What’s hot in Hawkes Bay right now?!

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This week I tried some outstanding restaurants/cafes on my work trip to Hawkes Bay. I ate like a Queen (literally) as she actually does eat almost paleo-like!

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No ambulances here!

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St John’s Bar and restaurant is the bomb location on a nice sunny Welly day. Check out the blue sky in my photo for proof that Summer did arrive albeit very late this year. They have outside tables, umbrellas and a cool grass area with bean bags and this place caters for the old and young alike. Continue reading

Under the vine leaves

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I’m making good use of my entertainment card and recently returned for a Sunday brunch to Hopgarden in Mt Victoria. Nestled on the city fringe, this light, airy, garden-patio bar adorned with grapevines is a hidden gem. It’s elegant and relaxing. Continue reading

Fabulous Food in Petone!

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I’d read and heard good reviews about Comes and Goes, so being competitive as I am,  I wanted to check it out pronto. After a tough Sunday hill walk we arrived bang-on noon. There were people milling outside the door so my empty stomach and heart was in my mouth, as I was concerned there was a queue.  Foodietraveller and her hubby do not wait.  Sadly we were told the wait was 40 mins for a table, however I suggested we’d be happy sitting on the bar stools, so our host obliged. We also had a great view of the busy, open kitchen. Continue reading

Melbourne foodie/travel tips!

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6th visit to Melbourne and this time blogging was my purpose, with a wee spot of shopping and sightseeing thrown in for good measure. My eatathon will be one I won’t forget quickly and has set the scene for future visits.

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Soul in a bowl!

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After a 14.5km Sunday hill walk we thought it would be nice to finish up on Welly’s waterfront, so where else to go for a cheap and cheerful Asian? Wagamama of course. We tend to visit once a year and this place has grown on me. It still turns out some darn good tucker. Continue reading

Hola- Machete Coffee and tacos anyone?

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The Lord is my Shepherd!

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Shepherd Restaurant in Hannahs Laneway, Wellington is the combined talent of Masterchefs Shepherd Elliott (Leeds Street Bakery, Ti Kouka ) and Sean Golding (Golding’s Free Dive). On our first visit here we fell in love and voted this as our best dining experience in 2016. Sensational. Continue reading

Authentic Japanese; Kazu

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I love Kazu, a Japanese Izakaya style restaurant on Tory St. It’s been around since 2002 and also has a sake bar on Courtenay Place. I like this one as it’s more original with its seating and open kitchen.

This visit was a girlie group and it was just perfect on a Monday night.We ordered some divine edamame and the girls also swayed me with trying the sashimi platter for starters. As I try to avoid rice, sushi and dumplings (as much as I love them!), they were not an option. They did offer fried chicken nibbles and chicken karaage which is yummy but the raw fish was delicious with soy sauce. They were out of tuna so it was all salmon but all good. I need to eat more fish I know, but I struggle with it as I love meat so much.

As this was a first visit for others I recommended the hot pot as their main, as you get to self-cook which adds to the experience. I had the BBQ chicken off the Teppan & Grill section and the other gals had the BBQ salmon and teriyaki chicken. They have lots of Udon noodle dishes or deep fried pork dishes also.

They have some good red and white wine, spirits, Japanese beer as well as sake which is served warm as far as drinks go and of course green tea.

We flagged dessert but they have Tirimasu (which is funny in a Japanese restaurant) and a black sesame or green tea ice cream and a few other options. I bet the ice cream is good as we know the Japanese love their ice cream.

Service was brilliant and prices good. You can use your entertainment card which helps.

Kazu is a Japanese name for a male or female. It means first, obedient and disciplined. That’s me; Kazu Foodietraveller!

 

 

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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