Vampirically good Sunday sundaes and Husband has a haircut

How do you celebrate working your final Sunday shift? With a sundae, of course. A ‘Sunday sundae’, if you will. And I knew just the one I wanted when the time came to celebrate this exact event. See, when my not-quite-was-and-now-never-will-be boss told me I absolutely HAD to try the Mondiall chocolate sundae for dessert as part of our team dinner I blogged about a few weeks ago, that sundae was so good it left chocolate squiggles on my heart that have been flowing since then. Almost like a vampire’s blood lust. And sticking with the monster theme (I have purple hair, I’m allowed), the fact that my last attempt at photographing it was a no-go meant I repeated ‘Mondialllll chocolate sundaeeee’ almost zombie-like each time Husband asked what I wanted as a treat. So, I present to you…

The Mondiall chocolate sundae. Best Sunday sundae ever.

Now it may LOOK like it's just strawberries and ice cream but you can't see just how chocolatey it is. I assure you there's also caramel syrup, a nut table, chocolate biscuit bits and more swirled in there. Also, this is probably the best shot of my purple hair
Now it may LOOK like it’s just strawberries and ice cream but you can’t see just how chocolatey it is. I assure you there’s also caramel syrup, a nut table, chocolate biscuit bits and more swirled in there. Also, this is probably the best shot of my purple hair

And was it good? Was it ever. Absolutely worth the R45 price tag, and the fact that Husband could sip a draught beer in the sunshine while live jazz music smoothed us from stressy Sunday morning into soothed Sunday evening made it all the better.

But of course, that’s not all we did this weekend. In fact, my weekend was Friday and Saturday, seeing as I was working Sunday. See my other weekend highlights below, such as reliving my best French toast breakfast experience

Friday, 19 September 2014: Best French toast at Cassia, Nitida with parents

The first time my parents went to Nitida they were actually headed to the OTHER restaurant on the wine estate, much further back on the property. But Cassia is right at the entrance so they walked in and got their waitress to cancel their booking at 'the other place'. It's that good! (PS: No offence to 'the other place', we just love Cassia so much we never venture past it!)
The first time my parents went to Nitida they were actually headed to the OTHER restaurant on the wine estate, much further back on the property. But Cassia is right at the entrance so they walked in and got their waitress to cancel their booking at ‘the other place’. It’s that good! (PS: No offence to ‘the other place’, we just love Cassia so much we never venture past it!)
I love the lighting at Cassia
I love the lighting at Cassia
Delightful array of breakfast drinks - cappuccino (mine), orange juice (mom's), glass of bubbly (dad's)
Delightful array of breakfast drinks – cappuccino (mine), orange juice (mom’s), glass of bubbly (dad’s)
Yes, it was cold enough for us to sit by the fire. Right in front of it, in fact. We ended up warm as wombats. (What? Wombats live in Australia. They're warm, trust me.)
Yes, it was cold enough for us to sit by the fire. Right in front of it, in fact. We ended up warm as wombats. (What? Wombats live in Australia. They’re warm, trust me.)
Dad had a waffle with a side of bacon, as you do
Dad had a waffle with a side of bacon, as you do
My French toast with tart berry puree and a crispy bacon rasher on each. Absolutely scrumptious (and yes, sadly still wearing a scarf in September - come onnnn, Summer!)
My French toast with tart berry puree and a crispy bacon rasher on each. Absolutely scrumptious (and yes, sadly still wearing a scarf in September – come onnnn, Summer!)

Saturday, 20 September 2014: Breakfast at Damhuis in Melkbos, traintripping, Table Mountain gazing

One of my many criteria for a good breakfast cappuccino is a tasty little biscuit on the side. At Damhuis in Melkbos, said 'side biscuit' is a tiny rusk. Just perfect!
One of my many criteria for a good breakfast cappuccino is a tasty little biscuit on the side. At Damhuis in Melkbos, said ‘side biscuit’ is a tiny rusk. Just perfect!
Husband with his Benedicty breakfast at Damhuis. (But pic is more to show you his 'before' hair, so take note)...
Husband with his Benedicty breakfast at Damhuis. (But pic is more to show you his ‘before’ hair, so take note)…
I had the 'Small breakfast' - still enough to line my tummy though!
I had the ‘Small breakfast’ – still enough to line my tummy though!
For we had an adventure-filled day that included a train trip...
For we had an adventure-filled day that included a train trip…
Proof of Husband on the train (and another sneaky shot of his 'before hair')
Proof of Husband on the train (and another sneaky shot of his ‘before hair’)
Yes I know I'm positively biased towards anything purple, but aren't these flowers just darling? These are at McPherson's in Table View, I'm going to have to try recreate the look in our new garden, once we've finally moved in (Eep)
Yes I know I’m positively biased towards anything purple, but aren’t these flowers just darling? These are at McPherson’s in Table View, I’m going to have to try recreate the look in our new garden, once we’ve finally moved in (Eep)
My mountain. Anywhere I can eat good food for a good price AND see the mountain gets points from me - so McPherson's is way up on my 'favourite places' list
My mountain. Anywhere I can eat good food for a good price AND see the mountain gets points from me – so McPherson’s is way up on my ‘favourite places’ list
Bassie meets Joshi. Bassie not so sure of little people
Bassie meets Joshi. Bassie not so sure of little people

Sunday, 21 September: Doggie naps and Husband’s haircut

Doggies having nap. Sort of.
Doggies having nap. Sort of.
Doggies politely leaning on Granny's leg to let her know they'd like some of the homemade pie too (please)
Doggies politely leaning on Granny’s leg to let her know they’d like some of the homemade pie too (please)
Husband caught in the act with his mouth full of (healthy) dessert and will you look at his sweet haircut
Husband caught in the act with his mouth full of (healthy) dessert and will you look at his sweet haircut! I did tell them both to smile, promise.

No sunset pics this week alas, will atone for the lack in next post, hopefully. Over and out kids, I know I’m not the only one who is exhausted by public holidays in the middle of the week. Enjoy the coming weekend!

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Hot dogs with a side of Elvis and Hermanus bliss

In our old life – meaning the days in Joburg, before we lived at the seaside – exercising the dogs meant a run around the park every once in a while, as shown here. Post-2012, it’s been a case of getting them to the beach as often as we can for a sandy wet drag/pull/bark like this, in one of my very first blog posts after the Big Move.

That’s exactly what we did on Saturday, albeit a little later than usual in the day as I worked my final Saturday shift for most of the day. But the ‘hot dogs’ I referred to in today’s blog post title are the ‘sausage in a roll’ type, not happy warm canines, as we went to the Elvis-themed ‘On a Roll’ hot dog café in Mowbray, opposite the Fat Cactus, as a ‘weekend has finally started’ treat.

Then Sunday was magical in that ‘let’s go on a roadtrip so the weekend feels longer than it really is’ sense, as our friend Alex was taking his son Joshi to stay with his granny in Hermanus for a few days, and we thought, “Why not tag along?’ Why not, indeed. And so, I present to you, the past weekend in photos…

Saturday, 13 September 2014: Working at mom’s house, saucy hot dogs at On a Roll, doggy sunset

Had to change my work location to Mom's house when our internet went on a go-slow soon after I started my Saturday shift. Bonus - lovely coffee as pictured, along with multiple breakfast treats
Had to change my work location to Mom’s house when our internet went on a go-slow soon after I started my Saturday shift. Bonus – lovely coffee as pictured, along with multiple breakfast treats
He's "all shook up" to meet me! And says he "ain't nothing but a hound dog!" (K those are as cheesy as my grin, I'll stop)
He’s “all shook up” to meet me! And says he “ain’t nothing but a hound dog!” (K those are as cheesy as my grin, I’ll stop)
We sat in a booth right behind Elvis the doorman. See the mustard and tomato-sauce coloured walls (oddly similar to our current kitchen walls, lol)
We sat in a booth right behind Elvis the doorman. See the mustard and tomato sauce-coloured walls (oddly similar to our current kitchen walls, lol)
Husband and Bertie on beach, birdy flying past top left
Husband and Bertie on beach, birdy flying past top left
More birdies taking a slow trip overhead
More birdies taking a slow trip overhead
Husband leading boy dog back to car after successful beach walk
Husband leading boy dog back to car after successful beach walk
Standard shot of sandy-nosed Bassie post-beach walk
Standard shot of sandy-nosed Bassie post-beach walk
Hahaha! Just look at the sandy-ness!
Hahaha! Just look at the sandy-ness!
Gorgeous golden sun eating up the horizon
Gorgeous golden sun eating up the horizon
Bassie was awestruck for a little while, so sweet
Bassie was awestruck for a little while, so sweet
Bertie watched the sun set for a few seconds too before he got distracted by other things
Bertie watched the sun set for a few seconds too before he got distracted by other things

Sunday, 14 September 2014: Cloudy, grey Hermanus roadtrip and first braai of 2014 at the parents’ house

Road trip breakfast - McD's does the trick!
Road trip breakfast – McD’s does the trick!
Roadtrip!
Roadtrip!
Hermanus. It's like a postcard
Hermanus. It’s like a postcard
Here are Alex and Joshi, to prove it's not a postcard
Here are Alex and Joshi, to prove it’s not a postcard
Admiring the sea view before the weather took a turn for the worst. We'd built up an appetite by then...
Admiring the sea view before the weather took a turn for the worst. We’d built up an appetite by then…
Best club sandwich EVER at Dutchies on the Hermanus beach front. Look at that smile!
Best club sandwich EVER at Dutchies on the Hermanus beach front. Look at that smile!
BEST cheesecake. The bottom wasn't the biscuit base you'd expect - instead  a caramel brittle that enhanced the cake's citrus zing.
BEST cheesecake. The bottom wasn’t the biscuit base you’d expect – instead a caramel brittle that enhanced the cake’s citrus zing.
Am definitely having this next time. AND the cheesecake.
Am definitely having this next time. AND the cheesecake.
A hot Amarula coffee. With tasty biccie on the side (tick). Yummo
A hot Amarula coffee. With tasty biccie on the side (tick). Yummo
Husband admiring the inside of the mossy cave
Husband admiring the inside of the mossy cave
We found a mossy cave while trying to burn off our large lunch
We found a mossy cave while trying to burn off our large lunch
Husband admiring the sea view after a quick walk through the Hermanus fynbos
Husband admiring the sea view after a quick walk through the Hermanus fynbos
Hermanus mountains, so different to the standard Cape skyline
Hermanus mountains, so different to the standard Cape skyline
Seagull proudly guarding the Hermanus sea
Seagull proudly guarding the Hermanus sea
Interesting sign by one of the walkways in Hermanus
Interesting sign by one of the walkways in Hermanus
Beautiful gloomy conditions
Beautiful gloomy conditions
Then we drove back home for lupper at the parents. Here's Mum sitting at their pretty new summer blue (it's teal, really) garden table  by the purple tree
Then we drove back home for lupper at the parents. Mum sitting at their pretty new summer blue (it’s teal, really) garden table by the purple tree
Having a laugh
Having a laugh
Only the best burger toppings at Mum's, including her famous potato salad
Only the best burger toppings at Mum’s, including her famous potato salad

Delicious sights and tastes… let’s hope the coming weekend holds more of the same!

Grey skies, orange suns and purple hair

This past weekend was a surprisingly cold one as we’d been well on our way towards Summer. Then suddenly – grey skies struck, a chilly wind bit, and Husband came down with the dreaded Mediterranean cold my family’s been fighting off, one by one. So it was a lazy “snuggle up and stay warm” kind of weekend.

Bassie gave us a weather report from the couch. She said it looked cold and to snuggle up. So we did
Bassie gave us a weather report from the couch. She said it looked cold and to snuggle up. So we did
Lighting makes it look like a cartoon. Here's Husband (see how Very Ill he was, napping while watched by the doggies?)
Lighting makes it look like a cartoon. Here’s Husband (see how Very Ill he was, napping while watched by the doggies?)

Despite this, mum and dad treated us to an amazing meal out at Buitenverwachting in Constantia. And ‘beyond expectation’ it sure was – click on their official website link here (not that this post is in any way sponsored – the meal was actually Very Pricey in a touristy way but well worth it)!

What made it worth it? Well, the setting, for one thing. It’s truly beautiful, from the local table décor (Husband and dad were convinced the Protea/pincushion flowers were too pretty to be real) to the green Constantia valley it’s nestled in.

The “added foodie bits” are also beyond expectation – simply order your food and drink and you also receive freshly baked bread and spreads to start you off, as well as an amuse-bouche (ours was a kudu/tart apple slice/pomegranate salad concoction that photographed too blurrily for the blog, alas), a sorbet palate cleanser (only get this one if you’ve ordered starters, mind) AND a selection of mini desserts for the table when you’re done, all completely free. See from my photos below.

Husband's "poor brave me being out and about when I'm ill" face
Husband’s “poor brave me being out and about when I’m ill” face
Pretty (real, not fake) table flowers
Pretty (real, not fake) table flowers
Husband and I, 'having a time' - hopefully the last time I'll need to wear a woolly winter scarf this year
Husband and I, ‘having a time’ – hopefully the last time I’ll need to wear a woolly winter scarf this year
The olive roll I selected, along with some flavoured butters and cheese spreads
The olive roll I selected, along with some flavoured butters and cheese spreads
My burger - one of the best in Cape Town. It was small but delectable. Fresh herby patty, all sorts of salsa-y sauces, and wonderful chips on the side
My burger – one of the best in Cape Town. It was small but delectable. Fresh herby patty, all sorts of salsa-y sauces, and wonderful chips on the side
My marvellous burger
My marvellous burger
Misty mountain that kept capturing my attention and (poor, ill) Husband with his fish n chips
Misty mountain that kept capturing my attention and (poor, ill) Husband with his fish n chips
This here bottle was almost half the bill - Husband and I both had a sip despite being on meds.
This here bottle was almost half the bill – Husband and I both had a sip despite being on meds.
Mum and me with our post-meal coffees. We made sad faces when we noticed our saucers were big enough for a dunking biscuit but none appeared...
Mum and me with our post-meal coffees. We made sad faces when we noticed our saucers were big enough for a dunking biscuit but none appeared…
...Only to be presented with this sweet platter of treats. Dad's fist is there both to show size and that we almost had to 'rock paper scissors' over who had which treat. It's also the only pic of him this week. There was even a 'strawberry-covered-chocolate', teehee! (Husband valiantly and nobly stepped back so it was just between the three of us. We shared most of it)
…Only to be presented with this sweet platter of treats. Dad’s fist is there both to show size and that we almost had to ‘rock paper scissors’ over who had which treat. It’s also the only pic of him this week. There was even a ‘strawberry-covered-chocolate’, teehee! (Husband valiantly and nobly stepped back so it was just between the three of us. We shared most of it)

And just because we had a fancy lunch, Bertie decided to treat himself to whatever he could find around the house. So we shamed him on Facebook, as you do…

Sun's so bright you can hardly see us, but Bertie's decidedly pleased with himself in this photo, not shamed at all (you can see the navy lunchbox behind him that he carefully carried out through the doggy door before opening and eating the two sandwiches inside. As well as a Jungle Oats bar and a packet of dry, uncooked 2-minute noodles)
Sun’s so bright you can hardly see us, but Bertie’s decidedly pleased with himself in this photo, not shamed at all (you can see the navy lunchbox behind him that he carefully carried out through the doggy door before opening and eating the two sandwiches inside. As well as a Jungle Oats bar and a packet of dry, uncooked 2-minute noodles)

Then Sunday was all about spaghetti and sunsets at mum’s… and just because Husband dared me that I ‘wouldn’t dare’ dye my hair purple after I commented on a photo of someone who’d done so in a newspaper, I did:

Doesn't it look positively delightful? It really was as good - if not better - than it looks
Doesn’t it look positively delightful? It really was as good – if not better – than it looks
Sunset palm trees near home
Sunset palm trees near home
Sunday's sunset skies
Sunday’s sunset skies
It's more a dark rinse/dip dye of the ends but here you can see the purple hair. Will do a more thorough job this weekend to seal the deal, mwahaha (evil laugh)
It’s more a dark rinse/dip dye of the ends but here you can see the purple hair. Will do a more thorough job this weekend to seal the deal, mwahaha (evil laugh)

Lastly, just because I mentioned that I focus on sunset and hardly ever catch sunrise in last week’s blog post… Husband pointed out that I actually do see the sun rise every single weekday on the commute to work as I prefer the early shift – give the man a prize, he’s right as rain. I just don’t notice it as I tend to have my eyes closed during the trip while in the passenger seat. Here’s what I saw this morning on my way in (between 06:30 and 07:00am, GMT+2 for my international readers) – was perhaps especially stunning as there’d been a supermoon earlier in the week (yes, shamelessly promoting my work in that supermoon slideshow link)…

Cloudy sky above, fiery sun rising below. Beautiful
Cloudy sky above, fiery sun rising below. Beautiful
The irony! Rising sun illuminating a lighting shop on the right
The irony! Rising sun illuminating a lighting shop on the right
Sun seemingly caught in the trees
Sun seemingly caught in the trees
View from office window (it makes a lovely frame)
View from office window (it makes a lovely frame)

Amazing what you notice if you keep your eyes (and mind) open!

A sunset so stunning even seagulls stop and stare

I love sighing at sunsets (I even have an official certificate from work to prove it. S’true). Sunrise, on the other hand, is a little harder to catch each day as I love my sleep, but I have made a concerted effort to do so before, click here for a reminder.

Still, sunsets are easier all round. And I’m by no means alone in my sunset-adoration I know, but have you ever seen a seagull astounded by the pretty colours of the sunset? We happened to catch just this sight last weekend… Yes, I know there’s no such thing as a seagull thanks to the fairly detailed eco-marine trip work treated me to earlier this year – you know what I mean though.

All in all a nice easy weekend as I was recovering from the awful head cold Mum and Dad unintentionally brought back from their Mediterranean cruise.

Saturday, 30 August 2014: Stunning sunset as we dined at Catch22, Blouberg

The seagull seemed to be asking, "Do you guys see those colours in the sky?"
The seagull seemed to be asking, “Do you guys see those colours in the sky?”
Seagull, sunset-struck. So cute.
Seagull, sunset-struck. So cute.
The sunset we saw
The sunset we saw
The magically-coloured mountain and me
The magically-coloured mountain and me
Look at THAT! A Frangelico mocha drink to soothe my sore throat
Look at THAT! A Frangelico mocha drink to soothe my sore throat
Husband had a seafood platter. JUST finished by himself
Husband had a seafood platter. JUST finished by himself
Wondrous burger - with cheese, bacon and a delightful chutney sauce. And tasty chips and super-large onion rings. Nom nom nom
Wondrous burger – with cheese, bacon and a delightful chutney sauce. And tasty chips and super-large onion rings. Nom nom nom

Sunday, 31 August 2014: Slow Sunday coffee and beach visit

My Sunday morning cappuccino, with dunking shortbread biscuit on the side, summery sunshine and the weekend paper. Bliss. All sold at Reload, Parklands
My Sunday morning cappuccino, with dunking shortbread biscuit on the side, summery sunshine and the weekend paper. Bliss. All sold at Reload, Parklands
We went to the beach! Not sure if it helped me dry up, but the sensation of sleeping under the sun (sure, through a UV-blocking umbrella, but still) was just what I needed.
We went to the beach! Not sure if it helped me dry up, but the sensation of sleeping under the sun (sure, through a UV-blocking umbrella, but still) was just what I needed.
Husband also enjoyed drying off (literally, as he'd gone mussel-catching and swam in the sea)
Husband also enjoyed drying off (literally, as he’d gone mussel-catching and swam in the sea)

Monday, 1 September 2014: Celebrating Spring Day with chocolatey coffee at work

This I'll miss! Clever coffee machine at work that has a chocchiato option
This I’ll miss! Clever coffee machine at work that has a chocchiato option
There it is! Steaming mug of flavour. Mmm.
There it is! Steaming mug of flavour. Mmm.

Almost time for the next weekend of tastes and experiences – starting to feel better so of course I can’t wait!

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