African Pride Hotel, Melrose Arch Experience

A few gents and I were recently invited to have an overnight staycation at Melrose Arch Hotel, which is part of the African Pride, Autograph Collection (of) Hotels.

It’s actually a strangely enjoyable thing to stay in a hotel in your own city; I mean home is right here. It felt even stranger because I stay just 10 minutes away from the hotel.

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Cigar’s I’ve Tried (and you probably want to try too)

One of my favourite things to do in my downtime is to cook a good meal, have a drink, and smoke a cigar. I play my “township” jazz or apple chill mix playlist in the background and just kick it. I don’t get the opportunity to do so very often but when I do, I make sure its worth it.

I am no guru or cigar connoisseur but I’ve smoked a number of cigars and I have a few favourites that I’d recommend so far:

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Emporio Armani Store Visit | Mall of Africa

Emporio Armani is the second brand under the Armani family. It features ready to wear and runway collections and is one of two brands in the family that are designed mainly by Giorgio Armani himself (the other being Giorgio Armani).

I was recently invited the mall to experience the newly opened Emporio Armani store to learn a bit more about the premium brand and the mall itself. 

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5 Wine Tips for Beginners | #SpierMyWay

One of the lessons my brother taught me when to comes to anything I do is to first cover all the basics…. Well, to be honest he was saying that with reference to my wardrobe (you can’t buy a yellow suit before you have a the basic black/blue/navy) but I just took that and I use it with everything else in my life. It’s working quite well, so thanks bro!
Anyway, getting to the point of this post, I’ll be going over a few basics that I rate will come in handy for you especially if you’re a newbie to wine. I’ll also be giving away a case of wine at the end of the post, so look out for that!
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Doing Wine Your Way | #SpierMyWay


I’ve come to realize that for a country the produces some of the world’s best wine, there isn’t much of a wine culture outside of the Western Cape. The only time most people enjoy wine is at home or when they’re eating out. We definitely do consume lots of it: wine is the second highest consumed beverage in the country, just after beer; So why isn’t there a widespread wine culture in the country? I’m talking wine tastings, events and bars, or even champagne bars whose focus is actually champagne. I know there are various wine festivals that take place here and there but how inclusive are they? (Shout out to Soweto Food and Wine Festival)

Anyway, getting into the gist of this post. I’ll be covering some of the jargon commonly used in the wine community. I’ll also add a food/wine pairing guide in the latter part that is based on some research and experimenting that I’ve been doing with the help of Spier Wines. So most of the tasting notes are based on Spier Wines.

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Cigar & Cognac Pairing: The Basics

So for a while now, cigars for me have been a symbol of status and a good companion of “le good life” for me and that perception was one I was given by influential figures such as Jay-Z and P Diddy (or whatever he calls himself now). I used to only enjoy a stogie in the club to complement my look and the euphoric atmosphere of The Boo (also known as Taboo Night Club). But as of late, I decided to start enjoying a smoke in the comfort of my home, where I can taste all these notes and flavours my Tobacconist always tells me about. But I couldn’t just smoke one without having a beverage to complement it, so I decided to do some research as to what the ideal drink(s) to pair up a cigar with are.

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