Cheap weekend breakfasts and not-so-cheap beers

One of my favourite things to do over a weekend is sleep in late and have a lazy breakfast. But the fact that it’s a ‘lazy’ one means you usually don’t feel like putting it together yourself. Also, there’s only so much of the standard cheapie breakfast you can handle weekend after weekend when the toast is barely crisped, the tomato hasn’t seen the bottom of a grill and the bacon is limp… (Main contenders rhyme with Sneers, Slur and Limpy, if you must know).

And so, we often find ourselves out and about on a weekend morning, tasked with the hefty mission of finding somewhere reasonably close by (as our tummies are grumbling by then and wanting to be filled) as well as somewhere not too heavy on the purse strings (as our purses don’t hold much). Less than R100 for both of us to eat and drink is the target.

So it was to our delight that we found a place that ticked all the required boxes – 10 minutes from home, Inside at Seaside Village in Big Bay is a bit of a conundrum as it advertises itself as a place serving not just a) Indian food but also b) cocktails, and is known as a c) sports bar – Super Rugby was on when we visited Saturday mid-morning and beers were going down multiple gullets. Nevertheless, Inside pulls off the task well – We ended up paying just R75 in total for both of us to exit with tummies purring…

Playing with my beautiful boy doggie before we left home
Playing with my beautiful boy doggie before we left home
Look at all that foooood! Not pictured - the starter bowl of yoghurt and honey, his large Coke, free coffee and free glass of juice. Super Rugby on the telly behind him
Look at all that foooood! Not pictured – the starter bowl of yoghurt and honey, his large Coke, free coffee and free glass of juice. Super Rugby on the telly behind him
I helped him finish the juice. See my lovely large potato wedges? Also had scrambled eggs, toast, a small sausage. Delightful for R18
I helped him finish the juice. See my lovely large potato wedges? Also had scrambled eggs, toast, a small sausage. Delightful for R18

But it wasn’t a day of ‘saving on food and having lots of shiny coins to fill our purses’, oh no. Because with winter in the air, Husband is on a ‘pub food’ mission – bangers and mash, to be exact. So later in the day we bussed in to town, walked through howling winds and splurged a great deal at the Fireman’s Arms. Don’t scoff – it was a whopping  R37 just for a 500ml draft beer (Amstel, nothing fancy or crafty), R48 on a dom pedro, and R75 for a rather pretty plate of mash and saucy onions, which sounds good – yet came with just two bangers, not the expected three. Sad face.

Here it is - popular waterhole for sports fans, it seems - packed with Arsenalian folk on Saturday afternoon
Here it is – popular waterhole for sports fans, it seems – packed with Arsenalian folk on Saturday afternoon
The pricey plate. Three dollops of 'something' sauce in top left
The pricey plate. Three dollops of ‘something’ sauce in top left
I enjoyed The Cape focaccia - it had Mrs Balls chutney, peppadews and biltong shavings on top
I enjoyed The Cape focaccia – it had Mrs Balls chutney, peppadews and biltong shavings on top
The R48 dom pedro (with Kahlua swirled in the bottom and artfully slivered strawberry wedged on top)
The R48 dom pedro (with Kahlua swirled in the bottom and artfully slivered strawberry wedged on top)
Some clever folk climb the fireman's pole to scribble their names. We nearly did when we got the bill
Some clever folk climb the fireman’s pole to scribble their names. We nearly did when we got the bill
Lovely flapjack stack with berries and syrup for R30 at Joe's Easy Diner in Canal Walk the next day - with a free toffee shake, thanks to my voucher
Lovely flapjack stack with berries and syrup for R30 at Joe’s Easy Diner in Canal Walk the next day – with a free toffee shake, thanks to my voucher
I didn't get my typical photo of the weekend sunset this time around, so here's the sunset-coloured wine we had at mum's house with Sunday lupper
I didn’t get my typical photo of the weekend sunset this time around, so here’s the sunset-coloured wine we had at mum’s house with Sunday lupper

The ‘bangers and mash’ and weekend breakfast missions are set to continue, so watch this space…


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