Last weekend was chilly but bright, so we took advantage of the sunshine to take in some of the sights we forget when we stay closer to home in the wet winter months…
Friday, 7 September 2018: Spring Day braai at work
Scenes from our Spring braai at work last Friday, after our monthly staff meeting. We were just finishing off when the rain came, good timing!
Saturday, 8 September 2018: Trecastelli breakfast, Fat Greek lunch
Last weekend’s mantra was all about trying new places to eat. We started first thing on Saturday with breakfast at Trecastelli in Marine Circle. See my cappuccino and ‘Nutella cornetto’ – R40 for both, as well as Husband’s cooked breakfast of two eggs, cheese, tomatoes, bacon and avo. Yum.
Pretty kites near Melkbos that afternoon.
Sticking with our ‘try something new’ mandate, we decided on lunch at the Fat Greek, on Marine Circle. See my very pink shake and chicken gyro with chips, as well as Husband’s lamb kleftiko and glass of red. Lovely!
These post-lunch pics give an idea of the weather here – sunny but chilly. Various spots in and around Blouberg.
Sunday, 9 September 2018: Hout Bay roadtripping
With a road trip you never know when exactly you’ll stop for breakfast, so it’s a good idea to get a coffee for the road. Our cappuccinos were from Reload. Love the cute sugar bowls.
It was Yours Truly’s ‘Today and Tomorrow’ on Kloof Street where we finally stopped for breakfast. Husband went for the eggs benedict, and my banana bread breakfast with a chai latte was just right.
You can’t help but take beautiful mountain-ocean landscape shots when travelling along the Atlantic coastline.
Ah, Hout Bay. We stopped for another stroll and a spot of lunch once we reached Mariner’s Wharf.
The tunnel through a bit of mountain along Chapman’s Peak
Chapman’s Peak has numerous ‘scenic’ stops’ for snaps like this, back towards Hout Bay.
The train, complete with passengers, was stopped near Fish Hoek beach throughout our 10-minute or so walk above the beach.
We went back to one of our favourites, Saint’s in Eden on the Bay, for our final treat of the weekend. See my Insomniac alcoholic shake – chocolate with espresso, Amarula and Frangelico.
Proof that Husband was there, too – see his mint- and lime-heavy blueberry mojito.
We also stopped to smell the flowers, or rather sit amongst them, that afternoon. That’s how you know Spring is in the Cape!
Sweet Bassie was very interested in all the foodies when we had lupper at Mum’s that evening.
Some of the delicious Trecastelli Italian delicacies we ate at Mum’s that afternoon – not from our visit, they went for their own breakfast on Sunday, following our recommendation.
Monday, 10 September 2018: Day off reading, relaxing and pizza lunching
I had put in for a day’s leave, so spent much of the morning relaxing with the doglets. See my book, coffee and even Pop-tarts for brekkie.
Lol at my fashion choices! Love these kitty socks.
The highlight of the day was milkshakes and half-price pizzas for lunch with my parents at Col’Cacchio in Seaside Village.
Thursday, 13 September 2018: Spark Media breakfast event
I started my Thursday at the Spark Media breakfast presentation, held at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice. So much to choose from to eat – so much brain food, too – coverage coming to Bizcommunity, soon!
My sweet deskmate treated me to this new Bubbly Oreo chocolate slab on Thursday. Yum!
That’s all, folks! Have a happy, healthy weekend filled with delicious moments. 🙂
T’was another sunny weekend and brother-in-law Spec’s turn to host the braai so we made our way to Fish Hoek and spent the day exploring the other end of the Cape. But first…
Friday, 19 January 2018: Work milkshakes at Red Sofa Cafe
I had a business meet Vredehoek side on Friday. If you’ve never been to Red Sofa Cafe, you’ll know you’re at the right place not because of a red sofa (I didn’t see one) – but rather by the ‘but first coffee’ sign outside and the cheery red interior jam-packed with hipsters typing away at their keyboards. Also, see two of the sunset scenes we snapped that evening.
See the Red Sofa Cafe chocolate brownie shake here, with chunks of brownie swirled throughout. Delicious!
Saturday, 20 January 2018: Day out exploring Muizenberg and Fish Hoek
Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg was our first stop of the weekend. We’ll need to go back later in the day to try some of the other tempting things they serve – burgers, pizzas, nachos and cocktails. Mmm!
I went for the flapjacks with twirls of bacon and cooked banana, with a cappuccino to drink. Husband had the Ranchero breakfast pan and a Coke Light (not pictured).
Breakfast is served, Tiger’s Milk-style.
Beautiful yet windy day in Muizenberg. Things quickly turned cloudy and grey.
We stopped in at the lovely Hotel Glencairn for a quick treat on our way towards the braai. I loved the ‘Ubuntu’ wall and pretty purple patterned cushion inside.
We sat inside as the deck looked lovely but too windy. See the ‘Chappies wrapper’-print menu, Husband’s Castle draught beer and the peanut butter carmel-fudge gourmet shake I downed.
You can see just how much the weather had changed here – it was still warm but with an icy wind, very odd weather conditions.
Braai food included potato salad, green salad without lettuce, a variety of meats on the grill, garlic bread and a s’mores-type braai pudding. We ate and we ate!
Sunday, 21 January 2018: Mugg n Bean breakfast, dips in the chilly sea
We Sunday breakfasted at Mugg n Bean in the Table Bay Mall on Sunday morning. See my frozen mocha and choc-chip flapjacks, as well as Husband’s guava juice and bacon-bean hash benedict. Far too much food all round, we both ended up with takeaway boxes.
Sunday breakfast, Mugg n Bean-style.
It was beach weather again that day, so after a bit of weekend admin we made our way to Kleinbaai. The water was very chilly but that never stops Husband from diving in, as you can see bottom left.
Seagull sunning itself on the rocks.
Sweet doggies at their grandparents’ house that afternoon.
Mum made a delicious farfalle pasta dish for lupper that evening.
Thursday, 25 January 2018: Thursday cupcake, final Red & Yellow #digitalmarketingLIVE lecture and a healthy Bassie
It was a lovely surprise to find a freshly baked mini chocolate cupcake on my desk.
T’was the very last #digitalmarketingLIVE lesson at Red & Yellow on Thursday afternoon. Will miss my weekly learning sessions there!
Aww. Little Miss Bassie got a clean bill of health following her six-month check-up and was happy to have a snuggle that evening.
That’s all, folks! It’s Husband’s birthday this coming Monday, so you know what to expect in the next blog update 🙂
It’s easy to see that last week’s #CuppaforCansa12A was a highlight. Just look at all those sweet treats. Read my full review of the worthy cause
here, and scroll through the rest of the week’s magic moments below…
Thursday, 28 September 2017: CuppaforCansa event at 12 Apostles Hotel, Damhuis Winter burger special dins
The 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa is a gorgeous venue. That’s where the Cuppa for Cansa high tea was held last Thursday. Look at those views of the sea, just a hop, skip and jump away!
Pink bubbly, pink macarons, red cappuccino, pink juice – all blended perfectly with the theme of ‘pink high tea’.
Just a sample of the pretty pink foodies. All tasted just as good as it looked!
We also had fun playing dress up for the photo booth – which then gave us physical print outs, which I then photographed.
When I got back to the office I had space for another cupcake – a homemade caramel-centred, purple glitter-topped one made by the recent birthday girl, Angie.
Thursday was a very busy day as it was also Bassie’s last vet check-up for the year. Happy with her progress on arthritis meds, she was given a special biscuit treat by the vet.
My parents had been to Damhuis in Melbos for their winter burger and beer special, and as it was the last night to taste the ‘Winter 2017’ version, we popped along, too…
All four of us had the special. R60 got you a huge beef burger topped with cooked brown onions, egg and cheese slice, with side portion of chips AND 300ml craft beer. Amazing.
Friday, 29 October 2017: Friday work things
Last Friday I wore my reporter hat and interviewed the lovely people at YoungGun Films in the AdMakers building. Look at the warm welcome I received! Lunch at Burrata in the Old Biscuit Mill followed. I had a cappuccino and the gnocchi with gorgonzola cream, broccolini, toasted walnuts and pancetta. A wonderful meal.
Saturday, 30 October 2017: Windy braai at brother Spec’s
We started our Saturday with breakfast at Reload. That’s my honey-nut latte, Husband’s Mexican open omelette, and my ‘super scrumptious’ buttermilk waffle topped with banana, nuts, chocolate syrup and caramel lumps.
The doggies soaked up a bit of sun inside as the wind was so chilly outdoors.
With brother Spec newly settled in Fish Hoek, it was time for the first official family braai at his location. This is all of us. The wind was icy so we moved indoors once the food was ready.
The food we ate. Salad and starter things top left, meat top right, charcoal nails matchy matchy with the braai coals and this week’s braai dessert. The cones are filled with chocolate, caramel and marshmallows that melt in the most satisfyingly gooey way 🙂
Sunday, 1 November 2017: Breakfast at W Cafe in Table Bay Mall
Table Bay Mall has officially opened, just 2.7km from home (as the crow flies). We popped into the W Cafe in Woolworths for breakfast. I had the Nutella French toast, Husband went for the salmon omelette.
My Nutella French toast in all its glory. If you look closely you can see the fine peanut brittle crumb on the bananas. Very yummy!
Mum whipped up a batch of apple pies when we popped in for lupper a little later in the day.
It had been an early lupper so we had our Sunday treat after dropping off the doggies at home again. These are our sunset drinks at News Cafe on Marine Circle – the Giggle Juice for Husband, and a salted caramel fudge freezo drink for me.
Monday, 2 and Tuesday, 3 October 2017: Bizcommunity office visits
It was quite the week for visits to my office! See Graham Lang on the left, currently ranked the country’s sixth best chief creative officer, who brought me an exclusive interview opportunity, and Jana Leonard on the right, who left mini donuts and some exciting PR industry news. Click here to read my interview with Graham, who’s moving to Toronto at the end of November.
That’s all, folks! May this weekend be restful and recharging. 🙂
It’s here, it’s here! 🙂 The end-of-year holidays are upon us, and we collected brother-in-law Spec from the airport this morning, so will have fun times with him well into 2017.
Until then, here’s our most recent batch of highlights…
Friday, 16 December 2016: Bar-One poppers at I Love Big Bay market
Last Friday was Day of Reconciliation, but Husband had to work. I had a lazy morning with the doggies then went with Mum and Dad to Eden on the Bay’s ‘I Love Big Bay’ market – usually held on the final Wednesday of the month, but a public-holiday Friday works, too. We tried various fresh and fried goods, like chilli bites and Bar-One ‘poppers’.
We also had some slightly healthier options, like a wholewheat shwarma with chilli, chicken and lots of veg.
Saturday, 17 December 2016: Muizenberg and Fish Hoek morning, Gibson’s burgers & shakes afternoon
We set off for Muizenberg first thing on Saturday, and were surprised to find a relatively empty beach.
Some of the lesser-known Muizenberg sights – colourful beach huts as usually seen in St James, and striking giraffe graffiti.
Of course we needed breakfast before further sightseeing. We stopped in at Empire Cafe and Husband opted for the ‘poached eggs on butternut rosti’ and I tried the bacon, lettuce, tomato or BLT croissant with balsamic glaze, both delicious.
Husband sat in front of the coffee machine but I’m the one who tried the cappuccino. Just perfect with the BLT croissant.
Bellies lined, we set off up the road to Fish Hoek. Husband swam in the sea right along the shark net, while I read in the shade.
Next stop was Boulders Beach, a little past Simon’s Town. We spotted lots of little penguins far down on the beach below but didn’t have time to go explore properly.
You can just see the penguins on the beach through the hollow in the trees.
By then it was lunchtime, and we had a date at Gibson’s Gourmet Burgers & Ribs at the V&A Waterfront. Husband gave Gibson’s own brand of craft beer a shot.
Just look at those choices! There are pages and pages to flip through, with over 40 burgers and 100 shakes to choose from. I went for the Governor burger, top left, and the peppermint caramel Freek shake, middle bottom. Both were huge and delicious.
Everything we sampled: A minty mojito, the Tex-mex burger with nachos and a baked potato, the cheesy Governor burger with sweet potato fries and the peppermint caramel Freek shake. Click here for my official review!
We were both so very full that the rest of the afternoon entailed spending quality time with the doggies.
Sunday, 18 December 2016: Bread & Butter breakfast, Sunningdale dog walkies
We started our Sunday at Bread & Butter. Husband had the salmon eggs benedict.
I had the ‘breakfast banana split’, filled with yoghurt, granola and berries.
We managed to fit in a quick beach visit early that afternoon.
We took the doggies’ walkies-gear along when we visited their grandparents later that afternoon. Bertie darted this way and that, exploring the bushes.
A few more snaps from the doggies’ walkies.
Lots of chicken and salad for lupper at Mum’s that eve.
And for dessert, a wonderfully fruity custard flan.
Monday, 19 to Thursday, 22 December 2016: Veggie gardening and final work week antics
Husband’s been doing quite a bit of gardening recently. See how his seedlings are taking off here…
He also built beautiful wooden planters for strawberries and tomatoes by taking apart a pallet. And the strawberry plants are already ripe! Nothing beats the taste of something from your own garden.
We had lots and lots of Christmas treats in the office this week.
The last work day of the year meant a braai for Husband and his colleagues at Clarion. See his lunch plate below the pic of him cheers-ing his colleague, and on the right my own ‘final work day’ lunch of chicken briyani, noodles and Coke.
That’s all, folks! We hope you have a wonderful Christmas week and that you have time to relax and recharge your batteries before 2017 kicks in.
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Gibson’s were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
We were spoilt with two ‘anniversary’ reviews in the past week – on the actual day we dined at Homespun by Matt, and last Saturday we had lunch at Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate.
Click here for my official review of Catharina’s on Biz and watch for the review of Homespun, going live early next week.
Since then we’ve both been quite poorly – blame it on the change of season, I guess. Despite this, we still have lots of recent highlights to share via the following images…
Thursday, 25 August 2016: Anniversary dinner at Homespun by Matt
Gorgeous butterflies above the bar were all added by the wait staff, said Matt.
We didn’t plan our matchy matchy blue outfits, we’ve just been together so long that we think alike. Scenes from our private booth at Homespun.
Our starters at Homespun – Husband’s beef tataki on the left, my deep-fried goat’s cheese with balsamic ice cream. Yes, balsamic as in vinegar. It was the most delicious thing.
Husband’s mains – the lamb shank.
My mains – the sticky pork belly.
I had the coconut blossom cheesecake, Husband had the blonde fondant, which oozed the most amazing caramelly liquid.
Homespun drinks – top left shows my ‘Lovespun’ being poured into stemless cocktail glass, was a refreshing strawberry concoction with sprig of rosemary. Husband’s espresso martini on ice is on the top right with my cappuccino bottom right.
Saturday, 27 August 2016: The tasting menu at Catharina’s
Presenting… Catharina’s, at Steenberg Estate, on the very edge of the Constantia Wine Route.
Very tall oak trees, in which an owl family lives. They often swoop down to participate in Summer breakfasts, we hear.
The delicate papery designs inside Catherina’s tell the story of the restaurant’s namesake, Catherina Ras. Read more about her here in my official review.
My delightful chocolate shake adorned with fresh mint leaf while we perused the menu at Catharina’s.
A selection of Husband’s starters from the eight-course tasting menu. That’s his salmon starter top left, tuna and quail egg bottom left and beetroot with parmesan gnocchi on the right.
Howzat, Obelix?! My plate of wild boar and baby carrots at Catharina’s.
Husband’s almost-too-pretty-to-eat plate of crocodile – his first main course of the lunch. He did eat.
Husband’s second main course of the lunch – grilled zebra with aubergine maize meal and spicy chakalaka.
Husband’s savoury dessert – the Lankbaken sunset or cheese and crackers with goji berry. Mmm.
And then, sweet dessert for all. Top left is ‘the Coffee’, top right is ‘the Chocolate’, and bottom is a selection of the other dessert item friandises.
Magies vol, Husband wanted a quick dip in the ‘warmer ocean’ so we headed out towards Fish Hoek. I was starting to feel a bit chilly and ill by now.
Solitary Husband in the greeny grey sea. T’was a very misty day.
Just look at that bank of misty cloud on our way home.
Sunday, 28 August 2016: Blisters for Bread 5km walk
Faces of sweet little dogs who were not coming all the way to Mouille Point for Sunday morning beach walkies with sick mommy and grumpy-to-be-up-so-early-on-a-Sunday daddy.
Most of the Biz team that took part in Sunday’s Blisters for Bread or ‘Bizters for Bread’, as we called it, charity walk in aid of the Peninsula School Feeding Association. This was pre-walk, outside the Sea Point Stadium.
And we’re off! Taken just before we started the 5km walk, look at all the people behind us. Apparently they cut off at 13,000 participants.
The brightly striped Mouille Point lighthouse was one of the key sights along the way as it was quite the gloomy day.
You can just view the lighthouse behind Husband here.
Me at the lighthouse on our return trip to the Sea Point stadium.
Success! Medals of completion awarded, we trotted back to the car and spent rest of day relaxing and/or recovering.
That’s just the tip of the ice berg, kids.
Click here for my much more flowery review of Catharina’s and watch this space for my full review of Homespun by Matt, due to be published on Monday. Until then, have a relaxing weekend!
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Catharina’s and Homespun by Matt were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.