Jozi Gallery Slunking

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

It took me a while to start visiting the Jozi art galleries- in Berlin galleries are everywhere, in your face, it is a city replete with galleries and artists (as well as over-saturated with “artists”). When Nick and Rachel came we checked out a few (The Goodman Gallery and the David Kruts Project Gallery on Jan Smuts) at Rachel’s insistence. I’m glad we did because I haven’t been able to stop. They noticed us eyeing a piece by Ryan Arenson (instagrammed poorly above) and to start our South African art collection they bought it for us as a wedding present, leaving it behind when they left as a surprise. It was so thoughtful I almost teared up. Last week Nico and I toured the galleries twice last week in the Maboneng Precinct. The David Kruts Print Workshop there is showing linocuts by William Kentridge which are lovely. Check out this preview of his hour long animated film about Johannesburg called “Anything Is Possible.” You can watch the whole things for free on PBS if you live in the States.

707 Panyaza

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

This weekend we had a delicious dinner at a bumping shebeen called 707 Panyaza in Orlando West, Soweto. We gorged on the buy and braai, achaar (which was more of a [delicious!] salad), pap, and the awesome music . We enjoyed a brew and danced in our chairs (it hadn’t quite turned into a dance party so I had to satisfy myself with remaining in my chair) and received a couple amused looks by the regulars. 707 is going to become a regular stop on our Jozi tour for our future guests and I can’t WAIT to go back and do more than just chair-dance to the music. Nico and Elisabeth also agreed that it was the highlight of our weekend. Much thanks to Steffen and Sibo for the tip.

707 Panyaza is located at:

White City Jabavu, Soweto

1736 Tumahole Street

Punching that into your gps will get you within a kilometer and then just ask around. Enjoy! xx

9 courses later: Cube Tasting Kitchen

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As part of our jam-packed and thoroughly awesome show-Johannesburg-off-tour with our visiting friends, Saturday night we did chef Dario de Angeli’s Cube Tasting Kitchen in Parktown North. We spent an evening working our way through a nine course tasting menu (and … Continue reading

The Good Luck Club

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Last night  The Good Luck Club opened its doors (next to Wolves, same owners). And like Wolves it’s impeccably decorated (though minimally, which I like) with industrial fittings, metal Marais chairs (which had me dreaming of an oversized future farm table and Marais chairs as far as the eye can see, but I digress….)  and ironic cat wall paper. The crowd was fashionable hipsters in top knots and cool jewelry, and the menu is succinct (can a menu be succinct?) containing a few appetizers (edamame, dumplings, etc), soups, and a few noodle dishes and stir fry. Kate and I opted for some edamame to share and soups (she the chicken and I the bean curd) as it was a rainy, overcast rather Berlin-like evening. We enjoyed green tea, though there were a few carefully selected cocktails, 2 house wines, and a list of a few other creative teas available (i.e. pineapple Rooibos). I think the kitchen is still working out its kinks, as the soups took an extraordinarily long time to come out (though maybe that means they were made from scratch when we ordered them??) but the food was good, the restaurant is cute and has lots of potential. A few of the staff were the familiar faces from Wolves so that was nice too.

The Good Luck Club, 3 Corlett Drive , 011 447 3816

Open Tues-Saturday for lunch and dinner

Sunday for lunch only

Closed Monday

It also advertises a website but I don’t think it’s running yet

So wrong, it has to be right: Jozi’s answer to Berlin’s Doener Kebap?

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

While I like to consider myself somebody who eats right and cooks nutritious meals, there are times when you’re hungover we all must eat delicious bites of heaven that are really bad for you. I’m sorry to let you know about this but you’ll thank me in the end. There is a magical place called Akahlwaya’s which has the best Food for Hungover People, namely a Polony and Chip Roll. Polony is some sort of sausage (it doesn’t have pork here since Akahl’s caters to a lot of Muslim Indians) and the reason I liken it to a doener- both meats that are made in a way that we would rather not know about. On a  toasted roll, they put slices of polony, french fries, masala, chili sauce, ketchup and mayo and then toast the whole thing. I estimate it to be probably upwards of 1000 calories, but that’s neither here nor there- head to Akahlwaya’s next time you are having a bad day (Or your period. Which I guess is the same thing. TMI. Sorry.).

Akahlwaya’s

100 Church Street in Mayfair (there are several, but my colleague recommends this one over the others)

Call ahead with your order, because there is ALWAYS a line 011 839 4003 YOU’RE WELCOME

Pilanesburg Elephants in Black and White

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Land of Nams: living in Johannesburg, exploring the world, documenting the things I love

Our good friends Jon and Katie came to visit us for a week and it was amazing as always. Every year for the past three years we’ve vacationed together at some place around the world and next year we are planning somewhere in Latin America where P and I have never been. These trips are always such a treat and it’s so fun to see how our lives have progressed in a year, discuss every subject under the sun, and make fun of each other a lot. We plan to continue this tradition until somebody gets knocked up, at which point I hope to resume when the kids are old enough- this way mommy can drinks lots of cab sauv in one room while the kids who at this point will probably be bratty and loud are in another. I digress… since we had visitors it was back to safari and back to Cape Town.

For the bush we went to Pilanesburg National Park which is a two hour drive away from Jozi and contains all of the big 5. Since I feel like I’ve been on safari a lot lately and have been posting lots of animal photos I’m just going to feature some elephants today. One thing I love about elephants is that because of their deep wrinkles and grey skin they look gorgeous with different black and white and split toning in Lightroom.

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A couple tips on Pilanesburg: we got our guide using Game Trackers. I wouldn’t do it again. You feel as though you are in Disney World and not the bush, plus I felt our guide was very unknowledgeable and cheesy.  Rather go with someone like Chris Green. I’ve never personally had the pleasure but I met him through my friend Heather who has gone and loved it and I hope to soon. Plus, he is charming and knows everything and if you’re lucky he might tell you about the time a Cape Buffalo nearly gored him to death with its horns.