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CT’s best salmon eggs benedict and cruising with ‘tyred’ sea lions

T’was the first week back at work in the Andrews household, but it was by no means slow-going. So busy were we that I forgot to bring home the computer connect-y cord on Friday, hence delay in publishing this.

See our highlights below…

Saturday, 9 January 2016: Company’s Garden breakfast, City SightSeeing CT Harbour Cruise

Cappuccino at Company's Garden
Nothing starts off the weekend better than a cappuccino/flat white. And the delicious biscotti on the side took it up a notch. This was at Company’s Garden. Last time we went their coffee machine was broken so I made do with a pot of tea. This time I was all too happy to get the caffeine I needed the way I wanted πŸ™‚
French toast at Company's garden
Of course there are lots of yummy things on the breakfast menu but as I know what a winner the French toast is, with crispy bacon, strawberries and creme fraiche, I stuck to what I love.
Salmon eggs benedict at Company's garden
For Husband, the salmon eggs benedict, which he confirms is the best he’s had in CT. The Hollandaise sauce is just the right creamy tangy consistency, the English muffin is toasted just so, and the salmon fresh fresh fresh.
Husband day care at Waterfront
Lol at this sign at the V&A Waterfront. We didn’t have to make use of the service luckily, but good to know it’s there!
Waterfront dry dock
We stopped at the dry dock to have a look at the boat waiting there. Amazing to think how heavy it must be.
Titanic exhibition at Waterfront
Tried his hand at being captain outside the Titanic exhibition. Prefers being a commander.
City Sightseeing Cape Town harbour tour
And then we took to the sea! We thoroughly enjoyed the City Sightseeing Cape Town sunset bus tour for Husband’s birthday last year (click here for a reminder), so when we saw their harbour cruise option is just R40 per person we ran across to the dock and hopped on. Fascinating tour around the Waterfront harbour and the red earphones means you get to hear a quick history of all the sights. Well worth it!
Sitting on City Sightseeing Cape Town harbour tour
T’was such a delightful ‘tourist in your own city’ thing to do.
Swooping seagulls at boats
Seagulls swooping down for food near the I&J warehouse.
Table Mountain seen from sea.
So very pretty. View from our furthest point out to sea before we turned around for the return trip.
Seal in Waterfront harbour
Those black things in the water are bits of sea lion. He was floating lazily on his back. But there were even more exhausted sea lions to be seen…
Seal in Wheel, Waterfront harbour
See? It seems we have an epidemic of lazy seals. This one is sleeping in a tyre – and the sight is so common that the CitySightseeing Cape Town audio commentary dubs him and his fellow sleepy sea lions ‘seals on wheels’.
Seal sleeping
Just look at that sleepy little face, deep in dreamland.

Sunday, 10 January 2016: Star Wars in iMax

Popcorn and Cola at the iMax in Cape Gate
Yip, you read that right – not content with merely starting the December vacation with a viewing of the latest Star Wars movie in 3D, the highlight of our final day of leave was watching it again – this time at Cape Gate in iMax – with these super enormous movie treats of Cola and popcorn.

Workweek highlights: Animal print on the bus and GetSmarter certification

Animal-print tops on MyCiti
T’was a long, tough week of acclimatising to the work day and deadlines again. The sight of two ladies in a row dressed in different animal-print tops made me smile once I finally got a seat on the bus trip home.
UCT GetSmarter SEO certificate
Tis official! A certificate from UCT and GetSmarter arrived as proof of my successful completion of their SEO short course. Husband says we’ll have to make space for it on the wall of smart πŸ™‚

That’s all, folks! Expect my next update within the week. Take it easy…

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Dog shows and dinner on top of The Ritz

Oh packing, how I’ve not missed thee. It’s just two years since last we met. There’s nothing quite like moving house to give your whole life a shake-up. Weekends and evenings are no longer yours to laze around in. Instead there are endless glass things to wrap in newspaper, boxes to seal, box tape to mangle by getting it stuck on itself and endless towels to dirty by dragging the heavy, sealed and probably over-filled boxes from room to room until you decide which room is the designated ‘storage room’, until the panicky final days when the whole HOUSE is a storage area, and you’ve forgotten what it’s like to traipse down the passage without tripping over something cardboardy and pointy cornered. Or maybe that’s just how I do it.

With less than three weeks to go to our big move, that’s what life’s been like lately. But of course this past week we did a little more than that, especially as I had an ‘Awesome Award’ to celebrate, from my first month at the amazing place I now work – no box-packing pics below, I promise…

Monday, 10 November 2014: Friendly hot drinks at Mugg & Bean, Paddocks

You know I love going out on Monday evenings to extend the 'weekend feeling' , so go out on Monday I did! I met a new friend at the Mugg & Bean in Paddocks Shopping Centre - just LOOK at the delicious red velvet hot chocolate they made for me! Those are real cake crumbles accompanied by a dollop of cream cheese. It's like drinking a slice of cake, but better.
You know I love going out on Monday evenings to extend the ‘weekend feeling’ , so go out on Monday I did! I met a new friend (see her blog here, she’s inspiringly creative!) at the Mugg & Bean in Paddocks Shopping Centre – just LOOK at the delicious red velvet hot chocolate they made for me! Those are real cake crumbles accompanied by a dollop of cream cheese. It’s like drinking a slice of cake, but better.

Friday, 7 November 2014: Delicious tastes and sights at #Mobile360, at the V&A Clocktower

Morning coffee looking out at the V&A Harbour when I got to the event a bit early on Friday. With soothing music in the background, it was bliss
Morning coffee looking out at the V&A Harbour when I got to the event a bit early on Friday. With soothing music in the background, it was bliss
Chilled, fruit-flavoured waters were delicious during 'tea' on the unseasonally hot day
Chilled, fruit-flavoured waters were delicious during ‘tea’ on the unseasonally hot day

Saturday, 8Β November 2014: Milnerton dog show, dinner on top of the Ritz, Sea Point

Couldn't resist sitting on the pretty bronzey couch set-up at Cubana when we breakfasted
Couldn’t resist sitting on the pretty bronzey couch set-up at Cubana when we breakfasted
Husband enjoying the sunshine at the doggie show, with a wors roll and warm beer. Happiness is.
Husband enjoying the sunshine at the doggie show, with a wors roll and warm beer. Happiness is.
I love how the big doggie is completely unaware he’s almost photobombing me. PS: That’s not one but TWO pancakes I’m about to wolf down – one filled with Nutella, one with caramel topping. Divine.
Bassie approved of our pawprint-shaped dog show entry stamps
Bassie approved of our pawprint-shaped dog show entry stamps
The Sea Point Ritz, in all its glory. Revolving restaurant is the very top bit jutting out. Follow me...
The Sea Point Ritz, in all its glory. Revolving restaurant is the very top bit jutting out like a top hat. Follow me…
So excited were we that we couldn't resist a photo at the lovely staircase
So excited were we that we couldn’t resist a photo at the lovely staircase
Husband admiring the view. This is about 10 minutes after we were seated, as our table was originally behind the side building you can see behind Husband outside the window
Husband admiring the view. This is about 10 minutes after we were seated, as our table was originally behind the side building you can see behind Husband outside the window
View from the top, before sunset. That's Lion's Head peeping out in the background
View from the top, before sunset. That’s Lion’s Head peeping out in the background
Husband looking mightily pleased with himself - we were on the 24th floor, which made the cars and people below look like toys
Husband looking mightily pleased with himself – we were on the 24th floor, which made the cars and people below look like toys
Don't they look like little toys, scattered on the floor?
Don’t they look like little toys, scattered on the floor?
Husband's dimple only shows on very rare occasions! This was his satay starter - prawn and chicken with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
Husband’s dimple only shows on very rare occasions! This was his satay starter – prawn and chicken with a sweet chilli dipping sauce
My 'starter' main - the Top of the Ritz salad, which had warm chicken, lots of cashew nuts and orange segments.
My ‘starter’ main – the Top of the Ritz salad, which had warm chicken, lots of cashew nuts and orange segments. I drenched it in dressing. It was wonderful, for just R56. I tried the creme brulee for dessert – topping cracked most delightfully with a single thwack from the spoon provided. I tried the creme brulee for dessert – topping cracked most delightfully with a single thwack from the spoon provided.
Husband's linefish with mixed veg and finished accompaniment of gratinated potato. With obligatory bottle o' Tabasco sauce, of course. See how full the restaurant is behind him - people only get seated around the outer revolving ring
Husband’s linefish with mixed veg and finished accompaniment of gratinated potato. With obligatory bottle o’ Tabasco sauce, of course. See how full the restaurant is behind him – people only get seated around the outer revolving ring
Sunset begins! Alas it was too cloudy for an evening of orangey pink skies but the greys were just as striking as lights came on below
Sunset begins! Alas it was too cloudy for an evening of orangey pink skies but the greys were just as striking as lights came on below
Gazing on - almost the same spot as my original photo of Lion's Head. It takes about 75 minutes for the restaurant to fully revolve, staff say.
Gazing on – almost the same spot as my original photo of Lion’s Head. It takes about 75 minutes for the restaurant to fully revolve, staff say.
Pretty! Note there's a window between me and the outside, so those funny light smudges that appear over Signal Hill are actually reflections of the lights below
Pretty! Note there’s a window between me and the outside, so those funny light smudges that appear over Signal Hill are actually reflections of the lights below

Sunday, 9 November 2014: Tough packing decisions and packing celebration drinks

While packing on Sunday, I had to decide whether or not to throw away balloon owlie, who has deflated quite considerably since we got him on Father's Day. I kept him
While packing on Sunday, I had to decide whether or not to throw away balloon owlie, who has deflated quite considerably since we got him on Father’s Day. I kept him
To celebrate the lots and lots of boxes we packed, Husband and I decided to trace down some cocktails on the beach. We shared this strawberry, lime and litchi Bacardi jam jar at the Boardhouse in Blouberg for R60.
To celebrate the lots and lots of boxes we packed, Husband and I decided to trace down some cocktails on the beach. We shared this strawberry, lime and litchi Bacardi jam jar at the Boardhouse in Blouberg for R60.
See, I had my share too...
See, I had my share too…
Deep. Word to live by at the exit to the Boardhouse
Deep. Word to live by at the exit to the Boardhouse

And with that we’re already at a quarter to Friday again, that much closer to the next big box-packing session. Joy πŸ˜‰ (See? I may have mentioned packing and posted photos related to packing, but not a single photo of boxes did you see! Yay, me).

Silver food swans and how much sugar it takes to sweeten a Wimpy Mega coffee

Ah, life. It has a way of getting ahead of itself, making you focus on certain things when others are more important, making you wait endless days for some things and bombarding you with a flood of others with seemingly little rhyme or reason.

Despite the typical ‘mid-year’ exhaustion setting in (anyone else notice August tends to be a particularly long, change-filled month? New offices, new workload, lots of birthdays, lots of financial admin, all over and above the usual?) we still managed a good few photo-worthy moments for your viewing pleasure since my last update. See below…

Monday, 11 August: Half-price pizzas at Col Cacchio, Big Bay

Tired as we were, we continued the extend the weekend feeling by eating out on a Monday to enjoy the wide range of Winter specials on offer.

I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It's a 'Toblerone' - all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
I look tired but boy did that drink go down a treat! It’s a ‘Toblerone’ – all sorts of chocolatey, caramelly flavours.
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food...
Husband looking pensive with our drinks. It was quite a wait for the food…
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That's my Norm's Pralina, and Husband's Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.
But well worth it when they finally arrived! That’s my Norm’s Pralina, and Husband’s Half-half Butter Chicken/Ribs combo. Delicious.

Tuesday, 12 August: New offices and longggg train-bus commute home

View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
View out the front office window (nice birdie in action)
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you're wearing sunnies
Me on the train home from work. Great way to relax/unwind/nap, lol, especially if you’re wearing sunnies
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you're drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)
Go home Woodstock MyCiti station, you’re drunk. (See how wonky it looks?)

Β Wednesday, 13 August: team dinner at Mondiall, V&A Waterfront

Β Of course new team starting at new office means team dinner. This is what we had

Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Sparkling water and pretty candlelight while perusing menu
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it's not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at that hot chocolate effort! Brimming with cream and flaked almonds, AND a cookie on top means it gets top marks (and at R45 it’s not too bad if you factor in the Frangelico)
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
Look at my burger! And chips! And hummus type spreads with olives that I ate with fresh bread, as a starter!
See how much more 'swan-like' the silver (leftover food-filled) swan  at the other end of the table looks than mine?
See how much more ‘swan-like’ the silver (leftover food-filled) swan at the other end of the table looks than mine?

Saturday, 16 August: Wimpy breakfast and Fat Cactus lunch with parents and bestie

Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
Husband explaining something while buttering his breakfast toast
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two :)
See how many sugars the Wimpy staff assume the Mega Coffee needs? Seven. I only used two πŸ™‚
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents' cruise, not the puppies').
Puppies celebrating the return of Granny and Grampa, after their Med cruise (the parents’ cruise, not the puppies’).
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Husband and dad at Fat Cactus, Mowbray (yes, we all wore our Croatia/Italy souvenir tee-shirts)
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Me, mom, and my Espresso shake
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Rib basket, with amazing chipotle sauce
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad's belated birthday lunch
Full family shot! Mum, Shells, me, Husband and Dad around the table at Fat Cactus for mom and dad’s belated birthday lunch

Sunday, 17 August: Doggy beach walk, lupper at parents

While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she'd like to go to the beach
While waiting for me to finish my Sunday shift, Bassie told her dad she’d like to go to the beach
So go to the beach we did!
So go to the beach we did!
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bertie happily pranced on rocks and got completely soaked in the sea
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand...
Bassie managed to cover her nose in sand…
And grinned the whole way home!
And grinned the whole way home!
Husband cooked and ate two mussels 'caught' at the beach
Husband cooked and ate two mussels ‘caught’ at the beach
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
I made the parents their very own Bassie and Bertie as part of their birthday present(s)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer :)
Birthday scones, made by mom! Nothing nicer πŸ™‚
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays :)
Mom and dad celebrating their (by now very belated) birthdays πŸ™‚

Monday, 18 August: Spur, Bayside’s two-for one burger special

One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur's Amarula hot chocolate!
One way to perk up a long, late Monday? Spur’s Amarula hot chocolate!
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.
Accompanied by the two-for-one Monday Spur burger special, obvs.

That’s all for now, folks! Lots more to update on, such as my half-birthday this past Wednesday and our seven-year wedding anniversary (gasp) this coming Monday. Plus other exciting news to share soon, so watch this space! πŸ™‚

2013 goes out with a bang

For the first time in the everest of ever, we went out to celebrate New Year’s Eve this time around.

As our guests were heading to the Waterfront to watch the fireworks display for free, and going by MyCiti bus to get there, we decided to go with them, after dropping off the doggies at my parents to be ‘puppy sat’ for the night.

And what a palaver our New Year’s Eve turned into! It’s partly because we had achy legs as we had just hiked up AND down Table Mountain the day before (click here for a reminder), but also because the bus was so full that we stood all the way there, crammed in like sardines… and then, to make matters worse, we decided to walk from Civic Centre to the Waterfront as there was just so much traffic in town. By the time we got there we were in agony!

The fireworks display really was lovely, but as soon as it was over we had to turn around and do the walk in reverse in order to catch the MyCiti bus back home before the last bus left at 01:30am.

Here are a few photos of our celebrations…

We got things started earlier in the day with ice cream at Melkbos before it got too windy
We got things started earlier in the day with ice cream at Melkbos before it got too windy
Four brave people testing the temperature - two of them actually got in for a quick dip
Four brave people testing the temperature – two of them actually got in for a quick dip
Waiting at the bus stop for our first night bus trip
Waiting at the bus stop for our first night bus trip
Not joking when I say the Waterfront was PACKED. Geen plek vir 'n muis!
Not joking when I say the Waterfront was PACKED. Geen plek vir ‘n muis!
One of the few visuals of the performers like Freshlyground and Prime Circle
One of the few visuals of the performers like Freshlyground and Prime Circle
Warm Coke has never tasted as good!
Warm Coke has never tasted as good!
Our view of the fireworks was limited but they sure were lovely
Our view of the fireworks was limited but they sure were lovely
Ready to crash, a few minutes after the countdown to welcome 2014
Ready to crash, a few minutes after the countdown to welcome 2014

And crash we did! We had some celebratory sparkling wine when we got home just before 2am, then slept until morning, collected the doggies from their grandparents, and spent a lazy day recovering.

Hope your 2014 is off to a good start! πŸ™‚ Back to work for me from tomorrow, alas – this has been such a good break for me.