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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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My 21st + 10 (gasp!) birthday bakes, cakes and shakes

Yes, it’s true, I’ve aged. It’s funny, waking up and knowing I was suddenly not 30 but IN my thirties was quite the revelation. I felt old. Tired. Achy. It’s all downhill from here, folks! I joke, I joke. It’s just the pre-arthritic fingers that give me pain when I over-type. And if I manage 10 hours of sleep a night, I wake feeling relatively rested ๐Ÿ˜‰ Birthdays pass by in a blur these days as there are so many phone calls, phone messages, emails and Facebook posts to reply to that you spend much of the day chatting away and not really doing – which is a fine way to spend the day, of course, as you’ll see below…

Saturday, 14 February 2015: Valentine’s Day for most

Just because we don't celebrate the official Valentine's Day (because my birthday's the day after and Husband's is two weeks prior) doesn't mean we don't still treat ourselves to nice things. Here is my R25 sunshine breakfast from our local Foodlover's Market - yes, R25 including the cappuccino!
Just because we don’t celebrate the official Valentine’s Day (because my birthday’s the day after and Husband’s is two weeks prior) doesn’t mean we don’t still treat ourselves to nice things. Here is my R25 sunshine breakfast from our local Foodlover’s Market – yes, R25 including the cappuccino!
Husband opted for his favourite haloumi toast stack with a Coke, to start his weekend on the right note
Husband opted for his favourite haloumi toast stack with a Coke, to start his weekend on the right note
Husband having a draught at the Boardhouse on the beachfront
Husband having a draught at the Boardhouse on the beachfront
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Telling Bassie just because I’m not sharing my almond croissant and coffee with her, doesn’t mean I don’t love her. She’s not convinced…
On with the patio installation! Here is Husband, climbing down the ladder after securing the first length of opal white covering
On with the patio installation! Here is Husband, climbing down the ladder after securing the first length of opal white covering
And another panel up!
And another panel up!
Amost done! Doesn't it look smart!
Almost done! Doesn’t it look smart!

Sunday, 15 February 2015: My 21st (+10)

How do you celebrate your 31st birthday? With a chocolatey breakfast, of course. This is my cappuccino from Cocoa Wah wah
How do you celebrate your 31st birthday? With a chocolatey breakfast, of course. This is my cappuccino from Cocoa Wah wah
The French Kiss - it's French toast topped with hot chocolatey sauce and flaked almonds. Delicious.
The French Kiss – it’s French toast topped with hot chocolatey sauce and flaked almonds. Delicious.
Husband about to tuck into his Supreme croissant, complete with poached eggs, avo and ham. (Plus a breakfast Coke)
Husband about to tuck into his Supreme croissant, complete with poached eggs, avo and ham. (Plus a breakfast Coke)
After my Typo shopping spree we stopped at Hudson's Claremont. Husband had this here draught...
After my Typo shopping spree we stopped at Hudson’s Claremont. Husband had this here draught…
Glug glug, down the hatch!
Glug glug, down the hatch!
I had the house made fudge milkshake, complete with chunk of fudge. Gorgeously thick.
I had the house made fudge milkshake, complete with chunk of fudge. Gorgeously thick.
Just some of my Typo birthday treats
Just some of my Typo birthday treats
Thoughtful, beautiful, delightful birthday spoils from Mum n Dad...
Thoughtful, beautiful, delightful birthday spoils from Mum n Dad…
Just LOOK at this gorgeous spectacular cake Mum baked for me! It was a red AND blue marbled velvet cake inside, with cream cheese frosting. Vanished rather fast at work the next day, along with a box of Italian cream puffs
Just LOOK at this gorgeous spectacular cake Mum baked for me! It was a red AND blue marbled velvet cake inside, with cream cheese frosting. Vanished rather fast at work the next day, along with a box of Italian cream puffs
See the chocolatey red and blue marbledness.
See the chocolatey red and blue marbledness.
Mom also made this brandy tart with whipped cream. So yum!
Mom also made this brandy tart with whipped cream. So yum!
The standard Andrews family  'wearing a birthday hat and getting a birthday kiss on the cheek photo
The standard Andrews family ‘wearing a birthday hat and getting a birthday kiss on the cheek’ photo

Thursday, 19 February 2015: Tea at the Colosseum Hotel and the building begins…

I attended a wonderful workshop on the neuroscience of email marketing at the Colosseum Hotel in Century City - delicious Rooibos tea with honey and some of the tea time snacks
I attended a wonderful workshop on the neuroscience of email marketing at the Colosseum Hotel in Century City – delicious Rooibos tea with honey and some of the tea time snacks
And when I got home, the big concrete bricks that'll become our front wall (meaning we'll have a front garden, too!) had been delivered and stacked. Building should start next week, so watch this space for progress...
And when I got home, the big concrete bricks that’ll become our front wall (meaning we’ll have a front garden, too!) had been delivered and stacked. Building should start next week, so watch this space for progress…

Friday, 20 February 2015: Double bubblegum luck

While waiting for the train to arrive after work, I decided to chew on one of the bubblegums I'd tucked into my bag... and for the first time ever had a double wrapper - not a repeat, so double the facts to read while waiting ;)
While waiting for the train to arrive after work, I decided to chew on one of the bubblegums I’d tucked into my bag… and for the first time ever had a double wrapper – not a repeat, so double the facts to read while waiting ๐Ÿ˜‰

That’s all, folks… lekker naweek!

DIY patio-ing, rooftop sunset panoramas and almost snorkelling with seagulls

The nicest thing about owning a house is you can do whatever you like with it, and hopefully increase its value in doing so. That’s why one of the first things we did after moving in to our Very First Housie two-and-a-half months ago was to knock some nails in the walls. But of course we have far grander plans than that. And as Husband is quite the MacGyver-type handyman, he’s happy to do it himself instead of paying someone else to do it for him. That’s why I now have the most beautiful light fittings, ceiling fans, bedroom cupboard area, and thanks to last weekend’s efforts, a very strong support structure for a lovely sheltered patio area. But of course, that’s not all we did…

Friday, 6 February 2015: Loadshed roof exploring

Last Friday we were loadshed the moment we got home from work. Luckily the sun was still shining brightly, so Husband used the time to finally get up on the roof to do some exploring. This is what he saw, directly behind us...
Last Friday we were loadshed the moment we got home from work. Luckily the sun was still shining brightly, so Husband used the time to finally get up on the roof to do some exploring. This is what he saw, directly behind us…
Our neighbours to the left and back - these are not townhouses or flats but freestanding homes
Our neighbours to the left and back – these are not townhouses or flats but freestanding homes
Traffic heading toward the setting sun in front of us
Traffic heading toward the setting sun in front of us
To the front and right of us. Note an empty can in top right corner of our garage roof, almost in line with the 'Parklands - no dumping' sign. Oh, the irony!
To the front and right of us. Note an empty can in top right corner of our garage roof, almost in line with the ‘Parklands – no dumping’ sign. Oh, the irony!
Then he stitched the pics together as a panoramic shot, and this what a variation of what's all around our housie. Beautiful.
Then he stitched the pics together as a panoramic shot, and this what a variation of what’s all around our housie. Beautiful.

Saturday, 7 February 2015: Breakfast at Melissa’s, lunch at Panama Jacks and first stage of patio beam installation

Leafy shape in my flat white from Melissa-s in Blouberg - our first ever visit to Melissa's.
Leafy shape in my flat white from Melissa-s in Blouberg – our first ever visit to Melissa’s.
Husband ensuring his eggs ben breakfast was well and truly sauced
Husband ensuring his eggs ben breakfast was well and truly sauced
And for me? A slice of pecan praline cheesecake, thank you very much ;)
And for me? A slice of pecan praline cheesecake, thank you very much ๐Ÿ˜‰
Tummies purring, we set off to do our 'wood' research, and found the place with the best price. Here I'm sitting in the backseat while the lengths of wood stick out the back of Bluebell - we did tie them down with rope, too. Of course MacGyver-y Husband thought of that
Tummies purring, we set off to do our ‘wood’ research, and found the place with the best price. Here I’m sitting in the backseat while the lengths of wood stick out the back of Bluebell – we did tie them down with rope, too. Of course MacGyver-y Husband thought of that
Wood purchased, we left it under the doggies' care at home while dashing off to meet the parents at Panama Jacks for the last of Husband's birthday celebrations. Here are dad and me
Wood purchased, we left it under the doggies’ care at home while dashing off to meet the parents at Panama Jacks for the last of Husband’s birthday celebrations. Here are dad and me
With Husband and mom facing us
With Husband and mom facing us
Dad had this for his lunch - 4 crayfishy pieces, with rice and spicy sauce
Dad had this for his lunch – 4 crayfishy pieces, with rice and spicy sauce
After lunch we stopped at the beach for a quick dip. I noticed the seagulls were very close to the coming tide
After lunch we stopped at the beach for a quick dip. I noticed the seagulls were very close to the coming tide
Then his feet got wet. Mr Gull flew off before he could take Husband up on his offer to accompany him snorkelling, though...
Then his feet got wet. Mr Gull flew off before he could take Husband up on his offer to accompany him snorkelling, though…
The water was absolutely amazing, in colour and temperature. #nofilter
The water was absolutely amazing, in colour and temperature. #nofilter
Here is Husband, about to set off on his snorkelling trip, with flippers on his feet. He said he saw little green fish yellow eyes
Here is Husband, about to set off on his snorkelling trip, with flippers on his feet. He said he saw little green fish yellow eyes
Then we got home and Husband got to work, putting up the first beam. Looks like he's standing on air but it's a trick of the light, he really is on the ladder. Take no notice of the scrubby garden, that's a project for another weekend
Then we got home and Husband got to work, putting up the first beam. Looks like he’s standing on air but it’s a trick of the light, he really is on the ladder. Take no notice of the scrubby garden, that’s a project for another weekend.

Sunday, 8 February 2015: Breakfast at Cafe Lacomia, drinks at Captain’s Kitchen

We needed to buy a few more DIY-type things on Sunday morning, so breakfasted at Cafe Lacomia, right inside our nearest Builder's Warehouse. Here is Husband perusing the menu...
We needed to buy a few more DIY-type things on Sunday morning, so breakfasted at Cafe Lacomia, right inside our nearest Builder’s Warehouse. Here is Husband perusing the menu…
Look at the mini croissant we each got to sample before our breakfast, and the two (yes, two!) little cookies that accompanied my cappuccino. Nice touch.
Look at the mini croissant we each got to sample before our breakfast, and the two (yes, two!) little cookies that accompanied my cappuccino. Nice touch.
Odds and ends purchased, we went back home, where Husband finished off the patio roof frame rather fast
Odds and ends purchased, we went back home, where Husband finished off the patio roof frame rather fast
Here he is nonchalantly sitting on it, to prove it's sturdy and can take the weight of my hammock chair
Here he is nonchalantly sitting on it, to prove it’s sturdy and can take the weight of my hammock chair
Satisfied with a job well done, we headed to Captain's Kitchen in Big Bay to wet our whistles.
Satisfied with a job well done, we headed to Captain’s Kitchen in Big Bay to wet our whistles.
I went for a coffee milkshake, of course
I went for a coffee milkshake, of course
Mum made wonderful dom pedro things after lupper
Mum made wonderful dom pedro things after lupper

Wednesday, 11 February 2015: Nutella hot chocolate at Melissa’s

As luck would have it, I had my second Melissa's experience this week, when attending a breakfast business meeting at Melissa's on Kloof Street. This is the Nutella hot chocolate.
As luck would have it, I had my second Melissa’s experience this week, when attending a breakfast business meeting at Melissa’s on Kloof Street. This is the Nutella hot chocolate.
Later that day, on my trip home, I snapped this shot - it's a sight you only get to see from the MyCiti bus lane in Paarden Eiland. Gorgeous cloud-covered mountain
Later that day, on my trip home, I snapped this shot – it’s a sight you only get to see from the MyCiti bus lane in Paarden Eiland. Gorgeous cloud-covered mountain

Thursday, 12 February 2015: Refreshing (alcoholic) work lollies

Thursday was the #BizTrends20-15 event, held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel in the CBD. It was a really humid day, so these tequila-lemonade lollies went down a treat!
Thursday was the #BizTrends20-15 event, held at the Inner City Ideas Cartel in the CBD. It was a really humid day, so these tequila-lemonade lollies went down a treat!

Friday, 13 February 2015: Office Valentine’s Day celebrations

Our entertainment committee put together the most amazing candlelit brunch, which suited the suddenly-rainy weather. Here's my selection of eats and flute of Appletizer (though there was sparkling wine on offer, too), on our fake-grass carpet.
Our entertainment committee put together the most amazing candlelit brunch, which suited the suddenly-rainy weather. Here’s my selection of eats and flute of Appletizer (though there was sparkling wine on offer, too), on our fake-grass carpet.
Who said red and pink are clashing colours? Divine
Who said red and pink are clashing colours? Divine
Of course we played Bad Cupid - so pleased with what I ended up with - an owlie travel mug, just perfect for someone who loves coffee and owls
Of course we played Bad Cupid – so pleased with what I ended up with – an owlie travel mug, just perfect for someone who loves coffee and owls

That’s all for now, folks – but this is my birthday weekend, so I’m sure there’ll be a cake or two involved – have some for me ๐Ÿ˜‰

The big birthday post

Being born close to Valentine’s Day isn’t all hearts and roses. Christmas babies – nay, make that December babies – know what I’m talking about. Everyone’s so focused on the main event of the month that your birthday sort of falls to the wayside. That’s why those of us born in the second week of February have to be clever about how we market our birth date to ensure we don’t miss out.

Luckily, I have a husband who hates the commercialism of Valentine’s Day and scoffs at the ‘I’ll buy you chocolates once a year and ignore you for the rest of the year’ mindset. We like to make each other feel special and appreciated all year round (maybe that’s why we’re into our seventh year of marriage, eep!) But I digress. This was a very long-winded way of saying No, we didn’t go out somewhere special for Valentine’s Day (unless you think a McFlurry is the ultimate symbol of affection), and as a result of that – yes, I had a wonderful birthday weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

It involved one breakfast with a beach view and another where I had a slice of Bar One cheesecake at 9am, shopping to my heart’s content, splurging on R5 imported cans of Vanilla Coke, two relaxing beach visits under our new beach umbrella – one with a view of Table Mountain, a delicious coffee milkshake and shared plate of stuffed chilli poppers at Woodbridge Island, travelling up said mountain in the cableway at sunset (it’s free on your birthday, and half price until the end of February – click here for more), a long swim in the pool to beat the heat, egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins, as well as two scrumptious mom-made birthday cakes for the office…

One of my LOVEly presents
One of my LOVEly presents
You can't see me but you can see my gorgeous view of the mountain on my birthday breakfast
You can’t see me but you can see my gorgeous view of the mountain on my birthday breakfast
We bought ALL the Vanilla Cokes! Well, almost
We bought ALL the Vanilla Cokes! Well, almost
Having another Vanilla Cake with Bassie, on her swing bench
Having another Vanilla Cake with Bassie, on her swing bench
Coffee milkshake and feta-bacon stuffed chilli poppers, mmm
Coffee milkshake and feta-bacon stuffed chilli poppers, mmm
See? They really are stuffed!
See? They really are stuffed!
One of the beach visits, under the new beach umbrella
One of the beach visits, under the new beach umbrella
Me in front of the cable car with our 'golden tickets' (Mine had 'Happy birthday Leigh' printed on it, and the ticked issuer sang to me)
Me in front of the cable car with our ‘golden tickets’ (Mine had ‘Happy birthday Leigh’ printed on it, and the ticked issuer sang to me)
The gorgeous sunset, as seen from the top of Table Mountain
The gorgeous sunset, as seen from the top of Table Mountain
Proof we were both on top
Proof we were both on top
My boy looking down on Lion's Head, which he climbed again with his dad just a few days ago
My boy looking down on Lion’s Head, which he climbed again with his dad just a few days ago
Look at the smoky clouds behind me - wind was very strong. So strong we were warned we may need to return down the mountain
Look at the smoky clouds behind me – wind was very strong. So strong we were warned we may need to return down the mountain
More of the smoky cloud, and the sunset
More of the smoky cloud, and the sunset
In front of the harbour view - still needed sunnies at about 19.45
In front of the harbour view – still needed sunnies at about 19.45
There it goes!
There it goes!
Gazing at the disappearing sun
Gazing at the disappearing sun
And then we got to watch the moon rise! Beautiful
And then we got to watch the moon rise! Beautiful
All the lights were twinkling below us when we got back to the car
All the lights were twinkling below us when we got back to the car
Egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins went down a treat the next day
Egg mayo sandwiches and carrot cake muffins went down a treat the next day
My two yummy birthday cakes made by mom to take to the office! The famous nutty carrot cake and an amazing chocolate marble loaf
My two yummy birthday cakes made by mom to take to the office! The famous nutty carrot cake and an amazing chocolate marble loaf

All in all, a fantastic birthday. Who said turning 30 has to be a big kerfuffle?