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
Ooh la la, what a great deal. $49 pperson for Beaujolais Nouveau brunch, all you can eat, excluding drink. Plus quality food and service to boot, in plush surroundings. Get yourselves to the newly re-opened Jardin Grill, Sofitel Wellington on a weekend, in Bolton Street. It’s amazing. Continue reading
We left beautiful Oaxca and travelled in our Mercedes MexTrotter minivan, to this cute place called Mitla. The church was beautiful as was its famous 2000 yr old cypress tree. We visited these ruins and got to climb in caves. They had these wee markets closeby and I purchased a gorgeous black and floral scarf. Continue reading
As we departed Austin for San Antonio, it rained cats and dogs. WTF Global Warming? So we (or rather hubby) did some mega outlet shopping, to chase away the rain blues. We love the bargains you get at outlets in America.
We then arrived at our palatial Hilton Embassy Suites. OMG this was my fave stay ever. We had a huge suite and the food was amazing. The service from the cleaner to the chefs to the management, was consistently exceptional on a daily basis. We loved the happy hour also and we joined the Hilton Honours Loyalty programme. As soon as we stepped outside a lovely Southern local offered to give us suggestions. Southern hospitality.
The riverwalk was picturesque and had a lovely vibe and the Spanish inspired tiled steps and greenery was stunning. We stopped for a drink/snack at this place called Dick’s. They abuse you ( in jest) from hoah to go, which is part of their brand but of course it’s a shock when you don’t realise. They throw the cutlery down and make you wear paper hats with ironic sayings. You then buy into the fun and humour and give it back to them! Our food was good but we passed on the deep fried ‘gator!
We explored the Alamo and enjoyed a bit of history and culture. Later we walked to the market area and dined at Mi Tierra; a humungous Mexican place with nuns selling crafts, an Elvis impersonator, huge bar with Mariachi band, huge separate bakery and restaurant. It was pretty out there! My tortilla salad was amazing. No need to go to Mexico, San Antonio was formerly part of Mexico and you can understand why people would gravitate to live here.
The next day we hit the San Antonio Mission trail by car. We just loved it and found it so interesting and beautiful; definitely another highlight. We later explored a beautiful suburb and admired the stunning historic mansions. We stopped in for a beer and the famous mango ice cream at the gorgeous Menger hotel which was fun.
That night we had a big list of foodie must try’s and Ronda scored highly. We settled on Cured. This restaurant was in a fabulous new funky, industrial area out of town and was drop dead gorgeous from top to toe. I’ll take you there next week. Toodles.
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
Normally you don’t rate hotel breakfasts right? They’re either a standard continental offering of cereal, fruit, toast and juice or coffee, or you get a choice of a fully cooked breakfast with drink of your choice. You also normally would not venture to a hotel for a daily breakfast or brunch right? But have you checked out the Portlander Bar and Grill at the Rydges Hotel on Featherston St?