Claremont’s hidden gem… in Constantia

Whether you’re looking for a romantic night out, a family friendly restaurant or simply a place to watch the cricket with friends, The Club House at Claremont Cricket Club ticks all the boxes.


We recently enjoyed a delicious two-course meal at The Club House and were blown away – from the friendly staff and warm welcome to the tasty food (and wine). The setting was perfect with views overlooking the cricket fields and in the summer months, I’d say booking a table outside is a must. During our dinner we had two mad dogs racing around the restaurant and fields – clearly it’s animal friendly, too!

the-club-house-2For starters, we enjoyed calamari and roasted tomato and feta tartlets. The calamari was perfectly cooked, while the tartlets were made from paper-thin phyllo pastry (a welcome change from the usual heavy pastry). For our mains we both ordered the fillet – and boy was it good! We have our favourite steak joint but I think we’ve found a new favourite. It was cooked to perfection and served on a bed of creamy garlic mash and spinach. This was home cooking meets gourmet.

Sadly we left no space for dessert, even though I had my heart set on the Amarula and chocolate crème brûlée. Next time I’ll make sure I either don’t eat all day or skip the starters!

As soon as cricket season starts in the summer, we’ll be booking our table at The Club House. Although very cosy during the winter months, I’m looking forward to an al fresco dining experience!

What we ordered

For starters

Salt and pepper baby calamari with a paprika and lemon mayo

Mini roast tomato and feta tartlets

For mains

Beef fillet served on garlic mash with a side of sautéed spinach with mushroom sauce

We enjoyed a bottle of Durbanville Hills Sauvignon Blanc. The wine list caters to all but doesn’t overwhelm. If you’d like to see the full menu, click here.


Where is it located?

So, it’s not in Claremont – as you’d think. The Club House relocated to Constantia about 14 months ago. It’s in the Constantia Sports Complex just off Constantia Main Road, and you’ll find it next to the Virgin Active. Book a table by calling 021 794 6314. For more information visit

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Western Province Currie Cup rugby fixtures 2014

Western Province kick off their 2014 ABSA Currie Cup campaign with a tricky away fixture against the EP Kings. The competition has expanded to include eight teams but that doesn’t mean there are any easy matches, especially when playing away from home. After a disappointing Super Rugby campaign, the Cape Town based side will want to bounce back strongly. With the departures of stalwarts like Schalk Burger, Gio Aplon and Deon Fourie, the door is open for new stars to shine through.


Western Province Currie Cup Fixtures:

  • 8 August 2014: Eastern Province Kings vs Western Province
    Nelson Mandela Stadium, Port Elizabeth – 19h10
  • 16 August 2014: Western Province vs Blue Bulls
    Newlands, Cape Town – 14h00
  • 23 August 2014: Western Province vs Golden Lions
    Newlands, Cape Town – 17h05
  • 30 August 2014: Blue Bulls vs Western Province
    Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria – 17h05
  • 5 September 2014: Western Province vs Eastern Province Kings
    Newlands, Cape Town – 19h10
  • 13 September 2014 – Golden Lions vs Western Province
    Ellis Park, Johannesburg – 17h05
  • 20 September 2014: Western Province vs Griquas
    Newlands, Cape Town – 15h00
  • 27 September 2014: Pumas vs Western Province
    Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
  • 4 October 2014: Free State Cheetahs vs Western Province
    Free State Stadium, Bloemfontein – 14h00
  • 11 October 2014: Western Province vs Sharks
    Newlands, Cape Town – 17h05

The Sharks are perhaps the favourites but as we all know, any one of the teams can beat their opponents on the day. Let’s bring that trophy back to the Cape. Go WP!

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See The Lumineers at Kirstenbosch: 4 & 5 December 2014

Popular folk-rock band The Lumineers will be hitting the stage at Kirstenbosch on Thursday 4 December and Friday 5 December 2014. The US band who brought you the hits ‘Hey Ho’ and ‘Stubborn Love’ are stopping over in the Mother City, with another show at the Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg on Saturday 6 December 2014.


With Grammy Award nominations and headline slots at some of the world’s biggest festivals, The Lumineers have certainly made name for themselves in the last few years. The core band members Wesley Schultz, Jeremiah Fraites and Neyla Pekarek effortlessly blend folk, alternative rock, Americana and indie to create their much loved sound.

Tickets for the Cape Town concerts are available from WebTickets for R465 each. Stay tuned for the exciting support line-up which will feature a number of awesome acts. The music kicks off at 18h00 and ends at 22h00. It’s all brought to you by Seed Experiences, Virgin Mobile SA and 5FM. Enjoy!

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gobii Smartphones IIP & IVP

The gobii range is getting bigger and continues to impress with good value for money. Following on the success of the e-reader and tablet range, two new gobii smartphones hit the market earlier this year and I’ve heard good feedback so far. The smartphone range currently includes a 4″ dual-core Android device and more expensive 4.5″ quad-core option.

The gobii IIP & IVP

The gobii IIP & IVP

Let’s take a look at the specs:

gobii 4″ Smartphone IIP

  • Processor: MT6572 Dual-Core @ 1.3GHz with dedicated graphics processor
  • O/S: Android version 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 4.0″ WVGA IPS (Resolution: 480 x 800) with Dragontrail glass screen
  • Storage: 4GB (Extendable up to 36GB with an external micro SD card of up to 32GB)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 5.0 Mega-Pixel rear camera (software enhanced to 8 Mega-Pixel); 0.3 Mega-Pixel front camera (software enhanced to 2 Mega-Pixel)
  • Dual SIM (accepts standard size SIM card from any network provider)
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G: GSM900/1800 and WCDMA2100; Wi-Fi: 802.11 B/G/N; Bluetooth: Ver. 4.0
  • Battery: 1150mAh Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
  • FM Range: 76 108MHZ
  • Dimensions: 123mm x 63mm x 10mm
  • Weight: 126g
  • Ports/Slots: Micro USB, AUX 3.5mm, Microphone, MicroSD (max. 32GB), SIM (Dual)

gobii 4.5″ Smartphone IVP

  • Processor: MT6582 Quad Core Cortex A9 @ 1.2 with dedicated graphics processor
  • O/S: Android version 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 4.5 FWVGA IPS (Resolution: 480 x 854) with Dragontrail glass screen
  • Storage: 8GB (Extendable up to 40GB with an external micro SD card of up to 32GB)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 5.0 Mega-Pixel rear camera (software enhanced to 8 Mega-Pixel); 0.3 Mega-Pixel front camera (software enhanced to 2 Mega-Pixel)
  • Dual SIM (accepts standard size SIM card from any network provider)
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G: GSM900/1800 and WCDMA2100; Wi-Fi: 802.11 B/G/N; Bluetooth: Ver. 4.0
  • Battery: 1700mAh Lithium Polymer; charges via USB port or wall charger
  • FM Range: 87.5 108MHZ
  • Dimensions: 132mm × 66mm × 9.8 mm
  • Weight: 156g
  • Ports/Slots: Micro USB, AUX 3.5mm, Microphone, MicroSD (max. 32GB), SIM (Dual)

Both smartphones look the part with perhaps the only ‘weakness’ being the camera quality. But that’s only when comparing to phones which are much more expensive than these two. With the IIP currently selling (at the time of writing) for R999 and the IVP for R1699 can you really complain? You’re getting an Android device with plenty of punch at a fraction of the cost of others.

I reckon if my current phone packs up, I’ll buy one of these and happily cruise along using pre-paid airtime and data, instead of getting locked into an expensive contract.

Check out the links below to buy the phones or see more info and reviews:

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Blisters for Bread Walk 2014

August is just around the corner and that means it’s Blisters for Bread time again! The charity fun walk is one of the Mother City’s most popular events with thousands of participants each year. This year’s walk takes place on Sunday 24 August 2014.


There will be no 15km option in 2014, only 5km and 10km walks. Also note that the field will be limited to 12,000 entrants, so it’s advisable to enter as soon as possible. You can enter online at or pick up an entry form at one of these stores:

  • Sportsmans Warehouse – Canal Walk
  • Sportsmans Warehouse – Rondebosch
  • Sportsmans Warehouse – Sea Point
  • Sportsmans Warehouse – Tygervalley
  • Sportsmans Warehouse – West Coast

In-store entries close on 9 August 2014 and online entries close on 10 August 2014. The entry fee is R50 per person.

Funds raised go to the Peninsula School Feeding Association (PSFA), which continues to do amazing work feeding hungry learners in primary, secondary and special-needs schools across the Western Cape.

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Dragons’ Den South Africa is on the way

Have you got a great business idea? Maybe you’re halfway there but you need some help to reach the next step… The Dragons’ Den could be just what you’re looking for. This super popular international TV series sees budding entrepreneurs pitching their ideas to a panel of venture capitalists (the ‘Dragons’), with the hope of making a deal for the future.


With a share in the business up for grabs, the Dragons can offer funding and mentorship to entrepreneurs who they wish to work with. The show originated in Japan but it’s the UK version which we’ve seen on DSTV in the last couple of years. At this stage there’s no word on who the South African Dragons will be but it’ll be very interesting to see who steps up.

In the meantime, you can apply with your business idea online at The show is set to debut on Mzansi Magic (DSTV Channel 161) in September.

If you make it into the Dragons’ Den, then make sure you’re prepared. Get your financials in order along with your business plan otherwise you’ll find yourself having a very awkward moment on TV… Watch some episodes of the UK version and learn from the mistakes and successes of those entrepreneurs. And if you’re not interested in being on the show, it’s still a great series to watch so look out for it!

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Prime Circle rocks the GrandWest Arena on 9 August 2014

Top SA rock band Prime Circle will be treating Cape Town fans to a massive concert at the GrandWest Arena on Saturday 9 August 2014. The show is part of their Let The Night In arena tour which sees them performing in Europe and South Africa.


Since bursting onto the scene in 2003, the band has racked up a string of hits on SA radio. Fans can look forward to hearing tracks like ‘Hello’, ‘She Always Gets What She Wants’, ‘Turning In My Sleep’ and many more, including some from the new album. The current line-up of Ross Learmonth (vocals and guitar), Marco Gomes(bass), Dale Schnettler (drums), Neil Breytenbach (keyboard) and Dirk Bisschoff (guitar) will be delivering a concert of international quality, with state of the art sound and lighting.

Tickets for the GrandWest concert are available from Computicket, with prices ranging from R150 to R320 each. Doors open at 19h00 and the music kicks off at 20h00. Enjoy!

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Cape Leopard Trust 10th anniversary fundraiser

A special fundraising luncheon will be held on Saturday 16 August 2014 in aid of the Cape Leopard Trust’s 10th anniversary. As a sponsor of the Trust since its inception, Leopard’s Leap is delighted to on board, along with Opulent Living Experiences.

The event will feature celebrity chefs Neil Jewell (Bread and Wine, Môreson), Vanessa Marx (Dear Me) and Pieter de Jager preparing a relaxed family-style lunch, along with MCs Elana Afrika-Bredenkamp and Ian Bredenkamp.

A donation of R1,500 per person guarantees entry to the event. The Cape Leopard Trust will receive 100% of the proceeds as well as the money raised via an auction on the day. Other co-sponsors for the evening are Mercedes Benz, Cennergi and First National Bank.

Reservations can be made with Leopard’s Leap Family Vineyards (Contact Lené van der Merwe at +27 (0)21 876 8002 or or Opulent Living (Contact Kelly Veldhuis at +27 (0)21 433 1699 or

For more information, please contact Kelly Veldhuis at +27 (0)21 433 1699 or

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Lindt Chocolate: Come and say your hello!

You may have noticed the new range of LINDT HELLO chocolates on the shelves at Woolworths stores lately. Well, if you’d like to taste them and stand a chance of winning some fantastic prizes, then keep reading…


To mark the launch of the new LINDT HELLO range LINDT will be giving people the opportunity to experience the new LINDT HELLO lifestyle concept, taste the delicious new chocolates and stand the chance of winning different prizes from the HELLO range, as well as an entry into the HELLO Grand Prize Draw – to win a trip to say your HELLO in person, including; a flight to the value of R15, 000 to anywhere in the world, R10, 000 cash spending money, a digital camera and a suitcase full of LINDT HELLO chocolates!

It’s all happening at the following venues:

V&A Waterfront, Barrow Court:  

  • 13 – 16 June 2014   (9am – 7pm)

Cavendish Square, Col-Cacchio Court: 

  • 20 – 21 June             (9am – 7pm)
  • 22 June 2014            (9am – 3pm)

Canal Walk, Woolworths Upper Level court: 

  • 27 – 29 June 2014   (9am – 7pm)

Flavours in the new range include Caramel Brownie, Cookies and Cream, Strawberry Cheesecake and Crunchy Nougat. Need I say more?

Visit or Facebook/LindtChocolateSA for more details.

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See Johnny Clegg at the GrandWest Arena: 31 May 2014

The legendary Johnny Clegg will be treating fans to a special performance at the GrandWest Arena on Saturday 31 May 2014. “A South African Story” is the show that he took to the prestigious Royal Albert Hall in London in March 2013 with huge success – and now it’s the Mother City’s turn.


Get your tickets now!

Audiences can look forward to songs and stories from Johnny’s 30 year career, with interesting insights on how local and international history shaped his music. Expect to hear classic tracks such as ‘Asimbonanga’, ‘Great Heart’, ‘Impi’ and many more on the night. With state of the art lighting, sound and projection, it promises to be an experience not to be forgotten.

The show starts at 20h00 and will run for approximately 120 minutes, with a 20 minute interval. Tickets are available at Computicket and prices range from R186 to R390 each. Enjoy!

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