Love at First Sight

Anything French, I’m sold. My darling friend Hemma who abandoned me in Welly and moved to Auckland, suggested Catroux as a place for our catchup. How she knows me so well. This was so love at first sight. Continue reading


The Raumati Social Club

After our challenging and enjoyable big walk on Sunday – Paekakariki to Pukera Bay Escarpment hill track, lunch was in order.  Foodietraveller didn’t really do much research in advance, however hubby was hangry and we weren’t happy with the 3 local cafes, so Eileen quickly googled tripadvisor for us. The Raumati Social club came up as an option. Cool name and a recent dinner party guest had mentioned this. Done. What was another 7 drives up the road to get good food right. Continue reading

To be frank!

The powers of social media eh? Thanks to an instant pic by fellow foodies Wellybrunch, I changed my original Friday lunch date venue to Frank’s on the Terrace. They also have one in Newtown too. I’d been here before three years ago only for a coffee, and remember their lovely cabinet food which they still have; lots of gorgeous muffins/cakes and filled rolls. I don’t recall them having a breakfast/lunch menu, so was so looking forward to trying it out. Continue reading


Having a girlie breakfast catchup in a former sex shop ‘Device’ on Willis St was interesting! I can’t tell you about the before setup but the after transformation is Goldmine. The latest innovation is by the owners of Lamason in Lombard Lane, so their brew coffee is one of their specialities. Continue reading

Hola Mexico City!

Deemed as one of the most dangerous cities in the world,  we felt extremely safe in Mexico city. We don’t go looking for trouble, so trouble ain’t gonna find us. Supposedly sprawling with 25 million people? They must have been busy or out of town when we were there, as we didn’t notice. It’s a beautiful city. And the bonus was, being of average height we felt tall!! The peeps there are tiny. Continue reading

Don’t Mess with Texas!

I saved a few special Texan foodie/music spots till last, as they deserve their own review. Thanks to fellow foodietraveller friend Ronda, for her research. Salt lick BBQ was the bee’s knees as far as BBQ goes, as was the blues at the Skylark lounge and a fab brekkie at Magnolia South Cafe. Continue reading

Husk Bar


Second visit to Husk Bar; Brewery, Roastery and Café as I needed to give them another chance.  Hubby humoured me and was keen to try this place for Sunday lunch. First visit was with my adorable French/Kiwi friend Annick, we loved everything but it was spoiled by the service from a middle-age grumpy waitress, Fortunately she was not here today, so hopefully has moved on. Everything today was just fabbo. Phew.  Continue reading

One night in Greytown!


I usually visit Greytown a few times a year and as soon as I arrive, I’m filled with a sense of calm. An obligatory stop was made again at 2 short whites eatery and preservatory. It’s situated in a newly developed area at 76 Main Street Greytown. The location is dangerous though, as it’s near the most gorgeous boutique Deluxe, so then suddenly my lunch becomes costly. Continue reading

Vamos a la playa!

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I was so excited to learn that the Beach House & Kiosk, a former cringeworthy café, not far from my Brooklyn hood, had been kissed by a frog and turned into a Princess. All credit of course goes to ex Elements café owners Scott and Nicola Barrett. These guys have a great rep and they’ve struck gold yet again.

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