Author Archives: Carly Ritz

Arts and Culture

Busting ballet myths one plié at a time

May 10, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Born out of the Italian Renaissance somewhere in the 15th century, ballet is a highly technical form of dance that most people associate with boring classical music and tutus. But it’s way more. Snow White – The Ballet returns to Montecasino this month and here’s […]


Our favourite rosé wine to drink with comfort food

May 8, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Does Graça Casa De Ouro Rosé look and sound familiar? Of course it does. It’s the wine your folks drank at Ocean Basket or Parea when they dined out during the week and only let you have one fizzy drink while they klapped the bottle. […]

Dining Out, Entertainment

Don’t forget mom-in-law this Mother’s Day!

May 7, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

We thank our own moms all the time for everything they do for us, so we felt it fitting to salute the mom-in-laws (MILs) as well this month. Think how hard they’ve worked (mostly) to get your other half to the respectable and marriageable state in which you found them. So, here’s how to make your MIL your number-one fan this Mother’s Day.  […]

People of Joburg

The reality show you should be watching

May 6, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Maybe if local politics had more of a reality TV spin, viewership would be slightly higher. Unlucky for the likes of President Cyril Ramaphosa though, he isn’t choosing a wife and winning over local audiences like Lee Thompson in the first-ever South African version of The Bachelor. But is there a chance he’s going to […]


Bargains, buys and all things spice at the Oriental Plaza

Apr 23, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

The Oriental Plaza or the Plaza as it has been dubbed over the years is synonymous with value bargain buys, a seamless mix of Eastern and Western culture and arguably some of the country’s most sought-after samoosas. The Oriental Plaza which was built in 1974 […]

Drinks, Recipes

The perfect wine for a rich Bolognese pasta sauce

Apr 3, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Some people cook with wine because they know that as an acidic ingredient it makes magic out of marinades and sauces as the alcohol evaporates and the flavour lingers. Boiling down or simmering a dish with wine concentrates the flavours to really showcase the other […]

Food & Drink

A simple (boozy) breakfast pairing

Mar 15, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

Flagstone Poetry Sauvignon Blanc 2017 Where to buy it: Check out it goes for R51 a bottle and R615 for 12 we think it’s a bargain. What it tastes like: Flavours of melon and passion fruit entice the nose, with the alluring tanginess of […]


And the blockbuster goes to … Mzansi!

Mar 14, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

The minute there’s an international shleb in town, SA twitter is all over it. But say what you want about bored celebrity spotters, here at HJ we think it’s quite telling and flattering that big Hollywood producers realise that magic moments are shot in Mzansi […]


Baby when the lights go out…

Feb 28, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

There’s a high probability we’ll be sitting in the dark this month as nationwide load shedding continues to roll out. But us Saffers are pretty resourceful when we need to be. Here’s how take that proactivity up a notch. Ain’t nobody got time for a […]

Dining Out

V-day taboo topics to keep you in the clear

Feb 14, 2019, Author: Carly Ritz

We’re pretty sure you’ve been told at some stage in your life to avoid topics like politics, sex and religion when it comes to the family dinner table. Generally, pretty good advice to heed. But are you prepared for your first Valentine’s Day dinner with […]