Thursday, 17 March 2011

Food Crit : BOOST JUICE BAR @ Gateway

Ok, if you value your kidneys, heart, liver, lungs, brain (you get the jist) then BOOST Juice Bar at Gateway Umhlanga is the place for you.

Situated beneath the movie complex, placed just before the 'Circle of Shame' i.e. The other fastfood outlets to the left of the movies... BOOST Juice bar is a real experience.

All the fruit is freshly squeezed before your eyes, order the Energiser Juice (Fresh Juice with no added sugar) comprising of orange, strawberry, banana and an energiser pack, and you'll watch an eye popping load of whole peeled oranges whizz and juice to frothy heaven before your eyes. Yes, orange juice when it's not tampered with, is frothy. Divine.

The first time we bought from BOOST, I had the Tropical Storm R30 (Mango, Banana, Tropical Juice, coconut Milk, Mango yoghurt and Ice) I drank it so fast that I got a headache!! Worth it!! My husband ordered a plain orange juice, once we were over the shock of how many oranges were actually IN the drink, we thoroughly enjoyed every sip! Infact, Francis went BACK and ordered a Tropical Storm!

The second time we went to BOOST - I ordered the Energy Lift with an added Vitamin Pack, my husband ordered the Gym Junkie with a protein booster. Wow.

BOOST is similar to Kauwai but without the semi-religeous piety that comes with a Kauwai cup of juice. They have FUN making your drink, they tell you COOL STUFF about your drink if you ask them. You can CUSTOMISE your drink.

I warn you, You will become highly protective of your juice. If your friends are with you they will 99.9% probably ask "Can I taste yours?" And, you will say No. well, you'll probably say yes. They are THAT good.

Do your body a favour, don't buy some wheat filled cholesterol coated gastronomic suicide-in-a-bun. Get a BOOST.

Sandy Bigara
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Friday, 11 March 2011

Japan Earthquake and Other Disasters: Tsunamis, Dust Storms and Fires...

What is going on in the world? I ask in all seriousness. It is all beginning to feel a little apocolypto to me. Read on – I have done some reading across the board:




8th February 2011  "Wildfires that ripped through the outskirts of the Western Australia capital Perth over the weekend have destroyed at least 41 homes and damaged another 19."


"Just day earlier a category five cyclone, the largest tropical storm to hit Australia since Europeans first settled there, flattened scores of properties in Queensland causing an estimated $3.5bn of damage.

The freak cyclone came just weeks after severe flooding hit two-thirds of the state, killing at least 35 people."


September 23rd 2009 "A huge outback dust storm - 500 km (310 mi) wide by 1,000 km (620 mi) long - swept across eastern Australia and blanketed Sydney on Wednesday, September 23rd 2009 … the worst dust storm Sydney has seen in 70 years"




26 December 2004 I had family in Phuket as well as two close friends who survived by being so very brave (and running quickly!) The following is a cache of a really good first hand account :

Personal Notes from Mark Oberle:




Christchurch: "Crews work through night to free people after 6.3 magnitude quake, New Zealand's worst natural disaster in 80 years" The Guardian.


 "The mayor of Christchurch, Bob Parker, told local radio that up to 200 people could be trapped but later lowered the number to nearer 100. It was the country's worst natural disaster since a 1931 quake in the North Island city of Napier killed 256." The Guardian.


Japan: "The most powerful earthquake to hit Japan since records began has struck the country's north-east and triggered a devastating tsunami.

Japanese TV showed cars, ships and buildings swept away by a vast wall of water after the 8.9-magnitude quake. A state of emergency has been declared at a nuclear power plant but officials said there were no radiation leaks.

At least 60 people have been killed by the quake, which struck about 400km (250 miles) north-east of Tokyo. The death toll is expected to rise significantly.

Some reports quote Japanese police as saying 200 to 300 bodies have been found in the port city of Sendai. The tremor, measured at 8.9 by the US Geological Survey, hit at 1446 local time (0546 GMT) at a depth of about 24km. A tsunami warning was extended across the Pacific to North and South America."


"the 8.9-magnitude earthquake that hit Japan to strike the east coast towns of Hualien at 09:32 GMT, Taitung at 09:36 GMT, and Jilong at 10:04 GMT"


Some Tweets:


SabrinaDeep#breakingnews thousands found dead in the city of Sendai in Japan #tsunami #earthquake It's getting worse :(


CruisenGo‎ RT @cnnbrk: 200 to 300 bodies found in the coast city of Sendai after #Japan earthquake, #tsunami.


sarahmclellanny‎ RT @smh_news: Chaos as airports closed, flights diverted #jpquake #earthquake #tsunami #japan




March 2011 "Like Indonesia, Japan lies on the so-called "Ring of Fire," an arc of volcanoes and fault lines surrounding the Pacific Basin. A 6.9-magnitude earthquake in Kobe, western Japan, killed more than 6,000 people in 1995, while the 7.9- magnitude Great Kanto Quake of 1923 destroyed 576,262 structures and killed an estimated 140,000."



What is going on? Facebook me your thoughts:


Sandy Bigara


Image Reference:

01 Tsunami

02 Tsunami

03 Tsunami

04 Earthquake

05 Fires

06 Dust storm






Sunday, 6 March 2011

Sunset Food Market Time! March 17th

Thursday 17th March
Norwegian Hall
St Thomas rd Musgrave

Being Worth It

As women we tend to do the same thing…all of us are guilty of it at some point or other – we think that we are NOT WORTH IT. Whatever "It" may be, a car, new shoes, that diet you've been putting off, finding a new partner after a breakup. We have all done it.

I have written a Novel – it is nearly ready to go to print, I just need to raise the funds to do so – it has been a BIG "Am I Worth It" experience, to put aside the hours necessary to edit and ready this book has been a constant source of stress for me. Never mind the chance that it might actually make it out there and be a success! (I hyperventilate just thinking about it being in libraries and book stores…) But I have slowly realised that I AM WORTH IT!

A friend of mine had the life changing experience recently of starting to date again after a long stint of single life. After a deep soul search she adventured out there and met someone with whom she is having a great deal of fun, it is great to see! SHE IS WORTH IT!

Why do we do it? Why do we put our needs last? As mothers we are the worst culprits! For example: I arrived home from a family trip and in the car I said
"Wow I am so thirsty and I need the loo!" (overshare  - get over it) and about an hour later my husband said:
"Have you had a drink?"
My answer?
"NO, not yet, no loo either"
Husbands reply was:
"Why not??"
My reply:
"Well, I have made lunch, fed baby K, changed baby K, played with Sav and now she's also settled for a nap…now I can drink and go potty"
I could have easily had a drink and gone to the loo as we got home. I AM WORTH IT.

Even something like dieting and exercise…we put it aside in favour of "duties" like being at home with the kids (when our partners are perfectly capable of looking after the kiddies for one night a week) and often feel guilty for being out of the house! WE ARE WORTH the effort that it takes to look good.

Do you do this? Do you think you are NOT worth it?

I am going to try VERY hard to allow blessings into my life, to take the love and care offered to me, to exercise and eat right for my body, to take time in the bath to read a book, to have that nap, to have the last cappuccino sachet…


Sandy Bigara xx