Asian, Mexican, Kiwi, Vegan!

My fellow Welly instagrammers had posted a few pics of some of the delicious food being served at Willi’s Kitchen. But where the heck is this place you ask? It’s on Manners Street, just a few shops along from Bodyshop, before Pigeon park. Neatly tucked away – blink and you’d miss it. 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

David Jones cafe

We all loved Kirks, but I also really love its replacement; David Jones. More-so because we beat the Aucklanders to something for a change!. It’s a huge magnet for the city as well. There’s just something international and classy about it, and it exudes great energy. David Jones stores in Aussie are complimented with lovely cafes to match. Ours isn’t quite there yet, but has oodles of potential.

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Two grey Brasserie and Bar

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

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

Fancy some coffee after Polo?

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I have been to Café Polo a few times over the years and they truly provide wonderful food and service in the Miramar burbs. I’ve seen them feature in our Cuisine magazine over the years but didn’t realise they’ve had Australian acclaim. They support local suppliers and provide fresh, organic, free range products. Continue reading

Bravo Boulcott St Bistro!

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Set within a white Victorian villa, good ‘ole Boulcott Bistro is still alive and well and is one of Welly’s great dining institutions. The décor is stunning. We both have a soft spot for BSB as it’s always consistent with great food and service, and it’s a five star dining experience without the pricetag. As it’s on the outskirts of the CBD you tend to forget about it, however we visit at least annually and I’d love to visit more in future. Continue reading

Fidels on Cuba!

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Goodness how uncanny that Fidel Castro just recently died and I’ve just revisited his namesake peaceful place in Welly. This actually wasn’t our first choice for the gals regular catchup but the menu across the road just didn’t do it for us, so Fidels it was. It’s a Wellington institution and you just never tire of it as it just rocks all day long morning, lunch and dinner. Well we didn’t experience any aftershocks, and I mean rocks as in knocks it out the ball park everytime. Continue reading

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.