Hello, one and all! When last I left you t’was the week before Christmas, and with some special effort I’m actually blogging today, the day of. We had a lovely lunch earlier and are all full-to-bursting – I’ve posted a few pics below, as well as other highlights from this magical week of holiday – despite lots of ‘new phone’ admin as Husband’s mysteriously vanished last Friday…
Saturday, 19 December 2015: Limnos brekkie, waffles for tea, dancing at Deco Dance
My moody cappuccino cup at Limnos Bakers, Canal Walk.
Husband opted for the ‘baker’s breakfast’, which included a coffee for me and an orange juice for him.
Research done we headed home for a nap, then headed out again for snacks at Eden on the Bay mid-afternoon. Husband opted for some sushi with a spot of news in the background.
For me? A traditional waffle with lemon curd from the Big Bay Waffle Company. Yum.
We were then ready for a ‘big night out’ – we walked across to the nearest myCiti bus stop, which took us all the way from just outside our doorstep to the heart of Sea Point, over three separate bus trips. Here is Husband peering worriedly out the back of the bus.
The reason we were in Sea Point? To celebrate the 30th birthday of one of Husband’s former colleagues. Love that they both wore fancy Darth Vader shirts for their night of ‘squeaking tekkie’.
Speaking of Star Wars, I meant to include this pic last week but forgot to – in all the movie hype we created our own ‘Star Wars profile pics’. Husband looks suitably wise/scary, I just couldn’t NOT smile, teehee.
Back to Deco Dance in Sea Point. Er’rybody was there, even Bob Dylan (I think), who was looking over my shoulder and feeling a little blue…
Sunday, 20 December 2015: Breakfast at Greens
Despite only getting home in the early hours of Sunday (thanks to a very efficient Uber driver as the MyCiti only runs until 10pm or so), we were up bright and early on Sunday for a spot of brekkie and almost-last minute Christmas shopping. Husband started his day with the mushroom eggs benedict, as well as an extra portion of their creamy mushrooms (from the big green bowl he’s holding)
For me, the crumpets with sliced banana and syrup drizzled atop went down a treat.
Tuesday, 22 December 2015: Doggie beach walk, I ❤ Big Bay Christmas market
As Husband is the blog’s main photo-taker (but he insists he doesn’t feel like an ‘Instagram Husband’ – watch this if you don’t know what I’m taking about)… we missed a bit of action due to admin delays in getting his new phone. I woke up to the fact that photos were now my responsibility on Tuesday, when we took the doggies for a windless stroll along their beach. Here is a typical shot of Bertie pulling Husband towards the sea…
The typical ‘happy Bassie post-beach walkies’ photo – more sand on my arm than her nose!
Sandy girls, with Bertie just behind my sandy arm, showing off his long tongue.
We took the happy doggies home then ventured off to Big Bay again, as the monthly market was taking place over two days this time around. This was my half of the Porky NOB burger, heaving with two cheeses and some streaky bacon.
Who did we bump into at the market but Mum and Dad! Husband ran up to take this shot looking down into the Lifesavers’ Club. You can just see the rest of us sitting at a table up top. Mum is waving…
Husband came down again for a closer shot of the three of us.
This waffle. I was so full after my half-a-Porky but Dad insisted I try some, so try some I did. Amazing caramel-banana combination atop of crispy hot waffle.
Wednesday, 23 December 2015: Golfing, suburban walks and giant Christmas trees
On Wednesday morning, Husband had a breakfast/golf date with my dad, so me and mom went on a lovely 4km round trip walk around their neighbourhood, complete with morning tea at the Stark Ayres Nursery. This is one of the gardens along the route my parents walk daily.
Mum opted for the orange-Rooibos tea infusion.
I had a cappuccino, with a shortbread heart nestled in the saucer.
We each ordered the ‘scones’ – hot and delicious!
Thursday, 24 December 2015: Omelettes, beaches and custard shakes
On Thursday, Husband concocted very large omelettes for breakfast. This was mine, bursting with bacon bits and cheese. Husband added mushroom to his.
Bellies full, we headed out again. We stopped to snap the very pretty puffy clouds at Blouberg beach.
Much, much later, phone admin and last-minute Christmas shopping finally all sorted, we stopped off at the Driftwood for an afternoon treat. That’s my custard milkshake…
Husband opted for a Black Label draught.
Friday, 25 December 2015: Christmas lunch at Mum’s
My parents had bought the doggies special outfits for Christmas lunch today. They tried them on before we left home. Here is Bertie, proud of his new ‘tie’, and Bassie wearing her lilac bow slightly off-centre.
Posing with mommy at Granny’s house. Oh how I love these two!
Family shot! All six of us with our ‘welcome drinks’. The doggies had water instead of champers, obvs.
Sing it with me: ‘If you like Pina Coladas…’ Yes, we do! Also look at the gorgeous chocolate-coconut cookies Mum baked, with Reese’s Pieces melted in! Mmmm. We ate and we ate. Avo starters, pea and ham soup, gammon and roast beef with roast potatoes, individual trifles and a cheese board later. *Urp!
That’s all, folks! Hope you also ate, drank and were merry today. I’m growing rather attached to the idea of a daily afternoon nap…
“We’re all going on a Summer holiday…” OK, maybe not all of us, but me and husband sure are. And it’s only going to be three days. And the weather will likely not be Summery… but you get my drift! Expect a full update in my next post – for now, here are the past week’s highlights:
Friday, 13 November 2015: Love Scottage Pie
I’d had a long, hard Friday so once I’d finished blogging, Husband surprised my with this pretty Scottage Pie filled with love. Aww! It was absolutely delicious and we ate every last bit. ‘Scottage’ Pie is cottage pie made by a Scottish person, in case you’re wondering.
Saturday, 14 November 2015: Foodlover’s, doggies meet lawnmower, bunny chow at Mum’s
This was Husband’s breakfast burger stack concoction at Foodlover’s Market on Saturday morning.
For me, a supersized croissant and a cappuccino.
Later that day we introduced the doggies to the new lawnmower, which Husband has named “Meneer Snyman”. They crouched low and shadowed it up and down the garden, growling all the way. Such funny doggies.
Relaxing under the parents’ garden umbrella.
Later that afternoon we had chicken bunny chows from Yeh Dosti at the parents. Looks how excited most of us are!
Little Miss Bassie sat on my lap throughout. Stubborn little thing.
For dessert, strawberries with icecream.
Ha! Selfies don’t often work out for me – just loved how Bassie is rolling her eyes in this one. Plus my hair seems to be three different colours in the light.
Sunday, 15 November 2015: Currywurst, My Sugar shakes, dog walks and more
We felt like a bit of a roadtrip on Sunday, so headed off to Gardens Centre. This was Husband’s currywurst and roll he opted for as breakfast from Raith’s German deli
I had a ham and cheese roll, and this cappuccino with a gorgeous foam face. No one’s ever made a cappuccino foam face for me before, can you believe?
Seeing as we were ‘that side’ of town we decided to see if My Sugar was open and ready for us to try their milkshakes – it was a yes all round. Look at these tiny chocolate skulls, filled with caramel sauce. A bit pricy at R20 each as I’m sure I could fit 10 in my hand with ease. OK, maybe 8 in my hand and 2 in my mouth 😉
We made our tough selection and went to sit and play games while waiting for our milkshakes to arrive. Yes, we really played games. Husband figured out these wooden block puzzles in record time.
And then, the milkshakes came. You guys. Oh my word. This here is the Super Chocolate, with a round of brownie atop it. You can just make out Husband’s Butterscotch Popcorn in the bottom left. And I’m going to have to go back to try the Coffee flavour (can you believe I passed it up?), as well as Caramelised Coconut, and Miso Caramel, which is dressed with a little chocolate buddha floating on the cloud of vanilla cream. Just heavenly.
Of course we had to walk off all that sweetness, and we didn’t go alone. Bertie was so pleased to be going for walkies later that afternoon he gave his dad kisses while stepping into his walking harness. Bassie was not impressed, as you can see.
A latte in the late-afternoon sun at Doodles. Unfortunately they’re rather pricy now that their Winter specials are over, so we didn’t stay long.
Tuesday, 17 November 2015: Day 1 of AfricaCom at CTICC
This is one of the biggest expo/conference hybrids I’ve been to, by far. I attended last year so had an idea of what to expect, but my goodness was it extensive! It’s actually 16 conferences in one. Here are some of my highlights…
I finally had my first coffee for the day just after 11am while walking through the AfricaCom expo, in a five-minute lull between the interviews I’d set up beforehand – on other ends of the centre. Huff, puff…
Finally got to lunch at around 2pm – my first food of the day, eaten standing up. I followed a delicious portion of sweet-and-sour chicken noodles with these three mini desserts – fruity custard flan, custard slice and chocolate mousse/marshmallow ‘tot’.
That’s all for now, folks! Check in again next Friday for my next set of visual highlights 🙂
Yip, you read that right – chocolate French toast, and two separate market visits in Big Bay. I’ll let the images below speak for themselves…
Saturday, 24 October 2015: Chocolate French toast breakfast at Rococoa
When you agree 100% with a sign like this there’s nothing you can do but take a photo in front of it.
Ah, Rococoa. They may be known for their chocolate, but their coffee is just as good. Click here for a reminder of their wonderful hot chocolate I had last year…
For me, the French toast with bacon, grilled banana and lots of chocolate drizzled on top. Ate every last bite, just like last time. Nom nom nom.
For Husband, the eggs benedict on cocoa-English muffins.
“Listen here, Mommy says we mustn’t lie on the brand new bedding. Let’s pretend we didn’t hear her.”
“Oh hello Mommy, ignore us – nothing to see here, we’re just statues, move along…”
“Oh hello Mommy – it’s OK I’m under the new bedding, not on top.”
And so to distract them we took them to the seaside. Look at this dear little head.
The biggest smile from my little boy when he realised we were almost at the beach.
Little Miss Bassie looking deceptively calm as we reached Kreeftebaai, one of the few doggie-frendly beaches in our area
This is how they veer whenever we go to the beach: Bertie for the birdies and the water, Bassie for the safety of the dunes. ❤
Post-beach walk. There’s Bertie in the back seat barking at all the birdies and telling all the other doggies he’s been to the beach, while Bassie offers her nose to the camera.
Sunday, 25 October 2015: Exploring Big Bay morning market, straddling the sea at Silwerstroomstrand
Little did we know that there was a market of sorts at Seaside Village in Big Bay – complete with petting zoo, R6 cake slices (lemon meringue for me, #thankyouverymuch) and all sorts of pretty bunting and decorations. How gorgeous does this tree look?
I got Husband to pose under these ‘birdies’ in the CTFM. He then wanted to be at a real beach…
So off to the sea we went! Here is Husband roughly knee-deep in the sea at Silwerstroomstrand, between Melkbos and Langebaan
We walked about halfway down the perimeter wall before sensing danger and turning back.
“Oh, you’re busy on your computer thingie? It’s OK Granny, I’ll wait here behind you”.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015: Ferrero Rocher in the office, cloudy Table Mountain and the I ❤ Big Bay Market
A sweet treat that arrived at the office for me this week to celebrate my new title.
On my way to the bus that afternoon I snapped the ‘table cloth’ over Table Mountain.
One of the first things I did at the I ❤ Big Bay Market that evening, held at the Lifesaving Club: sampled the cookies n cream icecream. T'was lovely.
Oh my goodness. Best thing at the market? Well I didn’t try everything on offer (there were some amazing-looking brownies, fudge and wraps)… but we opted to share the ‘chilli cheese’ NOB (No Ordinary Burger). Only an 8-minute wait for us luckily, as friends who went later waited an hour for their pork bun!
They delightfully sliced the burger in half for us, for easy sharing. Husband grinned his approval…
Here’s my half – almost as big as my face!
That’s all, folks! Hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead…
Last week a dear friend who is moving to Cape Town herself soon posted an image of the most amazing-looking milkshakes to my Facebook wall – they’re from the new hole-in-the-wall in Sea Point called My Sugar.
don’t click this review by Eat Out unless you want to drool. Unfortunately it seems everyone and their best friend also read the post, so when we eventually got there mid-morning Saturday they were closed for a private function of sorts, using all three of their inside tables. Never fear, we’ll try them again soon, and still managed a lovely weekend as the sun decided to come out at long last – see some of my highlights below…
Friday, 9 October 2015: Bertie sleeps upside down
Bertie fell asleep in his dad’s arms, watching TV
This photo’s not upside down, the dog is (see Husband vaguely behind him is right way around).
Saturday, 10 October 2015: Sea Point road trip, home and garden work
Excuse the very wind-swept hair, nearly got blown off my feet in Sea Point and Husband didn’t point out my hair was a little mussed. This was my huge bowl of very yummy granola and a Bootleggers’ flat white at La Vie.
Here is Husband with his large Cola and eggs ben with lots of salmon.
On finding My Sugar closed, following our lovely breakfast we walked around Sea Point a bit, stopping at a bench to watch the sea – and a seagull decided to wish Husband ‘luck’ by plopping on his foot. He went down to the sea to wash it off.
Sunday, 11 October 2015: Milkshakes in the sunshine and doggy walks in the suburbs
Sunday morning breakfast was a Wimpy local. This made me happy – toasted cheese (not on a stick) with lots of chips, a mega Wimpy coffee and the Sunday paper to read.
Later that afternoon we stopped off at the Driftwood Cafe for a treat. It was so delightful sitting in the sun. Here is Husband with his beer.
For me? My favourite peanut butter-custard milkshake!
I insisted on a photo of both of us against the greenery.
When we got home, Husband got to work painting our front gate
It was a busy afternoon as our first reed panels also arrived, to be placed behind our water feature. These are deceptively heavy!
Mum also decided to make the most of the sunny weather by making picnic-food for lupper, with lots of potato salad, chicken schnitzel pitas and more.
Not one to be left out, Bassie jumped onto my lap and gnawed a finger.
Later that afternoon we took the doggies for a walk around Mum’s neighbourhood. Bertie enjoyed all the purple wildflowers.
Wednesday, 14 October 2015: Press preview breakfast at the Netherlands embassy, day of tasty treats
On Wednesday, I attended a press preview of the new Dutch-SA #CoCreate design initiative. This is the rather tall front door of the Netherlands embassy in Strand Street. The Dutch are known as a very tall nation, so…
Once I got inside I was met with a lovely assortment of breakfast eats, like these fruit skewers, club sandwich-type triangles and salmony things.
And when I got back to the office it was time to sing to a colleague celebrating her birthday – she baked these delicious cupcakes, as well as coconut hertzoggie types. Mmm.
When mum and dad came for dins that evening, she surprised us with these mini milktarts she’d baked. Yum.
A pretty pink sky that night…
Friday, 16 October 2015: Department lunch at Bootleggers, Kenilworth
Bootleggers coffee company, our venue of choice for lunch. Note how very full it was.
Always tricky choosing what to drink at a place known for its excellent coffee, but when I saw ‘toffee milkshake’ on the menu I had to give it a try. Good choice as it was an amazing flavour. See other assorted colleagues’ drinks on the table, including a flat white exactly like the one I had at La Vie on Saturday.
To eat? The triple cheese chili burger and fries. I’d cheated and looked at the menu before we left the office so knew what I was having before we got there. Ate every single mouthful. Pricy at R95 but very good.
Time to smile – and pay. Best group of colleagues, most present but some past.
That’s all, folks! Catch you next week…
The past weekend was a goodie as I finally started feeling better from bronchitis – antibiotics are a necessary evil – and we didn’t have much on the cards, so could spend some time relaxing and rejuvenating. Here’s what we got up to…
Friday, 2 October 2015: Dogs in various positions on couches
First the doggies decided to take up the whole couch – Bertie placed Bear perfectly so there just wasn’t enough space for his parents to join in.
Then Bassie moved to sit with her dad and Bertie decided to help me with my studies… note lots of medicine on top of ‘shades of grey’ cabinet.
Eventually all three relocated to the other couch. Note Bertie has Bear under his chin and has placed himself over Bassie.
Saturday, 3 October 2015: Brekkie overlooking rainy Rondebosch Common
Saturday dawned cold and drizzly… with the realisation that I’d left most of my notes for that week’s assignments in the office. So we headed out for breakfast in the general vicinity of work, ending up at Common Ground for breakfast.
‘Common ground’ is a clever name because apart from the obvious, it’s also a coffee shop (ground) opposite the Rondebosch Common. Our table was fairly situated in the middle but we could still watch the rain pouring down. I opted for the bacon and banana French toast.
Here’s Husband in mid-chew of his eggs benedict – yes, I have considered renaming the blog “French toast and eggs ben”!
So much was the French toast that I took half home with me to finish off that afternoon. Note we both proudly wore South Africa supporter shirts to support the Springboks in that evening’s RWC match.
Next stop – work to collect my assignment notes. While waiting for the guard to arrive and let me in, we explored the ‘Delos’ building next door. It’s filled with antiques like chandeliers, fancy tables and somewhat scary wall decorations, like this guy.
Notes in hand, we stopped off at the nursery, where I fell in love with a selection of metal outdoor wall owlies. Still deciding which is my favourite.
Gardening and assignments complete, we settled in to watch the rugby – Bertie was very interested and kept checking with his dad for approval, Bassie ignored the festivities.
Sunday, 4 October 2015: New job title celebrations
Still not feeling 100%, I enjoyed some early morning cuddles with the doggies before we ventured out for breakfast, as we do.
We ended up at Greens. Husband had his favourite deluxe breakfast – here he is buttering his toast
I had a chai latte and tried the coconut-pineapple French toast. Delicious.
Mum had bought the most beautifully patterned milk tart to celebrate my new job title (am officially editor-in-chief: marketing & media)…
And we had dry pink MCC to top off the celebrations.
Wednesday, 7 October 2015: Business of Design conferencing at ICIC
It was a busy week for me as I covered two conferences. The first was the Spring 2015 edition of Business of Design, held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel. This was my rushed tea-time treat between taking notes and networking.
Lunch that afternoon was served on the rooftop. I love these egg chairs!
Thursday, 8 October 2015: Mobile 360 Africa conferencing at African Pride Crystal Towers
My second conference of the week was the GSMA Mobile 360 Africa, held at the African Pride Crystal Towers hotel in Century City. This sculpture is fascinating.
The conference content may have been technical and detailed, but the snacks were delicious. This was a mini mille feulle with my coffee
Later that afternoon I had to take a shot of these gorgeous citrus blooms on my walk to the Myciti station. Yes, those are colourful cats on my sock.
That’s all, folks! Until next time…