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A little visit to Boulders Beach

During our trip to Cape Town in June, we introduced Zee to some very well dressed friends. I’m talking about the the cutest little guys in tuxedos you ever will see; the endangered African penguins at Boulders Beach, near Simon’s Town.

Zee loved watching them walk waddle around freely. A stroll on the boardwalk was also a winner with our little explorer. She got to see so many penguins, and spotted a few penguin eggs too.

Oh, and she got to meet a few gorgeous supermodels who didn’t mind striking a pose for the camera – seriously, just look at these two! 👇🏼😀

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Spotted! Penguin eggs. (Or stones? Either way, we spotted something. 😁) 👇🏼

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

We ate sushi at Willoughby & Co (V&A)… and now we have to move to Cape Town!

Last Monday, we were still in Cape Town 😀, with a day to go before we had to head back home. In case you hadn’t worked it out already (from my previous blog post or my Instagram account), we heart Cape Town. It’s our fave city in SA, and this last stay there was way too short. *sigh*

Sushi

On Monday evening we had gone in search of supper, and found a long queue of people waiting outside one of the restaurants in V&A Waterfront. I didn’t even look at the name of the place, because I wasn’t keen on a long wait. We took a walk one floor up, and a little while later, Shawn (who was quite curious about what it was everyone was queuing up for) looked down and saw that the line was a bit shorter, so we decided to give it a shot. Zee looked down too, spotted sushi (she is her mother’s child) and went, “ooh sushi! Are we going there?” 😂

The clearly popular restaurant turned out to be Willoughby & Co.

Since opening in 1996 Willoughby & Co has offered its guests a full Japanese culinary experience. Head Asian chef, Sam, and his dedicated team have continued to create new and exciting dishes. Through these creations thousands of patrons have been introduced to fusion style Japanese cuisine, for which Willoughby & Co has become world renowned.

We only waited about twenty minutes – while trying the red wine we were offered (just Shawn and I; Zee’s slightly under age for wine) – before being seated. This is us looking pretty pleased about our relatively short wait in the queue.

Sushi

We let our waiter know that we hadn’t eaten there before, and asked what he recommended. Francis, who is charming and knows the menu well, quickly pointed out a popular dish on the menu – the 4×4 (4 pieces rainbow reloaded, and 4 pieces spicy creamy rock shrimp roll). He told us that the 4×4 was the reason there’s always a long queue of poeople everyday. Zee didn’t need any help, she told Francis she’d have her “usual” – salmon roses. ☺️

Sushi

Sushi

The food was fresh and delicious, AND we didn’t have to wait forever for it – how brilliant? The 4×4 was an excellent pick. Thank you Francis! The pics don’t really do the food justice. The sushi pieces are generously sized, and the flavours are amazing. I knew I’d love the rock shrimp roll (and I was right, it was amazing), but the rainbow roll really blew my mind. I’d never eaten such a delectable rainbow roll before! And Zee says her salmon roses were “reeeeeally YUMMY!”

We stuck with sushi for our main, and dug into this sumptuous prawn tempura roll. We were pretty much rendered speechless on the first bite. It was that good! Whatever secret spices and sauces they’re using, it’s working! Every bite is an experience. Seriously, the sushi is so well made, I was a little mad that we’d decided to have dessert before our meal, as I would have gladly ordered and wolfed down more had I not been so full! 😋

Sushi

It’s been exactly a week since we dined there, and I still can’t get over how yum everything was. So now, obvs, we have to move to Cape Town, and explore the rest of the menu. 😁

Oh, the work of art below is what the welcome page on their website looks like. I mean, COME ON!! How do you not start drooling immediately?

Sushi

Willoughby & Co, I’m so happy we found you… we’ll be back.

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Tammymum

Faircity Hotel Roodevallei

The long weekends in April and May, whilst AWESOME and much needed, made it difficult for some of us to adjust to regular school/work weeks after… Almost two weeks in, and I was still walking around like, “what day is it even?” 😕 (This also explains the delayed timing of this post.) During one of those long weekends, we stayed a night at Faircity Hotel Roodevallei.

The Faircity Roodevallei lies on the banks of the Pienaar’s River in Pretoria, surrounded by a nature reserve and a bird sanctuary. The hotel offers a relaxed bush setting within easy reach of Johannesburg and OR Tambo International Airport, complete with thatched roofs for a true African feel.

Friendly, efficient staff

Excellent service starts right at the front gate, where we were greeted with a friendly smile by Lucky, and then an equally warm welcome from Elvis at the second gate before heading inside. We were assisted at reception by Junior. He kindly offered to walk with us to two different rooms, so we could have a look inside, and decide on which one we preferred. The hotel has a bit of a resort feel – a walk outside to get to the rooms, swimming pools on the very large property, grassy areas with jumping castles for the kids to play on. We opted for a riverside room, with two double beds.

The room

The room we stayed in is spacious enough for a family of three like ours, or four. The beds make for a comfortable night’s rest. The bathroom is big, with a separate bathtub and shower. There’s a faux balcony – you can open the sliding door, but you’re not actually stepping outside. The only complaint about the room (and it is a small one) is that the water in the bathroom takes a pretty long time to heat up.

The food

We did the buffet dinner at their restaurant that night. There were the usual options – curry, roasts, etc. The food was okay, nothing special, and being tired and hungry after a long day I didn’t take any photos. Breakfast the next morning was great. The lady cooking the eggs was lovely, and giggled when I told her I didn’t want much in my omelette, but I did need loads of cheese. I apologize for having dug in before taking the photo… I’m one of those people who always wakes up ravenous… Oh, no one else? Just me? Okay. 😋

Overall, Faircity Hotel Roodevallei is great accommodation for when you want to be away from it all for a while. That wasn’t our plan this time, therefore just the one night stay. Rates are pretty reasonable too (we paid just under R1000 for the room with two double beds, AND dinner + breakfast), so definitely worth looking at if you’re heading that way.

Faircity Hotels Roodevallei

Faircity Hotel - reception

Faircity Hotel - Room

Faircity Hotel - Room

Faircity Hotel - room view

Faircity Hotel - Zee

Faircity Hotel - breakfast