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Japanese Gardens

Picnic time for the Teddy’s boy:
provisioning a Japanese Gardens jaunt

Ah, the quiet pleasures of a walk in the park. And so it was last week, on the eve of lockdown, as opportunities for public recreation began to disappear like so many rolls of twin-ply from the supermarket shelf, I returned to the Japanese Gardens. As returns go, it was not one of those nostalgic…

Garden art at the Hingham Nursery

Some sanity in a humpty-dumpty world

Social distancing – now there’s an oxymoron for our times. But If you happen to be on the FunShine Coast and need to be far from the madding crowd and want a pleasant, airy place for a light meal, then try the Hingham Nursery Tea Garden. We asked our waitress Sharon Makope, a cheerful young woman…

FEATURED IMAGE: Better make sure you're on target with your Umhlanga Valentine's dinner plans.

Valentine’s Day: hot tips for an Umhlanga date

Marketing and tourism go together like, well, love and marriage. So it’s only right that scores of FunShine Coast hospitality businesses have been quick to climb on the Valentine’s Day promotional bandwagon (or should that be, carriage?). The romantically inclined, or the just plain anxious to placate, are being inundated with offers – spoilt for…

The Durban Brewing Company's range of ales.

Durban Brewing Company comes to the party

Take a craft brewery tour in the heart of the FunShine coast  “Who doesn’t like a Hot Blonde?” asks Barry Schoeman.  Who indeed, but we haven’t called at the Durban Brewing Company’s pint-sized brewery in Redhill for locker room chat. No, we are here to hear about the beer they make including one that bears…

MORE-ISH: Mark and Tamara Naidoo get stuck into some of the Crazy Korean's gangjong sticky chicken.

Wonder Market whips up a feast

Umhlanga Tourism tries out some of the fine fare at the lakeside market. ‘Merhaba (hello there)…. Türkiye çok guzel,” I say, digging deep into the holiday phrasebook memory banks. Murat Oncel, looks up and smiles, one eye on me, the other on a lamb kebab he is busy singeing with a blow-torch. Yes, Turkey is…

FUN IN THE SUN: Rob Rob O Connorman, Liz Van Huysteen and Ross Barber outside The George on matchday. Barber's loyalties seem to be divided.

By George, it’s the World Cup!
Where to watch it

Heck, these days you could probably watch the World Cup on your smartphone. But would you want to? Fortunately for fans visiting Umhlanga or its surrounds during the course of the rugby showpiece – from 20 September to 2 November – there are more agreeable alternatives. Here’s a potted selection to help you choose… A sharp…

Frida Kahlo in an Umhlanga flavoured photomontage/

A melting pot of flavours as fests celebrate Women’s Day

Two festivals, sweet deals for dames dining à deux and a little pampering – just some of Women’s Day fare on offer north of the Umgeni on Friday, 9 August.

two guys

The Taste of Summer

La Cremosa is an Italian gelateria in Umhlanga. Well situated in the land of eternal summer (Umhlanga) La Cremosa occupies space next door to News Café on Palm Boulevard opposite the main entrance to Gateway Shopping Centre. This genuine Italian gelateria, run by Italians Mauro and Sandro, offers a typical Italian experience. Coffee and bakery…