Month: June 2015

Currently: June 2015

Here we are! Another month draws to a close and we are officially half way through the year! This month made me very nostalgic as it marked the month I left New Zealand one year ago for my big trip abroad with one of my best friends Moana! I wrote a blog post about my trip highlights: “Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of my Life“. Anyway, here’s what I have been up to this month: CURRENTLY: Reading: A lot of woman’s magazines. I’ve just starting an internship at one of NZ’s top woman’s magazines, Woman’s Day. Watching: Orange is the New Black. I don’t know why I didn’t start this sooner Listening to: I know I go on about Years and Years all the time. But I love, love, love “Shine” and “Foundation” at the moment. Dreaming of: The day I will work for a magazine that I love. Planning: A big trip which is still kind of under wraps at the moment. Keep an eye out for updates in the next couple of months. Making: New connections thanks to my internship (I …

Wellington: An Overview, thanks Snapchat.

At the end of last week I went to Wellington and, millennial that I am, I just had to document it all. I thought I’d do something a bit different this time and show you a quick overview of what I got up to while I was down in Wellington via my Snapchat story (it’s mostly just me documenting all the food I ate). Oh and if you want you can follow me on snapchat @midgetmuch (I hate that I can’t change my name). I’m not really that interesting though. And there you have it! A very quick (totally 1080p quality) overview of what I did while I was in Wellington which, in short, was just eating most of the time. I have a few more in-depth posts coming soon. One which will be a run-down on the cool places I went to eat and another on the powerful Gallipoli exhibition I went to at Te Papa. Anyone else been to Wellington recently or live in Wellington? What’s your favourite thing to do?  

Food Photo Friday #16: The Little Waffle Shop

Food: Jelly Tip Waffle/ Consumed at: Little Waffle Shop, Wellington/ Date: 23 June 2015 So I saw someone post a photo of beautifully delicious looking waffles on Instagram and I needed to know where and how I could get some for myself. Lucky for me they had gotten it from a tiny place called The Little Waffle Shop down in Wellington. Although I live up in Auckland, I was going down to Welly for a few days so it was obviously meant to be. It was a horribly cold and windy night when my friend and I went down to Courtenay Place to get them. I went for the limited topping of the week: Jelly tip. It was a freshly made waffle topped with raspberry jelly, chocolate drops, a dollop of cream and drizzled with chocolate sauce and a dusting of icing sugar. It was soooo good. Just looking at it now makes me want more. It was a deliciously decadent dessert. One was definitely enough. And that’s a good thing. My friend G went for …

Throwback Thursday: Best Trip of My Life

Yesterday marked the date that I left New Zealand to go on my own 7 month adventure armed with two suitcases, a camera and one of my best friends. It is by far the best experience I’ve had in my life so far, so thanks to some of the photos I posted on Instagram, I thought I’d share a timeline of some of my highlights (this is going to be hard,) of the trip below: This was taken as I farewelled my family goodbye at the departure gate. There were lots of tears, but as soon as I was through those gates I was a ball of excitement! PARIS June and July 2014: Moana and I were shown around Paris by a wonderful family friend. We did a lot of touristy things and few not so touristy things. I love Paris, I visited it quite a few times during my trip. GERMANY July 2014: Some down-time on the plane to Germany really made me reflect and appreciate how lucky I was to be having such …

Food Photo Friday #15: Jazzing it up at Orleans

Food: Chicken Waffles & Curly Fries/ Consumed at: Orleans, Auckland/ Date: June 2015 Just around the corner from Mexico Britomart, is the super snazzy Orleans, a place that will satisfy any hungry heart or stomach, and last week I headed there to celebrate a friend’s 22nd birthday. I’ve been to Orleans before for a few drinks and a dance, but I’d never been for a sit-down lunch or dinner, so I was very very excited when my friend decided to celebrate her birthday there. I’m one of those people who takes VERY long to decide what to order, so the night before I’d gone online to look at the menu. While in the long run it had been a good idea, short term it was a different story. Looking at all the delicious sounding foods just made my tummy rumble with hunger and I ended up having a second dinner (whoops). The atmosphere and the service at Orleans is amazing. The lighting was very dim, lit by candles on the table and hanging lightbulbs, there …

Throwback Thursday: Wellington 2013

Back in 2013 I went down to Wellington with my friend Moana to visit our friend who was in her first year studying down in New Zealand’s capital city. In anticipation for my trip down there this weekend, I was flicking through some pictures I took while I was there last time and thought I’d post a few. Can’t wait to get back down there, just two more days to go!

A Tiny Topshop Treat

When it comes to competitions, I always have to enter. I get 101 emails a week from places with promotions and sales that I swiftly delete without opening. But it’s when the email boasts a competition or has a giant *WIN* in the subject line that my interest is captured. So it’s with this in mind that I hopped down to Topshop to try my luck at a competition and a super super cool one at that. Yes I am skint, yes I should be studying, yes I probably won’t win, but I went along anyway. I was in desperate need of some new items to add to my make-up bag so I thought I’d try Topshop’s range out for once. I’m one of those people who likes to shop around, I’ll give most things a try. So far the only make up item that I’ve bought more than twice has been Maybelline The Falsies mascara and the Benefit ‘They’re Real’ mascara, all my other make-up items are pretty much one-off’s. So this time I …

Burnt Out, But…One Week Until Wellington!

It’s been a while, four months actually, since I’ve been on a plane, but in exactly one week’s time I’ll be on another big mechanical bird flying out of Auckland to visit New Zealand’s capital, Wellington. It might not be a long-haul flight to tackle an adventure on the other side of the world, but it’s still something I am very very excited about because this has been one hell of a semester at uni. Uni burn-out season has arrived at my doorstep. It’s that time of the semester when the semester is drawing to a close and everyone has all their deadlines at one time and are working so furiously at all hours of the day and night that the body just can’t cope and konks out. Probably more accurately known as disorganisation and bad time management. Exhibit A: ME – Currently curled up in bed with a sore throat and the sniffles, sipping on a hot cup water with lemon and honey. This is what uni does to you people. (This is slightly …

Food Photo Friday #14: Hungarian Puffs of Delish

Food: Hungarian Fried Bread Puff/ Consumed: Langos Stall, Silo Park Markets, Auckland/ Date: February 2015 A trip to the Silo Park Markets in February led me to my first experience of Hungarian food, and let’s just say – I’m ready for more! Silo Park Markets has a wealth of food stalls to try out, many of which I’d tried, and others that sounded deliciously tempting. There was one thing that stood out to me though, after I’d seen people walking around with ridiculously large doughy puffs topped with delicious looking things. I thought to myself, “Anya, you need that in your life, and you need it now!” Not one to ignore my inner voice, nor deny it the thing it “needed” in it’s life, I found myself in the queue for a Langos Hungarian fried bread puff and I was not disappointed. I went for the bread puff topped with tomato, feta and harissa, a deliciously salty combo! My friends went for the Korean burgers which I had been tempted to try as well, but …

My 101 Unique Travel Eats: Food Bucket List

I’ve seen quite a few bloggers do this over the past few months and I thought now that I have time I might as well see how well I do. I’m not expecting much, seeing as I’m definitely not the world explorer I hope to be, but here’s trying. The original list was compiled by Dealchecker called “Food Bucket List: 101 Unique Travel Eats“. Let’s see how I go: #9: Share a traditional Thanksgiving feast with family and friends in America, carved Turkey and pumpkin pie included. Try to break the wishbone and win so you can make a wish! Half a point– I shared a Thanksgiving feast with friends from America while we were in Cardiff. My neighbour’s parents came over from the States and cooked the two flats a delicious Thanksgiving feast and yes, pumpkin pie included! #10: Nibble a French crepe under the Eiffel Tower in the devastatingly romantic city of Paris, the most visited city in the world. One point– This was a thing, and I did it! Nutella and banana anyone? …