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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Monday Choon: Tove Lo - Taling Body (Panic City Remix)


This track has been on my playlist for a while now and it still sounds good even after a good few hundred plays. The original song "Talking Body" by Tove Lo, otherwise known as Ebba Tove Elsa Nilsson of Stockholm, Sweden has done pretty well in the pop charts and there are a few good remixes of the track, one of which being The Young Professionals Remix but this one by Panic City just sort of sounds right. He's got a beat that just gels well with the vocals and tune of the original track, which makes the merge seamless. Panic City of LA has been signed onto Dim Mak's record label which belongs to Steve Aoki and has been producing some sick remixes, this one getting the recognission it deserves. 

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Bucket Babe: Taryn Morris

We always said that we have some of the most beautiful women in the world right here in our country and that's one of the main reasons this segment was created, to feature them. Today's gorgeous model hails from the Cape and is fresh off competing for the Miss SA crown, she was a fiinalist in the 2015 pageant and that's where we spotted and fell in love with her beauty and her personality. Unfortunately she didn't take the grand prize and crown but won our hearts of many. She's a lady of many talents with a soft spot for animals, she keeps things simple in the kitchen but we love it that way, here she is to tell you more.

Taryn Morris


Bio
I graduated with Bcom Marketing and then went on to pursue my passion for fashion. I now work for a fashion distribution company, running their digital marketing and am also involved in sales and PR. I recently competed in the Miss South Africa pageant where I succeeded as a finalist. I am now taking modelling more seriously and I just joined Ice Genetics, my absolute dream one day, would to be a Guess Girl in one of the Guess campaigns. In my spare time I love going for long walks with my dogs on the promenade, I'm also a typical Cape Tonian and absolutely love the beach. I am now in the process of starting my own styling company where I focus on personal and corporate styling as well as showing young girls how to dress appropriately for their body type. The social issue I am most passionate about is anti animal cruelty and I work closely with an organisation called DARG which stands for Domestic Animal Rescue Group, the focus on the rehabilitation and re homing of animals that come from a disadvantaged background.
Links


Twitter: @TarynMorris3
Instagram: taryn_morris
Facebook: Taryn Morris Online
Website: www.tarynmorrisonline.com


Q&A

1. Hot girls and hot cars go hand in hand, what ride would you like to see yourself in?
  • I am such a car person, and have complete need for speed! My dream car is the Audi R8!
2. What sandwich are you most likely to make for me? and will it be toasted or plain?
  • I would have to go with the classic toasted chicken and mayonnaise but I would add extra avo.
3. Everyone loves popcorn (well I think they do) what is your topping/ sprinkle of choice?
  • I am very boring when it comes to popcorn, I just add butter salt and plain salt.
4. Dream cover shoot?
  • My dream cover shoot would be Vogue
5. What type of music gets your booty shaking?
  • Believe it or not, I am a big hip hop and rap fan!
6. If given a choice, full time model or full time executive, what would you choose?
  • I am all about living a balanced lifestyle, and us women are great at multi-tasking. So there is no reason why I shouldn't be able to do both :)
7. Anyone holding that hand yet? or is it available?
  • It's available :)
8. Growing up you must have had someone you aspired to be, so who is your role model?
  • I have two role models which I have always aspired to, my Mom and my Dad. 
9. Obviously being a female you would love fashion. Favourite label/ designer?
  • My favourite designer is Sass & Bide from Australia
10. Which city is your dream party destination?
  • The best place I have ever been to for partying is Mykonos, there is nothing like dancing on a beautiful beach with great food, music and people.











Tuesday, May 19, 2015

#ThanksStevie


While the tears from Saturday have almost dried and the thought of seeing Stevie wear the famous red of Liverpool at Anfield are all but memories now, one can't help but wonder how different life at Liverpool Football Club will be without him. Already the silly season shenanigans have begun with Sterling and his manager causing a media frenzy at the moment but this post isn't about that, it's about Stevie. 


The farewell given to him was nothing short of extraordinary, I've never seen anything like that before in all my years watching the English Premier League. From the short ceremony that was held before the match against Crystal Palace, with the guard of honor formed by both teams to welcome Gerrard onto the pitch for the last time at a ground that was his second home. High fiving the Palace team as he walked out with his 3 daughters was a nice moment and to hear the entire ground in full voice for You'll Never Walk Alone and thereafter singing his song sent a tingling feeling throughout your body. 


The game started off well for LFC and Adam Lallana opened the scoring with a breakaway goal coming of an error by former red Martin Kelly, could have been a late present by the defender for all we know but from there on, it was down hill for the Reds. as Palace struck back to equalise just before half time and there after add 2 more goals to our misery. The team lacked focus and desire, I felt bad it being Gerrard's last home game and it had to be a defeat, for all those years he dug deep to rescue the team, just this one time they couldn't do the same for him. 


In any case, Liverpool went on to lose the game 3-1 but as the final whistle blew it was time for Anfield to say goodbye to its favourite son. Yes, there was Highway, Dalglish, Rush, Barnes and so on but no one can deny that the best from them all was Stevie. In fact the heroes of yesteryear tend to agree with that as well, as Gerrard said once, "I was made for Liverpool and Liverpool was made for me", it was always a perfect fit and his 17 year career bared testament to it. So much so that for the first time ever, no one in the stadium cared about the result of the game that just ended. There was even a banner that read "There best there is, the best there was and the best there ever will be".


It's no secret that Liverpool FC conduct themselves in a certain fashion, "the Liverpool way" they call it. One of the main things is there is no player bigger than the club and while I am a firm believer of it, on Saturday things changed. There was someone bigger than the club and as much as he would deny it, Stevie was held in higher regards than the dropped 3 points, people were celebrating as if we had won, but in reality they were celebrating the career of one of the greatest football players of all time. That for me showed respect to a man that gave his all to make the people who support this great club happy. As a mark of respect, every team member came out wearing the new kit with Gerrard on the back which was a nice touch. A gitting tribute to a legend of the game.


Thank you Steven Gerrard, Thank Oh you beauty, Thanks for the memories, till we meet again, You'll Never Walk Alone.




Sunday, May 17, 2015

Monday Choon: Major Lazer & DJ Snake feat. MØ - Lean On (Tiësto & MOTi Remix)



DJ Snake, more famous for his tracks such as Get Low which is featured on the Fast & Furious 7 sound track teamed up with American DJ and Producer Major Lazer to make the chart climbing track "Lean On" which features vocals from Mo. The song is quite a catchy number and the music video even more interesting as it was shot in India. But as most songs do, this one went under reworks by Moti and Tiesto and the outcome has been phenomenal, Tiesto has played it on almost every set of his in the last month to raptures from the crowd. It's an epic track but made to sound even better by a great produced remix. 

                   

Friday, May 15, 2015

Face of Maserati 2015 - Genevieve Morton


We South Africans are an extremely patriotic bunch and love to celebrate our successes, whether it be on the sporting front,  innovation or personal front, if there's a link back to South Africa we're behind it....besides Xenophobia, we don't like that shit. There's many South Africans that have done well for themselves abroad,  most recently Trevor Noah was announced as the new host for the Daily Show, relatively unknown across the broader USA, even though he's had sellout performances in that country, he has done damn well and we are proud of his accomplishment as a country.


This week another South African has impressed on the international stage, local blonde bombshell Genevieve Morton was announced as the official face of Maserati for 2015. The Italian luxury sports vehicle manufacturer chose the Benoni born Genevieve to be the global face of their new range of vehicles. Needless to say Gen needs no introduction,  born in Benoni, raised on the east coast just outside Durban,  she was basically born to be in a bikini. She sky rocketed to fame in the local publications, FHM and Sports Illustrated Swimsuit edition but was later picked up and featured in the international Sports Illustrated magazine of which she's been featured for the past 6 years! This year's issue featured a body paint segment in which she was undoubtedly the star.


It's great that Maserati have picked up on her talents, that golden blonde hair and sparkly blue eyes makes her instantly attractive to anyone and her bubbly personality is an added bonus. She is one the main reasons I have instagram and Snapchat at the moment and if I could get periscope I would! The ad campaign sees her in a number of different scenes with the various models from their stable, most significant would be her in the vintage race car wearing the full racing suit. It's different from what we've become used to seeing her in but at the same time beautiful and elegant. Like I said from the start, we as South Africans love to see us achieve big things in this world and celebrating our successes is what makes us great as a country, we might be this small blip at the bottom of the continent but we sure now how to make ourselves noticeable.


Follow her on:
twitter @genevievemorton
instagram: genevievemorton
snapchat: genmorton

                     


Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Bucket Tech: Huawei Ascend P8 - First Impressions


The Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei recently launched the successor to their mid size smart phone range. Taking over the P7 is the Ascend P8, first signs of the phone looks damn good to say the least. It looks great on paper in terms of specifications and even the design with its much talked about flat camera on the slim line device. There are 2 varients,  the P8 which has a 5.2" screen and the P8 Max which has a 6.8" screen. Yes you read right, that's bigger than any other smart phone on the market at the moment and making it the king of Phablets.
 

Having just used and reviewed the Mate 7, I did find that phone big but manageable, I have no idea how the P8 Max will compare or even fit in. I highly doubt the P8 Max will replace the Mate series because it essentially is a bigger version of the P8. The only added advantage of the P8 Max seems to be the extended battery life, with a claimed 2,2 days talk time with its non removable Li-Po 4360 mAh battery.


That is impressive but can't understand the use of it, as it is I'm typing this blog post on a 7" tablet which although is small it's far too big to be a cellphone even if it has calling capabilities. I just find it bemusing,  I did a post a while back how I explained the reverse in technology sizing with the mobile device where at one stage manufacturers wanted to make their devices as small as possible but now they make it seem like 'the bigger the better'.


Coming back to the P8, it seems like a great device , much better than the iPhone 6 and great competition to the Samsung S6/ Edge. It's practical in the sense of what you're getting, good build quality with some awesome features.  Can't wait to get my hands on this device and probably 2 hands on the P8 Max since its so big.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

Monday Choon: Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike ft. Ummet Ozcan - The Hum


The DJ brother duo out of Belgium have come along way with the help of the Tomorrowland music festival.  It remains one of the biggest dance music festival in Europe and last year saw it's expansion to the USA and in light of its success it went down south this year to Brazil. The brothers with the help of Ummet Ozcan created the official anthem for the festivals called the 'The Hum" which has been out for a while now but this past week the official music video was released. It has some Hollywood celebs in it and is damn good, the song ain't to shabby either .


Thursday, May 7, 2015

Bucket Scene: Lupa Osteria - Westville


There was much fanfare about this place "Lupa" that the people up the hill kept raving about, for most of you who don't know, the expression "up the hill" means the climb up that dreaded Fields Hill to Kloof and Hillcrest. Many who reside there don't venture down the hill apart from work reasons and many who reside down the hill don't head up for any reason! Now there are a host of top restaurants up there but the one that kept coming up in conversations was Lupa. So much so it enticed many to venture up the hill to try it out for them self and they were not disappointed.


Though if you were like me, lazy to make the travel, we were in luck as owners Chris Black and Guy Cluver decided to expand their eatery or "Osteria" as they call themselves, which in Italian means a place that serves wine and simple food, to pastures down the hill in close proximity to us, good thing to as I've been there 3 times since and each time provided something different so I thought I'd share my experiences.


The Westville branch opened late last year and was an instant hit in the area with most of the nights being fully booked. So after many attempts I finally managed to get a booking before the end of last year, albeit a stand by booking for myself and a couple of mates. Being on the waiting list we were asked to wait at the bar, but in truth I could spend the entire evening there with a pizza and a cold beverage. The setup is quite funky with low lighting, high tables and stools, classy bar setup with a variety of craft beers, commercial beers, an assortment of spirits and great selection of local wines. They also have a cocktail menu but for me, just a double whisky on the rocks whilst we waited.


Now I like to look at a restaurants menu prior to visiting, luckily Lupa have the entire menu on their website but even though I probably spent a few hours going through the menu on the website in my own time I still wasn't sure what to order once we were seated. I eventually settled for the Marinara Pasta. A selection of prawns, mussels and calamari, served in a rich tomato, chili and fennel sauce with a home made pasta of your choice, I chose the spaghetti. The meal was good, not great but good. The flavour from all the seafood was evident, none being overcooked, none over powering and it was a great melody tied up with that fantastic sauce. It didn't blow me away though but I did enjoy it, hence I thought that's why they called it "Osteria", simple food. The serving was quite large, so it definitely justified the price.


Upon my second visit I was tempted to try something from their Secondi Menu, I was sold on their Chicken Marsala. A crumbed chicken fillet, pan fried with a sauce of mushrooms, Marsala wine, Gorgonzola and cream. I'm one for fried foods so this was right up my alley, for my sides I decided against going for the usual starch of potatoes, though their Tuscan style potatoes are damn good! But I opted for the creamy parmesan fettuccine. I cannot begin to tell you how well it worked with the main. The chicken was done to perfection, crispy on the outside, soft and moist on the inside. The sauce was legendary and has me salivating for it as I type this. The fettuccine as I said was the perfect partner for this dish. All the elements blew me away and it was then I realised what the people from the top of the hill were talking about all this while! and all that for a R100 seemed like a steal compared to other eateries.


My third visit came not to long ago as I decided to have one of my many birthday dinner celebrations at Lupa Westville. It was my birthday so what the hell, went all out for 3 courses. To start, I shared the Rotolo of Spinach, with ricotta, mushrooms and a brown sage butter. Seeing that I was going to have a meat as my main I might as well balance it out with the veg starter. I love spinach and ricotta pies and this was very similar to that, the sage butter was the cherry on the top.


For mains I went for a combo, half a chicken peri-peri roasted in their wood fired pizza oven with pretzel dusted calamari. Priding themselves on organic chickens, I expected it to be on the smallish side but I was wrong, it was a healthy half a chicken with an equally healthy serving of calamari tubes.The calamari was excellent, I'm one for crumbed and fried but the pretzel dust proved to be a welcomed difference to the norm. The chicken was superb as well, strong peri- peri flavours and perfectly roasted in that wood fired oven. Again, instead of opting for potatoes as a side I went for the Zucchini fries. a healthy and tasty alternative. All that for R110, portions were more than adequate and could easily satisfy anyone without having starters or desert.


Speaking of which, desert, there was a lot to chose from, a salted caramel popcorn sundae caught my eye but being stuffed from the previous two courses  I opted for something small. Always been a fan of creme brule so I settled for just that. Many places stuff up on the sugar, some being too thick or too burnt but a layer as thin as film, crystallised just right as you break through to the soft, creamy cool creme underneath. It along with a cup of cappuccino was the perfect way to end the night. 


Out of my 3 visits to Lupa Westville I was never left disappointed, from the decor to the food and the service, it leaves one satisfied after getting good quality and a keen price. Which brings me back to the name Osteria and its meaning, "simple food and wine", yes while the food may be simple, it is great food and of good value, their vast selection of wines to chose from make the name apt. After the success of Westville they have recently ventured further to Durban North, which I understand is packed on a daily occurence. Another thing thats new to Lupa is that they now serve breakfast, another thing for me to try soon!


Various branches

Website: www.lupa.co.za
Twitter: @lupa_osteria
Instagram: lupa_osteria
Facebook: LupaOsteriaSouthAfrica



Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Ken joins the boys


As we edge ever so close to June for the first ever Clarkson, Hammond and May Live tour, another bombshell has just dropped! Ken Block, the YouTube sensation with his Gymkhana videos is set to join the 3 stoodges on stage during the event which takes placec from the 12th-14th of June later this year. 


Ken needs no introduction to South African fans as many were left with their jaws gaping after watching one or all of his seven YouTube Gymkhana videos. Ken has mastered the extreme art of burning rubber in an extravagent form known as gymkhana, which requires the driver to skillfully manoevure their cars around a series of cones, slaloms, 180 degree turns, 360 degree turns, figure 8 turns and other obstacles. Ken adds his unique creativity in each video as he uses standing and moving objects to drift around. 


Ken's prefered manufacturer is Ford as he started off with the Focus, then a Fiesta but as you have seen in his latest video, he has acquired an iconic 845bhp, all wheel drive modified 1965 'notchback' Ford Mustang Hoonicorn and he is bringing it with him for the tour, it's the first time he will be performing in a closed arena and the first time he will be performing in Africa as a whole, so be sure to see history in the making by getting your tickets now! 

                     

Heres what Ken had to say about his inclusion to this event: "I'm stoked to have been invited by Clarkson, Hammond and May to this massie motoring event. I've had the pleasure of working with these guys before and it's always been a lot of fun, I think bringing what I do to an arena format is going to be awesome, and I can't wait to meet the fans in South Africa. It'll be my first tie visiting the country and I've heard they're passionate about all things automotive, so I think they're going to enjoy what I'm goignt to be doing with my Hoonicorn from Gymkhana 7"


I'm not sure about you but I'm pretty amped to see this guy live! For more information on Clarkson, Hammond and May Live, visit the website, Facebook page or follow them on twitter @clarkhammaysa

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Monday Choon: Tiesto ft. Martin Garrix - The Only Way Is Up


If you were keeping track of all the festivals that were on going for the past month or so and one of these two featured DJ's played a set, you were , more than certain to have heard this track. The collaboration between Tiesto and Martin Garrix is something special with a legend in the industry teaming up with a feature legend. They both hail from Netherlands and despite the 28 year age gap they still manage to be in sync with each others style and managed to produce this great track.  It was used in the 7 Up commercial during Ultra Music Festival in Mini as they were one of the main sponsors. The song is officially released from today and available on Beatport.  It's sure to be a cracker.