Dads’ the Dude

Needing some inspirational tips for treating the coolest dude in your life, a.k.a. DAD? Well, we did some digging and came up with a few top tips for treating dad this Sunday, 21st June:


  1. It seems that not all dads are vying for the rough and tough hero role – but rather appreciated for needing some of their own pamper time in the form of a massage or facial. You will need to choose the location carefully, and definitely ensure the package you select is fit for a man! Don’t let your cool dude dad be asked to slip into silky hot pants – and it may be worthwhile doing some Clueso-style digging beforehand to check exactly what and who he would be most comfortable with in terms of the therapist. If budget is not too much of an issue, take a look at “The One and Only – De-stress for Dad” packages on offer.

  1. For the manlier man – have you taken dad down to the Springbok Rugby Museum down at the V&A Waterfront? Hailed a shrine to one of SA’s favourite pastimes…kids of all ages are welcome…and I have it on good ear that this museum is a fan zone, field test and history lesson all rolled into one including a ‘Springbok Trials Area’ where guests get to test their own athletic abilities. And best of all, Dads and adults (over 18 of course) get a free Castle Draught at the nearby Quay Four restaurant. Score!

  1. The Protea Fire and Ice Hotel in the Cape Town CBD are rolling with the popular “Who’s Your Daddy?” catch phrase this Sunday by launching their brand new Who’s Your Daddy Burger that is a monstrously incredible tribute to dads. One thing…come hungry and afraid, this burger is constructed from four musky paprika beef patties, with layers of beer battered onion rings, smoked mozzarella, spicy Mexican guacamole AND slivers of biltong, PLUS fries and a complimentary sauce of your choice WITH 500ml Castle Draught. Say what!?! Yip…and all for R150pp! Hard to digest? Be sure to pre-book…and ditch breakfast in bed beforehand.
  1. Did you know that the 12 Apostles Hotel and Spa, always a firm favourite (and perhaps just the right option for the more mature dads day celebration), is offering a Gents High Tea at the Sea just for Father’s Day? Dad can tuck into specially selected favourites such as mini boerie rolls, biltong scones and an array of yummy sarmies, and that’s aside from the sweet treats of course! Then, to ensure maximum levels of relaxation are achieved, the eatery will offer whiskeys, cocktails and cognacs – should the idea of tea not appease. Priced at around R195 pp – booking would be recommended.

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  1. And finally, this one should come as no surprise – and really should be at the top of your list. We all know the way to a dad’s heart is through his braaivleis…so fire up the coals. Our choice selection for the braai this Sunday would be pork ribs. The sweeter, spicier and stickier, the better! Tuck a napkin into dad’s collar, set a bowl of warm water to the side and let him dig in, fingers, toes and all. You could tuck a bottle of Chilli Addict Sauce under his pillow in the morning with a note to say “For later…” to be used as a smokey sauce accompaniment. Or, alternatively, what about an Exotic Spice dry rub option to flavour those ribs: Caribbean Jerk/ Brazilian Gaucho/ Argentinean Chimichurri….either of these would be sublime – happy dude guaranteed!


Whichever you choose, don’t let this Sunday the 21st slip by without letting your dad or your kiddies’ dad know just how cool he is – the dude of dudes! And to all you dads and ads-to-be out there, lap it up – you deserve every minute of being his “Royal Dadness”.

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Written for by: Nancy Hoepner – Magpie: Creative Marketing, Design and Lifestyle

Mother-of-two delicious girls, lover of food (fine and fast), purveyor of all things pretty and Jill of all things ‘creative’…Nancy has a background in the visual arts, design and marketing and is the owner and Creative Director of Magpie as well as a co-owner and partner of The Magpie and The Owl – Signature Events. Having worked with the team for some time, she is thrilled to take time out from juggling and add some spice to the blog. Don’t get us wrong….it’s not that it needs it….it just wants more…and she is happy to oblige.| |


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