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Woodstock graffiti and Rocomamas smash burgers & freak shakes

The past week flew by much faster than last week, a good sign that we’re back in the swing of things. I’ve written quite a lot of late so I’ll let the pictures do the talking – scroll through this past week’s highlights for more…

Saturday, 14 January 2017: Lisa’s breakfast, Rocomamas’ lunch

Cappuccino at Lisa's in Stodels
Saturday morning was garden-nursery visit time, so we stopped in for a bite to eat at Lisa’s in Stodel’s, just behind Paddocks centre. That’s my cappuccino.
Breakfast at Lisa's at Stodels
To eat, I had the plain toasted croissant (with jam and cheese) while Husband had the ‘mighty mushroom’, topped with beans, feta, garlic and a poached egg.
Shaw Academy Photoshop
Woohoo! On Saturday afternoon I buckled down and revised that week’s notes and practical assignments for the Shaw Academy diploma in Photoshop, and was over the moon at achieving 100% in that week’s quiz! Here’s hoping for similar results for the rest of the month…
Rocomamas Durbanville
Ah, Rocomamas. We’ve been to the Durbanville branch a few times now and loved every single visit. Last Saturday afternoon was no different. Click here to read my full review as I’ll be sparing in the descriptions below…
Rocomamas order pad
The order pad.
Rockstar burger at Rocoamas
Husband went for the chicken ‘Rockstar’ with extra chilli.
Le Bomb burger at Rocomamas.
I had the limited edition Le Bomb. That’s 2 X beef smash patties, melted cheddar, a feta cheese bomb, bacon and lashings of BBQ sauce.
Shoestring fries at Rocomamas
Our ‘turbo-charged’ fries. Topped with chiili con carne on the left, and hellishly hot chilli-cheese sauce on the right.
Chilli-cheese bombs at Rocomamas.
Also, a portion of these here chilli-cheese bombs. Hot, fried version of what you saw atop our shoestring fries.
Rocomamas adult shake
Husband went for the ‘Adult shake’.
Rocomamas Candyliscious freak shake.
You guys. Introducing the Candyliscious freak shake. Berries, white chocolate, Fizzer, Jelly Tots. Top marks from me!
Hillside quarry.
We stopped in for a look at the Hillside quarry on our way home, much later that eve. Beautiful venue.

Sunday, 15 January 2017: Veggie gardening and doggy TLC

Dog sleeping
Two sides of Bertie’s sweet sleepy Sunday morning face.
Breakfast at Cafe Lacomia
We popped into Cafe Lacomia for Sunday morning breakfast. I poured out a cafe latte and ate the toasted chicken mayo and chips you see top-right, while Husband went for his standard Bull’s Eye.
Vegetable garden.
More of Husband’s latest gardening exploits. Note the sweet little gecko he found darting up the wall.
Dogs get TLC.
The doggies book-ended me when I caught up on some reading that afternoon, and insisted on sitting on top of their granny while she watched TV.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017: Liberty Radio Awards roadshow at Radisson Blu Waterfront

Flowers at Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel
On Wednesday I covered the launch of the Liberty Radio Awards roadshow at the Radisson Blu Waterfront hotel. Love the bright flora out front. Click here for my coverage of the roadshow.
Radisson Blue Waterfront tea time
Truly gorgeous eats were on display – the freshest fruit, dainty muffins, dunkable biscuits and strong coffee. Plus more of those beautiful flowers.

Thursday, 19 January 2017: Interview at Southern Guild, Woodstock

Porky Hefer Fiona Blackfish
On Thursday I’d arranged an interview at Southern Guild gallery, which will be published during #DesignMonth on Bizcommunity (that’s February). While there I tested out the Fiona Blackfish hanging chair, part of Porky Hefer’s ‘Monstera Deliciosa volume 1’ exhibit. Very comfy and oh-so eye-catching.
Woodstock graffiti
I couldn’t help snap this on my way back to the office: The man ‘painting graffiti’ is graffiti himself.
Office cake
Bless! When I got back to my desk, colleagues had saved some birthday cake/party treats for me. Nom nom nom.

That’s all, folks! Have a happy weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Disclaimer: Obviously our meal at Rocomamas was part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Veggie garden reveal and food-and-wine flights at Catharina’s

It’s been a successful first week back at work and ย part-time studies. That’s probably because we have a few exciting plans over the next few weekends to look forward to, and the thought of them keeps us going.

You’ll get to see those in due course, but for now you can scroll through how we marked the end of the festive season break. Key among those,ย Husband’s veggie garden reveal, as promised:

Veggie garden
Tadaa! You can see the phases of progress here – first, beams went up above the veggie boxes he installed a while ago, then shade cloth was carefully stapled along to provide shade and wind protection. So far, so good!
Dogs in garden
The doggies ‘helped’ by watching the goings-on and offering advice (and suspicious looks).

Now, on with the daily highlights…

Thursday, 5 January 2017: Summery food-and-wine pairing flights

News Cafe breakfast
Our last Thursday of leave started with the early bird breakfast special at our local News Cafe.
Catharina's in Steenberg Estate
I’d unknowingly picked just the right day for our review of the new summery food-and-wine pairings at Catharina’s in Steenberg Estate, one of our favourite wine farms. Just look at the sunny brightness! Click here for my official review and here for a reminder of our late-August version of this photo.
Ostrich eggs at Catharina's
Decor at Catharina’s is classy and eye-catching. Note the reindeer that adorn that inside roof, along with the origami birdies I so enjoyed on our last visit; as well as the large ostrich eggs at the port decanters in the hotel lobby; and some of the rose bushes dotting the walkways.
Owls at Catharina's
We sat at a table much like this, hoping to spot the family of eagle owls that swoop around the old oak trees. Sadly they didn’t appear, but we still had a wonderful time.
Water and cappuccino at Catharina's
Our pre- and post-pairing drinks – wonderfully chilled still water (bread board in the background), and a strong, flavoursome cappuccino. Colour me contented! (Don’t fret, am not sunburnt. The pinkness you see is from the sun reflecting through red umbrella).
Menu at Catharina's
The three ‘flights’ are beautifully explained in this menu – two savoury options and one sweet, each comprising a flute of bubbly, white and red with perfectly paired morsels.
Savoury wine pairing at Catharina's
I know the pic was hard to read, so luckily I took some photos. This was the first savoury flight. Everything positively popped with colour and flavour.
Savoury wine pairing at Catharina's
The second savoury flight: Same-same but different. And sadly I was so excited by the third flight – the sweet option – that I forgot to snap a pic of it. Luckily, there’s a professional pic of it in my review on Biz, along with detailed descriptions of all the wine and food. Click here to see it.

Friday, 6 January 2017: McPherson’s breakfast and Black Bullย lupper

Breakfast at McPhersons
First thing on Friday we headed to McPherson’s for breakfast. I had a cappuccino and the club sandwich with wedges, Husband had a very filling wrap.
Outside area at Black Bull
Following a day of staycation things we decided on an early dins at the Black Bull on Sandown Road to mark the end of the holiday (yes, there was still a weekend ahead before work kicked in, but you know what I mean). Husband opted for a draught, as he does.
Black Bull nachos and bangers and mash
I had a strawberry shake and the starter nachos you see in the middle – the top pic is how they arrived at the table, middle pic is once I’d had added all the side bits and bobs. Husband went for the pork bangers and mash. We’ll be back.

Saturday, 7 January 2017: Baconville breakfast and Bertie’s new chew-friend

Breakfast at Baconville
If you wake up hungry on a Saturday, chances are you’ll decide on Baconville for breakfast. I went for the flapjacks topped with crispy, syrup-drenched bacon (mmm) while Husband had their Mexican-style ‘Hairy Biker’. Teehee. Both delightfully good.
Dogs with toys
All of Bertie’s former TV-viewing companions (stuffed toys that he’s unstuffed) were looking a little ratty so we snuck them into the bin and bought him a new monkey and doggie-that-looks-like-a-fox. The monkey is hiding in a cupboard until the doggie is ready to be discarded, too. Bassie remains very uninterested in all toys but gets lots of attention despite her sad face, promise.

Sunday, 8 January 2017: Breakfast, books and beachy ice-creams

Fry up breakfast
For our ‘last breakfast before work’, Husband outdid himself with an exceptional (make that egg-ceptional, harhar) fry-up, included red pepper slices, properly cooked tomato and crispy bacon. Yum.
Marian Keyes Brightest Star in the Sky and KFC pina colada Krusher
What better way to relax on a Sunday than by rereading a beloved book, and sipping on a Pina Colada-flavoured Krusher from KFC? No better way.
Big Bay beach
The beach at Big Bay, much later in the day. Just look at all the merrymakers, making their last bit of merry.
Ice creams at the beach
Despite it being so hot the sea was icy, so we contented ourselves with ice-cream cones from Met Eish at Eden on the Bay. Husband’s had caramel ripples and mine was plain chocolate, both with a hidden Flake.

That’s all, folks! I wish you a very happy weekend ahead. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Disclaimer: Obviously our pairings at Catharinaโ€™s were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Muizenberg delights and Gibson’s gourmet burgers & Freek shakes

It’s here, it’s here! ๐Ÿ™‚ 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

Big Bay Christmas 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’.
Big Bay eden market
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 &ย shakes afternoon

Empty Muizenberg beach
We set off for Muizenberg first thing on Saturday, and were surprised to find a relatively empty beach.
Graffiti in Muizenberg
Some of the lesser-known Muizenberg sights – colourful beach huts as usually seen in St James, and striking giraffe graffiti.
Empire Cafe Muizenberg
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.
Coffee at Empire Cafe
Husband sat in front of the coffee machine but I’m the one who tried the cappuccino. Just perfect with the BLT croissant.
Swimming in Fish Hoek sea
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.
Boulders beach penguins
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.
Penguins at Boulder's beach
You can just see the penguins on the beach through the hollow in the trees.
Gibson's craft beer
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.
Gibson's menu
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.
Gibson's burgers and Freek shake
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!
Dogs on couch
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

Salmon eggs benedict at Bread & Butter
We started our Sunday at Bread & Butter. Husband had the salmon eggs benedict.
Breakfast banana split at Bread & Butter
I had the ‘breakfast banana split’, filled with yoghurt, granola and berries.
Cape Town beach Table Mountain
We managed to fit in a quick beach visit early that afternoon.
Dog walking in cape veld
We took the doggies’ walkies-gear along when we visited their grandparents later that afternoon. Bertie darted this way and that, exploring the bushes.
Dog walk
A few more snaps from the doggies’ walkies.
Chicken and salad
Lots of chicken and salad for lupper at Mum’s that eve.
Fruit flan
And for dessert, a wonderfully fruity custard flan.

Monday, 19 to Thursday, 22 December 2016: Veggie gardening and final work week antics

Growing vegetables
Husband’s been doing quite a bit of gardening recently. See how his seedlings are taking off here…
Strawberry plant
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.
Christmas biscuits
We had lots and lots of Christmas treats in the office this week.
Last work day of the year.
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’sย were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.