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Food Photo Friday #31: Lunch @ The Workshop

Food: Pumpkin and chorizo tart & chocolate cake/ Consumed at: The Workshop, Silverdale, Auckland/ Date: July 2016 This cute little place is a new one that opened at the beginning of the year in the industrial area of Silverdale. You’d never know it was there if you weren’t in-the-know. Apologies in advance for the snapchat quality photos, I was feeling self-conscious taking photos of my food with my front-facing camera.  Newly back at my old job in Silverdale I was happy to hear that a new cafe had opened up just around the corner from where I work. My work is in a bit of an awkward place if you don’t have a car, so The Workshop opening just up the road was the best news. It’s located in old shipping containers and doesn’t look like much from the outside. But inside it has a very “workshop” feel to it with cool decor and lots of light streaming in from all corners of the cafe. You could tell how popular the place is because by the …

Food Photo Friday #28: Lunch @ Meadow

Food: Grilled chicken salad/ Consumed at: Meadow, Meadowbank, Auckland/ Date: November 2015 A couple of weeks ago Georgie came up to Auckland for the day to have her visa interview for our trip to the USA but obviously, we also needed to eat. For this lunch date we opted for Meadow, a much-raved about restaurant in the Auckland suburb of Meadowbank, that I hadn’t yet had a chance to visit. The place is quite small and cosy, there’s an indoor area that’s inviting and a little moody, with a seated area by the bar. We decided to sit outside under the glass covered patio area. Because the patio was surrounded by glass there was plenty of light streaming in and the fence surrounding the property shielded it from the sounds of the busy road close-by. As tempting as the cocktails sounded, we all opted for smoothies and juices instead, I went for the Green Genes juices which was a blend of kale, celery, apple, parsley and lemon. For lunch I had the Smoked Chicken Salad …

Food Photo Friday #27: Lunch @ Charlie & George

Food: Poached Chicken Salad & Green Goddess smoothie/ Consumed at: Charlie & George, Stonefields, Auckland/ Date: October 2015 Before going to Charlie & George I didn’t even know the little complex where it’s housed even existed, but I’m so glad I do now! Moana and I found it by doing a bit of Googling after one of our weekly walks. We were trying to find a new place to eat and thought Charlie & George looked like a good place to check out. Driving by to find a park, I already loved the look of the place. The setup is quite industrial and modern-looking with plenty of light streaming through, thanks to the glass walls. There are tables and high top benches inside to eat on, or benches and tables outside in the sun. We chose to sit outside at one of the little tables and we ordered smoothies to start. I ordered the Green Goddess smoothie which is a beautiful blend of spinach, mint and kiwi fruit with apple juice, banana, honey and spirulina. For lunch …

Food Photo Friday #26: B.L.A.T

Food: B.L.A.T/ Consumed at: Sweet Savoury, Freeman’s Bay, Auckland/ Date: August 2015 My friend from the UK came over for a couple of weeks which was the best thing ever. She also found it super weird that we eat so many things with avocado here in New Zealand. After seven long months without seeing her it was unbelievably exciting to have one of my former flatmates over in New Zealand for the first time ever! While she was over she had a lot of burgers, but this time around we went for something a bit different. When I was over in the UK all my flatmates though me and my other Kiwi flatmate were so weird because we ate avocados almost on a daily basis, so when my friend came over and saw us eating avocados again she was very amused. Sweet Savoury in Auckland’s Freeman’s Bay is literally a couple of week’s old and so we thought we’d check out their lunch menu. I went for the B.L.A.T aka bacon, lettuce, avocado and tomato …

Food Photo Friday #25: Lunch @ Frolic

Food: Warm chicken salad/ Consumed at: Frolic, Royal Oak, Auckland/ Date: September 2015 It’s been a couple of weeks since I’ve done a Food Photo Friday for a variety of reasons, but now I’m back to it with this week’s edition, #25! I was procrastinating from study, as you do, and decided I’d go to a cafe in Royal Oak called Frolic which I’ve driven past a lot and always wanted to try. I also know a few people who work there, one of whom I don’t see very often, so it was lovely to see them again! I went for the delicious sounding warm chicken salad from their 2015 Winter menu, which was a bowl filled with yum: “cajun chicken cooked in garlic butter served with gourmet potatoes, roast veges, cos lettuce and sweet chilli sauce.” It was also a very decent size, so much so, I almost couldn’t finish it all! That was all washed down with a caramel latte– standard. I would definitely recommend this salad if you’re a fan of a good …

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 …

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 …

Study break, catch-ups and celebrations!

There’s nothing more refreshing and nothing that makes me more relieved than handing in my last assignment for the semester, and on Friday I was able to do just that. I gave myself a much deserved (well I think it was much deserved anyway,) break over the weekend catching up with TV shows and I also got through season 1 of UK TV shows Grantchester and Happy Valley. Both quite different on the spectrum of television, but both very enjoyable. I don’t know about you, but I’m one of those people that gets lost on the internet. For example I google search something and then a few minutes later I’ve clicked my way into something so riveting that I read about it for hours, but it’s completely different from where I started. Prime examples include reading about cats, the origins of citrus fruit such as mandarins and grapefruits and very interesting things about paleoanthropology. It was by this means that I came across the TV shows. Yeah, I know. I’m weird. Anyway, thanks to a …

Food Photo Friday #13: Bánh Mì from Box of Birds

Food: Chicken filled Bánh mì  / Consumed at: Box of Birds, Elliot Street, Auckland CBD /Date: June, 2015 Two Vietnamese Food Photo Friday’s in a row! This week I went to Box of Birds, an off-shoot of the hugely popular Bird on a Wire for a delicious Vietnamese-inspired sandwich. (Excuse the terrible photo) as you would have probably noticed, I’m a sucker for anything Vietnamese or Vietnamese-inspired so after a couple of trips to Box of Birds in Auckland’s CBD I thought it was about time I tried their version of the Vietnamese bánh mì. Vietnamese 101: In Vietnamese, bánh mì generally just means bread but has become synonymous with the Vietnamese sandwich is western countries. If a Vietnamese person were to refer to it they’d refer to it by including the kind of filling. For example bánh mì thịt (thịt meaning meat,) or bánh mì chay (chay meaning vegetarian).  And my thoughts? Pretty, good! I’m not used to having chicken inside bánh mì, I usually have pork, so it created a bit of a different texture. They also used sour-dough bread …

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 …