Monthly Archive: April 2019

Calendula Cottage Cafe & Gardens (Glenbrook, New Zealand)

There are many unexpected places in New Zealand and this was one of them, literally tucked in the middle of nowhere, located in Glenbrook this restaurant is surrounded by farms on every side. An oasis in the middle of lush farm greeneries this place surprised me. I dined in here...

Samgyeopsal (삼겹살)

Samgyeopsal, samgyeopsal-gui, or grilled pork belly is a type of grilled dish popular in the Korean cuisine, directly translated from Korean, samgyeop-sal means “three-layer flesh” which refers to the three layers of flesh in the pork belly, the red meat section, the white meat section and the fat. Take note...

Mozzarella Stuffed Meatballs

Italian Meatballs is already good as it is but making it better is not surprisingly hard, just add mozzarella which makes every bite really interesting, imagine a warm gooey cheesy satisfaction on every bite. Cooked in marinara sauce which even makes it better, all you need is a cooked pasta...

Castaways Restaurant & Bar (Waiuku, New Zealand)

We had our departments conference several weeks ago in this amazing location called Castaways, I had my eye on this resort many years ago but did not have the time to check it out until now. It’s such a good venue and if you plan to have your conference here,...

Fishball and Pork Mince Rice Noodle Soup

I guess a lot of people are afraid of making homemade noodle soups at home because there are so much options that you can buy in restaurants that makes you think twice whether you can do something similar. Yes, they have the master stock that boils perpetually making an amazing...

Kiraku (Auckland CBD, New Zealand)

If you’re looking for an authentic straight forward ramen, then look no further, this is the closest thing to what we had tried in Japan. Authenticity does not stop with the ramen even the place looks authentic, cramped in a small space that looks like those small Izakaya bars in...

Chicken Curry Laksa

In Malaysia and Singapore this is called “Laksa Lemak” also known as Nyonya Laksa, basically a type of laksa served with a rich coconut gravy, slightly sweet and strongly spiced. Traditionally the stock is made with a fish-based gravy but modern versions like this Chicken Curry Laska recipe today is...

Bunny Cookies

Like many great recipes our post today was made by accident, a beautiful accident. One day our daughter was making some macarons as she always does, then she was challenged to make one in the shape of a bunny but she baked it in a wrong temperature, since the decals...

Epiphany Donuts (North Shore City, New Zealand)

First there was just Dunkin Donuts, then came Southern Maid, then Al’s Deli, next was Krispy Kreme and now we have Epiphany. I love that these new places started to pop up, now we have many options and definitely some friendly competition. Thirteen years ago, I was dismayed with my...

Batso nga Tabungao

Batso nga Tabungao is an Ilocano vegetable dish made with sliced bottle ground and small shrimps sautéed together with garlic, onions, tomato and annatto, a dish almost similar to Ginisang upo but instead of using pork this dish usually uses small shrimps and with a bit of help from annatto...