We’ve successfully ticked off the first work week of the year, so there are fewer pics to scroll through than over the past few weeks, alas…
Friday, 5 January 2018: Wimpy brekkie, doggy beach walk and litchi milkshake at Black Forest Cafe
A final Wimpy breakfast for the holiday – see my super-large Wimpy coffee and croissant, with Husband’s streaky bacon breakfast plus cheese griller.
That’s the happy face of Bassie after beach walkies.
Bertie singing a happy song about his beach walkies.
And Bassie again. Aww!
Bertie biscuit had some quiet time on the couch post-walkies.
Little Miss Bassie also napping on the couch after beach walkies, with her ears flapped up.
That’s a litchi milkshake topped with sprinkles for me and a small butter-toffee for Husband, to mark our last ‘work day of leave’ together.
Saturday, 6 January 2018: Breakfast at Brocka, swimming in Blouberg
We stopped in at the newly opened Brocka in Canal Walk last Saturday morning. They’re the ultimate in fast-food – even if you order from a table, your food and drink is served takeaway style.
I spy Table Mountain.
It was another beach-weather day. Here is Husband, literally ‘testing the water’ at the beach.
Gazing at his favourite swimming hole.
Sunday, 7 January 2018: Sunday lunch at Bossa, final holiday treat at Saint’s
My parents were attending an event on Sunday afternoon so we met them for lunch a little earlier than usual at Bossa in Burgundy Estate. The food was fast and delicious – we’ll be back!
Teehee. Love the faces they pulled!
Final treat of the weekend before my return to work was an afternoon at Saint’s, Eden on the Bay – Husband went for a Toblerone cocktail, I had the Cafe Capri (latte with chocolate and coconut). Delicious!
Wednesday, 10 January 2018: Mid-week dins at the in-laws
As we’d not seen Husband’s parents last weekend, we popped in after work on Wednesday evening for dins. The doglets came with, as you can see.
That’s all folks, have a happy weekend! 🙂
Last weekend we took Bassie for an explore around Leadville doggy park in Sunningdale. It has a Reload on site so you can swig some coffee while your doggies trot around the grass, making friends.
See snaps of that and other top moments of the week below….
Saturday, 18 November 2017: Ilha breakfast, windy braai
We’d not been to Woodbridge Island in a while so headed that way for Saturday breakfast. Without planning it, we were both in matchy-matchy grey in front of their grey-blue wall.
See Husband’s full English breakfast with mushroom and pork sausage, and my well-sauced scrambled eggs on toast.
Bertie spends about 30% of his time perched atop the couch back like this.
Cold, rainy days are all about relaxing with the doggies indoors.
Scenes from the braai at Husband’s parents house, later that afternoon.
Last week you saw Bassie with the pudding cups. This week, Bertie allowed a few pics before he ran off to chew his in peace.
Bassie and I braved the chilly wind to sit in the sun by the braai fire for a while.
Sunday, 19 November 2017: Leadville doggie park, Saints treats
We’d heard that our local News Cafe offers a few more breakfast specials for the early birds, so tried them out on Sunday morning. I went for the standard English early bird top left, Husband sampled the ‘spinach and feta’ eggs benedict for R45. Very good value.
An ‘action shot’ of Husband peppering up his plate.
This is Leadville. Bassie had a fun time trotting around in the fenced off area for ‘small dogs shy dogs’.
Later that day, beach walkies! Bertie splashed about in the sea and had a lovely time.
We went to Saints at Eden on the Bay for our Sunday afternoon treat, and ended up with two drinks each. See my Snickers shake (with chunks of actual chocolate bar swirled throughout) and Cafe Capri (coconut chocolate latte, very yummy); then there’s Husband’s Smooth Criminal shooter – caramel vodka with creme de banana top, and his Kiss and Say Goodbye shake, with Scotch whisky, Kahlua and Oreo cookie bits. Yum.
Mum outdid herself with a summery feast for Sunday lupper. I think we ate everything between the four of us (six, with the dogs).
Mum made these gorgeous individual trifles for dessert.
Monday, 20 November 2017: Evening doggy snuggles
I worked from home on Monday as had lots of transcribing to tick off my to-do list. T’was still chilly that evening so Bertie curled up beside me on the couch.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017: Meltwater interview in Green Point, burgers and shakes at Bossa
I interviewed the global CEO of Meltwater at their Cape Town offices in Green Point on Wednesday afternoon. This was the view from the ‘interview room’. Click here for the interview.
That evening we headed out to Bossa in Burgundy Estate – where we used to go for paella at Espana. We sat outside and I was delighted that their boozy shakes are included in the R40 happy hour. See my ‘mud pie’ shake with vodka, Nachtmusik and Amarula. Husband looks zen.
Here is Husband’s cheese bomb burger – mozzarella, aged cheddar, bacon and jalapenos – with large onion rings and chips.
All the foooood. Husband had a burger, I went for the nachos with mince. That’s a half portion you can see, which I only finished the next day.
Thursday, 23 November 2017: Red cup, yellow chair at Red & Yellow
My brownie bite and colour-coordinated red cup of strong coffee in front of a yellow chair at Red & Yellow for the third week of ‘digital marketing live’.
That’s all, folks! I’m having a mini-staycation at the start of next week so looking forward to relaxing and having happy moments with the doggies.
T’was a long weekend for us here in sunny SA, with Heritage Day taking place on Sunday so all and sundry celebrated on Monday. Here’s what we’ve been up to since returning home from Zanzibar…
Wednesday, 20 September 2017: News Cafe breakfast
As we only got home around midnight on the Tuesday, we had thought ahead and taken the Wednesday off work, too. This meant we could sleep in and spend some quality time with the doglets, before answering our tummies’ call for breakfast, stat! It was still fairly early so we made our way to News Cafe at Marine Circle. This was my much-needed cappuccino (to wash down the malaria pill)…
And of course I went for the early bird breakfast special. Full English is just R35 if ordered before 10am. Well worth it!
We also treated the doggies to beach walkies. They had a wonderful time. See Bertie barking away in contentment here and Bassie’s various faces of bliss.
And later that day, after naps and some ‘back home but not yet at work’ admin, we stopped off for milkshakes at our nearest Wimpy. That’s my Milo shake and Husband went for the lumo yellow banana option.
Saturday, 23 September 2017: Melkbos Kitchen breakfast
Having survived a short but intense work week for us, we felt like a little road trip to start our weekend so travelled a whopping 15 minutes or so to Melkbos. This is the view of the mountain behind us.
We stopped in at Melkbosstrand’s latest foodie addition, Melkbos Kitchen (where Ritzi’s used to be, between the Hart and I ❤ Melkies). It’s a warm, welcoming setting with pretty lighting. Husband enjoyed the salmon benedict doused in Tabasco sauce…
Cappuccino with biscotti. Delicious!
You guys. Just look at this dark chocolate-banana-nut flapjack stack with side jug of cream.
It was my parents’ 39th wedding anniversary on the day, so we met them for a quick celebratory beer at the Driftwood once they had returned home from their night away in Wellington. Say cheese! 🙂
Later that evening we popped in at Jerry’s on the beachfront – we keep meaning to phone ahead to book one of the booths overlooking the mountain as you see here, next time! I had the Lust Lucy burger (they stuff cheese into the patty, mmm) while Husband tried the Asian chicken burger. As delicious as always, especially if you swap out the standard fries for sweet potato fries. Also see my wild berry shake. Yummers!
Sunday, 24 September 2017: Reload cappuccino and strawberry salad
Breakfast at Reload usually means bagels, omelettes or waffles. On Sunday it meant the first two options – a bacon-bockwurst open omelette with triple cappuccino for Husband and the Copenhagen bagel (grated cheese, ham, mayo as you can see) for me, with choc-mint latte. Close up of that amazing hot drink below…
Just gorgeous! No sugar needed as the peppermint-choc syrup is sweet enough.
Mum made a beautiful bright salad as part of lupper that evening.
Monday, 25 September 2017: Nicci + Lu’s and ice cream on Fish Hoek beach
We’d been meaning to pop into Nicci + Lu’s (in the same centre as Reload at the Parklands SuperSpar) for a while now, and finally got around to it first thing on Monday. Were we in for a treat! There are gifts aplenty to browse and the food is just what we were looking for. See our cappuccinos here, as well as Husband’s breakfast wrap and my toasted avo, feta and bacon. They have other light meals and daily baked goods to choose from, so I’m sure we’ll be back!
Following a quick visit to see brother-in-law Spec’s new place in Fish Hoek, we stopped off at the beach for an ice cream, despite the shivery weather. I was clearly delighted (and Husband had the camera far too close so I couldn’t help laughing nervously, teehee).
Here’s a better shot of the ice cream cone, plus see Husband trotting off into the sea in the distance.
That’s all, folks! Have a happy weekend 🙂
We celebrated Husband’s 37th birthday this past weekend, amongst other things on other days…
Monday, 23 January 2017: Spur’s Bar-One shake and chicken bacon salad
We popped into our nearest Spur after work last Monday and shared their chicken-bacon salad. Husband had a cappuccino and I slurped up their Bar-One shake.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017: Doggy beach walk
With my parents on a cruise for the week, we distracted the doggies with a nice long walk at Kreeftebaai after work. T’was remarkably empty.
The doggies had a lovely time chasing the sea and shouting at the birdies.
This is what it’s like for one person to walk both doggies – they veer off in opposite directions, with Bertie aiming at the sea and Bassie investigating the shells and dunes.
For dins that night, Husband had rustled up the following deliciousness – roast chicken with gravy, bright peas and potatoes roasted in duck fat. My new favourite.
Wednesday, 25 January 2017: Evening at Cape Town Comedy Club
We were invited to the Cape Town Comedy Club at the V&A Waterfront after work for a social evening with the team from Popimedia. We got there early as we had to leave early (before any of the comedy line-up even) to catch my next Photoshop webinar at 9pm, but still had fun. We dressed to the ‘black and red’ theme for the night, and I highly recommend the chocolate shake – very moussey.
Proof we were there. As it was previously known as Jou Ma Se Comedy Club, of course I tried the Jou Ma Se burger and Husband had the Jou Ma Se pulled lamb gatsby. Good dining fare.
Friday, 27 January 2017: Creative Mornings talk at Friends of Design
Tickets to the monthly Creative Morning talk go fast – so fast that this is the first time I’ve registered to attend in time. It’s held at Friends of Design on Bree Street, which is a working design lab and has lots of interesting things to see.
Even better? It’s free to attend, and there are lovely snacks, coffees and Sir Juice smoothies to get your creative juices flowing. Will do my best to register in time for each monthly talk!
Saturday, 28 January 2017: Pre-birthday celebrations
We started our Saturday at Village Place Cafe. Husband had a cappuccino, Coke and salmon eggs benedict. I went for a toffee cappuccino and the bacon, banana and nut-topped French Toast.
After a few weekend chores it was time for Husband’s pre-birthday dins, so we headed to the Ocean Sizzler at Eden on the Bay in Big Bay. He opted for the Sunset Screamer cocktail and seafood pasta, I went for a coffee milkshake and a cheese burger. Yummy.
Bellies full, we wandered around Big Bay as there were interesting things to see.
Sunday, 29 January 2017: Husband’s birthday fun
Birthday breakfast! We woke up pretty late so headed off to Reload in Parklands. Look at my bokkie in front of the bokkie wall, and note his breakfast hot dog with extra egg, my smashed avo bagel and toffee latte.
I had two free 2D movie tickets thanks to #AbsaRewards so we watched Passengers at Grand West Casino. Teehee at how I made Husband look all birthday-like with the added hat and balloons. 😉 We thoroughly enjoyed it.
When we got to Mum’s house for lupper she had pulled out all the stops – spaghetti bolognese with grated parmesan, her magical carrot cake complete with pineapple and walnuts ( click here for a reminder of last year’s version), and the birthday hat that’s served us well over the past few years.
Thursday, 2 February 2017: Farewell picnic in Kirstenbosch
I’ve been to Kirstenbosch a few times but there’s always something new to see, like this bench just calling you to take a break and gaze at the purple-and-greenery.
Instead of cake and sad farewells in the office, we picnicked under a tree like this. The sky was very eerie and ominous, with someone saying, “If you try very hard, you can almost believe we’re in Jurassic World”. Ironic because…
Top left is a family of interested ducks, but look at the dinos top right and bottom left! How have I never seen these before? Also, the natural spring that provides for the entire park.
Cheese! (We ate some, too). Lol. Best bunch of people to spend eight hours a day with.
Woollies’ Pom Royale is lovely – non-alcoholic pomegranate with a vanilla flavour. We ate cheese, snack platters and homemade salted caramel ice cream. Lovely picnic!
That’s all, folks! Have a relaxing weekend.
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.
It’s been another busy week but an exciting one as Husband started a new job (yay!) and I ticked off quite a bit of admin that had been piling up. Here are some of the more photo-worthy moments…
Saturday, 15 October 2016: Shared breakfasts at Cubana, new job celebrations at Panama Jacks
We wanted to start the weekend with a shared breakfast as we wanted a special lunch to celebrate Husband’s new job, so we headed to our local Cubana just off the beachfront. That’s me going up/coming down the stairs.
My cappuccino and all the sugar I could possibly want. Funny as I only used one sachet.
The eggs benedict. We each devoured a mound. It has a creamy-spicy twist on the original and comes atop a bed of baked polenta. Yum.
Next stop: Waterfront. I decided to pause and hang out with this guy for a while.
Quite the eye-catching restaurant display.
And then, on to Panama Jacks in the harbour for Husband’s celebratory meal. Here he is just outside the doorway…
Husband went for the ‘avo seafood’ starter.
For mains he had even more seafood in the fettuccini marinara.
I had the lamb-and-bean soup as starter/main…
I finished off with the hazelnut-chocolate mousse dessert. It’s served on a brownie-type base and delightfully fudgey.
Sunday, 16 October 2016: Greens’ breakfasts and Driftwood’s milkshakes
One of my favourite chilly Sunday breakfast places is Greens in Plattekloof. See my hot chocolate top left, waffle with sliced banana and caramel sauce, and Husband’s full plate of cooked brekkie.
We made our way to the Driftwood Cafe for an early afternoon treat. I had the custard milkshake, Husband went with a vanilla (swirled with Bell’s).
I think that expression means Husband enjoyed his, too.
People got lucky snapping amazing pics of Cape Town’s sunsets this week. My two attempts weren’t great – see a pink-tinged cloud on the left and our prettily lit up back yard at night.
Monday, 17 October 2016: Adams & Adams advertising law event
On Monday afternoon I bussed from work to the Inner City Ideas Cartel for a work event. The clouds started rolling in over the mountains as I made my way.
I got there with a few minutes to spare, only to find out that four of the five speakers for the session were stuck in a lift. Wasn’t a problem as there was coffee flowing freely and easily accessible Wi-Fi to keep up with email.
Frantic note-taking over (watch for my coverage on Bizcommunity next week), attendees all trooped upstairs to the rooftop for snacks and drinks. I watched folks amble over the pedestrian bridge and gulped down this Cola with lemon before dashing home to find out about Husband’s first day at the office. All went well.
Wednesday, 19 October 2016: Team lunch at The Taproom, Devil’s Peak Brewery
My colleague Jess who now lives in Joburg was in town for a few days this week so of course we took the opportunity to hold our next team lunch at an old favourite of ours, The Taproom at Devil’s Peak Brewery. Here’s our ever-growing content/support team.
This time I sampled the raspberry smoothie. Thick and yoghurty, it’s a win.
To eat, you can’t go wrong with their cheeseburger and chips served with tomato sauce and a garlicky mayonnaise. Also see one of the Devil’s Wings, with a sesame-seed crust.
For dessert, I went for the ‘orange-chocolate cheesecake’ – that’s what you see in this jar. It has a biscuity base and the cheesecakey filling is piped in and sprinkled with choc chips. Certainly different.
Thursday, 20 October 2016: Post-work curries and beach walks
We dined at Punjab Express in Parklands as an ‘almost done with the work week’ treat on Thursday eve. Love their door sign top left (Keep naan and curry on), and see Husband and me ready to tuck in. We ate every mouthful.
That’s one portion of chicken tikka masala and one portion of Bombay potatoes. They go very well together!
Then it was time for an evening beach walk with the doggies. We scampered across the rough shell-type sand at Kreeftebaai.
Husband and Bertie made a beeline for the waves, as they do.
Bassie and me stayed on dry ground, as we do.
Husband and the doggies trotted far ahead. All had a fun time.
Bassie’s standard ‘happy sandy face ignoring the camera’ post-walkies.
That’s all, folks! Stay tuned for my next update…