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Wu & You Auckland

Food Photo Friday #37: Lunch @ Wu & You, Auckland

Food: Tuna Sashimi Pizza, Wok Fried Broccolini, Mr Krab’s Nori Taco, Yuzu Pot/ Consumed at:Wu & You, Mt Eden, Auckland / Date: 25 April 2018. I’d been hanging out for about a month to try this place ever since it had opened. Working alongside food magazine Dish, I had gotten the low-down, which had obviously made me even more eager to try it. On ANZAC day I headed with a bunch of friends to Wu & You, an restaurant with a similar approach as Melbourne’s Mr Miyagi, for lunch. I was on a bit of a tight budget and also am supposed to be doing the Biggest Loser Challenge at work, so those were the two things stopping me from ordering literally everything on the menu. I’d had a squiz at the menu the night before (indecisiveness is a major flaw of mine) I’d made up my mind already of what I would be getting (surprisingly no dumplings for me this time which is incredibly unlike me). I almost broke my decision, but persevered and …

Food Photo Friday #36: Lunch @ Birdie’s

Food: Szechuan Roast Duck, Roast Pumpkin Birdie Bowl, Cocktail on Tap/ Consumed at: Birdie’s All Day Bar + Deli/ Date: April 2018. I live just a couple of minutes away from Sylvia Park, but despite this, I still haven’t had a chance to check out all the new eateries that opened at The Grove at the end of last year. Last Saturday, bored and hungry (plus a little hungover) I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to head to one of the eateries I hadn’t yet been to yet, Birdie’s, to see how it was. I hadn’t yet talked to anyone who had been there and saw pretty mixed reviews online, but after a look at the menu there sounded like quite a handful of tasty dishes, so I was keen to give it a try. We headed in for a late lunch (around 3pm) so the place was pretty quiet. I really liked the decor – we sat opposite a wall with wooden frames framing bunches of dried leaves, herbs and flowers and …

Easter at The Hamilton Gardens

On Easter Sunday I made the drive to Hamilton to spend the day at the beautiful Hamilton Gardens with my friend, family and family friends. It was a gorgeous warm autumn day, and I was surrounded by gardens that transported me to a new country each one I visited, but the best part? It was free! It had been a long time since I’d visited Hamilton Gardens, and while a day spent looking at gardens may not sound like the most exciting way to spend your day, it’s actually a pretty relaxing, enjoyable day out. We left Auckland close to 10am and arrived at the Hamilton Gardens about an hour and a half later. It was packed. Before venturing into the actual grounds, we stopped for a quick bite to eat at their cafe (I was actually really keen to try a cafe I’d heard about, The Kirk, but with limited time we stuck to the Hamilton Gardens cafe). First up were the ‘Enclosed Gardens’ and this is pretty much where we spent most of …

Food Photo Friday #35: Dinner @ Happy Boy

Food: Pork burger, KFC and Peach Iced Tea Slushie/ Consumed at: Happy Boy, Royal Oak, Auckland/ Date: 22.07.2017 Royal Oak was the busiest I’ve ever seen it on a Saturday when I stopped into the brand new Happy Boy last Saturday. It’s difficult to miss with its neon lights pulsing from within. Walking inside is like being transported straight into a video game, it’s uber cool. The place was buzzing, there was a massive line of people waiting for tables which almost put us off, but after being told it would only be a half hour wait (which turned out only being about 20 minutes,) we were happy to wait around and soak up the atmosphere. We got there just after 6.30pm and the place was filled with young families digging into delicious burgers and sides. When we left, close to around 8pm the crowds had died down and there was no wait. So if you want to be seated quickly, best to go a bit later. I’d already decided what I wanted before heading …

Food Photo Friday #30: Dinner @ Al’s Deli

Food: Al Burger & poutine/ Consumed at: Al’s Deli, Kingsland, Auckland/ Date: July 2016 What do you do after a workout? Eat all the calories back again! After a rough start to the day, I got myself sorted by working out with my friends, followed by a good feed at Al’s Deli in Kingsland and a few hours of Pokemon hunting to round up the night. I hadn’t realised that Al had opened at Kingsland as well, but I’d been to the Queen Street deli quite a few times and obviously loved it. Something that I was very keen to have was the poutine. I had been quite disappointed that the Canadian Pavilion in Epcot at Walt Disney World did not serve poutine and had been craving it everyday since. Poutine, for anyone who’s never tried it, originates from the province of Quebec in Canada and is made up of French fries drizzles in gravy and sprinkled with cheese curds, such a winning combo. So in addition to a small (but generous, in my opinion) …

Quake City: A Weekend in Christchurch

So I have a confession to make: Until last week I had never, in 20 years (i.e. my whole life) been to the South Island of New Zealand. Apart from just seven months away last year, I’ve lived in NZ my whole life but had never made it further than Wellington, our capital city at the bottom of the North Island. Finally last week I made it down to the South Island for Georgie‘s 21st birthday celebration. In September 2010 a 7.1 magnitude earthquake shook the region of Canterbury leaving buildings unstable and people shaken. This was followed by countless aftershocks including a devastating 6.3 magnitude earthquake the following year in February that caused unimaginable damage, killing 185 people– the second largest natural disaster the nation has seen. Visiting almost 5 years later and never having seen what the city of Christchurch had been like pre-quake was still an incredibly heartbreaking experience. I can still clearly remember sitting in front of the TV screen watching the news the day of the February earthquake, so to …

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 #24: Dinner @ Chow, Wellington

Food: Beef Pho /Consumed at: Chow, Wellington CBD/ Date: June 2015 Chow is a cool Asian-fusion place in Wellington CBD that Georgie and I went to for dinner while I was down in Wellington a couple of months ago to visit. Georgie had been here for a work-do a little while back, so recommended we go there for dinner. When we got there it was so packed that we had to line up to reserve a table (a good indication it’s a good place to eat). The next available table wasn’t going to be free for at least 45 minutes, so after putting our names down, we went to find a cafe to grab a coffee inside while we waited, away from the freezing cold outside. About half an hour later we got a call saying there was a table available so we headed back, got seated and ordered. I went for the Vietnamese Beef Pho (no surprises there), Georgie went for the Jungle Curry and we shared a plate of Beggars Purses which were filled …

Food Photo Friday #22: Chowder @ Cuba St Bistro

Food: Seafood Chowder/ Consumed at: Cuba St Bistro, Wellington/ Date: June 2015 It may not look pretty, but it sure was a delight to eat! This week’s FPF features a big bowl of delish! I know seafood chowder isn’t really everybody’s cup of tea, but if you’re unaware, I’m not a very fussy eater (Buzzfeed even confirmed it– I ticked off 4/87) so I’ll eat a bowl of seafood chowder any day. My friend Georgie and I weren’t really sure where we wanted to stop for lunch and were just walking down Cuba St when we stumbled across this bistro. Georgie had heard relatively good things about the place and it looked quite cosy inside so we thought we’d give it a try. The seafood chowder was the soupe du jour which came in two serving sizes. I opted for the smaller serving which was a good call because even the small bowl was incredibly filling. I also bought a bottle of kumbucha to wash it all down with. I’m no seafood chowder expert, but I …

It Took Me 3 Days To Get Home! | Vlog

If you remember what I was up to in January this year, you may remember I was making my way home from the UK, and it took me three days! From Cardiff to London, to Paris, to Hong Kong and finally home to Auckland it was a pretty tiring and long journey home. I wrote two blog posts about it, Part 1 and Part 2, but I also had some footage of the long trip which I thought I’d share with you. The very last footage of my Europe Trip. Enjoy tout le monde!