New Zealand Part 2: All the little things about Auckland

Just when I thought my New Zealand holiday blues had been successfully weeded out of my system by the constant stream of daily work and life shenanigans.. it came back luring and teasing me.

As I went through the holiday snaps and re-counted the trip to friends and family, I realise there was more to the trip that I need to showcase.

A little bit of art and loads of food:  Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Art galleries are always good starting point to explore and get lost in. It’s a little like opening a history book as you wander from paintings of the first family of the Maori people  to contemporary pieces of New Zealand scenery.

We found a cafe tucked deep within the gallery that sat behind Albert Park for brunch.

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

Coconut French toast w/ sultana rhubarb compote & vanilla mascarpone

Big breakfast, eggs, bacon, chicken & herb sausages, agria hash, field mushrooms,  vine ripened tomatoes, chutney

We sat on the deck facing the street, it was a little like that scene from the Cinderella where the birds were chirping and jumping around. I just wanted to prance around.

Random Fact: We got talking about all the amazing architecture of Auckland and N explained that the roof of the cafe was carved and cut individually by hand because each piece was a different length.

A little bit of milk and loads of cookie:  Moustache Milk & Cookie

After a good stroll around the Art Gallery we went to search for some good coffee and dessert. We discovered a cute cafe that was the equivalent of N2, but for cookies…  Moustache Milk & Cookie .

Who stole the cookie from the cookie jar

This place is a must go for all Auckland visitors. (Check their Facebook for their cookie of the week) The selection of ‘let your imagination run wild’ cookies such as S’mores Cookie, Nutella Cookie, Coco Pop cookie will make you want to come back again and again. I ended up going there again in the afternoon on the same day!

S'mores Cookie

S’mores Cookie

A little bit of rabbit and loads of wine: The Foodstore

We walked, and  shopped to our hearts content and ended up at the in famous Viaduct Harbour.

The Foodstore on Urbanspoon

The concept of the place offers an open and interactive kitchen for the patrons to interact with chefs while they cook your food. The whole menu offered locally produced and grown produce.

They were doing a special set for the ‘Little Big City’ campaign – Wild Rabbit with Cauliflower Puree, Mustard Jus & Vanilla Foam (They even offer the recipe online) with a glass of Pinot Noir. Not a fan of rabbit? They do a really nice venison dish as well!

Seared rabbit

Lightly manuka-smoked roast chicken + hangi-style kumara puree, baby leeks, native greens & pan jus

Lightly manuka-smoked roast chicken + hangi-style kumara puree, baby leeks, native greens & pan jus

Crispy Pork Belly with pickled baby carrots, almond puree and sage & apple sauce

Crispy Pork Belly with pickled baby carrots, almond puree and sage & apple sauce

The wait staff was amazing and was very patient in recommending wines to suit our individual taste preference. To end our night, we went on to check out some of the bars at the harbour & Wynyard Quarter. (Note: some bars don’t accept Australian drivers license so best to bring your passport in case you get refused from entry)

There are many places still on my list, I wish I had two more days to eat my way through Auckland. Here are some that tops my list for next time.

Elliot Stables

A swanky, jazzy food quarter with an amazing selection of restaurants and live entertainment. Good for a casual dinner and pre-drinks.

Ebisu

New style sushi & sashimi in a heritage building. The perfect blend to represent how I feel about Auckland.

Soul

Another beautiful place to enjoy the Viaduct Harbour view.

Til the next adventure

xx

TM

Glossary of term:

Hangi-Style

Kumara

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