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Meeting minions, office chameleons and sparkly pink Zomato Party drinks

Philip, Winter is well and truly here – apologies if you’re not South African and didn’t get the FIFA 2010 reference. This past week has been bone-chillingly cold, complete with the buckets of pelting rain Cape Town’s known for. Luckily there were lots of happy moments to keep usย warm and happy…

Saturday, 11 July 2015: Mugg & Bean brekkie, Minions movie

While R40's a bit steep for a glass of hot choc, I', sure it's delicious. My cappuccino, at half the price, did just as good a job of waking me up.
While R40’s a bit steep for a glass of hot choc, I’m sure it’s delicious. My cappuccino, at half the price, did just as good a job of waking me up.
And to eat? The choc-chip flapjacks, every time for me, and the eggs ben for Husband. Took most of mine home for afternoon snack.
And to eat? The choc-chip flapjacks, every time for me, and the eggs ben for Husband. Took most of mine home for afternoon snack.
But first, BELLO! :) Yes that's me, front and centre with minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob - we finally watched the movie this time, unlike the last time I posed with them.
But first, BELLO! ๐Ÿ™‚ Yes that’s me, front and centre with minions Stuart, Kevin and Bob – we finally watched the movie this time, unlike the last time I posed with them.
Husband enjoying his popcorn in the cinema. It's just not the complete movie experience without over-salted popcorn that makes you cough.
Husband enjoying his popcorn in the cinema. It’s just not the complete movie experience without over-salted popcorn that makes you cough.
And then we took a '3D glasses selfie', as you do.
And then we took a ‘3D glasses selfie’, as you do.

Sunday, 12 July 2015: Beach House Tavern brekkie and smug panda ‘biscwits’

Why yes, this is indeed a caramel latte at the Beach Tavern at Lagoon Beach. The caramel syrup on top was amazing. I'll be back!
Why yes, this is indeed a caramel latte at the Beach House Tavern at Lagoon Beach. The caramel syrup on top/inside was amazing. I’ll be back!
To eat, this breakfast bagel, comprising mayo, eggs, bacon, tomato and a pleasing amount of chips.
To eat, this breakfast bagel, comprising mayo, eggs, bacon, tomato and a pleasing amount of chips.
For tea, this combination did the trick. The box of 'biscwits' was more for the smug expression on panda Vinnie's face, but they were delicious too. Yes, 'were' - meaning all gone now.
For tea, this combination did the trick. The box of ‘biscwits’ was more for the smug expression on panda Vinnie’s face, but they were delicious too. Yes, ‘were’ – meaning all gone now.
Mum's sunny yellow chilli plant, which she uses to spice up our Sunday luppers.
Mum’s sunny yellow chilli plant, which she uses to spice up our Sunday luppers.

Monday, 13 July 2015: Delightful place mats

I loved the place mats at Simply Delicious, the 'home-cooked meals' outlet we stopped at on Monday night.
I loved the place mats at Simply Delicious, the ‘home-cooked meals’ outlet we stopped at on Monday night for lasagne and salad.

Tuesday, 14 July 2015: Meet the Mad World chameleon

He's real! We caught this little critter trying to dodge our attention in a tree outside our office building on Tuesday. I didn't sing 'Karma chameleon' to him... at least, not loud enough for anyone else to hear :)
He’s real! We caught this little critter trying to dodge our attention in a tree outside our office building on Tuesday. I didn’t sing ‘Karma chameleon‘ to him… at least, not loud enough for anyone else to hear ๐Ÿ™‚

Wednesday, 15 July 2015: River Club press launch, Fire & Ice evening #ZomatoParty

My first visit at the recently renovated River Club in Obz called for a browse through the info brochure while waiting for the event I was attending to begin - read all about it here.
My first visit at the recently renovated River Club in Obz called for a browse through the info brochure while waiting for the event I was attending to begin – read all about it here.
Pesto gnocchi starter. So very delicious we went looking for more but didn't find any. Sob.
This is how the #ZomatoParty started at the Protea Fire & Ice, once we’d handed over our ‘Madiba Day entry fee’ of socks and non-perishables for the homeless: A portion of pesto gnocchi. So very delicious we went looking for more but didn’t find any. Sob.
Tiny cups of tiny minestrone soup...
Tiny cups of tasty minestrone soup…
Husband kindly demonstrating just how tiny they were. So cute!
Husband kindly demonstrating just how tiny they were. So cute!
Look at the pretty 'dessert' table they set up! The milkshake tots went down a treat, even with a jello tot surprise in the vanilla ones.
Look at the pretty ‘dessert’ table they set up! The milkshake tots went down a treat, even with a jello tot surprise in the vanilla ones.
Completely full, we did try the pink vanilla martinis but left before the tomato-topped red velvet birthday cake made an appearance.
Completely full, we did try the pink vanilla martinis but left before the tomato-topped red velvet birthday cake made an appearance.

Thursday, 16 July 2015: Business meetings at Winchester Mansions, Sea Point

Thursday's agenda included a midday business cappuccino break at the Winchester Mansions in Sea Point.
Thursday’s agenda included a midday business cappuccino break at the Winchester Mansions in Sea Point.
The view, if you were brave enough to sit outside. It was sunny and I was sunny-less, so did not last long.
The view, if you were brave enough to sit outside. It was sunny and I was sunny-less, so did not last long.
Back in the office, the chocolate cake in the coffee shop downstairs was calling my name. Well worth the R15 I parted with for it. The owlie mug was not impressed.
Back in the office, the chocolate cake in the coffee shop downstairs was calling my name. Well worth the R15 I parted with for it. The owlie mug was not impressed.

Friday, 17 July 2015: Holiday excursion to the Old Biscuit Mill

Friday dawned rainy, cold and with me on leave. As a result, I joined the parents for breakfast at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, right around the corner from my new office. Mum was gigGling at her own joke, that Dad's fancy ham and cheese sandwich was 'hampacked' (instead of jamacked, geddit? Teehee!)
Friday dawned rainy, cold and with me on leave. As a result, I joined the parents for breakfast at The Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock, right around the corner from my new office. Mum was giggling at her own joke, that Dad’s fancy ham and cheese sandwich was ‘ham-packed’ (instead of ‘jam-packed’, geddit? Packed with ham? Teehee!)
These are coffees from the scientific-looking Espressolab coffee roasters right next to Saucisse deli.
These are coffees from the scientific-looking Espressolab coffee roasters right next to Saucisse deli.
My almond paste-filled croissant and stirred cappuccino. Yummy!
My almond paste-filled croissant and stirred cappuccino. Yummy!
Saucisse, or 'the deli', where we breakfasted.
Saucisse, or ‘the deli’, where we breakfasted.

That’s all, folks. The truly Wintery weather’s set to continue all weekend so we’re sure to be in hibernation mode for much of it, hope you do, too.

PS: Click here if you missed my update from earlier today, featuring the doggies’ views on their recent special delivery from Hill’s.

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Breakfasts on bread boards and new early morning offices

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.
Beautiful cappuccino with side shortbread at Bread & Butter.
The muesli jar is always a treat, filled with fresh sliced strawberries, bananas and nuts.
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 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 large Scotch eggs on sale at the local food market. It was lovely, he says.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!).
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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...
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. This is still our inspiration for our patio roofing, especially with the twinkly fairy lights you only see at night.
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 the 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 shake, and Husband had the Almond Whiskey Espresso Martini.
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 :)
I did try his, but mine was better ๐Ÿ™‚
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.
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 rand new Bizcommunity office. Note the real live trees, the pink sunrise sky and the lovely open space.
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...
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 o 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, as you can see.
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.
Setting sun just visible through the window at Inside.
My chicken korma and cafe latte. Husband opted for the bunny chow, which was delicious.
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...
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.
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!

Fancy milkshakes and why I leave my blog posts so late in the week

The good thing about leaving my weekly blog post for later in the week is that seeing all the photos again makes me yearn for weekend… which, by the time I press ‘publish’, is that much closer. And so, without further ado, I present photos of what I’ve been up to since my last update. Key among them? Milkshakes at the Protea Fire & Ice (though not the supersized ones we had at the Melrose Arch Fire & Ice a few years ago, click here for a reminder!)

Thursday, 23 October 2014: SAARF AMPS presentation at the Protea Fire & Ice

Interesting 'art' if you veer to the left once passing reception at the Fire & Ice
Interesting ‘art’ if you veer to the left once passing reception at the Fire & Ice
Pretty chandeliers in the hotel room - empty as I got there early
Pretty chandeliers in the hotel room – empty as I got there early
Hotel breakfast pastries! Ignore the coffee spilled in my saucer...
Hotel breakfast pastries! Ignore the coffee spilled in my saucer…

Saturday, 25 October: Cubana breakfast, winning at the casino, Fire & Ice milkshakes, Mochachos selfies

Wonderful 'healthy' breakfast concoction at Cubana in Blouberg (we were so early we were the only ones there... this is becoming a habit)
Wonderful ‘healthy’ breakfast concoction at Cubana in Blouberg (we were so early we were the only ones there… this is becoming a habit)
Wonderful 'not as healthy' breakfast concoction that Husband opted for - is eggs benedict with a salsa-ey sauce on potato-ey scones for R29. Very good value but go hungry!
Wonderful ‘not as healthy’ breakfast concoction that Husband opted for – is eggs benedict with a salsa-ey sauce on potato-ey scones for R29. Very good value but go hungry!
Then we decided to toss R20 into the slot machines at Grand West Casino. Ons het gewen! Those are excited/happy faces, if you can't tell.
Then we decided to toss R20 into the slot machines at Grand West Casino. Ons het gewen! Those are excited/happy faces, if you can’t tell.
FANCY milkshakes at the Fire & Ice (yes, we went back) to celebrate our casino winnings. This is the Rocky Road, with chunks of cherry, chocolate, and marshmallow - and this is the half size, we'd still be sitting there if I'd ordered the full.
FANCY milkshakes at the Fire & Ice (yes, we went back) to celebrate our casino winnings. This is the Rocky Road, with chunks of cherry, chocolate, and marshmallow – and this is the half size, we’d still be sitting there if I’d ordered the full.
Mochachos selfie. Just because.
Mochachos selfie. Just because.
This time I took a Mochachos selfie too... and entered the competition to win a car. Fingers crossed!
This time I took a Mochachos selfie too… and entered the competition to win a car. Fingers crossed!
Sitting on a soft dune at Dolphin Beach. The weather was magical but the wind was vicious, didn't stay long.
Sitting on a soft dune at Dolphin Beach. The weather was magical but the wind was vicious, didn’t stay long.
If you're a fan of Magnum ice creams (tick) and a fan of red velvet cupcakes (tick again), you're definitely going to try the special edition Red Velvet Cupcake flavoured Magnum... especially if your local Pick n Pay has a 'two for R30' special.
If you’re a fan of Magnum ice creams (tick) and a fan of red velvet cupcakes (tick again), you’re definitely going to try the special edition Red Velvet Cupcake flavoured Magnum… especially if your local Pick n Pay has a ‘two for R30’ special.

Sunday, 26 October 2014: Kauai breakfast, sushi, cake and packing

Look at that face, being subjected to a healthy breakfast at Kauai... you'd almost think it wasn't his idea to go there in the first place. (It was)
Look at that face, being subjected to a healthy breakfast at Kauai… you’d almost think it wasn’t his idea to go there in the first place. (It was)
Look at the blue blue sky!  No filters, I promise. This is the warm rock pool you reach when you happen to cross the beach outside the Blue Peter at low tide.
Look at the blue blue sky! No filters, I promise. This is the warm rock pool you reach when you happen to cross the beach outside the Blue Peter at low tide.
All that walking and paddling made us hungry. Husband stemmed his hunger with salmon sushi...
All that walking and paddling made us hungry. Husband stemmed his hunger with salmon sushi…
... I went for the 'R28 cappuccino and cake slice' special at our local Foodlover's Market. That's white chocolate cheesecake, so yummy
… I went for the ‘R28 cappuccino and cake slice’ special at our local Foodlover’s Market. That’s white chocolate cheesecake, so yummy
Boxes! Essential if you're moving house in a few weeks, as we are...
Boxes! Essential if you’re moving house in a few weeks, as we are…

Doesn’t scrolling through all that make you long for the weekend? Good news, it’s just around the corner! ๐Ÿ™‚ See, told you I was onto something by leaving my blog posts so late in the week. You can thank me later.