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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 πŸ™‚

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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Christmas 2013 with the Joburg rellies

Ah, Christmas time. I am fully in Christmas mode once I’ve had my annual viewing of ‘Love, Actually’ for the year. And while December’s not exactly a ‘mistletoe and wine, snowy winter wonderland’ in South Africa, it’s still a favourite holiday for many.

Last year was a different one as it’s the first Christmas in almost a decade that we didn’t spend with hubby’s family (click here for a reminder).

This year was especially special for us as some of the Joburg rellies we’d not seen in months came down to spend time with us. In addition to brother-in-law Spec (click here for more of his early Cape Town adventures), we have Gords and Natalie in the house… and their visit is all the more special as they got engaged at Sunset Beach on Christmas Eve! So, lots of excitement all in all.

Added to this, it was our first ever year hosting the main Christmas meal, but with minimal stress (mainly on my part, as I’m the worrywart in this family), we produced an excellent spread! Clifton braaied the turkey based on a combination of advice from his dad and recipes he picked up online, mom made her famous potato salad with sausage and gherkin bits, there was gammon with candied clementines, and for dessert mom outdid herself with the best trifle ever (cherry jelly, custard, a base of Christmas cake, cream and fresh cherries and blackberries, mmm).

Here are some pics of the celebrations…

Christmas Eve – 24 December 2013

The pretty tree - finally put the lights up on Christmas Eve!
The pretty tree – finally put the lights up on Christmas Eve!
While Gords and Nats went to Sunset Beach on Christmas Eve, the three of us stayed home and ate pizza while waiting to hear if she'd said yes
While Gords and Nats went to Sunset Beach on Christmas Eve, the three of us stayed home and ate pizza while waiting to hear if she’d said yes
Still trying to distract ourselves from the suspense of waiting to hear if she said YES with some Dance Central! (She did) :)
Still trying to distract ourselves from the suspense of waiting to hear if she said YES with some Dance Central! (She did) πŸ™‚
The lovely engaged couple on Sunset Beach
The lovely engaged couple on Sunset Beach

Christmas Day – 25 December 2013

Bassie getting into the Christmas spirit
Bassie getting into the Christmas spirit
Just some of the doggies' presents
Just some of the doggies’ presents
Bertie took his present outside but didn't manage the complicated opening process
Bertie took his present outside but didn’t manage the complicated opening process
"Daddy help us open it!"
“Daddy help us open it!”
Bassie REALLY enjoyed all her Christmas treats!
Bassie REALLY enjoyed all her Christmas treats!
Christmas conversation in full swing
Christmas conversation in full swing
My lovely family - hubby, dad and mom <3
My lovely family – hubby, dad and mom ❀
Waiting not-so-patiently for the turkey to finish it's cooking process - those are hungry grins!
Waiting not-so-patiently for the turkey to finish it’s cooking process – those are hungry grins!
Mmm, turkey in the Weber
Mmm, turkey in the Weber
Braaied turkey on a base of potatoes with bacon topping - success!
Braaied turkey on a base of potatoes with bacon topping – success!
Proving her status as dessert queen! Best homemade tiramisu and trifle ever
Proving her status as dessert queen! Best homemade tiramisu and trifle ever
Puppies having a nap with granny, all tuckered out after Christmas lunch
Puppies having a nap with granny, all tuckered out after Christmas lunch
Cooling off in the pool
Cooling off in the pool

Boxing Day – 26 December 2013

Boxing Day breakfast pizza and Coke at Primi - Spec had the same, I had a more sophisticated croissant and cappuccino
Boxing Day breakfast pizza and Coke at Primi – Spec had the same, I had a more sophisticated croissant and cappuccino
Above Noordhoek - the water was so beautiful today
Above Noordhoek – the water was so beautiful today
Above Muizenberg on our Boxing Day drive
Above Muizenberg on our Boxing Day drive

That’s all for now folks, keep an eye out for more pics of the Joburg visit to Cape Town – coming soon…

The road trip

Woohoo! We’re here! πŸ™‚ What a road trip this has been, from packing up our house in Joburg based on a rather sudden decision to having all our furniture packed on the moving truck, spending a final night at my in-laws and finally making the cross-country trek with most of or bedding and the Very Excited doggies (despite herbal calmers for Bertie and lots of stops along the way for walkies to get rid of some of that pent-up energy). The weather is gorgeous here and we’re loving the lifestyle so far. We’re staying at my parents’ lovely new housie until we find one of our own. πŸ™‚ Happy days!

As always, here are some pics of the trip …

Consoling Tabby and Bertie in their old kitchen
Consoling Tabby and Bertie in their old kitchen
Clifton feeling the effects of packing up the whole house
Clifton feeling the effects of packing up the whole house
Final night at other granny's house
Final night at other granny’s house
Final dins at the in-laws, with Cynthia and Spec. We had Scottage Pie, worms (don't ask) and tiramisu. Clifton lost his head, as you can see
Final dins at the in-laws, with Cynthia and Spec. We had Scottage Pie, worms (don’t ask) and tiramisu. Clifton lost his head, as you can see
Bassie travelling in comfort, on mom's lap the WHOLE way
Bassie travelling in comfort, on mom’s lap the WHOLE way
Bertie travelling in more comfort, amongst the assorted cushions, duvets and blankets we brought with us
Bertie travelling in more comfort, amongst the assorted cushions, duvets and blankets we brought with us
Exhausted doggies having a nap at their grandparents' new housie
Exhausted doggies having a nap at their grandparents’ new housie

That’s all for today – movers are here offloading our furniture. I will blog again soon about Bassie and Bertie’s first experience of the sea! πŸ™‚