Meet the Mommy [Week 7] – Amelia

A while back I was thinking about how all the moms I know are different in many ways – be it their parenting style, or whether they go to work, stay at home, or work from home. Some have one little person, while others have three or four. Some of our babies began their journey inside us learning the sound of our heartbeat, whilst some began in another only to meet us later and hold our hearts forever. Whatever the differences in how we became moms, how we parent… Being a mom, plus ALL that comes with it, is what we all have in common.

And that’s how I came up with the idea for this feature – a short interview (short, because for moms, the time struggle is real yo!) with regular moms like you and I. Here we’ll get to “meet” different mommies, and find out a little about them.

This week we meet another lovely mommy blogger, Amelia.

1. Please tell us a little – or a lot (we like details) – about yourself?

​I’m a freelance author, editor and content writer (mainly for clients like SA-Venues.com, but also for larger international clients) based in Knysna. I’m married, and my daughter (Katie) is 8 years old. ​We love living here, and take full advantage by spending time outdoors, especially on the water. My selfish indulgence is watching movies over and over again. I also spend a fair amount of time doing community work, which feeds my soul and brings me a kind of happiness that I can’t really quantify.

Meet mommy Amelia

2. What’s the one thing you find most challenging about being a working / stay at home mom?

​Focus – I find it impossible to write when there are people around me. So, I have to pull myself together and get it done in the mornings, while Kates is at school. ​

3. We all know there are challenging moments – moments which call for chocolate, or wine (or both), to soothe those mommy nerves… Forgetting all that though, what is your absolute favourite thing about being a mom?

Being able to enjoy all the kiddy stuff (eating candy floss, running races down a public road, throwing Astros into my popcorn) and put it down to being a supportive mom instead of an adult that never quite got over getting too old to do these things without raising 1) eyebrows and 2) concerns.

Meet mommy Amelia

4. From the experience you’ve gained since becoming a parent, what is a pretty cool piece of advice you would give to other moms?

Don’t try to control them. I think I’ve struggled with balancing gentle guidance with control – when does, “Don’t do that because it won’t benefit you” stop and “Do this because it’s my way” start?​

5. Share with us one of the funniest moments you’ve had since becoming a mom.

Her dad and I had just started seeing each other when we went to the shops. I’d refused to buy her a few things, as her grandparents, aunts and uncles had all recently spoilt her with presents. She turned to Jordy (7 yrs), and said, “She’s supposed to be making me like her.”

Meet mommy Amelia

6. Please tell us where we can find you online.

Blog: Suddenly A Mom (brand new – I just changed over from a .wordpress site)
​Professional website: Voxate Writing & Editing
Twitter: @mieliepip
Facebook: Suddenly A Mom
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Voxate Writing & Editing

Thank you Amelia for giving us a glimpse into your life as a mom. 🙂

**WIN** tickets to the Good Food & Wine Show (Johannesburg) #GFWS2017

The world’s first celebrity chef Marco Pierre White, and South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be turning up the heat as the international headliners at this year’s 2017 Good Food & Wine Show. South Africa’s largest culinary event first opened in Cape Town on Friday 2 June until Sunday 4 June at the CTICC, and is now making its way to Johannesburg at the Ticketpro Dome from Friday 28 July until Sunday 30 July, wrapping up at the Durban Exhibition Centre from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 October.
 
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The latest foodie trends will be dished up and South African foodies will have the chance to interact with the line-up of exciting food personalities, including headline chef, restaurateur and foodie Joao Da Fonseca, popularly known as J’Something, who will share his secret recipes by preparing a tasty feast for the shows. As an added bonus, J’Something will take to the stage to perform his music as this multi-talented personality is also the leading man of popular band Mi Casa.
 
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Jenny Morris, Lentswe Bhengu, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony and Sherwyn Weaich are also on this year’s Good Food & Wine menu, in addition to headline sommeliers Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel), Gregory Mutambe (12 Apostles Hotel) – who will all share some of their fine wine knowledge with show attendees.
 
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Over 60 000 visitors attended the three Good Food & Wine Shows in 2016, and this year’s footfall is expected to increase with chefs like White and Van der Westhuizen on the bill of fare, a huge T Rex dinosaur cake and a wide selection of vendors and interactive installations showcasing food and fare from around the globe. The floor will be divided into nine specific exhibition areas for attendees to explore: Market, Street Food, Gourmet, Baking, Kids, Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Beer and Alcohol.
 
North meets South

Trailblazing British chef Marco Pierre White has been dubbed the world’s first celebrity chef. White was 33 when he was awarded three Michelin stars, and still holds the title as the first British chef and the youngest chef ever to earn this honour. He featured as a star judge and guest on MasterChef Australia where he was called ‘the godfather of modern cooking’.

White has also trained famous chefs like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone and Shannon Bennett. After retiring from the kitchen in 1999 Marco became a restaurateur and has published several books, including the best-selling cookbook/autobiography White Heat.

“I was last in South Africa in 2014 so I am excited to be returning in 2017 to headline the Good Food & Wine Show for the first time,” says White. “As much as I will be sharing my culinary journey with the visitors attending the shows, I am also looking forward to transferring knowledge and experience to some of the top local talent in South Africa and partaking in the diverse food culture this beautiful country has to offer.”
 
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Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is South Africa’s first Michelin star chef, and owner of JAN Restaurant in Nice on the French Riviera. Also a gifted photographer, food stylist, writer, entrepreneur and businessman, Van der Westhuizen’s humble Middelburg origins set the foundation for his Boereseun and French twist cooking style on Boerekos.

All visitors to this year’s show will get a chance to watch White and Van der Westhuizen in action daily, free of charge, at the Chefs’ Open Theatre. In addition, the two chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Chefs’ Table: smaller, more intimate ticketed events where people will have the chance to meet the chefs, taste their food and sample some of South Africa’s top wines. 

“We want to engage with visitors and involve every one of their senses,” says Maria Chieppa, Managing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa. “We have used taste, touch, smell, sight and sound to tell a 360° story about food and wine. It’s a great occasion for food lovers, families and professionals to enjoy food and wine at all levels.”
 
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This year, the show hosts nine theatres, of which seven are free of extra charge for entry, serving up even more value for those attending. The Good Food & Wine Show theatres include: Eat Well/Live Well, Wine Theatre, Baking Theatre, Cake Deco Lab, Chefs’ Table, Chefs’ Open Theatre, Cooking with Chefs, the Kids Deco Lab and the SCASA Barista Championships – a new partnership with the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (SCASA) partnership and the show to host the 2017 Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Regional Barista Championships.
 
Children under 12 attend free, and Fridays are free for pensioners. Tickets are available online at www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za and Ticketpro for Johannesburg.
 
WIN!!! 😀

I’m giving away two sets of double tickets to the Good Food & Wine Show in Johannesburg. Here’s how you can be one of the two winners:

~ Like High Heels And Fairy Tales on Facebook

~ Share the post (its pinned to the top of my Facebook page), and tag two or more friends

~ Like GFWS on Facebook

 
And for extra entries:

~ Comment on this blog post

~ Follow High Heels And Fairy Tales on Twitter

~ RT the tweet (pinned to the top of my profile)

~ Follow GFWS on Twitter
 
~ Follow High Heels And Fairy Tales on Instagram
 
~ Follow GFWS on Instagram
 
All the best! 🙂
 

We ate sushi at Willoughby & Co (V&A)… and now we have to move to Cape Town!

Last Monday, we were still in Cape Town 😀, with a day to go before we had to head back home. In case you hadn’t worked it out already (from my previous blog post or my Instagram account), we heart Cape Town. It’s our fave city in SA, and this last stay there was way too short. *sigh*

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On Monday evening we had gone in search of supper, and found a long queue of people waiting outside one of the restaurants in V&A Waterfront. I didn’t even look at the name of the place, because I wasn’t keen on a long wait. We took a walk one floor up, and a little while later, Shawn (who was quite curious about what it was everyone was queuing up for) looked down and saw that the line was a little shorter, so we decided to give it a shot. Zee looked down too, spotted sushi (she is her mother’s child) and went, “ooh sushi! Are we going there?” 😂

The clearly popular restaurant turned out to be Willoughby & Co.

Since opening in 1996 Willoughby & Co has offered its guests a full Japanese culinary experience. Head Asian chef, Sam, and his dedicated team have continued to create new and exciting dishes. Through these creations thousands of patrons have been introduced to fusion style Japanese cuisine, for which Willoughby & Co has become world renowned.

We only waited about twenty minutes – while sipping on red wine – before being seated. This is us looking pretty pleased about our relatively short wait in the queue.

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We let our waiter, Francis know that we hadn’t eaten there before, and asked what he recommended. Francis, who is charming and knows the menu well, quickly pointed out a popular dish on the menu – the 4×4 (4 pieces rainbow reloaded, and 4 pieces spicy creamy rock shrimp roll). He told us that the 4×4 was the reason there’s always a long queue of poeople everyday. Zee didn’t need any help, she told Francis she’d have her “usual” – salmon roses. ☺️

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The food was fresh and delicious, AND we didn’t have to wait forever for it – how brilliant?The 4×4 was an excellent pick. Thank you Francis! The pics don’t really do the food justice. The sushi pieces are generously sized, and the flavours are amazing. I knew I’d love the rock shrimp roll (and I was right, it was amazing), but the rainbow roll really blew my mind. I’d never eaten such a delectable rainbow roll before! And Zee says her salmon roses were “reeeeeally YUMMY!”

We stuck with sushi for our main, and dug into this sumptuous prawn tempura roll. We were pretty much rendered speechless on the first bite. It was that good! Whatever secret spices and sauces they’re using, it’s working! Every bite is an experience. Seriously, the sushi is so well made, I was a little mad that we’d decided to have dessert before our meal, as I would have gladly ordered and wolfed down more had I not been so full! 😋

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It’s been exactly a week since we dined there, and I still can’t get over how yum everything was. So now, obvs, we have to move to Cape Town, and explore the rest of the menu. 😁

Oh, the work of art below is what the welcome page on their website looks like. I mean, COME ON!! How do you not start drooling immediately?

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Willoughby & Co, I’m so happy we found you… we’ll be back.

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Tammymum