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Martha’s Pantry High Tea, Cuba Street

October 21, 2013

On a blustery, wet Wellington day I channelled my most lady-like self for a lunch time escapade to Martha’s Pantry with some lovely ladies I work with. As soon as we walked in, all the pretty things made me forget the horrid weather and suddenly I was 5 again, setting up for a tea party. Martha’s Pantry is a wonderful assortment of  delicate tea sets, knitted tea cosies, and even embroidered tablecloths… some of it is so kitschy but I have a feeling that’s the look they were going for.

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WBC Restaurant, Victoria Street

October 9, 2013

A couple of weeks ago we went to NZ Opera’s The Flying Dutchman. Neither of us are opera aficionados or those snobby culture vultures but we’re always game for something a bit different. So straight after work, I rushed home to don those glad rags and voila- 30mins later- we were off!

We needed an early dinner so thought it would be the perfect opportunity to cross WBC Restaurant off the short list. It annoyingly doesn’t take bookings (yes, another one of those) and still riding on the coat tails of hype so is always busy. Well, at 6pm sharp on a Thursday night, we were in luck. Apparently from the same people who brought us Capitol, it has been well publicised for having a menu that gets tweaked each day based on what’s ‘fresh’ and available. This seems to be the in thing right now and leaves me rather torn. On the one hand I think- great, using less conventional cuts and what’s on hand seems more sustainable and cost effective? On the other hand… you’re charging me how much (!) for those lambs brains? Hmm.

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Dunedin, Eating in the Heart of Studentville

October 5, 2013

Last weekend, mum and I popped down to Dunedin to visit my sister and get our first taste of Otago student life. The long drive from the airport through all that greenery reminded me we were no longer in the big smoke, and the hodge podge of dingy looking cottages reminded me we were definitely in studentville. I’m sure there are lots of lovely, probably palatial homes in Dunedin but that was not the hot spot I was hanging out in. My sister’s flat with all its windows and doors in place is probably one of the better in the neighbourhood, but I was pretty glad I booked a hotel room…

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Christchurch to Auckland, a Food Tour

September 27, 2013

I’ve been doing quite the tiki tour around the country over the last month and contrary to common belief, it’s not glamorous, it’s tiring. There have been lots of 530am wake up calls, delayed flights, cancelled flights, diverted flights, and just plain old turbulence. The silver linings have been meeting up with friends who happen to be in the neighbourhood and of course, doing a bit of wining and dining.

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Olive, Cuba Street

September 23, 2013

Most Friday nights involve a couple of drinks at work and then a stroll into town in search of a dinner destination that isn’t crap and doesn’t involve a wait of over an hour. I tell you from experience, it is a challenge. This time was no different… my tummy disapproved of the 90min wait times at my first and second choices (Crab Shack and WBC) so we were left to do the oh so familiar aimless stroll towards Courtenay or Cuba. Then Olive was thrown out there as an option…

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Whole Roasted Pig’s Head, a True Nose Dining Experience

September 9, 2013

Last Friday night we loaded ourselves, a bottle of whiskey, a bottle of wine, and my first ever attempt at a cheesecake, into a taxi headed for the bright lights of Karori- we were heading to a wee dinner party! I love dinner parties, big or small, but it was more appealing since it was still during the post-WOAP eating out ban. This had all the excitement of eating out but technically we were eating in- yus!

We were welcomed by pleasant aromas of a roast something… our only hint as to that something was a text message a couple of days earlier asking “…do you both eat pork?”. After our Ti Kouka feast it could have gone two ways- either completely over pork or even bigger fans. We are firmly in the latter category. Our host kindly presented us with martinis complete with olives or onions, what pros. I’m not sure if they were shaken or stirred but boy did they pack a punch. A sign of things to come…?

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