All posts filed under: Ponsonby

Auckland Food Guide by georgieats

I get asked almost every day what my favourite dinner spots are, where to have breakfast in Auckland CBD, where I go food shopping and of course, what are the best desserts in Auckland. So, I have decided to start my own Auckland Food Guide.

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, …

The Street Food Collective

Wow. Wow. Wow. I have to say that The Street Food Collective is definitely the highlight of my 2015 foodie year! Here are several reasons why The Street Food Collective (the SFC) is so awesome: It is located bang smack in the middle of Ponsonby (one of my favourite foodie neighbourhoods) and nestled within a great range of shops. They have an amazing set up, including an outdoor courtyard, complete with picnic tables, hanging lights and pot plants. Plus there is a super cool drinks truck, namely ‘Herbie’, where you can purchase delicious cocktails (at great prices I must add), beer and wine. The variety of street food available. So far, I have tried: – Judge Bao (steamed Chinese buns, filled with pork, tofu, lamb or beef. They are heavenly. Definitely my favourite stand at the SFC. Check out my review of Judge Bao here) – Coreano (Korean-Mexican fusion, including kimchi fries which are AMAZING) – ***** Goodnight Cocoa (first time trying a smore here in Auckland at none other than Goodnight Cocoa!!! It was EPIC. Loved their spiced graham crackers filled with vanilla marshmallow. …

Dantes Pizzeria

Dantes Pizzeria is seriously the cutest pizza bar around! This place was originally recommended to me by my parents who always rave about their Regina Margherita pizza. I have been twice now and absolutely love it. The first time I dined at Dantes, the service was friendly and very welcoming, which I thoroughly enjoyed. Before we took our seats, we were showed how they cook their pizzas and we were able to take many photos of the pizza oven…what an amazing oven! No wonder the pizza crust is delicious! We ordered Chianti wine and a San Pellegrino drink. Both were delicious and perfect drinks to accompany pizza! We were torn between what pizza to order, because my parents swear by the Regina Margherita pizza ($24) with tomato, fresh buffalo mozzarella and basil. However, we wanted some meat on our pizza too. When we asked the waiter for advice, he told us that he would add chorizo to our pizza, free of charge. He also gave us some chorizo samples to taste. Delicious! So, out came the pizza. It did not take long …

Burger Burger

Last weekend, two friends and I finally made it to Burger Burger (yes, it’s been long overdue!). It was packed when we arrived, but not surprising as I have only heard good things about the place. We were told there would be a 20 minute wait, but that was okay because we went to a nearby park (Brown Reserve), swung on swings and re-lived our childhood! Upon walking in, we first noticed the décor and surroundings – so much good looking liquor! Plus the colourful mural above the liquor, the pin-striped menus, and last but not least, the waiters’ uniforms and their cool “BB” caps – we all wanted one! Before I get to the food (most important thing in life), I must talk about the service. Absolutely top notch! Our waiter explained the menu thoroughly and gave great recommendations. He was super cool (and pretty cute too!). Now, for the food… My eyes were set on the Pork Burger – mainly because it came lathered with their homemade BBQ sauce (best thing ever), but after ordering, …