Last week, we spent some quality time with the doggies as the weather was chilly and grey, which you’ll see from the pics below…
Friday, 17 May 2019: Work-from-home fruit salad and doggie company
Mum let me know she had some fruit salad ready mid-morning last Friday when I was working from home, so I trotted across to her house.
Bertie having a sunny nap while keeping me company on my work-from-home day.
Sweet Bassie having cuddles with her Grampa later that afternoon.
Saturday, 18 May 2019: Roast lamb on the Weber
For our Saturday breakfast, we popped into Bread & Butter. See our flat whites as well as Husband’s salmon-chorizo-cream cheese omelette, and my half portion of bacon eggs benedict.
Things had turned quite chilly by Saturday afternoon so we decided on a quick lamb roast on the Weber. Here’s the end result.
Saturday afternoon feasting at the braai. No doggies pictured but there were right there, I promise.
The end result – roast lamb fresh off the braai, with roast potatoes, green peas and a homemade minty sauce. Yum!
Ha! Bassie looks very cross here. Think she was trying to leap from chair to table to meat and we stopped her in her tracks.
Sunday, 19 May 2019: Rocomama’s afternoon treats
A lone hadeda cawing in the back garden. It wasn’t there long before Bertie chased it away.
T’was a Carlucci’s kind of Sunday morning – I had my go-to breakfast of cinnamon croissant with dirty chai latte, while Husband went for a flat white and the chorizo baked-egg pan.
Odd clouds started rolling in later that day, with heavy rain following on Sunday night. That’s a cloud covering the base of Table Mountain, as seen from Sunset Beach.
We headed to our local Rocomama’s for our Sunday afternoon treat of chilli-cheese fries, a draught for him and a butterscotch-toffee shake for her. Yum!
Monday, 20 May 2019: Homemade chocolate muffins
When I got home from work on Monday, Mum had baked a batch of delicious chocolatey muffins. Mmm…
Wednesday, 22 May 2019: Ethical reporting on children workshop
I spent my Wednesday attending Media Monitoring Africa and UCT Children’s Institute’s media workshop on ethical reporting on children, at the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel. Watch for coverage on Bizcommunity soon!
That’s all, folks! I’m on leave for a few days so expect lots of pics in my next update. 🙂
We’ve had many happy moments in our new home over the past week, as well as many lovely experiences out and about, as you’ll see from the pics below…
Thursday, 21 March 2019: Human Right’s Day movie and munchies
We slept in a little later than usual last Thursday, as it was the Human Right’s Day public holiday. Our tummies wanted feeding even though loadshedding had kicked in by then, so we made our way to our local Carlucci’s deli for my favourite combo – a dirty chai latte and almond croissant, while Husband had the salmon eggs benedict with a flat white.
Next stop, the Captain Marvel movie at GrandWest Casino. It was packed but I found a quiet spot: The view from inside GrandWest Casino, looking out.
There are new ‘Strike a Pose’ camera stations all around GrandWest, which take a few tries to get right, especially in terms of how far to stand from the camera booth. Lol!
We were quite hungry by the time we got out of the movie, and exited only to find it was time for loadshedding at home. Luckily, Petisco’s in Parklands was fully operational on generator power so we could have our favourite chicken fillet xai-xai, with a pint of Super Bock beer for Husband (lol, he’s drinking a Super Bok in his Springboks tee) and a Lindt latte for me. Yum!
The sky was having a pastel-magic moment over Table Mountain when we got home.
Friday, 22 March 2019: Chicken pie and fiery sunsets
Chicken pie, roast potatoes and veg for dinner at Mum’s.
Gorgeous fiery sunset, as seen from home. Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight!
Saturday, 23 March 2019: Breakfast at The Hart Breadhouse
I just caught the sunrise from our kitchen window on Saturday morning. Also see the doggies exploring the front garden in sunshine.
Melkbos was top of the list for Saturday morning excursion, and though they were being loadshed at the time, the queue outside The Hart Breadhouse wasn’t bad at all, and the food was delicious. See my banana-Nutella French toast, as well as Husband’s lip-smackingly good mackerel plate. Not seen: Our equally good coffees.
Hubcap contemplating a swim in the deep blue sea. Table Mountain is to the left, this is a slight variation of the usual ‘Husband swimming in sea’ pic.
We have lift-off! Here’s the one you were waiting for, Husband diving in for a refreshing dip.
Sunday, 24 March 2019: News Cafe breakfast and new balcony lights
We started our Sunday with super early errands at Willowbridge in Bellville, but first, coffee! See Husband’s flat white and my stirred honey-nut latte at Ou Meul.
Our next stop was breakfast at our local News Cafe with Husband’s parents. We ordered before 10am so our the ‘full English’ was just R35, with Husband opting for the ‘chilli mince’ bowl and his mom trying the mint-apple super bowl.
We had wors rolls topped with slap chips for lupper at Mum’s on Sunday afternoon.
Husband finished his light work outside my parents’ balcony that evening, so beautiful – lots of twinkly purple and blue solar lights, so we can see where we are going even when there’s loadshedding.
Various snaps of sleepy doggies taken over the last week.
That’s all, folks! See you in the same place, same time next week. 🙂
This past week has been jam-packed on the work and home front, as you’ll see from the pics below…
Thursday, 7 March: #MayDayMeander at Allee Bleue
After a brief stint in the office before the sun had fully risen, I met a friend at Tasha’s at the V&A Waterfront for a quick work-related chat, over Nutella-marshmallow hot chocolate. Yum!
Next stop, a media tour for the day in Franschhoek. Welcome to Allee Bleue! This translates to ‘blue avenue’ and makes sense when you take in all the blue Eucalyptus trees and touches of blue dotted throughout the grounds.
Taking in some of the scenery at Allee Bleue.
The drizzle was on and off, which made for lovely Franschhoek landscape photos.
Freshly plucked herbs feature strongly in Allee Bleue’s tasting options.
More of the herby bites and sights along the way as we continued our May Day Meander preview around the grounds of Allee Bleue.
Mmm. Even more of the stops along the way – keep in mind the whole ‘meander’ only takes an hour or so, meaning we were taking in lots of food, drink and information in that time.
Finally all meandered out, it was time for lunch. See the blue hydrangeas on the table and some of the lovely eats we were treated to. Not seen in these pics – the sweet grey squirrels that roam the property.
Friday, 8 March 2019: Table View sunsets
You can just see Table Mountain popping out a very blue shoulder behind our yellow house here – view on my walk home from the bus…
Husband happily putting the gas stove to the test.
Such pretty sunsets, as seen from home on Friday evening.
Saturday, 9 March 2019: Family housewarming braai
It was a ‘breakfast at Reload’ type of Saturday, as we’re now walking distance from the Flamingo Vlei branch. See my peppermint-choc latte and smashed-avo bagel, as well as Husband’s cooked breakfast with triple-shot espresso. Love the kudu-painted wall.
The boxes are all unpacked so we held a housewarming braai at our house that afternoon.
Various snaps as the sun went down on our housewarming braai.
Braai food! See the cheese and crackers, strawberry mousse and Don’s famous lemony chicken wings.
Bassie prefers to sit on a lap when there are many other folk around. Her uncle Spec slept over but the rest all made their way back to their own homes as all live nearby.
Sunday, 10 March 2019: Carlucci’s breakfast
We set off for Carlucci’s, just down the road from home, for Sunday breakfast. See my dirty chai latte and Husband peppering his plate.
Our full table of food. See my dirty chai latte and chocolate croissant, the brothers’ flat whites, Husband’s Coke Zero and egg-topped mince on toast, as well as well as Spec’s classic breakfast plate.
We sampled some of our housewarming gifts on Sunday afternoon – see the dry Prosecco and assorted De Villiers chocolate slabs.
Little Bassie hasn’t quite figured out all the ins and outs of the new house yet so will often wait outside until we see her and let her in.
Tuesday, 12 March 2019: Six-star dining aboard Crystal Serenity’s Waterside Restaurant
Cheers! We got to the V&A Waterfront’s Cruises Terminal a little earlier than necessary for our six-star dining experience after work on Tuesday evening, so had a quick drink at Panama Jacks first, as we could see the Crystal Serenity clearly from our table outside. See Husband’s carafe of red blend and my blueberry shake.
We got to explore most of the nooks and crannies of the Crystal Serenity. There’s so much to see! Note the local bagpipers behind Husband in the bottom-left pic. They were boarding for the night’s performance.
Some of the lovely sights we saw onboard the Crystal Serenity.
Even more things aboard the Crystal Serenity.
As seen on the wall of the kiddies’ room of the Crystal Serenity.
We were also treated to dinner at Crystal Serenity’s Waterside restaurant. See my parma ham-topped gnocchetti, Husband sipping away at the endless supply of wine, food being professionally snapped, as well as Husband’s starter of ‘Ahi tuna tartare and scallop crudo, and main of broiled corvina on a tomato rice pilaf.
Six-star dins? Don’t mind if I do! See my roast duckling, Husband’s vanilla creme brulee, and my coconut-chocolate trifle and cappuccino.
Wednesday, 13 March 2019: Heavy Chef’s ‘Instagram for Business’ masterclass at Workshop 17
Wednesday was gloomy and wet, which made some of the sights around Workshop 17 all the more eye-catching. See the turquoise-and-gold striped rhino, as well as snacks and treats in the Heavy Chef masterclass. Click here for my overview of the event!
That’s all, folks.
Click here for more on the #MayDayMeander, here for more on our Crystal Serenity experience and here for more on Workshop 17’s ‘Instagram for Business’ masterclass. Over and out! 🙂
*Disclaimer: Our meals at Allee Bleue and at Crystal Serenity’s Waterside restaurant were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
It was Husband’s birthday on Tuesday, so there were quite a few celebrations over the past few days involving cocktails, pizzas and beach visits…
Friday, 25 January 2019: After-work dinner at Ikura Earth Cafe
Husband fetched me from the bus stop after work last Friday and we had an early dinner together at Ikura Earth Cafe. See my very pink shake, Husband’s glass of red, his salmon handrolls and my crispy honey chicken. Yum!
Saturday, 26 January 2019: Reload breakfast, Hooked lunch, Beach Tavern cocktails
We opted for a quick breakfast at Reload Parklands on Saturday morning, before kicking off our admin chores for the weekend. See Husband’s eggy-bacon breakfast, my scones with jam and cheese, our coffees and the lovely leafy setting.
After much mall admin, we tried Hooked in Tygervalley Mall for lunch on Saturday afternoon. Husband enjoyed his fishy platter for one and the waffle with bananas and hot, fudgey sauce served in a pan was delicious.
We also met my parents at Beach Tavern in Woodbridge Island for Saturday evening cocktails. See the beautiful creamy pina colada shake with pineapple wedge. Dad and me had these, while Mum and Husband had Bloody Marys.
The four of us at Beach Tavern, with our happy faces and cocktails.
The weather was lovely so we stopped at Dolphin Beach for a quick beach visit on our way home. I was befriended by a doggy and there was a wedding ceremony underway. We sat on a dune and watched for a little while.
Sunday, 27 January 2019: Carlucci’s breakfast and beautiful beach weather
We had breakfast at Carlucci’s in Table View on Sunday morning, with a view of Table Mountain and delicious coffees. Also see my large almond croissant and Husband’s salmon eggs benedict.
Beautiful Table Mountain beyond the bowl of Table Bay.
Husband walking through streams of mussel shells to reach his preferred sea-swimming hole.
Husband and sea birds, between various dips in the sea.
I had a ‘Coffee in a cone’ from the cashless Cup & Cake in Eden on the Bay as my Sunday afternoon treat.
Precious clean doglets after their Sunday afternoon shower.
It was a ‘build your own gatsby’ lupper at Mum’s. Yums!
T’was a pretty Sunday sunset, though the sky was hazy.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019: Husband’s 39th birthday dins at Panarotti’s
We met both sets of parents at Panarotti’s in Table Bay Mall for Husband’s birthday dins, after a long day of work. See all the happy faces.
Also see some of our pizzas and pastas – they’re all on special on a Tuesday – as well as my Bar-One and Dad’s Cherry Bomb shake.
The standard ‘birthday hat photo’ with the doglets once we were home that evening.
That’s all for now, folks! We’re sure to celebrate Husband’s birthday even more this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for my next update. 🙂
Apart from having my bag stolen out of our car last Sunday, and all the admin headaches that go along with that, it’s been a wonderful week, as you’ll see below…
Thursday, 22 September 2016: Spring haircuts and midweek lunch with parents
Look at that chopped off ponytail! I decided on a big change for Spring so had my hair trimmed to shoulder-length, with highlights (as you can see from all the foils in the pic top-right). The doggies weren’t too impressed with the idea of adding my hair to their lovely brown fur, though.
For lunch we stopped in at Carlucci’s on the beach. Mum and I shared this delicious chicken schnitzel on pumpkin-seed bread.
Bassie wanted to pretend she’s the tallest doggie so insisted on being lifted above her dad’s shoulders that evening.
Friday, 23 September 2016: Breakfast and movie on parents’ anniversary
T’was my parents’ 38th wedding anniversary on Friday, so I joined them for breakfast and a movie (The Magnificent Seven) at Bayside. Here we are, sitting at Spur (dad was the photographer)…
We all went for the breakfast special with bottomless coffee. Yay for free refills.
The doggies didn’t know what to do with themselves, having me at home with them, so they acted like cats by sitting along the back of the couch.
Saturday, 24 September 2016: Free cookies and see what we’ve been doing in the garden
The Black Forest Cafe is finally open on Saturdays, so that’s where we headed first thing on Saturday. They posted a ‘secret sentence’ on their Facebook page last week that would result in a free cookie if uttered to the till operator.
Our sentence-uttering was a success, so I trotted off to choose my free cookie. I went for the Oreo – it has a choc-filled Oreo baked into a regular cookie! So good. Then it was time for some hard physical work…
Bassie has been very interested in the ‘paving corner’ of the garden since we started working on it a few weeks ago – first we had to weed it, then Husband set down plastic sheets, mixed concrete (not recommended that you do so by hand!) and smoothed out the area before we could place these pretty pavers. We added the bird bath as a final touch.
Bertie loves the little birdies that adorn the top of the bird bath.
What a sweetheart! Love that little face.
Hungry again after all that work, Husband opted for a wors roll – it was Heritage Day after all, so boerewors was going to be eaten, either way!
Lol at these funny little emoji toys I found when we did our weekly grocery shop at the local Pick n Pay that evening.
Sunday, 25 September 2016: Bread & Butter breakfast, hike to Wally’s Cave in Lion’s Head
We’ve not been to Bread & Butter in our local Sandown Retail Centre for a while so stopped in first thing on Sunday. There were lots of lovely baked goods to choose from…
But we both needed a caffeine fix before we could think of food. My cappuccino had a lovely heart swirled on top.
To eat, I went for the ham and cheese croissant – mini tin cup with side of kettle-fried crisps was an interesting touch.
Husband wanted to be healthy as we’d be hiking later, so he went for the banting option – here are his poached eggs on banting bread, with lots of crispy bacon and fresh avo.
Then we headed off for Lion’s Head and did a slow hike up to Wally’s Cave, which we’d heard about but not yet seen. Here’s some of the pretty flowers along the mountain side.
You follow the usual trail up but veer to the left of the short ladder up Lion’s Head to reach the cave – close to where we took this picture. Note how short Signal Hill looks in the distance!
Success! That’s the cave above me.
Yes, that little speck is Husband balancing perilously close to the edge of the mountain.
View of the outside from the inside.
Clever Husband had brought his ‘cave-exploring’ cap along with him so he could turn on the light. See.
Proof we were both in the cave together at the same time.
Once we’d hiked back down to the car we realised my bag was missing. No damage to the car, but bag completely AWOL, despite having unpacked items like my phone from it into Husband’s hiking bag when we parked. What followed was about two hours of driving from police station to station to make a statement, calling banks to cancel cards, etc etc. Having done as much as we could we stopped in at Jamaica Me Crazy for a soothing cocktail. I had the Blue Hawaii, Husband had the Dark & Stormy.
We had a belated Heritage Day braai at Mum’s for lupper that evening.
Monday, 26 September 2016: Breakfast at the Waterfront
As it was my last day of leave on Monday, I went to the Waterfront with my parents. We stopped at the Everyway deli counter to choose our morning eats… it was formerly known as the Royal Bavarian Bakery.
Here are our various coffees and pastries. A very good start to the week! Click here to see how they’re the same black cups as when we had a similar staycation coffee in March.
That’s all for now, folks! Keep an eye out for my next update, next Friday…
I’ve been on leave this past week (yay) so stress levels have been at an all-time low. Here are a few of my highlights and pretty sights from in and around Cape Town. Most of them included relaxing and sharing laughs with my loved ones, but warning: There’s a worrying amount of food served on breadboards and foamy coffee shots ahead…
Saturday, 19 March 2016: News Cafe breakfast, Burgundy Estate golf and Espana paella
Husband wanted the pulled pork eggs ben from News Cafe last Saturday morning, so that’s just what he got!
For me, the early bird muesli jar – ate every mouthful.
Saturday’s chores sorted, we headed off to Burgundy Estate’s mashee golf course, where Husband and Dad had planned a game of golf. This is the outer wall of Espana restaurant, on the same grounds.
Swinging golf clubs and raising flags on the course while Mum and I read and chatted.
Dad tallying up their exact same scores while Mum and I finished up our cappuccinos.
Sunset and Table Mountain through the thorn trees at Burgundy Estate.
Paella served! Me with Mum and Dad before we tucked in. So very yummy. I had the non-fishy version, with chicken, paella and pork belly ribs.
Dom Pedros to end the night on a fun note.
Sunday, 20 March 2016: Doggy tummy tickles, outdoor eating at Ons Huisie
We couldn’t start our Sunday without tickling these sweet doggy bellies. Proof that Bertie’s mainly a white doggie with brown cape and mask.
We’d not been to Ons Huisie in a while so ventured that side for brekkie. This is me with my cappuccino, wind was a-blowing and it certainly felt like Autumn had reached Cape Town.
Husband, tucking into his curried mince and egg on brown. Not pictured: My open toast – eggs and bacon on brown, drizzled in Hollandaise sauce.
Interesting display of stranded duckies and lilies in a boat at our local Stark Ayres nursery.
Later it was time for lupper at Mum’s. Here is Bassie reaching the very dregs of lemon mousse out of her Granny’s cup.
Monday, 21 March 2016; Heritage Day at Wimpy and Banana Jam
This picture is not an illusion. Husband and I both ate the exact same thing on Monday – as it was a public holiday we were finally able to try the ‘Double up’ breakfast at Wimpy, where you get two for the price of one.
After a day exploring the factory stores in Kenilworth, we ended up at Banana Jam for a late lunch. All hungry, we started off with these ‘grilled poppers’ as a starter, wrapped in bacon.
Husband opted for the El Presidente burger – there’s a grilled chicken patty, chorizo, cheese and jalapenos under all that pepper. 😉
If I see banana split on the menu, that’s what I’m having…
The coconut shake at Banana Jam is among the best I’ve ever tasted.
Group shot! Mum and Dad are in the sun, Husband and me in the shade outside at Banana Jam.
Tuesday, 22 March: Taproom lunch at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company
This is where the parents took me for lunch of Tuesday – my first solo day of leave without Husband. Situated in ‘that angled building’ in Salt River, the Taproom is a treat for the eyes – and nose. You can’t get away from the hunger-enhancing scent of hops in there.
So much to choose from! This was Dad’s Pale Ale and the ‘so many choices’ menu.
Most amazing grilled cheese. It’s three layers of sammich, with Swiss cheese on top and served with a delightful pesto-tomato soup on the side.
Dad ended up with the sausage platter. All homemade, served with toasted rye, wholegrain mustard and sauerkraut. He left not a crumb on his plate.
That’s either a high five, five stars, or a friendly wave from Dad. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.
Wednesday, 23 March 2016: Carlucci’s lunch break
We didn’t head far from home on Wednesday – just up to the beachfront for a quick deli bite to eat. These were our drinks – latte for me thick, healthy red and green juice for Mom and Dad.
Could not resist the caramel cheesecake. Shared with Mum.
As seen on the walls at Carlucci’s, I just don’t know which of these Table Mountain-inspired artworks I’d choose – probably the middle one as it’s very purple.
Thursday, 24 March 2016: Coffee at Royal Bavarian Bakery
On Thursday we headed off bright and early to the V&A Waterfront for a spot of window shopping, coffee inhaling and movie-watching. Didn’t our cappuccinos look lovely together?
That’s all, folks. And now it’s the Easter long weekend. We’re set to be hit by a cold snap so expect to see us dressed in woolly layers in the next update…