Dubai – United Arab Emirates

Flying Emirates allowed us to stop in Dubai on the way home for a few days out to check out this interesting city. Continue reading

Taormina, Sicily – bucket- list for sure!

A quick stop in Messina, en route to Taormina was had. My screenplay opens in this city on the 15th August so I just had to be in alignment with it. Being the Feast of the Assumption, town was closed and quiet but nonetheless, I wore white to pay my respects to the Virgin Mary. Continue reading

Marsala to Trapani, Sicily

We drove from Agrigento for an hour for a quick stop in Marsala. Given Marsala is significant for well Marsala yes but Garibaldi and his redshirts, I just had to visit this place to pay him tribute as an Italian. Marsala also features in my screenplay so it just added to my Sicily research. Continue reading

Bella Roma!

This is my 3rd visit to Rome and I’d have to say the best visit as having hubby in tow, just made it that much more special. Being older and not backpacking, and having money to enjoy food, wine and shopping helps, as well as having more of an appreciation for the architecture and beauty. Continue reading

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

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

Lucky Strike- Beer and Brisket

Mention brisket, and my stomach does somersaults. In like Flynn. Hubby and I loved our bbq brisket in Texas last year, so to have Lucky Strike, a unique outdoor setting pop up in Welly, 12-14 Tory Street, behind The Lanes bowling alley, I can’t tell you how excited I was. Continue reading

Le Samourai

Oui Oui, another leetle French place has sprung up in Welly. This time quite unexpectedly down Courtenay Place end of town, under Chow on Tory St; le Samourai. Chow owners continue to build their empire. Their inspiration came from a French film of the same name and they’ve replicated the fitout as per the film as well. Continue reading

Gypseys, tramps and thieves!

Gipsy Kitchen in Jessie Street is the baby sister of Gipsy Kitchen in Strathmore- not spelt gypsy the way we know it. The Strathmore location at night is fab. Their tapas are to die for. The city location is on a way smaller scale but packs in a lot of punch within its tight space. The ecletic décor is divine; from the fabulous bright mural outside which flows nicely into equally bright colours inside. No sign of any gypsies, tramps or thieves today though. Continue reading

Austrian Welly deli

Third visit but first review as the food was always very good, but the service appalling. I had boycotted my local along with other Brooklynites for 2 years because of the rude lady that used to work there. What a difference, now she’s gone. Obviously the menu has since changed. Read on to find out. Continue reading