Mr Panman bring me a dream!

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Hola! Popup Panman’s Spanish gourmet takeaways  are located at the Wadestown shops. Such a fantastic concept and kudos goes to Mr Ian Hornblow, well known hospo foodie in Wellington, who works here with his sons. Nothing wrong with a good solid Father and Son business I say. You’ll find them prepping their paella – classic or vege, on Thursdays and Sundays. Continue reading

Italian brunch sort-of

Pandoro [panˈdɔːro] is a traditional Italian sweet yeast bread, most popular around Christmas and New Year. Typically a Veronese product, pandoro is traditionally shaped like a frustum with an eight-pointed star section. Continue reading

Baby Baby!

I was in my element in this funky Auckland Thai/Vietnamese Asian-fusion eatery/cocktail bar in Ponsonby- Mekong Baby. The décor is amazing and is different depending on what nook and cranny you sit in. If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, they have the Opium Den (ok!), the S &M room (ok- no wait I think that says Ms. M’s room!) and the Mekong Room. The food and service here above all that is outstanding. Continue reading

A slice of ‘curry’ heaven!

I’ve suddenly gravitated back to Indian cuisine. I used to make Indian curries from scratch years ago, but one day hubby decided he didn’t like Indian, so strangely I stopped eating it too. However halleluyah, he’s seen the light, after trying a curry in Fiji, and now is ok with it again.   Roll on a trip to India to do a comparison. Anyway I digress. Curry Heaven has just opened up in Bond Street and it’s already a gold mine. Continue reading

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

Fabulous Food in Petone!

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I’d read and heard good reviews about Comes and Goes, so being competitive as I am,  I wanted to check it out pronto. After a tough Sunday hill walk we arrived bang-on noon. There were people milling outside the door so my empty stomach and heart was in my mouth, as I was concerned there was a queue.  Foodietraveller and her hubby do not wait.  Sadly we were told the wait was 40 mins for a table, however I suggested we’d be happy sitting on the bar stools, so our host obliged. We also had a great view of the busy, open kitchen. Continue reading

Bravo Boulcott St Bistro!

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Set within a white Victorian villa, good ‘ole Boulcott Bistro is still alive and well and is one of Welly’s great dining institutions. The décor is stunning. We both have a soft spot for BSB as it’s always consistent with great food and service, and it’s a five star dining experience without the pricetag. As it’s on the outskirts of the CBD you tend to forget about it, however we visit at least annually and I’d love to visit more in future. Continue reading

Arigato Origami

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What a wee find Origami was on my walk along upper Cuba Street recently. Perfect for our Sunday quick, cheap and cheerful lunch.

The menu has a a wide selection of bento, sushi, ramen dishes so it took us awhile to make a decision. Cold, hungry and saturated as we caught in the downpour on our 10km walk, were keen to order. Hubby chose the gyoza (vege dumplings) for a shared starter. He absolutely loved them. I thought they were ok.  I had the pork cutlet salad which was served with miso soup. It was so delicious. Hubby had a very tasty beef noodle soup, which warmed the cockles of his heart.

Whilst I was hoeing in on my salad, I spotted a table advertisement for an iced green tea latte. Boom. Even though it was a chilly day, I wasn’t going to pass up on this opportunity.  This took me back to China where I discovered it. It kinda tastes healthy but is not really, made with healthy matcha but lots of sugar so ok for a rare treat.

Second visit, I tried the chicken and vege set with miso. It was divine and the veges were al dente just like I like them. Portions are great so I didn’t need the rice, so a good paleo dish. They offer a glutenfree and vegetarian menu too.

Service was friendly and efficient, however as this place is really spacious and elongated in style, staff work down the back, so you may have to wave or holler for their attention (hoping the former not the latter!). It’s clean and light, with funky Japanese murals on the wall.  I defo will return as there are so many yummy dishes to try, including the green tea icecream. Itadakimasu.