All posts tagged: art

15 Best Things to Do in London

London is… Big. Thrilling. Multi Cultured. Fascinating. Inspiring. Food Heaven. Check out my 15 Best Things to Do in London below: #1  London Eye I am terrified of heights. But, on my most recent trip to London, I faced my fear, and booked tickets to go on the London Eye. It is probably the most touristy thing to do, but it is one of the few attractions that offers amazing 360 degree views over London. Some of the attractions you will see from above include Big Ben, River Thames, Tower of London, Buckingham Palace, Parliament, The Shard, St Paul’s Cathedral…. and many more! The London Eye stands at 135 metres above ground and is essentially a giant ferris wheel. You (along with a few strangers) are put into a large pod – do not fear, there is room to stand up and also a few seats if being up high gets too much (i.e. me!). There are numerous opportunities to take photos of yourself/friends/family in front of London’s most famous buildings.   At night, the London Eye …

ArtWeek Auckland

The past ten days have been great. And it is all thanks to ArtWeek Auckland, an annual festival held in October which showcases art in many forms, and organises various art events around Auckland. I went on a street art walking tour, checked out a few galleries, and of course, ate some delicious food! There were many artworks displayed around the city, there were guided art walking and cycle tours held on Karangahape Road, Parnell and Newmarket to name a few, there were light installations, free gallery exhibitions, sculptures, food and artist collaborations, and my particular favourite, Late Night Art, where for one night only, galleries and art installations come alive after dark. It is one of my favourite non-foodie events of the year… having said that, this year saw the new edition of streetARTdego, where art meets food. It was definitely a highlight! Check out my photo diary below of my highlights at ArtWeek:   Street Art Tour with Jonny 4Higher One of the best Saturdays I have had this year✌🏼️ Thanks to Artweek and one of New Zealand’s most experienced street …

Giapo

  Giapo is one of my favourite places in Auckland CBD. I have been here several times since it opened in 2008 and it has always been a great experience. They had a re-vamp a few years ago, which looks great; however, you cannot see the ice cream flavours any more! I went last year and while I was sad about not seeing Giapo’s wonderful creations, the staff still let you sample all the ice creams – as many as you want. While a visual picture is important, deciding what you will have based just on taste does make it a little more exciting! I ordered one scoop of the Cocoa Sorbet ($6). It by far my favourite flavour and the quality is amazing. It was drizzled with chocolate sauce and topped with freeze dried raspberries, which made it even more delicious! My friend went with a scoop of the Cocoa Sorbet and Pistachio flavours. Hers came topped with a mini macaron – it looked like a work of art! Lately my favourite flavours have been the …

Federal Delicatessen

I have never been to an ‘old-school New York City Jewish delicatessen’ before, but if they are anything like Federal Delicatessen (“The Fed“), then I am absolutely sold. The menu is fabulous, seriously never tried ‘schticks’, ‘milk-fed schnitzel’, ‘salmon latkes’ or ‘Montreal Poutine’ before and the sweet desserts (pumpkin pie, NY cheesecake, banoffee pie, lemon meringue pie and choc cherry pie) are all absolutely delicious. Also love the decor! Art on the walls, ‘Federal’ bottomless mugs filled with filter coffee, the waitresses’ pastel outfits, the odd knick knacks when you look up (which I only noticed on my second visit to The Fed), the red lined chef’s hats and one of the coolest bar back walls I have seen around Auckland. Highly recommend ordering the ‘Montreal Poutine’. It is a Canadian dish of fries with cheese curd (melt in your mouth!) and gravy. We shared this between two of us, but it was filling nonetheless. We also tried the ‘schticks’, which are croquettes filled with peas and pastrami – such a beautiful green colour inside! These were …