All posts tagged: a15

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 #23: Lunch @ The White Rabbit

Food: Roasted chicken + smoothie/ Consumed at: The White Rabbit, Auckland CBD/ Date: August 2015 I was super excited to head down to The White Rabbit for lunch with my lovely friends this week! It was the best way to get a bit of a breather from a long day at uni. First off, let me start with the decor. I absolutely adored it. Everything is so light and spacious and it is everything I want my first house to look like. The girls and I even commented on the music– so good. First I ordered a green smoothie which consisted of spinach, spirulina, apple and pineapple if I remember correctly, which was absolutely delish and I finished mine well before the others had gotten through half of their’s! Then came lunch which was an absolute dream: half a roasted chicken on split grain and mushrooms with wilted spinach and a perfect jus to go with it all. It was also a huge serving so I had to pretty much wobble back up to uni …

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 #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 #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 …

Food Photo Friday #8: Food Fiesta at Mexico

Food: A variety of yummy tapas/ Consumed: Mexico Food & Liquor, Britomart, Auckland / Date: 17 April 2015. For some reason I had never been to the much talked about, Mexico Food & Liquor. So, after my friend said she felt like having Mexican, I thought it would be the perfect time to finally check out what all the fuss was about. As soon as we sat down, we both commented on how awesome the decor was. The place has a dim, but welcoming lighting and the walls are jam-packed with posters and photographs and the tables had cute atmospheric candles.   We ordered one soft taco each, I had the smoky beef arrachera soft taco while my friend Amber opted for the chef’s special pan-fried fish taco. We then shared a bowl of plantain chips (with magic powder, coriander and fennel sofrito) and a bowl of guacamole (with pork crackling and totopos). We were slightly unsure about whether we should’ve ordered more, as the waitress kept telling us that the tacos were very small. …

Japan Day | Auckland

There was plenty happening down in the Auckland CBD yesterday, one of them being Japan Day, down at Auckland’s Queens Wharf. There was an enticing range of Japanese food stalls (along with a few stalls from their neighbouring countries, China and Vietnam) and Japanese wares, both traditional and contemporary. There were also performances on the main stage the whole day, my favourite being this group of drummers. I also got to see the process of people making some savoury moochi. I’m a huge fan of the sweet kind, so it was great to try a savoury version and see how it was made. Did anyone else go along? Would love to know what you thought!

Easter Walks & Coming Up Soon

I hope everyone had a wonderful Easter! In Auckland we were treated to mostly beautiful weather (Sunday excluded,) and yesterday I took advantage of that by going for a walk with Moana at Waiatarua Park. I also thought I’d take this chance to let you know what’s coming up in the next couple of months. I am currently on holiday for two weeks, but after that it’s back to a full-on term of university. I do however, have a few projects that I’ll be working on for the blog. You might have already seen my first City in a Snapshot post, which is the first in a series of posts that I’m hoping to do. I’m trying to make them as a bit of a city guide, some of them as itineraries and others like a ‘quick tip’, ‘must-see’ kind of post and I’m hoping people will find them helpful! I am also hoping, with the help of my friends, to create a quick four part series of posts about life after school. My friends …