Video: Routeburn

The scenery was just so beautiful it would basically have been criminal not to post a video of some sort! Also, we are trying to get as much practice as we can with our recently acquired Go Pro, especially before we head overseas in a couple of months 🙂 PS. The beautiful black labrador featured…

Top tips for hiking the Routeburn

Being the first proper hike I had done in a while, I was astonished at the little things that I did (or wish I did) that made life SO much easier across those few days. This post is partly for your benefit, but also my own – so that next time I don’t have to…

Hiking the Routeburn

Like many Kiwis, walking each of the nine (soon to be 10) Great Walks of New Zealand is on my bucket list. So far, I have managed to tick off three: the Milford track, the Rakiura track (Stewart Island) and most recently, the Routeburn track. Doing walks like these always reminds me of how fortunate…

Review: Hawker Hall

Chapel Street in Windsor is such an exciting area in Melbourne; I love wandering up and down the streets ogling at all the yummy food options. This time it was Hawker Hall which tickled my fancy, funnily enough it was only the night before I dined at Chin Chin, the owners of Hawker Hall. Not…

Review: Chin Chin

Basically everyone I have spoken to about places to eat in Melbourne has made some reference to Chin Chin. I’ve even heard it described as “one of Melbourne’s best”. Well, I sure needed to put that last statement to the test! Chin Chin doesn’t take bookings for groups small than seven, so our group of…

Review: Kettle Black

The darling sister cafĂ© to Higher Ground, Kettle Black is just so much my scene. It’s airy, light, fresh and bustling. A delicious cabinet (filled with donuts, among other things) greets you in the foyer and sensational aromas waft from all directions. It is conveniently located only a short walk away from where my partner…

Review: Hardware Societe

If you’ve read my other Melbourne posts you may have got the impression that I think Hardware Lane is a bit of a tourist trap. Well that wouldn’t be far from the mark, but I have recently learnt that maybe some decent food can actually be found on that very street. Hardware Societe itself is…

Review: Higher Ground

Higher Ground certainly ranks amongst “Melbourne’s coolest” and it doesn’t take long to see why. Waiting for a table has never been so customary: anything under 20 minutes and I’d say you were doing pretty well. There is an area to sit in while waiting with the possibility of ordering a coffee in the interim….

Review: Shortstop Coffee & Donuts

Being as big and wholesome as what Melbourne is, it should come as no real surprise to hear that there is no real shortage of donut shops. However, like anywhere, there is a surplus of donut stodge, so it is important to sift through the stodge and find the real gems before you go. The…

Recipe: Coconut-poached chicken noodle salad

This recipe is an absolute cracker. I made it once and then twice and then just like that, I’d made it multiple times in just a few short weeks. It’s healthy, delicious and very easy to put together. The recipe serves about 5 -6 people, depending on how many have seconds. Not only does it…