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Pasta at Panama Jacks, Cape to Cuba cocktails and swimming in the not-so-deep blue sea

“Know where Charlize Theron eats seafood when she’s in Cape Town? Right here, at Panama Jacks,” our waitress whispered conspiratorially during our lipsmacking Saturday lunch. We could certainly see why. But of course, that’s not all we’ve done since my last update…

Thursday, 8 January 2015: Husband and parents lunch at Fat Cactus

On Thursday, my parents treated Husband to a 'last day of leave' lunch. Here is lovely Mum with her rib basket.
On Thursday, my parents treated Husband to a ‘last day of leave’ lunch. Here is lovely Mum with her rib basket.
Dad and Husband tucking in on the other side of table.
Dad and Husband tucking in on the other side of table.
I got home from work to this sight. Note mirror propped up in front of Husband and Bertie - that was so Husband could properly portray himself in his new cricket game
I got home from work to this sight. Note mirror propped up in front of Husband and Bertie – that was so Husband could properly portray himself in his new cricket game

Saturday, 10 January 2015: Family lunch at Panama Jacks, a chilly dip in Blouberg

Mom, me and dad outside Panama Jacks. It's not an obvious Cape Town must-visit as it's in the harbour, so a little tricky to reach, but came highly recommended by a former colleague - we soon saw why!
It’s not an obvious Cape Town must-visit as it’s in the harbour, so a little tricky to reach, but came highly recommended by a former colleague – we soon saw why!
Instead of ordering the ordinary lobster off the menu, Dad went the clever route by having this lobster Ritz starter, and lobster sushi (in case you're wondering, t'was not raw sashimi-style - the lobster was cooked and indeed delicious, he said)
Instead of ordering the ordinary lobster off the menu, Dad went the clever route by having this lobster Ritz starter, and lobster sushi (in case you’re wondering, t’was not raw sashimi-style – the lobster was cooked and indeed delicious, he said)
Husband had three oysters as a starter
Husband had three oysters as a starter
Husband's Fettuccini Marinara, chock-full of fishy things
Husband’s Fettuccini Marinara, chock-full of fishy things
Mom's peri-peri prawns main - she had calamari starter
Mom’s peri-peri prawns main – she had calamari starter
You can't quite see it, but that there Fettuccini Verde, packed with pesto and parmesan, was among the best pasta I've ever had. EVER. And at just R50 a plate, I'll definitely be back! (Yes yes, I know it's a seafood place, but am allergic to most creatures from the sea, remember?)
You can’t quite see it, but that there Fettuccini Verde, packed with pesto and parmesan, was among the best pasta I’ve ever had. EVER. And at just R50 a plate, I’ll definitely be back! (Yes yes, I know it’s a seafood place, but am allergic to most creatures from the sea, remember?)
And to end it off a whisky Dom Pedro, with 4 straws. So good we had another :)
And to end it off a whisky Dom Pedro, with 4 straws. So good we had another πŸ™‚
Husband heading to his favourite swimming spot, once we'd been home for a nap so the food had time to digest
Husband heading to his favourite swimming spot, once we’d been home for a nap so the food had time to digest
There he is, bobbing in the sea! The wind was so strong that while I was taking this photo, it decided to snatch his vest I was supposedly holding for safekeeping out of my hand. It tumbled into the sea, never to be seen again. Sob. Sea 2, Litchi 0, if you remember I lost our camera the same way soon after we moved down here. Sigh...
There he is, bobbing in the sea! The wind was so strong that while I was taking this photo, it decided to snatch his vest I was supposedly holding for safekeeping out of my hand. It tumbled into the sea, never to be seen again. Sob. Sea 2, Litchi 0, if you remember I lost our camera the same way soon after we moved down here. Sigh…

Sunday, 11 January 2015: Breakfast at Aunt Sysy’s, cocktails at Cape to Cuba, swimming in the warm Muizenberg sea

Having lived in the Table View area for over two year's now, tis a little embarrassing to have only just visited Aunt Sysy's coffee shop at the Sandown Nursery. A delightful breakfast we had, too - note my flat white and plate of African Frenzy french toast - complete with bacon, banana, cream cheese, a berry and sprinkling of cinnamon - a steal at R30!
Having lived in the Table View area for over two year’s now, tis a little embarrassing to have only just visited Aunt Sysy’s coffee shop at the Sandown Nursery. A delightful breakfast we had, too – note my flat white and plate of African Frenzy french toast – complete with bacon, banana, cream cheese, a berry and sprinkling of cinnamon – a steal at R30!
Presenting... Cape to Cuba! Most folk stop at the Brass Bell or Kalkies when in Kalk Bay, but this spot is a true gem. It's decorated with chandeliers, bright walls, swings and more inside, and outside tables are wedged into soft beach sand if that's your fancy
Presenting… Cape to Cuba! Most folk stop at the Brass Bell or Kalkies when in Kalk Bay, but this spot is a true gem. It’s decorated with chandeliers, bright walls, swings and more inside, and outside tables are wedged into soft beach sand if that’s your fancy
Husband's cocktail came with green feather and juicy pineapple slice. Was called 'The Voodoo', hence the dark purple colour. I had the most delicious Pina Colada - sadly no photo to show you.
Husband’s cocktail came with green feather and juicy pineapple slice. Was called ‘The Voodoo’, hence the dark purple colour. I had the most delicious Pina Colada – sadly no photo to show you.
We were still heading to Mum's for lupper, so Husband elected the mussel tapas - lovely white wine sauce, he said
We were still heading to Mum’s for lupper, so Husband elected the mussel tapas – lovely white wine sauce, he said
Perfect. beach. weather. Look at that sky! Look at that sea! And as this was in Muizenberg, Husband was able to pull me in with minimal complaints and lots of laughter once I was in. Waves weren't good enough for proper boogie boarding but was lovely to be cool and wet!
Perfect. beach. weather. Look at that sky! Look at that sea! And as this was in Muizenberg, Husband was able to pull me in with minimal complaints and lots of laughter once I was in. Waves weren’t good enough for proper boogie boarding but was lovely to be cool and wet!

That’s all, folks! I know, I know – no milkshake pics (though I did have a strawberry one at Panama Jacks), no photos of Bassie, and not a single shot of the sunset! Gasp! Will hopefully rectify the situation next time round… Click here to visit the Panama Jacks website.

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Wetting our whistles (and the rest of us) to make the most of the last of the summer sunshine

Sheesh, you couldn’t turn on the radio this Saturday without being repeatedly reminded that Cape Town was experiencing a heat wave, with temperatures we weren’t likely to feel again… until next summer rolls around, of course. So while there were lots of indoor chores to keep us occupied this weekend, we chose to rather spend most of our time outdoors, soaking up the summer sun.

On Saturday, we slept in then went for Eggs Benedict breakfast at our closest CafΓ© Dulce and spent the whole morning driving to the sea (I know I know, we live 5 minutes away from the Blouberg Beach, but we wanted the warm water of Muizenberg side).

And so we ended up at Strand first, where hubby swam a bit (I got in up to my knees as it was still cold, thankyouverymuch). Then we headed on to Muizenberg, which was PACKED. After a slow start I enjoyed myself boogieboarding – only got dunked once but it was necessary, came out with a clear head.

We didn’t take any photos of the boogie boarding in progress this time, but here’s one of me and my SCARY board at Kalk Bay last November:

'Hopefully the only shark I'll see in the sea', I quipped at the time
‘Hopefully the only shark I’ll see in the sea’, I quipped at the time

Next we headed to the tidal pool at St James, had a late lunch in Kalk Bay and discovered a nice outdoor pubby eatery on our way home:

Hubby's beer at the Big Barrel pub at Mountain View Farm (odd name as there is no view of the mountain. We looked.)
Hubby’s beer at the Big Barrel pub at Mountain View Farm (odd name as there is no view of the mountain. We looked.)
Holding his own beer
Holding his own beer

On Sunday we repeated the Eggs Benedict – except we made it at home and didn’t include Hollandaise sauce:

Microwave-poached egg on avo-smeared toast, with a bacon smile (or hat) and coffee on the side
Microwave-poached egg on avo-smeared toast, with a bacon smile (or hat) and coffee on the side

Then we went to our local beach with trusty umbrella to ward away sunburn-and-worse-causing rays:

Hubby just entering the scene on the left
Hubby just entering the scene on the left
The sweetest little doggie on the beach! Reminded me of Tabasco a handful-plus years ago
The sweetest little doggie on the beach! Reminded me of Tabasco a handful-plus years ago

And we ended up visiting the Big Barrel Pub again for lunch:

So nice we did it twice: Sitting in the sun together at the barrel pub place
So nice we did it twice: Sitting in the sun together at the barrel pub place

Before heading to my mom and dad for a summery supper of salad-y things:

The lovely summery spread
The lovely summery spread

You can feel the chill in the air already, so I’m glad we made full use of the summer sun this weekend…

Beautiful pink clouds, they vanished in the time it took me to go inside and bring out hubby's phone to take a better photo. Oh well
Beautiful pink clouds, they vanished in the time it took me to go inside and bring out hubby’s phone to take a better photo. Oh well