Bravo Amano!

This was my second attempt to try out this funky, Italian restaurant in Britomart.  Fortunately we secured a reservation this time. I got there early so I could soak up the ambiance, take some snaps and peruse the menu. Girlfriend got a park right outside in Tyler St. Perfect start. Continue reading

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My favourite part of our Mexico tour!

Ok peeps, this is my fave part of our tour so far, hence the zillion photos. The great part of being a blogger is you get to relive and reflect on your experiences through sharing with others, after the fact. This makes me more grateful. Continue reading

Beautiful Oaxaca, Mexico

After a six hour bus journey from Mexico city, and a wee taxi ride from the Oaxaca bus station, it was wonderful to arrive in a small, quaint, cobblestoned-street city full of vibrant colour and beautiful scenery. We stayed at Hotel Boutique Parador San Miguel. We just loved the décor and our room was large with twin beds. Hubby was so excited, he got a bed of his own. Continue reading

Hola Mexico City!

Deemed as one of the most dangerous cities in the world,  we felt extremely safe in Mexico city. We don’t go looking for trouble, so trouble ain’t gonna find us. Supposedly sprawling with 25 million people? They must have been busy or out of town when we were there, as we didn’t notice. It’s a beautiful city. And the bonus was, being of average height we felt tall!! The peeps there are tiny. Continue reading

Cured by San Antonio, Texas

Our final night in darling San Antonio and we finished with a bang. Thanks to my trusty foodie research advisor friend Ronda, she recommended Cured at Pearl, as being the numero uno place to dine at. So we were taken on an amazing gastronomic journey and this was one of our Texan highlights. Continue reading

Don’t Mess with Texas!

I saved a few special Texan foodie/music spots till last, as they deserve their own review. Thanks to fellow foodietraveller friend Ronda, for her research. Salt lick BBQ was the bee’s knees as far as BBQ goes, as was the blues at the Skylark lounge and a fab brekkie at Magnolia South Cafe. Continue reading

Deep in the heart of Texas!

As we departed Austin for San Antonio, it rained cats and dogs. WTF Global Warming? So we (or rather hubby) did some mega outlet shopping, to chase away the rain blues. We love the bargains you get at outlets in America.

We then arrived at our palatial Hilton Embassy Suites. OMG this was my fave stay ever. We had a huge suite and the food was amazing. The service from the cleaner to the chefs to the management, was consistently exceptional on a daily basis.  We loved the happy hour also and we joined the Hilton Honours Loyalty programme. As soon as we stepped outside a lovely Southern local offered to give us suggestions. Southern hospitality.

The riverwalk was picturesque and had a lovely vibe and the Spanish inspired tiled steps and greenery was stunning. We stopped for a drink/snack at this place called Dick’s. They abuse you ( in jest) from hoah to go, which is part of their brand but of course it’s a shock when you don’t realise. They throw the cutlery down and make you wear paper hats with ironic sayings. You then buy into the fun and humour and give it back to them! Our food was good but we passed on the deep fried ‘gator!

We explored the Alamo and enjoyed a bit of history and culture. Later we walked to the market area and dined at Mi Tierra; a humungous Mexican place with nuns selling crafts, an Elvis impersonator, huge bar with Mariachi band, huge separate bakery and restaurant. It was pretty out there! My tortilla salad was amazing. No need to go to Mexico, San Antonio was formerly part of Mexico and you can understand why people would gravitate to live here.

The next day we hit the San Antonio Mission trail by car. We just loved it and found it so interesting and beautiful; definitely another highlight. We later explored a beautiful suburb and admired the stunning historic mansions. We stopped in for a beer and the famous mango ice cream at the gorgeous Menger hotel which was fun.

That night we had a big list of foodie must try’s and Ronda scored highly. We settled on Cured. This restaurant was in a fabulous new funky, industrial area out of town and was drop dead gorgeous from top to toe. I’ll take you there next week. Toodles.

 

Take 2: Texas Beer and BBQs

After arriving in Houston and meeting fellow foodies, our first stop was to get us some Texan BBQ. Burns Original BBQ was on our long list. It was in the burbs and in a dinkie dive with only outdoor seating, but boy were the ribs, brisket, beans and potato finger lick in’ good. We stayed at the lovely Hilton Sam Curio hotel. That night we took in The Houston Astros vs Miami Marlins baseball which was great. Poor Houston now though, do they have a problem thanks not to Hurricane Harry. Continue reading

El sizzling chorizo

Wow Ponsonby Central is foodie heaven and foodie dilemma at the same time. I visited here when in Auckland on a prior trip, not around meal time and put this on my foodie list for this visit. This is a MUST stop. Continue reading