In this week’s highlights you get an insider’s glimpse of the new Bizcommunity offices, post-week drinks with colleagues at the Fat Cactus, winter mid-week evening
half-price curries with husband and more! See below…
Saturday, 4 July 2015: Breakfast at Bread & Butter, electric fence installation, dins at the Italian Club
Beautiful cappuccino with side shortbread at Bread & Butter.
The muesli jar is always a treat, filled with fresh sliced strawberries, bananas and nuts.
Husband had the bacon, egg and avo croissant. Note it’s still served on a bread board and not a plate – that’s his only complaint.
Husband found this large Scotch egg on sale at the local food market. It was lovely, he says.
I savoured my own treat later that afternoon with a coffee lovingly made by Husband – a Nuss Plunder. It’s much like a twisty croissant. Often find them at the bakery section of Pick n Pay and Foodlover’s Market.
Don’t worry, Husband hasn’t lost his top half – if you look closely you’ll see he’s standing bent over atop our front wall, cleverly extending our electric fence himself.
When darkness hit we zoomed off to my old offices to pack up my desk and bring all my odds and ends home for the weekend, then stopped off at the Italian Club in Milnerton for dins.
Husband at the wall of barrels and flags inside the Italian Club.
You can just tell this was an Italian meal from the colours in the shot, can’t you? And indeed it was, our first meal at the Italian Club this year (gasp!).
The best gnocchi bolognaise, covered in parmesan and chilli.
Sunday, 5 July 2015: Breakfast at Primi Blouberg, evening at the Fire & Ice
Look at Husband’s lovely lemony breakfast Cola against a backdrop of tableclothed Table Mountain. This was at Primi, Blouberg.
My cappuccino wanted a similar photo taken. That’s an enormous mug, with a sliver of biscotti on the side. Delicious.
My french toast would have been just R25 if I didn’t add a portion of summer berries for R15. So glad I did, they were tart and tasty.
Husband opted for the ‘Rancheros’ bowl of all sorts of Mexican goodness. Nice, he confirms, and at least it’s in a bowl on the bread board and not just left to slither and slide across the wooden plank.
We celebrated Husband finishing the electric fence extension with a quick afternoon visit to the Driftwood. Husband had a Black Label draught…
I had a red cappuccino. Above my head you can see the inspiration for our patio roofing, especially with the twinkly fairy lights you only see at night.
We got to the Fire & Ice a little early for my Sunday evening event, so we sat and ‘people-watched’ at the Milkshake Bar. That’s my chocolate-orange-honeycomb milkshake, and Husband had the Almond Whiskey Espresso Martini.
I did try his, but mine was better 🙂
This is what we attended at the Fire & Ice – the closing awards evening of the first ever One Show diversity boot camp to be held in Cape Town. Click here for my overview.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015: New offices and sunset curries
Look how pretty! This is the view from my new desk in the brand new Bizcommunity office. Note the real live trees, the pink sunrise sky and the lovely open space.
JUST caught the pink streaks in the sky at sunset on Tuesday after work…
It was such a gorgeous night that we went past home to Eden on the Bay, as we had a suspicion they’d brought out their winter specials menu – indeed they did, so we opted for the Tuesday ‘two chicken curries for the price of one’ special. Husband also had the ‘double Scottish Leader for R22’ special, as you can see.
Setting sun just visible through the window at Inside.
My chicken korma and cafe latte. Husband opted for the bunny chow, which was delicious.
Wednesday, 8 July 2015: A doggie surprise at Husband’s work!
The fake potted orchid will give this away as Husband’s work – but what IS that on the red foot rest? A special delivery, just for Bertie and Bassie! You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for their special review blog post, coming soon…
Friday, 10 July 2015: Friday celebrations at the Fat Cactus, Woodstock
What do you do when your new offices are walking distance from the Fat Cactus? Head across after work on Friday with your colleagues, of course! This is a ‘mixed moggy’, a margerita of lime, with a swirl of strawberry and dollop of mango in the middle.
That’s all for this installment – keep your eyes peeled for the special guest post translated from the doggies, coming soon!
“Life is hard by the yard but by the inch, life’s a cinch.” It’s a little corny I know, but I find repeating that phrase makes it that much easier to buckle down and get through a tricky task. There’s been a few of those this week, but also lots of lovely little moments that would otherwise have passed me by if I’d not been taking a break, breathing deeply and enjoying the moment. That’s why there are lots of happy snaps to see this week. What’s not to love about owlies, hot coffee, and good food? See for yourself…
Friday, 15 May 2015: Chimney exploration
Our deep, dark chimney, as seen from above when Husband went looking for a blockage of sorts in it last Friday, while I was merrily a-blogging my last update to you all…
Saturday, 16 May 2015: Reload bagels and The West Coast Village owlie returns
A sight you don’t see everyday – Husband having not just a coffee for breakfast, but a triple cappuccino at Reload. It was good.
I wanted something a little more exciting, so went for the (single shot) white choc caramel latte. So sweet I didn’t add any sugar (Gasp!)
My breakfast bagel – coronation chicken with spring onion and flaked almonds on a so-fresh-it-was-still-warm onion bagel. Mmm.
Husband opted for the German hot dog instead, with a fried egg on the side and a squirt of hot mustard.
When we were out and about doing the weekly shop at West Coast Village, we noticed a few folk had aimed their phones at a certain tree, so I looked closer and yes! The lovely plump owlie that’s been visiting the area for a few weeks had returned! He was napping through all the excitement though…
Later that night we had a Scrabble rematch during loadshedding… and I finally won my first game! Must have been thanks to Bassie’s help.
Sunday, 17 May 2015: The best flapjacks and Driftwood drinks
A cappuccino with shortbread side biscuit (yay) from Eden Cafe at Eden on the Bay. Part of the perfect Sunday brekkie, which kept me full for most of the day.
Breakfast is served! Husband says I always choose to sit in the chair where I have bad light behind me. So you either see me, or my meal or the scenery, never all three. Sob.
Tada! My wonderful flapjacks, up close – drizzled with syrup, cinnamon, walnuts, fresh sliced banana and a large dollop of marscapone cheese, they were most more-ish.
Husband went for the salmony eggs ben. “Was alright”, he grudgingly said. I think my flapjacks were the win of the weekend!
Our Sunday afternoon drinks at Driftwood Cafe – if you read the blog regularly you’ll have little trouble deciding which was mine (I guess Husband’s hand around his gives it away, teehee).
Monday, 18 May 2015: Chameleon wall art near Obz train station
The most wonderfully painted chameleon. I was walking to the Observatory train station after collecting a package at the post office after work. Couldn’t help stopping and pulling out the ol’ iPad for this shot. Also love the pink bougainvillea gracing the image 🙂
Tuesday, 19 May 2015: dark chocolate cake with pink rose petals
Office birthday cake! This was the Charly’s Bakery rich chocolate cake with rose petals. Tasted every bit as dark as it looks.
Wednesday, 19 May 2015: Viewing the city from the Inner City Ideas Cartel
Afternoon tea at the Inner City Ideas Cartel, where I attended the first day of the Business of Design seminar on Wednesday.
One of the walls inside the plush ICIC theatre venue has a selection of paintbrushes artfully arranged.
The interesting rooftop decor at the ICIC.
That’s all, folks! Hope you enjoy the simple things in life this week…
It’s official – Winter 2015 has hit in Cape Town. What’s funny is, I made the same announcement last year – that Winter had officially hit on Mother’s Day weekend. (
See here if you don’t believe me). Most of this week has had foggy, frosty mornings – not fun on the back of a bike. I predict a weekend of being wrapped snug in soft blankets, mugs of steamy drinks and lots of lounging in front of the fireplace.
But before we get to this weekend, we need to cover last weekend, and all that’s happened since…
Saturday, 9 May 2015: Breakfast at Hello Sailor in Obz, home generator installation
Bertie’s morning face. Love this dog.
That’s me, as seen through the window of Hello Sailor in Obz.
Couldn’t have started the day any better than with a cappuccino.
Husband was either pondering the ‘Hello Sailor’ artboard or the ‘ever-present hippie’ on his Mac in the booth opposite. We then had a long discussion on the difference between hippies and hipsters.
Husband happily Tabasco-saucing his well-peppered eggs ben.
My French toast (of course) with bacon and grilled banana was just delightful.
Some of the pretty street art (not sure if this counts as graffiti?) in Obz, when we took a little walk after brekkie.
We treated ourselves to a genny, after lots of research into how much wattage we’d need to keep the basics running when we have our all-too-frequent loadshedding stints. We have bad luck with our schedule, as we’re loadshed every second day from 6pm to 8.30pm, but this week was a breeze.
Sunday, 10 May 2015: Mother’s Day brunch, afternoon snack at Captain’s Kitchen
Mum and me on Mother’s Day – we kept to our standing tradition of Mother’s Day brunch at our house. Husband kindly cooked eggs and bacon and toast, and we had a feast of fruit salad, yoghurt, pastries, coffee, juice and bubbly.
Love this photo of Bassie with her granny.
Here’s Bassie with me – such a dear little dog.
My doggies remembered! They gave Husband their grubby puppy coins and he got some items from their list – all things to make mommy’s garden and patio pretty. Bless.
A Mother’s Day draught at Captain’s Kitchen. R40 is way too much for this, Husband commented.
This here coffee shake was a bit better value at R25…
And the Italia pizza for R90? Perhaps we’d have it again on their weekly Thursday ‘two for the price of one’ special.
Thursday, 14 May 2015: Exploring the Castle Brewery complex in Woodstock
This here grey kitty let me snap a photo when I was walking through the Castle Brewery complex in Woodstock on Thursday morning. I got there super early so had time to take in the sights…
…But was delighted to find that Native VML, where the event was held, has a lovely bright coffee shop area with interesting things all over the walls. Just right for a creative space.
So I spent the rest of my wait busy with the book I’d remembered to bring along with me, a top-notch cappuccino or two and digestive biccies.
Keep warm, critters! It’s cold out there…
How do you improve on what’s already wonderful as it’s a long weekend? With chilli poppers, of course. And if they’re wrapped in bacon and stuffed with pulled pork and cream cheese, all the better.
That’s one of my highlights from last (long) weekend – see more below…
Saturday, 25 April 2015: Best chilli poppers, supporting the Stormers
It was really chilly last weekend – feel it, Winter is here. And so, a chai latte was in order when we went to the Riverway Cafe to try their famed ‘piggy poppers’ – R58 buys you 6 extremely hot chillis stuffed with a pulled pork/cream cheese mix and wrapped in bacon. My goodness they were amazing.
The piggy poppers, in all their glory. Well worth the trip to Hout Bay.
Oh, just hanging with the team, you know. Pip pip, old chap. We were lucky enough to sit in the Ogilvy box for the Stormers/Blue Bulls rugby match and squealed with delight when our team won!
Not Photoshopped. Really me at Newlands.
Not Photoshopped. Really Husband at Newlands.
And then! On our way out the bellows of the building we saw these cardboard cutouts and could not resist. Spot Husband at the back right. Teehee.
A close-up of Husband in all his rugby-playing glory.
Sunday, 26 April 2015: Bakery breakfasts, afternoon movies and doggie Milo
Sunday breakfast – one of the nicest French toast croissant efforts ever. This was at Ou Meul Bakkery at Willowbridge Shopping Centre, opposite the main Tygervalley Mall. Scrumptious with their homemade berry compote and fresh slices of banana.
Husband’s choice was just as tasty, with avo, poached egg, bacon and more.
Tummies purring we headed to Grandwest casino where we spent our winnings on movie things – here I am with the Minions poster (movie not out yet, we watched the Avengers instead).
The pink-streaked sunset from Mum’s house, where we had lupper.
This is what happens when you offer Tabasco Yoda the dregs of your Milo.
Monday, 27 April 2015: Fishy breakfasts and Freedom Day drinks
The sugar dissolving into my cappuccino at Ocean Sizzler, Eden on the Bay not-very-early on Monday morning
Husband had garlickety haddock with his breakfast
We then spent a few hours on housework, which sent my nose into a tizz, I was sneezing all day long, hence looking a bit sleepy in this photo – loved my Horlicks milkshake at Cubana, complete with a cherry in the glass.
Here is Husband with his snowdrop shooter.
That’s all for now, folks. I dithered about sharing today’s photos in this post too, but today is technically the ‘next weekend’ already and I should have published this post last night, as the eve of the next weekend, so I will love and leave you here… stay tuned for our next episode 🙂
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! 🙂