Sunsets and ice creams to get back into ‘work mode’

Ah, leave. It’s a lovely thing. Even if you don’t go on any big adventures, just being kind to yourself by sleeping in and having lots of naps usually does the world of good.

And so, that’s how I spent most of this past week – eating well, reading, finally finishing the admin filing tasks I meant to start a few years ago (yay, me!), and napping. Of course Husband’s been with me the past few days due to the Freedom Day long weekend, so it wasn’t ALL spent in and around the house. In fact, we had a lovely weekend relaxing, but also out and about…

Lindt and Flake shake at lunch with mum and dad on Friday - accompanied by BEST chicken xai xai at Petisco's
Lindt and Flake shake at lunch with mum and dad on Friday – accompanied by BEST chicken xai xai at Petisco’s

Saturday, 26 April: Half-price cocktails at Jamaica Me Crazy, bussing around, tea and jalapeno poppers and sunset at Woodbridge Island

Love this, contemplating cocktails at Jamaica Me Crazy
Love this, contemplating cocktails at Jamaica Me Crazy
My favourite! The Volcano (blended strawberry daquiri and pina colada)
My favourite! The Volcano (blended strawberry daquiri and pina colada)
Eyes closed yes, but enjoying the sunshine while waiting for the bus in Woodstock. And note I'm wearing an earring in each ear?
Eyes closed yes, but enjoying the sunshine while waiting for the bus in Woodstock. And note I’m wearing an earring in each ear?
Here, one earring is down. Possibly pocketed while we were packed like sardines on the bus. Oh well, drowned my sorrows in a pot of tea while Husband munched on bacon-and-feta-filled jalapeno poppers
Here, one earring is down. Possibly pocketed while we were packed like sardines on the bus. Oh well, drowned my sorrows in a pot of tea while Husband munched on bacon-and-feta-filled jalapeno poppers
Nothing lovelier than watching the sunset at sea. This was the view at Woodbridge Island
Nothing lovelier than watching the sunset at sea. This was the view at Woodbridge Island

Sunday, 27 April: Breakfast at On The Rocks, beautiful sunset at mom’s house

Breakfast essentials - sunnies and tabasco sauce - though the red bottle is preferable to the green
Breakfast essentials – sunnies and tabasco sauce – though the red bottle is preferable to the green
Lol! Mom snapped taking a photo of me and my cuz who is in town for a good few weeks
Lol! Mom snapped taking a photo of me and my cuz who is in town for a good few weeks
We're weirdly ghost-like while everyone outside in the background is brighter than life
We’re weirdly ghost-like while everyone outside in the background is brighter than life
A lovely group shot of the family - obviously not the lady sitting at the table behind us or the waiter. This is where our friends Gords and Nats dined after getting engaged last Christmas, and where we celebrated dad's 63rd birthday last August
A lovely group shot of the family – obviously not the lady sitting at the table behind us or the waiter. This is where our friends Gords and Nats dined after getting engaged last Christmas, and where we celebrated dad’s 63rd birthday last August
As always, so much more dazzling in real life
As always, so much more dazzling in real life

Monday, 28 April: doggie walk at Kreeftebaai and ice creams on Blouberg beach

Bertie (in the car with his dad) SO excited for his walk along the beach at Kreeftebaai
Bertie (in the car with his dad) SO excited for his walk along the beach at Kreeftebaai
A caramel-dipped cone with the best background
A caramel-dipped cone with the best background
Mine was butterscotch-swirled. Mmm!
Mine was butterscotch-swirled. Mmm!

That’s all for now, folks. If all else fails, at least we have a short work week ahead πŸ™‚

Easter 2014: Best French Toast and how to pop popcorn

I know, today’s blogpost title is a bit of a mouthful, but so was Easter! πŸ™‚ And not just of chocolatey goodness, though there was lots of that, too. I could have blogged about each day of the long weekend individually but that didn’t happen, so here’s the highlights package…

Good Friday: 18 April 2014 – Best French Toast and how to pop popcorn

We started off the long weekend with breakfast at the Cassia Restaurant at Nitida wine farm on the outskirts of the Durbanville wine route. It was delicious! Smearing the toast with the tart berry compote and a bacon rasher is what made the French Toast so good, and the Hollandaise sauce on the Eggs Florentine was outstanding.

Best French Toast!
Best French Toast!
Eggs Florentine at Nitida
Eggs Florentine at Nitida

When the breakfasty goodness had worn off we went to Trologos, our closest sushi place, where it’s always half-price – and there’s more than enough on the menu to tempt non-fish eaters

ALL the half-price salmon sushi
ALL the half-price salmon sushi
Chocolate banana springroll and pink Peroni (OK, OK - it was a strawberry milkshake)
Chocolate banana springroll and pink Peroni (OK, OK – it was a strawberry milkshake)

And later, Husband taught me the secret to popping popcorn from a packet perfectly – it’s all in how well you follow the picture instructions printed on the packet, who knew?

Bertie agreed the popcorn was perfect
Bertie agreed the popcorn was perfect
See picture 4 of the instructions? Therein lies your popcorn success!
See picture 4 of the instructions? Therein lies your popcorn success!
Following the popping instructions exactly
Following the popping instructions exactly

Easter Saturday: 19 April 2014 – Bassie and the hot cross bun

Saturday was all about enjoying the sunshine, eating hot cross buns, and more sushi…

Bassie looking far more interested in my choc-chip hot cross bun than her selfie with mom
Bassie looking far more interested in my choc-chip hot cross bun than her selfie with mom
Orient restaurant, cartoonified
Orient restaurant, cartoonified
Chicken cashew nut with a beautifully cut carrot
Chicken cashew nut with a beautifully cut carrot
Delicious sweet-and-sour chicken
Delicious sweet-and-sour chicken
More sushi!
More sushi!

Easter Sunday: 20 April 2014 – Tandoori chicken at mom

Only the sweetest gardeners leave you a marshmallow egg
Only the sweetest gardeners leave you a marshmallow egg
Bertie and me post-marshmallow egg tussle. I won, as his face shows - a good thing, as chocolate isn't good for dogs
Bertie and me post-marshmallow egg tussle. I won, as his face shows – a good thing, as chocolate isn’t good for dogs
I'm a cartoon too! Lunch is served
I’m a cartoon too! Lunch is served
Mom's tandoori chicken with pale yellow rice and naan bread. Mmm!
Mom’s tandoori chicken with pale yellow rice and naan bread. Mmm!
Doggies with their granny, in sepia
Doggies with their granny, in sepia
Dad and me in black and white
Dad and me in black and white
Of course what I was trying to capture was much more beautiful than this! Tangerine and pink clouds were swirling
Of course what I was trying to capture was much more beautiful than this! Tangerine and pink clouds were swirling
Doggies waiting for a piece of granny's granadilla yoghurt cake
Doggies waiting for a piece of granny’s granadilla yoghurt cake

Wetting our whistles (and the rest of us) to make the most of the last of the summer sunshine

Sheesh, you couldn’t turn on the radio this Saturday without being repeatedly reminded that Cape Town was experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures we weren’t likely to feel again… until next summer rolls around, of course. So while there were lots of indoor chores to keep us occupied this weekend, we chose to rather spend most of our time outdoors, soaking up the summer sun.

On Saturday, we slept in then went for Eggs Benedict breakfast at our closest CafΓ© Dulce and spent the whole morning driving to the sea (I know I know, we live 5 minutes away from the Blouberg Beach, but we wanted the warm water of Muizenberg side).

And so we ended up at Strand first, where hubby swam a bit (I got in up to my knees as it was still cold, thankyouverymuch). Then we headed on to Muizenberg, which was PACKED. After a slow start I enjoyed myself boogieboarding – only got dunked once but it was necessary, came out with a clear head.

We didn’t take any photos of the boogie boarding in progress this time, but here’s one of me and my SCARY board at Kalk Bay last November:

'Hopefully the only shark I'll see in the sea', I quipped at the time
‘Hopefully the only shark I’ll see in the sea’, I quipped at the time

Next we headed to the tidal pool at St James, had a late lunch in Kalk Bay and discovered a nice outdoor pubby eatery on our way home:

Hubby's beer at the Big Barrel pub at Mountain View Farm (odd name as there is no view of the mountain. We looked.)
Hubby’s beer at the Big Barrel pub at Mountain View Farm (odd name as there is no view of the mountain. We looked.)
Holding his own beer
Holding his own beer

On Sunday we repeated the Eggs Benedict – except we made it at home and didn’t include Hollandaise sauce:

Microwave-poached egg on avo-smeared toast, with a bacon smile (or hat) and coffee on the side
Microwave-poached egg on avo-smeared toast, with a bacon smile (or hat) and coffee on the side

Then we went to our local beach with trusty umbrella to ward away sunburn-and-worse-causing rays:

Hubby just entering the scene on the left
Hubby just entering the scene on the left
The sweetest little doggie on the beach! Reminded me of Tabasco a handful-plus years ago
The sweetest little doggie on the beach! Reminded me of Tabasco a handful-plus years ago

And we ended up visiting the Big Barrel Pub again for lunch:

So nice we did it twice: Sitting in the sun together at the barrel pub place
So nice we did it twice: Sitting in the sun together at the barrel pub place

Before heading to my mom and dad for a summery supper of salad-y things:

The lovely summery spread
The lovely summery spread

You can feel the chill in the air already, so I’m glad we made full use of the summer sun this weekend…

Beautiful pink clouds, they vanished in the time it took me to go inside and bring out hubby's phone to take a better photo. Oh well
Beautiful pink clouds, they vanished in the time it took me to go inside and bring out hubby’s phone to take a better photo. Oh well

Best ribs and boat trips

Of course we did more than just eat and sightsee this weekend. But thinking back, those are two of the biggest highlights for me – and they usually are, as there’s nothing nicer than being a tourist in your own city.

Well, we partially accomplished that this weekend by visiting Lefty’s in town on Saturday – it’s only been open for a few months but is fast gaining a reputation for having ‘the best ribs and drunk food’ (words from other reviews, not mine). As I love me some ribs, we had to try them out for ourselves. And boy, were they yummy! Truly delicious, and not badly priced either, at R65 for 3 short racks of baby back ribs. I was hungry, had been looking forward to this for days, and still had to donate third rack to Husband as I was so full. He had the pulled pork sammich, one of his favourites… not quite so reasonably priced at R60 for a regular-sized roll. My other complaints? Service was lukewarm-to-tepid and there were no milkshakes on offer. Not even plain vanilla. Oh well. Will definitely go back for the ribs though, they were lip-smackingly, finger-lickingly good. Speaking of finger-licking, I may just try the ‘Kentucky chicken waffles with bacon and maple syrup’ next time. Mmm.

Sunday’s big adventure was a fantastic boat trip to the seal islands and rig wreck close to Hout Bay, which Husband has been trying to reach on his own steam pretty much since we arrived in Cape Town. I’ve always been wary of travelling by water as motion sickness usually hits me like a ton of bricks, but I seem to have found my ‘sea legs’ of late – remember I pretended we ‘lived the yacht life’ at the Waterfront a few weeks ago, and had a wonderful float on a catamaran earlier this year? Indeed.

That was the highlight of each day of the weekend for me, but of course that’s not all we did – the pics below do the rest of the weekend justice…

Saturday, 5 April 2014: Lazy breakfast at Seaside Blues in Melkbos, ribs at Lefty’s, Lagoon Beach clean up

Best thing about going out for breakfast in Cape Town? The view! I'm gazing out to sea from Seaside Blues in Melkbos here
Best thing about going out for breakfast in Cape Town? The view! I’m gazing out to sea from Seaside Blues in Melkbos here
And the food wasn't bad either! I had a 'tjoef-tjaf' and hubby was pleased with his large frittata
And the food wasn’t bad either! I had a ‘tjoef-tjaf’ and hubby was pleased with his large frittata
Aww. Best person to share a Coke with - my love :)
Aww. Best person to share a Coke with – my love πŸ™‚
Yip, that's a Tafel on the table as we wait at Lefty's
Yip, that’s a Tafel on the table as we wait at Lefty’s
Pulled pork sammich = tasty but a bit on the small side
Pulled pork sammich = tasty but a bit on the small side
The RIBS! Look at my excited face. Look at it.
The RIBS! Look at my excited face. Look at it.
One of the doggies devouring the rib bones
One of the doggies devouring the rib bones
Jump for joy at Lagoon Beach
Jump for joy at Lagoon Beach
Doing a bit of a clean up at the beach. Playing around with colour settings on phone too, clearly
Doing a bit of a clean up at the beach. Playing around with colour settings on phone too, clearly

Sunday, 6 April 2014: Hout Bay harbour: Seal and shipwreck cruise

If you look closely you'll see the man bending over into the harbour holding raw fish in his mouth for the plump seals to grab
If you look closely you’ll see the man bending over into the harbour holding raw fish in his mouth for the plump seals to grab
Happy! On a boat! Not a selfie!
Happy! On a boat! Not a selfie!
The smelly seals at Duiker Island
The smelly seals at Duiker Island
Doesn't get prettier than this. Clear, sparkly water, lush green mountains and a bit a haze for atmosphere
Doesn’t get prettier than this. Clear, sparkly water, lush green mountains and a bit a haze for atmosphere
The wreck at last. The Bos400 which came adrift in 1994, been nestled around the corner from Hout Bay ever since.
The wreck at last. The Bos400 which came adrift in 1994, been nestled around the corner from Hout Bay ever since.
Another mossy, sunken ship effort in Hout Bay harbour
Another mossy, sunken ship effort in Hout Bay harbour
Loved this! Seals sunning themselves on the Seal Alert
Loved this! Seals sunning themselves on the Seal Alert

Until next time, kids!

Tabasco Yoda turns 7

I know, I know, a four-legged fur-baby is drastically different to a human one. But I couldn’t be more proud of our little seven-year-old. Instead of learning her ABCs, 123s and colours she’s learning to become more patient around her adopted brother – when we first brought him home from the SPCA she really mourned the loss of her only child status. But times they are a-changing. We even find them curled up in the same blanket sometimes!

And as I’ve said before, nothing lifts the spirits more when you’ve had a bad day than the utterly enthusiastic greeting a doggie will give, complete with jumping, singing and licking.

This past Tuesday was the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate this joyful little creature, as it was her birthday. Here’s what we did…

Winking at the camera while patiently letting me hold the birthday hat over her... and eagerly awaiting the special birthday banana split I mainly ate myself
Winking at the camera while patiently letting me hold the birthday hat over her… and eagerly awaiting the special birthday banana split I mainly ate myself
Supper that night
Supper that night
Candlelit birthday supper the next night - my mom made us each an individual 'steak and ale' pie, and brought over some extra gravy to dress the doggies' dins
Candlelit birthday supper the next night – my mom made us each an individual ‘steak and ale’ pie, and brought over some extra gravy to dress the doggies’ dins
Two types of 'Tabasco' on the table at the same time!
Two types of ‘Tabasco’ on the table at the same time!
Birthday kisses for Granny
Birthday kisses for Granny
Granny recovering from the kiss, Tabby looking very proud of herself
Granny recovering from the kiss, Tabby looking very proud of herself
Birthday kisses and head noogies for Grampa
Birthday kisses and head noogies for Grampa
Eagerly awaiting a piece of the savoury sweetcorn and jalapeno scones my mom baked in Bassie's honour
Eagerly awaiting a piece of the savoury sweetcorn and jalapeno scones my mom baked in Bassie’s honour

and lastly…

I didn't blog about her birthday last year, but there's my dad holding the birthday hat over her dear little head
I didn’t blog about her birthday last year, but there’s my dad holding the birthday hat over her dear little head