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 …

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 …

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 …

Around the World Dining in Auckland: Le Chef

One of my favourite food memories is this little restaurant in Saint-Emillion in the Bordeaux region of France. It’s full of smokey meat smells and aromas of many things cooked in butter. One of the cooks is slicing charcuterie near where you walk in, and there are a zillion things hanging on the walls that you suspect might be edible and are …

Food Delivery 101: WOOP! (World on our Plate)

WOOP is the newest kid on the food delivery block, although owner Thomas Dietz isn’t new to industry. The French/New Zealander is behind a line of ready made meals inspired by French cuisine that you might have seen at the supermarket, TOMeTTE. WOOP is an acronym for World On Our Plate. A food delivery service, they create three semi-made meals inspired by cuisines from …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …