Gulfood 2017

Gulfood is the world’s largest annual food and beverage event, taking place in Dubai. I was lucky enough to attend this year with Vit Hit and it was overwhelming!

Gulfood has:

  • Over 95 000 visitors
  • Over 5000 exhibitors
  • Over 1000 first time exhibitors
  • Over 120 trading countries
  • 90% of visitors confirm that Gulfood fulfils their business objectives.
  • 89% of past visitors will attend Gulfood again.
  • 52% of visitors attend Gulfood with a predetermined list of products to purchase

 

I was quite excited to get to the healthy and gluten free hall, expecting stall after stall and delicious products I could bring back for us here. Well, I walked through it in 5 minutes flat! Lets hope that next year there will be a few more, then a few more, and eventually have a full hall full of gluten free, sugar free goodness. The world is waking up to the benefits of healthier food, so hopefully we see more of it at these events too.

 

What I noticed was a lot of pre-made, frozen desserts for the hotels and hospitality industry. We don’t see that here too much, but Chateau Gateaux are probably our front runner here. I have never see so many pre-made brands in one space as I saw there. It’s definitely a huge market over there and my favourite was Pro Bake. It may have had something to do with their gorgeous stand and their amazing staff! I quickly made friends with Amber, and basically popped in there every day. Coffee and treats followed by chats, a good week if you ask me 😉 Their ice cream was INCREDIBLE! I loved the cookies and cream, but oh my word the strawberry cheesecake flavour was out of this world. So innovative with real ingredients and real taste. I’m salivating thinking about it!

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ProBakes whoopie pies

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ProBakes macarons and donuts!

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ProBakes!

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Yup, ProBakes

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The ProBakes ice cream was next level!

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Doing my Vit Hit duty!

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The best health drink out there!

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It’s true!

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Vit Hit in a can

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Breakfast with the South African ambassadors in UAE

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Representing!

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Some of the gluten free section

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More gluten free

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Not tooooo bad but I’ve had better gluten free goodies

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All types and flavours of honey

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Some more gluten free treats

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This chocolate looked so interesting!

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More pre-made frozen goodies

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This is just the entrance. There are 9 HUGE halls that are about the size of the ICC, EACH

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This was the entrance quiet!

 

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Getting to know Heather Mason

I met Heather on a trip to Cape Town for Gillette Venus Swirl. We met at the airport and straight away you could tell she was so spunky, bright and a pleasure to be around. Heather shares her travels around South Africa, and it’s so refreshing to see it from an American’s view. She makes me want to travel through Joburg and see more of our country!

Lets get to know Heather Mason…

What does healthy mean to you?
To me, healthy means living a life that makes me happy and doing everything in moderation.

 

What is your chosen form of exercise?
Boxing. I train three mornings a week at the Hillbrow Boxing Club in Johannesburg. I also do an occasional short run.

 

What does your way of health eating look like?
I used to be a lot more careful about what I eat: making an effort to eat only whole grains; buying local whenever possible; limiting fat, sugar, and processed foods; and eating tons of fresh fruit and vegetables every day. This is still what healthy eating looks like for me, but I must admit I’ve lost some of my discipline since moving from the U.S. to South Africa in 2010. I struggle to find the time to shop for super-healthy food (a time-consuming process in Joburg, because you have to visit so many different shops), and life as a travel blogger exposes me to a lot of naughty (but delicious) food. And to be honest I’ve just decided that life is too short 🙂

 

What is your passion project?
My blog, of course! I’ve made a life in South Africa for myself through my blog, and it means the world to me.

 

What does a typical day look like for you?
I work as a freelance writer and photographer, and no day is ever the same. But here’s one example of a day: I get up at 6:00 a.m. and drive to the Hillbrow Boxing Club for a morning workout. Come home, have coffee and breakfast, check emails and Instagram, catch up on work and write a blog post. In the afternoon, go out an do something in the city — visit a friend’s art gallery, go fabric-shopping at the Oriental Plaza, check out a new coffee shop that I want to blog about. Take pictures. Come home, have dinner, and hang out with my boyfriend and my cat. Go to bed early.

 

What would you like people to know about you?
Wow, that’s a difficult question to answer. I guess I want people to know that I’m genuine and real, both in my blog and in life.

 

What would you like people to know about your work/business?
I’m a storyteller. I love telling stories about my life in South Africa, and particularly my life in Johannesburg. I feel very privileged that I’ve been able to make a living out of doing that.

 

Favourite workout song?
“Mama Said Knock You Out” by LL Cool J.

 

Favourite exercise and why?
Boxing pad work. I’ve participated in many different sports and exercise programs in my life, but boxing provides the best full-body workout of anything I’ve ever done.

 

Favourite quote/advice?
I kind of hate quotes. But I guess my most useful piece of advice would be: Accept yourself for who you are and let go of everything that doesn’t matter.

Go and check out her blog www.2summers.net
Twitter: @2summers
Instagram: @2summers

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Hluhluwe River Lodge

My cousin recently came out from the UK with her husband and two small kiddies. Her husband has never been to South Africa, ever, so we wanted to show him the safari side of our beautiful country!

After much searching for the perfect place to stay, my brother recommended Hluhluwe River Lodge. It was perfect! The more I looked at it the more I loved it. I opted to stay in the self catering Mkhulu’s house which has two bedrooms and is a fully kitted self catering house with its own private pool. What I loved about it, was that it was separate from the rest of the lodge, so you really felt like you were away from everything and everyone.

The staff are just magic, and so friendly and accommodating. I love that its far enough from the main reserves that you aren’t near large animals, but close enough to book a game drive. We opted to book a private game drive as there were 4 adults and 2 kiddies and it was much nicer just being with your own family. For an extra R200ish the guide came and fetched us from the lodge. WORTH IT!

Hluhluwe River Lodge is very peaceful and relaxing. I could have easily spent another night there. I know that I will definitely be visiting again and I will totally book Mkhulu’s house. it was so nice having a fully kitted house, so you feel free to move around and make your tea or your snacks and go chill out on the balcony.

Booking was SUPER easy and Ayanda was so helpful and a delight to deal with. We went back and forth a fair amount on email and she was always so helpful and efficient. It was so nice to meet her in person, she has the biggest smile and it was a very warm welcome.

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Visit their website to find out when Mkhulu’s house is free for you!

 

Watch our Safari video and see the beautiful house in person:

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Kia sets a World Record!

Kia is in the middle of setting a World Record, with the World’s Longest Test Drive! Right now as you’re reading this, they are driving through some amazing parts of South Africa.

The #KIAWorldRecord started off in Durban, and I was one of the lucky test driver’s! All I can say is that the new Sportage is INCREDIBLE! I have been obsessed with it since I sat in it in Korea last year, and since I need to upgrade to an SUV for the next stage in my life and for Secret Sunrise (so much stuff to pack), I naturally wanted this one. So I’ll be selling a kidney or something to get this amazing car! It is such a smooth drive with so much power, I just enjoyed it so much! I drove from Durban to Hillcrest, and I usually don’t enjoy Field’s hill, but it was such a dream.

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I mean LOOK AT IT!

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The interior is so slick

If you want to catch up where they are right now, you can pop over to www.kiaworldrecord.co.za and there is a live tracker! You’ll also find a ton of pictures and videos from the last few days as well.

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Car number 8 baby!

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Yes, yes I did

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Obviously

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These girls from DYR are my favs

You can also follow along on Twitter and Instagram and follow #KIAWorldRecord as well.

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Kia: The World’s Longest Test Drive

Ok, so you all know I love Kia and their cars. Yes, yes but this is different! Kia is attempting to break records by doing the World’s longest test drive! That is pretty amazing if you ask me. I’m lucky enough to be one of the people taking part, so I am super excited about it.

The KIA RecordSetter World’s Longest Test Drive kicks off this Friday, 14 October 2016, in Durban (Hi there!) It ends at Cape Point on Thursday, 20 October 2016 – just in time for the official debut of the all-new KIA Sportage on Friday, 21 October 2016. Anyone else excited to see this beauty in person?? I was obviously treated to its beauty in South Korea last year, and it was especially significant because it was at the Kia plant where they make them!

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People were signing up in their thousands to get a chance to take part in this momentous adventure, more than 30 000 people to be exact! Who wouldn’t want to be part of a World Record. Who else is joining me?

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Kia has announced an exciting new partner for the journey.  Vida e caffè will be fuelling the crew and participants over their 7-day trip across South Africa. They will be using credited gift cards that can be used at all vida and Torrador coffee outlets at Shell service stations along the route. We all know I’ll be pulling over for a quick cappa 😉

“We are delighted to be aligned with KIA’s World’s Longest Test Drive,” notes the team from vida e caffè South Africa. “At vida e caffè, we are driven by one simple belief: ‘No passion. No point’. For us, passion is about energy – it’s more than just enthusiasm or excitement, it’s the essence of putting in as much heart, mind, body and soul into something as possible, and then taking it that little bit further. And that’s why we jumped on board. That quality will most certainly be needed for an endeavour like this. We wish the team the very best and all the paixĂŁo [portuguese for “passion”] to take it to the finish line.”

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David Sieff, Marketing Director for KIA Motors South Africa, is equally excited. “We all know how exhausting it can be driving for hours at end on the road, and we think it’s important that the team stays awake and energised throughout this exciting journey. We’re thrilled that Vida is happy to be of assistance in helping the team, including the hundreds of participants selected from the public, set the record,” he says.

 

Coffee and driving go hand in hand. Coffee and Life, basically! So it really is a match made in caffeinated heaven.

Follow the journey on Kia’s twitter account @KiaMotorsSA

Watch my social media channels on Friday to see my part in the KIA World’s Longest Test Drive!
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Instagram: @gijane_zn 
Facebook: Gi Jane SA 
Snapchat: @gijane_zn

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