Winona Forever – Auckland

I kept seeing fab Instagram pics of Winona Forever, as well as was told by my Welly friend Trishy Mac, that it’s a must visit. It all proved to be so true. I couldn’t believe my young, trendy cousin had already beaten me here, however he was game to join me for his second visit. Continue reading

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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

Bula Denarau Fiji; 2017

Nothing excites me more than sharing with you, my annual trip to Denarau Fiji. Hubby goes for work so I tag along for the ride and enjoy a week of bliss by the pool. Fiji will always be my home away from home as we’ve been coming here for years so it’s very familiar. It’s nice to see a few changes too. Continue reading

Green, green grass of home!

My last minute organised catchup with friends at the Botanist in Lyall Bay, proved worthwhile. We were all newbies and terribly excited.  I was warned about the bad service and wait for coffees/food, however that so did not happen for us. I take positive good vibes with me and always have a pleasant experience. It was perfect on all counts with a stunning Welly day to top it off. Continue reading

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

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!

 

 

WTF: What the foodtruck?!

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Wellington is so spoiled with its frenzy of foodtrucks popping up everywhere. No sooner do I turn my back and boom a new one arrives in my midst. Outside Moore Wilson Fresh, two foodie trucksters get to showcase their wares on a rotational basis. There is also the permanent Chookwagon located upstairs in the carpark. Since visiting, Meatballers and EatStreet replaced Fat PoBoys and the French Crepe foodtruck. And this week The Greek FoodTruck has joined the food pod party. Plus The Moustache Milk & Cookie Foodtruck in Marion St has just hit Welly, temporarily from Auckland. Fancy a freshly baked bacon choc chip cookie with your gourmet shake or coffee? Apparently us Wellingtonians are more adventurous than the Jaffas, so go on and be a devil!

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Saijan the day- Fiji!

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Whilst working on a volunteer nutrition programme in Fiji, our director introduced us to this amazing superfood saijan (pronounced si-jan) or known as moringa. This grows wild in the backyard. It has a slight bitter taste and is a great digestive so can be made into a tea and is also fab to throw in smoothies, salads, curries, pasta, stirfries, casseroles, eggs or anything.

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