Month: March 2015

Food Photo Friday #4: Brunch at Häagen-Dazs

Food: Banana Caramel Crêpe/ Consumed: Häagen-Dazs in Nice, France/ Date: July 27 2014 This post wraps up the first month of Food Photo Friday! Here goes: It was our final day in Nice, so Moana and I decided to treat ourselves to something for brunch before we went on our long train ride back to Paris, so whilst looking around, we stumbled across a Häagen-Dazs and thought we’d be a bit naughty and have ice-cream for brunch. I went for my usual caramel latte and then got the wonderful sounding, Banana Caramel Crêpe. The menu described it as, “a warm crepe, a scoop of Dulce de Leche and a scoop of Banoffee, slices of banana all drizzled with butterscotch sauce, whipped cream and a scattering of caramelised hazelnuts.” How fantastic does that sound?! It arrived looking deliciously beautiful and was unsurprisingly very sweet. It was nearly on the verge of being too sweet, but not quite! There was so much on my plate though, that I wasn’t able to finish it all! Definitely satisfying both …

Travelling Home (Part 2): Hong Kong to Auckland

Part One Continued… Paris to Hong Kong: My plane ride to Hong Kong from Paris was about 11 hours long, most of which was spent sleeping, as I wanted to conserve as much energy as possible for my full day in Hong Kong. Because the flight from Paris had been delayed by an hour, it meant that I had 13 hours to kill in Hong Kong, rather than 14, so in the end, it wasn’t too bad. Once arriving in Hong Kong I went through customs and headed to the luggage hold where I could store my carry-on suitcase while I left the airport. I then went to go find the public bus that would take me to the Ngong Ping Cable Car Terminal. I was quite nervous about going out and about in Hong Kong by myself. Although I had been on my own in London and Paris, London was a place where people all spoke English and I had lived in France for three months so I felt like I was quite familiar with …

Food Photo Friday #3: Waffles & Coffee at The Shelf

Food: Waffles and Caramel Latte/ Consumed: The Shelf, Auckland CBD/ Date: May 2014 One of the great things about having a city campus for uni is that there is an endless number of places to hang out, chill and discover cool places to eat during breaks; The Shelf is one of those places. It’s quite easy to walk past The Shelf, which you can find on High Street in Auckland city. The decor is very cute, there is a lot of wooden things; benches, stools… I really don’t know how to explain it, it just oozes casual cool. On this particular visit I opted for the Waffles, icing sugar, chocolate sauce, mascapone and berry compote aaaaaand maple syrup (above) along with a caramel latte accompanied with a tiny pitcher of caramel sauce. I also love the cabinet food such as the bagels and the mocha also goes down a treat, accompanied by real chocolate. I would highly recommend a trip to The Shelf, you might even spot me there!  

Food Photo Friday #2: Giapo Ice cream

Food: Giapo Christchurch Hazelnut Ice cream/ Consumed: Giapo, Auckland CBD/ Date: March 2015 The other day I went to a wee get together that the uni was throwing for the new international students. After leaving I really felt like going for an ice cream and Giapo, one of the coolest places for ice cream was literally just a few stores away. I was with two friends of mine who had never been before so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity! Giapo advertises itself as ‘New Zealand’s best ice cream,’ and while that’s perhaps a bit debatable, they do have a few awards to prove it! Giapo’s aim is to create a new ice cream tasting experience by paying attention to the different aspects of the ice cream, like the texture, smells and flavours. One of my favourite thing about Giapo are the toppings! They create the coolest looking, and best tasting toppings that work to complement the ice cream perfectly! Personally I’m a huge sorbet fan, but this time round I went for something a bit …

Food Photo Friday #1: Market Superfood Salad

Food: Market Superfood Salad + smoked salmon/Consumed: Jamie’s Italian, Cardiff/ Date: January 2015 I’d never been to Jamie’s Italian before as we don’t have one in Auckland, so when I saw that there was one in Cardiff, I knew I had to check it out! When it comes to ordering food, I am absolutely hopeless. There’s always so many things that sound amazingly delicious and I want to try them all- this time was no different. In the end I opted for something a bit healthier, but still sounded so scrumptious. The Market Superfood Salad is made up of; “Avocado, shaved fennel, candied beets, pulses, Italian sprouting broccoli, creamy cottage cheese, pomegranate, smashed nuts & seeds. Served with a fennel blossom Sicilian harissa.” I then added smoked salmon to the mix for some fishy goodness and we had sides of pork scratchings and Italian nachos, both of which were delicious! The salad was as beautiful as it tasted, and it was massive! Everything within the salad complimented each other (the only downside was that there …

Currently: March 2015

A new month, a new currently post. Here are the things I’ve been up to so far in the month of March. CURRENTLY: Reading: Slowly, but surely getting through “Daughter” by Jane Shemilt Watching: Old shows I’ve forgotten about such as “Reign” and “How To Get Away With Murder” and also new ones like “The Flash”. Listening to: an assortment of awesome music Dreaming of: Travels, far away from this desk. Planning: A trip to Wellington to see one of my good friends. Making: or should I say, writing, new stories as part of my journalism bootcamp Enjoying: Being at home after a full-on first day at uni. Eating: not very well… Getting back to uni has disrupted my eating pattern. Excited for: This weekend when I can finally go to the beach. Goal setting: Saving money and also keeping on top of my uni work. Learning: Journalistic skills. Lusting over: Taron Egerton. Google him.

Silo Markets and Outdoor Cinema

On Friday evening I caught up with one of my friends from Cardiff  who is now doing a study abroad in Auckland and her flatmate. We were planning to go down to Wynyard Quarter at Auckland’s Waterfront and check out the Silo markets and watch a movie at the outdoor cinema. I absolutely love Silo Park in general. In the past few years the whole place has been revamped to become an awesome space to be in. Last night, after a stop in at Chatime, which was having it’s grand opening in Auckland, we walked down Queen Street and down to Wynyard Quarter to Silo Park and had a peruse through the markets. While none of us ended up buying anything, there were plenty of things to choose from, from second hand books, boutiques filled with gorgeous clothes and trinkets and even a nail bar. After a good look around, we headed to the food area which was absolutely lush. It was set up with fairground bunting hanging all around and live DJs who looked …