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Tiger’s Milk breakfasts and Hotel Glencairn gourmet milkshakes

T’was another sunny weekend and brother-in-law Spec’s turn to host the braai so we made our way to Fish Hoek and spent the day exploring the other end of the Cape. But first…

Friday, 19 January 2018: Work milkshakes at Red Sofa Cafe

Red Sofa Cafe in Cape Town.
I had a business meet Vredehoek side on Friday. If you’ve never been to Red Sofa Cafe, you’ll know you’re at the right place not because of a red sofa (I didn’t see one) – but rather by the ‘but first coffee’ sign outside and the cheery red interior jam-packed with hipsters typing away at their keyboards. Also, see two of the sunset scenes we snapped that evening.
Chocolate brownie shake at Red Sofa Cafe
See the Red Sofa Cafe chocolate brownie shake here, with chunks of brownie swirled throughout. Delicious!

Saturday, 20 January 2018: Day out exploring Muizenberg and Fish Hoek

Tiger's Milk
Tiger’s Milk in Muizenberg was our first stop of the weekend. We’ll need to go back later in the day to try some of the other tempting things they serve – burgers, pizzas, nachos and cocktails. Mmm!
Breakfast at Tiger's Milk
I went for the flapjacks with twirls of bacon and cooked banana, with a cappuccino to drink. Husband had the Ranchero breakfast pan and a Coke Light (not pictured).
Breakfast at Tiger's Milk
Breakfast is served, Tiger’s Milk-style.
Muizenberg sea
Beautiful yet windy day in Muizenberg. Things quickly turned cloudy and grey.
Hotel Glencairn
We stopped in at the lovely Hotel Glencairn for a quick treat on our way towards the braai. I loved the ‘Ubuntu’ wall and pretty purple patterned cushion inside.
Hotel Glencairn milkshake
We sat inside as the deck looked lovely but too windy. See the ‘Chappies wrapper’-print menu, Husband’s Castle draught beer and the peanut butter carmel-fudge gourmet shake I downed.
Sitting on rock
You can see just how much the weather had changed here – it was still warm but with an icy wind, very odd weather conditions.
Braai food
Braai food included potato salad, green salad without lettuce, a variety of meats on the grill, garlic bread and a s’mores-type braai pudding. We ate and we ate!

Sunday, 21 January 2018: Mugg n Bean breakfast, dips in the chilly sea

Mugg n Bean breakfast
We Sunday breakfasted at Mugg n Bean in the Table Bay Mall on Sunday morning. See my frozen mocha and choc-chip flapjacks, as well as Husband’s guava juice and bacon-bean hash benedict. Far too much food all round, we both ended up with takeaway boxes.
Mugg n Bean breakfast
Sunday breakfast, Mugg n Bean-style.
Kleinbaai
It was beach weather again that day, so after a bit of weekend admin we made our way to Kleinbaai. The water was very chilly but that never stops Husband from diving in, as you can see bottom left.
Seagull in Table View.
Seagull sunning itself on the rocks.
Dogs on couches
Sweet doggies at their grandparents’ house that afternoon.
Farfalle pasta
Mum made a delicious farfalle pasta dish for lupper that evening.

Thursday, 25 January 2018: Thursday cupcake, final Red & Yellow #digitalmarketingLIVE lecture and a healthy Bassie

Chocolate cupcake
It was a lovely surprise to find a freshly baked mini chocolate cupcake on my desk.
Red and Yellow School
T’was the very last #digitalmarketingLIVE lesson at Red & Yellow on Thursday afternoon. Will miss my weekly learning sessions there!
Dacschund
Aww. Little Miss Bassie got a clean bill of health following her six-month check-up and was happy to have a snuggle that evening.

That’s all, folks! It’s Husband’s birthday this coming Monday, so you know what to expect in the next blog update ๐Ÿ™‚

Bites at Bossa, Brocka and beach dogs

We’ve successfully ticked off the first work week of the year, so there are fewer pics to scroll through than over the past few weeks, alas…

Friday, 5 January 2018: Wimpy brekkie, doggy beach walk and litchi milkshake at Black Forest Cafe

Wimpy breakfast
A final Wimpy breakfast for the holiday – see my super-large Wimpy coffee and croissant, with Husband’s streaky bacon breakfast plus cheese griller.
Dog in car
That’s the happy face of Bassie after beach walkies.
Dog in car
Bertie singing a happy song about his beach walkies.
Dog in car
And Bassie again. Aww!
Dog on couch
Bertie biscuit had some quiet time on the couch post-walkies.
Dog on couch
Little Miss Bassie also napping on the couch after beach walkies, with her ears flapped up.
Litchi milkshake at Black Forest Cafe
That’s a litchi milkshake topped with sprinkles for me and a small butter-toffee for Husband, to mark our last ‘work day of leave’ together.

Saturday, 6 January 2018: Breakfast at Brocka, swimming in Blouberg

Brocka
We stopped in at the newly opened Brocka in Canal Walk last Saturday morning. They’re the ultimate in fast-food – even if you order from a table, your food and drink is served takeaway style.
Table Mountain
I spy Table Mountain.
Table Mountain
It was another beach-weather day. Here is Husband, literally ‘testing the water’ at the beach.
Sea
Gazing at his favourite swimming hole.

Sunday, 7 January 2018: Sunday lunch at Bossa, final holiday treat at Saint’s 

Bossa
My parents were attending an event on Sunday afternoon so we met them for lunch a little earlier than usual at Bossa in Burgundy Estate. The food was fast and delicious – we’ll be back!
Beer at Bossa
Teehee. Love the faces they pulled!
Cafe Capri at Saint's
Final treat of the weekend before my return to work was an afternoon at Saint’s, Eden on the Bay – Husband went for a Toblerone cocktail, I had the Cafe Capri (latte with chocolate and coconut). Delicious!

Wednesday, 10 January 2018: Mid-week dins at the in-laws

Dogs at sunset
As we’d not seen Husband’s parents last weekend, we popped in after work on Wednesday evening for dins. The doglets came with, as you can see.

That’s all folks, have a happy weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

Strandloper fishy feast and Rocomama’s twisted cheesecake

If we’ve not yet spoken this year, happy 2018! It’s been a relaxing-yet-busy first week for us, as you’ll see below…

Friday, 29 December 2017: Day of rest

Breakfast at Mugg n Bean
Friday was a day of rest, with this breakfast at Mugg n Bean in Table Bay Mall one of our only excursions. See Husband’s poached eggs on potato-bean hash brown, with my avo and poached egg toast and iced mocha. Highly recommended!

Saturday, 30 December 2017: Hot chocolate sampling tray at The Daily, sunset at the beach

Breakfast at The Daily
We started our weekend as such: I went for the ‘hot chocolate tasting tray’ – white, dark and rooibos – with cinnamon-sugar pancakes while Husband had the eggs florentine and cappuccino at The Daily in Seaside Village.
We took advantage of the sunny weather later that day, with Husband having a dip in the sea at Castle Rock.
Ice cream at the beach
T’was an ‘ice cream on the beach’ day, so that’s just what I had for my afternoon treat. Was lovely, with ice cream all the way to the tip of the cone!
Braai in Sunningdale
The weekly braai took place at Husband’s parents’ house later that afternoon, with Spec coming home with us and staying until New Year’s Day. Various snaps from the braai…
Beach sunset
Lovely sunset at the beach on our way home that evening.

Sunday, 31 December 2017: New Year’s Eve Webered turkey

Breakfast at Foodlover's Market
We opted for Foodlover’s Market for our final breakfast of 2017. See our cappuccinos, my bacon-feta-avo tramezzini with chips, and the boys’ halloumi stack breakfasts.
Woodbridge beach tavern
We stopped in at the Beach Tavern in Woodbridge Island for a brief beach visit and our final afternoon treat of the year. See my pina colada shake on the left.
New Year's Eve turkey
There was gentle rain when Husband Webered ANOTHER turkey for New Year’s Eve, complete with confit potatoes and bright green peas.

Monday, 1 January 2018: Fry-up and prawn braai

New Year's Day breakfast
We learned last year that almost everything is closed on New Year’s Day, so we planned ahead and stocked up on breakfast essentials ahead of the big day. Once we’d all rolled out of bed, Husband cooked a fry-up for all.
Prawn and pepper sosatie
Spec left for his home after breakfast, and we got ready to put the Weber to use again with prawn skewers and peri-peri chicken. See mum and dad creating the prawn-and-peppers sosaties and the final outcome.
New Year's Day bubbly
Husband did the honours of popping the New Year’s Day bubbly.
Dogs on couch
The hot doggies spent lots of time resting under the cool fans this week.

Tuesday, 2 January 2018: Melkbos morning, Woodbridge walk

Melkbosstrand beach
Melkbosstrand beach was crowded as a result of the ‘beach weather’ day on Tweede Nuwe Jaar.
Castella Amare in Melkbosstrand
Castella Amare on the beachfront was one of few places open pre-noon on Tuesday, so that’s where we breakfasted. See our cocoa-topped cappuccinos, Husband’s eggs royale (salmon eggs ben) and my flapjacks with bacon and banana.
Woodbridge Island walk
Various stages of the Woodbridge-Lagood Beach walk. We prefer starting at Woodbridge Island side, walking along the tree-lined road to Lagoon Beach, where we cross the stream and walk back to the Milnerton lighthouse along the beachfront. Walkies done, we stop for a treat. See Husband’s draught and the Dragon Fiery Apple I chose. They were frosty and delicious.

Wednesday, 3 January 2018: Day in Langebaan

Roosterkoek
We stopped off at the Vygevallei farm stall for breakfast, and ate at ‘Route 27 Roosterkoek’, which only served roosterbroodjies (coal-fired sarmies).
Roosterkoek
Of course I had a coffee to start (two tea bags of coffee in the pot = two tin cups full). Also see our ‘roosterkoeks’. Mine was jam and cheese, Husband had egg and cheese topped with hot sauce.
Swim at Shark Bay
We met up with Husband’s parents at Shark Bay for a swim in the sea mid-morning. It was chilly but so refreshing!
Strandloper
Our destination for the afternoon – Strandloper! It offers a 10-course fishy feast, and if you’re a non-fish eater like me there’s still lots to fill that belly…
Food at Die Strandloper
Mutton bredie! Crayfish! Moerkoffie in the sea!
Food at Die Strandloper
We also ate… farm bread with three different types of konfyt (jam) – tomato, pineapple and fig. Mussels served two ways. Haarders. Koeksister twists with moerkoffie.

Thursday, 4 January 2018: News Cafe breakfast, Eden on the Bay walk, Rocomama’s treats

Breakfast at News Cafe
We woke up early enough for the early bird breakfast at News Cafe on Thursday morning. See our cappuccinos, Husband’s avo and chourizo eggs benedict and my early bird English breakfast. Very filling!
Table Mountain from Eden on the Bay
We worked off a bit of that breakfast with a brisk beach walk from Eden on the Bay to Kleinbaai and back – stopping at the yellow Nat Geo frame for a few snaps, of course.
Rocomamas
On Thursday afternoon we went to the Durbanville branch of Rocomama’s with my parents. See dad’s burger and my chili con carne-topped fries.
Twisted cheesecake
This is what we came for – chocolate-syruped shakes with a tot of Jack Daniels served in skull-shaped glasses, and I tried the tiramisu version of their twisted cheesecake. So good!

That’s all, folks. It’s back to work for us next week so we’ll be making the most of our sunshine hours together this weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

November 2017 Staycation: Irish nachos and The Kitchen’s Love Sandwiches

I had a mini-staycation at the start of this week. Perhaps all the sunshine we’ve seen this week was the reason for the relaxed mood that lasted even after I returned to my desk, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Saturday, 25 November 2017: Irish nachos at Saints

French toast and halloumi toast at Foodlover's Market
We started our weekend with breakfast at our nearest Foodlover’s Market. See my crumpet-looking French toast and Husband’s halloumi toast stack.
Driving at sunset
Ha. Not sure why I find this snap so funny, but I do. Makes me laugh.
Saints at Eden on the Bay irish nachos and Insomniac shake and fat mary
We had decided on an afternoon treat at Saint’s on Eden on the Bay, and soon decided to add the Irish Nachos (potato skins) topped with pork belly to our drinks as the platter is made for sharing. Note my Insomniac shake (chocolate, coffee, Amarula, Kahlua) and Husband’s Fat Mary (bloody mary topped with candied bacon, hence his skeptical look). All delicious and a wonderful way to spend a late-afternoon over the weekend.

Sunday, 26 November 2017: Tall cappuccinos and airport collections

Cappuccino at W Cafe
We met Husband’s parents at the W Cafe in Woolworth’s at the Table Bay Mall on Sunday morning. Note Husband’s very tall cappuccino and my vanilla cinnamon latte top right.
Breakfast eggs benedict at W Cafe.
To eat, I went for the Nutella French toast, a favourite as the banana is rolled in peanut-butter brittle with hazelnuts adding crunch. The other three all went for the eggs benedict served on mushroom, with Husband adding a side of bacon to his.
Runway at airport
On Sunday afternoon we collected my parents from the airport – they had been in Umhlanga for a post-anniversary break. Various shots of the runway here – you can just see their green Kulula plane coming to a stop in some.
Steers burgers.
As mum had been in the air most of the day we decided on a Steers drive-thru deal en route to their house – this box of four burgers with chips along the side went down a treat! Yes, my purple nails did match the box.

Monday, 27 November 2017: Breakfast at All In The Kitchen

Breakfast at All in the Kitchen
I’d decided ahead of time that my days off were for relaxing and spending time doing what makes me happy. First up was breakfast with parents on Monday morning at All In The Kitchen as it’s not open on weekends so I rarely get to visit. See our happy faces and tasty coffees.
Blue plates at All in the Kitchen
The blue plates offset the bright, fresh food perfectly.
Breakfast at All in the Kitchen.
Coffees top left, Dad’s granola with fresh fruit top right, Mum’s avo on toast bottom right, my nutty apple-cinnamon muffin topped with raspberries bottom left.
Dogs
I spent the rest of the day with two more of my favourite beings on the planet. The doggies were at their cutest, with Bassie napping under blankets and coming running for treats while Bertie did a few laps around the garden.

Tuesday, 28 November 2017: Love Sandwiches at The Kitchen

Woodstock graffiti
This striking graffiti adorns the wall just around the corner from The Kitchen in Woodstock, our destination for that morning’s adventure.
The Kitchen interior
The Kitchen is a charming fresh deli-style food stop that rose to fame when Michelle Obama’s taxi driver accidentally dropped her off there instead of at the more well-known The Test Kitchen. She decided to stay, loved it, and the rest is history. Little wonder when you see the ‘Love Sandwiches’ they’re famous for…
Love Sandwiches at The Kitchen
See Mum and Dad’s entirely different Love Sandwiches, a cappuccino and my fruit-topped French toast – it had slivers of apple, pear, toasted pineapple and pomegranate seeds. One of the best!
Cape Town sky.
Various shots of the sky that day. Top right and bottom left were near Woodbridge Island and passing the MyCiti bus on the way to The Kitchen, top left and bottom right were at sunset.

Thursday, 30 November 2017: #DigitalMarketingLIVE at Red & Yellow

Biscuits at Red & Yellow.
We’re already halfway through these sessions at Red & Yellow. This week was especially interesting, all about using the language of design to solve problems, brands talking to their ‘tribes’ not customers, and a jaw-dropping water-saving idea that might just be the answer the drought-stricken Cape is waiting for. Also, tasty biscuits and red-and-yellow themed things.

That’s all, folks! The DIY project I worked on during this staycation will be revealed in my next blog post…

Bikram yoga at MyUtopia, moustache biscuits and selfies with dogs

Last week I started attending the digital marketing live sessions at Red & Yellow, which run into early next year. Start scrolling below to see a few snaps from the first two classes below as well as other work-related moments and lots of snaps of the doggies…

Thursday, 9 November 2017: Futures Cape Town and Digital Marketing LIVE at Red & Yellow

ICIC
Last Thursday was a very busy one for me. I started off in the office, then spent the first bit of the afternoon at the Inner City Ideas Cartel (ICIC), where I covered a bit of the WGSN Futures Cape Town session. Click here if you want to read my coverage on Biz.
Digital marketing LIVE at Red & Yellow
Talk over, I Ubered to Red & Yellow School in Salt River. The digital marketing LIVE lessons are streamed over the internet if you can’t be on campus on time – 15:30 to 17:30 on Thursdays. Snacks and study aids at the ready!
Rob Stokes
Each week, a different digital marketing lecturer shares words of wisdom with us. Up first was Rob Stokes, who started Quirk agency (now Mirum). You can just see the back of my head on the left.

Saturday, 11 November 2017: Village Place breakfast and The World According to Bertie

Moustache biscuit
“I moustache you a question,” teehee. Husband ordered a large cappuccino at the Village Place Cafe on Saturday morning, so his accompanying biscuit was suitably supersized, too.
Breakfast at the Village Place
See my regular size cappuccino and biscuit on the left, banting flapjacks topped with yoghurt and berries on the right, and Husband’s mince on toast topped with eggs in the middle.
Table Bay Mall lifts
We helped Husband’s dad get around the new Table Bay Mall in a wheelchair we lent from the mall security later that morning.
Checkers coffee and donut
I noticed the cappuccino-donut combo special while we were doing groceries at Checkers later that afternoon and had to give it a try. What I got didn’t look quite like what was in the poster (see difference in pics) but it was still delicious and very good value for money.
gatsby and dog eating mousse
We opted against the usual braai as Husband’s dad was limited in his movement, so started with veggie soup, followed by a shared peri-chicken gatsby and chocolate mousse tubs for dessert. Bassie and Bertie got to lick the tubs once we were done with them, as you can see.
Walk down street
Husband and his dad went for walkies down the street later that afternoon. Bertie watched.
Dog on couch
Little Miss Bass enjoyed her visit, despite wearing her sad face in this photo.
Dog and book
Look at the title of the book Husband’s mum was reading!

Sunday, 12 November 2017: Chocolate-pecan pie and pink clouds

Breakfast at Greens
We Sunday-breakfasted at Greens in Plattekloof Village. You can just see us in Husband’s snap of the interior of the restaurant, reflected in the mirror.
Eggs benedict
To eat: Husband’s mushroom-spinach eggs benedict on the left, my toasted salami, mozzarella and olives on the right.
Pecan pie
We had ordered a slice of chocolate-pecan pie to take home from Greens, and I heated it and ate with cream for my early-afternoon treat.
Pink clouds
Pretty streaky pink clouds at Mum’s that evening.

Monday, 13 November 2017: Office birthday cake and evening doggie selfies

Office birthday cake
Monday was an office birthday cake day as it had been Cheryl’s birthday over the weekend. It looks like I took severely tiny slices of milk tart and carrot cake here!
Dog on couch
I snapped a selfie with Bertie while recuperating from the work day that evening.

Wednesday, 22 November 2017: MyUptopia yoga and food review

MyUtopia yoga
On Wednesday afternoon, My colleague Shan and I reviewed MyUtopia near the Waterfront’s Express Bikram yoga class followed by a late lunch at the in-studio Nourish Cafe. My full wordy review will be on Biz soon, but you can get an idea of the experience here. See the foresty heated room you stretch and sweat in, and two of the yummy smoothies…
MyUtopia yoga and showers
There’s fruit-flavoured water and the bathrooms are stocked with everything you may need – shampoo and body wash in the shower, cotton balls and deodorant and lockers to stash your clothes in, and even a ‘blow dry bar’ so you can have your ‘hair did’ before you venture back to the office. T’was a lovely experience.
Lunch at Nourish Cafe at MyUtopia
Our late lunch was also worth writing home about. See the foam art in our cappuccinos, my toasted bacon, brie and pepperdew and Shan’s chicken wrap – both with the best beetroot crisps we’ve tasted! Thanks to Shanny for the pics as my devices were otherwise occupied at the time.

Thursday, 16 November 2017: Another afternoon at Red & Yellow

Red and Yellow lecture Nikki Cockcroft
The second lesson was presented by Rob Stokes’ wife, Nikki Cockcroft. You can just see her through the glass. She’s really amazing, having been CEO at Primedia Online, taken Woolworths digital and more.

That’s all, folks! Hope you have a restful weekend.

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 ๐Ÿ™‚

10th anniversary in Zanzibar

As promised, this is a bumper update as I have two weeks’ worth of pics from our recent 10th anniversary break in Zanzibar to share with you…

Monday, 11 September 2017: Fly SAA from Cape Town to JHB

Cape Town airport
First stop, the airport. Having packed our bags and checked we had everything we needed – I left Husband’s passport in the scanner for our last overseas trip, and will never do that again! Check-in was easy so we had breakfast at Primi overlooking the flight deck. And then we were off!
Pool at City Lodge Johannesburg airport.
By the time we reached our first hotel of the trip – the City Lodge at Johannesburg’s main airport it was a sunny, summery afternoon. We dropped off our bags in our room and decamped to the pool area for a while. Just blissful!
Lucios dins
The moment we found out we’d need to spend the night in Joburg we decided we would have a special dinner at Lucio’s in Blackheath – they make gnocchi piccante, which is a bolognaise sauce with cream, brandy, chillies and lime. Too delicious for words. We also invited Gords as it was close to his birthday and we’d not seen him in ages. It was a lovely evening.

Tuesday, 12 to Tuesday, 19 September: Week at Azanzi Beach Hotel, Zanzibar

Mugg & Bean at Johannesburg airport
We needed to be at the airport at 5am for the Zanzibar flight so checked out of our hotel around 4:30am then trundled across the walkway into the main airport building. Check-in was another breeze, so we were pleased to find the Mugg & Bean open and ready to serve coffee, cookies and proper breakfast things for Husband. Then we were off again – up, up and away!
Sightseeing in Zanzibar.
Having made sense of the chaos of the Zanzibar airport – meaning we found the correct forms, filled them in, made our way through passport control, located our bags, found our travel guide, paid 1$ USD to use the bathroom – we were ready to survive the roads to our resort in Matemwe on the island’s north-east coast, about 45 minutes from the airport. We saw many sights on the way, but mostly lush greenery as we passed the various spice farms and bright bunches of fruit and clothing for sale in the small towns we passed. Transport is very expensive in Zanzibar, so we didn’t leave the resort much.
Palm trees in Zanzibar
Zanzibar is palm tree central. There are leafy trees everywhere you look.
Azanzi Beach Hotel
Our resort was sunny, with thatched rooves nestled between palm trees – and you could walk right through, on to the beach.
Drinks in Zanzibar
The jambo juice cocktail, presented with a cold facecloth once you’ve checked into Azanzi, was about the most delicious thing I’ve ever tasted. It’s a mix of coconut milk, pineapple juice and strawberry juice. Husband enjoyed the local Safari beers, I downed bottles of Stoney tangawizi (ginger beer) and Husband enjoyed the local wines with dinner.
Villas at Azanzi Beach
The rooms are bright and airy, cleaned each morning and sprayed and ‘netted’ each evening to ensure a bug-free stay. Our suite was upstairs so we had a balcony with view of the bright bouganvilleas and palm trees to gaze at.
Mosquito nets at Azanzi
The mosquito-netted beds are very pretty and make you feel relaxed and peaceful and protected (though you still need to take your full course of malaria pills just in case. We are almost done with ours).
Bouganvillea in Zanzibar
Some of the pretty bouganvillea blooms. There were pinks, oranges and reds, which were quite spectacular from the balcony.
Pool at Azanzi
The pool is gorgeous, partially shaded as it flows beneath the upstairs dining area. We spent lots of time wading in these waters.

The rest of this travel diary is grouped by events and things to do rather than running chronologically, as you’ll see…

Wake early to catch the sunrise

Sunrise in Zanzibar
Matemwe beach is an excellent spot from which to catch the sunrise. We climbed up into the massage hut on the beach for these, so very different to the sunset shots below.

Sip chilled, fruity drinks at (and in) the pool

Zanzibar Azanzi Beach
It’s always a good time for a drink in Zanzibar. Local soft drinks, beers, wines and more are part of the all-inclusive package and the Fanta Orange tasted just delicious there.
Pina Colada in pool
Cocktails are not included in the package, but we couldn’t resist a pina colada IN the pool! ๐Ÿ™‚
Jambo juice.
I was thrilled to find that the jambo juice I’d loved so much on our arrival is also one of the cocktails on the bar menu.

Be active – play or watch sports – or rest in a hammock

Playing pool at Azanzi Beach
When it was just too hot and windy to sit outside, we stepped indoors to play a few games of pool. Oh how we laughed and laughed at my ‘excellent’ skills ๐Ÿ˜‰
Cola in Zanzibar
We happened to have our SA shirts with us, so tuned into the rugby match against NZ. Some say this was not a wise move. This is us sipping Colas in the resort lounge.
Hammock in Zanzibar
Azanzi Beach Hotel is the ultimate spot for relaxation, with hammocks and comfy seats everywhere you look. Take a few novels and magazines with you, or just let your eyes switch into screensaver mode for a while and feel your worries slip away.

Take a sunset cruise at Nungwi

Sunset cruise at Nungwi
This was one of the highlights of our holiday. We were transported in an air-conditioned vehicle to Nungwi on the island’s north coast, the best spot to catch the sunset. After Husband had a quick dip in the sea we set off towards the horizon, with more drinks and fresh fruit midway. We were at sea from 4pm to just after 6pm.
Nungwi
It’s clear to see why Nungwi is so popular with tourists – calm, clear blue water, lots of resorts to choose from and the best view of the sunset.
Sunset at sea
Aww. Love this boy, and the sunset, and the sea so much! โค
Zanzibar sunset
Husband spent some time in the water, of course, saying ‘hi’ to starfish and the like, and the sunset was truly spectacular.
Boats at sunset on sea in Zanzibar
Boats. Sunset. Sea.

Snorkelling, beach walks and sunning ourselves

Matemwe beach
Or you could take a stroll along the beach in Matemwe – everyone will greet you, ask for your name and where you’re from. There’s lots to see as most of the fishing takes place right before of your eyes.
Zanzibar sea
We spent the bulk of our time in, on or gazing at the sea. It was an unbelievable shade and temperature, I can’t describe how warm and calm it is!
Beach photos
Make sure you’re both facing the right direction when you take your beach photos or you may end up with a sequence like this. Lol.
Snorkelling
Me in my shortie wetsuit with flippers (snorkel and mask not pictured), Husband at the map of Mnemba Island on the Scubafish boat, us before hopping in to swim with the dolphins and the clear, calm turquoise sea.
Muyuni beach lunch
Morning of snorkelling under the sun over with, it was time for a BBQ lunch at nearby Muyuni beach. We ate fresh chicken and tuna steaks with tiramisu for dessert, swam in the warm sea and napped in hammocks. That’s what being on holiday’s all about. That’s also the only meal we had away from our resort.

Eat breakfast, lunch and dinner at Azanzi Beach Hotel

Breakfast at Azanzi
Breakfast! The best meal of the day, or the most important, say some. At Azanzi it was usually a buffet offering with eggs as you like them, crispy bacon and other assorted delights – chocolatey pastries, honeyed croissants, chicken or pork sausages, curry, noodles, French toast, pancakes, cheeses and cold meats, cereals with yoghurt and fresh fruit, juices and coffees… sure to get your day off to the right start!
Coffee in Zanzibar
We had many a good cup of coffee at Azanzi. See the breakfast pot, which usually provided three full cups, as well as coffee from our balcony and below, over the pool.
Lunch at Azanzi Beach
Lunch! The food at Azanzi Beach is really delicious and if you’ve taken the all-inclusive/full board offering, it’s all covered before you get there. We looked forward to our three meals a day and often had more than one course at each. This is lunch on the beach – a chicken curry for Husband and a bacon-banana toasted panini for me.
Food at Azanzi Beach Hotel
Just a handful of the food pics I took when we were at Azanzi Beach Hotel. We ate everything from pork loins to prawn skewers, butternut-orange soup and octopus pili pili to green bananas in coconut sauce. All lip-smackingly good.
Azanzi beach bbq
There’s a weekly special beach BBQ/braai dinner buffet – such a treat! Tables are set up on the beach, with many salad type starters, a chef ready to toss potatoes, chicken, tuna, calamari, prawns and crayfish on the grill and sides of delicious oxtail soup and sweet-and-sour brinjals. For dessert, a choice of white chocolate tart, creme caramel and fruit salad left everybody smiling and singing along to the live music.
Cats in Zanzibar
There was lots of wildlife to befriend, too. See the birdies that joined us at breakfast, Zanzikat or Chewie, who often visited our room, and another kitty that was sitting with a monkey on the beach at Nungwi. We also saw little goats and skinny cows.
Flying
Wash, rinse, repeat the above, and following a bumpy ride back to the airport, we were finally on our way home a full week after the journey began. Until next time!

That’s all, folks! We’re looking forward to spending quality time with the doglets this weekend. ๐Ÿ™‚