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You say tomato, I say Zomato…

23 Jun

Zomato Logo…and then I go to Zomato to see where I should go eat a tomato. Which by the way, is pronounced to-mah-to.

Years ago, I came up with the idea to start grading restaurants and venues. I had a whole elaborate plan, and system, and ideas… and not much else. Especially prominent was the lack of money, resources and time I had. Needless to say, my idea didn’t pan out. However the seed of interest in relevant venue rating was sown, which is why I am so glad I discovered Zomato.

Zomato is the world’s fastest growing restaurant discovery platform.You hear that, not a grading service, but discovery platform. Now, isn’t that what it should really be about. Not just saying this is kak or give it a thumbs-up. But to actively help you discover new eateries, new experiences, new friends.

Zomato BarPresent in 26 countries and active in over 10 000 cites, Zomato has turned that same idea that I had, into a social network, with the actual emphasis on social. The basic info is good (like the venue address, menus, photos etc), but what I really dig is the social angle. No longer is a newspaper review by some snob with a thing for too much garlic (even I have garlic limits) the way you judge a restaurant. You get proper peer reviews. You can even maintain a food diary, and share your experiences with friends.

Don’t have friends? Or don’t trust their opinions? Don’t worry, on Zomato you can follow foodies of your choice. Let them help you find the perfect eatery to cater for your culinary experimentation.

Zomato Girl with SpoonIs Zomato the best thing since sliced bread got cheese? Honestly, I am not sure yet, but I am eager to find out. I will endeavour to use this service, and see where it takes me.
Enough ranting about this by me, why don’t you check it out yourself?

And no, their logo is a spoon. A SPOON people!
Get your mind out of the gutter… Hehe!

If you are reading this, I take it you found the post readable enough to go through the entire thing. Maybe your friends will like it too? (Yes, this is a hint-hint-share moment).

Zomato Cover 02

Deep Fried Man interview – Comedians, Music, Famous Sex and Floss

23 Sep

I had the privilege of chatting to South African musical comedian, Deep Fried Man after his performance at the Old Mutual Theatre in the Square in Sandton. His latest solo show, White Whine is awesome, and you will thank me for making you go watch it.

And yes, the interview below was recorded on my Blackberry. If you want to give me a proper flash mic, you are more than welcome to do so.

But enough typing, here’s the interview. Enjoy, and let me know what you think.

Here’s some links for you to click on and go crazy:

Have you seen Deep fried Man’s performance yet? What did you think?

RAMFEST 2011: An objective review

15 Mar

The title said I have to be objective, so I guess I will have to try . . .

Being objective is actually more difficult than it sounds, seeing as I -to put it plainly- had a really good time.

Mind you, are opinions regarding entertainment not supposed to be completely biassed? I mean, if YOU are being entertained, it tends to make any other opinion rather relative…

So, that being said, here’s MY review of MY experience at Ramfest 2011.

Ramfest 2010 was awesome, but had enough irritations to make it less memorable. The parking was nightmarish, the bars useless and the toilet facilities were bad for the girls (I’m a guy. I need a tree)
One thing that can be said of the Ramfest organisers, is that they learn from their mistakes. EVERY SINGLE BAD THING from 2010 was addressed, and improved to near perfection for Ramfest 2011. Hi 5 Hilltop Live!
Parking was a breeze. Even getting out of the fest afterwards took us less than 10 minutes (in comparison to the 30 minutes I spent just walking to my car last year) .
Ordering drinks was made EASY. The combined size of the 3 bars present were -to my estimation- at least 2,5 times the size of last year’s. Only once did I wait longer than 2 minutes to be served, and even then it was maybe 4 minutes.. Compare that to the 2 hours I spent in line last year, and you can imagine my elation!
A rare sight at a fest like this, was NOT seeing any knee-bending, crotch-pinching people with yellow tears standing in waiting for the door to relief to open.

So far so good. Hi 5 Ramfest.

Now, being in the entertainment industry myself, I am EXTREMELY critical when it comes to the artists, sound, stage, lighting etc. So even if YOU saw nothing wrong with anything, I probably did. And so did you, you might just not have known what you didn’t see…
As for the bands, I am going to write individual reviews for each. For now I just want to focus a bit on the general setup.

Overall, the impression was VERY good.
The main stage was one of the most impressive ones you will probably ever see at a South African rockfest. Personally I would’ve went with a slightly different lighting setup on stage, but what they had worked, so let’s not dwell on this (just  a general observation to the lighting engineers would be that they need to realise that after 12 hours at a rockfest, too much strobe can be a bad thing)

The sound at the main stage was a bit of dump if you were in the front and centre. Only when you backed up about 25-30 meters could you get the effect of the side stacks, and then it was great. But let’s face it, who wants to stand 25-30 meters away from the stage? An easy solution would have been to have just 2 line-arrays front & centre, playing down on the crowd.

The awesomeness which is the main stage, unfortunately set the bar so high, that it was really easy for the 2nd stage to appear inadequate. The sound at the small stage was great (except for some feedback issues here and there). The stage itself just seemed a bit like the poor cousin with the ugly teeth that you try to hide away from your friends. so yah, it could’ve been better.

Stalls and more
I loved it. There were more than enough food stalls, without turning a rockfest into a vlooimark. It was expensive to eat, but not ridiculously over the top, so you could still munch a bit AND drink a lot 🙂

All in all, well done Ramfest, you made me feel alive (and deaf) and reminded me why I love South African rock so much!

(All photos courtesy of Henno Kruger and Simone Fourie)

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