Londoners get a taste of South African food

first_imgSouth African cuisine takes centre stage at a restaurant in London. Situated near Buckingham Palace, bbar serves everything from boerewors to bunny chow.South African food is being served at bbar, a restaurant near Buckingham Palace. (Image: bbar)Compiled by Priya PitamberA hop and a skip away from Buckingham Palace in London lies bbar, a cocktail bar and restaurant offering an array of South African dishes. Think bobotie springrolls, biltong, chakalaka, boerewors and Cape Malay curries.It is owned by South African hotelier Beatrice Tollman, whose expertise, along with that of her husband, Stanley, extends to the Red Carnation Group of 17 luxurious hotels across South Africa, the UK and US. It includes Durban’s The Oyster Box and The Twelve Apostles in Cape Town.Stanley named the restaurant bbar as a tribute to Beatrice’s love for home-grown recipes. Her passion for the kitchen is also documented in her cook book, A Life in Food. It contains recipes passed down through the family as well as creations inspired by her travels.The South African influence“There seems to be a demand for South African cuisine in London,” said general manager Ian Powrie, speaking to the Sunday Times. “At the bbar there is a huge demand for bobotie, SA style Cape Malay curries, biltong, boerewors and avocado-based salads.”There is no one that does #NationalCurryWeek like bbar. Come & try our NEW Arthur’s Chicken #Curry, with great #SouthAfrican flavours.— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) October 10, 2016Afternoon tea, usually quintessentially British, is given a South African twist with the inclusion of mini bunny chows.Enjoy our #SouthAfrican #afternoontea The perfect way to catch up with #friends— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) March 1, 2017The décor also has a tinge of South Africa: from the giraffe print on some of the chairs to the cheetah statue on the edge of the bar and the beaded giraffe ornaments lurking at the window.Come & keep the giraffes company this evening #dinner #food #London— bbar & restaurant (@bbarlondon) March 7, 2017The start of a hotelier careerHer husband came from a family of hoteliers, Beatrice said, but it was a new industry to her. In 1954, she opened her first hotel in Johannesburg called the Nugget. But she also fondly remembers their second hotel, the Hyde Park Hotel.“We named the main restaurant there The Colony, inspired by the supper clubs of New York and it soon attracted international cabaret stars (e.g. Petula Clark and Trini Lopez) and famous guests such as Marlene Dietrich, George Peppard and Michael Caine,” Tollman told lifestyle news website, Belle About Town.“It was a very exciting time; these famous people stayed at our Hyde Park Hotel! We ran three other restaurants from this same hotel.”No day was ever the same in the hotel industry, she said, which gave her great enjoyment.Her love for foodAccording to Powrie, bbar is to showcase Beatrice’s recipes and it is a thank you from Stanley for the hard work during the early years of business.Beatrice firmly believes food brings people together. “Gathering friends and family together for a fantastic meal is a bonding experience and helps maintain close relationships in a world where everyone’s lives are getting increasingly busy.”Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Double-Oh-Mega-Event: On a (not so) Secret Mission

first_img SharePrint RelatedGroundspeak Weekly Newsletter – March 7, 2012March 8, 2012In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”The Theory of Caching is Found in CanadaJuly 12, 2014In “Community”11 Years! Oeiras – A Mega-Event Portuguese StyleMay 16, 2011In “Community” Editor’s note: Groundspeak Lackeys are traveling thousands of miles from H.Q. this year to share smiles, shake hands and make geocaching memories at more than a dozen Mega-Events worldwide. Jenn Seva, aka MissJenn, attended the COG (Central Ontario Geocachers) Spring Fling Zero-Zero-Seven Mega-Event (GC1MGER) outside of Barrie, Ontario, Canada. Jenn has been a Lackey since 2007. She was a volunteer reviewer between 2004 t0 2007, a geocacher since 2001, and she says, ‘a geek since forever’. This is Jenn’s account of her trip.By Jenn Seva (MissJenn)MissJenn attending the Zero-Zero-Seven Mega at the cache, “Diamonds are for Decryption”On June 11th, my not-so-secret mission was to infiltrate the Canadian province of Ontario and attend the Spring Fling hosted by the Central Ontario Geocachers. It wasn’t their first Mega. These people are pros. In fact, it was their Double-Oh-Seventh iteration and they pulled it off with nary a stray bullet.I arrived early enough on Friday to help the organizers prepare registration packets the day before the event. Well, they thought I was helping prepare registration packets. Really, I was studying their organization, getting to know the masterminds and taking notes. 😉 [My report back to HQ: What a dedicated – and nice – group of people who created very engaging activities!  Must see them again in future missions.]One the day of the event, I hitched a ride into the location to be greeted by uniformed Russian guards marching in lockstep. I felt like I had traveled back in time to the Cold War era. After showing our credentials (my expired driver’s license was no good but my trackable name badge worked), we were allowed past the gate and then were welcomed by the OctoBeaver. Allow me to explain that this was the mascot for the event complete with a yellow felt tail. He gave everyone a tiny piece of that tail as a gift! How nice of him. Beavers are an important and industrious part of Ontario’s ecosystem, and hold a special place in the heart of the locals.Mega Mascot OctoBeaverMission dossiers (because a mere “schedule of events” is too boring) handed to the geocachers contained instructions such as directions to Central Intelligence, finding certain individuals in the crowd with suspicious characteristics or Bond-ish connections, and also how to find the Debriefing Sessions later in the evening. The names of the caches specially prepared for the event were so much fun: Ammo Cans Never Die, Diamonds are for Decryption, The Giving Daylights, Don’t Cut the Red Wire, Gold Drinker, Moneypenny’s Diaries, The Spy Who Quizzed Me, etc.You see the theme coming together here? Not just the names but also the actual cache designs either tickled my fancy or really challenged the noggin. Some did both. Groundspeak and I had some fun too with a cache called From Seattle with Love, containing the best-dressed logbook of all time. You’ll have to go find it and see. All of the caches were published by the European reviewer James Bond, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Secret Service. Nice touch.From Seattle with Love – Groundspeak’s contribution with the best dressed log book See MissJenn’s pictures from the Mega-Event here. For those that attended, The souvenir icon for this event is currently being revised. You can also find a Lackey at one of these upcoming Mega-Events:Ohio, USA – Midwest GeobashWales, UK – Mega Wales 2011Wisconsin, USA – West Bend $1000 Cache Ba$hHQ in Washington State, USA – Groundspeak Block PartyNordrhein-Westfalen, Germany – Geocoinfest EuropaCatalunya, Spain – Mega Event CatalunyaSouth Carolina, USA – Geocoinfest This theme was beautifully carried throughout. The kids had their own activities as “Agents in Training.” Thanks to the GeoFreakZ for making it so much fun! The adult Agents were encouraged to solve a 5-part mystery called For Your Eyes Only: Guess Who? The event volunteers (mostly humans plus one bird) were all in tuxedos, of course, much like James Bond usually wears. In order for us attendees to find them easily, though, these were orange tuxedos. Geocachers doing it with style. As the event drew to a close, the biggest prizes were awarded to 7 lucky people: each prize was inside of a (what else?) briefcase so none of us knew what was inside of them. After a brief bout of stealing and horse-trading briefcases from one another, 6 of the winners got to open them and claim their gifts.  The final grand prize was in a briefcase that had a combination lock! How to get in? Well, a three-digit code was needed and soon enough, the clever geocacher figured out the numbers she needed. Double-Oh-Smart!Have you seen a theme carried out as nicely as was done here? Bet you haven’t.Zero-Zero-Seven Mega-EventA final thought: Mega-events are usually characterized by the fact that there are so many people around. That’s the hallmark of a mega, after all. Somehow, the COG Spring Fling managed to keep it feeling small – in a good way. This event utilizes land of the beautiful Nottasawaga Valley Conservation Authority. Because the activities and special caches are all within this lovely forested area, and because the trails are set up to crisscross, geocachers were able to see one another several times throughout the day as one group went hither and another group went thither. It felt neighborly. Maybe it wasn’t the location that did that; maybe it was the genuine friendliness of the people. Maybe it was both. Share with your Friends:Morelast_img read more

How to Clean Your Pipeline

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now There isn’t a pipeline anywhere that isn’t a little cluttered. Some are full of non-opportunities, and many more are full of opportunities that aren’t anywhere near the stage being reported.You might think that cleaning up your pipeline is for management’s benefit. And management certainly needs reporting they can count on. But the real benefits of a pristine, well-maintained pipeline accrue to the salesperson. You know what you’re really working on. You can more easily manage your opportunities, moving them smoothly from target to close. And you have a real picture of where you are when it comes to making your number.Here is a simple two-step process you can use to clean up your pipeline. It will take you a half hour at best, and it will give you a truer picture of where you are now—and what you need to do to get where you are going.It’s A Lead, Not an OpportunitySome of what is in your pipeline doesn’t belong there. They’re not opportunities; they’re leads. Sometimes you call on a prospect, they express an interest, and you put them in your pipeline and you try to engage in your sales process. But for any number of reasons, there is no real opportunity there.Maybe your prospect had a need that never developed, and so they no longer need what you sell. Maybe they aren’t dissatisfied enough to move. Maybe they used to use a lot of what you sell, but because their business is no longer doing as well as it once was, they aren’t buying.There are any number of reasons that your prospect isn’t going to buy from you or anyone else anytime soon, but whatever the reason, they are no longer an opportunity. They may just be a lead that you need to follow up on later.You start to clean your pipeline by removing anything that isn’t really an opportunity. The age of the opportunity alone can be a good clue. If an “opportunity” is old, if it hasn’t moved from one stage of your sales process to the next, if there is no real activity, take it out of your pipeline. It’s a distraction at best, a false sense of security at worst.Push Opportunities BackSometimes you can get ahead of yourself. You can record an opportunity in a stage of your sales cycle that’s far beyond where you really are in the process.Your dream client asked you for a presentation, and you obliged them. Who wouldn’t take the opportunity to present their ideas when asked? But did you really complete all of the tasks and gain each of the outcomes you needed to in order to advance the opportunity to the presentation stage?The reason so many deals stall in the sales process is the salesperson skipping steps along the way. By not doing what you need to do at each stage, you increase the likelihood that the deal will stall in later stages. Just because you have completed some task or action in a stage doesn’t mean that the opportunity is in that stage. It’s really in the last stage in which you have obtained all of the outcomes of your sales process.After you’ve eliminated all of the non-opportunities from your pipeline, you continue you tidying up your pipeline by ensuring that every opportunity is in the correct stage of your sales process. If you haven’t completed all of the tasks and gained all of the outcomes of each prior stage, you need to move that opportunity down to the last stage for which you can check every box.The argument as to why this necessary is too long for this post, but I’ll summarize it by giving you an example: If you have presented without having built consensus around your solution, you still need to build consensus. Your sales process is your plan to stack the deck in your favor, to take the actions that lead to won deals. Don’t tilt the odds away from you by failing to do what you know works.This simple, two-stop process will clean your pipeline. It will help you know where you are really are now. And it’s more than likely that it will make you feel a great need to prospect.QuestionsWhat’s cluttering up your pipeline right now?Why do you hang on to non-opportunities? What’s the benefit of keeping non-opportunities in your pipeline instead of turning them back into leads?Is every opportunity in your pipeline in the right stage of the sales process?How many of your opportunities are stalled? What percentage?How does cleaning your pipeline help you to produce better sales results?last_img read more