Posts Tagged ‘drinks’

Prawn(less) Shak

Field trip! We headed up the North coast to a randomly located bush/beach bar called the Prawn Shak. I call it a ‘bar’ rather than a restaurant, because there was so little food! All the more room for drinks, as it turns out.

Johnny has been wanting to go check it out for ages, so we’ve had plenty of time to imagine the piles and piles of prawns that would be found at a so-named establishment. And although the Shak does serve up a 7-course lunch over the course of about 5 hours, the prawns were few and far between. In fact, I think it was about 14 bites of food total over the course of the day! Regardless, a great time was had by all, and we’ll be back again for the ambience — with some snacks in my purse!

The view from our table. There’s a “group walk” to the beach between courses 4 and 5, but we couldn’t be bothered.

The greatest mug of all time!

LB + JG at the PS

I did not partake (you can guess who did), but one of the prawny offerings is a tequila shot with a live baby prawn (or two) in it. Down the hatch!

An end of day swing on the bar-swings with Steph and our favorite mug (which may have come home with us – shhhh)




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Minute to Win it

The travel wrap-up really counts as the rewind post for August, since the trip and the recovery took up most of the month, but I do need to pop back in time for one more post…

The day that the Chucks arrived was our friend Steph’s birthday – a big one, ending in “0”, so it definitely warranted a celebration! She requested a “Minute to Win it” themed party, and that’s exactly what Terry delivered. (They were kind enough to hold the party during the day so that we could attend prior to our airport run).

If you haven’t seen the game show (hosted by loud Food Network star Guy Fieri), it’s a series of challenges based on household items (rolling a marble on a tennis racket, building a tower of hex nuts with a chopstick, wiggling an Oreo from your forehead to your mouth without using your hands, etc) which you perform up against a 60-second timer. So we set up a series of games around their backyard and turned the peeps loose!

It was hilarious to watch — especially the challenge that had players dangle a banana from a string tied around their waist and use it to push/roll two oranges into a target zone. It was a bit more pelvic thrusting than I’m accustomed to on a Saturday afternoon, but awesome to see everyone get so into the spirit of things.


Master of Ceremonies Guy Fieri (with a ton of silver hairspray – Johnny may be going gray, but not this quickly)!


JG and Steph show off their skillful banana maneuvers

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Aint it Sweet

We needed a good theme cocktail for the America party, so set out to craft up some sweet tea vodka. I stuffed 4 teabags each into 3 750ml bottles of mid-grade vodka and let it steep for about 6 hours, then combined with a lemon simple syrup and topped it off with water. Tasted like a Virginia front porch in August!

Some 'before' shots probably would have been nicer-looking, right?

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I celebrated an incredible birthday on Sunday, filled with flowers and friends and maybe just a few recovery cocktails.

I’m so thankful for everything that’s happened in the last year — especially having made so many great friends. (A studied contrast to last year’s birthday when I went to dinner with John … and Roxy. Seriously – how cute is it that he called the restaurant to ask if we could bring our dog because we had just moved to town and his wife was sad that she didn’t have any friends?!) Anyway, a great day, all around!

The day started with a bit of toast -- keeping it light in preparation for the cheeseburger I had my sights set on for lunch!

Champagne + multiple sets of flowers. So spoiled!

We had 8 peeps for a lovely al fresco lunch. And I got my cheeseburger!

"Lunch" spanned 7 hours and 2 tables, as the chilly evening drove us inside (what, you think we'd take a cue and leave?! Never!)

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A Right Royal Affair

Saturday was the 115th running of the Durban July  horse race, and the 2nd consecutive running for the Hawthornes. This year’s theme was “A Right Royal Affair”, so we did our best to dazzle the crowds with our royal fashion and regal bearing.

Ginger / Spice

My DIY fascinator, which prompted one jerk-face to ask me if I had 'lost a bet'. Harrumph! Regardless, I thought it rocked.

Not to be outdone, Johnny G sported the Union Jack on his head. Pip, pip!

It was a(nother) perfect Durban winter day at the racecourse, which is right in the middle of the city. Beautiful!

We were in an awesome corporate box this year, on the second level of the grandstands with a great view of the entire track -- but we still wandered down to the rail for a bit to mingle with the hoipolloi and check out some races up close.

Nikki and I still looked surprisingly perky as we waited for our driver to pick us up. Our husbands, on the other hand... (*Out of kindness to said husbands, there will be no 'other hand' shown here.)

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Vamanos a Cancun

The continuing quest for tasty AfriMexican led us to Cancun on Saturday afternoon. The margs were tasty, and the food was pretty good if not exactly authentic. The quest continues, but Cancun was a lovely pitstop along the way.

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Peeps on the Pier

This is a group of top performers from my work out for our once a month awards dinner. Moyo Pier is such a cool spot, it was a gorgeous evening, and this is a phenomenal group to work with! We had a great night.

(Note from the Ed.) I loooove these lamps, made out of shredded plastic soda bottles. Mental note.

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