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Winter’s best comfort food: Italian Club gnocchi, News Cafe’s cherry hot chocolate

Fiddlesticks and phew, here we are at the start of a weekend where both of us are going to switch off, not think too deeply and have many happy moments together.

But first a few of our favourite happy moments from the past week…

Friday, 30 June 2017: Day off breakfast and winter gnocchi

Breakfast at La Rocca
We both had Friday off work so once we woke (without an alarm, yay), we headed out to Canal Walk. Breakfast took place at La Rocca. That’s my cappuccino and caramel banana pancakes with Husband’s deboned rib eggs benedict topped with prego sauce.
Italian Club gnocchi
The day was cold so after naps and chores we decided on the Italian Club for dins. Just look at these perfect plates of gnocchi bolognese, drowning in grated parmesan and chilli. Plus Husband’s Stella Artois and my cappuccino.
Dogs at fireplace
Happy doglets in front of the fire a little later that evening.

Saturday, 1 July 2017: Durban July at the in-laws

Our table at Primi for Saturday morning breakfast. Close-ups in next snap…
French toast and cappuccino at Primi
We each started with a cappuccino, then I had the French toast with peanut butter and caramelised banana (mmm), and Husband had the Eggs Florentine with haloumi and many mini tomatoes adding a ruby glow.
Sunset in Cape Town
Sunset at Husband’s parents house that evening where we were having a braai to celebrate the Durban July.
Dog on couch
Bassie took a liking to her grampa’s SA beanie and spent most of the afternoon on, in and under it.
Dog on couch
Bertie was also at his sweetest – this is the face he made when asked if he’s allowed to sit on granny’s new couch.
Lindt Strawberry
Coffee and my Durban July draw ‘second place prize’ Strawberry Lindt (I shared with everyone, promise).

Sunday, 2 July 2017: Rainy Baconville brekkie and News Cafe afternoon

Sleepy dog
My sleepy boys. Best faces. ❀
Baconville breakfast
Sunday morning was rainy and cold and we had a craving for bacon so breakfasted at Baconville in Willowbridge. See my chocolate latte, bacon flapjacks, Husband’s Breakfast Club with an extra egg and his ‘hmm’ face at the ‘I dare you sauce’ – child’s play, he said.
News Cafe hot chocolate
Sunday afternoon felt like an ‘afternoon treat at News Cafe’ time of the week – I tried the cherry hot chocolate while Husband had a dom pedro. Not on the menu but one of the best he’s had, and he’s had a few.
News Cafe cherry hot chocolate.
In addition to sweet-tart cherry flavoured syrup in the hot chocolate, you get a sweet cherry on top.
italian food
More delicious wintery food ensued at Mum’s for lupper that eve – minestrone soup with cheesy breadsticks, spag bol topped with parmesan, malva pudding with custard and stormy skies.

Midweek lonely evenings with dogs

Dogs on couch
Husband was Marvin this week so these are the faces I was rushing home to from work – sometimes with pretty pink streaky clouds when I got there, sometimes with night already setting in.

Thursday, 6 July 2017: Digital influence launch at Grand Daddy Hotel, after-work drinks at Tap Room

Elephant graffiti
Such pretty elephant graffiti just outside the Grand Mac Daddy Hotel on Long Street – my early morning stop before work to cover Popimedia’s digital influence in SA study launch. Coverage on Biz next week.
Grand Mac Daddy Hotel Long Street
Not joking when I say I got there before the sun was up. The lovely view down Long Street, as well as coffee and cold breakfast bits to snack on kept everyone happy.
Seal painting
One of the amazing student artworks in the main hotel area. Such soulful eyes.
Tap Room at Devil's Peak Brewery
My colleague from Joburg was visiting for a few days this week so a few of us went for a chat over liquid refreshments at the Tap Room at Devil’s Peak Brewery after work on Thursday as it’s close to the office. Of course we took photos as proof we were there. These people keep me sane during office hours!
Double-choc shake at Tap Room.
I went for the double choc milkshake – it’s a small as it’s listed under the kiddies’ drinks. The others enjoyed the ginger cider, if you’re in the area.

That’s all, folks! It’s set to be a cold wet weekend in Cape Town – stay warm and dry.

Long weekend burgers, shakes and fries in multiple locations

Yay, last weekend was a long one – but hold your horses on the excitement, as one ends up doing just as much in a shortened work week as one would usually get through in a 5-day week. As a result Husband and I were riddled with aches, pains and stress – but watch for next week’s update to see how we got to soothe that all away…

Friday, 29 April 2016: More fire dogs

Dogs by fire
Last weekend was pretty chilly, so the family spent much of its time huddled up for warmth in the lounge together. The doggies are demonstrating how much they enjoy sitting near the fire here.

Saturday, 30 April 2016: Wimpy’s bigger cups and prices, evening at Jerry’s 

Big Wimpy coffee cup
We headed to our nearest Wimpy first thing on Saturday morning, only to find new menus, which always mean new prices. Indeed that was the case, and they justified the bigger price with the following cup liner (it states they have ‘sized up’ their cups), but the same isn’t true of the food price hike…
Wimpy streaky bacon breakfast
See for yourself. Here is Husband’s streaky bacon breakfast with extra cheesegriller. We ended up paying about R12 more than we used to for the same meal a month ago.
Jerry's burger craft and shine in Blouberg
After Saturday chores, we headed off to our local Jerry’s burger, craft and shine in Blouberg. This is me about to go up the stairs to the seating area.
Cape Town table mountain in autumn
We sat outside at first but the chilly wind soon sent us back indoors. Look at that view though!
Table Mountain
The same view from indoors.
Bloody mary at Jerry's
Husband had a ‘bloody Jerry’, to celebrate his distinction certificate in graphic design, achieved a few hours prior.
Peanut butter banana shake at Jerry's
For me, the peanut butter-banana shake. It was thick and delicious.
Pulled pork burger at Jerry's
For Husband to eat: the pulled pork burger, and chips splashed with sriracha sauce.
Plain Jerry burger
For me to eat: the plain Jerry burger – with crispy fried onions, melty cheese and rocket. Just what I wanted.
Sunset
I forgot to snap the sunset while we were there, but caught its reflection over the sea as we headed home that eve.

Sunday, 1 May 2016: News Cafe breakfast, homemade gingerbread ice cream

News Cafe early bird breakfast
We started our Sunday with the early bird English breakfast at News Cafe on Marine Circle. It’s a really good deal – just R29 if you order before 10am (that’s without the cappuccino, obs) – cheaper than our Wimpy breakfasts from the day before!
Homemade gingerbread icecream
Much later that afternoon we tried Mum’s homemade gingerbread ice cream. So very tasty!
Dacschund
Bassie loves getting attention from Granny!

Monday, 2 May 2016: Breakfast at Blueberries, treats at Canal Walk’s MyShake milkshake bar

Cappuccino at Blueberries
We woke a little later than usual on Monday, and as it was a public holiday, headed to Blueberries in Table View Centre for breakfast. This was my pretty-to-look-at cappuccino.
Banana pancake at Blueberries
That cappuccino was the perfect choice to wash down my ‘banana and caramel’ filled pancake.
Salmon breakfast at Blueberries
Husband opted for the salmon breakfast, which came with hash browns, cream cheese and a side of toast.
MyShake in Canal Walk
After some reading and other hibernatey-day off from work things, we went to Canal Walk in Century City to try out the ‘MyShake’ bar as many friends had posted a link to it on my Facebook wall. We finally located the kiosk at the far end upstairs, opposite Game.
Orea milkshake at MyShake, Canal Walk
After much deliberating and deciding, we went for the ‘Oreo Craving’, which came with burned marshmallow bits, chunks of cookie and lots of chocolate sauce squeezes. A bit pricey at R55 for 500ml but I enjoyed every slurp.
Cow seats at MyShake
The seats shaped like cows were a lot of fun too, and those waiting in the queue for their order kept an eye on the handful of seats so they could hop on and have a turn. Moo.

Wednesday, 4 May 2016: Team lunch at Woodstock Grill & Tap

Salted caramel shake and fresh bread at Woodstock Grill & Tap
We finally settled on a date and venue for our ‘meant to happen every two months’ team lunch on Wednesday (our last one was late last year). We really enjoyed the fresh, sweet bread that came out before our orders, and my salted caramel shake was delicious.
Burger and sweet potato at Woodstock Grill & Tap.
While most of the meat orders came out wrong, it’s hard to mess up a burger. I’m so glad I went for this – and that plate of cooked sweet potato – while not wedges as promised – was a delicious side dish.

That’s all, folks, hope you have a relaxing weekend. I know we will! πŸ˜‰

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Silver Wintery skies and loaded potato skins at Dropkick Murphy’s

Winter has hit. Not sure why I’m surprised, as mid-April in Cape Town seems to be when the winds and rain clouds collude to make everything simply miserable if you’re outdoors. Last year this week I even blogged that it was the first time we tried out the fireplace in the ‘new’ house – and this week also saw the first of 2016’s fireplace festivities. Here’s hoping for a few more sunshine-filled days before the wet, windy season truly sets in…

Saturday, 23 April 2016: Silvery skies and skins at Dropkick Murphy’s

Dog watching cars
Husband spotted little Bertie through the peephole last Saturday morning, sitting watching the world go by. So sweet.
Pest egg breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We headed off to Village Place Cafe to fill our tummies with yummy weekend breakfast things. Husband opted for the pesto egg breakfast, which he peppered to within an inch of its life, as he does.
Mini milk tart and cappuccino
I dithered over lots of sweet treats on the menu but eventually went for this mini homemade milk tart – creamy and crumbly in all the right ways – and lovely tall cappuccino with a shot of toffee essence.
Silvery sky
The sky had gone all silvery and grey by then. Beautiful but ominous.
Sad dog
But the doggies seemed a little sad when we got home. Maybe they could sense the pre-Winter snap headed our way. This was Bertie’s ‘woe is me’ face…
Sad dacschund
But as always, Little Miss Bass is the ‘saddest face’ content winner. Look at those eyes!
Dropkick Murphys
Following some doggy soothing and Saturday chores, we were ready for our next food top-up. We headed off to Dropkick Murphy’s (where Gourmet Boerie used to be, right by the ‘SA flag that replaced the Zuma Must Fall’ banner)…
Potato skins at Dropkick Murphys
I knowm I know – the decor’s pretty, but what did we eat? The bacon-and-cheese potato skins, of course! This is actually a starter, but Husband and I were full after this and a pulled pork sammidge called The Hogfather. I foresee many more potato skin meals this Winter as this was delicious.
Sea Point sea
We took the long way home, all the way past Sea Point, and stopped to snap a shot. Promenade was packed with dogwalkers and joggers.
Table Mountain from V&A Waterfront
The ultimate photo from the V&A Waterfront, including Table Mountain, a few of the boats in the harbour and the tail end of the Eye ferris wheel.

Sunday, 17 April 2016: Triple-shot coffees and birdies shouting at the sea

Peppermint choc latte
Sunday was so chilly that Husband had a ‘triple cappuccino’ instead of his usual breakfast Cola at Reload. That’s his with some sugar dissolving in the background – mine was peppermint-choc flavoured, mmm.
Sea gulls
After many household chores we headed to the beach. The local sea birdies seemed just as awed by the sea as we were.
Dog with rope toy
Look at that happy dog! Apologies for blurred photo, Bertie refused to sit still and pose nicely with his new chewy rope. He ran all around Granny’s house with it.

Wednesday, 20 April 2016:Β First fireplace sitting of the year

Chickin Tyme lights
We were both home at a reasonable hour for a change on Wednesday so completed a few evening errands together. These are the interesting lights at the new ‘Chickin Tyme/Burger Perfect’ drive-thru that has just opened on Sandown Road.
Dogs at fire place
Despite Bassie still practicing her Saturday sad face, the doggies were most pleased when Husband lit the fire that eve. T’was cold, windy and rainy, and the weather has continued to frown on us since then.

Friday, 22 April 2016: Conferencing at the Colosseum

The Colosseum Hotel, Century City
On Friday the Colosseum Hotel in Century City was my office for the day. This is the pretty chandelier that you only notice when looking down from the boardroom.
Conference at the Colosseum, Century City
Coffee cup full, pen and notepad at the ready and fingers typing away on the iPad as fast as the morning chill would allow.
You are my cup of tea
I spotted this delightful wall art message in the hotel bathroom. Odd location for it but a sweet saying – even if I do prefer coffee myself.

That’s all for now, folks – stay warm as the chill sets in! πŸ™‚

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