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Eating out NZ

  • Dining Out: Ortolana

    ortolana drinkOne thing I have noticed upon my return to New Zealand (having been in Europe for the past six months) is that this really is the most beautiful country in the world. I am constantly taking photos of things that for the past 24 years I had happily walked past and not appreciated. In addition to this, in Auckland alone the dining scene is looking amazing!

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  • Dining Out: The Hamptons

    hamptonsFollowing many rave reviews we scooted on down to the much talked about Hamptons on Shortland St, to secure ourselves one of their BBQ tables - a playful summer pop up by one of our sophisticated favs Clooney.

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  • Quick visit from Valrhona

    Valrhona_1[1]What's wrong with a lifestyle in which it is not only a pleasure, but a duty, to eat some of the world's best ingredients?

    The pressure was on last week with three days of exemplary chocolate, which does tend to happen when you have someone from Valrhona in town. They were here to check out our local scene and to offer support to the Kiwi pastry team being prepared by Robert Bok of Sky City, who are entering the Asia Pacific part of the World Pastry Cup. Continue reading

  • Days in the sun

  • The Sandwich


    Small indulgences can provide you with a lot of pleasure really.

    My daughter's very specific instructions (and if you know Helen you will know exactly what I mean - she's a Virgo - so made able to issue direction with ease!) were:


    Ok, ok darling daughter of the latest generation to own the world. If people really want to know what we eat and why, we'll tell them occasionally. Continue reading

  • Fishing for fun

    FishingWe hope those of you back at the coalface managed to grab at least a few rays of summer sun between the deluges. We escaped to Russell for what turned out to be four extremely gorgeous days just after New Year.

    Realistic enough to know our seaward limitations, but keen to have our annual family fishing day, we commissioned a guy we had not met before - Hamish from Legend Charters - to help us wrest the anticipated beasts from the sea Continue reading

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