Yes, I’m 32 now. Yes, I had a wonderful day and yes, I feel old and even though I had the day off work, it’s been a very long week. Maybe some of the pics below will help explain why…
Saturday, 13 February 2016: Frittatas, waffles and pulled pork burgers
Saturday dawned bright and early, and we had plans to breakfast with mum and dad. And breakfast we did, at La Rocca in Canal Walk. This was dad’s super-strong flat white. I had the regular-strength version.
Mum was thrilled with her frittata – t’was so large Husband had to help her finish.
Dad and I chose waffles. That’s his Bananarama on the left, and my Rocky Road on the right. Both finished every mouthful!
Later that afternoon we headed out to Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island. Husband had a draught, as he does…
We shared a pulled pork burger and fries drenched in sriracha sauce. This is all that was left by the time I remembered to snap a shot.
T’was a misty, cloudy day. This is the view from Woodbridge Island that afternoon, with Table Mountain hidden by cloud.
Sunday, 14 February 2016: Non-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day
We don’t do Valentine’s Day like the rest of the world as it’s my birthday the very next day – but that doesn’t mean we miss out on all the lovey-dovey things. As we were heading to Newlands to fill up water bottles at the natural spring there, we breakfasted at nearby Cafeen. Husband had this lovely breakfast.
This is what my French toast looked like once I’d smeared on lemon curd, grilled banana, bacon, syrup and cinnamon-sugar. Very yum.
It’s not often that Husband goes for a coffee, so I snapped him sipping on his creme brulee latte as proof that it happened.
The Cafeen cats were a big attraction to all the kiddies seated with their families – we couldn’t resist either, as they were very sweet and wound their tails around our chair legs.
The non-Valentine’s-y table Mum set for lupper that afternoon.
And the very Valentine’s-y tiramisu she created. It was amazing.
Monday, 15 February 2016: My 32nd birthday
I’d taken the day off work but Husband did not – at least he made me a cuppa coffee to get the day off to a good start before he left, in this pretty new mug. The doggies were interested.
Mum had the spicy orange rooibos, which came with the ‘ant crawler’ tea cup set I so enjoy.
Dad and I both opted for the banana-bread French toast, with bacon, strawberries and syrup. Delicious.
Once Husband got home that eve we set off for my birthday dins at Catch 22. You can just see Table Mountain showing off through the plastic window beside him.
As I so enjoyed their gingerbread milkshake last time we visited, I knew I would love the gingerbread latte. It was possibly the best coffee drink ever.
We had the jalapeno poppers starter to share, then I went for the burger topped with bacon and cheese, while Husband conquered this solo platter with a baked potato on the side.
We headed home after a quick beach walk and just remembered to take the standard ‘birthday-hatted kiss on cheek’ photo – forgot about Husband’s one this year, oops 🙂
On Tuesday, one of my favourite PR agencies arranged a ‘Charly’s Bakery drop-off’ – personalised cupcakes! SO pretty, and they tasted amazing.
Have you ever seen a Chinese guava? My colleague brought these in to work as they grow on her tree. Look at how little it is. Tastes just like the regular, pinker version I’m used to.
And then, Thursday was my day to attend Design Indaba. There was so much to take in, as always. Click here if you missed my coverage.
The Artscape theatre was decked out with all sorts of design goodies.
This year’s delegate tag and bag.
Simple. Complex. Beautiful.
Afternoon tea at Design Indaba is usually a surprise/pop-up experience of sorts. This year I dressed my sample of Woolworth’s sriracha sorbet (orange) with sriracha drizzle and lime sherbet, while the pink rose sorbet got rose jelly cubes and coconut marshmallow blobs.
On Friday I attended an event at the new Century City Conference Centre, which is right by Ratanga Junction. Hadn’t noticed these cute ‘follow me footprints’ the last time we visited.
And that’s all, folks! We’ve finally had a spot of rain in Cape Town and I have the most dreadful head cold at the moment, so expect the next update to be focused on relaxing and doing things indoors…
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We made it to the first long weekend of 2015! I hope you’ve already had a very good Good Friday, filled with all the things you love most. Ours hasn’t been a very relaxing one as we’ve been doing lots of little chores around the house, mainly in the garden, but the grazed knuckles and aching arms are worth it when the garden of your dreams finally starts to take shape. More on that in the next blog update though – for now, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to since last Friday’s update…
Friday, 27 March 2015: Braai at home
Ribs! They were braai-ed to perfection by Husband. Bassie was hopeful that she’d get some left overs. As was Bertie, almost hidden behind me. (They did).
Saturday, 28 March 2015: Canal Walk breakfast, Earth Hour Scrabble
After a spot of car license renewal admin, Husband went for a very saucy hot dog and 500ml cola for his breakfast – look, there’s even a dollop of sauce on the tip of his dear nose, teehee
For me? A saucy chip roll, and a McCafe caramel-infused cafe latte. Very sweet but just what I needed!
For Earth Hour that night, we played Scrabble outside, with our solar jars lighting the board. You can just see Bertie watching from the doorway. He didn’t join in, though.
I Scrabbled too, with coffee and puffy jacket as it was a bit chilly.
Sunday, 29 March 2015: Hout Bay day trip
Pretty yachts in Hout Bay, and you can just see the seal to my left, heading towards the man feeding him fish right from his own mouth (sies).
Husband contemplating breakfast at the Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay.
His breakfast Cola came with lemon, ice and a pleasingly green glass.
For me, a creme brulee-flavoured cafe latte, with a shortcake biscuit on the side. Yummer rummer.
Husband said his breakfast was just wonderful. At R30, it was an eggy-mushroomy-tomato jammy-rosemary-sprigged delight. Which he promptly Tabasco sauced to an inch of its life, of course.
See? We were at the Blue Train, too! OK OK, this is the restaurant version permanently posted in Sea Point. And Mum and Dad had been off of the real Blue Train for a full day already – still funny 🙂
All the gulls on the rocks in the middle of the Camps Bay tidal pool. I had to make my way carefully to the boundary wall to take this shot, with the sea crashing over my feet and Husband helpfully holding my arm for stability.
Of course Husband had a dip in his favourite sea spot near home, looking like he was about to take on the whole world.
Husband with his Driftwood drink…
Me with mine (yes, it’s a peanut butter shake, you know me well).
Bertie LOVED his belated birthday present. This is a gorilla stuffed toy with chewy rope legs and a squeaker inside. He sat and dug out all of the stuffing to reach the squeaker, then ran around with the newly flattened toy. Such a sweet dog.
Tuesday, 31 March 2015: Nando’s dins with parents
The leathery palm-leaf shaped lights at Nando’s, where we supped with Mum and Dad on collecting them from the airport.
Wednesday, 1 April 2015: Fire & Ice hotel, Royale burger lunch, Bassie’s 8th birthday
Pretty floral display at the Fire & Ice Hotel, where I attended a morning event on Wednesday. Just not so keen on the red wall, due to previous house having questionable red sections.
Much-needed tea break treats at the Fire & Ice…
Playing around with the iPad’s Photobooth/selfie settings, still not looking at exactly the right spot but this is better than my earlier attempts.
Wednesday was also #redmylips day, so I had to keep wiping my cup between sips – plus I overfilled it so spilled some into the saucer, as I do.
Mature cheddar burger and fries for lunch at a work meeting at Royale in Long Street. One of the best!
And there was this – a fudgey brownie milkshake, with chunks of chocolate brownie in the bottom of the glass – and by chance, a purple straw.
Happy birthday, little one! Bassie is now officially eight human-years old. Still hates wearing her birthday hat.
Even when Granny and Grampa visited, Bassie was reluctant to grin while wearing her birthday hat. I’m an embarrassing mom, I think.
But she LOVED eating the peanut butter-chicken muffins Granny baked especially for her birthday.
That’s all for now, folks! I see lots of chocolate in your future – happy Easter weekend 🙂
This past week has flown by in the blink of an eye for me (literally flown, as you’ll see). Not only did I spend many hours last weekend working, finishing off the bulk of my article’s from the previous week’s Design Indaba, but I also had a 6a.m. business flight to Durban for a special pre-Loeries sightseeing tour on Monday morning, back in the lovely Cape on Tuesday afternoon. We also have dad-in-law and a friend of his staying with us at the moment, as they drove down yesterday from Joburg for this weekend’s fire-shortened Argus. Lots of fun, but rather exhausting, and so, without further ado…
Saturday, 28 February 2015: Col’Cacchio breakfast, Buena Vista Social Cafe drinks
Did you know Col’Cacchio at Canal Walk now serves breakfast? Neither did we. These flapjacks were delightful.
Loved the table setting at Col’Cacchio on Saturday morning – brown paper and cheekily labelled salt n pepper
I believe Husband’s was called The Classic, with extra rashers of bacon.
To celebrate being ALMOST done for the day with work, we popped out in the afternoon to visit the Buena Vista Social Cafe at Eden on the Bay – that’s a chocolate-y something cocktail.
Husband went for a Long Island Ice Tea, his standard cocktail
Gazing out at all the kite surfers at Eden on the Bay – they really love the windy conditions
Sunday, 1 March 2015: Bertie’s fifth birthday, pink skies at night
Both doglets getting attention from their grampa on Bertie’s birthday, when we visited for brunch instead of the usual lupper as I had to be in bed almost before the sun set for my flight the next morning
Bassie acting like a meerkat, standing up to lick the left-over dregs from the yoghurt tubs. So sweet.
Bertie reading (and licking) his birthday card from Granny and Grampa when we got home that afternoon
The standard ‘birthday hat’ Andrews family pose. Bertie grinned, you can’t really see it in this shot though, but the others were all blurred so this will have to do!
My Old Fashioned Waffle at the Big Bay Waffle Company, accompanied by a banoffee shake for me and a white chocolate one for Husband
Ha! Funny shot of me tucking into my waffle
Look how tiny Husband’s mostly-eaten schwarma for Sunday dins looks at this angle. I love the cartoon sheep of our local Schwarma Express…
The first pink-streaky sky I’ve photographed from the ‘new’ house (even though we’ve lived here over 3 months now. Oops). This was just before I went to sleep.
Monday, 2 March 2015: Flight to Durban before the sun came up
See how dark the sky was behind me, when Husband dropped me off at the airport on Monday morning? My first ever flight by myself
This photo doesn’t do it justice – you’re looking at a giant whale mural when you finally walk into King Shaka Airport.
You know by now that I love a good cappuccino – this version, served with a skinny biscotti on the side at the Durban ICC, was just what I needed after the early flight and excitement of being in another city had sunk in…
There’s a tree growing through the middle of the Durban ICC”s parking lot, did you know?
It’s the recently renovated Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani – the wave-shaped one on Durban’s main beachfront
I loved the flowers in the hotel lobby
Oh look! A welcome note with complimentary bottle of red grape juice and pack of dried fruit and nuts was waiting for me (and Hemingly rabbit and Nelly the Eelie) when we finally checked into our room on the 20th floor of the Southern Sun Elangeni-Maharani
Then we looked down at the view…
The view from my room. Not too shabby, but definitely different to the Cape coastline
When in Durban… spiced pineapple, just one of the lovely finger foods I ate on Monday night
Tuesday, 3 March 2015: Hottest day in Cape Town in 100 years
Some colourful Durban graffiti I noticed on a pre-breakfast walk to dip my feet in the sea the next morning
That’s not the white icing sugar/small pebble-type sand I’m used to!
What a wonderful breakfast setting – on the second floor of the Elangeni. It’s poolside, with a view of the beachfront just beyond the edge of the infinity pool.
Homebound! Flying’s not my favourite activity due to airsickness in years past, but I was so excited to be heading home to my loved ones that I had to take a photo or two once we were allowed to switch on electronic devices
I was just behind the wing, so got to marvel at all the shades of blue from roughly 30,000 feet above
The first thing we did that evening was hit the beach, as Cape Town was the hottest city in the world that day, recording temps of 42′ C in some places. Here is Husband at his favourite swimming spot…
Everyone and their dog was at the beach. Along with stacks of seagulls on the rocks. That’s the smoke of the awful Table Mountain fire just under the cloud to the left
Dazzling sunset – that’s Husband waving after jumping in from the rocks.
That’s all, folks… lots of relaxation on the cards for this weekend, watch this space! 🙂
Yes, it’s true, I’ve aged. It’s funny, waking up and knowing I was suddenly not 30 but IN my thirties was quite the revelation. I felt old. Tired. Achy. It’s all downhill from here, folks! I joke, I joke. It’s just the pre-arthritic fingers that give me pain when I over-type. And if I manage 10 hours of sleep a night, I wake feeling relatively rested 😉 Birthdays pass by in a blur these days as there are so many phone calls, phone messages, emails and Facebook posts to reply to that you spend much of the day chatting away and not really doing – which is a fine way to spend the day, of course, as you’ll see below…
Saturday, 14 February 2015: Valentine’s Day for most
Just because we don’t celebrate the official Valentine’s Day (because my birthday’s the day after and Husband’s is two weeks prior) doesn’t mean we don’t still treat ourselves to nice things. Here is my R25 sunshine breakfast from our local Foodlover’s Market – yes, R25 including the cappuccino!
Husband opted for his favourite haloumi toast stack with a Coke, to start his weekend on the right note
Husband having a draught at the Boardhouse on the beachfront
Telling Bassie just because I’m not sharing my almond croissant and coffee with her, doesn’t mean I don’t love her. She’s not convinced…
On with the patio installation! Here is Husband, climbing down the ladder after securing the first length of opal white covering
And another panel up!
Almost done! Doesn’t it look smart!
Sunday, 15 February 2015: My 21st (+10)
How do you celebrate your 31st birthday? With a chocolatey breakfast, of course. This is my cappuccino from Cocoa Wah wah
The French Kiss – it’s French toast topped with hot chocolatey sauce and flaked almonds. Delicious.
Husband about to tuck into his Supreme croissant, complete with poached eggs, avo and ham. (Plus a breakfast Coke)
After my Typo shopping spree we stopped at Hudson’s Claremont. Husband had this here draught…
Glug glug, down the hatch!
I had the house made fudge milkshake, complete with chunk of fudge. Gorgeously thick.
Just some of my Typo birthday treats
Thoughtful, beautiful, delightful birthday spoils from Mum n Dad…
Just LOOK at this gorgeous spectacular cake Mum baked for me! It was a red AND blue marbled velvet cake inside, with cream cheese frosting. Vanished rather fast at work the next day, along with a box of Italian cream puffs
See the chocolatey red and blue marbledness.
Mom also made this brandy tart with whipped cream. So yum!
The standard Andrews family ‘wearing a birthday hat and getting a birthday kiss on the cheek’ photo
Thursday, 19 February 2015: Tea at the Colosseum Hotel and the building begins…
I attended a wonderful workshop on the neuroscience of email marketing at the Colosseum Hotel in Century City – delicious Rooibos tea with honey and some of the tea time snacks
And when I got home, the big concrete bricks that’ll become our front wall (meaning we’ll have a front garden, too!) had been delivered and stacked. Building should start next week, so watch this space for progress…
Friday, 20 February 2015: Double bubblegum luck
While waiting for the train to arrive after work, I decided to chew on one of the bubblegums I’d tucked into my bag… and for the first time ever had a double wrapper – not a repeat, so double the facts to read while waiting 😉
That’s all, folks… lekker naweek!
I know, I know, a four-legged fur-baby is drastically different to a human one. But I couldn’t be more proud of our little seven-year-old. Instead of learning her ABCs, 123s and colours she’s learning to become more patient around her adopted brother – when we first brought him home from the SPCA she really
mourned the loss of her only child status. But times they are a-changing. We even find them curled up in the same blanket sometimes!
as I’ve said before, nothing lifts the spirits more when you’ve had a bad day than the utterly enthusiastic greeting a doggie will give, complete with jumping, singing and licking.
This past Tuesday was the perfect opportunity for us to celebrate this joyful little creature, as it was her birthday. Here’s what we did…
Winking at the camera while patiently letting me hold the birthday hat over her… and eagerly awaiting the special birthday banana split I mainly ate myself
Supper that night
Candlelit birthday supper the next night – my mom made us each an individual ‘steak and ale’ pie, and brought over some extra gravy to dress the doggies’ dins
Two types of ‘Tabasco’ on the table at the same time!
Birthday kisses for Granny
Granny recovering from the kiss, Tabby looking very proud of herself
Birthday kisses and head noogies for Grampa
Eagerly awaiting a piece of the savoury sweetcorn and jalapeno scones my mom baked in Bassie’s honour
I didn’t blog about her birthday last year, but there’s my dad holding the birthday hat over her dear little head