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Weekend Driftwood afternoons and Winter-warm dogs get a Spring clean

Woohoo! September’s always a happy month as we’re over the worst of the work things and the end of the year is in sight so the pressure eases off a little. Here are a few of our happier moments from the past week and a bit…

Sunday, 27 August: Post-Tulbagh Driftwood shakes and beach selfies

Driftwood Cafe
Ahh. Late-Winter means you often get surprisingly warm, non-windy days just perfect for sitting in the sun and defrosting. That’s just what we did after we got home from our Tulbagh weekend, with a lazy draught, shake and meal at the Driftwood.
Beach selfies
Later that afternoon it was time for a few beach selfies. I am amused πŸ˜‰

Tuesday, 29 August 2017: Pamro conference at the Vineyard Hotel, doggies get a delivery

Mike Broom at Pamro
I bumped into Mike Broom of Panel Services Africa/Infotools/Marketing Science at the Pamro conference and had a quick catch-up chat.
Vineyard Hotel pool
This picture shows just how gloomy the weather was that day – just right for having an informative day indoors while the rain beat down outside.
Pamro at Vineyard Hotel
Conference shots. The hotel was full on the day and the food was amazing, as always. I also wrote about my learnings from the day – you can read through a few of the topics here, here, here and here.
Hills Dreammaker
The doggies received a Very Exciting media pack that evening – so excting that Bertie got into the box to see what it was. Oh joy, another #Dreammaker cushion from Hills! Say goodbye to the days of sharing!
dogs on hills dreammaker
The doggies have spent every chilly evening since then just like this, huddled in front of the warmth of the fire on their Hills #Dreammaker cushis.

Friday, 1 September 2017: #Cupcakeformyhero

#Cupcakeformyhero
Last Friday was Spring Day here in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the launch of this year’s #cupcakesformyhero initiative by Mugg & Bean. For R22 you get a tangy, fluffy lemon meringue cupcake in aid of childhood cancer awareness.

Saturday, 2 September 2017: Rocomamas and braai at our house

Breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We had lots of weekend chores to get through last Sunday still, so started off with breakfast at Village Place Cafe in West Coast Village. I had the heart-biscuited cappuccino and blueberry-topped banting flapjacks, husband had the light Village breakfast.
Rocomamas
A meal at Rocomama’s is always a good idea. Here is Husband with his Castle Lite draught and chilli cheese bomb chicken burger. I went for the classic cheese beef smash burger and the ‘surprise me’ freak shake. It was an espresso/coffee/caramel concoction on the day. YUMMY! There’s also a sped-up video of me drinking it that we may or may not release πŸ˜‰
dogs on couch
Bassie was not impressed when her brother decided to disembowel his current bear, Elephant, on the couch beside her during the weekly braai.
Dogs sleeping
The Andrews family at the braai – the doggies were content to nap on the couch in front of the blazing fire. PS: Yes, my hair looks a completely different colour to the photo from Rocomamas earlier – it’s all the lighting.
Caramel braai pudding
Caramel braai pudding. Sticky and runny and delicious.

Sunday, 3 September 2017: A dunk in the sea and doggy spring clean

Waffle and eggs benedict at Greens
We headed off to Greens in Plattekloof Centre for Sunday morning breakfast. Both of us had a cappuccino to start, with Husband devouring a spinach-and-mushroom eggs benedict and the caramel-banana waffle for me. Yip, more caramel!
Sea
Husband had a proper dunking in the sea that afternoon. Look at those crashing waves!
Wet dog
The doggies had a proper spring clean themselves that afternoon. Here’s Bertie trying to dry off in a bit of sun.
Wet dog
Bassie chose a cooler corner.
Avo strawberry salad and jelly trifle
Lupper at Mum’s that eve – strawberry avo salad, unpictured roast chicken and jelly-custard trifle for dessert.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017: Coffee catch-up at Cassis

Cassis in Gardens Centre
I met Mike Broom for part two of our coffee chat this week, at Cassis in Gardens Centre. See my custard-chocolate twist with my first cappuccino, while he went for an Americano with hot milk and a caramel apple tartlet.

That’s all, folks! Note that there won’t be a blog update next week, but the following week’s will be well worth the wait – we promise πŸ˜‰ Happy weekend!

Elgin sunsets, rainbows and Sup boarding at Old Mac Daddy

While we weren’t at work for the past week in full, it sure was a busy one as we sorted quite a bit of admin, had a mini vacation and still spent quite a few long hours Β in our offices…

Friday, 28 July 2017: Creative Mornings Cape Town on the Nasdak

Creative Mornings Cape Town
Last Friday I attended the monthly #CreativeMorningsCT session, this time at the Nasdak. Click here to read my coverage on Biz.

Saturday, 29 July 2017: New Village Place Cafe menu, Uni Mil rugby and Orient sushi dins

Village Place Cafe breakfast
We were intrigued by the new menu at Village Place Cafe on Saturday morning – note my cappuccino with heart-shaped biscuit and French toast topped with bacon, banana and nuts. Scrumdiddlyumptious, as the BFG would say.
Uni Mil Rugby
We collected Husband’s brother and dad to support the local rugby team, Uni Mil or ‘Millies’, at Theo Marais Park. The wind was blowing away but luckily the main team had enough bluster of their own to secure a win.
Sushi at The Orient.
We’d planned an Andrews family dinner that evening to celebrate Spec’s 35th birthday and new job, along with other things. We opted for The Orient at Seaside Village for sushi, and I had sweet-sour chicken with the chocolate spring rolls to start.

Sunday, 30 July 2017: Fancy French toast and sunny Sunday afternoons

French toast at Poplars at D'Aria
We started our Sunday at Poplars at D’Aria in Durbanville. There was a chill in the air so we sat inside even though the outside setting looked very inviting. Note my amazing French toast.
Driftwood Cafe
We had our traditional Sunday afternoon treat at the Driftwood Cafe – that’s a custard shake for me and a draught beer for Husband. See the pretty birdie flying overhead and sunset from Mum’s that eve.

Monday, 31 July 2017: One night’s stay at Old Mac Daddy

Sir Lowry's Pass
Following a lazy lie-in it was time to pack our bags as we’d booked a mid-week break at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin. Lol at this photo. The wind was so strong at the top of Sir Lowry’s Pass we decided to include this photo as proof. #Messyhairdontcare.
Old Mac Daddy.
Hidden in the Elgin Valley, Old Mac Daddy promises a getaway with a difference. Note the Airstream trailers, chilly pool and swing chairs on our porch.
Old Mac Daddy trailers
The trailers are highly detailed – we stayed in The Birdie and my parents were in The Dream, which comes complete with scary naked-lady pillow.
Coffee in nature at Old Mac Daddy in Elgin
Ahh. My favourite. Relaxing with a freshly brewed cuppa java in a peaceful setting. That’s just what we did after settling into our trailer.
Beach at Old Mac Daddy
Introducing the beach at Old Mac Daddy! You can swing in hammocks, sip a cocktail, take a family photo or try your hand at Sup boarding.
Next stop, off for an explore! Husband tried his hand at stand-up paddling or Supping at the Old Mac Daddy β€˜beach’ – he took to it like a fish to water. Not meaning that he fell in, we’re Aquarians so natural water masters, remember?
Next stop, off for an explore! Husband tried his hand at stand-up paddling or Supping at the Old Mac Daddy β€˜beach’ – he took to it like a fish to water. Not meaning that he fell in, we’re Aquarians so natural water masters, remember?
Old Mac Daddy Barn.
Husband started talking about ‘bucket lists’ after seeing these bucket lights in the main eating barn at Old Mac Daddy. That’s also where we watched the sunset and had cocktails and dins.
Sunset
This is the sunset I mentioned. Brittle and wintery.
Food at Old Mac Daddy
The dins I mentioned – I went for the jalapeno poppers top left and apple pie-cheesecake (yes, cheesecake topped with apple pie) bottom right, mom had the Mexican burger bottom left, Husband had the chicken-prawn jambalaya curry in the middle and dad had the pizza top right.

Tuesday, 1 August 2017: Rainy doggy beach walkies

Barn at Old Mac Daddy
It was back to the barn for breakfast first thing on Tuesday. We then spent some time relaxing in our trailer before check out time.
Rainbow and sandy dogs
It was a cold, rainy day – see the rainbow we snapped out of the Elgin Valley, and happy sandy doggies after a brief walk on the beach in the drizzle.

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

Jumbo hotdogs, Intaka Island walks and teatime treats at The Vineyard

I said we’d have lots of pics of the in-laws in my last update, and lots of pics we have! They’ll be in town for a few more weeks so expect them to feature in the next few updates. πŸ™‚ We had lots of food balanced out by lots of walks, as you’ll see below…

Saturday, 12, November 2016: Big Bay brekkie, Intaka Island and doggy walks

Breakfast at the Eden Cafe
We started our Saturday with breakfast at the Eden Cafe at Eden on the Bay in Big Bay. That’s my latte on the left and banana-marscapone flapjacks on the right.
Eden on the Bay breakfast
There’s Husband and his mum, both tucking into their Surfer’s breakfasts (salmon-and-scrambled-egg panini), with his dad’s English breakfast on the right.
Table Mountain from Eden Cafe
Here are Husband and his parents, mountain-gazing from a chilly Big Bay after breakfast at the Eden Cafe.
Jumbo cheese griller at Canal Walk
We popped into Canal Walk briefly after that as we were in the area for our afternoon at Intaka Island while Dad-in-law met up with a friend. Just look at this enormous hotdog we shared! Tis a jumbo cheese griller.
Intaka Island
Intaka Island is a real hidden gem in the heart of all those fancy buildings. Here is Mother, making her way through the walkway.
Weaver nests
Lots of little weaver nests are dotted in the rushes at the water’s edge.
Intaka Island heronry
These are the floating heronries at Intaka Island. We joked they should be renamed ‘ibiseries’ as we saw just one grey heron on the day.
Intaka Island viewing hut
We stopped at the viewing hut mid-way to gaze across at the pretty view…
Century City Intaka Island
Such a photogenic spot in Century City, but those construction cranes framing the mountain mar the beauty.
Intaka island bench
Husband and his mum taking a break from all the walking.
Table Mountain from Sunset Beach
We stopped at Sunset Beach on our way home. This is the view of Table Mountain from the walkway between parking lot and beach.
Blouberg beach from Sunset Beach
Blouberg looks tiny and so far away from Sunset Beach, but it’s the next stop on the bus route along the coast. Look at those tiny kites in the distance!
Ships at Sunset Beach
There were quite a few ships on the horizon and the water was freezing.
Dog walk
Despite having had quite extensive walkies ourselves already, we treated the doggies to an amble around the neighbourhood that evening. See how happy we all are here.
Dog walk
But the doggies soon changed expressions. These doggy faces are just the funniest!
Food at Driftwood Cafe
That evening we dined at the Driftwood Cafe. That’s Mother-in-law and Husband with their food on the left, with Dad-in-law and me on the right. Don’t worry, close-ups of the food to follow…
Food at Driftwood Cafe
Our four full plates from the Driftwood Cafe. I had the blooming onion, top left, Husband had the eisbein and mash, bottom left, Mother-in-law had the mussel pot and Dad-in-law had hake and chips.

Sunday, 13 November 2016: Primi beachfront breakfast and full family braai

Breakfast at Primi
We wanted a view of the sea for Sunday breakfast – and delicious food, of course, so Primi is where we ended up. I had the super-sized cappuccino (just look at that mug bottom left!) I also ate the freshest croissant with a side of bacon (top left), with Husband going for the salmon eggs benedict you can see bottom right, and the parents sharing a portion of eggs Florentine between them, top right.
Braai
When last did we have a full family braai, with both sets of parents in attendance? Probably a good four years ago, before we moved to Cape Town. Top left is all the meat on the braai, bottom left is Husband and his dad getting the fire going, me with a Strongbow berry cider and all the menfolk watching/playing/laughing at cricket on the right.
Ruth Rendell book and sausage dog
Much later that evening it was just Bassie and me on the couch with my book. She refused to look at the camera though.

Monday, 14 and Tuesday, 15 November 2016: INMA Conference at The Vineyard Hotel

Tea at The Vineyard Hotel
I spend Monday and Tuesday this week networking and note-taking at The Vineyard Hotel at the Interntational News Media Association (INMA) global summit. The tea time treats were amazing – here are my four mini-plates over the two days. Read up on my conference coverage here and here and here and here.
Vineyard Hotel
Just so you know, this was the distracting view from my seat in the Vineyard Hotel ballroom at the INMA conference. It’s a wonder I got anything done.

That’s all, folks! Happy weekend πŸ™‚

Dancing with elephants, chicnic feasts and fireworks

This last weekend was a very busy one, as you’ll see below – this selection of pics made the cut from about 250 in total! Let me know your favourite…

Thursday, 3 November 2016: IABC Africa gala dinner at the Vineyard Hotel

Cloudy sky at The Vineyard Hotel
The sky was overcast and there was a definite chill in the air but we had a lovely time at The Vineyard Hotel last Thursday. This is to show how low the cloud was over the mountain, as well as to set the scene for how very ‘deep-in-nature-y’ everything felt in this batch of snaps.
Black, white and silver
We made an effort to stick to the colour scheme of black, white and silver, as you can see.
Dancing under the stars with elephants
Such gorgeous table decorations, and fitting too as the theme for the night was ‘dancing under the stars with elephants’. Click here to read my overview on Biz if you missed it this week.
Food at Vineyard Hotel
We ate a trout-y starter, lamb-y mains and assorted mini-desserts. Full descriptions here, in my official event overview, which explains how we ‘danced with elephants’.

Saturday, 5 November 2016: Pink Olive breakfast, chicnic lunch, beachfront dins

Cappuccino at The Wild Olive.
We were in a garden-y outdoors-y frame of mind all weekend, kicked off by breakfast at The Pink Olive in Starke Ayres nursery, West Coast Village. I liked the look of the Adirondack chairs out front, we had birdies coming up to eat out of our hands and my cappuccino with side shortbread biscuit was just the ticket!
French toast at the Pink Olive
My French toast with grilled bananas and syrup was just what I felt for and rather filling. You can just see Husband’s sunny Eggs Benedict in the background.
SuperPlants display, Plattekloof.
Bellies full we were ready to browse some garden centres for veggie garden ideas. This display at SuperPlants in Plattekloof caught my eye.
Road to Franschhoek
Soon it was time to hit the road as we had a very important luncheon appointment in Franschhoek. Loved the way this made it seem like a long, empty road lit by fluffy clouds.
Franschhoek Valley.
Those mountains set around the Franschhoek Valley always make me feel comforted and hemmed into nature.
Franschhoek mountains
Another view of those blue peaks, from further up the road.
Chicnic at Allee Bleue.
The Allee Bleue chicnic truly is an amazing way to welcome Summer. My full review is up on Biz here. Do read it, highly recommended.
Allee Bleue driveway
The lovely tree-lined driveway from front gate to picnic area.
Paml trees at Allee Bleue
Nothing I love more than a line of palm trees!
Picnic area at Allee Bleue
Handsome Husband stepping out the car and heading towards the picnic area – through the little archway you can see.
Cheese and charcuterie at Allee Bleue
The cheese and charcuterie board was just brimming with tasty morsels, we didn’t know where to start!
Chilli tomato jam at Allee Bleue
We had four jars of flavoursome spreads and smears to choose from. This chilli-tomato jam went well with everything.
Bobotie pies at Allee Bleue
My favourite – homemade mini pies filled with bobotie.
Allee Bleue wines
Four of the estate’s flagship wines.
Hazelnut latte at Catch22
Much, much later that evening we went by bike to Catch22 on Marine Drive to catch the City of Cape Town’s Guy Fawkes display on Blouberg beach. That’s me with a hazelnut latte.
Long Island Ice Tea at Catch22
Husband went for the Long Island Ice Tea – he’s sad that they no longer muddle their Robben Island version, which added a vanilla Coke flavour.
Calypso's Catch salad at Catch22
Husband went for the Calypso Catch salad, which is bursting with all sorts of seafood.
Buccaneer beef burger at Catch22
I went for the Buccaneer beef burger, topped with bacon and cheese and served with chips and onion rings. Ate every morsel.
Guy Fawkes on Blouberg beach
Fireworks at sunset on Blouberg beach. It was packed and very well-run.

Sunday, 6 November 2016: Pancake at Blueberries and clean doggies

Banana pancake and coffee at Blueberries
We had breakfast at Blueberries on Sunday morning as it is in the Table View Shopping Centre, where we had a few errands to run. See my lovely glass-mugged cappuccino with Husband top left, his huge amount of food bottom left and my banana-caramel topped (and filled) pancake. Bananas for breakfast all weekend!
Wet dogs
Sunday was also the day of the doggie bath. Just look at these clean wet dogs! Both freshly emerged from a shower (with their dad). Bertie looks pleased, Bassie is very sorry for herself.
Clean dogs
Dry, clean, happy doggies. Bertie looks surprised and Bassie says having her ears tickled is just heavenly.
Beer at Driftwood Cafe
Much later that afternoon we popped into the Driftwood Cafe for our Sunday treat – a draught for Husband…
Custard shake at the Driftwood Cafe
I went for my Driftwood standard, the custard shake. Such a happy sunny setting.
Sunset in Cape Town
Sunset in the suburbs was so pretty this week.

That’s all, folks! Husband’s parents have just arrived for a week of house-hunting so you have an idea what type of pics you’ll see in next week’s update…

New job seafood, mid-week beach walks and cheesecake in a jar

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

Stairs to Cubana Blouberg
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.
Cappuccino at Cubana
My cappuccino and all the sugar I could possibly want. Funny as I only used one sachet.
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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.
Waterfront statue
Next stop: Waterfront. I decided to pause and hang out with this guy for a while.
Restaurant fishtank
Quite the eye-catching restaurant display.
Panama Jacks
And then, on to Panama Jacks in the harbour for Husband’s celebratory meal. Here he is just outside the doorway…
Avo seafood at Panama Jacks
Husband went for the ‘avo seafood’ starter.
Seafood marinara at Panama Jacks
For mains he had even more seafood in the fettuccini marinara.
Soup at Panama Jacks
I had the lamb-and-bean soup as starter/main…
Chocolate mousse dessert at Panama Jacks
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

Breakfast at Greens
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.
Milkshake at Driftwood cafe
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).
Milkshake at Driftwood
I think that expression means Husband enjoyed his, too.
Sunset in Cape Town
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

Cloud over mountain
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.
Coffee at Inner City Ideas Cartel
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.
Bridge in Cape Town
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

Bizcommunity content team lunch
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.
Raspberry smoothie at The Taproom
This time I sampled the raspberry smoothie. Thick and yoghurty, it’s a win.
Cheeseburger at The Taproom
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.
Orange chocolate cheesecake at The Taproom
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

Punjab Express
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.
Chicken curry at Punjab Express
That’s one portion of chicken tikka masala and one portion of Bombay potatoes. They go very well together!
Kreeftebaai beach sand
Then it was time for an evening beach walk with the doggies. We scampered across the rough shell-type sand at Kreeftebaai.
Dog at the sea
Husband and Bertie made a beeline for the waves, as they do.
Dog at the beach
Bassie and me stayed on dry ground, as we do.
Dogs at beach
Husband and the doggies trotted far ahead. All had a fun time.
Sandy dog
Bassie’s standard ‘happy sandy face ignoring the camera’ post-walkies.

That’s all, folks! Stay tuned for my next update…

Selfies with dogs and seafood platters at Panama Jacks

It has been an exciting week all round, with Mother-in-law, AKA Mother, jetting in from JHB to stay with us, so we have all sorts of fun activities planned with her for the next few days. See a few of our most recent highlights below…

Friday, 15 July 2016: Doggy daddy play

Dogs on couch
After work last Friday, the doggies decided it was time to ‘attack daddy’. If this was a video instead of photo, you’d see them frantically dashing from side to side, nipping at fingers and growling at anything that got in the way. They had a jolly time!

Saturday, 16 July 2016: Lacomia breakfast, Doodles dins

Cafe Lacomia cappuccino
If you head down to your nearest Builder’s Warehouse, chances are there’s a Cafe Lacomia tucked inside. We ventured into ours last Saturday morning as had all sorts of DIY tasks to tick off our to do list for the day… but also had rumbling tums to satiate. This cappuccino dusted with chocolate did the trick for me…
French toast at Cafe Lacomia
Especially when washing down this delightful French Toast that looks just like a waffle. T’was dusted in cinnamon sugar and a spattering of syrup, mmm. Kept our bellies purring all day as we completed those assorted tasks I mentioned, all the way through to dins, in fact.
Bullseye breakfast at Lacomia
Husband went for the Bullseye – two poached eggs, mushrooms, grated cheese and a frank. They seem to have updated their menu fairly recently as Zomato lists all sorts of other things and not what we remember.
Doodles winter specials
We returned to Doodles that evening to try out a few more of their specials. I went with the soup and pita option (R35) and Husband had his favourite – bangers and mash (R59).

Sunday, 17 July 2016: Morning at the Driftwood

Ducks at the Driftwood Cafe
On Sunday we decided on a stroll across to the Driftwood Cafe while our car was being washed. We were the only humans there, and enjoyed watching all the ducks get their breakfast. See them on the grass behind me.
Breakfast at Driftwood Cafe
We weren’t the only humans for long though as the sunshine got everyone out and about – even Mum (that’s mine, not to be confused with Husband’s Scottish Mother) and Dad popped in and joined us!
Nachtmusik with ice cream and grapefruit gin
The warm weather continued to such an extent that we had fancy cocktails at Mum’s that eve – grapefruity gin drinks and Nachtmusik with ice cream.

Monday, 18 July 2016: Col Cacchio lunch with parents and doggy selfies

Coffee shake at Col Cacchio
I had the day off on Monday, so Mum and Dad took me to Col Cacchio in Big Bay to try their new Winter lunch menu. For liquid beginnings I had a coffee shake. You can just see Mum’s Sprite Zero and Dad’s Smirnoff Storm in the background.
Col Cacchio Big Bay
What a lovely lunch we had! See our starter salami pizza bottom right and Mum with her bowl of pasta. Scrumdiddlyumptious, as the BFG would say (no, have not yet seen the movie) and all at less than R60 per bowl.
Dog on couch
After lunch I decided to read on the couch. Bertie slowly sidled closer and closer. Eventually I decided to document the doggy sense of adventure. These are some of my favourites.
Dachshund on couch
My attempts with Bassie were much more cautious as she is just so very suspicious of the camera. Also included Bertie’s most serious selfie so you can see the family resemblance.

Tuesday, 19 July 2016: Airport pick-up and seafood platter at Panama Jacks

Cold sky and mountains in Cape Town.
Tuesday dawned gloomy and grey. We got up late and headed towards the airport to collect our precious cargo for the week.
Panama Jacks
We met Mum and Dad at Panama Jacks for lunch as it’s a family favourite. Here’s a family shot (taken by Mother, that’s why she’s missing from the pic), so you can see the inside decor of Panama Jacks – I think every other time we’ve dined there, we sat facing the other wall.
Panama Jacks' seafood platter lunch
How lovely! Mother and son sharing the seafood platter special at Panama Jacks.

Wednesday, 20 July 2016: Haggis for dins

Haggis and mashed potatoes
We clearly don’t see Scottish Mother very often as she lives in JHB at the moment, so when we do see her there’s a strong chance that haggis is involved. That’s just what happened on Wednesday night, and we ate it all.

That’s all for now, folks. Tune in again next week for more of our adventures with Mother, before she returns to the big smoke! πŸ™‚

Robben Island tour and winter sunset curries

If you’re new to my blog you may not yet know that I love love LOVE Cape Town’s Winter specials. They’re an enticing way to lure us out over those frosty, wet weekends and evenings we’d otherwise be huddled up sadly under blankets, with the bonus of usually being at half-price. That’s exactly why we revisited Inside Lounge’s half-price Winter Monday/Tuesday chicken curry special this week – scroll through pics from that and other recent highlights below…

Wednesday, 1 June 2016: Robben Island ferry trip

Lunch box on ferry
The month of June dawned with the annual Kantar Media TV research conference taking place in Cape Town for the first time. After a full morning of tweeting, note-taking and networking we were hustled out of the Westin hotel, onto shuttles to the various activities we’d been booked onto. Us Robben Island ferry-goers were presented with these boxes of lunch filled with juice, crackers, muffins, wraps and apples. See the closed and open versions.
Sikhululekile ferry to Robben Island
All were surprised by just how large this ferry was for the trip across. Even though the sea was violent on the day we were relatively safe indoors, though a few brave souls did venture onto the open top. This was the hazy view of the Waterfront out right from Sikhululekile, the largest of three vessels that make the trip. You’re on the island for almost 4 hours at a pop so there are only 3 ferry trips a day, at roughly 27 minutes per 12km trip. Yes, I timed it. The water was that choppy.
Robert Sobuwe children beds on Robben Island.
One of the most photographed rooms on Robben Island – not Mandela’s cell but the room where political prisoner Robert Sobukwe’s children slept when granted permission to visit him in his own specially built solitary confinement prison on the island.
Coffee on Robben Island
Robben Island touring is emotionally tiring work, and that’s before you even delve beyond the non-political history. Did you know it was a leper colony (segregated by gender to prevent further leper births – 40 or so still somehow were born there, and several of these human bones were dug up?) It also served as an animal quarantine station… all a lifetime before becoming a military base. Lunch boxes long empty, we were treated to coffee and snacks in the tiny tea room on the island.
Robben Island photo frame
Table Mountain went into hiding behind all the thick cloud on the day – still a pretty shot with all these Wintery blues/greys and greens.

Kantar Media Robben Island
Lack of Table Mountain aside, this is still a good group shot! Only two South Africans in this pic (both of us on Robben Island for the first time), the rest were all international conference delegates. All thoroughly enjoyed the experience.

Lighthouse on Robben Island
The sky brightened as we continued our bus tour. Snapped from the other side of the island, the lighthouse is so sweet and fully functional. We also saw bokkies scampering about and lots of penguins near the coast. The island is only 12km in circumference so easy to get around.

Thursday, 2 June 2016: Conference treats at the Westin

Donuts at the Westin
Just look at that. The Westin outdid itself with this elevensies treat on Thursday morning – fresh glazed mini donuts and the most delicious coffee. If you’re wondering if I actually got any work done at the conference, click here and here for overviews of each day’s topics.

Friday, 3 June 2016: Masterful dinner plating

Pork rashers and mini baked potatoes
Isn’t this an appetising sight? Inspired by all the fancy gourmet meals we’ve reviewed lately, Husband put his plating skills to the test with this pork rasher/mini baked potato plate last Friday eve. It tasted even better than it looks!

Saturday, 4 June 2016: Petit Fours breakfast, Portuguese lunch at Dias Tavern

Eggs benedict at Petit Four.
We were up bright and early on Saturday so zoomed along to Petit Four on the beachfront – if you get there after 9am you just can’t get a table. Husband went for the traditional eggs benedict. At R80 it’s perhaps a tad pricey but most delicious, he left not a smidge of Hollandaise sauce on that plate.
Peanut butter marshmallow toast at Petit Four
I went for possibly my oddest breakfast choice yet. This ‘his and hers’ toast features smashed avo, feta and cheery tomatoes on the green slice, while the brown side is chunky peanut butter, roast marshmallow bits and chocolate ganache. Yes really, and no I didn’t smush the two halves together.
Birthday cake and caramel horns
After a few quick Saturday morning chores we were at Uncle Al’s house in West Beach to celebrate his recent 60th birthday. That there is a tiramisu cake, into which a sparkler was placed and lit, and those caramel horns are just amazing if you have a sweet tooth as strong as mine. Back right are little cheesy scones, and this entire spread was soon replaced by mini bobotie and springbok savoury pies. We ate and we ate!
Katembas at Dias Tavern
Next stop? More food! The parents had booked tickets for Kanala at the Fugard Theatre ages ago, and it always makes sense to stop in for a meal at Dias Tavern when doing so. Husband and Dad started off with catembas, which are these here mugs of Coke and red wine.
Sardines and chorizo at Dias Tavern
Dad went for these Portuguese specialities: grilled sardines and sliced chorizo. Mmmm.
Kanala at Fugard Theatre
Teehee. Mum and me posing much like Husband and I did when we last ‘theatred’ there, almost exactly a year ago. Click here if you don’t remember.

Sunday, 5 June 2016: Driftwood breakfast and Nando’s chilli hot chocolate

Duckling breakfast at Driftwood
We had a long leisurely breakfast on Sunday morning as had dropped off the car for a thorough wash then trotted across to the Driftwood Cafe. This ‘duckling’ breakfast came to a whopping R25 – including a cup of coffee!
Breakfast at Driftwood
Husband had the pricier and definitely more filling option – there’s a minute steak under that blob of peri sauce, as well as sausages, rashers of bacon, fried eggs, sweetcorn fritters and toast (not pictured).
Chilli hot chocolate at Nando's
As a treat later that afternoon Husband took me to our nearest Nando’s to try their chilli hot chocolate. It’s only on certain menus and not available as take-away. Left just a hint of burn on the tongue.

Monday, 6 June 2016: Sunset curries at Inside, Big Bay

Curry at Inside Lounge
Sunset curries! By Monday evening Husband was coughing and sneezing but he put on a brave face so we could have our first ‘sunset curry’ of 2016 at Inside Lounge in Eden on the Bay. These were piping hot and so delicious.
Big Bay sunset
We stayed for a sunset snap before heading home as I had an online lecture to attend that evening. We had left home just after 5pm for dins and we were back barely an hour later.

Tuesday, 7 June 2016: Solo work trips and sick husbands

sunrise in Woodstock
Husband was Very Sick by Tuesday so he stayed home to rest and I set off to work by bus. That’s the tail-end of sunrise, at around 07:45am in Woodstock – you can just see Lion’s Head peeping out on the horizon.
Sick husband on couch
Husband and Bertie spent much of the evening like so, poor things.
Dachshund under blanket
Bassie decided to get deep under the blankets. T’was that cold.

And that’s all, folks! You’ll be pleased to note that Husband is almost back to 100% functionality. Snow is predicted in some parts this weekend, so keep warm…