Birthdays are a joyous occasion to throw away a little cash with friends and family and celebrate, however it’s not every day you turn 50, so to commemorate my Dad’s 50th, we pulled out all the stops! My parents had traipsed up to Wellington for Dad’s birthday as my siblings and I all live here, therefore us kids were restlessly researching places to take our dad to properly toast the big 5-0. We wanted somewhere with a drool-worthy menu, a classy ambiance, and one with great views and good reviews. After pretty much trawling through the whole internet, we all decided that the place that best met our tough criteria was; Foxglove. Continue reading A Fiftieth Foxglove Feast
My time in Nelson was coming to a close, and to make the most of my last few days with my mum and dad, we (well my mum and I – poor dad had work!) ventured out for one last cafe crawl. I wanted to go somewhere where I either haven’t been to, or somewhere that I haven’t visited for years, so after pondering all the cafes nearby and having a cheeky look online at what all the delightful cafes in the Tasman had to offer, we set our sights on the Riverside cafe.Continue reading Rural Riverside Paradise
Last week my girls and I were met with the common dilemma that encroaches our day-to-day lives: Valentine’s Day. In my eyes, it’s a made-up holiday so Hallmark can sell some cards and chocolate makers can make millions; an absolute and utter cop-out of a celebration that does not need to be appreciated. Usually the 14th of February is a very intimate affair between my cat and I, however this year my girls and I decided to use Valentines as an excuse to go out for some wining and dining, all whilst mocking this horrendous holiday. With so many new restaurants that offer an abundance of different cuisines popping up in Nelson, we were spoilt for choice – but a 2-for-1 milkshake deal from Al’s Deli swayed us towards their classic American diner destination. Continue reading Dime-a-Dozen Diner Dinner
Motueka is a bustling little town that really draws in the people, especially in the summer season. The town has only got even more popular over the years, and to cope with the constant demands for fresh beautiful food and treats, there has been a crazy increase in the number of cafes and restaurants. One of the original players in Motueka’s hospitality game is Toad Hall, which was the perfect place for me to take my two wellington visitors experiencing a slice of South Island life. Continue reading Toad-ally Delicious
We were met with a little mid-week surprise last week – our family friends from Scotland who told us they were coming at the end of February decided to arrive a month early! Naturally, when guests come over you must show them the local hot-spots and hidden hideaways that makes our beautiful Tasman region an even more desirable place to come visit or live. For our guests’ last night of their stay in Nelson, we took them out to a restaurant that we hold very dear to our hearts and tummies; The Boat Shed. Continue reading Wine and Dine on the Water
January has been a flipping busy month I tell you! I was in desperate need of a foodie outing, as was my blog, and somehow my mum read my mind and asked if I wanted to pop out for a bite to eat. I don’t actually think I verbally responded to her bequest, instead I just ran for the car excited at the prospects of yummy food and good mother daughter catch up time (and not having to pay for any of it). The sun was shining and it was an absolute scorcher, so we drove down to the beautiful Mapua Wharf to see what place took our fancy! Continue reading Ready for this Jelly(fish)
Ah Christmas. The time for giving, love and cheer. In our family, Christmas represents a time where we can love, give and cheer, but also argue, fall-out and cry. This morning we were all up early, rushing around to pick up ANOTHER sibling from the airport, and then venturing into Nelson to do some Christmas shopping. After about 3 fights, 1 cry, losing mum, getting NOWHERE with presents, we all agreed that we were in need of a feed.
Got our fancy pants on and sauntered out to wellys famous Coene’s restaurant situated in the heart of the Oriental Bay. Our tummy’s were clamouring for a feed, and we knew that this place was well known for their amazing cuisine and breathless views of the bay. Making sure our hair was fixed and our outfits were presentable, we bit the bullet and engaged in a proper lady’s lunch. Continue reading Getting Classy at Coene’s