My mom’s birthday was not too long ago and my brother wanted us to do lunch somewhere. We decided on lunch at Buena Vista and wine tasting afterwards at Peter Falke Wines. God blessed us with a beautiful day in the middle of winter.
First stop was Buena Vista on the R44 between Stellenbosch and Somerset West. Mom ordered a Nederburg rose for the table and me and my brother opted for cocktails. I ordered the Quesadillas Con Cordero which was filled with roasted lamb. It was delicious! The birthday girl had the lamb cutlets with some nice veggies.
After we were all fully satisfied we took some pictures and headed to Peter Falke wines.
Now this wine estate is one of my favourites! It has amazing views and stylishly decorated.
Halfway through our tasting, my mother’s boyfriend popped the question and she said yes!
After the whirl of the proposal we took some pictures on the estate and enjoyed the beautiful sunset. It was quite an eventful day and Cristiano was such a good boy through it all. He was quite exhausted after the full day of activities.
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!
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 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! 😍😍😍
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!
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. 😉