Advice

There’s more to this pandemic than just virology and epidemiology.

There are the huge economic consequences, the social and psychological effects of worry, panic and a future unknown. And then there is the sheer logistical challenge of just trying to live your daily life (or something close to it), educating your kids, buying your food, looking after your family.

I know what’s going on with the science stuff, but the rest of it is as new to me as the next guy (a safe social distance from me) on the street.

The situation is grave, especially in SA given our existing problems of unemployment, poverty, crumbling economy and social division, but I have some hope.  I’m noticing a willingness among the majority to unite and try and get through this. And without wanting to be all doe-eyed and sentimental, things really do work on the odd occasions when this country pulls together.

There will always be the idiots out there who will not get involved or even try to derail these processes, but there are definitely the first signs of cooperation and unity beginning to show through.

I’m doing my bit, trying to help coordinate schoolwork for the shutdown, offering assistance to neighbours and volunteering my (surprisingly still quite professional) services where appropriate.

The rest of the time, I’m washing my hands, watching funny TV (because argh! no sport…), getting some fresh air and trying to keep fit and healthy. We will get through this. It’s going to be difficult and it’s going to be ugly, but if we do choose to look after ourselves and each other, we will prevail.

Stay safe, stay sensible. And now… wash your hands.

Dine your heart out with the most expensive meals around the world 

Whether you’re a self-proclaimed foodie or someone who enjoys satisfying your palette, we’re sure you’ve once dreamed of travelling the world to try out some new, glorious cuisine. 

Over time the world has evolved, and chefs have become better at making food that is so delicious that anyone would want to splurge when travelling. So, if you ever score on your lucky lotto numbers and you enjoy the food scene, you will find many restaurants to visit when you’re travelling overboard that will give you everything you need. 

So, without further ado, let’s take a look where you can dine out when travelling abroad. 

Lobster Frittata, New York

Now, of course, New York would be on the list because it is one of the best places to travel to, not only for the food. New York is one of the world’s leading metropolises for art, fashion, theatre, and obviously, food. And, if you’re obsessed with lobster and omelettes, then you’ve come to the right place. Norma sells “The Zillion Dollar Lobster Frittata”. And you may be wondering why it is so expensive, well, the omelette includes Sevruga caviar, which is the main factor that contributes to the price. This meal’s sold for $2000 (R30 261,36), but if you’re not willing to pay that amount, there is a smaller frittata with less caviar that’s $200 (R3 026,14). 

Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama, Kyoto

Japan is known for its colourful and vibrant culture, but their food is also out of this world. This is a restaurant that thrives on history and family legacy. The Chef, Kunio Tukuoka, took over from his father who took over from his grandfather, so you can clearly see the pattern here. But, enough about the family history; Kyoto Kitcho Arashiyama in Kyoto has a 10-course meal that won’t only blow your mind…but your money too. 

The meal is at least $599.49 (R9 069,68) per person, but it is worth it, well for those who can afford it. As mentioned, it is a 10-course meal that has rounds of sashimi, grilled and steamed food, rice, pickled veggies and desserts. And that’s only the half of it. So, if you happen to ever go to Japan and have money to splurge, this should definitely be one of the places you go to. And, as big as this meal is, at least you won’t be hungry anytime soon. 

Paris Chef Guy Savoy’s restaurant 

France, especially Paris, is known for being a passionate city with one of the best cuisines And Guy Savoy Monnaie does not disappoint when it comes to making an exquisite dish that speaks to your soul, and makes your heart skip a beat. 

This restaurant was open in 2015. It overlooks the Louvre and the Pont Neuf, and the restaurant offers a menu with 13 courses. Just like the Japan dish, you’re guaranteed to leave with a happy and full stomach. The meal is described best as a feast of “textures, colours and mouth watering flavours.” The cost of the meal is $536.63 (R8 111,86), which includes duck, lobster, artichoke soup with black truffles and more. 

Unfortunately, this overpriced meal does not come with any beverages, so you will need to set money aside for that too. But, the delightful dishes are sure to make your experience in The City of Lights worthwhile. For those who have been dying to go to Paris, the best time to travel is from April to June or October to early November when the weather is enjoyable, so make sure your travel package is inline so you can have the whole experience. 

Burger Brasserie, Las Vegas

Sin City never disappoints. Whether you’re going to see the Bellagio Fountains, the breathtaking shopping mall, Caesar’s Palace, the slot machines, the people or the food, Las Vegas is known for having some of the many award-winning restaurants and just about anything. Now, if you’re someone who loves a good ol’ burger, you need to try the Burger Brasserie in Las Vegas. It’s a Paris resort restaurant that serves a Kobe beef and Maine lobster burger for $777 (R11 746,92). Now, you may be wondering why it’s so expensive, well, apart from it being a French cuisine, the burger comes with pancetta, goat cheese, seared foie gras, arugula, main lobster and 100 years aged balsamic paired with a BTL salad. Now, if that isn’t enough to make your mouth water, maybe the fact that the dish is accompanied by a bottle of Rose Dom Perignon Champagne, just might. 

Ibiza, Spain 

Two years ago, Michelin 2-star chef, Paco Roncero, opened a dinning operation in Ibiza called the Sublimotion. Now, this may be one of the most expensive meals in the world, but it is worth it. Not only is the food amazing, but the setting and ambience tops it off too. 

The room has a screen that rotates different vibes making sure your meal goes well with the scene. It goes from food to tech and art, making an all-together phenomenal experience. 

This is a three-hour experience, with seating arrangements enough for 12 guests at a table and 25 professionals serving you. The 15-20-course tasting meal costs over $1 700 (R25 701,11) per person. 

Malta

Malta, which is an island state located in the Mediterranean Sea, south of Sicily, gives people a taste of a decadent white truffle and gold pizza which costs $2 420 (R36 615,69). However, prices may change depending on the truffle market. And, to answer your question as to why pizza would be so expensive. Well, according to the menu, “This is not just a pizza, this is a sign from God telling you how great She is.” So, there you have it folks, God’s favourite dish. The pizza is only available when white truffles are in season, which is from October to May. The pizza contains white truffles, fresh organic water buffalo mozzarella, and a 24-carat gold leaf. So, for individuals who enjoy a slice of pizza, make sure you give this pizza a try. 

Italy, Salerno 

They say you’ve never had pizza until you’ve tried an Italian one. And Renato Viola has pizza that’s fit for royalty. They say this is not because it’s huge, but because it is one by far the most expensive pizza sold at $9315,71 (R141 026,81). The pizza is made by Renato Viola, who is one of the best master pizza chefs in Italy. He’ll also make this for you in the comfort of your own home. As expensive as it is, it is anything but mediocre. 

This pizza has mouthwatering additions on top, such as mozzarella di bufala, lobster and caviar that’s travelled from various places around the world. Now, if that doesn’t tickle your fancy, we don’t know what will. This restaurant stays true to going all out, serving a pizza suitable for a leader: served with a fine beverage such as cognac and champagne. 

Sydney, The Lord Dudley Hotel 

Chef Paul Medcalf changed the ball game when it comes to pie. The Posh Pie bursts with flavour. Inside, it has two cuts of two different types of premium beef,  two whole west Australian rock lobsters and two bottles of Penfold Grange Reserve. The Posh Pie also comes with winter black truffles and dried Italian porcini mushrooms inside. And, lastly, to finish the look of the pie, it comes with a German gold leaf. Now you know why it’s called a Posh Pie.

Are you ready to dine your heart out?

If your mouth is watering, no worries because you aren’t alone. Although this isn’t all the food in the world, these are the ones that we’re sure will give you and your stomach a memorable experience. So, start saving, bet online and do what you need to to ensure you get to taste all the marvels of the world. 

God to call in overseas power company

I have news. Huge, if true.

While the rest of the world was worrying about some microbiological thing or other, SA has been in the grips of a huge bout of loadshedding after jellyfish blocked an inlet pipe at our local nuclear power station.

Actually, this happens more than you might think. 1.73 million results can’t be wrong, right?

But I don’t care about Canada or Sweden or Japan. Our issue is with Koeberg, just up the road. And it seems that we’re likely to get our 980MW back into the grid by Sunday. But will that be soon enough?

Because suddenly, God’s on the job:

I wouldn’t normally believe this sort of nonsense, but this was said with authority – and not just anyone’s authority, but with authority in the might name of Jesus Amen and Amen.

I’m not sure if this is a different Jesus to the one we learned about at school. I think he was called Jesus Christ and not Jesus Amen and Amen. But that was a long time ago and I think it was all made up anyway.

Anyway, given that Mighty God and Jesus Amen and Amen are omnipresent and omnipotent, I think that questions should be asked about whether they had anything to do with the swarm of jellyfish that blocked our power station and prompted this overseas takeover of our power generation. I’m not saying that things were all rosy before, because they really weren’t, but this convenient squishy invertebrate plug being applied to the inlet pipe just up the west coast has certainly paved the way for their sponsored coup, hasn’t it?

Get what I’m saying?

Follow the money. Just saying.

I don’t think that Adele has anything to do with this. She just seems like the spokesperson for the cult on this particular issue.

I’m not big fan of the Mighty God and JAaA, but if this theist-led company sweeps in from overseas, I won’t miss the loadshedding. And if it goes well, then maybe  they can make a start on sorting out this virus thing as well.

SARS-CoV-2 spin off facts

I haven’t personally verified these (but they’re all probably more true than yesterday’s nonsense).

The makers of Corona (beer) have already lost sales of R4.3 billion to the coronavirus.

Not because of the name association, just because China was one of their biggest markets and no-one is going out drinking there anymore.

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Visits to Mecca halted because of coronavirus outbreaks. 

“Saudi Arabia on Thursday halted travel to the holiest sites in Islam over coronavirus fears just months ahead of the annual Hajj pilgrimage, as the Middle East recorded more than 220 confirmed cases.”

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And Friday prayers in Tehran have also been cancelled for the first time since the Islamic Revolution in 1979.

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Coronavirus has cut China’s carbon emissions by 100 million metric tons

That’s as much as Chile produces in a whole year.

Not least because of the slow down in domestic air travel there.

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The Rand has fallen through the floor

Global fears over the coronavirus, jittery markets overseas, emerging markets hit hardest, loadshedding still very much a thing, Moody’s downgrade coming. If you were here for good news about the South African economy (because honestly, where else would you go?), I really can’t help. “Soz.”

Carnage

 

 

Otherwise, you well?

Minor loadshedding cost thoughts

Thursday: I went to the gym this morning. Yes, the hard work goes on.

And it was harder work than usual this morning because there was no electricity at the gym. Not directly because of loadshedding, but because of a substation fault, caused by the overnight loadshedding (according to the frustrated electrician I spoke to). Gym was emptier than usual, because a lot of the machines weren’t working, preventing people from working out. In addition, the aircon wasn’t working and it was HOT and humid.

I did what I could on the weights and the freerunning treadmill, but the temperature and yesterday’s blood doning left me a little short of energy.

And then when I left, I couldn’t validate my parking ticket to get my free parking. Understanding this, the car parking people had left the booms open – free parking all round this morning then. And that got me thinking: just how much is this loadshedding costing the economy?

A few thousand for the parking company this morning, maybe?  And even if they get the fault fixed by lunchtime, there’s another 2½ hours of genuine loadshedding this afternoon.

The Kauai outlet in the gym wasn’t able to operate: no fridges, no tillpoints, no smoothie makers, no hot water for coffees. Another few thousand there, maybe?
Pick and Pay was still operating downstairs, their generator churning out noise and fumes, but the other shops weren’t able to open.

And this is just one building, just one morning.

So yes, without electricity, daily life goes on in some limited form or other, but it’s irritating, costly and difficult. And we’re set for at least another 18 months of this nonsense.