7 months old!

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!

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Zeitz MOCAA Grand Opening

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. ☺ 

Grannies Lunch at Brenaissance

Both my mother and mother-in-law are born under the same star sign, Cancer. Their birthdays are 2weeks apart and I decided to take the 2 of them for lunch at Brenaissance with the little Mr. Both grandma’s love their grandson to the moon and back and have been a tremendous source of support. I only saw it fitting to treat these two ladies to one of the best wine estates I know of, Brenaissance.

Brenaissance is the estate before our wedding venue (Clos Malverne) in Stellenbosch. I love this estate! It is absolutely beautiful and stylish with its black and white theme. What I love even more about this estate now that I am a mommy, is the playground and the little stream that passes by. The day we went the weather was a bit dreary but I can’t wait to go back in summer when Cristiano is bigger and can enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The below pictures were taken in 2013 when me and Marc first visited the estate and it also gives one a nice idea of how amazing it looks on a bright summers day.

We ordered the Lord T red blend which I absolutely LOVE! We ordered the Full house pizza and the Hole-some Option. The Full House pizza consisted of a Biltong, Cajun Chicken, Parma Ham and Caramelised Onion pizza. This way we had all the flavours in 1! Yummy! The Hole-some pizza was a pizza of your choice with the middle cut out and replaced with a salad. Very different but oh so nice!

Cristiano’s bottle got the royal treatment. 😅
Cristiano also made a cute new friend at Brenaissance. 😊 

Our Doona is a real life saver on these outings. Review on this nifty must have coming soon. 😉 With the fire crackling and there being very few people, we had an amazing time! 😍😍😍

Women’s Month Celebration at Groot Constantia

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!

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View from our table
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Panoramic view of where we dined. 🙂

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We started out with a bottle of Maiden’s Prayer Red Blend from Diemersfontein, Wellington considering that there was a slight chill in the air.

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.

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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!

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After wine tasting we explored the grounds and enjoyed the scenic views.

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And then we always need a take-away! In this case some Sparkling wine!

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10 Year Anniversary Weekend!

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.

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Our very first photo together.

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!

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How calm was 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.

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This is me trying to smile while being sick.

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!

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Yummy!

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!

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Love how colourful it is.
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Nelson Mandela keeping an eye on us.
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This is where the magic happens.

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Only picture of the cake we got. We devoured the others. LOL!

After quite a tasty Saturday we decided to explore the world renowned Victoria & Alfred Waterfront on the Sunday.

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Our first stop was lunch at Den Anker. This restaurant has been on our to-do list for a while since hubby likes a good beer. It was a beautiful day in the Mother City!

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This view can never get old.

Hubby settled for a Anker Bier (Beer) and I (being a wine lover) decided on the Vondeling Petit Rouge Merlot from Paarl. We love wines from the Stellenbosch and Paarl wine routes. There’s just something amazing about the taste.

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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!)

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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My Cape Town

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!

#TBT Boxing Day in the Winelands

Hubby and I started our own tradition not too long ago. We decided that we would do something different every Boxing day (26 December). So far we’ve been visiting different wine estates on Boxing day. Sometimes we go with family and sometimes it’s just the two of us. My brother joined us on this occasion and we had so much fun!

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We started of our visit to Webersburg with a wine tasting, my favourite pastime!

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After our wine tasting we decided on light lunches. Mitch (my brother) had a Sesame Crumbed Chicken Salad. Just by looking at that salad, it made us all want to have healthy New Year resolutions! It was so good! (Sorry for the bad image.)

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Me and hubby shared a Webersburg Snack and Wine Platter. I didn’t expect it to be that big! It was quite tasty and filling! The Wild Mushroom Arancini was our favourite! We enjoyed a Webersburg 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon with our food.

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The views were spectacular, the service GREAT and the wine AMAZING!

After Webersburg we went to the Root 44 Market which is just down the road. Even though we had quite a meal at Webersburg, when visiting Root 44 Market you cannot help yourself but to have another helping of food! The smell of different flavours is just amazing! I cannot imagine going to the Root 44 Market and not having anything to eat and drink!

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On our table we had some fresh Oysters, Mussels with Vetkoek (One of my favourite types of bread. Reminds me of the times spent on the farm as a child.) and a very thin based pizza. I can’t quite remember what was on there. All I know is that it was perfect! We rounded off our snacking with some Audacia Rooibos Wooded Natural Red wine. Who ever thought that Rooibos and wine would taste that good?!

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We had great food and wine at both places. You will not be disappointed by these places, Promise! 🙂

Beautiful Breakfast at Bean In Love

So this is a rather short post but well worth the mention. On one of me and hubby’s rare mornings off, we decided to have a quick breakfast. We visited Bean in Love in Paarl Main Road. I’ve been eyeing this little place for a while everytime we drive past. It was a sunny winter’s morning so we decided to sit outside and enjoy the clean air. I just loved their cappuccino! We tried their croissants and boy were we in love! They also sell a variety of things like spices, adventure bags, snacks, flowers, and obviously delicious coffee! (To name a few) When you in Paarl again, why not give them a go? We promise you won’t regret it. 🙂

I just love cappuccinos with pictures. :)
I just love cappuccinos with pictures. 🙂
It's the little things that make me go back for more
It’s the little things that make me go back for more
The Mr's choice
The Mr’s choice
The Mrs' choice
The Mrs’ choice
Even normal water looks great here!
Even normal water looks great here!

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An Impromptu visit to Val Du Charron

We are known for making impulsive decisions at the best of times but this one was Awesome!

We went to the Spar in Wellington to get ice-cream as it was one of those hot Wellington weather days. When we got out of the shop I told Marc that I felt like a drive, because it was such a beautiful day. We took a drive towards the Bainskloof Pass, past Antoniesvlei, when we decided to turn around and look for one of our favourites, a Wine Estate! 🙂

We popped into Val Du Charron and weren’t quite sure as to whether it was open. We went to the entrance and it stated that they were still busy with reservations but was greeted with a warm welcome by Chrisma.  She made us feel right at home! We tasted some of their wines and just loved the Theatre of Wine Trio which consisted out of Four White Legs, Erasmus – Den Deen & Black Countess.

The Four White Legs is a white blend consisting of 33% Chenin Blanc, 24% Nouvelle, 20% Pinot Gris, 20% Sauvignon Blanc & 3% Viognier. We are not big fans of white wines but I must say that this blend was quite nice and reminded me that Summer is on the way! As most of our family and friends know, we are red wine lovers  and we were looking forward to the Erasmus & the Black Countess. The Erasmus is a blend of 40% Merlot, 30% Pinotage, 11% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Petit Verdot, 8% Shiraz. The Black Countess is a blend of 44% Shiraz, 24% Pinotage, 16% Mataro, 8% Carignan, 8% Grenache Noir. Needless to say, it was amazing! Definitely getting more of those! 🙂

Chrisma also introduced us to their 2015 Pinot Gris and boy was I surprised! We just loved it and definitely making it one of our summer wines this season.

We were also advised that their restaurant, The Local Grill, will be opening soon (October 2015). We had a look at the menu and it looks delicious! We called it “Our Kind of Food”. We’ll definitely be visiting to lay into that menu!

The estate also boasts with a 4 & 5 star Guest House and a Spa! With this combination, Val Du Charron is the best place to plan an escape to. Husbands and partners do take note of this one. I already hinted to hubby for a weekend. 😉

Val Du Charron also have some of the most amazing views of Wellington! Hence no filter on the pictures of the views. 😉 The lawn is nice and big to accommodate families with children as well as a great relaxation spot for wine lovers during summer.

My apologies for the image quality. These were taken with my not so state of the art cellphone and one of the only times I did not have my pocket camera on me.

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The Local Grill Restaurant Menu that we can’t wait to try!
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This is what I call Good Wine!
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Even the horsie enjoyed the wine! 🙂
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I just loved the designs!
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This is my kind of Wine Rack! I need one! 🙂
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Views to take your breathe away!
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The Spa has a wide variety of treatments that will make any woman smile from ear to ear!
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We spotted these beautiful mosaic angels on the estate and I just loved how the sun was just touching them and making them shimmer.

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Visit to Landskroon Wine Estate

We just love exploring new places. We normally take a drive and just see what’s out there and sometimes make a quick stop at any place. Some of our favourite places to visit is Wine Estates. Some of the reasons are that they always make for spectacular views and photos, they have wine (some of our favourite treats) and they don’t cost you an arm and a leg. Wine tastings generally cost between R20 – R50 per person and the amount of different wines you can taste is generally between 3-5 wines. Some wine estates also offer different platters that you an try with their wines. Therefore, if you are looking for a budget outing this summer, try out a wine estate.

So on one blissful day, we stopped over at Landskroon Wine Estate in Paarl. This estate is on the same road as Spice Route and Fairview. They have the same spectacular views as these 2 estates but not all the frills. When we got there my breathe was taken away by the gorgeous views. We visited the tasting room where the tastings were R10 per person (I think, speaking under correction). The wines were pretty well priced and quite a variety was available. The tasting room assistant also advised us that we could bring our own picking and enjoy their wines on their big, open lawn. I loved this idea as at some estates one needs to buy your picnic from the estate (normally quite expensive). You however need to book in advance in order to do this. We just got some wine, glasses and some of the snacks that were available at the tasting room. It was a perfect day. I’ll let the pictures do the talking. 😉

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Visit to the Afrikaans Taal Monument

A lot of people may not know it but the “Heather” in Heather & Marc’s Adventures is actually born and bred Afrikaans speaking. I went to a public school where my first language was Afrikaans and my second language English. As I grew up I slowly learnt that the world is mostly English and that some of the words just don’t make sense in Afrikaans (especially in the technology industry). I mean, try translating Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) into Afrikaans and you end up with Asimmetriese Digitale Subskrupsie Lyn. Now that’s quite a mouth full! With that said, I still speak Afrikaans quite often and will always remember that it’s part of my roots, my heritage. And it’s NOT politically inclined as some people may think, it’s just part of who I am.

With that said, we decided to visit the Afrikaanse Taal Monument in Paarl one day. When we got up there I was swept away by the breathtaking views! I’ll let the pictures do most of the talking in this one! 😉

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