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Father-in-Law’s 76th birthday, a rainy stay at Franschhoek’s Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

Last weekend was cold and rainy – perfect for a weekend away in Franschhoek! But first, we had some family celebrating to do…

Friday, 12 April 2019: Father-in-law’s birthday dins at Portalia

Saturday was Husband's father's 76th birthday, so we all joined him at Portalia last Friday evening to celebrate. See the fairy lights in the outside seating area, proof we were all there, the dads having a drink together, my dad's flambeed chorizo meal and some of our pizzas, and my Amarula coffee.
Saturday was Husband’s father’s 76th birthday, so we all joined him at Portalia last Friday evening to celebrate. See the fairy lights in the outside seating area, proof we were all there, the dads having a drink together, my dad’s flambeed chorizo meal and some of our pizzas, and my Amarula coffee.
See the boys' end-of-evening whisky dom pedros.
See the boys’ end-of-evening whisky dom pedros.
The weather was quite wintery when we got home that evening so we snuggled with the little doggies and noticed a rainbow just after sunrise the next morning.
The weather was quite wintery when we got home that evening so we snuggled with the little doggies and noticed a rainbow just after sunrise the next morning.

Saturday, 13 April 2019: Lunch at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo, night stay at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

We started our Saturday with breakfast at Mugg & Bean in Bayside Mall. See my peanut-butter latte and avo-rainbow slaw toast, as well as Husband's egg-and-bacon toast, Coke Zero and cafe crema.
We started our Saturday with breakfast at Mugg & Bean in Bayside Mall. See my peanut-butter latte and avo-rainbow slaw toast, as well as Husband’s egg-and-bacon toast, Coke Zero and cafe crema.
Next stop, Husband treated us to a couple's massage at Aiyara Thai Spa in Eden on the Bay.
Next stop, Husband treated us to a couple’s massage at Aiyara Thai Spa in Eden on the Bay. We were prodded and pummeled with Tiger Balm for a good 45-minutes, to ease the stresses of the first quarter of the year.
We stopped at Anthonij Rupert Wyne on the very outskirt of Franschhoek's main road on our way into town for lunch. Once our appointment was ticked off at the gate we parked and made our way into the tasting area, all decked out for Easter.
Next, road trip! We stopped at Anthonij Rupert Wyne on the very outskirts of Franschhoek’s main road on our way into town for lunch. Once our appointment was ticked off at the gate we parked and made our way into the tasting area, all decked out for Easter.
See Terra del Capo's fresh-out-the-oven breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in upcycled Protea wine bottles, Husband's Franschhoek trout and smoked salmon antipasti dishes, and the 'digestifs' trolley with cocktail options.
See Terra del Capo’s fresh-out-the-oven breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in upcycled Protea wine bottles, Husband’s Franschhoek trout and smoked salmon antipasti dishes, and the ‘digestifs’ trolley with cocktail options.
Mmm. My sweet potato gnocchi was the highlight of the meal at Anthonij Rupert Wyne's Terra del Capo, as one of the handful of warm dishes on the summer menu.
Mmm. My sweet-potato gnocchi with hazelnuts, pancetta and Tallegio cheese was the highlight of the meal at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo, as one of the handful of warm dishes on the summer menu.
We're yet to sample the high tea at Anthonij Rupert Wyne's Terra del Capo, but if the desserts are anything to go by, they're a must! See my cappuccino - Terbodore's hazelnut blend, with a sweet iced bunny biscuit, as well as the berry-topped chocolate torte and the mini 'crossover cake' - a mix of cheesecake and carrot cake. We just managed to finish these between the two of us.
We’re yet to sample the high tea at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo, but if the desserts are anything to go by, they’re a must! See my cappuccino – Terbodore’s hazelnut blend, with a sweet iced bunny biscuit, as well as the berry-topped chocolate torte and the mini ‘crossover cake’ – a mix of cheesecake and carrot cake. We just managed to finish these between the two of us.
Cheers! There was a roaring fire blazing in the upstairs wine-tasting room, a quaint car waiting down below, and delicious wines to imbibe. Click here for my full review on Bizcommunity!
Cheers! There was a roaring fire blazing in the upstairs wine-tasting room, a quaint car waiting down below, and delicious wines to imbibe. Click here for my full review on Bizcommunity!
Home for the night - Akademie Street Boutique Hotel in Franschhoek. Perfect for a winter stay, scroll through to see why!
Home for the night – Akademie Street Boutique Hotel in Franschhoek. Perfect for a winter stay, scroll through to see why!
Some of the eye-catching things in and around Akademie Street Boutique Hotel. That's Husband with a Bluetooth-activated gramophone, so you power your choice of songs from your phone. The 'Africa' art bottom right comprises booklike paper folds.
Some of the eye-catching things in and around Akademie Street Boutique Hotel. That’s Husband with a Bluetooth-activated gramophone, so you power your choice of songs from your phone. The ‘Africa’ art bottom right comprises booklike paper folds.
Views of windows, from windows and maps from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel.
Views of windows, from windows and the cute hand-drawn map from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel.
The main pool - bottom-left - has a jacuzzi at one end. Also see the private pool and jacuzzi outside out cottage's suites in the top-let and bottom-right. Consider us two waterbabies delighted!
The main pool – bottom-left – has a jacuzzi at one end. Also see the private pool and jacuzzi outside out cottage’s suites in the top-left and bottom-right. Consider us two waterbabies delighted!
We stayed in Gelatenheid A. Some of the sections of our suite: See the wall of books and mirrors, freestanding bath tub and heated towel rails - not used, balcony as seen from the hot tub and bed at the centre of the suite.
We stayed in Gelatenheid A. Some of the sections of our suite: See the wall of books and mirrors, freestanding bath tub and heated towel rails – not used, balcony as seen from the hot tub and bed at the centre of the suite.
One of my favourite labels ever: "Come quickly, I am tasting the stars." This was a lovely welcome treat - thank you Akademie Street!
One of my favourite labels ever: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” This MCC Brut was a lovely welcome treat – thank you Akademie Street!
There's nothing nicer than hot-tubbing when it's bucketing down outside. As the barrel-shaped hot tub is wood-fired, we were happy and toasty all afternoon.
There’s nothing nicer than hot-tubbing when it’s bucketing down outside. As the barrel-shaped hot tub is wood-fired, we were happy and toasty all afternoon.
As sunset started to streak the sky, we reluctantly got out of the hot tub for a spot of exploring.
As sunset started to streak the sky, we reluctantly got out of the hot tub for a spot of exploring.
The gardens are quiet and filled with pretty things, like these statues and wooden works of art. Take a stroll, weather permitting!
The gardens are quiet and filled with pretty things, like these statues and wooden works of art. Take a stroll around the grounds, weather permitting!
See Husband strolling down from our suite to the Orangerie area for pre-dinner drinks, snacks and games. He also played the piano for a while.
See Husband strolling down from our suite to the Orangerie area for pre-dinner drinks, snacks and games. He also played the piano for a while.
For dins, we walked down to the Elephant & Barrel Village Pub on main road around 7pm. I had a delicious coffee shake, Husband had a Castle Lite draught, and as we were still so full from our lunch at Terra del Capo, we shared the potato wedges with sour cream, guacamole and curry mayo. Yum!
For dins, we walked down to the Elephant & Barrel Village Pub on main road around 7pm. I had a delicious coffee shake, Husband had a Castle Lite draught, and as we were still so full from our lunch at Terra del Capo, we shared the potato wedges with sour cream, guacomole and curry mayo. Yum!
Lol! This night's stay featured straw sun hats in the standard gownie photo. See four of the numerous attempts at this photo.
Lol! This night’s stay featured straw sun hats in the standard gownie photo. See four of the numerous attempts at this photo.
Our full bellies and the sound of rain outside meant we slept very well that night.
Our full bellies and the sound of rain outside meant we slept very well that night.

Sunday, 14 April 2019: Doggy beach walks at Kreeftebaai

Scenes from breakfast on Sunday morning. See the pastry selection, platter of fruits, granola, yoghurt, smoothies and honey on each table, as well as the Le Creuset coffee carafe and our hot orders - eggs benedict with bacon for Husband and pancakes with bacon and honey for me.
Scenes from breakfast on Sunday morning. See the pastry selection, platter of fruits, granola, yoghurt, smoothies and honey on each table, as well as the Le Creuset coffee carafe and our hot orders – eggs benedict with bacon for Husband and pancakes with bacon and honey for me.
Husband walking with an umbrella to our checkout on Sunday morning. See the nice sign at the empty bicycle rack - "I don't ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days."
Husband walking with an umbrella to our checkout on Sunday morning. See the nice sign at the empty bicycle rack – “I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days.”
Terbodore coffee's Big Dog Cafe was closed as we made our way out of Franschhoek on Sunday, but the Terbo Truck looked inviting - will try stop in on our next visit!
Terbodore coffee’s Big Dog Cafe was closed as we made our way out of Franschhoek on Sunday, but the Terbo Truck looked inviting – will try stop in on our next visit!
We took the doglets for nice long walkies at the beach that afternoon. See Bertie and his dad in the sea while Bassie steered me toward the safety of the dunes.
We took the doglets for nice long walkies at the beach that afternoon. See Bertie and his dad in the sea while Bassie steered me toward the safety of the dunes.
More beach walkies at Kreeftebaai.
More beach walkies at Kreeftebaai.

That’s all, folks! We hope you’re having a relaxing Easter long weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click here for my full review of our lunch experience at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo on Bizcommunity, with my review of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel to follow soon. Tune in for my next update next week โ€“ same time, same place. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Anthonij Rupert’s Terra del Capo and Akademie Street Boutique Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Lifehouse and Collective Soul at GrandWest Arena

Last weekend we did a great many things as usual, key among them was seeing Lifehouse and Collective Soul live at GrandWest Arena…

Friday, 2 February 2018: Work meetings

Johanna McDowell
Last Friday was a super-busy one, with two high-profile telephonic interviews and a face-to-face with Johanna McDowell in the coffee shop beneath my office. Was so good to finally meet her, you can click here and here for the resulting articles I wrote about her recent accomplishments.

Saturday, 3 February 2018: Mexican benedict at La Rocca

Breakfast at La Rocca.
We started our weekend at Canal Walk. Husband had a strong cappuccino with the Mexican eggs benedict at La Rocca, I had the pumpkin-spice latte and Jump jar filled with berries, yoghurt, granola and banana.
Blouberg sea
The sea was calm and so refreshing, I stood ankle-deep in it myself when Husband had his weekly dip – that’s saying something.
Cape Town Table Mountain
Table Mountain in the distance. We love Cape Town!
Braai food and chocolate cake.
T’was just us at the braai at Husband’s parents that week. See the doggies being sweet on the couches, all sorts of braai foodies and a ganache-y caramelly chocolate cake for dessert.
Dog with dog on head
Bassie says she didn’t really mind sitting with her brother’s dog on her head as a blanket, as it was quite chilly on Saturday evening.

Sunday, 4 February 2018: Village Place breakfast, Lifehouse and Collective Soul at Grand West Arena 

Breakfast at Village Place
See the pretty menu and pistachio-coloured seating area, as well as my banting flapjacks with yoghurt and berries, and Husband’s pesto breakfast.
Shortbread biscuit and cappuccino at Village Place Cafe
The little heart-shaped shortbread biscuits are such a sweet touch.
Read with dogs
Coffee and magazine with the doggies later that morning.
Chicken and potatoes and scones
Little Miss Bassie couldn’t decide which was her best side to show us at her other Grannie-Grampa’s house on Sunday – a proper lunchtime visit for once as we’d be at GrandWest for Collective Soul later that evening. Also see the chicken with mini taters and homemade scones with jam and cream (and coffee) for afters.
Collective Soul and Lifehouse at GrandWest Arena.
Tada! Presenting Lifehouse and Collective Soul, live in concert at GrandWest Casino! They were both truly excellent. Click here if you missed my full review on Biz earlier this week!

Tuesday, 6 February 2018: Healthy office birthday cake

Woolworths carrot cake and lemon poppyseed muffins
T’was my colleague Ruth’s birthday on Monday, but as she’d cleverly taken a day’s leave then, she brought in ‘healthy’ baked goods on Tuesday. The carrot cake and lemon-poppyseed muffins were yummy!

Thursday, 8 February 2018: After-work croissant and coffee catchup at Cafe Puka

Cafe Puka croissant and cappuccino
I met my friend Hasmita for a coffee catchup after work on Thursday. We’d last seen each other 7 years ago, when we did the advanced sub-editing course through Wits. Cafe Puka in Tamboerskloof was an excellent choice. Look at the enormous almond croissant we shared (cue shocked and delighted faces), each with a hazelnut cappuccino. And see the sweet doggie who decided to nap under my chair. He was so friendly.
Croissant and cappuccino at Cafe Puka
The hazelnut cappuccinos were not small, so you can only imagine how gigantic these croissants were. Flaky and pull-apart perfect!
Oreo McFlurries
Husband fetched me from the bus and we treated ourselves to Oreo McFlurries that evening.

That’s all, folks. We’re finally due a spot of rain later this evening – holding thumbs!

First Christmas lunch of 2017 at the Table Bay Hotel

December may have only just kicked off but I’ve already had my first full Christmas lunch of the year!

Friday, 1 December 2017: Adele Searll 100 Club Christmas lunch at the Table Bay Hotel

Nutcrackers at Table Bay Hotel
A nut-crackingly good welcome to the Table Bay Hotel.
Table Bay hotel Christmas
The decorations in and around the Table Bay Hotel got me into Christmas mode, fast. See the bright purply baubles everywhere.
Pink bubbly at Table Bay Hotel
Pink bubbly in the sunshine? Don’t mind if I do!
Table Bay Hotel ballroom
Beautiful tables in the Table Bay Hotel ballroom.
Pam Westaway at Adele Searll 100 Club
I was invited as Pam Westaway’s guest and enjoyed the Cathy Specific entertainment – that’s ‘her’ top left. Yes, I’m standing in the picture. On my tippy toes.
Christmas lunch at the Table Bay Hotel
Proper Christmas lunch – we shared platters of endive salad with walnuts, then each had a plate of turkey with pumpkin and cranberries and carrots, and ended with slices of pumpkin pie with maple-pecan ice cream and mince pies with coffee. Simply scrumptious!

Saturday, 2 December 2017: Ons Huisie breakfast, Wimpy shakes and home braai

One Huisie Restaurant French toast
We decided on breakfast at Ons Huisie on Saturday morning. See Husband’s curried mince on toast topped with eggs and my berries-and-cream French toast.
Ons Huisie breakfast.
Breakfast at our table at Ons Huisie.
Wimpy shakes
We decided on a Wimpy shake as our Saturday afternoon treat. See my peanut butter-toffee chocolate version up close with Husband’s plain banana shake in the background.
Braai with dogs
Next stop, Saturday afternoon braai at our house, with Spec sleeping over as we had plans for the following morning.
Weber coals
Coals cooking away before we added the meat to the braai.
Dacschund on couch
Bassie is always photogenic. See a few snaps of her on backs of couches and begging for crisps during the braai. Such a sweetie.
Braai food
Some of the tasty treats we ate at the braai. Yes, that is a chocolate pizza dessert bottom right.

Sunday, 3 December 2017: Mugg & Bean brekkie and Justice League at Bayside, beach visit

Mugg & Bean breakfast
We were up early on Sunday for breakfast and to watch Justice League at Bayside. Our Mugg & Bean brekkie included banoffee-chocolate French toast for me and the standard eggs-toast-bacon option for the brothers, with cappuccino all round.
Banoffee french toast at Mugg & Bean
Close up of my meal once I’d separated out the layers. Banana slices with caramel sauce on the left, banana slices with chocolate sauce and thick cream blobs on the right.
Justice League at Bayside
Spec and I are such true geeks who wear our superhero outfits and pose like the characters outside movie posters. Yes, even if other people are around.
Table Bay Mall Christmas
We did some Christmas shopping at the Table Bay Mall on Sunday afternoon. The decorations are lovely and bright!
Table Mountain from Dolphin Beach
We stopped at Dolphin Beach later that afternoon for a stroll and jump along the icing-sugar sand and Husband had a quick dunk in the sea.

Tuesday, 5 December 2017: Carrot cake and milk tart in the office

Carrot cake and milk tart
We had cake in the office on Tuesday to celebrate Cari’s birthday over the weekend. Slices were thin so we could sample both, carrot cake and milk tart. They were amazing.

That’s all, folks! I hinted at my latest DIY home project in my last blog post, big reveal below…

Mosaic
Here it is in all its glory. I’d been gifted with wooden numbers to mosaic and add to the front of our house once we moved in three years ago. We waited until the wall was up and freshly painted, then waited for me to decide on a colour scheme I liked, then estimated how much grouting and mosaic and trim I’d need and finally completed the job over my recent staycation. Sparkly!

Husband’s 37th birthday hot dog and a farewell at Kirstenbosch

We celebrated Husband’s 37th birthday this past weekend, amongst other things on other days…

Monday, 23 January 2017: Spur’s Bar-One shake and chicken bacon salad

Spur Bar-One milkshake and salad
We popped into our nearest Spur after work last Monday and shared their chicken-bacon salad. Husband had a cappuccino and I slurped up their Bar-One shake.

Tuesday, 24 January 2017: Doggy beach walk

Kreeftebaai
With my parents on a cruise for the week, we distracted the doggies with a nice long walk at Kreeftebaai after work. T’was remarkably empty.
Dogs on beach
The doggies had a lovely time chasing the sea and shouting at the birdies.
Walking dogs at Kreeftebaai
This is what it’s like for one person to walk both doggies – they veer off in opposite directions, with Bertie aiming at the sea and Bassie investigating the shells and dunes.
Homemade roast chicken, peas and roast potatoes
For dins that night, Husband had rustled up the following deliciousness – roast chicken with gravy, bright peas and potatoes roasted in duck fat. My new favourite.

Wednesday, 25 January 2017: Evening at Cape Town Comedy Club

Cape Town Comedy Club.
We were invited to the Cape Town Comedy Club at the V&A Waterfront after work for a social evening with the team from Popimedia. We got there early as we had to leave early (before any of the comedy line-up even) to catch my next Photoshop webinar at 9pm, but still had fun. We dressed to the ‘black and red’ theme for the night, and I highly recommend the chocolate shake – very moussey.
Burger at Cape Town Comedy Club
Proof we were there. As it was previously known as Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, of course I tried the Jou Ma Se burger and Husband had the Jou Ma Se pulled lamb gatsby. Good dining fare.

Friday, 27 January 2017: Creative Mornings talk at Friends of Design

Creative Mornings Cape Town
Tickets to the monthly Creative Morning talk go fast – so fast that this is the first time I’ve registered to attend in time. It’s held at Friends of Design on Bree Street, which is a working design lab and has lots of interesting things to see.
Creative mornings Cape Town at Friends of Design
Even better? It’s free to attend, and there are lovely snacks, coffees and Sir Juice smoothies to get your creative juices flowing. Will do my best to register in time for each monthly talk!

Saturday, 28 January 2017: Pre-birthday celebrations

Breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We started our Saturday at Village Place Cafe. Husband had a cappuccino, Coke and salmon eggs benedict. I went for a toffee cappuccino and the bacon, banana and nut-topped French Toast.
Ocean Sizzler at Eden on the Bay.
After a few weekend chores it was time for Husband’s pre-birthday dins, so we headed to the Ocean Sizzler at Eden on the Bay in Big Bay. He opted for the Sunset Screamer cocktail and seafood pasta, I went for a coffee milkshake and a cheese burger. Yummy.
Big Bay Eden on the Bay
Bellies full, we wandered around Big Bay as there were interesting things to see.

Sunday, 29 January 2017: Husband’s birthday fun

Bagel and hot dog at Reload
Birthday breakfast! We woke up pretty late so headed off to Reload in Parklands. Look at my bokkie in front of the bokkie wall, and note his breakfast hot dog with extra egg, my smashed avo bagel and toffee latte.
Movies at Grand West Casino
I had two free 2D movie tickets thanks to #AbsaRewards so we watched Passengers at Grand West Casino. Teehee at how I made Husband look all birthday-like with the added hat and balloons. ๐Ÿ˜‰ We thoroughly enjoyed it.
Spaghetti and carrot cake and birthday hat
When we got to Mum’s house for lupper she had pulled out all the stops – spaghetti bolognese with grated parmesan, her magical carrot cake complete with pineapple and walnuts (click here for a reminder of last year’s version), and the birthday hat that’s served us well over the past few years.

Thursday, 2 February 2017: Farewell picnic in Kirstenbosch

Bench in Kirstenbosch
I’ve been to Kirstenbosch a few times but there’s always something new to see, like this bench just calling you to take a break and gaze at the purple-and-greenery.
Tree in Kirstenbosch
Instead of cake and sad farewells in the office, we picnicked under a tree like this. The sky was very eerie and ominous, with someone saying, “If you try very hard, you can almost believe we’re in Jurassic World”. Ironic because…
dinosaurs at Kirstenbosch and natural spring
Top left is a family of interested ducks, but look at the dinos top right and bottom left! How have I never seen these before? Also, the natural spring that provides for the entire park.
Picnic at Kirstenbosch
Cheese! (We ate some, too). Lol. Best bunch of people to spend eight hours a day with.
Woolworths picnic snacks
Woollies’ Pom Royale is lovely – non-alcoholic pomegranate with a vanilla flavour. We ate cheese, snack platters and homemade salted caramel ice cream. Lovely picnic!

That’s all, folks! Have a relaxing weekend.