Buenos Aires: Where to Eat

Air NZ had a seat sale a few months ago, direct flights to Buenos Aires from Auckland for cheeeeeeap. My partner and I had never been to South America and were planning a holiday, so it worked out kinda perfectly. A couple months and a twelve hour direct flight later, we arrived, took an expensive taxi ride to our AirBnB …

Jamie Oliver’s Hot Cross Buns Recipe (or a great example of why I don’t bake)

A bit of disclosure: I am not a great baker. I started off writing this blog post after searching the web for a tasty Hot Cross Buns recipe, following the instructions exactly and making some pretty scrummy buns. “I am amazing! Baking isn’t THAT hard! I can follow a recipe, hah!” The first round were inhaled, so, following the same …

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Vegetables that you shouldn’t be afraid of. (plus recipes!)

Look. I get it. Daikon is weird looking. You’re probably looking at it without even knowing it’s daikon. Or you’ve never heard of daikon. It’s just some giant tubular white thing that you may or may not be making jokes about. There are quite a few vegetables that when I go to the supermarket to purchase, I need to tell the checkout …

Easy Sausage Pasta Recipe

If you want an upgrade on the good old spaghetti bolognese, this sausage pasta recipe will make your tummy sing. Actually it will make it shout, demanding seconds. It’s simple to make, stores well and is super tasty for leftovers the next day. Don’t worry about getting your chopping precise, rustic chops will be fine. Enjoy the delicious goodness! Easy …

The Best of Auckland’s Markets: Avondale Market

If you live in Auckland, you’ll know how lucky we are to have about a zillion different markets at our fingertips. My absolute favourite is the Avondale Market. Located at the Avondale Racecourse on Ash Street, this Sunday market has been running since the 1970’s, and is a wonderful mixture of Asian and Polynesian food and culture. Also, if you …

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My 2017 Foodie Bucket List

I’m going to be upfront and say I wasn’t particularly ace at ticking off 2016’s foodie bucket list, friends. I think it was a big crazy year, but also I think I had a small list with some large specific goals.  So here is what I DID accomplish: I learned how to shuck oysters, and then I learned that not all …

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My Favourite Snack: Spring Onion Pancake Recipe

Back where I’m from in Canada, we have a large Chinese population. Chinese food was a huge part of my (takeaway) life when I was a kid and the food stalls at festivals always served the favourites. The biggest favourite (judging by all the queues) was the spring onion pancakes. Fried little circles of dough, packed with spring onions with a …

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The Best Guacamole Recipe Ever

You know all those times when you’ve been invited to a friend’s for a BBQ, and they are all like: “Nah! Don’t bring anything!” But when you arrive, everyone else has brought something and then you feel like a cheap arse? Not that this has happened to me, I’m just saying, like hypothetically. For a friend. Other times, you don’t even …

Christmas Gift Ideas for Foodies

I’m sitting here wrapping gifts, outside in the sunshine. I had to reapply sunscreen three times, it’s so bloody warm and beautiful in the backyard. New Zealand summers are awesome. And as much as I still like the cosy wintery Canadian feeling of a fireplace, 56 sweater layers and a glass of mulled wine – I will always take the …

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Cooking Classes in Auckland: It’s Business Time

Dear Friends, Guess what? I quit my job. Up until just recently, I sat at a desk and sold stuff for other people. My days were usually quite stressful. And then I would come home and cook dinner, sometimes after a 10 hour day. And I would LOVE it, look forward to this time, it was almost like meditation for …

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Hi, I’m Carli. Up until just recently, I sat at a desk and sold stuff for other people. My days were usually quite stressful. And then I would come home and cook dinner, sometimes after a 10 hour day. And I would LOVE it, look forward to this time, it was almost like meditation for me. Yup. I get it. …

Culprit. go there now.

On Saturday I was lucky enough to preview the newest restaurant in Auckland: Culprit. I’ve heard rumblings about this place for a while now. Probably because I follow Kyle Street on Instagram and am a creepy fangirl. But if you don’t know who he is, you’ve probably eaten his food. Well, you’ve definitely eaten his food if you’ve ever eaten …

The Best Corn Fritters Recipe Ever – Indonesian style (Vegan & GF)

I have three true food loves. Italian, which I will happily make or eat. Japanese, which I will happily eat but when I make it, it looks like cat food. And Indonesian, which I have just started to get comfortable cooking in the last few years. Indonesian food is delicious – nasi goreng, sambal, satay, beef rendang – and those …

Best private dining in Auckland

There are plenty of things I like about food, but one big plus is it brings people together. Birthday, anniversary, catching up, just because, can’t be bothered washing dishes – let’s go grab a bite to eat. For the larger celebrations, Auckland has some pretty fantastic options for private dining. I took advantage of one of the below for my birthday …

The Auckland Food Show – Eating All The Things

I was driving home from the Food Show in the worst storm. You know what I mean, your windscreen wipers are cranked to full , you can barely make out the car in front of you and you turn down your music to concentrate because that makes total sense at the time. It’s winter in Auckland ya’ll. It kinda sucks. …

The World’s Best Restaurants: A Foodie Wishlist

As mentioned in a previous post, the World’s Best Restaurants list was announced recently. I’ve been super fortunate to have visited a few, but there are plenty that I still have my eye on. So, I’ve created a slobbering mess of food envy with my wishlist below. Here are some of the best restaurants in the world that have made my …

The World’s Best Restaurants 2016 – Food Memories

Not that long ago, we took a big chunk of time off and did some travelling. We travelled wisely, investing our money into the actual adventures, rather than the hotels and souvenirs. And our actual adventures were targeted mostly around one thing: food. Street food. Fine dining. Holes in the wall. The newest place. The little Indonesian grandmum who cooked for …