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: 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…

Review: Altitude Brewery

After returning from Canada with heightened standards about what I consider a good beer, it didn’t take long for this Frankton brewery to become a firm favourite.  With a menu heavy on IPAs, it would be a lie to say that the selection is to everyone’s taste (it certainly is to mine), however there is…

Review: Polpetta

How’s this for a concept? Choose your protein; choose your pasta base; choose your sauce. So simple and it works SO well! We were delighted to stumble upon this innovative pasta bar during our time on New Plymouth and we could see why it has such a good reputation. I got good vibes from the…

Review: Knead Artisan Donuts

Forever on a quest to find the best donuts, Knead Artisan Donuts in New Plymouth sure did make a great submission. It is only open a couple of days a week, so our plan was to drive there before we began our journey back to Napier and grab some for the road. Andy and I…

Review: Alessandro’s

Havelock North’s diverse array of international food continues to flourish and is only bolstered by the popularity and quality of Alessandro’s. It has recently moved (upsizing due to its success) and is now located across the road and down the alleyway from the beloved Pipi restaurant, probably its greatest competition for delicious Italian food in…

Review: Cayle

By day we know it as the Village Green Cafe, but by night, this popular local spot turns into an Asian fusion restaurant. Cayle serves both tapa style dishes as well as bigger plates, so it is a good idea to go with people you don’t mind sharing with.  I think the ambience of the…

Review: Hunger Monger

Hunger Monger had been recommended to me many times, by many a friend, before I actually made it there. I needed a perfect spot for a Friday night date after I picked Andy up from the airport at 8pm and it made sense to eat somewhere in Napier so that it wouldn’t be too late…

Review: Pacifica Home and Garden Store

Pacifica has to be one of my favourite cafes in the Bay of Plenty. Garden shop cafes usually go one of two ways: either really good or really bad! I have been to Pacifica quite a few times now, and it definitely fits into the first category. It’s a great spot for the Covid conscious,…