For those wondering where to end their day after work on a Thursday or to begin their evening out on the town, the Strand Tower Hotel offers the perfect option…
Every Thursday from 6pm the Strand Tower Hotel provides a chic yet upbeat environment with live music in their bar/terrace area. Each week a different band or artist is featured, either playing in the bar or on the terrace, or sometimes even above the swimming pool with the city skyline as the backdrop. The bar and restaurant is located on the 2nd floor of the hotel, with a north facing terrace providing sunny views of the city.
The bar menu consists of colourful cocktails, a broad selection of South African wines as well as soft drinks to suit every palate. Service is slick and professional, with waiters gliding across the floor to deliver your beverage of choice where ever you are seated; cocooned in a wingback chair, slouched in a sunken couch, or stretched out in a lounger on the terrace.
My friends and I arrived just after 6pm as the music began; a live band setting the mood for the evening. They played a variety of music, from 80’s to rock to modern tunes recognised by everyone in the room and on the terrace.
We were greeted by the manager and escorted to a corner couch that appeared most inviting. A waiter provided us with menus and after a few minutes of perusing we placed our order. Within minutes our drinks arrived, served with aplomb. Shortly afterwards a selection of savoury snacks were presented to accompany our drinks. This is on the house; all part of the theme for this “Networking Event” that the hotel hosts every Thursday.
Wine flowed and ice clinked in tumblers, while feet were tapping to the beat. What better way to start one’s evening or end a stressful day at the office in the heart of the Mother City!
Post by Andrew Phillips*
Our guest blogger Caroline Mbeka tells about Cape Town’s true cuisine “Township Style” at Mzoli’s Place…
Cape Town is filled with bars, clubs and restaurants to choose from creating a vivacious night life that caters for all tastes. You might feel you have experienced the essence of the Cape’s flavour, but if you haven’t been to Mzoli’s Place, you are yet to experience Cape Town’s true cuisine “Township Style”. This day and night spot happens to be a butchery with a twist; located in the colourful Gugulethu township with a remarkable history on the outskirts of Cape Town. If you love food, life, fun, music people and fashion Mzoli’s is the place to be. Celebrities, locals and international visitors never miss a chance to make it to popular butchery, grill and nightlife hangout when they are in town.
Everyone knows that Mzoli’s is all about the meat. Upon arrival your first stop is the butcher’s counter where you will find an array of delectable meats ranging from beef, pork, chicken, lamb cutlets, steaks, skewers and sausage. Once you have selected your meat it is then weighed you pay at the till point and you are then given your dish. You hand over your dish to the person who will cook it over an open fire (braai) the traditional South African way.
Once your meat has been braaied you can enjoy it with a side order of pap, chakalaka, bread or whatever tickles your taste buds. For those of you who will be feeling a bit parched after your meal, there are a number of establishments around Mzoli’s that serve alcohol and non-alcoholic beverages.
Now the fun begins… as you make your way through the Mzoli’s tent you will be met by live entertainment, people dancing and socialising. This is where you and your friends will enjoy your meal, choose to join in on the fun or bob your head to the music as you enjoy the fantastic famous Mzoli’s meat.
Doing your hair on a daily basis is always an ongoing mission, but well worth investing in the latest trends and knowing how to groom and care for your tresses. I always say, if your hair is trendy and polished then it makes it much easier to find something to wear – ANYTHING!
Palladium Hair Company was founded by Gina Capra in 1997, who had humble beginnings. Much like ‘Disney’ and ‘Google’, she started working from her parents’ garage in Groenkloof with basic equipment and a big dream! Gina’s dream was to take on the world with three basic principals – quality of her work, client experience and atmosphere. These principals have clearly worked for her company which has been running for 13 years!
Palladium Hair Company has blossomed into 2 branches in South Africa – 1 in the Cape Quarter Extension situated in Cape Town and 1 in Waterkloof Heights in Pretoria. Palladium has an impressive list of celebrity ambassadors such as Jeannie D, Dr. Michael Mol and Natalie Becker to say the least and if that wasn’t enough, Gina was also nominated as 1 of the top 10 South African business woman of the year in 2003… now we clearly know why!
In a recent chat with Palladium Hair Company, I was enlightened about their summer hair and nail trends for 2012/2013. I thought I’d share them with you.
Summer in Cape Town is definitely the most exciting season to hit the city when it comes to style.
A word from the nail bar:
The prediction for summer nails can be summarised using one word – MATTE. Keep those nails styled by selecting a matte gel colour instead of winter gloss. Colour trends — It’s all about pastel this season! Focus on the baby pinks, blues and beiges. Black will always be timeless, especially on the toes!
We sat down with senior stylist Nicole Greene to get her take on summer hair predictions. As we all know, the hottest trend to hit lately has been the Ombre look – but it’s time to take the affect one step further and head away from beach blonde ends. Gradual pastel colours on your ends will add real style this season. We can only suggest the Joico Structure Beach spray to rock this style even further.
This hair spray is great for creating a windswept, bohemian, just-off-the-beach look to enhance the natural wave and kink of the hair – infused with salts, minerals and conditioning agents to achieve the hottest controlled tousled style.
We have always loved our blondes, but with the harsh sun we have to know how to protect it! We recommend Joico Sunmilk Therapy – being enriched with UV protection as well as the soothing properties such as Aloe Vera to reconstruct and maintain the platinum we all love!
LOB: Longer bob version is the hairstyle of the season — textured and layered hairstyle easily suits so many faces. Our gents have taken a step forward into the timeless, classic look. We love that gents have become more aware of the term ‘sleek and styled’, but it’s not only our gents. Test daytime wear for our ladies is definitely a sleeked back pony tail – CLASSIC! And to help you achieve this look perfectly, use Joico Structure Define, which improves texture as well as manageability, for a clean shine leaving no residue!
This summer we want to be fresher than ever at Palladium Hair Company. Visit them at:
New Cape Quarter Extension
Open Monday – Sunday
Post by Widaad Jacobs*