Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Incredible New Ramen Restaurant in Mt Eden

It’s easy for cheap restaurants to get a strong following quickly in Auckland, because people who use Instagram can afford to eat there. While fine dining power hitters like the French Café, The Grove and Sidart need one or two years and one or two awards before a buzz develops around them, somewhere like Peasant on Dominion Road can open up and within a couple of weeks most of Auckland has seen their fresh spring rolls through a Lo-Fi filter.

Sunday, September 21, 2014

The Election Special

For lunch on Friday I decided to eat the full tasting menu at The French Café, to celebrate all the MC and copywriting work I’ve been getting through my new website Actually, I haven’t had a single enquiry through my new website yet due to not enough potential clients flicking through 13 pages of Google results to find it when they search my name, but my tech guy tells me I can improve my Google ranking by including the web address as much as possible on other websites I contribute to. I reckon if I’m clever people won’t even notice me doing it.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Some of the best food in Auckland is in the last place you'd expect

I worked in radio for ten years, not many of which I enjoyed except for the theoretical enjoyment you get from being paid each week to entertain people. Bear in mind this theoretical enjoyment also applies to cheerleaders, buskers and people who dress up as mascots at sports events. It’s not enough to overcome the dread you get each evening about going into work the next day.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

The Food Event of the Year

I have two feel-good things to share with you tonight. One will make you feel good in a worthy, making-the-world better sort of way. The other will make you feel good in a hedonistic, get-in-my-belly sort of way.

Thursday, July 17, 2014

The Egg Trick

I just came back from a week of mostly good eating in Los Angeles, a city whose name alone can make any sentence glamorous. And with good reason: I stumbled upon both Jeff Goldblum and Glenn Close in different places on the same day.

“This is like a Big Chill reunion!” I almost said, temporarily forgetting that I wasn’t actually in the Big Chill, I just watched it with my dad on his V8 video machine. If you haven’t heard of the V8 format, you must be stupid because it’s totally the best picture quality and will one day overtake both VHS and Beta, at least according to the propaganda my dad was disseminating to anyone who would listen at the time.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Paying for Lunch

It’s ironic given the subject matter of this blog that I’ve lately been starving it of content. I blame TV – House of Cards, Breaking Bad, Game of Actually I Haven’t Watched That One. Every spare hour is devoted to watching another 60 minutes from some other fictional world, while the fictional world in which I regularly create content for this website becomes less believable by the day.

Monday, June 23, 2014

Win tickets to The Capital pop up city

Wellington is a very fun place to visit for a couple of days or even less, as I discovered a couple of weeks ago. I’ve written up a sort of Top 20 of Wellington dishes here for the Metro Eats blog, and the good news is that for those unable to fly due to parenting responsibilities/MH370-based anxiety/don’t-know-where-the-airport-is, this week Wellington is coming to you.