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Loeries 2019 and 12th anniversary Oyster Box high tea

Last week was one of the busiest of the year as I was in KZN from Wednesday covering the Loeries. We also celebrated our 12th anniversary with high tea at the Oyster Box before heading home on Tuesday this week. It’s a bumper edition packed with pics so get that scrolling finger ready…

Wednesday, 21 August 2019: Slow Lounge CT, Spur meal in KZN

Slow lounging, Cape Town! The top pic of macarons and the Mango plane are from Husband's trip to join me once the Loeries were over on Sunday, the bottom two on the left were my snaps from my Wednesday morning flight.
Slow lounging, Cape Town! The top pic of macarons and the Mango plane are from Husband’s trip to join me once the Loeries were over on Sunday, the bottom two on the left were my snaps from my Wednesday morning flight.
Durban, check! Following a morning flight, I landed in the KZN heat with my colleague Angie. See the view from out hotel room at the Garden Court South Beach, as well as my strawberry milkshake and cheddamelt schnitzel special in the Spur downstairs, to start our stay on the right note.
Durban, check! Following a morning flight, I landed in the KZN heat with my colleague Angie. See the view from out hotel room at the Garden Court South Beach, as well as my strawberry milkshake and cheddamelt schnitzel special in the Spur downstairs, to start our stay on the right note.

Thursday, 22 August 2019: Loeries Masterclasses at the Durban ICC

Keeping it classy at the Masterclasses! Our Loeries fun always starts with the morning and afternoon masterclasses held at the Durban ICC. Click here to read my overview of the Game/Dion Wired 'What do CMOs really want' morning masterclass and here for my overview of the UN Women-Dove afternoon masterclass.
Keeping it classy at the Masterclasses! Our Loeries fun always starts with the morning and afternoon masterclasses held at the Durban ICC. Click here to read my overview of the Game/Dion Wired ‘What do CMOs really want’ morning masterclass and here for my overview of the UN Women-Dove afternoon masterclass.

Friday, 23 August 2019: DStv Seminar of Creativity, first Loeries award night

Some of my Friday highlights included the view from our hotel room, on the 15th floor of the hotel, as well as Manuel Borde's presentation at the Loeries' DStv Seminar of Creativity, and bumping into Loeries CEO Andrew Human. Click here to read my overview of Borde's presentation in full!
Some of my Friday highlights included the view from our hotel room, on the 15th floor of the hotel, as well as Manuel Borde’s presentation at the Loeries’ DStv Seminar of Creativity, and bumping into Loeries CEO Andrew Human. Click here to read my overview of Borde’s presentation in full, here for more on Africans being creative sharks and here for more on checking stereotypes in the industry.
Scenes from the Friday night Loeries ceremony, as well as the cheddamelt schnitzel meal we shared on Saturday, with a Bar-One shake each.
Scenes from the Friday night Loeries ceremony, as well as the cheddamelt schnitzel meal we shared on Saturday, with a Bar-One shake each.

Saturday, 24 August 2019: Annual Brand SA brunch, second Loeries award night

Saturday started off with the annual Brand South Africa brunch at California Dreaming. See my strong cappuccino and the pool outside our hotel room.
Saturday started off with the annual Brand South Africa brunch at California Dreaming. See my strong cappuccino and the pool outside our hotel room.
Looking windswept but happy at the Brand SA brunch at California Dreaming.
Looking windswept but happy at the Brand SA brunch at California Dreaming.
A few social pics from the Brand SA brunch, networking with the industry before the second awards night...
A few social pics from the Brand SA brunch, networking with the industry before the second awards night…
Red carpeting! See our outfits from Friday night at the Loeries at the Durban ICC in the top row and Saturday night on the bottom row.
Red carpeting! See our outfits from Friday night at the Loeries at the Durban ICC in the top row and Saturday night on the bottom row.

Sunday, 25 August 2019: 12th wedding anniversary at the Oyster Box Hotel

Thank you, Oyster Box! We stayed in the King Willow Suite and walked in to find a special anniversary balloon and plate of sweet treats to celebrate.
Thank you, Oyster Box! Having seen off Angie and welcomed Husband at the airport, we were shuttled to the Oyster Box Hotel, where stayed in the King Willow Suite and walked in to find a special anniversary balloon and plate of sweet treats to celebrate.
Hello, Oyster Box! See duckies on the lawn, us as snapped in the lift, the below-ground private dining area and Skabenga saying 'hi'.
Hello, Oyster Box! See duckies on the lawn, us as snapped in the lift, the below-ground private dining area and Skabenga saying ‘hi’.
Some of the lovely Oyster Box scenery, from the spiral staircase to the movie theatre.
Some of the lovely Oyster Box scenery, from the spiral staircase to the movie theatre.
Our B harmonised massage in the Spa at the Oyster Box is one of the best I've had, as it didn't leave me feeling sore and knotted the next day. See Husband relaxing in the indoor jacuzzi as well as my flute of fizz, the hammam steam room and a relax space bed for two.
Our B Harmonised massage in the Spa at the Oyster Box is one of the best I’ve had, as it didn’t leave me feeling sore and knotted the next day. See Husband relaxing in the indoor jacuzzi as well as my flute of fizz, the hammam steam room and a private ‘relax space’ for two. All the words are coming to my full review on Bizcommunity soon…
In my happy place, having a coffee and biscuits post-massage on the balcony of our Oyster Box Hotel suite
In my happy place, having a coffee and soaking up the view post-massage on the balcony of our Oyster Box Hotel suite.
We strolled along the Umhlanga Promenade to take in that golden stretch of sand.
We strolled along the Umhlanga Promenade to take in that golden stretch of sand.
Happy anniversary to us! We were delighted to find a table at La Spiagga a little further down the main promenade that night. See my Kahlua coffee shake, Husband's glass of red, and the gnocchi piccante we wolfed down.
Happy anniversary to us! We were delighted to find a table at La Spiagga a little further down the main promenade that night. See my Kahlua coffee shake, Husband’s glass of red, and the gnocchi piccante we wolfed down.
Oyster Box bliss! See the pool all lit up at night, and view of the 'hidden' pool' outside the Spa.
Oyster Box bliss! See the main pool all lit up at night, and view of the ‘hidden’ pool’ outside the Spa.

Monday, 26 August 2019: High tea at the Oyster Box Hotel

Our first-morning pickings from the Oyster Box Hotel's breakfast buffet featured oysters and salmon for him, as well as bircher muesli, chocolate milk and a waffle with all the toppings for me.
Our first-morning pickings from the Oyster Box Hotel’s breakfast buffet featured oysters and salmon for him, as well as bircher muesli, chocolate milk and a waffle with all the toppings for me.
The CL2 cocktail (coconut milk, lavender and litchi) with stunning striped sea and sky beyond, as well as iconic red-and-white lighthouse and Oyster Box Hotel striped pool umbrellas. Love!
The CL2 cocktail (coconut milk, lavender and litchi) with stunning striped sea and sky beyond, as well as iconic red-and-white lighthouse and Oyster Box Hotel striped pool umbrellas. Love!
High tea is served! See some of the tea options, as well as stacks of savouries for those wit a little less of a sweet tooth than me.
High tea is served! See some of the tea options, as well as stacks of savouries for those with a little less of a sweet tooth than me.
See blue macarons, our reserved table and some of the delicious cakes - there was even a sushi station for Husband to feast from.
See blue macarons, our reserved table and some of the delicious cakes – there was even a sushi station for Husband to feast from.
Husband, caught sipping tea with pinkie finger extended.
Husband, caught sipping tea with pinkie finger extended.
Pool time! After we'd had a nap t digest some of that delicious high tea, we spent time at the main pool. It was bliss!
Pool time! After we’d had a nap to digest some of that delicious high tea, we spent time at the main pool. It was bliss!
Swimming in the main pool at sunset was bliss.
Swimming in the main pool at sunset was pure magic.
Husband ended our anniversary with a cigar and brandy in the Chukka Bar downstairs at the Oyster Box Hotel. We laughed at the 'rules of the inn'!
Husband ended our anniversary with a cigar and brandy in the Chukka Bar downstairs at the Oyster Box Hotel. We laughed at the ‘rules of the inn’!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019: King Shaka Slow Lounge

Oyster Box breakfast, take two. For me, a strong cappuccino, mini pastries and delicious single egg benedict. Husband ended up with a proper cooked breakfast this time including bacon and even curry.
Oyster Box breakfast, take two. For me, a strong cappuccino, mini pastries and delicious single egg benedict. Husband ended up with a proper cooked breakfast this time, including bacon and even curry.
Vehicles seen in and around the Oyster Box Hotel - the Merc top-left served as our shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
Vehicles seen in and around the Oyster Box Hotel – the Merc top-left served as our shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
Once we'd checked out of the Oyster Box Hotel (sob), we took another walk along the pier and main promenade in Umhlanga.
Once we’d checked out of the Oyster Box Hotel (sob), we took another walk along the pier and main promenade in Umhlanga.
King Shaka Slow Lounging! Once we had checked in our bags for our flight home, we made our way to the Slow Lounge in King Shaka airport. See some of the lovely snacks on offer.
King Shaka Slow Lounging! Once we had checked in our bags for our flight home, we made our way to the Slow Lounge in King Shaka airport. See some of the lovely snacks on offer.
Home time! See us on the plan home, as well as view out the window and Husband's view when he stepped into the cockpit after we'd safely landed.
Home time! See us on the plane home, as well as THE view out the window and Husband’s view when he stepped into the cockpit to chat to the flight crew after we’d safely landed.

That’s all, folks! Here’s to a warm and restful week ahead. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our meals, spa treatment and accommodation at the Oyster Box Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Table Bay Hotel’s high tea, Hout Bay road trip, parents’ birthday treats

Last weekend we had many foodie celebrations as we celebrated both my parents’ birthdays, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Thursday, 8 August 2019: Winter high tea at the Table Bay Hotel

We were invited to review the new winter high tea menu at the Table Bay Hotel, so ventured off after work was done for the day on Thursday. See lots of happy faces and lovely sights.
We were invited to review the new winter high tea menu at the Table Bay Hotel, so ventured off to the V&A Waterfront after work was done for the day on Thursday. See lots of happy faces and lovely sights.
High tea, served in style! See our flutes of bubbly and scones and savouries, all this before we visited the main buffet table!
High tea, served in style! See our flutes of bubbly and scones and savouries, all this before we visited the main buffet table!
Tea is served! After sniffing away at lovely scented options I had a pot of the Pink Flamingo tea. Also see some fruity surprise treats - read all the words of my review on Bizcommunity to find out what they really are!
Tea is served! After sniffing away at lovely scented options I had a pot of the Pink Flamingo tea. Also see some fruity surprise treats – read all the words of my review on Bizcommunity to find out what they really are!
Seal mascots and a further course of tea-time treats meant we left with even bigger smiles on our faces. Highly recommended.
Seal mascots and a further course of tea-time treats meant we left with even bigger smiles on our faces. Highly recommended.

Friday, 9 August 2019: Women’s Day breakfast at Wimpy

Last Friday was the Women's Day public holiday so we made full use of the opportunity to sleep in late and brunch at Wimpy. See my Bar-One waffle with regular Wimpy coffee, as well as Husband's streaky bacon breakfast.
Last Friday was the Women’s Day public holiday so we made full use of the opportunity to sleep in late and brunch at Wimpy. See my Bar-One waffle with regular Wimpy coffee, as well as Husband’s streaky bacon breakfast.
After a day of napping and reading, we ventured out for lupper at Colala in Table View, See Husband's chicken kadai curry and my sweet-and-sour chicken.
After a day of napping and reading, we ventured out for lupper at Colala in Table View, See Husband’s chicken kadai curry and my sweet-and-sour chicken.
Sweet doglets snuggling up to their dad that evening.
Sweet doglets snuggling up to their dad that evening.

Saturday, 10 August 2019: Hart Bakery breakfast, Dad’s 69th birthday lupper at Yo Eastern Fusion

Breakfast is served! We started the official weekend with breakfast at The Hart in Melkbos. See Husband's large cappuccino and chorizo rosti, as well as my single flat white and single bacon benedict.
Breakfast is served! We started the official weekend with breakfast at The Hart in Melkbos. See Husband’s large cappuccino and chorizo rosti, as well as my single cappuccino and single bacon benedict.
We ventured out for a coffee-time treat later that afternoon, as Husband spotted 'Simple Bru Coffee' in Reef Surf shop just off Marine Circle was a new addition to the Entertainer app. He had a flat white while I enjoyed the vanilla latte, both served with bite of rusk.
We ventured out for a coffee-time treat later that afternoon, as Husband spotted a new addition on the Entertainer app: ‘Simple Bru Coffee’ in Reef Surf shop, just off Marine Circle. He had a flat white while I enjoyed the vanilla latte, both served with bite of rusk.
Happy birthday to you! Saturday was Dad's birthday, so we went for a joint early dins at Yo Eastern Fusion to celebrate. See various cocktails, happy faces and foodies.
Happy birthday to you! Saturday was Dad’s birthday, so we went for a joint early dins at Yo Eastern Fusion to celebrate. See various cocktails, happy faces and foodies.
Some of the deliciousness - Mum's Tom Yum soup, my satay chicken and chocolate spring rolls, and assorted cocktails, from left to right in the upper-right photo: Call me A Cab, Blue Hawaii, Mermaid's Orgasm and Pina Colada.
Some of the deliciousness – Mum’s Tom Yum soup, my satay chicken and chocolate spring rolls, and assorted cocktails, from left to right in the upper-right photo: Call me A Cab, Blue Hawaii, Mermaid’s Orgasm and Pina Colada.
More scenes from our Saturday feast - cocktail happiness; Dad's sweet-and-sour prawns top-right; Mum's assorted appetizer starter of crumbed mushrooms, crunchy calamari, chicken satay and vegetable spring rolls; and Husband's seafood fried noodles.
More scenes from our Saturday feast – cocktail happiness; Dad’s sweet-and-sour prawns top-right; Mum’s assorted appetizer starter of crumbed mushrooms, crunchy calamari, chicken satay and vegetable spring rolls; and Husband’s seafood fried noodles.
What's a birthday celebration without cake?! We popped in at Woolworths for this yummy white chocolate, caramel fudge cake and munched away at sunset at home.
What’s a birthday celebration without cake?! We popped in at Woolworths for this yummy white chocolate, caramel fudge cake and munched away at sunset at home.

Sunday, 11 August 2019: Breakfast at On the Rocks, Hout Bay roadtrip

We treated ourselves to breakfast at On the Rocks on Sunday. See the chandelier glowing brightly as well as Husband's 'Jonkershuijs' breakfast bottom-left, full of pork belly, avo and poached egg, as well as my Hash bowl packed with potatoes, asparagus and poached eggs.
We treated ourselves to breakfast at On the Rocks on Sunday. See the chandelier glowing brightly as well as Husband’s ‘Jonkershuijs’ breakfast bottom-left, full of pork belly, avo and poached egg, as well as my Hash bowl packed with potatoes, asparagus and poached eggs.
The takeaway coffee hutch next to On the Rocks is also a lovely spot to explore.
The takeaway coffee hatch next to On the Rocks is also a lovely spot to explore.
Winter in Table View, as personified by this scene outside the Ons Huisie parking lot.
Winter in Table View, as personified by this scene outside the Ons Huisie parking lot.
Next stop, Hout Bay! The weather was a tad chilly but just right for a road trip. I thoroughly enjoyed my slap chips with tartare sauce from Mariner's Wharf and we walked around looking at the seals and gulls.
Next stop, Hout Bay! The weather was a tad chilly but just right for a road trip. I thoroughly enjoyed my slap chips with tartare sauce from Mariner’s Wharf and we walked around looking at the seals and gulls.
I was still full from my slap chip session so stuck with a cappuccino while Husband sampled the seafood curry at the Mariner's Wharf restaurant upstairs. The slogan in the window frame says, "Our windows are cleaned regularly. If dirty, curse the seagulls or blame the weather."
I was still full from my slap chip session so stuck with a cappuccino while Husband sampled the seafood curry at the Mariner’s Wharf restaurant upstairs. The slogan in the window frame says, “Our windows are cleaned regularly. If dirty, curse the seagulls or blame the weather.”

Tuesday, 13 August 2019: Mum’s 65th birthday dins at Petisco’s

Happy birthday to you! Tuesday was Mum's birthday so we celebrated at a local favourite after work - Petiscos. See my Lindt chocolate Flake shake, as well as Husband'leaning in' for the photo bottom-left, Dad's full chicken cafreal bottom-right, and Mum's birthday surprise shooter with a sparkler. The whole restaurant sang to her!
Happy birthday to you! Tuesday was Mum’s birthday so we celebrated at a local favourite after work – Petiscos. See my Lindt chocolate Flake shake, as well as Husband’leaning in’ for the photo bottom-left, Dad’s full chicken cafreal bottom-right, and Mum’s birthday surprise shooter with a sparkler. The whole restaurant sang to her!

That’s all, folks! Tune in for next week’s update a day later than usual, as I’ll be in Durban covering the Loeries in the usual Friday blogging slot.

Click here to recap my full Table Bay high tea review on Bizcommunity and here for the SodaStream coverage I mentioned last week. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our high teas at the Table Bay Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Amarula Coladas and oysters for parents’-in-law’s 40th anniversary at Brass Bell

This past weekend, Husband’s parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary…

Friday, 26 April 2019: Lauren Beukes’ Creative Mornings talk at AAA School

Last Friday, I attended Lauren Beukes' Creative Mornings talk for April, held at the AAA School in Long Street. See the lovely setting, and delicious morning treats. Click here for my overview of Beukes' talk on Bizcommunity.
Last Friday, I attended Lauren Beukes’ Creative Mornings talk for April, held at the AAA School in Long Street. See the lovely setting, and delicious morning treats. Click here for my overview of Beukes’ talk on Bizcommunity.
Look at the lovely, fresh drip coffee we got to sample before the talk began. Clay Pigeon Trading is opening later this year.
Look at the lovely, fresh drip coffee we got to sample before the talk began. Clay Pigeon is opening later this year.
And these doughnuts! Driven in fresh from Worcester for the monthly Creative Morning talks.
And these doughnuts! Driven in fresh from Worcester for the monthly Creative Morning talks.
The monthly Creative Morning talks are now held at the AAA School in Long Street. What a wonderful setting!
The monthly Creative Morning talks are now held at the AAA School in Long Street. What a wonderful setting!
Love this, posted on one of the internal walls at the AAA School on Long Street. “We don’t make mistakes, we master them.”

Saturday, 27 April 2019: Avengers Endgame at GrandWest Casino, cocktails at Catch22

We tried something different for breakfast on Saturday - Bean Authentic Coffee Roasters in Monte Vista, as found on the Entertainer app. See Husband's cheddar-and-bacon 'egglets'.
We tried something different for breakfast on Saturday – Bean Authentic Coffee Roasters in Monte Vista, as found on the Entertainer app. See Husband’s cheddar-and-bacon ‘egglets’.
Also at Bean Authentic - this delicious bacon, jalapeno, bscon, feta, cheddar and spicy mayo toastie.
Also at Bean Authentic – this delicious bacon, jalapeno, bacon, feta, cheddar and spicy mayo toastie.
We watched Avengers: Endgame at GrandWest Casino on Saturday afternoon. As you can see, we splurged on the biggest box of popcorn we'd ever seen, especially as it was Avengers: Endgame themed. We did finish it, as the movie is three hours' long...
We watched Avengers: Endgame at GrandWest Casino on Saturday afternoon. As you can see, we splurged on the biggest box of popcorn we’d ever seen, especially as it was Avengers: Endgame themed. We did finish it, as the movie is three hours’ long…
Next stop, Catch22 for some post-movie cocktails. The view is just gorgeous.
Next stop, Catch22 for some post-movie cocktails. The view is just gorgeous.
Husband, busy with his Ol' Spice mojito, featuring spiced rum, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple and soda.
Husband, busy with his Ol’ Spice mojito, featuring spiced rum, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple and soda.
I went for the 'LAval Me Long Time'. Served in a tiki glass, it's a delicious blend of rum, coconut, lemongrass, lime, basil, blueberry and cranberry. The ice cubes mean there's a little less in the glass than you think - that's a good thing!
I went for the ‘Lava Me Long Time’. Served in a tiki glass, it’s a delicious blend of rum, coconut, lemongrass, lime, basil, blueberry and cranberry. The ice cubes mean there’s a little less in the glass than you think – that’s a good thing!

Sunday, 28 April 2019: Ruby anniversary lunch at Brass Bell

Husband's parents were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary last weekend, so invited us for a celebratory meal at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.
Husband’s parents were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary last weekend, so invited us for a celebratory meal at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.
Full family shot - we sat upstairs in the enclosed area, with a view of the wild ocean below.
Full family shot, Spec attended, as well as Janet and Phil – we sat upstairs in the enclosed area, with a view of the wild ocean below.
Oysters! Husband's Mum ordered a portion for the table.
Oysters! Husband’s Mum ordered a portion for the table.
See Husband enjoying some oysters and me with my Amarula Colada cocktail. Yum!
See Husband enjoying some oysters and me with my Amarula Colada cocktail. Yum!
My Amarula Colada again, a watchful gull statue along with some food - my beef burger and chips, and one of the fishy options.
My Amarula Colada again, a watchful gull statue along with some food – my beef burger and chips, and one of the fishy options.
The happy couple, with their eldest and me.
The happy couple, with their eldest and me.
The tide pool at Brass Bell was flat and so inviting, if you ignored the nip in the air...
The tide pool at Brass Bell was flat and so inviting, if you ignored the nip in the air…
Husband got into the tide pool behind me here, as we headed back towards St James' side. Note my coffee as it got cold, fast once the sun vanished behind the mountain.
Husband got into the tide pool behind me here, as we headed back towards St James’ side. Note my coffee as the weather got cold, fast once the sun vanished behind the mountain.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019: Sick Husband and Rocomama’s treats on Workers’ Day

Intercare Parklands was our first stop on Wednesday, as Husband woke up Very Ill - he even came hoe early from work the day before. Diagnosis: Full-blown influenza. Lucky I had the flu shot the previous week. So far, so good. We didn't wait long, but coffee in the waiting area is always a good idea.
Intercare Parklands was our first stop on Wednesday, as Husband woke up Very Ill – he even came home early from work the day before. Diagnosis: Full-blown influenza. Lucky I had the flu shot the previous week. So far, so good. We didn’t wait long, but coffee in the waiting area is always a good idea.
Husband having a nap that afternoon.
Husband having a nap that afternoon.
We had a Workers' Day afternoon treat at Rocomama's later that afternoon. See my espresso shake - yes, my second milkshake of the day - as well as the chicken burger Husband and Mum opted for, and Dad with his Bud in a bottle.
We had a Workers’ Day afternoon treat at Rocomama’s later that afternoon. See my espresso shake – yes, my second milkshake of the day, as I also had a peanut butter-toffee shake at Wimpy after Hubcapsicum’s doc visit (I got to order an adventurous drink as I’d already had a coffee at the doctor earlier) – as well as the chicken burger Husband and Mum opted for, and Dad with his Bud in a bottle.
Mum and me at the Rocomama's star wall.
Mum and me at the Rocomama’s star wall.
The doglets relaxing in the lounge at various stages of the week. They know this is home!
The doglets relaxing in the lounge at various stages of the week. They know this is home!

That’s all, folks! Husband is on the mend but we’ll take things easy, just in case. Here’s to a relaxing weekend ahead, filled with delicious moments.

Conferencing, sunsets and St Patrick’s Day 2019

This past week has been a blur of conferences, sunsets and good food, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Friday, 15 March 2019: Afternoon tea at home

Tea and sandwiches
I worked from home last Friday so took a quick afternoon tea break when my in-laws popped in for a visit. See the tea and stack of egg-mayo sandwiches Mum made.

Saturday, 16 March 2019: Breakfast at Park’s End, Catch22 cocktails

Cafeen brekafast.
We needed to do some weekend admin in the Southern Suburbs on Saturday, so stopped in where Cafeen used to be – it’s now called Parks End. See Husband’s salmon eggs benedict, my creme brulee latte and various interesting things in store.
French toast at Parks End
The name may have changed, but the menu basics are the same. See my French toast topped with bacon and bruleed banana, as well as syrup, cinnamon sugar and lemon curd. Yum!
Cape scenery
Lovely scenery on the way back home from Constantia side.
Tiramisu shake at Catch22.
We had our Saturday afternoon meal at Catch22. See the palm-tree light and my tiramisu shake. Yum!
Dinner at Catch 22
Also see my buccaneer beef burger topped with bacon, cheese and onion rings, some of Mum’s sushi and Husband’s coconut bay fish curry.
Sea swim
Of course Husband had a dip in the sea that afternoon.

Sunday, 16 March 2019: St Patrick’s Day 2019

St Patrick's Day.
Some of the themed balloons we saw on display for St Patrick’s Day. We always celebrate as my dad is Patrick!
St Patrick's Day breakfast
We met Husband’s mum for breakfast at the Pink Olive on Sunday morning. Note all the green outfits, for St Patrick’s Day.
Pink Olive food
Some of the Pink Olive decor as well as the flat whites, egg-and-mince on toast, and fresh scones with jam and cream.
Sunset in suburbs.
Sunday evening’s fiery sunset.

Monday, 18 March 2019: Women in Tech Africa Conference

Women in Tech Africa at Century City Convention Centre
On Monday I popped into the first Women In Tech Africa conference, at the Century City Convention Centre. See some of the treats that were on offer…
Women n Tech conference at Century City Convention Centre
Proof I was there, as well as the much-needed coffee and some of the sessions taking place. Watch for my coverage highlights in Monday’s #FairnessFirst column on Bizcommunity!

Tuesday 19 and Wednesday, 20 March 2019: eCommerce Africa conference

eCommerce Africa at CTICC
Tuesday and Wednesday this week were all about the fifth ever eCommerce Africa conference at the CTICC. See some of the eats and views here.
eCommerce Africa
These were some of my favourite moments of eCommerce Africa 2019, click through to my overview articles of the best talk on day 1 and day 2.
Dog nap
Sweet Bassie napping with her grandpa.

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

Bertie’s 9th birthday and moving day 2019

Last week we finally moved into our dream home here in Cape Town, along with the doggies and my parents. It’s a process that we started back in June, so we can’t quite believe it’s real!

As you’ll see from the pics below, all are now settled in and happy – especially as the move coincided with Bertie’s 9th birthday…

Friday, 1 March 2019: Moving day, Bertie’s 9th birthday

Bye bye, Bishops Bend! We’ve loved our four years here in the first house we’ve owned, but the time has come for something different. After everything was packed up, we said our final goodbyes last Friday evening.
Hello Giraffe House! So many things make us happy about our new home, as you'll see from the pics below and more to come in the next few weeks...
Hello, Giraffe House! So many things make us happy about our new home, as you’ll see from the pics below and more to come in the next few weeks – two separate houses, one enormous garden for the doggies…
More of the pretty corners of our new home.
More of the pretty corners of our new home.
There are beautiful blossoms and trees everywhere you look ,and the doglets love doing laps in the garden. It's so tropical.
There are beautiful blossoms and trees everywhere you look here, and the doglets love doing laps around the garden. It’s so tropical.
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Amongst all the unpacking that evening, we even managed to fit in a mini-birthday celebration for Bertie boy.
Moving in celebrations! Some of Bertie's party snacks, his new giraffe rope-toy, split shooters to celebrate the big move, as well as a beautiful vase of flowers and thoughtful muffin-and-coffee welcome gift from our new neighbours.
Moving in celebrations! Some of Bertie’s birthday-party snacks, his new giraffe rope-toy, split shooters to celebrate the big move, as well as a beautiful vase of flowers and thoughtful muffin-and-coffee welcome gift from our new neighbours. We feel loved!
Bertie receiving his 'Giraffe House' birthday present from his dad. He watched TV with it. Se sweet!
Bertie receiving his ‘Giraffe House’ birthday present – we’ve had it hidden away since starting the house purchase process. He has pulled out most of the stuffing and now watches TV with it. So sweet!

Saturday, 2 March 2019: Celebratory cocktails and tacos at El Barrio

We were drenched in sweat from unpacking boxes on such a hot day, so as soon as we had a gap we hit the beach. The water was icy but just what our aching feet needed! Husband had quite a long swim in the sea, too.
We were drenched in sweat from unpacking boxes on Saturday afternoon as it was such a hot day, so as soon as we had a gap we hit the beach. It was just what our aching feet needed. Husband said the water was less icy than usual so he had quite a long swim in the sea, too.
We also stopped in at El Barrio in Eden on the Bay for a celebration of tacos and cocktails. See our tacos, Husband’s blueberry-filled ‘Mexican hipster’ and my strawberry, lime and mint frozen margarita. Yum!
We all had a braai that evening. Also see Husband testing out my hammock chair.
We all had a braai together that evening. Also see Husband testing out my hammock chair.
Finally, a tree shady enough to swing from my hammock chair in peace!
Finally, a tree shady enough to swing from my hammock chair in peace!

Sunday, 3 March 2019: Blueberries breakfast

We stopped in at Blueberries in Table View Shopping Centre for a quick breakfast. See my banana-caramel pancake and Husband's hash brown plate.
We stopped in at Blueberries in Table View Shopping Centre for a quick breakfast. See my banana-caramel pancake and Husband’s hash-brown plate.
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Beautiful star-shaped buds caught in a fine spider’s web in a hidden corner of our new garden.

Monday, 4 March 2019: Rocomama’s waffles

The doggies watching their Granny's every move while adjusting to the novelty of living together. Such sweeties.
The doggies watching their Granny’s every move while adjusting to the novelty of living together. Such sweeties.
Husband was back at work on Monday but I had one more day to unpack all those boxes, so unpack I did - then went for a treat at Rocomama's once I was done. See Dad's waffle sandwich, Mum's Hey Joe saucy hot dog, my my espresso shake.
Husband was back at work on Monday but I had one more day to unpack all those boxes, so unpack I did – then went for a treat at Rocomama’s once I was done. See Dad’s waffle sandwich, Mum’s Hey Joe saucy hot dog, and my espresso shake.
My half-portion Cookies n Scream waffle was just what the doctor ordered. :)
My half-portion Cookies n Scream waffle was just what the doctor ordered. πŸ™‚

Tuesday, 5 March 2019: Sunrise in Woodstock

We've had quite a few early starts to work this week. See the sunrise as I walk toward my office from the MyCiti bus stop in Woodstock.
We’ve had quite a few early starts to work this week, arriving at the office before 7am. See the sunrise as I walk towards my office from the MyCiti bus stop in Woodstock.

Wednesday, 6 March 2019: Interviewing CEOs at YPO

I popped into the CTICC on Wednesday to interview a few of the members and speakers of YPO, the world's largest gathering of CEOs.
I popped into the CTICC on Wednesday, to interview a few of the members and speakers of YPO, the world’s largest gathering of CEOs. Click here if you missed my first overview.

That’s all for now, folks! πŸ™‚ Check in next week for more pics.

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My cousin’s wedding in Gansbaai and 35th birthday waffles

Remember I shared last week’s blog post a whole day early? That’s because we were out of town on Friday – as a double-whammy 35th birthday and family destination wedding getaway…

Thursday, 14 February 2019: Valentine’s Day hot dogs and shakes at Rocomama’s 

Waffles, hot dogs and shakes at Rocomama's
I’d taken a day’s leave on Valentine’s Day, so that I’d be well into the holiday spirit for our weekend away. See my lovely lunchtime treat at Rocomama’s with my parents – that’s a double BCG hot dog (topped with bacon, cheese and guacamole), as well as a Nutella-banana waffle and various cold drinks.

Friday, 15 February 2019: My 35th birthday – Hermanus waffles and dinner in Gansbaai

News Cafe breakfast
Happy birthday to me! Imagine balloons and such. We were both obviously on leave so we slept in until after the weekday alarm usually goes off, then decided on a New Cafe breakfast as we needed an early start for the first leg of our road trip up to Hermanus.
Hermanus waffles
Lunchtime! After a good few hours on the road, we met my parents at Belgian Waffles, Burgers and Beers in Hermanus. See some of the beers sampled, as well as my Speculaas waffle and ginger-white chocolate cappuccino. Happy happy!
Swim at Grotto Bay
Husband and Dad off to dip their toes in the sea at Grotto Bay – it was quite a low tide so they didn’t venture in beyond their ankles.
Benguela Lodge in De Kelders
Benguela Lodge in De Kelders was our home base for the weekend. Lots of blue skies and the sound of water everywhere made for some happy Aquarians (and Leo parents).
De Kelders caves
A spot of birthday cave exploring? Why not! It was so hot, we were happy to dip our feet in the sea again…
Birthday hat
Love how Husband captured Mum capturing this snap – the only ‘birthday hat’ photo we took. πŸ™‚
Blue Goose in Gansbaai
We decided on birthday dins at the Blue Goose, just up the road in Gansbaai.
Dinner at Blue Goose in Gansbaai
Scenes from my birthday dinner at Blue Goose restaurant in De Kelders. See the sunny dining area, bottle of Hermanuspieterfontein red, my chicken dish and the linefish, both with crispy baby potatoes.
Sunset in Gansbaai
Beautiful sunset over Gansbaai on our way back to De Kelders that evening.

Saturday, 16 February 2019: My cousin Shelley’s wedding at Panorama Farm in Franskraal

Panorama Farm wedding venue
T’was a cold, drizzly Saturday morning so we decided to pop in at the wedding venue for a quick recce. See the pretty pruned trees, main castle building and various dogs and horses we befriended.
Shark cage-diving in Gansbaai
Next stop, we drove up to see where the shark cage-diving happens in Gansbaai. There were so many folk in wet suits! Not us, of course…
Cocktails at Giovanni's in Gansbaai
By then we needed a treat so stopped at Giuseppe’s Pizza in Gansbaai for cocktails – their special is ‘buy any two beers, pay for both’. Lol! See my toffee-nut shake; Dad’s enormous Long Island Ice Tea, with a thick lemon wedge separating the white spirits from the sugarless Cola; Mum’s bloody Mary; and Husband’s orange Sex on the Beach. All were yum!
Panorama Farm in Franskraal
Sights we saw at Panorama Farm in Franskraal, at Shelley and Richard’s wedding.
Wedding at Panorama Farm
Panorama Farm has a lovely forest ceremony area, which is where we witnessed the vows. See Shelley walking down the aisle with her brother and dad.
Father and son
Aww. Such a special moment, snapped between my cousin Darryl (brother of the bride) and his son, Dylan.
Wedding
Introducing Mr and Mrs Lothian! The joy and love was all around us.
Wedding breakfast at Panorama Farm
Wedding bubbles! See the sweet individual bubble blowers we used at the ceremony, with rose petals, as well as the enormous bubbles we created when it was time for ‘snacks and lawn games’. Also see Dad and Husband doing the same the next morning, at the post-wedding breakfast.
Wedding platter
Beautiful platters adorned the wedding reception tables.
Wedding flowers
Sunflowers were clearly the theme, adding a sunny touch to the tables, with Shelley’s hair featuring daisies.
Wedding cake
See the individual cheese, cracker and spread platters that were waiting on the tables, as well as the dessert table, including the cake and cinnamon cookies Shelley baked herself. Yes, those are Groot and Deadpool cake-toppers! πŸ™‚
Wedding at Panorama Farm
Teehee, happy faces at our table at the wedding reception at Panorama Farm.
Dancing at wedding
Various family dance floor shots – the newly married couple opening the floor to ‘Love to see you smile’ by Homer and Marge Simpson, posing with the rest of us, and the family on the dance floor.
Sunset at Panorama Farm
The sunset from the ‘Love’-lit pond was so beautiful.

Sunday, 17 February 2019: Post-wedding breakfast at Panorama Farm

African bush cat at Benguela
We missed our doglets very much but made friends with Benguela Lodge’s sweet African bush cat, Oscar.
Sea at De Kelders
After a speedy check-out, we started our Sunday with a brief explore of the walkway down to the deck overlooking the sea at De Kelders. It was just beautiful.
Sparkly sea
Champagne sparkles on the glossy blue sea.
Panorama Farm
Next stop, our third visit at beautiful Panorama Farm, where we all met up for a quick farewell ‘foodtruck’ brekkie, featuring coffee and bacon-egg rolls. Just the thing after all the dancing of the night before.
Breakfast at Panorama Farm
We had worked up quite an appetite from our morning walk, so the bacon-and-egg buns and cups of coffee in the sunshine went down a treat.

That’s all, folks. Here’s to a relaxing weekend ahead! πŸ™‚

Rocomama’s waffles and jam jar cocktails at Boardhouse

This past week was quite a busy one workwise so we didn’t get out much, but we enjoyed all the small moments of joy…

Friday, 18 January 2019: McDonald’s with a difference

McDonald's in Sandown Retail Crossing
We stopped in at our nearest McDonald’s after work last Friday and were surprised to see the decor is completely different, with a fully automated order system. Not a yellow arch in sight!
Iced coffee at McDonald's
And to drink, with my chilli cheese medium McMeal? An iced coffee, further adding to the unexpectedness of the experience.

Saturday, 19 January 2019: Rocomama’s waffles

Bread and Butter breakfast
It was a Bread & Butter breakfast for us on Saturday. See our flat white and mochachino respectively, as well as my single bacon eggs benedict and Husband’s trout omelette.
Rocomama's
We decided on Rocomama’s for our Saturday afternoon treat. Seen here: My half portion ‘Cookies and Scream’ waffle, Husband’s Franken-smash burger with chilli-cheese fries, and his G-shake with shot of Jack Daniels’ Jack Fire. Yum!
Waffles, shakes and burgers at Rocomama's
The burgers and fries were top-notch as always, and the waffle delicious. This is the half-portion of ‘Cookies and Scream’, which I polished off after my burger and creme brulee shake.

Sunday, 20 January 2019: Greens breakfast, Boardhouse cocktails

Greens
See how we started our Sunday: my caramelised pear, pecan and marscapone flapjack stack, Husband’s spinach and mushroom benedict, my moccachino and his flat white.
Dacschund
Sunday morning means quality time with the doglets!
Boardhouse cocktails
We used a 2-for-1 Entertainer voucher that afternoon, for cocktails at the Boardhouse. See our cranberry-rose mojo jam jars – one each – and some of the lovely decor. Sadly, we did have work the next day!
Boardhouse, Table View
Bright, sunny decor inside Boardhouse in Table View. We sat inside as it was quite a windy day.
Malva pudding
Mmm, malva pudding after lupper at Mum’s on Sunday evening.

Wednesday, 23 January 2019: Awarding work at work and sweet evening dogs

Epica awards jury participation
I received a certificate of jury participation from the global Epica Awards at work on Wednesday. These are for advertising work, and are judged by journalists in the marketing industry. I judged 531 of the 4020 entries last year! You don’t vote on your own country’s work, of course. Click here for an overview of the winners.
Happy dog
Our happy little ray of sunshine, Bertie on the couch that evening.
Dog on couch
This precious child of mine.

That’s all, folks! We hope you have a happy weekend ahead πŸ™‚