Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Sacha Baron Cohen is Crazy!

Okay, okay, so we all know Sacha Baron Cohen is mental. MENTAL.

His latest character is  Admiral General Aladeen, The Dictator. He plays  "a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed", according to Paramount Pictures.

He punked Ryan Seacrest - quite funny, but not such a big deal in my opinion. An excellent marketing tool, but the way those chicks reacted - cue nasal American accent - "Omg, Ryan, this moment is gonna be trending in like, 2 seconds. Omg!"

I won't deny it - I'm kinda looking forward to the film.
And one of my very favourite actors plays - Ben Kingsley. He's super versatile, I just watched 'Hugo', where he played such a serious, emotional character, and now this - yay!

Here's the trailer. Enjoy!

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Cool Lampshades

Friday, February 24, 2012

Inner City Lovin Recommends - Haut Espoir Gentle Giant

I love wine. LOVE. 

Not just the actual drinking of the wine, but the finely tuned art of creating wine. The flavours and cultivars, the effort that goes into a single harvest. The passion that the farmers have for their land, soil and grapes. The traditionalism, and the cutting edge, brand spanking new technology that is behind each sip. 

A few weeks ago I met Rob, from Haut Espoir Wines. He came to give a wonderfully informative talk on their wines at my workplace. What a gent! Just by talking to him, I could feel the love he has for his craft, his farm and his wines. It was also so lovely to speak to someone about organic wine making; at Haur Espoir they reserve some of the land for fynbos to grow naturally, and also don't used any nasty chemical pesticides on their vineyards.

I got home from work this evening, tired, a bit over this week, and walked into my kitchen, where my bottle of Gentle Giant was sitting. It's one of my most favourite wines at the moment, I always have a bottle of it on the wine shelf. Yay!

The tasting notes suggest that "Warm spices [will] dominate the nose, the pallete is smooth and rich with ripe berries and crushed black pepper." And that's exactly what I get. A lovely smooth, juicy wine with a hint of peppery spiciness. It feels as if ripe berries are bursting in my mouth! There's a delightful smooth, swishyness to each sip. With seven cultivars one would expect it to be a complex wine; but it is so easy to drink, so smooth and delicious!

Rob says that the name "Gentle Giant" is in honour of the gentle giants of Franschoek, the elephants. Lovely!

So do yourself a favour and go buy a crate now! 

Haut Espoir also have many other wines, for more info check out their site here.

Most pics taken off the Haut Espoir website, design by Inner City Lovin.

Xxx Til next time lovers!

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Burberry Fall 2012

Burberry showed at London Fashion Week on Monday to a collection of amazed attendees.

The look is pretty and countryfied, as English as can be - perfect for winter. Think tweeds, velvets, woollen jumpers and poor boy caps. Haute couture for a brisk walk in the English countryside, bring the hounds, righto!

The showstopper  - faux rain! The models walked out with umbrellas, shielding themselves from the 'rain'. 

My absolute favourites were the animal (especially the owl) prints on the jumpers, and carried through into the clutches and bags. I loved the luxe velvet details juxtaposed against the harder, more voluminous tweeds. The looks were completed by adorable bow belts and towering platform shoots. 

The menswear section was gorgeous as well. 

Check out my favourite looks and details below, as well as a video!

What a beautiful show. 

 Yay for Fashion Week!


Tuesday, February 21, 2012

The Rudimental's at De Waal Park

This weekend the De Waal Park had a free concert. Apparently it happens quite often, but on times before when I just happened to be strolling on through, the music was a strange mix of nothing as cool as the Rudi's.

The Rudi's are an 8 piece ska/reggae/proudly South African band, with a unique sound that makes you wanna jive. Seriously. I cannot sit still during a Rudi's song.

So when we heard there was free show on, at a park around the corner from my apartment, we were KEEN.
Cheese, wine and picnic blankets a ready, we marched our little tushies to the park to be merry.

It was such a great vibe; kids, dogs, old people, young people, hippies, Rastas, indie kids, every one loves the Rudimentals.

Here's some photos I took of the event.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Cookie Monster - Om Nom Nom

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Wise Words from e e cummings

Happy Valentines Day!!

Will you be my Whalentines? 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Simpson's

Lolz! This is soo funny. Who woulda thought that Bart's voice is done by a teeny weeny lady!

I found this hilarious!

Nom Nom. Beef and Mushroom Pie

Made a delicious beef and mushroom pie this weekend, it was so easy! 

Here's how:


500g beef cubes
1 large onion, diced finely
2 large carrots, cut into small pieces
beef stock (or beef stock cubes)
bbq spice
rosemary, basil and your favourite herbs
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp ginger
4 large potatoes
500g puff pastry (you can make your own, but it takes forever!)
5 white mushrooms, chopped 
oil for frying 


Heat a bit of butter and olive oil in your pan

Coat beef cubes in flour, and fry til browned.

Par cook your carrots and potatoes until almost almost cooked 

In a separate pot, fry your garlic, onions, ginger, herbs til translucent. 

Add browned beef, stock and about a litre of water, and bring to the boil. Whilst this is boiling, knead your puff pastry out until it's nice and elastic and not too thick. Coat a pie dish with spray n cook, and layer the pastry over it to create a base.

By this time your water should be becoming a nice hearty stew. Add the potatoes and carrots at this stage and continue to cook down until you are happy with the flavour and consistency. 

Fill your base with the stew mixture, and cover with the remainder of the pastry. The idea is to use one piece of pastry to cover the mixture, so there are no gaps. Push together the edges of the pastry until there are no gaps. I usually fold them over to make a pretty, decorative crust. 

MOST IMPORTANT:  Ensure you poke two slits into the top of the pastry, to let the steam out. If you do  not do this the pastry will become soggy and not cook through properly. 

Brush the top with a milk mixture, this will create a lovely brown crust

Bake for approximately 40 mins, or until the crust is golden and crispy. 

Friday, February 10, 2012

Kitteh Love

Sometimes when I'm bored I make cute kitteh pics. 

Don't judge me. 

Hashtag #Amaze!

I totally LOLed when I watched this.