Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores and North Beach …

We were in no hurry to get up early today as the previous couple of days had been rather busy.  We sauntered off in the morning sun for breakfast at Cafe de la Presse as we had so enjoyed our first visit there – the French Toast was delicious!   Having bought a few things during our stay we needed another bag so we headed … Continue reading Golden Gate Park, Mission Dolores and North Beach …

Lombard Street and Grace Cathedral …

With the Golden Gate cycle tour ticked off our bucket list we proceeded to tick off a couple more – Lombard Street and Grace Cathedral (and a ride in the California Line Cable car). We have relied heavily on our map to get around, and thankfully Phil has the skills of a homing pigeon. If navigating the streets were left to me, we would be … Continue reading Lombard Street and Grace Cathedral …

San Francisco – first impressions…

Impession #1: The homeless population of this city appears to be huge – for whatever reason, there are homeless people everywhere – asking you for money as you walk by, congregating around busy shops like Walgreen’s, Target and local pharmacies, sleeping in doorways or on sidewalks, parks or squares, and sadly, rummaging in trash cans. Many seem to be under the influence of drugs or … Continue reading San Francisco – first impressions…

Destination Paris – and beyond…

With Christmas well and truly over, we recently had the luxury of spending a few days at home with our Kiwi travelling companions, Roger and Frances. On their previous visit from LA in August, we sat down over a good old Kiwi-style lunch ( Annabel Langbein’s bacon and egg pie and Jo Seagar’s lemonade scones), and set about trying to create our itinerary – four weeks on the road in … Continue reading Destination Paris – and beyond…

The Christmas feast dilemma …

How on earth do you decide what will appear on your Christmas lunch or dinner table with such a plethora of fantastic recipes to choose from – and from so many sources, including the Internet.  A week or so before Christmas, I thought I had settled on a final menu but then some Facebook posts threw me…. I am a big Nadia Lim fan, and prior to … Continue reading The Christmas feast dilemma …

The Ostro-phile…..

Well, I finally made it to Ostro, the new brasserie in the Seafarers building in the vibrant Britomart complex.  Venturing out in the worst possible weather for an early summer evening meal was worth it, as Ostro definitely came up trumps.  It was a brilliant dining experience, despite the inclement weather – some thoughts follow: The entry: My friend and I took the stairs rather than the lift up to the … Continue reading The Ostro-phile…..

Main ingredient? Nadia Lim …. and a dash of Josh Emett, Julie Le Clerc, and Nici Wickes

I recently blogged about my growing collection of New Zealand cookbooks and I am delighted to confess I have just added another.  As a librarian responsible for the acquisition of New Zealand material, I was lucky enough to have Nadia Lim’s new cookbook pass across my desk, and what a beauty it is. Nadia Lim’s Good Food Cookbook is cram full of healthy, delicious and easy recipes – as soon as … Continue reading Main ingredient? Nadia Lim …. and a dash of Josh Emett, Julie Le Clerc, and Nici Wickes

Those Two Greedy Italians… again

I do so love stumbling upon things which pique my interest. Last evening, while I sat looking through our photos taken in Italy last year, the television was on in the background and I suddenly recognised familiar voices.  I looked up to see two of my favourite celebrity chefs – the delightful Antonio Carluccio and Gennaro Contaldo – the Two Greedy Italians – in a 2nd series, (2012), Two Greedy Italians : Still Hungry.   As … Continue reading Those Two Greedy Italians… again