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South African chef John Moatshe cooks for more than compliments

May 29, 2017 – 11:51 am
John Moatshe chef

ICC executive chef John Moatshe has cooked for Britain’s Queen Elizabeth, the late President Nelson Mandela and recently, for several thousand delegates attending Africa’s Travel Indaba in Durban. When you quiz this urbane, unpretentious Chaîne des Rôtisseurs-awarded chef about highlights threading through his illustrious culinary career, you discover there are many.

Poland, France, German winners on European Film Fest 2017 Nouveau South Africa line-up

April 23, 2017 – 12:21 pm
EuroFilmFestSA Poster

The fourth European Film Festival (2017 edition) for South Africa will screen at Cinema Nouveau in Durban, Cape Town, Pretoria and Johannesburg beween May 5 and May 14. The films include award-winning entries from 12 countries: Austria, Belgium, Poland, Spain, Portugal, Germany, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, Netherlands, and Ireland and Croatia for the first time.

Welcome to Berlin: now beware the U-Bahn station bandits

October 22, 2016 – 12:10 pm
Berlin Welcome Card pictured.

At the risk of inserting a spoiler at this point, my yoga friend’s Berlin Welcome Card didn’t serve as a lifeline when she was robbed — of her passport, credit cards, debit card and entire stash of cash — the first time she used it. Embarrassing as it is to admit, it was ‘streetwise’ and travel-wise me who fell prey to pickpockets. On the ‘up’ side, getting back on track was not the train-smash I imagined it might be.

Thailand Travel 35: Nai Yang late night massage surprise

October 3, 2016 – 5:30 am
Nai Yang Phuket

“Mam” comes out and we chat. I ask her why she’s so busy when the others are empty. “I’ve been here a long time,” she says. She’s refined. Warm. Probably 50. I tell her I want a good strong Thai massage and had a bad one yesterday. She goes inside. Chats to someone. Comes back out…

The culinary travel phenomenon

August 15, 2016 – 3:25 am
A traditional Durban bean bunny chow.

Exploring tastes, traditions and cuisines while traveling — and savoring how other cultures eat, drink and make merry even in restaurants close to home or in ones own kitchen — opens up a whole new world and preserves culinary traditions.

Thailand travel 14. Sunday Walking Street Chiangmai and artist dinner

August 3, 2016 – 7:45 pm
Chiangmai Sunday Walking Market

An hour is not enough time to get there. Again I am a monsoon by the time I concede defeat. Am past where the map indicates he lives, when I show the address to a woman standing with friends down an alleyway. She calls the number. She talks in Thai. She tells me to go stand on the corner I just rounded and someone will fetch me. And so it is I meet Buppha when she picks me up on her scooter. Takes me to their house. Serves two scrummy dishes she’s cooked, fresh, spiced, nutted, then goes off to her shop near the night market.

Thailand travel 13. Was my inmate masseuse a killer or an addict?

August 3, 2016 – 11:22 am
prisoner massage Chiangmai

No sooner than I am settled on my belly wondering which way to put my head as only at one place in Thailand did I get a massage bed with a hole for your face or head to settle into that I had thought was standard, she is on top of me. Elbows, feet, heels, hands, fists, full body weight at the ready.

Thailand travel 12. Solo travel for women and boomers

August 3, 2016 – 10:15 am
Chiang Rai coffee shop.

Many people travel with someone who is not fun to be with because they feel they cannot travel alone. And many people don’t travel because they don’t have the right (or wrong) person to travel with.

And that’s a real shame…

Thailand travel 11. Chiangrai Saturday walking street food feast

August 3, 2016 – 1:04 am
Prepping food for sale.

Near the city gates in Chiangmai on Saturday night is a fabulous street food market frequented by locals and tourists that stretches on and on and has irresistible “everything” from whole fish being grilled over the fire, coated in coarse salt, to fat prawns and squid and — you name it. Smells, visual temptations and fresh fruit stands.

Thailand travel 10. To market, to market in Chiangmai and boomer no-buy joy

August 2, 2016 – 10:00 pm
Talat Warorot Saturday prduce.

Walk down my side of the Ping River to upscale coffee shops and arty places. At some point across the Ping to Talat Warorot, which I now know is Chiangmai’s oldest and most famous market. Right next door to Talat Ton Lam Yai, which is the city’s fresh flower market.