The times we are living in, have us boxed in. Many of us are more comfortable in our own space than out there, mingling and having real–life interactions.
We all tend to connect more on social media than in the real world, often leading to a warped idea of a balanced life. Even at work, we seem to prefer hiding from conversation using earphones as a tool for dodging small talk. According to the General Social Survey, the number of Americans with no close friends have tripled since 1985. We seriously need to find ways to reverse this disturbing statistic. So, why don’t we take a step back into the 80s and enjoy more dinner parties and board games?
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We suggest that you go out, buy yourself a recipe book with easy recipes and invite a couple of friends to share a meal with you. Try Errieda du Toit’s Tuistafel, a recipe book that features some comfort food favourites. Or, why not try your hand at hosting a beer tasting. Denis da Silva, SAB Trade Brewer at Newlands Brewery says: “Beer is good, food is good, but nothing beats good food with good beer.” He suggests you mix it up with a variety of flavours to taste. Choose a crisp option like Castle LITE, a hop like the famous Hansa Pilsner, a Malt like Castle Lager, a milk stout for a roast, a fruity option like Carling Black Label and a flavoured option like the Flying Fish range. Serve the beers in a variety of glasses – use a standard beer glass for one, choose a goblet for the next and end the tasting with a flute shaped glass.
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If you’re not into beer, why not try the Taste Lab’s drink infusions called Secco, for that perfect G&T. It is made from freeze–dried fruit and spices – a method that has never been used in South Africa before – and it releases colour and flavour into your drink. You’ll be able to find this in selected Tops and Liquor Cities in Pretoria.
We all have a drawer filled with board and card games from when we were little. It’s the time to open that drawer, dust off the games and call up a few friends to share in an evening of fun and laughter. Think Monopoly, Dominoes, Trivial Pursuit, 30 Seconds or Cluedo. Visit thebigbox.co.za for more options and buy your favourite games online.
Use this month to ring in your family and friends to spend quality time together. Build those bonds and keep ‘em!
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