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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 …

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 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 …

Mushroom, Hazelnut and Bacon Lasagne Recipe

So there are a few things I really like in life. I like Pasta. (See? I like it so much I capitalised it). And I like bacon. So when I’m feeling like a easy yummy meal, my go to is typically carbonara. This what I was thinking on the drive to New World last week, after working late, feeling shattered …

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 …

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 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 …

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The Best Fresh Pasta Recipe Ever: Stuffed Ravioli with Sage Burnt Butter

I bought a pasta maker about a year ago because it was on sale at Stevens for $29.99. I thought this was a small enough investment for another piece of kitchen equipment that had the potential to get lost in the cupboard black abyss. But shockingly this was a really great purchase because, get this – making pasta is easy. Like, really, really …

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 …

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. …