We had yet another day off work this week as it was national voting day on Wednesday – the last public holiday for a while, so we made the most of the chance to relax…
Saturday, 4 May 2019: Braai at Husband’s parents
We decided on a little bit of a road trip for our Saturday breakfast, eventualy ending up at Melkbos Kitchen. The coffee was delicious, as was the food. See Husband’s salmon-eggs benedict, as well as my bacon-egg buttie.
The doggies enjoyed running around and taking in their other granny’s garden, as their last visit was the day we moved – Bertie’s birthday, on 1 March.
Results of all the braai-ing effort.
Sunday, 5 May 2019: Kauai breakfast and honeyed lupper
We wanted something on the healthier side of the street for Sunday breakfast, so went to Kauai at Eden on the Bay. See the lovely view as well as my almond oat pot and Husband’s Mexican egg bowl. Not pictured: Our strong flat white coffees.
Mum made a delicious honey-mustard chicken meal for Sunday lupper, as we still have lots of honey from our bee hive removal. Click here if you don’t know what I’m talking about.
Mini doughnuts for dessert!
A beautiful sky at sunset, as seen from home.
Tuesday, 7 May 2019: French toast breakfast treat
I worked from home on Tuesday as I had a very late night of work the night before so opted to skip the commute into the office. Added bonus: homemade French toast with bacon, syrup and honey, made by Mum.
Wednesday, 8 May 2019: Voting day in South Africa
We slept in a little later than normal then headed to Wimpy at Bayside Mall for breakfast. See Husband winking without his streaky bacon breakfast (plus cheese griller), and me with my regular Wimpy coffee and Bar-one waffle.
We kept an eye on the queues outside the voting stations all day, then decided on lunch at the Italian Club before making our mark. See the ribs and chips, red wine, gnocchi bolognaise and my coffee shake.
A group ‘thumfie’ as proof that we all eventually made our mark that afternoon.
Sweet, sleepy doglets as snapped throughout the week.
That’s all, folks! Tune in next week – same time, same place for my next update…
We’ve had many happy moments in our new home over the past week, as well as many lovely experiences out and about, as you’ll see from the pics below…
Thursday, 21 March 2019: Human Right’s Day movie and munchies
We slept in a little later than usual last Thursday, as it was the Human Right’s Day public holiday. Our tummies wanted feeding even though loadshedding had kicked in by then, so we made our way to our local Carlucci’s deli for my favourite combo – a dirty chai latte and almond croissant, while Husband had the salmon eggs benedict with a flat white.
Next stop, the Captain Marvel movie at GrandWest Casino. It was packed but I found a quiet spot: The view from inside GrandWest Casino, looking out.
There are new ‘Strike a Pose’ camera stations all around GrandWest, which take a few tries to get right, especially in terms of how far to stand from the camera booth. Lol!
We were quite hungry by the time we got out of the movie, and exited only to find it was time for loadshedding at home. Luckily, Petisco’s in Parklands was fully operational on generator power so we could have our favourite chicken fillet xai-xai, with a pint of Super Bock beer for Husband (lol, he’s drinking a Super Bok in his Springboks tee) and a Lindt latte for me. Yum!
The sky was having a pastel-magic moment over Table Mountain when we got home.
Friday, 22 March 2019: Chicken pie and fiery sunsets
Chicken pie, roast potatoes and veg for dinner at Mum’s.
Gorgeous fiery sunset, as seen from home. Red sky at night, shepherd’s delight!
Saturday, 23 March 2019: Breakfast at The Hart Breadhouse
I just caught the sunrise from our kitchen window on Saturday morning. Also see the doggies exploring the front garden in sunshine.
Melkbos was top of the list for Saturday morning excursion, and though they were being loadshed at the time, the queue outside The Hart Breadhouse wasn’t bad at all, and the food was delicious. See my banana-Nutella French toast, as well as Husband’s lip-smackingly good mackerel plate. Not seen: Our equally good coffees.
Hubcap contemplating a swim in the deep blue sea. Table Mountain is to the left, this is a slight variation of the usual ‘Husband swimming in sea’ pic.
We have lift-off! Here’s the one you were waiting for, Husband diving in for a refreshing dip.
Sunday, 24 March 2019: News Cafe breakfast and new balcony lights
We started our Sunday with super early errands at Willowbridge in Bellville, but first, coffee! See Husband’s flat white and my stirred honey-nut latte at Ou Meul.
Our next stop was breakfast at our local News Cafe with Husband’s parents. We ordered before 10am so our the ‘full English’ was just R35, with Husband opting for the ‘chilli mince’ bowl and his mom trying the mint-apple super bowl.
We had wors rolls topped with slap chips for lupper at Mum’s on Sunday afternoon.
Husband finished his light work outside my parents’ balcony that evening, so beautiful – lots of twinkly purple and blue solar lights, so we can see where we are going even when there’s loadshedding.
Various snaps of sleepy doggies taken over the last week.
That’s all, folks! See you in the same place, same time next week. 🙂
This past week has been a blur of conferences, sunsets and good food, as you’ll see from the pics below…
Friday, 15 March 2019: Afternoon tea at home
I worked from home last Friday so took a quick afternoon tea break when my in-laws popped in for a visit. See the tea and stack of egg-mayo sandwiches Mum made.
Saturday, 16 March 2019: Breakfast at Park’s End, Catch22 cocktails
We needed to do some weekend admin in the Southern Suburbs on Saturday, so stopped in where Cafeen used to be – it’s now called Parks End. See Husband’s salmon eggs benedict, my creme brulee latte and various interesting things in store.
The name may have changed, but the menu basics are the same. See my French toast topped with bacon and bruleed banana, as well as syrup, cinnamon sugar and lemon curd. Yum!
Lovely scenery on the way back home from Constantia side.
We had our Saturday afternoon meal at Catch22. See the palm-tree light and my tiramisu shake. Yum!
Also see my buccaneer beef burger topped with bacon, cheese and onion rings, some of Mum’s sushi and Husband’s coconut bay fish curry.
Of course Husband had a dip in the sea that afternoon.
Sunday, 16 March 2019: St Patrick’s Day 2019
Some of the themed balloons we saw on display for St Patrick’s Day. We always celebrate as my dad is Patrick!
We met Husband’s mum for breakfast at the Pink Olive on Sunday morning. Note all the green outfits, for St Patrick’s Day.
Some of the Pink Olive decor as well as the flat whites, egg-and-mince on toast, and fresh scones with jam and cream.
Sunday evening’s fiery sunset.
Monday, 18 March 2019: Women in Tech Africa Conference
On Monday I popped into the first Women In Tech Africa conference, at the Century City Convention Centre. See some of the treats that were on offer…
Proof I was there, as well as the much-needed coffee and some of the sessions taking place. Watch for my coverage highlights in Monday’s #FairnessFirst column on Bizcommunity!
Tuesday 19 and Wednesday, 20 March 2019: eCommerce Africa conference
Tuesday and Wednesday this week were all about the fifth ever eCommerce Africa conference at the CTICC. See some of the eats and views here.
These were some of my favourite moments of eCommerce Africa 2019, click through to my overview articles of the best talk on day 1 and day 2.
Sweet Bassie napping with her grandpa.
That’s all, folks! Have a relaxing weekend. 🙂
It was Husband’s birthday on Tuesday, so there were quite a few celebrations over the past few days involving cocktails, pizzas and beach visits…
Friday, 25 January 2019: After-work dinner at Ikura Earth Cafe
Husband fetched me from the bus stop after work last Friday and we had an early dinner together at Ikura Earth Cafe. See my very pink shake, Husband’s glass of red, his salmon handrolls and my crispy honey chicken. Yum!
Saturday, 26 January 2019: Reload breakfast, Hooked lunch, Beach Tavern cocktails
We opted for a quick breakfast at Reload Parklands on Saturday morning, before kicking off our admin chores for the weekend. See Husband’s eggy-bacon breakfast, my scones with jam and cheese, our coffees and the lovely leafy setting.
After much mall admin, we tried Hooked in Tygervalley Mall for lunch on Saturday afternoon. Husband enjoyed his fishy platter for one and the waffle with bananas and hot, fudgey sauce served in a pan was delicious.
We also met my parents at Beach Tavern in Woodbridge Island for Saturday evening cocktails. See the beautiful creamy pina colada shake with pineapple wedge. Dad and me had these, while Mum and Husband had Bloody Marys.
The four of us at Beach Tavern, with our happy faces and cocktails.
The weather was lovely so we stopped at Dolphin Beach for a quick beach visit on our way home. I was befriended by a doggy and there was a wedding ceremony underway. We sat on a dune and watched for a little while.
Sunday, 27 January 2019: Carlucci’s breakfast and beautiful beach weather
We had breakfast at Carlucci’s in Table View on Sunday morning, with a view of Table Mountain and delicious coffees. Also see my large almond croissant and Husband’s salmon eggs benedict.
Beautiful Table Mountain beyond the bowl of Table Bay.
Husband walking through streams of mussel shells to reach his preferred sea-swimming hole.
Husband and sea birds, between various dips in the sea.
I had a ‘Coffee in a cone’ from the cashless Cup & Cake in Eden on the Bay as my Sunday afternoon treat.
Precious clean doglets after their Sunday afternoon shower.
It was a ‘build your own gatsby’ lupper at Mum’s. Yums!
T’was a pretty Sunday sunset, though the sky was hazy.
Tuesday, 29 January 2019: Husband’s 39th birthday dins at Panarotti’s
We met both sets of parents at Panarotti’s in Table Bay Mall for Husband’s birthday dins, after a long day of work. See all the happy faces.
Also see some of our pizzas and pastas – they’re all on special on a Tuesday – as well as my Bar-One and Dad’s Cherry Bomb shake.
The standard ‘birthday hat photo’ with the doglets once we were home that evening.
That’s all for now, folks! We’re sure to celebrate Husband’s birthday even more this weekend, so keep your eyes peeled for my next update. 🙂
T’was the Freedom Day long weekend in SA last weekend, so we had time to fit in lots of fun moments.
We were also lucky enough to be reviewing a mini version of the winter lifestyle package at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch, so this week’s post is jampacked with mouth-watering food and breathtaking views. See for yourself…
Friday, 27 April 2018: Go-karting at Century Karting
We had a later-than-usual breakfast brunch on Friday as didn’t have to get up with an alarm. See my chai latte and enormous croissant with bacon, brie and blueberries, as well as side salad. Husband had the mince on toast topped with an egg. All this at the Foodlover’s Market on Sandown.
Husband had spotted the Century Karting track when we made a miss-turn in the parking lot of Canal Walk, and as keen to give it ago with his dad, brother and father-in-law. They went zooming around the track so fast that the bottom right blurred pic is about the clearest ‘action shot’ I managed to snap.
Team photo of the proud racers. The sons had more aches and pains the following day than the dads.
We also spent some quality time with the puppers that eve. They’re such sweeties.
We dined at Petisco’s with brother-in-law Spec that evening. Their creamy chicken xai-xai fillet is amazing!
Pink sunset from the balcony at Petisco’s that evening.
Saturday, 28 April 2018: Massage, four-course lunch and ice-cream wine pairing at Clos Malverne
We had a quick earlybird breakfast with Spec at News Cafe first thing on Saturday, then it was time to set off for our grand adventure…
Such pretty scenery on the road to Clos Malverne in Devon Valley, Stellenbosch.
Blue skies, check. Green valleys, check. Chirpy birdsong, check. Before we knew it, we were at Clos Malverne in Stellenbosch’s Devon Valley.
Our first stop – the spa! We were treated to back, neck and shoulder massages, as well as time in the steam room to unwind. There were Ferrero Rochers awaiting us on the massage table pillows. Such a lovely start.
Feeling relaxed after our massages, we were ready for the four-course lunch that lay ahead. But first, where to sit? So many appealing options at the Clos Malverne restaurant…
The bright, happy painting in the restaurant was so fitting for the Freedom Day long weekend in South Africa.
We sat in a corner of the sun-dappled balcony with panoramic views of the vines and valley ahead.
This is why it’s called a ‘meal with a view’ at Clos Malverne. See my starter butternut-goat’s cheese arancini and Husband’s half-shell mussells in Thai curry broth.
Mmm. See Husband’s fillet steak topped with asparagus spears and springbok samosas on top, with my bacon-wrapped chicken fillet and pork belly below. Such beautiful plating, with tastes to match!
Loved the mini apple rolled in poppyseeds that accompanied my pork belly (it tasted of pear). Also see our desserts – the ‘savoury sweet’ on top is a butternut-chilli-caramel cheesecake, with the ‘white dark chocolate’ mousse below.
If you thought we would be full by then, you obviously haven’t heard of Clos Malverne’s ice cream-wine pairing. This is not part of the lifestyle package but definitely worth booking as part of your stay. Flavours range from the ‘lemongrass, chilli and litchi’ as paired with a flute of MCC to the orange, ‘gluhwein and star-anise’, paired with a sweet dessert wine. Full descriptions to follow on Bizcommunity!
Next stop, nap time. The rooms are named after wine varietals, with views of the valley and amazing pool. Husband was clearly amused at the wonderful simplicity of the TV remote!
Look. At. That. Pool! But it was too pretty to just lounge around and look at, despite the icy water…
Proof of our pool time. We lounged beside it and also had a quick dip – t’was super chilly!
A slight variation of our usual ‘gowns in luxurious spaces’ photo. These were super soft and fluffy.
‘Clos’ means ‘walled vineyard’ and the vines sure are well protected on the farm. We went for a walk as desk set in and marvelled at the beauty of the setting sun over the mountains. See the rising moon in the last picture.
Sunday, 29 April 2018: Elevenses at Helena’s, Root 44 Market and the Stellenbosch Flying Club
This looks like a very good Sunday morning to me. See the sunrise, coffee on the balcony, fruit parfaits left in the fridge for our in-room breakfast, and fluffy brown cows grazing in the adjacent field. Then it was time to leave.
We took the long road home, with quite a few stops along the way as the typical Cape country scenery is all the more beautiful in the heart of Stellenbosch.
That included an explore of the sides of Stellenbosch we’d not yet seen, like this giant wheel.
Helena’s Restaurant in the Coopmanhuijs Boutique Hotel was so charming that we had to stop in for ‘elevenses’ or second breakfast – just a cappuccino for me, while Husband had the salmon eggs benedict. Delicious.
If you’re in Stellenbosch on a Sunday morning, chances are you’ll end up at the Root 44 Market, drooling over various crafts and foods. These looked amazing! Colourful confections at the market.
A corn dog for everyone, no matter your tastes.
The Stellenbosch Flying Club was our very last stop on our way out of town for a look around at the planes.
That’s all, folks!
Click here for my full, wordy review on Bizcommunity…
This is what we came for – it’s wonderful!
*Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Clos Malverne were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
So much to celebrate! Today was our last working day for 2017, it’s Christmas weekend and last weekend we celebrated living in Cape Town for 5 years…
Thursday, 14 December 2017: End-Dec work things, Star Wars: The Last Jedi at iMax
Sugary treats are a must in December, when motivation levels are low. All the more so when said sugary treat is a marshmallow-topped cupcake complete with shortbread antlers, to match one’s disinterested deer mug.
As we had tickets to the new Star Wars movie last Thursday evening, I attended that week’s Red & Yellow #digitalmarketingLIVE session from home, complete with Bassie on lap and mug of hot chocolate to get into the Christmas spirit.
We met up with Spec for a quick Indian bite to eat before the Star Wars Imax experience. See the bright bowls of sauce served with the boys’ curries.
Friday, 15 December 2017: Last team pic of the year
Much of my office was on leave or working from home this week, so we snapped a quick pic together before leaving last Friday. Sindy in the red pants watched The Last Jedi with me at Cape Gate iMax the night before, so we had a late night behind us!
Saturday, 16 December 2017: Exploring Cape Point
We were up early on Saturday as we had a full day ahead of us. Our destination for the morning? The Cape Point National Park, as our Sanparks green card (for Cape residents) was expiring the next day, so we entered for free while we still could!
You might recall I missed out when Husband’s family breakfasted at Cape Point’s Two Oceans restaurant to celebrate their 38th wedding anniversary, so obviously that was our first stop.
We sat right outside with a view of the peaceful ocean below. It was chilly and overcast to start with.
Look at that view. Calm, endless water and clouds that lifted a bit as the day went on.
The breakfast was worth the months I’d waited. See my crumpets with nut crumbs, as well as Husband’s salmon eggs benedict.
It’s like someone had dipped a paintbrush in white and flecked it across the blue sky. This was some of the softest sand.
Husband explored the various beaches – some were rockier than others, as you can see.
Lo and behold, an ostrich! We saw quite a few with their chicks trotting along the road, with a few more on the beach sand. There are various ostrich farms right outside the nature reserve but you don’t expect to see them strolling past the car like this.
A tourist was kind enough to snap a pic of us at the Cape of Good Hope – officially the most South-Western point of the African continent. Quite the location to celebrate having lived in Cape Town for five years.
You can just make out the ridiculous colour of the water we were winding our way towards here.
Here’s Husband in that sea. He swam around for ages as it was calm and slightly warmer than the water on the other side had been.
There are crosses for Dias and Da Gama in the park.
We drove through Simon’s Town on our way out, and could have driven right into the water if we had so desired.
We made a quick stop at The Stag Coffee Company on our way through Fish Hoek, towards the braai at Spec’s house. Had a caffeine-boost of cappuccino, obviously.
Caps backwards for the braai as the sun was behind us.
Most of the braai food – sausage-types went on separately.
Sunday, 17 December 2017: Melissa’s breakfast
Melissa’s is one of the few breakfast spots at Table Bay Mall that’s open before 9am, so that’s where we ate our first meal of Sunday. See my berry-marscapone-bacon flapjacks and Husband’s baby marrow-potato hash brown based salmon egg ben. Both very similar to our breakfast choices the previous day!
The doglets in sleepy mode. Such cutie patooties!
Mum rustled up all the goodies to make our own gatsbies for dins, with her famous potato salad, of course, as well as gold dust-topped mini eclairs from Woolies. So yum!
Thursday, 21 December 2017: Last day in the office for 2017
I worked from home today, so yesterday was my last working from the office. Treats included cappuccino muffins for crossing things off seemingly endless to-do lists.
That’s all, folks! We’re officially on leave as of now (yay – and just in time as my immune system seems to be flagging) so my next few updates will be less work and more play. Have a very merry Christmas! 🙂
Last Friday was our end-of-year function at Biz, as you’ll see from the snaps below…
Thursday, 7 December 2017: Digital marketing presentation victory at Red & Yellow
Last week’s #digitalmarketingLIVE session at Red & Yellow was an interactive one, so we split into teams for quick ‘student activation’ planning then a presentation in front of the others, and my clever team won!
Friday, 8 December 2017: End-of-year function at Grande Kloof Boutique Hotel
The day started with a media drop from Cadbury’s at our office – a box of Heroes, which are miniatures of the brand’s favourites. Looks at the precious little Top Deck and Flake I nibbled on!
We left the office once the morning’s work was done and travelled to our venue for the afternoon – the Grande Kloof Boutique Hotel in Sea Point. There was a clear sparkly pool just asking to dip your feet in and even a heated jacuzzi (with glass of chilled Amarula on the side) bubbling away…
We started off by soaking up a bit of sun.
This positive sign gret us once we ventured indoors to eat.
Desk mates! We were very excited to get started with the food and this year’s Bad Santa game.
The food was served buffet style with starters of quiche, cheese and crackers and beef strips; meaty mains and brownies with ice cream for dessert. Very Christmassy!
I tried to get the doggies in the Christmas spirit that evening by dangling Christmas baubles while singing Christmas songs. Bertie looks mildly amused. Bassie, not so much.
Saturday, 9 December 2017: Blouberg Cafe breakfast, Catch22 dins
We noticed Petit Fours near Kleinbaai was sporting a new name and nautical navy theme so popped in first thing on Saturday. Now called the Blouberg Cafe, the food is much the same as what we’d come to expect from Petit Fours. Husband had the salmon eggs benedict, I had the mini apple caramel upside-down cake with the cutest baby apple.
A patriotic display of fruit and veg while we were doing our groceries.
Husband bought me a cappuccino to boost my spirits while browsing the store. I offered some to Wonder Woman but she didn’t want any.
We had dins at Catch22 overlooking the beachfront that night. See Husband’s vanilla shake and healthy grilled linefish with calamari and veggies, as well as my passionfruit-lemonade and the chicken burger topped with halloumi, avo and pepperdews, with huge onion rings and side basket of chips. Yummy.
Bertie was a sleepy sweetheart on the couch that evening.
Sunday, 10 December 2017: Baconville breakfast, BMW abseiling and Sunday braai
We had a bacon craving so breakfasted at Baconville in Willowbridge Centre, Tygervalley side on Sunday morning. See Husband’s flat white and Breakfast Club with large mushroom, as well as my chocolate latte and French toast-BLT.
We noticed BMW had set up a special section to showcase X3. Some of the fun with the cars – see the rollercoaster-like obstacle course we started off with, and Husband steering the car along normal roads as part of the usual test drive bottom right.
There were also various activities for the adventurous to participate in. See the wall Husband abseiled down, as well as his backwards flip on the bungee trampoline. Brave, he is!
My parents came to our house for lupper for a change, so we opted for a braai. See some of the delicious foodies.
We also baked a rainbow cake – each layer needed to bake in a separate cake pan, with a different colour of icing between. Was delicious!
Bassie looked younger than her ten years.
Bertie had snuggles with his Granny later that afternoon.
Wednesday, 13 December 2017: Much-needed rainy day in Cape Town
Wednesday was cold, windy and drizzly. See the overcast sky when I left the office for the day.
That’s all, folks! We’re working right until the Christmas weekend arrives, so there’s just a week to go… Ho ho ho! 🙂