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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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

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

The Lord is my Shepherd!

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Shepherd Restaurant in Hannahs Laneway, Wellington is the combined talent of Masterchefs Shepherd Elliott (Leeds Street Bakery, Ti Kouka ) and Sean Golding (Golding’s Free Dive). On our first visit here we fell in love and voted this as our best dining experience in 2016. Sensational. Continue reading

Caffeine fix!

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What an exciting few weeks. My recent discovery on the cafe scene was the Ekor bookshop and cafe. How spesh and quaint is this little place managed by bibliophile Niki Ward! It’s along from Caffe L’affare, and across the road from Moore Wilsons in College St.

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Eat Study Drink!

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Memories flooded back from my ‘uni’ (or ‘varsity’) days when I visited Victoria University campus for a coffee meeting. In those dark ages, we had two cafes; one for the BP’s (beautiful people) and the other nick-named as the ‘scungy’ cafe. Ours had filter coffee served in brown, now retro, arcoroc mugs, with an occasional afghan biscuit. I never ever visited the other one of course as the ‘eye candy’ was not the same. Continue reading

Superbe, affordable, intimate, relaxed fine dining

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How grateful one is to have inspirational grandparents. Jano Bistro’s chef Pierre, spent his childhood harvesting and cooking fruit and vegetables in France with his grandparents Jeannot and Manette. Being an Italian market gardener’s daughter, and married to a fellow Italian market gardener’s son, I salute you with respect and understanding. This is the beginning of good work ethic and discipline for a successful life ahead. Continue reading