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 …

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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 …

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 …

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 …

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 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 …

Where to take your Foodie Mum (or what to buy her) this Mother’s Day

Okay, first thing’s first. It’s REALLY hard for me to write ‘mum’, as mum. I grew up in Canada, and even though I’ve lived the majority of my adult life in New Zealand, I still pause and feel weird spelling it that way. So apologies to MY super MOM, but I will Kiwi-ize this blog so I don’t get made fun …

Cheap and Cheerful – The Best Meals in Auckland for under $15

You know when you’re cooking for just two of you, or for yourself, so you pop down to the food shop to grab a casual few ingredients and end up spending $65? Oh yeah. That bloody truffle brie saw you coming from a mile away, sucker. Step one, just eat it all on the drive home so there’s no evidence. …

The Best Dishes in Auckland – Autumn 2016 Edition

Metro Magazine has just released their list of the Top 50 Restaurants in Auckland for 2016, and in next month’s publication, they will hand out their awards for Best Overall Restaurant, Best Chef, and Best Dish. At the moment they have the eight dishes they’ve shortlisted on their Facebook page and voting has just closed (It appears that Pork Belly …

Where to find Bluff Oysters in Auckland this season

*2017 update, everything is current for this year’s Bluff Oyster season which begins 3rd March*   Oh friends. Haven’t you heard the good news? It’s the start of March! And you know what that means…. BLUFF OYSTER SEASON! If you’re rewriting your entire monthly schedule to fit in as many of these beautiful suckers as you can, and you live …

The Best Food in Madrid (A Food Photo Love Story)

Spain is one of my favourite countries. Barcelona, in particular has absolutely captured my heart and when I travelled there a couple years ago, I didn’t want to leave. Actually, we ended up flagging Madrid to spend another week in Barcelona, as Festa Major de Gracia was on, and I can’t even begin to tell you how fun that was …

All I Want For Christmas: Gift Ideas For Foodies

Do you have a Secret Santa coming up and have no idea what to buy for them? Significant other who loves getting down and dirty in the kitchen?  (Because they are mixing dough with their hands or something, come on guys).  When I Google “Foodie Christmas Gifts” most of the suggestions are really dumb. Think, use once and put in …

The Best Auckland Restaurants that are Open During the Holidays

It’s nearly that time of year. Everyone goes full swing into crazy mode, wrapping paper looks like it’s exploded everywhere, little Jimmy has mashed his potatoes all over the carpet and although it seemed like a good idea at the time, those Christmas crackers with the glitter inside have you googling the inventor (so you can track them down and …

The Best Japanese Restaurants in Auckland

If you asked me what my favourite type of cuisine was in the entire world, I would say Italian. But you can’t really eat a bowl of pasta every day, unless you have Italian blood (tomato sauce) running through your veins. My second favourite cuisine is Japanese. Easily. And unless I’m missing something – it’s a way healthier option to tuck into …

Enthusiastic Food of the Week – Round 2

  It’s time for another weekly* instalment of “Enthusiastic Food of the Week”!   (*I know this is only the second time I’ve done this, but let’s pretend I’m more organised.)     Zany Zeus have an entire range of cheeses and cultured products. My favourites are the greek yoghurt (thick and traditional, and miles ahead of any other yoghurt I’ve …

The Best Salads in Auckland

Winter and salad might not be the perfect match for everyone, but let’s just say you spent the last two weeks eating pasta and pizza nearly every day (for research, kay guys) and now you need to detox. Or you actually just really like salad. Even if you’re not in the shamed gluttony camp or a member of the Salad Enthusiasts, …

The Auckland Food Show – Best Bits –

The Auckland Food Show started today, and it’s a really good excuse to put on those comfy shoes, stretchy pants and do a bit of grazing. If you’re planning on checking it out over the next couple days, I’ve got a few helpful tips and some of the best bits of the show below. Food Show Info: Runs: Thurs 30th July – Sun …

The Best Restaurants in the World: Osteria Francescana

Massimo Bottura is everywhere these days. He’s one of the stars of the new Netflix short series “Chef’s Table“. He is all over Instagram.  And maybe most importantly, his restaurant moved up one place in San Pellegrino and Acqua Panna’s “The World’s 50 Best Restaurants” list this year, and now sits comfortably as the second best restaurant in the world. Yep. The world. …