My friend and I left work early yesterday to have a relaxed time at Fratelli restaurant in Hyde Park shopping centre. Although we work at the same place there is never enough time for us to visit because once we get started we can’t stop and you can’t very well go disappear for hours on end from work. We always have a fabulous time and never run out of things to say, two real chatterboxes. While we were chatting over some pizza I saw this one woman staring at me the whole time but chose to ignored it. Hours later she came over to ask me if my sister’s name is Tia as we look the same, have the same laugh and we could be twins. I thought I would ask my mother if she knew of my twin as I always say I cannot be her child as we have almost nothing in common (although we do look alike but that can be a fluke) to which she jokingly responds that I had the better looking pram so Tia, sister, if you are out there, hello 🙂 As for Fratelli – we had a great time and the food was good. Most of the places in Sandton and surrounding areas are a bit noisy for a Friday afternoon so if you are in the mood for a chat then this is perfect!
I was totally shocked yesterday when my cousin sent me a message from Rooi granaat (Red pomegranate) and I had to ask her what she was on about. It is a restaurant in Loxton and what surprised me even more was that I didn’t know where it was. I have toured SA extensively and have been trough most towns, even the one horse towns. Loxton is in the Upper-Karoo and even scarier is that I lived in the Karoo for several years growing up so how I missed it is a mystery. I Googled it and decided to put it on my list of things to see in SA.
A friend at work sent me an email with these fun facts about South Africa. I cannot vouch for the accuracy of all of these (and considering that the price of electricity has gone up with 82% since last year – well mine at least – I don’t think we have the second lowest electricity cost in the world anymore). The facts may be outdated but it is still fun to read.
I went to Montecasino on Saturday night for a fun night out. Monte’s tagline is “Gauteng’s Premier Entertainment destination” and it is so true. There is something for everyone. The many restaurants cater for all different tastes, from Kai Thai, Gourmet Garage with some interesting burger combinations, Metropolis Lounge and Grill on the Square that serves a fabulous fillet with real mushroom sauce and Ciao Baby Cucina that offers great breakfast buffets to name but a few.
There are stunning movie theatres with the Il Grande if you want to watch a movie in absolute comfort, ten pin bowling, hot air balloon, bird garden, dinner/dance and two theatres of which the Teatro is probably South Africa’s best theatre, currently showing Phantom of the opera. It also has a casino in the complex and has an open air Piazza which sometimes hosts free open air concerts, especially over New Years or during product launches. I had a great time.
My friend and I went to Fillet signature cut restaurant in Douglasdale and had a fabulous time. I had the beef trinchado which was delicious and my friend had fillet with parma ham and cheese sauce. The restaurant specialises in meat dishes, particularly fillet, but also have a few other dishes such as chicken, pork ribs, vegetarian or fish although I don’t know why you would choose to go to a restaurant with the name, Fillet, and not have meat. We were seated inside as the outside tables were fully booked when this one petite blonde woman received quite a few comments and looks when she got out of her huge SUV which she parked right in front of the restaurant with her headlights blinding everyone and she didn’t know where to switch them off saying eventually (after a minute) they switch themselves off. She just walked around apologising to everyone. This made me think how you can never just sneak out anymore and how Hollywood would need to change their movies when the good guys get away just in time by silently sneaking to the car, opening it quietly before driving off. Today you can’t open your car without usually disabling some alarm accompanied by flashing hazards, unlock the car doors which not only is noisy but also unlocks all doors, giving the bad guy a chance to get into the passenger seat and once you open the door the lights inside go on as well as the headlights as soon as you start the car and it is dark enough. I think car manufacturers need to design a stealth mode (with the click of one button) for when you need to get away unnoticed or when the Ferris Buellers “borrow” their parent’s car for a fun night out.
My friend and I went to Constitution hill today and that on national Human Rights Day, exactly eight years after the inauguration of the constitutional court building. Okay, little confession – when we decided to go we hadn’t realised it was Human Rights Day because a public holiday is a welcomed day away from the office and this was one of the things on my list of things to see but anyhoo it was really great.
We had a fascinating tour guide called Pius, dressed in yellow shorts and a bow tie that took us around the Old Fort jail, the Women’s Goal, Constitutional court and Number Four. Murderers such as Daisy de Melker and activists such as Nelson Mandela, Walter Sisulu, Helen Joseph and Mahatma Gandhi were imprisoned there but the jails were demolished in the early 1980s.
The constitutional court was established after the first democratic elections in 1994 and is built on the site of the Old Fort prison, on the highest point in Johannesburg. You enter the constitutional court building through massive wooden doors that have signs, symbols and words engraved in the 11 official languages as well as sign language and Braille. It represents the 27 rights in our constitutional Bill of Rights. The constitutional core values are also handwritten on the ceiling beams outside. The courtroom itself is centred around the theme of “justice under a tree” that is evident in the decor and design and hosts a beautiful handmade beaded flag. There are 11 chairs around the cow hide covered podium for the 11 judges that represent all the cultures of our country.
The building also hosts the biggest law library in the southern hemisphere. We really enjoyed the tour (which costs only R30 pp) and went for lunch at Killarney Mall afterwards and then made sure we got out of town as everyone was getting ready for the Jozi Nike night run. What a fabulous day.
My friend was telling me about this new craze for people to have dinner in the sky while suspended 50-100m above ground. She took her husband for his birthday at Cedar Square over the weekend. They have these all over the country and you can book it online via Computicket. I love mother earth and I am not fond of heights so I don’t understand why people would want to do such crazy things. You can also do corporate events and meetings but honestly! I would be utterly useless, given you are able to get me up there and probably only after you have given me lots and lots of drugs.