Last weekend was all about the Good Food and Wine Show held at the CTICC, but first, I attended the Integrated Marketing Communication or IMC Conference on my first day back at work after our
Thursday, 1 June 2017: IMC at White Space, Salt River
The Conference was held in the White Space in Salt River, also the grounds of Red&Yellow School – what a wonderful venue, with views of the mountains and harbour far in the distance. Click here for some of my favourite insights from the conference.
Saturday, 3 June 2017: Good Food & Wine Show at the CTICC
Husband sent me this photo of the sun rising when he left for work on Saturday morning.
Soon it was time to head to the CBD with Mum and Dad as we were attending the Good Food and Wine Show or GFWS for the first time. We got there a little early so popped into the Westin hotel next door for a pre-expo coffee. What a lovely idea! We also parked at the hotel and just trotted across the road to the CTICC when we were done.
Elephant cakes! The main mission I’d set myself was to locate the life-size elephant cake I’d heard would be displayed as part of the GFWS. I didn’t know there would be a precious baby calf cake, too!
There were also food trucks galore to explore, and a handy FNB ATM truck for those who didn’t come prepared.
Look at all that FOOD! It was a real treat to experience.
Some of the prettier stands at GFWS2017: Top left is round and heart-shaped graters, followed by a selection of chocolate and fudge samples (yes please), a green garden in the making, stacks of gingerbread people and assorted Lebanese food.
If there’s one thing that stood out for me at GFWS it was the cakes. Just look at some of these amazing creations – the peacock cake was my favourite!
Another highlight? Meeting giggling gourmet Jenny Morris. She’s just as ‘yumcious’ in real life and was ever so friendly.
Another thing to point out – while there’s wine aplenty, there’s also everything from ice tea to kombucha, coffee, gin, craft beer and more. See my dad trying out the ‘gin-smelling’ wall bottom right. He confirmed that it smelt strongly of juniper gin.
Then my dad spent a good 20 minutes at the Johnnie Walker experience.
This Easter Island-type sculpture was near all the alcohol-related stands in one of the far corners of the expo space.
Sunday, 4 June 2017: Captain’s Kitchen pizza and Wonder Woman at GrandWest Casino
Once Husband got home from work on Sunday we dashed off for pizza at Captain’s Kitchen in Eden on the Bay. That’s also my latte and his Long Island Ice Tea.
Next stop, GrandWest Casino with Spec, to watch Wonder Woman at the cinema that evening. Us comic book-movie fans thoroughly enjoyed it.
Monday, 5 to Thursday, 8 May 2017: Mid-week office sunsets, storm-scared doggies and birthday cupcakes
Monday was an office-birthday cake day – this pretty Woolworths’ cupcake was just delicious.
The doggies were concerned about the cold weather this week. They spent lots of time snuggled in, on and under blankets.
Here you can see some early morning shots of the sky from my office this week. The pink-streaked clouds were from Tuesday, day before the Cape storm, and the double rainbow was on Thursday morning, the day after – you can just see the repeat above the main rainbow in both pics.
That’s all, folks! We’re set for a few more splashes of rain this weekend, so stay warm and dry, and lend a helping hand to help others in need, if you can – donating beds space at
Haven Night Shelter from just R60 per person per bed for five nights is an excellent idea.
What do you do if you’ve already reviewed a wonderful winter’s weekend getaway town, then get the opportunity to review different accommodation in the same town? Why, you post a second ‘What to do in…’ review, of course, and make sure you do everything new and fresh so that there’s no resemblance to the last time.
That’s just what we did this past weekend when we got to stay in Franschhoek for the second time in as many months.
Of course these pics taken on our cameras didn’t even do the landscape and history-steeped buildings justice.
Click here to click through the galleries I added in my official review, which includes eye-wateringly beautiful pics of Leeu House and The Conservatory restaurant’s food, owned by the Leeu Collection, as is Le Quartier Français, which we reviewed over our former Franschhoek stay. Click here for a reminder and scroll through our not-repeated fresh new Franschhoek highlights below…
Stop to sightsee (different sights) on the way in…
A paintbrush splatter of fluffy clouds above the peaks of Paarl.
Each time we travel out towards Paarl I mean to snap a pic of ‘the tree in the lake’ but each time I only remember my intention once we’ve whizzed past it. This time I planned ahead and got Husband in on the action, so he warned me when we were getting close (I had my phone ready in camera-mode from just after the ‘Winelands 1-stop’). And yay, success. Here is the ‘tree in the lake’. Isn’t it fascinating?
Something we missed entirely on our last trawl along Franschhoek’s main road was this ‘he must have not been there he’s so hard to miss’ teddy bear. I was not the only sightseer to stop and pose for a photo with him, promise.
Another arty Franschhoek sculpture we spotted for the first time was this steel pegasus. Husband beside him for size/height.
Churches make up some of the cultural richness of Franschhoek. We peered in at the first one we came across – there was just one little old lady was seated in the pew.
Teehee. Yes we took a few pics of me pretending to swing the church bell. Blame it on the meds!
Situated beside Franschhoek’s babbling stream, we couldn’t resist stopping at BICCCS for a quick shared snack, well aware that we’d be having an amazing dinner in a few hours. Here is Husband unwinding with a mini-draught under the trees…
I sat opposite him as the direct sunlight was making my eyes water – here’s my half of our shared toasted rotisserie-chicken with red pepper mayo.
Look at the gorgeous coffee set I found inside! T’was perhaps an ‘extra zero’ over what I would have felt comfortable paying, but a girl can dream…
Next, we made our way to the Huguenot Monument at the end of the road – already closed by the time we last visited, this time we had a few precious hours of daylight to explore. First stop was the museum, filled with interesting things but no photos allowed inside.
There was a tea room on site too, as well as lots of inviting benches to stop at and soak up that serene sunshine. Just before Husband took this photo, a little squirrel zoomed up the trunk of the tree behind me. For reals.
This ‘bicycle behind the bougainvillea’ was parked outside the entrance to the Monument. Was another R10 each to get in.
The Huguenot Monument from up close on the left and with me in the background on the right. There’s also a fascinating sundial on the grounds that actually showed the right time to the minute.
Sleep over at Leeu House and don’t miss the Conservatory’s delicious, non-conservative menu
Walkies done we were ready for a rest. This is the Leeu House lounge area – fire place to my left (unlit) and honesty bar behind me with all sorts of liquid loveliness. We didn’t sample any though as were both still on meds for our horrible head colds.
Two kiwi fruit, my note-filled iPad and a wonderful cuppa Nespresso in our room after we’d checked in was just what we needed to rest and recharge our slightly downtrodden batteries.
Delightful dinner! These pics show Husband’s salmony starter top left and steak atop a bed of carrot mash bottom left – among his top five meals ever. Also see my Italian sausage rigatoni mains and white coffee brulee dessert. Highly recommended!
Look at our Leeu House room, pictured from many angles here. Yes, there’s our ‘room review in bathrobes’ shot bottom left, as well as slippers and Scrabble in the top right – after an hour or so of playing, with Husband far in the lead, we decided to call it a night.
When we got up the next morning the sky was bright, the wind was light. By the time we’d finished breakfast little over an hour later you’d think we’d walked out the wrong scene door as the sky was dismal and grey.
Conservatory roof, exposing still-glorious sunshine.
The Conservatory breakfast menu – exclusive to Leeu House guests – you start off with anything that tickles your fancy from the breakfast buffet listed on the left, then choose a ‘hot plate’ from the page on the right. Very tricky as so many of the options are slightly unusual and all certainly a good choice – plus note the shots of carroty-ginger juice and lemony water all served as soon as we were seated.
T’was a brilliant breakfast buffet, with lots of local produce and typically French-tasting pastries.
I eventually decided on the duck’s egg benedict. Note how the egg fits almost the entire English muffin slathered with slivers of local ham. I was not fussed by the fact that my Hollandaise sauce seemed scared to sit atop such an egg. I spooned it back on top and it was soon gone.
Look at that. The ultimate morning meal, Husband opted for the West Coast lobster open omelette. He thoroughly enjoyed it.
Don’t be fooled by Husband’s short-limbed outfit and the beautiful summery blues in this shot. An icy wind picking up and we hot-footed it (quite literally) back to the warmth of our room for a while after touching the chilly surface of the pool.
See? Just after we had checked out we stopped in Leeu House’s front garden to snap Husband with the Gandhi statue… sky now overcast and Husband had added long sleeves.
The regal lions guarding Leeu House’s entrance from Huguenot Road. Note how the raised paws are mirror images, great attention to detail.
Take the (other) long road home
Blankets of cloud started to lift on our way home again – we took a different route to our last Franschhoek exit, in order to keep the experience as different as possible.
How fitting that I managed to snap another ‘shouldn’t be submerged in water’ thing on our trip home! This time a windmill, in the middle of an entirely different lake. Husband was kind enough to stop the car for my photo-taking.
The weather in the Cape is very fickle, especially in winter. Near the Strand, the clouds had lifted and we passed lots of powdery soft dunes, some with wild lilies growing out of them.
That’s all, folks. We can’t recommend it enough. Thanks for stopping by, check in again next week for my next update. If you missed my overview of what to do in Wellington last month,
click here. 🙂
*Disclaimer: Obviously our accommodation at Leeu House and meals at the Conservatory were part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.
It has been an exciting week all round, with Mother-in-law, AKA Mother, jetting in from JHB to stay with us, so we have all sorts of fun activities planned with her for the next few days. See a few of our most recent highlights below…
Friday, 15 July 2016: Doggy daddy play
After work last Friday, the doggies decided it was time to ‘attack daddy’. If this was a video instead of photo, you’d see them frantically dashing from side to side, nipping at fingers and growling at anything that got in the way. They had a jolly time!
Saturday, 16 July 2016: Lacomia breakfast, Doodles dins
If you head down to your nearest Builder’s Warehouse, chances are there’s a Cafe Lacomia tucked inside. We ventured into ours last Saturday morning as had all sorts of DIY tasks to tick off our to do list for the day… but also had rumbling tums to satiate. This cappuccino dusted with chocolate did the trick for me…
Especially when washing down this delightful French Toast that looks just like a waffle. T’was dusted in cinnamon sugar and a spattering of syrup, mmm. Kept our bellies purring all day as we completed those assorted tasks I mentioned, all the way through to dins, in fact.
Husband went for the Bullseye – two poached eggs, mushrooms, grated cheese and a frank. They seem to have updated their menu fairly recently as Zomato lists all sorts of other things and not what we remember.
We returned to Doodles that evening to try out a few more of their specials. I went with the soup and pita option (R35) and Husband had his favourite – bangers and mash (R59).
Sunday, 17 July 2016: Morning at the Driftwood
On Sunday we decided on a stroll across to the Driftwood Cafe while our car was being washed. We were the only humans there, and enjoyed watching all the ducks get their breakfast. See them on the grass behind me.
We weren’t the only humans for long though as the sunshine got everyone out and about – even Mum (that’s mine, not to be confused with Husband’s Scottish Mother) and Dad popped in and joined us!
The warm weather continued to such an extent that we had fancy cocktails at Mum’s that eve – grapefruity gin drinks and Nachtmusik with ice cream.
Monday, 18 July 2016: Col Cacchio lunch with parents and doggy selfies
I had the day off on Monday, so Mum and Dad took me to Col Cacchio in Big Bay to try their new Winter lunch menu. For liquid beginnings I had a coffee shake. You can just see Mum’s Sprite Zero and Dad’s Smirnoff Storm in the background.
What a lovely lunch we had! See our starter salami pizza bottom right and Mum with her bowl of pasta. Scrumdiddlyumptious, as the BFG would say (no, have not yet seen the movie) and all at less than R60 per bowl.
After lunch I decided to read on the couch. Bertie slowly sidled closer and closer. Eventually I decided to document the doggy sense of adventure. These are some of my favourites.
My attempts with Bassie were much more cautious as she is just so very suspicious of the camera. Also included Bertie’s most serious selfie so you can see the family resemblance.
Tuesday, 19 July 2016: Airport pick-up and seafood platter at Panama Jacks
Tuesday dawned gloomy and grey. We got up late and headed towards the airport to collect our precious cargo for the week.
We met Mum and Dad at Panama Jacks for lunch as it’s a family favourite. Here’s a family shot (taken by Mother, that’s why she’s missing from the pic), so you can see the inside decor of Panama Jacks – I think every other time we’ve dined there, we sat facing the other wall.
How lovely! Mother and son sharing the seafood platter special at Panama Jacks.
Wednesday, 20 July 2016: Haggis for dins
We clearly don’t see Scottish Mother very often as she lives in JHB at the moment, so when we do see her there’s a strong chance that haggis is involved. That’s just what happened on Wednesday night, and we ate it all.
That’s all for now, folks. Tune in again next week for more of our adventures with Mother, before she returns to the big smoke! 🙂
Yay, last weekend was a long one – but hold your horses on the excitement, as one ends up doing just as much in a shortened work week as one would usually get through in a 5-day week. As a result Husband and I were riddled with aches, pains and stress – but watch for next week’s update to see how we got to soothe that all away…
Friday, 29 April 2016: More fire dogs
Last weekend was pretty chilly, so the family spent much of its time huddled up for warmth in the lounge together. The doggies are demonstrating how much they enjoy sitting near the fire here.
Saturday, 30 April 2016: Wimpy’s bigger cups and prices, evening at Jerry’s
We headed to our nearest Wimpy first thing on Saturday morning, only to find new menus, which always mean new prices. Indeed that was the case, and they justified the bigger price with the following cup liner (it states they have ‘sized up’ their cups), but the same isn’t true of the food price hike…
See for yourself. Here is Husband’s streaky bacon breakfast with extra cheesegriller. We ended up paying about R12 more than we used to for the same meal a month ago.
After Saturday chores, we headed off to our local Jerry’s burger, craft and shine in Blouberg. This is me about to go up the stairs to the seating area.
We sat outside at first but the chilly wind soon sent us back indoors. Look at that view though!
The same view from indoors.
Husband had a ‘bloody Jerry’, to celebrate his distinction certificate in graphic design, achieved a few hours prior.
For me, the peanut butter-banana shake. It was thick and delicious.
For Husband to eat: the pulled pork burger, and chips splashed with sriracha sauce.
For me to eat: the plain Jerry burger – with crispy fried onions, melty cheese and rocket. Just what I wanted.
I forgot to snap the sunset while we were there, but caught its reflection over the sea as we headed home that eve.
Sunday, 1 May 2016: News Cafe breakfast, homemade gingerbread ice cream
We started our Sunday with the early bird English breakfast at News Cafe on Marine Circle. It’s a really good deal – just R29 if you order before 10am (that’s without the cappuccino, obs) – cheaper than our Wimpy breakfasts from the day before!
Much later that afternoon we tried Mum’s homemade gingerbread ice cream. So very tasty!
Bassie loves getting attention from Granny!
Monday, 2 May 2016: Breakfast at Blueberries, treats at Canal Walk’s MyShake milkshake bar
We woke a little later than usual on Monday, and as it was a public holiday, headed to Blueberries in Table View Centre for breakfast. This was my pretty-to-look-at cappuccino.
That cappuccino was the perfect choice to wash down my ‘banana and caramel’ filled pancake.
Husband opted for the salmon breakfast, which came with hash browns, cream cheese and a side of toast.
After some reading and other hibernatey-day off from work things, we went to Canal Walk in Century City to try out the ‘MyShake’ bar as many friends had posted a link to it on my Facebook wall. We finally located the kiosk at the far end upstairs, opposite Game.
After much deliberating and deciding, we went for the ‘Oreo Craving’, which came with burned marshmallow bits, chunks of cookie and lots of chocolate sauce squeezes. A bit pricey at R55 for 500ml but I enjoyed every slurp.
The seats shaped like cows were a lot of fun too, and those waiting in the queue for their order kept an eye on the handful of seats so they could hop on and have a turn. Moo.
Wednesday, 4 May 2016: Team lunch at Woodstock Grill & Tap
We finally settled on a date and venue for our ‘meant to happen every two months’ team lunch on Wednesday (our last one was late last year). We really enjoyed the fresh, sweet bread that came out before our orders, and my salted caramel shake was delicious.
While most of the meat orders came out wrong, it’s hard to mess up a burger. I’m so glad I went for this – and that plate of cooked sweet potato – while not wedges as promised – was a delicious side dish.
That’s all, folks, hope you have a relaxing weekend. I know we will! 😉
Winter has hit. Not sure why I’m surprised, as mid-April in Cape Town seems to be when the winds and rain clouds collude to make everything simply miserable if you’re outdoors.
Last year this week I even blogged that it was the first time we tried out the fireplace in the ‘new’ house – and this week also saw the first of 2016’s fireplace festivities. Here’s hoping for a few more sunshine-filled days before the wet, windy season truly sets in…
Saturday, 23 April 2016: Silvery skies and skins at Dropkick Murphy’s
Husband spotted little Bertie through the peephole last Saturday morning, sitting watching the world go by. So sweet.
We headed off to Village Place Cafe to fill our tummies with yummy weekend breakfast things. Husband opted for the pesto egg breakfast, which he peppered to within an inch of its life, as he does.
I dithered over lots of sweet treats on the menu but eventually went for this mini homemade milk tart – creamy and crumbly in all the right ways – and lovely tall cappuccino with a shot of toffee essence.
The sky had gone all silvery and grey by then. Beautiful but ominous.
But the doggies seemed a little sad when we got home. Maybe they could sense the pre-Winter snap headed our way. This was Bertie’s ‘woe is me’ face…
But as always, Little Miss Bass is the ‘saddest face’ content winner. Look at those eyes!
Following some doggy soothing and Saturday chores, we were ready for our next food top-up. We headed off to Dropkick Murphy’s (where Gourmet Boerie used to be, right by the ‘SA flag that replaced the Zuma Must Fall’ banner)…
I knowm I know – the decor’s pretty, but what did we eat? The bacon-and-cheese potato skins, of course! This is actually a starter, but Husband and I were full after this and a pulled pork sammidge called The Hogfather. I foresee many more potato skin meals this Winter as this was delicious.
We took the long way home, all the way past Sea Point, and stopped to snap a shot. Promenade was packed with dogwalkers and joggers.
The ultimate photo from the V&A Waterfront, including Table Mountain, a few of the boats in the harbour and the tail end of the Eye ferris wheel.
Sunday, 17 April 2016: Triple-shot coffees and birdies shouting at the sea
Sunday was so chilly that Husband had a ‘triple cappuccino’ instead of his usual breakfast Cola at Reload. That’s his with some sugar dissolving in the background – mine was peppermint-choc flavoured, mmm.
After many household chores we headed to the beach. The local sea birdies seemed just as awed by the sea as we were.
Look at that happy dog! Apologies for blurred photo, Bertie refused to sit still and pose nicely with his new chewy rope. He ran all around Granny’s house with it.
Wednesday, 20 April 2016: First fireplace sitting of the year
We were both home at a reasonable hour for a change on Wednesday so completed a few evening errands together. These are the interesting lights at the new ‘Chickin Tyme/Burger Perfect’ drive-thru that has just opened on Sandown Road.
Despite Bassie still practicing her Saturday sad face, the doggies were most pleased when Husband lit the fire that eve. T’was cold, windy and rainy, and the weather has continued to frown on us since then.
Friday, 22 April 2016: Conferencing at the Colosseum
On Friday the Colosseum Hotel in Century City was my office for the day. This is the pretty chandelier that you only notice when looking down from the boardroom.
Coffee cup full, pen and notepad at the ready and fingers typing away on the iPad as fast as the morning chill would allow.
I spotted this delightful wall art message in the hotel bathroom. Odd location for it but a sweet saying – even if I do prefer coffee myself.
That’s all for now, folks – stay warm as the chill sets in! 🙂