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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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Rescuing tiny octopi, delicious brownies and advent calendars 2015

Wow, another week come and gone! We’re so close to the end of the year now, yet it feels so far off still. At least summer has finally arrived in Cape Town, with the doggies unsure whether it’s best to sit under the fan or run through the sprinkler outside in an attempt to stay cool. Here are a few of my most recent highlights…

Saturday, 28 November 2015: Primi breakfast, Pitmasters’ lunch

Large latte at Primi on Blouberg beach
Last Saturday started off with an extra large latte for me. Just look at the size of it!
Breakfast at Primi
Husband had a Cola and this very filling breakfast bowl.
Blouberg beach
The weather was so gorgeous, we trotted across the road to dip our toes in the sea.
Husband in wetsuit
So gorgeous, in fact, that we headed home for some beach things and then returned to set up camp for a while. Here is Husband in his wet suit, about to pick mussels off the rocks. I stayed in safety under our umbrella and read with toes in the sand.
Tiny octopus
But it’s not just mussels that Husband hauled… he also got hold of a tiny octopus, hidden in an open mussel shell! He took it back to the deep blue after I’d met it.
Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island
By then we’d worked up an appetite so set off to try Pitmasters on Woodbridge Island. This is our ‘waiting patiently for our food’ selfie
Striped Horse beer at Pitmasters.
Husband tried a ‘Striped Horse’ beer. Yes, that’s actually a zebra. Teehee.
Pulled pork burger at Pitmasters
And then the food came! This was Husband’s pulled pork burger, topped with coleslaw and sriracha sauce
Salted caramel brownie at Pitmasters
For me, a Fanta and this delicious salted caramel brownie. Moist and warm and gooey, it was just perfect.

Sunday, 29 November 2015: Brekkie at home and pretty sunset

Double yolk eggs
Husband had bought extra large eggs in our weekly shop and was delighted to find they held double yolks!
Caramel iced coffee from Reload
As it was another scorcher I opted for a caramel iced coffee instead of the regular steamy version from Reload. It was amazing.
Tame chicken at Driftwood
Much later that afternoon we stopped in at the Driftwood. Here is one of the resident chickens, pottering around the tables.
Milo shake at Driftwood
I went for a Milo shake this time.
Black Label draught at Driftwood Cafe
Husband had a Black Label draught in a Castle draught glass, as you do.
Pink sky at sunset
Sunset from the parents’ house much, much later that eve

Tuesday, 1 December: Hot doggies and advent calendars

Hot dog lying on cool tiles
The doggies were very hot this week. Here is Bertie lying on the cool tiled floor after a quick dash through the sprinklers outside.
Leigh's dog under ceiling fan
Little Miss Bassie preferred to sit on the arm of the couch, directly under the ceiling fan. Such little characters, they are.
Opening advent calendar
And as it was the first of December, I could open the first window of my advent calendar. Yes, I am 31-years-old… spot the hopeful doggie just behind me.

That’s all, folks – this weekend’s set to be another scorcher – keep cool! ๐Ÿ™‚

September SEO studies, walks along the Cape coastline and lots of lattes

I’m now into the third week of my 10-week part-time course and my brain is positively overflowing with information that you may well see filtering across into this very blog’s design soon. Exciting! ๐Ÿ™‚

Other highlights from the past week include the first true glimpse of Spring 2015 for Cape Town – always a few weeks behind those of y’all upcountry, alas. See below…

Friday, 11 September 2015: Chilly dogs in blankets

Bertie Andrews feeling the chill.
Bertie Andrews feeling the chill.
Bassie Andrews in a blanket.
Bassie Andrews also felt the need to be blanketed.

Saturday, 12 September 2015: Breakfast at Woodbridge Island, post-assignment burgers at Rockstar Diner

Breakfast at Ilha, Woodbridge.
Some pre-brekkie grins at Ilha, Woodbridge Island on Saturday.
English breakfast at Ilha
Husband about to tuck in to his full English.
French toast breakfast at Ilha
You know I love French Toast! This is a stack with bacon and grilled banana, and a cafe latte on the side.
Long Island Ice Tea at Rockstar Diner, Cape Town
Much, much later that day, after Husband had done lots of cleaning and clearing (we visited the local dump twice and that final box that had sat in the garage since we first moved to Cape Town is gone).. plus after I finished my last assignment for the week, we treated ourselves to fancy drinks and burgers at the Rockstar Diner. This is Husband’s Long Island Ice Tea…
Burgers at Rockstar Diner, Cape Town
There we are with our burgers and big grins adorning our faces. You can just see my ‘strawberries and cream’ milkshake, as well as my cheese burger topped with a crumbed onion ring and Husband’s ‘magic mushroom’ burger.

Sunday, 13 September 2015: Breakfast and long walks along the West Coast

Cappuccino at Captain's Kitchen, Eden on the Bay.
First thing on Sunday, we headed to Eden on the Bay and dithered over where to eat. We started out at Captain’s Kitchen, where I had a strong cappuccino.
Coke at Captain's Kitchen, Table Mountain in the background
Husband had a Cola, of course. We then decided to walk “a little up the road” to see what else was on offer.
Blouberg rocks and a red ship
Walk and walk we did! All the way past the Blue Peter, Ons Huisie and the incoming sea. There’s a ship in the top left of the shot.
Walking on rocks by Table Mountain
See? As close as close can be to the sea. Actually I lie. We were walking in the sea later, and I very nearly got swept away when I stepped into a hole in the sand – luckily Husband was right there to rescue me and I only got soaked up to my knees.
Breakfast at Petit Fours, Blouberg
We ended up having breakfast at Petit Fours. Husband had this lovely poached egg concoction.
Tabasco sauce for breakfast
My favourite Boy and his favourite sauce.
Chai latte and mini cheese cake at Petit Fours
For me? This rather delightful mini cheesecake filled with salted caramel and sliced almonds, washed down with a Chai latte.
Sushi on Marine Circle, Blouberg
Later that afternoon we were back in the area and stopped off for a spot of sushi at Best of Asia on Marine Circle

Wednesday, 16 September: Dins at Fat Cactus, Woodstock

Fat Cactus, Woodstock post-work drinks
To celebrate my first assignment results, Husband met me down the road from work on Wednesday at the Fat Cactus
Espresso milkshake at Fat Cactus
For me? A super large espresso milkshake. There was enough in there to fill two glasses.
Pulled pork tacos at Fat Cactus, Woodstock
For Husband, the pulled pork, crispy tacos. He loves them
Rib basket at Fact Cactus, Woodstock
For me? The ‘starter’ rib basket. Husband helped me finish and we brought the rib bones home for the doggies.
Dog sitting on couch with teddybear
Later that night we gave Bertie the teddybear we’d rescued from the side of the road a while ago and cleaned first. He loves it.

Friday, 18 September 2015: SEO studies and delicious tea breaks

Poptarts and cappuccino and SEO study notes
I took the day off from work, so my Friday started like this – chocolate Poptarts and cappuccino breakfast while cluing myself up on the design aspects of SEO.
Chai latte and custart croissant at Carluccis, Blouberg
I had this for a brunch break later with the parents – custard-filled croissant and a large Chai latte. Yum!

That’s all, folks! The weekend ahead is set to be sunny yet windy, so who knows what my next blog update will have in store for you?

Wintery beach dares and new purply hairdids

Yes dear reader, the time has come to find out exactly what Husband challenged himself to last weekend, remember I left my last blog post on that note? Well, you’ll see below – just spot the pic that doesn’t look Wintery. Actually that’s not much of a hint as the weather was delightful last weekend!

You’ll also see my slightly different hair, as mentioned last week – it’s a little shorter, layered and a reddy/purple tint in full sun, just looks really dark in your average indoor setting, which matches the Wintery mood, much like I did last year – click here for a reminder of the 2014 version and get scrolling below…

Saturday, 1 August 2015: Sunny beach visits and slurping thick shakes

Doesn't that look positively Summery? We thought so...
Doesn’t that look positively Summery? We thought so…
You can see the reddy/purple glint of my hair in this one.
You can see the reddy/purple glint of my hair in this one.
Yummest! The Milo-peanut butter shake at Driftwood Cafe went down a treat on Saturday afternoon.
Yummest! The Milo-peanut butter shake at Driftwood Cafe went down a treat on Saturday afternoon.
Husband opted for a vanilla with double tot of whisky.
Husband opted for a vanilla with double tot of whisky.

Sunday, 2 August 2015: Breakfast at Maestro’s on Woodbridge Island, doggy beach walks and Wintery sea dunks

It was out first time at Maestro's. Look at that glorious view of the mountain!
It was out first time at Maestro’s. Look at that glorious view of the mountain!
Husband scrounged this up from the buffet and was too full to try the cold option (yoghurt, fruit salad and muesli).
Husband scrounged this up from the buffet and was too full to try the cold option (yoghurt, fruit salad and muesli).
Which is exactly what I had, the health breakfast and a cappuccino.
Which is exactly what I had, the health breakfast and a cappuccino.
Look at those happy faces, as they know walking vests mean they're going to the beach!
Look at those happy faces, as they know putting on their walking vests means they’re going to the beach!
I titled this photo “Family from behind”. Lol. I was surprised Bassie was trotting along with her dad and brother, she usually stands back with Mommy while they go leaping in the waves.
Sandy chin instead of sandy nose this time, in Bassie’s standard “I had a long walk on the beach so I’m a very happy girl” photo.
Look! That little pink dot in the swirling seas is Husband! Facebook reminded him that he did something similar two years ago, so we waited until it seemed the warmed point of the day, he held his breath, took a running leap and immersed himself. He was NOT in for long, but met his dare challenge as there was no time specification :)
Look! That little pink dot in the swirling seas is Husband! Facebook reminded him that he did something similar two years ago, so we waited until it seemed the warmest point of the day, then he held his breath, took a running leap and immersed himself. He was NOT in for long, but successfully met his dare challenge ๐Ÿ™‚
For our Sunday afternoon treat we stopped in at Schwarma Express right on the beach. Husband had a draught...
For our Sunday afternoon treat to celebrate his successful dunk we stopped in at Schwarma Express right on the beach. Husband had a draught…
I tried the 'Whale Tale Ale' with carmel hints as there were no bottles of Van Hunks pumpkin cinnamon stuff. Interesting flavour but still a beer, if only 3.5% alcohol...
I tried the ‘Whale Tale Ale’ with carmel hints as there were no bottles of Van Hunks pumpkin cinnamon stuff. Interesting flavour but still a beer, if only 3.5% alcohol…
Husband tucking into his curry, behind Mum's mini chilli tree.
Husband tucking into his curry, behind Mum’s mini chilli tree.
Milo with sprinkles! Flapjacks with whipped cream and strawberries! Mmm.
Milo with sprinkles! Flapjacks with whipped cream and strawberries! Mmm.
Suburban sunset, taken from Mum and Dad's patio on Sunday eve.
Suburban sunset, taken from Mum and Dad’s patio on Sunday eve.

Monday, 3 August 2015: IMC Conference day 1

Another two-day conference at the IMC always starts with my 'which flowers are on display at the reception desk' shot.
Another two-day conference at the CTICC always starts with my ‘which flowers are on display at the reception desk’ shot. What’s the IMC, you ask? It’s the Integrated Marketing Communication conference. Click here for my highlights of day one…
Day one tea time treats included a cappuccino and cinnamon twirly pastry.
Day one tea time treats included a cappuccino and cinnamon twirly pastry.

Tuesday, 4 August 2015: IMC day 2 and Bertie waits and waits

The second day of conferencing led to this snap - yip, that's me on the cover of Cosmo, the photographer told me how to pose - and really delicious pink smoothies in shot glasses.
The second day of conferencing led to this snap – yip, that’s me on the ‘cover’ of Cosmo, and really delicious pink smoothies in shot glasses. Click here for my highlights of day two.
Aww, look how sweet! I was a little late getting home as I had scheduled interviews with some of the IMC speakers, Husband took this to show me how Bertie was watching through the doggy door for me.
Aww, look how sweet! I was a little late getting home as I had scheduled interviews with some of the IMC speakers once the conference folded, Husband took this to show me how Bertie was watching through the doggy door for me.

On that note, we break for the next weekend of fun deeds, with the added joy of an extra day this time around, it’s time for the happy dance! Hope you have a wonderful Women’s Day, all! ๐Ÿ™‚

PS: Weekly blog post standards of milkshake, check, sunset, check, beach visit, check! Triple success.

PPS: Next week’s post may be a little delayed as I’ll be on the warmer shores of Durban, covering Loeries Creative Week. Eep.

Early morning dog walks, local rugby cheering and half-birthday curries

Early morning dog walks are best undertaken in Summer, when the sun is up before 6am – unlike Winter, where it’s often still dark and foggy come 8am. Nevertheless early morning dog walk we did, this past weekend. In addition to other things, as you’ll see below…

Saturday, 18 July 2015: Fancy coffee, local rugby cheering

My short white chocolate-peppermint latte from Reload, Flamingo Square. Should have had a tall, it was delicious!
My short white chocolate-peppermint latte from Reload, Flamingo Square. Should have had a tall instead, it was delicious!
My fancy onion-and-herb breakfast bagel with aubergine, hummus, avo and more.
My fancy onion-and-herb breakfast bagel with aubergine, hummus, avo and more. Kept me going for most of the day.
Later that afternoon we ventured out for more food. Husband tried the burger-and-beer special at Beach Tavern, Woodbridge Island.
Later that afternoon we ventured out for more food. Husband tried the burger-and-beer special at Beach Tavern, Woodbridge Island, I had two of their bacon-and-cheese stuffed poppers, not pictured.
Little bit of rugby, lottle bit of cloud. Yes, that's now a word - lottle.
Little bit of rugby, lottle bit of cloud. Yes, that’s now a word – lottle. We watched Uni Mil win against Maitland on home ground at Theo Marais sports grounds.
Even our shadows came along to watch the fun on the field.
Even our shadows came along to watch the fun on the field.
Taking a local rugby selfie, as we do... that's a beer for Husband and a cappuccino for me.
Taking a local rugby selfie, as we do… that’s a beer for Husband and a cappuccino for me.

Sunday, 19 July 2015: Early morning dog walk, games arcade fun, milkshakes at the local Wimpy

Sunday dawned cold and misty - not that you can tell from Husband's attire - but we'd promised the doggies, so dog walk we did.
Sunday dawned cold and misty – not that you can tell from Husband’s attire – but we’d promised the doggies, so dog walk we did.
Doggies happily back home after their walkies, we headed out for breakfast - Here is Husband, sipping his Joe's Easy Diner Cola while I waited for my cappuccino to cool...
Doggies happily back home after their walkies, we headed out for breakfast – Here is Husband, sipping his Joe’s Easy Diner Cola while I waited for my cappuccino to cool…
Not something we do often, but fun to spend some time in the games arcade after breakfast. I liked the spider-tap dance game, Husband enjoyed riding a speedboat of sorts.
Not something we do often, but fun to spend some time in the games arcade after breakfast. I liked the spider-tap dance game, Husband enjoyed riding a speedboat of sorts. This is clearly a different game involving a ball and hoop.
Victorious! If you look closely you can just about make out all the tiny blue Fizzers I opted for with our winning tokens.
Victorious! If you look closely you can just about make out all the tiny blue Fizzers in my hand that I opted for in exchange for our winning tokens.
A coffee-Bar One milkshake at Bayside, much later that afternoon.
A coffee-Bar One milkshake at Bayside, much later that afternoon, once we’d done groceries and had a nap. We’re not as young as we look, you know…

Monday, 20 July 2015: Half-price curries for Husband’s half birthday

Pretty sky at sunset, taken from Eden on the Bay in Big Bay, where we popped in after work for a quick celebration.
Pretty sky at sunset, taken from Eden on the Bay in Big Bay, where we popped in after work for a quick celebration.
The precious half-birthday boy. Look at that curry. Mmm, especially good after a long Monday in the office.
The precious half-birthday boy. Look at that curry. Mmm, especially good after a long Monday in the office, from Inside, of course.
My latte was lovely.
My latte was lovely.

Wednesday, 22 July 2015: CEM Conference day 1 at the Cape Westin

My first time in the foyer of the Westin - the two-day conference I was attending was in the surprisingly large, surprisingly jam-packed (ham-packed? lol) 'B2' lower level.
My first time in the foyer of the Westin – the two-day conference I was attending was in the surprisingly large, surprisingly jam-packed (ham-packed? lol) ‘B2’ lower level.
Tea break at the CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Conference.
Tea break at the CEM (Customer Experience Management) Africa Conference.

Thursday, 23 July 2015: CEM Conference day 2 at the Cape Westin

On day two I had more time to take in my surroundings as had already registered for both days of conference, so I took in the floral arrangement.
On day two I had more time to take in my surroundings as had already registered for both days of conference, so I took in the floral arrangement.
Morning tea on day two - the choc-capped toadstool was a bullet of banana bread.
Morning tea on day two – the choc-capped toadstool was a bullet of banana bread.

But wait, there’s more:

For a reminder of my blog post detailing our first live viewing of Uni Mil playing rugby, click here.

Don’t forget we also watched the Stormers run to victory at Newlands a few weeks ago.

And if you’re a new reader scratching you head in confusion about this ‘half birthday’ thing, read this.

That’s all, folks! ๐Ÿ™‚ Until next week…