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Steenberg’s 1682 benedicts and Grande Provence’s sensory summer lunch

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

Dacshund in car.
Bassie was excited to be in the car, despite not being 100% sure where she was being taken just yet.
Dog at the beach
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.
Dog at beach.
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.
Sandy-nosed dog
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

Coffee at Steenberg's 1682.
Saturday morning we took the parents to 1682 at Steenberg Estate for breakfast. Here’s the menu and some of our breakfast coffees…
Steenberg 1682 breakfast.
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.
1682 wine.
Some of the flowers and bottles on display at 1682.
Steenberg Estate.
Just look at that view, perfectly picturesque.
Coffee shake and lemon meringue at Peacocks
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.
Table Mountain and kite surfers.
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

Fod Lover's Market Sunningdale breakfast
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!
Grande Provence, Franschhoek
The road is long, the lavender tall and the shrubs a deep green as you turn into Grande Provence from the Franschhoek main road.
The Restaurant at Grande Provence
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.
Grande Provence restaurant bread board.
First up, their signature bread board. Those cheese straws are some of my favourite things!
Chardonnay at Grande Provence.
Husband sampled a glass of their Chardonnay, which was fruity and light.
Tuna yukhoe at Grande Provence
First starter: tuna yukhoe. Such bright colours, such a good mix of flavours! Mine was served without the tuna.
Asparagus salad at Grande Provence
The asparagus salad starter on beautiful light-blue plate.
Pork belly starter at Grande Provence
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.
Kingklip at Grande Provence
We needed to stretch our legs before we could tuck into the mains. Husband started with the kingklip.
Blesbok shank at Grande Provence
I had the blesbok shank, with lots of seasonal veg and peppery crunch.
Beef short rib at Grande Provence
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.
Dessert at Grande Provence. Berry ice cream sandwich and pot au creme.
And then, dessert. Creamy caramelised white chocolate pot au creme on the left, berry ‘ice cream sandwich’ on the right. Amazing and highly recommended.
Grande Provence trees.
Franschhoek main road is back along this tree-lined driveway.
Swimming in Cape Town sea.
We stopped off for a quick dip in the sea on our way home as it was still so very hot.

Mid-week evenings

Dog watching TV
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.

Banoffee shakes, suburban sunsets and Mad Hatter boss birthday parties

Hellooo, loyal blog reader! πŸ™‚

I am in quite a jolly mood today as I took a day’s leave, so instead of constantly checking emails, loading articles, drinking gallons of coffee and editing others’ writing I have been taking naps, (still drank gallons of coffee) and letting my brain reset itself after the madness of the last few weeks.

I’ve also put together a few of our most recent highlights for you below, scroll and click at your whim.

Saturday, 25 June 2016: Meet Bertie’s new dinosaur, celebratory dins at Petiscos

Banoffee shake at Daily Cafe
We returned to our local Daily Cafe for Saturday’s breakfast – I’d already had a coffee at home so kicked things off with a banoffee shake. Was delicious and went very well with my caramel-apple pancakes (ate them too fast for a snap, sorry).
Breakfast wrap at The Daily Cafe
Husband’s breakfast wrap came with a portion of mini roast tomatoes and delicious chips. I helped him finish. So kind of me πŸ˜‰
Dog and toy
The pic’s a little blurry but just look at that happy grin! Bertie’s last chew toy/TV viewing companion had finally bitten the dust so we presented him with a new fluffy dinosaur on Saturday afternoon. He loves it πŸ™‚
Lindt flake shake
Later that evening we went to Petisco’s to celebrate my 96% final exam mark for Shaw Academy’s digital marketing course that I completed after hours in May/June. The eagled-eyed among you will note this was my second milkshake of the day – this time a ‘Lindt Flake shake’. Every bit as delicious as it sounds! Also note bread basket, perfect for dipping contents of into olive oil/balsamic vinegar swirls.
Petiscos chicken
Just look at Husband smiling at his food! He went for the chicken curry, I had the half-chicken xai xai, which is a delicious creamy sauce. Husband helped me finish. Lighting was quite dark so I stitched these two pics together so you could see both ends of the table. That’s not a disappearing man to the left of me πŸ™‚

Sunday, 26 June 2016: Stunning suburban sunset

McPherson's Irish breakfast
Just look at Husband smiling at his food again. This was his ‘Irish breakfast’ at McPherson’s on Sunday morning – your usual English breakfast with a side of potato wedges. I went for the banana-caramel pancakes. Again delicious, again eaten too fast for a photo. Oops.
Chilli con carne
When we got to Mum’s for lupper that eve she had outdone herself with this steaming chilli con carne and side dishes of avo and cheese, with pitas to hold it all together. Amazing!
Dog watching TV
Bertie was entertained by the music videos playing on the iPad. He bobs his little head around and sometimes whines in tune with the songs, and seems to be very curious about how animals get into those tiny screens.
Pink sunset in Cape Town
The wind was blowing and you could just tell it would be a magical sunset from the pink patches that started seeping across the sky…
Sunset in Cape Town
It sure was pretty! We all stood on the patio for a while gazing at the prettiness above us… before the cold become a bit much.

Tuesday, 28 June 2016: Mad Hatter’s Tea Party

Mad Hatter party
Just some of the amazing ‘Mat Hatter’ themed eats and treats we surprised our big boss with on his birthday this week.
Mad hatter party
You can just see my ‘mad hat’ perched on my head – tis a tiny sombrero that usually lives on a teddy bear.
Bizcommunity Mad Hatter tea party
The Madly-Hatted Bizcommunity team. So much effort was put into this party by our entertainment committee and various in-house bakers, and the outcome was such a success. We had cake for days!

Friday, 1 July 2016: Breakfast and pastries with parents

Raith deli breakfast
After a brief lie-in, the parents popped in and treated me to breakfast at Raith deli in Gardens. This was dad’s sausagey double-cappuccino breakfast
Croissant and cappuccino at Raith's
I went for the ‘coffee and pastry’ combo instead – R35 for a cappuccino AND mammoth almond croissant, with a tunnel of almond paste along the bottom.
Forneri Italia cream puffs
The fun didn’t end there… We also stopped in for an assortment of amazing Italian cream puffs at Forneria Italia on the way home. These are all so good it’s impossible to pick a favourite. Might as well try one of each πŸ™‚

That’s all, folks! Tis set to be quite the chilly weekend here in the Cape so huddle up and keep warm.