Coffee and pizza

Raglan Roast Coffee’s mission is to “make coffee, that’s great, fast and affordable” – and boy are they en point! They started with an old coffee machine at the back of a kite surfing shop, 16 years ago. They have matured and now working with the best coffee brewing and grinding equipment, producing amazing tasting coffee. The secret? Roasting daily to ensure their coffee is in primo, fresh condition. They have 8 locations in New Zealand; 3 in Hamilton, 1 in Nelson and 4 in Welly. Continue reading

Authentic New York Pizza!

Wellington is becoming more international on a daily basis. Only 42 years later since the original shop opened in New York, Welly has Sal’s authentic New York Pizza in Cuba Mall. Salvatore Leo (Sal) hails from Puglia, Southern Italy (of course), and emigrated to New York at the age of 10. He mastered, under the watchful eye of his famiglia, how to roll dough by hand. He uses the freshest ingredients and harbours a secret tomato sauce recipe,  to create his masterpiece. His only son Brian (such an Italian name!),  took over the reigns to continue the legacy on a global basis. Continue reading

Napier hot-spots to visit

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This has been my best trip to Hawkes Bay to date, as I got to go to six amazing new cafe/restaurant/bars. I’m combining six blog posts in one and you won’t be disappointed.

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Million dollar tasting pizza!

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Tommy Millions newest takeaway pizza shop has setup on the corner of Featherston and Johnston Street. Their other place is a kindof hole in the wall on the corner of Taranaki Street and Courtenay Place which has been operating successfully for 4 years now in Wellington. Continue reading

Beijing highlights

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Arriving by bullet train to Beijing was fun. The cleanliness and efficiency was admirable. The highest speed we noted was 308Km per hour. On arrival as our guide was running late, we were met by our driver, who introduced himself as ‘driver’. I thought he had said ‘Trevor’. He did not speak English but was very courteous and smised with his eyes. Tyra Banks would have been pleased. Long very funny story short, our guide Rocky, very common Chinese name NOT, later asked us why we kept calling the driver ‘this word Trevor?’. We explained, and he translated to Trevor Driver and we all laughed and laughed.

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