Of course it was nearly a week ago and of course I'm only find time to blog about it now. That's why the Gold Reef City blogger's weekend was such a treat for me. It's that time of the year where I start saying I can't believe how the year is flying and every part of me needs to just relax, switch off and unwind.
Yes, travel is on the cards, but it's all for work. By work, I mean that I would need to take both my laptops with and chargers for both of my phones. No laptops ... over 24 hours with no laptops is totally a weekend away for me.
A huge thank you to Tsogo Sun for a few great things ...
Firstly, thinking me so fabulous that I was included in a blogger's weekend with some pretty heavyweight ?bloggers.
Secondly, for treating me to my favourite things ... hotel rooms, food and um ... more food
Let's not steer too far away from this. So, we did some stuff, we did some most stuff ... then we ate. Then we did some stuff and did some stuff ... and ate again. Then we slept ... and then there was breakfast!!!
Food should be an experience. Going away should be an experience. The perfect combination of two makes me one happy blogger.
I got that from my dad ... the whole passion for food thing and when the carvery from Barney's is a display of food heaven, I'm thrilled I left my cats with my brother and my laptops on charge.
I'm a woos, so the theme park has always been something of a nightmare for me and looking at a handful of people slightly green after a few ride ... they might have even been the kiddies rides, I'm glad I hid behind the tall guy and escaped the "fun". It certainly made for a much more enjoyable lunch.
It was then nap time in the hotel room and I did find it totally fitting to drink the sparkling wine straight from the mini bottle ... because that what one does when they arrive in a sexy hotel room, that screams romance ... and you have your dear friend, Christine with you. I couldn't have asked for better company, but there is something very romantic about the hotel room and I do have it plastered on my vision board to return with a significant other.
It's dodgy for me at the best of times and this is truly no refection of our gracious hosts at all, but I was reminded why I'm not a fan of stand up comedy at all. We need work as South Africans because our material always seems to head straight into politics or offending someone in the room. No, hang on, if you are a great comedian like Darren Maule, then you can ... because you know how to do it and you get it so right. He saved the night for me ... and in all fairness, Parker's is a great concept and everyone has to start somewhere. So don't take my word for it and give it a shot ... but trust me on the sunscreen.
Back to dinner ... right?
That's where we left off ... dinner at Back of the Moon, where I haven't been in about a decade. I grew up with the Lebs and they would gamble while I pottered around and saved the money an uncle would throw at me, waiting for time to pass and everyone to sit and eat at the restaurant. It didn't?disappoint then and certainly not now. With a R900 voucher for just Christine and myself, I did expect to eat myself into a coma because one drink and I'm basically?comatosed ... but holy cream cheese, the portions were mammoth.
Let me tell you how I judge a place ... it's simple! Their chocolate sauce!! Yes ... an entire restaurant's reputation weights on the chocolate sauce that I want to pour of my ice cream myself. ?Thank you ... thank you for the most divine chocolate and ice cream experience I've had in a long time. I think there's even a picture of me licking the bowl ... oh, there it is!
To say good bye to a great weekend away is always sad, but to leave a bed that literally feels like you are sleeping in heaven, it's tragic! Dramatic much, but I did have to drag myself out of the room and slap that?comfortable?bed experience onto my vision board ... with a return visit to Tsogo Sun, Gold Reef City!