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The new Hobart Grove Centre which has been revamped, opened mid April 2011. Some of the new additions are:
Hobart SuperSpar is the sister of Broadacres Spar, with everything one could want for. The bakery, cheese section, cold meats and deli are an absolute delight and there is something for everyone with personalized attention by Vernon, Aubrey and Barry and the rest of the staff.
La Campanola has been extended and is well known for its fine fare. Junipa's, a bistro style restaurant serving breakfast, lunch & dinner, is open 7 days a week. Andrea & Julian have always been known for their muffins & croissants and everything baked on the premises is used in the restaurant i.e. 'artisan' loaves using a slow fermenting baking process, wood burning pizza oven with their own coffee roaster. Linked is there lovely selection of puds and magic cakes which can be ordered.
Twisted Whiskers Pet Spa, aromatherapy massage and hydrotherapy spa baths; can you believe that, and every care dogs and cats need. Cream of the crop Doggie Parlour!
Glamour Shoes stockists of shoes, handbags and luggage with names Polo, Rage, Nine West, Guess, Levi's amongst others. Opulence is a kiddies furniture shop and exciting decor. Kitchen Pantry sells kitchen equipment (le Creuset), kitchen linen deli type products. Baker's Warehouse sells everything for cakes, icing, decorations and also offers classes and workshops
Simply Asia with a Thai trained chef who is a master in the art of Thai cuisine and cosy warm blankets to keep you warm. Sugo Caffe, not just a coffee shop but has a great selection of starters, salads, light meals, pizza etc. and lovely warm blankets on your chairs to keep you warm. Hobart Grove Centre has a wonderful mix of shops and there is also loads of parking.
Megaplex's new web page for Hobart Grove Centre is here.
"What do you get if you sit under a cow?"
"A pat on the head!"
New on the Block Back to top
Well, you've had to wait for it, but in case you hadn't noticed, the world did not end on 21 May. Just as well, since Continental Linen (our favourite linen shop, now even closer) opened a branch in Woodmead SuperValue Centre on 28 May:
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
**** Casa da Galinha, 1st Avenue, Rivonia, 3 June 2011
On a cold Friday afternoon, we meet one of our best suppliers for lunch at the Codfather cluster of restaurants and chose Casa da Galinha. The place was empty except for an outside table and very cold. However the staff were great and organised a heater. They also turned down the music after a number of requests, which meant we could actually have a conversation!
We ordered a bottle of Beyerskloof Pinotage, which arrived at the right temperature and was, as usual, excellent. The truly cold of us ordered Caldo Verde, the beautiful green Portuguese soup, and were not disappointed. It was hot and tasty and the bread was good too. This was followed by calamari with lemon butter sauce (a bit lacking) and spare ribs, which were tasty but a bit dry. The calamari were good and a good portion size.
We finished off with Tiramisu and Cream Caramel, plus coffee. All excellent.
Julius died suddenly during infighting in the ANCYL. Because he'd always voted ANC, he went straight to heaven, where he was met by St Peter in a room with a huge wall of clocks. He asked what they were.
St. Peter answered, "Those are Lie-Clocks. Everyone on Earth has a Lie-Clock. Every time you lie, or make a promise you don't intend to keep, the hands on your clock will move."
"Oh," said Julius , "whose clock is that?"
"That's Mother Teresa's. The hands have never moved, indicating that she never told a lie."
"Wow," said Julius, "and whose is that one?"
St. Peter responded, "That's Nelson Mandela's. The hands have moved twice because he told only two lies, under interrogation by the Apartheid Security Police."
"Where's Jacob Zuma's clock?"
"In Jesus' office. He's using it as a desk fan."
The Gone Dogs Back to top
Continuing the Legacy of Blackouts Back to top
Parks Tau, the man responsible for the billing crisis, and our new mayor (or mare, as 702 puts it) has undertaken to "continue the legacy of Amos Masondo". He must mean the legacy of potholes, broken traffic lights and promises, above-inflation tariff increases, erroneous bills, corrupt contracts, power blackouts, and a dysfunctional call centre. Well, it's what the democratic majority wants, so we hope they enjoy it.
The Free Market Foundation held a conference on June 9 entitled "Unlocking the electricity transmission grid: An Independent System and Market Operator [ISMO] for South Africa”, dealing with the new ISMO bill that is before parliament. The intention of the bill is to take operation, and perhaps ownership, of the electricity grid away from Eskom.
Why is this important to you? Because with Eskom in control of the transmission grid, they can make it difficult for independent power producers to get their power to users. Another organisation running the grid would open up space for competition –usually good for consumers! You would have a choice of where your power came from. Eskom is notoriously committed to the dirtiest technologies: coal and nuclear power. What if you'd prefer your power from renewable sources? With the rapid rises in Eskom's power prices, solar and wind power will soon be competitive. Would you like to do your bit for the planet by going for green power? Please write and tell us.
"My wife's always nagging me, nag nag
nag: Why don't you put your long-johns on? Why don't you wear your
long-johns? So today, just to shut her up, I put the damned things
on. And, you know something?"
Your name in print! Would you like to contribute a shop- or restaurant review, a joke, or something else for this Newsletter? Please e-mail us. You will get full credit (unless you want anonymity). Reach 2429 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.