This week mommy was too tired and baby was too hot to hassle with outfit change for 7 month pictures. Due to the heat we decided to go to the beach. The little mr was fussy and who wouldn’t be in this 38 degree weather in Cape Town. There was a bit of wind at the beach and we decided to keep him in his Doona. Little mr was not impressed and the look on his face says it all!
Cristiano is now somewhat crawling and very active! We constantly need to keep an eye on him! He jets through the house in his walking ring and pulls on everything and pulls out everything in cupboards. It also looks like 2 top teeth are trying to make its way through. This kid looks so tall and I cannot believe how much he has grown. He clearly has his father’s body build. He is bigger in clothing size on top than bottom.
I still can’t believe my little munchkin is 7months old! Will need to start planning first birthday soon!
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.”
The highly anticipated opening of the Zeitz MOCAA Museum of contemporary art Africa was happening not too long ago and offered free entry over the Heritage day weekend. We decided to go on the Monday as we had other family commitments the Saturday and Sunday. When we got to the Silo District, the queues were snaking and the wind was quite strong. It was a little annoying to have to stand in the wind with a baby and seeing older people braving the wind to come see the opening. Nonetheless, me and my mother-in-law stood in the line while Marc sat with the baby in the Clock Tower. When we got to the front, Marc was not in the mood for art anymore and me, my mother-in-law and baby decided to continue on our journey. Once inside we were amazed by the space and what they did with an old silo. It was quite full and a tad difficult to maneuver a baby in a pram around, even though our Doona is quite compact. I salut the parents with the bigger prams. Some parents were clever by using their baby carrier instead. When we got to the 6th floor the views were absolutely amazing. The see through glass floor was quite a novelty. After taking some nice pictures, we headed down again. We didn’t get to see all of the exhibits due to the long lines to see them. I think we’ll go on another day to explore the arts. In the meantime, here are some pictures. ☺
It’s 12am and I am wide awake after feeding Cristiano and putting him back to bed. For some reason I cannot stop looking at his precious face that brightens up my days. All I can think is how blessed I am to have this little human in my life and calling him mine. Cristiano, one day when you read this, always remember that mommy loves you more than life itself. ❤❤❤
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!
So with Women’s Month in the air, hubby treated me to a lunch at the Jonkershuis Restaurant at Groot Constantia. Considering our love for food and wine, Groot Constantia has always been on our list of places to visit so I was super excited to go.
There was a bit of a chill in the air but I was more than happy to sit outside because the views were just breathtaking!
Marc was quite hungry at the time (we woke up late) so we headed straight for the mains. Me not being able to eat much, almost always skip starters. Marc had some of his favourite red meats, a medium rare Steak. I went for the roast leg of lamb which had an interesting minty sauce. I loved the veggies that went with the red meats. Just gave the plate the right balance.
After lunch we explored the estate and took a walk up to wine sales for a quick wine tasting. We have a taste for Stellenbosch and Paarl wine. When we visited a wine estate in the southern suburbs before we weren’t very impressed with the wines. I was somewhat hesitant about the wines but was delightfully surprised! We only tasted red wine (our favourite!) We also got a nice dark chocolate with our tasting that had a salty taste to it which was amazing!
After wine tasting we explored the grounds and enjoyed the scenic views.
And then we always need a take-away! In this case some Sparkling wine!
It felt like just yesterday that I met my husband in a club in Stellenbosch, not knowing that our paths would cross again and that we would have had such a long journey until here. Short version of our love story is as follow.
Girl goes out to party with friends after exams. Girls meets cute boy in a club, only knows his name and that he was from Stellenbosch. Oh, and that he said: “You’re looking for a boyfriend but I’m not looking for a girlfriend.” Girl replies that she’s just out to have fun with not a care in the world! (secretly liking this handsome boy quite a lot and couldn’t stop thinking about him for a week! Yikes!) A week later these 2 souls meet again in another club and finally exchange numbers. From there they chat and figure out they like each other quite a lot and fall madly in love. Not all is smooth sailing but 10 years later they are happily married (with a 4 year wedding anniversary coming up) and working hard at their careers despite some crazy ish that they have to deal with.
Then the question was, How do we celebrate 10 years of being together with a crazy schedule to keep up with? We were thinking a couples spa treatment but hubby is not too keen on spa things. Considering that we basically live in Cape Town and everything being around the corner, staying a night in some hotel would just be pointless. Then there was the option of a fancy night out. Unfortunately with some flu bugging and not feeling to great, a daytrip seemed like the best option. Being very tired after a hard week at the office and a crazy flu bug that refuses to go away, what is one supposed to do except for curling up in bed with a marathon of series and movies? Anyway, that’s what I felt like doing. But being determined to make the best of a sunny winters weekend, I pulled myself together and enjoyed Cape Town.
First up on the Saturday was Quaglinos in Mouille Point for brunch / lunch. Now this place looks stunning on the inside with the most gorgeous views of the ocean. I LOVE a place with a view! Especially if it’s overlooking the ocean!
The interior design of the restaurant was beautiful but unfortunately I did not find the seating too comfortable. The chairs did not have any cushions and had a bit of a weird design that made it an uncomfortable seat. I sat on them because I wanted to enjoy the view more than anything.
When it came to ordering, we both went for a piece of steak. Our preference is always medium rare. That’s the best way to enjoy steak! The presentation of the food I give a 10/10 and the taste was definitely a 12/10!
After Quaglinos we headed for dessert at the one and only Charly’s Bakery! This is most probably the most famous bakery in South Africa! And who can argue with that? Whenever I walk in there I’m in cake heaven! My favourite cake is the wicked chocolate cake and the chocolate brownie! Just thinking of it makes me want to run down the road to Charly’s!
We generally skip starters and went straight to mains. I’ve been feeling for fish for a while and got myself a Linefish Mousseline. Just looking at that fish makes my mouth water. (I’m a born and bred Capetonian and LOVE my seafood!)
Recently hubby has been all about burgers and is on a mission to try as many burgers as possible. Hence him choosing a Wagyu Burger where the recommended beer was the Anker Bier. Needless to say, my mr was licking his fingers while enjoying this beauty.
After having a very filling lunch, we set off to the V&A Waterfront Food Market! Yes, I know I just said that we had a filling meal. But like most of our friends know, we LOVE food and wine and always manage to make space for more! LOL!
We got ourselves a bottle of DMZ Syrah, also from Stellenbosch wine region. We paired this with some nice moist beef biltong. The market was buzzing and we enjoyed ourselves just people watching.
After the food market we wandered around the Waterfront and just soaked up the beauty that our city has to offer. I mean, we have one of the 7 Wonders of Nature right in our backyard and amazing artists around every corner that just delights all your senses.
I don’t think we would ever want to move away from Cape Town. We love our Cape Town. Cheers to many more outings in the Mothers City!