Friggitoria (Sydney)

I love to see new ideas in food and people with the imagination and courage to follow their dreams – to start something that we haven’t all seen before. A Friggitoria is an Italian version of a chippery (fish and chip shop). This Italian Street Food eatery eatery has just opened on Sydney’s Bayswater Road…. [Read More]

Apollo (Sydney)

One of my favorite dining experiences is Sydney’s very popular Apollo restaurant. They serve quite traditional food in a refreshingly modern way. We began our meal with taramasalata, which was served in a foil-topped glass pot with Apollo’s signature flatbread alongside. Extra bread comes in its own box. This was followed by the crispiest, salty,… [Read More]

Tea Parties

As I’ve mentioned before, one of my family’s favorite places in Wellington (New Zealand) is French Cancan. This café has a two-Michelin-starred chef creating heavenly goodies in Newtown, with his lovely, vivacious wife Sophie in their new establishment on Willis Street. My particular favorite is a mille feuille, but there is such a range of… [Read More]

French Cancan

One of our favourite places to take time out with a pastry is French Cancan in Wellington. This much loved French pâtisserie and café was a treasure in Newtown for some time. Now their production HQ remains in Newtown and their cafe is at 156 Willis Street. If you don’t know Cancan, you simply must… [Read More]

Sweet Couture

Louis Sargent’s Sweet Couture on Featherston Street in Wellington is the perfect place to stage a celebration. In this case it was an all-girl birthday party for a very dear friend. Though I loved the previous interior of this restaurant, I must say how very cleverly it has been transformed by a subtle metallic pink… [Read More]

Ten Twenty Four

Kent Baddeley makes his magic again. I like to play a game with people to see who has travelled the longest for the sole purpose of dining somewhere fabulous. Once my family drove 2 ½ hours each way for reputedly the finest cassoulet in France. With four small children in the car aged 1-7, this… [Read More]

A Pretty Lunch

I had the opportunity to spend a long lunch with a group of about 30 women at Ruth Pretty’s lovely property just recently. Many of the women arrived by bus, and had time to play in the shop and be seduced by all the gorgeous color and food-related offerings. Coffee and cake is a bonus… [Read More]

Gipsy Kitchen

A short distance from Wellington airport is a tucked-away treasure in Strathmore. Rowan has run the Gipsy Kitchen on Glamis Avenue for six years and it has become recognized as a haven in the suburbs for quality food and friendly service. My family and I called in recently after an airport pick-up for coffee, breakfast… [Read More]