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…
Saturday, 26 April: Half-price cocktails at Jamaica Me Crazy, bussing around, tea and jalapeno poppers and sunset at Woodbridge Island
Sunday, 27 April: Breakfast at On The Rocks, beautiful sunset at mom’s house
Monday, 28 April: doggie walk at Kreeftebaai and ice creams on Blouberg beach
That’s all for now, folks. If all else fails, at least we have a short work week ahead 🙂
I know, today’s blogpost title is a bit of a mouthful, but so was Easter! 🙂 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.
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
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?
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…
Easter Sunday: 20 April 2014 – Tandoori chicken at mom
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 Café 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:
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:
On Sunday we repeated the Eggs Benedict – except we made it at home and didn’t include Hollandaise sauce:
Then we went to our local beach with trusty umbrella to ward away sunburn-and-worse-causing rays:
And we ended up visiting the Big Barrel Pub again for lunch:
Before heading to my mom and dad for a summery supper of salad-y things:
You can feel the chill in the air already, so I’m glad we made full use of the summer sun this weekend…
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
Sunday, 6 April 2014: Hout Bay harbour: Seal and shipwreck cruise
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…