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The end of August saw the opening of Phase Two of Morning Glen, the original shopping centre of Morningside Manor and Gallo Manor, at the corner of Kelvin Drive and Bowling Avenue. There is an imposing new entrance with traffic lights in Kelvin Drive where the old main parking entrance was.
What a lovely light airy centre it has become! It has more than doubled in size with this final phase, and now has a full Woolworths upstairs at the impressive south entrance, complete with clothing section that you are cunningly forced to walk through to get to the food department. "Our Mica" will be moving in below it (and tripling in size) later this year. Meanwhile, downstairs, there's the new Meltz, which seems very popular, competing with Pick n Pay Clothing, which has moved out of the main Pick n Pay. Also Sensational Blinds & Flooring (you'll never guess what they sell), and Barberazzi, a barber shop. Men's hairdressers are coming back into fashion. Dunwoody's has become a men-only barber too.
The new wing has a lift and escalators, so it is much easier to get from one floor to the other. Wear running shoes, or you could come a cropper on the beautiful slippery new tiles!
Parking is still free. Pity it was designed by someone who had no concept of traffic flow. He also made the bays so narrow that one struggles to get a trolley through between the cars. As usual with Sandton malls, no provision has been made for a minibus taxi rank.
We have updated our web page for Morning Glen on the Megaplex site to include the new and expected shops.
The man was in front of me at Our Mica was ordering 10,000 bricks. Alan, ever friendly and helpful, asked "may I ask what you're building?"
Replied the customer, "I'm making a braai for Heritage Day."
"That's a lot of bricks for one braai," said Alan.
"Not in this case. I live on the 10th floor.”
Movers and Shakers Back to top
Restaurant Review (*****) by Judith Back to top
Casa de Galinha at the Codfather, 1st Avenue, Rivonia (14th August)
This restaurant has been revamped since my last visit some years back. The service is welcoming and excellent - always a pleasure when I am on my own! A starter portion of calamari in lemon butter was accompanied by a glass of chardonnay. The quality of the dish was such that my appetite was perked up! So I followed it with a Portuguese salad. This consisted of lettuce, avocado, cucumber and tomatoes. It was fresh and extremely good with a little black pepper added.
A place to go for a quiet lunch or to take a special friend. Thoroughly enjoyed my experience and will go again.
On leaving the restaurant, I looked in on the Codfather Food hall and meet Chris who runs "All Bottled Up" as part of it. Here they sell almond trees, herbs and beautiful oils. A haven of enchantment and full of great ideas for gifts. All Bottled Up's unique green take is to encourage customers to take their own bottles in for filling with the oils of their choices (all South African, only the Balsamic Vinegar is imported). The shop's mascot is Carma Chameleon, who insists they pack everything for donations to CLAW (Community Led Animal Welfare) instead of charging.
Do I Have any Bids?
The Johannesburg High Court recently granted a judgement for R140,000 to a printing company against the ANC Youth League. The League is said to be considering defraying expenses by auctioning off its main asset, Julius Malema.
The mouth may be worn, but the brain should be in excellent condition: It's hardly been used.
The Gone Dogs Back to top
As our contribution to the Lead SA initiative, we are trying to start a rumour in Asia that the world's most powerful aphrodisiac is found in rhino poachers' testicles.
Please pass on this information to all your contacts in the Far East.
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