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A Conference to Bant About

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Thursday 19 February, 2015 marked a milestone in South Africa’s realm of Banting with the launch of SA’s first ever low-carb-high-fat Banting Conference which took place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. The celebrated launch dinner, boasting celebrity guests like Tim Noakes and Mrs. South Africa, commenced shortly after the Conference AGM  at the official Banting Kitchen Restaurant based at Greenpoint’s prestigious Cape Royale Luxury Hotel.

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The newly appointed Executive Chef, Brian van Zijl, and his team wowed the prestigious guests with his recently launched Banting menu, boasting creative new dishes like Game Fish Ceviche, Norwegian Salmon with Lobster as well as the famous Banting Lasagne.

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With organiser Karen Thomson at the helm, key note speakers from across the globe including: Gary Taubes (American author of Nobel Dreams, Bad Science: The Short Life and Weird Times of Cold Fusion, and Good Calories, Bad Calories, titled The Diet Delusion in the UK and Australia), Steven Thomson, Professor Tim Noakes, Aseem Malhotra, Tom Raynor, Eric Westman (Author of new Atkins Diet), Jay Wortman and Steve Phinney. The first seating saw an auditorium of 500 attendees soaking up knowledge on better health practice and over 600 seats filled on day two, setting the food-focussed affair off to a stellar start.

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The conference is running from Friday, 20 February 2015 to Sunday, 22 February 2015 at the CTICC.

Visit the website: for ticket information.

Stay up-to-date on low-carb-high-fat news via Twitter: @LowCarbConv #LCHF2015 @HELPdietSA

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Nitida celebrating Seasons of Sauvignon

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Enter the World of the Durbanville Grape

Add a drop of spring to your step at the annual Seasons of Sauvignon on Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th October, 2014. Recognized as one of the country’s top terroirs for quality wines, the Durbanville wine valley will be hosting an array of Nitida Wines and 10 other leading wine producers showcasing their finest cultivars in the celebration of Sauvignon! Nitida_SOS_Logo Renowned for its rolling hills and Mediterranean climate, complimented by the moisture driven coastal mist and cooling southeaster from False Bay on the Indian Ocean, Durbanville wine valley finds itself perfectly positioned for the production of award winning cool-climate wines. “We carefully managed all our sauvignon blanc vineyards by partially opening up the canopy for optimal sun exposure thus guaranteeing healthy grapes, enhancing fruit development during ripening and ensuring a desirable balance of pyroxene (green) and thiols (tropical)” Says Nitida Wines Owner, Bernhard Veller. This year’s Seasons of Sauvignon at Nitida wine farm will be hosted (entrance free) at the family friendly restaurant, Tables@Nitida, which has recently undergone reconstruction and doubled in size. The venue still boasts a natural outdoor amphitheatre, ideal for live concerts and picnics on the lawn, offering ample room for jumping castles and other fun outdoor activities. A variety of stalls will be on display offering an array of delicious sweet and savoury treats for all tastes. Pre-booked picnics are also available at a cost of R240 (R300 per couple on the day). Guests can kick back and enjoy the live band with family and friends whilst sipping on their favourite Sauvignon Blanc. Additional cocktails will be made available for the more experimental pallet, including the Elderflower Sauvignon Blanc slush garnished with fresh mint.

For more information, kindly contact 021 976 1467 or visit


Event:               Seasons of Sauvignon at Nitida Date:                 Saturday and Sunday, 25 & 26 October 2014 Time:                11am – 4pm both days Venue:              Nitida Cellars, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, 7550 Entry:                Free of charge Place:               Tables at Nitida Music             70`s / 80`s band playing covers Food options:   Pancake and ice cream stands Beef fillet/chicken burgers, boerie roll and suckling pig on herbed flatbread Parking:             Available parking outside and behind Tables For more info:   021 976 1467 or Website:   

SA Cyclist returns from Tour de France

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Philippus Jacobus Francois Grobler, winner of the Medac and Rockets Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour competition, returned to SA on July 21st , 2014 after participating in the Tour de France L’Étape du Tour in the Pyrénées.

The prize included entrance  into the Étape leg of the race, a three night’s stay package at Hotel Chapelle et Parc, return flights between Johannesburg and Toulouse and an extensive range of Rockets high performance cycling gear.

“Racing through the small towns and country side was very beautiful and the narrow streets and crowds supporting made it even more exhilarating. Crossing the finish line was incredible, relief, joy, achievement and regret. It was over. This amazing race was over. Thanks so much Rockets for making this possible.” says Grobler

Read more about Grobler’s experience on

Equinox Spa: August & Winter Specials

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Equinox Spa at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa are celebrating Women’s month by offering luxurious specials and great deals throughout the month of August. Blissfull Moments: R1100.00 (135 mins)
  • Aromatic Body Polish
  • Back-Neck-Shoulder massage
  • Gel manicure
  • Express Pedicure
  • Glass Of Bubbly
Equinox Pamper Ritual: R850 (105 mins)
  • Back-Neck-Shoulder massage
  • Gel manicure
  • Express Pedicure
  • Glass Of Bubbly
Equinox Signature Indulgence: R650 (75 mins)
  • African Wood Back Massage
  • Relaxing Appetizer Facial
  • Invigorating foot ritual served with pure African indulgence


Equinox Winter Specials:
  • Nimue: Purchase a Nimue skin health kit valued at R1040 and receive a FREE Nimue Introduction Facial
  • TheraVine™ Purchase a TheraVine™ Introductory Skin Kit valued at R620 and receive a FREE TheraVine™ Introduction Facial
  • Medi-Heel Purchase a Medi-Heel home care kit at R380 and receive a FREE Medi-Heel treatment
For bookings and more information contact Equinox Spa on 021 430 0511 or email

Cassia hosts Christmas in July for Charitable Cause

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This July Cassia Restaurant at Nitida Wine Farm in the Durbanville winelands is hosting a Christmas in July charity fundraiser for the Iris House Children’s Hospice. The three course dinner-dance is being offered at R275.00 per person with R150.00 from each ticket sold being donated to this fantastic foundation; offering guests the opportunity to enjoy fabulous food prepared by Cassia’s French Chef Florent Hameau and his team, accompanied by gorgeous Nitida wines. The festivities include a welcome drink upon arrival, Nitida wines on the tables, three course Christmas themed menu, goody bag, automatic entry into the raffle to win a night’s stay for two at the Crystal Towers five star hotel, lucky draws, auction and dance.

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                                Says Cassia owner, Warren Swaffield: “It’s always such an incredible feeling to be able to give back; We are in a very fortunate position whereby we are able to offer such a service to those in need, and we will continue to do so going forward.” Based in Cape Town’s Nothern Suburbs, Iris House provides quality care for Special Needs children and young people with life-limiting or life-threatening conditions within the Northern suburbs, Mfuleni and Vredenburg areas. This vibrant charity is committed to enriching the quality of life for their members and member’s families. To make your dinner reservation and support this incredible cause contact Iris House on 021 559 8000 or email Event details as follows: Event: Christmas in July Dinner-Dance at Cassia Date: Friday, 25 July, 2014 Time: 7pm till late Venue: The Saffron Room, Cassia Restaurant, Nitida Cellars, Tygerbergvalley Road (R13), Durbanville, 7550

Mediterranean Delicacies Meets Those Who Wander

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As part of their pursuit to permeate numerous spheres of lifestyle and gastronomy, Mediterranean Delicacies pairs up with Salon 91 for the exhibition launch of Those Who Wander, beginning July 25th, 2014. The contemporary art collection comprises a collection of eight incredibly gifted young South African artists showcasing a multimedia mix of print, sculpture, drawing and painting. The theme draws on elements of misfits and outcasts exploring the wastelands of the chosen artists’ minds and our universe. Artists include: Gerhard Human, Ree Treweek, Daniël du Plessis, Jade Klara, Bruce Mackay, Jean de Wet, Hanno Van Zyl and Rikus Ferreira. Commencing at 6:30pm guests may enjoy Mediterranean Delicacies’ delicious new Regal Range as well as gourmet tapas whilst perusing these unique pieces.

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                          Event details as follows: Event: Those Who Wander Art Exhibition Starts: Friday, 25 July, 2014 Time: 6pm – 9pm Venue: Salon 91, 91 Kloof St, Cape Town 8001 Contact: 021 424 6930

Equinox Spa Specials during the month of July

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Equinox Spa at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa are hosting two promotion days this July. Medi-Heel™ offers the perfect solution for dry and cracked heels. In one application, it gently removes all dead skin cells leaving softer and smoother heels. Guests whom book for a Medi-Heel™ treatment at a cost of R150 on Saturday, 26 July 2014 will receive the treatment free when purchasing two products to the same value on that day.

On Monday, 28 July 2014, Equinox Spa will be hosting a Nimue™ consultation day. The cost of the consultation is R50 and includes an in-depth skin analysis, a product description customised to your own skin and a free gift. Guests will receive a free full size Exfoliating Enzyme or Active gel/lotion to the value of R440 when purchasing any Nimue™ products to the value of R2000 or more.

For something more relaxing book for an Equinox Detox Ritual which includes a stimulating body exfoliation and a detoxifying wrap express facial at a cost of R700 for a duration of 75 minutes.

For bookings or more information contact Equinox Spa on 021 430 0511 or

Visit the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel & Spa Facebook page and follow them on Twitter @Cape_Royale for daily news & updates.

LifeStraw®’s Bold Arrival in Southern Africa

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With RSA as its home base, distribution company Aqua4Life launches the multi-award winning LifeStraw® in Southern Africa (RSA, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Transkei and Swaziland). The launch took place at Le Roi Beach Club in Camps Bay on Thursday 26 June, 2014. Produced by Swiss-based company, Verstergaard, this chemical free micro-filtration system instantly converts contaminated water into safe drinking water. Internationally and SABS tested LifeStraw® removes up to 99.99999% of bacteria, protozoan cysts and turbidity from water. The product range will be available to the South African retail market late July 2014 in the forms of LifeStraw® Personal (filters up to 1000litres), LifeStraw® Go (filters up to 1000litres) and LifeStraw® Home unit (filters up to 4500litres). Each product offers environmentally friendly, cost and energy saving solutions. Upon purchase of any LifeStraw® product, Vestergaard contributes clean water for a child in Africa for the period of one year through their humanitarian Social Responsibility program. “We have a plethora of projects lined up for the implementation of LifeStraw® in poorer communities with little or no access to any water sources. Our foremost quest in southern Africa is to save and change the lives of those most desperately in need of clean, running water. We now need role players to step up and help us change those people’s lives.” says Aqua4Life MD Nico Germishuizen. Amongst a magnitude of accolades LifeStraw® was named “Best Invention of 2005” by Time magazine, “Innovation of the Year” by Esquire; Forbes dubbed it “one of the ten things that will change the way we live”, and Saatchi & Saatchi awarded it for “World Changing Ideas” in 2008. Aqua4Life has also partnered with various other service providers including Rotary Int. (Clean Water & Sanitation) and Human Moments. It also supplies humanitarian products (which filter up to 100,000litres) to Southern African Governments, GIZ, US Aid, Red Cross and WHO, as well as partnering with Corporate SA via CSI funding initiatives to implement clean water solutions to those who most need it. To find out more about LifeStraw® ® products or to place your pre order, go to, or check out the LifeStraw® ® Facebook page or connect on Twitter. Catering done by Mediterranean Delicacies & Le Roi Beach Bar

Mediterranean Delicacies Gourmet Luncheon with the Drunken Tuscan

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Celebrity Chef, Lapo Magni, also known as The Drunken Tuscan, hosted a Mediterranean Delicacies infused luncheon at the Cape Royale Luxury Hotel and Spa’s Villa Louise on Tuesday 24th June, 2014. The Drunken Tuscan whipped up a Mediterranean inspired feast for his VIP guests at the luxury villa, showcasing exotic dishes like his speciality: Climaxing Risotto, where a three cheese risotto is infused with the Nitida Matriarch Chardonnay Pinot Noir MCC; followed by slow roasted lamb shanks stuffed with garlic, rosemary, Medi Deli Calamata olives, sun dried tomatoes and anchovies, with Tzatziki Royal served on the side. Rounding off on a sweet note, the Drunken Tuscan fired things up with his homemade Pistachio Halva Ice Cream on a smoking display of dry ice. “I wanted to show my guests a fantastic gastronomic experience using gorgeous Mediterranean Delicacies ingredients, paired beautifully with exquisite Nitida wines, and what better venue than the Cape Royale Villas” says Lapo Magni. Mediterranean Delicacies’ Facebook fans Reneé and Mike Venter and Megan Richards and Celeste were invited to join this special occasion. This gourmet experience was one of an assortment of exciting, upcoming culinary adventure events planned for the near future.  To keep an eye out for their upcoming activations, exciting competitions and specials, go to or catch them on Twitter @medideli. Media Deli also encourages fans to upload their foodie pics to the Medi Deli Instagram account @FoodPornZA.