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

Squeaky clean investment!

I was encouraged to write this gut-health blog by two dear friends, Maria and Hema. I was hesitant as it’s not within the realms of restaurant/travel reviews, however it’s part of my health and wellness lifestyle. I hope you learn something from my journey. Continue reading

Nicolinis – Italian café bar and bistro

Another Welly institution I haven’t been to for years is Nicolinis,  Open since 1997, it’s still going strong. If you remember Bellissimo or Aroma cafe late 80’s, same owner- Raffaele Abbate.  I actually first met Raffaele and his wife when they ran the restaurant in the hotel in Webb St, early 80’s. Now there’s some years for you. Continue reading

Brother can you spare a dime?!

A huge fan of Five Boroughs, I was keen to checkout Elie Assaf’s other child, in funky Cuba St; Five and Dime. I attempted a gal catchup here a year ago, however it was a bit too fancy schmancy at the time. We were in the mood for a true brunch menu so we chose Fidels, across the road. Continue reading

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