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FOOD REVIEW : BLACKANESE SUSHI & WINE BAR

David Aladegbaiye Patricks

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Everyone has been on about #Maboneng and it felt like the right time to visit the area, considering the Jozi Film Fest was on our list of to do things and it would be nice to have some sushi from the famous television celebrity : Vusi Kunene’s Blackanese Sushi bar.

On arrival, it’s not that easy to quickly notice the blackanese sushi bar “my opinion” if you coming down south. I was expecting a bit of the japanese clothing trend on the waiters but the ordinary black shirt takes the fun out of the whole brand etiquette experience. We were welcomed cheerfully and sitted at the balcony table in front of the sushi bar.

It was quite a small area but interestly spacious enough to have a comfortable meal and enjoy the parade of art on #maboneng street.

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The mojito drinks had a fresh taste and felt original, might be on my list of well mixed drinks. The Angelfish was spiced up with some chilli, and that gave it the most tasteful kick from what fish ordinarily tastes like. The light in the bar was conditioned smoothly for a japanese feel, as well as the raw look of the tables and interior.

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I have not being a fan of sushi, considering the numbers of chefs who get it wrong. I was really skeptical but the meal looks so good and i did not regret the temptation, this was the best sushi in town. The sushi was a burst of flavour and a rush that could be felt all the way down my throat, I could not stop humming as i chewed this piece of delicious sushi. I just instantly could say am official a sushi lover.

I am the Co-founder of NativityConcepts,SA , acting Brands Manager for Maphorisa initiatives, Shareholder of empowerprojects, Psychologist at Lovefoundation, Mentoring partner for Mzanidirectories. A business mind, a playful soul and a fan of life. I love to share my experiences and feelings in a practical way, hence i ended up with a hobby for writing.

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A mexican taste with the KFC Burrito

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The fiesta of flavour started in Cape Town and Sandton as Mi Casa musician and self – confessed foodie J’Something introduced media, celebrities and KFC fans to the new KFC Burrito and showed them how to make it from scratch! The special guests couldn’t get enough of this huge Mexican mash-up of the signature KFC Zinger taste with classic Mexican flavours.

“We made the KFC Burrito just like they do in the restaurants, and I can tell you it’s super yummy, super filling and you are going to be queueing up to get this baby!” says J’Something. “The combination of fresh, crunchy KFC with that Zinger zing and the new Mexican flavours, all wrapped up nicely, makes it the perfect meal on the go.”

South Africa’s favourite fast food restaurant is always innovating to keep up with fast-changing food trends, according to KFC Chief Marketing Officer for Africa, Mike Middleton. “Mexican flavour is a global trend and we are offering our customers the same great delicious experience. The Burrito is flavour innovation and complete hunger satisfaction in one. We want to stay top of the log with our customers and keep giving them the traditional finger lickin’ good taste that they know and love, while also introducing exciting new combinations that keep up to date with food styles and changing tastes.”

Middleton says innovation is the lifeblood of any retail business. “Particularly in the quick service restaurant sector, innovation keeps our customers coming in for new finger lickin’ good moments”.

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SA’s First Blind Barista Causes a Stir

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Working at Kaleidoscope’s museum in the Blindiana Barista Coffee Shop, where he has become a major attraction.

Blindiana Blend, a Kaleidoscope & Beans for Africa initiative, is coffee that is blended, tasted, packed and distributed by the blind.

Kaleidoscope, (previously known as the Institute for the Blind), is a non-profit organisation that has been catering for the all-inclusive needs of the blind since 1881. Visually impaired persons of all ages are empowered through the provision of education, training, care, employment, development and accommodation towards a fulfilled life and complete citizenship.

Joseph trained at the centre, which continues to offer training to visually impaired baristas on an annual basis.

Espressos, macchiatos, Americanos, and lattes – Joseph has mastered them all.

“Visitors cannot believe that their coffee was made by a blind person,” he says. “It was not an easy process though. In the very beginning I had a few incidents where I burned myself. It was a nightmare learning to froth the milk. But today I can successfully prepare a cup of coffee and I get the smell of success.”

Matheatau was not born blind, but lost his sight in his left eye at the age of three. Through the years his sight in his right eye also deteriorated to such an extent that he was unable to attend school.

“It is difficult if people and your family do not believe in you. My family believed I was too lazy to see and to go to school. The teachers at school made jokes about my eye condition.”

Joseph finally lost his vision in his late twenties and was then faced with a long period of suffering and enormous challenges. He joined Kaleidoscope training centre in Worcester in January 2014 to study Marketing and Entrepreneurship and then trained as a barista.

 

“It might sound strange, but in my heart I always knew I was going to be someone special one day,” he says. “When I used to tell my friends I was going to have my own shop and write out cheques someday, they laughed at me.”

Matheatau’s dream is to open his own coffee shop in Bloemfontein within the next 5 years. “I cannot wait to make that first cup of coffee for my mother and sister,” he adds.

At this stage he had successfully completed his mobility training, he is progressing well in Braille, used the services of the counsellor to make peace with all his losses, mastered the computer and

Joseph will be doing a Blind Taste promotion with Kaleidoscope to promote their coffee and sell their merchandise at the Red Café in Steenberg at the Steenberg Village Shopping Centre on the 15th June.

He says that the Blindiana custom roast blend was created from Central and South American coffees blended with African beans and has a great aroma and lingering finish. “The qualities add a wonderful depth and the African coffee gives it that bittersweet, earthy taste that makes it exceptional,” he explains. “This blend of Arabica coffee beans is roasted to a medium-dark finish, which creates a medium-body coffee with splendid aroma.”

Hein Wagner, Kaleidoscope’s brand ambassador, motivational speaker and global adventurer, says that Joseph is a shining example who is living proof that with determination and the appropriate training, support and guidance, anything is possible.


Blindiana custom roast blend can be ordered on line at www.kaleidoscopesa.org

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South Africa’s First Deaf-run Coffee Shop

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I Love Coffee, South Africa’s first Deaf-run coffee shop will officially open its doors in Cape Town in June. In partnership with Tribe Coffee, the entirely Deaf-run coffee shop launches with the aim of breaking communication barriers between the hearing and the Deaf. The shop offers an experience unlike any other, where customers are encouraged to engage verbally as well as visually with the Deaf staff, patrons are given the opportunity to be taught rudimentary sign language to place their orders and engage with the staff. The idea is the brainchild of social entrepreneur, Gary Hopkins who explains: “It’s more than just coffee shop space, it’s about a mind-shift and correcting the perception that Deaf people are disabled, Deafness isn’t a disease and should be recognized as a culture, much like American, Italian, South African etc.” Of the estimated 2-million disabled people in South Africa, 500,000 are classified as ‘Deaf’ and almost 1.5-million South Africans are considered to be ‘hearing-impaired’ which means that 4.5% of South Africa’s total population is Deaf.

While South Africa recognises 11 official verbal and written languages, it has yet to recognise South African Sign Language (SASL) – the visual language that is common across all South African Deaf people. This in turn has deeper social implications as it limits opportunities for tertiary education and results in high unemployment amongst the Deaf. Employment is one of the biggest challenges the Deaf face in South Africa – this is evident in light of the fact that currently 70% of persons who are hearing impaired are unemployed.  Hopkins adds: “Most people know very little about Deaf culture and even fewer understand it, we are hoping that by bringing an ordinary everyday experience like ordering a cup of coffee or a toasted sandwich with the use of sign language or by service expectation being met, we can bring a better understanding about the capability of the Deaf. “The i love coffee brand aims to be a cool, fun and engaging and is not out to garner a sympathy vote,” he says.

“We specifically chose a fun name and incorporated Deaf language into the brand by replacing the heart symbol with the SASL sign for ‘I Love You’.” “We have had incredible support from Western Cape Premier, Helen Zille, who most don’t know has a Deaf sister as well as The National Institute for the Deaf who has assisted us with the recruitment of staff and are receiving barista training from Tribe Coffee,” he says. “DeafSA, the non-profit organisation who acts as the national research, information and community action organization on behalf of more than 600,000 South Africans who are culturally and linguistically Deaf have assisted tremendously in bringing this project to life.” On choosing the venue, Hopkins points out that the decision to launch in a gym in Claremont was a conscious one with a long-term view to expand the national footprint of the brand as well as having to launch on a very tight budget.

“This entire project has been self-funded with the assistance of some really great partners and as we get closer to opening we have other activities that will assist us in getting the brand off the ground,” Hopkins adds. “We are running a crowd-funding campaign and fundraising event so we are able to purchase more equipment.”

“Our world’s currently feel so separate,” says, Deaf born, Jessica Botha who is in her third year at UCT studying a Bachelor of Science, Sociology and Environmental & Geographical Science. “We define Deafness as a way of life and not a disability. We aren’t blocked in living but only the language barrier between hearing and non-hearing people.” Botha adds: “If hearing people learn to sign, they gain the skill of communicating in a different way, increased interaction between the Deaf and hearing community will make our world more inclusive.”

“It is our goal to create more opportunities for job placement of visually impaired persons in the open labour market,” he adds. Hopkins, says that the coffee shop and I love coffee brand will help change how the world engages with the Deaf – view the video here I Love Coffee will be officially open for business on the 6th of June and based at X-Body Fitness, The Mews, Draper Street, Claremont.

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