Green, green grass of home!

My last minute organised catchup with friends at the Botanist in Lyall Bay, proved worthwhile. We were all newbies and terribly excited.  I was warned about the bad service and wait for coffees/food, however that so did not happen for us. I take positive good vibes with me and always have a pleasant experience. It was perfect on all counts with a stunning Welly day to top it off. Continue reading

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New Kid on the block!

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Dillangers Brasserie and Bar, Midland Park, used to be the horrendous Soho Brown and is now the latest hip bar to hit Wellington’s CBD. It’s already going off with a bang. Same owners as Green Man (which is popular but unfortunately not taken my fancy) but this one has. It’s way more classier and a defo 4.5 star qualmark rating, even without a hotel! As Astoria is always busy, it’s a much needed and a good spot for a business breakfast or coffee meeting, lunch, dinner, drinks or nibbles.  Their French chairs outside are gorgeous. Continue reading

Sterling job at Sterling Café!

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I’ve now been to Sterling Woodfire Eatery on the Terrace about four times and have enjoyed each visit. I can’t wait to try lunch and dinner. It’s the sister restaurant to Egmont St Eatery so has a good rep for food and is part of the new funky Park Hotel. The hotel stayers will welcome this with open arms and it will certainly add to their fab stay there for sure.

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Best Ugly bagels

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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.

France; Bordeaux to Sarlat

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Taking the TGV from Paris to Bordeaux was easy. Our Quality Bordeaux Centre location was perfect being smack bang in town, but far too dangerous for shopping (not), near the longest pedestrian street in Europe; Rue St Catherine! Funnily enough we struggled to find any French bistros on the street but sniffed out a newly opened Singapore Street Food restaurant. Our lunch was sensational. Continue reading

Napier hot-spots to visit

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This has been my best trip to Hawkes Bay to date, as I got to go to six amazing new cafe/restaurant/bars. I’m combining six blog posts in one and you won’t be disappointed.

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Park Road Hottie!

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Park the car now in Park Road and checkout Park Kitchen. There’s a new hottie in town and it’s not Scarlett Johansson! This is a must stop, located opposite the Roxy in Miramar. Yes I’m back in the ‘burbs and as soon as I walked into this place, I was absolutely blown away by the decor and the fab use of space;they have two main separate dining areas, a retro lounge area and an alfresco area. And checkout the amazing bathrooms!  Continue reading

Eat Study Drink!

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Memories flooded back from my ‘uni’ (or ‘varsity’) days when I visited Victoria University campus for a coffee meeting. In those dark ages, we had two cafes; one for the BP’s (beautiful people) and the other nick-named as the ‘scungy’ cafe. Ours had filter coffee served in brown, now retro, arcoroc mugs, with an occasional afghan biscuit. I never ever visited the other one of course as the ‘eye candy’ was not the same. Continue reading