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Photos by: Rebecca Ng
Edited by: Kelly

Three weeks ago, I did the Tongariro Crossing with a bunch of friends. We had the most amazing weather, sunny, not too cold, with a little bit of breeze. There had been a fresh dump of snow two nights prior so most of the mountain was covered in snow – which made it more difficult to walk up and that the side trips like Mt Ngauruhoe i.e. Mt Doom from LOTR, were off limits. It took us the full 8 hours to do, 2 hours in I was wondering why I put myself through this. The views are amazing, and you feel great afterwards for having conquered it.

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Taste 2014 battled a change in location and stormy weather. Parking was insane, we went through the usual hope of thinking we would be lucky, then it slowly deteriorated to us trying every tiny spot we could find on the side of a street, to almost giving up and paying $10 to park in someone’s driveway, and finally to stalking a family as they walked up the hill. That aside, this year’s event was was beautifully decked out with florals and green lush signs. Our favourite plates were crayfish risotto from The Oyster Inn, oysters and tuatuas from Depot, and Lucky Taco minis (Taste 2013 food was more interesting and better). You have to be prepared to spend a reasonable amount of money and time at Taste, dishes are usually around 8-12 crowns ($1 = 1 crown) – though there are some odd ones out, like the 20 crown sandwich from Harbourside. See you next year, Taste!

IMG_7092 IMG_7045 IMG_7086 IMG_7053 IMG_7085 IMG_7069 IMG_7073 IMG_7084 IMG_7080 IMG_7087 IMG_7089 IMG_7095Boy & Bird is great, open from 11am till late, 7 days a week. They also take bookings (!) – you can probably stop reading now. That’s all you needed to know, right? Because there’s a 40-minute wait at Dear Jervois, 45-minute wait at Rosie, and don’t even think about Depot on a Friday night. The half bird ($19) came with chunky chips and gravy. Double thumbs up to the chips. More gravy, more ($3). We also had some coleslaw which was refreshing and delicious (small $5.50). First class combination right there. I wouldn’t recommend the Chilli Satay Chicken ($10) no matter how good it sounds on paper and stay away from the soda selection. There are of course non-chicken dishes available but for now the chips, gravy, and coleslaw are enough to take me back.

Boy & Bird
222 Ponsonby Road, Auckland

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Mt Eden Village has been graced with so many new openings the past few months, including this new number – Scarlett Slimms & Lucky. Scarlett is a gastropub replacing Eden Cloakroom. It’s rather smoky inside so the courtyard is the better option. We had the calamari with chorizo and papaya ($14). It was delicious, refreshing and full of flavour. The battered snapper with soft shell crab and shoestring fries ($28) were surprisingly well done too. The green pea tartare was on point, not too heavy nor too sour. We didn’t enjoy the mushroom risotto ($23), the radicchio (a type of white veined red leaf vegetable) was too bitter for us.

We missed the breakfast menu i.e. Whitebait omelettes with hash browns and creamed spinach, but we’ll make it next time – weekend sleep-ins are overrated anyway.

Scarlett Slimms & Lucky
476 Mt Eden Road, Auckland
Mon-Fri 12pm – late
Sat-Sat 9am – late

One of the definite highlights of our trip was the Sydney Fish Market. Boni and I are both big seafood fans, so this market was like a slice of heaven.IMG_5812 IMG_5814 IMG_5817The place is essentially a miniature mall with one large and two small seafood retailers and few cooked food places inside and out.

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We stayed indoors to eat, because who wants to fight with the seagulls.

IMG_5893The scampi and scallops were so incredibly sweet and fresh – simply the best we’ve had. I probably could’ve had a lot more if we weren’t flying that night.IMG_5889 IMG_5884 IMG_5865Since it was such a beautiful day, we walked back to the hotel over Pyrmont Bridge. IMG_5951 IMG_5961 IMG_5959 IMG_5957 IMG_5955

There’s probably just a couple of posts left from Sydney, we’re sort of hanging onto it with our dear lives (insert, holiday withdrawals). Stay with us, Auckland based eats to come sooner or later…

Like diligent tourists we visited the Sydney Opera House. We even joined a tour, which we recommend if you have an hour to spare.

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Having woken up early enough for breakfast (brunch, we still love you more) we stopped by a restaurant on Circular Quay.
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IMG_5693 IMG_5683Contemporary art and I, we’re not the best of friends. Nevertheless there were a few pieces that we enjoyed.
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Over the weekend we photographed Yelp Auckland’s biggest event to date, with almost 130 people. Along with Brancott Estate wine, MOA beer and Antipodes water, The Pie Piper mum-and-daughter duo, Black Hoof, Clevedon Oysters and Puhoi Valley were also there for the fun. A mini Fujifilm instax printer was up for grabs for the best photo of the night and everyone got a White’s & Co. voucher.

Check out the full set of photos on Yelp Auckland’s Facebook page. Find out how you can become an Elite member here.IMG_0042 IMG_0047 IMG_0058 IMG_0060 IMG_0081 IMG_0084 IMG_0208 IMG_0213 IMG_0220 IMG_6034 IMG_6053 IMG_6065 IMG_6071 IMG_6082 IMG_6082 IMG_6103 IMG_6118 IMG_6141 IMG_6167 IMG_6169 IMG_6209 IMG_6478

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