Food in Japan

Here are some of the main things I noticed: Everything seems to be good: cheap and tasty, some of the best places we ate at were just random little joints at stations etc. There are often long lines outside the most popular places. Sometimes we would wait too, but more often than not we would…

Recipe: Pecan Pie

My aunt makes a killer pecan pie, honestly. Since forever it has probably been my favourite part of Christmas dinner and since forever I have wanted to learn to make it myself. I was amazed at how easy it was – probably not a good thing as it might mean I start making it wayyyyyy…

Review: The Federal Store

The Federal Store (440 Devon Street East) Located at the other end of town to where we were staying, we opted to drive to brunch before driving back in the opposite direction to Oakura Beach. The Federal Store was a different kind of trendy to Monica’s, rather it was bustling and packed and over-decorated. There were…

Review: Deluxe Diner

Deluxe Diner (36 Leach Street) This place was SO in theme, something we noticed from the moment we arrived. There was literally drive in angled parking right outside the restaurant, waitresses dressed accordingly, booth seating, monster meals and checked patterns everywhere. We felt very much like we were in the US of A – the…

Review: Monica’s Eatery

Monica’s Eatery (Corner of King and Queen Streets) I read about Monica’s Eatery in Air New Zealand’s in-flight magazine and upon realising the decent quality of cafes that actually existed in New Plymouth, was one of the selling points to visit here for a weekend away. We went to Monica’s for our first meal and…

Eating in Hakuba

There were so many delicious places to eat in Hakuba. Here is a review of some of my favourites: Bos: a one man show, where the young chef cooks everything in front of you. It is really small, so unless you plan on going early, I would definitely recommend booking. The most popular dish is…

Review: Brighton Soul

Brighton Soul (129 Church Street, Brighton) When Mum suggested Brighton Soul for brunch, I had no idea what I was in for. It was love at first sight (seriously): the place was SO cute, light and spacious; it had a delicious looking cabinet fronted by some highly inviting gingerbread men, and it had lots of…

Review: Radio Mexico

Radio Mexico (11-13 Carlisle Street, St Kilda) Radio Mexico is located in St Kilda and serves up some pretty delicious Mexican food. I would budget about $50 per person for a drink, some shared mains and dessert. Although we were part of a group, everyone else was vegetarian so my boyfriend and I ended up…

Review: Vons Restaurant and Bar

Vons Restaurant and Bar (78 Hardware Lane) I’m sorry, but my most recent experience of Hardware Lane (I went last time I visited to a restaurant called Max) suggests to me that it is really just a tourist trap. It is so hectic! Waiters and owners are standing outside every restaurant along the lane, pressuring…

Review: Abstract

Abstract (157 Greville Street, Prahran) One of the added benefits of staying with friends when travelling means that you get to go to new restaurants that they already know are good. We were staying quite near Prahan for the first part of our trip, so a walk to Chapel Street was no big deal. Nichola had…