Restaurant Review: Arirang Korean Restaurant (or the Kimchi that Kicked my Butt)

A couple of Saturdays ago we were searching for a lunch venue and wanted to try something a bit different than our usual salad/sandwich fare and we came across Arirang Korean Restaurant. It had been a really long time since we had Korean food so we jumped in the Jeep and off we headed to Rivonia.

Arirang Korean RestaurantArirang Korean Restaurant

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Lusito Land Festival-Celebrating Portuguese Culture and Tradition in Jozi

At the end of April there is a large festival held here in Joburg called the Lusito Land Festival. There is a big Portuguese influence here in South Africa and this festival celebrates the culture and tradition of the Portuguese. I really love the diversity here in South Africa and I was really happy we got the chance to attend this last month.

Lusito LandWelcome to Lusito Land

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Maboneng Precinct and Market on Main

In my last post about our walk in Kensington, I mentioned that the Fun Seekers Meetup Group then proceeded to the Maboneng Precinct for lunch at Market on Main. Maboneng is a rejuvenated inner city neighborhood of Johannesburg, just to the east of the CBD (Central Business District). It is considered to be a young and hip area with a whole host of restaurants, bars, art (both galleries and street) and many unique shopping boutiques. The Market on Main is part of Arts on Main and is held every Sunday from 10am-3pm (there is also a Night Market on the 1st Thursday of the month). Market on Main has been on my Must-Do list since we arrived in Jozi 6 months ago and I was excited to finally get the chance to check this out.

Heading to Market on MainHeading to Market on Main

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A Historic Walk Through Kensington

Kensington is a suburb just east of Johannesburg CBD (Central Business District). Established in 1897, it is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Johannesburg. This area is rich in history and a couple of weeks ago we had the opportunity to do a historical walk in Kensington with the Fun Seekers Johannesburg Meetup Group.

Our walk started and ended at the Kensington Bowling Club (traditional English lawn bowling, not the indoor 10 pin style). There were 2 different planned walks, a 4km and a 7km walk. We had initially decided to do the 7km walk in order to explore more of Kensington however what we didn’t know was that it was also planned to do the 7km walk in about the same time as the 4km one. Within the first 5 minutes we found ourselves already lagging behind in the slow group (nothing new here) as we were enjoying snapping photos and listening to our wonderful guide Isabelle reveal the fascinating heritage of Kensington.

The Kensington ClubThe Kensington Club

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44 Stanley and the Salvation Cafe

A couple of weeks ago we were out to dinner with some friends and a discussion about dining in Joburg ensued. We are always on the lookout for new restaurants to try, especially those that are not contained in some type of shopping or strip mall that is unfortunately all too common here in the northern suburbs. Our friends enthusiastically told us we must go to 44 Stanley if we want to experience a place with a little more ambience than those which feature the typical extended view over a parking lot.

The next morning we were looking for a nice place to have lunch before our usual Saturday grocery shopping excursion so I had a look at the 44 Stanley website. I learned that 44 Stanley is not a restaurant but in fact an assortment of restaurants, specialty shops and designer studios, all tucked away in a restored warehouse complex. Even though 44 Stanley is a good 25 km from our home, my interest was piqued and off we went in search of a hot new lunchspot.

44 StanleyEntrance to 44 Stanley

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