Yes, I’m 32 now. Yes, I had a wonderful day and yes, I feel old and even though I had the day off work, it’s been a very long week. Maybe some of the pics below will help explain why…
Saturday, 13 February 2016: Frittatas, waffles and pulled pork burgers
Saturday dawned bright and early, and we had plans to breakfast with mum and dad. And breakfast we did, at La Rocca in Canal Walk. This was dad’s super-strong flat white. I had the regular-strength version.
Mum was thrilled with her frittata – t’was so large Husband had to help her finish.
Dad and I chose waffles. That’s his Bananarama on the left, and my Rocky Road on the right. Both finished every mouthful!
Later that afternoon we headed out to Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island. Husband had a draught, as he does…
We shared a pulled pork burger and fries drenched in sriracha sauce. This is all that was left by the time I remembered to snap a shot.
T’was a misty, cloudy day. This is the view from Woodbridge Island that afternoon, with Table Mountain hidden by cloud.
Sunday, 14 February 2016: Non-Valentine’s Valentine’s Day
We don’t do Valentine’s Day like the rest of the world as it’s my birthday the very next day – but that doesn’t mean we miss out on all the lovey-dovey things. As we were heading to Newlands to fill up water bottles at the natural spring there, we breakfasted at nearby Cafeen. Husband had this lovely breakfast.
This is what my French toast looked like once I’d smeared on lemon curd, grilled banana, bacon, syrup and cinnamon-sugar. Very yum.
It’s not often that Husband goes for a coffee, so I snapped him sipping on his creme brulee latte as proof that it happened.
The Cafeen cats were a big attraction to all the kiddies seated with their families – we couldn’t resist either, as they were very sweet and wound their tails around our chair legs.
The non-Valentine’s-y table Mum set for lupper that afternoon.
And the very Valentine’s-y tiramisu she created. It was amazing.
Monday, 15 February 2016: My 32nd birthday
I’d taken the day off work but Husband did not – at least he made me a cuppa coffee to get the day off to a good start before he left, in this pretty new mug. The doggies were interested.
Mum had the spicy orange rooibos, which came with the ‘ant crawler’ tea cup set I so enjoy.
Dad and I both opted for the banana-bread French toast, with bacon, strawberries and syrup. Delicious.
Once Husband got home that eve we set off for my birthday dins at Catch 22. You can just see Table Mountain showing off through the plastic window beside him.
As I so enjoyed their gingerbread milkshake last time we visited, I knew I would love the gingerbread latte. It was possibly the best coffee drink ever.
We had the jalapeno poppers starter to share, then I went for the burger topped with bacon and cheese, while Husband conquered this solo platter with a baked potato on the side.
We headed home after a quick beach walk and just remembered to take the standard ‘birthday-hatted kiss on cheek’ photo – forgot about Husband’s one this year, oops 🙂
On Tuesday, one of my favourite PR agencies arranged a ‘Charly’s Bakery drop-off’ – personalised cupcakes! SO pretty, and they tasted amazing.
Have you ever seen a Chinese guava? My colleague brought these in to work as they grow on her tree. Look at how little it is. Tastes just like the regular, pinker version I’m used to.
And then, Thursday was my day to attend Design Indaba. There was so much to take in, as always. Click here if you missed my coverage.
The Artscape theatre was decked out with all sorts of design goodies.
This year’s delegate tag and bag.
Simple. Complex. Beautiful.
Afternoon tea at Design Indaba is usually a surprise/pop-up experience of sorts. This year I dressed my sample of Woolworth’s sriracha sorbet (orange) with sriracha drizzle and lime sherbet, while the pink rose sorbet got rose jelly cubes and coconut marshmallow blobs.
On Friday I attended an event at the new Century City Conference Centre, which is right by Ratanga Junction. Hadn’t noticed these cute ‘follow me footprints’ the last time we visited.
And that’s all, folks! We’ve finally had a spot of rain in Cape Town and I have the most dreadful head cold at the moment, so expect the next update to be focused on relaxing and doing things indoors…
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Wow, another week come and gone! We’re so close to the end of the year now, yet it feels so far off still. At least summer has finally arrived in Cape Town, with the doggies unsure whether it’s best to sit under the fan or run through the sprinkler outside in an attempt to stay cool. Here are a few of my most recent highlights…
Saturday, 28 November 2015: Primi breakfast, Pitmasters’ lunch
Last Saturday started off with an extra large latte for me. Just look at the size of it!
Husband had a Cola and this very filling breakfast bowl.
The weather was so gorgeous, we trotted across the road to dip our toes in the sea.
So gorgeous, in fact, that we headed home for some beach things and then returned to set up camp for a while. Here is Husband in his wet suit, about to pick mussels off the rocks. I stayed in safety under our umbrella and read with toes in the sand.
But it’s not just mussels that Husband hauled… he also got hold of a tiny octopus, hidden in an open mussel shell! He took it back to the deep blue after I’d met it.
By then we’d worked up an appetite so set off to try Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island. This is our ‘waiting patiently for our food’ selfie
Husband tried a ‘Striped Horse’ beer. Yes, that’s actually a zebra. Teehee.
And then the food came! This was Husband’s pulled pork burger, topped with coleslaw and sriracha sauce
For me, a Fanta and this delicious salted caramel brownie. Moist and warm and gooey, it was just perfect.
Sunday, 29 November 2015: Brekkie at home and pretty sunset
Husband had bought extra large eggs in our weekly shop and was delighted to find they held double yolks!
As it was another scorcher I opted for a caramel iced coffee instead of the regular steamy version from Reload. It was amazing.
Much later that afternoon we stopped in at the Driftwood. Here is one of the resident chickens, pottering around the tables.
I went for a Milo shake this time.
Husband had a Black Label draught in a Castle draught glass, as you do.
Sunset from the parents’ house much, much later that eve
Tuesday, 1 December: Hot doggies and advent calendars
The doggies were very hot this week. Here is Bertie lying on the cool tiled floor after a quick dash through the sprinklers outside.
Little Miss Bassie preferred to sit on the arm of the couch, directly under the ceiling fan. Such little characters, they are.
And as it was the first of December, I could open the first window of my advent calendar. Yes, I am 31-years-old… spot the hopeful doggie just behind me.
That’s all, folks – this weekend’s set to be another scorcher – keep cool! 🙂