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Shopping at the Lindt Chocolate Studio in Cape Town (2019-01-09) Photo Gallery | Shopping 12 FEB 2019

Did you know that the Lindt chocolate classes hosted in Cape Town and Johannesburg were a first for Lindt worldwide? It is something that Chantelle has always been keen to do at some point in time, and now that we’ve actually stumbled upon the Lindt Chocolate Studio in the reinvigorated Silo District of the V&A Waterfront, I reckon that the ‘maybe’ has now moved much more firmly into the realm of ‘definitely’.

We were in fact wandering about that area thanks to our first ever visit to the gorgeous Zeitz MOCAA (Museum of Contemporary Art Africa) gallery, and of course once we spied the gleaming gold logo of Lindt, Chantelle was reeled in and immediately bought a handful of exotic flavours for us to try and compare.

Secretly, this made me super happy.

Decadent.

Related Link: Lindt Chocolate Studio | V&A Waterfront | Cape Town

Century City Natural Goods Market… and Lindt! (2016-11-27) Markets | Photo Gallery 30 NOV 2016

I spotted on Facebook that the Century City Natural Goods Market was at last kicking off for the 2016 Summer Season, and seeing as we had in the past spent quite a few Sundays selling cupcakes there as part of the Chantelle’s Cupcakery food markets phase a couple of years back, I was eager to head out that way and catch some of that good old nostalgia vibe.

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Getting the girls on board was remarkably easy of course – just one mention of the Temperance Flyer mini train being at the market was more than enough to have them jumping up and down with excitement!

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As always, the market was being held on the big green circular Central Park in the heart of Century City, right next to Railroad Square and of course Intaka Island.

The main trading action was all taking place under a large central Bedouin tent, with the other food trucks/trailers being accommodated along the wings of the market space. There was plenty of shaded seating and tables available (all very popular due to the great Summer’s weather on the day), with live music coming courtesy from the talented Capetonian singer Ryan Kidwell (former front man of the reggae outfit The Little Kings).

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For the kids, there was a magic show courtesy of family magician Magic Nick (which sadly we missed due to arriving too late), a jumping castle, a zorb orb, and of course the Temperance Flyer train!

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Interestingly enough though, and I’m not sure if it is just because it was the first market of the Summer Season or perhaps an indication of something else, the market certainly seemed a LOT smaller than what it used to be in terms of the number of traders on the day.

Sadly, this then meant that there wasn’t a heck of a lot of cool/interesting food choices on offer (like say what you might find at the bigger market cousins like the massive Root 44 or Lourensford), but nevertheless, we all managed to find something that we liked and in the end had a good morning soaking up the great sun, music and vibe that one can only get from coming to an outdoor market like this!

(So, maybe worth jotting down, but come the evening of the 7th December from 4 to 9pm, they will be having their first ever Summer Night Market which could be pretty cool to attend as well!)

Having enjoyed our time spent at the Century City Natural Goods Market then, we next headed down the road to the gigantic Canal Walk shopping mall, literally the first time in years since I’ve last been there. (We don’t come through to this side of Cape Town much in case you were wondering!)

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It is as always, an easy on the eye shopping centre, one of the nicest in terms of both architecture and design, though we didn’t have all that much time to admire our surroundings because Chantelle was pretty much focussed entirely on one very important mission – locating the newly opened Lindt boutique chocolate store ASAP!

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Seventh heaven for any lover of Lindt let me tell you, especially because you can buy flavours there that you can’t normally find on the retailer shelves. (Amazingly enough, Chantelle actually shared her Lindt haul with both the girls and myself. Talk about true love! :P)

(Oh, she wanted to check out Dunkin’ Donuts as well, but they were far too busy for us to be bothered with trying their stuff out. Plus, I was rather pleased to see that Baskin Robbins is hitting South Africa in the near future as well. I LOVED checking out all their ice cream flavours during my Japan 2014 trip!).

Anyway, here’s a handy map to Central Park if you want to catch the next Century City Natural Goods Market!

Related Link: Century City Natural Goods Market | Facebook | Canal Walk

Chantelle’s Norwegian Salmon Mother’s Day Lunch (2016-05-08) Photo Gallery 13 MAY 2016

On the Saturday before Mother’s Day, I took the girls out to go and buy something nice for Chantelle. We did however start our trip by dropping in at our local Gordon’s Bay public library first – the first time any one of us had actually been there!

The girls were quite impressed by all the books, and after a quick story or two (and the promise to sign up for our very own library cards), we left again, battling the strong wind and heading off through Strand to the Paardevlei Farmers Market.

IMG_20160507_114519 Jessica and Emily with the Proteas bought for Mothers Day

After years of not being particularly impressed by proteas and the rest of the fynbos family, Chantelle has since done a u-turn and as such, the girls helped me pick out two beautiful bunches of proteas which would serve as Chantelle’s Mother’s Day gift. (We also stopped at the shops to pick up Lindt Chocolates too, just to be safe.)

IMG_20160508_130514 Chantelle Lotter with her Mother's Day Norwegian Salmon Spread

Come Sunday, despite the fact that she was working a split shift, it was in fact the rest of us who were in for a treat. Chantelle had invited the folks over for Mother’s Day lunch, and with Monty and Cheryl joining us for the day, Chantelle arrived back from her first shift at work and set about whipping up an absolutely fabulous chef-level lunch with the brilliant Norwegian Salmon  (sourced from Gordon’s Bay Fisheries) as the hero of her dish!

(Not to mention the delicious home-made seed bread that she too somehow found the time to bake!)

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And if the main course wasn’t enough to leave our mouths watering, she also delivered a delicious Banoffee Pie for dessert.

IMG_20160508_143434 Chantelle Lotter and her Banoffee Pie dessert

Sadly of course, after finishing our meal and enjoying the dessert, it was back to work for Chantelle, meaning that at the end of the day, it was actually the rest of us who were more spoiled for Mother’s Day than what she was!

(But at least she had her Lindt chocolates to return to that evening…)

Easter Weekend 2011 My Life 09 MAY 2011

Admittedly, Easter Weekend 2011 was probably not the most awesome or exciting of Easter periods I’ve ever had, but this one did come with enough variety in activities (and chocolate) to not make it a bad one! ;)

A view of the ocean from Pringle Bay on a stunning Saturday afternoon!

Seeing as our disposable money levels aren’t yet recovered (sigh, I wonder if it will ever recover), it was no going away this year for the two of us, a pity because for a change Chantelle was actually off for the weekend!

Anyway, Friday evening, as all Friday evenings have pretty much become, was a pretty laid back affair, with us doing the daily routine of getting little Jessie-bean fed, bathed and ready for bed, Chantelle then grabbing the opportunity to get to bed early-ish (shame, she has a lot of admin like expressing and getting milk ready each and every night before she can turn in!) for a change, and me the opportunity to put my feet up and take in some entertainment, be it in the form of manga, anime, television or gaming, or my particular favourite, a Jackie Chan movie – watching South African actors in “Who am I?” was so much fun!

Saturday we decided to make the best of the beautiful weather, and after some work in the garden while Chantelle got Jessie all ready to go, we hit the coastal road enjoyed a scenic (well we had to because we were stuck in a line of cars behind one rather leisurely driver) trip past Rooi Els and into Pringle Bay, where we first dawdled around (and changed nappy), before ending up at our usual spot at the delightful, if a little overpriced, @365 restaurant for some yummy lunch and most importantly, delicious dessert!

(This actually marked the first time we had taken Jessica into an eating establishment with us, and because we were prepared with bottle at hand, it went really, really well!)

We followed this up with a lazy drive through to Betty’s Bay, marvelled at the huge sand dunes and commented on how big the sleepy coastal spot seems to have gotten since last we were there (we say the same thing every time), before turning around and driving home.

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Shoulder to Shoulder My Life 10 JUL 2007

FIFA 2006Hee hee, I extended my winning streak against the boys in FIFA last night when I dropped by the pick up the fight vids from Ryan. Catching him in the middle of his TV show like I always do, he accepted my challenge to a quick game of FIFA 06 while the files copy over. Another English derby, this time around Tottenham (Ryan) versus Manchester City (Me) – we tend to pick teams of equal strength to make the games fairer.

As per usual, the game was a fairly tight affair, with neither of us able to get the upper hand and destined to play out to a goalless draw. Well at least thats how it was until I slipped a play down the side of the field, bent a cross in towards the goal which I missed but Ryans defender managed to catch on the shoulder, only to let it slowly roll past a very static keeper :)

Ryan was unable to pull it back, even hitting the crossbar in the dying seconds of the game.

Seems like sometimes the universe just loves me :)

P.S. Further proven by the fact that my girl later presented me with a lovely warm top and some cologne as a 1 month anniversary gift while I got off easy with some Lindt choccies – I’d better up my game and fast! :_|