Lead me not into temptation ….

Lead me not into temptation …  oh Hell who am I kidding… Follow me –  I know a shortcut!

No more words necessary here – the pics say it all!

04 25 April Patisserie

Patisserie

 

 

 

 

 

Andrea Burgener the demi-goddess of Melville's The Leopard, said she has met her match when it comes to brownie making! Some accolade!

Andrea Burgener the demi-goddess of Melville’s The Leopard, said she has met her match when it comes to brownie making! Some accolade!

 

Voted best baguettes in Joburg by Food24.com

Voted best baguettes in Joburg by Food24.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sometimes they have packets of  brownie off-cuts at reduced prices.  And there are cheese cakes to die for.  Remember – I warned you I know the short cut!

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Bienvenue from Thomas

Several weeks ago I blogged about the importance of the development of entrepreneurs http://www.lizatlancaster.co.za/blog/whatever-you-are-be-a-good-one.   Here’s the story of but one.

Thomas with his french speaking guests staying at Liz at Lancaster

Thomas with his french speaking guests staying at Liz at Lancaster

We have many French-speaking guests come to stay at Liz at Lancaster, sent to us by AFS-decouverte, a company specializing in French tours through Southern Africa (thank you Yann).  Many of these visitors get collected from the airport and brought to our guesthouse in Craighall Park by Thomas, a French speaking tour guide who then guides them around Johannesburg and beyond. I’ve worked with several French speaking guides all of whom originally came from French speaking DRC (Congo) – Willy Kalala of www.mountziontours.co.za is one such.  So I made the assumption that Thomas too was from the Congo. But no – Thomas Mudau is a Venda speaking South African. And so the fascinating story of Thomas’ path to entrepreneurship unfolded.   Schooled in Diepkloof Soweto at Mangwele Primary and then Madibane High School, he got his Matric certificate in 1992. Having no funds to go to University he got various temporary contract work such as packing shelves at Woolworths.

Alliance Francais advertIn 1997 he started afternoon adult classes at Alliance Française in Soweto (the Soweto branch was founded in 1983).  His fellow classmates were very varied – some wanting to learn French to go and study in France while others were guiding at Gold Reef City.  Some of these guides suggested that he too should think of becoming a guide at Gold Reef City. Thanks to one of those serendipitous flukes of life, Gold Reef City were looking for somebody who could work with Venda school children coming to the site, as well as a guide with knowledge of French.  Thomas fitted the bill on both counts and so he was accepted as a trainee. In 1998 he became a fully-fledged Tour guide certSA Tourism guide – for Soweto only.  (The SA Tourism qualification needs to be renewed every 2 years). In 2000 he was sent to Germany for 2 months, funded by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund. On his return he branched out as an independent guide often meeting and greeting tourists at the airport before taking them off to see the sights of Joburg.  At the airport he started to meet tour operators who are always in need of guides and it was here that he hooked up with several tour operators, including Yann Godivier of AFS-decouverte  www.afriquedusud-decouverte.com/  And so Thomas’ business continued to grow.  He became a qualified SA Tourism guide for 5 provinces, began taking tourists further afield to places like the Kruger Park, bought a house in Thembisa in 2002 and is a shining example of what can be achieved through hard work and perseverance.  I asked him if becoming a guide has been good for him and he said that although initially it was very very tough, it has all now paid off and he is very happy with ‘where he is at’ in his life.  Thomas can be reached on 082 963 4770 or thomasmudau@yahoo.com

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Pick of the Week: Moonlit Night Market at Maboneng Friday 22nd

What marvels, miracles and wizardy I had the pleasure of experiencing yesterday – I went with a friend and her grandchildren to Stuart Lightbody’s matinee magic show Devilish at POPart (a small independent theatre venue in the 12 Decades Hotel in Maboneng ) …. And what magic it was.  Apart from tea appearing out of thin air in a tea pot and then suddenly materializing (without being poured) in a tea cup on the other side of the table, all acts were with cards.  What skilled sleight of hand! 4 18 April Full Moon MabonengAnd Stuart also has the most engaging and appealing stage presence. It was a complete delight – an escapist hour of incredulity and suspension of disbelief for adults and kids alike.   Sadly as always at POPart, the run is short with only 4 performances – but he will return next year so do keep an eye out.

But that’s not really why I’m writing this post. Thursday 21st April is full moon. So with all sorts of things in alignment … the warm weather, the clear highveld skies AND the night market at Maboneng , grab the opportunity to make the most of the open air decks and street life in Maboneng this Friday.  This is Liz at Lancaster’s Pick of the Week.

2016 Soul Souvlaki

Roof deck Soul Souvlaki

Roof deck Soul Souvlaki

Roof Deck Cafe Stuff

Roof Deck Cafe Stuff

Maboneng is constantly expanding with lots of new street stalls and eateries opening. Yesterday people were enjoying the warm autumnal afternoon weather on the upstairs decks both at Soul Souvlaki  (as its name suggests – great Greek fare) and on the next block at Café Stuff
(Maverick Corner – Albrecht and Commissioner Street). Café stuff Cafe stuff Hot dogsspecializes in hot dogs …. but these are no ordinary hot dogs.  Here they fill a  fresh hot dog roll with a foot long sausage which is wrapped in creamy nacho cheese and bacon. How decadent does that sound?

Another new kid on the block (also at Maverick Corner) is Thali, a family run Indian restaurant. Thali (which is the Hindi word for plate… a large metal platter or more traditionally a large banana leaf) offers all the different tastes of sweet, salty, bitter, sour, astringent and spicy in one single platter. A typical Thali meal includes small dishes of rice, dal, vegetables, curries, pickles and spicy sauces, curd, roti and pappadum and of course something sweet to finish off. No knives and forks –  you use the rotie and rice to mop up the sauces, curries and dahls …. and it is delicious.

Pata Pata

 

When we left the theatre at around 4.30, tables at Pata Pata were full but the music hadn’t started yet. But it wouldn’t be long  ….  !!

Maboneng really jumps over week-end nights.

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