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…

Husk

  Combine coffee and beer, and what do you get? Husk. Tucked away in alley off Ghuznee, it is somewhere you may never have noticed until now. But combining a cafe with a brewery is genius; and the fairy lights in the alleyway make it oh so easy to spot. The place is spacious; an…

Floyd’s

Floyd’s (130 The Parade, Island Bay) Spreading my wings from the comfort of the CBD, I headed out to Floyd’s for brunch last weekend. I had no expectation as I had never even heard of it, but I was to be pleasantly surprised. The decor was unusual, one could describe it as steam punk. It…

Recipe: Porridge

Winter can be a little drab, and one simple way I like to spice up my daily life is to add a little something to my porridge. Porridge is cheap, easy and a healthy breakfast option so having a few different variations available prolongs the enjoyment and prevents the meal from becoming boring. I tend…

A bite-size piece of WOAP!

This time last year I was relatively new to Wellington and when WOAP 2015 came about I was seriously caught off guard. So many events to go, not many tickets left and even less money to fund the situation. But this year I was ready. By the time tickets came on sale I had already…

Maina

Maina (1 Havelock Road) No longer the  new kid on the block, Maina replaced what used to be The Post. During its transformation it endured a revamp, whereby it is now spacious and light. The tables are decorated with bunches of flowers which further increases the quaintness of the place. The breakfast menu is relatively…

Wright & Co

Wright & Co (10 Joll Road) When Fleur took Jordan out on her home date (a reference to the New Zealand Bachelor show) everyone said to me “oh you must know that cafe!”. I was thinking “no… I do not” – which is most unusual for me. But when I went home a few weeks ago…