All posts tagged: new zealand

New Year, same me?

It’s weird how quickly you can get stuck into a routine and not realise how fast time is passing you by. It’s absolutely mental that it’s been six months since I arrived back into the country, four months since I’ve started my first full time job and now already into the first week of 2017. In all honesty, I never thought I would ever get so attached to my time at Disney World. Applying for the program was a kind of last minute, “we’ll see how it goes” decision and while I loved Disney as much as the next person, I was definitely not Disney-crazy and was initially nervous that I would be out of place because of this. But the experience, the people I met, the friends I made and yes, even the tiring work days are days I wish I could go back to every day. And I definitely feel like I’ve become one of those people who always begins sentences with “When I was at Disney…” I cringe, I cringe. I’m still loving my …

Food Photo Friday #32: Lunch @ Hello Friends + Allies

Food: Deconstructed cured salmon salad/ Consumed at: Hello Friends + Allies, Auckland/ Date: August 2016 The day ended with some of the most exciting news I’ve received in a while, but naturally it all started with a little bite to eat in the loveliest of places. I am that person who scrolls through Instagram looking at all the pretty and delicious looking food people have been eating and scouting out a new cafe spot to check out. Sure, I have my favourites, but I love variety and love trying new things, especially when it comes to food. This time round it was off down the road to Epsom to a gorgeous cafe called Hello Friends + Allies. I’d driven past a couple of times and had always loved the look of it from the outside and inside was even better! I’m a bit obsessed with plants and botany hanging from the ceilings and sitting on shelves in cafes. It gives it a feeling of being alive and almost ethereal, which I love. I got there just …

Currently: July 2016

Oh my, the first currently of the year- only 7 months in, but better late than never, non? This month has mostly involved settling back into life in Auckland. I’m not going to lie, it’s tough. Like, very, very tough. Every day I’ve been pining for my life back at Disney and in the States. I’ve just had to keep telling myself that it was the best thing to do, what with the student loan I need to pay off and me wanting to actually start my journalism/ media career, neither of which I would be able to achieve at Disney. I guess the hardest thing is that in this situation I did have the opportunity to extend if I’d wanted to. But because of the timing of when they asked, I totally thought I’d be fine leaving Disney and coming home. Fast forward to two weeks before I was set to leave Orlando and man was I wrong! But I guess that’s life and I just have to keep telling myself that things happen …

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 …

Currently: October

Yes, I’ve skipped a month, but with a crazy-load of uni work, can you blame me? Just three more weeks until I am done, done, done with university… forever (or until I decide to study more). Anyhoo, here’s what I’ve been up to so far during the month of October. CURRENTLY: Reading: Lots and lots of lifestyle articles online, sometimes uni is fun. Watching: Everything is back! TVD, The Flash, Downton Abbey, Doctor Who, OUAT, HTGAWM and most likely missed a few in my excitement.  Listening to: I’m digging the new Rudimental album so much. “Rumour Mill” and “Treading Water” have to be a couple of my absolute faves though. TUNES. Dreaming of: THREE WEEKS UNTIL SUMMER HOLIDAYS! Planning: My trip to Walt Disney World and generally just sorting my post-uni life out. Making: Flight plans, visa plans, hotel plans and new Disney friends. Enjoying:  The last few weeks of uni with my friends, even if the workload is horrible.  Eating:  At this very moment I’m chomping down on some Watermelon Sour Patch Kids. Excited for: I know this is probably getting old, …

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 #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 #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 #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 …