Wowee. Second work week of the year done and dusted, and it feels like two months rather than two weeks since we were on leave. It’s a combination of intense heat, slow internet and sheer hard work. But that doesn’t mean we don’t have any highlights to share – view our latest batch below…
Saturday, 16 January 2016: Panama Jacks lunch, swimming in the icy Atlantic
We do love lunching at Panama Jacks in the harbour. Always a treat to be served rolls before the food arrives…
We each went with the fettuccini mains. Mine is the verde (green, R40) – asparagus, parmesan cheese, thin slivers of baby marrow. Husband had the marinara, (R50) with a mussel chowder starter (R25). He finished his, I had to bring mine home for dins!
You’re not to admire my shiny forehead in this photo but just how well I twirled the fettuccini on my fork. Teehee.
On the lazy ride home we had to stop at the beach. T’was like a postcard!
And of course, Husband wasn’t content just to look at it. Here he is, frollicking in the waves.
Much, much later, once the temperature had dropped a little, we took the doggies for a walk around the suburb. Bertie loves chasing things in the shrubs.
Sunday, 17 January 2016: Brunch at Steenberg’s Bistro Sixteen82
On Sunday we woke late and couldn’t decide on a suitable spot to break our 12-hour fast. We eventually ended up at Steenberg Wine Estate and decided to treat ourselves to brunch at Bistro Sixteen82, known for its pork belly-bacon.
This colourful chandelier is quite something to see in person.
Of course I started with a flat white. T’was delicious. Look at the gorgeous scenery behind me – all that green was very soothing on the eyes.
What a lovely surprise. While waiting for our pork belly-bacon eggs benedicts, we were served hot, fresh honey brioche.
Of course Husband had an oyster starter. For breakfast…
And then, the eggs benedict arrived. Oh. My. Goodness, was it delicious. The pork belly-bacon is amazing, the little tomatoes were steamy and the Hollandaise was just right. Plus they’re served on potato rosti instead of stodgy English muffins. At R72, that’s not bad at all!
As we were already pretty far from home we decided to revisit Simon’s Town. These are some of the dinky little boats right at the harbour’s edge.
Can’t visit Simon’s Town and miss taking a photo with the statue of Just Nuisance. Though he seems to have been moved somewhat since the last time we were there…
Husband is one of the little ‘people dots’ floating in the sea. I sat on the beach with my book and a sugar cone instead.
Bassie insisted on sitting on her Granny’s lap when we visited for lupper. Both grinned.
As it was so hot, we had Do-It-Yourself burgers for dins. Husband placed his onion slices in pleasingly concentric circles on his patty.
Wednesday, 20 January 2016: Midweek sunset
I caught the very end of the sunset – much more spectacular in real life!
That’s all, folks. Sounds like we’re in for a spot of rain this weekend, will bring welcome relief from the incessant heat!
I’m now into the third week of my 10-week part-time course and my brain is positively overflowing with information that you may well see filtering across into this very blog’s design soon. Exciting! 🙂
Other highlights from the past week include the first true glimpse of Spring 2015 for Cape Town – always a few weeks behind those of y’all upcountry, alas. See below…
Friday, 11 September 2015: Chilly dogs in blankets
Bertie Andrews feeling the chill.
Bassie Andrews also felt the need to be blanketed.
Saturday, 12 September 2015: Breakfast at Woodbridge Island, post-assignment burgers at Rockstar Diner
Some pre-brekkie grins at Ilha, Woodbridge Island on Saturday.
Husband about to tuck in to his full English.
You know I love French Toast! This is a stack with bacon and grilled banana, and a cafe latte on the side.
Much, much later that day, after Husband had done lots of cleaning and clearing (we visited the local dump twice and that final box that had sat in the garage since we first moved to Cape Town is gone).. plus after I finished my last assignment for the week, we treated ourselves to fancy drinks and burgers at the Rockstar Diner. This is Husband’s Long Island Ice Tea…
There we are with our burgers and big grins adorning our faces. You can just see my ‘strawberries and cream’ milkshake, as well as my cheese burger topped with a crumbed onion ring and Husband’s ‘magic mushroom’ burger.
Sunday, 13 September 2015: Breakfast and long walks along the West Coast
First thing on Sunday, we headed to Eden on the Bay and dithered over where to eat. We started out at Captain’s Kitchen, where I had a strong cappuccino.
Husband had a Cola, of course. We then decided to walk “a little up the road” to see what else was on offer.
Walk and walk we did! All the way past the Blue Peter, Ons Huisie and the incoming sea. There’s a ship in the top left of the shot.
See? As close as close can be to the sea. Actually I lie. We were walking in the sea later, and I very nearly got swept away when I stepped into a hole in the sand – luckily Husband was right there to rescue me and I only got soaked up to my knees.
We ended up having breakfast at Petit Fours. Husband had this lovely poached egg concoction.
My favourite Boy and his favourite sauce.
For me? This rather delightful mini cheesecake filled with salted caramel and sliced almonds, washed down with a Chai latte.
Later that afternoon we were back in the area and stopped off for a spot of sushi at Best of Asia on Marine Circle
Wednesday, 16 September: Dins at Fat Cactus, Woodstock
To celebrate my first assignment results, Husband met me down the road from work on Wednesday at the Fat Cactus
For me? A super large espresso milkshake. There was enough in there to fill two glasses.
For Husband, the pulled pork, crispy tacos. He loves them
For me? The ‘starter’ rib basket. Husband helped me finish and we brought the rib bones home for the doggies.
Later that night we gave Bertie the teddybear we’d rescued from the side of the road a while ago and cleaned first. He loves it.
Friday, 18 September 2015: SEO studies and delicious tea breaks
I took the day off from work, so my Friday started like this – chocolate Poptarts and cappuccino breakfast while cluing myself up on the design aspects of SEO.
I had this for a brunch break later with the parents – custard-filled croissant and a large Chai latte. Yum!
That’s all, folks! The weekend ahead is set to be sunny yet windy, so who knows what my next blog update will have in store for you?
This past week? Whoosh. A blur. Can’t believe (but thanking my lucky stars) that it’s Friday again. To get you and me in the mood for the next weekend that’s just inches away, let’s have a quick recap of what I’ve been up to in the past week…
Saturday, 7 March 2015: Mugg n Bean coffee, Charly’s Bakery, parental beach visit, Catch22 dins
The easy cappuccino at Mugg n Bean always goes down a treat for me as it’s extra milky. That side biscuit was a treat.
Definitely, coffee saucer saying. I agree.
Finally got to visit Charly’s Bakery with fellow Joburg-transplant Kat, to see what all the fuss is about…
Look at the pretty heart-embellished seats! Look at the delicious cupcakes! We had a lovely time, and can cross that off our ‘Cape must-visits’ list…
Then we went to the beach with the visitors. Stepping out of the wave’s path, just in the nick of time
Husband and his dad took a LONG walk across the beach
Haha! Here is dad-in-law blowing his nose on his towel post-swim, me holding his Argus 2015 race shirt, and racing friend taking in the view
Ha. Love these three so. Husband is tired of posing for photos, Bassie is wary, and Bertie is distracted by the telly, as usual
What Husband ate at Catch22 – super jumbo oysters (R25 each) and the Calypso’s Catch salad, positively brimming with all sorts of goodies from the sea
I opted for the deceptively plain-sounding Buccaneer beef burger, which comes topped with bacon and cheese, as well as a side of skinny fries and huge onion rings
Sunday, 8 March 2015: Doggy beach walk, family braai at ours
Love the pink orchid decorating the eating area at our local Foodlover’s Market. And Husband, obviously.
If you take me for breakfast where the running special is a slice of cake and a cappuccino for R28, that’s what I’ll have.
Bassie is very cross with mommy for some reason…
Another beach visit, this time with the dear doglets. Bertie had a long paddle, even Bassie was tempted in
See how she’s gazing off contentedly?
Oh my goodness this is a funny sandy face! Looks like the Phteven underbite dog
Then I noticed Bertie was waiting for his photo to be taken. First he made a solemn face…
Then he grinned widely to show how much he loved going to the beach. Such a sweetheart.
When we got home, Husband finally had time to hang my hammock chair. Bertie was then coaxed onto my lap
Then, when Husband adjusted the height and tested it himself, Bertie sat on HIS lap, too.
Yay, the Driftwood Cafe has reopened! New management means my favourite milkshake’s off the menu but they were happy to make it for me (that’s chocolate ice cream, peanut butter and custard. Delicious)
Husband had a draught, as he does. Note the patio roofing above us, ours at home will eventually look like so
Argus medal 2015, check. Would you believe my friend Kat, who I was merrily sharing tasty cakes with the previous morning, entered the race on a whim after she met with me, as a friend of hers had a spare ticket, and she completed it too? With no special training. Huh.
Bertie had a chair to himself during the braai
Bassie prefers to share a seat – here she looks pensive again
Indifferent Bassie on her Granny’s knee
Bassie telling Grampa a story while Husband tends to the meat. Rose quartz holding down tablecloth as it was that windy
Let’s eat! All enjoyed the spread – you can just make out Bassie begging at her granny’s knee
Of course Husband had to teach his dad how to play cricket on the XBox. Hmm.
Husband called me to capture these pink streaks just before they vanished
Monday, 9 March: Dins at home with the cyclists
Bit blurry but you can see the six of us – that’s my dad-in-law, his friend who came down for the Argus with him, Bassie in my arms and Bertie in his dad’s
Worried Bassie, sprawled on the bed
Thursday, 12 March 2015: Thursday cupcake
Belated birthday cake in the office is a surefire way to uplift a Thursday. These Woolies cupcakes were divine
That’s all, folks! Dad-in-law and his cycling friend are still with us this weekend, so expect a few more pics of them next week. And with that, I bid you good night…
It’s been a long but lovely week, as I covered all three days of the Design Indaba conference, which meant the start of the week was a mad rush of getting a week’s worth of work done in two days, followed by three days of non-stop tweeting, scribbling and interacting. And, um, eating. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the auditorium so I took lots of photos of the food. Lots and lots. But first, of course, was the weekend…
Saturday, 20 February 2015: Bread & Butter breakfast, Wimpy shakes, Rockstar Diner burgers
The pretty new chalkboard message at Bread & Butter. I agree with it 100%
See? Doesn’t that cappuccino look delicious, along with its little accompanying shortbread bite?
Contemplating his Saturday banana milkshake (large) at our closest Wimpy.
Husband’s happy sauce, at the new Rockstar Diner near Marine Circle
A large local lager – craft beer of course, but a good one, said Husband
Here is Husband, saucing up his Red Hot Chili burger
Mine was the cheesy option, which came with huge onion rings adorning the patty – you can just see my chocolate shake off to the side. Total bill was just on R200 for my 180g and Husband’s 250g burger, as well as his draught and my fancy shake. Only problem is they’re closed on Sundays and only open after 2pm the rest of the time. But we’ll be back!
We took the scenic route home, along the beachfront
Beautiful bright white sun and some kite surfers in the left of the shot
Having a chocolate-y break, having a Kitkat – we couldn’t resist trying the Cookies n Cream flavour, very nice
Dogs in the dark. Sort of. As usual, Bertie looks directly at the camera, Bassie gazes wistfully off into the distance
Sunday, 21 February 2015: Wimpy breakfast
My standard Wimpy start to the day – a toasted cheese (still served on a stick, sigh) with a mega Wimpy coffee
The Wimpy streaky bacon breakfast with an extra cheesegriller (my dad worked out years ago that ordering it this way is better value than the cheesegriller breakfast option). And of course a large Coke to wash it all down…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015: Design Indaba day 1
The sight that met Design Indaba conference attendees, inside the CTICC. The colourful banners each feature a cartoony version of the conference speakers, most of whom were international
Breakfast in the media lounge. Granola, yoghurt, fruit, and non-pictured coffee, of course
Really exquisite flower settings adorned the foody tables in all the tea breaks
Tea (coffee) – with a chocolate brioche, nutty brownie bite and block of the bestest fudge ever.
Amazing individual cheese plate with a pot of something figgy to dip it in
Thursday, 26 February 2015: Design Indaba day 2
I missed most of the lunch rush on Thursday as I was attending an extra talk in a preview of this weekend’s actual expo – but never fear, I made up for it at afternoon tea with two mini chocolate eclairs
You can see the ghost of my hand in this shot of the cloud-draped mountain through the bus window on my way home on Thursday
I know it’s a bit blurry but I’ve been meaning to get a shot of this graffiti since I first noticed it, in the MyCiti bus lane between the Paarden Eiland and Neptune stops. Don’t they look like happy ghosties high-fiving?
Friday, 27 February 2015: Design Indaba day 3
Morning tea perfection at the CTICC. This was a cinnamon bun, there were also mini apple tarts to choose from
Look at this ridiculousness! Only on the final day of the conference did I discover a Woolworths flavour combination table, where you could choose all sorts of seemingly strange tastes to mingle together. I tried the 70% dark chocolate with crispy onion bits (yum) the white chocolate with dill gherkins (bit odd) and the milk chocolate with bacon nibs (best ever. Bacon goes with everything, obvs)
That’s all for now, folks – seems there’s a bit of a chill in the air, here’s hoping Winter holds out a little longer.
And so, 2014 came to an end and 2015 began. How did we celebrate? As all South Africans do of course, with a braai. And another braai. And a doggie walk that was just so long Bertie decided to sit and smile and
loll his tongue halfway through. See this unprecedented behaviour from the world’s most energetic doggie below…
Wednesday, 31 January 2014: Braai-ing out the old year
Look how lovely and relaxed Husband is here – the coals are lit and ready to go. The vest he’s wearing has since been lost in the sea, alas… long story.
Really looks like Bassie’s trying to tell me something here…
Figured it out. This is beautiful Bassie pleading with me to stop taking photos of her. I tried but failed, as you’ll see.
Dinner is served! Look at the dear sweet doggies hoping they’d get some. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #1…
Thursday, 1 January 2015: New Year’s Day brunch and a long doggie walk
Love how Husband captured our New Year’s Day brunch at my parents in this photo
Bassie begged her Granny for some treats. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #2…
Look at my sweet family, all watching magician shows on the TV reflected in the mirror… Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #3…
After a nap, we took the doggies for a wander around McPherson’s – here you can see Bassie trotting along at her dad’s side, and Bertie quite a way behind them. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #4…
They really love trotting through long grass! Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #5…
Then, after about 20 minutes of walking, Bertie saw a shady spot under a tree and made a flying leap for it. And sat and sat and sat, with his tongue lolling happily. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #6…
Look at that tongue!
Later that day I had some of the lemon curd Mom had made, spread on her citrus-cupcake creations. So delicious!
For early dins that night we went to Earth Cafe, near our old house. The sweet n sour chicken was delightful
Husband thoroughly enjoyed his seafood noodles, too, despite the blinding sunlight
Saturday, 3 January 2015: Blustery beach visit
We’re so lucky to live here
Despite the sunshine it was really chilly out
Husband’s always up for a dip in the sea, no matter how blustery the day
Here is Husband, having his dip
Cooling himself down in the rock pools
Sunday, 4 January 2015: Braai-ing in the new year
Bassie gave her Grampa lots of love when he came to our housie for a Sunday braai. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #7… She’s probably whispering to him that he should watch out, I’m taking yet another photo
Husband deftly braaied using his new grid for our second ever braai at this house, in the space of a week. Not bad when you consider we only braaied once at the old house, the whole of last year
Bassie jumped onto her Granny’s lap and rested her head on the table. Oops, ‘No Bassie photos’ fail #8…
Mum and me, enjoying our meal
Monday, 5 January 2015: Spur’s two-for-one burger special
Spur’s ‘two for one’ Monday burger special comes in handy when you’ve just had your first day back in the office. That’s why I look so tired, yes
That’s all for now, folks – You’ll note with the first two un-numbered photos of Bassie, she appeared 10 times in this blog post… oops.