to analyse the flight data, it is evident that the recent alterations to the MCAS played a definitive role in both Boeing aircraft crashes.

The consecutive crashes involving the Boeing 737 max 8 aircrafts have resulted in the tarnished reputation of a once reputable manufacturer. Data analysis that was collected in the aftermath of the Ethiopian Airlines crash show a startling decrease in the company’s market value. With shares dropping between 5-13,5% since the crash, Boeing has suffered blows to both its reputation as well as its financial state, with reports indicating that the company has lost billions of dollars already.

News of the second fatal crash in five short months caused widespread panic among customers, as well as the airlines carrying Boeing 737 max 8 aircrafts in their fleet. The Ethiopian Airlines crash triggered international outrage, resulting in the grounding of Boeing 737 aircrafts in countries all over the world. The United Kingdom, Australia and China are a few of the countries who have banned the departure and arrival of Boeing 737 aircrafts on their land. The international protest against Boeing’s frequent malfunctions, together with the lack of transparency provided by the company, has resulted in many people refusing to travel aboard the specific aircraft. In the days following the crash, many airlines provided passengers with the option to be refunded, should their plane be identified as a Boeing 737.

Boeing’s CEO, Dennis Muilenburg, made a statement offering condolences to the families of the victims as well as to Ethiopian Airlines. Muilenburg acknowledged Boeing’s failure to fully disclose information, while simultaneously revealing the company’s plan to release an updated software system in the near future. The software system will be updated in accordance with the investigation’s findings. The company has also assured the public that detail and care will be applied during the update process, so as to not create additional complications in the aircraft’s software. Boeing have yet to announce an estimated date regarding the release of the updated software, however, passengers and airlines can rest assured in the knowledge that all Boeing 737 max aircrafts will remain grounded during the construction process.

On behalf of all South Africans, I would like to extend our deepest condolences to the families of the victims. We will continue to keep you in our thoughts and prayers, while actively lobbying for increased transparency. 

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Priyanka Govender © 2019.