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Table Mountain views and tasty Forries tapas

Last weekend the weather took a turn for the chilly, as you’ll see from our clothing in the pics below. I think it’s fair to say we’re ready for winter though, hopefully with lots of rain!

Thursday, 8 March 2018: Retail marketing trends talk at FCB

FCB Cape Town
Oh how I love the FCB Cape Town offices. All the bright colours and lights and views of the trees outside.
FCB notebooks
Snacks! Pencils! FCB notebooks! Trees! Click here if you missed my coverage of the session retail marketing session presented by Chicago’s FCB Red.
Woodstock graffiti
Couldn’t ignore this eye-catching graffiti on my way from FCB’s office after the talk to the Woodstock MyCiti bus stop that afternoon.
Sunset at Doodles
To mark the end of a steady stream of weekend work for both of us, we went out to dins at Doodles that evening. See Husband grinning in the sunshine, his curry-topped pizza, my nachos and latte, and the sunset. Cue heart-eyes emoji!

Friday, 9 March 2018: Columinate research presentation at The Cullinan

Cullinan Hotel
I covered Columinate’s ‘measure of tomorrow’ research presentation on Friday, held at The Cullinan Hotel. We were treated to a delicious brunch and there were bicycles galore ahead of last weekend’s Cape Cycle Challenge (formerly known as the Argus}. Click here if you missed the resulting article!

Saturday, 10 March 2018: Forries’ tapas snacks and Black Bull dins

Cafe Lacomia breakfast
We needed to purchase and price a few products at our local Builders Warehouse so ate in the accompanying Cafe Lacomia. See my chocolate-sprinkled cappuccino with not one, not two, not three but FOUR mini cookies, also my toasted chicken mayo and Husband’s sloppy joe (eggs and mince on toast). Just what we needed!
Forester's Arms
That afternoon we were on the Claremont side of the world and the weather was quite wintery so we stopped in at the Forester’s Arms for a quick treat. See Husband with his Castle 1895 draught, me with my strawberry shake and delicious foodies in the next photo…
Forries tapas
We decided on two types of tapas – the roasted chili poppers wrapped in bacon with a fig glaze (yum) and beef satay – that peanut-chili-coconut dipping sauce is amazing!
Black Bull food
We met Husband’s parents for dins at the Black Bull diner, which is roughly ten minutes from both our houses. See my caramel shake top left, the ‘starter portion’ Alabama ranch baked potato (there are two of them topped with cheese and bacon, with a side tub of sour cream) – Mum-in-Law and I each ordered this and each ended up taking a full potato home), the bangers and mash that Husband and his father devoured and the mushroom starter shared by most of the table.

Sunday, 11 March 2018: Afternoon treats at Cup & Cake, Eden on the Bay

Pink Olive breakfast
Stark Ayres’ Pink Olive breakfast usually means a cappuccino and the made-to-order scones for me, with Husband downing a Coke Zero and the salmon eggs benedict.
Cup & Cake at Eden
Cup & Cake was the venue of our Sunday afternoon treat. You can just see Husband’s cappuccino and my Zoo-biscuit shake, here.
Salmon sushi
Husband also had some salmon sushi as part of his Sunday afternoon treat at Eden on the Bay.
Table Mountain
The view of the mountain from our side of the cape was just gorgeous.
Table Mountain
More shots of the lovely mountain that afternoon.

Monday, 12 March 2018: Cat joins Husband and Bassie in the car

Cat at vet
Bassie hadn’t been well over the weekend so Husband dropped her off at her usual vet on Monday morning, after an emergency vet visit on Sunday evening. This three-legged black-and-white cat hopped into the car and kept them company while they waited to be admitted.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018: Chilly Cape evening

Dogs on couch.
Healthy, happy doggies waiting for their dins on Wednesday evening. Blanket is another sign of the evening chill that hit.

That’s all, folks! May your weekend feel long and relaxing. ๐Ÿ™‚

Veggie garden reveal and food-and-wine flights at Catharina’s

It’s been a successful first week back at work and ย part-time studies. That’s probably because we have a few exciting plans over the next few weekends to look forward to, and the thought of them keeps us going.

You’ll get to see those in due course, but for now you can scroll through how we marked the end of the festive season break. Key among those,ย Husband’s veggie garden reveal, as promised:

Veggie garden
Tadaa! You can see the phases of progress here – first, beams went up above the veggie boxes he installed a while ago, then shade cloth was carefully stapled along to provide shade and wind protection. So far, so good!
Dogs in garden
The doggies ‘helped’ by watching the goings-on and offering advice (and suspicious looks).

Now, on with the daily highlights…

Thursday, 5 January 2017: Summery food-and-wine pairing flights

News Cafe breakfast
Our last Thursday of leave started with the early bird breakfast special at our local News Cafe.
Catharina's in Steenberg Estate
I’d unknowingly picked just the right day for our review of the new summery food-and-wine pairings at Catharina’s in Steenberg Estate, one of our favourite wine farms. Just look at the sunny brightness! Click here for my official review and here for a reminder of our late-August version of this photo.
Ostrich eggs at Catharina's
Decor at Catharina’s is classy and eye-catching. Note the reindeer that adorn that inside roof, along with the origami birdies I so enjoyed on our last visit; as well as the large ostrich eggs at the port decanters in the hotel lobby; and some of the rose bushes dotting the walkways.
Owls at Catharina's
We sat at a table much like this, hoping to spot the family of eagle owls that swoop around the old oak trees. Sadly they didn’t appear, but we still had a wonderful time.
Water and cappuccino at Catharina's
Our pre- and post-pairing drinks – wonderfully chilled still water (bread board in the background), and a strong, flavoursome cappuccino. Colour me contented! (Don’t fret, am not sunburnt. The pinkness you see is from the sun reflecting through red umbrella).
Menu at Catharina's
The three ‘flights’ are beautifully explained in this menu – two savoury options and one sweet, each comprising a flute of bubbly, white and red with perfectly paired morsels.
Savoury wine pairing at Catharina's
I know the pic was hard to read, so luckily I took some photos. This was the first savoury flight. Everything positively popped with colour and flavour.
Savoury wine pairing at Catharina's
The second savoury flight: Same-same but different. And sadly I was so excited by the third flight – the sweet option – that I forgot to snap a pic of it. Luckily, there’s a professional pic of it in my review on Biz, along with detailed descriptions of all the wine and food. Click here to see it.

Friday, 6 January 2017: McPherson’s breakfast and Black Bullย lupper

Breakfast at McPhersons
First thing on Friday we headed to McPherson’s for breakfast. I had a cappuccino and the club sandwich with wedges, Husband had a very filling wrap.
Outside area at Black Bull
Following a day of staycation things we decided on an early dins at the Black Bull on Sandown Road to mark the end of the holiday (yes, there was still a weekend ahead before work kicked in, but you know what I mean). Husband opted for a draught, as he does.
Black Bull nachos and bangers and mash
I had a strawberry shake and the starter nachos you see in the middle – the top pic is how they arrived at the table, middle pic is once I’d had added all the side bits and bobs. Husband went for the pork bangers and mash. We’ll be back.

Saturday, 7 January 2017: Baconville breakfast and Bertie’s new chew-friend

Breakfast at Baconville
If you wake up hungry on a Saturday, chances are you’ll decide on Baconville for breakfast. I went for the flapjacks topped with crispy, syrup-drenched bacon (mmm) while Husband had their Mexican-style ‘Hairy Biker’. Teehee. Both delightfully good.
Dogs with toys
All of Bertie’s former TV-viewing companions (stuffed toys that he’s unstuffed) were looking a little ratty so we snuck them into the bin and bought him a new monkey and doggie-that-looks-like-a-fox. The monkey is hiding in a cupboard until the doggie is ready to be discarded, too. Bassie remains very uninterested in all toys but gets lots of attention despite her sad face, promise.

Sunday, 8 January 2017: Breakfast, books and beachy ice-creams

Fry up breakfast
For our ‘last breakfast before work’, Husband outdid himself with an exceptional (make that egg-ceptional, harhar) fry-up, included red pepper slices, properly cooked tomato and crispy bacon. Yum.
Marian Keyes Brightest Star in the Sky and KFC pina colada Krusher
What better way to relax on a Sunday than by rereading a beloved book, and sipping on a Pina Colada-flavoured Krusher from KFC? No better way.
Big Bay beach
The beach at Big Bay, much later in the day. Just look at all the merrymakers, making their last bit of merry.
Ice creams at the beach
Despite it being so hot the sea was icy, so we contented ourselves with ice-cream cones from Met Eish at Eden on the Bay. Husband’s had caramel ripples and mine was plain chocolate, both with a hidden Flake.

That’s all, folks! I wish you a very happy weekend ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Disclaimer: Obviously our pairings at Catharinaโ€™s were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Late April 2016: Sitting in front of coal fires with dogs

Oh long weekend, how we’ve missed you! We’re in for three full days of relaxing and recharging our batteries, perfect for the suddenly chilly wave of weather we’re facing. But first, a recap of last week’s highlights…

Sitting by the fire with the dogs late last week

Dogs at the fire.
Forgot to post these last week – the one on the left is Bassie sitting with me in front of the fire on Thursday, the one on the right is Bertie warming me up after I got drenched in Friday afternoon’s storm.

Saturday, 23 April 2016: Breakfast at Primi Blouberg, lupper at Black Bull

Large latte at Primi
The need for coffee was strong in this one last Saturday, so I opted for the large latte at Primi. It was just right. You can’t see the lovely view of Table Mountain behind me, alas…
Eggs florentine at Primi
Husband opted for the eggs florentine, enjoyed every mouthful.
Croissants at Primi
My ‘croissant’ turned out to be two little ones, both as fresh as fresh can be and still piping hot. Perfect with the latte.
Craft beer at Black Bull
Much, much later that day – after a fair deal of chores, Saturday tasks and studying  (Husband got 100% for his weekly graphic design quiz, so smart!) – we headed down the road to the Black Bull diner. Husband tried this craft beer.
Pink milkshake at Black Bull
For me? A strawberry milkshake, of course. Was very pink and creamy.
Spicy salmon handroll at Black Bull
Husband was very hungry. so started off with a spicy salmon handroll. Ate all the wasabi and ginger, too.
Bangers and mash at Black Bull
For mains, he went for the pork sausages with mash and gravy. Seems the ‘bangers-and-mash-capades‘ of 2016 have begun!
Nachos at Black Bull
I went for the starter nachos – truly enough for a main meal, especially if you load them with all these sides.

Sunday, 24 April 2016: Breakfast at Company’s Garden

Madame Zingara's in Company's Garden.
Our beautiful brunch spot – Madame Zingara’s in Company’s Garden.
Cola at Madame Zingara's in Company's Garden
We wanted a breakfast to remember on Sunday, as we woke up late and were feeling lazy. Here is Husband sipping on his breakfast Cola at Madame Zingara’s in Company’s Garden. We snapped up the last table and got our orders in just before ‘breakfast ended’.
Flat white at Company's Garden
Mmm. Flat white with biscotti on the side. Tiny cup so it went down far too fast.
Eggs benedict at Madame Zingara's in Company's Garden
Husband had been dreaming of this eggs benedict, complete with spinach, rocket and salmon to dress up as you like.
French toast at Madame Zingara
The French Toast is just delightful at Company’s Garden as it’s made from banana bread and topped with rashers of crispy bacon, a lump of creme fraiche and lots of sliced strawberries. Loved sitting in the sun!
Tree in Company's Garden
Bellies full, we went for a little explore as you can’t visit Company’s Garden and leave before you’ve seen a squirrel or three. There are lots of majestic trees to gaze at.
Feeding squirrel in Company's Garden
And suddenly they were everywhere! If you simply kneel down and open your hand to them they hop right up to see what you have to offer. Even the pigeons are curious as they know the squirrels get lots of treats.

Tuesday, 26 April 2016: Fireside doggies (again)

Dogs at fireplace
Husband lit the fire the minute he got home on Tuesday evening, to celebrate it being a public holiday the next day. The doggies were very interested in the crackling coals we added, collected from the beach.
Dog in front of fire
Fire lit, I sat in front of it with a book and before long Bertie was trying to share my space.

Wednesday, 27 April 2016: Freedom Day breakfast at News Cafe

Cappuccinos at News Cafe
We knew mum and dad would be at News Cafe for breakfast on Wednesday, so got up earlier than expected and surprised them at their table. We enjoyed the double-shot cappuccinos.
Pulled pork benedict at News Cafe
Husband went for the pulled pork benedict, the rest of us had the early bird special.

It’s real ‘stay warm and dry if you can’ weather so expect another lazy update next week. Until then, enjoy yourselves! ๐Ÿ™‚

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