All posts filed under: FoodieMeetup

Bottomless Brunch at The Lula Inn

Last weekend, I strolled down to Auckland’s Viaduct to have brunch. But not just any old brunch…. Bottomless Brunch at The Lula Inn! Here is the lowdown of what is included: 2 hours of Bottomless Brunch – check out the menu here. Choose a brunch meal, plus receive unlimited Bloody Mary’s, Mimosas, Prosecco, Pineapple Mocktails and Citrus Boost Sodas. Access to discounted food and drinks (additional to the cost of the brunch) on the day, like $15 espresso martinis and $10 cocktail of the day. Live music / DJ set while you brunch! Sounds awesome doesn’t it? I was there for the monthly NZ Bloggers Brunch Club event, where a bunch of bloggers meet up and brunch together! The thing I love most about these events is meeting other bloggers whom you follow on social media, but otherwise wouldn’t get the chance to meet.  I arrived around 11am, took my seat and started with a cocktail… a Bloody Mary! While this is not usually my drink of choice, it was surprisingly good. But, it was so spicy! At the …

Bedford Soda Mixology Masterclass

One of my all-time favourite activities is making cocktails, watching other people make cocktails and of course, drinking them – whether it be a homemade margarita, a rum concoction in a coconut, or a flaming volcano. So, I was pretty excited to attend a Zomato Foodie Meetup last Sunday afternoon at Bedford Soda and Liquor where we learnt about the science of mixology and also took part in a cocktail masterclass. To get the afternoon going, we all started with a refreshing cocktail which reminded me of summertime – a Vanilla Vodka Daisy (pictured above), with strong hints of passionfruit and decorated with lettuce leaves and edible flowers, while the manager, Kieran, talked about the history of Bedford Soda, in that their inspiration comes from the cocktail bars in Williamsburg, New York, where simplicity and creativity play the most important part in cocktail making. Bedford Soda has adopted this style and they are also passionate about serving simple food done well. It certainly doesn’t disappoint! We were then introduced to Mixologist and New Zealand Bar Champion of 2015, Phil Spector, who showed us how to make four of Bedford Soda’s amazing cocktails, …

Zomato Blogger Meetup: Le Chef

We are truly spoilt for choice when it comes to dining out in Auckland, in particular the CBD. But I suppose there is one cuisine which is lacking – French. Thanks to Le Chef, that void has now been filled! At Le Chef, they are all about using fresh and seasonal produce and you can sample their delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner! On Monday night, I dined at Le Chef, as part of Zomato’s Blogger Meetup. It was lovely being in the company of four other bloggers – Carli from The Enthusiastic Cook, Maddy from Madicatt, Genie from Bunny Eats Design, Laura from Laura Laura and a huge thank you to Chanelle from Zomato for organising the event. We were there to sample dishes from Le Chef’s dinner menu, as well as a few preview dishes from their upcoming Friday event, La Longue Table Du Chef*. Translating to ‘The Chef’s Long Table’, 120 people will dine together at one big outdoor table, devouring three courses of French food and drinking French wine – to me that sounds like a …

Aria Restaurant

A few nights ago, I was lucky enough to be invited to dine at Aria Restaurant, where we tried 12 different dishes off their new winter menu. I was super excited, not only because I always enjoy a foodie night out, but because I have walked past Crowne Plaza many times, but have never ventured in, so it was a real surprise! Upon arrival, I first noticed how large the restaurant was. It was fairly quiet for a Wednesday evening, but in a way, it was nice having the restaurant to ourselves! The ambience was warm and inviting and the seating very comfortable. The new winter menu offers an amazing choice of dishes, from seafood to meat to vegetarian meals. For starters, we were served the following: – Hot Smoked Akaroa Salmon with cauliflower and roasted beetroot (a perfect start to the evening); – Pan Seared Scallops with braised lentils and cherry tomatoes (the scallops cooked perfectly); – Shiitake, Button and Portobello Mushroom Salad (not a huge fan, but my other dining companions loved it); …

Yelp Elite Event: Spanish Fiesta

As of yesterday, in one months’ time, I will be in Spain. And what better way to celebrate than at Yelp Auckland Elite’s ‘Spanish Fiesta’ event held at The Black Hoof last night! The highlight of the night was definitely the moorish toasted sandwiches filled with jamon (or Spanish cured ham) and melted cheese – I couldn’t get enough of them! We also got to sample mini meatballs, goats cheese croquettes, salted almonds and olives, all of which are on The Black Hoof’s tapas menu. Other highlights included the two huge legs of jamon, carved beautifully by Joan of Iberian Foods. There were two different types of jamon – the first one named ‘Iberico Bellota’ which is an acorn-fed pig and the second one named ‘Iberico Mangalica’ which is Hungarian grain fed pig (if you google them, you will see that they sort of resemble sheep!) Both jamon were scrumptious – salty, soft and they would be perfect in sandwiches or just delicious on their own! To accompany all the delectable delights, Jorge from Casita Miro provided a sherry tasting …

Yelper Party: So Fresh & So Clean

  A few Friday’s ago, I attended my first ‘Yelper Party’ in Auckland. It was an AMAZING night! Everything was fabulous, from the venue, to the food, drinks and entertainment – the lovely Miss Bridget Walsh sang and she was brilliant! The event titled ‘So Fresh & So Clean’ was held at Thievery Studio, a space above La Gonda Arcade in K’Road – and what a great venue it was! White walls, spacious areas to move in and out of and overall, the perfect place to showcase delicious foods, drinks, music and crafts. The highlight of the night was definitely the Bluebells Cakery stand. When I heard last minute that they were showcasing at the Yelper party, I was over the moon! I have tried their cupcakes at other events, but haven’t had a chance to get out to their Hillsborough bakery. Karla Goodwin and her team showcased the most delicious array of treats… think salted caramel doughnuts, chocolate brownie, red velvet cupcakes, ginger crunch, peanut brownie cookies and a moist gluten free almond and orange …

Zomato Foodie Meetup: Sawadee

  I had always heard great things about Sawadee, but sadly had never been, possibly due to the fact that I have only eaten Thai food twice in my life! So, when I was lucky enough to be invited to a degustation at Sawadee, held as part of Zomato’s Foodie Meetup, I was super excited, not only for the food, but also to meet fellow Zomato reviewers! Upon walking in, I was warmly greeted with ‘Sawadee’ and shown to our table. The table setting was very pretty, with royal blue being the main feature colour. I also loved the overall décor and ambience of the place – from the indoor waterfall and the beautiful flowers on our table, to the various pot plants dotted around the restaurant – it had a great tropical and summery feel to it! We first started off with a few drinks. Sawadee had compiled a new summer cocktail list, saying that ‘no one else in Auckland has tried yet’ which was quite exciting! I ordered the ‘Sunkiss’ which consisted of …