We started attending Hillsong Church when we moved to Milnerton. We quite enjoy the Sunday services. It was here that we decided to dedicate our little one to the Lord and pledged to raise him in the Christian faith. The Lord has been our strength through this life and our prayer for our boy is that he will walk with the Lord through this journey called life. The bible verse we dedicate to him is Isaiah 40:31 “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.”
Not too long ago my sister-in-law surprised us with a very quick visit. After dropping her at the airport, while driving on the N2, we decided to take it to the beach. Unsure of which beach to go to, we randomly chose Camps Bay. We haven’t been there in a long time!
When we got there the beach was nice and empty (a first for us). We had views for days! Everything was so peaceful and quiet.
The ocean air got hubby hungry quickly and as we were walking down the strip, friendly staff at Mynt Café invited us for breakfast. Now this is my kind of service! My pregnancy craving is sweet stuff and all I wanted was a pancake, waffle or flapjacks! I ordered the Protein Pancakes which consisted of 4 whey powder pancakes layered with blue berries, banana, mixed nuts and honey. It was divine, just what me and baby more wanted than needed. Hubby got himself an Eggs Benedict. I was too late to take a picture. Pappa bear was hungry. I loved the interior and we received great service. Definitely worth the visit!
After breakfast we took a leisurely stroll back to the car and home. It was just what the soul needed.
Sorry for the quality of some of the pictures. My slr was at home on this quick trip.
We have started a tradition of visiting new places on Boxing Day. 2016 was no different. Since we moved to the West Coast, we decided to go to Eden On The Bay. It was a beautiful clear day with the picturesque Table Mountain on the background.
We went for lunch to Captain’s Kitchen where Marc settled for a cold Rose and I opted for a passion fruit and lemonade.
What attracted us to Captain’s Kitchen was the stunning views and the fact that they had deep fried sushi, considering I can’t have any raw fish. 😦 My only problem with the deep fried sushi was that it had so much rice and almost no fish to taste. According to Marc the salmon roses were divine!
After lunch we took a leisurely stroll taking in the sights and the sounds of our surroundings. It was pure bliss! 🙂
In my previous post we spent some time with the siblings from hubby’s side. In this post we spent some time with my mother and brother. And boy did we have some fun! 🙂
We decided on a trip to the Winelands and went to Mulderbosch Vineyards. Me and Marc have been there before and enjoyed some amazing pizza and wine. With my brother and husband loving pizza, it was easy to choose Mulderbosch.
We arrived without a reservation and was seated on a nice spot in the shade with easy access for my mom to the smoking section. Marc ordered a bottle of Marvelous Red wine for the table and I pretended to sip on a sparkling red wine with a red Grapetizer.
While everyone was enjoying the complimentary olive oil tasting, I only nibbled on the bread. I just love fresh bread!
We ordered 2 different pizzas for the table. 1 Biltong, Sweet Peppadew and Avocado pizza and 1 Asian Chicken with Roasted Pepper and Coriander.
Now I am not that big a pizza fan so when I have 1, I want it Wood fired with a very thin base. I hate doughy bases that make me feel like I’m eating a daily sandwich. Mulderbosch caters to my preference perfectly! I enjoy every bite of their pizzas! After these pizzas there was no more space for desserts.
After a few pictures with beautiful scenery (which takes me back to my childhood memories of time spent on my grandparents farm), we were off to the famous Polkadraai Strawberry Farm. I’ve been wanting to go strawberry picking all season, but never managed to find the time and I couldn’t let this opportunity pass me by. It was a lovely day outside and perfect for strawberry picking.
It was quite full on the farm and we decided to start picking in the corner where there was almost no one. Bad idea! We soon found out why there was no one in that corner! With the enthusiasm of kids, me, mom and brother dearest started down the walkways. Mom got too excited when she saw some nice strawberries that she went straight for it without looking where she was walking. Next thing we know, she is almost knee deep in mud!!! It was hilarious! Her new pumps and tights were completely ruined! That didn’t dampen the mood though. Since we loved going to the farm so often and get dirty, this was no big deal!
We found some nice strawberries, but the saddest part was seeing so many strawberries that were squashed and destroyed. It made me think of how destructive the human race can be. It’s quite a sad sight. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of this.
After our buckets were filled, we headed back to the top where hubby was sitting and waiting for us with some wine for him and mom and cooldrink and water for me. It was quite a nice day spent with loved ones, filled with stories and laughter. I think we need to do it more often though. Laughter is good for the soul afterall. 😉
Festive season seems to be the only time we get to get together as family and spend time with our loved ones. In my case, that hardly ever happens. It’s not by choice, but due to the nature of my work and the fact that I am a workaholic, I seldomly get the chance to visit with family. This year my husband made a point of making some time for us to spend with at least one evening with our siblings. Due to work schedules we had to split it into 2 days. 1 day with his siblings and 1 day with my brother.
We decided on a tapas dinner at Charango with the Olivier clan. Charango is a tapas restaurant specialising in Peruvian cuisine. Now I haven’t tasted Peruvian cuisine before so I was thoroughly excited to try out this gem in Bree Street, Cape Town.
We were a bit early because we went straight from work. We were relaxing with a bottle of Rustenberg Cabernet Sauvignon and a mocktail for me.
The decor was mezmerising!
When looking at the menu I was not sure what to get. It all looked so different from what you normally get at a tapas place, but yet so yummy.
When the waiter came to take our order, I think he could sense how overwhelmed we were by the menu and he offered to serve us what he thinks will be the best for us. He checked some of our preferences then took the menus away. What followed was truly a treat of delicious taste sensations! This guy knew his customers and food!
Our first course was Nikkei Tuna Tirad. We had 2 servings of which one was raw and the other well done for me.
We also had Courgettes and Cucumber. The taste was simply amazing! Talk about a taste explosion!
The 3rd dish was mini tacos with Pork, Beef and Dirt Rubbed Tuna respectively. I loved them for their size and different ingredients.
Our mains was a selection of Sirloin Lomo Soltado, Pork Belly Chicha, Pollo a la Brasa, Tenderstem Asparagus, Burnt Corn and Papas Nuevos. Now that’s a mouth full! Or should I say a tummy full! I was speechless after this! Simply AMAZING!
At first the spread looked like little for the 5 of us, but we ended up not being able to finish the main course. A doggie bag was in order. My sister-in-law was contemplating dessert but no one could stuff any more food into their system. I was ready to roll out of there!
I was very impressed with Charango and not only the food. The service was excellent! I believe that no matter how good the food is, if the service is bad, everything is bad! I’m willing to pay a premium for great service. A lot of places can learn from Charango’s service. Well done guys! You get a 15/10 from us!