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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Koeksister Donuts of South Africa

June 7, 2013 at 11:42 AM | by | Comments (0)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

In further celebration of National Doughnut Day, we bring to you the Koeksister"donut" from South Africa. Although not the classic doughnut shape, it retains the same basic ingredients, with a twist. The dough is usually braided and fried in hot oil followed by an immediate dunk in a special, sweet syrup.

The temperature difference allows the syrup to be sucked right into the heart of the dough, causing ooey-gooey goodness. It's a favorite treat in South Africa and usually served as a dessert at gatherings and parties.

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Where to Find Adam Sandler Filming His Annual Summer Movie Project

April 12, 2013 at 2:17 PM | by | Comments (0)

Summer's fast approaching, which means it's time for Adam Sandler to plan his next family vacation goofy summer-themed movie project.

Sandler has spent the past three summers filming Grown Ups, That's My Boy, and Grown Ups 2 in New England with his family and friends. But, this year he's trying something new and bringing the gang (which includes his wife, kids, and some combination of David Spade, Nick Swardson, Milo Ventimiglia, Kevin James, Steve Buscemi, Andy Samberg, or Chris Rock) to Sun City, South Africa.

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Durban, South Africa

May 10, 2012 at 11:48 AM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted in: Durban, South Africa.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Maryke VanBeuzekom, who spotted Travel Cat during the World Cup in 2010. You can check out the full photo album on Maryke's Facebook here, and here's a little of the backstory:

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The Adventures of Travel Cat: Knysna, South Africa

March 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM | by | Comments (0)

Kitty cats. They rule the internet and, whether we realize it or not, pretty much the world too. Ever noticed how cats sometimes stake out the coolest spots in a city? This new feature—Travel Cat—focuses on exactly that. Submit a photo to be featured by tweeting or Instagramming it to us (details below).

Travel Cat spotted at: Bamboo Guest House in Knysna, on Western Cape's Garden Route in South Africa.

This week's Travel Cat comes from Rebecca Metz, Community Manager at AirportParkingReservations.com. Her story:

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This Could Get Weird: South African Taxi Drivers Launch Their Very Own Airline

September 20, 2011 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (3)

Oh boy this sounds like a slice of travel hell just waiting to happen. Officials from South Africa’s taxi industry are planning to get into the airline business, and even the organizers of the new airline are calling their new venture a “unique traveling experience.” The operators of these mini-bus type taxi services are probably best known for their less than friendly battles—that even sometimes turn violent—over routes, territory, and turf. Let’s just hope the airline stuff remains pretty peaceful.

They want to link locals to areas of the country considered a little less accessible, along with giving those who have maybe never boarded a plane the opportunity to do so. Everything will be run by the South African National Taxi Council, and they’re going with Santaco Airlines. Apparently the taxi industry is trying to clean up its image a little bit, so hopefully the new carrier is a step in the right direction.

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Is Kim Kardashian Planning a Secret Honeymoon in South Africa?

June 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM | by | Comment (1)

Kim Kardashian and her fiance Kris Humphries are busy making plans for a lavish wedding worthy of her $2 million engagement ring, but their honeymoon may be a bit less luxurious.

Kim recently told Hollywood Life that her dream getaway is a safari in South Africa:

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In-Flight Cocktail of the Month: South African Airways' La Chanson

March 4, 2011 at 10:54 AM | by | Comments (0)

As many already know, we have a serious obsession with airline cocktails, and so much is our passion that we've created a whole first-Friday-of-the-month feature called In-Flight Cocktail of the Month, which highlights the special concoctions that flight attendants whip up with only a cocktail shaker, some tiny liquor bottles and a whole lot of hope that it won't make you drunk and unruly.

Red sparkling wine is a beautiful thing. Unfortunately, the fruity stuff isn't nearly as easy to find as, say, regular French champagne or good old Freixenet. Instead, you've often to grab it when you see it, like perhaps on an Africa-bound South African Airways flight.

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Go to South Africa with the Humane Society for the Sake of Cute Animals

November 11, 2010 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

Animal lovers who've admired Humane Society International's work can now go behind the scenes—and see some cutie creatures while you're there. The organization launched Humane Travels, a new program that allows you to tour sites where Humane Society International has worked to protect animals and help the cause with your travel dollars.

Humane Travels plans to offer trips to Bhutan, Canada and Guatemala, but the inaugural trek will be to South Africa.

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Cape Town Asks Visitors to Donate One Vacation Day to Cleaning Up the Community

October 27, 2010 at 2:14 PM | by | Comments (0)

The Table Bay Hotel, in Cape Town, South Africa, is getting involved in the community by helping to restore several streets in Langa, one of the Cape's oldest townships, and they are asking their guests to help too.

The initiative is part of the “One Street at a Time” project which aims to build Langa into a sustainable tourism destination. The first street they are tackling is Harlem Avenue, a historic boulevard lined with shops and historic homes, including the home of Chris Hani, the influential anti-apartheid activist. Volunteers will help clean up the area and make needed repairs to homes and businesses along the avenue, which adds a nice positive, active slant to a South Africa vacation.

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Chelsea Clinton May Be Honeymooning in South Africa

August 10, 2010 at 8:58 AM | by | Comments (0)

Right after Chelsea Clinton married long-time beau Marc Mezvinsky two weekends ago in Rhinebeck, NY, the public has wondered one thing: what did she wear? That answer came quickly enough. The bride wore Vera Wang. And then the big question became: where are they honeymooning? This answer didn't come at all.

Now, over a week since the nuptials, there's possibly lead on where Mr. and Mrs. Mezvinsky have headed, and it's far, far away. Sources at WWD have spilled that the couple is currently on safari in South Africa. WWD explains wy South Africa is a perfect honeymoon idea for them:

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World Cup Tourists to South Africa Have Already Spent Over $128 Million

July 1, 2010 at 11:40 AM | by | Comments (0)

Are you going through World Cup withdrawal? Yes, us too, and it's only yesterday and today that we have to wait until the games start up again tomorrow when the Netherlands goes up again Brazil and Uruguay faces Ghana. When the World Cup ends for real on July 11, we just don't know what we're going to do, but we do know that the tourists who have headed down to South Africa to support their teams in person will sad to see their credit card bills.

VISA has announced that visitors to South Africa for the World Cup have already spent $128 million, and that's only counting what's been charged to VISA-branded credit cards for a couple weeks. Of course almost 90% of that was on travel purchases like airfare, hotel, car rental and restaurants, but still. That's quite a money waterfall spilling into South Africa right now. Makes the country's building all those $450 million stadiums look worthwhile (ah hem Moses Mabhida Stadium).

So how much of that will stay in South Africa?

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2010 World Cup Travel Guide: Where to Watch and Where to Eat

June 7, 2010 at 4:00 PM | by | Comments (0)

A recent FIFA Fan Fest in Cape Town.

All this week, we'll be giving you the low-down on the many venues of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. We've showed you the stadiums, how to get tickets and even how to get around South Africa. Today we tell you where you can watch the games for free, and most importantly, where to get some grub.

The FIFA Fan Fests are official public viewing match events, available for those without tickets. All games will be shown live on giant screens complete with events and entertainment before and after the broadcasts. Some popular venues include:

· Cape Town: This prime location, in the heart of the city, is at the foot of Table Mountain, in front of City Hall and next to the Historic Castle of Good Hope, South Africa's oldest building.

· Johannesburg: Fans sans tickets can celebrate in these fields belonging to a local cricket club, five miles from Soccer City. Visit the beer tent for a taste of the home-brewed Castle Lager.

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