Saturday, March 23, 2013

Woodstock Academy of Music

I attended the launch of this amazing new Music Academy based in Side Street Studios, Woodstock. The brainchild of a friend of mine, Musician Rus Nerwich. I have been to a few of his live shows, being a 'talented' to say the least Saxaphone player he always amazes me with his easy stage presence, music skills and a music style of his own.

Side Street Studios is a creative community aimed at increasing the demand for studio space where creative minds work side by side in their own space, an appropriate venue for the music academy.

Rus is aiming at people of any age to attend lessons in Guitar, Piano, Drums, Bass, Saxophone, Trumpet or Voice with the best teachers Cape Town has to offer as well as band rehearsal space and may also be used as a recording studio.

We were entertained on the evening by Eliezer, Bateleur, Rus Nerwich, Madzishe, Mean Black Mumba and Nash Reed. 

Cutty Sark Whiskey was flowing, one of the first light coloured blended whiskey's which has been around for the last 80 years, pizza, arisan beers and wines could be purchased. With the smell of freshly baked bread from the bakery filling the air and Table Mountain as the view this evening was a night to remember.

Well done to Rus Nerwich, I wish you all the best and suggest all musicians visit the Woodstock Music Academy.

Tel: 0725104859
Side Street Studios
46 Albert Road

Pictures and article Copyright By Tamsyn Wells

Wednesday, March 6, 2013


I visited this little Latin American restaurant with friends for lunch today, it's called Orinoco run by Migdalia Bellorin a Venezuelan beauty. I drive past it often and have always wanted to try it so when my friend mentioned he went to chef school with the owner, it created the perfect opportunity to sample some Latin American food for lunch on my off day.

The interior feels like you are entering Migdalia's own house, she welcomes you with her rich accent and you feel very comfortable in this colourful cafe' style restaurant.

The authentic decor also whisks you back to memories of over seas travel and makes you want to book your next trip, it seems Mexico has influenced her greatly in the menu and the knick knacks found garnishing the interior.

I started off with a fresh juice, I chose the Caribbean and I would happily go back just for this, fresh, perfectly balanced thirst quenching juice, I make my own at home and even this one impressed me. On the table to nibble on is bread, marinated olives and two chili sauces all amazing, well seasoned and you can buy some to take home.

For starters we had Empanada's a traditional dish which is basically bread wrapped around a filling of meat or cheese, they are R20 each and served with guacamole and pico de gallo (tomato and onion salsa). Definitely a new addiction for me from now on.

For mains we all went with the pulled pork burrito, I did not have cheese in mine but it was so fresh and you can tell everything is home made from the burrito wrapper made with Corn masa to the slow braised pork inside, even the salad had juicy slow roasted cherry tomatoes on top. 

There is a chalk board of daily specials and a dessert menu which we had no space for today.
They are open 10am - 6pm Tuesday and Wednesday, 10am - 10pm Thursday and Friday, 6pm - 12am on Saturdays. Total bill for three people was R375.

17 Bree street, corner of Prestwich and Bree street
021 - 418 45 44

Pictures and article Copyright by Tamsyn Wells