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Discovering where pineapple belongs in the Italian kitchen at 95 at Parks

This past week has been another busy one packed with events and delicious food, as you’ll see from the snaps below…

Thursday, 20 June 2019: Kantar’s ‘Innovation for Growth’ workshop

Last Thursday, I attended Kantar's 'Innovation for Growth' workshop, at their lovely offices on the Foreshore. Click here for a reminder of my event overview article.
Last Thursday, I attended Kantar’s ‘Innovation for Growth’ workshop, at their photogenic offices on the Foreshore. Click here for a reminder of my event overview article.

Friday, 21 June 2019: Orange sky before the storm

A line of orange clouds last Friday evening, before an enormous storm that evening.
A line of orange clouds last Friday, before an enormous storm that evening.
Cold weather means lots of cold doggies snuggling up under blankies.
Cold weather means lots of cold doggies snuggling up under blankies. And watching the rain from between the curtains.

Saturday, 22 June 2019: Munching at Trecastelli and Colala on Marine Circle

See our breakfast at Trecastelli on Marine Circle last Saturday morning. Flat whites and the cooked breakfast for Husband (it's not on the menu but quite a popular choice), while I had the cappuccino-croissant special.
See our breakfast at Trecastelli on Marine Circle last Saturday morning. Flat whites and the cooked breakfast for Husband (it’s not on the menu but quite a popular choice), while I had the cappuccino-croissant special.
I was in dire need of a coffee refill when we were at the Mall later that afternoon. Nothing a R10 dirty chai latte from Xpresso can't fix!
I was in dire need of a coffee refill when we were at the Mall later that afternoon. Nothing a R10 dirty chai latte from Xpresso can’t fix!
On Saturday afternoon we popped into Colala on Marine Circle for an early dins - they serve Asian fusion food, so you can have sushi and a creamy curry like Husband, or chicken cashew nut with egg fried rice like me. They also serve milkshakes, yay and onus, they're on the Entertainer app - we'll be back!
On Saturday afternoon we popped into Colala on Marine Circle for an early dins – they serve Asian fusion food, so you can have sushi and a creamy curry like Husband, or chicken cashew nut with egg fried rice like me. They also serve milkshakes like this caramel one, yay and bonus, they’re on the Entertainer app – we’ll be back!

Sunday, 23 June 2019: Reload Leadville breakfast

Sunday was a 'Reload Leadville' kind of morning, so we popped in for breakfast. See my mashed avo bagel and peppermint-choc latte, as well as Husband's 'trim' omelette. We also gret numerous happy doggies having walkies with their owners.
Sunday was a ‘Reload Leadville’ kind of morning, so we popped in for breakfast. See my mashed avo bagel and peppermint-choc latte, as well as Husband’s ‘trim’ mince, cheese and onion omelette. We also gret numerous happy doggies having walkies with their owners.
Coffee on our pretty new coffee side table.
Coffee on our pretty new coffee side table.
Homemade creme caramel for dessert at Mum's on Sunday. Yum!
Homemade creme caramel for dessert at Mum’s on Sunday. Yum!
Sweet, sleepy doglets as seen throughout the week.
Sweet, sleepy doglets as seen throughout the week.

Wednesday, 26 June 2019: Pasta Ripiena master class at 95@Parks

On Wednesday, I attended a 'pasta ripiena' master class at 95 at Parks, where chef Giorgio Nava shared tips and techniques to make his legendary stuffed pasta dishes. Mum came along too! See her with chef Nava, as well as the delightful setting.
On Wednesday, I attended a ‘pasta ripiena’ master class at 95 at Parks, where chef Giorgio Nava shared tips and techniques to make his legendary stuffed pasta dishes. Mum came along too! See her with chef Nava, as well as the delightful setting.
I also had my pic snapped with Chef Nava, of course! See the delicious cheese we snacked on, the cosy setting, our first course of spinach and butternut ravioli, and the deep-fried Pasta Montenara.
I also had my pic snapped with Chef Nava, of course! See the delicious cheese we snacked on, the cosy setting, our first course of spinach and butternut ravioli, and the deep-fried Pasta Montenara.
The master class in action! Chef Giorgio Nava, with his two 'helpers', Giovanna and Jonas. All three showed us various aspects of the filled pasta creation process.
The master class in action! Chef Giorgio Nava, with his two ‘helpers’, Giovanna and Jonas. All three showed us various aspects of the filled pasta creation process.
See the pasta ripiena menu, on offer until end-July, as well as the pea-and-ham cappelletti, pineapple sorbet and our espresso and cappuccino to end the meal. Click here for my official review on Biz, as well as a download of Chef Nava's recipes from the master class!
See the pasta ripiena menu, on offer until end-July, as well as the pea-and-ham cappelletti, pineapple sorbet (this is the answer to where pineapple belongs in the Italian kitchen – certainly not on pizza). Also see our espresso and cappuccino to end the meal. Click here for my official review on Biz, as well as to download Chef Nava’s pasta recipes from the master class!

Thursday, 27 June 2019: Surprise 50th office birthday party

We surprised our CEO with a birthday party a day early on Thursday. See some of the decorations and snacks.
We surprised our CEO with a birthday party a day early on Thursday. See some of the decorations and snacks.
Happy birthday! See Andre in white, just to the left of the gold '50' balloons, with the rest of team Biz gathered around.
Happy birthday! See Andre in white, just to the left of the gold ’50’ balloons, with the rest of team Biz gathered around.
We had pots of delicious Thai curry and rice, as well as stacks of sweet treats to celebrate.
We had pots of delicious Thai curry and rice, as well as stacks of sweet treats – always doughnuts for Andre – to celebrate.

That’s all folks! I’m taking a few days’ leave next week for a ‘digital detox’ of sorts, see you for next Friday’s update. πŸ™‚

Galliova Awards at De Grendel and Doodles’ sunset cocktails

Last week was a real scorcher, with the temperature over 30’C for most of the week – it’s like we skipped Spring this year!

Friday, 19 October 2018: Galliova Awards at De Grendel Estate

Galiova Awards at De Grendel
Last Friday, I attended the 29th Galliova Awards for SA food and health writers. The De Grendel venue is just gorgeous. See our welcome flutes of bubbly, me with SA foodie Dorah Sitole and the view across to Table Mountain.
De Grendel
Bright, sunny setting inside De Grendel.
Snacks at De Grendel
Delicious snacks as we networked, before the main event.
Galliova Awards programme
This is what we were in for…
Food at De Grendel Estate
De Grendel proved itself worthy as venue for an award honouring food writers. See the cheese-filled starter, main course mushrooms and lamb, and strawberry sorbet with lemon dessert. Lip-smackingly good. Click here if you missed my full overview on Bizcommunity earlier in the week.

Saturday, 20 October 2018: Roasting rugby braai

Village Place Cafe breakfast
We went to Village Place Cafe in West Coast Village for our Saturday morning breakfast. See our cappuccinos, my breakfast pot of granola, yoghurt and fruit, and Husband’s mince (and egg) on toast.
Graphic designer
Husband needed to briefly pop in to work on Saturday morning, so I accompanied him. See him through the Jack Daniels bottle cut out, and various other interesting design things I saw in his office.
Cocktails at Doodles
See Husband about to take his weekly dip in the sea and our afternoon treats at Doodles – a Castle Lite draught for Husband and the caramel shake for me – with blobs of Caramel Treat swirled throughout, it’s a real treat! πŸ˜‰
Braai and flowers
Saturday afternoon meant braai time while watching the rugby at Husband’s parents. See the veggie sosatie sticks, homemade wors, pretty little flowers and doglets interested in the milk tart and chocolate mousse dessert.
Dog at braai
Bassie was very amusing, while the 100-minute-plus rugby match unfolded on screen. See her slumped on the couch taking a nap on Uncle Spec’s lap, sitting with me as I sipped a Four Cousins’ Fiver strawberry-litchi cooler, and giving her dad the side-eye when he snapped a family pic outside at the braai.

Sunday, 21 October 2018: Trecastelli and Daily Cafe coffee treats

Breakfast at Trecastelli.
We kept things local with breakfast at Trecastelli in Marine Circle on Sunday. Husband had the cooked breakfast (still not on the menu) and I had the R40 cappuccino+custard croissant.
Lights at Table Bay Mall
Pretty colour-changing light streamers and blue skies, as seen through the sun roof at Table Bay Mall.
Tin cups at the Daily Cafe.
We decided on tin cups (condensed milk coffees) and the coffee tasting tray at the Daily Cafe in Seaside Village for our Sunday afternoon treat.
Lupper on a hot day.
Mum whipped up the perfect lupper for a hot day – cold roast chicken with salads, fruit and vegetables. It was just the thing!
Flowers and chocolate cake.
Also see Mum’s very pretty fresh flowers, and the chocolate cake she baked – just because.
Dogs on couch
The precious doglets lay on and around the couches once we were back home that evening – anything to be closer to the ceiling fan!

Thursday, 25 October 2018: The Digital Agency Showcase at Red & Yellow School

Red & Yellow School
On Thursday, Red & Yellow School held their first ever digital agency showcase, where we listened to insights from the country’s top six digital agencies (as per the IAB Bookmark Awards).
Digital Agency Showcase
See me sitting with various industry friends over the course of the day – my first overview of one of the talks is live on Bizcommunity.

Wednesday, 24 October 2018: Sunset cocktails at Doodles

Table Mountain from Table Bay.
Beautiful view of Table Mountain across Table Bay on Wednesday evening.
Cocktails at Doodles
We stopped in at Doodles after work on Wednesday, as cocktails were R38 each from 6pm to 8pm. See the setting sun, my Intergalactic Gargle Blaster and Husband’s Long Island Ice Tea.

That’s all, folks! Here’s to another sunny weekend…

Celebrating parents’ 40th anniversary: ruby chocolate & 12 Apostles’ breakfast

Last weekend we celebrated my parents’ 40th wedding anniversary – luckily it was a long weekend, as there were many parts to the celebrations!

Saturday, 22 September 2018: Ruby anniversary breakfast at 12 Apostles, dins at NinetyOne in Sea Point

Azure at 12 Apostles
The long weekend started off on a very special note, as we had booked for the buffet breakfast at Azure restaurant at the 12 Apostles Hotel. It was such a beautiful sunny day!
Lion's Head from 12 Apostles
T’was a bit chilly so no-one sat outside, but just look at that view! Heart-eyed emojis everywhere.
Breakfast at Azure at 12 Apostles
Ching ching! We had flutes of bubbly, cappuccinos, oysters, pastries, fruits, yoghurts, cold meats and cheese – and that’s before the hot breakfast.
Breakfast at 12 Apostles
Mum and Husband went for the eggs benedict-style breakfast, while Dad and I ordered the waffles. They come with sliced syrupy banana, diced apple and creme fraiche but I topped mine with marshmallows, nuts and mini M&Ms instead.
Roses at 12 Apostles
The beautiful roses on each table, jars of sweeties to take home with you and the dry-ice anniversary surprise that arrived at the table once we were all full-to-bursting. Beautiful!
Ruby chocolate at My Sugar
My Sugar in Sea Point is one of few specialist chocolate shops that offers ruby chocolate – the ‘fourth chocolate’ after milk, white and dark, it’s the first official ‘new chocolate’ in 80 years. It’s made from a specific cocoa bean that gives it that fruity pink flavour and colour you can see top right. As it was my parents’ ruby anniversary, ruby chocolate seemed fitting, so we stopped in to make the purchase.
Chicken curries at NinetyOne, Sea Point
As we were in the area, we stopped at NinetyOne on Main Road, Sea Point for an early dins before making the long trip back to Table View. See me with my cup of masala chai, the pretty decor inside, and our curries – the butter chicken and chicken korma are divine, especially with a side of paratha naan (with a sweet, desiccated coconut filling.)
Dog watching TV.
Teehee. Bertie rested his head on my shoulder when we watched some telly that evening. So cute. Bassie was just out of the shot.

Sunday, 23 September 2018: Trecastelli breakfast, ruby anniversary tea

Breakfast at Trecastelli
We treated Spec to breakfast at Trecastelli on the beachfront on Sunday morning, as he’d slept over at ours. See some of the decor, the cooked breakfast (not yet on the menu) that the boys enjoyed, and some berry tarts cooling in the fridge.
Canoli and breakfast at Trecastelli
The rarely-spotted Husband-ordering-dessert – he went up to the deli counter before our breakfasts arrived, ordered a cannoli, and promptly topped it with chili sauce. He declared it delicious. Also see my R40 ‘latte and Nutella cornetto’ breakfast, yum.
Dogs on couch
Teehee. The doglets both looked embarrassed to be caught sitting so close together on the couch that morning. So cute.
Anniversary tea treats
As it was the actual day of my parents’ anniversary on Sunday, the whole family was invited over for afternoon tea. Mum put on a delicious spread of mini sandwiches, crackers, cheese, spreads, homemade scones with jam and cream and an amazing peppermint-crisp tart. Drooling at the memory!
Anniversary toast
Toasting the lovely couple with assorted flutes of bubbly, wine and even cups of coffee.

Monday, 24 September 2018: Heritage Day breakfast, Cosy Bay swim, Jamaica Me Crazy cocktails

Dog sleep on public holiday
Bertie and his Father-dad had a nice lie-in to kick off their public holiday.
Home-cooked breakfast
We started our Heritage Day activities with a home-cooked breakfast at Husband’s parents’ house. See various stages of the fry-up, flowers and Bertie grinning.
SA flag on Long Street
Later that morning, we made our way through town – fitting for Heritage Day, the SA flag was still beautifully displayed on the side of the infamous building at the end of Long Street.
Swimming at Cosy Bay
Next stop – Cosy Bay, where I soaked up some sun while Husband had a swim in the sea – you can just see him in his wetsuit in the pic on the bottom right.
Cocktails at Jamaica Me Crazy.
Later that afternoon, we drove out to Jamaica Me Crazy – Husband had a Fokkof Lager (hence his pose), and I had a Volcano cocktail, which is a blend of strawberry daquiri and pina colada. I tucked the cocktail umbrella behind my ear, as you do.
Coffee shake, nacho skins and bangers and mash at Barristers
For our last stop of the day, we went on to Barristers in Newlands. Husband had their bangers-and-mash pub lunch, while I tried the nacho skins (potato skins with typical nacho toppings). So good, especially with a large mug of coffee shake!

That’s all, folks! It’s set to finally feel summery towards the end of this coming weekend, we can’t wait. πŸ™‚

The Fat Greek, Cape Town’s spring flowers and Hout Bay roadtripping

Last weekend was chilly but bright, so we took advantage of the sunshine to take in some of the sights we forget when we stay closer to home in the wet winter months…

Friday, 7 September 2018: Spring Day braai at work

Spring braai at work.
Scenes from our Spring braai at work last Friday, after our monthly staff meeting. We were just finishing off when the rain came, good timing!

Saturday, 8 September 2018: Trecastelli breakfast, Fat Greek lunch

Breakfast at Trecastelli
Last weekend’s mantra was all about trying new places to eat. We started first thing on Saturday with breakfast at Trecastelli in Marine Circle. See my cappuccino and ‘Nutella cornetto’ – R40 for both, as well as Husband’s cooked breakfast of two eggs, cheese, tomatoes, bacon and avo. Yum.
Kites near Melkbos
Pretty kites near Melkbos that afternoon.
Lunch at the Far Greek
Sticking with our ‘try something new’ mandate, we decided on lunch at the Fat Greek, on Marine Circle. See my very pink shake and chicken gyro with chips, as well as Husband’s lamb kleftiko and glass of red. Lovely!
Blouberg
These post-lunch pics give an idea of the weather here – sunny but chilly. Various spots in and around Blouberg.

Sunday, 9 September 2018: Hout Bay roadtripping

Takeaway coffee from Reload.
With a road trip you never know when exactly you’ll stop for breakfast, so it’s a good idea to get a coffee for the road. Our cappuccinos were from Reload. Love the cute sugar bowls.
Breakfast at Yours Truly's Today and Tomorrow
It was Yours Truly’s ‘Today and Tomorrow’ on Kloof Street where we finally stopped for breakfast. Husband went for the eggs benedict, and my banana bread breakfast with a chai latte was just right.
Atlantic coastline
You can’t help but take beautiful mountain-ocean landscape shots when travelling along the Atlantic coastline.
Mariner's Wharf, Hout Bay
Ah, Hout Bay. We stopped for another stroll and a spot of lunch once we reached Mariner’s Wharf.
Chapman's Peak tunnel
The tunnel through a bit of mountain along Chapman’s Peak
Chapman's Peak drive
Chapman’s Peak has numerous ‘scenic’ stops’ for snaps like this, back towards Hout Bay.
Train in Fish Hoek
The train, complete with passengers, was stopped near Fish Hoek beach throughout our 10-minute or so walk above the beach.
Insomniac shake at Saint's
We went back to one of our favourites, Saint’s in Eden on the Bay, for our final treat of the weekend. See my Insomniac alcoholic shake – chocolate with espresso, Amarula and Frangelico.
Blueberry mojito at Saint's.
Proof that Husband was there, too – see his mint- and lime-heavy blueberry mojito.
Table Mountain Spring flowers
We also stopped to smell the flowers, or rather sit amongst them, that afternoon. That’s how you know Spring is in the Cape!
Dog
Sweet Bassie was very interested in all the foodies when we had lupper at Mum’s that evening.
Trecastelli pastries
Some of the delicious Trecastelli Italian delicacies we ate at Mum’s that afternoon – not from our visit, they went for their own breakfast on Sunday, following our recommendation.

Monday, 10 September 2018:Β  Day off reading, relaxing and pizza lunching

Dogs on couch
I had put in for a day’s leave, so spent much of the morning relaxing with the doglets. See my book, coffee and even Pop-tarts for brekkie.
Kitty socks
Lol at my fashion choices! Love these kitty socks.
Pizza at Col'Cacchio
The highlight of the day was milkshakes and half-price pizzas for lunch with my parents at Col’Cacchio in Seaside Village.

Thursday, 13 September 2018: Spark Media breakfast event

Breakfast at Fire & Ice
I started my Thursday at the Spark Media breakfast presentation, held at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice. So much to choose from to eat – so much brain food, too – coverage coming to Bizcommunity, soon!
Dairy Milk Bubbly Oreo
My sweet deskmate treated me to this new Bubbly Oreo chocolate slab on Thursday. Yum!

That’s all, folks! Have a happy, healthy weekend filled with delicious moments. πŸ™‚