Month: May 2015

Food Photo Friday #12: Pho in Brighton

Food: Phở Bò (Beef Pho) / Consumed: Pho, Brighton, UK / Date: December 2014 If you have any idea what “pho” is, then you might think this is the weirdest title of any of my blog posts to date. Why? Because I’m writing about the time I ate one of the most famous Vietnamese dishes of all time not in Vietnam, but in… Brighton. Here’s what happened: When you live overseas, there’s almost always going to be something that you miss from home. For me, it was delicious homemade Vietnamese food (my Mum’s family are Vietnamese-Chinese and I have grown up living off Vietnamese food). One of the first things I did when I arrived in Cardiff was to Google search if there were any Vietnamese restaurants in the area (after three months in France without Vietnamese food, I was getting some intense cravings). There was only one result which was 1) in an area I had never heard of 2) I had no idea how to get to and 3) I am lazy and couldn’t …

Food Photo Friday #11: Risotto Con Pollo at Elliot Stables

Food: Risotto Con Pollo /Consumed: De Niro, Elliot Stables, Auckland CBD/ Date: April 2015 So the photo looks a tad gross, but as you can probably tell, I love me some food from Elliot Stables and I’ve decided I’m going to try a dish from every restaurant there, but this time it was back to De Niro for some more Italian. A lunch date with my good-friend who was over in Cardiff with me, led us back to Elliot Stables. She’d never been before and neither of us were really sure what we felt like. I think Elliot Stables is a really good place to bring friends because there are so many choices and the place itself is awesome. I chose a Risotto Con Pollo, which is “Arborio rice tossed with chicken pieces, mushrooms & asparagus filled with parmesan cheese” and was very very yum! It was accompanied by the usual juice- cranberry. I love risotto, and usually opt for a seafood risotto with prawns, so this was a bit different for me, but I loved …

Food Photo Friday #10: Seafood Surprise

Food: Seafood Salad and Tiramisu/ Consumed: Vapiano, Düsseldorf, Germany/ Date: 2 July 2014 After an adventure in a foreign city, a much needed feed was definitely what we needed. This was a meal that Moana and I had in Düsseldorf after we’d had an little adventure out to Schloss Benrath. I had actually seen it recommended on Trip Advisor and thought it would be a cool place to go but wasn’t quite sure where it was. It was luck that led us there in the end. We were just having a look for somewhere to eat and spotted it! It was super busy and it did take a while for the food to be prepared (they prepared it right in front of you, which is quite exciting). I went for the seafood salad and a tiramisu for dessert which were both delicious! I loved the atmosphere at the restaurant, and all the staff were super friendly. They also had a cool way of paying, where you’re given a card, and every time you get something, …

Film Review: The Avengers: Age of Ultron

Very odd that this film only just came out in the US but anyhow, I saw this film last week in 3D and thought I’d share my thoughts. The Basics Directed by: Joss Whedon Starring (take a deep breath): Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Anthony Mackie, Hayley Atwell, Idris Elba, Stellan Skarsgård, James Spader, Samuel L. Jackson. Released: 23 April 2015 (UK & majority worldwide), 1 May 2015 (US) The Plot: “When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for a global adventure.” via Marvel Studios. via Marvel *There may be spoilers, so …

Food Photo Friday #9: Czech Pork Schnitzel

Food: Czech Pork Schnitzel/ Consumed: Frankie’s Gourmet Food, Elliot Stables, Auckland CBD/ Date: 28th April 2015 It was back to Elliot Stables for me this week to have lunch with two of my closest friends, but one that I haven’t been able to see for over a year, because she lives down in Wellington. Previously I’ve talked about a delicious cannelloni I had from De Niro, but this time I opted for something a bit different! This time round I ordered a Czech Pork Schnitzel from Frankie’s Gourmet Food which was pork schnitzel topped with brie cheese, bacon and caramelised apple, and it came with a side of deliciously seasoned fries and some greens. I also grabbed an Autumn Special from the juice bar Wedge, which was a yummy concoction of feijoa, apple and mint. Overall the dish was really nice, but I was so full I wasn’t able to finish it! The caramelised apple was a lovely addition and I loved the fries. I’m really keen to keep going back to Elliot Stables until …