Category Archives: Food

Spotlight on South Dunedin

Surf, sand, street art, collectibles and culinary delights – we found them all in South Dunedin! And so stoked we spotted one of our style icons, Sara Aspinall (designer of Company of Strangers), enjoying the sea air.

South Dunedinite, Julian, enjoys a walk on St Clair Beach

South Dunedinite, Julian, enjoys a walk on St Clair Beach

Julian wears cricket jersey from Shop on Carroll and jeans by Barkers.

Julian wears cricket jersey from Shop on Carroll and jeans by Barkers.

St Clair street art

St Clair street art

Sara wears top by Strangelove x Zac Fay and bag by Emma Mulholland.

Sara wears top by Strangelove x Zac Fay and bag by Emma Mulholland.

Almond tart by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Almond tart by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Mazarins by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Mazarins by Danish Delights, Hillside Road

Kitchenalia in Bill's Antiques, South Road, Caversham

Kitchenalia in Bill’s Antiques, South Road, Caversham

Street art by Stickum, South Road, Caversham

Street art by Stickum, South Road, Caversham

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Say Cricket With Flowers

Cricket World Cup fever is here! As Dunedin hosted international teams at the University Oval, floral flags of the participating countries sprang up outside the Dunedin Railway Station – how ingenious! Cricket-inspired fashion is a perennial favourite, with recent collections by overseas designers such as Chanel, Alexander McQueen and Tommy Hilfiger. NZ designers Kate Sylvester and Karen Walker have also joined the trend. Anyone for cricket?

Flag of Scotland

Flag of Scotland

Cricket World Cup logo

Cricket World Cup logo

Black Caps vs Sri Lanka, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Black Caps vs Sri Lanka, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

You must support the team, darling!

You must support the team, darling!

Dress by Charmaine Reveley

Dress by Charmaine Reveley

Vintage camping stool from Mac & Wallace (Allanton)

Vintage camping stool from Mac & Wallace (Allanton)

Cakes from Spelt Bakery on Highgate

Cakes from Spelt Bakery on Highgate

Flag of Afghanistan

Flag of Afghanistan

Cricket supporters admire the World Cup trophy, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Cricket supporters admire the World Cup trophy, University Oval. Photo by Julian Crawford.

Could it be the Cricket World Cup trophy?

Could it be the Cricket World Cup trophy?

Cricket ball

Cricket ball

Cricket display, Taste Merchants (Princes Street)

Cricket display, Taste Merchants (Princes Street)

Supporting the Black Caps at the University Oval. Cricket jumpers by Kate Sylvester.

Supporting the Black Caps at the University Oval. Cricket jumpers by Kate Sylvester.

The Silver Fern

The Silver Fern

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Happy Valentine’s Day Dunedin!

Love is in the air in Dunners with head-over-heels couples and heart-warming shop displays! Just remember, love comes in all guises.

Alice and Courtney of Peter Alexander, Meridian Mall

Alice and Courtney of Peter Alexander, Meridian Mall

Marbecks Foodstore, Wall Street Mall

Marbecks Foodstore, Wall Street Mall

Ben and Grace

Ben and Grace

Typo, Meridian Mall

Typo, Meridian Mall

Dress by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique. Check out their super summer sale!

Dress by Karen Walker from Belle Bird Boutique. Check out their super summer sale!

Lush, Wall Street Mall

Lush, Wall Street Mall

Sylvia and Milo

Sylvia and Milo

Arthur Barnett, Meridian Mall

Arthur Barnett, Meridian Mall

Pascoes, Golden Centre

Pascoes, Golden Centre

 

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Q.U.E.E.N.S.T.O.W.N.

Q is for Quail

Quail, Lake Hayes

Quail, Lake Hayes

U is for Underwater

Queenstown Observatory

Queenstown Observatory

E is for Earnslaw

TSS Earnslaw (with a fresh lick of plum-coloured paint!)

TSS Earnslaw (with a fresh lick of plum-coloured paint!)

E is for Entertainment

Fear Factory

Fear Factory

N is for Nibbles at Dorothy Browns, Arrowtown

Nothing beats a cheese platter and a glass of Two Paddocks' Picnic!

Nothing beats a cheese platter and a glass of Two Paddocks’ Picnic!

S is for Street Style

Lynne wears sweatshirt by Karen Walker

Lynne wears sweatshirt by Karen Walker

T is for Trees

Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

O is for Orange

Queenstown Gardens

Queenstown Gardens

W is for Walnut Cottage brunch

N is for Nightlife

Street entertainer, Queenstown Wharf

Street entertainer, Queenstown Wharf

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Wanaka: Infinite Shades of Blue

Lake Wanaka from Mt Iron

Lake Wanaka from Mt Iron

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

'Encircling the Baroque' by Llew Summers, Bistro Gentil

‘Encircling the Baroque’ by Llew Summers, Bistro Gentil

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

Necklace from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop

Necklace from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop

Sculptillusion Gallery at Stuart Landsborough's Puzzling World

Sculptillusion Gallery at Stuart Landsborough’s Puzzling World

Lake Wanaka

Lake Wanaka

'China, China' by Zhu Wei, Bistro Gentil

‘China, China’ by Zhu Wei, Bistro Gentil

Dress from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop worn with TARDIS necklace from Bags of Bargins (Mornington, Dunedin)

Dress from a Wanaka vintage pop-up shop worn with TARDIS necklace from Bags of Bargins (Mornington, Dunedin)

Lavender Farm

Lavender Farm

Blue Lagoon, Edgewater Resort Restaurant

Blue Lagoon, Edgewater Resort Restaurant

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Our Top Twelve English Treats

We’ve now moved to the land of the fiery red dragon (i.e. Wales) but wanted to reflect back on some of our favourite places and experiences of the last few weeks. So here they are:

1. Terrific Tudor Street

High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

High Street, Henley-in-Arden, Warwickshire

2. Best Birds

Thumper the European Eagle Owl, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford

Thumper the European Eagle Owl, Cotswold Falconry Centre, Batsford

Mandarin ducks, Hyde Park, London

Mandarin ducks, Hyde Park, London

3. Desirable Designer

Skirt by Vivienne Westwood worn with shirt by Kate Sylvester and necklace by Karen Walker

Skirt by Vivienne Westwood worn with shirt by Kate Sylvester and necklace by Karen Walker

4. Covetable Coffee

Sacred Cafe, Ganton Street, Soho, London

Sacred Cafe, Ganton Street, Soho, London

Flat White at Sacred Cafe

Flat White at Sacred Cafe

5. Striking Street Art

Regent Court, Reading, Berkshire

Regent Court, Reading, Berkshire

6. Seductive Cityscape

View from the London Eye

View from the London Eye

7. Favourite Country Pub

The Tite Inn, Chadlington, Oxfordshire (the Prime Minister's local)

The Tite Inn, Chadlington, Oxfordshire (the Prime Minister’s local)

8. Favourite Town Pub

The Lord Clifton, Harborne, Birmingham (featuring street art including Banksy)

The Lord Clifton, Harborne, Birmingham (featuring street art including Banksy)

9. Best Dress-Up

The Bull, Bullring, Birmingham (supporting breast cancer research)

The Bull, Bullring, Birmingham (supporting breast cancer research)

10. Cutest Cottage

Anne Hathaway's Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage, Stratford-upon-Avon

11. Very Good Vintage

Beyond Retro, Soho, London

Beyond Retro, Soho, London

12. Remarkable Restaurant Chain

Jamie's Italian, Birmingham (Reading was great as well!)

Jamie’s Italian, Birmingham (Reading was great as well!)

Clockwise from top: Crispy King Prawns, Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta, Baby Italian Broccoli, Heritage Tomato Salad, Posh Chips, Crunchy Veg Salad.

Clockwise from top: Crispy King Prawns, Grilled Asparagus Bruschetta, Baby Italian Broccoli, Heritage Tomato Salad, Posh Chips, Crunchy Veg Salad.

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Window Shopping

From cakes to couture, who wouldn’t be tempted?

Liberty, Soho

Liberty, Soho

My Burberry, Harrods, Knightsbridge (featuring Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss)

My Burberry, Harrods, Knightsbridge (featuring Cara Delevingne and Kate Moss)

Shakespeare's Head, Soho

Shakespeare’s Head, Soho

Barbie Collection by Moschino, Mayfair

Barbie Collection by Moschino, Mayfair

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Fortnum & Mason, Piccadilly

Vivienne Westwood, Conduit Street, Mayfair

Vivienne Westwood, Conduit Street, Mayfair

Choccywoccydoodah, Soho – yes, these really are edible cakes!

Choccywoccydoodah, Soho – yes, these really are edible cakes!

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Camden Passage

Cloud Cuckoo Land, Camden Passage

Neal's Yard, Covent Garden

Neal’s Yard, Covent Garden

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Postcards From Queenstown

Dear Dunedin,

After a relaxing week in Wanaka, we’ve hit the lively streets of Queenstown – just as beautiful, but a few more people and a cosmopolitan vibe. Trending: arancini, Segway personal transporters, stand up paddle boards, classical instruments and tight ropes.

Queenstown People

Mathias, the 'Piano Man'

Mathias, the ‘Piano Man’

Harriet of Angel Divine wears 'Straight Slip' by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Harriet of Angel Divine wears ‘Straight Slip’ by Zambesi and customised boots. Angel Divine now has an online store.

Mon and New from Thailand

Mon and New from Thailand

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

Rose from England wears sunglasses by Guess

We’re obsessed with Jane Campion’s mini-series ‘Top of the Lake’ which was filmed in and around Queenstown and has been nominated for Golden Globes and SAG awards. So we sought out some of the film locations.

Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti (20 The Mall) where Robin (Elizabeth Moss) and Al (David Wenham) had coffee.

Avanti. 'Sunsparkle' dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Avanti. ‘Sunsparkle’ dress by Andrea Moore from Decode, Queenstown.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women's retreat.

Moke Lake where GJ (Holly Hunter) held the women’s retreat.

Queenstown Botanical Gardens are stunning in the summer. We walked through them almost every day.

Fountain at dusk

Fountain at dusk

'Icon' sculpture by Paul Dibble

‘Icon’ sculpture by Paul Dibble

Continuing our cinema crawl, we completed a trifecta of boutique cinema visits by seeing ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ at Dorothy Browns in Arrowtown.

The Den at Dorothy Browns

The Den at Dorothy Browns

Dorothy Browns' posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

Dorothy Browns’ posters in the order we saw these films – what a coincidence.

The Arrow River

Pineapple 'Rhi-Rhi Dungarees' by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka

Pineapple ‘Rhi-Rhi Dungarees’ by Stolen Girlfriends Club from 47 Frocks, Wanaka

Walnut Cottage, near Lake Hayes, is one of our all-time favourite cafés serving Indonesian and Kiwi fare. There, we enjoyed the company of two very handsome and enthusiastic boys, Beau Beau and Jackie.

Walnut Cottage

Walnut Cottage

Jackie

Jackie

Beau Beau

Beau Beau

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

Eggs on toast with falafel, mushrooms, tomato and grilled banana at Walnut Cottage

Before leaving Central, we headed to Sam Neill’s (yes, the world-renowned actor) ‘Two Paddocks’ Redbank near Clyde – the least pretentious and most beautiful vineyard we’ve ever visited. We didn’t see Sam but were really well looked after by the delightful and informative Jenny Blance (office manager) who even gave us a tour of the property. We enjoyed the numerous artworks (including Ralph Hotere, Laurence Aberhart, Marti Friedlander and Bill Hammond) and meeting some of the adorable farm pets, mostly named after famous actors and actresses. And of course there was the wine!

Two Paddocks Redbank

Two Paddocks Redbank

Wine tasting room

Wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Illuminated artworks by Michael Parekowhai in the wine tasting room

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Feather sculpture by Neil Dawson

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill's father and grandfather at Karitane.

Two Paddocks Picnic 2009 Pinot Noir. Wine label features Sam Neill’s father and grandfather at Karitane.

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Two Paddocks t-shirt designed by Alex Stephenson

Our fantastic holiday has now come to an end but we’re happy to be home.

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