Review: Me & You

Me & You (58 First Ave, Tauranga) As Cafe 88‘s sister cafe, I was pretty excited when Mum suggested we head there for brunch. If it was half as good as Cafe 88, I was pretty sure that I would still enjoy myself. The place was absolutely packed, but we somehow managed to squeeze a table…

Goldmine

Goldmine (171 Willis Street) Prepare yourself for a somewhat mixed review. I think my high expectations are what let me down, because overall I suppose you could say the place was pretty good. Owned by the masters at Lamason, Goldmine is yet another CBD venture that has recently opened its doors. It has a very…

Mama’s Homemade Muesli

I absolutely ADORE the muesli my mum makes. I have tried so many times to replicate, because surely, how hard can muesli be! And although I have made loads of delicious muesli in my time, none of them ever seem to replicate what my mum makes. Finally, I managed to coax the recipe out of…

Charley Farley’s Restaurant & Bar

Charley Farley’s Restaurant & Bar (Onetangi, Waiheke Island) Waiheke Island is somewhere that I wanted to visit for a very long time before I actually got the opportunity to go there. Recently (August 2017) I went to visit my brother and mum up in Auckland and we made the journey across to Waiheke. The weather…

Banana chocolate chip pancakes

Lazy Sunday mornings always call for pancakes, and what a better way to mix them up than by adding some good ol’ mashed banana and some delicious chocolate chips. Always a hit with the boyfriend, they are a pretty easy dish to whip up without much notice, so long as you have the classic baking…

The Arbory

The Abory (Flinders Street Railway Station, 1 Flinders Walk) With gorgeous views stretching across the river, The Arbory provides a great hang-out spot at all times of the day. It has a menu that boasts classic dishes with modern twists, and you can eat here for breakfast, lunch or dinner. Everything is reasonably priced and…

Bay Espresso

Bay Espresso (19 Middle Road) Bay Espresso is basically an HB institution. With locations not just in Havelock, but also on Karamu Road and Omahu Road, you are never that far away from a cafe. With its very own roastery (I’ve seen various cafes nationwide stocking Bay Espresso coffee) the coffee is extremely delicious, and…

Manuka Cafe

Manuka Café (49 Victoria Road) This place has everything. Located on a corner in the middle the main street, it is pretty hard to miss. There is both outdoor and indoor seating, and because Auckland tends to be warm, the outdoor tables are often occupied. The menu is massive – it took us a long…

Spiced Ginger, Orange and Fig Muesli

It’s so great having a go-to muesli recipe that you can play around with; changing the flavours slightly, and substituting fruit and nuts for others – whatever takes your fancy at the time. I prefer to keep my muesli relatively simple (but packed full of flavour) and then I can add fruit and yoghurt to…

Cafe L’affare

Cafe L’affare (27 College Street) Essentially a Wellington institution, Cafe L’affare is always a reliable fall-back for good food, and will frequently be sought out when people are on the hunt for good coffee. The place is so much bigger than the store front would suggest, and kind of similarly to Prefab, depending on where you…