One day in Auckland City (Winter edition)

A while back I wrote a little guide for a day out in the city (you can re read it here … or not…I’m not your mom) so today I though I would create another mini guide for this weekend which is the end of the Matariki Festival Month. Hope you enjoy it.

Morning: Caffeine-fix
Auckland is mostly know for its cafes and coffee culture, everywhere you turn, you’ll see someone drinking a cup of coffee or a coffee shop, so what best way to start off the day than with some breakfast/brunch. One of the places I love in the city is Shaky Isles (customs street) I’m pretty sure its because of the funny “to-go” cups but mostly its because of how the whole place is decorated. If you want to try something else instead of a classic espresso coffee, right know they are offering syphon, cold drip and filter coffee options, and if you are not a coffee person, that also have teas, smoothies and fruit juices. Top it with something to eat and you are ready to go.

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Industrial Brunch

I think I’ve declared my love affair with brunch quite a while ago, i don’t know if its the fact that you can eat that much during breakfast hours and get away with it, or maybe because otherwise i wouldn’t be caught dead eating eggs, potatoes or bacon this early.

A few Sundays back, le boyfriend and I woke up early…again…thanks to that god forsaking bell right across our window (i mean really who was the one who decided is was a good idea to have a bell ringing since 8am every 15 minutes!) anyways… we woke up early and I’ve manage to convince him to go out for brunch and we ended going to Everybody’s in Fort Lane.

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The Market Diaries [La Cigale French Market]

Today I bring you one of my favourite markets in Auckland, the La Cigale French Market in Parnell.
I feel its been forever since I wrote one of these, but with winter already here It’s harder to find markets or to find the inner strength to crawl out of bed and go to one.

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Monthly Favourites [June]

Last month I wrote I wasn’t quite sure if I should continue with the monthly favourites since they didn’t seem as appealing  as the rest of the posts, but as it turns out you do like them, so welcome once again to my Monthly Favourites (June edition) This was a weird month, it seemed that it started yesterday and it went by super quick, but I do have some picks for you.

– Sorted Food

These guys need no introduction, they’ve been around forever now and have a huge fan base all over the interwebz. They are Barry, Ben, Mike and Jamie from the uk and they have an amazing youtube channel were they created some of the best and easiest recipes ever. Plus they are funny as hell, which makes their videos easy and fun to watch. (The image above has a link to their youtube channel…so go take a look)

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My Kitchen Rules (or it will soon…)

[Before you all go and rant in the comment section about how “misleading” this post is… I will not talk or this post has nothing to do with the NZ TV show My Kitchen Rules]

I’ve spent most of last night on Pinterest… and Etsy and Tumbrl and Apartment therapy and pretty much every web page where I could get some “House Inspiration.”
Since we are renting and that’s how New Zealand’s tennancy laws work, there is not much we can do on the new flat besides furniture shopping (unless your landlord approves) you even have to ask if you can put a nail in the wall. And even though furniture shopping is really fun, specially with Le-OCD Design loving-Boyfriend, I’ve been trying to find something else to add to the apartment to make it feel more “ours”

I’ve found that the last tenant left some nails on the kitchen walls, so I’ve been trying to find some nice posters to print out and hang from the walls, the problem now is that I can’t decided which to choose. Also I’ve realized that is been a while since I’ve uploaded something “design wise” so I though I might be a good idea to share what the Interwebz provided…I’ve found some, cute, typographic, design ones like the ones below…

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Vineyards, Wineries and Brunch

Last Saturday a friend of mine had her birthday and she decided to celebrate it by having a huge brunch at Soljans Winery,located west from Auckland city in the Kumeu Region. From what I could see and asked, the venue can be used for different purposes, they have a restaurant and a function centre that serves perfectly for wedding receptions and such and a huge vineyard and winery planted with Pinot gris, Chardonnay and Pinotage grapes (which they’ve told me are the best of that region)

Clearly  June is not the time of flourishing vines haha

Clearly June is not the time of flourishing vines haha

But let’s be honest, you are not here to read about the characteristic of the venue (or that suddenly a guy on an helicopter decided to “park” right in the middle of the yard) you are here because of the food.

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The Market Diaries [NewMarket fail Int. Food Market]

It’s time for another Challenge Charlie!! (Sorry wrong blog..) For realz now, it’s time for another Market Diaries, where I go around Auckland finding new Markets to visit.This one, unfortunately its going to be quite short since I think this was a fail of a market.

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Life is not a Pastafrola (+recipe)

If you ask an Argentinian to describe another Argentinian there are two possible outcomes:
We are cocky, we think we are the best on anything and we can talk ourselves from any situation. We are eternal pessimists, that’s why we always see the glass half empty and because of our unfortunate economic history we believe that makes us experts in matters such as politics and economy. For that reason we will always complain, complain about the job market, food and gas prices, politicians, security, TV shows, weather, etc. we love to complain.

on the other hand… (and I’d like to put myself in this group)

Some may say we know how to enjoy the little things in life, we have fun (that’s why many bands want to go to play to Arg. we are a great crowd) We love to spend time with family and friends, slow down, unwind, eat long lunches, spend the necessary time getting the “Asado” ready, sit down and have a glass of wine or spend entire afternoons chatting and drinking ‘mate’ with friends. Might be the Italian roots, but food bring us together. Because “Life is not a Pastafrola” (Life is not a piece of cake), we are melancholics, we know it, but we will make the most of it.

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Sydney (part 1) [The Travel Diaries]

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It’s 4am, we are driving (half as sleep) to the airport; luckily the day is not as cloudy as they said it was going to be and it didn’t rain as supposed to. After some minor issues while printing our tickets and some nasty McD coffee we laid back and waited for our seats to be called.

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Sydney in 8 dishes

I’m back! I apologize on the lack of post yesterday (I can blame it on the jet lag but it was pure laziness)

I little thing I kept for myself since I wasn’t sure if I was going to be able to post about it was that I traveled to Sydney! Went went just for four days to visit some friends that are about to be parents and it was the perfect excuse to fly to Australia for the first time. So over the next weeks I will be posting a couple of  blog post on the trip (kind of what I did with New Zealand’s Northland) and we will call it: The Kiwi Diaries goes Aussie.

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