They are busy with renovations at our apartment complex and the drilling is enough to drive anyone insane. I was hoping to go sit at my mother-in-law’s place to get away from it but she was getting ready to go to St Helena Bay. She suggested me and the little one go along for a 2 day break. After checking with daddy if I could take his little one away for 2 days, me and Cristiano were packing for the West Coast!
My mother-in-law’s sister and her husband owns a holiday home in Brittania Bay, St Helena Bay, on the beautiful South African West Coast. Sea Pearl Villa was going to be our home for 2 days where there was nothing but peace, quiet and views for days. Situated a few meters from the beach, all you heard was the waves crashing and endless stretches of ocean. It was 2 days of bliss!
If you are looking for a place to relax and unwind, you have to visit Sea Pearl Villa. Below are some pictures to convince you that this is where your next holiday should be.
At the beginning of July hubby put his foot down and decided that we were doing date night. Grandma was happy to babysit the little one. The question was, where do we go? Now having a baby ain’t cheap and with mommy constantly buying things for baby, I always look for a bargain on anything else. In this case my Entertainer app came in handy. We decided on Eden on the Bay because it’s close to home. We had dinner at The Ocean Sizzler restaurant.
It was so good talking to my husband and having adult conversation over a glass of wine and good food. We had the Flagstone Poetry Merlot. Hubby chose a nice piece of steak (medium rare) and I had to have the prawns! The food was really good and we got 2 for 1 special with the Entertainer app. That makes me a very happy mommy!
The sky was stunning during sunset with beautiful hues of pink and blue. We truly live in a beautiful country!
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.
So just something short and sweet. Since moving to the West Coast side of the world, we have found a little gem called Maestro’s on the Beach. Now what I love about this place is the absolutely beautiful, unobstructed views of the ocean, Cape Town Harbour, Greenpoint Stadium and our iconic Table Mountain. See for yourself!
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! 🙂
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!