Entertainment|Lifestyle

The Secret is Out – SecretEats is back

A recently bumped into Darren Meltz and when he mentioned that SecretEats is back, I honestly couldn’t contain my excitement.  SecretEATS is every foodies little piece of heaven.

SecretEats! Simply put is an exclusive underground dining experience.  The concept brings together top chefs and young, rising stars with outgoing, adventurous food and wine lovers in unique, unexpected and absolutely breathtaking spaces.  Pretty much ever foodies happy place.

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This invitation only experience sees guests being treated to an exclusive, intimate dinner party featuring course after course of gourmet food, and premium wine pairings from some of the country’s top wine farms.

Do any of the names ring a bell … Brad Ball, Bertus Basson, James Diack, Vicky Crease, Michelle Theron, Kobus van der Merwe, Vanessa Marx ?  SecretEATS has has the pleasure of working with some of these top local and international chefs.

The intrigue and mystery of SecreatEATS lies in the unique and wonderful concept.  The Secret chef and menu are only unveiled upon confirmation of your password at the secret location on the day of the event.  From wineland homes to stunning art galleries, private gardens, ancient milkwood forests and anywhere in between, our evenings are always hosted somewhere guests can’t simply go and make a booking.

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Giving Back

As always, every dinner hosted helps raise funds for a local charity in need, an important aspect of the SecretEATS brand. This has allowed us to support and give back to the local community where we – and our guests – live, work and play.

Chat time with Darren Meltz

What does it mean to you to be the Regional Events Director?

I could not be more excited to embark on this new journey with SecretEATS. Being Events Director gives me the freedom to come up with the dinner events not only of my dreams but those of our guests. I am able to make the concepts I’ve had in mind for so long come alive in the most beautiful way.

Why should South African foodies be requesting an invite to a fabulous SecretEATS dinner?

SecretEATS dinners are one of a kind and no two dinners are the same. We bring together the best chefs in the most unique locations. If you miss a SecretEATS you truly will miss out.

Have you attended any of the previous SecretEATS dinners and if so, name your greatest highlight?

My time with SecretEATS started right at the beginning. I was the photographer for the very first Joburg dinners so I’ve been lucky enough to be part of quite a few dinners. My favourites were definitely the red and white rooftop picnic and our collaboration with the Bombay Sapphire Imagination room.

Moments are shared and friendships are made. I am beyond excited to bring the enchantment of SecretEATS to our guests.” – Darren Meltz, Events Director JHB/PTA

For now, simply Request your Private Invitation to join SecretEATS and then sit back, relax and await the deliciousness.

 

 

Event|Wellness

The Women's Wellness Event 2018

As a woman who’s all about women empowerment, education and living our best lives, I absolutely love attending events that aim to do exactly that.

Yesterday fellow blogger Nadia, the mama behind The Non-Adventures of a Stay-at-Home-Mom and I attended The Women’s Wellness Event The event was hosted by the charismatic and uber-talented Sarah Graham and super inspirational and energetic Jeanne van Zyl in Pretoria.

Professional photos to follow because we are cool like that

Sarah Graham, the well-known food writer and TV host, along with nutrition and wellness expert, Jeanne van Zyl joined forces to host this years women’s event. The event was held with the aim “to help you cultivate a lifestyle that promotes balance and inside-out beauty, and that gives you quick tips and tricks on healthy eating that is actually attainable”.

Here’s what our morning entailed

Shortly after our arrival and check-in, I was fortunate enough to have the pleasure of meeting and having a quick chat with Sarah. Okay, so my day was made there and then. I love her approach to food and I’m definitely a huge fan. She’s as sweet and friendly as she comes across on television, and is also rather candid and funny about her journey.

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Nadia and Sarah Graham

After grabbing a quick coffee (because we needed to warm up due to the cold rainy weather) and welcome, we went straight into the pilates session with Jeanne. I’ve never tried pilates before so I was looking forward to it. Firstly, don’t let Jeanne’s petite physique and bubbly personality fool you. She took us through our paces and dished out a killer workout that not only left me sweating up a storm, but I had pains in places I didn’t know I had places. Nadia on the other hand looked as fresh as a daisy.

Hanging with Jeanne van Zyl

At the end of the pilates session we made our way downstairs and took our seats, so that we could enjoy a super healthy brunch. We had beetroot smoothies, mini egg quiches, banana bread, an OhMega Nut Butters almond butter and Nature’s Choice fruit bar. This was accompanied with Nature’s Choice coconut water, and Dr.Toms Kombucha both of which are my drinks of choice. Sarah went on to tell us a bit about herself and her journey. She then taught us a few healthy eating hacks that I am so going to include in my cooking shenanigans. She really made it look so easy. Another round of food arrived and this time it was chicken skewers in a tahini sauce, pancakes drenched in chocolate and tumeric milk.

Next up was Jeanne and she discussed wellness and nutrition. She kept it real and stressed that there are no quick fixes. That nutrition and fitness go hand in hand, so instead of crash dieting and extreme challenges, that we should take the approach of just living simply by making small changes. She suggested that each and everyone of us develop our own action plan to a achieve a balanced life. Here are her 4 step to creating that tailored lifestyle plan :

  1. Identify obstacles, hindrances and/or boundaries
  2. Have a vision
  3. Take ownership
  4. Take small steps

Sponsors

The event was sponsored by the following awesome brands:-

  • Capital Hotel School
  • Health Riot
  • Lorna Jane
  • Nature’s Choice
  • Skins Creamery
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The Goodie Bag

The recipes for the delicious and healthy brunch we ate can be found in Sarah’s new book WHOLESOME, which was unfortunately not available. Sarah and her team however promised to get our signed copies to us once the printing issues were resolved.

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Can’t wait for my copy to arrive

All in all this was a fantastic event which highlighted that a balanced life is the key to good and sustainable fitness and health. I absolutely related to everything these ladies had to say and in some way it was the validation I needed, to say that my plan of action is in fact the correct approach.

While Nadia and I both have fitness and health goals, what we are truly striving for as mamas and wives is a balanced life. Our fitness and health goals do differ and so to does our approach. For instance, Nadia enjoys yoga and pilates and I’m inclined to gym and running. She likes tumeric lattes and me, not so much. The point I’m trying to make is that it’s vital that your action plan suits you and your life. That you find solutions that both appeal to you and that you enjoy, as this is the key to a balanced lifestyle.