Howie’s Gourmet

Yesterday was Erin’s 4th birthday party (more about that in another post) and the one thing that always worries me at my children’s parties is that there won’t be enough food and drink for the adults.  I can’t handle parties where the mum only catered for the kids and doesn’t have any food for the adults.  I’m not really a big drinker, but I always make sure I have wine and beer for the parents at the party.  It’s bad enough that dad needs to spend a Saturday morning or afternoon at a birthday party, give the man a beer (at least).

A month ago I came across these awesome snacks for a function and I was so impressed.  They were from Howie’s Gourmet.  So I contacted them to do Erin’s party snacks and I was blewn away!

The food arrived at my house 2 hours before the party, the food was fresh and original.  No boring cheese and tomato sandwiches.  I didn’t give Howie a brief on what I needed, I told him my budget and the amount of people.  What arrived was out of this world.  2 huge boxes, each with 4 small boxes inside it and included:

  • prawn cocktail salad
  • ribs
  • chicken lollipops
  • spanakopita
  • falafel balls
  • meat balls
  • beef strips
  • sandwiches with cold meat
  • fruit salad skewers
  • cucumber wrapped in cream cheese and salmon

Excuse my amateur pictures, but here they are.

If you’re having a function soon, please give Howie a try, you’ll be pleasantly surprised!



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My Saturday Thang

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Many people have a Saturday “thang” – something they love doing every Saturday, which is sort of like a ritual, routine, habbit. Well, I’ve NEVER had a Saturday thang. When I was at varsity, most Saturdays were spent studying or going home to my folks. Once married, most Saturdays were spent doing admin for our new house. When Erin was born, most Saturdays were spent buying groceries, or trying to catch up on house chores.

After a very busy start to 2015 and one operation already, I decided, I NEED me time – in order to stay sane for D and E.

So I thought of a Saturday thang. What I do is clock in at the Bryanston Parkrun at 7:30am for the 8am start. REALLY hoping to break the 30min mark this year. I then head over to the Bryanston organic market (a mere few KMs down the road) and buy our fresh fruit, veg and gluten free bread for the week. Hopefully I can meet up with a friend for 30mins and a quick coffee thereafter. This Saturday I ran with a few friends (time – 31:49), bought my weekly fresh produce and had coffee with my dear friend Deline (we’ve known each other since we were born).

It was just so good for my mind, body and soul. I get some much needed exercise and I get all our healthy food too. I just love the vibe at the organic market early in the morning. It’s so fresh and ALIVE! I love the stalls and all the unique things that get sold there. I found this newish stall this weekend – touch wood – they make little wooden ornaments that look stylish – have to get us some for our new place.

I’ve you’ve never been to a parkrun I would recommend it for sure, even if you don’t run – you can walk. And if never been to the Bryanston Organic Market – do yourself a favour and go – but be sure to take lotsa money with.

Can’t wait for this Saturday……………..

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Smile Cafe

I’m always looking for new and interesting places for Erin to play (as are most other parents). Eating out once you have a child can be so difficult, as one parent spends most of their time running after their little one.

We absolutely love Pappachinos in Morningside, but just find the fact that the children are not restricted (i.e. they can run all over the place) VERY distracting. Sam has told me about Smile quite a few times and a few weeks ago we tried it for the first time and LOVED it. Last weekend we went with my in-laws for an early supper and also had a great time.

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The play area is restricted and children wear a bangle with your table number on it. Once your child wants to leave the play area, the child minder brings your child to your table.  Food is nice (not amazing) pizzas, pasta, burgers etc.

If you haven’t been, I really would recommend Smile café, your kids will LOVE it and so will you! But remember to book as they get very busy.

* This is not a sponsored post, but merely my own opinion.