The Sheds @1Fox

What happens when two people who love Joburg find a block of empty warehouses in Joburg? The Sheds @1Fox thats what. 1 Fox is the lovechild of Gerald Garner (my hero) and Jan Roode and will develop into a hub of restaurants, shops, offices and venues over the next few years.

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For some time now I’ve been walking past The Sheds and watching them develop from a set of derelict empty warehouses to what I believe is fast become Joburg’s favourite market…and it’s only been open for a week.

So what makes The Sheds different from any other typical Joburg market? Well for one you could fit Arts on Main and Neighbourgoods into a corner of The Sheds, it’s huge, which means no shoving and no getting someones hair in your hollandaise sauce as you try to squeeze past in search of a table. Oh yes, that’s another thing there are so many tables to pick from you will never be left holding your newly made waffle awkwardly as you try to eat it standing up.

The market will also eventually be open everyday of the week, delicious shopping and food everyday of the week, yum! Although there is a lovely bar section to the market the overall vibe seems more family orientated and a little more relaxed than some of it’s counterparts.

For now you can visit The Sheds@1Fox every Thursday to Sunday, trading from 10:00 – 18:00.

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I love how the original look and feel of the original warehouse has been kept.

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If you haven’t already read this book by Gerald Garner you really should…right this instant!

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The beautiful Angie came to explore the suburb with me, she really is the best!

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See I told you it was huge.

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A liquor license was granted for the Ferreira’s Bar on this site in 1893 and for the Good Luck Bar in 1895. One can only speculate that Charles Glass himself peddled his original Castle Larger here.

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I sipped on an iced chocolate drink from happy.me, please try it it’s so delicious I just wish they stocked soy milk!

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We got a sneak peak of the undeveloped side of The Sheds, I can’t wait to see what it looks like in a few years time.

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Hi, Bye Beneco

The first time I heard Bye Beneco was at wolves, and it sucked because the crowd kept talking over them. The second time I heard Bye Beneco was on Soundcloud and that didn’t suck one bit.

If you haven’t heard BB before I suggest listening to this song while you read the rest of the post.

The band is made up of four wonderful humans, all of who look like they’ve just stepped off the Further:

Lenny-Dee on lead vocals, keys, and guitar.

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Jenny on vocals, keys, and percussion.

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Bergen on drums and guitar.

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Matthew on guitar and drums.

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Their name comes from a surreal place where the unconscious mind meets reality…see I told you they had Ken Kesey written all over them.

When the band heard that Crystal Fighters, MGMT and The Presets were coming to South Africa they figured that their sound would be amazing as an opening act, hands up if you agree.

If you want to year more Bye Beneco goodness vote for them to Open The City by SMSing “BYE BENECO” to 48477 or vote here.

I’m also giving away tickets to VITC so head on over to my Facebook Page or Instagram account to enter!

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Desmond and the Tutus – Enjoy Yourself

Evita Bezuidenhout, Nataniël and Kurt Darren are without a doubt some of South Africa’s best performers…but they ain’t got shit on Desmond and the Flipping Tutus. 

Desmond’s music has always been great but their new songs have had me dancing around and possibly causing a few accidents on the way to work. They boys have been hard at work for what seems like an age and will be releasing their album in three parts, you can order it off iTunes here.

Desmond has also been working hard at coming up with some pretty crazy short videos to promote their album…on this one they go on a camping trip.

So proud of you guys and your old faces!

 

#SheSaidWalks

Yesterday I was sitting with Craig and he asked me what I would do if I could do anything, I said I would become a tour guide in Johannesburg and write a travel guide to the city. While I won’t be giving up everything to become an author (just yet), I am lucky enough to give walking tours of the city every once in a while.

If you are still a little uncertain about discovering Joburg on your own, my walks are a great way to take Joburg in. We will walk through Newtown, the original China Town, Ferreirasdorp, Ghandi Square, the Mining District and sooooo much more.

Here’s a pretty rad review of my tour if you need more convincing.

The next walk will be on September 13th and will again be R100 per person, meeting at 8AM outside Post at 70 Juta Street Braamfontein. To book your spot please email me – shesaidsa@gmail.com . I also do private tours so feel free to mail me if you can’t make the set date.

On the last walk the incredibly talented Nicole Olwagen from Beyond the Clouds Photography took some pictures which she was kind enough to let me use.

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The windiest #Instawalk ever!

This weekend I hosted my second #CerebraWalk, this time we braved the icy cold and roaring wind to take some rad photos in Maboneng.

Thanks to everyone who came out, if you would like me to host an Instawalk for you mail me: shesaidsa@gmail.com

Happy Monday!

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Things to do this weekend – FNB Joburg Art Fair 2014

Last night I once again dragged the ever patient Craig with me to this years FNB Art Fair, which once again did not disappoint. I was actually incredibly surprised to see just how many people were there at the fair this year. So head out this weekend to the SCC and be prepared for delicious food and jaw dropping art. Get your ticket and more details here.

The only disappointing thing about the fair was me forgetting to change my camera lens…welcome to my zoomed in view of the fair:

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Mama Mexicana

My first experience with Mexican food was when my lovely friend Fran from Texas in the US held a Mexican themed party, so it’s safe to say the bar for Mexican food was set extremely high and Mama Mexicana is well above it. Their food is so good in fact that I’ve been there twice since visiting it for the first time.

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Mama Mexicana has been around for about a year now and much like an old wine it’s getting better with age. In-between stuffing my face with chilli poppers (which are delicious by the way) I managed to talk to Kevin, one of the owners of the restaurant. Born in Taiwan Kevin worked in a Mexican restaurant with an American couple who taught him everything he knows, if I could find that couple I would hug them…hard!

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We really had no idea what to order so we decided to order one of everything including: breakfast burritos, chilli poppers, corn bread, bacon nachos and chicken quesadillas. Everything was delicious but by far my favourite snack was the warm corn bread with sour cream.

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You can find Mama Mexicana at 264 Fox Street just behind the Arts on Main complex. They are open from Tuesday to Sunday every week and even more exciting they are really well priced, for the four of our meals and two drinks each the bill came to jus under R400!

To book a table call: 011 334 1982

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