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Why a South African Braai beats a US bbq

Trust me. I was skeptical too. When my then boyfriend, now husband tried to explain the beauty of a South African Braai, I’ll be honest, I didn’t really get it. It sounded like a basic barbecue. A gathering of friends and family eating food from the grill. “Our barbecues are great,” I argued. “My dad… Read More

South African Jokes + my nephew turns 2

I’m back from my little blogger vacation! I don’t know really how it happened that I was away for so long. I guess it was a combination of things. We had house guests; some golfer friends on the sunshine tour needed a place to stay last week, and it kind of rocked me off of… Read More

Dashing Dassies

Confession: while most kids were watching cartoons on Sunday mornings, I was sprawled out in my PJs on our living room floor watching the 1966 film Born Free, based on the amazing true-life story of an orphaned lion cub named Elsa and her caretakers George and Joy Adamson in Kenya. *Spoiler Alert*  When their mother was shot,… Read More

Love = Cupcakes

I was over the moon when my friend Mandy, who lives in our complex, invited me over for a ladies Valentine’s Day tea. First of all, it gave me an excuse to wear my bright red JCrew pants (not pictured, unfortunately) and I’ve never celebrated Valentine’s Day with my girlfriends before! Mrs. McGrady, Mandy and… Read More

What not to do in Cape Town

So, it’s no secret that my Cape Town trip was amazing, but we did make a few mistakes along the way. You can do allll the research possible, but sometimes things come up and you’re like dang, how did I not know about that/bring that/prepare for that? Instead of putting a candy coating on our… Read More

The best surfers at Boulders Beach: African Penguins

When I first heard that South Africa was home to penguins, seeing them was immediately added to my South Africa bucket list. What an amazing opportunity to see penguins in the wild, and bypass the whole freezing temperatures thing. So when we arrived in Cape Town last week, a trip down to Boulders Beach in Simon’s… Read More

For your drooling pleasure…

When I flip through my family’s vacation photos, I always notice one common thread: food. Whether it’s a big bowl of seafood pasta, gigantic garlic rolls dripping in butter and garlic, or a big plate of  spicy caribbean chicken wings from the No Name Pub, we have photos of them. The food may be long gone,… Read More

Oh, Cape Town

Maybe it’s the upcoming romantic holiday, but I can’t help but compare my visit to Cape Town to a short, torrid love affair. I marveled, wined and dined, cried tears of happiness, gasped in surprise, felt the pang of disappointment, elation, and continuously found myself swept up into the beauty of it all. I can’t… Read More

Travel Thursday: Where to stay in Cape Town

Hout Bay -Photo by Hubert January via Flickr

In playing travel agent and planning our trips to Cape Town for next week (!!!) and March I came across hundreds of hotels, guesthouses, apartments, and backpackers available to stay at while you’re in Cape Town. To be honest, as much as it was exciting,  it was a little overwhelming at first! Last week, I listed… Read More