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Mother’s Day… how to spoil that special someone

We all need to thank that special someone in our lives, get them out the house and give them a special day.

What’s better than taking them somewhere awesome, where the food is always good, the vibe is contagious, and the spirit of South Africa is strong? Why not take them to Moyo?

We will have the legendary Picture Booth (photobooth for those not familiar) set up at the Blouberg and Kirstenbosch branches in Cape Town, allowing you to snap, capture and share your proudly South African experience of Mother’s Day. Get your face painted, get in that booth and tell the world over Facebook, Twitter and email that YOUR mom is the best in the business. She is the knees of the bees!

You will be able to see the photos taken at Moyo in real time (on Sunday) of the mom’s and their loved ones celebrating on our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/thepictureboothza

Will you be joining us on Sunday? You’d better be

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2 Oceans Marathon

Two Oceans Marathon: Time to Train

So the other day my work colleague, John informed me that it was the last day to enter to get a ticket for the 2014 Two Oceans Marathon, the most beautiful marathon in the world. Although I enjoy running, I am more of a 5-10km runner, with the idea of running 21km’s being a daunting one.

But what were the chances that I would actually get a ticket, given that thousands of people enter to get a ticket, and I had left it to the very last day to get a ticket via the random ticket draw. I thought I was safe. How wrong I was.

On the day of the draw, I got an email saying that I had a ticket, and that I would be running on 19 April. Flip! I have to start training now!!

Obviously there is a difference running 21km to running your quick, 5km circuit. I am one who likes to run fast, since the faster you run, the faster you get back to the comfort of your flat. Now I would actually have to pace myself, ensure I have enough liquids, eat correctly before the race, and have a training programme. This is going to be different.

So the first thing I did is look for training programmes to ensure that I am fit enough to run the distance, as well as to be able to do it at a decent rate of speed.

There were many training programmes of various lengths of time, differing methods of training. But what they all had in common was that they all looked like a lot of hard work. But I am up for the challenge!

Hopefully I can keep up the positive thoughts, stay consistent with my training, and not losing hope I will be just fine.

Training begins this weekend… wish me luck!

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Inspired to Cook – Gourmet Burger

So these days there are so many cooking channels on TV, from Masterchef, to Come Dine with Me, all the way to Gordon Ramsay getting angry about nothing. It makes for good entertainment, but also has the effect of inspiring you to try new things based on what you see on TV.

Trying to be healthy, and eating well is very tricky, exhausting, and sometimes mentally draining. So when it comes to that time of the week when you have a “cheat meal”, you want to do it in style. A burger from McD’s doesn’t quite do the trick, and for the amount of money you end up paying for two relatively plain and average burgers, you can make yourself a delicious gourmet burger.

To start, get yourself a bottle of good red wine (I would recommend an easy drinking Merlot) and pour it into a glass. Drink a few sips, savour the taste, and roll up your sleeves. It’s time to cook.

What you will need is the following:

  • Lean beef or ostrich mince (either works fine)
  • Two small red onions
  • Two eggs
  • Dijon Mustard
  • Chilies
  • Lettuce
  • Cheddar Cheese
  • Cream
  • Worcestor sauce
  • 25g Biltong (beef jerkey for Americans)
  • Mushrooms (and mushroom soup mix if you need to thicken the sauce)
  • Parsley
  • A fresh panini bread

Start by chopping the red onions and chilies very finely (or use a blender for very fine chopping). In a mixing bowl, take the mince, chopped onion and chilie, and mix thoroughly. Then add a few splashes of Worcestor sauce, 2 tsp of Dijon Mustard, and the egg yellows. Mix the ingredients until bound, and then mould your mince into patty sizes of your choice.

Time for the sauce. Fry the mushroom until soft, then add the cream and parsley. Let the sauce reduce until it is thicker (if this fails to thicken, either add Maizina or small amounts of Mushroom soup mix). Once the sauce is thick, add finely sliced biltong (beef jerky) to the mixture, and allow to simmer for a few minutes before serving.

Fry the burger patty until cooked to your preference. Place on a panini with cheese, lettuce and tomato (unless you don’t eat tomato like me). Put your burger patty on top, then adding your sauce… and Presto! You now have yourself a delicious, gourmet burger.

I hope you try it out, and enjoy it as much as I did.

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A delicious gourmet burger. Nom nom nom

One month till Spring! Are you ready to bare all on the beach? Not yet? READ THIS :) x Miller

Flipshizzle!

Winter is aaaalmost over, and if you are like the majority of us, this means a frenzy of pseudo fitness plans and promises that are supposedly going to get you into the ‘perfect’ body by SUMMER! Am I right? Am I right? 🙂

So I thought I would share my secret with you.

Ladies and Gentlemen… Meet the answer to your flabby prayers.

Mr Richard-Dean Sumares.

I have decided to share him, because you deserve it! And because he changed my life. And summer is flipping coming.

Rich is a specialist when it comes to movement and training your body.
With a movement based approach to fitness, his goal is to get you to move the way your body was designed, move the way you are ‘supposed to’.
Move correctly and you WILL improve your quality of life.
Rich focuses on functional training, not isolated movements like you would presume…

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Motor Maverick

Ford South Africa has introduced Sync technology to its revised Focus range locally which, the company says, “offers customers exceptional value with state-of-the-art-technologies”.

Ford Sync is an “advanced software platform” that provides hands-free, voice-activated in-car connectivity. Now available on the Trend and Sport derivatives of the new Focus range in South Africa, the Sync system allows customers to connect a compatible mobile phone or digital media player to their car via Bluetooth or USB.

The Sync system can recognise up to 150 voice commands and is able to cope with variations in accents and vocabulary, Ford claims. It’s compatible with most mobile phones and allows the driver to make calls via voice commands and steering wheel mounted audio controls.

Sync is able to retrieve text messages and reads them aloud (depending on your mobile phone, of course). It’s apparently also able to identify popular abbreviations and emoticons such as LOL (laugh…

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Startups and Financial Audits

Being an auditor myself, I can concure with this… the cost of an audit should not be a burden, but rather seen as a value-added service. It provides assurance to outside parties, that what is presented in the financial statements is substantially correct. This can add value to the business when it comes time to sell a business, as well as raising further funds from banks and potential stakeholders.

David Cummings on Startups

Annual financial audits are a cost of doing business for many tech startups. While they aren’t the most fun, they do provide great third-party validation of the books and oversight for how the business is being managed financially. Most entrepreneurs should not spend the $10k – $30k on an annual audit.

Here’s when an annual financial audit makes sense:

  • Institutional investors (like VCs) or other sophisticated investors are involved — they’ll require it
  • A bank line of credit or senior debt in the business requires it
  • There’s a business goal to be able to sell the business in the next three years — most buyers will require three years of audited financial statements

Most of the time an annual financial review, which acts like a lightweight audit, but without all the guarantees by the accounting firm, is a much more affordable way to engage a third-party to review the books…

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