This is about my fifth visit to Mama Brown but no post as it was in my pre-blogging days. They’ve since changed their menu and their hours. Now open Wed- Sunday, they’ve finally realised that they need to open earlier on weekends. Each time I’ve driven by on a weekend, I’ve noticed how much fuller the café is. However my bug bear is, if they open at 9am, they should be ready to go at 9am. Not be taking chairs off tables and wiping tables. This is not ok. Continue reading
I’m fortunate that I’ve experienced Air New Zealand business class so many times now. Airline of the year 2017 you can see why! It’s always, always absolutely fantastic from whoah to go, and hubby suggested I do a blog post for something different. As the lights are dimmed, it doesn’t do my pics justice, however you’ll get the gist for sure. Continue reading
We all loved Kirks, but I also really love its replacement; David Jones. More-so because we beat the Aucklanders to something for a change!. It’s a huge magnet for the city as well. There’s just something international and classy about it, and it exudes great energy. David Jones stores in Aussie are complimented with lovely cafes to match. Ours isn’t quite there yet, but has oodles of potential.
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
Hey rubber duckie get your ears on, as it looks like we’ve found us a Tomboy. Tomboy! The cutest, quaintest eatery in town, tucked into Marjoribanks St, in the hip hood of Mt Victoria in Wellington. Continue reading
I have been to Café Polo a few times over the years and they truly provide wonderful food and service in the Miramar burbs. I’ve seen them feature in our Cuisine magazine over the years but didn’t realise they’ve had Australian acclaim. They support local suppliers and provide fresh, organic, free range products. Continue reading
Set within a white Victorian villa, good ‘ole Boulcott Bistro is still alive and well and is one of Welly’s great dining institutions. The décor is stunning. We both have a soft spot for BSB as it’s always consistent with great food and service, and it’s a five star dining experience without the pricetag. As it’s on the outskirts of the CBD you tend to forget about it, however we visit at least annually and I’d love to visit more in future. Continue reading
I was delighted to learn that finally Wellington was getting an ugly bagel joint in funky Swan Lane. I visited the outfit in Auckland and just loved my bagel and coffee for breakfast, about 4 years ago. Sadly my tummy or GI levels can’t cope generally with traditional bagels, so I avoid them like the plague. But these are a little more ( dangerously) lighter and crunchier, and seem to be a bit more easily digested.
These little Mammas are punched, rolled, and baked in a Manuka- smoked woodfire. Al Brown spent a few years in Montreal perfecting the bagel craft and thanks to him, we get to eat his creations. Don’t judge them by their ugly appearance though as beauty is only skin deep right?!
I proposed a lunch date with girlfriend and we were both so excited that we started devouring our ugly babies, before I realised I had forgotten my photography! Get with the programme foodietraveller! So sorry but you get to see only ‘alf of the most popular Classic Yodi; pastrami, habanero mustard, grilled Swiss cheese with a pickle. Girlfriend gambled on the T.A.B; tomato, avo, basil and lemon olive oil. We could have ordered a second they were so good, but we chose to be good. They are so delish and the spread choices are amazing and locally sourced e.g. Pic’s peanut butter, Te Horoscope raspberry jam, Zany Zeus cream cheese, and Marmite. Marmite? No Vegemite?. Their sweet Banarama bagel sounds heavenly; banana, maple marscapone, chocolate fudge sauce and peanuts for dessert or brekkie! The other Classic options are yummy sounding too; a mix of avo, bacon and eggs, tuna, salmon. You can also buy packs of naked bagels and dress them accordingly! They offer a range of cold drinks or coffee to accompany your bagel fix.
This is a fun place for a quick, cheap bite and the staff are friendly. You will laugh when your order, as the entire staff repeat it in unison. It somehow reminded me of the tv programme “Cheers”. Cheers Big Bagel Ears.
Thanks to lovely, local Laura’s recommendation, foodietraveller was hot to trot to experience a new cafe in Denarau. Newly opened Cafe O is the creation of experienced F & B Manager and current Wedding Stylist, Cherie Oyagawa-Smith. Cherie, half Samoan and half Japanese, has spent many years in Fiji and her family has now settled in New Zealand. Her cafe theme was influenced by her Prof Chef brother John, who runs a successful Cafe O catering business in Grey Lynn, Auckland. Note to self.
How uncanny that we chose to eat at The Bresolin on Willis Street the same week that the DomPost features a tribute to Remiro Bresolin (Il Casino). Bravissimo! He will be smiling proudly from heaven, on sons Leonardo and Lorenzo (Current owners of Scopa, Duke Carvells, Tommy Millions and the former Crazyhorse) and his new grandson restaurant; as they add yet another unique eatery to the Wellington foodie scene. They have done a sterling job (and spent lots of sterling!) on transforming this beautiful Edwardian villa into a fantastic array of dining rooms, bar and outside weather courtyard, so you can relax and enjoy good food and drink. Continue reading