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…

Review: Terra Mia

  We smelt this place before we could see it, and it was pretty hard to go past once we had got that whiff. We opened the door for a peek, and were greeted by a series of ‘Ciaos!’ and a wonderful cabinet display of sweet and savoury pastries and cakes. There is a wide…

Akarua Wines & Kitchen

Akarua Wines & Kitchen (265 Arrowtown – Lake Hayes Road, Arrowtown)   Previously known as Walnut Cottage, Akarua is a cutesy little cottage located just out of Arrowtown, not much further than Millbrook. After pulling into the gravel carpark, we made our way to the entrance across the sun-streamed patio and outdoor tables. We were welcomed…

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…

Arrowtown Bakery

Arrowtown Bakery (1 Buckingham Street) A visit to Arrowtown is never complete without a visit to the Arrowtown Bakery. Famed for its pies (and venison in particular), th e Arrowtown Bakery also does a good coffee and some delicious scrumptious pastries. Conveniently located on the very edge of town, there is a parking lot across…

Recipe: Pad Thai

When I went to South East Asia I think Pad Thai was probably the food I ate most often. It’s so incredibly delicious, and so conceptually simple – just noodles with a few delicious flavours. The Thai people have a way of cooking this noodle dish that is fresh, light and super tasty – something…

Two Grey

Two Grey (2 Grey Street, Wellington CBD) Not long open in Wellington’s CBD, Two Grey is actually a part of the Intercontinental. It’s flash, certainly a lot more upmarket than its predecessor (Arizona), and definitely a lot more fancy than what I anticipated when we went there. It’s sophisticated, expensive and well-serviced. There were a…

House Cafe

House Cafe (corner of Crosses Road and Napier Road) Avoiding some of the more popular spots on a long weekend in the Bay, Dad suggested that we head along to House Cafe which is tucked away on the corner of Crosses Road and Napier Road. It’s not that obvious a spot; one of those places…

Recipe: Cauliflower, Potato & Bacon Soup

It can be so exciting coming up with variations to your traditional soup flavours. Gone are the days where the choices were pumpkin soup, tomato soup and mushroom soup – now there are always countless flavours to choose from. It’s great making soup too – although it seems time-consuming, it’s actually really easy when you…