Last week was really busy and quite chilly but filled with happy, delicious moments, too…
Wednesday, 4 April 2018: Autumn Risotto Pop-Up Experience at 95 Keerom and Gords’ visit
I’d been invited to review the Autumn Risotto Pop-Up Experience at 95 Keerom on Wednesday afternoon, so of course I accepted the offer. Each bowl was delicious, especially accompanied by Steenberg Wines’ finest.
The food and the drink. Yes, I ate all this. Click through for details and full descriptions in my official review on Bizcommunity.
Gords, one of Husband’s oldest friends from our Joburg days, was in Cape Town on business on Wednesday so we jumped at the chance to see him at Husband’s parents’ house. See various happy moments below – yes, the doggies were there, too.
Husband’s Mum cooked up haggis, chilli con carne, potatoes and various veg in honour of Gords’ visit. See how thrilled Bertie was to greet Gords, also see my Mum with Bassie (my parents popped in for a quick visit, too).
Friday, 6 April 2018: Doggies warming themselves at the fire
The doggies warming themselves at the fire last Friday evening.
Precious little Bassie peeping out from under her blankie.
Saturday, 7 April 2018: Coffee-filled breakfast at The Daily
The Daily at Seaside Village in Big Bay had revamped its menu so we went for a quick taste. As it was first thing in the morning, we started with coffee! See various shots of Husband’s ‘con panna’ (espresso topped with cream) and my latte.
To eat we went with old favourites – toasted chicken mayo in white for me, eggs florentine for Husband. See shots of how they were served on the left and after we’d doctored them with sauces on the right.
After a fair deal of weekend admin we decided on an early dinner at The Orient in Eden on the Bay that evening. See various hand rolls, sashimi and maki consumed by Husband, and my cashew chicken dish bottom left.
Sunday, 8 April 2018: Coffee at Reload, breakfast at Tables at Nitida, liquid treats at Pakalolo
We were up earlier than necessary on Sunday so stopped for a fancy coffee treat first thing. The outside seating area at Reload in Parklands is inviting.
See my peppermint-chocolate latte and various weekend newspapers. Sunday morning bliss.
As we’d not seen them the day before, we met Husband’s parents at Tables at Nitida for breakfast. It’s such a pretty spot!
Love the mosaic tables at Tables (lol) – also see my Milo shake;, the general ‘bacon-eggs-mushrooms-tomato’ brekkie ordered by Husband’s parents; my brioche French toast with jar of scrumptious caramelised bananas and nuts; and Husband’s Italian-style chorizo-pepper-feta-spring onion open-faced omelette. No wonder their tagline is ‘For the love of food!’
Tables at Nitida always makes us feel welcome. “May all who enter as guests leave as friends.”
After we’d ‘left as friends’, we stopped in at Klein Rosboom for a look around. The entry table is just so pretty. Insert heart-eyes emoji.
Some of the lovely sights at Klein Roosboom. We found ‘die hang gat’, where you can sit in a swing chair while tasting wine. Such fun!
You can see us peeking into another of the tasting room ‘caves’ at Klein Roosboom in the mirror here.
Much later that afternoon, after lots of manual labour in the garden, we stopped in at Pakalolo on the beachfront for a liquid treat. It was a frosty Castle Light draught for Husband and raspberry virgin daquiri for me. Delicious!
You can just make out Husband behind my virgin raspberry daquiri here. Lol.
Ahh. That’s how you spend a Sunday afternoon. Sipping daquiris and staring at sea views.
Mum outdid herself with homemade gnocchi and a crunchy salad for lupper that eve.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018: Overcast fiery skies at night
Overcast sunset sky at night…
Thursday, 12 April 2018: ‘Feel better’ pastries from Trescatelli Bakery
Cloud-flecked sunrise sky in the morning.
There was a bus strike on Thursday and I wasn’t feeling 100% so worked from home that day. Day made when my parents popped in with delicious pastries! See huge mug of coffee with chocolate and vanilla-cream cannoli from Trescatelli Bakery here. Mmm.
That’s all, folks! Have a delicious weekend 🙂
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
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.
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!
We tried the ‘Independence’ shooters to end the meal in style. They’re yummy Pina Colada-y concoctions!
We took a photo of our Moyo-painted faces when we got home before the paint started flaking off.
Sunset from my parents’ house later that evening.
Tuesday, 15 August 2017: Velvet Cake Co sneak peek
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.
Aren’t these the most gorgeous cakes? Really special.
Probably the prettiest slice of cake I’ve ever seen.
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
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
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.
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!
“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.
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.
Bellies full, we trotted outside for some family photos. First up, Husband with his clan.
Then it was our turn.,, ❤
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!
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
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!
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!
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.
In this latest update we finally get to my pics from Design Indaba, which began on the same day as
Bertie’s birthday and took us to the end of last week.
There’s lots to look at below, so get your scrolling (and enlarging) fingers ready!
Wednesday, 1 to Friday, 3 March 2017: Design Indaba at the Artscape
There was just as much to see inside, with a Woolies coffee station that made delicious honey-nut lattes, food trucks, art installations, book passageways and more. Always a delight and more than a little overwhelming!
Lots of creative oddities were on display before we even went into the main Artscape venue. Note the walk of fame, trees growing lips and eyes and more.
If you’re wondering about our team, that’s a full shot below with me and Ilse from the first day on the top left, and me with Pasqua on the last day top right.
Design Indaba done for me and Husband having rested all day from his week of working night shift, we decided on dins at Doodles on the beachfront. I tried their Bar-One shake and Husband had a draught with the chicken burger.
Saturday, 4 March 2017: Xai xai chicken at Petiscos
When Husband got home from work we set off for Petisco’s for their xai xai chicken fillet, which we barely finished. I also tried their iced mocha shake.
Sunday, 5 March 2017: Rocomamas ‘surprise me’ freak shake, Sunset Beach jumps and Bertie’s new collar
Rocomama’s is always a treat, especially if you’re brave enough to try the ‘Surprise me’ freak shake option. I ended up with a caramel-chocolate concoction bursting with bits of honeycomb! Click here for a reminder of our review on our last visit.
What do you do on a sunny Sunday afternoon in Cape Town? You see who can jump higher on the beach, of course. We headed off to Sunset Beach as it has a lovely view of the mountain and soft, soft sand for jumping. Here is Husband’s attempt…
I think mine was much, much higher (Husband says to notice his eyes are over the top of the mountain in his version, but also note how much taller he is than me!)
On Sunday afternoon we explored the new ‘Leadville’ doggy park in Sunningdale and Bertie was gifted with his new birthday collar – look at that happy grin!
Wednesday 8 March 2017: Woodstock sunrise
I snapped the sun rising over the mountain and train tracks on my way into work on Wednesday, and needed a ‘coffee and mini choc’ treat come afternoon. What a long week!
Thursday, 9 March 2017: FoodLover’s breakfast and Catharina’s new lunch menu review
We both had the day off work on Thursday (yay), so after a much-needed lie-in we shared the halloumi stack breakfast at our nearest FoodLover’s Market. That’s also my cappuccino top left.
After some general relaxing it was time to set off Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate, as we’d been invited to review their new lunch menu. We’ve taken a variation of this photo on both previous visits, see here and here.
Beautiful purple blooms at Steenberg Estate.
Presenting Catharina’s and the rest of the Steenberg Estate. Tis a wonderful place to walk around, with ducks and squirrels hopping about – you may see some in these pics!
If you look closely you’ll see a squirrel atop one of those wooden chair backs.
Husband sampling the Semillon.
The official menu, with the story of Steenberg’s Catharina Ras. Also the bread board with golf balls of butter, the mushroom-parmesan risotto and the seafood linguini. Yum!
The chicken confit Caesar salad, with croutons, parmesan and bacon.
The 200g blackened sirloin with hand-cut chips.
Behold the new lunch menu, the chocolate shake and cappuccino, the chicken confit Caesar salad, the rooibos creme brulee and the summer sorbet trio with wafer ‘spoon’.
This squirrel sat on his tree perch and watched us eat our meal.
That’s all, folks! You can read up on this year’s Design Indaba highlights in our
special section on Biz, and click here for my official review of the new lunch menu at Catharina’s!
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Catharina’s were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
This past week was very foodie, so we tried to get in a fair bit of exercise too with a few dog walks, beach visits and dips in the sea. See for yourself below…
Friday, 25 November 2016: Post-work doggy beach walk
Bassie was excited to be in the car, despite not being 100% sure where she was being taken just yet.
Both were singing with excitement when they realised we were stopping at Kreeftebaai. The beach was deserted due to the wind. Here you can see Husband leading Bertie along the rocks.
Even though it was quite windy last Friday, the doggies thought it was a wonderful idea to go for beach walkies. Bertie frollicked in the waves and along the rocks, where he met a seal.
This glazed look complete with sandy nose is always a sure sign that Bassie had a lovely time at the beach.
Saturday, 26 November 2016: Steenberg breakfasts and beach visits
Saturday morning we took the parents to 1682 at Steenberg Estate for breakfast. Here’s the menu and some of our breakfast coffees…
Their pork belly bacon is such a win that we both ordered the standard benedict, as did father-in-law. Mother-in-law went for the salmon version, and we loved the hot honey rolls served as a breakfast starter.
Some of the flowers and bottles on display at 1682.
Just look at that view, perfectly picturesque.
Later that afternoon Husband had to pop into work so I fitted in some early Christmas shopping at Bayside. This was my midway treat of coffee shake and lemon meringue slice at Peacocks’ Perfect Cup.
When we met up again late-afternoon it was such a perfect beach day we couldn’t resist a quick run down to dip our toes in the icy water, and gazed at the many kite surfers bobbing about in the breeze.
Sunday, 27 November 2016: Summer lunch sampling at Franchhoek’s The Restaurant at Grande Provence
We planned ahead and decided on a shared breakfast at our local Food Lover’s Market on Sunday morning. I had a cappuccino, Husband his standard breakfast Cola, and we shared the pesto halloumi toast. Good idea, as we lined our stomachs just enough and the bill came to less than R100, including tip!
The road is long, the lavender tall and the shrubs a deep green as you turn into Grande Provence from the Franschhoek main road.
We sat outside under the trees in the Sculpture Garden – good thing as it was a 34’C day. This is the striking table setting.
First up, their signature bread board. Those cheese straws are some of my favourite things!
Husband sampled a glass of their Chardonnay, which was fruity and light.
First starter: tuna yukhoe. Such bright colours, such a good mix of flavours! Mine was served without the tuna.
The asparagus salad starter on beautiful light-blue plate.
Husband made light work of the 18-hour smoked pork belly (his second serving of the weekend), beneath all the pastel crunch – also still a starter.
We needed to stretch our legs before we could tuck into the mains. Husband started with the kingklip.
I had the blesbok shank, with lots of seasonal veg and peppery crunch.
For second mains we were both presented with the beef short rib with Asian mustard and potato two ways and a bed of sweet date paste. Both scraped our plates clean.
And then, dessert. Creamy caramelised white chocolate pot au creme on the left, berry ‘ice cream sandwich’ on the right. Amazing and highly recommended.
Franschhoek main road is back along this tree-lined driveway.
We stopped off for a quick dip in the sea on our way home as it was still so very hot.
Bertie demonstrated his ‘cat skills’ by sprawling along the top of the back of the couch, and was very interested in a nature show we watched with the parents.
Little Bassie insisted on sitting with us at the table while having dins.
That’s all, folks!
Click here to read my review of Grande Provence in full.
We were spoilt with two ‘anniversary’ reviews in the past week – on the actual day we dined at Homespun by Matt, and last Saturday we had lunch at Catharina’s at Steenberg Estate.
Click here for my official review of Catharina’s on Biz and watch for the review of Homespun, going live early next week.
Since then we’ve both been quite poorly – blame it on the change of season, I guess. Despite this, we still have lots of recent highlights to share via the following images…
Thursday, 25 August 2016: Anniversary dinner at Homespun by Matt
Gorgeous butterflies above the bar were all added by the wait staff, said Matt.
We didn’t plan our matchy matchy blue outfits, we’ve just been together so long that we think alike. Scenes from our private booth at Homespun.
Our starters at Homespun – Husband’s beef tataki on the left, my deep-fried goat’s cheese with balsamic ice cream. Yes, balsamic as in vinegar. It was the most delicious thing.
Husband’s mains – the lamb shank.
My mains – the sticky pork belly.
I had the coconut blossom cheesecake, Husband had the blonde fondant, which oozed the most amazing caramelly liquid.
Homespun drinks – top left shows my ‘Lovespun’ being poured into stemless cocktail glass, was a refreshing strawberry concoction with sprig of rosemary. Husband’s espresso martini on ice is on the top right with my cappuccino bottom right.
Saturday, 27 August 2016: The tasting menu at Catharina’s
Presenting… Catharina’s, at Steenberg Estate, on the very edge of the Constantia Wine Route.
Very tall oak trees, in which an owl family lives. They often swoop down to participate in Summer breakfasts, we hear.
The delicate papery designs inside Catherina’s tell the story of the restaurant’s namesake, Catherina Ras. Read more about her here in my official review.
My delightful chocolate shake adorned with fresh mint leaf while we perused the menu at Catharina’s.
A selection of Husband’s starters from the eight-course tasting menu. That’s his salmon starter top left, tuna and quail egg bottom left and beetroot with parmesan gnocchi on the right.
Howzat, Obelix?! My plate of wild boar and baby carrots at Catharina’s.
Husband’s almost-too-pretty-to-eat plate of crocodile – his first main course of the lunch. He did eat.
Husband’s second main course of the lunch – grilled zebra with aubergine maize meal and spicy chakalaka.
Husband’s savoury dessert – the Lankbaken sunset or cheese and crackers with goji berry. Mmm.
And then, sweet dessert for all. Top left is ‘the Coffee’, top right is ‘the Chocolate’, and bottom is a selection of the other dessert item friandises.
Magies vol, Husband wanted a quick dip in the ‘warmer ocean’ so we headed out towards Fish Hoek. I was starting to feel a bit chilly and ill by now.
Solitary Husband in the greeny grey sea. T’was a very misty day.
Just look at that bank of misty cloud on our way home.
Sunday, 28 August 2016: Blisters for Bread 5km walk
Faces of sweet little dogs who were not coming all the way to Mouille Point for Sunday morning beach walkies with sick mommy and grumpy-to-be-up-so-early-on-a-Sunday daddy.
Most of the Biz team that took part in Sunday’s Blisters for Bread or ‘Bizters for Bread’, as we called it, charity walk in aid of the Peninsula School Feeding Association. This was pre-walk, outside the Sea Point Stadium.
And we’re off! Taken just before we started the 5km walk, look at all the people behind us. Apparently they cut off at 13,000 participants.
The brightly striped Mouille Point lighthouse was one of the key sights along the way as it was quite the gloomy day.
You can just view the lighthouse behind Husband here.
Me at the lighthouse on our return trip to the Sea Point stadium.
Success! Medals of completion awarded, we trotted back to the car and spent rest of day relaxing and/or recovering.
That’s just the tip of the ice berg, kids.
Click here for my much more flowery review of Catharina’s and watch this space for my full review of Homespun by Matt, due to be published on Monday. Until then, have a relaxing weekend!
*Disclaimer: Obviously our meals at Catharina’s and Homespun by Matt were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.