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Review | Zapper at GFWS2017

The Good Food & Wine Show in Johannesburg came to an end last night. This was the first year we attended, and now that we have, we definitely won't miss any again. The show is incredible – SO much good food, wine, and fun! There's loads to share, and that's all coming up in my next post. Today though I want to tell you about an app which made eating (which we did A LOT of) and buying stuff at GFWS2017 so much easier, an app which Shawn has declared his new favourite. 🙂
 

Zapper provides a simple and satisfying user experience that is convenient and valuable.

When you find a Zapper QR Code on your bill, scan it with Zapper and confirm the amount to be paid. Whether you're paying for a meal in a restaurant, a bill at home, or shopping online, the experience is the same. Quick. Simple. Secure.

 

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I'd recently downloaded the Zapper app on my phone. I'd used it once, and while impressed by the convenience, stopping by their stand at GFWS2017 on Saturday definitely helped us understand how it works better. We chatted to the very friendly Ana, Sasha, and Robyn. The ladies explained the features of the app, and showed me on my smartphone how I could search for vouchers that nearby restaurants have on offer. Robyn also quickly sent me a list via WhatsApp of all vendors making use of Zapper at the show.
 

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After the serious stuff, we got to play the dice game. Zee volunteered to roll the dice for us (she looked the proper Zapper brand ambassador too in her blue cap 😊). Then we scanned the QR code on which it landed to see if we'd won. Shawn and I won a R20 voucher each. Zee saved the best roll for my cousin, who was pretty chuffed with his R40 voucher win. Of course I let him know that I was very jealous.
 
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We were ravenous by then, so The Filthy Moustache was the first place we decided to use Zapper that day. I mean, I can't even imagine anywhere else being our first food stop. We'd tried their food earlier this year, and we were hooked immediately. Also, ever since I told Shawn they were going to be at the show, he could hardly wait!
 
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We didn't even have to look at the menu, we were like, "Manometer and plain gourmet dog please!" My cousin and his wife went for the Manometer as well, after hearing us speak lovingly and longingly about the glorious, messy food we were about to eat.
 
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I think that The Filthy Moustache is incapable of disappointing – the food was just as delicious as we remembered! And just as messy – if you're doing it right, you really do get quite filthy digging in to those burgers and hot dogs. Sorry, GOURMET burgers and hot dogs.
 
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Next we headed to a stand close by for cannoli. Only when I transferred the pics to the laptop did I realize we didn't get the stand name. Seems even the camera could only focus on all the yummy pastries. The outside is crispy, and the filling was sweetened ricotta cheese with chocolate chips or fruit. I hadn't tried the tube-shaped Italian pastry before, and I thought they were really yum. Sweetened ricotta – oh my! My cousin and his wife say these weren't quite as good as the cannoli they'd eaten at a little Italian place elsewhere in Joburg. Guess they'll have to take us next time we see them, and I'll give you a better-informed verdict then.
 
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Zapper
 
We also discovered what may be the best piri-piri (/peri-peri) sauce ever! Delagoa Bay's traditional piri-piri and their piri butter melt are just out of this world. One taste, and Shawn was more than happy to get out his phone and scan that QR code for a bottle of each. He was as impressed with how quick and simple Zapper made paying for things at the show, as he was with the spicy goodness we'd just tasted.
 
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Shawn used the app again at the Smack! Republic stand, where he quenched his thirst with a Rooibos and honey draught beer. I don't know much about beer, but judging by the only pic we have of the cup, it must've been really good. 😋

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Zapper
We finally used our vouchers toward the end of the day. Mine went on food (the most delicious sushi from Sushi Boat, obvs), and Shawn used his when he bought me Marco Pierre White's book, White Heat 25. ❤️
 
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We had an awesome day at the Good Food & Wine Show, and we cannot wait for the next one! And it was great making payments quickly and securely with the Zapper app. It's definitely one everyone needs to have on their phones.

 

Mini-Me and Mini-Zee

If you’re looking for a special – and exceptionally cute – gift, Mini-Me is exactly what you need! They’re personalised Lego gifts, and there are thousands of items to choose from, to perfectly miniaturise yourself or someone you love.

Mini-Me

When I was given the chance to build my own Mini-Me, I may or may not have let out an even more high-pitched squeal of excitement than my little girl. We’re LEGO fans here, and having tiny LEGO versions of ourselves is super special.

Mini-Me

You get to personalise everything – the hair, the face (so many expressions and lip colours to choose from, this took me the longest), torso, legs, accessories, even which stand you’d like them on. I loved that there are short legs too, which meant my mini me’s (Zee) Mini would clearly look smaller than my own. I had so much fun building them online, and I love how adorable they look in reality. 🙂

Mini-Me

Something else I found really impressive is the time it took to arrive. It was processed, and a tracking number sent to me within 24 hours. Another 24 hours, and Zee was already playing with them. They got here assembled and on the stand, safe and sound in bubble wrap, inside a handy little container. I hadn’t selected any accessories, so the phone and cute pink hairbrush was an extra, very sweet surprise (thank you Mini-Me!).

Mini-Me

Mini-Me

Zee thought it would be fun to have me race off in a speedboat. You know, just regular weekday things for this mom.

Mini-Me

This Darth Vader mask was added to the website yesterday, so naturally I had to include this amazing Mini-Me here for all my fellow Star Wars fans. I mean, how cute!?

Mini-Me

In case you’re still wondering whether or not you should head over to mini-me.co.za to start building your own Mini-Me, here’s Zee telling us what she thinks of them. I hope you enjoy our new video. 🙂

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One Messy Mama
Tammymum

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*

Sushi

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. ☺️

Sushi

Sushi

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