Friday, 4 September 2015

Coffee place: Al's deli

Don't you love Fridays?

On the way to work, I stopped by Al's Deli to get my morning coffee. Ended up getting a cronut as well, because.. they were staring at me. Maple bacon. I had to get one. 

I know Al's Deli is a bagel place. A friend asked me for a good brunch place in Auckland CBD and I ended up sending her a list of a few places. Al's Deli was included in that list. I wonder which one she will end up going to. 

The interior is spacious, little interior decorations here and there. Canadian condiments are strategically placed to give that authentic feel. The server was friendly, though the coffee was a little hot and I almost spilled it on myself  while power walking down the hill. 

1/492 Queen Street
Auckland Central
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Cake place: Little Bird Unbakery

Let them eat cake.
But the cakes are way too pretty to gulp down. They must be oogled and oohed ahhed over. Choosing just one slice amongst the given choices will definitely not be an easy task. What will you choose? There is only one table inside this tiny unbakery and behind the lovely cakes are room for only two. But I'm probably going to come back with at least a hanful of girlfriends to try as many cakes and chilled teas and drinks selections as I can possibly manage.

14 Customs Street East, 
Auckland Central
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Lunch place: Ku Bick

Fish roe rice to take away, please. 

Unfortunately, the only menu I have been ordering over and over from Ku Bick since my uni days is not for takeaway. Probably because they come in this special stone bowl pot that sizzles away the rice and veges as you eat them. It's very similar to bibimbap, a variation. If you're game to eat fish roes - they pop in your mouth - you should give it a go.

I didn't have enough time to dine in today, so chose a spicy chicken don instead. I normally take spicy things well, I think, but my glasses were fogging up, sweat beads were forming at my temples, and my neck was burning. Best eaten hot then cold, because the chicken hardens.

Fish roe to eat inside next time, please.

Ku Bick
430 Queen Street
Auckland Central
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Lunch place: BurgerFuel

Vege burgers and Motobites. Kumara chips with aioli. Yum.
It always seems to be pouring whenever I go to BurgerFuel. Maybe I go to BurgerFuel only when it pours. Or it just pours all the time in Auckland these days? Yea. All the above may be true.

BurgerFuel has become a fortnightly thing lately. I love their Motobites. Pumpkin and chickpeas and aioli dip! I am so getting a blender soon. BurgerFuel is a Kiwi burger chain that has started in Ponsonby, Auckland, and has since gone global, with stores as far as Dubai airport.

Maybe I can find the photo of our Prime Minister John Key enjoying a hearty bite of BurgerFuel at the said Dubai airport chain. Here we go:
image from Stuff
Normally I go for the gourmet vegetarian burgers but I saw last time there's a new pulled lamb burger that looks pretty tasty. I'm getting hungry..

291 Queen Street, 
Auckland Central
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Wednesday, 2 September 2015

Budapest: How to get into town from the airport

Buda + Pest. I miss my best friend, D.

Directions from the airport to the Parliament building: buy a ticket to the city from the BKK desk (Budapest Transport Centre). Should be around 550 forints. Take bus 200E (just outside the exit on the right) to the last stop. This will be the Kobanya Kipest Metro, end of line 3. Take the Metro to Deak Ferenc Ter, transfer to line 2 and go one stop to Kossuth Lajos Ter. Exit the station. You are now at the Parliament.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

Brunch place: Cafe Eighty Eight

A treated me to a lovely brunch for helping him move houses. I'm a happy girl. On the main stretch of Mt Maunganui, Cafe Eighty Eight is always crowded with people. We considered the place next door but they only do coffee and we were starving. We even bumped into mates A knew from out of town. No surprise in finding Tauranga a small place? Definitely not, when I have literally walked into people from Down Under while in Europe. 
A complained that the food was taking ages to come out. They did warn us of the 25 min wait but we had just carried a whole room's worth of stuff across to the new place the whole morning. We were getting a little hangry. Anger sprouting from hunger is an ugly thing.
A chose an Egg's Benedict, which in my book is always a good choice with Hollandaise sauce and a strip of bacon or two along with it. I went for kumara fish cake. I knew A hates fish but I love pretty much anything kumara. It also came with poached eggs and Hollandaise sauce, which was a win for me. Score.

88 Maunganui Road,
Tauranga, NZ 3116
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Juice place: Tank Juice Bar

A and I are almost obsessed with Tank juices. There are slight variations between shop to shop, so A's favourite Peach Me isn't available everywhere - one of those things you would only know if you've been to Tank enough times and to many of them around the country. In Auckland CBD alone, there are three-four Tanks in close proximity to each other. The Tank that I frequent is a fairly new addition to Queen St. As well as their super green smoothies and energising juices, I have also tried the açai bowl and salad. Loved the açai bowl, found the salad to be very, very green - lots of fresh green salad leaves. Until I get my own blender - Christmas present to self, perhaps? - I will be frequenting this place on a regular basis for a while yet.

290 Queen Street
Auckland Central
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