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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.

Doggy marshmallow moments and ‘R10 everything’ at Xpresso

Not only does the title of this week’s blog post refer to the sheer squishiness of my cute critters, but also the fact that we had enormous braai marshmallows last weekend, which the doglets loved. See for yourself below…

Friday, 2 November 2018: Pink office birthday cake

Pink cake
We celebrated a colleague’s birthday with tea and the prettiest pink cake. Happy birthday, Clarina!
Cape Town MyCiti bus lane
Endless sky views on my way home from the office that afternoon.

Saturday, 3 November 2018: Halloween braai at Husband’s parents

Breakfast at Green's
We started our weekend with breakfast at Green’s in Plattekloof Village. See my apple-berry crumble and cappuccino, as well as Husband’s flat white, Coke Zero and open haddock omelette.
Cape Town
Not your average ‘Husband in sea’ weekend pics.
Xpresso in Table Bay Mall
We saw people queuing to get into Xpresso, newly opened in Table Bay Mall, so stopped in to find out what all the fuss was about. Everything costs R10! Whether you’re having a fancy flavoured coffee, a sandwich roll, pastry or cold drink, you’ll only be parting with a single green note. Husband loved the con panna so much he had two of them, and my top-deck hot chocolate was delicious. We’ll be back!
Halloween braai
Husband’s parents hosted a Halloween-themed braai on Saturday evening. See our hasselback potatoes, pumpkin-filled gemsquashes and various braai meats.
Dog on couch
Bertie and his dad, watching some rugby (TV not pictured).
Dogs at braai
Such well-behaved doglets waiting for braai treats from their dad.
Dessert dogs
Main meals eaten, it was time for dessert. We had a jumbo bag of jumbo marshmallows to braai (see Bassie attempting a raw one). Bertie was more interested in my slice of milktart, teehee.
Large braai marshmallows
Lol. Look at size of marshmallow. Look at size of mouth. Somehow it worked out!

Sunday, 4 November 2018: Bread & Butter’s single benedicts, jumbo oysters at Catch 22

Breakfast at Bread & Butter
We breakfasted at Bread and Butter on Sunday. See the enormous bacon, avo and egg-filled croissant as devoured by Spec, as well as the cakes on display, our flat whites and the single benedicts on sweet-potato bread, as eaten by Husband and me.
Oysters at Catch 22
We stopped in at Catch 22 later that afternoon, so Spec could try the jumbo oysters. I had a gingerbread latte, Husband had a Bloody Mary and Spec an Amstel.
Homemade gatsby
Make-your-own gatsby lupper at Mum’s! We had a choice of spicy chicken or chilli con carne to fill them with. Mmm.
Cake and coffee
Lovey post-lupper treats at Mum’s that evening – madeira cake and coffee, both topped with cream.
Dogs on couch
Precious doglets in various poses on the couch, as snapped over the weekend.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018: Team lunch at La Bottega

Work lunch at La Bottega
It had been a while since our last team lunch – we’ve all been so busy that we kept postponing. Luckily, Wednesday we finally made it happen. See some of the lovely poke bowls and pizzas we ate at La Bottega – the bacon and sliced-potato version is especially good – just up the road from our offices in Woodstock. Also see my Nutella-banana gourmet shake. Yum!
La Bottega work lunch
(Almost) the whole gang was there!

That’s all, folks! It feels like we’ve switched back to Summer for now, stay cool.

A Portuguese Halloween and how we’re surviving the summer heat wave

This last week saw an intense heat wave hit, so we spent much of our free time gazing at, walking beside, and swimming in the ocean. And let’s not mention all the milkshakes I glugged down…

Friday, 26 October 2018: After-work espresso shake at Fat Cactus

Fat Cactus in Woodstock.
A colleague and I went for an after-work chat with milkshakes at the Fat Cactus across the road from work.
Cactus-shaped milkshake glasses.
How cute are the cactus-shaped milkshake glasses? That’s my espresso shake. Yum!
Dinner at Earth Cafe.
We started our weekend early, with Friday evening dinner at Earth Cafe. I chose the crispy honey chicken, while Husband had two salmon hand rolls and the black bean curry.

Saturday, 27 October 2018: Bagels at Reload, oysters at Catch22

Breakfast at Reload.
Proof that I follow instructions well: My peppermint-choc latte at Reload in Parklands on Saturday morning told me to smile, so I did. Also see my bagel with smashed avo, and Husband’s trim portion of open Mexican omelette. It was lovely.
Table Mountain from Table View.
Husband gazing at Table Mountain from the rocky outcrop in the bay in Table View.
Beach blues, greens and whites
All the blues and greens we saw at the beach.
Swimming in Table View.
It was so very hot that he spent more time than his usual quick dunk in the sea.
Catch22
It was the perfect weather for a meal with a view of the beach. See Table Mountain and the sea as seen from the balcony of Catch22. Also, Husband’s glass of red and my Peppermint Aero milkshake.
Buccaneer beef burger at Catch22
Husband was delighted with the jumbo-sized oysters – R25 each, followed by the Calypso’s Catch seafood salad. The Buccaneer beef burger, topped with cheese and bacon and onion rings, was also delicious, as always.
Hot dogs
Hot dogs cooling down under the fans that evening.

Sunday, 28 October 2018: Doggy beach walks before breakfast at On the Rocks

Dogs at the beach
We took the doglets for an early Sunday morning beach walk at their favourite, Kreeftebaai. See various stages of said walkies.
Dachshund in the sea.
It didn’t take much time to coax little Bassie into the sea too, to cool down her feeties.
Breakfast at On the Rocks
Our lack of sleeves in these pics shows you how hot it was on Sunday morning. We opted for breakfast at On the Rocks, with a strawberry shake and the berry French toast for me, and a cappuccino, Coke Zero and the breakfast pan for Husband.
Table Mountain, as seen from Eden on the Bay.
We stopped off for a walk around Eden on the Bay that afternoon.
Dogs in fan
It was so very hot that Husband set up the air-conditioner machine in the kitchen, then sat in front of it for a while, cooling down with Bertie. Bassie also enjoyed the air that was reaching her from the couch.
Ice-cream with blueberries
Ice-cream with blueberries and a cup of coffee at Mum’s after lupper that evening.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018: Halloween dins at Petisco’s

Petiscos on Halloween.
We found ourselves at Petisco’s in Parklands for dins on Wednesday evening. It was Halloween, so there was bunting and decorations galore. We ended up with a plate of the chicken xai xai each, as well as a Fanta orange and the mocha shake.
Halloween at Petiscos
Loved the Halloween decorations!

Thursday, 1 November 2018: BrandZ launch at Kantar MillwardBrown

BrandZ
The first BrandZ results, for the top 30 most valuable SA brands, launched on Thursday morning at the Kantar MillwardBrown offices on the Foreshore. It was such a nice event.

That’s all, folks! We’re in for a slightly cooler weekend, with some rain even set for Sunday, so expect a few more sleeves in my next update. Teehee πŸ˜‰

Hillcrest Quarry Oyster and Champagne Festival and all the chocolate cake

Yes, we really did slurp oysters and swig champers in the Hillcrest Quarry last weekend. See for yourself…

Friday, 13 October 2017: Work meeting with Design Indaba team

Design Indaba wall
There’s always something different to see when visiting the Design Indaba/Interactive Africa offices. We loved their wall art when we popped in for a brief catch-up meet last Friday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017: Family breakfast at Cafeen, Oyster and Champagne Festival in Hillcrest Quarry

Cafeen
The bike was ready for collection first thing on Saturday so Husband’s parents transported us there. This was so we could all breakfast together on the way as we had a busy afternoon planned, so a braai was out of the question. We decided on Cafeen in Claremont for breakfast as it was fairly close for Spec to reach from his end of the Cape, too. The decor is lovely.
Cafeen latte
I remembered my envy over the creme brulee latte Husband had sipped on our last visit to Cafeen – Valentine’s Day of 2016, click here for proof – so that’s what I ordered. Also see a happy Spec, Husband peppering his breakfast and the parents in conversation.
Breakfast at Cafeen
And the food? Looked, smelled, and tasted delicious. See various eggy options and my amazing French toast – cinnamon-sugared, syruped, baconed and lemon curded. Yes please.
Hillcrest Estate.
Next stop once the bike mission was complete was the Oyster and Champagne Festival at Hillcrest Quarry. Parking was full – so much so that we were directed onto an adjacent field. There was then quite a queue for shuttles to the quarry on Hillcrest Estate but it’s a short walk up hill – roughly 1km – so we hoofed it, rather.
Oyster and champagne festival at Hillcrest Quarry
Once we had huffed and puffed mildly up the hill, we joined the queue of folk waiting to enter. Once in, we bumped into Terence, a former camping buddy back when we all still lived in Joburg ages ago. See the complimentary branded champers flutes with five tasting coupons each, and some of the white-and-gold dressed attendees.
Oyster and champagne Festival
The oyster section is separate to the champagne section – housed in a different tent and at a price of R12 per oyster (over and above the R160 entry fee) We did not pay this as had media passes, but coughed up for all the oysters Husband guzzled.
Hillcrest Quarry oyster and champagne festival
One could choose from all manner of MCCs, sparkling wines and even authentic Champagne from France to sample – some cash bar only, though – as well as live music and even a coal-heated ‘jacuzzi’.
Silver candyfloss
The silvery candyfloss was a hit. Photo with Husband for size, he didn’t have any.
Bubbly at Hillcrest Quarry
Cheers to pink bubbly! Full description of all we sampled in my official review.
Hillcrest quarry
If you’ve not seen the quarry at Hillcrest Estate, it’s a gorgeous surprise. We were admiring the view when we bumped into another friend from our Joburg days – Michael Rorke, a former colleague from Caxton!
Shuttle from Oyster and Champagne Festival
We decided to shuttle back to the car once we were done. Just to say we’d experienced the Festival in full. Not because we didn’t have the energy or anything (ahem).
Dogs on couch
The doglets were on their sweetest behaviour that afternoon. Excuse the colour-contrasting blankets.
Catch 22 dinner
We had dinner at Catch 22 on the beachfront that evening. It was too chilly to sit on the outside balcony for a view of the sea and Table Mountain but we still had a good time. See my blueberry cheesecake shake and Buccaneer beef burger topped with bacon and cheese, along with Husband’s Castle Lite draught and seafood curry.

Sunday, 15 October 2017: Cafe Lacomia brekkie and strawberry lupper

Cafe Lacomia breakfast
It was time for breakfast at Cafe Lacomia in our nearest Builder’s Warehouse on Sunday. I went for a toasted chicken mayo and latte, while Husband had the bullseye washed down with a Cola, as he does.
Chocolate cake
Later that afternoon, lupper at Mum’s was all about strwaberries – look at them in the salad on the left and adorning the chocolate cake she whipped up. We got to take some home with us and Bertie was hopeful he would get to claim a slice when I had some as a treat. He didn’t, as chocolate isn’t good for dogs.

Monday, 16 October 2017: Office birthday cake

Chocolate cake
I really lucked out on the chocolate cake front this week, as my colleague Arlene brought in her sister’s famous Whispers-topped chocolate cake on Monday morning to celebrate her birthday. It was delicious, with the topping a mix of melted chocolate mixed with cream.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017: Kantar Millward Brown Re-imagining Marketing talk at 15 on Orange, cloud-flocked sky

15 on Orange breakfast
I attended a breakfast presentation at the African Pride 15 on Orange hotel first thing on Wednesday. Excellent breakfast, excellent presentation, coverage coming up soon!
Clouds
Stripe of scattered clouds in the suburbs.
Cloudy sunset
Sunset that evening – about half-an-hour later – was another example of pretty cloud play.

That’s all, folks! Have a restful weekend πŸ™‚