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Waiting for burgers all weekend & introducing deep-fried Oreos

Time really does seem to go faster the closer we get to the end of the year. It feels like just yesterday that we put in an offer on the house we liked – when in reality that was a whopping four months ago, and moving day is next weekend already!

Speaking of weekends, here’s what we’ve been up to since my last update… The burgers at Wembley Roadhouse are definitely all they’re hyped up to be – despite not being a proper ‘order from your car’ roadhouse and the impossible queue at weekend lunchtime. Food also took an age to arrive at Hudson’s Burger Joint in Claremont but that could just be Sunday syndrome. My advice? Definitely try them, but go during the week if you can.

Right, without further ado…

Thursday, 13 November 2014: AfricaCom at the CTICC

Couldn't resist taking a photo of the pretty welcome desk on my first visit to the CTICC
Couldn’t resist taking a photo of the pretty welcome desk on my first visit to the CTICC
Showing me how they looked out the window waiting for me to get home. There may have been slight exaggeration on some parts.
Showing me how they looked out the window waiting for me to get home. There may have been slight exaggeration on some parts.
Sometimes the simplest meal is best for dins. Husband made me a fried egg in the star shape he cut from this slice of bread
Sometimes the simplest meal is best for dins. Husband made me a fried egg in the star shape he cut from this slice of bread

Saturday, 15 November 2014: Breakfast at Beach House Tavern, Woodbridge Island; lunch at the Wembley Roadhouse; sundowners at News Cafe Blouberg

Husband rearranged the chips on his  Beach House Tavern 'Full English' breakfast plate into a smiley face. Not bad for R49 as it included mushrooms
Husband rearranged the chips on his Beach House Tavern ‘Full English’ breakfast plate into a smiley face. Not bad for R49 as it included mushrooms
Husband tucking into his Masala burger from the Wembley Roadhouse. Actually worth the 45-minute wait.
Husband tucking into his Masala burger from the Wembley Roadhouse. Actually worth the 45-minute wait.
My frikkadel cheese burger was just as good. It was raining so we ate in the car, as you can see - despite having to go inside to order.
My frikkadel cheese burger was just as good. It was raining so we ate in the car, as you can see – despite having to go inside to order.
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After some packing we headed to our nearest News Cafe for a reward. That’s my strawberry daquiri rimmed in blue sugar and Husband’s Long Island Ice Tea. Bonus – we arrived in time to watch the rugby, AND my cocktail was marked down to R29 as it was happy hour

Sunday: Breakfast at News Cafe Blouberg; lunch at Hudsons Diner, Claremont

We noticed there's an early bird breakfast special at the News Cafe if you order before 10am, so were back the next day for this amazing muesli jar, R30, and a just-as-good eggy breakfast for Husband - down the gullet too fast for a photo, alas
We noticed there’s an early bird breakfast special at the News Cafe if you order before 10am, so were back the next day for this amazing muesli jar, R30, and a just-as-good eggy breakfast for Husband – down the gullet too fast for a photo, alas
Husband 'cheers'-ed my  homemade lemonade at Hudson's Burger Joint in Claremont for lunch - accompanied by a wonderful jalapeno ostrich burger.
Husband ‘cheers’-ed my homemade lemonade at Hudson’s Burger Joint in Claremont for lunch – accompanied by a wonderful jalapeno ostrich burger.
Tart, slushy and minty. Just the way lemonade should be. Didn't stop me from having drinks envy over all the enormous milkshakes we watched floating past though - will have to sample next time!
Tart, slushy and minty. Just the way lemonade should be. Didn’t stop me from having drinks envy over all the enormous milkshakes we watched floating past though – will have to sample next time!
You guys. Deep-fried Oreo. It turns the chocolate biscuit into almost cupcake consistency, with the sweet icing layer between and icing sugar dusted on top absorbing any greasy doughnut feeling. Amazing. And R25 for four seemed reasonable.
You guys. Deep-fried Oreo. It turns the chocolate biscuit into almost cupcake consistency, with the sweet icing layer between and icing sugar dusted on top absorbing any greasy doughnut feeling. Amazing. And R25 for four seemed reasonable.
Bassie looked like a puppy while lapping some toffee-caramel milk at Granny's house
Bassie looked like a puppy while lapping some toffee-caramel milk at Granny’s house

Monday, 17 November: Extending the weekend feeling by dining on the Spur ‘two-for-one’ burger special

As if the tell-tale desert scene and cow-print booth behind my head doesn't give the location away, this is me happy to have an Amarula hot chocolate to accompany our 'two-for-one' burger specials at Spur on Monday.
As if the tell-tale desert scene and cow-print booth behind my head doesn’t give the location away, this is me happy to have an Amarula hot chocolate to accompany our ‘two-for-one’ burger specials at Spur on Monday.

Tuesday, 18 November 2014: Gazing out Ogilvy’s window at the launch of Wallop!

The amazing view from Ogilvy's offices in Woodstock, when I attended a book launch on Tuesday evening
The amazing view from Ogilvy’s offices in Woodstock, when I attended a special book launch on Tuesday evening

Wednesday, 19 November 2014: mid-week curries at Indian Chapter 2, Blouberg

One of the nicest strawberry milkshakes - real fruit bits at the bottom, This was at Indian Chapter 2 in Blouberg
One of the nicest strawberry milkshakes – real fruit bits at the bottom, This was at Indian Chapter 2 in Blouberg – we’ve been to the original Indian Chapter and even chatted to owner Prim Reddy before. The ‘second chapter’ is in walking distance from the first and has the better decor, in my opinion

That’s all, folks… on with the next weekend we go! πŸ™‚

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Cape Town shows off at sunset and see assorted doggie tongues

When I looked at the photos I’d taken last weekend (there were over 100 in total, but I cut it down to my favourite 20 or so so as not to bore you, dear reader) I noticed a few common themes in them – lots of sunshine, and lots of doggy tongues. See below…

Saturday, 18 October 2014: milkshakes, pretty sights and Cape Town at sunset

Such a beautiful way of grouping flowers by colour, at the new FNB Portside building where I attended the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 convocation ceremony on my lonesome after popping in at a friend's bachelorette at the Waterfront on Saturday afternoon
Such a beautiful way of grouping flowers by colour, at the new FNB Portside building where I attended the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 convocation ceremony on my lonesome after popping in at a friend’s bachelorette at the Waterfront on Saturday afternoon
Magical sounds came from this beautiful 'muso in a bubble' concept while guests snacked and mingled before the event
Magical sounds came from this beautiful ‘muso in a bubble’ concept while guests snacked and mingled before the event
My phone does not take great photos at night, so I apologise for the poor quality but couldn't resist snapping Lion's Head lit up at sunset from the 28th floor of the FNB Portside building
My phone does not take great photos at night, so I apologise for the poor quality but couldn’t resist snapping Lion’s Head lit up at sunset from the 28th floor of the FNB Portside building
And this was the view over Signal Hill as the sun went down
And this was the view over Signal Hill as the sun went down
Husband sent me this interesting photo while he was out bachelor's party-ing. If you can't place it, that's his beer on the ledge on top of a club, looking down on Long Street below
Husband sent me this interesting photo while he was out bachelor’s party-ing. If you can’t place it, that’s his beer on the ledge on top of a club, looking down on Long Street below

Sunday, 19 October 2014: Bluest blue beaches and stunning sunsets

Yes, that's a Samsung's blue filter at work on a Sunday morning...
Yes, that’s a Samsung’s blue filter at work on a Sunday morning…
That tiny speck under Table Mountain is Husband gallivanting on the rocks, as he does
That tiny speck under Table Mountain is Husband gallivanting on the rocks, as he does
Muscadel-drenched strawberries with scoops of tin roof ice cream at Mum's
Muscadel-drenched strawberries with scoops of tin roof ice cream at Mum’s
Sunset at Woodbridge Island - gorgeous, even with bits of the car dashboard in the shot
Sunset at Woodbridge Island – gorgeous, even with bits of the car dashboard in the shot

Monday, 20 October 2014: Post-work doggie beach walk and Spur half-price burgers

Bertie unfurls his tongue in the car on the way to the beach - look how long it is!
Bertie unfurls his tongue in the car on the way to the beach – look how long it is!
Doggies running on the beach with their dad - loved the clouds splattered across the sky
Doggies running on the beach with their dad – loved the clouds splattered across the sky
Bright white sunset
Bright white sunset
Bassie baby licking sand off her nose - her brother had run off to bark at birds so she turned back to keep me company while we waited for her dad to return with Barky McBarkerson
Bassie baby licking sand off her nose – her brother had run off to bark at birds so she turned back to keep me company while we waited for her dad to return with Barky McBarkerson
Doesn't it look like she's gazing off contentedly in this shot?
Doesn’t it look like she’s gazing off contentedly in this shot?
Happy smiley Bassie with a sandy nose, you can just see Bertie's neck, back and tail in back left
Happy smiley Bassie with a sandy nose, you can just see Bertie’s neck, back and tail in back left
Licking her lips in contentment
Licking her lips in contentment
Blue filter in action again at our local Spur - love how it enhanced the jersey of girl in booth behind me! Yes, that's an Amarula hot chocolate - cheaper than a Spur milkshake, can you believe?!
Blue filter in action again at our local Spur – love how it enhanced the jersey of girl in booth behind me! Yes, that’s an Amarula hot chocolate – cheaper than a Spur milkshake, can you believe?!
I cartoonified Husband. He looks lovely. As does his bright orange Fanta.
I cartoonified Husband. He looks lovely. As does his bright orange Fanta.

That’s all, folks πŸ˜‰

Silver food swans and how much sugar it takes to sweeten a Wimpy Mega coffee

Ah, life. It has a way of getting ahead of itself, making you focus on certain things when others are more important, making you wait endless days for some things and bombarding you with a flood of others with seemingly little rhyme or reason.

Despite the typical ‘mid-year’ exhaustion setting in (anyone else notice August tends to be a particularly long, change-filled month? New offices, new workload, lots of birthdays, lots of financial admin, all over and above the usual?) we still managed a good few photo-worthy moments for your viewing pleasure since my last update. See below…

Monday, 11 August: Half-price pizzas at Col Cacchio, Big Bay

Tired as we were, we continued the extend the weekend feeling by eating out on a Monday to enjoy the wide range of Winter specials on offer.

I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It's a 'Toblerone' - all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It’s a ‘Toblerone’ – all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food...
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food…
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That's my Norm's Pralina, and Husband's Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That’s my Norm’s Pralina, and Husband’s Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.

Tuesday, 12 August: New offices and longggg train-bus commute home

View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you're wearing sunnies
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you’re wearing sunnies
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you're drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you’re drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)

Β Wednesday, 13 August: team dinner at Mondiall, V&A Waterfront

Β Of course new team starting at new office means team dinner. This is what we had

Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it's not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it’s not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
See how much more 'swan-like' the silver (leftover food-filled) swan  at the other end of the table looks than mine?
See how much more ‘swan-like’ the silver (leftover food-filled) swan at the other end of the table looks than mine?

Saturday, 16 August: Wimpy breakfast and Fat Cactus lunch with parents and bestie

Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two :)
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two πŸ™‚
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents' cruise, not the puppies').
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents’ cruise, not the puppies’).
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad's belated birthday lunch
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad’s belated birthday lunch

Sunday, 17 August: Doggy beach walk, lupper at parents

While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she'd like to go to the beach
While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she’d like to go to the beach
So go to the beach we did!
So go to the beach we did!
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand...
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand…
And grinned the whole way home!
And grinned the whole way home!
Husband cooked and ate two mussels 'caught' at the beach
Husband cooked and ate two mussels ‘caught’ at the beach
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer :)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer πŸ™‚
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays :)
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays πŸ™‚

Monday, 18 August: Spur, Bayside’s two-for one burger special

One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur's Amarula hot chocolate!
One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur’s Amarula hot chocolate!
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.

That’s all for now, folks! Lots more to update on, such as my half-birthday this past Wednesday and our seven-year wedding anniversary (gasp) this coming Monday. Plus other exciting news to share soon, so watch this space! πŸ™‚