Recipe: Chocolate and raspberry tart

I can’t help but be drawn to the chocolate desserts on Christmas Day, I don’t know what it is, but pavlova just doesn’t quite do it for me. When Dad asked if I could make a dessert that would complement the pavlova, I knew that a chocolate and berry tart would be just the thing….

Recipe: Nectarine tart with cheesecake and lemon curd

A long time between recipe posts meant that I really wanted to make sure that this one was a cracker. Christmas time too, so it couldn’t be more appropriate! Being from Hawke’s Bay means an abundance of fresh stone fruit, so much sometimes that I don’t actually know what to do with it. This recipe…

Review: Mister D

Mister D (7 Tennyson Street, Napier) Mister D has been famous in the area for quite a while now, particularly for its donuts. It was one of the first places in Hawke’s Bay to start selling cinnamon donuts where you inject your flavour of choice with a syringe. Being such a novelty, it caught on…

Review: Rita

Rita (89 Aro Street) Visiting the Aro Valley always leaves me pleasantly surprised. There are a number of cute little shops there, ranging from the video shop to the bakery, to the Garage Project Brewery and now to Rita. Rita is brought to us by the lovelies from Nikau Café, and so naturally I went…

Review: The Crab Shack

The Crab Shack (5 Queen’s Wharf) I can see the entrance to the Crab Shack from my desk, and I am always envious of the people who go there for a sunny lunch and spend the afternoon sipping on ciders outside.  For me, it is definitely a place I think of when it is sunny…

The Fork & Tap

The Fork and Tap (51 Buckingham Street, Arrowtown) A cosy little pub in the corner of Arrowtown, how could you go wrong? Everywhere needs somewhere warm to go after a day on the slopes and The Fork and Tap has a pretty good name for itself. Live music each Wednesday night, a massive blackboard with…

Dumplings (chicken and chive)

Dumplings are one of those foods that I think have become particularly trendy in the last few years; ask many people about their thoughts on dumplings 10 years ago and lots probably wouldn’t even know what you were talking about. There is a huge spectrum for the quality of dumplings; it is so easy to…

Ubud

Ubud had been described to me as Bali’s food capital, so I was pretty enthused to be going there. We were staying in an Air BnB about a 20 minute walk from town, and without scooters it made getting around sometimes inconvenient. We did our best though; and I managed to eat at some pretty…

Plum Cafe

Plum Cafe (103 Cuba Street) One of the few cafes and restaurants on Cuba Street that doesn’t specialise in a particular cuisine, rather it has a focus on producing classic Western food with a side of class. It has a decadent cabinet, a yummy menu, and a kitchen that rivals the size of your broom…

Fujiyama Teppanyaki

Fujiyama Teppanyaki (36 – 38 Taranaki Street) A dining experience like no other. I had never done teppanyaki before, and all I’d heard about it was that they throw food at you so be ready to catch! Fujiyama is on lower Taranaki Street and I have walked past it many a time. When my Mum…