The Move.

Thankyou for reading my little blog for the past few months! Love it when i read comments about how you guys share the same taste and love my photos! Gotta give you guys the credit of keeping me going.

EXCITING NEWS! *drumroll* me and my sister are gonna combine for a larger variety of eats and bakes.
If you could take a look at our new blog that would be awesome!

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Boni   xx

Depot Eatery & Oyster bar

 

As a winner of the Metro Top 50, the restaurant was packed even on a Thursday night. Inside, the air itself made you hungry instantly. We decided on two dishes, the linguine with clams and the chicken. The clams were fresh, and came with two slices of crisp bread for soaking up the juice. The chicken was cooked just right and matched well with the yoghurt. Sliders and oysters were also popular choices.

 

EAT-SPOT: 86 Federal Street, Auckland Central, New Zealand

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Double trouble chocolate Cookies

Thinking about doing a ‘Whisk. Sift. Stir’ blog every first friday of the month! Here’s the first bake…

Sometimes I just crave a moist chocolatey cookie. I came across this recipe a while ago. A tip I learnt is a cookie is done once the bottom becomes a deep. brown. colour -Not when the surface turns golden brown because that’s when they become overcooked.

If you wanna spice it up from the normal choc chip cookies try using Whittaker’s chocolate (New Zealand’s Best). Just refrain yourself from eating the whole block. Give it a try next time.
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Auckland Anniversary Day!

Happy Auckland Anniversary Day! Hope y’all had a awesome day. Weather was amazing as it has been the whole summer. Here’s a little snippet of what I got up to lately (Including a crazy 10 scoop icecream  indulgence at Pokeno) . New blog posts coming soon! In the meantime, go chill at the beach, get a tan , consume more ice cream and follow me on instagram @twosipsafter

Rare latte art in auckland

Rare latte art in auckland

Mt Eden walkway

Mt Eden walkway

View from the top of Mt Eden -diorama effect

View from the top of Mt Eden -diorama effect

On top of Mt Eden - view of the crater

On top of Mt Eden – view of the crater

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Ladies Bay (beware of Nude Beach next door)

little hide out place away from the noise and city life.

little hide out place away from the noise and city life.

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10 scoops of ice cream @ Pokeno

Ice cream feast- 10 scoops @ Pokeno

Bushy mustache @ botanic gardens with sister

Bushy mustache @ botanic gardens with sister

Takapuna Beach Cafe

UPDATE: went back again and gotta say.. the fish burger was pretty awesome along with the iced tea!  Mmmm! guess it was just these two dishes that weren’t of my liking.

harbour bridgeoutside outside deck BAKED GOODS SMOOTHIESpancakes ink burger eye view OPENNING HOURS STORE STORE BAKE ICE CREAMchair oneshoes

An open deck, slight breeze, beach next door -I think I could spend a whole afternoon here with a book.

For drinks, I asked staff for recommendations and opted for the coconut mango smoothie (tho secretly I wanted to try the salted caramel- he said it was a love / hate relationship). Personally, am not a fan of coconut, but I must say this smoothie was divine. It was refreshing due to the mango but the coconut just gave the drink a twist. However, the double chocolate smoothie was a let down. Tasted just like chocolate milk.

Since its quite a trip for me , I chose something special on the menu – yellow tuna squid ink burger. I was expecting more. The tuna was quite bland and wasn’t half rare as the staff told me when ordering. The chips were great – thick and crisps. Salad was mainly salty, I think it due to the sauce they put.

My friend chose the passion fruit meringue “pie” pancakes. I’m not sure about you, but pancakes to me would be moist, thick and fluffy. But these were everything but the opposite. They were very dry, and dense. if some sauce or golden syrup were provided it would’ve been better. However, the mascarpone cream on the pancake were outstanding! (probably could’ve ate a whole tub of it)

With high reviews and the price of the food, I would’ve expected a higher standard. Having said that I would still return again in the future and give some other dishes another try.

EAT-SPOT: 22 The Promenade  Takapuna, Northshore, Auckland.  (large free parking in front)

STRAWBERRY HEAVEN

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IMG_6015 copy IMG_6031 copySummer is sizzling hot this year in New Zealand. Whats a better way to spend it than go munch on strawberries and get a tan in the process? Made a trip to Sweet Red Strawberries. Worked pretty hard trying to find the best ones in field while munching away till my stomach couldn’t handle it. $6/kg for strawberries and no entry fee which was quite cheap considering the normal prices paid outside. To top it off we ended the trip with a fresh strawberry ice cream! Mmmmm. #fullysatisfied

EAT-SPOT: 45 Fred Taylor Drive, Massey North,Auckland, New Zealand. (take the Southern Highway 16 towards Helensville and Waitakere and exit at Hobsonville Rd, around 20 minutes from city center)

Little & Friday

cover outside chair TABLE NUMBERS interior gnache 3 TILE soda bottles CABINET HEAVEN cabinet food vanilla water CHUTNEY blue cheese quicesoda fruit tart cream donut CHALKFinally got a chance to visit this neat little cafe hidden on a tiny street in Takapuna. Hungry for food we waited patiently in line (yes the line never ends) and stared at the amazing cabinet food. Everything looked scrumptious and big servings too.
I opted for a caramelized onion quiche and a Hibiscus soda (recommended by the staff)! The quiche wasn’t as good as I thought, tho my friend’s blue cheese one was much better, stronger flavoured I guess due to the cheese. The soda however, was DELICIOUS! A must try. If it was chilled a bit more, it would’ve been perfect in this sizzling weather.

Dessert (no meal is complete without dessert right?) we chose the iconic cream donut and seasonal fruit tart. Both were amazing. The filling in the fruit tart was surprisingly refreshing. It was creamy yet it wasn’t heavy since it wasn’t too sweet either, it was a perfect  match with the fruits. The cream donut was filled with generous amounts of cream and jam. I felt like a little kid biting into a giant donut.

★A few aspects I love about this cafe, the chutney was delicious. We couldn’t get enough and had to go for second servings. The packaged goodies-I didn’t get a chance to try tho they looked good. They were giant in size. I also loved the vanilla water. It added that little extra taste to the meal.

I think I’ll be returning soon to try out other goodies (probably the wrapped sandwiches). The six barrel SODA’s are a must try!

EAT-SPOT: 2 LOCATIONS (yay)
#1… 43 Eversleigh Rd, Belmont, Auckland (North Shore)
#2… 12 Melrose St, Newmarket, Auckland (near city center)