Vietnam revisited!

First trip to Vietnam, we so loved chaotic Hanoi and our junk boat overnight trip to Halong Bay. This visit I joined hubby’s golf trip to Da Nang. We stayed at the fabulous 5 star Pullman Danang Beach Resort, 15 mins from Danang airport. It’s set amongst lush vegetation and the most stunning white sandy beach. Service and food is fantastic. The buffet breakfast stations are amazing, let alone the various coffees you can order, and you must try their liquid nitrogen icecream and cocktails. I’m still dreaming about their food. 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!

 

 

Wassup Auckland!

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Craving a visit to Auckland CBD, I booked a solo flight on Labour weekend. As my foodie haunts list is huge, I had to narrow it down and plan logistically, so I could fit in as much as possible. Boy did I do well. Continue reading

The grassy field is greener!

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Only a month old, Field & Green has opened on Wakefield Street, in the former premises that were occupied by Big Bad Wolf.  The name reminds me of the Irish song ‘The Fields of Athenry’! It stems from chef Laura Greenfield’s name and she and business partner Raechal Ferguson have graced Welly from the London cafe scene.Their fit out is clean, simple, and styly and they’ve made an excellent use of the space with ample seating. You can also sit at the counter at the back on stools and watch the action in the kitchen. Continue reading