Two grey Brasserie and Bar

What a fabulous makeover is the new Two Grey brasserie and bar,  (a clever jeu de mots with the location; 2 Grey St) which catches a few people out. If you say the old Arizona, people will get it. This place just buzzes all day long as the Wellingtonian foodies flock to frequent it. The black New York tiles are stunning as are the hanging pendant lights and stunning grey, duck-egg blue, white and yellow interior . It’s very European; elegant and classy. I  love the mix of booth seating along with separate small tables with chairs as well as larger tables with stools for groups or those who prefer to sit up higher. Continue reading

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Pappa can preach!

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When Pappa Rich first opened in Grey St, opposite Hotel InterContinental, there was a queue to get in. This is always the way in Wellington and although I don’t like to wait, I love the fact that it demonstrates that Wellingtonians are curious foodies. We’re eager to test and support new venues. If you’re a Wellingtonian and you still feel a little cheated with our summer, although it’s making up for it, you won’t be cheated of your riches here. The food is fabulous and affordable. Continue reading

Get your mojo on!

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Mojo is taking over the world! Let it be said that I think I have visited all the Mojos in NZ including Auckland, Dunedin and the new one in Market Lane Apartments in Welly.  I even followed in Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown’s footsteps,  after she officially opened the one in Xian, China (see blog post). Nothing mojoey gets past me. Now they have opened one up in the historic St James Theatre on Courtenay Place.  Continue reading

Ciao Chow!

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Chow always provides consistency with its Asian-fusion small or large plates. This is a great stop for for a fabulous quick or long lingering and tasty meal. Of course it even tastes better when you have a 2 for 1 $25 voucher. They also do 2 for 1 cocktails Monday nights.

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Open Sesame!

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I’ve only ever had two amazing degustations in Wellington; Citron and Jano Bistro. Black Sesame Kitchen in Beijing was no exception. It was so en point. Thank you to my dear friend Tania who recommended this place.  Continue reading

Beijing highlights

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Arriving by bullet train to Beijing was fun. The cleanliness and efficiency was admirable. The highest speed we noted was 308Km per hour. On arrival as our guide was running late, we were met by our driver, who introduced himself as ‘driver’. I thought he had said ‘Trevor’. He did not speak English but was very courteous and smised with his eyes. Tyra Banks would have been pleased. Long very funny story short, our guide Rocky, very common Chinese name NOT, later asked us why we kept calling the driver ‘this word Trevor?’. We explained, and he translated to Trevor Driver and we all laughed and laughed.

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Xian highlights

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Arriving to an illuminated night view of Xian was breathtaking. Then to be checked in to the Grand Noble Hotel, our expectations just kept rising. It was very much like an InterContinental hotel. Continue reading

Guilin to Yangshuo highlights

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We arrived in Guilin early evening, after an awful flight on China Eastern; service and food atrocious. Lucky we snared a few fabulous dumplings for lunch at Shanghai airport to tide us over.Wendy our guide greeted us and we drove to the Giulin Park Hotel. Our room and bathroom were huge, and it was a perfect location. Continue reading

Shanghai Highlights

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First stop Shanghai via business class with Air New Zealand. A sensational way to start our holiday. The food, entertainment and service was amazing. The 10 day tour was the best way to see a lot in a short time. It was very flexible and gave us independence. http://www.chinaodysseytours.com Continue reading