NICE NEVILLE & NEIL

My sister Bronwyn Cane has recently returned to RSA and so I jumped in the car with her this weekend for a road trip to Durban. She’ll be working with Egg Design (the same firm who did Freedom Cafe and the new Craft you’ll see below) for a bit and then we’ll be joining together to design a homeware range tentatively called Of Quilters and Workmen, or something like that. Its based on the names of our Victorian great Grandmother and her daughter our Gran. You can expect something nostalgic & industrial.

FREEDOM CAFE 031-3094453 Number 36 Campbell Avenue















SAINT VERDE D666 - off the Dargle Impendle Road, Midlands
Open on the last Friday, Saturday and Sunday of each month





And lastly the launch week of CRAFT - the new offering from Neil R: the owner of Freedom Cafe. It is fantastic! (yes an exclamation mark - for reel). Italian food, with humour and generosity. Reminds me of something: hmmm: oh yes: Mess.


JONO AND 7 SECRET WRITERS LAUNCH “TASTELESS

We’ve started an un-moderated blog tasteless where 8 anonymous food writers will say whatever they want; without a spoon-full-of-sugar.

Come and eat shit and die with us.

Jono Cane and others. xxx


Some thoughts on food photography






















Bridge Fashion

I cannot tell you what it looked like on the night, cos like-no-ways was I going to sit on a bridge at 10pm on a Saturday evening.

And I am rather thankful I did not. Tlale arrived 2.10 hours late - i.e. after midnight - on a motorbike and said, as way of apology, “This is the Nelson Mandela bridge, someone had to make an entrance”.

Darling, the only person in South Africa who is FAMOUS enough for such bad manners is the man the bridge is named after. And he’d never.

NICE CLOTHES. BAD ATTITUDE.

Sadly I did miss out on seeing Bold & Beautiful stars Steffy and Owen. Steffy is the International New Media Dynamo at Forrester Creations - currently under the evil eye of Bill Spencer, Steffy’s father’s current wife’s sister’s husband.

While we’re in this space. Here’s one of my fav games: MURDER, MARRY, SHAG? John Black, Bo Brady, Ridge Forrester. You have to choose, else I’ll give you a Chinese bangle.

YOUR OPTIONS

JOHN. Plus: Very Caring. Minus: Is in love with Lassie (AKA Marlena).

BO. Plus: Family Guy. Minus: Is in love with Fancy Face (AKA Hope).

RIDGE. Plus: Handsome Musician*. Minus: Is in love with Logan (AKA Brooke). And sometimes Doc (Taylor).


Roelof is a Mess

Mess at CO-OP - photos by the talented Mr Roelof Vanwyk












Things That Make Me Sad

TONGUE

It’s like Daisy was bad, like she did something wrong and was punished. Maybe she was spreading rumours about the farmer (or his wife and that stable man), or maybe it was just her time, but that large ridged, flaky TONGUE that my mother used to boil up - because her mother used to boil it up, because The War used up all the food - seemed like a castration - which, of course it is. Mixed in with a ratatouille of sorts, and some mashed potato, the thought still makes my epiglottis bob around a bit, with sadness. As if our mom making us eat it wasn’t bad enough, the next morning my dad would throw open the fridge and create a sandwich - butter, tongue, lettuce & … sandwich spread. No thnks dad, I’m still full from last night.


NSFH - NOT SAFE FOR HOME

MULTIPLE DATING

Damn! Does not work. The problem here is the amount of honesty that you have to constantly talk about. Or not talk about. Which is obviously not what you are going to be talking about. Let’s assume you are mostly intimate. You’re having a great time. How many times, every time you see the person, do you have to say (casually): I met someone on Wednesday, on Thursday I kissed a no-one, Friday I flirted with someone I really liked, but he never asked for my number, Saturday, nothing to report, and now it’s Sunday and it’s u and I. The problem is you can’t actually say nothing, all the time, and you can’t bring up the topic, all the time.

We’re also not New Yorkers (I can promise u this) and as much as we’d like to play play that Joburg is the big bad version of all the major cities in the world, the truth is we are so totally conservative. Especially when it comes to gender, and the perceived roles of men and women. For so long, anything outside of established norms (law) was actually illegal. We’re still indoctrinated. Then, take into account cross cultural stuff and you have a whole whole new ballpark of non-communications.


YOU CAN YOU GO YOUR OWN WAY, BUT WILL IT WORK OUT?

SHOPPING IN SA

Back when I used to be rrrrriiiiiiiich, I liked to pop over the seas to do some shopping. Damn u Recession!

BEING A BAD FOOD TREND MAKER PREDICTORESS

How hard could it be?, I thought. Li and her Grey. Faith, some popcorn and cocooning. Mbeki and his iAfrican Renaissance. Alas, Mexican is already alive and kicking in Cape Town, the last outpost of the Dark Continent.


MEXICAN - ALREADY FAMOUS IN CAPE TOWN.

BBM

No! I don’t want to be part of your BBM clan. I am sorry! I don’t want to chat to all day on a free-sms service, I don’t want an email ping every two minutes, I don’t want to be in touch, all the time. There I said it. I hate blackberries, and I hate that all my friends love them. And chat on them all day, without me.


CRACK. WITHOUT THE COKE CAN. & 8000 TIMES THE PRICE.

HISTORY