The Diemersfontein Pinotage on Tap is back – win tickets!

Have you been to a Pinotage-on-Tap Festival before?
It’s one of the most festive events on the KZN social calendar and it’s back again this September at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock.
The Diemersfontein Pinotage-on-Tap (POT) festivals were recently named the ‘World’s Best Wine Event’ by Drinks International Magazine and you can understand why – they pair live entertainment with bottomless access to Diemersfontein’s Coffee Chocolate Pinotage – tapped straight from the barrels, along with a tasty array of Pinotage-paired food, including desert – that’s a recipe for success ;)
They take place in Joburg & Cape Town too, but the Durban event will be held on Saturday 19th September 2015.

Tickets are on sale via Computicket:
Durban – 19th September at The Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock – R350 (ticket only) or R850 (ticket & a case of pino)
Johannesburg – 29th August at Val Bonne Country Estate in Modderfontein – R410
Cape Town – 10th October at Diemersfontein Estate in Wellington – R410
These prices include a goodie-bag on arrival, lunch and day’s live entertainment, plus bottomless Diemersfontein Coffee Chocolate Pinotage

Space at these festivals is limited and tickets sell out fast, so if you have never been before, do not wait until the last minute to book!
Gates open at 12:30pm and the event closes at 7pm.
I have 1 double set of tickets to give away to the value of R700 for the Durban Pinotage-on-Tap Festival on 19th September.
All you have to do to enter is:

1. Leave a comment on this post telling me who you would take with to the Durban Pinotage-on-Tap Festival.
2. For additional entries, you can like both the Pinotage on Tap and the Ask Ashe Blog facebook pages and leave a separate comment on this post saying you did so.
3. For even more entries, share this post on facebook or twitter and then leave an additional separate comment on this post saying you did so.
Please note:
Competition closes at midday on Wednesday 12th August and winner will be contacted by Friday 14th August to arrange prize delivery.
Prizes are not transferrable for cash.
Winner must be in Durban for the event, transport to and from the venue is not included in the prize.

For more information on the festivals, visit the Diemersfontein website or
follow them on Twitter or Facebook

emailers askashe_pinotageontap

The well i am wellness challenge

Anyone who knows me well, knows how I feel about exercise. I don’t feel much.
In fact I have a favourite saying – “When I feel like running, I lie down until the feeling passes”.
I even said in a recent interview with Jane Kilian that my favourite exercise was, wait for it – stretching!
So you can imagine how I felt when the team at well i am approached me to take part in this year’s challenge.

However, I have recently become more conscious about what I eat and where my food comes from, so it’s high time I added body wellness to that state of mind.
A few months ago I was approached by Simone Hanekom at The Fitness Shack to take part in a ‘couch to marathon’ programme, which scared the living daylights out of me – running a marathon is so low down on my life agenda, that I couldn’t muster the motivation to do that and I politely declined her kind offer – she’s currently whipping a team of keen clients into shape though, so check out her site if this appeals to any of you couch potatoes out there.

But the reason the well i am challenge appealed to me (after I stopped hyperventilating), was that it encompasses an overall wellness programme, as well as eating plans and exercise routines and this was exactly what I needed to shift my A into G.
Yes the exercises include lunges and push ups and the ever-dreaded jumping jack (oh my word I hate those!), but if I’m serious about wellness, I’m going to have to incorporate some sort of movement into my sedentary lifestyle.

Also, now that I’m sharing this online, I pretty much can’t be caught eating any naughty stuff in public…
(Watch I will be invited to cake parties every week now!)

The awesome goodies sent to me by the well i am team


The well i am team sent me my Biogen transformation starter kit, as well as some other goodies, including a Sistema hamper of flipping cool KLIP IT™ containers (it’s like they knew I have an obsession for little contaniers!) AND a Philips Airfryer, which fries, roasts, bakes and grills with air and not oil!
Cannot wait to get this baby fired up – thanks team!
There was also a huge hamper from Nutreats, which is an online store I hadn’t heard of before, which stocks sports nutrition products and gear, as well as health foods, which you can order online and have delivered to your door.

So, the pressure is on – I have just 8 weeks until the end of the challenge to change my lifestyle!
You can follow my progress and get the recipes for the nutribullet smoothies I make most days over on my instagram account – @askashe,
as well as on my facebook and twitter pages.

If you are keen to join in too, the challenge is open for registration right up until the 23rd August.
PLUS there are discounted offers for each of the packages if you sign up now.

What do you get when you sign up:

  •       Before & after assessments and health screenings
  •       Access to the exclusive member’s locker, which allows you to connect with fellow contestants online, as well as health and fitness with video demos, health tips and motivation to keep you on track, as well as special offers.
  •       Freebees & incentives as well as your Nutreats wellness kit, Biogen starter pack, eating plans and training programs plus Reebok apparel and Phillips appliances depending on which programme you sign up for.
  •       There are prizes to be won throughout the challenge, valued at up to R300 000 with R120 000 of that in cash!

Sign up now to go from wobbly to wow in 100 days!
You never know, you could be one of the 4 main winners and walk away with these awesome prizes:

What you Win Updated


For more information visit the well i am website.

*Please note:
I am being sponsored to take part in this challenge and will be documenting my journey from my own point of view and in my own words.
At no time will I ever tell you how much I weigh ;)

Your Durban Markets for July & August

It’s market time again – here’s the list of which market is on when in Durban and surrounding areas, over the next few weeks.
There’s also an extra I Heart Market this month – to coincide with The Loeries which is in town – so don’t miss the special edition Loeries Market on Sunday 16th of August, down on the Bay of Plenty lawns!
Click for all the market dates & details…
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Durban International Film Fest starts today

It’s time for the 36th instalment of the Durban International Film Fest, which kicks off today at cinemas and venues around Durban.
The festival also includes the Wavescape Surf Film Festival, the 6th Durban Film Mart and the 8th Talents Durban with 10 days of cinema screenings of a variety of international and local feature, documentary & short films.
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Rich Dad Poor Dad – Robert Kiyosaki live in Durban – win tickets! {closed}

The past has no power over the present (1)

I recently left full-time employment and have started my own business – a very daunting experience to say the least!
So when the opportunity to see Robert Kiyosaki in person presented itself, I jumped at it.
Most people I know have read or know of the book, Rich Dad Poor Dad. I read it years ago and have always aspired to using the techniques Robert outlined in the book to achieve financial success and understanding how some debt can actually be good for you.
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Say Hello to an all new Pretty

One of the first sites to support SA design and designers has just had a sexy revamp – grab a cuppa and hop on over to the new Hello Pretty site to enjoy some local love!
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Taste of Durban 2015 – win tickets! {closed}


I visited Taste of Cape Town in April and loved it – these food festivals are one of the highlights on my foodie year calendar, as being able to sample small dishes in a variety of different flavours is my favourite way to eat. It’s like eating tapas – small selections of flavours and ingredients that don’t take up too much room, so you have room for more! So the date of the Taste of Durban Festival at the end of this month is firmly in my diary, as it should be in yours.
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Crush Magazine Issue 53

Is anyone cold yet?! Well I’ve certainly been feeling it and have whipped up a few stews already and an oxtail is on the very near horizon.

And pudding is always on the agenda in this weather – I mean has anyone ever said no to a spoonful of warm Malva pud in winter? Certainly not me ;)

So I saved a few of the recipes from this issue of Crush Magazine which includes a decadent white chocolate malva pudding, plus loads of savoury dishes to keep you warm through the rest of winter. I also enjoyed the interview with Richard Griffin, the mastermind behind Madame Zingara, as well as the new take on old favorites such as mac & cheese and bangers & mash from Chef Rudi Liebenberg of The Mount Nelson Hotel.

Click here to read this issue in full for free online.

Have you entered yet? Win with Daily Dish {closed}

Don’t forget to enter to win a week’s worth of meals, worth up to R1100, delivered to your door!
Daily Dish is a weekly meal kit subscription service and I am giving away a week’s subscription for 2 or 4 people.
Read more on this post here

And there is also a special promo code to redeem if you are ordering – just enter SUPERFRESH when checking out and you’ll get R250 off your order.

Your Durban guide for July

Everyone knows that the beginning of July signals the start of school holidays and the arrival of every out-of-towner for the Durban July, so a plethora of event options are planned to keep them all entertained. Here’s the lowdown on some of the stuff going down in the next week:


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We are Scout – Decorating with Plants

I only recently discovered We are Scout and it has become a firm favourite.
It’s a lifestyle blog curated by 2 Australian bloggers who joined forces after each running their own blogs, (the red thread & Wee Birdy).

They share a mix of craft & handmade, fashion & beauty and kids & interior inspiration, but their latest online magazine, ‘Decorating with Plants’ is what caught my eye last week and I’ve been poring over it ever since it landed in my inbox.
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Bar cart inspiration

I’ve long wanted to do a bar cart DIY after this post on Emma’s blog a few years ago, but I’ve never had space for one.
That’s changed now that we have a bigger home, so I’ll be tackling this task over the school holidays and I thought I’d share some of my inspiration with you today.
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The 2015 ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’ event in Cape Town this September

I wish I was in Cape Town to go to this – am sure the food will be amazing and it’s for a great cause.

If you’re there in September, then show your support at ‘Chefs who Share – the ART of Giving’, which takes place in the City Hall on Thursday 10th September 2015. It’s the 3rd annual event which was created in 2013 to raise funds for youth development in SA. This year, 14 chefs will cater for 252 guests, along with a group of acclaimed sommeliers to make up 7 teams. There’ll be a strong focus on South African wines and ingredients and the event will again be MC’d by Gerry Elsdon and Jeremy Mansfield.
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Win a Daily Dish meal kit {closed}

A few weeks ago, I was asked to trial a new meal kit subscription service called Daily Dish.
I must admit, I was a bit sceptical until I checked out their website, which explained everything so clearly and I liked that there were a few different options to suit different budgets, as well as options to order meals for either 2 or 4 people. They are also in partnership with Fairview, so a lot of the food is sourced directly from the Fairview farm, as well as other local fresh produce and free range farms, so I was happy that produce is local and the quality would be good.
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Durban Markets for June/July 2015

Here are your market details for June/July 2015 – and don’t miss the Durban X FST event this weekend with a special I Heart Market event on Saturday!

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