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July 2019 Staycation: Fairview goats, Tasha’s waffles, and rainy day pasta

I was on leave for the start of this week, recovering from the usual mid-year work stresses, so there are few more pics to scroll through below than usual, even though Husband didn’t take any time off…

Friday, 28 June 2019: Creative Mornings, burny bunny chow and pastel sunsets

I made my way to AAA School of Advertising again last Friday, as it was time for the next Creative Mornings Cape Town event. See some of the sights, and click here for my overview of the event.
I made my way to AAA School of Advertising again last Friday, as it was time for the next Creative Mornings Cape Town event. See some of the sights, and click here for my overview of the event.
Pinky-purple sky from home that evening.
Pinky-purple sky, as seen from home that evening.
We opted for burny bunny chows from Tandoor Palace for dins last Friday, to end the week on a spicy note.
We opted for burny bunny chows from Tandoor Palace for dins last Friday, to end the week on a spicy note.

Saturday, 29 June 2019: Cocktails and taco bowls at El Barrio

We had a spot of mall admin to sort out first thing on Saturday, so breakfasted at Bica Cafe in Bayside Mall. See our cappuccinos as well as my early bird special with scrambled eggs and Husband's croissant with chorizo and egg.
We had a spot of mall admin to sort out first thing on Saturday, so breakfasted at Bica Cafe in Bayside Mall. See our cappuccinos as well as my early bird special with scrambled eggs and Husband’s croissant with chorizo and egg.
We'd not been to El Barrio in Eden on the Bay for a long time, so that's where we had our Saturday lupper. See my pina-pina frozen margarita and his 'little mamasita', as well as my carnita (pork) and his 'carne con chile' taco bowl.
We’d not been to El Barrio in Eden on the Bay for a long time, so that’s where we had our Saturday lupper. See my coco-pina frozen margarita and his ‘little mamasita’, as well as my carnita (pork) and his ‘carne con chile’ taco bowl.
Proof we were both there.
Proof we were both there.

Sunday, 30 June 2019: Pork and potatoes for Sunday lupper

We met Husband's parents for breakfast at the Pink Olive in Stark Ayres nursery last Sunday as it's walking distance from their home - Spec had slept over at their house the night before, so he joined us. See everyone except for Husband's dad (he was off blowing his nose when the pics were snapped). Also see my French toast with cooked banana, syrup and cream cheese, as well as our flat whites.
We met Husband’s parents for breakfast at the Pink Olive in Stark Ayres nursery last Sunday as it’s walking distance from their home – Spec had slept over at their house the night before, so he joined us. See everyone except for Husband’s dad (he was off blowing his nose when these pics were snapped). Also see my French toast with cooked banana, syrup and cream cheese, as well as our flat whites.
We stopped in at Milky Lane in Table Bay Mall for our Sunday afternoon treat. See Husband's Crunchie whizzer and my 'Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup & Crunchie creamy coffee' shake. Yes, really.
We stopped in at MIlky Lane in Table Bay Mall for our Sunday afternoon treat. See Husband’s Crunchie whizzer and my ‘Chocolate Peanut Butter Cup & Crunchie creamy coffee’ shake. Yes, really.
The cold weather has really set in, so Mum's roast pork, potatoes and zucchini was perfect for Sunday lunch!
The cold weather has really set in, so Mum’s roast pork, potatoes and zucchini was perfect for Sunday lupper!
Bertie promptly hopped in when we put Bassie's day bed in front of the fire on Sunday evening. Such sweeties.
Bertie promptly hopped in when we put Bassie’s day bed in front of the fire on Sunday evening. Such sweeties.

Monday, 1 July 2019: Roadtrip to Stellenbosch, Doodles dins

On Monday, we took a little roadtrip to Fairview in Stellenbosch. If you look closely you'll see a squirrel in the tree, top-right.
On Monday, my parents and I took a little roadtrip to Fairview in Stellenbosch. If you look closely you’ll see a squirrel in the tree, top-right.
Various shots of our Monday lunch at Fairview's Goatshed.
Various shots of our Monday lunch at Fairview’s Goatshed.
Mmm! We had alight lunch of gammon sandwiches and cured fish platters, with lovely cappuccinos.
Mmm! We had a light lunch of gammon sandwiches and cured fish platters, with lovely cappuccinos. We left with full bellies.
Of course we also stopped to look at all the goats before leaving. They slowly made their way up and down their tower and stopped for a snack.
Of course we also stopped to look at all the goats before leaving. They slowly made their way up and down their tower and stopped for a snack.
The goat tower, as seen from the Goatshed restaurant.
The goat tower, as seen from the Goatshed restaurant.
Mum stopped to smell a rose in the garden on our way out.
Mum stopped to smell a rose in the garden on our way out.
Husband wanted an adventure when he got home that evening so we headed off to Doodles on the beachfront, just in time for sunset. Also see my caramel shake and Husband's snail starter. For mains, we had the chicken schnitzel Monday special and pork-bangers-and-mash winter special.
Husband wanted an adventure when he got home that evening so we headed off to Doodles on the beachfront, just in time for sunset. Also see my caramel shake and Husband’s snail starter. For mains, we had the chicken schnitzel Monday special and pork-bangers-and-mash winter special.
Sunch a pretty sunset over Table Mountain, as seen from Doodles.
Such a pretty sunset over Table Mountain, as seen from Doodles.

Tuesday, 2 July 2019: Rainy day pasta at 95 at Parks, waffles at Tasha’s

Tuesday afternoon was rainy and cold, perfect pasta weather. We went to 95 at Parks for some of the 'pasta ripiena' Mum and I had sampled at chef Giorgio Nava's masterclass the week before. See the rainy setting and lovely breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start our lunch.
After a lazy start and attending Mum’s weekly Ageless Grace seated fitness class, Tuesday afternoon was rainy and cold, perfect pasta weather. We went to 95 at Parks for some of the ‘pasta ripiena’ Mum and I had sampled at chef Giorgio Nava’s masterclass the week before. See the rainy setting and lovely breads with olive oil and balsamic vinegar to start our lunch.
Our pasta bowls. All was delicious and just what we had hoped for! See my butternut-filled ravioli, Dad's seafoody spaghettoni and Mum's gorgonzola-nutty gnocchi. Mmm!
Our pasta bowls. All was delicious and just what we had hoped for! See my butternut-filled ravioli, Dad’s seafoody spaghettoni and Mum’s gorgonzola-nutty gnocchi. Mmm!
Pasta perfection - the cappuccino was also a win.
Pasta perfection – the cappuccino was also a win.
Next stop, waffles! We needed something sweet to end the meal so went to Tasha's Waffles in Constantia for waffles and coffee. Just the way to spend a Tuesday afternoon!
Next stop, waffles! We needed something sweet to end the meal so went to Tasha’s Waffles in Constantia for waffles and coffee. Just the way to spend a Tuesday afternoon!
Everything is so bright and beautiful that we wanted to add it all to our waffles. In the end we both had a scoop of caramel ice-cream, with a Smarties-Astros mix on mine and Turkish Delight for Dad.
Everything is so bright and beautiful that we wanted to add it all to our waffles. In the end we both had a scoop of caramel ice-cream, with a Smarties-Astros mix on mine and Turkish Delight for Dad.

Wednesday, 3 July 2019: Pie, chips and gravy at Limnos Bakery

On Wednesday, my last day of leave, we popped in at Limnos Bakery in Table Bay Mall for their 'pie, chips, gravy and cappuccino' lunchtime special.
On Wednesday, my last day of leave, we popped in at Limnos Bakery in Table Bay Mall for their ‘pie, chips, gravy and cappuccino’ lunchtime special.
The doggies spent much of the week wrapped in blankets and getting snuggles, as seen here.
The doggies spent much of the week wrapped in blankets and getting snuggles, as seen here.

That’s all, folks! Stay warm and dry, we’ll see you same time, same place next week. πŸ™‚

Diving into 2019: Candyfloss skies, sea swims and end-of-summer holiday margaritas

We’ve been back at work for a week already so it seems very long ago that we were living the last week of our Summer staycation, even though it was just last week. Of course it whizzed by in a blur of sunshine, sea swims and sunset-gazing…

Thursday, 3 January 2019: Reload Flamingo Vlei breakfast, afternoon at Blouberg beach

Breakfast at Reload
We met my parents for breakfast at the Reload in Flamingo Vlei last Thursday morning. See our various-sized flat whites, Dad’s basic breakfast, Husband’s ‘trim’ omelette, and the avo bagels Mum and I enjoyed.
Sea swim
That afternoon, we set up a shady spot with beach umbrella, towels and books, then Husband headed off for his sea swim. His dad joined us a little later to test the water, too.
Sea swim
Husband diving into the deep blue sea at Bloubergstrand.
Pink sunset
Candyfloss-coloured sky that night.

Friday, 4 January 2019: Doggy beach walks, Wimpy breakfast, Saint’s treats 

Doggy beach walk
It had been quite windy the past few days so we couldn’t do a doggy beach walk, as Bassie hates having sand blown into her eyes. Conditions looked good when we woke up on Friday so we set off for a nice long doggy beach walk first thing at Kreeftebaai. Success!
Dog in sea
Husband and boy dog in and around the ocean.
Breakfast at Wimpy
Post-doggy beach walk we’d worked up quite an appetite. We’d not been to our local Wimpy in a while, so that’s where we breakfasted last Friday. See our coffees as well as Husband’s streaky bacon breakfast with extra cheese griller, and my breakfast waffle. Yes, we finished it all.
Coffee and cocktails at Saint's, pizza at Portalia
Treats later that afternoon – a coconutty Cafe Capri and ‘Devil Wears Black’ cocktail at Saint’s in Eden on the Bay, followed by a shared, crispy-based Nikita takeaway pizza from Portalia. Just right!

Saturday, 5 January 2019: End-of-holiday meal at El Barrio

Breakfast at McPherson's
We met Husband’s mum at McPherson’s on Saturday morning, as his dad was out cycling. My plate of toast, bacon and eggs bottom-right cost just R25!
Breakfast at McPherson's
Our full table of breakfast things.
Drinks at El Barrio
We decided on EL Barrio at Eden on the Bay as the place we’d celebrate the end of a Summer holiday well spent. See my delicious pineapple-habanero margarita and Husband’s ‘Mexican flag’ shooters. Ole!
Taco bowls at El Barrio
The food was delicious, too. See our taco bowls – the chicken for Husband, pork for me.

Sunday. 6 January 2019: Village Place breakfast, make your own chicken burgers

Breakfast at Village Place
Sunday morning saw us having our last breakfast of the holiday, at Village Place Cafe in West Coast Village. See our flat whites as well as Husband’s eggy breakfast and my muesli jar.
Chicken burgers
We made our own chicken burgers for lupper at Mum’s that afternoon. Yum!
Sleepy dogs
The sweet doglets in sleepy mode. Yes, that’s Bertie watching the Christopher Robin/Winnie the Pooh movie bottom-left. He loved it.

That’s all, folks! We hope you have a delicious weekend ahead πŸ™‚

A stay at Once in Cape Town and the Lucky & Lost Peninsula Tour

Boy do we have an action-packed blog update for you! This past week has been a super busy one, so you’re in for a bumper edition of pics below…

Friday, 31 November 2018: Staff end-of-year lunch at Strandkombuis in Yzerfontein

Fresh bread
I got to work before 7am last Friday, but the sun was already up. I had lots to do and it was also the day of our staff end-of-year lunch at the Strandkombuis in Yzerfontein – see my ‘Hawaiian-themed’ outfit, and the huge loaves of farm-fresh bread we ate as starters. See my jammed-up bread slice next to my large bowl of spicy butternut soup, for size.
Strandkombuis lunch
It was quite a windy day but that didn’t stop us from exploring the venue and deserted beach. Also see the fish-filled menu for the day and a kitty more interested in his nap than in the food around him (though he did proudly parade through later, with a mouse in his mouth).
Food at Strand Kombuis
My goodness, but the food was good. See a plate of the seafood option bottom-left; my braaied chicken and chops and pumpkin fritters top-right; and the plate of fresh koeksisters and pot of ‘moer koffie’ for dessert – we shared, that’s not all mine.
Christmas lunch at Strand Kombuis
One of the few team shots taken of the afternoon – thanks to my deskmate Angie for letting me use her snap!
Loadshedding braai
I got back home that evening just in time for a braai with Husband’s parents, who’d not been to our house since June, despite living just 2km away. See the pretty sunset, my food, and our pre- and post-loadshedding faces.

Saturday, 1 December 2018: A ‘staycation’ at Once in Cape Town

Village Place in West Coast VIllage
We breakfasted at Village Place in West Coast Village with Spec on Saturday morning. He was staying at our house all weekend, to keep the doggies company while we explored the Cape. He had the eggy mince on toast, Husband had an eggs benedict and for me, the low-carb flapjacks.
Crashing waves at sea.
Waves were crashing loudly at Husband’s favourite swimming hole in the sea that morning. He braved a quick dunk but didn’t stay in for long.
Once in Cape Town
Our venue for the weekend – the four-star Once in Cape Town backpackers’ lodge on Upper Kloof Street. It’s a wonderful setting with lots to do, and was buzzing with guests catching up at Yours Truly’s ‘Up Yours’ upper bar area and at the downstairs pool table throughout the weekend.
Once in Cape Town
See Husband testing out our en suite shower with mountain views beyond; the charming cactus decor in our private room; and ‘bedside tipple’ wine with tin mug.
One in Cape Town balcony
Bright, floral sights from the balcony at Once in Cape Town.
Espresso martini at Van Hunks
We walked a few blocks up Kloof Neck Street to Van Hunks for an afternoon cocktail. See my espresso martini. Husband’s Bloody Mary, complete with celery stick, not pictured.
Milkshakes and burgers at Hudson's
We’d booked for an early dinner at Hudson’s Burger Bar, just a short walk from Once in Cape Town, so that was our next stop. See Husband trying out the top-deck shooter; my Strawberry Candyfloss ‘Insta’ shake; the interesting avo fries; and my delicious ‘bacon jam’ burger topped with thin, crispy ‘dusted onions’. A win!
Breakfast at Yours Truly
Ahh. The stunning sunset from that side of the Cape on the left, and our complimentary breakfasts downstairs in Yours Truly first thing on Sunday. Once in Cape Town’s guests have a choice of coffees, as well as a juice, fruit and either a croissant board or muesli bowl to start the day.

Sunday, 2 December 2018: Lucky & Lost Cape Peninsula tour

Lucky & Lost Tour of Cape Peninsula
Breakfast down and check-out sorted, it was time for the full-day Lucky & Lost Cape Peninsula tour! We were the first guests to be collected, just after 8am, and the last to be dropped off back at Once in Cape Town after 5pm. See some of the sights and our Cape Malay curry ‘picnic lunch’ top-right.
Bo-Kaap houses
The beautiful Bo-Kaap, our first stop of the tour. We learned that back in the day, different house colours could denote different professions.
Bo-Kaap
Seeing some of the sights in the Bo-Kaap. We got to try some of those fresh ‘koesusters’ (not the koeksisters I ate on Friday) when we stopped on Chapman’s Peak Drive, later in the day.
Muizenberg
Next stop? The high cliffs above Muizenberg. I love the trees down below, beside the train track.
Lucky & Lost Tour
Some of the sights we saw in Kalk Bay, Cape Point – see the ostrich family crossing the road, and lines and lines of penguins sunning themselves at Boulders Beach.
Cape Point
If you peer closely, you’ll see Husband standing just in front of this crashing wave at the edge of Cape Point.
Cape Point Vineyards.
Our next stop was one of my favourites – the Cape Point Vineyards in Noordhoek. It was a lovely afternoon to sit and sample white wines, while gazing at the gorgeous scenery.
Chapman's Peak drive.
Taking in the sights on our last stop of the tour, along Chapman’s Peak Drive. Such a wonderful setting.
Chapman's Peak
You can see why Chapman’s Peak is such a popular tourist spot.
Dogs on bed
The doglets were happy to finally see us again that evening. They just couldn’t contain their excitement. πŸ˜‰
Apple cake and coffee
Mum had made a delicious cinnamon-baby apple cake, just the thing on a Sunday evening with cream and a fresh coffee.

Tuesday, 4 December 2018: Heavy Chef’s YouTube masterclass at Workshop 17

Heavy Chef at Workshop 17.
My Tuesday was all about the Heavy Chef masterclass on ‘winning at YouTube’, held at the always-inspirational Workshop 17 venue. Coverage on Bizcommunity soon!

Wednesday, 5 December 2018: A loadshedding sundae at Milky Lane

Milky Lane sundae.
We discovered that Table Bay Mall’s load-shedding schedule is different to ours at home, so that’s where we spent much of Wednesday evening’s ‘electricity-free hours. Husband decided we should share the ‘Churro-full of Smiles’ sundae at Milky Lane, so we did.
Sunset in Cape Town
Pretty pastel sunset on our way back home from the Mall.

That’s all, folks! Don’t forget to tune in next week, for my next update…

 *Disclaimer: Our meals and accommodation at Once in Cape Town, Hudson’s, Yours Truly and Lucky & Lost were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Staycation March 2016 highlights

I’ve been on leave this past week (yay) so stress levels have been at an all-time low. Here are a few of my highlights and pretty sights from in and around Cape Town. Most of them included relaxing and sharing laughs with my loved ones, but warning: There’s a worrying amount of food served on breadboards and foamy coffee shots ahead…

Saturday, 19 March 2016: News Cafe breakfast, Burgundy Estate golf and Espana paella

Pulled pork eggs benedict from News Cafe
Husband wanted the pulled pork eggs ben from News Cafe last Saturday morning, so that’s just what he got!
Muesli jar at News Cafe
For me, the early bird muesli jar – ate every mouthful.
Espana steer heads
Saturday’s chores sorted, we headed off to Burgundy Estate’s mashee golf course, where Husband and Dad had planned a game of golf. This is the outer wall of Espana restaurant, on the same grounds.
Burgundy Estate golf course
Swinging golf clubs and raising flags on the course while Mum and I read and chatted.
Cappuccino while watching golf at Burgundy Estate.
Dad tallying up their exact same scores while Mum and I finished up our cappuccinos.
Table Mountain sunset thorn tree
Sunset and Table Mountain through the thorn trees at Burgundy Estate.
Paella at Espana
Paella served! Me with Mum and Dad before we tucked in. So very yummy. I had the non-fishy version, with chicken, paella and pork belly ribs.
Dom Pedro at Espana
Dom Pedros to end the night on a fun note.

Sunday, 20 March 2016: Doggy tummy tickles, outdoor eating at Ons Huisie

Tickling dog tummies
We couldn’t start our Sunday without tickling these sweet doggy bellies. Proof that Bertie’s mainly a white doggie with brown cape and mask.
Cappuccino at Ons Huisie
We’d not been to Ons Huisie in a while so ventured that side for brekkie. This is me with my cappuccino, wind was a-blowing and it certainly felt like Autumn had reached Cape Town.
Curried mince and egg at Ons Huisie
Husband, tucking into his curried mince and egg on brown. Not pictured: My open toast – eggs and bacon on brown, drizzled in Hollandaise sauce.
Duck boat display at Stark Ayres
Interesting display of stranded duckies and lilies in a boat at our local Stark Ayres nursery.
Dog licking cup.
Later it was time for lupper at Mum’s. Here is Bassie reaching the very dregs of lemon mousse out of her Granny’s cup.

Monday, 21 March 2016; Heritage Day at Wimpy and Banana Jam

Wimpy double up.
This picture is not an illusion. Husband and I both ate the exact same thing on Monday – as it was a public holiday we were finally able to try the ‘Double up’ breakfast at Wimpy, where you get two for the price of one.
Grilled poppers at Banana Jam
After a day exploring the factory stores in Kenilworth, we ended up at Banana Jam for a late lunch. All hungry, we started off with these ‘grilled poppers’ as a starter, wrapped in bacon.
El Capitan burger at Banana Jam
Husband opted for the El Presidente burger – there’s a grilled chicken patty, chorizo, cheese and jalapenos under all that pepper. πŸ˜‰
Banana split.
If I see banana split on the menu, that’s what I’m having…
Coconut shake
The coconut shake at Banana Jam is among the best I’ve ever tasted.
Banana Jam
Group shot! Mum and Dad are in the sun, Husband and me in the shade outside at Banana Jam.

Tuesday, 22 March: Taproom lunch at Devil’s Peak Brewing Company

Taproom, Salt River
This is where the parents took me for lunch of Tuesday – my first solo day of leave without Husband. Situated in ‘that angled building’ in Salt River, the Taproom is a treat for the eyes – and nose. You can’t get away from the hunger-enhancing scent of hops in there.
Taproom, Devils Peak Brewing Company
So much to choose from! This was Dad’s Pale Ale and the ‘so many choices’ menu.
Soup and sandwich
Most amazing grilled cheese. It’s three layers of sammich, with Swiss cheese on top and served with a delightful pesto-tomato soup on the side.
Sausage platter at Taproom
Dad ended up with the sausage platter. All homemade, served with toasted rye, wholegrain mustard and sauerkraut. He left not a crumb on his plate.
Devil's Peak Brewing Company
That’s either a high five, five stars, or a friendly wave from Dad. Thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Wednesday, 23 March 2016: Carlucci’s lunch break

Carlucci's drinks
We didn’t head far from home on Wednesday – just up to the beachfront for a quick deli bite to eat. These were our drinks – latte for me thick, healthy red and green juice for Mom and Dad.
Caramel cheesecake at Carlucci's
Could not resist the caramel cheesecake. Shared with Mum.
Table Mountain art at Carlucci's
As seen on the walls at Carlucci’s, I just don’t know which of these Table Mountain-inspired artworks I’d choose – probably the middle one as it’s very purple.

Thursday, 24 March 2016: Coffee at Royal Bavarian Bakery

Cappuccino with foam art at Royal Bavarian Bakery, Waterfront
On Thursday we headed off bright and early to the V&A Waterfront for a spot of window shopping, coffee inhaling and movie-watching. Didn’t our cappuccinos look lovely together?

That’s all, folks. And now it’s the Easter long weekend. We’re set to be hit by a cold snap so expect to see us dressed in woolly layers in the next update…

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