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