Review: Bestie Cafe

Housed in the St. Kevins arcade, Bestie Cafe is tucked off K Road and as it name suggests, it’s one of the best. The cafe seating is located in the arcade itself, which lends itself to a vibrant, naturally lit setting with lots of greenery and magnificent windows overlooking Meyers Park. The coffee beans are…

Review: The General Cafe

The General epitomises ‘trendy brunch cafe’, with its expansive menu, breakfast cocktails and light and airy setting. It’s the place to be on Saturday morning, and its proximity to the Mount township adds to its popularity. While there is usually a queue, the General is roomy and tables turn over quite quickly.  The menu lends…

Review: Azabu Ponsonby

It’s discrete, it’s intimate and it’s sophisticated. Azabu is nestled into the K Road end of Ponsonby Road (right next to my work actually) and it is definitely one of those places that you would walk straight past if you didn’t realise it was there. Its inconspicuousness leads to one feeling as though they have…

Review: Eddies and Elspeth

This trendy little spot in Mount Maunganui embraces a concept I haven’t really come across, but am all on board for. Eddies and Elspeth are actually two separate entities, sharing premises but still very much distinctly their own. They may share a countertop, but the tills are separate, so order for Eddies at one end…

Review: Maxine’s

This might be the last Vancouver review I can do for a while, as I’ve exhausted my backlog of photos and sadly won’t be visiting any new cafes any time soon! I’ve saved a great one until last though and I write about it fondly, as it is one of my lasting memories of Vancouver….

Review: Sunflower Bakery

Sunflower Bakery may have an unassuming exterior, but what does it matter when the goodies are all on the inside anyway? This cute little bakery is popular with locals and I think the word is starting to spread down to Vancouver, because every time we passed through Squamish (pre- or post- hike, camping, ski trip…)…

Review: Mackenzie Room

The Mackenzie Room in Vancouver is an ideal spot for dates, or small groups wanting an intimate catch up in a classy setting. Ironically, its location is across the road from Oppenheimer Park, which was previously home to one of Vancouver’s biggest tent cities. I never ate there when this was the case, but I…

Recipe: Rocky Road

Rocky road is my favourite all time sweet treat. Kind of like eating Toblerone (which would be one of my favourite chocolates), there is nothing more satisfying than having a huge chunk of dense sweetness to sink my teeth into! It fills a hole in my world that is not quite met by a humble…

Review: Oscar and Otto

A funny one actually. Rewind three months, and I had never heard of Oscar and Otto. Now I have visited there three times in approximately four weeks, and we have secured Hereford Kitchen (the owners of Oscar and Otto) to cater our wedding. A whirlwind romance (with Oscar and Otto, not with Andy 😉 ),…

Review: Geeks on Sainsbury

Prompted by our recent shift to Auckland, I resolved that in 2022 Andy and I would work our way through the Urban List’s best breakfasts. Our first weekend in Auckland (despite having lived there for almost two months) was spent suburb hopping, wandering streets and precincts, trying to orientate ourselves as quickly as possible. The…