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Village Place Mother’s Day breakfast 2019, Aunty Jen and Gords’ visit braai

Last week was an exceptionally busy one on the homefront as we had two visitors from Joburg: My aunty Jenny stayed with my parents for the week, while Gords stayed on our side of the property for a night, plus it was Mother’s Day…

Saturday, 11 May 2019: La Rocca breakfast, Petisco’s dins

We slept in quite late on Saturday as my One Show work only ended at 5am. First stop was La Rocca in Canal Walk for breakfast. See my tiramisu latte, toasted sandwich and chips drenched in hot prego sauce. Hubcap went for the rib egg benedict and a cream-topped cappuccino.
We slept in quite late on Saturday as my One Show work only ended at 5am. First stop was La Rocca in Canal Walk for breakfast. See my tiramisu latte, toasted sandwich and chips drenched in hot prego sauce. Hubcap went for the rib egg benedict and a cream-topped cappuccino.
Beautiful view across to Table Mountain from Blouberg beach that afternoon.
Beautiful view across to Table Mountain from Blouberg beach that afternoon.
On Saturday evening we went to Petisco's for dins. They were completely fully booked but we were happy to eat at the bar. See Husband and Dad with their wine and catemba respectively, my coffee shake with Amarula, a well-peppered portion of chicken xai xai and the menfolk with their pre-meal Jagermeister shots.
On Saturday evening we went to Petisco’s for dins. They were completely fully booked but we were happy to eat at the bar. See Husband and Dad with their wine and catemba (wine + Coke) respectively, my coffee shake with Amarula, a well-peppered portion of chicken xai xai and the menfolk with their pre-meal Jagermeister shots.
Sleepy doglets on the couch that evening.
Sleepy doglets on the couch that evening.

Sunday, 12 May 2019: Mother’s Day breakfast at Village Place Cafe

We decided on Village Place in West Coast Village for Mother's Day breakfast as it's a fairly central meeting point for all exept Spec, who drove through from Fish Hoek side to join us. See some of the lovely breakfast things we ate.
We decided on Village Place in West Coast Village for Mother’s Day breakfast as it’s a fairly central meeting point for all except Spec, who drove through from Fish Hoek side to join us. See some of the lovely breakfast things we ate.
Hubcapsicum with our mums.
Hubcapsicum with our mums.
Proof that the others were all there, and see my dirsty chair latte and low-carb banana-berry flapjack stack. Yum!
Proof that the others were all there, and see my dirty chai latte and low-carb banana-berry flapjack stack. Yum!
Various snaps of Mother's Day unfolding in Mum's lounge that evening. Such sweet doglets.
Various snaps of Mother’s Day unfolding in Mum’s lounge that evening. Such sweet doglets.

Tuesday, 14 May 2019: Evening braai at home with all the parents, Aunty Jenny and Gords

Aunty Jenny arrived at my parents' side of the house on Monday afternoon for the week (she's just left, at time of publsihing this), while Gords headed over with Husband's parents after work on Tuesday. T'was a simple braai of wors rolls and Mum's legendary potato salad, with lots of laughs and our pretty coloured lights.
Aunty Jenny arrived at my parents’ side of the house for the week (she’s just left, at the time of publishing this), while Gords headed over with Husband’s parents after work on Tuesday. T’was a simple braai of wors rolls and Mum’s legendary potato salad, with lots of laughs and our pretty coloured lights.
More scenes from the braai. Was a lovely change of weeknight routine!
More scenes from the braai. Was a lovely change of weeknight routine!
Husband snapped everyone busy with post-braai coffee in our lounge that evening. I say 'everyone' but only me and my parents had coffee.
Husband snapped everyone busy with post-braai coffee in our lounge that evening. I say ‘everyone’ but only my parents and I had coffee.
Sweet little Bassie having a nap once everyone had once Husband's parents left and the others retired to their rooms.
Sweet little Bassie having a nap once Husband’s parents left and the others retired to their rooms.

Wednesday, 15 May 2019: Work-from-home treats

It was a treat to work from home on Wednesday, as I got to skip the commute and start from bed.
It was a treat to work from home on Wednesday, as I got to skip the commute and start from bed.
Dad provided lovely tea time treats from Limnos Bakery in Table Bay Mall when I worked from home on Wednesday.
Dad provided almond croissants as tea time treats from Limnos Bakery in Table Bay Mall when I worked from home on Wednesday.

Thursday, 16 May 2019: Digital Agency Showcase at Red & Yellow School

The sun was only just rising when I got off the MyCiti bus in Woodstock on Thursday morning.
The sun was only just rising when I got off the MyCiti bus in Woodstock on Thursday morning.
I attended the second ever digital agency showcase at Red & Yellow School on Thursday, where work from some of SA's top digital agencies was featured. Click here and here for my coverage so far.
After a short stint in the office, I attended the second ever digital agency showcase at Red & Yellow School on Thursday, where work from some of SA’s top digital agencies was featured. Click here and here for my coverage so far.

That’s all, folks! We hope the weekend ahead is filled with all that makes you happy. ๐Ÿ™‚

Heritage Day 2019 at Carlucci’s, GrandWest Casino and Petisco’s

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 though, 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.
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.
The view from inside GrandWest Casino, looking out.
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!
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 to loadshedding at home. Luckily Petisco's 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 and a Lindt latte for me. Yum!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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 Bakery wasn't bad at all while the food was delicious. See my banana-Nutella French toast, as well as Husband's mackerel plate. Not seen: Our equally good coffees.
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.
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! Husband diving in for a refreshing dip.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 in and around the house over the last week.
Various snaps of sleepy doggies taken over the last week.

That’s all, folks! See you in the same place, same time next week. ๐Ÿ™‚

Beyond the beach in Cape Town: Planetarium, museum and rugby

Last weekend we continued our ‘do something new’ mantra, going beyond just food to include Cape Town weekend activities over and above the expected beach visit…

Friday, 14 September 2018: End-of-week dins at Petiscos

Chicken xai-xai at Petiscos
We got the weekend started a little early by going out for dins at Petisco’s last Friday evening. We both had the chicken fillet xai-xai, while Husband opted for a glass of red and I went for the Lindt latte – you drop the chocolate discs into the coffee and drink the resulting hot mocha. Yum!

Saturday, 15 September 2018: Planetarium, museum and rugby

Breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We decided on breakfast at Village Place Cafe on Saturday. See our various breakfast coffees, Husband had the salmon-and-egg rosti and I had a mini red-velvet cheesecake. Yum!
Mini red velvet cheesecake at Village Place.
Close-up of my mini red velvet-cheesecake at Village Place Cafe.
Planetarium in Iziko SA Museum
And now, for something completely different, Husband suggested a visit to the Planetarium. It’s inside the Iziko SA Museum near Company’s Garden and we’d never been, so off we went! We attended the 1pm ‘The Sky Tonight’ show, which was wonderful.
Dinosaurs and sharks at Cape Town Museum
Your R60 Planetarium entry fee – R30 for pensioners and half-price on Heritage Day this coming Monday –ย means you can wander around the Iziko SA museum itself, too. We spent most of our time around dinosaur exhibits and the shark area, clearly.
Arch for Arch
We also passed the ‘Arch for Arch’, built for Archbishop Desmond Tutu outside Company’s Garden.
Watching Uni Mil play rugby at Theo Marais Park
Next, we collected my parents and headed off to Theo Marais Park to watch Uni Mil’s next match later that afternoon.
Snacks at Theo Marais rugby
See the rugger folk on field and some of our snacks – lovely cheese-griller dogs on pretzel rolls, fresh hot chips with sauce and coffee out of my thermos. Was a wonderful 90-minutes of cheering on our winning team!
Dogs on couch
Spending some quality time with my doglets later that evening.
Dog in Winter
Love this look from Bassie as she snuggled on the couch under a blankie that evening. She looks smug and snug. Cue heart-eyes emoji.

Sunday, 16 September 2018: Bread & Butter eggs ben breakfasts

Eggs benedicts at Bread & Butter.
On Sunday, we breakfasted with Husband’s parents at Bread & Butter. We were thrilled to find they now offer half-portion benedicts, so each ordered this – except for Husband, who had a full Mexican eggs ben.
Dog waiting to be let inside.
Sweetheart Bertie patiently waiting to be let back in the house. He’d been out to run a few laps and soon discovered it was warmer – and drier – in than out.
Cape Town beach visit
The view across Table Bay from Table View was just gorgeous that afternoon! Here are more of our beach visit photos for the week. See the pretty wild flowers blooming in the sand dunes, and Husband first contemplating then actually taking his dip (see if you can spot him in the pic below!)
View of Table Mountain across Table Bay.
Gorgeous Table Bay.
Pina colada at Pakalolo
Later that afternoon, we stopped at Pakalolo’s on Marine Circle for an afternoon treat. See Husband’s pina colada and my raspberry daquiri.
Dogs
Precious doglets had a relaxing afternoon at their grandparents’ house that afternoon. Bertie napped in the sunshine and Bassie paid lots of attention to the humans’ treats.
Food Lover's Market cinnamon twists.
The ‘treats for humans’ I mentioned – cinnamon twists from Food Lover’s Market with coffee. Just the thing on a Sunday evening!

Tuesday, 18 September 2018: Mickey Mouse 90th birthday, sweet-and-sour pork

Disney Africa's annual content showcase and Mickey Mouse's 90th birthday celebrations at the River Club.
On Tuesday afternoon, I attended Disney Africa’s annual content showcase and Mickey Mouse’s 90th birthday celebrations at the River Club. See my blackcurrant-scented temporary tattoo and lots of snacks fit for a mouse.
Sweet and sour pork with egg fried rice
Mum rustled up this delicious homemade sweet-and-sour pork with egg fried rice for dins that evening.
Dogs on couch
Sweet doglets snuggled up together on the couch. They were soon under the blanket.

That’s all, folks! It’s Heritage Day on Monday so we are more than ready for a relaxing long weekend. Chat soon! ๐Ÿ™‚

Jason Bakery Bardough breakfast and the Red Devil steam train

Last weekend was another sunny one, as you’ll see from the short sleeves in the pics below…

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: Unboxing diversity with Kantar Millward Brown

Kantar Millward Brown unboxing diversity
I attended an interesting morning presentation on ‘Unboxing stereotypes in advertising’ at Kantar Millward Brown’s offices on the Foreshore on Mandela Day. Make sure you read my overview if you missed it.

Friday, 20 July 2018: Joining the Tribe Coffee early birds, Wikimania Cape Sun conferencing

Earlybird special at Tribe Coffee Roasters
Last Friday I walked across the road to Tribe Coffee Roasters the moment I had put my bag at my desk, as a colleague told me about their earlybird special – any coffee ordered before 9am is R15. My large flat white was delicious and worked a charm!
Wkiimania at Cape Sun
Later that morning I attended the Wikimania conference press briefing, on the 32nd floor of the Cape Sun Hotel, only to bump into my cousin Luke, who is a reporter for the Weekend Argus. Read my coverage of the event if you missed it.
Cape Town CBD
Almost birds-eye view of the Cape Town CBD hugged by Table Mountain on our way down the lift, once the event was over.

Saturday, 21 July 2018: Flapjacks and doughnuts at Table Bay Mall, Portuguese chicken Petiscos dins

Mugg & Bean breakfast
Husband had to work on Saturday so we grabbed a quick breakfast together at Table Bay Mall’s Mugg & Bean before parting ways for the day. See my cappuccino with chocolate biscuit and stack of choc-chip flapjacks. Husband had a ‘serious cappuccino’ and the bacon and egg on toast.
Laughing at Dunking Donuts
Soon after Husband left for the office, my parents arrived at the Mall – just in time for a teatime treat! See Mum and me mid-laugh with our chai lattes at Dunkin Donuts.
Dunkin Donuts
Dad’s treat of cappuccino and doughnut topped with white frosting and sprinkles.
Dogs and flapjacks
The doglets were most curious about my leftover flapjack later that afternoon.
Petiscos chicken xai xai
We decided on Petiscos for dins that evening as we both adore their chicken fillet xai xai. I also had a Lindt choc flake shake, while Husband had a glass of the house red.

Sunday, 22 July 2018: Jason Bakery brekkie and spotting the Red Devil steam train

Jason Bakery bardough
We woke to ‘road trip weather’ on Sunday, so off to Jason Bakery Bardough in Green Point we went. See the skull made of corks; dark charcoal-looking rolls; white chocolate, raspberry and almond croissants; and my flat white.
Jason Bakery bardough
See the interesting decor, pigs-ear type biscuit that accompanies the coffee and Husband’s rocket, mushroom, bacon, egg and cheese-filled ‘breakfast toastie’.
Sea below 12 Apostles
Beautiful coastline on the winding route home!
Cape Town sea
We stopped along the way to peer over the edge at the crashing waves below.
Constantia Glen
We were in the Kloof Nek side of Cape Town that afternoon so stopped in for a very brief walk around one of the walking trails. It’s so green and gorgeous.
Roundhouse
Husband exploring Roundhouse, at the bottom edge of the walk we were on. Lovely hint of the sea in the distance.
Red Devil train
Eagle-eyed Husband noticed the Red Devil was on the train tracks in the Cape Town harbour when we passed, so of course we took a detour to have a closer look.
The Red Devil
Proof that it really is the Red Devil and not just any random red steam train.
Table Mountain
Husband had a dunk in the sea slightly further up the coast from his usual spot that afternoon.

Thursday, 26 July 2018: Sunrise in Woodstock

Sunrise in Woodstock
We left for work a little earlier than usual on Thursday so the sun was just beginning to rise when I reached the Woodstock MyCiti station.

That’s all, folks! Gasp, have just realised that while I glugged down copious cups of coffee, there was a severe lack of milkshakes on the menu. Just one! I will have to make amends ๐Ÿ˜‰ May your weekend be restful and restorative.

What to do in Stellenbosch 2018: Lunch at Clos Malverne

T’was the Freedom Day long weekend in SA last weekend, so we had time to fit in lots of fun moments.

We were also lucky enough to be reviewing a mini version of the winter lifestyle package at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch, so this week’s post is jampacked with mouth-watering food and breathtaking views. See for yourself…

Friday, 27 April 2018: Go-karting at Century Karting

Foodlover's Market breakfast
We had a later-than-usual breakfast brunch on Friday as didn’t have to get up with an alarm. See my chai latte and enormous croissant with bacon, brie and blueberries, as well as side salad. Husband had the mince on toast topped with an egg. All this at the Foodlover’s Market on Sandown.
Go-karting at Century Karting.
Husband had spotted the Century Karting track when we made a miss-turn in the parking lot of Canal Walk, and as keen to give it ago with his dad, brother and father-in-law. They went zooming around the track so fast that the bottom right blurred pic is about the clearest ‘action shot’ I managed to snap.
Century Karting
Team photo of the proud racers. The sons had more aches and pains the following day than the dads.
Dogs
We also spent some quality time with the puppers that eve. They’re such sweeties.
Petiscos dins
We dined at Petisco’s with brother-in-law Spec that evening. Their creamy chicken xai-xai fillet is amazing!
Pink sunset Petiscos
Pink sunset from the balcony at Petisco’s that evening.

Saturday, 28 April 2018: Massage, four-course lunch and ice-cream wine pairing at Clos Malverne

News Cafe
We had a quick earlybird breakfast with Spec at News Cafe first thing on Saturday, then it was time to set off for our grand adventure…
Lake in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.
Such pretty scenery on the road to Clos Malverne in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.
Signs to Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch
Blue skies, check. Green valleys, check. Chirpy birdsong, check. Before we knew it, we were at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley.
The Spa at Clos Malverne
Our first stop – the spa! We were treated to back, neck and shoulder massages, as well as time in the steam room to unwind. There were Ferrero Rochers awaiting us on the massage table pillows. Such a lovely start.
Clos Malverne restaurant
Feeling relaxed after our massages, we were ready for the four-course lunch that lay ahead. But first, where to sit? So many appealing options at the Clos Malverne restaurant…
Freedom Day Mandela painting at Clos Malverne.
The bright, happy painting in the restaurant was so fitting for the Freedom Day long weekend in South Africa.
Sunny balcony at Clos Malverne
We sat in a corner of the sun-dappled balcony with panoramic views of the vines and valley ahead.
Clos Malverne
This is why it’s called a ‘meal with a view’ at Clos Malverne. See my starter butternut-goat’s cheese arancini and Husband’s half-shell mussells in Thai curry broth.
Clos Malverne lunch
Mmm. See Husband’s fillet steak topped with asparagus spears and springbok samosas on top, with my bacon-wrapped chicken fillet and pork belly below. Such beautiful plating, with tastes to match!
Dessert at Clos Malverne.
Loved the mini apple rolled in poppyseeds that accompanied my pork belly (it tasted of pear). Also see our desserts – the ‘savoury sweet’ on top is a butternut-chilli-caramel cheesecake, with the ‘white dark chocolate’ mousse below.
Ice cream wine pairing at Clos Malverne
If you thought we would be full by then, you obviously haven’t heard of Clos Malverne’s ice cream-wine pairing. This is not part of the lifestyle package but definitely worth booking as part of your stay. Flavours range from the ‘lemongrass, chilli and litchi’ as paired with a flute of MCC to the orange, ‘gluhwein and star-anise’, paired with a sweet dessert wine. Full descriptions to follow on Bizcommunity!
Clos Malverne room.
Next stop, nap time. The rooms are named after wine varietals, with views of the valley and amazing pool. Husband was clearly amused at the wonderful simplicity of the TV remote!
Pool at Clos Malverne
Look. At. That. Pool! But it was too pretty to just lounge around and look at, despite the icy water…
Pool at Clos Malverne
Proof of our pool time. We lounged beside it and also had a quick dip – t’was super chilly!
Gowns at Clos Malverne
A slight variation of our usual ‘gowns in luxurious spaces’ photo. These were super soft and fluffy.
Clos Malverne
‘Clos’ means ‘walled vineyard’ and the vines sure are well protected on the farm. We went for a walk as desk set in and marvelled at the beauty of the setting sun over the mountains. See the rising moon in the last picture.

Sunday, 29 April 2018: Elevenses at Helena’s, Root 44 Market and the Stellenbosch Flying Club

Sunday in Stellenbosch.
This looks like a very good Sunday morning to me. See the sunrise, coffee on the balcony, fruit parfaits left in the fridge for our in-room breakfast, and fluffy brown cows grazing in the adjacent field. Then it was time to leave.
Trees in Stellenbosch
We took the long road home, with quite a few stops along the way as the typical Cape country scenery is all the more beautiful in the heart of Stellenbosch.
Stellenbosch wheel.
That included an explore of the sides of Stellenbosch we’d not yet seen, like this giant wheel.
Breakfast at Helena's Restaurant in CoopmanHuijs Hotel
Helena’s Restaurant in the Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel was so charming that we had to stop in for ‘elevenses’ or second breakfast – just a cappuccino for me, while Husband had the salmon eggs benedict. Delicious.
Root 44 market food
If you’re in Stellenbosch on a Sunday morning, chances are you’ll end up at the Root 44 Market, drooling over various crafts and foods. These looked amazing! Colourful confections at the market.
Corn dogs at Root 44 market
A corn dog for everyone, no matter your tastes.
Stellenbosch Flying Club planes
The Stellenbosch Flying Club was our very last stop on our way out of town for a look around at the planes.

That’s all, folks! Click here for my full, wordy review on Bizcommunity…

Clos Malverne lifestyle package
This is what we came for – it’s wonderful!

*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Clos Malverne were part of our review package.ย All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Ziplining at Acrobranch Constantia, Father’s Day flapjacks and high tea

What a busy week it’s been! In addition to Cannes Lions’ week of advertising awards kicking off with a bang, it was Father’s Day last weekend,  Husband’s turn to be Marvin again and last Friday was a public holiday so that meant doing five days of work in four – make that 3.25, as Thursday was also our office teambuilding day, which we spent swinging through the trees of Constantia. I’ll explain in pictures, so you can see exactly what I mean…

Thursday, 15 June 2017: Teambuilding at Acrobranch Constantia and Eagle’s Nest Wines

Acrobranch in Constantia
You really get a feel for the beautiful mountains and ancient trees of Constantia at Acrobranch. And while we didn’t rely on each other to complete the circuit in any way, it’s now a fun shared memory.
Acrobranch in Constantia
Some pre-circuit team jumping shots on the harness mat, the blue band shows we were doing the most complicated course (eep) and the medal-looking object in my hand in the orange-framed photo is actually the harness used for ziplining. We can pretend it’s a medal though.
Ziplining at Acrobranch Constantia
Ha. I seem hesitant top left but persevered throughout (we didn’t touch solid ground for almost two hours after we started.) No wonder most of us were still complaining of stiff muscles and sore arms when we reconvened in the office on Monday. Sadly, this is the only proof I have of me ziplining. Some sections were much longer/higher off the ground/scarier than this!
Eagle's Nest at Constantia
Tummies rumbling from all that physical exertion we were more than ready for a late lunch at Eagle’s Nest, just up the road from Acrobranch. If you’ve never been, go go go! While the food menu is limited to platters and soups, they are truly amazing and worth every penny. Plus, gorgeous setting in the Constantia Valley hollow, surrounded by greenery and doggies and even heaters if you choose to sit outside – I’ll be back!

Friday, 16 June 2017: Youth Day French toast and Saint’s Winter menu

Breakfast at Tables at Nitida
I’m not sure why I tend to think of Tables at Nitida in Durbanville when we want a late breakfast on a public holiday, but it’s yet to disappoint. A late breakfast it was as Husband got in from night shift at an hour most are getting up to start the day. We celebrated having some free time together with cappuccinos, the smoked salmon-cream cheese open omelette, the brioche French toast with bacon and caramelised banana and a soul-resetting view.
Winter menu at Saint's
After a lazy day of napping we ventured out to Saint’s in Eden on the Bay to sample their new Winter menu. I ended up with their enormous serving of chili con carne-topped cheesy chips and Husband had the Comfortably Numb chicken burger with sides of sweet potato fries and salad.
Food at Saint's Eden on the Bay
All the food and drink fairly filled the table. That’s my empty latte mug and Husband’s non-ginny Rocknrolla Cola.
Sunset in Big Bay
Perfect spot for viewing the sunset over the sea from Big Bay.
Sunset at Big Bay
Taken just after sunset. I think we snap a similar photo each winter. You can see the pinky-red of my last-week hair quite clearly here. (If you’ve seen me since Sunday you’ll know this week it’s purple).

Saturday, 17 June 2017: Petiscos family brunch and Cannes Lions 2017 begins

Breakfast at Village Place Cafe
My hair looks quite gingery red here but it’s just the lighting. We had time to pop out for a quick bite to eat before I’d need to take my seat in front of the laptop on Saturday morning. We got it all at our local Village Place Cafe – see my cappuccino with shortbread biscuit and the bacon eggs benedict we shared. Just right when you know you’re having a big lunch later. That’s just what happened…
Lunch at Petiscos.
Some Joburg rellies were down in Cape Town for a few days so mum arranged a family lunch at Petisco’s. I did a little bit of work right at the table. That’s my Lindt Flake shake top left, Dad’s full chicken a cafreal and mum’s peri-peri chicken xai xai (my favourite, but I order it lemon-herb to be safe). Also see skull of their own brand of hot sauce. I love it! (The bottle, not the sauce. It’s delicious but guarantees your tastebuds are singed for hours.)
Petiscos Parklands
Still chatting away after eating, you can see almost everyone left with takeaway boxes.
Braai food
My in-laws were up in Joburg sorting out the last few house-sale items so we joined brother Spec for a braai later that evening – just the three of us (plus the doggies, of course). I was still so full from our Petiscos meal that I only ate what you see on the left – potato salad, pasta salad, a bacon-wrapped cherry skewer and garlic bread. Plus a third of the ‘caramel chocolate malva pudding’ you see on the right, because my dessert stomach was ready to roll. Teehee.
Milo laptop
And so it begins… I marked the first late night of Cannes Lions week with this enormous mug of Milo. The tissue box is a permanent feature, am neither ill nor crying. Poor Husband has been very generous with hugs and hot drinks!

Sunday, 18 June 2017: Father’s Day breakfast at Stacked Diner, high tea at Mum’s

Flapjacks and hot dog at Stacked Diner
We fetched my parents bright and early on Sunday morning to treat them to Father’s Day breakfast at Stacked Diner. Dad ended up with the plain dog topped with gerkhins, Jalapenos and hot English mustard as well as a stack of blueberry flapjacks. Well-balanced tastes!
Breakfast at Stacked Diner
The rest of us ate the following: Banana caramel waffle top-left and bottom-right (me), the Parmesan French toast with ham top-right (Mum), and the hash brown stack with extra avo bottom left (Husband). Delicious!
Father's Day at Stacked Diner.
Father’s Day โค Sadly I had to rush home after this to do still more urgent Cannes Lions work, but we saw dad again much later in the day, when Mum treated us to all sorts of delicious afternoon tea goodies instead of our usual lupper.
Afternoon tea
Mum whipped up ALL the goodies you see on the table, luckily brother Spec was invited to help us polish it off. See mini scone topped with jam and cream on the right. Yummy.
Winter sky in Cape Town
These pics were all taken in the space of an hour at Mum’s that evening. Pretty winter sky.

Work week coffee treats during all hours of Cannes Lions work

Coffee and croissant at desk
Two of my much-needed office treats during the week – warm croissant while unimpressed elk mug looks on (the jealous owlie mug was retired after it got chipped). And on the right, the lovely Angie who popped an unexpected coffee on my desk on Wednesday morning. Just what I needed to keep going this admin-intensive week!

That’s all, folks! Cannes Lions comes to an end on Saturday evening and Husband is working all of this coming weekend, so wish us luck!

Competitive beach jumping, Design Indaba 2017 & Catharina’s new lunch menu

In this latest update we finally get to my pics from Design Indaba, which began onย the same day as Bertie’s birthdayย and took us to the end of last week.

There’s lots to look at below, so get your scrolling (and enlarging) fingers ready!

Wednesday, 1 to Friday, 3 March 2017: Design Indaba at the Artscape

Design Indaba at Artscape.
There was just as much to see inside, with a Woolies coffee station that made delicious honey-nut lattes, food trucks, art installations, book passageways and more. Always a delight and more than a little overwhelming!
Design Indaba at Artscape
Lots of creative oddities were on display before we even went into the main Artscape venue. Note the walk of fame, trees growing lips and eyes and more.
Bizcommunity at Design Indaba
If you’re wondering about our team, that’s a full shot below with me and Ilse from the first day on the top left, and me with Pasqua on the last day top right.
Burger at Doodles.
Design Indaba done for me and Husband having rested all day from his week of working night shift, we decided on dins at Doodles on the beachfront. I tried their Bar-One shake and Husband had a draught with the chicken burger.

Saturday, 4 March 2017: Xai xai chicken at Petiscos

Petiscos chicken xai xai
When Husband got home from work we set off for Petisco’s for their xai xai chicken fillet, which we barely finished. I also tried their iced mocha shake.

Sunday, 5 March 2017: Rocomamas ‘surprise me’ freak shake, Sunset Beach jumps and Bertie’s new collar

Rocomamas burgers and shakes
Rocomama’s is always a treat, especially if you’re brave enough to try the ‘Surprise me’ freak shake option. I ended up with a caramel-chocolate concoction bursting with bits of honeycomb! Click here for a reminder of our review on our last visit.
Sunset Beach jump
What do you do on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Cape Town? You see who can jump higher on the beach, of course. We headed off to Sunset Beach as it has a lovely view of the mountain and soft, soft sand for jumping. Here is Husband’s attempt…
Sunset Beach jump
I think mine was much, much higher (Husband says to notice his eyes are over the top of the mountain in his version, but also note how much taller he is than me!)
Pawprint garden and new collar dog
On Sunday afternoon we explored the new ‘Leadville’ doggy park in Sunningdale and Bertie was gifted with his new birthday collar – look at that happy grin!

Wednesday 8 March 2017: Woodstock sunrise

Sun rise in Woodstock
I snapped the sun rising over the mountain and train tracks on my way into work on Wednesday, and needed a ‘coffee and mini choc’ treat come afternoon. What a long week!

Thursday, 9 March 2017: FoodLover’s breakfast and Catharina’s new lunch menu review

FoodLover's Market breakfast
We both had the day off work on Thursday (yay), so after a much-needed lie-in we shared the halloumi stack breakfast at our nearest FoodLover’s Market. That’s also my cappuccino top left.
Catharinas at Steenberg
After some general relaxing it was time to set off Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate, as we’d been invited to review their new lunch menu. We’ve taken a variation of this photo on both previous visits, see here and here.
Purple flowers at Steenberg.
Beautiful purple blooms at Steenberg Estate.
Catharina's at Steenberg
Presenting Catharina’s and the rest of the Steenberg Estate. Tis a wonderful place to walk around, with ducks and squirrels hopping about – you may see some in these pics!
Squirrel at Catharinas
If you look closely you’ll see a squirrel atop one of those wooden chair backs.
wine tasting at Catharinas at Steenberg
Husband sampling the Semillon.
Catherinas lunch
The official menu, with the story of Steenberg’s Catharina Ras. Also the bread board with golf balls of butter, the mushroom-parmesan risotto and the seafood linguini. Yum!
chicken Caesar salad at Catharinas
The chicken confit Caesar salad, with croutons, parmesan and bacon.
Sirloin and handcut chips.
The 200g blackened sirloin with hand-cut chips.
Catharina's lunch
Behold the new lunch menu, the chocolate shake and cappuccino, the chicken confit Caesar salad, the rooibos creme brulee and the summer sorbet trio with wafer ‘spoon’.
Squirrel at Catharinas
This squirrel sat on his tree perch and watched us eat our meal.

That’s all, folks! You can read up on this year’s Design Indaba highlights in our special section on Biz, and click here for my official review of the new lunch menu at Catharina’s!

*Disclaimer: Obviously our mealsย at Catharina’sย were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.