bob's café

bob's café

We’ve been living in our area for almost 4 years now, and in those few years, we’ve gained and discovered quite a few restaurants and cafés that we really enjoy - and are always excited for new openings that are only a few minutes away from our flat. So when Bob’s Café opened up a new branch on our doorstep, and were offering free food for their soft launch (yes, completely free, no catch!), we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to give it a try.

cape town :: lion's head hike & manna epicure

cape town :: lion's head hike & manna epicure

As we left the safari experience of a lifetime behind us, I could only hope that a few days in Cape Town could mend my broken heart, already missing the people and animals we fell in love with. Thankfully, we'd heard wonderful things about Cape Town, and it lived up to our expectations and more - from the beautiful beaches and mountains, the wildlife and nature, to the incredible restaurant scene and warm-hearted locals, it's a place I'd return to over and over.

Although it wasn't the first thing we did in CT, I wanted to start off with a bang and introduce you to the city with these stunning views. First impressions count for something!

our south african safari

our south african safari

Before we get started, I have to warn you that this is probably the most photo-heavy blog post you'll probably ever read, at least on WTW. Hopefully, you'll enjoy looking at them as much as I do, and I'll try to keep my "talking" to the minimum and let the pictures speak for themselves. 

Having said that, the photographs are very much a one dimensional memory of the experience - you can't capture the different auras, quirks and unique behaviours of each animal anywhere close to how it feels in real life. I've compiled a very casual, non-edited video of the clips we took, which hopefully captures some of that magic. 

So! Safari. How can I put this into words? It was so far beyond what I expected. We were excited to see the animals in the wild, and that's about all we knew of the safari experience. But my goodness, it is so much more. I know that a lot had to do with the lodge we chose to stay in, so let me tell you a little bit about Toro Yaka Bush Lodge

marcus at the berkeley

marcus at the berkeley

I'm back with a bang! I have a slew of travel posts coming your way, but we'll kick things off with something to make you very hungry on a Monday morning. 

Marcus Wareing is a chef I've admired from afar for a while, but have curiously never made it to any of his restaurants before. So when I was lucky enough to pick one of the amazing Feast on London deals from Bookatable to try out, Marcus at The Berkeley seemed like the perfect option.

My lovely date C and I settled into a comfy sofa table after a long day of work, and readied ourselves for the feast with their "London cocktail" - essentially a bellini with a twist. A lovely way to start, fresh and not too sweet.

the happy list, revisited

the happy list, revisited

Today, I'm determined to be positive! Although it's hard to put all the saddening and frightening chaos out of our minds, I think I need to pull my blog out into the light again, dust it off a little, and ease myself in with the easier, fluffier things. I think we can all do with some distraction, and I'm welcoming it with open arms - I want to switch off from some personal things that are on my mind, too, so it's a good a time as any.

So, stuff that has been making me happy lately!