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A Chef’s Tips For Eating With a Beard this Movember



November is Movember month and thus, many gents are growing their mo’s and beards all for a good cause. Did you know, according to, the average time to grow a beard is 67 days *.

For many avid beard-growers, breakfast, lunch and dinner can be a challenge when it comes to eating with this new facial addition. As someone who has had experience with growing and eating with his very own facial tresses, Ryan Berichon, the executive chef at catering company, Blue Strawberry Caterers and ready-made meal delivery company, My Chef, provides some tips on keeping the mane clean – even during meal times.


Keep off the grass

Avoid touching your beard and sanitise your hands after every toilet visit. Beards can be known to collect bacteria. It is also important to shampoo and condition your beard as you would the hair on your head to keep it clean.

Trimming the hedge

It is important to trim your beard often. Not only will it grow evenly and look neat, it will also show that you care about how you look.

Fork it! 

Use utensils when eating to ensure that the food and your mouth meet, so as not to interfere with your beard.

Figure Eight wipe 

Keep a napkin or wet wipes handy and wipe your mouth in a figure eight shape which is sure to collect any stragglers that may be unsightly.


Avoid foods with too much sauce, cheese or spaghetti– which can get caught in the beard and cause embarrassment when out in public.

Pits to pizza’s and bunnies

As much as you love a good slice of pizza or a fabulous Durban bunny chow– if you are eating these with your hands, stay away – unless you at in the comfort of your own home. These foods are extremely messy and a no-go for “bearders”. Rather opt for sushi or French fries which cause little mess.


Turn on the charm:

If you are the type of guy that enjoys pulling out all the stops when it comes to being romantic and have a date night coming up this month, why not order food straight to your door, which takes minutes to prepare and cook, yet still tastes delicious – with no fuss.

My Chef provides ready-made meals that are delivered right to your door, every Tuesday and Friday. Choose from their selection of dishes, click to order, make you payment and then wait for the delivery – it’s such a simple process and there is no need to slave over the stove with a recipe you have never tried in order to impress; just order in.

There are also meals suited to beard-growers such as Lamb Tagine – Slow cooked sweet and spicy lamb casserole bursting with Moroccan flavours; Beef Butternut Bobotie – a slightly sweet curry flavour ground beef baked in a milk and egg custard, and there’s even the option of a Ready Roast Chicken Dinner – De-boned chicken, stuffed with sage and onion, sliced & served with real gravy, herb buttered baby potatoes and seasonal vegetables.


If you are a burger lover and don’t mind getting a bit of sauce or cheese in your mane, this month My Chef will be running a Movember special on their manly burgers.

Sweet Baby Cheeses!

A double beef patty filled with creamy gouda, mozzarella slice, sweet caramelized onion and cheese sauce.

The Camembert Streaker

150g pure beef patty, crisp streaky bacon, camembert, cranberry sauce.

Got Beef with Frenchy

Home ground beef patty, red wine and mushroom sauce, crumbled blue cheese and cracked black pepper.

Drunken Mexican Chicken

Fajita spiced chicken fillet spiked with tequila, sliced jalapenos, avocado and Mexican salsa.

Not satisfied yet? Well there is a wide selection of meals on offer, sure to keep your beard in place, and your dinner partner impressed.



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Diarise these Oyster Box events in December




Diarise these Oyster Box events for the month of December.

It’s date night at The Oyster Box! Start your evening with a two-course dinner in the Ocean Terrace at 18h00, followed by a movie with popcorn and a glass
of sparkling wine in the cinema at 20h00.
18h00 in The Ocean Terrace I 20h00 in The Cinema I Price: R590 per person

CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT 14th & 15th December
A time of tradition and family, Christmas Carols on the Ocean Terrace at The Oyster Box, marks the beginning of the Festive season and summer holidays.
A plated starter, buffet main, plated dessert and festive entertainment are on the menu.
Time: 18h00 – 21h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace I
Price: R690 per adult, R420 per child under 12 years

Get the Festive weekend off to a stylish start with Christmas Eve Dinner in the elegant Grill Room.
Regrettably no children.
Time: 18h00 – 22h00 I Venue: The Grill Room I Price: R2 600 per person

Each of The Oyster Box’s dining venues will be offering delicious lunch feasts on Christmas Day. All venues will be offering live music, a welcome beverage
on arrival and delicious seasonal menus.
Time: 12h00 – 16h00 I Venue: The Ocean Terrace and The Grill Room I
Price: R2 600 per person, R1 600 per child under 12 years

Put on your best Boogie Shoes as we take you back to the Seventies this New Year’s Eve! Dance your way into 2023 in retro 70’s gear and join us for a blast from the past!
Time: 19h00 onwards I Venue: The Pearl Room I
Price: R2 900 per adult, R1 900 per child under 12 years

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Enzo – first KZN pizzeria recognised in nationwide challenge



Scottburgh’s renowned Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria has become the first KwaZulu-Natal restaurant to make it into the Top 10 of the nationwide Porcupine Ridge Pizzeria Challenge 2022.

Owner Enzo Tilli is over the moon for making it to the number five spot despite stiff competition from around the country. No KZN restaurants made it into the top 10 in the 2021 challenge.

In 1990, at the tender age of 18, Tilli decided to follow his passion for creating authentic Italian food and with the help of his mother, embarked on an adventure into the unknown opening Enzo Pizzeria in Johannesburg’s West Rand. The authentic pizzas he dished up were an instant hit and it was not long before Tilli opened a second branch at Gold Reef City.

Seven years later Tilli sold his two eateries and moved to KwaZulu Natal to open Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria in Scottburgh. As was the case in Gauteng, it did not take long for Enzo to become a popular destination for locals and tourists who – 25-years later – still can’t get enough of his mouth-wateringly good pizzas. Says Tilli: “Like all good pizzas, ours are made with the finest ingredients and cooked to perfection in a wood-burning clay oven.”

Despite the celebrations, Tilli made some time to answer a few questions about Enzo and – more importantly – his coveted pizzas!

Tell us a bit about your restaurant and what makes your pizzas so popular
Enzo’s is more an eatery or as we say in Italy a ‘trattoria’ which means casual and relaxed dining. Our pizzas are made in the authentic Neapolitan style, in a wood-burning oven. They have a light and airy base, and we use only the best quality ingredients. We believe that whoever is making the pizza should have lots of love for what they are creating and that their passion is a big part of what makes them so good.

What is your signature pizza or best-seller?
Without doubt the Del Greco pizza which has a bacon feta and fresh avocado topping. We also have four different starter pizzas, three Calzongino choices (foot long, fold over pizzas), six different vegetarian pizzas and 19 more other options from which to choose.

What’s better, a thin crust or a thick crust?
For me, it must have a thin, light base and slightly charred on the bottom and must always be cooked in a wood-burning oven just like in Naples, the home of the pizza.

What is your favourite pizza topping?
I still like the classics – a Regina, a quattro stagioni or a simple Margarita with anchovies.

For more on Porcupine Ridge, please visit:

Enzo Pizzeria Trattoria can be found at Shop 5 The Terrace, 129 Marine Terrace, Scottburgh, KZN. Telephone number for bookings: 039 978 3674

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Top 10 Lekker Places To Celebrate Christmas Lunch



We’ve got the Top 10 places to
visit in our lekker province, KZN!

Have we missed any epic places out? Let us know in the comments down below or drop us an email at


1: The Oyster box, Umhlanga

2: Old Town Italy, Umhlanga

3: Brahman Hills, Midlands

Brahmin Hills


4: The Baron, Umhlanga Arch


5: Grimaldis, Umhlanga Pearls

The Best View In Town

6: The Cargo Hold, Ushaka

7: La Piazza, Ballito

8: Stretta, Hillcrest

9: The Village Table, Umhlanga Pearls

Bringing people together in a central meeting place in the village of Umhlanga. The stylish and buzzing Village Table situated in The Pearls Shopping Centre is much more than just a restaurant – it is an experience. The cosmopolitan ambiance is ideal for intimate dinners and group gatherings alike. fusing cuisine, cocktails and culture in a fashionable setting.

10: The Black Rabbit, Hillcrest

Notable Mention:
Jack Salmon, Glen Ashley
Atasca, Westville
Bellevue, Kloof

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