December may have only just kicked off but I’ve already had my first full Christmas lunch of the year!
Friday, 1 December 2017: Adele Searll 100 Club Christmas lunch at the Table Bay Hotel
A nut-crackingly good welcome to the Table Bay Hotel.
The decorations in and around the Table Bay Hotel got me into Christmas mode, fast. See the bright purply baubles everywhere.
Pink bubbly in the sunshine? Don’t mind if I do!
Beautiful tables in the Table Bay Hotel ballroom.
I was invited as Pam Westaway’s guest and enjoyed the Cathy Specific entertainment – that’s ‘her’ top left. Yes, I’m standing in the picture. On my tippy toes.
Proper Christmas lunch – we shared platters of endive salad with walnuts, then each had a plate of turkey with pumpkin and cranberries and carrots, and ended with slices of pumpkin pie with maple-pecan ice cream and mince pies with coffee. Simply scrumptious!
Saturday, 2 December 2017: Ons Huisie breakfast, Wimpy shakes and home braai
We decided on breakfast at Ons Huisie on Saturday morning. See Husband’s curried mince on toast topped with eggs and my berries-and-cream French toast.
Breakfast at our table at Ons Huisie.
We decided on a Wimpy shake as our Saturday afternoon treat. See my peanut butter-toffee chocolate version up close with Husband’s plain banana shake in the background.
Next stop, Saturday afternoon braai at our house, with Spec sleeping over as we had plans for the following morning.
Coals cooking away before we added the meat to the braai.
Bassie is always photogenic. See a few snaps of her on backs of couches and begging for crisps during the braai. Such a sweetie.
Some of the tasty treats we ate at the braai. Yes, that is a chocolate pizza dessert bottom right.
Sunday, 3 December 2017: Mugg & Bean brekkie and Justice League at Bayside, beach visit
We were up early on Sunday for breakfast and to watch Justice League at Bayside. Our Mugg & Bean brekkie included banoffee-chocolate French toast for me and the standard eggs-toast-bacon option for the brothers, with cappuccino all round.
Close up of my meal once I’d separated out the layers. Banana slices with caramel sauce on the left, banana slices with chocolate sauce and thick cream blobs on the right.
Spec and I are such true geeks who wear our superhero outfits and pose like the characters outside movie posters. Yes, even if other people are around.
We did some Christmas shopping at the Table Bay Mall on Sunday afternoon. The decorations are lovely and bright!
We stopped at Dolphin Beach later that afternoon for a stroll and jump along the icing-sugar sand and Husband had a quick dunk in the sea.
Tuesday, 5 December 2017: Carrot cake and milk tart in the office
We had cake in the office on Tuesday to celebrate Cari’s birthday over the weekend. Slices were thin so we could sample both, carrot cake and milk tart. They were amazing.
That’s all, folks! I hinted at my latest DIY home project in my
last blog post, big reveal below…
Here it is in all its glory. I’d been gifted with wooden numbers to mosaic and add to the front of our house once we moved in three years ago. We waited until the wall was up and freshly painted, then waited for me to decide on a colour scheme I liked, then estimated how much grouting and mosaic and trim I’d need and finally completed the job over my recent staycation. Sparkly!
August is almost everyone else in my family’s birthday – dad, mum, mum-in-law – so expect celebrate-y pics on the blog over the coming weeks. First up was dad this last Thursday, with a public holiday the day before so we got to spend some time with him.
Wednesday, 2 and Thursday, 3 August 2017: Social media leadership workshop at Red & Yellow School
I was back in the thick of things after our mid-week break at Old Mac Daddy, covering the two-day social media Executive Education workshop at Red & Yellow School in Salt River. Click here for the four articles I wrote as a result.
Mike Stopforth presented the workshop and boy did I learn a lot! ‘Brave curious minds’ indeed.
Friday, 4 August 2017: New office reveal and Italian Experience media launch at 95 at Parks
A few snaps of what our new office space looks like. Just one floor up from where we were before, that’s our bright, colourful new entrance; clown-themed kitchen space; my desk complete with disinterested antelope mug; and a pink Mmmallow to show how it tied in the rest of the purple in the room that day.
And the view from my desk? Well if you factor in my love of Lion’s Head and pink sunrise skies, you’ll know this is about as good as it gets.
Friday afternoon saw the media launch of Giorgio Nava’s new Italian Experience at 95 at Parks in Constantia. Some snaps of the setting…
The first lot of food we sampled included calamari and veggie tempura with Prosecco, deconstructed Caprese salad and orecchiette with veal.
Even more food. This is the ravioli, gnocchi, osso bucco and gelati. Full descriptions in my official review here! Yes, I ate everything you see here.
Saturday, 5 August 2017: Wimpy waffles, relaxed doggies and family braai
I was in the mood for a waffle for Saturday morning breakfast so we stopped off at Wimpy, Canal Walk first thing. See my Wimpy coffee, sweet treat waffle, and Husband Tabasco-saucing his mince-and-egg bowl.
Sweet Saturday afternoon doggies, eating grass and relaxing on the couch accordingly.
It was once again time for us to host the Andrews’ family braai. Note assorted snacks, Bassie sitting with mommy, Bertie sitting with his dad and uncle (all bedecked in brown), and the end-result.
Sunday, 6 August 2017: News Cafe breakfast, Eden on the Bay milkshake treats
News Cafe was the place to be for Sunday morning breakfast. It was buzzing so we had quite a wait but enjoyed my early-bird special (half-price English breakfast) and Husband’s City Slicker (eggs benedict complete with avo and chorizo).
It was time for Bertie to get a new TV-viewing companion, so we introduced him to his new bear, Elephant. Look at that happy little face. ❤
We wanted fancy shakes for our Sunday afternoon treats. See my real strawberry shake and Husband’s hot-fudge-and-bourbon version at Primi in Eden on the Bay.
Wednesday, 9 August 2017: Women’s Day Snickers cookie, Driftwood Cafe mussel pot and Glowing Rooms’ 3D putt-putt
We started our Women’s Day with breakfast at the Black Forest Cafe. Just the place to get your coffee fix, clearly, and each lady ordering a coffee got a free cookie. I went for my favourite Snickers cookie, topped and filled with bits of choc. Yum!
We stopped off at the Driftwood Cafe while the car was being washed. That’s my latte, Husband’s Black Label draught and my tiramisu in a martini glass.
Husband went for the mussel pot mains – served in a creamy tomato broth, he mopped up all the last bits.
We wanted to treat my dad to a different experience for his birthday, so headed off to the Galaxy Adventure 3D putt-putt Glowing Rooms in Milnerton. What a treat it was!
Some of the otherworldly scenery. Couple this with the black lights, 3D glasses and unexpected hills and vales on the course and you feel like you’re drunk or drugged!
This is the type of photo you end up taking there. Very otherworldly!
Some of the holes were very tricky indeed but Mum and Dad each managed a hole-in-one, with dad the overall victor. No, we didn’t just let him win.
Thursday, 10 August 2017: DJ Yoda and Dad’s birthday dins at Blowfish
I had a meeting in Salt River on Thursday afternoon, and couldn’t resist snapping a photo of this lovely ‘DJ Yoda’ graffiti in their chill room.
We met my parents at Blowfish restaurant in Dolphin Beach after work on Thursday for Dad’s birthday dins. That’s my Turkish Delight shake, the others all had wine.
We were seated at what I call ‘the best table in the house’ – at the back with a view across the bay to Table Mountain, bedecked with twinkly lights.
All four of us had the Kite Boarders’ salad of chicken, bacon, avo, egg – yummy. Then see the calamari-prawn combo the others had for mains, and the caramel cheesecake I had for mains/dessert. DELICIOUS!
That’s all, folks! See you next week…
*Disclaimer: Obviously the meal at 95 at Parks was part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally. Click here for my full review of the Italian Experience at 95 at Parks.
This blog post may seem slightly longer than usual as we’ve had two public holidays in the past two weeks (hello voting day and Women’s Day), but I’ve condensed the 200-odd pics I’d taken since my last update so as not to bombard you too much, as you’ll see below…
Saturday, 31 July 2016: Doggies’ pajama party at their grandparents
Aww! Remember we were away from home reviewing Leeu House in Franschhoek at the end of July, which I covered in my last update? Mum sent me a few pics of the ‘pajama party’ the doggies had at their house in our absence. Look at Bassie asleep IN a blankie, having a ‘tall hug’ with her Grampa, and soaking up some sunshine with her brother. They were fast asleep in the last pic, heart-meltingly cute!
Wednesday, 3 August 2016: Voting day Village breakfasts, doggy beach walks and Asian dins
We breakfasted at our local Village Place Cafe. I had the French Village toastie, Husband had the salmon eggs ben. Not our usual weekday breakfasts by a long shot!
My two boys, busy with ‘walkies’ just before sunset at Kreeftebaai.
A slightly sandy Bassie staring at her nemesis (the car’s windscreen wipers) on our way home from walkies.
That’s one very happy doggy post-walkies. Just look at his tongue!
The view from Eden on the Bay later that evening.
Husband wanted sushi and I was happy with the sweet-and-sour chicken at The Orient in Eden on the Bay. Both washed down with Fanta Orange, as you do. If you peer closely, you can see the voting mark ink on my thumb. 😉
Thursday, 4 August 2016: Winter menu review at Blowfish, Dolphin Beach
Can you believe in our almost-four years in Table View we’d not yet et at the Blowfish restaurant in Dolphin Beach, just up the street? Now we know what we’ve been missing! All I can say is, go on a Thursday so the prawn lovers among you can try the R99 prawn platter served with garlic butter (top left), and the others can sample the many dishes on offer on the Winter special menu, also available for the rest of the month. It’s R149 for 2 courses, R199 for 3. See my beef espetada bottom left and the brownie I wolfed down for dessert… Mmm. Click here for my rather descriptive official review 🙂
Saturday, 6 August 2016: Women’s Day Being Boss brunch, Mexican burgers at Mexican on Long and SANCCOB’s penguins
Look at the lovely pastries on offer at last weekend’s Being Boss brunch for ladies, held at the Fire & Ice Hotel. Made it worth getting up a little earlier than usual on a Saturday…
Networking! That’s the back of me in purple, with some of the ‘lady bosses’ – click here for my event feedback if you missed it earlier in the week.
Post-conference, Husband and I made our way to Mexican on Long, where they have amazing milkshake flavours (that’s the R30 tiramisu in my hand), as well as ‘Mexican burgers’ for R25.
See? It’s Mexican as the patty is served in a tortilla instead of a bun. Lovely spicy BBQ sauce and was only R10 extra for the portion of chips with mug of tomato sauce. Win win.
We stopped in at SANCCOB, the Southern African Foundation for the Conservation of Coastal Birds, on our way home to greet the penguins. But first, I snapped Husband gazing at the boats in Flamingo Vlei. The weather was amazingly non-Wintery.
Look at the cuties just standing around. We watched one pick up a rock and trot around the pool with it firmly grasped in his jaw, only to safely deposit it back where he’d started after a full circuit, proudly telling the others to get out of the way of his important mission. It’s free entry from 10am to 4pm tomorrow as it’s Science Week…
Sunday, 7 August 2016: Parents’ pre-birthday lunch at Blues
I was a little under the weather when we woke so we decided to get some coffee down my throat, stat. The cafe latte from Lacomia in our nearest Builder’s Warehouse did the trick, as did the chocolate cheesecake pictured top-left. Husband enjoyed his eggs benedict bottom left, topped with ‘sweet potato shavings’.
As my parents both celebrate their birthdays this week and had booked a few days away on the KZN coast, Sunday lunch was the ideal time for a pre-birthday celebration. We chose Blues as they’re running a ‘buy 2 main meals and only pay for 1’ offer throughout Winter. That’s me in front of Blues in Camps Bay – yes, the weather had turned chilly again…
Mum grinning and browsing through the menu (see how she’s appropriately dressed in blue).
Me grinning and perusing the menu. Note I’m also appropriately dressed.
There is Husband with his seafood linguine. He did’t get the memo about dressing in blue to match the restaurant’s name. alas. Also pictured is the gourmet burger topped with cheese and bacon, the blackened salmon, and my wonderful strawberry shake.
So much of a wonderful shake that I took a number of photos of it from different angles. On second thoughts, I should have tried the chocolate shake, too. 😦 YOLO or FOMO or whatever the kids are saying these days. I’ll be back!
All my favourites outside Blues. Dad got the ‘wear blue’ memo and Husband’s holding my box of leftover burger and chips.
What a cutie! Husband took this shot after our local neighbourhood walkies much later on Sunday afternoon. Bassie was thrilled.
Tuesday, 9 August 2016: Women’s Day breakfast at Black Forest Cafe, Portalia pizzas
Tuesday was national Women’s Day and the day dawned bright and sunny. Following a brief lie-in we went out to satisfy our rumbling tums, and ended up at the Black Forest Cafe. It’s only open during the week as is on the grounds of St Matthew’s church on Janssens Road. What a wonderful breakfast. Look at my cappuccino with homemade biscuit on the side, my warm almond cruffin (croissant-muffin) up right (for just R17!) and Husband’s grand breakfast bottom right. We had all this while listening to birdies chirp and feeling the sun warm our backs. T’was blissful.
When I saw all the homemade cookies on offer at Black Forest Cafe, I just couldn’t resist. This Snickers cookie was R12 and had bits of choc baked into the top and inside. See before and after bite. So good! Go there, if you’re plan-free in Table View during the week!
A pre-birthday pizza party! Proof we were all there at Portalia in Parklands, right around the corner from our old house, the day before dad’s birthday, and just look at the lovely pizzas. All were crispy-based and delicious.
The ‘pizza side’ of Portalia’s menu (all the other food is listed on the back of it) and my lovely strong hot chocolate. We had an early night as were delivering the parents to the airport before sunrise the next morning.
That’s all, folks! Have a relaxing weekend, you deserve it. 🙂
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Blowfish were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
Hello, hi, hooray! I’ve taken a few days off next week – call it a mid-winter break, if you will. Mother-in-law is flying down for a visit this week and we have all sorts of fun things planned. So today is a good place to be. 🙂
Highlights of the past week include the ultimate winter warmer meal we got to review at Mondiall at the V&A last Saturday. (It’s the same place I used to go for their
chocolate sundae… on a Sunday When I had purple hair). But first a bit of a catch-up…
Sunday, 3 July 2016: Milkshakes and doggies
Remember we spent the night in Wellington? We took the long way home through Durbanville and marvelled at the oddly chopped trees.
We stopped at Rocomamas for their legendary shakes on the way home. That’s Husband with the caramel vodka shake, while I had a mug of creme brulee shake. Delicious.
Finally home, the doggies were also back from their pajama party at their grandparents. Bertie looks happy, Bassie not so much.
Monday, 4 July 2016: Doodles winter specials for dins
We treated ourselves to dinner at Doodles on the beachfront on Monday – their winter specials mean Husband’s linefish (angelfish on the night) with baked potato came to R69, while my chicken schnitzel with pepper sauce and fries was R59. Husband had his with a draught, mine with a caramel shake, both with a view of the sunset over the sea. Simply magical.
Wednesday, 6 July: Meet our office mascot, Uma
She’s only been to the office once but everyone loves our founder’s doggy, Uma. She was very well-behaved.
Friday, 8 July: Chicken curry rotis work lunch at work
We were treated to homemade chicken curry in rotis for lunch at work last Friday. Delicious. The pic on the right is what I usually end up foraging for lunch at my desk. Now you know 🙂
Saturday, 9 July 2016: Sleepy doggies and Mondiall’s wonderful July Winter menu
The doggies were in playful sleepy mode when they woke up on Saturday. Here is Bertie, offering up his belly for tickles…
Little Miss Bassie was all sorts of funny. First she settled herself between my pillows, then she wormed her way between pillows and headboard… and fell asleep sitting upright. ❤
Following a day of weekend admin and chores that just aren’t interesting enough to be photographed we headed off to the Waterfront to review the July Winter menu at Mondiall. We don’t often go out at night, particularly in winter, so it was a novelty to see all the pretty fairy lights and the Wheel glowingly brightly at the Waterfront.
Look at that squiggly light and inviting fire. Lovely winter meal setting, Mondiall. Those tables you see were all shifted out the way for a salsa class later that evening.
Husband sampling his gluhwein. Got our bellies nicely fired up before all the comfort food started coming at us…
But we started nice and slow. See our well lit table complete with glasses of wine, bread and butter. Husband sat at one end, me at the other, with a view over the harbour out the window to the right.
Mmm, Mondiall! This is what the July Winter special comprises. Pork neck in Asian broth with skinny noodles crunchy edamame beans in top left, with bread to mop up the last of the sauce. Top right was my mains: The homemade tagliatelle with Gorgonzola, walnut, spinach and crisp onion. Bottom left was Husband’s mains: The lamb shank on bed of creamy potatoes with veg. Bottom right was the ‘Chef’s choice dessert on the night: A white chocolate fondant with mixed berry sorbet. Click here for my official review!
Sunday, 10 July 2016: News Cafe breakfast, Winter beach visit
Lol. We always try for a ‘group shot’ when we have the early-bird breakfast special at our local News Cafe. It had been closed for renovations since we were last there on Father’s Day, so we thought we’d breakfast there to surprise mom and dad if they decided to eat there too. They did. 🙂
T’was a perfect beach day on Sunday so we dipped our toes in the icy water at Dolphin Beach, my favourite for its icing sugar sand.
A week later, the attempt at ‘sitting on the couch with mommy’ photo results in the same doggy expressions. Happy Bertie, worried Bassie. So cute.
Mum made an amazing chocolate pudding/cake ‘just because’ when we popped in for lupper that eve. ❤ Love the guineafowl placemats.
That’s all folks! Tis another chilly weekend so I predict lots of snuggling ahead and hot drinks to be imbibed…
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Mondiall were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.