Review: The Dishery

The Dishery is a cafe in Arrowtown located down by the historic Chinese settlement, a well known icon of Arrowtown. In between visiting this classic point of interest and perhaps panning for gold, a stop at The Dishery is one that won’t go awry.  Easy, breezy and beautiful is what jumps to mind when I…

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: Scroggin Cafe

Scroggin Cafe opened while I was living in Canada so I had earmarked it for a visit for a long time before I actually made it there! Lucy, the superstar behind the cafe, was in my profs group in Wellington (yes, law) and I think she already knew that she was going to end up…

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,…

Home sweet home!

I can’t believe it’s halfway through March already, this year is already going so fast. So much has happened in the past few months, and I thought I would have so much more time than I have had to write about it. Turns out not working is actually a full time job and it’s been…