First Date Night Post Baby

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!

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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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View towards 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!