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Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Super Breakfast

December 10, 2015

Salami
Last Saturday I was invited to enjoy the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Super Breakfast.  I think we can all agree that buffet breakfasts are the best so of course I said yes, after all breakfast is the most important meal of the day.

The Radisson Blu Super Breakfast is a brand standard offered at all Radisson Blu’s across the globe. At the Port Elizabeth hotel it is offered in the dining area on the first floor. Upon arrival I was greeted by Manager Carlos Taag, who took me to my table, where I had a short interview with the Executive Chef.
Jonathan Hodder
According to Executive Chef Jonathan Hodder, what sets the the Radisson Blu’s Super Breakfast apart from breakfast buffets is the amount of thought put into planning the meals. The items in the buffet are not randomly selected with whatever is in stock. The needs and wants of the hotel brand’s guests, as well as food trends have been analysed to select the core breakfast items of the buffet. You can go to any Radisson Blu hotel in the world, and find the same breakfast items on offer, with the same quality. In addition, each hotel may have a selection of other items on offer, but the core foods will remain the same. Being a part of one of the world’s largest hotel brands, the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth, caters for a largely international clientele, so their clients will be able to travel to any of the brand’s hotels in the world and find the breakfast items that they love.

Hodder also mentioned that in 2016 the brand will be changing the items on offer.

Seeds and nutsDried peaches
The items currently on offer cater for a variety of different dietary requirements. There is literally something on offer for everyone, from vegans and health conscious to carb lovers and everyone in-between you’ll have a wholesome breakfast that you love.
Mixed breads
You’ll find seeds, nuts, yogurt, fresh fruit, muffins, a variety of breads, eggs (made how you like them) and bacon, amongst many other items on offer.
Drinking coffee

The Super Breakfast at the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth

I started my meal with a cappuccino. For me, a good cappuccino or coffee is dependant on whether or not I have to put sweetener in. If I do, then it’s bad. I took this photo after I’ve had a few sips and as you can tell, the milk heart is still in shape, so this cup got two thumbs up from me.
Pastries in basket
Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Pastries in basket 2Pastries
I started the meal like any carb lover should, with pastries and cake. These are a decent size, as one won’t fill you. If you enjoy eating like myself, you’ll know this is a good thing because it means that you’ll be able to try more of the different foods in the buffet. Which is why I was able to take three.

Pastries on plate
I then followed this by some salad with smoked salmon (which was divine) and salami. I took a small amount as I intended to finish the meal with some bacon and eggs, but by the time I was done I was full. I think this is due to the fact that I started with pastries. The vegetables were fresh and crunchy.
Salmon and salami on plate
What I really liked was the layout of the eating area. I won’t claim to be a world traveller, but my experience of buffets at other hotels in South Africa, is that the entire buffet is would literally be along a linear counter along the wall, with parts of it open where you can make requests and of course there’d be a separate area for drinks. What normally happens with a setup like this, is that a queue forms and you end up waiting a while for your food, especially in busy periods such as breakfast and honestly, I don’t like queuing for food in a hotel, it makes the experience feel cheap.
Salmon roses
At the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth the setup is done in such a way that this is avoided.  You’ll find an island and the counter is not linear, but pops out from the wall (I unfortunately don’t have a photograph to demonstrate this). Along the wall you’ll find water, fruit juices and the fruit and yogurt bar. Connected to this counter in an l-shape is the salad bar where you’ll also get cheese slice and meat cuts such as smoked beef, salami, ham and my favourite, smoked salmon. It was so good I wanted to go for seconds, but I didn’t want to be known as “the blogger who cleared out the buffet”. Adjacent to this counter are the hot breakfast items such as bacon and eggs. I didn’t taste any of the hot food items at the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth as I was rather full by the time that I left.

Each area is setup to contain food that go together, such as the fresh fruit and yogurt bar, the muffins and pastry baskets are together, etc.so that one doesn’t have to go from area to another. I had two courses at the buffet and didn’t have to queue at any of the sections.
Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Cheeses
Did I mention that the hotel has both indoor and outdoor dining areas? Many of the seats have views of the pool and some have ocean views. The pool also has a number of deck chairs, which I reckon is a good spot for an after breakfast nap.
Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Cheese and meat
I only have compliments about the service that I received. Everyone was friendly and helpful.

You don’t have to be a hotel guest to enjoy the buffet, but I’m sure being one has its perks. The general public can also enjoy the Super Breakfast at a cost of R160 per person. It is open from 06:30AM to 10:30AM during the week and until 11:00AM on weekends. On special periods such as Christmas and New Years Day it is open up until 12:00.

If you don’t want to eat from the buffet, the Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth also has à la carte menu that has been designed by Hodder.

The Radisson Blu Port Elizabeth Super Breakfast was delicious and calming, and if you’re in Port Elizabeth, you should pop in and experience it for yourself.

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Vertty Try a different tryangle

March 26, 2014
Tweets about rain and poor weather are streaming in from Cape Tonians and Joburg peeps alike, but it seems like Port Elizabeth hasn’t yet gotten the memo that the country is supposed to be heading towards winter.
It’s been so hot the past few weeks, if you’re in The Bay, you’d be forgiven for thinking that it is mid-summer. I’m not exaggerating,  on Monday the weather in the Bay was 29°C (84.2°F) and 34°C(93.2°F) in Uitenhage. Yes everyone heads to our shores over the festive season for the hot summer sun, but personally I feel the best time to go the beach is only arriving now.

The Beach

There’s no crowds, school children are back in class, there’s tons of parking space every where you go (unless you’re going anywhere just after pay day), you can go out in public and not get bumped into and the inlanders have gone home (no offence inlanders but some of you do not know seaside ettiquette). I can’t speak for other coastal areas but now from now to June, its the best time to visit The Bay and catch a tan.
Well that’s just my opinion and I like being different, just like this towel from Vertty. Unlike most ‘beach’ towels Vertty a triangle inspired design and comes in a cool triangular box. I find it really stylish and for me, that is a first for a beach towel.
These towels are huge. I’m a big girl and when lying on it, not a millimetre of skin touches the ground. It also has a hidden waterproof pocket, which is ideal for hiding your keys and cellphone from the not so friendly beach goers. A great thing about it is that it’s also fast drying and not bulky, making it really easy to fold.
There are 9 colour options in the range and they each go for €69.90. I received from them a towel called Savvy, which is a gorgeous mixture of red and pinkish shades.
The photos I took turned out terrible so I will upload new ones at a later stage and update this post.
Check out the Vertty website and their video below, which makes it feel like summer again. Oh wait, it still is in The Bay.


Vertty – Shape Shifter from Vertty on Vimeo
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Mr Price Home Berry Scent Fragranced Candle Review

July 15, 2013
Recently I realised that it’s been a while since I have last posted a review on OSI, so here’s a Mr Price Home berry scent fragranced candle review. If you follow me on Twitter or Instagram, you’ll notice that I’ve purchased this candle just over a week ago but I’ve burnt it many times.
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Although it’s called berry, it’s just a strawberry aroma and not a mixture of different berry aromas.  I took the 7.5 x 7.5cm pillar, which has a 35 hour burn time with a 100% organic wick (I’m not completely sure on the last point as I’ve thrown away the wrapper and I could not find this info on the Mr Price Home website). The 7.5 x 7.5cm pillar costs a mere R19.99. There are other sizes in this range as well as other scents, including Malibu, Vanilla and Espresso. As I’ve never burnt fragranced candles from Mr Price Home  I only took one to first try it. Years ago I bought lavender votives from them, but never used it as they were just for decorative purposes. I’ve burnt this pillar well over 10 hours and there’s over two-thirds left.
The fragranced candle burns in my bedroom and initially I was completely in love with it as I could smell the strawberry fragrance throughout the house. This strong aroma only lasted for a few burns. After the fifth or so time, the scent became noticeably lighter and now it’s now extremely light. This normally happens if it’s been burning for a long time.
Although it tunnels, as a pillar should, I have not had problems with the wick being too short or being extinguished by the pool of wax. I also haven’t had any issues with soot, nor did the wick mushroom as I trimmed the wick before I first burned it. Also, the first time I light this Mr Price Home candle, the wax did not spill over the sides.
Although I am slightly disappointed that the berry fragrance is no longer as strong as it first was, I will definitely repurchase. At R20 this Mr Price Home berry scent fragranced candle is a bargain that I cannot resist. I plan on buying some of the other scents as well as some other sizes, to burn and add to my room’s decor. Mr Price Home also has some gorgeous jars and candle holders that can be bought with the I love the ambience that candles create and currently I have enough tea lights to last me the next two years.
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Original Cocktails Cosmopolitan Review

May 30, 2013

Original Cocktails Cosmopolitan Review

As I’ve said in my Glühwein review, the Original Cocktails are convenient because everything is already premixed. It’s no different with their Cosmopolitan cocktail.  Real juices are used to make this cocktail super tasty. It is made from cranberry, mandarin and limejuice that are blended with vodka.
The only work you have to do is to chill and shake the cosmopolitan before pouring it into a martini glass. I used a wine goblet because apparently the only glasses owned in my home are wine glasses. This cosmopolitan looked just as pretty as it would in Martini glass.
This Original Cocktails drink is very smooth and balanced. As it’s made from real fruit juice, it’s not overly sweet and the lime juice adds a slight sour after taste to the delicious drink. 
Contrary to popular belief cocktails are not only best enjoyed during the warm months of summer. They’re perfect for winter too, especially if you’re a single woman (or even a single man). Also if you going to see the Great Gatsby and you’re not into martinis, this cocktail is a great alternative.

Original Cocktails Cosmopolitan

You can also taste this yummy Original Cocktails drink, as it’s a part of the party pack that I’ll be giving away, so look out for it soon!
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Original Cocktails Glühwein Review

May 27, 2013
The guys at Original Cocktails were gracious enough to spoil me with some of their delicious drinks to review. They’ve also sent something for me to spoil my readers with, so keep your eyes open for a giveaway near the end of the week.

Original Cocktails Gluhwein Review

Original Cocktails has six high quality read made cocktails that are made with real fruit juice. These are pina colada, margarita, strawberry daiquiri, mojito, cosmopolitan, Singapore sling and the uber delicious cosmopolitan, which I was also sent to sample, so look out for the review soon. These drinks are available in 300ml sachets for individual servings as well as 2 litre boxes. They also sell a spicy and delicious Glühwein that comes in a 750ml bottle and a 2 litre box.. Their products are so convenient because instead of having to buy multiple bottles of liquor and juices to make one cocktail, you can just pick up one or two boxes. It saves time and money.

The Bay’s weather for the last few days has been kind of crappy. It’s rainy, windy and basically the perfect weather to stay in and taste the Original Cocktails Glühwein. It is made from a full-bodied red wine and flavoured with spices. Glühwein, which is German for glow wine, is served hot with a slice of lemon or orange. I swear I only had one glass and not the whole box or else my review would have been something like:
“OMGZZ THIS STUFF IS AMAZEBALLS!!!! *THE END*” Actually it would have ended with me making some embarrassing confessions, so always drink responsibly!

Original Cocktails Gluhwein Review 2

The little tap on the side of the box was easy to remove. Apparently you’re supposed to drink Glühwein out of a mug but I used a thick wine goblet to drink out of, I just don’t recommend putting a wine glass in the microwave. I poured some into a mug, which I heated in the microwave for about 30 seconds. The Glühwein was warm but not boiling, just like it should be. I poured the drink into a goblet and garnished it with a thin slice of lemon. Afterwards I just tossed the slice into the drink because the damn thing kept falling over. This ended up being a good thing because the lemon really brought out the flavour of the full-bodied red wine, which is spiced with cinnamon, hints of nutmeg and cloves. I really love the taste because it reminds me of chai tea, which I also love. The taste is very balanced, as it’s not too sweet nor too spicy. I especially love the spicy aroma that the heat really brings out. Needless to say it is a great winter drink that is perfect for a chilly day in, and is a great beverage if you’re having pals over for a game of Scrabble or whichever board game you love playing during the winter. Excuse me, I am off to have another glass.