• A Taste Journey at Vasco’s
    Portuguese explorer , Vasco da Gama was well-known for his voyages of discovery and more especially his discovery of the sea route to India.This voyage changed the face of culinary trends worldwide and still does today. KwaZulu Natal was discovered on Christmas day hence the Portuguese name Natal. So it is no wonder that the new Vasco’s situated in the Hilton Hotel Durban is inspired by this great explorer Vasco da Gama who brought spices to the world. Spice colours of red and yellow fused with the earthy African colours and this is the warmness that one feels on entering Vasco’s and not forgetting the friendly faces.There are two sitting areas which give patrons the option of dining inside or outside.Vasco’s seats 160 people per meal.The resturant is open for three meals a days and includes two themed buffet nights which are the Friday “Off the hook” which […]
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  • Vidya Vox all set for South Africa
    Singing sensation aka the Queen of Mashups Vidya Vox is heading to South Africa this September. I first heard and came across Vidya Vox after my trip to Kerala. Her song caught my attention because of not only her stunning voice but the background of the beautiful Kerala Backwaters.https://youtu.be/5nyFfZnsyNY . I started searching Vidya Vox online and started discovering more of her music and loved her style and vibe. So when her concert was announced in South Africa I was over the moon to say the least and started educating everyone about Vidya Vox. Not much is know about this songtress so I decided to put together some background info on Vidya Vox. So who is Vidya Vox ? Born in Chennai , Vidya Iyer was raised in America. Vidya started learning Indian Classical music at a very young age. Like most of us with an Indian Heritage living in various corners of the world, Vidya found she […]
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  • A box of treats so Don’t Disturb me
    We all love receiving gifts but finding the perfect gift can be difficult. I personally love giving and getting gifts.It takes me sometime to put a gift together.My idea of gifting is generally a  gift box of goodies with a main gift. I love a good bargain so that means I have a cupboard filled with bits and pieces to add to my gifting boxes. But sometimes the cupboard is bare and with time and distance constraints I can not find a suitable gift. Now this is no longer a problem as a local South African based company has come up with a variety of gift box options and wait for it… they are delivered to your doorstep or to the person you are gifting it to. Don’t Disturb is the genius company  behind this gifting solution http://dontdisturb.co.za/ . There are currently 18 different boxes on offer and even include special Date Night Boxes. I was sent a gorgeous box called […]
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  • Spice up your life with Faithful to Nature #Win
    They say “Spice is the variety of life” and it is no wonder why so many explorers fell in love with the spices they found on their voyages of discovery. Coming from an Indian home with an interest in culinary journeys it is no surprise that the SpiceGoddess is obsessed with spices from around the globe. And every trip I take I bring back spices. During my trip to Kerala I discovered a new-found love and appreciation of spices http://spicegoddess.co.za/secrets-of-the-spices-of-kerala/ I can spend hours in a Spice shop browsing the products in the aisles as I am an adventurous cook and eater.One of my happy places in Durban is Spice Emporium which is a beautiful spice store which specialize in Indian spices and ingredients  with a has a quaint Bombay Street Food Cafe http://spicegoddess.co.za/hidden-gem-of-durban/   And then I discovered another great online gem […]
  • Life Lately of the Spice Goddess 17.2
    I feel like I have literally blinked my eyes and we are already at the half way mark of 2017. The months are flying by so much as happened and is still happening that I feel a Life Lately 17.2 update is needed.So here is what happened for the first part of 2017 ,http://spicegoddess.co.za/life-lately-edition-17-1/ April ,my birthday month was rather busy and eventful.We had family over from Mauritius which was great but oh so busy. But it meant I got to be a local tourist and that is one of my favourite things to do http://spicegoddess.co.za/be-a-tourist-in-your-city/. And in the middle of all that it was my Birthday and I ended up hosting a dinner at home for my friends and I was surprised by the most beautiful Travel Inspired cake by Akshi from Kreamy Kreations. Mum and I also headed off to Tala Game Reserve for what felt like an Out of Africa day.Read here to find out […]
  • Tora Grace are beautiful reminders #WIN
    As I get older , I become rather sentimental and love gifts with a meaning. I love quotes as the are a reminder to us to be positive,that we are loved and to dream big. Local South African brand, Tora Grace have done just that and combined these things I love and created a stunning range of bangles. For my birthday ,I was sent the beautiful Samsara Wanderlust stack of bracelets for my birthday from the lovely folk at Tora Grace. All the ranges are beautiful and yes it makes it very hard to pick just one. But I was captivated once I read up about the Samsara Range. Samsara is a sanskrit word that means “wandering” or “world, with the connotation of cyclic, circuitous change. We took inspiration from this and have incorporated it with our love for travel and the wandering world. Each quote is individually chosen and designed with special fonts to celebrate your journey and add a pretty […]
  • Mini Me Memorables a great gift idea !
    Ever since watching Austin Powers , I loved the idea of having a “Mini Me ”  The idea having a smaller version of yourself is pretty cool I think. BUT in reality my lil cousin is a mini version of me. So when the folk at Mini Memorables got in touch with me I felt like a kid again all excited about building, making and owning LEGO. Mini Me memorable is a South African company and all LEGO components are real. Fast forward a few years ago , while living in London I took my then lil cousin to LEGOLAND. Ok ok maybe I convinced her that it would be great for her birthday. Such a fun-filled day we had creating memories and LEGO. I was blown away by just how everything was made with LEGO. The LEGO Mini world was stunning with mini LEGO models of tourist attractions around the world. So finding out I could create my own LEGO mini me was amazing. I headed off […]
  • Why I swapped my handbag for a Cabin Zero backpack?
    I always carry a handbag and a big one at that when I travel.I have actually named one of my handbags as my “Travel Handbag” as it is genuine leather ,soft and big enough for all my things.The only problem I have realised a few months ago ,is that it is hard to keep a bag on your shoulder while hiking and taking pictures. And the Cabin Zero entered my life. Now for a funny story, during #KeralaBlogExpress naive me took a handbag with me.I did not realise how this would actually end up being a nuinsance.I kept forgetting my bag all over the place but luckily for me my friend Anita Hendrika from New Zealand become “My Bag’s Keeper” and kept reminding me about taking my bag and if I had my bag on me.It became a standing joke but also reminded me I should look for an alternative for my handbag. There is a common thought pattern that says “Ladies keep […]
  • Mother’s Day #GiveTheGlow
    Life is way too short to appreciate your Mother only on Mother’s Day, this should be done all year round. In general, make her feel loved and cherished all the time with even the smallest gestures. Since moving back home after missing several Mother’s Days I love being around my mum and gran. They are both my pillars of strength, my sounding boards and they put up with my craziness. During the years I lived abroad, I was fortunate to have crossed paths with some pretty amazing women – Renske, Justyna, Lara, Sahera and Viviene. These phenomenal women nurtured me, took me into their homes and provided me with so much love. Ladies, I appreciate you all and love you for all that you have blessed me with and continue to do over the miles. Lara once told me about an Old African Proverb. “It takes a village to raise a child.” This makes so much sense, we all play a role in raising a […]
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  • Game Drives and Picnics at Tala Game Reserve
    An hour out of Durban, you will find Tala Game Reserve. A wildlife sanctuary set in 3000 hectares of land which is home to 380 bird species, 20 species of antelope , hippos , giraffes , zebras, wildebeest, rhino and buck. Mum and I headed off on our lil African adventure to Tala Game Reserve during the week. The reason we were there was to sample the new picnic basket and go on a game drive. I felt like a lil kid that morning going on a school trip as I got ready for our adventure. I am a big supporter of travelling locally and discovering the area we live in , so when I was invited to Tala Game Reserve having not visited there before I was rather excited to say the least. On entering , the reserve we were welcomed by the Zebras who posed while I took their photos. * NOTE you are not allowed to get out of your vehicle. Every side I turned I could see Mother Nature’s babies waking […]
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