So you’re going clothes shopping with Mrs P, like you normally do. It’s one of her regular favourites on one of your favourite strips in Auckland: Ponsonby. Shopping is one of those parts of being a husband that is too often unappreciated. Pay attention, make appropriate comments, and you get a say in how good […]Read more "Ma Cherie. Amour."
The MTV Movie Awards are known for giving winners a golden popcorn trophy. Personally, I think they’re being short changed. I’d much rather hold a cup of this above my head in triumph, then greedily chow down on it while doing the post award interviews. It has all the intangible resonance of a successful Indiana Jones […]Read more "Giapo Caramel Popcorn Gelato – Blockbuster Flavour"
There might be an official story behind the name Mekong Baby. It’s not made explicit on their website though. My version involves a newborn baby carried down the Mekong River in a bamboo basket. As the child passes through each territory, families who cannot take on another mouth to feed, still take the time to place […]Read more "Mekong Baby – The Golden Child"
Having work, study, and, in Mrs P’s case, jury duty, can seriously get in the way of good kitchen time. All the better then to excuse us to eat out. I’ve been quietly keen to try Velvet Burger for quite some time. I spent a lot of after school job money on Burger Fuel when […]Read more "Velvet Burger Fort Street"
If you’re able, you’ve got to try this flavour, even if it’s just to say you’ve tried it. You get delicious gelato, large moon rock chunks of hokey pokey (including a large piece of hokey pokey dipped in chocolate and perched on top) and thin strips of smoky bacon with white chocolate. The idea shouldn’t really […]Read more "Bacon and Hokey Pokey Ice Cream"
I hadn’t eaten since 7:30am. When I had eaten, it was a bacon, egg, tomato and rocket Panini thing. The whole day I’d been sat in the same spot (literally, I didn’t stand up once) plugging away at the ins and outs of New Zealand Income Tax. Come 5pm, the part of my brain that […]Read more "The Food Truck Garage – Now in a Handy Restaurant Pack"
I was handed a review for this joint from The NZ Herald. The idea of modern Chinese fusion definitely piqued my curiosity, then when I saw pork and black truffle soup Xiao Long Bao, I knew I had to try this place as soon as humanly possible. That was, say Tuesday, and now I find myself on the […]Read more "The Blue Breeze Inn"
There is nothing about a busy Friday, or inclement weather, or a belly full of Yum Char that will keep me away from Giapo when I’m in town. In fact, when I’m in the mood, I’ll happily go in for four scoops, especially when I spy a customer after me getting two scoops of sorbet […]Read more "Giapo Gelato Extravaganza"
Work life balance is important, and at the moment, New Zealand is a country that goes a long way to allowing that, with an entitlement to four weeks a year. That’s not to say that everyone gets to take that leave in a given year, leaving some employees with over ten weeks outstanding to them at any […]Read more "Grand Harbour Yum Char"
Phil Dunphy gets some mighty funny lines on Modern Family. One of my favourites is this one about life, lemons and lemonade. However, after another eleven hour day that has cut short my evening cooking time, I’ve decided a better use for lemons when life throws them at you, put them in your Nam Tok. […]Read more "Everybody Have Fun Tonight, Everybody Nam Tok Tonight"