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Star Wars quizzing and Spec’s 37th birthday 3D neon putt-putt

Last weekend I was knocked down by a cold (not the flu, as I had my flu shot this year), but despite that meaning lots of rest time was required we still got out a fair bit, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Thursday, 25 July 2019: Star Wars quizzing at Exclusive Books

Look at those happy faces! Mum had seen a sign for a Star Wars quiz at the Exclusive Books in Table Bay Mall, so Husband and Spec opted in as a team on Thursday evening. They did really well, coming second out of eight teams! Dad and I went along as their cheering team.
Look at those happy faces! Mum had seen a sign for a Star Wars quiz at the Exclusive Books in Table Bay Mall, so Husband and Spec opted in as a team on Thursday evening. They did really well, coming second out of eight teams! Dad and I went along as their cheering team.
Celebrating their quiz victory with some sushi at Best of Asia.
Celebrating their quiz victory with some sushi at Best of Asia.

Friday, 26 July 2019: Creative Mornings talk, Fat Cactus lunch, boys’ pinball afternoon

Last Friday morning, I started my work day at the latest Creative Mornings Cape Town event at AAA School. Click here to catch up if you missed my coverage of Kurt Minnaar's talk.
Last Friday, I started my work day at the latest Creative Mornings Cape Town event at AAA School. Click here to catch up if you missed my coverage of Kurt Minnaar’s talk.
I was even snapped by the official Creative Mornings photographer, snapping a photo at the event!
I was even snapped by the official Creative Mornings photographer, snapping a photo at the event!
Say cheese! We had our much-awaited team lunch at the Fat Cactus last Friday, walking distance from the office. Even Rod was there!
Say cheese! We had our much-awaited team lunch at the Fat Cactus last Friday, walking distance from the office. Even Rod was there!
Deciding what to eat was tough. In the end I went for this, the Happy Hog quesadillas, with BBQ pulled pork, cheese and chilli pineapple salsa. Yum! Washed down with an espresso shake, of course.
Deciding what to eat was tough. In the end I went for this, the Happy Hog quesadillas, with BBQ pulled pork, cheese and chilli pineapple salsa. Yum! Washed down with an espresso shake, of course.
If all goes to plan for Husband, he gets to leave work a little early on a Friday afternoon. The stars aligned for him last Friday so he got home before me for once, and trotted down to the local pub with dad for a quick beer while waiting on my bus to arrive.
If all goes to plan for Husband, he gets to leave work a little early on a Friday afternoon. The stars aligned for him last Friday so he got home before me for once, and trotted down to the local pub with dad for a quick beer while waiting on my bus to arrive.

Saturday, 27 July 2019: 3D putt-putt, rugby and cake for Spec’s 37th birthday

All in the Kitchen deli was open Saturday morning with a limited menu, so we popped in for the bacon-egg croissant with flat white special.
All in the Kitchen deli was open Saturday morning with a limited menu, so we popped in for the bacon-egg croissant with flat white special.
Seaside Village held a Lego expo of sorts on Saturday, so of course we went along to browse with great interest. The Guardians of the Galaxy set is adorable!
Seaside Village held a Lego expo of sorts on Saturday, so of course we went along to browse with great interest. The Guardians of the Galaxy set is adorable!
As Saturday was Spec's birthday, he stayed over at his parents house for the night. Husband treated him to a round of putt-putt at Glowing Rooms' 3D blacklight mini golf in Milnerton, along with his parents. I wasn't up for the adventure (and luckily had played before) so opted for a nap at home instead.
As Saturday was Spec’s birthday, he stayed over at his parents house for the night. Husband treated him to a round of putt-putt at Glowing Rooms’ 3D blacklight mini golf in Milnerton, along with his parents. I wasn’t up for the adventure (and luckily had played before) so opted for a nap at home instead.
I was feeling a little better later that afternoon so bundled up tight to accompany Husband, Spec and their dad to the local Unimil rugby match.
I was feeling a little better later that afternoon so bundled up tight to accompany Husband, Spec and their dad to the local Unimil rugby match at Theo Marais Park.
We all popped in at Husband's parents that evening for some birthday singing. Love love love the pic of Husband and Bassie in her hoodied tracksuit bottom-right.
We all popped in at Husband’s parents that evening for some birthday singing. Love love love the pic of Husband and Bassie in her hoodied tracksuit top-right.

Sunday, 28 July 2019: Ou Meul breakfast, Reload coffee break

It was the Winteriest day on Sunday so we sat inside at the new Ou Meul Bakkery in Melkbos (where the farmstall used to be). See Husband's eggy toast and my toasted banana bread, as well as our coffees - a flat white and honey-nut latte, respectively.
It was the ‘Winteriest’ day on Sunday so we sat inside at the new Ou Meul Bakkery in Melkbos (where the farmstall used to be). See Husband’s eggy toast and my toasted banana bread, as well as our coffees – a flat white and honey-nut latte, respectively.
Husband decided I was in need of a Reload coffee treat early Sunday afternoon so we popped into the Parklands branch for a flat white and peppermint-choc latte. He was right, it was just what I needed!
Husband decided I was in need of a Reload coffee treat early Sunday afternoon so we popped into the Parklands branch for a flat white and peppermint-choc latte. He was right, it was just what I needed!
Trying to keep warm with the doglets in the lounge on Sunday afternoon.
Trying to keep warm with the doglets in the lounge on Sunday afternoon.
Strawberries, choc cake and ice cream with coffee for Sunday evening dessert at Mum's.
Strawberries, choc cake and ice cream with coffee for Sunday evening dessert at Mum’s.

Wednesday, 31 July and Thursday, 1 August 2019: CEM Africa Summit at CTICC

The 8th CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Summit took place on Wednesday and Thursday at the CTICC. See some of my favourite moments here, and click here for my overview of how government is reducing red tape in the experience economy.
The 8th CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Summit took place on Wednesday and Thursday at the CTICC. See some of my favourite moments here (yes, that is Darth Vader bottom right), and click here for my overview of how government is reducing red tape in the experience economy.
Always big smiles when I run into Chantel Botha of BrandLove at the CEM Africa Summit!
Always big smiles when I run into Chantel Botha of BrandLove at the CEM Africa Summit!

That’s all, folks! Husband has since caught my cold, so we’re going to take it easy again this weekend…

What to do in Stanford 2019: Stay at Blue Gum Country Estate

You may remember I promised a longer post than usual this week – you’re in luck, here it is! Scroll through for highlights from our midweek break at the Blue Gum Country Estate in Stanford and more…

Friday, 24 May 2019: Commodore conferences and half-price cocktails

My Friday started with a first - my first time speaking at a conference! I popped into the office first, then to the Commodore Hotel at the Waterfront for the Content Marketing conference.
My Friday started with a first – while I’ve attended hundreds, this was my first time speaking at a conference! I popped into the office while it was still dark out, then went on to the Commodore Hotel at the Waterfront for the Content Marketing conference.
We celebrated the start of the weekend and my much longed-for leave at Catch22 that evening. Bonus? Half-pirce cocktails before 6pm! See my colourful 'Catch23', as well as the seafood curry Husband and Dad both ordered, Mum's sushi and my buccaneer beef burger.
We celebrated the start of the weekend and my much longed-for leave at Catch22 that evening. Bonus? Half-price cocktails before 6pm! See my colourful ‘Catch23’, as well as the seafood curry Husband and Dad both ordered, Mum’s sushi and my buccaneer beef burger.
But first, cocktails! See Mum with her Bloody Mary, Dad with his Long Island Ice Tea, Husband with his Beeracuda (tequila, lime, sundried orange and a Corona beer). Cheers!
But first, cocktails! See Mum with her Bloody Mary, Dad with his Long Island Ice Tea, Husband with his Beeracuda (tequila, lime, sundried orange and a Corona beer). Cheers!

Saturday, 25 May 2019: Bean Authentic breakfast and bee stings

We had a long Saturday ahead as Husband needed to spend some time in the office, so we lined our tummies with breakfast at Bean Authentic in Monte Vista as we still had an Entertainer voucher to redeem. See the lovely strong flat white served in glass mugs, as well as my Ferrero Rocher mocha and Parmesan-crusted toastie filled with bacon, jalapenos, feta and spicy mayo. Husband had the bacon, cheese and sundried tomato egglets on avo.
We had a long Saturday ahead as Husband needed to spend some time in the office, so we lined our tummies with breakfast at Bean Authentic in Monte Vista as we still had an Entertainer voucher to redeem. See the lovely strong flat white served in glass mugs, as well as my Ferrero Rocher mocha and Parmesan-crusted toastie filled with bacon, jalapenos, feta and spicy mayo. Husband had the bacon, cheese and sundried tomato egglets on avo.
The whole family popped in for a braai later that afternoon - also see Bertie's slightly swolled lip from a bee sting. The swelling went down soon after I snapped this.
The whole family popped in for a braai later that afternoon – also see Bertie’s slightly swollen lip from a bee sting. The swelling went down soon after I snapped this.

Sunday, 26 May 2019: Kauai and Eden on the Bay beach walks

Spec had slept over on Saturday night so joined us for breakfast at Kauai at Eden on the Bay. The boys' mom also popped in for a cuppa tea and avo on toast. Proof we were all there.
Spec had slept over on Saturday night so joined us for breakfast at Kauai at Eden on the Bay. The boys’ mom also popped in for a cuppa tea and avo on toast. Proof we were all there.
We had a short post-breakfast stroll along Eden on the Bay, as Husband wanted to wet his feet.
We had a short post-breakfast stroll along Eden on the Bay, as Husband wanted to wet his feet.

Monday, 27 May 2019: Nutella hot chocolate and banoffee waffle at Panarotti’s

Husband went to work on Monday but I was already on leave,so joined my parents for a late breakfast at Panarotti's in Table Bay Mall. My Nutella hot chocolate and 'Bellissima Banoffee Belgian waffle' were lovely!
Husband went to work on Monday but I was already on leave, so joined my parents for a late breakfast at Panarotti’s in Table Bay Mall. My Nutella hot chocolate and ‘Bellissima Banoffee Belgian waffle’ were lovely!

Tuesday, 28 May 2019: Roadtrip to Stanford, night at Blue Gum Country Estate

It was a real treat to sleep in late on Tuesday but still rise in time for the earlybird Engling breakfast special at News Cafe. Tomatoes were well cooked and flat whites strong, as you can see here.
It was a real treat to sleep in late on Tuesday but still rise in time for the earlybird English breakfast special at News Cafe. Tomatoes were well cooked and flat whites strong, as you can see here.
We made our customary stop at the Sir Lowry's Pass lookout point. Husband was impressed with neither the elevation nor the gustiness of the wind. See a much more wind-swept version of this pic here, from when we visited Old Mac Daddy in Elgin.
Roadtrip time! We made our customary stop at the Sir Lowry’s Pass lookout point. Husband was impressed with neither the elevation nor the gustiness of the wind. See a much more wind-swept version of this pic here, from when we visited Old Mac Daddy in Elgin.
Some of the pretty sights we saw along the way. See sheep, various cows and even Carpaccio, the solo springbokkie. So cute!
Some of the pretty sights we saw along the way. Sheep, various cows and even Carpaccio, the solo springbokkie. So cute!
Looks like Husband is sharing a joke with this spotted horsey. Neigh!
Looks like Husband is sharing a joke with this spotted horsey. Neigh!
A few pics of the setting. It was peaceful, quiet and cold - too cold for a dip in the pool, alas.
A few pics of the setting, at Blue Gum Country Estate, 10km from Stanford. It was peaceful, quiet and cold – too cold for a dip in the pool, alas.
We felt we were well and truly out in the country while gazing at the view from our private balcony. Only one thing could make this better for me...
We felt we were well and truly out in the country while gazing at the view from our private balcony.
Gorgeous view looking out from our balcony.
Gorgeous view looking out from our balcony.
Some of the pretty sights on our quick ride fpr supplies along Queen VIctoria road in the heart of Stanford.
Some of the pretty sights on our quick ride for supplies along Queen Victoria Street in the heart of Stanford.
We stopped in at Raka for a quick winetasting, too, and stocked up on specialty snacks. Yum!
We stopped in at Raka Wine Farm for a quick winetasting, too, and stocked up on specialty snacks. Yum!
DInner is served! Not much is open in Stanford on a Tuesday night as WInter approaches, so we dined at Blue Gum's own Barke restaurant. We had the place to ourselves.
Dinner is served! Not much is open in Stanford on a Tuesday night as Winter approaches, so we dined at Blue Gum’s own Barke restaurant. We had the place to ourselves.
The MIlkshake Queen strikes again! Couldn't resist the ultra-chocolatey milkshake with my dins.
The Milkshake Queen in action! Couldn’t resist the ultra-chocolatey milkshake with my dins.
See Husband enjoying a glass of red at the fireplace and his two-course dinner of fillet steak and creme caramel with sorbet. I went for the toasted chicken-mayo with stacks of chips. Just the thing when paired with a chocolate shake!
See Husband enjoying a glass of red at the fireplace and his two-course dinner of fillet steak and creme caramel with sorbet. I went for the toasted chicken-mayo with stacks of chips. Just the thing when paired with a chocolate shake!
The standard gownie shot - with our pre-bed milk treats purchased in town.
The standard gownie shot – with our pre-bed milk treats purchased in town. Toffee Caramel for me, Banana for Husband.

Wednesday, 29 May 2019: Milkshakes in Hermanus

For me, it doesn't get much better than a freshy brewed coffee with a view like this...
Good morning? It sure is! For me, it doesn’t get much better than a freshy brewed coffee with a view like this…
Breakfast, my favourite meal of the day! See the fireplace - a different one to where w esat the previous evening - as well as the lovely continental buffet table and Husband's hot breakfast order.
Breakfast, my favourite meal of the day! See the fireplace – a different one to where we sat the previous evening – as well as the lovely continental buffet table and Husband’s hot breakfast order.
Why did we go to Stanford? This picture, snapped by Husband just before we left Blue Gum Country Estate on Wednesday morning, says it all.
Why did we go to Stanford? This picture, snapped by Husband just before we left Blue Gum Country Estate on Wednesday morning, says it all.
We rode out to see the lovely trails along the Stanford river before starting the long ride home.
We also rode out to see the lovely trails along the Stanford river before starting the long trip home. Next time we’ll stay longer, so we can fit in a river cruise.
Thr MIlkshake Queen strikes again! We took a slight detour on the way home to take advantage of the sunny weather in Hermanus. See my coffee shake and Husbands cappuccino at Burgundy's.
The MIlkshake Queen strikes again! We took a slight detour on the way home to take advantage of the sunny weather in Hermanus. See my coffee shake and Husband’s cappuccino at Burgundy’s.
We stopped at the Winelands 1-Stop on the way home to redeem our free Wimpy burger meal for the quarter - thanks eBucks! All this and we only paid for the drinks. The granadilla-mint slush is a must.
We also stopped at the Winelands 1-Stop once we were nearly home, to redeem our free Wimpy burger meal for the quarter – thanks eBucks! All this and we only paid for the drinks. This time the milkshake (banana) is Husband’s. The granadilla-mint slush is a must.

That’s all, folks! May your weekend be relaxing. ๐Ÿ™‚ Looking for more?Click here for my full review of our stay at Blue Gum Country Estate on Bizcommunity, and tune in for my next update next week โ€“ same time, same place. ๐Ÿ™‚

*Disclaimer: Our bed and breakfast at Blue Gum Country Estate in Stanford were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Belated day(s) of donuts as winter 2018 hits Cape Town

You can see that winter’s well and truly on it’s way as we’re dressed in woolly hats and socks and long pants in the pics below – the lack of milkshakes and absence of dip in the sea over last weekend is another giveaway that we’re in the colder bit of the year…

Saturday, 2 June 2018: Waffle breakfast at The Daily, wintery braai at the in-laws

Waffle pop at The Daily.
T’was a ‘The Daily Cafe’ breakfast kind of day. I went for the ‘waffle pop’ breakfast – a waffle quartered and served with sliced banana, nuts, ice cream and caramel sauce. Husband had an unpictured salmon eggs benedict and flat white.
Tin cup at The Daily
The Daily’s ‘tin cup’ (cappuccino with condensed milk) is a delicious warming start to the day.
Rock road donut at Dunkin Donuts
We did some weekend admin at Century City that morning and stopped in at Dunkin Donuts for a quick coffee-Rocky Road donut treat, as the previous day had been international donut day in the US. Given the time difference, our celebration was almost bang on target.
Homemade boerewors
Later that afternoon: Father-in-law’s homemade boerewors. When asked what was in it he thought a while to remember, then decided it was pork mince, beef mince, coriander and nutmeg.
Dog on couch
She has a faraway smile on her sweet face here, while squashed onto the couch next to her dad.
Cold dog on couch
Bassie looks just as concerned as owlie bag here.
Dogs on couch
We must have looked cosy on the couch as Bertie decided to join us, too.
Braai
Scenes from the braai – meat cooking, my portion, instant pudding with crumbled Flake on top and little miss Bassie pretending she’s not looking directly at the food on the table.

Sunday, 3 June 2018: Breakfast at Primi, Solo movie outing at GrandWest

Latte at Primi
On Sunday, we breakfasted at Primi, Marine Circle. Husband had a latte with extra shot of espresso.
Mocha Forte at Primi
The Mocha Forte comes in a tiny cup but it’s a delicious blend of ristretto, dark chocolate, coconut oil and micro-textured milk. Just the thing when it’s chilly out and you need a hot caffeine fix!
Mocha forte at Primi
See? It’s tiny but delicious. The lovely open fire pit in the middle of our local Primi, with views of the sea through those windows, is also a winner.
Primi crispy bacon-avo bowl
I surprised everyone (that’s Husband and myself) by opting for the crispy bacon-avo bowl topped with poached egg for my brekkie.
Primi power
Husband opted for the Primi Power – streaky bacon, sausage patties, sautรฉed mushrooms and eggs.
Solo at GrandWest
Later that morning we met brother-in-law Spec at GrandWest Casino to watch the Star Wars Solo movie. (Teehee if you thought I meant I had gone to the movies by myself!) This was the least blurry action shot of the bunch husband took.
Winter soup
Mum had whipped up two different soups for lupper – Woolies’ ginger, carrot and coriander and a variation of Checkers’ creamy broccoli-and-potato – which were both just the thing with bacon-flavoured croutons and egg-mayo sandwiches. Yum.
Dunkin Donuts
And for dessert, an assortment of Dunkin Donuts’ finest, also in honour of International Donut Day on Friday! My favourite is the choc-filled smiley heart and the milk-tart-filled powder-dusted heart. I heart them. โค

Tuesday, 5 June 2018: Woodstock sunrise and paella dins

Woodstock sunrise
Pretty sunrise over Woodstock as I made my way to work from the bus on Tuesday morning.
Paella
Mum whipped up a delicious ‘dry’ chicken-sausage paella when they came for dins that evening. The left-overs for lunch the next day were amazing!

That’s all, folks! May your weekend be donut-delicious.