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In May to date we have been cc'd on over 150 enquiries from the web site:
Enquires went to Adidas, Akhalwaya's, Ancient Health Care, Apollo Blinds, Billabong, Bontlelicious, Bookdealers, Brandmania, Bulhafi, Burger Perfect, Capitec Bank, Country Collage, Crazy 88, Curry, Custom Hobbies, Dentists, Exquisite, Extreme Exposure, Fego Caffé , Fightfit Militia, and Gias, to name but a few.
Some of the centres that got business as a result: Bryanston, Chilli Lane, Coachman's Crossing, Codfather, Grosvenor Crossing, Hobart Grove, Hurlingham Pick 'n Pay, Kelvin Village, Manor Medical Centre, Morning Glen Mall, Morning View, Morningside, Nicolway, Petervale, Riverside, Rivonia Village, Sunninghill Village, The Bridge, The Square, Wendywood, Woodmead Commercial Park, Woodmead Retail Park, Woodmead SuperValue, and Woodmead Value Mart.
Thank you for copying us in! It is fascinating to see what questions people ask; we've made additions to the site in some cases to save you having to ask in the future: Opening times and menus are a favourite.
Odd Jobs (Unusual Professions)
What is a "Specimen"?
Answer: An Italian astronaut.
New on the Block Back to top
Restaurant Review by Judith Back to top
***** Kiyota Sushi, Upper Level, Morning Glen Mall, corner Kelvin and Bowling, Morningside Manor
Just open for maybe two weeks when I went, this restaurant faces the Spur on the upper level of the centre. There are three types of seating - at the Sushi bar, at tables in the central area and in alcoves. The decor is understated and the theme red and black. They have one of the heaviest menus (to hold) that I have come across recently!
However this menu is very well laid out and gives excellent descriptions of the food on offer, plus the pricing structure. They are licensed.
Soft Japanese music plays to create a gentle and conducive atmosphere in which to enjoy a meal and the waiters are courteous. Whilst studying the menu, I sipped on a glass of Seasons Sauvignon Blanc. I finally chose the pork dumplings and the calamari Teppanyaki. The Teppanyaki arrived first and was simply glorious! Beautifully cooked vegetables, succulent calamari made a meal of pure joy. The dumplings came somewhat later and they were worth the delay! Crispy dumplings containing the softest pork accompanied by a really good hot chilli sauce.
Well with food that good, appetite checked in! I closed this blissful experience with Thai Prawn rolls. These were two prawns each wrapped it their own pastry casing and they made the perfect ending. This was a great experience and the value is exceptional.
Funny Language, English...
Sheila: "Dear, would you run me down to the shops?"
Arnold: "My Love, you know I would never run you down."
Left and Gone Away... Back to top
Rock Sliding in Maretlwane and Castle Gorge with Moya’s Trips and Trails Back to top
by Sharmini Brookes. Full Review and contact details here on the web.
I think hiking is a great way to discover anew the country, while getting acquainted with fellow South Africans and visitors. A friend introduced me to Moya’s Trips and Trails. The day’s trip including lunch and transport costs R270.
I have driven through Magaliesburg many times but have never been to the Maretlwane nature reserve. It has lodges for rent but is still relatively untouched and wild with glimpses of buck flitting across the road or in the bush alongside. Our trail is along the river and Castle Gorge with lunch laid on beside a rock pool with a waterfall.
A handful of the group chooses to hang around at the rock pool till lunchtime while the more intrepid of us complete the hike. Moya creates her paths through the thorn bush, spiders webs, grass-covered gullies and down sliding rock faces. A couple choose to return to the lunch spot rather than take their chances! Those of us who persevere have some dicey moments and do a lot of bum-sliding but feel quite exhilarated. This is an adventure hike, not a walk in the park.
We chat and make rest stops for water and meditation. There are some very inviting rock pools along the way but we hold on and have a refreshing pre-lunch dip at our pre-arranged stop by the waterfall - swimming in the clear cool water with tiny black fish nibbling our feet and legs.
We warm up lizard-like on the flat rocks while Moya lays out a perfect lunch of assorted salads, cold meats and wholesome bread.
After the walk and drive back, we arrive in Bryanston after dark. The muscles on my thighs are aching but I feel invigorated as though I have truly earned that hot bath, satisfying supper and curl-up on the sofa.
Julius decided to see a psychiatrist about a new problem:
"Doc, I need your help: I keep thinking I'm a bell!"
"No problem: Take these pills and if it's still troubling you next week, give me a ring."
Community Notices (Service Delivery, what Service Delivery?) Back to top
The Democratic Alliance Sandton Constituency invites you a Public Meeting on Service Delivery –or lack thereof! The meeting will be at Grayston Preparatory School, Corner North Road and Gillard Street, Strathavon, on Wednesday 30 May at 18:00. Guest Speakers: Deputy Mayor of Cape Town ClIr Ian Neilson, Shadow MMC of Finance Cllr Patrick Atkinson, Member of the Provincial Legislature Dr Gavin Lewis.
Meet your City Councillor, Cllr Vincent Earp, this coming Saturday, 2 June, on the lower level at Morningside Shopping Centre, between 10:00 and noon. This event will be repeated on the last Saturday of following months. Donations and membership applications may be made to the DA.
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 3904 shoppers and shop-owners: Advertise in this newsletter! Editor: Rick Raubenheimer.