VISIT: NOOSA, AU

Where there's a holiday-vibe all year round and the sun is always shining

EXPLORE: London

I recently made a short trip through London and thought I'd share some of the places I visited over the three days - which is by no means enough time to even dent the surface of things to do/eat in London, but I will continue nonetheless! Most of places were suggested by friends or were … Continue reading EXPLORE: London

The Grounds of Alexandria

With one of the greatest reputations in Sydney, Claudia and I visited the ever popular Grounds of Alexandria. Arriving just before midday on a Sunday, we knew what to expect and weren't surprised when we were told it was an hour wait for a table - the place was packed. While waiting for a table, … Continue reading The Grounds of Alexandria

Giapo

Giapo is well-known as 'ice-cream heaven' and as one of Auckland's best dessert locations.  A couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough to get a BTS tour of the luxe new parlour and 'laboratory' on Gore Street, which has opened after they out-grew their previous location. For some background, Giapo is the name of the store and also … Continue reading Giapo

Coffee in Auckland City

Coffee in the City - better than s**?  Sometime's you'd think so on a Monday morning! Here's a little round-up of our favourite spots to caffeinate in downtown Auckland City. 1. eighthirty on High Street What feels like a secret location tucked back off High Street, eighthirty is a favourite cafe we visit when we want … Continue reading Coffee in Auckland City

EXPLORE: Los Angeles

I was lucky enough to spend most of 2016 living in L.A. and was based in Los Feliz, which is right next to Hollywood and Griffith Park.  I can’t wait to get back there one day but for now, here are some of my favourite spots and things to do!  CITY OF ANGELS by Charlotte … Continue reading EXPLORE: Los Angeles

L’affare Melrose

Tucked inconspicuously behind the main block of New Market shops, in what has become a bit of a cafe hub just off Khyber Pass, you'll find this spacious spot where there is a passion for coffee and tasty food.  L'affare Melrose is part of the Caffe L'affare brand, which is a classic kiwi coffee company … Continue reading L’affare Melrose

Preach Cafe

After any full day of celebrations or a big night out, a relaxing brunch somewhere by the beach is always a good recovery plan! So, the day after Australia Day, Bondi Beach and coffee was on my agenda. At the Campbell parade intersection in Bondi you'll find Preach Cafe, which is where I headed.  It's a whole-food … Continue reading Preach Cafe

EXPLORE: Peru

First blog of the year and what post could be better than one that features llamas? At the end of 2016, Claudia, who is currently studying medicine in Sydney, was fortunate enough to visit Cusco in Peru and volunteer with International Volunteer HQ/Maximo Nivel and provide service to Medical at Centro de Salud Dignidad Nacional. … Continue reading EXPLORE: Peru

Food Truck Garage

Always healthy and most importantly, delicious - one of our favourite restaurants to visit has an updated menu! Food Truck Garage consistently churns out wholesome and tasty meals that blow our minds (but not our budgets). A stalwart of the City Works Depot development, we visited their first location recently, which is a space with plenty of character, lots … Continue reading Food Truck Garage

Petit Bocal

Petit Bocal (or "small jar") is a rustic cafe with a French twist, nestled in the suburb of Morningside. With a long list of breakfast items through to evening tapas, wines and dinner, it's worth having in your back pocket as a relaxed escape from home or for a catchup with friends. We visited a couple of weeks ago on a … Continue reading Petit Bocal

Welcome Eatery

  When you think of cafes in Auckland, it's easy to gloss over the Grafton area, between New Market and the city. However, this area is definitely warming up on the quality-cafe front, which makes sense given its close proximity to both the Auckland and AUT university campuses and an abundance of workplaces nearby. Welcome Eatery is a … Continue reading Welcome Eatery

Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

If you're always on the hunt for quality spots for a healthy brunch or lunch, Bread & Circus in Sydney is a great choice. A boisterous cafe with high ceilings and industrial-styled interiors, it has a laid back atmosphere that suited us perfectly on our most recent visit. Located in the same food court complex as … Continue reading Bread & Circus Wholefoods Canteen

EXPLORE: Manhattan

Manhattan, New York. Arguably, the world's most famous city - and at the same time, a world unto itself. It draws people from all backgrounds and walks of life who are hungry - for success, inspiration, an escape or excitement - and this drives the competitive culture of the city and I think it is what creates the city's infamous "energy" and … Continue reading EXPLORE: Manhattan

LUXE Woollahra

Situated a stone's throw away from Oxford street and within the courtyard of a blush-coloured corner site, Luxe Woollahra (in Sydney), is somewhere you should head if you're looking for aesthetic surroundings and a classic and tasty menu, topped off with solid service. What keeps us going back to this spot is the great set-up. The outdoor seating area has lots of plush pillows, plants and … Continue reading LUXE Woollahra

EXPLORE: Williamsburg

Williamsburg, Brooklyn (a.k.a. Hipster Capital of the World), where you find yourself using "gentrified" in sentences and bearded men upon bicycles is the norm. If you're visiting New York, it's worth making your way over to Williamsburg on the L-train (before its potential shut-down for maintenance), for a break from the hustle of the city streets, drinkable coffee and … Continue reading EXPLORE: Williamsburg

EXPLORE: Queenstown

We won't be the first and we won't be the last to say it - one of our favourite places to visit in New Zealand, is Queenstown. Not only is it heaven for foodies, but also for thrill-seekers, fashionistas, outdoorsy types and those just keen to wind-down and relax. On top of this, it is awe-inspiringly beautiful at all times … Continue reading EXPLORE: Queenstown

Bills

In a suburb that has a laid-back vibe but is secretly (or not so secretly) buzzing with activity and trendy eateries, you will find Bills - a quintessential Sydney destination with a reputable reputation for a bite to eat, at all times of the day. For our purposes, we visited for brunch mid-week and as there … Continue reading Bills

Café Gratitude

Since moving to LA, I have been spoilt for choice when it comes to new places to eat and drink. A popular café I have been to a few times now is Café Gratitude. It is a plant-based, organic chain (similar to Little Bird in Auckland) with three locations in LA, all of which I have … Continue reading Café Gratitude

Little King

Escaping the city centre for the afternoon, yesterday I had a fabulous lunch with a friend at Little King cafe in Milford. Similar to its sister cafe in Herne Bay, Dear Jervois, the menu is interesting, diverse and has something for you, whether you're a waffle eater or more akin to a cave-man. To my … Continue reading Little King

Bondi Wholefoods

Contemporary interiors are combined with wholesome, organic foods to form a winning combination at Bondi Wholefoods in Surry Hills. This store is the second location after the original in Bondi, with more space, less of a wait time but your same healthy options for breakfast, lunch and to takeaway. Bondi Wholefoods is leading the way in nutritious cafes … Continue reading Bondi Wholefoods

Greenleaf Organics

Welcome to Greenleaf Organics. This healthy and stylish cafe started as a smoothie delivery business, but given its popularity and success, it has evolved into a sleek eatery with an incredible organic menu. Of course, this includes a wide range of their delicious smoothies. Although it was relatively quiet when we visited, we could appreciate that … Continue reading Greenleaf Organics

Cali

Given we’re locals, we know first hand that New Market is calling out for cafes to rival those found in Grey Lynn and the like  - and finally, the call is being answered by none other than the chic new bistro, Cali, which is re-invigorating the corner of Nuffield Street. A group of us recently worked our way through Cali's West Coast … Continue reading Cali

Eat at The Shelter

Eat at The Shelter is the uber stylish cafe that has recently opened up in a contemporary shared space in Ponsonby. The cafe, which flows outdoors into a courtyard, is nestled at the back of the open-planned space, alongside trendy fashion brands, stunning  home-ware and other lifestyle products. The relaxed atmosphere of the cafe was perfect for an early morning start last week. I loved … Continue reading Eat at The Shelter

Maison Vauron / L’Atelier du Fromage

If you love all things French, we have somewhere we think you'll enjoy visiting. A while ago now, Laura and Rachel were lucky enough to attend Maison Vauron’s “Fromage Tour de France” workshop. This evening was held in their boutique French wine and cheese shop on McColl Street in Newmarket. Maison Vauron is New Zealand's largest specialist … Continue reading Maison Vauron / L’Atelier du Fromage

Mary’s

As a final ode to the month that has been 'Junk Free June', here is our review of Mary's in St. Mary's Bay, where we found healthy options for a recent Sunday lunch. The building itself is easily identified with its brick exterior and unique deco-style window arching across the top of its road-front wall. … Continue reading Mary’s

Scratch Bakers

When we think of Scratch Bakers, we usually think of their delicious little tarts filled with custard or their cinnamon brioche scrolls, that adorn countertops in cafes a-plenty around Auckland. However, that's about to change, with the opening of their new 'headquarters' in the CBD. Just off Victoria street, you will find the cafe with semi-industrial … Continue reading Scratch Bakers

Woodworks

We are always keen to try out new places in our ever-sprawling city, so Claudia and Laura headed to Woodworks in Avondale recently for lunch. It's a relatively new spot offering breakfast and a full day bistro menu, in addition to takeaway pizzas. The cafe is a large, spacious area with plenty of natural lighting, which is great if you're with … Continue reading Woodworks

Caffetteria Allpress

Another day, another cafe...but this one is unique. I can honestly say I've visited Caffetteria Allpress many times and the service and coffee is always excellent. I became fond of this cafe when I was working nearby, for a good four months, at the end of last year. The sun-drenched balcony overlooking Drake Street was my … Continue reading Caffetteria Allpress

4&20 Bakery

Our little local, 4&20 Bakery is the place to go if you're after artisan bread,  sandwiches, pastries and fresh baking. They use organic and free-range ingredients where possible, and everything is made by hand. You can also grab yourself an organic coffee, tea or juice. The cafe is small but has a huge kitchen out the back where the magic … Continue reading 4&20 Bakery

Odettes Eatery

Nothing starts a weekend better than a workout and brunch, so that's what Charlotte and I do most Saturdays. On the weekend just been, we swung by Odettes Eatery for breakfast, knowing it had a great outdoor area to enjoy a fresh, sunny morning. The highlight of this eatery is definitely the relaxed atmosphere and detail to design. Clean, lofty and … Continue reading Odettes Eatery

Five Loaves Eatery

Charlotte and I unintentionally ended up at Five Loaves Eatery yesterday morning for coffee and given I was peckish, thought it'd be rude not to get some breakfast and write a little review. It's a trendy place to grab and go, or munch on something at one of their few road-side tables. There is top quality … Continue reading Five Loaves Eatery

Burger Burger

Reasonably priced, fun and wickedly satisfying, Burger Burger is a favourite spot of ours for a simple lunch or dinner. There’s often a wait for a seat, but this is made bearable given its convenient location in Ponsonby Central and the option you have to grab a drink somewhere nearby. Burger Burger is relatively small with … Continue reading Burger Burger

Orphan’s Kitchen

Bringing “unadulterated” food to your early mornings, Orphan’s Kitchen, the distinctive Ponsonby restaurant, is now lending its deft hand to brunch. A lot of thought has gone into creating an original menu with classics tarted up by interesting ingredients, which makes it a place worth adding to your breakfast and lunch repertoire. The standout features of … Continue reading Orphan’s Kitchen

The Botanist

Last weekend Charlotte and I visited The Botanist for breakfast after having been many times before, for coffee, juices and lunch. On further consideration, we decided that more cafes should take a leaf out of this cafe's book and combine with a florist - not only will their atmosphere permeate with a stunning, floral bouquet, but will … Continue reading The Botanist

Dear Jervois

Joining the multitude of quality cafes in the Herne Bay and Ponsonby area, Dear Jervois is the new kid on the block that is so far holding its own. Thought has gone into making the somewhat unusually shaped café a stylish space. We like the design of the entrance, where industrial metal shelves peppered with green plants, sit behind a stunning wooden … Continue reading Dear Jervois

Rosie

In a prime location, nestled in the heart of Parnell and opposite the Rose Gardens, you'll find Rosie. It's a cafe come restaurant that is always busy, populated with a regular bunch of locals and those testing out the recently revamped eatery. We visited Rosie for a family brunch last weekend, on a bone-chilling cold … Continue reading Rosie

L’oeuf

Numerous recommendations (and Instagram snaps) lead us to L'oeuf  for brunch this weekend. The cafe has burgeoned into a very popular spot - which meant we had to wait a short while for a table - but it was well worth it, as the food was visually stunning and tasted as good as it looked. The cafe is … Continue reading L’oeuf

Richmond Rd Cafe

What a fabulous weekend it's been with all this sunshine! And yesterday we visited one of Charlotte's favourite spots too, Richmond Rd Cafe. We always return to this cafe because we like the smooth service and think it does great eggs. It's ideal for a lazy weekend brunch or lunch. The cafe is deceivingly large, … Continue reading Richmond Rd Cafe

Honey

Honey Cafe has been on our list of places-to-go for quite some time now, so we were pleased to finally make it there for lunch today. The cafe is light and bright inside, with vibrant yellow seats and cushions adding to the lively atmosphere. We liked the feature wall patterned with geometric shapes and the … Continue reading Honey

Catroux

This morning we visited Catroux in Westmere. We reviewed the cafe a while ago for lunch, but this time we tried the seasonal brunch menu and  were very impressed by the food. We like the design of the cafe with its all-white interiors making it feel larger than it is. The space is dominated by a glass … Continue reading Catroux

Little Bird Unbakery

Eating unprocessed and healthy food is a trend that has picked up speed in the last year, and with the recent addition of a Little Bird 'Unbakery' to Ponsonby, we have no doubt it will continue to gain momentum. Yesterday Laura and I visited for breakfast, while Charlotte made a trip today to try out … Continue reading Little Bird Unbakery

Best Ugly Bagels

How do you make sure no one steals your bagels? You put lox on them. Hehe. Laura and I finally made it to Al Brown’s ‘Best Ugly Bagels’ today for lunch. It is a bagel shop of sorts, where artisan bagels are hand rolled and wood fired in front of your eyes, then served up … Continue reading Best Ugly Bagels

Bread and Butter bakery & cafe

You may be more familiar with 'Little Bread and Butter' located in Ponsonby central, however, today we went to the Bread and Butter Bakery and Cafe in Grey Lynn, as the bakery and cafe has a full breakfast and lunch menu which we wanted to try, alongside their artisan breads and sweet treats. The cafe is large … Continue reading Bread and Butter bakery & cafe

Milse

We found a little slice of dessert-heaven this afternoon! Tucked away discreetly in The Pavilions at Britomart is Milse, a beautiful dessert restaurant and patisserie with degustation dessert menus and à la carte delights to choose from. It only opened two days ago, and we predict it will become a very popular spot! The intricate lattice walls … Continue reading Milse

Bambina Ponsonby

This morning Laura and I headed to 'Bambina' for brunch after a morning walk. It's a quintessential Ponsonby cafe, busy with quiet couples enjoying the newspaper, to bubbly kids out for a morning treat with their parents. All seem to enjoy its casual feel, straightforward menu and quality food. It was hassle free getting a … Continue reading Bambina Ponsonby