Taking a bite out of Wellington

Yes, I'm still going on about my little weekend in Wellington. I can't help it. It's just a special little city that really left me feeling inspired. It combined all of my favorite things (the things I like to blog about) travel, design, and food.

My favorite and most leisurely part of our visit was exploring the restaurant scene. Just steps outside of my hotel, there were tons of restaurants to choose from.

Drinking our way through Hawkes Bay

Before Joe began his first day of work, we needed to do one more fun activity to end the weekend with a bang! We opted for Coastal Wine Cycles, which I highly recommend for wine lovers visiting New Zealand. Super fun activity, and a very helpful and friendly staff. For just $30 (since we arrived late in the day), we rented bikes and toured several wineries along the coast.

Desperate times call for desperate measures: A taste of Mardi Gras in New Zealand

This morning, I'm sitting on my balcony listening to the locusts in the trees, gazing out over the Pacific Ocean... and enjoying a piece of king cake! Woo hoo!! For those of you non-Louisianian readers, a King Cake is like a big purple, green and gold cinnamon roll  we eat during the Carnival Season leading up to Fat Tuesday. And it's got a little plastic baby Jesus in it! And it's basically a little slice of heaven.

Vietnamese Pho Real

Today I'm comin' atcha with a little taste of Vietnam (or rather my interpretation of Kim's Vietnamese in Encinitas, CA, since I've yet to visit to Vietnam). This morning I woke up with a scratchy throat. Yuck. Which lead to a serious Pho (pronounced 'fuh') craving. When I lived in Encinitas, I used to order Kim's Chicken and Mushroom Pho regularly. Sadly, I have not yet discovered my "go-to" Vietnamese restaurant here, so instead of searching for Pho, I'm bringing the Pho to me... and making enough to last for days so I don't have to worry about cooking!

Zea's Spinach Pepper Jelly Salad for Waitangi Day

This past week Joe and I celebrated our very first Waitangi Day here in New Zealand. The day commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, which made New Zealand a part of the British Empire, guaranteed Māori rights to their land and gave Māori the rights of British subjects. I guess you could sort of compare it to Fourth of July in the states. It’s a time to enjoy the day off, get together with friends, and eat, drink and be merry. Joe and I were invited to a BBQ at one of his coworker’s homes, and they asked us to bring a salad. I love playing in the kitchen, so I was hoping for more of an opportunity to experiment with a new dish. But if I had to bring a salad, I still wanted to make it dee-lish! So I was inspired to prepare an easy recipe from home.