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The best milkshake in Cape Town and doggies discover the lawnmower

“We’re all going on a Summer holiday…” OK, maybe not all of us, but me and husband sure are. And it’s only going to be three days. And the weather will likely not be Summery… but you get my drift! Expect a full update in my next post – for now, here are the past week’s highlights:

Friday, 13 November 2015: Love Scottage Pie

Scottage Pie is cottage pie made by a Scottish person
I’d had a long, hard Friday so once I’d finished blogging, Husband surprised my with this pretty Scottage Pie filled with love. Aww! It was absolutely delicious and we ate every last bit. ‘Scottage’ Pie is cottage pie made by a Scottish person, in case you’re wondering.

Saturday, 14 November 2015: Foodlover’s, doggies meet lawnmower, bunny chow at Mum’s

Breakfast burger at Foodlover's Market, Sunningdale
This was Husband’s breakfast burger stack concoction at Foodlover’s Market on Saturday morning.
Croissant and cappuccino at Foodlover's Market
For me, a supersized croissant and a cappuccino.
Dogs chasing lawnmower
Later that day we introduced the doggies to the new lawnmower, which Husband has named “Meneer Snyman”. They crouched low and shadowed it up and down the garden, growling all the way. Such funny doggies.
Garden umbrella
Relaxing under the parents’ garden umbrella.
Bunny chows from Yeh Dosti
Later that afternoon we had chicken bunny chows from Yeh Dosti at the parents. Looks how excited most of us are!
Leigh's dog Tabasco on her lap
Little Miss Bassie sat on my lap throughout. Stubborn little thing.
Strawberries with icecream
For dessert, strawberries with icecream.
Selfie with dog
Ha! Selfies don’t often work out for me – just loved how Bassie is rolling her eyes in this one. Plus my hair seems to be three different colours in the light.

Sunday, 15 November 2015: Currywurst, My Sugar shakes, dog walks and more

Currywurst from Raith's in Gardens centre
We felt like a bit of a roadtrip on Sunday, so headed off to Gardens Centre. This was Husband’s currywurst and roll he opted for as breakfast from Raith’s German deli
Foam art in cappuccino at Raith's German deli
I had a ham and cheese roll, and this cappuccino with a gorgeous foam face. No one’s ever made a cappuccino foam face for me before, can you believe?
Chocolate skulls
Seeing as we were ‘that side’ of town we decided to see if My Sugar was open and ready for us to try their milkshakes – it was a yes all round. Look at these tiny chocolate skulls, filled with caramel sauce. A bit pricy at R20 each as I’m sure I could fit 10 in my hand with ease. OK, maybe 8 in my hand and 2 in my mouth πŸ˜‰
Wooden puzzle games at My Sugar
We made our tough selection and went to sit and play games while waiting for our milkshakes to arrive. Yes, we really played games. Husband figured out these wooden block puzzles in record time.
Milkshakes from My Sugar in Sea Point
And then, the milkshakes came. You guys. Oh my word. This here is the Super Chocolate, with a round of brownie atop it. You can just make out Husband’s Butterscotch Popcorn in the bottom left. And I’m going to have to go back to try the Coffee flavour (can you believe I passed it up?), as well as Caramelised Coconut, and Miso Caramel, which is dressed with a little chocolate buddha floating on the cloud of vanilla cream. Just heavenly.
Leigh's dog Bertie in his walking harness
Of course we had to walk off all that sweetness, and we didn’t go alone. Bertie was so pleased to be going for walkies later that afternoon he gave his dad kisses while stepping into his walking harness. Bassie was not impressed, as you can see.
A latte at Doodles in Blouberg
A latte in the late-afternoon sun at Doodles. Unfortunately they’re rather pricy now that their Winter specials are over, so we didn’t stay long.

Tuesday, 17 November 2015: Day 1 of AfricaCom at CTICC

Press pass for AfricaCom at the CTICC
This is one of the biggest expo/conference hybrids I’ve been to, by far. I attended last year so had an idea of what to expect, but my goodness was it extensive! It’s actually 16 conferences in one. Here are some of my highlights…
Coffee at AfricaCom
I finally had my first coffee for the day just after 11am while walking through the AfricaCom expo, in a five-minute lull between the interviews I’d set up beforehand – on other ends of the centre. Huff, puff…
Dessert at AfricaCom
Finally got to lunch at around 2pm – my first food of the day, eaten standing up. I followed a delicious portion of sweet-and-sour chicken noodles with these three mini desserts – fruity custard flan, custard slice and chocolate mousse/marshmallow ‘tot’.

That’s all for now, folks! Check in again next Friday for my next set of visual highlights πŸ™‚

Bassie turns 8, Earth Hour 2015 and our own Blue Train trip of sorts…

We made it to the first long weekend of 2015! I hope you’ve already had a very good Good Friday, filled with all the things you love most. Ours hasn’t been a very relaxing one as we’ve been doing lots of little chores around the house, mainly in the garden, but the grazed knuckles and aching arms are worth it when the garden of your dreams finally starts to take shape. More on that in the next blog update though – for now, I’ll show you what we’ve been up to since last Friday’s update…

Friday, 27 March 2015: Braai at home

Ribs! They were braai-ed to perfection by Husband. Bassie was hopeful that she'd get some left overs. (She did).
Ribs! They were braai-ed to perfection by Husband. Bassie was hopeful that she’d get some left overs. As was Bertie, almost hidden behind me. (They did).

Saturday, 28 March 2015: Canal Walk breakfast, Earth Hour Scrabble

After a spot of car license renewal admin, Husband went for a very saucy hot dog and 500ml  cola for his breakfast - look, there's even a dollop of sauce on the tip of his dear nose, teehee
After a spot of car license renewal admin, Husband went for a very saucy hot dog and 500ml cola for his breakfast – look, there’s even a dollop of sauce on the tip of his dear nose, teehee
For me? A saucy chip roll, and a McCafe caramel-infused cafe latte. Very sweet but just what I needed!
For me? A saucy chip roll, and a McCafe caramel-infused cafe latte. Very sweet but just what I needed!
For Earth Hour that night, we played Scrabble outside, with our solar jars lighting the board. You can just see Bertie watching from the doorway.
For Earth Hour that night, we played Scrabble outside, with our solar jars lighting the board. You can just see Bertie watching from the doorway. He didn’t join in, though.
I Scrabbled too, with coffee and thick jacket as it was a bit chilly.
I Scrabbled too, with coffee and puffy jacket as it was a bit chilly.

Sunday, 29 March 2015: Hout Bay day trip

Pretty yachts in Hout Bay, and you can just see the seal to my left, heading towards the man feeding him fish right from his own mouth (sies).
Pretty yachts in Hout Bay, and you can just see the seal to my left, heading towards the man feeding him fish right from his own mouth (sies).
Husband contemplating breakfast at the Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay.
Husband contemplating breakfast at the Riverway Cafe in Hout Bay.
His breakfast Cola came with lemon, ice and a pleasingly green glass.
His breakfast Cola came with lemon, ice and a pleasingly green glass.
For me, a creme brulee-flavoured cafe latte, with a shortcake biscuit on the side. Yummer rummer.
For me, a creme brulee-flavoured cafe latte, with a shortcake biscuit on the side. Yummer rummer.
Husband said his breakfast was just wonderful. At R30, it was an eggy-mushroomy-tomato jammy-rosemary-sprigged delight. Which he promptly Tabasco sauced to an inch of its life, of course.
Husband said his breakfast was just wonderful. At R30, it was an eggy-mushroomy-tomato jammy-rosemary-sprigged delight. Which he promptly Tabasco sauced to an inch of its life, of course.
See? We were at the Blue Train, too! OK OK, this is the restaurant version permanently posted in Sea Point. And Mum and Dad had been off of the real Blue Train for a full day already - still funny :)
See? We were at the Blue Train, too! OK OK, this is the restaurant version permanently posted in Sea Point. And Mum and Dad had been off of the real Blue Train for a full day already – still funny πŸ™‚
All the gulls on the rocks in the middle of the Camps Bay tidal pool. I had to make my way carefully to the boundary wall to take this shot, with the sea crashing over my feet and Husband helpfully holding my arm for stability.
All the gulls on the rocks in the middle of the Camps Bay tidal pool. I had to make my way carefully to the boundary wall to take this shot, with the sea crashing over my feet and Husband helpfully holding my arm for stability.
Of course Husband had a dip in his favourite sea spot
Of course Husband had a dip in his favourite sea spot near home, looking like he was about to take on the whole world.
Husband with his Driftwood drink...
Husband with his Driftwood drink…
Me with mine (yes, peanut butter shake, you know me well).
Me with mine (yes, it’s a peanut butter shake, you know me well).
Bertie LOVED his belated birthday present. This is a stuffed toy with chewy rope legs and a squeaker inside. He sat and dug out all of the stuffing to reach the squeaker, then ran around with the newly flattened toy. Such a sweet dog.
Bertie LOVED his belated birthday present. This is a gorilla stuffed toy with chewy rope legs and a squeaker inside. He sat and dug out all of the stuffing to reach the squeaker, then ran around with the newly flattened toy. Such a sweet dog.

Tuesday, 31 March 2015: Nando’s dins with parents

The leathery palm-leaf shaped lights at Nando's, where we supped with Mum and Dad on collecting them from the airport.
The leathery palm-leaf shaped lights at Nando’s, where we supped with Mum and Dad on collecting them from the airport.

Wednesday, 1 April 2015: Fire & Ice hotel, Royale burger lunch, Bassie’s 8th birthday

Pretty floral display at the Fire & Ice Hotel, where I attended a morning event on Wednesday. Just not so keen on the red wall, due to previous house having questionable red sections.
Pretty floral display at the Fire & Ice Hotel, where I attended a morning event on Wednesday. Just not so keen on the red wall, due to previous house having questionable red sections.
Much-needed tea break treats at the Fire & Ice...
Much-needed tea break treats at the Fire & Ice…
Playing around with the iPad's Photobooth/selfie settings, still not looking at exactly the right spot but this is better than my earlier attempts.
Playing around with the iPad’s Photobooth/selfie settings, still not looking at exactly the right spot but this is better than my earlier attempts.
Wednesday was also #redmylips day, so I had to keep wiping my cup between sips - plus I overfilled it so spilled some into the saucer, as I do.
Wednesday was also #redmylips day, so I had to keep wiping my cup between sips – plus I overfilled it so spilled some into the saucer, as I do.
Mature cheddar burger and fries for lunch at a work meeting at Royale in Long Street. One of the best!
Mature cheddar burger and fries for lunch at a work meeting at Royale in Long Street. One of the best!
And there was this - a fudgey brownie milkshake, with chunks of  chocolate brownie in the bottom of the glass - and by chance, a purple straw.
And there was this – a fudgey brownie milkshake, with chunks of chocolate brownie in the bottom of the glass – and by chance, a purple straw.
Happy birthday, little one! Bassie is now officially eight human-years old. Still hates wearing her birthday hat.
Happy birthday, little one! Bassie is now officially eight human-years old. Still hates wearing her birthday hat.
Even when Granny and Grampa visited, Bassie was reluctant to grin while wearing her birthday hat. I'm an embarrassing mom, I think.
Even when Granny and Grampa visited, Bassie was reluctant to grin while wearing her birthday hat. I’m an embarrassing mom, I think.
But she LOVED eating the peanut butter-chicken muffins Granny baked especially for her birthday.
But she LOVED eating the peanut butter-chicken muffins Granny baked especially for her birthday.

That’s all for now, folks! I see lots of chocolate in your future – happy Easter weekend πŸ™‚

Supporting the local rugby scene… surprisingly

I’m not really sports-inclined. This is ‘funny strange’, not ‘funny haha’, as my workday is filled with curating, editing and publishing sport news. But in my personal life? Not so much.

I was never the top athlete at school, in primary school the closest I came to it was attending a few gymnastics classes at the local recreation centre – I was young enough to think it was called ‘gym-elastics’. Then in high school, where sporting is expected of you, I was one of the herd of hockey bokkies and shooting enthusiasts when forced to pick a sport (those tight shooting jackets that keep the rifle close to your body are something else!) and a ‘social tennis’ player… meaning we were not on set teams or even coached in any way. Rather, we walked down to the tennis grounds twice a week and lobbed a ball over the net at our friends before buying those Take 5 sachets of frozen orange juice from the tuckshop.

So it’s always surprising to me and those around me when I take an interest in sport. There was the short-lived jogging stint when we lived on Jozi’s West Rand a few years back, the hiking phase when we first moved to Cape Town, and numerous attempts by hubby at getting me into exercise through the Xbox Kinect – I enjoyed the dance games the best though, attempting log slalom race things in your own lounge with dogs hopping about is just asking for injury.

But then there are live sport matches. That’s a different story altogether. Live sport, I love.

Some of my fondest memories are of watching the Highveld Lions devour their T20 opponents at Wanderers while doing the Mexican wave, singing along loudly to whatever music was being played, due to the inherent excitement of the short format of the game. And you can’t NOT watch on TV when the Bokke play any other team. Like this. And this.

In fact, this picture sums it up best:

It's the framed photo our besties presented us with before we moved to Cape Town, showing all of us in our Springbok supporters gear.
It’s the framed photo our besties presented us with before we moved to Cape Town, showing all of us in our Springbok supporters gear.

That’s why this past weekend’s highlight was watching various teams from our local rugby league – Union Milnerton or ‘Uni Mil’, as their red socks so aptly dubbed them – defeat the travelling teams from Strand on home ground.

We didn’t even set out to do so, deciding on a whim to stop and check it out when we saw how packed the field was at the Theo Marais sportsground. The wind was nippy and I was JUST recovering from a cold but it was still jolly good fun. While there weren’t any wors roll stands as expected, a trestle table selling homemade Cape Malay delicacies like koe’susters, samosas and salomies did a roaring trade. So we ate, we drank, we cheered; we giggled at the reactions of the true fans around us (“Teckle TECKLE,” shouted the one old lady, “You’re playing kak,” said another, and “Smile, shit-head”, commented a tired player to one of his sour teammates as we walked back to the car.

All in all an enjoyable few hours – I’m sure we’ll be back. Seems my sporting calling was simply to be a cheerleader all along:

Watching the rugby! With a big storm brewing in the background!
Watching the rugby! With a big storm brewing in the background!

I even loaded the short video Husband took of the players getting a warm welcome onto Youtube for your viewing pleasure, click here to see it.

Can't watch rugby without a beer or two going down the gullet
Can’t watch rugby without a beer or two going down the gullet
So cold I had to make sure only littlest bits of face were exposed
So cold I had to make sure only littlest bits of face were exposed
Giggling at some of the comments from the fans watching around us
Giggling at some of the comments from the fans watching around us
Thick socks and pretty pumps were in order
Thick socks and pretty pumps were in order
Sort of selfie with the sky behind us
Sort of selfie with the sky behind us
Better shot of the pretty cloud-flocked sky
Better shot of the pretty cloud-flocked sky

Who knows what we’ll get up to next weekend… watch this space!