Local Brooklyn Indian restaurant

Recently I got my swagger on and headed to Swagat, the new local Indian restaurant in Brooklyn. I was joined by Emma, Marc and baby Penelope, who are big lovers of Indian food. Since it opened, I had been observing the clientele and all hours of the day it was frequented by Indian businessmen, friends and families, so that spoke volumes. Continue reading

Winston Churchill is alive in Welly!

While the first international ice hockey game in Wellington, Canada vs USA was delayed, we headed to The Churchill, Northern end of Lambton Quay, to kill some time. This place is another venture linked to the Wellington Hospitality Group. I’ve not heard of anyone that’s been to this gastropub, so Ann, Eileen and I were quite excited to try something new. I can’t even remember what it was called before it was Paris as it’s had quite several name changes. For the oldies out there it used to be The 1860. Now that’s going back a few years. Continue reading

Good Morning Vietnam – Wellington

Thanks to fellow foodie friend Scotty, I learned that the Thai Chefs (opposite Chaffers New World) has recently changed to Good Morning Vietnam. Even though I’m Italian, you know Vietnamese food is right up there on my top fave cuisines to right? It’s so lovely and fresh with delicious flavours and sits well within my dietary requirements. We are just so spoiled for choice in Wellington for Vietnamese as it’s really taken off. Continue reading

Best gluten-free pasta ever!

Eleven fifty four, come in please. Your number is up, but in a good way! 1154 Pasteria is the new hip pasta joint in town that was the former Ernesto’s. Another brilliant venture created by the Italian-Kiwi Bresolin brothers, who also own Scopa opposite and Bresolin in Willis Street. Continue reading

Mr Panman bring me a dream!

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Hola! Popup Panman’s Spanish gourmet takeaways  are located at the Wadestown shops. Such a fantastic concept and kudos goes to Mr Ian Hornblow, well known hospo foodie in Wellington, who works here with his sons. Nothing wrong with a good solid Father and Son business I say. You’ll find them prepping their paella – classic or vege, on Thursdays and Sundays. Continue reading

Italian brunch sort-of

Pandoro [panˈdɔːro] is a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread, most popular around Christmas and New Year. Typically a Veronese product, pandoro is traditionally shaped like a frustum with an eight-pointed star section. Continue reading

Hot stuff baby tonight!

I was so excited to go out mid-week with hubby and let someone else slave over a hot kitchen. Hot Sauce is a funky, edgy cocktail bar/Asian tapas restaurant, adjacent to the QT hotel (formerly Museum Hotel).  It definitely exceeded my expectations. Continue reading

Matterhorn reincarnated!

After an emotional week, it was great to have a lovely gals dinner out at the new Italian hotspot – Monte Cervino (translates to The Matterhorn).  The name deliberately chosen by the ex owners of Matterhorn. Very clever.  With my online booking in place, we were good to go. I’d only heard fab feedback, and being an Italian passport holder, my expectations were high. Continue reading

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