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You've hit the snooze button one too many times and before you know it you have 15 minutes to shower, dress, eat, and hit the city traffic. What's the first thing you skip? Breakfast! Yet a nutritious breakfast is essential to provide you with the energy for a long day ahead. Here are 5 quick nutritious breakfast tips for a fuss-free morning.
Monday: High fibre bread with peanut butter Pop a slice of whole-grain bread, seed loaf or rye into the toaster. Spread over it about 1 t (teaspoon) low-fat peanut butter, and top with 1 small sliced banana.
Tuesday: High fibre cereal with milk or yoghurt Super easy! Try a range of cereals like All-bran Flakes or Special K. Be creative and sprinkle with mixed nuts, finely diced dry fruit, or small fresh fruits like berries.
Wednesday: Instant oats. Just add water. Add 2 t dried cranberries, half a grated apple, or a sprinkle of cinnamon for flavour.
Thursday: Fruit Smoothie. If the city traffic means you sit in your car for long periods of time, why not make your breakfast to go? The night before, blend 1 cup low-fat yoghurt (preferred flavour) with 1 cup seasonal fruit (think mango, kiwi, or strawberries) with 1 small banana (helps with the texture of the smoothie). Add low-fat/skim milk to achieve a desired consistency, and refrigerate. Pour into a suitable bottle (a good idea is to use a travel mug with a removable yet sealable lid).
Friday: Yoghurt Trifle. Prepare a colourful yoghurt trifle the night prior. In a glass bowl, alternate layers of ½ cup muesli, 1 cup low-fat yoghurt, and 1 cup chopped fresh seasonal fruit. Refrigerate for the next morning.
Thanks to Monique dos Santos, the new Dietitian in Early Dawn Mall, Rivonia Boulevard (Cell 072 381 5282), for this article!
"Mum, what's your profession?"
New on the Block Back to top
Restaurant & Movie Review Back to top
***Ocean Basket and ***** "Material", Fourways Mall, Fourways
We stopped at Ocean Basket for a bite before going to see the newly-released film, "Material".
The seafood platter for one, with stir-fried vegetables on the side, was a good choice as it provided me with fish and Judith with seafood, which she enjoyed. The fish was salty, despite our request for no salt, and the requested crispy chips had to be sent back to be crisped properly. Otherwise a good meal.
And the film? "Material" is the best we've seen in a long time: Riaad Moosa's stand-up comedy had us in stitches, contrasted with the dramatic conflict with his staid father maintaining traditional values and a family feud. The resolution was truly heartwarming. Look out for the canny granny!
Riaad is "South Africa's best Islamic comedian –possibly South Africa's only Islamic comedian! He says: "People ask me where I get my material, and I always say 'at the Oriental Plaza, where you get great deals'."
Contact Details for Ocean Basket, Fourways are on our page of Restaurant Reviews for Sandton.
Funny Language, English...
You break a chair: Bad thing. You fix the chair: Good thing.
You break the news: Good thing. You fix the news: Bad thing.
Gone, not yet Forgotten... Back to top
Julius was feeling out of sorts. He confided to Floyd: "Every time we go into another hearing I keep seeing coloured lights in front of my eyes."
"Have you seen a psychiatrist?"
"No, just the lights ..."
Your Automatic Gate Could be Easy to Open from Outside! Back to top
We made an interesting security discovery last week: It is easy to force the green plastic lid off the Centurion gate motor (a very popular type) even when locked. Burglars then simply press a button on the top of the motor and, hey presto, the gate opens! No need to lift the gate off its rails, no need to climb the fence...
We now have a brand new anti-theft bracket on our motor.
Would you like one too? Only R750 fitted. e-mail us.
The Checkout: Out of Ice-Cream ... Again!
"Dad, listen, there's the ice-cream truck!"
"Yeah, dad, buy us an ice-cream!"
"Sorry kids, they've run out."
"Aaah, c'mon Dad, how do you know?"
"They always play that tune when they've run out of ice-cream, to warn people."
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 3623 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.