Yip, you read that right – chocolate French toast, and two separate market visits in Big Bay. I’ll let the images below speak for themselves…
Saturday, 24 October 2015: Chocolate French toast breakfast at Rococoa
When you agree 100% with a sign like this there’s nothing you can do but take a photo in front of it.
Ah, Rococoa. They may be known for their chocolate, but their coffee is just as good. Click here for a reminder of their wonderful hot chocolate I had last year…
For me, the French toast with bacon, grilled banana and lots of chocolate drizzled on top. Ate every last bite, just like last time. Nom nom nom.
For Husband, the eggs benedict on cocoa-English muffins.
“Listen here, Mommy says we mustn’t lie on the brand new bedding. Let’s pretend we didn’t hear her.”
“Oh hello Mommy, ignore us – nothing to see here, we’re just statues, move along…”
“Oh hello Mommy – it’s OK I’m under the new bedding, not on top.”
And so to distract them we took them to the seaside. Look at this dear little head.
The biggest smile from my little boy when he realised we were almost at the beach.
Little Miss Bassie looking deceptively calm as we reached Kreeftebaai, one of the few doggie-frendly beaches in our area
This is how they veer whenever we go to the beach: Bertie for the birdies and the water, Bassie for the safety of the dunes. ❤
Post-beach walk. There’s Bertie in the back seat barking at all the birdies and telling all the other doggies he’s been to the beach, while Bassie offers her nose to the camera.
Sunday, 25 October 2015: Exploring Big Bay morning market, straddling the sea at Silwerstroomstrand
Little did we know that there was a market of sorts at Seaside Village in Big Bay – complete with petting zoo, R6 cake slices (lemon meringue for me, #thankyouverymuch) and all sorts of pretty bunting and decorations. How gorgeous does this tree look?
I got Husband to pose under these ‘birdies’ in the CTFM. He then wanted to be at a real beach…
So off to the sea we went! Here is Husband roughly knee-deep in the sea at Silwerstroomstrand, between Melkbos and Langebaan
We walked about halfway down the perimeter wall before sensing danger and turning back.
“Oh, you’re busy on your computer thingie? It’s OK Granny, I’ll wait here behind you”.
Wednesday, 28 October 2015: Ferrero Rocher in the office, cloudy Table Mountain and the I ❤ Big Bay Market
A sweet treat that arrived at the office for me this week to celebrate my new title.
On my way to the bus that afternoon I snapped the ‘table cloth’ over Table Mountain.
One of the first things I did at the I ❤ Big Bay Market that evening, held at the Lifesaving Club: sampled the cookies n cream icecream. T'was lovely.
Oh my goodness. Best thing at the market? Well I didn’t try everything on offer (there were some amazing-looking brownies, fudge and wraps)… but we opted to share the ‘chilli cheese’ NOB (No Ordinary Burger). Only an 8-minute wait for us luckily, as friends who went later waited an hour for their pork bun!
They delightfully sliced the burger in half for us, for easy sharing. Husband grinned his approval…
Here’s my half – almost as big as my face!
That’s all, folks! Hope you have a relaxing weekend ahead…
“What’s a kokedama?” I hear you asking (unless you work with me, of course). All will be revealed, dear reader. Scroll on down through the past week’s highlights and ignore the coughing noise in the background – that’s me on my third day of antibiotics for this bad case of bronchitis…
Saturday, 26 September 2015: Oats for breakfast
Waking up on Saturday with my cough in full force and muscles aching from the strain, I wanted something creamy and comforting – oats was it. But not just any oats. The bowl from Greens in Plattekloof Village is enormous, packed with cinnamon, flaked almonds and banana. Did the trick.
And for Husband? Beneath all the pepper you’ll find the best mushrooms he’s had thus far as well as baked beans, fried eggs on toast, bacon, sausage and chips. Breakfast success. The rest of the day was taken up with some heavy-duty gardening for Husband and assignment completion for me…
Sunday, 27 September 2015: Belated braai day braai
For breakfast on Sunday I had health on my mind so went for the fruit cup at our local Foodlover’s – chopped fruit and grains topped with yoghurt and honey, with a side of tea.
Funny shot but the best we got, I’m afraid. Husband braaied his ginger chilli pork ribs, Mum made her famous potato salad, dad provided delicious cheese griller tasters to start…
What a happy boy! We finally had our belated Braai Day braai that afternoon – Bertie was in his elephant over all the attention from his Granny. He loves her lots.
And me? Oh, I just rustled up an orange-cashew ring cake, my favourite from the Marian Keyes ‘Saved By Cake’ cookbook, to celebrate the parents’ 37th anniversary. Alas the cake broke on exiting the bund pan, but still tasted delicious.
Sad sulky dogs once their grandparents had left.
Friday, 2 October 2015:
Kokedama moss balls and pretty sunsets
The plant I chose to ‘kokedama’ at work – “Go with something small,” I cleverly thought.
Hard, messy work but we loved it.
The end product, maybe two hours after starting. First you mould the soil into a (big enough) round shape, then you add more wet soil to bulk it up, keeping it tightly packed as you go. Next you add bits of moss around the outside, which you thread all around the ball so that it’s secure and holds together. Then you add hanging string to the top and voila, you’re ready to hang your handmade hanging plant ball.
Like so – see how pretty they are?
The view on my way from the office to the bus this eve – beautiful sky, little flock of birds to the left, Lion’s Head and Signal Hill directly ahead of the Woodstock stop.
Bertie greeting his dad after work.
Bassie not too impressed that The Other Dog got to Daddy first.
That’s all, folks. No promises for this weekend’s coverage, but it’ll definitely involve some rugby supporting, breakfasting and assignment-ing 🙂 Thank goodness it’s ‘Oktobermaand’, just a little longer to go till year-end…
“Life is hard by the yard but by the inch, life’s a cinch.” It’s a little corny I know, but I find repeating that phrase makes it that much easier to buckle down and get through a tricky task. There’s been a few of those this week, but also lots of lovely little moments that would otherwise have passed me by if I’d not been taking a break, breathing deeply and enjoying the moment. That’s why there are lots of happy snaps to see this week. What’s not to love about owlies, hot coffee, and good food? See for yourself…
Friday, 15 May 2015: Chimney exploration
Our deep, dark chimney, as seen from above when Husband went looking for a blockage of sorts in it last Friday, while I was merrily a-blogging my last update to you all…
Saturday, 16 May 2015: Reload bagels and The West Coast Village owlie returns
A sight you don’t see everyday – Husband having not just a coffee for breakfast, but a triple cappuccino at Reload. It was good.
I wanted something a little more exciting, so went for the (single shot) white choc caramel latte. So sweet I didn’t add any sugar (Gasp!)
My breakfast bagel – coronation chicken with spring onion and flaked almonds on a so-fresh-it-was-still-warm onion bagel. Mmm.
Husband opted for the German hot dog instead, with a fried egg on the side and a squirt of hot mustard.
When we were out and about doing the weekly shop at West Coast Village, we noticed a few folk had aimed their phones at a certain tree, so I looked closer and yes! The lovely plump owlie that’s been visiting the area for a few weeks had returned! He was napping through all the excitement though…
Later that night we had a Scrabble rematch during loadshedding… and I finally won my first game! Must have been thanks to Bassie’s help.
Sunday, 17 May 2015: The best flapjacks and Driftwood drinks
A cappuccino with shortbread side biscuit (yay) from Eden Cafe at Eden on the Bay. Part of the perfect Sunday brekkie, which kept me full for most of the day.
Breakfast is served! Husband says I always choose to sit in the chair where I have bad light behind me. So you either see me, or my meal or the scenery, never all three. Sob.
Tada! My wonderful flapjacks, up close – drizzled with syrup, cinnamon, walnuts, fresh sliced banana and a large dollop of marscapone cheese, they were most more-ish.
Husband went for the salmony eggs ben. “Was alright”, he grudgingly said. I think my flapjacks were the win of the weekend!
Our Sunday afternoon drinks at Driftwood Cafe – if you read the blog regularly you’ll have little trouble deciding which was mine (I guess Husband’s hand around his gives it away, teehee).
Monday, 18 May 2015: Chameleon wall art near Obz train station
The most wonderfully painted chameleon. I was walking to the Observatory train station after collecting a package at the post office after work. Couldn’t help stopping and pulling out the ol’ iPad for this shot. Also love the pink bougainvillea gracing the image 🙂
Tuesday, 19 May 2015: dark chocolate cake with pink rose petals
Office birthday cake! This was the Charly’s Bakery rich chocolate cake with rose petals. Tasted every bit as dark as it looks.
Wednesday, 19 May 2015: Viewing the city from the Inner City Ideas Cartel
Afternoon tea at the Inner City Ideas Cartel, where I attended the first day of the Business of Design seminar on Wednesday.
One of the walls inside the plush ICIC theatre venue has a selection of paintbrushes artfully arranged.
The interesting rooftop decor at the ICIC.
That’s all, folks! Hope you enjoy the simple things in life this week…
Ah, weekend. “You are so beautifullllll, to meeee.” I know I’m not alone in saying that no matter how much you enjoy your workdays, there’s no denying the important rejuvenating effect of the weekend. Maybe my stint a few years ago of working weekends – so that I ended up with roughly three months, close on 100 days of working every single day – helped colour the picture a little more brightly. That’s why I now relish the thought of coming home on a Friday and changing into my comfortables, not having to be up at a set (early) hour the next day. Unplanned weekends are the best – where you can simply do as you wish, without having to do a specific thing at a specific time with specific people. My weekend rambling’s been aided by the fact that I was on leave today, so I’m already ahead of you on the “I love weekend’ stakes… but don’t turn green with jealousy as we have a 4-day weekend coming up next! So I recommend you use this regular weekend we’re on the threshold of to stretch your weekend ideas. Come up with something wonderfully relaxing to do over the double-length one just peeping over the horizon at you. For now, here’s what we’ve been up to recently…
Saturday, 21 March 2015: Foodlover’s breakfast, Wembley Roadhouse lunch, Driftwood Cafe jumping castle
Lately Husband’s breakfast Colas just say the nicest things
I loved my breakfast cappuccino at Foodlover’s Market right back.
Husband lunched at the Wembley Roadhouse – their Whopper with egg is always a winner, no matter how long the wait
See? Nom nom nom! The foil wrapper adds a tasty touch (not that you should eat it, kids)
And then, much later, we dropped in at the Driftwood Cafe to quench our thirst. Here is Husband with his Black Label…
And me with my peanut butter-custard shake. The most amazing.
Then Husband decided to show me he still has what it takes to bounce around a jumping castle
Sunday, 22 March 2015: Driftwood Cafe breakfast, doggies explore new front garden
In fact, we enjoyed our Driftwood snack so much that we stopped in to try their revamped breakfast menu the next morning. Success, with Husband opting for the salmon eggs benedict (and very large portion of chips)
For me, a Cafe Latte and toasted chicken mayo – not pictured but went down a treat!
Morning selfies with mom.
The wall, she is up! Just needs to be painted in home owner association-approved colours this weekend, and for the gates to be installed.
As I said, the new gates are only being installed this weekend, but Husband cleverly barricaded the gap so the doglets could get a sense of their new garden. They must have spent 45 minutes with their noses down smelling every little inch!
Love this dog. Exploring deep in the bushes.
Excitedly peering through the non-gate.
Bertie in bed, exhausted after his afternoon of exploring.
Thursday, 26 March 2015: Early morning view, office hot cross buns, Liquorice walls
Beautiful morning view out the office window.
You know I ate this hot cross bun in the office as you can see my owlie mug jealously eye-ing it. Teehee.
Such a cleverly painted office wall at Liquorice, where I attended an event in the afternoon.
Friday, 27 March 2015: Pre-sunrise trip to train station, road trip to Atlantis
One of the reasons I took today off – we were transporting Mum and Dad to the train station. They sent us this pic at 6.50am from the Blue Train lounge at the station, where they had coffee before departing.
We got from the station to Husband’s work in record time so stopped off for a quick bite first – yes, that’s a cappuccino each!
View of Lion’s Head from the new Vida just opposite the harbour, just after sunrise.
Ha. Husband took this photo of a colleague’s breakfast when he got to the office.
Later in the day I met up with Husband again as he was travelling to Atlantis to drop off some large prints. The clouds looked like they’d been tossed in a line low on the horizon.
Of course I packed road trip snacks.
In case you’re wondering, this is the formal dins on the Blue Train, courtesy of mum and dad. We had a more low-key braai at home – just the two of us with ribs, potato salad and sweet corn, mmm. Pics next week, p’raps.
See how much you can do in a weekend, even if you spend the bulk of it relaxing? Hope I’ve inspired you 🙂
It’s been a long but lovely week, as I covered all three days of the Design Indaba conference, which meant the start of the week was a mad rush of getting a week’s worth of work done in two days, followed by three days of non-stop tweeting, scribbling and interacting. And, um, eating. We weren’t allowed to take photos in the auditorium so I took lots of photos of the food. Lots and lots. But first, of course, was the weekend…
Saturday, 20 February 2015: Bread & Butter breakfast, Wimpy shakes, Rockstar Diner burgers
The pretty new chalkboard message at Bread & Butter. I agree with it 100%
See? Doesn’t that cappuccino look delicious, along with its little accompanying shortbread bite?
Contemplating his Saturday banana milkshake (large) at our closest Wimpy.
Husband’s happy sauce, at the new Rockstar Diner near Marine Circle
A large local lager – craft beer of course, but a good one, said Husband
Here is Husband, saucing up his Red Hot Chili burger
Mine was the cheesy option, which came with huge onion rings adorning the patty – you can just see my chocolate shake off to the side. Total bill was just on R200 for my 180g and Husband’s 250g burger, as well as his draught and my fancy shake. Only problem is they’re closed on Sundays and only open after 2pm the rest of the time. But we’ll be back!
We took the scenic route home, along the beachfront
Beautiful bright white sun and some kite surfers in the left of the shot
Having a chocolate-y break, having a Kitkat – we couldn’t resist trying the Cookies n Cream flavour, very nice
Dogs in the dark. Sort of. As usual, Bertie looks directly at the camera, Bassie gazes wistfully off into the distance
Sunday, 21 February 2015: Wimpy breakfast
My standard Wimpy start to the day – a toasted cheese (still served on a stick, sigh) with a mega Wimpy coffee
The Wimpy streaky bacon breakfast with an extra cheesegriller (my dad worked out years ago that ordering it this way is better value than the cheesegriller breakfast option). And of course a large Coke to wash it all down…
Wednesday, 25 February 2015: Design Indaba day 1
The sight that met Design Indaba conference attendees, inside the CTICC. The colourful banners each feature a cartoony version of the conference speakers, most of whom were international
Breakfast in the media lounge. Granola, yoghurt, fruit, and non-pictured coffee, of course
Really exquisite flower settings adorned the foody tables in all the tea breaks
Tea (coffee) – with a chocolate brioche, nutty brownie bite and block of the bestest fudge ever.
Amazing individual cheese plate with a pot of something figgy to dip it in
Thursday, 26 February 2015: Design Indaba day 2
I missed most of the lunch rush on Thursday as I was attending an extra talk in a preview of this weekend’s actual expo – but never fear, I made up for it at afternoon tea with two mini chocolate eclairs
You can see the ghost of my hand in this shot of the cloud-draped mountain through the bus window on my way home on Thursday
I know it’s a bit blurry but I’ve been meaning to get a shot of this graffiti since I first noticed it, in the MyCiti bus lane between the Paarden Eiland and Neptune stops. Don’t they look like happy ghosties high-fiving?
Friday, 27 February 2015: Design Indaba day 3
Morning tea perfection at the CTICC. This was a cinnamon bun, there were also mini apple tarts to choose from
Look at this ridiculousness! Only on the final day of the conference did I discover a Woolworths flavour combination table, where you could choose all sorts of seemingly strange tastes to mingle together. I tried the 70% dark chocolate with crispy onion bits (yum) the white chocolate with dill gherkins (bit odd) and the milk chocolate with bacon nibs (best ever. Bacon goes with everything, obvs)
That’s all for now, folks – seems there’s a bit of a chill in the air, here’s hoping Winter holds out a little longer.