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 …

Sarah and Otis Frizzell: The Lucky Taco

You’ve surely heard the story, seen their faces or at the very least smelled the taco-ey goodness pouring out of their food truck, Lucky. Whether it’s parked up on Ponsonby Road or hanging out at the Street Collective, there always seems to be a queue of regulars hanging out for their taco fix. Now, Sarah and Otis Frizzell are introducing an …

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. …

NZ International Film Festival: The Best Places to Dine, Snack and Drink

It’s my favourite time of year. Okay, I know I said Bluff oyster season was my favourite time of year. So this is my other favourite time of year. I’m an adult so I can make my own rules. Two favourite times of year. Done. It’s the time of year when I grab the HOT OFF THE PRESSES New Zealand International Film …

The Cheapest Ways to Eat at Auckland’s Best Restaurants

With the Metro, Cuisine and Lewisham awards all announced in the last couple months, you’d have to be living under a food free rock not to have heard the buzz about the best of the best restaurants in this city of ours. Dining at the best of the best however, can cost a small fortune. If you are looking for the …

This is Where I Eat When I Want The Best Food Ever

My favourite restaurants in New Zealand RIGHT NOW are listed below. That means, doy – Depot and The French Cafe are obviously some of the best, but we all talk about them so much that there isn’t a whole lot left to say. These are my choices now. Right now. Coco’s Cantina I really like a couple things about Coco’s. …

The Little Garden That Could

I’ve never had a green thumb. Actually the opposite. I am widely known in my local community for killing lovely green growing things with casual disregard. There may or may not be a wanted sign up at Kings Plant Barn for me. I’ve even killed a cactus, and those bloody things only need to be watered once in forever. However, …

Enthusiastic Food of the Week

After almost a month of travelling through Indonesia, I have to say – we ate like royalty. Homemade sambals, fresh tuna satays, Mie Goring, suckling pig, banana pancakes to name but a few of the delish dishes. And while an Indonesia post is in the cards, this ain’t it. As soon as I got home, and probably before it was …

My Food Heroes

Who are your food heroes? I’m really into food. Which is a bit of an understatement. So when I dine at my favorite restaurant and the owner/chef serves me himself, I always fangirl a little bit. Chefs are my rock stars. Oh my gawwwwd. But I wouldn’t throw my underwear at them. That would be weird. And it might put …

Easier than it looks Pork Terrine Recipe

Have you eaten terrine before? If you’ve eaten anywhere in France or at a French restaurant, chances are you have. And you’ve probably been well impressed with how fantastic and complicated it looks, exclaiming – “this is so delicious, it’s a pity it’s too hard to make!” I know. I’ve been there, exclamations aplenty. But terrine is not difficult, my friends. …

The Best Restaurants in the World: Eleven Madison Park, NYC

I have been really fortunate to have eaten at some of the most incredible restaurants in the world. Some were planned out and booked months in advance. Others came at the recommendation of friends, and several were just luck, we totally stumbled upon them. A few we had to save our dollars for, sometimes compromising on accommodation or transportation while traveling so …

Oysters in a half shell, oyster power.

Oysters really split the crowd in two. Either you make gagging motions at the thought of them, or like me – you start the countdown to Bluff Oyster season about a month ahead of time. (Oyster fishermen are my Santa Claus). I was in the first camp until about four years ago. Couldn’t understand it. People pay a premium for …

Food Confessions

I’ve definitely been involved in some pretty sad food train wrecks. The first time I ever cooked with leek, I tried to use the green bit and threw away the white bit. When I was younger and made brownies for the first time, I put in a cup of salt instead of sugar. And there was the time I thought …

Eggs, glorious eggs.

Oh my lawd, I love eggs. I was going to incorporate eggs into my post on food obsessions, but that was more about short term food love affairs and this is one serious monogamous relationship I’ve got going with eggs. Is there anything greater than eggs? The answer is no. There is not. Stop fighting it. I eat eggs almost …

Salmon Gravlax Recipe - Cooking Classes Auckland

The Best Salmon Gravlax recipe in the world

One of the yummiest things I like to do, is visit Best Ugly Bagels in City Works Depot and chow down on a King Bagel (Salmon, capers, red onion and cream cheese). This is actually a pretty easy thing to recreate, especially since you can pick up a pack of Best Ugly bagels from New World or Farro. But hang on. …