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Winter lunching at Balducci and 67 Minutes for Madiba, the Bizcommunity way

This past weekend we ate winter-warming food and tried to fit in a spot of relaxing, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Saturday, 13 July 2019: Ou Meul Bakkery brekkie and Balducci lupper

We started our weekend with breakfast at Ou Meul Bakkery in Willowbridge last Saturday. See my red-velvet latte.
We started our weekend with breakfast at Ou Meul Bakkery in Willowbridge last Saturday. See my red-velvet latte.
See our breakfast bowls and happy faces.
See our breakfast bowls and happy faces.
Bright bunches of wild flowers on display in the eating area of the Willowbridge market.
Bright bunches of wild flowers on display in the eating area of the Willowbridge market.
Our sun-dappled garden that afternoon. Not seen: Bertie running around like a wild thing trying to bite the sprinklers and becoming sopping wet in the process!
Our sun-dappled garden that afternoon. Not seen: Bertie running around like a wild thing trying to bite the sprinklers and becoming sopping wet in the process!
We were invited to review the new winter lunch specials at Balducci's in the V&A Waterfront that afternoon. See my Amarula Colada shake and Husband's salt-and-pepper squid starter.
We were invited to review the new winter lunch specials at Balducci’s in the V&A Waterfront that afternoon. See my Amarula Colada shake and Husband’s salt-and-pepper squid starter.
For mains, we went for the gnocchi carbonara and lamb shank respectively. Click here for my full, wordy review. on Bizcommunity
For mains, we went for the gnocchi carbonara and lamb shank respectively. Click here for my full, wordy review on Bizcommunity.
We were full to the gills by then, but couldn't pass on dessert. See my 'white Lindt chocolate' cheesecake slice, and Husband's 'white Nile chocolate martini'.
We were full to the gills by then, but couldn’t pass on dessert. See my ‘white Lindt chocolate’ cheesecake slice, and Husband’s ‘white Nile chocolate martini’.
As seen during our post-meal walkies around the Waterfront. Note Husband's 'pirate pose' as we stood near the pirate ship.
As seen during our post-meal walkies around the Waterfront. Note Husband’s one-leg-up ‘pirate pose’ as we stood near the pirate ship.
Palm trees at Woodbridge Island at sunset, as seen on our way home tht evening, always make for a pretty photo.
Palm trees at Woodbridge Island at sunset, as seen on our way home that evening, always make for a pretty photo.
Table Mountain standing guard in the background.
Table Mountain standing guard in the background.
Low-flying birdies at sunset, just past Dolphin Beach.
Low-flying birdies over the water at sunset, just past Dolphin Beach.

Sunday, 14 July 2019: Breakfast at Kauai, Eden on the Bay

We met Husband's parents for breakfast ar Kauai in Eden on the Bay on Sunday morning. Long sleeves and scarves all round...
We met Husband’s parents for breakfast at Kauai in Eden on the Bay on Sunday morning. Chilly air meant long sleeves and scarves all round…

Tuesday, 16 July 2019: R59 pizzas at Panarotti’s

When I got home from work on Tuesday, Mum quickly whipped up a batch of crumpets and served with coffee. Yum!
When I got home from work on Tuesday, Mum quickly whipped up a batch of crumpets and served them piping hot, with syrup and coffee. Yum!
On Tuesday night we ventured out to Panarotti's at Table Bay Mall for their R59 pizza special. See our four different pizzas here as well as a Belgian waffle to end the meal.
On Tuesday night we ventured out to Panarotti’s at Table Bay Mall for their R59 pizza special. See our four different pizzas here as well as a Belgian waffle to end the meal.
Dad and me, enjoying our Amarula hot chocolate and Nutella mikshake accordingly.
Dad and me, enjoying our Amarula hot chocolate and Nutella mikshake accordingly.

Wednesday, 17 July 2019: Briyani and doggy jerseys

Wednesday was a cold one, as you can see here, with Bassie wearing her jersey. It was a briyani dins night, with flavoured milk to ease some of the burn.
Wednesday was another cold one, as you can see here, with Bassie wearing her jersey. It was a briyani dins night, with flavoured milk to ease some of the burn.

Thursday, 18 July 2019: Bizcommunity’s 67 minutes for Mandela Day CSI outreach at Manenberg Primary School

A bit of rain didn't stop the team's 67 Minutes for Mandela Day activities. We delivered sweet treats and bookmarks to all the kiddies of Manenberg Primary School, and read to 70 learners from the grade 1 and 2 classes. Also see the pretty birdie painted on one of the exterior classroom walls, and our quick team pizza lunch at Ashley's Family Restaurant post-event.
A bit of rain didn’t stop the team’s 67 Minutes for Mandela Day activities. We delivered sweet treats and bookmarks to all the kiddies of Manenberg Primary School, and read to 70 learners from the grade 1 and 2 classes. Also see the pretty birdie painted on one of the exterior classroom walls, and our quick team pizza lunch at Ashley’s Family Restaurant post-event. Team pics snapped by Gail and Bardo.

That’s all, folks! Click hereย to recap my Balducci review on Bizcommunity. We hope you have a warm, restful weekend ahead.

*Disclaimer: Our meal at Balducci was part of our review package. All else came from our own pockets. All enjoyed equally.

Father’s Day 2019 lunch buffet at the Italian Club

This past week I’ve had my annual ‘Cannes Lions cold’, and it was also Father’s Day and the Youth Day public holiday (though I worked throughout), as you’ll see from the pics below…

Tuesday, 11 June 2019: Spark Media’s Roots 2019 launch

Last Tuesday, I attended Spark Media's Roots2019 research launch at the River Club. See some of the intriguing displays made from Lego - behind glass so they wouldn't be messed with (and snacks, meant for eating!)
Last Tuesday, I attended Spark Media’s Roots2019 research launch at the River Club. See some of the intriguing displays made from Lego – behind glass so they wouldn’t be messed with (and snacks, meant for eating!)

Thursday, 13 June 2019: Sunrise over Woodstock

I had a super-early start at the office last Thursday, and remembered to pause to catch the sunrise out the window.
I had a super-early start at the office last Thursday, and remembered to pause to catch the sunrise out the window.

Friday, 14 June 2019:ย  Syrupy crumpets and sunsets

Mmm! When I worked from home last Friday, Mum whipped up a quick batch of crumpets - best enjoyed with tea and syrup, yum.
Mmm! When I worked from home last Friday, Mum whipped up a quick batch of crumpets – best enjoyed with tea and syrup, yum.
Pretty as a picture sunset caught in the phone wires, as seen from our lounge.
Pretty as a picture sunset caught in the phone wires, as seen from our lounge that evening.

Saturday, 15 June 2019: Beef roast and potatoes, Weber-style

We decided on a slightly different breakfast on Saturday, at Primi on Marine Circle - see our coffees (flat white cappuccino for Husband, Mocha Forte for me), as well as our breakfasts - the berry pretty super protein bowl for me, the full Primi Power for him. Pricy but filling (I brought half of mine home for the next day).
We decided on a slightly different breakfast on Saturday, at Primi on Marine Circle – see our coffees (flat white cappuccino for Husband, Mocha Forte for me), as well as our breakfasts – the berry pretty super protein bowl for me, the full Primi Power for him. Pricy but filling (I brought half of mine home for the next day).
As it was a long weekend and we'd be having a special Father's Day lunch with all the parents the next day, Spec slept over at ours on Saturday night. Husband Webered a roast beef, Mum supplied the potatoes and peas - dinner, sorted!
As it was a long weekend and we’d be having a special Father’s Day lunch with all the parents the next day, Spec slept over at ours on Saturday night. Husband Webered a roast beef, Mum supplied the potatoes and peas – dinner, sorted!

Sunday, 16 June 2019: Father’s Day lunch at the Italian Club

We arrived at the Italian Club at the same time as Husband's parents, so took a few snaps outside before heading into the big hall for lunch.
We arrived at the Italian Club at the same time as Husband’s parents, so took a few snaps outside before heading into the big hall for lunch.
The inside was festively decked with balloons and crisp white tablecloths and chair covers.
The inside was festively decked with balloons and crisp white tablecloths and chair covers.
Look at all those drinks! The craft beers were handed to all the menfolk on entry, with the mini gins waiting on the tables.
Look at all those drinks! The craft beers were handed to all the menfolk on entry, with the mini gins waiting on the tables.
Cheers! We brought our own bottle of bubbly along to toast all the dads at the table.
Cheers! We brought our own bottle of bubbly along with us, to toast all the dads at the table.
Me with our dads. Lots of love!
Me with our dads. Lots of love!
Buffeting! Finally, the tables were ready for us so we queued up for all the Italian food you can imagine. See some of the selections here.
Buffeting! Finally, the tables were ready for us so we queued up for all the Italian food you can imagine. See some of the selections here.
Some of the desserts on offer. I may or may not have eaten all of this.
Some of the desserts on offer. I may or may not have eaten all of this.
I've been to the Italian Club so many times, yet never went out the back to see the view of the mountain. It's lovely!
I’ve been to the Italian Club so many times, yet never been out the back to see the view of the mountain. It’s lovely!
Sweet little Bassie warming herself in front of the fire that evening.
Sweet little Bassie warming herself in front of the fire that evening.

Monday, 17 June 2019: Youth Day public holiday

As it was a public holiday on Monday because Youth Day fell on Sunday, we slept in a bit then headed to The Daily at Seaside Village in Big Bay for breakfast, once I'd done some work. See Husband's 'tasting tray' coffees, my Tin Cup and our breakfasts.
As it was a public holiday on Monday, we slept in a bit then headed to The Daily at Seaside Village in Big Bay for breakfast, once I’d done some work. See Husbands tasting tray coffees, my Tin Cup and our breakfasts.
See my thick, puffy jacket (Winter is truly here), as well as close-ups of the food - my banana-caramel waffle pop and Husband's full brekkie (he saw another plate go past with those sausages and promptly changed his order, teehee).
See my thick, puffy jacket (Winter is truly here), as well as close-ups of the food – my banana-caramel waffle pop and Husband’s full brekkie (he saw another plate go past with those sausages and promptly changed his order, teehee). This was my only outing for the day.

Tuesday, 18 June 2019: Wintery work-from-home lunch

I worked from home again on Tuesday and stopped for a quick soup-with-toasteds break. Just what I needed!
I worked from home again on Tuesday and stopped for a quick soup-with-toasteds break. Just what I needed!
Teehee! So many funny faces. Snapped when we had curry takeaways at Mum's on Tuesday evening - Gords was in town for business again so stayed the night with us.
Teehee! So many funny faces. Snapped when we had curry takeaways at Mum’s on Tuesday evening – Gords was in town for business again so stayed the night with us.
Various sleepy doglets, snapped trying to stay warm throughout the week.
Various sleepy doglets, snapped trying to stay warm throughout the week.

That’s all, folks! I’m looking forward to switching off completely this weekend and recovering from this cold. May your weekend be warm and relaxing, too.

Jason Bakery Bardough breakfast and the Red Devil steam train

Last weekend was another sunny one, as you’ll see from the short sleeves in the pics below…

Wednesday, 18 July 2018: Unboxing diversity with Kantar Millward Brown

Kantar Millward Brown unboxing diversity
I attended an interesting morning presentation on ‘Unboxing stereotypes in advertising’ at Kantar Millward Brown’s offices on the Foreshore on Mandela Day. Make sure you read my overview if you missed it.

Friday, 20 July 2018: Joining the Tribe Coffee early birds, Wikimania Cape Sun conferencing

Earlybird special at Tribe Coffee Roasters
Last Friday I walked across the road to Tribe Coffee Roasters the moment I had put my bag at my desk, as a colleague told me about their earlybird special – any coffee ordered before 9am is R15. My large flat white was delicious and worked a charm!
Wkiimania at Cape Sun
Later that morning I attended the Wikimania conference press briefing, on the 32nd floor of the Cape Sun Hotel, only to bump into my cousin Luke, who is a reporter for the Weekend Argus. Read my coverage of the event if you missed it.
Cape Town CBD
Almost birds-eye view of the Cape Town CBD hugged by Table Mountain on our way down the lift, once the event was over.

Saturday, 21 July 2018: Flapjacks and doughnuts at Table Bay Mall, Portuguese chicken Petiscos dins

Mugg & Bean breakfast
Husband had to work on Saturday so we grabbed a quick breakfast together at Table Bay Mall’s Mugg & Bean before parting ways for the day. See my cappuccino with chocolate biscuit and stack of choc-chip flapjacks. Husband had a ‘serious cappuccino’ and the bacon and egg on toast.
Laughing at Dunking Donuts
Soon after Husband left for the office, my parents arrived at the Mall – just in time for a teatime treat! See Mum and me mid-laugh with our chai lattes at Dunkin Donuts.
Dunkin Donuts
Dad’s treat of cappuccino and doughnut topped with white frosting and sprinkles.
Dogs and flapjacks
The doglets were most curious about my leftover flapjack later that afternoon.
Petiscos chicken xai xai
We decided on Petiscos for dins that evening as we both adore their chicken fillet xai xai. I also had a Lindt choc flake shake, while Husband had a glass of the house red.

Sunday, 22 July 2018: Jason Bakery brekkie and spotting the Red Devil steam train

Jason Bakery bardough
We woke to ‘road trip weather’ on Sunday, so off to Jason Bakery Bardough in Green Point we went. See the skull made of corks; dark charcoal-looking rolls; white chocolate, raspberry and almond croissants; and my flat white.
Jason Bakery bardough
See the interesting decor, pigs-ear type biscuit that accompanies the coffee and Husband’s rocket, mushroom, bacon, egg and cheese-filled ‘breakfast toastie’.
Sea below 12 Apostles
Beautiful coastline on the winding route home!
Cape Town sea
We stopped along the way to peer over the edge at the crashing waves below.
Constantia Glen
We were in the Kloof Nek side of Cape Town that afternoon so stopped in for a very brief walk around one of the walking trails. It’s so green and gorgeous.
Roundhouse
Husband exploring Roundhouse, at the bottom edge of the walk we were on. Lovely hint of the sea in the distance.
Red Devil train
Eagle-eyed Husband noticed the Red Devil was on the train tracks in the Cape Town harbour when we passed, so of course we took a detour to have a closer look.
The Red Devil
Proof that it really is the Red Devil and not just any random red steam train.
Table Mountain
Husband had a dunk in the sea slightly further up the coast from his usual spot that afternoon.

Thursday, 26 July 2018: Sunrise in Woodstock

Sunrise in Woodstock
We left for work a little earlier than usual on Thursday so the sun was just beginning to rise when I reached the Woodstock MyCiti station.

That’s all, folks! Gasp, have just realised that while I glugged down copious cups of coffee, there was a severe lack of milkshakes on the menu. Just one! I will have to make amends ๐Ÿ˜‰ May your weekend be restful and restorative.

Sunny winter weekends at the beach

Last weekend, the weather was sunny and mild so we spent lots of time out and about, as you’ll see from the pics below…

Friday, 13 July 2018: Warding off the winter chill at work

Fingerless gloves and oranges
The winter chill returned last Friday, so much so that I wore my fingerless gloves to type at work. I also gladly accepted the orange my sweet deskmate offered.

Saturday, 14 July 2018: News Cafe earlybirds and beachview burgers at Jerry’s

Earlybird breakfast at News Cafe
We started our weekend with earlybird breakfast specials at News Cafe on Marine Drive – the full English for me, the eggs benedict for Husband.
Cream doughnuts at N1 City
Later that day we were doing weekend chores at N1 City, where I snapped these brightly coloured cream doughnuts. Was almost tempted to have one, but…
Jerry's Table View
I knew we were heading to Jerry’s for an early dins so kept my appetite for it. See Husband’s ‘drunken chicken’ burger with skinny fries and my cheesy ‘heart attack’ with sweet potato fries. Also see Husband’s glass of red and my wild berry shake.
View from Jerry's, Table View.
View from our table at Jerry’s, Table View. Chilly, but gorgeous.
Dog hug on couch
Aww. Bertie looked so proud of himself for getting a hug from his dad that evening.
Suspicious dog.
Little Miss Bassie was equal parts suspicious and jealous, but also received lots of TLC.

Sunday, 15 July 2018: Melkbos Kitchen breakfast and doggy beach walks

Melkbosstrand beach
The weather was bright and beautiful again on Sunday so we took a little drive for breakfast. See the calm sea of Melkbosstrand.
Breakfast at Melkbos Kitchen
Melkbos Kitchen looked most appealing, so that’s where we ate. See our flat whites, Husband’s eggs benedict and my apple-ginger flapjack stack. Close-up to follow…
Apple-ginger flapjack stack at Melkbos Kitchen
Close-up of my apple-ginger flapjack stack.
Sunday afternoon drive
This was the beautiful empty road later that day – it just shouts of ‘Sunday afternoon drive in the country!’
Dogs at beach
Later that afternoon the wind had died down, so it was perfect weather to take the doggie for beach walkies.
Dog with tongue out
Sweet Bertie at Kreeftebaai. If you look closely you’ll see he is Very Wet as he loves to swim doggy-paddle along the shore and then sprint up and down the coast, barking at sea birds.
Sea birds above ocean
Sea birds in flight, soon after Bertie started barking at them.
Dog at beach
Sweet little Bassie also enjoys a brisk trot but prefers to stay dry, for the most part.
Quiche and chocolate cake and sleepy dog
See the quiche and mini sausages we snacked on at Husband’s parents’ house that afternoon. The doggies were delighted when my parents popped in for a few minutes, too. See Bassie nestled between me and Mum, Bertie asleep on the couch against his grampa’s leg, and the chocolate cake Mum rustled up in the microwave when we visited later that evening.

If you’ve been active on social media this week, you’ll know this also happened…

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

Winter 2018: Coffee, gnocchi and suspicious dogs

We’ve been having quite a bit of work done around the house lately and with all the much-needed rain finally bucketing down the doggies have been quite on edge, as you’ll see from the snaps below…

Friday, 22 June 2018: Cooped up as house is painted

Dogs on couch
I worked from home on Friday as I had stacks to do to finish off our Cannes Lions coverage, so skipping the commute to the office was a plus – and as it was international’bring your dog to work day’, I brought the work to them, as I kept an eye on the doglets while we had various walls painted. They weren’t too happy about watching me work, but spent quality time on the couch with their dad once he got home that evening.

Saturday, 23 June 2018: Perfect winter food, gnocchi bolognese at the Italian Club

Wimpy breakfast
We had lots of mall-admin things on the agenda for Saturday, so we started off with a Wimpy breakfast. See Husband’s extra large cappuccino, my regular Wimpy coffee, his streaky bacon with extra cheese griller and my flapjacks with fruit salad.
Sad dog
Bassie couldn’t decide whether to be excited to be confined in a room with us, while other parts of the house were painted, or to be Very Sad that she wasn’t free to run around outside. This is her in Very Sad mode.
Dog in mirror
Who’s a pretty boy, then? Bertie spent the time staring at himself in the mirror, just like this. Such a handsome fellow!
Cappuccino at Makro
My Saturday afternoon pick-me-up cappuccino while wandering the aisles at Makro.
Gnocchi bolognese at the Italian Club
When the sky is white and the wind is cold, my belly thinks of just one thing – gnocchi bolognese. So that’s what we had for dins at the Italian Club and oh my goodness, it was delicious! See my coffee shake and Husband’s glass of red.

Sunday, 24 June 2018: Tin cup coffee, roast chicken and potatoes

Breakfast at The Daily
Sunday morning breakfast at The Daily in Seaside Village was all about tin cups (espresso with condensed milk), anchovy toast, savoury muffins and eggs florentine with a side of bacon. Yum.
Coffee tasting tray
We heard, ‘Hey!’ Looked up and there were my parents! They joined our table and both the boys enjoyed the coffee tasting tray – a triple-shot cappuccino, mini tin cup and mini con panna (with cream).
Roast chicken and potatoes.
More comfort food for lupper at Mum’s that evening – roast chicken, veg and potatoes with gravy. My best!
Trifle
Jelly + custard + cream + sponge cake = trifle at Mum’s that evening.

Thursday, 28 June 2018: Office birthday doughnuts

Doughnuts
Doughnuts! It was the man who built Bizcommunity’s birthday on Thursday, so he treated us to these delicious doughnuts and muffins. Just what we needed!

That’s all, folks! There’s more wet weather and housework on the cards this weekend but we’ll do what we can to enjoy the small moments in between that make us smile.

Belated day(s) of donuts as winter 2018 hits Cape Town

You can see that winter’s well and truly on it’s way as we’re dressed in woolly hats and socks and long pants in the pics below – the lack of milkshakes and absence of dip in the sea over last weekend is another giveaway that we’re in the colder bit of the year…

Saturday, 2 June 2018: Waffle breakfast at The Daily, wintery braai at the in-laws

Waffle pop at The Daily.
T’was a ‘The Daily Cafe’ breakfast kind of day. I went for the ‘waffle pop’ breakfast – a waffle quartered and served with sliced banana, nuts, ice cream and caramel sauce. Husband had an unpictured salmon eggs benedict and flat white.
Tin cup at The Daily
The Daily’s ‘tin cup’ (cappuccino with condensed milk) is a delicious warming start to the day.
Rock road donut at Dunkin Donuts
We did some weekend admin at Century City that morning and stopped in at Dunkin Donuts for a quick coffee-Rocky Road donut treat, as the previous day had been international donut day in the US. Given the time difference, our celebration was almost bang on target.
Homemade boerewors
Later that afternoon: Father-in-law’s homemade boerewors. When asked what was in it he thought a while to remember, then decided it was pork mince, beef mince, coriander and nutmeg.
Dog on couch
She has a faraway smile on her sweet face here, while squashed onto the couch next to her dad.
Cold dog on couch
Bassie looks just as concerned as owlie bag here.
Dogs on couch
We must have looked cosy on the couch as Bertie decided to join us, too.
Braai
Scenes from the braai – meat cooking, my portion, instant pudding with crumbled Flake on top and little miss Bassie pretending she’s not looking directly at the food on the table.

Sunday, 3 June 2018: Breakfast at Primi, Solo movie outing at GrandWest

Latte at Primi
On Sunday, we breakfasted at Primi, Marine Circle. Husband had a latte with extra shot of espresso.
Mocha Forte at Primi
The Mocha Forte comes in a tiny cup but it’s a delicious blend of ristretto, dark chocolate, coconut oil and micro-textured milk. Just the thing when it’s chilly out and you need a hot caffeine fix!
Mocha forte at Primi
See? It’s tiny but delicious. The lovely open fire pit in the middle of our local Primi, with views of the sea through those windows, is also a winner.
Primi crispy bacon-avo bowl
I surprised everyone (that’s Husband and myself) by opting for the crispy bacon-avo bowl topped with poached egg for my brekkie.
Primi power
Husband opted for the Primi Power – streaky bacon, sausage patties, sautรฉed mushrooms and eggs.
Solo at GrandWest
Later that morning we met brother-in-law Spec at GrandWest Casino to watch the Star Wars Solo movie. (Teehee if you thought I meant I had gone to the movies by myself!) This was the least blurry action shot of the bunch husband took.
Winter soup
Mum had whipped up two different soups for lupper – Woolies’ ginger, carrot and coriander and a variation of Checkers’ creamy broccoli-and-potato – which were both just the thing with bacon-flavoured croutons and egg-mayo sandwiches. Yum.
Dunkin Donuts
And for dessert, an assortment of Dunkin Donuts’ finest, also in honour of International Donut Day on Friday! My favourite is the choc-filled smiley heart and the milk-tart-filled powder-dusted heart. I heart them. โค

Tuesday, 5 June 2018: Woodstock sunrise and paella dins

Woodstock sunrise
Pretty sunrise over Woodstock as I made my way to work from the bus on Tuesday morning.
Paella
Mum whipped up a delicious ‘dry’ chicken-sausage paella when they came for dins that evening. The left-overs for lunch the next day were amazing!

That’s all, folks! May your weekend be donut-delicious.

Weekend Driftwood afternoons and Winter-warm dogs get a Spring clean

Woohoo! September’s always a happy month as we’re over the worst of the work things and the end of the year is in sight so the pressure eases off a little. Here are a few of our happier moments from the past week and a bit…

Sunday, 27 August: Post-Tulbagh Driftwood shakes and beach selfies

Driftwood Cafe
Ahh. Late-Winter means you often get surprisingly warm, non-windy days just perfect for sitting in the sun and defrosting. That’s just what we did after we got home from our Tulbagh weekend, with a lazy draught, shake and meal at the Driftwood.
Beach selfies
Later that afternoon it was time for a few beach selfies. I am amused ๐Ÿ˜‰

Tuesday, 29 August 2017: Pamro conference at the Vineyard Hotel, doggies get a delivery

Mike Broom at Pamro
I bumped into Mike Broom of Panel Services Africa/Infotools/Marketing Science at the Pamro conference and had a quick catch-up chat.
Vineyard Hotel pool
This picture shows just how gloomy the weather was that day – just right for having an informative day indoors while the rain beat down outside.
Pamro at Vineyard Hotel
Conference shots. The hotel was full on the day and the food was amazing, as always. I also wrote about my learnings from the day – you can read through a few of the topics here, here, here and here.
Hills Dreammaker
The doggies received a Very Exciting media pack that evening – so excting that Bertie got into the box to see what it was. Oh joy, another #Dreammaker cushion from Hills! Say goodbye to the days of sharing!
dogs on hills dreammaker
The doggies have spent every chilly evening since then just like this, huddled in front of the warmth of the fire on their Hills #Dreammaker cushis.

Friday, 1 September 2017: #Cupcakeformyhero

#Cupcakeformyhero
Last Friday was Spring Day here in the Southern Hemisphere, as well as the launch of this year’s #cupcakesformyhero initiative by Mugg & Bean. For R22 you get a tangy, fluffy lemon meringue cupcake in aid of childhood cancer awareness.

Saturday, 2 September 2017: Rocomamas and braai at our house

Breakfast at Village Place Cafe
We had lots of weekend chores to get through last Sunday still, so started off with breakfast at Village Place Cafe in West Coast Village. I had the heart-biscuited cappuccino and blueberry-topped banting flapjacks, husband had the light Village breakfast.
Rocomamas
A meal at Rocomama’s is always a good idea. Here is Husband with his Castle Lite draught and chilli cheese bomb chicken burger. I went for the classic cheese beef smash burger and the ‘surprise me’ freak shake. It was an espresso/coffee/caramel concoction on the day. YUMMY! There’s also a sped-up video of me drinking it that we may or may not release ๐Ÿ˜‰
dogs on couch
Bassie was not impressed when her brother decided to disembowel his current bear, Elephant, on the couch beside her during the weekly braai.
Dogs sleeping
The Andrews family at the braai – the doggies were content to nap on the couch in front of the blazing fire. PS: Yes, my hair looks a completely different colour to the photo from Rocomamas earlier – it’s all the lighting.
Caramel braai pudding
Caramel braai pudding. Sticky and runny and delicious.

Sunday, 3 September 2017: A dunk in the sea and doggy spring clean

Waffle and eggs benedict at Greens
We headed off to Greens in Plattekloof Centre for Sunday morning breakfast. Both of us had a cappuccino to start, with Husband devouring a spinach-and-mushroom eggs benedict and the caramel-banana waffle for me. Yip, more caramel!
Sea
Husband had a proper dunking in the sea that afternoon. Look at those crashing waves!
Wet dog
The doggies had a proper spring clean themselves that afternoon. Here’s Bertie trying to dry off in a bit of sun.
Wet dog
Bassie chose a cooler corner.
Avo strawberry salad and jelly trifle
Lupper at Mum’s that eve – strawberry avo salad, unpictured roast chicken and jelly-custard trifle for dessert.

Wednesday, 6 September 2017: Coffee catch-up at Cassis

Cassis in Gardens Centre
I met Mike Broom for part two of our coffee chat this week, at Cassis in Gardens Centre. See my custard-chocolate twist with my first cappuccino, while he went for an Americano with hot milk and a caramel apple tartlet.

That’s all, folks! Note that there won’t be a blog update next week, but the following week’s will be well worth the wait – we promise ๐Ÿ˜‰ Happy weekend!