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T’was the week before Christmas (2015)…

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

Cappuccino at Limnos
My moody cappuccino cup at Limnos Bakers, Canal Walk.
Baker's breakfast at Limnos, Canal Walk
Husband opted for the ‘baker’s breakfast’, which included a coffee for me and an orange juice for him.
Sushi at Eden on the Bay
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.
Waffle with lemon curd from the Big Bay Waffle Company.
For me? A traditional waffle with lemon curd from the Big Bay Waffle Company. Yum.
Peering out a MyCiti bus
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.
Darth Vader shirts at Deco Dance
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’.
Star Wars pics
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.
Leigh in Deco Dance
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

Mushroom eggs benedict 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)
Crumpets with banana at Greens
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

Bertie at the sea
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…
Bassie with a nose of sand
The typical ‘happy Bassie post-beach walkies’ photo – more sand on my arm than her nose!
Bertie long tongue
Sandy girls, with Bertie just behind my sandy arm, showing off his long tongue.
Porky NOB burger
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.
The Big Bay Market
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…
Leigh at Big Bay Market with parents
Husband came down again for a closer shot of the three of us.
Waffle at Big Bay Market
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

Flowers in Sunningdale.
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.
Orange-Rooibos tea
Mum opted for the orange-Rooibos tea infusion.
Cappuccino at Stark Ayres nursery.
I had a cappuccino, with a shortbread heart nestled in the saucer.
Scones at Stark Ayres
We each ordered the ‘scones’ – hot and delicious!

Thursday, 24 December 2015: Omelettes, beaches and custard shakes

Homemade omelettes
On Thursday, Husband concocted very large omelettes for breakfast. This was mine, bursting with bacon bits and cheese. Husband added mushroom to his.
Clouds at Blouberg
Bellies full, we headed out again. We stopped to snap the very pretty puffy clouds at Blouberg beach.
Cape fauna and flora
Best colours.
Custard milkshake at Driftwood Cafe
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…
Black Label draught at Driftwood Cafe
Husband opted for a Black Label draught.

Friday, 25 December 2015: Christmas lunch at Mum’s

Doggies wearing ties
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.
Dogs wearing bowties.
Posing with mommy at Granny’s house. Oh how I love these two!
Christmas 2015
Family shot! All six of us with our ‘welcome drinks’. The doggies had water instead of champers, obvs.
Christmas cookies
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…


The best milkshake in Cape Town and doggies discover the lawnmower

“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

Scottage Pie is cottage pie made by a Scottish person
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

Breakfast burger at Foodlover's Market, Sunningdale
This was Husband’s breakfast burger stack concoction at Foodlover’s Market on Saturday morning.
Croissant and cappuccino at Foodlover's Market
For me, a supersized croissant and a cappuccino.
Dogs chasing lawnmower
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.
Garden umbrella
Relaxing under the parents’ garden umbrella.
Bunny chows from Yeh Dosti
Later that afternoon we had chicken bunny chows from Yeh Dosti at the parents. Looks how excited most of us are!
Leigh's dog Tabasco on her lap
Little Miss Bassie sat on my lap throughout. Stubborn little thing.
Strawberries with icecream
For dessert, strawberries with icecream.
Selfie with dog
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

Currywurst from Raith's in Gardens centre
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
Foam art in cappuccino at 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?
Chocolate skulls
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 πŸ˜‰
Wooden puzzle games at My Sugar
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.
Milkshakes from My Sugar in Sea Point
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.
Leigh's dog Bertie in his walking harness
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 at Doodles in Blouberg
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

Press pass for AfricaCom at the 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…
Coffee at AfricaCom
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…
Dessert at AfricaCom
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 πŸ™‚

Chocolate French toast, straddling the sea and two Big Bay markets

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

Chocolate for breakfast at Rococoa in The Palms Lifestyle Centre
When you agree 100% with a sign like this there’s nothing you can do but take a photo in front of it.
Cappuccino and menu at Rococoa
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…
French toast with bacon, banana and chocolate at Rococoa
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.
Eggs benedict on cocoa-English muffins
For Husband, the eggs benedict on cocoa-English muffins.
Dogs on new bedding
“Listen here, Mommy says we mustn’t lie on the brand new bedding. Let’s pretend we didn’t hear her.”
Dogs on new bedding
“Oh hello Mommy, ignore us – nothing to see here, we’re just statues, move along…”
Tabasco under new duvet
“Oh hello Mommy – it’s OK I’m under the new bedding, not on top.”
Tabasco sitting on Leigh's lap
And so to distract them we took them to the seaside. Look at this dear little head.
Leigh's dog Bertie in the car.
The biggest smile from my little boy when he realised we were almost at the beach.
Leigh's dog Tabasco at Kreeftebaai
Little Miss Bassie looking deceptively calm as we reached Kreeftebaai, one of the few doggie-frendly beaches in our area
Leigh's dogs at the beach
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.
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

Tree wrapped in ribbon and hearts
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?
Ocean Basket in Seaside Village
I got Husband to pose under these ‘birdies’ in the CTFM. He then wanted to be at a real beach…
Standing in the sea at Silwerstroomstrand
So off to the sea we went! Here is Husband roughly knee-deep in the sea at Silwerstroomstrand, between Melkbos and Langebaan
Straddling the sea wall at Silwerstroomstrand
We walked about halfway down the perimeter wall before sensing danger and turning back.
Bassie resting head on armrest
“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

Ferrero Rocher
A sweet treat that arrived at the office for me this week to celebrate my new title.
Table Mountain covered in cloud.
On my way to the bus that afternoon I snapped the ‘table cloth’ over Table Mountain.
Ice cream sampling
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.
The NOB foodtruck at the I <3 Big Bay Market
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!
NOB chilli cheese burger
They delightfully sliced the burger in half for us, for easy sharing. Husband grinned his approval…
Huge half a burger
Here’s my half – almost as big as my face!

That’s all, folks! Hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead…

Sea Point road trip, milkshakes outdoors and Bootleggers’ burgers

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.

Warning: 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

Leigh's dog bertie sleeping
Bertie fell asleep in his dad’s arms, watching TV
Leigh's dog Bertie upside down.
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

granola and Bootleggers' flat white at La Vie, Sea Point
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.
Eggs benedict at La Vie
Here is Husband with his large Cola and eggs ben with lots of salmon.
Sitting in Sea Point
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

Wimpy toasted cheese and mega coffee
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.
Leigh's Husband with a black Label draught at Driftwoof Cafe
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.
Peanut bitter custard milkshake at Driftwood Cafe
For me? My favourite peanut butter-custard milkshake!
Leigh and Husband at Driftwood Cafe
I insisted on a photo of both of us against the greenery.
Leigh's Husband painting steel gate
When we got home, Husband got to work painting our front gate
Reed walls behind water feature
It was a busy afternoon as our first reed panels also arrived, to be placed behind our water feature. These are deceptively heavy!
Leigh's parents' patio
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.
Leigh's dog Bassie sitting on her lap
Not one to be left out, Bassie jumped onto my lap and gnawed a finger.
Leigh's dog Bertie going on a walk in Sunningdale.
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

Netherlands embassy front door
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…
Breakfast at the Dutch embassy, Cape Town.
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.
Cupcake with pearl decorations
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.
Mini milktart's Leigh's mom baked
When mum and dad came for dins that evening, she surprised us with these mini milktarts she’d baked. Yum.
Pink clouds
A pretty pink sky that night…

Friday, 16 October 2015: Department lunch at Bootleggers, Kenilworth

Bootleggers coffee company in Kenilworth
Bootleggers coffee company, our venue of choice for lunch. Note how very full it was.
Toffee milkshake at Bootleggers, Kenilworth.
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.
Triple cheese chili burger and fries at Bootleggers
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.
Leigh's colleagues from Bizcommunity.
Time to smile – and pay. Best group of colleagues, most present but some past.

That’s all, folks! Catch you next week…

Weird wall gizmos and job title celebrations

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

Leigh's dogs Bassie and Bertie on the couch with Bertie's toy
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.
Bertie resting against Leigh on the couch as she studies
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.
Leigh's dogs sleeping on the couch
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

Cappuccino at Common Ground, Rondebosch
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.
Bacon and banana French toast at Common Ground, Rondebosch
‘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.
Leigh's husband eating eggs benedict at Common Ground, Rondebosch
Here’s Husband in mid-chew of his eggs benedict – yes, I have considered renaming the blog “French toast and eggs ben”!
Leigh with takeaway box at Common Ground, Rondebsch
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.
Delos antiques wall art
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.
Metal wall owls at the nursery
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.
Watching rugby on the couch
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

Leigh hugging her dogs on couch
Still not feeling 100%, I enjoyed some early morning cuddles with the doggies before we ventured out for breakfast, as we do.
Liegh's husband buttering toast at Greens
We ended up at Greens. Husband had his favourite deluxe breakfast – here he is buttering his toast
French toast with pineapple and coconut at Greens
I had a chai latte and tried the coconut-pineapple French toast. Delicious.
Milk tart with cinnamon decoration
Mum had bought the most beautifully patterned milk tart to celebrate my new job title (am officially editor-in-chief: marketing & media)…
Laborie MCC
And we had dry pink MCC to top off the celebrations.

Wednesday, 7 October 2015: Business of Design conferencing at ICIC

Coffee and muffin at Inner City Ideas Cartel
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.
Egg chairs on Inner City Ideas Cartel rooftop
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

Fishing sculpture in African Pride Crystal Towers hotel
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.
Mini mille feulle with coffee
The conference content may have been technical and detailed, but the snacks were delicious. This was a mini mille feulle with my coffee
Orange flowers in Century City
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…