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Cattle Baron Carvery My Life 29 JUN 2010

I attended my very first session to the well known Durbanville Cattle Baron’s weekly Sunday carvery last Sunday and I must say I walked away quite impressed!

Monty, Cheryl and Robert are well versed in the ways of Cattle Baron’s Sunday spread, and so I guess I was quite pleased to be invited to the club when Chantelle and I received an invite to join them for lunch at the Baron this Sunday past.

For a change, C and I made a monumental effort to leave early from our slighly miserable in terms of weather Gordon’s Bay and so five minute before the scheduled meet up time, we found ourselves sitting in the parking lot, twiddling our thumbs. Of course, on such a beautiful day we probably should have sat outside and soaked up some more of those precious warming rays, but instead we went inside and claimed the best seats (overlooking the big screen, sports-carrying TV of course! :P), waiting for the rest of the Montgomery clan to join us.

The carvery itself is a pretty simple idea, but an extremely well executed one if you ask me. For R70, you get access to the Sunday buffet, a big table hosting a fine (and constantly topped up) selection of roast beef, pork, chicken, potato, sweet potato, veggies… in other words the works – and as with all buffet setups, you get to go back as many times as your poor stomach can handle! :)

The food was absolutely fantastic (so much so that no one caved if for dessert at the end), the conversation kept running, and despite the fact that our table number was drawn in the weekly competition that sees some lucky fellas winning some decent meal vouchers, everyone left quite a satisfied, happy chappy.

The day itself then further played out with some coffee and ice cream at the Montgomery Clan stronghold, an abandonment of a snoozing Chantelle on the couch, a fruitful Jackie Chan DVD hunt at Tygervalley, and then a snacking of some quite frankly divine home-made mini doughnuts in front of a brilliant Germany versus England second round World Cup game, in which those big talking Brits got properly spanked by a very efficient German team! :)

Oh, and back home, C even allowed me to watch a Jackie Chan movie with her in attendance (Mr. Nice Guy if you must know) – must have been that Marilyn Monroe print from Boardmans I surprised her with on our arrival back at the castle! ;)

And Then I was 30 My Life 18 MAY 2010

And then I was 30. So last Tuesday, the 11th of May, saw me end off my time in the twenties and enter the age of the thirties, and following the awesome surprise long weekend away to the Drakensberg courtesy of a sneaky Chantelle, this was probably the best process of ageing one more year that I’ve had the pleasure of enjoying in absolute ages.

The Lotters and the Montgomery's, enjoying a Cattle Baron table. Me? Well someone had to take the picture!

Amazingly enough, thanks to the machinations of Chantelle, we were both actually off on the day of my birthday and what followed was a great sleep-in, pottering around the house, going shopping together and in general just spending time in one another’s company, before finally getting ready and pulling the door closed behind us.

A while back I had decided to invite the family out to Cattle Baron in Somerset West in order to celebrate the big event with me and so we found ourselves hitting the road in a hurry to make the meet-up time of 19:00 at the restaurant which I hadn’t actually been to before. Needless to say, as is always the case with Chantelle and I, we were late. 10 to 15 minutes or so late. But at least our excuse was good. The entire Strand area was swathed in darkness, bringing with it no traffic lights and thus heavy, slow-moving traffic. But, as you might point out, we were still late.

The Cattle Baron itself is pretty okay, seems to sit in an old converted house which means lots of corridors and walls, and to be honest, I think I would prefer a more open venue though the plus of it is that it provides you with a fair bit of privacy I guess.

The Montgomery’s were there in full force, but the Lotter’s were missing Claire and Riley and unfortunately Ryan’s girlfriend couldn’t make it either, leaving us with a grand total of 8 mouths to feed on the night. Banter was good and I received and opened a host of awesome presents like FIFA World Cup 2010 South Africa, the Unseen Academicals and Papa Roach’s Metamorphosis to name a few. We also chose this moment to drop the bombshell of Chantelle’s pregnancy, handing each mother a “belated Mother’s Day gift” which was a simple white box with a ribbon around it. Opening the box revealed a white baby booty inside and with the moms’ eyes wide open, we delivered the happy news.

In other words, even more to celebrate now! The wine was flowing, the food eventually came and on a whole, the evening was just an awesome family get together.

Eventually I attempted to sneak out and settle the bill as a surprise for everyone, before we all left the confines of the restaurant to return to our flat for coffee and Mom’s first look at our frankly awesome wedding album.

And that was that, the mechanics of turning 30 was over and done with.

But what about the other side of it? Well as most men do when they hit a big decade change number, I am forced to look back at life so far, and unfortunately I must say that I’m rather disillusioned with what I see. As I try to explain to Chantelle, I believe I have far more potential than what I exert and as such sadly look back on having achieved pretty much nothing so far. It’s a depressing thought really, but one I think that everyone goes through when they haven’t managed to achieve something pretty awesome by the time they hit 30.

That said, I do have plans moving forward and so hopefully this decade will be the big one for me. As it is, I’m already off to a good start, having basically just successfully completed the first six months of my marriage and now have the planning of opening up of our little family to its first child to deal with. Plans for a house are now gathering speed, I’ve purchased my first brand new car and I have some business ideas which moving forward I’d like to see slowly but surely be put in to action.

So in other words we’ll see. I have now had 30 years of experience on this planet, I have the privilege of knowing myself, knowing my limits and abilities pretty well and have now built up a beautiful support structure around me.

In other words?

The next ten years should be a blast! :)

Photo Gallery: Birthday Fun at Cattle Baron (2010-05-11) My Life | Photo Gallery 11 MAY 2010

I treated my family to a big family dinner at Cattle Baron in Durbanville, in celebration of me reaching my 30th year on this planet. Food was delicious, and the company wonderful as always! :)

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Dining Out – Again! My Life 28 SEP 2007

This weekend is going to be Chantelle’s first full weekend on duty at the guesthouse, meaning that shell be working the late shift today, full day on Saturday and Sunday, and early shift on Monday morning. All which translates into her working and me goofing off this weekend (which translates even further into I probably wont be seeing much of her this weekend).

But she did have yesterday off, so she spent Wednesday and last night with me in Bellville. Wednesday evening was Ratatouille and last night I decided to treat her to a proper supper out for a change. She picked Durbanville’s Cattle Baron and off we went (a little later than planned, but I cant help it if Burnout was just so damn addictive she even managed to beat me in a couple of the Takedown races!)

cattle baron steak and chips

Having removed ourselves from the smoking section due to an unpleasant atmosphere (stupid extractor fan/aircon was just too damn noisy and the smoking section was quiet too quiet), we settled down in our new space and went on to have a thoroughly delectable dinner date.

While she had the gourmet type of food in a camembert cheese starter, followed by C (something French sounding that starts with C I don’t remember – which is basically a delicious fillet drowned in burning brandy) and washed down by some Red Wine, I on the other hand stuck to my plain old ways, settling for a Cheese and Garlic Roll for starters, a good old Castle Lager and a Cordon Bleu for main except they didnt have a Cordon Bleu and all their chicken products were finished for the night, meaning that I settled for a far less satisfying beef schnitzel in the end :(

Of course, her good taste in fine food made the (very) gay waiter pay far more attention to her than me (not that I’m complaining of course). We stayed well past their closing time (it felt like we were the last people there!) and it was a delightful evening out, with us leaving feeling nice and stuffed – always a good sign that the food was good.

So now that my eating out for the week is done, I guess it is back to some healthy eating over this weekend. It always helps when I don’t see Chantelle every time I’m with her I cant help but want to spoil her rotten (and honestly, who orders healthy food when eating out I want my chips damnit!)

Edit: Hmm boy looking over this entry now, it really does seem kind of pointless, doesnt it?