Capetonians, for those of you who willingly leave the house (at night nogal), the Galileo Open Air Cinema will soon be back until April. The concept is to screen movies in spectacular outdoor settings with the added bonus of a food market. This summer's first screening will be in the majestic Kirstenbosch Gardens. On Halloween. In the dark. Aaaannnd … the chosen movie is … Scream. I won't be there.
I chanced upon Fair Play, an exciting and captivating erotic office thriller on Netflix. What happens to a newly engaged couple at a cutthroat hedge fund firm in New York when one of them gets an unexpected promotion?
The pace is nice, the characters modern, the theme fresh and the actors, Phoebe Dynevor and Alden Ehrenreich, play their roles brilliantly and convincingly. A delicious two hours of enjoyment for a Friday evening at home.
Seven Fires: Grilling the Argentine Way is not new (it was first published in 2009) but it remains one of my absolute favourite books about food.
The seven fires of the title refer to a series of grilling techniques used by the revered chef Francis Mallmann. He was born in Patagonia and trained in France's top restaurants, but abandoned the fussy fine-dining scene for the more elemental experience of cooking with fire. The photographs in this wonderful book showcase his recipes and the beauty of Patagonia, Buenos Aires and rural Uruguay. Seven Fires is a must for any griller ready to explore food's next frontier.
Chef's Table on Netflix also has a wonderful episode on Mallmann cooking with fire. If you haven’t yet discovered this wonderful documentary series, you are in for a great treat.
The book costs R885 at Takealot.
The Booker Prize Podcast casts a fresh eye over winning books and other nominated titles from years past; features interviews with authors, experts and enthusiasts; and peers behind the curtain of the latest prizes. Follow it on Spotify, Apple Podcasts or wherever you listen to your favourite podcasts. The hosts are novelist and critic Jo Hamya and critic and broadcaster James Walton.
*The find of the week on Netflix was Beckham, a new documentary series. If you think you knew who Victoria (Posh Spice of the Spice Girls) and footballer David Beckham really are, you've probably only seen the glamorous side. Certainly not the trauma they suffered at the hands of soccer thugs who terrorised them after Beckham's infamous red card in a World Cup game, including the depression, death threats and harassment that followed for years. Also the way the family was uprooted time and time again. Whether it's only for the Becks and Posh eye candy or for real soccer enthusiasts, this is a fascinating series.
*The third season of the beloved French series Lupin (Netflix) landed at last and certainly doesn't disappoint. Gentleman thief Assane Diop (Omar Sy) cleared his name of murder at the end of season 2, as well as getting justice for his late father, but that wasn't enough to wipe the slate clean after a spate of high-profile heists, and the police are still determined to catch him. Sy is once again the shining star illuminating the fast-paced action, plots and mystery of this season. Arsène Lupin has enthralled audiences almost since the advent of television in South Africa and continues to do so.
For as long as I can remember, I have had a bottle of Nature’s Nourishment Rose Water on my dressing table. It is a fantastic toner and I love the smell. I also keep it in a spritz bottle in my handbag. It is a lovely face mist for those unexpected hot flushes or when you need a pick-me-up on a hot day. The Witch Hazel in the range is also also wonderful. Witch hazel is an astringent with anti-inflammatory and antiviral properties and can be used to sooth irritated skin. It also works well as a toner — especially for more oily skin and for my daughter’s teenage skin.
Both cost R49.95 at Dischem.
♦ VWB ♦
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