Listen up, Cape Town Dads: How to Dinner Date your Wife at Dash Restaurant & Bar

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This post is especially for the dads who may like some insider info from a mom who thinks it time for you to spoil your lovely lady (and mother of your little treasures) with a posh dinner at a fancy restaurant. Because you love her, obviously, and because she deserves a night off and a night out with your handsome self every now and then.

As we were recently treated to a date night at Dash Restaurant & Bar and loved it so much, I recommend you add it to the list of restaurants you’d like to try. This spot is at the Queen Victoria Hotel (from the Newmark Hotel group), close to the Waterfront in Cape Town.

Anyway, now here’s a guide to dating wife at Dash:

  1. Book a table at Dash – by phoning 021 418 1466 or booking a table online.
  2. Take a look at the menu and get excited (and perhaps start saving – this is fine dining! Main courses range from R140 to R295). Take a look at the new 4 course tasting menu option.
  3. Organise a babysitter. This can be an added stress for a mom, so be a man and make a plan.
  4. When it’s date night, sort the kids out and get them ready for the babysitter so that your wife can have a few minutes to get ready in peace. She will love you for this.
  5. Clean your cab so that you can arrive in style and then double check directions and where to park – the Dash entrance can be a little tricksy to find if you park on the wrong level. FYI: It’s is opposite the Watershed, above Cave Golf but you access parking from Portswood and take the ramp UP (not down which is what we did.) Or you could call an Uber and save yourself the hassle.
  6. Make sure you arrive in time to hear the live music from the piano man in the bar area. You will feel like you’ve walked into a movie and the tinkling of the old ivories definitely sets the tone for a romantic night out.
  7. Order a glass of bubbly at the bar and celebrate that you have managed to leave the house in one piece and feel those frazzled parent nerves fade away. (Confession: We cheers-ed our glasses more than once.) Enjoy feeling like a tourist in your own city as you hear the foreign accents of the hotel guests who are seated beside you.
  8. Appreciate the sophisticated decor and art that adorns the walls as you are lead to your table.
  9. Have fun browsing through the menu. (If your wife is vegetarian like me, there won’t be much choice for her but this won’t be an issue at all because the veg option on offer is incredible!). If you want to avoid order envy, here’s a heads up on what we ordered and LOVED:
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The souffle starter with biltong shavings.

 

My order: Starter: Asparagus, olive toast, nut crush and parmesan snow Main: Vegetable terrine, smoked red pepper coulis, artichokes and hummus Dessert: Banana parfait, butterscotch sauce and banoffee

Husband’s order: Starter: Double baked gorgonzola soufflé, biltong shavings and hazelnuts Main: Lamb loin with pearl barley, beetroot puree and roasting jus Dessert: Hot chocolate fondant with orange ice cream and bitter sugar brittle .

 

What’s our verdict? We loved our unhurried dining experience and the beautifully presented food – each course was a complete work of art and almost too pretty to eat (almost). Thank you for having us, Dash!

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This post was sponsored by Dash Restaurant & Bar. 

WIN one of three copies of ‘The Lemon Tree’, an African story about pancakes & ubuntu

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‘How often do we read about bluebells and foxes and beavers to our children instead of things that are familiar to them?’ says author Katherine Graham. Her latest book, The Lemon Tree, is a really sweet story about making pancakes with Gogo with beautiful illustrations by Wendy Patterson.

It’s pouring with rain the day that Gogo decides to make pancakes. But she soon discovers she is missing several important ingredients. Helped by her two grandchildren, Sipho and Lungi, Gogo devises a clever plan in which the lemon tree comes to their rescue.

Our family loved being at the launch of The Lemon Tree at The Book Lounge
last month and I listed it as one of my ‘Best Buys for my Black Kids – Heart Mamas’ Guide for Adoptive Families.’ I was freshly reminded that representations matters when Kira looked at the cover pic and said, ‘Mom, that’s me!’. We also have a little lemon tree in our garden that has started bearing fruit and so I think it’s time for pancakes…

You can buy this book from Exclusive Books for R83, click here for details OR enter below to win! Here’s how:

  1. Like & Share the pinned Facebook post on Heart Mama Blog with the hashtag #TheLemonTree
  2. Tag a friend on the Facebook post to share the love!

The competition closes on Friday 9 September at 12h00 and the winner will be selected via Random.org. The winner drawn must have followed all necessary steps above in order to qualify for the prize. This competition is open to South African residents only and delivery of the prize will be made to your doorstep. Good luck mamas!

Best Buys for My Black Kids – Heart Mama’s Guide for Adoptive Families

Today is your lucky day because I’m sharing the recent discoveries that are currently rocking our world. If you’re a Heart Mama, you’ll find these best buys especially helpful.

1. Learning isiXhosa through song – Xhosa Songs for Kids from Xhosa Fundis

Xhosa Fundis is based in Woodstock, Cape Town and they offer isiXhosa language courses and culture workshops to South Africans who are wanting to learn the language. They sell a range of learning materials including flash cards, colouring books and pocket phrase books as well as our kids’ FAVOURITE CD – Xhosa Songs For Kids. The songs are so catchy! I’m not exaggerating when I say that we play this CD before school, on the way to school and at least once every afternoon. The CD cover has a helpful Xhosa/English translation so you can follow the lyrics. See purchase details here – the CD sells for R150.

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2. Teach your kids a new South African language with Xander Language Apps

Xander is a local company that has developed a range of language apps for South African kids (and their families!) – they are available in Xhosa, Zulu, Swahili, Tswana, Afrikaans and English. We’ve downloaded ‘Xhosa Shapes & Colours’, ‘Xhosa 1, 2, 3’ and ‘Xhosa Wardrobe’. You can download the app on Google Play, App Store or Amazon for R9.99 (Xhosa Wardrobe was free!). Click here for more info and click play below to see Kira practicing her numbers in Xhosa.

 

3. ‘I don’t like hairbrushes that make little girls cry’ – Introducing the magic Tangle Teezer

We finaaaally tested the Tangle Teezer and there is no looking back, it has already changed our lives! We can brush our kids’s hair without any squirming or tears, which was impossible until now. The Magic Flower Pot Tangle Teezer is designed to encourage little girls to brush their own hair and has a little storage pot for storing hair accessories. Kira takes her ‘my Teezer’ to bed with her because she loves it that much. You can purchase this particular Tangle Teezer on Takealot for R219 but Clicks also stock a range.

This product was sponsored by HairCair.

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4. African stories for African Kids – The Lemon Tree by local author, Katherine Graham

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‘How often do we read about bluebells and foxes and beavers to our children instead of things that are familiar to them?’ says author Katherine Graham. Her latest book, The Lemon Tree, is a really sweet story about making pancakes with Gogo with beautiful illustrations by Wendy Patterson. I was freshly reminded that representations matters when Kira looked at the cover pic and said, ‘Mom, that’s me!’. You can buy this book from Exclusive Books for R83, click here for details and watch the blog for a giveaway soon.

5. Audio stories in isiXhosa from Nali’ibali

Nal’ibali (isiXhosa for “here’s the story”) is a national reading-for-enjoyment campaign to spark children’s potential through storytelling and reading. You can play the free audio stories by clicking here and also check out their downloadable story cards and free printable activities and crafts available in different languages.

Does your black daughter love her hair? This Sesame Street song will help.

I’m still very much a beginner when it comes to caring for Kira’s hair, but I’m learning something new every day. I want Kira to grow up knowing that I took a proper interest in her hair and that I didn’t outsource all of her hair care because it was too much effort for her white mom. Because it’s not too much effort. Heart mamas, we have a responsibility to learn how to look after our daughter’s hair and teach them how to do it themselves. Find a ‘hair mentor’; learn what products work for your daughter’s hair; learn what ‘curl type’ means and do everything you can to help them love their hair even if it doesn’t ‘look like mommy’s hair’.

The writer of Sesame Street created this song when he noticed that his adopted daughter was starting to feel unhappy that her hair didn’t look like the Disney princess hair she saw on TV. I just love this cute catchy song, it’s a winner! Kira and I watched it six times this morning and I think we’ll keep watching it until we know all the words and can sing along.

After we watched this video, it was time to comb out Kira’s hair and get her ready for church. She loves the idea of combing more than the actual combing and she still wriggles around a lot more with me than she does with her teacher, but I love that she really does love her hair!

Let me know if you’re daughter enjoyed ‘I love my hair’ as much as mine!

Predo nappies have arrived in SA – WIN 3 x Jumbo packs!

WIN 3 Jumbo Packs pngYou may have seen me rave about this newest brand of nappies to hit South African shores over on Instagram and I must admit that I am a proper fan. I was sent a pack to test out on my kids and I found that the quality matches the popular SA nappy brands already on the market. Predo nappies  offer a snug comfy fit with an elasticated band, are hypoallergenic and have that powdery fresh ‘new baby’ smell. (Warning: new baby smell might make you broody!) Oh and the Predo branding is gold and turquoise which is stylishly gender neutral and fab.

You can follow Predo Baby SA on Facebook to find out more about local stockists and specials. They are also currently available online at Takealot.com and retail for competitive prices. OR you could also just scroll down a bit and enter the giveaway to win a month’s supply of nappies right here!

So, hands up if you’d like to WIN 3 x Jumbo packs of Predo nappies? Here’s how:

  1. Comment on this blog post with the name & nappy size of your little one.
  2. Like & Share the pinned Facebook post on Heart Mama Blog
  3. Tag a friend on the Facebook post to share the love!

The competition closes on Friday 12 August at 12h00 and the winner will be selected via Random.org. The winner drawn must have followed all necessary steps above in order to qualify for the prize. Competition is open to South African residents only and delivery of the prize will be made to your doorstep. Good luck mamas!

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