Marsala to Trapani, Sicily

We drove from Agrigento for an hour for a quick stop in Marsala. Given Marsala is significant for well Marsala yes but Garibaldi and his redshirts, I just had to visit this place to pay him tribute as an Italian. Marsala also features in my screenplay so it just added to my Sicily research. Continue reading

First Emirates experience!

When we fly longhaul to the US or Europe, we’ve generally chosen Air New Zealand, premium economy or business (using our upgrades). However this time we thought we’d have a change up and try Emirates. I got us a great early bird business class special.  It was sensational and exceeded our expectations. Let me tell you why. Continue reading

Lido revamped!

Given Lido has just reopened post earthquake strengthening, they killed two birds with one stone and took the opportunity to do a beautiful soft refurb. The exterior front counter is covered in a gorgeous, pink copper metal and the walls are painted a peaceful turquoise with matching coloured booth seating in place. They’ve also had a change of ownership, so I thought it was worthy to write a new blog. Continue reading

Moss Cafe

Last year, my gym friend Rebecca told me about a café that catered for glutards and paleo followers.  I never caught the name of it and forgot about it. MossCaff is situated in the ASB centre in Hunter Street. I recently saw a post of a coconut latte from a fellow Instagram friend and boom, foodtraveller as enticed. Continue reading

Leuven Belgian Beer Cafe

Knowing my current penchant towards waffles, when trying a delicious cider here on a Friday night, outside under the heater, my colleague suggested we come back for waffles on my last day – boss’s shout! And so we did. I came with high expectations. Continue reading

Capitol in the Capital!

I love this wee café/restaurant perfectly situated on the corner of Cambridge Terrace and Marjoribanks Street. It’s very Parisian and the people watching is out of this world.  Step inside with me. Continue reading

Local Brooklyn Indian restaurant

Recently I got my swagger on and headed to Swagat, the new local Indian restaurant in Brooklyn. I was joined by Emma, Marc and baby Penelope, who are big lovers of Indian food. Since it opened, I had been observing the clientele and all hours of the day it was frequented by Indian businessmen, friends and families, so that spoke volumes. Continue reading

Coffee and pizza

Raglan Roast Coffee’s mission is to “make coffee, that’s great, fast and affordable” – and boy are they en point! They started with an old coffee machine at the back of a kite surfing shop, 16 years ago. They have matured and now working with the best coffee brewing and grinding equipment, producing amazing tasting coffee. The secret? Roasting daily to ensure their coffee is in primo, fresh condition. They have 8 locations in New Zealand; 3 in Hamilton, 1 in Nelson and 4 in Welly. Continue reading

Winston Churchill is alive in Welly!

While the first international ice hockey game in Wellington, Canada vs USA was delayed, we headed to The Churchill, Northern end of Lambton Quay, to kill some time. This place is another venture linked to the Wellington Hospitality Group. I’ve not heard of anyone that’s been to this gastropub, so Ann, Eileen and I were quite excited to try something new. I can’t even remember what it was called before it was Paris as it’s had quite several name changes. For the oldies out there it used to be The 1860. Now that’s going back a few years. Continue reading