Friday, December 1, 2023

Doing it the Latino way, that is Adega Restaurant

With the mercury threatening to burst through the thermometer from as early as 5am, it is no wonder we always wake up tired and feeling like calling in sick just to get some extra sleep. Going to the office and starring at your monitor is not the ideal way to beat the fatigue.

 This is why Lifestyle jumped at the “invitation to put on your dancing shoes” as early as8amthis past Wednesday courtesy of Adega Restaurant (Airport Junction).

Queer as the idea of ballroom dancing sounds, there was no better way to start the day than getting a crash course on Ballroom and Latin dancing; From the Cha Cha, to Waltz, and Salsa. Our mentors for the day, Gilbert Mosweu and Gorata Kenyaditswe, were patient enough to keep repeating the steps for some of us two left-footers.The results were amazing of ballroom and Latintwists and twirls.

Ed Sheeran and Brittany Cherry have nothing on impromptu dance partners Tlotlo Lemmenyane &Kefilwe Monosi; Dave Baaitse & Gosego Motsumi; Tshepo Maphanyane & partnerwho took to the dance floor like professionals.

As for yours truly and Phemelo Ramasu, we may require some few extra lessons as soon as her bruised toes recover from the constant stomping.

Dancing was just a warm-up to some scrumptious breakfast as Adega Restaurant treated reporters to a taste of their new breakfast menu of spicy chicken sausages, bologna sausage, sunny side eggs, pepper bell & onion stuffed omelettes, mushrooms, toast, and beans.

The latest addition to the Gaborone restaurant market is a Portuguese South African franchise which opened its doors earlier this year (February) at Airport Junction Shopping Centre.

Sheila Desia is the local franchisee.
Adega Botswana, famous lately for their ‘2 Full Chickens special’, is a fine dining restaurant with an array of dishes for meat, chicken and seafood lovers.

Although the local franchise does not sell alcoholic beverages it kind of makes up for it with their amazing virgin cocktails. The dessert menu also features homemade ice cream.

With daily specials the restaurant offersunique and alternativediningexperience. Their recently launched breakfast menu is served on weekends only.

“We have been getting rave reviews since we opened largely due to the promotions and activations we have made,” says Michelle Phetlhe of ESTeRES boutique agency. “These include Guest Bartenders, Meals with Influencers, The media Dance and Breakfast which had professional dancers ‘Dance Legends’ giving a crash course in different styles of dance.”

She says they will continue the promotions inDecember with a competition where diners will get to share theirrestaurant experience and stand to win a weekend away for two at Indaba Spa and Hotel in Fairways, Johannesburg.

Latin Supastars Botswana, the dancing duo of Mosweu and Kenyaditswe,are headed by David Moatlhodi, founder as well as the head coach.

“We have been quite successful in the past competitions and notably winning the Amateur/ Championship title in one of the competitions in South Africa,” the pair says. “By far we have competed in more than 10 competitions; the first competition we competed was called Rhythm Dance Challenge where we got second place both in pre-championship and championship section.”

They then moved on to Soweto to take part in the June 16 Annual Dance Memorial Festival when they got second place. In August 2015 the pair competed in another South African competition called Rhythm in Us Festival, where they managed to come out tops. “We also went on to scoop first position at the annual Independence Cup Championship 2015.”

This year Mosweu and Kenyaditswe competed at the ‘Dance to be Wild’ championships in South Africa where they only made it as far as the finals. In May this yearthey took part in Botswana’s first winter ball championships where they won.“Our goal is to compete in all elite dance competition in southern Africa because the events are essential to our continued development as high performance athletes and towards our own ultimate goal of becoming World Latin American Dance Champions,” the pair says.

They hope to compete at the SADTA All South African Championship scheduled to be held between December16 and 19 2016 in Cape Town.

“We do not have the funds that will enable us to participate in these championships, so we extend this proposal to any organisation or anyone willing to assist us,” the pair calls out sponsorship.


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