All posts tagged: new zealand

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 …

Food Photo Friday #19: Dolma @ Casablanca

Food: Dolma with lamb/ Consumed at: Casablanca, Sylvia Park, Auckland/ Date: July 2015 Last night I went for a much needed dinner and catch-up at the cool Mediterranean restaurant Casablanca with my friend. We sat outside under the outdoor heaters at a cute blue mosaic table, the place itself is super lively and it was packed when we arrived. We literally got one of the last tables. Food-wise I went for the Dolma with added lamb which consists of: “green bell pepper stuffed with rice, onion currants, pinenuts and herbs, served with tomato salsa and labneh.” It’s the first time I’ve tried one from a restaurant (besides the meatball stuffed ones my Mum used to sometimes make before she went vegetarian,) and it was delicious and very filling. I was surprised by how filling it was actually but happy I was for the price I paid. I think without the lamb it would’ve been filling enough as well. Definitely want to go back again and try some other dishes on the menu. My friend took …

Food Photo Friday #18: Mac’s Brew Bar Wellington

Food: Chips and wedges/ Consumed at: Mac’s Brewbar, Wellington/ Date: June 2015 It’s a few days late, but here’s my Food Photo Friday, 18th edition! After a a visit to Te Papa Museum down at Wellington’s waterfront, we went for a quick re-fuel at Mac’s Brewbar. We just went for the good ‘ol hot chips and wedges and a refreshing lemon, lime and bitters. It was absolutely freezing outside, so it was nice to rug up warm inside the bar. There were also super cute lampshade lanterns that hung from the ceiling giving everything a really welcoming and eclectic feel. I can imagine in the summer time it would be the perfect place to have a few drinks and enjoy the evening sun and warmth. This time round though, inside was definitely the best option!

Food Photo Friday #17: Fab Quesadillas @ Fidel’s

Food: Quesadillas & Salt and Pepper Squid/ Consumed at: Fidel’s, Cuba St, Wellington/ Date: 24 June 2015 Located on the coolest street in Wellington and with raving reviews I was super excited for my lunch at Fidel’s. We went there for lunch on my last day in Wellington, it was cold and windy, so as nice as the outdoor seating looked, indoors was our best bet. I kicked off my lunch with a caramel latte (standard,) while Georgie went for the Snickers shake which is supposed to be aaaaamazing. For food I chose the Ropa Veija Quesadilla which comprised of a “folded tortilla filled with tender beef shoulder slow braised in tomato, garlic and chilli, served with tomato salsa, guacamole and an iceberg lettuce slaw.” I accompanied this with salt & pepper squid served with lemon and aioli. The verdict? I really liked the quesadillas and accompanied with the guac and salsa made it even better. I’m not a huge fan of coleslaw, so ideally I wouldn’t have had that with it, but eaten with the …

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?  

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!

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 …

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 #2: Giapo Ice cream

Food: Giapo Christchurch Hazelnut Ice cream/ Consumed: Giapo, Auckland CBD/ Date: March 2015 The other day I went to a wee get together that the uni was throwing for the new international students. After leaving I really felt like going for an ice cream and Giapo, one of the coolest places for ice cream was literally just a few stores away. I was with two friends of mine who had never been before so I thought it would be the perfect opportunity! Giapo advertises itself as ‘New Zealand’s best ice cream,’ and while that’s perhaps a bit debatable, they do have a few awards to prove it! Giapo’s aim is to create a new ice cream tasting experience by paying attention to the different aspects of the ice cream, like the texture, smells and flavours. One of my favourite thing about Giapo are the toppings! They create the coolest looking, and best tasting toppings that work to complement the ice cream perfectly! Personally I’m a huge sorbet fan, but this time round I went for something a bit …

Currently: February 2015

Another month, another time I nearly forget to do an update, so here goes; everything I’m currently doing, loving and dreaming about this month.  CURRENTLY: Reading: Just finished reading ‘The Rosie Project’ by Graeme Simison (LOVED IT!) Look out for a review coming your way sometime soon. Watching: Just finished the newest season of Silent Witness, also loving the new shows on E4, ‘Cucumber’ and ‘Banana’. Listening to: an assortment of awesome music Dreaming of: finding a new job. I’m currently searching for some part-time work Planning: A trip to the US and Europe for some time next year. Making: vlogs… Well, editing them anyway. Enjoying: The summer weather in New Zealand, although none has been that beach-worthy of late. Also enjoying the last few weeks before university starts again and catching up with people I haven’t seen in a while. Eating: lots of delicious summer fruits! Peaches, plums, watermelon, mangoes, yum! Excited for: A day when I can finally go to the beach! Goal setting: Saving saving saving, for my next trip! Learning: Wish I could say I was learning lots, but at the …