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…

Havelock North for dinner

These days, Havelock tends to punch well above its weight when it comes to delicious dinner options. Not only are there a wide range of cuisines, they are all done so well. The food is tasty, the places are certainly memorable and (for me) they are only two minutes down the road. I have narrowed…

Brunching in the Bay

My favourite two meals of the day are brunch and dinner and this post is split up accordingly. Once upon a time I knew the majority of good cafes in and around the Bay, but these days I go home too infrequently to keep up. I now only visit the places that I know to…

Hawke’s Bay

Every traveller making their way through New Zealand knows better than to miss Auckland, Wellington or Queenstown. But not everyone knows of the wonder that is Hawke’s Bay, and so all too frequently this little gemstone is missed. Renowned for its warm, dry climate, and even better, its glorious wine, Hawke’s Bay is commonly referred to as the fruit bowl of New Zealand….

Biking the Bridge Pa wineries

Something that I definitely didn’t appreciate as I grew up in HB was the serious abundance of wineries in the area. This was probably due to me being underage, but also because I think it is incredibly easy to neglect activities that exist in your own backyard, as they are something that will always be…

Donut sleep on these babies!

God, this girl loves a good donut. Actually, it doesn’t even have to be good for me to love it, but these days I try to refrain a little more from the Krispy Kremes and instead focus almost exclusively on Welly’s creme de la creme. Even that’s difficult, as there are so many spots to…

Recipe: Beetroot, thyme and goat’s cheese tart

Yummy, beetroot tart is so delicious! I made this recipe recently for a fundraising morning tea at my work, where the theme was ‘pink’ in support of breast cancer. I just knew that everyone was going to bring sweet treats so I thought I would make something savoury just to be a little unique. The…