This past week was very foodie, so we tried to get in a fair bit of exercise too with a few dog walks, beach visits and dips in the sea. See for yourself below…
Friday, 25 November 2016: Post-work doggy beach walk
Bassie was excited to be in the car, despite not being 100% sure where she was being taken just yet.
Both were singing with excitement when they realised we were stopping at Kreeftebaai. The beach was deserted due to the wind. Here you can see Husband leading Bertie along the rocks.
Even though it was quite windy last Friday, the doggies thought it was a wonderful idea to go for beach walkies. Bertie frollicked in the waves and along the rocks, where he met a seal.
This glazed look complete with sandy nose is always a sure sign that Bassie had a lovely time at the beach.
Saturday, 26 November 2016: Steenberg breakfasts and beach visits
Saturday morning we took the parents to 1682 at Steenberg Estate for breakfast. Here’s the menu and some of our breakfast coffees…
Their pork belly bacon is such a win that we both ordered the standard benedict, as did father-in-law. Mother-in-law went for the salmon version, and we loved the hot honey rolls served as a breakfast starter.
Some of the flowers and bottles on display at 1682.
Just look at that view, perfectly picturesque.
Later that afternoon Husband had to pop into work so I fitted in some early Christmas shopping at Bayside. This was my midway treat of coffee shake and lemon meringue slice at Peacocks’ Perfect Cup.
When we met up again late-afternoon it was such a perfect beach day we couldn’t resist a quick run down to dip our toes in the icy water, and gazed at the many kite surfers bobbing about in the breeze.
Sunday, 27 November 2016: Summer lunch sampling at Franchhoek’s The Restaurant at Grande Provence
We planned ahead and decided on a shared breakfast at our local Food Lover’s Market on Sunday morning. I had a cappuccino, Husband his standard breakfast Cola, and we shared the pesto halloumi toast. Good idea, as we lined our stomachs just enough and the bill came to less than R100, including tip!
The road is long, the lavender tall and the shrubs a deep green as you turn into Grande Provence from the Franschhoek main road.
We sat outside under the trees in the Sculpture Garden – good thing as it was a 34’C day. This is the striking table setting.
First up, their signature bread board. Those cheese straws are some of my favourite things!
Husband sampled a glass of their Chardonnay, which was fruity and light.
First starter: tuna yukhoe. Such bright colours, such a good mix of flavours! Mine was served without the tuna.
The asparagus salad starter on beautiful light-blue plate.
Husband made light work of the 18-hour smoked pork belly (his second serving of the weekend), beneath all the pastel crunch – also still a starter.
We needed to stretch our legs before we could tuck into the mains. Husband started with the kingklip.
I had the blesbok shank, with lots of seasonal veg and peppery crunch.
For second mains we were both presented with the beef short rib with Asian mustard and potato two ways and a bed of sweet date paste. Both scraped our plates clean.
And then, dessert. Creamy caramelised white chocolate pot au creme on the left, berry ‘ice cream sandwich’ on the right. Amazing and highly recommended.
Franschhoek main road is back along this tree-lined driveway.
We stopped off for a quick dip in the sea on our way home as it was still so very hot.
Bertie demonstrated his ‘cat skills’ by sprawling along the top of the back of the couch, and was very interested in a nature show we watched with the parents.
Little Bassie insisted on sitting with us at the table while having dins.
That’s all, folks!
Click here to read my review of Grande Provence in full.
Last weekend was all about savouring extremely slow-cooked deliciousness at Franschhoek’s Grande Provence.
Click here to click through the galleries of their official owned pics that I added in my official review, or scroll through the ones we took below…
Saturday, 11 June 2016: Sampling Grande Provence’s slow-cooked Winter delights
The day dawned cold and grey but that didn’t dampen our spirits as we were excited about the lunch we’d be filling our bellies with soon. Bertie also shared some morning kisses to broaden our smiles.
Our wonderful lunch venue for the day – Grande Provence in Franschhoek. Highly recommended!
The vineyard, Franschhoek mountains and wintery grey sky.
Just look at that fire – we were seated at the closest table to it. Those cheese straws were the stuff of legends.
My ‘Millionaire’s bacon and eggs’ starter. Full description here in my official review.
Husband went for the BBQ lobster starter.
My 12-hour beef cheek mains.
Husband’s 18-hour Karoo lamb mains.
Husband’s ‘chocolate forest’ dessert, complete with sweet mini mushrooms.
Lovely kisses of hazelnut pot au crème, hidden by the disc of tonka bean semi-freddo.
My hot fondant dessert, complete with salted cocoa twig and a pipette of Amarula. Yes.
My cappuccino with chess board sugar cubes and mini chocolate fondant truffle.
Tree-lined streets just begging to be explored as we slowly rolled out of town, so explore them we did…
We ended up having a wander around Boschendal, another gorgeous afternoon setting.
These chairs are just asking to be lazed in! You can order a picnic on the grounds and do just that. We were obviously too full to do so on this visit, but watch this space!
With such woodsy scenery, little wonder the grounds are riddled with little squirrels, running here and there.
A little Boschendal squirrel trotting up a tree trunk with acorn in his mouth. So sweet.
Sunday, 12 June 2016: Breakfast at The Daily Cafe, Eden on the Bay
Surprisingly we were hungry when we woke on Sunday, so we followed our noses towards the sea and ended up at The Daily Cafe in Eden on the Bay. I had to try the ‘tin cup’ – espresso sweetened with condensed milk. No sugar required!
To eat, t’was a very tough choice but I settled on these ‘lemon poppy seed berry cheesecake’ pancakes. Such a good choice, definitely going back for these again!
Husband opted for the breakfast wrap. He made appreciative noises after every mouthful.
The weather had brightened a bit after the previous day’s gloom, so we decided to go coal picking. Here is Husband trotting along and picking bits of coal out from among the mussel shells strewn along the coastline.
Gorgeous streaks of cloud over Table Mountain.
After the Springboks were thrashed in the rugby on Saturday, it seemed only fitting to eat this ‘Springbok milktart’ at Mum’s on Sunday eve. Teehee we’re a vengeful bunch.
Thursday, 16 June 2016: Youth Day eggs benedict
I was rather snuffly on this week’s public holiday so unfortunately neglected to take lots of pics, but you’re not missing much as we slept in very late and t’was a day of relaxing and retail therapy… and we went back to The Daily. Here is Husband’s salmon eggs benedict post-peppering but pre-Tabasco saucing.
That’s all, folks! I’ll likely not budge far from the laptop for the next few weeks as Cannes Lions 2016 has just kicked off, so we’re in for a
recap of this post from last year, but Husband will hopefully drag me away for the odd treat, which I’ll try remember to photograph for you.
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meal at Grande Provence was part of their review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
Click here for a reminder of other things to do in Franschhoek.