As I mention Paleo/Primal a lot, a friend asked me to describe the difference. I’m no expert, but I research a lot on nutrition, as health and fitness are an important part of my life. I realise this is a contentious subject so this is just my personal opinion. Continue reading
This little Italian gem, Baduzzi, in the Wynyard quarter in Auckland, is the creation of Michael Dearth and Benjamin Bayly of The Grove. I still haven’t made it to The Grove, and it’s been on my Auckland restaurant list for yonks, so I must get crackin’ and go there one day. Anyway back to Baduzzi. Continue reading
Normally you don’t rate hotel breakfasts right? They’re either a standard continental offering of cereal, fruit, toast and juice or coffee, or you get a choice of a fully cooked breakfast with drink of your choice. You also normally would not venture to a hotel for a daily breakfast or brunch right? But have you checked out the Portlander Bar and Grill at the Rydges Hotel on Featherston St?
Ooh la la, who would have thought you could experience a slice of Paris in Welly, smack bang in the CBD? Well now you can. If you haven’t been to Louis Sergeant’s salon du the, sweet couture, you’re in for a real treat. Continue reading
First stop was Miami and we had a blast. It’s such a vibrant city and quite small and not what we were expecting. South beach is kind of a mini Vegas on steroids and it’s great for people watching 24/7. You jaw will drop. Anything goes. Eat on the strip one night and then at one of the restaurants on Espanola Way another night. Go shopping in the many boutiques on Ocean Drive and at the open air Lincoln Road shopping mall; it’s fantastic. You must also take a peek at the Fontainbleu Hotel as it’s amazing, and it featured in the movie ‘The Chef’.
We did an Everglades Tour and we got to stop at Little Havana, had a delicious lunch which was included in the tour and got to watch the art of cigar making. We later returned to Little Havana at night to try the famous Versailles (also featured on the movie The Chef!). My other recommendations would be a cruise on Biscayne Bay seeing all the celebrity houses plus a must is the Vizcaya Museum. We also enjoyed the Miami Marlins Stadium tour. We hired a car as it is necessary. Downtown was surprisingly quiet, clean and green and you can take the skytrain around and/or walk. The superyachts on the marina are amazing. Continue reading
People say you’re either a Fiji or a Raro girl, and I wasn’t sure how this was going to pan out as my loyalty is with Fiji. However I absolutely adored Raro, for many different reasons.
Flight time with Air NZ was about four hours and Rarotonga airport is like a regional airport in NZ. You can also fly with Virgin or Air Tahiti. Like Fiji, you can take your own food with you, but make sure you declare it at Customs. The food in Rarotonga has to be imported so it’s not cheap to eat out, but on par price-wise with NZ and the meals are sensational. I had fresh tuna almost every night and you know it’s fresh if it’s not on the menu. Currency is the NZ dollar so that makes it easy.
I couldn’t turn down an invite to try Masu, the Best New Restaurant Winner in the Cuisine NZ Good Food awards. It certainly did not disappoint. I arrived slightly stressed as I was late, and my mobile had died. The maitre’d had no qualms with charging my phone for me, which was a great start. She also kindly brought it to my table once charged, which I was grateful for.
Located in the hip Federal St, the bar at the entrance is fabulous and looks out onto the street, which adds to the ambiance. The decor is stunning with light wooden tables with a designer chair on one side and a leather banquette on the other. Or you can sit at the Sushi bar and watch the chefs at the grill. The wine cellar at the back is amazing and there is a very comprehensive wine/cocktail list.
How lucky was I yesterday to get invited to a fellow foodie/gym friend’s house for a Sunday girl’s brunch, and to be treated like I had just stepped into a café. Look at the trouble she went to with producing a menu with three mains, including a vegetarian or salmon frittata and gluten-free offerings. Yummo. Very spoilt and inspired.
I was so excited to return to Loretta in Cuba Street, this time for brunch. I had dinner there when it first opened, and my woodfired roast chook with lemon and rosemary was the pick of the bunch. The boys enjoyed their schnitzel and the fish was tasty. I was surprised that hubby chose the pate as he didn’t realise it was artichoke with olive and almonds, however it was delicious. The New York baked cheesecake got the thumbs up also. Our bottle of red was really good and the wine list is extensive.
It was nice to revisit Prefab after a wee absence. This is one of my favourite spots, however I have had to share my love, and try some other newbies. How wonderful that Bridget and Jeff (who sold the amazing Caffe L’affare), recently won the Inspire Wellington Award. Congrats to them. They have put Wellington on the map yet again.
This place continues to be exceptionally buzzy, and never seems to die. It’s pretty full on, and there is still a queue, which is a good sign as people want to come here. So if you’re looking for somewhere quiet, this ain’t the place for you. They seem to have added more tables since my last visit to accommodate more people, so they’re trying. I also noticed such a wide range of clientele from body builders to rugby players to the Karori ladies to families and friends!