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Rocomama’s BlackStar burger and lots of wintery dogs

This past weekend it was Husband’s turn to tackle all the weekend work so most of our pics were snapped at home while he worked, along with a few outings, of course…

Saturday, 6 July 2019: Rocomama’s BlackStar burger

We did our Discovery Health checks first thing on Saturday, so popped into Mugg & Bean as soon as we'd been given the all-clear. See our cappuccinos and corner table.
We did our Discovery Health checks at Bayside Mall first thing on Saturday so popped into Mugg & Bean as soon as we’d been given the all-clear. See our cappuccinos and corner table.
To eat, Husband went for the full farmhouse option, while I had the choc-chip flapjack stack - one went home with me for afternoon tea.
To eat, Husband went for the full farmhouse option, while I had the choc-chip flapjack stack – one went home with me for afternoon tea.
My Saturday afternoon in a picture: Coffee, dogs, blankets and books.
My Saturday afternoon in a picture: Coffee, dogs, blankets and books.
Pretty girl looking concerned but actually nice and snug after a weekend afternoon nap.
Pretty girl looking concerned but actually feeling nice and snug after a weekend afternoon nap.
Sweet boy dog with neck extended for full warmth in front of the fire.
Sweet boy dog with neck extended for full warmth in front of the fire.
Husband took a break that afternoon so we all headed off to Rocomama's together for a few fast favourites. See me and Dad with our shakes, Husband and Mum with their wine and beer, and Mum's impressive black-bunned burger. Very tasty.
Husband took a break that afternoon so we all headed off to Rocomama’s together for a few fast favourites. See me and Dad with our shakes, Husband and Mum with their wine and beer, and Mum’s impressive black-bunned BlackStar chicken burger. Very tasty indeed.
All the burgers and fries. Yum!
All the burgers and fries. Yum!

Sunday, 7 July 2019: Breakfast at The Hart, Melkbos

Husband would be working for most of Sunday so we got up early to sort some weekend admin - and to have breakfast, of course. See our table at The Hart Breadhouse and Bakery in Melkbos. I had the single bacon benedict and a cappuccino, Husband opted for a flat white, Coke Zero and the breakfast salad filled with salmon. Delicious.
Husband would be working for most of Sunday so we got up early to sort some weekend admin – and to have breakfast, of course. See our table at The Hart Breadhouse and Bakery in Melkbos. I had the single bacon benedict and a cappuccino, Husband opted for a flat white, Coke Zero and the breakfast salad filled with salmon. Delicious.
Sweet Bertie boy snuggled up warm in his sister's clam shell bed.
Sweet Bertie boy snuggled up warm in his sister’s clam shell bed.
My handsome, tired boys. Insert heart-eyes emoji.
My handsome, tired boys, much later that night. Insert heart-eyes emoji.

Monday, 8 July 2019: Homemade spag-bol to ward off the winter chill

Mum rustled up enormous helpings of 'spag bol' for Monday dins as it was a very chilly evening.
Mum rustled up enormous helpings of ‘spag bol’ for Monday dins as it was a very chilly evening.

Tuesday, 9 July 2019: Conferencing at Kantar’s #GettingMediaRight event

On Tuesday, 9 July I attended Kantar's #GettingMediaRight info-sharing session. See the delicious cappuccino, speakers for the morning Monique Claassen and Jane Ostler, and me with Jupiter Drawing Room MD, Michelle Beh. Click here for my even feedback article.
On Tuesday, 9 July I attended Kantar’s #GettingMediaRight info-sharing session. See me with Jupiter Drawing Room MD Michelle Beh, the delicious cappuccino, and speakers for the morning Monique Claassen and Jane Ostler. Click here for my event report-back.
I was delighted when I got home from work to a doughnut treat on Tuesday evening.
I was delighted when I got home from work to a doughnut treat on Tuesday evening.

Wednesday, 10 July 2019: Lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School

On Wednesday, I attended author Michael Smorenburg's lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School. Click here for my event report-back.
On Wednesday, I attended author Michael Smorenburg’s lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School. Click here for my event report-back.

That’s all, folks! See you next week – same time, same place. ๐Ÿ™‚

Father-in-Law’s 76th birthday, a rainy stay at Franschhoek’s Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

Last weekend was cold and rainy – perfect for a weekend away in Franschhoek! But first, we had some family celebrating to do…

Friday, 12 April 2019: Father-in-law’s birthday dins at Portalia

Saturday was Husband's father's 76th birthday, so we all joined him at Portalia last Friday evening to celebrate. See the fairy lights in the outside seating area, proof we were all there, the dads having a drink together, my dad's flambeed chorizo meal and some of our pizzas, and my Amarula coffee.
Saturday was Husband’s father’s 76th birthday, so we all joined him at Portalia last Friday evening to celebrate. See the fairy lights in the outside seating area, proof we were all there, the dads having a drink together, my dad’s flambeed chorizo meal and some of our pizzas, and my Amarula coffee.
See the boys' end-of-evening whisky dom pedros.
See the boys’ end-of-evening whisky dom pedros.
The weather was quite wintery when we got home that evening so we snuggled with the little doggies and noticed a rainbow just after sunrise the next morning.
The weather was quite wintery when we got home that evening so we snuggled with the little doggies and noticed a rainbow just after sunrise the next morning.

Saturday, 13 April 2019: Lunch at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo, night stay at Akademie Street Boutique Hotel

We started our Saturday with breakfast at Mugg & Bean in Bayside Mall. See my peanut-butter latte and avo-rainbow slaw toast, as well as Husband's egg-and-bacon toast, Coke Zero and cafe crema.
We started our Saturday with breakfast at Mugg & Bean in Bayside Mall. See my peanut-butter latte and avo-rainbow slaw toast, as well as Husband’s egg-and-bacon toast, Coke Zero and cafe crema.
Next stop, Husband treated us to a couple's massage at Aiyara Thai Spa in Eden on the Bay.
Next stop, Husband treated us to a couple’s massage at Aiyara Thai Spa in Eden on the Bay. We were prodded and pummeled with Tiger Balm for a good 45-minutes, to ease the stresses of the first quarter of the year.
We stopped at Anthonij Rupert Wyne on the very outskirt of Franschhoek's main road on our way into town for lunch. Once our appointment was ticked off at the gate we parked and made our way into the tasting area, all decked out for Easter.
Next, road trip! We stopped at Anthonij Rupert Wyne on the very outskirts of Franschhoek’s main road on our way into town for lunch. Once our appointment was ticked off at the gate we parked and made our way into the tasting area, all decked out for Easter.
See Terra del Capo's fresh-out-the-oven breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in upcycled Protea wine bottles, Husband's Franschhoek trout and smoked salmon antipasti dishes, and the 'digestifs' trolley with cocktail options.
See Terra del Capo’s fresh-out-the-oven breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar in upcycled Protea wine bottles, Husband’s Franschhoek trout and smoked salmon antipasti dishes, and the ‘digestifs’ trolley with cocktail options.
Mmm. My sweet potato gnocchi was the highlight of the meal at Anthonij Rupert Wyne's Terra del Capo, as one of the handful of warm dishes on the summer menu.
Mmm. My sweet-potato gnocchi with hazelnuts, pancetta and Tallegio cheese was the highlight of the meal at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo, as one of the handful of warm dishes on the summer menu.
We're yet to sample the high tea at Anthonij Rupert Wyne's Terra del Capo, but if the desserts are anything to go by, they're a must! See my cappuccino - Terbodore's hazelnut blend, with a sweet iced bunny biscuit, as well as the berry-topped chocolate torte and the mini 'crossover cake' - a mix of cheesecake and carrot cake. We just managed to finish these between the two of us.
We’re yet to sample the high tea at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo, but if the desserts are anything to go by, they’re a must! See my cappuccino – Terbodore’s hazelnut blend, with a sweet iced bunny biscuit, as well as the berry-topped chocolate torte and the mini ‘crossover cake’ – a mix of cheesecake and carrot cake. We just managed to finish these between the two of us.
Cheers! There was a roaring fire blazing in the upstairs wine-tasting room, a quaint car waiting down below, and delicious wines to imbibe. Click here for my full review on Bizcommunity!
Cheers! There was a roaring fire blazing in the upstairs wine-tasting room, a quaint car waiting down below, and delicious wines to imbibe. Click here for my full review on Bizcommunity!
Home for the night - Akademie Street Boutique Hotel in Franschhoek. Perfect for a winter stay, scroll through to see why!
Home for the night – Akademie Street Boutique Hotel in Franschhoek. Perfect for a winter stay, scroll through to see why!
Some of the eye-catching things in and around Akademie Street Boutique Hotel. That's Husband with a Bluetooth-activated gramophone, so you power your choice of songs from your phone. The 'Africa' art bottom right comprises booklike paper folds.
Some of the eye-catching things in and around Akademie Street Boutique Hotel. That’s Husband with a Bluetooth-activated gramophone, so you power your choice of songs from your phone. The ‘Africa’ art bottom right comprises booklike paper folds.
Views of windows, from windows and maps from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel.
Views of windows, from windows and the cute hand-drawn map from Akademie Street Boutique Hotel.
The main pool - bottom-left - has a jacuzzi at one end. Also see the private pool and jacuzzi outside out cottage's suites in the top-let and bottom-right. Consider us two waterbabies delighted!
The main pool – bottom-left – has a jacuzzi at one end. Also see the private pool and jacuzzi outside out cottage’s suites in the top-left and bottom-right. Consider us two waterbabies delighted!
We stayed in Gelatenheid A. Some of the sections of our suite: See the wall of books and mirrors, freestanding bath tub and heated towel rails - not used, balcony as seen from the hot tub and bed at the centre of the suite.
We stayed in Gelatenheid A. Some of the sections of our suite: See the wall of books and mirrors, freestanding bath tub and heated towel rails – not used, balcony as seen from the hot tub and bed at the centre of the suite.
One of my favourite labels ever: "Come quickly, I am tasting the stars." This was a lovely welcome treat - thank you Akademie Street!
One of my favourite labels ever: “Come quickly, I am tasting the stars.” This MCC Brut was a lovely welcome treat – thank you Akademie Street!
There's nothing nicer than hot-tubbing when it's bucketing down outside. As the barrel-shaped hot tub is wood-fired, we were happy and toasty all afternoon.
There’s nothing nicer than hot-tubbing when it’s bucketing down outside. As the barrel-shaped hot tub is wood-fired, we were happy and toasty all afternoon.
As sunset started to streak the sky, we reluctantly got out of the hot tub for a spot of exploring.
As sunset started to streak the sky, we reluctantly got out of the hot tub for a spot of exploring.
The gardens are quiet and filled with pretty things, like these statues and wooden works of art. Take a stroll, weather permitting!
The gardens are quiet and filled with pretty things, like these statues and wooden works of art. Take a stroll around the grounds, weather permitting!
See Husband strolling down from our suite to the Orangerie area for pre-dinner drinks, snacks and games. He also played the piano for a while.
See Husband strolling down from our suite to the Orangerie area for pre-dinner drinks, snacks and games. He also played the piano for a while.
For dins, we walked down to the Elephant & Barrel Village Pub on main road around 7pm. I had a delicious coffee shake, Husband had a Castle Lite draught, and as we were still so full from our lunch at Terra del Capo, we shared the potato wedges with sour cream, guacamole and curry mayo. Yum!
For dins, we walked down to the Elephant & Barrel Village Pub on main road around 7pm. I had a delicious coffee shake, Husband had a Castle Lite draught, and as we were still so full from our lunch at Terra del Capo, we shared the potato wedges with sour cream, guacomole and curry mayo. Yum!
Lol! This night's stay featured straw sun hats in the standard gownie photo. See four of the numerous attempts at this photo.
Lol! This night’s stay featured straw sun hats in the standard gownie photo. See four of the numerous attempts at this photo.
Our full bellies and the sound of rain outside meant we slept very well that night.
Our full bellies and the sound of rain outside meant we slept very well that night.

Sunday, 14 April 2019: Doggy beach walks at Kreeftebaai

Scenes from breakfast on Sunday morning. See the pastry selection, platter of fruits, granola, yoghurt, smoothies and honey on each table, as well as the Le Creuset coffee carafe and our hot orders - eggs benedict with bacon for Husband and pancakes with bacon and honey for me.
Scenes from breakfast on Sunday morning. See the pastry selection, platter of fruits, granola, yoghurt, smoothies and honey on each table, as well as the Le Creuset coffee carafe and our hot orders – eggs benedict with bacon for Husband and pancakes with bacon and honey for me.
Husband walking with an umbrella to our checkout on Sunday morning. See the nice sign at the empty bicycle rack - "I don't ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days."
Husband walking with an umbrella to our checkout on Sunday morning. See the nice sign at the empty bicycle rack – “I don’t ride a bike to add days to my life, I ride a bike to add life to my days.”
Terbodore coffee's Big Dog Cafe was closed as we made our way out of Franschhoek on Sunday, but the Terbo Truck looked inviting - will try stop in on our next visit!
Terbodore coffee’s Big Dog Cafe was closed as we made our way out of Franschhoek on Sunday, but the Terbo Truck looked inviting – will try stop in on our next visit!
We took the doglets for nice long walkies at the beach that afternoon. See Bertie and his dad in the sea while Bassie steered me toward the safety of the dunes.
We took the doglets for nice long walkies at the beach that afternoon. See Bertie and his dad in the sea while Bassie steered me toward the safety of the dunes.
More beach walkies at Kreeftebaai.
More beach walkies at Kreeftebaai.

That’s all, folks! We hope you’re having a relaxing Easter long weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚ Click here for my full review of our lunch experience at Anthonij Rupert Wyne’s Terra del Capo on Bizcommunity, with my review of Akademie Street Boutique Hotel to follow soon. Tune in for my next update next week โ€“ same time, same place. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Anthonij Rupert’s Terra del Capo and Akademie Street Boutique Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Karma chameleons and healthy weekend breakfasts at Kauai

You’ll note I said breakfasts, plural – that’s no typo. In a rare occurrence, we had breakfast at Kauai both days last weekend, and felt surprisingly healthy as a result! Lol. See proof of this and other meals below…

Thursday, 4 April 2019: Mid-workday flapjack treats

I worked from home last Thursday, so joined my parents when they had a teatime treat at Mugg & Bean. See our shared flapjack stack and assorted coffees.
I worked from home last Thursday, so joined my parents when they had a teatime treat at Mugg & Bean. See our shared flapjack stack and assorted coffees.

Saturday, 6 April 2019: Kauai breakfasts and home braais

Kauai breakfast, take 1. Spec had slept over on Friday night and was with us for the weekend, so joined us when we breakfasted at Kauai at Eden on the Bay on Saturday morning. See our strong flat whites, as well as the boys' pesto bowl breakfasts and my hot almond-nutbutter-date oats pot.
Kauai breakfast, take 1. Spec had slept over on Friday night and was with us for the weekend, so joined us when we breakfasted at Kauai at Eden on the Bay on Saturday morning. See our strong flat whites, as well as the boys’ pesto bowl breakfasts and my hot almond-nutbutter-date oats pot.
Husband's parents came to braai on Saturday as Cynthia was visiting from Joburg. See various stages of braai unfolding under our big tree.
Husband’s parents came to braai on Saturday as Cynthia was visiting from Joburg. See various stages of braai unfolding under our big tree.
The sweet doglets snapped at various stages during and after the braai. Note the leaf on Bertie's nose in the bottom-left pic.
The sweet doglets snapped at various stages during and after the braai. Note the leaf on Bertie’s nose in the bottom-left pic.

Sunday, 7 April 2019: Curious chameleons and homemade chicken burgers

Kauai breakfast, take 2. We'd enjoyed the previous day's breakfast so much that we repeated the experience on Sunday, with slight variations - we stuck with the flat whites but the boys tried the protein-egg bowl this time, and I had the choc-protein smoothie bowl. Yum! We'll be back, for sure.
Kauai breakfast, take 2. We’d enjoyed the previous day’s breakfast so much that we repeated the experience on Sunday, with slight variations – we stuck with the flat whites but the boys tried the protein-egg bowl this time, and I had the choc-protein smoothie bowl. Yum! We’ll be back, for sure.
Husband found this sweet little chameleon while busy in the garden on Sunday.
Husband found this sweet little chameleon while busy in the garden on Sunday.
For Sunday lupper we made our own chicken burgers and ate them in the garden, followed by creme caramel for dessert. Just what Sunday tastes like!
For Sunday lupper we made our own chicken burgers and ate them in the garden, followed by creme caramel for dessert. Just what Sunday tastes like!

Tuesday, 9 April 2019: Midweek Italian dins

Autumn has definitely hit the Cape, so Mum rustled up the perfect Italian dins on Tuesday evening.
Autumn has definitely hit the Cape, so Mum rustled up the perfect Italian dins on Tuesday evening. That’s linguine bolognaise with red wine (Tall Horse merlot).

Wednesday, 10 April 2019: Marianne Thamm lecture and Cannes Lions’ 42 Courses masterclass on storytelling

On Wednesday I attended Marianne Thamm's lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School.
On Wednesday I attended Marianne Thamm’s lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School. Click here to read my overview.
I also completed 42 Courses' Cannes Lions masterclass on storytelling.
I also completed 42 Courses’ Cannes Lions masterclass on storytelling.

Thursday, 11 April 2019: Heavy Chef masterclass at Workshop 17

Workshop 17 served as my office on Thursday. Love this elephant/Africa mural.
Workshop 17 served as my office on Thursday. Love this elephant/Africa mural.

That’s all for now, folks! The weekend ahead looks set to be cold and wet so stay warm and dry! ๐Ÿ™‚

Waffles sweet and savoury, shakes and frozen frappes

Last week was full of sunshine, good food and sweet doggie moments, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Saturday,ย 17 November 2018: Afternoon naps and braais

Mugg & Bean breakfast
We had mall admin to sort out at Table Bay Mall first thing, so it was a Mugg & Bean breakfast for us. See our samples of blood-orange gingerade (very nice), the bottomless coffee station, table decor and our food, which Husband called ‘un-characteristically underwhelming’.
Milkshakes and waffles at Big Bay Waffle Company
We shared a savoury waffle for Saturday lunch at the Big Bay Waffle Company in Eden on the Bay. Also see my frozen white chocolate latte (frappe) and Husband’s white chocolate shake.
Dogs on bed
Sweet doglets trying to wake their dad from his Saturday afternoon nap.
Table Mountain from BLouberg
The beautiful, bubbling sea – it looks lovely from a distance but was actually quite murky and foamy up close. So much so that Husband skipped his weekly sea dip!
Braai
We attended a later-than-usual braai at Husband’s parents that eve, to coincide with the SA vs Scotland rugby match aired on TV after 7pm. See some of the food we ate, and the dessert Bassie wanted to eat.
Dogs at braai
More scenes from the braai – Bassie smelling the flowers and eyeing the braai meat, Bertie licking his dad’s nose and sunset setting in.
Dog watching rugby
Bertie loved sitting wedged between his mom and grampa while watching the rugby after the braai.

Sunday, 18 November 2018: Melkbos morning

I Love Melkies breakfast
Our ‘I Love Melkies’ breakfast on Sunday morning was a win. See our coffees and the setting, as well as my bacon-marscapone-strawberry waffle.
Breakfast at I Love Melkies
Husband’s second flat white and ‘hash and pork’ bowl, so good he declared it delicious.
Double lilac Adirondack
A beautiful lilac double-Adirondack I spotted while we were walking in Melkbos. I must have!
Catch22 oysters
We stopped in at Catch 22 on Marine Drive for Sunday afternoon treats. See Husband’s jumbo oysters and Bloody Mary, as well as my Ferrero Rocher shake. Yum!
Table Mountain from Dolphin Beach
Table Mountain, as seen from the powdery sands of Dolphin Beach. The sea was still too choppy for a dip, alas.
Chocolate peanut-butter cake
Mum made a chocolate peanut-butter cake that had us all asking for more.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018: R59 Tuesday pizza special at Panarotti’s

Pizzaa at Debonairs
Husband had to work late on Tuesday evening, when my parents usually come over with dins, so instead we met them at Panarotti’s in Table Bay Mall for the R59 pizza special. All thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, from the pizza to the cherry cola and salted caramel shakes as sampled by me and dad. See Husband pretending to pour his glass of red into mum’s Sprite Zero.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018: Corinium’s Women in Digital and Data conference at The Forum, Embassy Hill

The Forum, Embassy Hill
More scenes from in and around the venue.
The Forum at Embassy Hill
I’d never been to The Forum at Embassy Hill in Constantia, what a beautiful conference setting! The insights were also fantastic and will be featured on Bizcommunity over the coming weeks.

Thursday, 22 November 2018: HeavyChef’s ‘entrepreneurial grit’ masterclass at Workshop 17

Coffee at Workshop 17
One of the best cups of filter coffee I’ve ever had. Delicious and fresh, especially after dipping an arm elbow-deep into an ice bucket for almost 2 minutes for important lessons on mindset. Watch for my coverage of the masterclass on Bizcommunity, if you’re not sure what I mean by that!
Workshop17
Some of the sights from inside Workshop 17. What a wonderful co-working space! Easy to see why so many work events are held at Workshop 17.

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

What you missed at AfricaCom 2018 and Friday evenings at Moyo

This past week has been busy as always work-wise, so we did what we could to relax after hours…

Friday, 9 November 2018: Moyo sea-dip evening

Pina colada at Moyo
Certain cocktails are R39 at Moyo on a Friday before 6pm, like the creamy pina colada.
Moyo beach visit
Given the above picture, you can see that we started that weekend feeling earlier than usual by popping out for a quick beach visit once we were done with work. See Husband’s draught (R25 before 6pm on a Friday!), as well as my Pina Colada and our shared pulled-pork linguine at Moyo in Eden on the Bay. Also see Husband’s splash in the sea.
Sunset
The sky was beautiful when we got home that evening.

Saturday, 10 November 2018: CTFM paella and shakes

Breakfast at Mugg & Bean
We had some mall admin to tick off our weekend to-do list so we started the morning with cappuccinos and breakfast at Bayside’s Mugg & Bean. See Husband’s bean and bacon hash benedict, and my rainbow slaw-sweetcorn-avo toast.
Birds at the sea.
Lots of birds on the rocks next to Husband’s usual sea-swimming spot.
Coffee at Expresso
It was so hot that I passed on hot drinks and instead tried the iced coffee slushy at Expresso in Table Bay Mall (delicious). Seen with a chocolate-cinnamon twist and Husband’s tiny con panna.
Burger and paella at CTFM
We wanted ‘dinner with a view’ so headed out to CTFM in Seaside Village. See Husband’s seafood paella and my burger with chips and onion rings.
CTFM milkshake
See me with my Cookies and Cream shake jar, Husband’s delight at his pan of paella, and how he loved it so much that he licked the pan clean.
Dog on couch
I spent some quality time with my precious boy dog on the couch that evening.

Sunday, 11 November 2018:  Baconville breakfast, Pakalolo cocktails and Dolphin Beach visit

Horses and cows in Cape Town
You feel like you’re right in the countryside, travelling from Table View to the Durbanville and Tyger Valley side.
Breakfast at Baconville
We forgot to snap a shot of the attendees, but Baconville was the venue for our Sunday morning breakfast with Husband’s parents. See the heart in my chocolate latte and our various bacon-topped breakfast plates.
Dolphin Beach
Nothing says ‘sunny Sunday’ like a beach walk! See our brief visit to Dolphin Beach.
Table Mountain from Dolphin Beach
View of Table Mountain across the snowy sands of Dolphin Beach.
Bloody Mary at Pakololo
By then, the weather was shouting that it was time for a cocktail. Here is Husband with his Bloody Mary at Pakalolo’s.
Rainbow cocktail at Pakalolo
I went for the colourful Smoky something (seems Pakalolo’s online menus are out of date or else I would tell you the exact name). T’was delicious.
Fajitas and cookies
Mum set out all the fixings for chicken fajitas for Sunday lupper, and later whipped up a batch of peanut-butter cookies, fresh and delicious with coffee.
Dog smelling coffee
Bassie thought my cream-topped coffee smelled just as good as the cookies.

Wednesday, 13 to Thursday, 15 November 2018: AfricaCom at the CTICC

AfricaCom at CTICC and CTICC 2
I covered sessions of AfricaCom from Tuesday to Thursday, with so much going on at the same time – 9 different conference tracks – that it was held across both the CTICC and new CTICC 2 venue, so you get to cross the ‘skybridge’ multiple times.
CTICC 2
View from the top floor of the CTICC 2. So much business conferencing going on!
AfricaCom at CTICC
More scenes from AfricaCom. The Speculaas ice-cream in the Expo centre was yum, and it was fun to watch the live graffiti installation.
Pasta black table
Pretty colours in our dining room when Mum created a quick pasta bake for our Tuesday visit.
Lunchtime lectures at the Red & Yellow School
On Wednesday, I quickly dashed out between AfricaCom sessions to catch a ‘bring your own lunch’ lunchtime lecture at Red & Yellow School, before dashing back to the CTICC.
Popcorn and chocolate
I’d brought the popcorn snack with me from the AfricaCom expo – also popped in a few chocolatey treats to munch on while taking notes!
Jerry's burgers
It was a beautiful evening and we both got home later than usual on Wednesday so decided on Jerry’s for dinner, as a mid-week treat. See Husband with his glass of red, me with my Pina Colada shake, our burgers and the sunset.

That’s all for now, folks! See you next week ๐Ÿ™‚

11th wedding anniversary tacos at El Barrio, Velvet Cake Co rainbow slice

Get your scrolling finger ready to see how we celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary last weekend, amongst other things…

Wednesday, 22 August 2018: Future Females at Workshop 17

Future Females at Workshop 17
Last Wednesday was the Future Females monthly evening event, which coincided with their first birthday celebration. Click here if you missed my overview.
Future Females first birthday
Some networking snaps and oh my goodness, look at that cake!

Thursday, 23 August 2018: SheSays ‘side-hustle’ event

SheSays GetSmarter event
Last Thursday, I attended the second ever Cape Town SheSays event, held at GetSmarter’s offices. Watch for my overview of the event on Bizcommunity early next week!
GetSmarter coffee and unicorn pillow
Unicorns, barista-brewed coffees and local bestselling books make good waiting companions.
SheSays at GetSmarter
Group shot! We snacked, laughed and chatted away before the main panel discussion began.

Saturday, 25 August 2018: 11th anniversary dins at El Barrio

Breakfast at Mugg & Bean
We had some mall admin to kick off our weekend so it was another Mugg & Bean breakfast for us. See our flat whites, my choc-chip flapjack stack and Husband’s basic fried breakfast.
Winter in Cape Town
The sea that afternoon was the picture of ‘winter in Cape Town’ – grey sky, green water. Husband did not venture in.
Tin cups at the daily
We stopped in at The Daily for a mid-afternoon treat of ‘tin cups’ (cappuccino with condensed milk, served in a tin cup). We dunked our heart-shaped shortbread biscuits in them. Yum! โค
Tacos at El Barrio
We had our anniversary celebration meal at El Barrio in Eden on the Bay. See a selection of the tacos we ate. All delicious!
El Barrio anniversary
See Husband with his glass of red and me with my ‘Drunken Mexican’ cocktail, complete with roasted marshmallows and cinnamon stick.
El Barrio bulldog
If you sit inside at El Barrio, you’ll see some of these things, including a super-cute bulldoggy.
Rainbow cake from Velvet Cake Co
I finally got to try a ‘pastel caramel-custard rainbow cake slice’ from Velvet Cake Co in Canal Walk that evening. It tastes even better than it looks, and that’s saying something!

Sunday, 26 August 2018: Breakfast at The Hart, cappuccinos at Bread & Butter

Single eggs benedict at The Hart
We breakfasted at The Hart Bakery in Melkbos on Sunday. See my single eggs benedict, Husband’s chorizo rosti and our flat whites.
Bread and Butter
Handsome Husband! My coffee date at Bread and Butter on Sunday afternoon.
Soup for lupper
Mmm! We had veggie soup with bacon-flavoured croutons for lupper at Mum’s on Sunday. Just the thing on a cold afternoon.

Monday, 27 August 2018: Growing Greatness book launch at Ruth Prowse School of Art

Pepe Marais book launch at Ruth Prowse
Monday was cold and rainy, and also the evening of the launch of Joe Public United chief creative officer Pepe Marais’ book launch, at the Ruth Prowse School of Art. Click here for my interview with Marais, if you missed it.

Tuesday, 28 August 2018: Networking Vietnamese coffee bowl at Hemelhuijs

Hemelhuijs coffee
I started my Tuesday with a quick coffee catch-up at Hemelhuijs, and finally tried the Vietnamese coffee bowl. It costs R50 and tastes like heaven – with vanilla and condensed milk added to the bowl.
Hemelhuijs
A networking selfie together with the founders of the Voyc.AI transcriber, in front of some of the pretty things on display at Hemelhuijs.

Wednesday, 29 August 2018: UCT Unilever Youth Reportย launch

Sports Science Institute
The weather on Wednesday was crisp and fresh, with blue skies and light clouds everywhere. I snapped this at the Sports Science Institute in Newlands, where I was attending the launch of the UCT Unilever Institute of Strategic Marketing’s Youth Report 2018.
UCT Unilever Youth Report launch
Key moments from the morning.
Checkers box meal
Sweet doggies snuggling on the couch that evening – both with me and without. Also see before and after snaps of the Checkers’ ready-to-cook master chef meal that Husband whipped up for dins. This was the sweet-and-sour pork.

Thursday, 30 August 2018: Love Milo’s Spring design Magnolia launch

Love Milo Magnolia
On Thursday afternoon, I popped into Love Milo on Hope Street in Gardens for their Spring design trends Magnolia launch. It was just lovely.
Pink drinks
The snacks and treats were all pinky purple to match the Magnolia trend, with pomegranates in the flutes of pink bubbly and mint leaves and raspberries to garnish the ice tea.
Magnolia table from Love Milo
This table setting is just so pretty with the ombre napkins, touches of gold, wood and floral.

That’s all, folks! Here’s to a relaxing weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚

Farewell curries at Ninety One and CTICC conferencing

Can you believe we’re already in August! This past week has been busy on all fronts as usual, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Friday, 27 July 2018: Birthday cakes at work and Petiscos dins

Creative Mornings at Friends of Design on Bree Street
Almost as soon as I’d sat down at my desk on Friday, it was time to leave for the monthly Creative Mornings Cape Town talk, held at Friends of Design on Bree Street. The talk was on the theme of ‘intention’ – watch for my coverage on Biz this coming Monday.
Office birthday cake.
When I got back to the office there was a selelction of cakes and sweet treats to celebrate my colleague Gail’s birthday. T’was lovely!
Chicken xai xai at Petiscos.
It had been a long, hard work week so we treated ourselves to dins at Petiscos last Friday night, as we had so enjoyed the chicken fillet xai xai the previous weekend. It was delicious and came fast! Husband had his with a glass of red again, I went for the wild berry shake.

Saturday, 28 July 2018: Small dogs and Sea Point curries

Breakfast at Mugg & Bean
We had weekend admin to tick off our lists at Table Bay Mall on Saturday, so we started off with a quick breakfast at Mugg & Bean. See Husband’s bacon-egg-tomato toast and my triple-choc muffin, That’s a flat white for me and a serious cappuccino for him.
Dog in garden
My sweet girl enjoying the sunshine outside on Saturday morning.
Small dog.
Sometimes Bertie sits in a way that makes him look tiny (he’s a hefty 10kg ‘medium’ according to doggie food charts). Bless.
Dogs on couch
The doglets on the couch together that afternoon. Little Miss Bassie looks concerned, Bertie not so much.
Curry at Ninety One in Sea Point
On Saturday evening we made the long trek past town, to combine a colleague of mine’s farewell dinner with my brother-in-law Spec’s birthday. We went to Ninety One in Sea Point and had the most delicious curries – the butter chicken with peshwari (desiccated coconut and raisin) naan bread as amazing!
Curry dinner at Ninety One.
The girls! Some have since left the team, but we’re always good for a curry dinner catch-up.

Sunday, 29 July 2018: Baconville breakfast, Moyo sunset dins

Chocolate latte at Baconville.
We treated Spec to breakfast at Baconville on Sunday morning. See my large Flake-topped chocolate latte catching some sun.
Breakfast at Baconville.
It was sunny and there was coffee and bacon, so we were happy.
Choc-chip queen cakes
Choc-chip birthday queen cakes Mum whipped up for Spec, eaten at my in-laws’ house on Sunday afternoon.
Sleepy dog.
Bertie was a sleepy sweetheart that afternoon and slept on his dad’s lap, almost on top of his sister and spreadeagled on the sun-warmed carpet.
Moyo lamb-shank linguine
We decided on a shared bowl of the lamb-shank linguine at Moyo in Eden on the Bay for our early Sunday dins. Also see my hazelnut latte and lots of heaters and interesting pink lights.
Sunset at Eden on the Bay
We had the full Moyo experience with gas heaters and drumming music and my face-painted, and were lucky enough to catch the sun setting over the sea just as we were leaving.

Tuesday, 31 July 2018: Farewell cakes at work

Farewell cake at work.
Such beautiful cakes! These were in honour of Ilse’s formal farewell lunch at work on Tuesday.

Wednesday, 1 August 2018: CEM Africa conference day one

CTICC
Wednesday was the first day of the annual customer experience management or CEM Africa Summit. I’d not been to the CTICC for a while so enjoyed taking in the scenery before the conference sessions kicked off.
Food at CTICC conference
The food during tea breaks and lunch was as good as always at the CTICC, with fresh pastries and mini muffins, as well as sticky doughnuts, assorted desserts, and lots of small round foods easy to eat with the hands. I approve!

Thursday, 2 August 2018: CEM Africa conference day two

Food at CTICC
The food choices on day two did not disappoint!
CEM Africa at the CTICC.
Some of my favourite keynote presentations included these slides. You can read more about them here, here and here.
BrandLove at CEM Africa
Of course I stopped for a photo at the BrandLove booth, they’re my favourite CX team!

That’s all, folks! Here’s to a relaxing weekend all round. ๐Ÿ™‚