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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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Pre-Christmas week 2014: Breakfasts with kitties and new housie DIY

Christmas 2014 has been and gone, but before I can blog about it I have a week’s worth of photos from ‘the week before Christmas’ – Husband was on leave so lots of DIY went on around the new housie, as you can imagine. See below…

Close up of one of the original lights in the lounge, dining room and kitchen. Functional, but not very pretty...
Close up of one of the original lights in the lounge, dining room and kitchen. Functional, but not very pretty…
Here is Husband, sitting on the ladder to install the lounge ceiling fan. I watched <i>Love, Actually</i> to distract myself from worrying he would fall off.You can just see the new crystally dining room light fitting at his knee and the new kitchen light behind that
Here is Husband, sitting on the ladder to install the lounge ceiling fan. I watched Love, Actually to distract myself from worrying he would fall off.You can just see the new crystally dining room light fitting at his knee and the new kitchen light behind that
The lounge fan in all its glory, with crystally dining room one in the background and kitchen light a blur as it's on. You'll have to take my word that it's pretty.
The lounge fan in all its glory, with crystally dining room one in the background and kitchen light a blur as it’s on. You’ll have to take my word that it’s pretty.
In the main bedroom, Husband replaced ugly light fitting with a ceiling fan, spray painted glow-in-the-dark paint onto its blades in a spiral shape, removed doors from the centre bedroom cupboards, installed TV and hi-fi AND used bits of the cupboard doors he removed to make new shelves. He deserves to look proud!
In the main bedroom, Husband replaced ugly light fitting with a ceiling fan, spray painted glow-in-the-dark paint onto its blades in a spiral shape, removed doors from the centre bedroom cupboards, installed TV and hi-fi AND used bits of the cupboard doors he removed to make new shelves. He deserves to look proud!
Husband installed this handy corner shelf in the kitchen and added key hooks. Genius.
Husband installed this handy corner shelf in the kitchen and added key hooks. Genius.

But of course, that’s not all we did…

Saturday, 20 December 2014: Breakfast at McPherson’s with a non-shy cat

While breakfasting at McPherson's garden centre, their resident cat hopped into our booth to watch
While breakfasting at McPherson’s garden centre, their resident cat hopped into our booth to watch
He then sat on the table when our food was gone, clearly adoring the attention
He then sat on the table when our food was gone, clearly adoring the attention

Sunday, 21 December 2014: Breakfast at Bayside Cafe, lupper at Captain’s Kitchen

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We breakfasted with mum and dad on Sunday morning at the Bayside Cafe in Blouberg. This is my flapjack stack with mascapone and cinnamon fruit.
Husband enjoyed his full English, as you can see. Unfortunately no photo of parents as the light blocked them from behind
Husband enjoyed his full English, as you can see. Unfortunately no photo of parents as the light blocked them from behind
Much later, we decided to try non-breakfasty food at Captain's Kitchen in Eden on the Bay. Soooo goood. See burger in more detail below
Much later, we decided to try non-breakfasty food at Captain’s Kitchen in Eden on the Bay. Soooo goood. See burger in more detail below
Wonderful burger and chips at Captain's Kitchen, Eden on the Bay. You can substitute the chips for salad
Wonderful burger and chips at Captain’s Kitchen, Eden on the Bay. You can substitute the chips for salad
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My Blue (green?) Hawaiian. Even ate the pineapple garnish

Tuesday, 23 December 2014: Delicious work treats

My owlie mug looks quite jealous that I got to eat this mini red velvet cupcake to celebrate a colleague's birthday
My owlie mug looks quite jealous that I got to eat this mini red velvet cupcake to celebrate a colleague’s birthday

Wednesday, 24 December 2014: Christmas Eve waffles and drinks at Craft House Eatery, Woodbridge Island

Delicious double waffle stack at the Craft House Eatery in Woodbridge Island to celebrate Christmas Eve
Delicious double waffle stack at the Craft House Eatery in Woodbridge Island to celebrate Christmas Eve
Husband had a jam jar of Long Island Iced Tea, I had a peppermint crisp milkshake.
Husband had a jam jar of Long Island Iced Tea, I had a peppermint crisp milkshake.

That’s all, folks! Next update will feature Christmas and our Woodstock Cave walk…

Sweet treats and sad crabs

Wow, you guys. The pressure! Last week’s blog post on the ghostie/gremlin/smudge caught on camera was my most viewed yet in almost 3 years of posting about our “weekend, holiday and special event” goings-on. Mainly because all my colleagues got involved in trying to solve the mystery. T’was riveting.

But alas, last weekend I didn’t get to hone my Nancy Drew, Mythbuster or Supernatural skills, so today I’m just going to show you some photos of the lovely (ahem, SWEET) food we ate, along with a few other heart-warming snaps.

But that doesn’t mean this post is boring – not by a long shot! For example, when last did you have a mainly chocolate breakfast?! See a little further below…

It actually all started on Friday, when my mom and dad popped in with this variety of cream puffs we call 'birdie cakes' as they're just like a certain delectable swan-shaped choux pastry confection that I used to love as a little girl
It actually all started on Friday, when my mom and dad popped in with this variety of cream puffs we call ‘birdie cakes’ as they’re just like a certain delectable swan-shaped choux pastry confection shaped like a swan that I used to love as a little girl

Saturday, 12 July 2014: Chocolate overload at Rococoa and meet the saddest crab shell you’ll ever see

You guys. If you love chocolate and you’re in the Western Cape, get yourself down to Rococoa in Woodstock’s Palms Centre. Stat! It’s a warm wonderland where you can marvel at all sorts of goodies being made right before your eyes, walk through the history of all manner of cocoa-ey things, have a beer-and-chocolate pairing… the list goes on! Click on the link above to find out more. And as you’ll see below, the French toast is a new contender in my ‘best French toast’ findings and as for the hot chocolate, DING DING give them a prize, they win! πŸ™‚

Now THAT is a hot chocolate! Frothed hot milk in a glass that's had melted chocolate dribbled down the sides - your choice of milk or dark - just perfect once you've swished it all together with your spoon
Now THAT is a hot chocolate! Frothed hot milk in a glass that’s had melted chocolate dribbled down the sides – your choice of milk or dark – just perfect once you’ve swished it all together with your spoon
Not as much of a chocolate fan, Husband was happy with his 'Two-two' special - 2 eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, 2 slices of toast, R22
Not as much of a chocolate fan, Husband was happy with his ‘Two-two’ special – 2 eggs, 2 rashers of bacon, 2 slices of toast, R22
But that's not the only way to eat bacon. Look at THIS French toast! Just look at it! Grilled banana, bits of bacon and more melted chocolate on top.
But that’s not the only way to eat bacon. Look at THIS French toast! Just look at it! Grilled banana, bits of bacon and more melted chocolate on top.
Yes, I did eat every bacony-chocolatey mouthful
Yes, I did eat every bacony-chocolatey mouthful
As Husband's breakfast wasn't as filling as mine, he had a plate from the Harvest Table at La Cuccina in Hout Bay a few hours later. I did not.
As Husband’s breakfast wasn’t as filling as mine, he had a plate from the Harvest Table at La Cuccina in Hout Bay a few hours later. I did not.
Husband found a sad crab shell on the beach at Hout Bay when we tried to walk off our bulging bellies. All we had at the end of it was frozen toes - bellies still bulged, alas
Husband found a sad crab shell on the beach at Hout Bay when we tried to walk off our bulging bellies. All we had at the end of it was frozen toes – bellies still bulged, alas
Bertie looks very pleased with himself in this one, when we had a nap later that afternoon. He'd just licked Bassie's ear, which she hates him doing
Bertie looks very pleased with himself in this one, when we had a nap later that afternoon. He’d just licked Bassie’s ear, which she hates him doing
Ahem. So full was I still from my chocolatey breakfast that this is what I had for supper - an Oreo McFlurry and 3/4 of Husband's caramel one
Ahem. So full was I still from my chocolatey breakfast that this is what I had for supper – an Oreo McFlurry and 3/4 of Husband’s caramel one

Sunday, 13 July 2014 – Husband shows you how to eat a Mochachos burger

On Sunday, Husband decided to show us how to eat a Mochachos Extra Hot burger (Dynamite strength is only for visiting a new branch for the first time, he explains - rather take it easy with the softer-on-the-palate Extra Hot option)
On Sunday, Husband decided to show us how to eat a Mochachos Extra Hot burger (Dynamite strength is only for visiting a new branch for the first time, he explains – rather take it easy with the softer-on-the-palate Extra Hot option)
First you psych yourself up...
First you psych yourself up…
Then you dive right in!
Then you dive right in!
As the chicken burger reset our almost-at-the-limit sweet-teeth, we had homemade waffles with banana and syrup and coffee that afternoon at Mum's
As the chicken burger reset our almost-at-the-limit sweet-teeth, we had homemade waffles with banana and syrup and coffee that afternoon at Mum’s
Bertie watched a show about dogs while covered in a blanket at Granny's house
Bertie watched a show about dogs while covered in a blanket at Granny’s house
Bassie preferred to wrap herself in another blanket while lying on another blanket for a nap. She did close her eyes to nap. Promise
Bassie preferred to wrap herself in another blanket while lying on another blanket for a nap. She did close her eyes to nap. Promise

Monday, 14 July 2014: Sunset gazing during my evening commute

Y’all know I rely on the MyCiti bus service to get to and from home (and to explore other undiscovered areas with Husband). Here’s some of the eye-pleasing scenery… (yes I took these photos through a bus window on my non-S4 Samsung phone so am pretty chuffed with the results, even if you don’t see the lilac and pink sky streaks that I did)…

Got to watch this glorious sunset while passing Woodbridge Island on the bus home on Monday
Got to watch this glorious sunset while passing Woodbridge Island on the bus home on Monday
Beautiful!
Beautiful!

This week’s been difficult to say the least, so I am looking very forward to next weekend – will be sure to keep you updated! πŸ™‚