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Loeries 2019 and 12th anniversary Oyster Box high tea

Last week was one of the busiest of the year as I was in KZN from Wednesday covering the Loeries. We also celebrated our 12th anniversary with high tea at the Oyster Box before heading home on Tuesday this week. It’s a bumper edition packed with pics so get that scrolling finger ready…

Wednesday, 21 August 2019: Slow Lounge CT, Spur meal in KZN

Slow lounging, Cape Town! The top pic of macarons and the Mango plane are from Husband's trip to join me once the Loeries were over on Sunday, the bottom two on the left were my snaps from my Wednesday morning flight.
Slow lounging, Cape Town! The top pic of macarons and the Mango plane are from Husband’s trip to join me once the Loeries were over on Sunday, the bottom two on the left were my snaps from my Wednesday morning flight.
Durban, check! Following a morning flight, I landed in the KZN heat with my colleague Angie. See the view from out hotel room at the Garden Court South Beach, as well as my strawberry milkshake and cheddamelt schnitzel special in the Spur downstairs, to start our stay on the right note.
Durban, check! Following a morning flight, I landed in the KZN heat with my colleague Angie. See the view from out hotel room at the Garden Court South Beach, as well as my strawberry milkshake and cheddamelt schnitzel special in the Spur downstairs, to start our stay on the right note.

Thursday, 22 August 2019: Loeries Masterclasses at the Durban ICC

Keeping it classy at the Masterclasses! Our Loeries fun always starts with the morning and afternoon masterclasses held at the Durban ICC. Click here to read my overview of the Game/Dion Wired 'What do CMOs really want' morning masterclass and here for my overview of the UN Women-Dove afternoon masterclass.
Keeping it classy at the Masterclasses! Our Loeries fun always starts with the morning and afternoon masterclasses held at the Durban ICC. Click here to read my overview of the Game/Dion Wired ‘What do CMOs really want’ morning masterclass and here for my overview of the UN Women-Dove afternoon masterclass.

Friday, 23 August 2019: DStv Seminar of Creativity, first Loeries award night

Some of my Friday highlights included the view from our hotel room, on the 15th floor of the hotel, as well as Manuel Borde's presentation at the Loeries' DStv Seminar of Creativity, and bumping into Loeries CEO Andrew Human. Click here to read my overview of Borde's presentation in full!
Some of my Friday highlights included the view from our hotel room, on the 15th floor of the hotel, as well as Manuel Borde’s presentation at the Loeries’ DStv Seminar of Creativity, and bumping into Loeries CEO Andrew Human. Click here to read my overview of Borde’s presentation in full, here for more on Africans being creative sharks and here for more on checking stereotypes in the industry.
Scenes from the Friday night Loeries ceremony, as well as the cheddamelt schnitzel meal we shared on Saturday, with a Bar-One shake each.
Scenes from the Friday night Loeries ceremony, as well as the cheddamelt schnitzel meal we shared on Saturday, with a Bar-One shake each.

Saturday, 24 August 2019: Annual Brand SA brunch, second Loeries award night

Saturday started off with the annual Brand South Africa brunch at California Dreaming. See my strong cappuccino and the pool outside our hotel room.
Saturday started off with the annual Brand South Africa brunch at California Dreaming. See my strong cappuccino and the pool outside our hotel room.
Looking windswept but happy at the Brand SA brunch at California Dreaming.
Looking windswept but happy at the Brand SA brunch at California Dreaming.
A few social pics from the Brand SA brunch, networking with the industry before the second awards night...
A few social pics from the Brand SA brunch, networking with the industry before the second awards night…
Red carpeting! See our outfits from Friday night at the Loeries at the Durban ICC in the top row and Saturday night on the bottom row.
Red carpeting! See our outfits from Friday night at the Loeries at the Durban ICC in the top row and Saturday night on the bottom row.

Sunday, 25 August 2019: 12th wedding anniversary at the Oyster Box Hotel

Thank you, Oyster Box! We stayed in the King Willow Suite and walked in to find a special anniversary balloon and plate of sweet treats to celebrate.
Thank you, Oyster Box! Having seen off Angie and welcomed Husband at the airport, we were shuttled to the Oyster Box Hotel, where stayed in the King Willow Suite and walked in to find a special anniversary balloon and plate of sweet treats to celebrate.
Hello, Oyster Box! See duckies on the lawn, us as snapped in the lift, the below-ground private dining area and Skabenga saying 'hi'.
Hello, Oyster Box! See duckies on the lawn, us as snapped in the lift, the below-ground private dining area and Skabenga saying ‘hi’.
Some of the lovely Oyster Box scenery, from the spiral staircase to the movie theatre.
Some of the lovely Oyster Box scenery, from the spiral staircase to the movie theatre.
Our B harmonised massage in the Spa at the Oyster Box is one of the best I've had, as it didn't leave me feeling sore and knotted the next day. See Husband relaxing in the indoor jacuzzi as well as my flute of fizz, the hammam steam room and a relax space bed for two.
Our B Harmonised massage in the Spa at the Oyster Box is one of the best I’ve had, as it didn’t leave me feeling sore and knotted the next day. See Husband relaxing in the indoor jacuzzi as well as my flute of fizz, the hammam steam room and a private ‘relax space’ for two. All the words are coming to my full review on Bizcommunity soon…
In my happy place, having a coffee and biscuits post-massage on the balcony of our Oyster Box Hotel suite
In my happy place, having a coffee and soaking up the view post-massage on the balcony of our Oyster Box Hotel suite.
We strolled along the Umhlanga Promenade to take in that golden stretch of sand.
We strolled along the Umhlanga Promenade to take in that golden stretch of sand.
Happy anniversary to us! We were delighted to find a table at La Spiagga a little further down the main promenade that night. See my Kahlua coffee shake, Husband's glass of red, and the gnocchi piccante we wolfed down.
Happy anniversary to us! We were delighted to find a table at La Spiagga a little further down the main promenade that night. See my Kahlua coffee shake, Husband’s glass of red, and the gnocchi piccante we wolfed down.
Oyster Box bliss! See the pool all lit up at night, and view of the 'hidden' pool' outside the Spa.
Oyster Box bliss! See the main pool all lit up at night, and view of the ‘hidden’ pool’ outside the Spa.

Monday, 26 August 2019: High tea at the Oyster Box Hotel

Our first-morning pickings from the Oyster Box Hotel's breakfast buffet featured oysters and salmon for him, as well as bircher muesli, chocolate milk and a waffle with all the toppings for me.
Our first-morning pickings from the Oyster Box Hotel’s breakfast buffet featured oysters and salmon for him, as well as bircher muesli, chocolate milk and a waffle with all the toppings for me.
The CL2 cocktail (coconut milk, lavender and litchi) with stunning striped sea and sky beyond, as well as iconic red-and-white lighthouse and Oyster Box Hotel striped pool umbrellas. Love!
The CL2 cocktail (coconut milk, lavender and litchi) with stunning striped sea and sky beyond, as well as iconic red-and-white lighthouse and Oyster Box Hotel striped pool umbrellas. Love!
High tea is served! See some of the tea options, as well as stacks of savouries for those wit a little less of a sweet tooth than me.
High tea is served! See some of the tea options, as well as stacks of savouries for those with a little less of a sweet tooth than me.
See blue macarons, our reserved table and some of the delicious cakes - there was even a sushi station for Husband to feast from.
See blue macarons, our reserved table and some of the delicious cakes – there was even a sushi station for Husband to feast from.
Husband, caught sipping tea with pinkie finger extended.
Husband, caught sipping tea with pinkie finger extended.
Pool time! After we'd had a nap t digest some of that delicious high tea, we spent time at the main pool. It was bliss!
Pool time! After we’d had a nap to digest some of that delicious high tea, we spent time at the main pool. It was bliss!
Swimming in the main pool at sunset was bliss.
Swimming in the main pool at sunset was pure magic.
Husband ended our anniversary with a cigar and brandy in the Chukka Bar downstairs at the Oyster Box Hotel. We laughed at the 'rules of the inn'!
Husband ended our anniversary with a cigar and brandy in the Chukka Bar downstairs at the Oyster Box Hotel. We laughed at the ‘rules of the inn’!

Tuesday, 27 August 2019: King Shaka Slow Lounge

Oyster Box breakfast, take two. For me, a strong cappuccino, mini pastries and delicious single egg benedict. Husband ended up with a proper cooked breakfast this time including bacon and even curry.
Oyster Box breakfast, take two. For me, a strong cappuccino, mini pastries and delicious single egg benedict. Husband ended up with a proper cooked breakfast this time, including bacon and even curry.
Vehicles seen in and around the Oyster Box Hotel - the Merc top-left served as our shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
Vehicles seen in and around the Oyster Box Hotel – the Merc top-left served as our shuttle from the airport to the hotel.
Once we'd checked out of the Oyster Box Hotel (sob), we took another walk along the pier and main promenade in Umhlanga.
Once we’d checked out of the Oyster Box Hotel (sob), we took another walk along the pier and main promenade in Umhlanga.
King Shaka Slow Lounging! Once we had checked in our bags for our flight home, we made our way to the Slow Lounge in King Shaka airport. See some of the lovely snacks on offer.
King Shaka Slow Lounging! Once we had checked in our bags for our flight home, we made our way to the Slow Lounge in King Shaka airport. See some of the lovely snacks on offer.
Home time! See us on the plan home, as well as view out the window and Husband's view when he stepped into the cockpit after we'd safely landed.
Home time! See us on the plane home, as well as THE view out the window and Husband’s view when he stepped into the cockpit to chat to the flight crew after we’d safely landed.

That’s all, folks! Here’s to a warm and restful week ahead. πŸ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our meals, spa treatment and accommodation at the Oyster Box Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Amarula Coladas and oysters for parents’-in-law’s 40th anniversary at Brass Bell

This past weekend, Husband’s parents celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary…

Friday, 26 April 2019: Lauren Beukes’ Creative Mornings talk at AAA School

Last Friday, I attended Lauren Beukes' Creative Mornings talk for April, held at the AAA School in Long Street. See the lovely setting, and delicious morning treats. Click here for my overview of Beukes' talk on Bizcommunity.
Last Friday, I attended Lauren Beukes’ Creative Mornings talk for April, held at the AAA School in Long Street. See the lovely setting, and delicious morning treats. Click here for my overview of Beukes’ talk on Bizcommunity.
Look at the lovely, fresh drip coffee we got to sample before the talk began. Clay Pigeon Trading is opening later this year.
Look at the lovely, fresh drip coffee we got to sample before the talk began. Clay Pigeon is opening later this year.
And these doughnuts! Driven in fresh from Worcester for the monthly Creative Morning talks.
And these doughnuts! Driven in fresh from Worcester for the monthly Creative Morning talks.
The monthly Creative Morning talks are now held at the AAA School in Long Street. What a wonderful setting!
The monthly Creative Morning talks are now held at the AAA School in Long Street. What a wonderful setting!
Love this, posted on one of the internal walls at the AAA School on Long Street. “We don’t make mistakes, we master them.”

Saturday, 27 April 2019: Avengers Endgame at GrandWest Casino, cocktails at Catch22

We tried something different for breakfast on Saturday - Bean Authentic Coffee Roasters in Monte Vista, as found on the Entertainer app. See Husband's cheddar-and-bacon 'egglets'.
We tried something different for breakfast on Saturday – Bean Authentic Coffee Roasters in Monte Vista, as found on the Entertainer app. See Husband’s cheddar-and-bacon ‘egglets’.
Also at Bean Authentic - this delicious bacon, jalapeno, bscon, feta, cheddar and spicy mayo toastie.
Also at Bean Authentic – this delicious bacon, jalapeno, bacon, feta, cheddar and spicy mayo toastie.
We watched Avengers: Endgame at GrandWest Casino on Saturday afternoon. As you can see, we splurged on the biggest box of popcorn we'd ever seen, especially as it was Avengers: Endgame themed. We did finish it, as the movie is three hours' long...
We watched Avengers: Endgame at GrandWest Casino on Saturday afternoon. As you can see, we splurged on the biggest box of popcorn we’d ever seen, especially as it was Avengers: Endgame themed. We did finish it, as the movie is three hours’ long…
Next stop, Catch22 for some post-movie cocktails. The view is just gorgeous.
Next stop, Catch22 for some post-movie cocktails. The view is just gorgeous.
Husband, busy with his Ol' Spice mojito, featuring spiced rum, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple and soda.
Husband, busy with his Ol’ Spice mojito, featuring spiced rum, lime, mint, ginger, pineapple and soda.
I went for the 'LAval Me Long Time'. Served in a tiki glass, it's a delicious blend of rum, coconut, lemongrass, lime, basil, blueberry and cranberry. The ice cubes mean there's a little less in the glass than you think - that's a good thing!
I went for the ‘Lava Me Long Time’. Served in a tiki glass, it’s a delicious blend of rum, coconut, lemongrass, lime, basil, blueberry and cranberry. The ice cubes mean there’s a little less in the glass than you think – that’s a good thing!

Sunday, 28 April 2019: Ruby anniversary lunch at Brass Bell

Husband's parents were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary last weekend, so invited us for a celebratory meal at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.
Husband’s parents were celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary last weekend, so invited us for a celebratory meal at the Brass Bell in Kalk Bay.
Full family shot - we sat upstairs in the enclosed area, with a view of the wild ocean below.
Full family shot, Spec attended, as well as Janet and Phil – we sat upstairs in the enclosed area, with a view of the wild ocean below.
Oysters! Husband's Mum ordered a portion for the table.
Oysters! Husband’s Mum ordered a portion for the table.
See Husband enjoying some oysters and me with my Amarula Colada cocktail. Yum!
See Husband enjoying some oysters and me with my Amarula Colada cocktail. Yum!
My Amarula Colada again, a watchful gull statue along with some food - my beef burger and chips, and one of the fishy options.
My Amarula Colada again, a watchful gull statue along with some food – my beef burger and chips, and one of the fishy options.
The happy couple, with their eldest and me.
The happy couple, with their eldest and me.
The tide pool at Brass Bell was flat and so inviting, if you ignored the nip in the air...
The tide pool at Brass Bell was flat and so inviting, if you ignored the nip in the air…
Husband got into the tide pool behind me here, as we headed back towards St James' side. Note my coffee as it got cold, fast once the sun vanished behind the mountain.
Husband got into the tide pool behind me here, as we headed back towards St James’ side. Note my coffee as the weather got cold, fast once the sun vanished behind the mountain.

Wednesday, 1 May 2019: Sick Husband and Rocomama’s treats on Workers’ Day

Intercare Parklands was our first stop on Wednesday, as Husband woke up Very Ill - he even came hoe early from work the day before. Diagnosis: Full-blown influenza. Lucky I had the flu shot the previous week. So far, so good. We didn't wait long, but coffee in the waiting area is always a good idea.
Intercare Parklands was our first stop on Wednesday, as Husband woke up Very Ill – he even came home early from work the day before. Diagnosis: Full-blown influenza. Lucky I had the flu shot the previous week. So far, so good. We didn’t wait long, but coffee in the waiting area is always a good idea.
Husband having a nap that afternoon.
Husband having a nap that afternoon.
We had a Workers' Day afternoon treat at Rocomama's later that afternoon. See my espresso shake - yes, my second milkshake of the day - as well as the chicken burger Husband and Mum opted for, and Dad with his Bud in a bottle.
We had a Workers’ Day afternoon treat at Rocomama’s later that afternoon. See my espresso shake – yes, my second milkshake of the day, as I also had a peanut butter-toffee shake at Wimpy after Hubcapsicum’s doc visit (I got to order an adventurous drink as I’d already had a coffee at the doctor earlier) – as well as the chicken burger Husband and Mum opted for, and Dad with his Bud in a bottle.
Mum and me at the Rocomama's star wall.
Mum and me at the Rocomama’s star wall.
The doglets relaxing in the lounge at various stages of the week. They know this is home!
The doglets relaxing in the lounge at various stages of the week. They know this is home!

That’s all, folks! Husband is on the mend but we’ll take things easy, just in case. Here’s to a relaxing weekend ahead, filled with delicious moments.

A Portuguese Halloween and how we’re surviving the summer heat wave

This last week saw an intense heat wave hit, so we spent much of our free time gazing at, walking beside, and swimming in the ocean. And let’s not mention all the milkshakes I glugged down…

Friday, 26 October 2018: After-work espresso shake at Fat Cactus

Fat Cactus in Woodstock.
A colleague and I went for an after-work chat with milkshakes at the Fat Cactus across the road from work.
Cactus-shaped milkshake glasses.
How cute are the cactus-shaped milkshake glasses? That’s my espresso shake. Yum!
Dinner at Earth Cafe.
We started our weekend early, with Friday evening dinner at Earth Cafe. I chose the crispy honey chicken, while Husband had two salmon hand rolls and the black bean curry.

Saturday, 27 October 2018: Bagels at Reload, oysters at Catch22

Breakfast at Reload.
Proof that I follow instructions well: My peppermint-choc latte at Reload in Parklands on Saturday morning told me to smile, so I did. Also see my bagel with smashed avo, and Husband’s trim portion of open Mexican omelette. It was lovely.
Table Mountain from Table View.
Husband gazing at Table Mountain from the rocky outcrop in the bay in Table View.
Beach blues, greens and whites
All the blues and greens we saw at the beach.
Swimming in Table View.
It was so very hot that he spent more time than his usual quick dunk in the sea.
Catch22
It was the perfect weather for a meal with a view of the beach. See Table Mountain and the sea as seen from the balcony of Catch22. Also, Husband’s glass of red and my Peppermint Aero milkshake.
Buccaneer beef burger at Catch22
Husband was delighted with the jumbo-sized oysters – R25 each, followed by the Calypso’s Catch seafood salad. The Buccaneer beef burger, topped with cheese and bacon and onion rings, was also delicious, as always.
Hot dogs
Hot dogs cooling down under the fans that evening.

Sunday, 28 October 2018: Doggy beach walks before breakfast at On the Rocks

Dogs at the beach
We took the doglets for an early Sunday morning beach walk at their favourite, Kreeftebaai. See various stages of said walkies.
Dachshund in the sea.
It didn’t take much time to coax little Bassie into the sea too, to cool down her feeties.
Breakfast at On the Rocks
Our lack of sleeves in these pics shows you how hot it was on Sunday morning. We opted for breakfast at On the Rocks, with a strawberry shake and the berry French toast for me, and a cappuccino, Coke Zero and the breakfast pan for Husband.
Table Mountain, as seen from Eden on the Bay.
We stopped off for a walk around Eden on the Bay that afternoon.
Dogs in fan
It was so very hot that Husband set up the air-conditioner machine in the kitchen, then sat in front of it for a while, cooling down with Bertie. Bassie also enjoyed the air that was reaching her from the couch.
Ice-cream with blueberries
Ice-cream with blueberries and a cup of coffee at Mum’s after lupper that evening.

Wednesday, 31 October 2018: Halloween dins at Petisco’s

Petiscos on Halloween.
We found ourselves at Petisco’s in Parklands for dins on Wednesday evening. It was Halloween, so there was bunting and decorations galore. We ended up with a plate of the chicken xai xai each, as well as a Fanta orange and the mocha shake.
Halloween at Petiscos
Loved the Halloween decorations!

Thursday, 1 November 2018: BrandZ launch at Kantar MillwardBrown

BrandZ
The first BrandZ results, for the top 30 most valuable SA brands, launched on Thursday morning at the Kantar MillwardBrown offices on the Foreshore. It was such a nice event.

That’s all, folks! We’re in for a slightly cooler weekend, with some rain even set for Sunday, so expect a few more sleeves in my next update. Teehee πŸ˜‰

KZN fun in the winter sun: Loeries 2018 and a night at the Oyster Box

Loeries 2018 is done and dusted but no need for FOMO: if you missed all the fun you can scroll through my pics below. This is a super bumper edition post as it also includes pics of our stay at the Oyster Box Hotel in Umhlanga last Sunday night. So make sure you have a hot drink at hand, your scrolling finger is ready and go, go, go!

Wednesday, 15 August 2018: Fly to Durban, lunch at the Versailles restaurant

Airport coffee and sunrise
Once I’d checked in at the airport on Wednesday morning I had time for a quick coffee and to snap the sunrise before meeting up with my colleague Angie for our flight to Durban. Good way to start the trip!
Versailles restaurant at the Blue Waters Hotel
Once we landed at King Shaka Airport, adjusted to the humidity and found our hire car, we made our way to the Blue Waters Hotel on the Snell Parade. After checking in, we had time for lunch in the hotel’s Versailles restaurant before sorting out some work in our room. See the lovely setting, as well as my berry-topped cheesecake and strawberry milkshake. Angie went for the fish and chips with veggies and said it was delicious.
Blue Waters room service.
We were so busy working in the evenings that we didn’t leave our room, alas. These are various snaps of room service meals we ordered over our stay at the Blue Waters. Those snack baskets are lovely, the chips are delicious, the hot chocolate has real chocolate melted into the pot and that club sandwich could easily feed two!

Thursday, 16 August 2018: Moderating the Women in Marketing: Africa masterclass

Loeries and Blue Waters Hotel.
We woke bright and early for our first big day on Thursday – see my ‘The future is female’ tee from Foschini, so fitting for the themes we covered on the day. Also see various stages of breakfast at the Versailles restaurant in the Blue Waters hotel, and the enormous tree guarding the Durban ICC, just five minutes from our hotel.
Women in Marketing Africa Masterclass at the Loeries
My Loeries fun kicked off with something different – I moderated the Women in Marketing: Africa launch masterclass. Click here for an overview of the topics discussed, if you missed it.
Robertson's spicecream at Loeries
Probably one of the most delicious moments of the Loeries – stopping on a swing to try the chocolate-chilli ‘spicecream’ by Robertsons.
Loeries at Durban ICC
More about Thursday. Luckily all the Loeries events are held at the Durban ICC, so once you’ve registered it’s pretty easy to find your way around. See the registration desk, where we were pleasantly surprised to be told we were VIPs for the week. Also see me with Loeries CEO Andrew Human, and the lovely Nkgabi Motsau of Think Creative Hub – I’ve interviewed her a few times over the phone and email, so it was wonderful to bump into each other. Also see Angie and me enjoying our ‘spicecreams’ on the Instagram ‘head in the clouds’ swings when the seminar was finally over.

Friday, 17 August 2018: DStv Seminar of Creativity and Loerie Awards night one

Durban sunrise
Stages of sunrise as seen from our room, and breakfast downstairs in the restaurant.
Loerie awards
A few of our Friday highlights – it was time for the DStv Seminar of Creativity, so we made sure to have a filling breakfast in the hotel before heading back to the Convention Centre (this is part two). It was ‘build-you-own-bunnychow for lunch – with authentic Durban curry, so these were fantastically hot. Also see the Convention Centre all lit up for the first awards show that night. We rushed back to our hotel room to change out of our casual outfits, then were ready for lights, camera, action!
Friday night Loeries Awards
A few more snaps from Friday night’s Loeries award ceremony at the Durban ICC. See me with Slo, who now works at TBWA\Hunt\Lascaris. I met HER when I first covered the Loeries in Durban a good four years ago, and see Angie and me in all our Foschini finery.
Loeries 2018
Our posed snap from Gallo, on the red carpet with the Loeries and this year’s Wakanda-themed picture prettiers.
Loeries awards
The award nights flew by in a whizz as we were tweeting, posting to Instagram and making articles live as the nights went on. No wonder we were exhausted by the time we got back to our room!

Saturday, 18 August 2018: Brand SA VIP Brunch and Loerie Awards night two

Brand SA VIP brunch at California Dreaming
Saturday morning was the Brand South Africa VIP Brunch, held at California Dreaming on the beachfront. We were happy to sit and watch Durban life go by on the promenade beyond, while sipping away and munching on delicious snacks.
Networking at Brand SA VIP brunch at California Dreaming
After a strong cappuccino we were ready to fit in some networking, too!
Loeries red carpet
Saturday night version of the official Loeries red carpet team snap – this time in our own clothing with Foschini accessories (love that neckpiece!)
Saturday night Loeries red carpet
More from the Saturday night red carpet! See me with the big gold loerie, Angie and I at the logo wall and saying hi to Nkanyezi Masango of King James Group (they did really well on the night!)
Dogs on couch
Husband also kept me in the loop of how things were going back at home on Saturday. See the doglets snuggled together on the couch, cheersing his mom’s birthday, and breakfast with my parents. Also see Bassie, very interested in his dessert.

Sunday, 19 August 2018: A night at the Oyster Box Hotel

Cape Town Slow Lounge
Husband also sent me snaps of his early morning at the Cape Town airport, where he waited for his flight to join me for a night. See the Cape Town Slow Lounge, his Kulula flight and view from the window.
Loo with a View at Cape Town airport
Husband found the ‘loo with a view’ in the Cape Town Slow lounge hilarious!
Umhlanga roads.
Angie safely dropped off for her flight home and Husband collected for part two of my time in KZN, we hopped into an Uber and headed to Umhlanga. See some of the sights along the way.
Oysterbox Hotel
Ahh, the Oyster Box. We loved everything we saw when we first arrived, including resident kitty Skabenga who let me pet him as he napped on a couch.
Oysterbox reception area.
The main reception area is just gorgeous, with ornate red carpets, glass, mirrors and orchids everywhere you look.
High tea at the Oysterbox
If cakes are your thing, don’t miss high tea at the Oyster Box. We had a huge dinner to come so gave it a miss, but there’s also a slightly smaller ‘evening indulgence’ option if you have a spot of space left after those curries. We didn’t, sadly. Will have to return for it!
Room at the Oysterbox hotel
Our room was a pink, red and white delight. See the robes in the bathroom, the red-and-white lighthouse in walking distance and enticing private balcony.
Cheers at the Oysterbox
Cheers! We clinked drinks once we’d had time to unpack and get over the gorgeousness of the view from our balcony.
Umhlanga sea
It’s not a proper seaside stay if Husband hasn’t had a dip in the sea, so we trotted along the beach to the pier and of course he dunked himself in the Umhlanga waters – my first time on the KZN beachfront too, despite having arrived in Durban on the Wednesday! Note cute ‘sand brush’ for when returning from beach to hotel.
Vervet monkey at the Oysterbox
We even spotted a vervet monkey wandering the grounds!
Sunset at Oysterbox
Sunset from our balcony.
Movie theatre at the Oysterbox.
Don’t forget to explore the upstairs floor of the Oyster Box – we found the Clock Tower Room, host to a selection of toy soldiers, as well as the movie theatre stocked with sweets and soft blankets. Lots to do if the weather keeps you indoors!
Oysterbox ships.
A lovely nautical corner of the Oyster Box.
Curry buffet at the Oysterbox
That night, we sampled the curry buffet in the Ocean Terrace. Proper review of the curries to come on Biz, and see my very chocolatey shake – with striped paper straw, of course.
Oysterbox at night.
All the colours deepen at the Oyster Box at night. We were quite exhausted after dins and ready for bed.
Oysterbox swans and gowns
Wow, the Oyster Box room fairies went all out in our absence, decking the bed with towel swans, rose petals, chocolates and gowns. Here’s the resulting gown pic.
Bath at the Oysterbox.
To a Capetonian, this is absolute heaven due to water restrictions in the province. The staff had sprinked more rose petals all around the edge of the super-large tub, and even left us scented candles. Bliss!

Monday, 20 August 2018: The Oyster Box breakfast buffet and King Shaka Airport Slow Lounge

Breakfast at the Oysterbox.
The breakfast buffet spread is simply unbeatable. Look at all those cheeses, and you could eat oysters to your heart’s content! I think Husband stopped at 14.
Breakfast at the Oysterbox
Also see Husband’s Oysters Mornay bottom right, a selection of the cereals, the full breakfast menu and the pancake I topped with chocolate syrup, cream, banana slices and mini Astros. That’s how you do breakfast! And then…
Oysterbox spa
The spa at the Oyster Box is open to guests, so we headed straight there after breakfast to spend some quiet time digesting and erasing some of the past weeks’ stresses.
Steam room and plunge pool at Oysterbox
I can’t tell you how relaxing it was the spend the morning hopping between this jacuzzi-like plunge pool and the Turkish hammam steam room. We left feeling ten times better than when we arrived. Us waterbabies could have easily spent the day there!
Pool at the Oysterbox Hotel
We spent a little time at the main pool (there’s another close to the spa) before it was time to check out. I can see why this is a firm Umhlanga favourite!
Pool at the Oysterbox
More shots of the gorgeous pool. See how we both bravely got in (that’s me in the bottom left shot) – and what a wonderful spot it is, to take your morning coffee.
Slow Lounge at King Shaka Airport
We had enough time to spare before our flight to visit the Slow Lounge at King Shaka Airport – my first time. See the curry that made Husband’s eyes light up, the chocolate croissant and cappuccino that made me happy, and various other snacks.
KZN Slow Lounge at King Shaka Airport
Another snap of the Slow Lounge, and the British Airways plane that brought us home.

That’s all, folks! Hope my snaps did our whirlwind stay justice. We’ve both been a bit ill this past week, so it will probably be a quiet weekend on our side. Enjoy yours!

*Disclaimer: Our Loeries’ outfits and accessories were sponsored by Foschini, while meals and accommodation at the Oyster Box Hotel were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Hillcrest Quarry Oyster and Champagne Festival and all the chocolate cake

Yes, we really did slurp oysters and swig champers in the Hillcrest Quarry last weekend. See for yourself…

Friday, 13 October 2017: Work meeting with Design Indaba team

Design Indaba wall
There’s always something different to see when visiting the Design Indaba/Interactive Africa offices. We loved their wall art when we popped in for a brief catch-up meet last Friday.

Saturday, 14 October 2017: Family breakfast at Cafeen, Oyster and Champagne Festival in Hillcrest Quarry

Cafeen
The bike was ready for collection first thing on Saturday so Husband’s parents transported us there. This was so we could all breakfast together on the way as we had a busy afternoon planned, so a braai was out of the question. We decided on Cafeen in Claremont for breakfast as it was fairly close for Spec to reach from his end of the Cape, too. The decor is lovely.
Cafeen latte
I remembered my envy over the creme brulee latte Husband had sipped on our last visit to Cafeen – Valentine’s Day of 2016, click here for proof – so that’s what I ordered. Also see a happy Spec, Husband peppering his breakfast and the parents in conversation.
Breakfast at Cafeen
And the food? Looked, smelled, and tasted delicious. See various eggy options and my amazing French toast – cinnamon-sugared, syruped, baconed and lemon curded. Yes please.
Hillcrest Estate.
Next stop once the bike mission was complete was the Oyster and Champagne Festival at Hillcrest Quarry. Parking was full – so much so that we were directed onto an adjacent field. There was then quite a queue for shuttles to the quarry on Hillcrest Estate but it’s a short walk up hill – roughly 1km – so we hoofed it, rather.
Oyster and champagne festival at Hillcrest Quarry
Once we had huffed and puffed mildly up the hill, we joined the queue of folk waiting to enter. Once in, we bumped into Terence, a former camping buddy back when we all still lived in Joburg ages ago. See the complimentary branded champers flutes with five tasting coupons each, and some of the white-and-gold dressed attendees.
Oyster and champagne Festival
The oyster section is separate to the champagne section – housed in a different tent and at a price of R12 per oyster (over and above the R160 entry fee) We did not pay this as had media passes, but coughed up for all the oysters Husband guzzled.
Hillcrest Quarry oyster and champagne festival
One could choose from all manner of MCCs, sparkling wines and even authentic Champagne from France to sample – some cash bar only, though – as well as live music and even a coal-heated ‘jacuzzi’.
Silver candyfloss
The silvery candyfloss was a hit. Photo with Husband for size, he didn’t have any.
Bubbly at Hillcrest Quarry
Cheers to pink bubbly! Full description of all we sampled in my official review.
Hillcrest quarry
If you’ve not seen the quarry at Hillcrest Estate, it’s a gorgeous surprise. We were admiring the view when we bumped into another friend from our Joburg days – Michael Rorke, a former colleague from Caxton!
Shuttle from Oyster and Champagne Festival
We decided to shuttle back to the car once we were done. Just to say we’d experienced the Festival in full. Not because we didn’t have the energy or anything (ahem).
Dogs on couch
The doglets were on their sweetest behaviour that afternoon. Excuse the colour-contrasting blankets.
Catch 22 dinner
We had dinner at Catch 22 on the beachfront that evening. It was too chilly to sit on the outside balcony for a view of the sea and Table Mountain but we still had a good time. See my blueberry cheesecake shake and Buccaneer beef burger topped with bacon and cheese, along with Husband’s Castle Lite draught and seafood curry.

Sunday, 15 October 2017: Cafe Lacomia brekkie and strawberry lupper

Cafe Lacomia breakfast
It was time for breakfast at Cafe Lacomia in our nearest Builder’s Warehouse on Sunday. I went for a toasted chicken mayo and latte, while Husband had the bullseye washed down with a Cola, as he does.
Chocolate cake
Later that afternoon, lupper at Mum’s was all about strwaberries – look at them in the salad on the left and adorning the chocolate cake she whipped up. We got to take some home with us and Bertie was hopeful he would get to claim a slice when I had some as a treat. He didn’t, as chocolate isn’t good for dogs.

Monday, 16 October 2017: Office birthday cake

Chocolate cake
I really lucked out on the chocolate cake front this week, as my colleague Arlene brought in her sister’s famous Whispers-topped chocolate cake on Monday morning to celebrate her birthday. It was delicious, with the topping a mix of melted chocolate mixed with cream.

Wednesday, 18 October 2017: Kantar Millward Brown Re-imagining Marketing talk at 15 on Orange, cloud-flocked sky

15 on Orange breakfast
I attended a breakfast presentation at the African Pride 15 on Orange hotel first thing on Wednesday. Excellent breakfast, excellent presentation, coverage coming up soon!
Clouds
Stripe of scattered clouds in the suburbs.
Cloudy sunset
Sunset that evening – about half-an-hour later – was another example of pretty cloud play.

That’s all, folks! Have a restful weekend πŸ™‚

Velvet cakes, mum’s Moyo 63rd and mum-in-law’s 65th at Steenberg Bistro 1982

I think every August blog post I’ve ever published has mentioned that it’s been a very birthday-filled month. Add my Loeries work coverage to the mix and it’s almost impossible to fit in everything we want or need to do. Despite the craziness we did still get to see both our moms for their birthdays in the past few days, as you’ll see below…

Sunday, 13 August 2017: Mum’s birthday lunch at Moyo

Birthday at Moyo
My mom usually cooks Sunday lupper for us, so we decided having her NOT cook would be one of her gifts, especially as her birthday fell on a Sunday this year. We went to Moyo for something different, and as we’d let them know it was Mum’s birthday, she was presented with a special dish of ice cream and berry sauce, was sung to, made to wear a hat AND fed the first spoonful.
Moyo food
To eat, we went with the sweet potato soup (me), the flame-grilled chermoula fish (Husband), the Maputo peri-peri chicken (Mum) and the oxtail with dumplings (Dad). We were all licking our fingers afterwards, so delicious!
Shooters at Moyo
We tried the ‘Independence’ shooters to end the meal in style. They’re yummy Pina Colada-y concoctions!
Moyo face paint
We took a photo of our Moyo-painted faces when we got home before the paint started flaking off.
Sunset in the suburbs
Sunset from my parents’ house later that evening.

Tuesday, 15 August 2017: Velvet Cake Co sneak peek

Cake painted walls at Velvet Cake Co
I was lucky enough to get a sneak peek of some of the Velvet Cake Co’s new treats – my parents came along. Click here for all the words, this is just proof I was there in front of the lovely cake-painted walls.
Velvet Cake Co
Aren’t these the most gorgeous cakes? Really special.
Pastel rainbow cake slice.
Probably the prettiest slice of cake I’ve ever seen.
Velvet Cake Co
Little bites of all sorts of niceness. An enormous strawberry, caramel-popcorn-meringue topped cupcake, and red velvet cupcake.

Wednesday, 16 August 2017: Opening of CEM Africa Summit

CEM Africa Summit at Century City Conference Centre
Scenes from the first day of the CEM Africa Summit – gin stands, a packed panel session, interesting art work in the Century City Conference Centre and proof I was there covering it.

Saturday, 19 August 2017: Mum-in-law’s birthday breakfast at Steenberg’s Bistro 1682

Steenberg Bistro 1682
My mum-in-law decided she wanted to host her 65th birthday breakfast at Steenberg’s Bistro 1682 all the way back when we first took her there in November last year, before they had officially moved down here from Johannesburg. The weather played along beautifully on the day.
Breakfast at Bistro 1682
If you’ve been to Bistro 1682 for breakfast you’ll know the wonder of this surprise – the warm, sweet rolls with toffee sauce to dip in that are served while waiting for your meals to arrive. Drool!
Birthday at Steenberg's Bistro 1682
“Happy birthday to you!” Oysters were shucked, pork belly-bacon benedicts devoured, bubbly toasts were made and a special birthday plate of treats was presented to the birthday girl. All in all a lovely birthday experience.
Steenberg Bistro 1682
The other side of the table – an almost-well-from-his-cold Husband, a just-starting-to-suffer-the-symptoms dad and a smiling-happily brother-in-law.
Steenberg Bistro 1682
Bellies full, we trotted outside for some family photos. First up, Husband with his clan.
Steenberg Bistro 1682
Then it was our turn.,, ❀
Steenberg Bistro 1682
Now one with everyone, minus my father-in-law as photographer. On taking this pic we realised we had all dressed to a blue/green theme without realising. Stylish!
Spur salad
Husband whisked me away to our nearest Spur with a view of the sea much, much later for a quick Saturday afternoon treat between batches of work. We ended up with a Pina Colada, hazelnut latte and chicken-bacon-avo salad to share.

Sunday, 18 August 2017: Coffee tasting tray at The Daily

Breakfast at The Daily
We popped in at Seaside Village’s Daily Cafe for a quick breakfast bite before more work rolled in. Here is Husband with his coffee, the new menus and my Nutella-banana pancakes. Always start your day with chocolate, where you can!
Coffee tasting tray at The Daily
Of course I went for the coffee tasting tray when I saw it on the menu. It’s three tiny cups of plain espresso, espresso con panna (with cream) and their famous ‘tin cup’ with condensed milk. A must for coffee lovers like me. I’m trying their hot chocolate tasting tray next!
Freckles angel fish
Apologies for the lack of doggy pics this week, kids – here’s a pic of our little angel Freckles to make up for it.

That’s all, folks! Have a happy, sunny weekend and click here for more of our Velvet Cake Co experience.