All posts tagged: middleeastern

5 Reasons Why I Love Gemmayze Street

I would love to share with you one of my favourite hidden gems in Auckland –  introducing Gemmayze Street in St Kevin’s Arcade. Here are five reasons why I love Gemmayze Street and why you should visit pronto.  1.  The owners. Chef Samir Allen runs the kitchen and produces the most beautiful, divine, mouthwatering and moreish Lebanese food (more on that below), while his mother, Liane Farry, is front of house. I read in one review that said she was ‘scary’ – she is definitely quite the opposite. Always friendly, always welcoming, and once on a very busy night, Liane took over our table of five and we received great service! 2.  The beautiful Lebanese food. I have dined at Gemmayze Street four times now, and the food has been excellent every visit. I generally order my favourite vegetarian dishes (a selection of mezze), and also a larger dish if I am feeling super hungry. These dishes come highly recommended: Hummus – this is my family’s favourite dish, for it’s beautiful flavour and texture, creaminess and lovely presentation. …

Hawke’s Bay Travel Diary

Over the summer holidays, I spent a week in Hawke’s Bay, a region in the North Island of New Zealand, which is home to fresh, delicious produce and beautiful wines. In fact, Hawke’s Bay is the oldest wine region in New Zealand and the second largest (after Marlborough). There is lots to do in Hawke’s Bay, from dining at the many restaurants and cafes, sampling local wines, climbing mountains, exploring beaches, or picking up your produce for the week at the amazing farmer’s market. Check out my highlights for my favourite things to see, eat and do in Hawke’s Bay… #1  Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market Hawke’s Bay Farmers Market is one of my favourite markets to date for its abundant range of produce, and the fact that everyone is catered for. Highlights included: FIGS from Te Mata Figs, plus fresh locally grown fruits and vegetables, nutty and wholesome gluten free breads, organic blueberries and ice cream from Bay Blueberries, gluten and dairy free treats and products from HAPI, mouthwatering macarons from Monsieur Macaron, hot chilies like jalapeños and Padron …

Beirut

Beruit. A place I had never heard of or travelled to. Turns out it is the largest city and the capital of Lebanon. I know of Lebanese cuisine, but not enough to be an expert. And because of this, I was very excited to try out the latest restaurant on Auckland’s dining scene. Walking in, the decor is rustic, yet stylish and very inviting. We were greeted by the lovely Louise, the manager of Beirut, who gave us an introduction about Beirut and its cuisine, in that they not only serve Lebanese food (i.e. Kibbeh and Fattoush), but a range of Middle Eastern dishes as well, all of which have been modernised. Louise also explained all the dishes on the menu in thorough detail, which was great, but it did make ordering difficult because she made everything sound divine! Beirut’s menu is ideal for sharing, which suited our group of five well. All of the dishes are served on beautiful ceramic plates (from Studio Ceramics in Auckland) and presented well. For starters and mains, we ordered the following: Smoked Yoghurt Labna with citrus burnt ghee, date, chickpea and scorched flatbread. …