Tequila Joe’s, Eat All You Can Tacos.

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You know how you always have that one place you always talk about going to but never do?

Tequila Joe’s and their eat all you can taco Tuesday’s was just that for me and some friends. This week we finally went and we ate all we could. Each of us ladies had 6 each, shared two baskets of fries and one of corn chips. I think we did well as the tacos are not those tiny ones.

All of the tacos were excellent, the fries were fab and the food kept on coming until we could eat no more. Not only do you get various tacos but Baja fries and corn chips too. To be honest, I didn’t expect to enjoy the tacos as much as I did and my expectations weren’t high. I really enjoyed the evening, the atmosphere and the food. I think the pork were my favourite and I am not a big pork fan.

Check their website and Facebook for the information. I do believe they are now doing Taco Thursday too. it is best to book.

 

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Beef

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Chicken

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Pork

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Fish

Newtown, A Lovely Place To Dine.

A few months ago I suddenly found myself working in Newtown. This was a bit of a sudden move and a shock. Once I got over the change I realised that I had a whole new world of food to explore. With a change in role and hours, I now get an hours lunch time. This make me happy. I will update on this post as I eat more and more food.

Viva Mexico

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Love Viva Mexico. We have been making the odd visit to the Left Bank Cuba restaurant for years and now I get to go to the far more spacious Newtown branch. The food is the same fab tasty dishes and it has a look of holiday about it, you certainly don’t feel like you are sat in Newtown. For lunch there are two $12 options- Quesadillas or Huarache Patria. You can choose various fillings for both. The photo above is of my vegetarian quesadillas, I really enjoyed the meal and it was nice and filling. I also have a soft spot for the Huarache Patria and I choose green sauce and beef.

The Ramen Shop

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I have been wanting to go to The Ramen house for a very long time. Previously they weren’t open when I had my lunch break but now with the luxury of an hour I can slurp at leisure. The day I visited with a friend I really liked the look of the Chilled Kimchi Noodles, not Ramen, I know. They were so very perfect and tasty, they were everything I hoped they would be from the menu description. My friend did something he has never done before, ordered a vegetarian dish. He went for the Shoyu Shiitake, I tried one of his pickled shiitake and it was delicious. He was very impressed that he enjoyed a vegetarian dish so much and we both left talking about next time. I am already dreaming about the Spicy Chicken Ramen.

Curry Pot

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We are big fans of eating at Indian restaurants at lunch time. They are often incredible value and you get to choose a main dish, rice and a plain naan for around $10-$12. At the weekend we often eat Indian food as our main meal. Near my workplace there are four Indian restaurants to choose from, yes, four. Lately the Curry Pot has been a favourite as they do a good lunch deal and great food. Their Palak Paneer is probably my favourite out of all the places we visit.

Mediterranean Foods

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This place has had one big make over and is now stunning. I haven’t actually had lunch here yet but will soon, they have a pasta dish of the week for $10 as well as other items on the menu. You can find out what the dish is on their Facebook page  and even watch how it is made. When I last went there it was for metre long pizza , I was very lucky and won the pizza on FB. They have a good few competitions. The pizza was delicious and we will certainly be back. It is the kind of place I would choose for a birthday dinner. I must go for lunch and a good browse around the shop.

 

 

Eating Auckland, OK it was work really but I did eat rather a lot.

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In my other life I work for a major Australasian bank. Training for a new role took me up to Auckland last week. This was for 4 days with a rather nice hotel room and a fairly decent expenses budget. My first thoughts when booking the trip all involved food and eating out. I wasn’t keen on the idea of eating out alone and so I asked for company. I used social media and soon got myself 3 dates and some locals food knowledge. I love social media and I love food. Work is pretty great too.

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My lovely view.

Sometimes being the oldest in a group of people is a good thing. I had the foresight to join the club of the hotel I was booked in and give my club number when checking in. I also got to the hotel first and that may have influenced my excellent room. I was on the 13th floor, with a king bed and a city view with glimpses of the harbour. I stayed at Rydges Auckland and found the location fantastic. I felt safe walking around the area by myself and the hotel is a nice size.

So ….. the eating.

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I had what was probably my favourite meal of 2016. It blew me away. Back in July I went to Ottolenghi’s and I did love it but thought the portions could have been a lot larger. This meal in Auckland was more what I imagined and so very good. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. This is what I wrote on Zomato.

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The atmosphere, surroundings and service were spot on. The food was incredible and even the bathroom is nice.

Between two of us we had the Afghan bread, smoked yoghurt labna, fattoush, wedding tabbouleh and the slow braised goat. Every dish was full of individuality , taste and flavour.

Next time I up up in Auckland this will be my first stop. I now have a new food aim, to eat their breakfast. In an ideal world I would try all of both menus. My one regret is I couldn’t fit pudding in.

Thank you for a lovely evening out Sarah, it was lovely to meet the real you.

The Federal Delicatessen

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Love this place and I just couldn’t resist a return visit. OK, so I went twice.

My first visit was for dinner with Wendy Wings and her lovely daughter. You can’t book so we waited for a table at the bar where you get to watch the kitchen, it is a pretty fab spot. I love the diner feel of the place and it has a happy feel. This visit I had a hot dog, poutine and New York Cheesecake. It was all spot on and I also loved the Black Cherry Soda.

My second visit was for breakfast and I just had to have the Griddle Cakes – blueberry buttermilk pancakes with cinnamon butter & strudel nut crunch. They were as good as I remembered from a past visit and I could see them being carefully cooked and the blueberries in the top being individually popped. The coffee was good too, I do love a bottomless cup.

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White and Wong

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I met another social media friends here who works for the same bank as me. He choose the place and it is a lovely location. We sat outside watching the harbour. White and Wong is good but not the cheapest Asian. The food was lovely and so is the location. I rather loved the steamed pork buns and the custard buns we finished with were rather fab.

Thanks for the company Andrew and Greg.

Heaven Scent

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I have to admit that I didn’t get the chance to try a pie from Heaven Scent. I did however have two breakfast (not at the same time). This place is right near The Rydges but if you weren’t looking for it you wouldn’t know it was there. It is upstairs in a loft space and it light and airy. My first visit I had the lovely muesli and the second time I had a delicious apricot and walnut brioche. The coffee was good too.

Federal and Wolfe

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This cafe is not far from the hotel either and rather lovely. I had a great start to my day as you can see above. Yes, I ate the lot and still managed lunch. The whole pile was delicious. You seriously can’t beat a good NZ avocado. The ricotta was lovely too, everything was great.

That was my main eating. I also went to the Albert Street Food Court because you have to, got a take away cake for Milse, a sneaky slice of Sal’s Pizza which was spot on and a healthy lunch from The Little Bird Unbakery. I mustn’t forget Mexicali Fresh, that is my kind of fast food.

Oh how I love food.

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A Day Off, Baron Hasselhoff’s And The Beach House and Kiosk.

Yesterday was the first day of summer down this end of the world. In Wellington it started out grey and eventually turned into summer. It was a perfect day for heading over to the south coast of the city and for a bit of an adventure.

I picked up my friend Lily to head to the Beach House and Kiosk. I decided a detour down Adelaide Road with a stop off at a chocolatier’s was in order and I am mighty glad we did.

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Excuse the not very good photo but you get the gist.

Baron Hasselhoff’s was amazing and I think I speak for both of us when I say we left happy. It is a small place with chocolates that amaze. It reminds me of visiting choccywoccydoodah in Brighton. You can see the mind at work making the delightful chocolates. These are not your run of the mill chocolates, they are thought out and considered flavours. They are very different chocolates to I have had anywhere else and I will certainly be treating myself to a box of 6 soon.  While in there we had a good chat with the owner and did rather a lot of trying samples, buying chocolates and eating them right there, it was fun. I loved the Rose, raspberry and pomegranate molasses and was surprised by the liquorice root mallow puff.

After our chocolate stop we headed to the cafe at the end of the road and around by red rocks. The cafe that was here previously had rather a sad reputation and was a bit unloved by locals. It is the first stop for many people who have emigrated here or are on holiday, it was our first cafe in New Zealand. Wellington…… you need to rethink that!

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The cafe has been renovated and is now the Beach House And Kiosk, it is stunning. The views around there are the same jaw dropping views and now the cafe is back to matching the scenery. We both loved the decor and the ambiance. It feels good and is a place I would drive out of my way to visit. The cakes on the counter looked lovely, the service was nice, friendly and Kiwi. The food we ordered was also excellent. Our one gripe was the duck fat spuds could have been cooked and little more.

The old owners of Elements and Zoe, one of the chefs from Elements are running this place. It showed in the food, the menu and I will certainly be back for more.

We shared a roasted cauliflower and chickpea salad and duck fat potatoes. Lily didn’t want the pecorino cheese on the spuds so I had mine on the side. Both dishes were lovely and we were left full. The smoked yoghurt with the cauliflower was a big winner. Oh, I forgot, we also fitted in half a doughnut each. That was good too.

Review Of The High Tea At The Bolton Hotel And A Metre Long Pizza Experience With Mediterranean Foods.

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My latest High Tea Society Review At Bolton Hotel, Artisan Restaurant is up and it is a goody. I am currently trying to convince the family to go on holiday to Singapore so I can’t get myself a teapot. Postage from the website may be cheaper but Singapore has so much food to try and the Postie doesn’t.

Last weekend on Facebook I had some great news, I won the special Monday metre long pizza at Mediterranean Foods. Yes, 1 meter long. I was very good and shared with my family and friends. It was very impressive and very good. We got to choose 3 different pizzas to be featured. We had Italia, SicilIa and Chioggia. It fed 5 of us and for $55 I think that is pretty good. The novelty of the huge pizza was easily matched by the great taste. The restaurant and shop have been refurbished and look fantastic.

 

 

Yes, I have had a week that has been all about food. That is every week but this week has been extra foodie with the pizza above and a few changes at work. I started new hours at and this meant a whole hour for lunch. Working in the suburb I work in means I have plenty of choices for lunch. This week I had a very good Palak Paneer with naan bread ($9.50) at The Curry Pot  and Huarache Patria ($13 beef with green sauce) at Viva Mexico. Both were so very good and rather cheap.

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Today I also had pancakes ($16) at the new cafe in Petone, Seashore Cabaret. They were the best pancakes I have had in the Wellington Region, the coffee was also good and I love the decor. I wasn’t expecting the place to please me, but it did.

If you are Tim my personal trainer, I would still give myself 7/10 for my diet. There was fruit and veg involved.

Earthquake Week.

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I had plans to post this week but it hasn’t happened. Concentration has not been my forte and what I have had I have used at work. This has all happened due to the rather large 7.8 earthquake New Zealand experienced last week.

Wellington is a city we choose to live in, we do not have family ties here and we love it. The view above is from one of my regular walks and takes about 15 minutes up a rather steep incline from our house. Look at that view! The boats in the picture were in for a bit, they are other countries Navy boats who were wonderful enough to help in Kaikoura.

Our city is going to lose a few buildings but we didn’t lose any people. Sadly two families did elsewhere and they are in my thoughts. This week has been exhausting and we will experience after shocks for a good while. We will get through.

 

 

High Teas Society And Me.

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A few months ago I got a surprise message on twitter from a fellow former blogger, Lady Loves Cake. The message was asking if I would be interested in taking over her post as reviewer of all things High Tea in the Wellington region for the High Tea Society. The answer was a swift yes.

After a few emails back and forth and pinching myself a few times, I got my first assignment at Martha’s Pantry. As photography was required I invited my birthday buddy and fellow food focused Brit along, Lucy from Wellington Foodies. We are now a High Tea Team.

Our first experience was lovely and at the same time, overwhelming. We ate, we laughed and were made to feel very welcome. After a couple more reviews we are both more confident and enjoying our journey.

This weekend we will be at another venue scoffing our faces and trying to behave. I can’t wait. Thank you Michelle Milton for giving us the opportunity to indulge.

Here are the reviews Lucy and I have sacrificed ourselves for so far. I would like to say to my personal trainer Tim that I don’t eat it all but we both know that is a lie.

 

Martha’s Pantry

The Intercontinental Wellington

The Gear Homestead