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My thoughts tend to ramble, I live in my head. I'm an editor, reader, writer and a bit of a milkshake addict. All opinions/images my own unless otherwise stated.

Rocomama’s BlackStar burger and lots of wintery dogs

This past weekend it was Husband’s turn to tackle all the weekend work so most of our pics were snapped at home while he worked, along with a few outings, of course…

Saturday, 6 July 2019: Rocomama’s BlackStar burger

We did our Discovery Health checks first thing on Saturday, so popped into Mugg & Bean as soon as we'd been given the all-clear. See our cappuccinos and corner table.
We did our Discovery Health checks at Bayside Mall first thing on Saturday so popped into Mugg & Bean as soon as we’d been given the all-clear. See our cappuccinos and corner table.
To eat, Husband went for the full farmhouse option, while I had the choc-chip flapjack stack - one went home with me for afternoon tea.
To eat, Husband went for the full farmhouse option, while I had the choc-chip flapjack stack – one went home with me for afternoon tea.
My Saturday afternoon in a picture: Coffee, dogs, blankets and books.
My Saturday afternoon in a picture: Coffee, dogs, blankets and books.
Pretty girl looking concerned but actually nice and snug after a weekend afternoon nap.
Pretty girl looking concerned but actually feeling nice and snug after a weekend afternoon nap.
Sweet boy dog with neck extended for full warmth in front of the fire.
Sweet boy dog with neck extended for full warmth in front of the fire.
Husband took a break that afternoon so we all headed off to Rocomama's together for a few fast favourites. See me and Dad with our shakes, Husband and Mum with their wine and beer, and Mum's impressive black-bunned burger. Very tasty.
Husband took a break that afternoon so we all headed off to Rocomama’s together for a few fast favourites. See me and Dad with our shakes, Husband and Mum with their wine and beer, and Mum’s impressive black-bunned BlackStar chicken burger. Very tasty indeed.
All the burgers and fries. Yum!
All the burgers and fries. Yum!

Sunday, 7 July 2019: Breakfast at The Hart, Melkbos

Husband would be working for most of Sunday so we got up early to sort some weekend admin - and to have breakfast, of course. See our table at The Hart Breadhouse and Bakery in Melkbos. I had the single bacon benedict and a cappuccino, Husband opted for a flat white, Coke Zero and the breakfast salad filled with salmon. Delicious.
Husband would be working for most of Sunday so we got up early to sort some weekend admin – and to have breakfast, of course. See our table at The Hart Breadhouse and Bakery in Melkbos. I had the single bacon benedict and a cappuccino, Husband opted for a flat white, Coke Zero and the breakfast salad filled with salmon. Delicious.
Sweet Bertie boy snuggled up warm in his sister's clam shell bed.
Sweet Bertie boy snuggled up warm in his sister’s clam shell bed.
My handsome, tired boys. Insert heart-eyes emoji.
My handsome, tired boys, much later that night. Insert heart-eyes emoji.

Monday, 8 July 2019: Homemade spag-bol to ward off the winter chill

Mum rustled up enormous helpings of 'spag bol' for Monday dins as it was a very chilly evening.
Mum rustled up enormous helpings of ‘spag bol’ for Monday dins as it was a very chilly evening.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019: Conferencing at Kantar’s #GettingMediaRight event

On Tuesday, 9 July I attended Kantar's #GettingMediaRight info-sharing session. See the delicious cappuccino, speakers for the morning Monique Claassen and Jane Ostler, and me with Jupiter Drawing Room MD, Michelle Beh. Click here for my even feedback article.
On Tuesday, 9 July I attended Kantar’s #GettingMediaRight info-sharing session. See me with Jupiter Drawing Room MD Michelle Beh, the delicious cappuccino, and speakers for the morning Monique Claassen and Jane Ostler. Click here for my event report-back.
I was delighted when I got home from work to a doughnut treat on Tuesday evening.
I was delighted when I got home from work to a doughnut treat on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019: Lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School

On Wednesday, I attended author Michael Smorenburg's lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School. Click here for my event report-back.
On Wednesday, I attended author Michael Smorenburg’s lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School. Click here for my event report-back.

That’s all, folks! See you next week – same time, same place. πŸ™‚

July 2019 Staycation: Fairview goats, Tasha’s waffles, and rainy day pasta

I was on leave for the start of this week, recovering from the usual mid-year work stresses, so there are few more pics to scroll through below than usual, even though Husband didn’t take any time off…

Friday, 28 June 2019: Creative Mornings, burny bunny chow and pastel sunsets

I made my way to AAA School of Advertising again last Friday, as it was time for the next Creative Mornings Cape Town event. See some of the sights, and click here for my overview of the event.
I made my way to AAA School of Advertising again last Friday, as it was time for the next Creative Mornings Cape Town event. See some of the sights, and click here for my overview of the event.
Pinky-purple sky from home that evening.
Pinky-purple sky, as seen from home that evening.
We opted for burny bunny chows from Tandoor Palace for dins last Friday, to end the week on a spicy note.
We opted for burny bunny chows from Tandoor Palace for dins last Friday, to end the week on a spicy note.

Saturday, 29 June 2019: Cocktails and taco bowls at El Barrio

We had a spot of mall admin to sort out first thing on Saturday, so breakfasted at Bica Cafe in Bayside Mall. See our cappuccinos as well as my early bird special with scrambled eggs and Husband's croissant with chorizo and egg.
We had a spot of mall admin to sort out first thing on Saturday, so breakfasted at Bica Cafe in Bayside Mall. See our cappuccinos as well as my early bird special with scrambled eggs and Husband’s croissant with chorizo and egg.
We'd not been to El Barrio in Eden on the Bay for a long time, so that's where we had our Saturday lupper. See my pina-pina frozen margarita and his 'little mamasita', as well as my carnita (pork) and his 'carne con chile' taco bowl.
We’d not been to El Barrio in Eden on the Bay for a long time, so that’s where we had our Saturday lupper. See my coco-pina frozen margarita and his ‘little mamasita’, as well as my carnita (pork) and his ‘carne con chile’ taco bowl.
Proof we were both there.
Proof we were both there.

Sunday, 30 June 2019: Pork and potatoes for Sunday lupper

We met Husband's parents for breakfast at the Pink Olive in Stark Ayres nursery last Sunday as it's walking distance from their home - Spec had slept over at their house the night before, so he joined us. See everyone except for Husband's dad (he was off blowing his nose when the pics were snapped). Also see my French toast with cooked banana, syrup and cream cheese, as well as our flat whites.
We met Husband’s parents for breakfast at the Pink Olive in Stark Ayres nursery last Sunday as it’s walking distance from their home – Spec had slept over at their house the night before, so he joined us. See everyone except for Husband’s dad (he was off blowing his nose when these pics were snapped). Also see my French toast with cooked banana, syrup and cream cheese, as well as our flat whites.
We stopped in at Milky Lane in Table Bay Mall for our Sunday afternoon treat. See Husband's Crunchie whizzer and my 'Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup & Crunchie creamy coffee' shake. Yes, really.
We stopped in at MIlky Lane in Table Bay Mall for our Sunday afternoon treat. See Husband’s Crunchie whizzer and my ‘Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup & Crunchie creamy coffee’ shake. Yes, really.
The cold weather has really set in, so Mum's roast pork, potatoes and zucchini was perfect for Sunday lunch!
The cold weather has really set in, so Mum’s roast pork, potatoes and zucchini was perfect for Sunday lupper!
Bertie promptly hopped in when we put Bassie's day bed in front of the fire on Sunday evening. Such sweeties.
Bertie promptly hopped in when we put Bassie’s day bed in front of the fire on Sunday evening. Such sweeties.

Monday, 1 July 2019: Roadtrip to Stellenbosch, Doodles dins

On Monday, we took a little roadtrip to Fairview in Stellenbosch. If you look closely you'll see a squirrel in the tree, top-right.
On Monday, my parents and I took a little roadtrip to Fairview in Stellenbosch. If you look closely you’ll see a squirrel in the tree, top-right.
Various shots of our Monday lunch at Fairview's Goatshed.
Various shots of our Monday lunch at Fairview’s Goatshed.
Mmm! We had alight lunch of gammon sandwiches and cured fish platters, with lovely cappuccinos.
Mmm! We had a light lunch of gammon sandwiches and cured fish platters, with lovely cappuccinos. We left with full bellies.
Of course we also stopped to look at all the goats before leaving. They slowly made their way up and down their tower and stopped for a snack.
Of course we also stopped to look at all the goats before leaving. They slowly made their way up and down their tower and stopped for a snack.
The goat tower, as seen from the Goatshed restaurant.
The goat tower, as seen from the Goatshed restaurant.
Mum stopped to smell a rose in the garden on our way out.
Mum stopped to smell a rose in the garden on our way out.
Husband wanted an adventure when he got home that evening so we headed off to Doodles on the beachfront, just in time for sunset. Also see my caramel shake and Husband's snail starter. For mains, we had the chicken schnitzel Monday special and pork-bangers-and-mash winter special.
Husband wanted an adventure when he got home that evening so we headed off to Doodles on the beachfront, just in time for sunset. Also see my caramel shake and Husband’s snail starter. For mains, we had the chicken schnitzel Monday special and pork-bangers-and-mash winter special.
Sunch a pretty sunset over Table Mountain, as seen from Doodles.
Such a pretty sunset over Table Mountain, as seen from Doodles.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019: Rainy day pasta at 95 at Parks, waffles at Tasha’s

Tuesday afternoon was rainy and cold, perfect pasta weather. We went to 95 at Parks for some of the 'pasta ripiena' Mum and I had sampled at chef Giorgio Nava's masterclass the week before. See the rainy setting and lovely breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start our lunch.
After a lazy start and attending Mum’s weekly Ageless Grace seated fitness class, Tuesday afternoon was rainy and cold, perfect pasta weather. We went to 95 at Parks for some of the ‘pasta ripiena’ Mum and I had sampled at chef Giorgio Nava’s masterclass the week before. See the rainy setting and lovely breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start our lunch.
Our pasta bowls. All was delicious and just what we had hoped for! See my butternut-filled ravioli, Dad's seafoody spaghettoni and Mum's gorgonzola-nutty gnocchi. Mmm!
Our pasta bowls. All was delicious and just what we had hoped for! See my butternut-filled ravioli, Dad’s seafoody spaghettoni and Mum’s gorgonzola-nutty gnocchi. Mmm!
Pasta perfection - the cappuccino was also a win.
Pasta perfection – the cappuccino was also a win.
Next stop, waffles! We needed something sweet to end the meal so went to Tasha's Waffles in Constantia for waffles and coffee. Just the way to spend a Tuesday afternoon!
Next stop, waffles! We needed something sweet to end the meal so went to Tasha’s Waffles in Constantia for waffles and coffee. Just the way to spend a Tuesday afternoon!
Everything is so bright and beautiful that we wanted to add it all to our waffles. In the end we both had a scoop of caramel ice-cream, with a Smarties-Astros mix on mine and Turkish Delight for Dad.
Everything is so bright and beautiful that we wanted to add it all to our waffles. In the end we both had a scoop of caramel ice-cream, with a Smarties-Astros mix on mine and Turkish Delight for Dad.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019: Pie, chips and gravy at Limnos Bakery

On Wednesday, my last day of leave, we popped in at Limnos Bakery in Table Bay Mall for their 'pie, chips, gravy and cappuccino' lunchtime special.
On Wednesday, my last day of leave, we popped in at Limnos Bakery in Table Bay Mall for their ‘pie, chips, gravy and cappuccino’ lunchtime special.
The doggies spent much of the week wrapped in blankets and getting snuggles, as seen here.
The doggies spent much of the week wrapped in blankets and getting snuggles, as seen here.

That’s all, folks! Stay warm and dry, we’ll see you same time, same place next week. πŸ™‚

Discovering where pineapple belongs in the Italian kitchen at 95 at Parks

This past week has been another busy one packed with events and delicious food, as you’ll see from the snaps below…

Thursday, 20 June 2019: Kantar’s ‘Innovation for Growth’ workshop

Last Thursday, I attended Kantar's 'Innovation for Growth' workshop, at their lovely offices on the Foreshore. Click here for a reminder of my event overview article.
Last Thursday, I attended Kantar’s ‘Innovation for Growth’ workshop, at their photogenic offices on the Foreshore. Click here for a reminder of my event overview article.

Friday, 21 June 2019: Orange sky before the storm

A line of orange clouds last Friday evening, before an enormous storm that evening.
A line of orange clouds last Friday, before an enormous storm that evening.
Cold weather means lots of cold doggies snuggling up under blankies.
Cold weather means lots of cold doggies snuggling up under blankies. And watching the rain from between the curtains.

Saturday, 22 June 2019: Munching at Trecastelli and Colala on Marine Circle

See our breakfast at Trecastelli on Marine Circle last Saturday morning. Flat whites and the cooked breakfast for Husband (it's not on the menu but quite a popular choice), while I had the cappuccino-croissant special.
See our breakfast at Trecastelli on Marine Circle last Saturday morning. Flat whites and the cooked breakfast for Husband (it’s not on the menu but quite a popular choice), while I had the cappuccino-croissant special.
I was in dire need of a coffee refill when we were at the Mall later that afternoon. Nothing a R10 dirty chai latte from Xpresso can't fix!
I was in dire need of a coffee refill when we were at the Mall later that afternoon. Nothing a R10 dirty chai latte from Xpresso can’t fix!
On Saturday afternoon we popped into Colala on Marine Circle for an early dins - they serve Asian fusion food, so you can have sushi and a creamy curry like Husband, or chicken cashew nut with egg fried rice like me. They also serve milkshakes, yay and onus, they're on the Entertainer app - we'll be back!
On Saturday afternoon we popped into Colala on Marine Circle for an early dins – they serve Asian fusion food, so you can have sushi and a creamy curry like Husband, or chicken cashew nut with egg fried rice like me. They also serve milkshakes like this caramel one, yay and bonus, they’re on the Entertainer app – we’ll be back!

Sunday, 23 June 2019: Reload Leadville breakfast

Sunday was a 'Reload Leadville' kind of morning, so we popped in for breakfast. See my mashed avo bagel and peppermint-choc latte, as well as Husband's 'trim' omelette. We also gret numerous happy doggies having walkies with their owners.
Sunday was a ‘Reload Leadville’ kind of morning, so we popped in for breakfast. See my mashed avo bagel and peppermint-choc latte, as well as Husband’s ‘trim’ mince, cheese and onion omelette. We also gret numerous happy doggies having walkies with their owners.
Coffee on our pretty new coffee side table.
Coffee on our pretty new coffee side table.
Homemade creme caramel for dessert at Mum's on Sunday. Yum!
Homemade creme caramel for dessert at Mum’s on Sunday. Yum!
Sweet, sleepy doglets as seen throughout the week.
Sweet, sleepy doglets as seen throughout the week.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019: Pasta Ripiena master class at 95@Parks

On Wednesday, I attended a 'pasta ripiena' master class at 95 at Parks, where chef Giorgio Nava shared tips and techniques to make his legendary stuffed pasta dishes. Mum came along too! See her with chef Nava, as well as the delightful setting.
On Wednesday, I attended a ‘pasta ripiena’ master class at 95 at Parks, where chef Giorgio Nava shared tips and techniques to make his legendary stuffed pasta dishes. Mum came along too! See her with chef Nava, as well as the delightful setting.
I also had my pic snapped with Chef Nava, of course! See the delicious cheese we snacked on, the cosy setting, our first course of spinach and butternut ravioli, and the deep-fried Pasta Montenara.
I also had my pic snapped with Chef Nava, of course! See the delicious cheese we snacked on, the cosy setting, our first course of spinach and butternut ravioli, and the deep-fried Pasta Montenara.
The master class in action! Chef Giorgio Nava, with his two 'helpers', Giovanna and Jonas. All three showed us various aspects of the filled pasta creation process.
The master class in action! Chef Giorgio Nava, with his two ‘helpers’, Giovanna and Jonas. All three showed us various aspects of the filled pasta creation process.
See the pasta ripiena menu, on offer until end-July, as well as the pea-and-ham cappelletti, pineapple sorbet and our espresso and cappuccino to end the meal. Click here for my official review on Biz, as well as a download of Chef Nava's recipes from the master class!
See the pasta ripiena menu, on offer until end-July, as well as the pea-and-ham cappelletti, pineapple sorbet (this is the answer to where pineapple belongs in the Italian kitchen – certainly not on pizza). Also see our espresso and cappuccino to end the meal. Click here for my official review on Biz, as well as to download Chef Nava’s pasta recipes from the master class!

Thursday, 27 June 2019: Surprise 50th office birthday party

We surprised our CEO with a birthday party a day early on Thursday. See some of the decorations and snacks.
We surprised our CEO with a birthday party a day early on Thursday. See some of the decorations and snacks.
Happy birthday! See Andre in white, just to the left of the gold '50' balloons, with the rest of team Biz gathered around.
Happy birthday! See Andre in white, just to the left of the gold ’50’ balloons, with the rest of team Biz gathered around.
We had pots of delicious Thai curry and rice, as well as stacks of sweet treats to celebrate.
We had pots of delicious Thai curry and rice, as well as stacks of sweet treats – always doughnuts for Andre – to celebrate.

That’s all folks! I’m taking a few days’ leave next week for a ‘digital detox’ of sorts, see you for next Friday’s update. πŸ™‚

Father’s Day 2019 lunch buffet at the Italian Club

This past week I’ve had my annual ‘Cannes Lions cold’, and it was also Father’s Day and the Youth Day public holiday (though I worked throughout), as you’ll see from the pics below…

Tuesday, 11 June 2019: Spark Media’s Roots 2019 launch

Last Tuesday, I attended Spark Media's Roots2019 research launch at the River Club. See some of the intriguing displays made from Lego - behind glass so they wouldn't be messed with (and snacks, meant for eating!)
Last Tuesday, I attended Spark Media’s Roots2019 research launch at the River Club. See some of the intriguing displays made from Lego – behind glass so they wouldn’t be messed with (and snacks, meant for eating!)

Thursday, 13 June 2019: Sunrise over Woodstock

I had a super-early start at the office last Thursday, and remembered to pause to catch the sunrise out the window.
I had a super-early start at the office last Thursday, and remembered to pause to catch the sunrise out the window.

Friday, 14 June 2019:Β  Syrupy crumpets and sunsets

Mmm! When I worked from home last Friday, Mum whipped up a quick batch of crumpets - best enjoyed with tea and syrup, yum.
Mmm! When I worked from home last Friday, Mum whipped up a quick batch of crumpets – best enjoyed with tea and syrup, yum.
Pretty as a picture sunset caught in the phone wires, as seen from our lounge.
Pretty as a picture sunset caught in the phone wires, as seen from our lounge that evening.

Saturday, 15 June 2019: Beef roast and potatoes, Weber-style

We decided on a slightly different breakfast on Saturday, at Primi on Marine Circle - see our coffees (flat white cappuccino for Husband, Mocha Forte for me), as well as our breakfasts - the berry pretty super protein bowl for me, the full Primi Power for him. Pricy but filling (I brought half of mine home for the next day).
We decided on a slightly different breakfast on Saturday, at Primi on Marine Circle – see our coffees (flat white cappuccino for Husband, Mocha Forte for me), as well as our breakfasts – the berry pretty super protein bowl for me, the full Primi Power for him. Pricy but filling (I brought half of mine home for the next day).
As it was a long weekend and we'd be having a special Father's Day lunch with all the parents the next day, Spec slept over at ours on Saturday night. Husband Webered a roast beef, Mum supplied the potatoes and peas - dinner, sorted!
As it was a long weekend and we’d be having a special Father’s Day lunch with all the parents the next day, Spec slept over at ours on Saturday night. Husband Webered a roast beef, Mum supplied the potatoes and peas – dinner, sorted!

Sunday, 16 June 2019: Father’s Day lunch at the Italian Club

We arrived at the Italian Club at the same time as Husband's parents, so took a few snaps outside before heading into the big hall for lunch.
We arrived at the Italian Club at the same time as Husband’s parents, so took a few snaps outside before heading into the big hall for lunch.
The inside was festively decked with balloons and crisp white tablecloths and chair covers.
The inside was festively decked with balloons and crisp white tablecloths and chair covers.
Look at all those drinks! The craft beers were handed to all the menfolk on entry, with the mini gins waiting on the tables.
Look at all those drinks! The craft beers were handed to all the menfolk on entry, with the mini gins waiting on the tables.
Cheers! We brought our own bottle of bubbly along to toast all the dads at the table.
Cheers! We brought our own bottle of bubbly along with us, to toast all the dads at the table.
Me with our dads. Lots of love!
Me with our dads. Lots of love!
Buffeting! Finally, the tables were ready for us so we queued up for all the Italian food you can imagine. See some of the selections here.
Buffeting! Finally, the tables were ready for us so we queued up for all the Italian food you can imagine. See some of the selections here.
Some of the desserts on offer. I may or may not have eaten all of this.
Some of the desserts on offer. I may or may not have eaten all of this.
I've been to the Italian Club so many times, yet never went out the back to see the view of the mountain. It's lovely!
I’ve been to the Italian Club so many times, yet never been out the back to see the view of the mountain. It’s lovely!
Sweet little Bassie warming herself in front of the fire that evening.
Sweet little Bassie warming herself in front of the fire that evening.

Monday, 17 June 2019: Youth Day public holiday

As it was a public holiday on Monday because Youth Day fell on Sunday, we slept in a bit then headed to The Daily at Seaside Village in Big Bay for breakfast, once I'd done some work. See Husband's 'tasting tray' coffees, my Tin Cup and our breakfasts.
As it was a public holiday on Monday, we slept in a bit then headed to The Daily at Seaside Village in Big Bay for breakfast, once I’d done some work. See Husbands tasting tray coffees, my Tin Cup and our breakfasts.
See my thick, puffy jacket (Winter is truly here), as well as close-ups of the food - my banana-caramel waffle pop and Husband's full brekkie (he saw another plate go past with those sausages and promptly changed his order, teehee).
See my thick, puffy jacket (Winter is truly here), as well as close-ups of the food – my banana-caramel waffle pop and Husband’s full brekkie (he saw another plate go past with those sausages and promptly changed his order, teehee). This was my only outing for the day.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019: Wintery work-from-home lunch

I worked from home again on Tuesday and stopped for a quick soup-with-toasteds break. Just what I needed!
I worked from home again on Tuesday and stopped for a quick soup-with-toasteds break. Just what I needed!
Teehee! So many funny faces. Snapped when we had curry takeaways at Mum's on Tuesday evening - Gords was in town for business again so stayed the night with us.
Teehee! So many funny faces. Snapped when we had curry takeaways at Mum’s on Tuesday evening – Gords was in town for business again so stayed the night with us.
Various sleepy doglets, snapped trying to stay warm throughout the week.
Various sleepy doglets, snapped trying to stay warm throughout the week.

That’s all, folks! I’m looking forward to switching off completely this weekend and recovering from this cold. May your weekend be warm and relaxing, too.

Winter lunch at Terroir, Ou Meul’s red velvet lattes and midweek milkshakes at Rocomama’s

This past week has been busy but filled with delicious moments, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Tuesday, 4 June 2019: Terroir lunch at Kleine Zalze

Perfect way to prep for a media roadtrip - takeaway cappuccino from Tasha's, then onto the shuttle!
On Tuesday, 4 June I was invited to celebrate Kleine Zalze’s second straight win as best New World Producer. Perfect way to prep for a media roadtrip – takeaway cappuccino from Tasha’s, then onto the shuttle!
This view of the submerged windwill is visual proof that you're almost in Stellenbosch.
This view of the submerged windwill is visual proof that you’re almost in Stellenbosch.
The wintery scene that met us at Terroir in Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch.
The wintery scene that met us at Terroir in Kleine Zalze, Stellenbosch.
More pre-food moments at Terroir.
More pre-food moments at Terroir.
The bread and antipasti on arrival, as well as stuffed chicken and Picanha steak. All the words are in my overview on Bizcommunity!
The bread and antipasti on arrival, as well as stuffed chicken and Picanha steak. All the words are in my overview on Bizcommunity!
Delicious desserts! A selection of petit fours, cheese board platters and a cappuccino just before the rain started up again.
Delicious desserts! A selection of petit fours, cheese board platters and a cappuccino just before the rain started up again.

Thursday, 6 June: Doggy burger-bun beds and Rocomama’s dins with Gords

Sweet Bassie finally used her burger-bun bed when I worked from home on Thursday.
Sweet Bassie finally using her burger-bun bed when I worked from home on Thursday.
Gords was in town for a few days of business so stayed with us on Thursday night. We treated him to dins at our nearest Rocomama's.
Speaking of burgers… Gords was in town for a few days of business so stayed with us on Thursday night. We treated him to dins at our nearest Rocomama’s.
Two milkshake slurpers in action! Gords had strawberry, I went for espresso. Yum.
Two milkshake slurpers in action! Gords had strawberry, I went for espresso. Yum.

Friday, 7 June 2019: Pink, streaky sky over Woodstock

Pink, streaky sky over Woodstock as seen from work as the sun rose around 8am.
Pink, streaky sky over Woodstock as seen from work as the sun rose around 8am.
Doglets warming themselves in front of the fire that evening.
Doglets warming themselves in front of the fire that evening.

Saturday, 8 June 2019: Woolworth’s breakfast repeat, lamb roast

We started our weekend with a dose of mall admin, soo W Cafe in Woolworth's, Table Bay Mall was our first stop. See my vanilla-cinnamon latte and croissant French toast, as well as Husband's chilli-egg omelette. Yes, this is a carbon copy of last Saturday's breakfast!
We started our weekend with a dose of mall admin, so W Cafe in Woolworth’s, Table Bay Mall was our first stop. See my vanilla-cinnamon cappuccino and croissant French toast, as well as Husband’s chilli-egg omelette. Yes, this is a carbon copy of last Saturday’s breakfast!
Husband far out to sea later that day. This is his “Winter? What Winter” pose.
Husband's parents invited us over for a lamb roast on the braai on Saturday night. See our happy faces.
Husband’s parents invited us over for a lamb roast on the braai on Saturday night. See our happy faces.
Husband and Bassie pre- and post-dins. Lol! Bertie was there too, but moved too fast for photos.
Husband and Bassie pre- and post-dins. Lol! Bertie was there too, but moved too fast for photos.

Sunday, 9 June 2019: Red velvet lattes and sweet moments with the doggies

We breakfasted at Ou Meul Bakery in Willowbridge Centre on Sunday morning. See my delicious red-velvet latte and Nutella-berry croissant French toast, as well as Husband's hummuss toast and flat white (unpictured).
We breakfasted at Ou Meul Bakery in Willowbridge Centre on Sunday morning. See my delicious red-velvet latte and Nutella-berry croissant French toast, as well as Husband’s hummus toast and flat white (unpictured).
Sweet doggy moments (some them literally sweet, with cake and doughnuts).
Sweet doggy moments later that day (some them literally sweet, with cake and doughnuts).

That’s all, folks! We hope you have a lovely long weekend and Father’s Day with your family.

*Disclaimer: My food and drink at Terroir in Kleine Zalze was part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

A misty Winter 2019 stay in Paternoster’s Abalone House

Last weekend we were treated to a winter stay at Abalone House, Paternoster. Reuben’s is no longer the on-site restaurant, but our meals were just as good – if not better – than on our last visit

Friday, 31 May 2019: Creative Mornings Cape Town at AAA School

I started my Friday at the May 2019 edition of Creative Mornings Cape Town, featuring Ashley Dowds. See the delicious coffee and doughnut treat, and watch for my overview on Bizcommunity next week!
I started my Friday at the May 2019 edition of Creative Mornings Cape Town, featuring Ashley Dowds. See the delicious coffee and doughnut treat, and watch for my overview of his talk on Bizcommunity next week!

Saturday, 1 June 2019: Roadtrip to Abalone House, Paternoster

We started our weekend with breakfast at Woolworth's in Table Bay Mall. See my croissant French toast and vanilla-cinnamon cappuccino, as well as Husband's enormous chilli egg omelette.
We started our weekend with breakfast at Woolworth’s in Table Bay Mall. See my croissant French toast and vanilla-cinnamon cappuccino, as well as Husband’s enormous chilli egg omelette.
Our destination at the curve of the road - the always-lovely Abalone House, Paternoster.
Our misty, 100-minute roadtrip was enjoyable, bar three ‘stop-go’ sections, but we were happy to see our destination at the curve of the road – the always-lovely Abalone House, Paternoster.
Nothing warms the cockles of the heart more than sitting in a little bit of wintery sunshine, with welcome drinks on the deck. Lovely flutes of bubbly!
Nothing warms the cockles of the heart more than sitting in a little bit of wintery sunshine, with welcome drinks on the deck. Lovely flutes of bubbly!
Spot the husband amongst the Tretchikoffs! He's printed a few of these over his career as it's a popular choice in the local design industry, so had to snap a few pics.
Spot the husband amongst the Tretchikoffs! He’s printed a few of these over his career as it’s a popular choice in the local design industry, so had to snap a few pics.
Abalone House just shouts 'Winter comfort' to me - probably because of all the fireplaces, well-stocked bookshelves and cute in-room rubber duckies! Also see the gorgeous but laughably cold pool - we'll have to return in Summer to try it out.
Abalone House just shouts ‘Winter comfort’ to me – probably because of all the fireplaces, well-stocked bookshelves and cute in-room rubber duckies! Also see the gorgeous but laughably cold pool – we’ll have to return in Summer to try it out.
We noticed signs for the Crayfish Wharf for the first time on this visit to Paternoster, so drove down to explore. It's a lovely spot when the mist lifts!
We noticed signs for the Crayfish Wharf for the first time on this visit to Paternoster, so drove down to explore. It’s a lovely spot when the mist lifts!
To the beach! The weather seemed to be getting worse, so we took a chance in walking down to the beach. It was too misty for more than a few quick snaps, so we hurried back to Abalone House to jump into the Jacuzzi.
To the beach! The weather seemed to be getting worse, so we took a chance in walking down to the beach. It was too misty for more than a few quick snaps, so we hurried back to Abalone House to jump into the Jacuzzi.
Teehee! Another cat of Paternoster. This kitty in the window watched us on our way to and from the beach.
Teehee! I call this ‘the cat of Paternoster’. This kitty in the window watched us on our way to and from the beach.
The kitties of Abalone House! Chelsea rushed over to greet us and even Toffee gave a meow of remembrance once we entered our room - the exact same one as last time. The kitties loved the under-carpet heating!
Also meet the kitties of Abalone House! Chelsea rushed over to greet us and even Toffee gave a meow of remembrance once we entered our room – the exact same one as last time. The kitties loved the under-carpet heating!
You'll find me in the Jacuzzi... The rooftop Jacuzzi seemed to heat up much faster than on our previous visit, so we spent much of our afternoon there, gazing across the bay when the mist allowed. Also see Husband having a final steamy dip after dinner in the bottom-left pic.
You’ll find me in the Jacuzzi… The rooftop Jacuzzi seemed to heat up much faster than on our previous visit, so we spent much of our afternoon there, gazing across the bay when the mist allowed. Also see Husband having a final steamy dip after dinner in the bottom-left pic.
Dinner is served! See the excitement on my face at the delicious, fresh rolls that appeared while we were deciding on our orders from the menu. We each went with a starter and main from the menu for the night: The 'three-cheese soup with bacon and red pepper' for me, and crispy pork belly with spicy croquet and pineapple chutney, ginger-infused honey jus as my main, while Husband enjoyed the chili-salt squid starter with crisp paper vegetable salad, lime mayo and nuac cham starter followed by the char-grilled fillet mignon with cauliflower puree, baby carrots, potato fondant and green peppercorn emulsion. A truly delicious meal, my only disappointment was a confused shake of the head when I asked about milkshakes as I had a delicious strawberry one last time - oh well, the #MilkshakeQueen will return!
Dinner is served! See the excitement on my face at the delicious, fresh rolls that appeared while we were deciding on our orders from the menu. We each went with a starter and main from the menu for the night: The ‘three-cheese soup with bacon and red pepper’ for me, and crispy pork belly with spicy croquet and pineapple chutney, ginger-infused honey jus as my main, while Husband enjoyed the chili-salt squid starter with crisp paper vegetable salad, lime mayo and nuac cham starter followed by the char-grilled fillet mignon with cauliflower puree, baby carrots, potato fondant and green peppercorn emulsion. A truly delicious meal, my only disappointment was the firm shake of the head response when I asked about milkshakes, as I had a delicious strawberry one last time – oh well, the #MilkshakeQueen will return!
The best of the 'gown shots' from this stay.
The best of our ‘gown shots’ from this stay.

Sunday, 2 June 2019: Morning massages and breakfast buffets

Breakfast's the best meal of the day, especially if you have yours at Abalone House! See the buffet table spread, Bloody Mary station, where guests are encouraged to fix their own, Terbodore cappuccinos and our Eggs Benedicts - parma ham for me, salmon for Husband. Yum!
Breakfast’s the best meal of the day, especially if you have yours at Abalone House! See the buffet table spread, Bloody Mary station, where guests are encouraged to fix their own, Terbodore cappuccinos and our Eggs Benedicts – parma ham for me, salmon for Husband. Yum!
Husband heading off to the Spa building for his 30-minute Majestic Awakening massage.
Husband heading off to the Spa building for his 30-minute Majestic Awakening head-neck-and-shoulders massage.
Another gorgeous Trentchikoff inside the Spa building. I paged through magazines and enjoyed the citrussy scents while waiting for Husband as he enjoyed our complimentary massage. I'd been struggling with a pinched nerve in my shoulder that week so didn't want to risk further pain - luckily, Husband said it was soothing and just what he needed to face the week ahead.
Another gorgeous Tretchikoff inside the Spa building. I paged through magazines and enjoyed the citrussy scents while waiting for Husband as he enjoyed our complimentary massage. I’d been struggling with a pinched nerve in my shoulder that week so didn’t want to risk further pain – luckily, Husband said it was soothing and just what he needed to face the week ahead.
Quality time with the sweet doglets that afternoon, once we were back home safe and sound. Both seen getting TLC from their Grandpa here.
Quality time with the sweet doglets that afternoon, once we were back home safe and sound. Both seen getting TLC from their Grandpa here.

That’s all, folks! We hope your weekend is warm and filled with good food. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our accommodation and meals at Abalone House were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

What to do in Stanford 2019: Stay at Blue Gum Country Estate

You may remember I promised a longer post than usual this week – you’re in luck, here it is! Scroll through for highlights from our midweek break at the Blue Gum Country Estate in Stanford and more…

Friday, 24 May 2019: Commodore conferences and half-price cocktails

My Friday started with a first - my first time speaking at a conference! I popped into the office first, then to the Commodore Hotel at the Waterfront for the Content Marketing conference.
My Friday started with a first – while I’ve attended hundreds, this was my first time speaking at a conference! I popped into the office while it was still dark out, then went on to the Commodore Hotel at the Waterfront for the Content Marketing conference.
We celebrated the start of the weekend and my much longed-for leave at Catch22 that evening. Bonus? Half-pirce cocktails before 6pm! See my colourful 'Catch23', as well as the seafood curry Husband and Dad both ordered, Mum's sushi and my buccaneer beef burger.
We celebrated the start of the weekend and my much longed-for leave at Catch22 that evening. Bonus? Half-price cocktails before 6pm! See my colourful ‘Catch23’, as well as the seafood curry Husband and Dad both ordered, Mum’s sushi and my buccaneer beef burger.
But first, cocktails! See Mum with her Bloody Mary, Dad with his Long Island Ice Tea, Husband with his Beeracuda (tequila, lime, sundried orange and a Corona beer). Cheers!
But first, cocktails! See Mum with her Bloody Mary, Dad with his Long Island Ice Tea, Husband with his Beeracuda (tequila, lime, sundried orange and a Corona beer). Cheers!

Saturday, 25 May 2019: Bean Authentic breakfast and bee stings

We had a long Saturday ahead as Husband needed to spend some time in the office, so we lined our tummies with breakfast at Bean Authentic in Monte Vista as we still had an Entertainer voucher to redeem. See the lovely strong flat white served in glass mugs, as well as my Ferrero Rocher mocha and Parmesan-crusted toastie filled with bacon, jalapenos, feta and spicy mayo. Husband had the bacon, cheese and sundried tomato egglets on avo.
We had a long Saturday ahead as Husband needed to spend some time in the office, so we lined our tummies with breakfast at Bean Authentic in Monte Vista as we still had an Entertainer voucher to redeem. See the lovely strong flat white served in glass mugs, as well as my Ferrero Rocher mocha and Parmesan-crusted toastie filled with bacon, jalapenos, feta and spicy mayo. Husband had the bacon, cheese and sundried tomato egglets on avo.
The whole family popped in for a braai later that afternoon - also see Bertie's slightly swolled lip from a bee sting. The swelling went down soon after I snapped this.
The whole family popped in for a braai later that afternoon – also see Bertie’s slightly swollen lip from a bee sting. The swelling went down soon after I snapped this.

Sunday, 26 May 2019: Kauai and Eden on the Bay beach walks

Spec had slept over on Saturday night so joined us for breakfast at Kauai at Eden on the Bay. The boys' mom also popped in for a cuppa tea and avo on toast. Proof we were all there.
Spec had slept over on Saturday night so joined us for breakfast at Kauai at Eden on the Bay. The boys’ mom also popped in for a cuppa tea and avo on toast. Proof we were all there.
We had a short post-breakfast stroll along Eden on the Bay, as Husband wanted to wet his feet.
We had a short post-breakfast stroll along Eden on the Bay, as Husband wanted to wet his feet.

Monday, 27 May 2019: Nutella hot chocolate and banoffee waffle at Panarotti’s

Husband went to work on Monday but I was already on leave,so joined my parents for a late breakfast at Panarotti's in Table Bay Mall. My Nutella hot chocolate and 'Bellissima Banoffee Belgian waffle' were lovely!
Husband went to work on Monday but I was already on leave, so joined my parents for a late breakfast at Panarotti’s in Table Bay Mall. My Nutella hot chocolate and ‘Bellissima Banoffee Belgian waffle’ were lovely!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019: Roadtrip to Stanford, night at Blue Gum Country Estate

It was a real treat to sleep in late on Tuesday but still rise in time for the earlybird Engling breakfast special at News Cafe. Tomatoes were well cooked and flat whites strong, as you can see here.
It was a real treat to sleep in late on Tuesday but still rise in time for the earlybird English breakfast special at News Cafe. Tomatoes were well cooked and flat whites strong, as you can see here.
We made our customary stop at the Sir Lowry's Pass lookout point. Husband was impressed with neither the elevation nor the gustiness of the wind. See a much more wind-swept version of this pic here, from when we visited Old Mac Daddy in Elgin.
Roadtrip time! We made our customary stop at the Sir Lowry’s Pass lookout point. Husband was impressed with neither the elevation nor the gustiness of the wind. See a much more wind-swept version of this pic here, from when we visited Old Mac Daddy in Elgin.
Some of the pretty sights we saw along the way. See sheep, various cows and even Carpaccio, the solo springbokkie. So cute!
Some of the pretty sights we saw along the way. Sheep, various cows and even Carpaccio, the solo springbokkie. So cute!
Looks like Husband is sharing a joke with this spotted horsey. Neigh!
Looks like Husband is sharing a joke with this spotted horsey. Neigh!
A few pics of the setting. It was peaceful, quiet and cold - too cold for a dip in the pool, alas.
A few pics of the setting, at Blue Gum Country Estate, 10km from Stanford. It was peaceful, quiet and cold – too cold for a dip in the pool, alas.
We felt we were well and truly out in the country while gazing at the view from our private balcony. Only one thing could make this better for me...
We felt we were well and truly out in the country while gazing at the view from our private balcony.
Gorgeous view looking out from our balcony.
Gorgeous view looking out from our balcony.
Some of the pretty sights on our quick ride fpr supplies along Queen VIctoria road in the heart of Stanford.
Some of the pretty sights on our quick ride for supplies along Queen Victoria Street in the heart of Stanford.
We stopped in at Raka for a quick winetasting, too, and stocked up on specialty snacks. Yum!
We stopped in at Raka Wine Farm for a quick winetasting, too, and stocked up on specialty snacks. Yum!
DInner is served! Not much is open in Stanford on a Tuesday night as WInter approaches, so we dined at Blue Gum's own Barke restaurant. We had the place to ourselves.
Dinner is served! Not much is open in Stanford on a Tuesday night as Winter approaches, so we dined at Blue Gum’s own Barke restaurant. We had the place to ourselves.
The MIlkshake Queen strikes again! Couldn't resist the ultra-chocolatey milkshake with my dins.
The Milkshake Queen in action! Couldn’t resist the ultra-chocolatey milkshake with my dins.
See Husband enjoying a glass of red at the fireplace and his two-course dinner of fillet steak and creme caramel with sorbet. I went for the toasted chicken-mayo with stacks of chips. Just the thing when paired with a chocolate shake!
See Husband enjoying a glass of red at the fireplace and his two-course dinner of fillet steak and creme caramel with sorbet. I went for the toasted chicken-mayo with stacks of chips. Just the thing when paired with a chocolate shake!
The standard gownie shot - with our pre-bed milk treats purchased in town.
The standard gownie shot – with our pre-bed milk treats purchased in town. Toffee Caramel for me, Banana for Husband.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019: Milkshakes in Hermanus

For me, it doesn't get much better than a freshy brewed coffee with a view like this...
Good morning? It sure is! For me, it doesn’t get much better than a freshy brewed coffee with a view like this…
Breakfast, my favourite meal of the day! See the fireplace - a different one to where w esat the previous evening - as well as the lovely continental buffet table and Husband's hot breakfast order.
Breakfast, my favourite meal of the day! See the fireplace – a different one to where we sat the previous evening – as well as the lovely continental buffet table and Husband’s hot breakfast order.
Why did we go to Stanford? This picture, snapped by Husband just before we left Blue Gum Country Estate on Wednesday morning, says it all.
Why did we go to Stanford? This picture, snapped by Husband just before we left Blue Gum Country Estate on Wednesday morning, says it all.
We rode out to see the lovely trails along the Stanford river before starting the long ride home.
We also rode out to see the lovely trails along the Stanford river before starting the long trip home. Next time we’ll stay longer, so we can fit in a river cruise.
Thr MIlkshake Queen strikes again! We took a slight detour on the way home to take advantage of the sunny weather in Hermanus. See my coffee shake and Husbands cappuccino at Burgundy's.
The MIlkshake Queen strikes again! We took a slight detour on the way home to take advantage of the sunny weather in Hermanus. See my coffee shake and Husband’s cappuccino at Burgundy’s.
We stopped at the Winelands 1-Stop on the way home to redeem our free Wimpy burger meal for the quarter - thanks eBucks! All this and we only paid for the drinks. The granadilla-mint slush is a must.
We also stopped at the Winelands 1-Stop once we were nearly home, to redeem our free Wimpy burger meal for the quarter – thanks eBucks! All this and we only paid for the drinks. This time the milkshake (banana) is Husband’s. The granadilla-mint slush is a must.

That’s all, folks! May your weekend be relaxing. πŸ™‚ Looking for more?Click here for my full review of our stay at Blue Gum Country Estate on Bizcommunity, and tune in for my next update next week – same time, same place. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our bed and breakfast at Blue Gum Country Estate in Stanford were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.