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Family fishy lunch, best beach ice cream and conferences at the aquarium

Is it just me or is time really going faster? Can’t believe we’re almost at the end of March already. A quarter of the way through 2015. Wasn’t Christmas just a few days ago? No? I guess I can always scroll through my past weekly updates to see that’s not the case. Speaking of scrolling through, I hope you enjoy scrolling through my highlights of the past week…

Friday, 13 March 2015: Best sunset yet

Everyone and their dog posted their sunset photos last Friday after I'd finished updating the blog for the week. I held this pic over for your viewing pleasure today, as the skies look rather dull and dreary in contrast
Everyone and their dog posted their sunset photos last Friday after I’d finished updating the blog for the week. I held this pic over for your viewing pleasure today, as the skies look rather dull and dreary in contrast

Saturday, 14 March 2015: Lunch with all sorts of parents at Panama Jacks

Mum and me in Panama Jacks for Saturday lunch. Can just see my chocolate milkshake in the shot
Mum and me in Panama Jacks for Saturday lunch. Can just see my chocolate milkshake in the shot
Husband and dad, waiting for husband's dad and his friend to join us
Husband and dad, waiting for husband’s dad and his friend to join us
My chocolate shake, on the mappy table
My chocolate shake, on the mappy table
Mum had the always impressive peri peri prawns with rice
Mum had the always impressive peri peri prawns with rice
Not sure why I'm the only one looking at the camera here
Not sure why I’m the only one looking at the camera here
Italian kisses for dessert
Italian kisses for dessert
Bertie watched a birdie show on TV while we napped
Bertie watched a birdie show on TV while we napped
Precious darling doglet who always manages to look sad/worried/concerned
Precious darling doglet who always manages to look sad/worried/concerned
The almost-as-lovely-as-Friday's sunset on Saturday - the sea is just beyond the row of cars, under the streetlamps
The almost-as-lovely-as-Friday’s sunset on Saturday – the sea is just beyond the row of cars, under the streetlamps

Sunday, 15 March: Swimming in Fish Hoek, lupper at Woodbridge Island

My 'sweet treat' breakfast at Bread and Butter - French toast with a layer of brie sandwiched between, and bacon and syrup on top
My ‘sweet treat’ breakfast at Bread and Butter – French toast with a layer of brie sandwiched between, and bacon and syrup on top
Husband had the breakfast burger. It's a burger without the bun, skewered on a stick, with a side of toast
Husband had the breakfast burger. It’s a burger without the bun, skewered on a stick, with a side of toast
While walking through the nursery with dad-in-law and co, I spotted this mirror. So pretty. It's price? Not so pretty, at R435. I love it though.
While walking through the nursery with dad-in-law and co, I spotted this mirror. So pretty. It’s price? Not so pretty, at R435. I love it though.
The shark net was out at Fish Hoek beach, so it was safe to swim
The shark net was out at Fish Hoek beach, so it was safe to swim
These two seagulls watched all the action in the sea then took off sadly, as though they wished they could have had a paddle. Wet feathers are no fun
These two seagulls watched all the action in the sea then took off sadly, as though they wished they could have had a paddle. Wet feathers are no fun
This icecream on the beach. Perfect.
This icecream on the beach. Perfect.
Husband driving us home, past Muizenberg's bright blue sea
Husband driving us home, past Muizenberg’s bright blue sea
Husband driving us home, past all sorts of trees
Husband driving us home, past all sorts of trees
Teehee. We giggled at this sign outside the Lighthouse Tavern at Woodbridge Island
Teehee. We giggled at this sign outside the Lighthouse Tavern at Woodbridge Island
Husband kindly showing the camera where we stopped for lupper on the way home
Husband kindly showing the camera where we stopped for lupper on the way home
Husband showing his dubious dad how you eat the bacon-and-feta-filled jalapeno poppers at Ilha
Husband showing his dubious dad how you eat the bacon-and-feta-filled jalapeno poppers at Ilha
My iced coffee was finished! My hair was blowing all over my face!
My iced coffee was finished! My hair was blowing all over my face!

Tuesday, 17 March 2015: House of Monatic factory tour, very late St Patrick’s Day dins

Some of the fabric swatches on the 'suit jackets' floor of House of Monatic in Salt River, where I attended a press launch day
Some of the fabric swatches on the ‘suit jackets’ floor of House of Monatic in Salt River, where I attended a press launch day
Have you ever actually been inside a clothing factory? It's fascinating to see exactly how seemingly simple items are put together. Row and rows and rows of machinists at work
Have you ever actually been inside a clothing factory? It’s fascinating to see exactly how seemingly simple items are put together. Row and rows and rows of machinists at work
The table decoration at House of Monatic
The table decoration at House of Monatic
All the pretty shirts precisely sewn, buttoned, steamed, packaged and ready for distribution.
All the pretty shirts precisely sewn, buttoned, steamed, packaged and ready for distribution.
Poor Husband, finally eating the wonderful Guiness-y Irish stew mum brought over for dins on St Patrick's Day. He only got home from work at 12.35am as had so much to do
Poor Husband, finally eating the wonderful Guiness-y Irish stew mum brought over for dins on St Patrick’s Day. He only got home from work at 12.35am as had so much to do

Thursday, 19 March 2015: Internal branding conference at Aquarium

How I started my Thursday, at the Employer Branding Masterclass at the Aquarium
How I started my Thursday, at the Employer Branding Masterclass at the Aquarium
Imagine how distracting this view was. So amazing to be almost among the fish for the day. The orchid in front of the mirror is delightful, too
Imagine how distracting this view was. So amazing to be almost among the fish for the day. The orchid in front of the mirror is delightful, too
Morning tea break wander through the Aquarium. So many fish, so little time
Morning tea break wander through the Aquarium. So many fish, so little time
Conference dessert. A cakey, moussey, ice-creamy concoction.
Conference dessert. A cakey, moussey, ice-creamy concoction.
Now that's how you stay alert and focused through the afternoon session of a full-day conference - with Twinings Chai tea and a homemade crunchie cookie
Now that’s how you stay alert and focused through the afternoon session of a full-day conference – with Twinings Chai tea and a homemade crunchie cookie

That’s all, folks! We’ve had quite a few late nights this week, so looking forward to a relaxing weekend. Hope yours is just what you need πŸ™‚

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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.

Sticky ribs, breakfast with soldiers and sailing on our fathers’ yachts. Kind of…

You kids already know I love ribs. You just can’t do better than short pork ribs, with a sticky, tasty basting… see me eating ribs in Joburg with my bestie here, and at Lefty’s in CT here. And now, we have a strong contender set to snatch the title of ‘best ribs’. Drum roll please, it’s… Fat Cactus, Woodstock! We’d been to Fat Cactus in Mowbray a few times before (even when my Joburg bestie was down for a whirlwind visit, remember? I even went on about how amazing the chipotle sauce was. But golly goodness is having a whole rib basket to yourself a treat! That’s what I did on Saturday, and I’d say that was my weekend highlight. But of course, that’s not all we did… (and of course I didn’t get photos of everything, either) πŸ˜‰

Saturday, 4 October 2014: Dip in the Blouberg sea, Fat Cactus lunch, exploring the yacht club

Bertie didn't realise he had a bit of leaf stuck to his nose. Teehee
Bertie didn’t realise he had a bit of leaf stuck to his nose. Teehee
Blouberg beach was deserted on Saturday morning, despite beautiful weather conditions. We soon found out why...
Blouberg beach was deserted on Saturday morning, despite beautiful weather conditions. We soon found out why…
Reason number one for Blouberg beach being deserted: It was WINDY! Look how my hair was blowing in the breeze! (Note I am bravely standing ankle-deep in the cold cold sea)
Reason number one for Blouberg beach being deserted: It was WINDY! Look how my hair was blowing in the breeze! (Note I am bravely standing ankle-deep in the cold cold sea)
Reason number two for Blouberg beach being deserted... the water was FREEZING cold! Look at Husband's face!
Reason number two for Blouberg beach being deserted… the water was FREEZING cold! Look at Husband’s face!
Teehee, is all I have to say. Best photo ever.
Teehee, is all I have to say. Best photo ever.
To warm up we went for lunch. Here are the Pantlands! Note Frank's glass of yummy pomegranate cidery drink. Most unusual
To warm up we went for lunch. Here are the Pantlands! Note Frank’s glass of yummy pomegranate cidery drink. Most unusual
Husband showing me/you/us his basket of crispy tacos with pulled pork filling
Husband showing me/you/us his basket of crispy tacos with pulled pork filling
The rib basket 'snactus'. Crunchy celery sticks add a nice (healthy) crunch. Washed it down with a Milky Bar milkshake, as you do
The rib basket ‘snactus’. Crunchy celery sticks add a nice (healthy) crunch. Washed it down with a Milky Bar milkshake, as you do
You can't really see me as I blend in so well with the grey walls and green cacti out front. Lol. This is me eating my fizzer-y post-meal sweet
You can’t really see me as I blend in so well with the grey walls and green cacti out front. Lol. This is me eating my fizzer-y post-meal sweet
We popped into the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town's harbour on our way home. Not quite on my father's yacht, but this is where it'd be, if he had one.
We popped into the Royal Cape Yacht Club in Cape Town’s harbour on our way home. Not quite on my father’s yacht, but this is where it’d be, if he had one.
Admiring all the yachts. We walked over all the unstable wooden bridge efforts. to do so
Admiring all the yachts. We walked over all the unstable wooden bridge efforts to do so
It's been a while since I posted a sunset pic. This one was taken after the sun had gone down - sea is just on the horizon, under the street lights on Marine Drive
It’s been a while since I posted a sunset pic. This one was taken after the sun had gone down – sea is just on the horizon, under the street lights on Marine Drive

Sunday, 5 October 2014: Breakfast at Craft House Eatery, Woodbridge Island

You either get a bowl of flowers or a bowl of toy soldiers on your table at Craft House Eatery. Ours surrounded Husband's pastrami Benedict. Luckily they didn't attempt to eat any. That would have been messy.
You either get a bowl of flowers or a bowl of toy soldiers on your table at Craft House Eatery. Ours surrounded Husband’s pastrami Benedict. Luckily they didn’t attempt to eat any. That would have been messy.
I was being healthy on Sunday, so had the 'Bananas and Berries' breakfast. Gee whizz it was delicious, and what a lot I got! Best of all, I was full until lupper
I was being healthy on Sunday, so had the ‘Bananas and Berries’ breakfast. Gee whizz it was delicious, and what a lot I got! Best of all, I was full until lupper

Sadly that’s where I stopped taking photos as I went into ‘relax’ mode when we boogie boarded at Muizenberg (water was still as numbingly cold as it was on Saturday), and later lazed in the sun at Llandudno.

That’s all, folks! As you were πŸ™‚

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

Fun in the sun with the December Joburg visitors

We’ve been looking forward to December ALL year, mainly because we’d have friends and family visiting but also because we’d finally have the time to explore the beautiful city we’ve lived in for 12 months now.

One of the best ways to do so is by using the MyCiti bus, as I’ve explained before it’s relatively inexpensive and reliable if you plan your route in advance (click here for more).

And so, explore we did! Here are some of my favourite moments…

26 December – Boxing Day meal out at Eastern Fusion, Eden on the Bay

Spec waiting for his Boxing Day sushi
Spec waiting for his Boxing Day sushi
More excited sushi faces
More excited sushi faces
The excitement! Chocolate spring rolls with ice cream! Mmm
The excitement! Chocolate spring rolls with ice cream! Mmm
See how good they are? So good, in fact...
See how good they are? So good, in fact…
... That Spec also ordered them
… That Spec also ordered them

27 December – Bussing around Cape Town, Camps Bay

Spec and his brother on the MyCiti bus to Camps Bay
Spec and his brother on the MyCiti bus to Camps Bay
Someone was brave enough to get in the water
Someone was brave enough to get in the water
The rest of us were happy to sunbathe on the beach
The rest of us were happy to sunbathe on the beach
Gatsby time! Our favourite is the tikka chicken one from Durban Diner, this one was enough to feed the five of us for two days
Gatsby time! Our favourite is the tikka chicken one from Durban Diner, this one was enough to feed the five of us for two days

28 December – Breakfast at Driftwood Cafe, train to Kalk Bay and Simon’s Town, MyCiti Bus back home

Saturday dawned cold and drizzly, so we stopped at the Driftwood Cafe for hot drinks and breakfast
Saturday dawned cold and drizzly, so we stopped at the Driftwood Cafe for hot drinks and breakfast
Spec and I enjoying the train trip to Simon's Town
Spec and I enjoying the train trip to Simon’s Town
That was our first destination - the Brass Bell, a hop away from the Kalk Bay station
That was our first destination – the Brass Bell, a hop away from the Kalk Bay station
You can tell from this photo that it was still rather cold
You can tell from this photo that it was still rather cold
Group shot at the Simon's Town harbour after we ate at the Salty Sea Dog
Group shot at the Simon’s Town harbour after we ate at the Salty Sea Dog
Me and my two favourite Jozi lads
Me and my two favourite Jozi lads
Hugging the poser
Hugging the poser

29 December – Ratanga Junction and MyCiti bus (again)

They were tall enough to go on the Cobra, so of course they did - twice!
They were tall enough to go on the Cobra, so of course they did – twice!
Proof that the rest of us were also at Ratanga
Proof that the rest of us were also at Ratanga
Despite the long queue, we couldn't resist the canal boat cruise around the perimeter of Ratanga Junction
Despite the long queue, we couldn’t resist the canal boat cruise around the perimeter of Ratanga Junction

All of us in the bus back home

All the boys in the kitchen, cooking CBP (corned beef pie)
All the boys in the kitchen, cooking CBP (corned beef pie)

30 December – Hiking up Table Mountain for the second time this year, up Constantia Nek

The shoe shot. All wearing the same colour and brand of hiking shoe :)
The shoe shot. All wearing the exact same colour and brand of hiking shoe πŸ™‚
See how beautiful the scenery is? That's Constantia behind us and Muizenberg sea in the distance
See how beautiful the scenery is? That’s Constantia behind us and Muizenberg sea in the distance
Such tall trees that we felt tiny. Very peaceful out there
Such tall trees that we felt tiny. Very peaceful out there
Spec taking in the breathtaking view near the top
Spec taking in the breathtaking view near the top
We made it to De Villiers' Dam on top of Table Mountain - no entry though
We made it to De Villiers’ Dam on top of Table Mountain – no entry though
Two tired brothers outside the Overseer's Cottage on top
Two tired brothers outside the Overseer’s Cottage on top
So many options to get back down the mountain! We chose the shortest route of course
So many options to get back down the mountain! We chose the shortest route of course
Happy hikers on our way back down the mountain
Happy hikers on our way back down the mountain
Success! We conquered the Constantia Nek trail both ways
Success! We conquered the Constantia Nek trail both ways