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My 32nd birthday brunches, fancy dins, sriracha splashes & design delights

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

Flat white at La Rocca
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.
Frittata at La Rocca
Mum was thrilled with her frittata – t’was so large Husband had to help her finish.
Waffles at La Rocca
Dad and I chose waffles. That’s his Bananarama on the left, and my Rocky Road on the right. Both finished every mouthful!
Draught at Pitmasters, Woodbridge Island
Later that afternoon we headed out to Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island. Husband had a draught, as he does…
Pulled pork burger at Pitmasters Woodbrdge Island
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.
Cloud on Table Mountain
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

Breakfast at Cafeen
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.
French toast at Cafeen
This is what my French toast looked like once I’d smeared on lemon curd, grilled banana, bacon, syrup and cinnamon-sugar. Very yum.
Creme brulee latte at Cafeen
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.
Cat at Cafeen
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.
Valentine's table
The non-Valentine’s-y table Mum set for lupper that afternoon.
Hearts on tiramisu
And the very Valentine’s-y tiramisu she created. It was amazing.

Monday, 15 February 2016: My 32nd birthday

Birthday morning coffee
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.
Ants in cup
Mum had the spicy orange rooibos, which came with the ‘ant crawler’ tea cup set I so enjoy.
French toast at Company's Garden
Dad and I both opted for the banana-bread French toast, with bacon, strawberries and syrup. Delicious.
Table Mountain
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.
Gingerbread latte at Catch22
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.
Solo platter at Catch 22
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.
Birthday hat
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

Workweek highlights

Cupcakes from Charly's Bakery
On Tuesday, one of my favourite PR agencies arranged a ‘Charly’s Bakery drop-off’ – personalised cupcakes! SO pretty, and they tasted amazing.
Chinese guava
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.
Design Indaba 2016
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.
Artscape Design Indaba
The Artscape theatre was decked out with all sorts of design goodies.
Design Indaba tag
This year’s delegate tag and bag.
Wood seat at Design Indaba
Simple. Complex. Beautiful.
Woolworths sorbet
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.
Ratanga Junction footprints
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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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 ๐Ÿ™‚
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