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A taste sensation at Radisson Blu’s Tabu restaurant in Port Elizabeth

March 11, 2017

I was recently invited to the Radisson Blu’s Tabu restaurant in Port Elizabeth to taste and experience their new menu. It’s been a while since I last wrote about the hotel, and although I have been back to the restaurant since my last post, it was before the renovations. The restaurant is not just open to hotel guests, it’s also open to the public.

Situated on the first floor of the seaside hotel, Tabu restaurant epitomises style and chic, with a touch of elegance and luxury. The restaurant over looks the hotel’s pristine pool and  coastline along Pollok Beach. The media launch was perfectly timed for us to see the last rays of the day, as the sun set across the ocean.

tabu restaurant

The evening soon set itself apart from other events that I’ve attended in the city. The launch was broken up into stages: starters, mains and desserts. Sounds like most restaurant events, but boy it was not like other restaurant events. The theme was taste the world, so each stage had a country as a theme.

Starting with Italy

Starters were served in Tabu restaurant, while guests were entertained with live Italian music. I had the mussels, the tabu salad (pictured above) and the prawn bisque risotto. Each dish was small, so that guests could try multiple dishes without getting stuffed. That way you can try more dishes in the next stages.

Let me tell you about the prawn risotto, I could probably ramble for days about this dish. It’s made with queen prawns, orange and vanilla, bisque sauce, pecorino cheese, spring onion and basil. It’s so smooth, and creamy and it’s flavours just blend so well. When you visit Tabu, you must try this dish. Just trust me.

Pictured below is the Norwegian salmon.

tabu restaurant

Homegrown mains

If it’s not clear to you by now, the Radisson Blu and Tabu restaurant know how to put together a lavish occasion. Once the starters were finished, we were whisked off to the roof of the hotel for the mains. The elevator does not reach the top of the roof, and walking up the last flight of stairs, left me feeling like I was in action film. We weren’t told where we were going, or what was waiting for us. In true Radisson Blu style, they turned Mission Impossible into Mission Possible (sorry for the dad joke, I just couldn’t resist) and transformed the normally off limits roof top with a tent and South African decor. The views were spectacular. Having dinner while listening to the sounds of Umle and looking at the city lights below, was absolutely breath taking.

tabu restaurant

For mains I had the lamb rack and vegetable stack. Many people said that the lamb rack was their favourite dish of the night, but I have to disagree. Although it was delicious, it cannot compare to the prawn bisque risotto. I’d drown myself in that dish. The vegetable stack was also very good. It came with different veggies, toasted hazelnuts and goats cheese.

Desserts fit for a president

When we done with mains, I thought there was no way that they could top this with the desserts. I was wrong. The last stage was French themed last stage, and was based in one of the presidential suites on the 17th floor. The views rivalled that of the roof, and the suite epitomised luxury.

tabu restaurant

I am not ashamed to say, I tried most of the desserts and I regret nothing.  Amongst the sweet offerings was cheesecake sundae, blueberry and almond tart, chocolate log, tiramisu and a rosy pear pudding (pictured above). What stood out for me was the cheesecake sundae and the blueberry and almond tart. The chocolate log was also tasty, and a must for any chocoholic.

What impressed me the most was all of the new ideas that the Radisson Blu staff are bringing to both the restaurant and the city. Beginning March 2017, Tabu restaurant now hosts a high tea on the first Sunday of every month. They will also be hosting a buffet the last Sunday of every month as well.

Hope to see you there!

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Tips for finding accommodation in Port Elizabeth

December 19, 2016
accommodation in Port Elizabeth

The skies are bluer, air warmer and days longer. Summer has officially arrived in Nelson Mandela Bay. If you’re coming to the region, but haven’t yet found accommodation, best you read this post and get booking soon! Here are some nifty tips on finding accommodation in Port Elizabeth. These will suit your budget and holiday plans.

Where you’d want to stay would be dependent on whether you’ll be coming for business or leisure and what your activities will be. Port Elizabeth like every other coastal city gets crowded in the summer with visitors from other countries and provinces.

To make the most of your experience, it’s best to ensure that your choice of accommodation in Port Elizabeth is aligned with the activities you plan on doing. If you’re visiting the Bay, you should choose accommodation in or nearby the area where most of your activities will be taking place. You’ll save on petrol and you’ll have more time to focus on having fun.

How to book accommodation in Port Elizabeth

You can easily book your accommodation for your next trip, online over here on the AccommoDirect website. As you can see, AccomoDirect offers a number of different options, including hotels, bed and breakfasts and guest lodges. Each listing lists the different services that the facility offers. You can also find award winning facilities on their site. If you’re heading to PE soon, here’s some tips on finding accommodation in Port Elizabeth for your next trip.

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Humewood Water Park

For the beach dwellers

The city has a number of public swimming beaches. Some of the most popular beaches are King’s Beach, Hobie Beach and Pollock Beach. These beaches are all found in the suburbs of Humewood and Summerstrand. These beachfront suburbs have a plethora of options for accommodation in Port Elizabeth. During the year these suburbs have relatively low traffic. However during summer it is busy, which is why it’s best to stay in the area. You won’t need to leave either suburb as grocery stores, restaurants, cafes and entertainment facilities are all in walking distance. Exploring a place by foot is the best way to discover new things about the area.

hobie-beach-pool

For business trips

There’s a variety of options for people travelling on business trips. The beachfront strip is home to many of the city’s larger hotels and guest houses. The beachfront is often a popular choice for accommodation for business trips. However, many superb boutique hotels, lodges and guest houses can also be found in the central suburb of Walmer and the surrounding area. Much like the beachfront suburbs, Walmer has a number of amenities in walking distance.

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Houses by the Donkin Reserve

For art and history lovers

The CBD of Port Elizabeth has a lot of history and culture. The area is home to heritage sites, including the iconic Route 67 and the main public library. Using public transport in this area is easy, as it contains main taxi routes, is close to the city’s main bus station and train station.

If you want to spend your days soaking up the city’s history, heritage and wandering around art galleries, then Richmond Hill is where you’ll want to stay. Here you’ll find the renown Stanley Street, with it’s strip of popular restaurants and stores.

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The Donkin Reserve

Situated next to Richmond Hill and the CBD is St George’s Park. Much like the former suburbs, St George’s Park is rich in history, as it contains (amongst other things) the oldest park in the city. The area is home to the famous Park Drive, which contains galleries, the Nelson Mandela Art Museum, Settler’s Park nature reserve and quaint coffee shops. The park is the second oldest park in the country and it is a woodland with gorgeous walkways, monuments, the city’s largest stadium and an open air theatre. If you’re looking for accommodation in Port Elizabeth that is central, but without the buzz of city life, stay in St George’s Park.  In addition, there’s so many things to do in St George’s Park that you won’t need to leave.

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The Pearson Conservatory in St George’s Park

More about AccommoDirect

AccomoDirect can help you book accommodation in Port Elizabeth without hassle. They list various facilities in these areas, many other suburbs and areas in the region. As one of South Africa’s largest accommodation portals, AccomoDirect has over 20 000 accommodation listings across 2 000 destinations and has 10 000 reviews on it. Browse through their easy to navigate site to find accommodation for your next trip.

Click here to find out more about AccommoDirect.

Disclaimer: This post was sponsored by AccommoDirect. All of the views expressed and photographs used in this post are my own.

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Things to do in Port Elizabeth this summer

November 28, 2016

Am I the only one that feels like time speeds up around this time of year? It’s nearly summer and the festive season, so many people will be heading to the coast during the holidays. I never take leave during the holidays, for many reasons that I won’t state in this post, but I know a lot of my readers do. Hence why I’m writing a post on things to do in Port Elizabeth this summer.

Whether you live in PE, or the broader Nelson Mandela Bay area, or are coming on holiday here (or still deciding if you should) check out these things to do in Port Elizabeth without breaking the bank.  Continue Reading

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Baakens Food Truck Friday: A first for the city

November 24, 2016
Baakens Food Truck Friday

This past Friday was the first ever Baakens Food Truck Friday, which took place in Baakens Valley. A few of my blogger pals and I were invited to attend the event and we received some vouchers to try out some of the vendors food. My views are unbiased.

The full list of trucks can be found on the event’s facebook page and as with all food trucks, they offered a limited menu on the day. There was a lot of trendy food options.  I’m banting and nearly every truck I went to didn’t have banting friendly options, nearly everything had carbs or sugar. Not that I went to all of them. There was a lot of people and a lot of queues.

I received vouchers for The Munch Box and another vendor, but ended up only using the one for  The Munch Box. I spent at least 40 minutes in the queue and the other trucks’s queues were about the same length or longer.

There were quite a few trucks at the Baakens Food Truck Friday that stood out for me, here are a few I’d like to point out.

Baakens Food Truck Friday

Chia Health Food Co

Chia stood out for me, because they were the only truck that offered healthy food options. I haven’t gone to each and every truck so I might be wrong, but they were the only truck that had the word health in it’s name. I tried their Chai tea, it’s not banting friendly as it contains coconut sugar. It was love at first sip. I don’t care that it’s not banting friendly, I’d have another in an instant. I wanted to try one of their juices but they were sold out by the time I got there.

Masterton’s Coffee

They’re my favourite local coffee brand, so it’s no surprise that their truck stood out for me. They were the first truck I went to when I got there. On Friday I hadn’t had coffee all day. I know it’s shocking, so I quickly fixed that by having a cappuccino. Some say it’s not good to have coffee so late in the day, but I have so much caffeine in my system, it doesn’t affect me.

The Munch Box

As I mentioned earlier I received a voucher for The Munch Box. There wasn’t much left on the menu by the time I got to the front of the queue. All they had left to offer were burgers, chips and beverages.

I took the bun off and only ate the patty, lettuce and tomato. The patty was quiet thick and moist but not wet. It had the slightest hint of spiciness. This is great as it adds flavour without burning your mouth.

Other things to do at the Baakens Food Truck Friday

Well there was space for you to have a picnic, live music and a henna artist. I decided to get a mendhi design on my hand. The artist Bieshneen is so precise and so good. Unfortunately I managed to smudge the design a bit. There were also peddle go karts and a few other activities for kids.

Baakens Food Truck Friday

One of the vendors told me that they did not expect the amount of people who came and have plans in place to reduce the queues at the next one. I’m sure the organisers and vendors went home happy with full pockets, but standing in a queue for 40 minutes, or an hour and a half like Nadine did, is never fun. Hopefully this was just teething issues and the next one will be better. When I was invited to the Radisson for breakfast, I wrote about how I feel about queuing for food. So I’m going to give it a few months before I go back to this event.

The Baakens Food Truck Friday takes place from 4PM till 9PM on the third Friday of every month.

Beauty

Sorbet Walmer Park power manicure experience

November 9, 2016
Sorbet Walmer Park

Visiting a salon or spa is as good as a holiday, and I am in desperate need of one. In May, at the first #ECMeetup I won a voucher for a power manicure at Sorbet Walmer Park. I hadn’t used it earlier because I’m not often in the city. This past Friday I wrote my last exam and thought it would be an ideal treat after a tough semester.

I being my spectacular self, entered the manicure area à la Sherman Klump and managed to knock over of one the beauty therapists trays with my bag. They were quite nice about it though. The salon also has a high ratio of beauty therapists on duty.

The Sorbet Walmer Park power manicure experience

The power manicure is the full manicure experience. My beauty therapist Zanda, shaped my nails, exfoliated my hands and massaged them and lathered them with cream. The hand massage was most definitely the favourite part of the experience. It was so relaxing, if it wasn’t for the fact that I sat upright, I probably would have fallen asleep. But it probably was a good thing I didn’t. The last time I fell asleep in public was on a plane, and judging by the looks I got from other passengers when we disembarked, I probably drooled. Or snored. Don’t judge me I was tired. And hungover.

For my nail colour, I decided to go with nail polish, even though Zanda recommended gel polish. With colour choice I decided to go out of my comfort zone, as I normally prefer pink, peach or coral shades. I chose Morgan Taylor’s West Coast Cool, which is a bright creamy blue. It’s vibrant and opaque, definitely a great shade for summer.

Morgan Taylor West Coast Cool

I’d definitely make an appointment again at Sorbet Walmer Park when I’m in the city area, but for pedicure. Their pedicure chairs look super relaxing and perfect to nap in.

Feature image via CGSCreative.