XuXu Dumpling Bar

XuXu Dumpling Bar (Corner of Galway and Commerce Streets) Talk about a secret little hideaway. This place is in such a central location, yet it is such an easy place to miss. Right across the road from the Britomart Train Station, it makes for not just a delicious stop, but a convenient stop – especially…

The Old Quarter

The Old Quarter (39 Dixon Street) As a massive lover of Mr Go’s and Chow, I was always destined to be a fan of The Old Quarter. Named after the Old Quarter in Hanoi, the menu is exciting, innovative and certainly ‘modern’ Vietnamese. The chef has come from 16 years at Chow, so you can…

Wellington on a Plate 2017

Wellington on a Plate 2017: boy that sure rolled around fast. This year, my focus was more on burgers than the events, although I did make a trip to Jano to experience their Dine Menu (as the Festival Dish winners last year, it felt rude not to!). Below is a brief summary of the eight…

Recipe: Five spice pork with Asian greens

This meal takes a little longer than most of the other recipes on my blog, but it presents really beautifully and is incredibly tasty and fresh. Slow cooking the pork means that it stays tender and can soak up the flavours of the ingredients surrounding it. As you may have guessed by now, I love…

Sticky pork ribs

Growing up, my favourite restaurant was Lonestar. Every single time we went I ordered the same thing – along with my mum and brother; we always ordered the ribs. The waitress would bring a bowl of hot water (for washing your fingers in) which would¬†always get my excited that my meal was about to come,…

Pork Chops with Roasted Apples and Brussel Sprouts

Come Sunday evening, and I usually feel like is some delicious home-cooked food and a movie. Pork chops is something that I remember not favouring during my childhood, but after being gifted a bunch of free meat, I felt this was a perfect opportunity to actually experiment with pork chops. The recipe is extremely easy,…

F.G. Smith Eatery

F.G. Smith Eatery (9a Ossian Street, Ahuriri) Wow, talk about being behind the eight ball. It took me SO long to visit F.G. Smith Eatery, that it was no longer the new kid on the block. However, it was satisfying seeing how much this cute little place in the backstreets of Ahuriri has absolutely flourished…

Vidal Estate

Vidal Estate Winery Restaurant (913 St Aubyn Street, East) A winery right in the middle of town has always been something that I have found weird! It is well worth the trip though; especially if you go for the set menu over lunch time. We went recently. It was about $30, for a three course…

Recipe: Pork Bolognese Pappardelle

Constantly on the hunt for delicious meat recipes which omit the beef, I was so happy to stumble across this delicious pork bolognese recipe. I love home cooked food so much, and to make something so rich and tasty with such ease is what everyone should be looking for! Pappardelle too; it’s definitely a favourite…

Boulcott Street Bistro

Boulcott Street Bistro (99 Boulcott Street)http://boulcottstreetbistro.co.nz/ I had heard so much about this cute little place before I went, and I had been dying to go for ages. Finally, I found a reason to head up there. They don’t take bookings after six, which really worked in my favour, as we were pretty disorganised about…