Category Archives: How-to

Natural Pretty Nails: How to Get Pretty Nails

Wow! I don’t know what’s going on with my nails, but they are longer, stronger, and prettier than they’ve ever been. I lie. I do know what’s going on with my nails. Like many other things on my body (understand: my hair), I’ve decided to do away with all the fuss and artificiality with which we normally deal with parts of our body that we consider portrayers of beauty. RELATED: 6 Tips for Taking Care of Your Natural Hair For me, natural is easier and so is the way I choose to go. Honestly, I never intended this to be a statement of any … Continue reading Natural Pretty Nails: How to Get Pretty Nails

Lost your Nakumatt Smartcard?

I first signed up for Nakumatt’s customer reward scheme in 2003, when it first came out. I was making a big purchase at Nakumatt Mega, when the cashier asked me whether or not I had a Nakumatt Smartcard. Having no clue as to what he was talking about, he told me that a Nakumatt Smartcard was a card that allowed customers to accumulate points with every purchase made at Nakumatt. These points would then one day be redeemable for awards – sort of the way it’s done in a frequent flyer’s program. At the time, I was not much of … Continue reading Lost your Nakumatt Smartcard?

Wine: Do You Know Your Chardonnay from Your Pinot Grigio?

A while back, a friend and I were being lazy about dinner. Instead of cooking, we decided to buy gourmet pizza (from Mediterraneo in Westlands), along with a bottle of wine from On the Run, and head back home to relax and hang out. We were set on having white wine with our pizza, but weren’t familiar with any of the wines that we found at On the Run. Still, we selected a wine based on the description printed on its label and were convinced that we were walking away with a semi-sweet light wine. Boy, were we wrong! To … Continue reading Wine: Do You Know Your Chardonnay from Your Pinot Grigio?

How to Eat Crab (in Public)

A while back, I went to Peppers Restaurant in Westlands to have dinner with a friend. In the mood for something light, I ordered some crab. The menu listed two crab dishes—one where the crab meat had already been removed from its shell and another where the crab was served whole, still in its shell. I debated long and hard about which of these two dishes to order because the whole crab dish seemed more interesting. I wondered, though, if I knew how to eat crab elegantly enough for a formal dining environment. Not one to be easily dissuaded, despite the waiter’s strong recommendation … Continue reading How to Eat Crab (in Public)