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)

5 Podcasts That Don’t Suck

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Even though Podcasts have been around since forever, I was never really inclined to invest my time in them. Perhaps I never found a podcaster that piqued my interest or spoke about topics that I could relate to. But thankfully, I decided to give podcasts a second chance, and I’ve been laughing my way through traffic ever since.

 

After some thorough research, I managed to round up 5 podcasts that are so great, you’ll wonder why you never listened to them before.

 

1. “Views” with David Dobrik and Jason Nash

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Warning: Do not listen to this podcast in public because you will most definitely look like a lunatic, laughing maniacally to yourself.

Anything that features the comedic brilliance of David Dobrik and Jason Nash is guaranteed to induce bouts of laughter. So its no surprise that the duo’s podcast, “Views” which airs every Thursday night, sits comfortably at the top of the comedy charts on Spotify.

David Dobrik is a 22 year old YouTube sensation with an impressive collection of vlogs under his belt. Together with fellow 45 year old vlogger Jason Nash, these two have successfully produced hours of A-grade banter for listeners to enjoy.

“Views” allows fans of Dobrik to delve deeper into the makings of this internet sensation. The unscripted story telling and personal anecdotes that they share ultimately humanise the larger than life character that is David Dobrik. With Nash as comedic support, the podcast is reminiscent of a group of friends joking around and poking fun at one another.

Thousands have compared David Dobrik’s vlog squad to the 90s sitcom “F.R.I.E.N.D.S” and the Views Podcast is further proof of this. Listening to Dobrik and Nash retell stories of risque adventures and crazy romances, listeners will be transported from their traffic-filled commute to the cosy familiarity of Central Perk coffee house.

 

2. Modern Love with WBUR and the New York Times

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Where do I even begin?!

Modern Love is a popular New York Times column wherein readers submit their tales of love, loss and matters of the heart. These stories were expertly transformed into an audio experience through the creation of the Modern Love Podcast which is available on Spotify.

Hosted by the calming voice of Meghna Chakrabarti, Modern Love allows listeners to immerse themselves in the authentic human experience.

The stories are brought to life by Hollywood favourites such as Shameless star Emmy Rossum, Titanic’s Kate Winslet, Love and Other Drugs star Jake Gyllenhaal.

Each episode, which is approximately an hour long, delves deep within the intricacies of 21st century love. The concept of dating is broken down as it pertains to modern romantics. Heartache is explained through the lens of people who never fully achieve closure as a result of social media. Each story is packed with emotion, humour and poignant relatability across various age groups.

You will cry either from laughter or resonance, but trust me, you will cry. So keep the tissues on hand and enjoy a ride on this rollercoaster of human emotion.

 

3. I’m Sorry Dad with Ry Doon and Brandon Calvillo

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Brought to you by the hilariously self-dubbed “I’m Sorry Dad Boys”, this comedy podcast is a laugh a minute.

Hosted by film-maker Brandon Calvillo and stand up comedian Ryan Doon, the weekly podcast is a series of hysterical anecdotes and expert story telling by some of YouTube’s most underrated creators.

Fair warning, the podcast is not for the faint-hearted, nor is it technically appropriate for listeners under the age of 16. But semantics aside, this podcast is 100% without a doubt hilarious. Crude sexual innuendos, relatable meme culture, and stories that explore millennial nuances, this podcast is packed with equal parts lad-humour and a healthy dose of realism, gender equality and intelligent discussions.

Calvillo and Doon are often joined by fellow comedians such Jason Nash and Alex Ernst whose personal experiences also add to the overall humour of the podcast.

You can catch these guys every week on Spotify! Make sure to listen closely for details about upcoming comedy shows.

 

4. Not Too Deep with Grace Helbig

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How can you not love Grace Helbig? The YouTube star has combined her love of story telling with her comedic genius in order to bring us this unique, fun and relatable take on modern culture.

Her podcast boasts a rotating cast of famous names such as Liza Koshy, Girl Boss Sophia Amuruso, Drake and Josh star Josh Peck etc.

As the name suggests, the overall message of the show is that the opinions shared should not be taken too seriously. It is light hearted comedy paired with funny personal experiences and commentary on millennial culture.

Intended solely to make her listeners laugh, Grace Helbig does a fantastic job of interviewing household names and bringing out the very best of the entertainment industry.

 

5. Congratulations with Chris D’elia

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If you’re looking for brutal honesty, unscripted comedic genius and edgy satirical humour, look no further than Chris D’elia.

With new episodes available every Tuesday on Spotify, the “Congratulations” podcast hosted by comedy legend Chris D’elia will definitely bring about ab-inducing laughter.

The stand up comedian boasts a number of highly acclaimed comedy specials such as Netflix “Incorrigible” and “Man on Fire”. His podcast is not intended for younger audiences, so perhaps listen to this funny podcast during your work commute or at the gym.

Each episode, which is roughly an hour long, is filled with observational humour and personal anecdotes that the comedian experiences on a day to day basis. His signature style of edgy, risque humour pairs perfectly with his on the spot comedy sketches.

This podcast is definitely a winner for fans who enjoy Chris D’elia’s unique style of comedy.

-Pri

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Liza Koshy: The Screen Queen

She’s a modern day superhero with a skill set like no other

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Who is she?

To put it simply, Liza Koshy is the Queen of all screens. She is a huge personality in a petite frame and she is already making waves across the world.

Officially known as Elizabeth Koshy, she is a 22 year old social media sensation with the power to redefine what the term “celebrity” means.

Koshy who grew up in Houston, Texas (cue Beyonce) found fame in the former social media platform known as Vine.

Her quirky skits and animated facial expressions catapulted the young star to the top of the charts. Nearly every single one of her 6-second comedy videos went viral, and this pattern of success continued long into her career.

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Like many former Vine personalities, Koshy made the transition to the popular video streaming site YouTube.

But there was something very different about Koshy’s YouTube transition, and indeed, it is this difference that sets her apart in the competitive field of content creation.

Dynamite comes in small packages

If there is anyone who encapsulates the meaning of the above quote, it is none other than Liza Koshy.

Her ingenious formula for success manifests itself in bite-sized comedy skits that burst with energy, and more importantly, authenticity.

Liza has maintained her bubbly personality across all social media platforms. Due to the nature of YouTube, she is able to showcase a side of herself that many of her supporters were eager to see. Through her original comedy segments such as “Target with Liza”, “Driving with Liza” and various makeup tutorial parodies, the young influencer has built her brand on clean, wholesome entertainment.

Her Humour

Liza Koshy is famous for her signature brand of pun-filled comedy. Many times dubbed “The Queen of Puns”, Liza honours the title by slipping hundreds of puns, dad-jokes and innuendos in her YouTube videos.

She has cracked the the YouTube code and managed to avoid the problem of demonetization that was experienced by thousands of high-performing entertainers.

Her ability to create comedic content that appeals to both millennials and Generation Z without the use of any curse words, drugs or alcohol, is incredibly impressive considering the current online climate.

Her clean content has allowed for solid relationships with world-renowned brands, sponsorship deals, and several roles in big Hollywood movies.

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It seems impossible to think that she can get even more impressive, but you will soon learn nothing is impossible when it comes to the universally loved Liza Koshy.

Her unscathed reputation and diligent work ethic has earned her once in a lifetime opportunities.

Case in Point: SHE INTERVIEWED BARACK OBAMA

If your jaw is on the ground, don’t worry, that is to be expected when learning about the empowered Ms Liza Koshy.

Her interest in human rights issues, politics, and equality has led her to the White House, various charity charity organisations and causes all around the world.

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Her Diversity:

The self-proclaimed “little brown girl” challenged racial, gender, and social bias within the entertainment industry through her chart-topping success.

Referring to herself as “ethnically ambiguous”, Koshy explains that she is the product of an Indian father and a Caucasian mother.

By using humour, she managed to navigate the intricacies of racial discussion, and in turn, opened up a dialogue aimed at celebrating diversity.

Her decision to speak openly on a topic that was generally considered “taboo” within the YouTube environment, has empowered people of all shapes, sizes and colours to interact, form friendships and celebrate the beautiful differences in our world.

She is a woman who is not afraid to speak her mind, thus making her a role model for millions of young adults trying to find their place in this world. She is definitely a personal hero, and I find her authentic, uncensored approach to life incredibly refreshing.

Her Positivity:

If there is one thing you are always guaranteed to experience in Liza Koshy’s videos, it’s her infectious positive energy. I have yet to meet one person who didn’t leave a Liza Koshy video happier than they when they found it. She radiates good vibes, positive energy and encourages a community where people support one another. This has a profound impact on her young, impressionable viewers who will benefit greatly from watching her create her own happiness.

Her relationship:

Possibly one of the most popular couples to emerge from social media are Liza Koshy and David Dobrik.

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Their decision to publicize their relationship was extremely well-received, but their ability to keep certain aspects of the relationship private between just the two of them is not only smart, but incredibly admirable and realistic.

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The two proudly support one another in the industry, and are more than happy to watch  eachother flourish independently.

Liza Koshy is often seen as a role model for young women who may struggle to find a balance between their relationship, and their independent dreams and goals.

By being the powerhouse, business-oriented woman that she is, Liza has inspired millions of people to succeed in both their personal relationships as well as their career aspirations.

Liza Koshy is a force of nature who will continue taking the world by storm no matter the elements.

She is both a personal role model, as well as an inspiration to millions all around the world.

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Her future shines brighter each day with the promise of exciting opportunities.

Life is always changing, but there is definitely one guarantee: Liza Koshy will forever reign as the Queen of Screens.

-Pri

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How David Dobrik broke the Internet

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If you’ve ever explored the world of YouTube, you probably already know who David Dobrik is.

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David Dobrik is one of the youngest creators to transform YouTube culture as we know it. The 22 year old former vine star (RIP Vine), and all round internet sensation is no stranger to fame, with nearly all his YouTube videos going viral within 24 hours.

From a small town in Chicago to dominating the Los Angeles entertainment scene, Dobrik is living the ultimate American Dream.

He was born in Slovakia before moving to the United States at the age of 5. Today he is the epitome of the all-american boy next door.

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Dobrik moved to L.A after realising that his full potential was not being tapped into in a traditional university. He trusted his intuition and took one of the biggest risks in his young life by packing up and heading to Hollywood. I am happy to report that this was by far the best decision he could have ever made.
How David Dobrik Took Over YouTube

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After making the transition from Vine to YouTube, Dobrik focused all his energy on building his channel according to his unique filming style.

By making use of sensationalism through “clickbait” titles, intriguing thumbnails and a real-life look into his everyday life, Dobrik earned himself the title of one of the most successful content creators on YouTube.

His signature 4 minute, 20 second vlog-style videos are filled with hilarious pranks and the charm of millennial relatability.

But what is it that makes Dobrik’s vlog channel the most popular on YouTube?

Enter: The Vlog Squad

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“The Vlog Squad” is a name created by Dobrik’s supporters, and is made up of all the popular YouTubers who regularly appear in David’s vlogs. To name a few: Alex Ernst, Liza Koshy, Scotty Sire, Jason Nash, Brandon Calvillo and Zane Hijazi are all popular YouTubers in their own right as well members of the vlog squad.

What makes one particular group of friends so incredibly popular you ask? Well, the fact of the matter is, anyone who watches the vlogs will agree that the friendship and crazy antics portrayed in these short clips are 100% genuine. These are all real people, joking around with one another as friends usually would. Their edgy, uncensored humour makes them relatable to millennials and Generation Z alike, but it would be false to discount the support of older viewers who are also thoroughly entertained by the friend group.

The appeal of this particular friend group is often compared the popular 90s sitcom “F.R.I.E.N.D.S”. Dobrik and his group of friends spend all day laughing with one another, which is of course very reminiscent of the group of friends who frequently occupied “Central Perk.” Perhaps the beloved sitcom resonated with fellow 90s kids who found solace in Dobrik’s lively group of friends.

One of the main reasons why Dobrik’s vlogs have the potential to reach viral status is due to the fact that the people are very authentic. The no-holds barred pranks and risque humour makes each vlog exciting, shocking and entertaining.

Speaking of authenticity, Dobrik’s choice to speak openly about his earnings and millionaire status has humanised him to the point where his humility speaks louder than his assets.

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It is clear as day that Dobrik does not take anything for granted and is highly appreciative of the position he is in. His unbelievable work ethic makes him an inspiration and role model to aspiring creators everywhere. In his podcast “Views”, run together with his good friend and popular vlog member Jason Nash, Dobrik can often be heard discussing money, work and various other “taboo topics.” But this is exactly why his viewers love him. He is unafraid to speak on controversial topics, and when he does, it is easy to see that he is a young man, working hard every single day to achieve his goals.

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He is business-oriented, ambitious and diligent, as proven by his regular thrice-weekly uploads. Therefore, I would say that every bit of success he has earned, from merchandise sales to sold out live shows, to ad-sales and sponsorship deals, is very well deserved.

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Another reason why Dobrik is loved by millions is his continuous support of his friends. Through his ever-growing success, Dobrik has never trampled upon anyone on his journey to the top. Instead, he shared the top spot by bringing all his friends along with him. By kick-starting their YouTube channels, he has provided avenues for further vlog channels to thrive.

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While some critics accuse Dobrik of using his friends for content in the vlogs, it is easy to see that their participation in vlog pranks is always consensual and most of the time, very well recieved. Besides, it is always entertaining to watch Dobrik himself being pranked in his friends’ vlogs.

Dobrik’s authenticity continues in his decision to publicly speak about his wonderful relationship with Liza Koshy.

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Liza Koshy is, without a doubt, the queen of all screens. She has dominated every social media platform from Vine, to Musically, to YouTube and the big screen in several Hollywood movies. Her quirky personality and hilarious videos make her a beloved influencer to viewers of all ages. Her interest in human rights issues and support for gender equality makes this queen even more impressive than she already is.

As you can see from the adorable photos above, the couple are fun-loving, adventurous and very much in love. From a personal perspective, I would wholeheartedly agree that their love and respect for one another makes them ideal role models and obviously relationship goals. Their decision to publicize their relationship was extremely well-received, but their ability to keep certain aspects of the relationship private between just the two of them is not only smart, but incredibly admirable and realistic.

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All in all, the two proudly support one another in the industry while managing to allow their partner the independence to thrive and stumble upon success on their own. Again: relationship goals.

David Dobrik is a force to be reckoned with and I can only imagine what the future holds for this extremely talented and hard working young influencer.

-Pri

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