This past week was quite a busy one workwise so we didn’t get out much, but we enjoyed all the small moments of joy…
Friday, 18 January 2019: McDonald’s with a difference
We stopped in at our nearest McDonald’s after work last Friday and were surprised to see the decor is completely different, with a fully automated order system. Not a yellow arch in sight!
And to drink, with my chilli cheese medium McMeal? An iced coffee, further adding to the unexpectedness of the experience.
Saturday, 19 January 2019: Rocomama’s waffles
It was a Bread & Butter breakfast for us on Saturday. See our flat white and mochachino respectively, as well as my single bacon eggs benedict and Husband’s trout omelette.
We decided on Rocomama’s for our Saturday afternoon treat. Seen here: My half portion ‘Cookies and Scream’ waffle, Husband’s Franken-smash burger with chilli-cheese fries, and his G-shake with shot of Jack Daniels’ Jack Fire. Yum!
The burgers and fries were top-notch as always, and the waffle delicious. This is the half-portion of ‘Cookies and Scream’, which I polished off after my burger and creme brulee shake.
Sunday, 20 January 2019: Greens breakfast, Boardhouse cocktails
See how we started our Sunday: my caramelised pear, pecan and marscapone flapjack stack, Husband’s spinach and mushroom benedict, my moccachino and his flat white.
Sunday morning means quality time with the doglets!
We used a 2-for-1 Entertainer voucher that afternoon, for cocktails at the Boardhouse. See our cranberry-rose mojo jam jars – one each – and some of the lovely decor. Sadly, we did have work the next day!
Bright, sunny decor inside Boardhouse in Table View. We sat inside as it was quite a windy day.
Mmm, malva pudding after lupper at Mum’s on Sunday evening.
Wednesday, 23 January 2019: Awarding work at work and sweet evening dogs
I received a certificate of jury participation from the global Epica Awards at work on Wednesday. These are for advertising work, and are judged by journalists in the marketing industry. I judged 531 of the 4020 entries last year! You don’t vote on your own country’s work, of course. Click here for an overview of the winners.
Our happy little ray of sunshine, Bertie on the couch that evening.
This precious child of mine.
That’s all, folks! We hope you have a happy weekend ahead 🙂
Streaked with clouds, pink pastels, fire ball orange – this past week I can’t believe the beautiful sunsets I’ve snapped, mostly near the sea. See for yourself below…
Saturday, 13 October 2018: Greens breakfast and sunset burgers from Saint’s
We started our Saturday with breakfast at Greens in Plattekloof Village with Husband’s parents. See our smiley faces and breakfasts.
See Husband’s Seaside haddock, hash brown and poached egg breakfast; his dad’s deluxe breakfast with beans, chips, bacon and mushrooms; my flapjacks with caramelised pear, pecan and marscapone cheese; and my coffee shake.
Spending quality time with the furkids later that afternoon.
We decided on Saint’s in Eden on the Bay for lupper as it’s one of the best spots (close to home) to sea-gaze. See my Cafe Capri – it’s a latte topped with chocolate and coconut, as well as Husband’s glass of red and Tom Yum shooter with chilli flakes on the rim, and our enormous burgers and sides.
Bellies full, it was almost time to catch the sunset. We posed all around the yellow National Geographic frame…
And then we hit the beach at ‘golden hour’ – I find the light to be just magical as sunset approaches. See how the mountain was outlined, and the sun as it set over the sea.
See folk on rocks with their dog in the distance.
Pretty girl, nibbling some leftovers.
Sunday, 14 October 2018: News Cafe breakfast and Pakololo sundowners
We popped into News Cafe in Marine Circle for an earlybird Sunday morning breakfast – we were there before 8am! See my cappuccino and earlybird English, as well as Husband’s ‘Mexican sunrise’ bowl.
The top row is lupper at Mum’s on Sunday – homemade bobotie with peach mousse dessert; while the bottom row is from dins at our house on Tuesday eve – Mum made meatballs, spicy rice and veg, while Dad captured the rainbow flower light in this coffee cup reflection.
Sundowners at Pakololo’s on the beachfront that evening. A Kahlua dom pedro for me, with a Bloody Mary for Husband.
Heart-eyes emoji for this pastel sunset, as captured in our back garden.
Wednesday, 17 October 2018: Smile 90.4FM new office meet and greet
I popped in to see Smile 90.4 FM’s new offices after work on Wednesday. They have gorgeous views across the CBD, with lots of greenery and lovely spaces to relax inside, too…
Hanging with the cool kids – I chatted to radio hosts Bobby, Bailey and Lindy from Smile FM, as well as Fatima from the Cape Town Ramadaan and Lifestyle Expo.
Another beautiful sunset, while passing Sunset Beach on my way home that evening.
That’s all, folks! May your weekend be filled with similarly beautiful sunsets. 🙂
Last week I started attending the digital marketing live sessions at Red & Yellow, which run into early next year. Start scrolling below to see a few snaps from the first two classes below as well as other work-related moments and lots of snaps of the doggies…
Thursday, 9 November 2017: Futures Cape Town and Digital Marketing LIVE at Red & Yellow
Last Thursday was a very busy one for me. I started off in the office, then spent the first bit of the afternoon at the Inner City Ideas Cartel (ICIC), where I covered a bit of the WGSN Futures Cape Town session. Click here if you want to read my coverage on Biz.
Talk over, I Ubered to Red & Yellow School in Salt River. The digital marketing LIVE lessons are streamed over the internet if you can’t be on campus on time – 15:30 to 17:30 on Thursdays. Snacks and study aids at the ready!
Each week, a different digital marketing lecturer shares words of wisdom with us. Up first was Rob Stokes, who started Quirk agency (now Mirum). You can just see the back of my head on the left.
Saturday, 11 November 2017: Village Place breakfast and The World According to Bertie
“I moustache you a question,” teehee. Husband ordered a large cappuccino at the Village Place Cafe on Saturday morning, so his accompanying biscuit was suitably supersized, too.
See my regular size cappuccino and biscuit on the left, banting flapjacks topped with yoghurt and berries on the right, and Husband’s mince on toast topped with eggs in the middle.
We helped Husband’s dad get around the new Table Bay Mall in a wheelchair we lent from the mall security later that morning.
I noticed the cappuccino-donut combo special while we were doing groceries at Checkers later that afternoon and had to give it a try. What I got didn’t look quite like what was in the poster (see difference in pics) but it was still delicious and very good value for money.
We opted against the usual braai as Husband’s dad was limited in his movement, so started with veggie soup, followed by a shared peri-chicken gatsby and chocolate mousse tubs for dessert. Bassie and Bertie got to lick the tubs once we were done with them, as you can see.
Husband and his dad went for walkies down the street later that afternoon. Bertie watched.
Little Miss Bass enjoyed her visit, despite wearing her sad face in this photo.
Look at the title of the book Husband’s mum was reading!
Sunday, 12 November 2017: Chocolate-pecan pie and pink clouds
We Sunday-breakfasted at Greens in Plattekloof Village. You can just see us in Husband’s snap of the interior of the restaurant, reflected in the mirror.
To eat: Husband’s mushroom-spinach eggs benedict on the left, my toasted salami, mozzarella and olives on the right.
We had ordered a slice of chocolate-pecan pie to take home from Greens, and I heated it and ate with cream for my early-afternoon treat.
Pretty streaky pink clouds at Mum’s that evening.
Monday, 13 November 2017: Office birthday cake and evening doggie selfies
Monday was an office birthday cake day as it had been Cheryl’s birthday over the weekend. It looks like I took severely tiny slices of milk tart and carrot cake here!
I snapped a selfie with Bertie while recuperating from the work day that evening.
Wednesday, 22 November 2017: MyUptopia yoga and food review
On Wednesday afternoon, My colleague Shan and I reviewed MyUtopia near the Waterfront’s Express Bikram yoga class followed by a late lunch at the in-studio Nourish Cafe. My full wordy review will be on Biz soon, but you can get an idea of the experience here. See the foresty heated room you stretch and sweat in, and two of the yummy smoothies…
There’s fruit-flavoured water and the bathrooms are stocked with everything you may need – shampoo and body wash in the shower, cotton balls and deodorant and lockers to stash your clothes in, and even a ‘blow dry bar’ so you can have your ‘hair did’ before you venture back to the office. T’was a lovely experience.
Our late lunch was also worth writing home about. See the foam art in our cappuccinos, my toasted bacon, brie and pepperdew and Shan’s chicken wrap – both with the best beetroot crisps we’ve tasted! Thanks to Shanny for the pics as my devices were otherwise occupied at the time.
Thursday, 16 November 2017: Another afternoon at Red & Yellow
The second lesson was presented by Rob Stokes’ wife, Nikki Cockcroft. You can just see her through the glass. She’s really amazing, having been CEO at Primedia Online, taken Woolworths digital and more.
That’s all, folks! Hope you have a restful weekend.
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
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.
Later that afternoon it was time for a few beach selfies. I am amused 😉
Tuesday, 29 August 2017: Pamro conference at the Vineyard Hotel, doggies get a delivery
I bumped into Mike Broom of Panel Services Africa/Infotools/Marketing Science at the Pamro conference and had a quick catch-up chat.
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.
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.
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!
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
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
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.
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 😉
Bassie was not impressed when her brother decided to disembowel his current bear, Elephant, on the couch beside her during the weekly braai.
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. Sticky and runny and delicious.
Sunday, 3 September 2017: A dunk in the sea and doggy spring clean
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!
Husband had a proper dunking in the sea that afternoon. Look at those crashing waves!
The doggies had a proper spring clean themselves that afternoon. Here’s Bertie trying to dry off in a bit of sun.
Bassie chose a cooler corner.
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
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 😉 Happy weekend!
We’re so close now that I can almost taste the holidays. Here’s what we’ve been getting up to while waiting…
Friday, 2 December 2016: Bizcommunity’s end-of-year lunch at Cape Point Vineyards, Noordhoek
We were so lucky with the weather last Friday, as our end-of-year office party was being held at Cape Point Vineyard in Noordhoek. What a gorgeous venue! The inside is simply beautiful but the outside area is a clear winner as you have views across to the Noordhoek beach.
Look at that delicious food! The top shot is the snacky platters brought to the table for all to share, then you can see what I opted for from the choices per lunch course: my beef carpaccio starter, rib-eye mains with tomatoes still on the vine and a caramel-macadamia nut cheesecake dessert. So delicious.
I spent lots of time laughing with my colleague Jess, who moved from Cape Town to Johannesburg earlier this year.
Team shot! Lots of happy faces.
Saturday, 3 December 2016: Breakfast at Company’s Garden, weekend beach walkies and paella at Espana
Saturday was our last full day with Husband’s parents as they were making the long trek back to Joburg the next day, so we decided on breakfast at Company’s Garden in town. Three of us went for cappuccinos, one had a coke, and three went for the eggs benedict while one tried something new: the apple-berry crumble. So yummy, as you’ll see below.
The before and mid. No picture of after as the bowl was clean.
Bellies full, we wandered around the gardens looking at all the squirrels and pigeons and plants. I also tested out this egg chair, and a squirrel darted back and forth in front of me.
Husband joined me for this shot.
Next up, a beach visit. Good shot of how the doggies go in different directions at the beach. All the while scrambling over rocks and dipping feeties in the sea.
Both looking happy, caught mid-scramble.
The three males – Husband, his dad and Bertie in a calmer-than-usual moment.
These are two very happy doggies after beach walkies.
For our final dins with Husband’s parents we ate at a firm family favourite, Espana in Burgundy Estate. Here is Husband demonstrating the outside and almost blending in with the decor inside.
To eat, we all went for the paella and all ate every morsel. My father-in-law also opted for their cinnamon-sugar pancakes. A lovely night.
The sunset over Table Mountain and the sea from Burgundy Estate is always a treat.
Sunday, 4 December 2016: Greens breakfast and 2016 Christmas trees
Parents safely on the long road back home, we stopped in at Greens in Plattekloof Village for breakfast. I had the waffle with caramel, banana and icecream, while Husband had the mushroom-spinach benedict. That’s my cappuccino and his breakfast Cola.
Amongst some weekend admin I also admired the pretty Christmas tree in a local nursery on the left, put up my own tree that evening and helped Mum decorate hers when we went for dins that eve.
Monday 5 to Thursday, 8 December 2016: Final team lunch at Fat Cactus
T’was the birthday of one of my colleagues on Friday and as she’d taken the day off we didn’t get to celebrate with her at our end-of-year. She brought in all sorts of deliciousness on Monday so we ‘cheers-ed’ her belatedly then.
We took a break from our desks for a few minutes of sunshine and spotted a little green chameleon trotting along. See how very green he is!
Thursday was our final team lunch of the year. We went across to the Fat Cactus and were back at our desks just over an our later. I went for the pulled-pork soft tacos and espresso shake.
It’s another two weeks of work, then Husband’s brother comes down to stay with us for a few weeks over the Christmas break. Exciting times! 🙂
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
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.
My cappuccino and all the sugar I could possibly want. Funny as I only used one sachet.
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.
Next stop: Waterfront. I decided to pause and hang out with this guy for a while.
Quite the eye-catching restaurant display.
And then, on to Panama Jacks in the harbour for Husband’s celebratory meal. Here he is just outside the doorway…
Husband went for the ‘avo seafood’ starter.
For mains he had even more seafood in the fettuccini marinara.
I had the lamb-and-bean soup as starter/main…
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
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.
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).
I think that expression means Husband enjoyed his, too.
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
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.
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.
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
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.
This time I sampled the raspberry smoothie. Thick and yoghurty, it’s a win.
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.
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
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.
That’s one portion of chicken tikka masala and one portion of Bombay potatoes. They go very well together!
Then it was time for an evening beach walk with the doggies. We scampered across the rough shell-type sand at Kreeftebaai.
Husband and Bertie made a beeline for the waves, as they do.
Bassie and me stayed on dry ground, as we do.
Husband and the doggies trotted far ahead. All had a fun time.
Bassie’s standard ‘happy sandy face ignoring the camera’ post-walkies.
That’s all, folks! Stay tuned for my next update…
Yay! If you’re reading this, it means we have survived most of Cannes Lions 2016! There are still a few award ceremonies to go, with lots of post-Festival of Creativity coverage to come but the bulk of the admin-intensive work is done and dusted, thanks to my most wonderful team at work. And now it’s time to relax a bit, but first, highlights of the past week…
Friday, 17 June 2016: Consumer Goods Forum at the CTICC
I spent a full-day at the Consumer Goods Forum, and wish I’d gone through for all three. T’was a wonderful event at my favourite CT conference venue, the CTICC. Morning tea break was time for networking, quick interviews and sampling some of the biscuits that were simply everywhere. Verdict? Amazing. If you see these various Leibniz biccies in store, buy them!
Concentration flagging during the afternoon tea break, a quick stroll around the expo set-up revealed a stand serving the most amazing coffee in glass cups. It perked me right back up for the final session of the day. Note the complete lack of traffic in the CBD below as many many clever people took the day off work as Thursday was a public holiday. I wrote this and this and this and this and this about the Forum, if you’re interested.
Saturday, 18 June 2016: Toffee hot chocolates and late doggie beach walks
This is just the sweetest dog. Bertie’s “Hello mom, I’m not fully awake yet” face always makes me smile.
Breakfast coffee! We ventured out to Green’s first thing on Saturday. Look at me all casual-like. Lol. That’s actually a very necessary neck up-prop as I was so very tired and the coffee hadn’t yet worked its magic.
Husband went for the mushroom eggs benedict, he loves this version.
Mmm. I went for the waffle with banana and caramel. A very good choice.
Later that day, we stopped in at Reload in Parklands for a coffee break. Husband had a double cappuccino, I had a toffee hot chocolate. Lovely little toffee nibs graced the bottom of my cup 🙂
The doggies were delighted to find their favourite beach deserted that evening. They hopped through the foam and swam and scrambled over rocks. Such fun.
You can just see Bertie demonstrating his doggy paddle here. He’s very good at it.
See how far little miss Bass ran when we freed her from her leash? She’s that little brown dot on the horizon. ❤
Trotting closer to her dad and brother so she could gnash her teeth menacingly at her arch-enemy, the sea foam.
Bassie let me take a photo to show just how late it was when we finally went home. The sun had set! The streetlights were on! It was about 18:40…
The doggies warmed themselves in front of the fire once we got home.
Teehee. Bassie sure does love being warm and dry. Typical mini dacschund
Eventually both settled on the couch under blankies.
Late night coffee and cupcake to keep me going – think this was just before midnight, when the Cannes Lions winner tables were finally looking pretty 🙂
Sunday, 19 June 2016: Father’s Day breakfast and lupper
Father’s Day, Father’s Day! Despite a late night and more work to do on the day, we were “up and at ’em” early enough for the early bird English breakfast at News Cafe in Table View with mom and dad for Father’s Day.
Work done for the day we went in search of another ‘cold day treat’… and we had enjoyed our coffee break at Reload the day before so much that we ended up there again. Here is Husband with his second double cappuccino of the weekend…
I had another toffee hot chocolate – this time with a swirl of toffee syrup on top! Delicious!
T’was cold enough for the doggies to wear their winter jerseys/pajamas that day. Bertie took his off before we went to the parents for lupper, Bassie was still wearing hers. And somehow ended up with cream on her forehead, teehee.
We almost forgot to take a pic of just me and dad together, as t’was Father’s Day. Here you go…
That’s all, folks! We’re in for another chilly weekend so keep warm…