Last week I popped into a party at Mambo’s Plastics Warehouse hosted by local PR co The Little Black Book. For those of you who don’t know it, Mambo’s is a giant ‘plastics warehouse’ in Green Point in the space where Baby City used to be. They stock pretty much anything made from plastic and then some, be it homeware, kiddies toys and every kind of storage container under the sun.
Upon arrival, guests were treated to shopping vouchers, Paul Rene bubbly and Pravda vodka cocktails on tap. The canapés, however, stole the show. Think melt in your mouth beef bites with truffle Hollandaise sauce!
As it turns out, I’m not the only one who likes a li’l plastic; I ran into eTV’s Tanya Nefdt in what I can only assume is the Random Cleaning Shizz aisle as that’s where I found my plastic drain plunger (sexy!) and she her animal print dustpan (only slightly less embarrassing).
After perusing the shelves, Ina, my friend who was down from Germany, pointed out that I could do with large plastic bin-drawer things to store my ten million zillion beauty products and prevent my flat from looking like a Red Square beauty sale. This would’ve been a practical, clever thing to do so obviously I ended up walking out with a random mixed bag o’ shizz instead. Still, I’m very pleased with my purchases; a set of three snap-lock Tupperware-style containers (fab value at R80 for all three), a super cute Joie egg poacher and healthy potato chip maker.
While I’ve yet to master the poacher – I just can’t get the timing/temperature right – I hope to have better luck with the chip maker. Once I’m au fait with both I look forward to living on a home-nuked diet of egg and chips as opposed to wallet-crushing take-away sushi. I’ll also be able to stop lying through my teeth when I’m asked if I know how to cook by hapless men that may one day make me their bored, Audi-driving house wife. In fact, I’m already composing a Tinder by line in my head. (‘Like perfectly poached eggs? Appreciate a good non-greasy potato chip? Not likely to get bored of the same meal every frikken night of your life? Ooh baby does mama have a li’l something for you…’)
Anyway, a big thank you to Mambo’s for the plastiek fantasties as well as Marina and Jules from The Little Black Book for the invite. Ina and I both had a jol.
P.S. Paul Rene was also kind enough to gift me with two tickets to Taste of Cape Town this weekend past. The bubbly brand had a popular stall at the event, cunningly placed right next to an oyster stand.
Personally, I found the event a little too expensive this year (two scoins for a tasting glass? Eight scoins for an ostrich burger?!) and didn’t feel like there were enough restaurants involved. Still, I did managed to have fun and the day’s highlights included tasting Azure restaurant at 12 Apostles Hotel’s delicious pork belly, Camissa Brasserie at The Table Bay Hotel’s herb and macadamia nut crusted lamb chop and 8 Longridge Restaurant’s blue cheese pannacotta.
I also enjoyed yakking it up with theradness that is Marie and co from my beloved La Mouette who spoiled my friends and I with a splash or two of vino. How cute was their Memories of a Sweet Shop dessert tasting plate pictured below? Their winning dish, however, had to be the butternut ravioli with pickled apple, radish, butternut puree and sage brown butter.
If you want to try the ravioli for yourself be sure to pop in and try their newly launched Autumn Tasting Menu – R295 for six courses. It features there along with a heavenly-sounding caramelized onion soup; salt baked beetroot tart with truffle mascarpone and caramelized shallot and a Chelsea bun with cremealat gorgonzola, marmalade gel, port and black pepper syrup. Yes! Yes! Yes!