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Park Kitchen, Miramar

Food: 4 stars Service: 4 stars Ambiance: 5 stars Price of mains: $21 to $36 Park Kitchen, opposite The Roxy Cinema in Miramar, touts itself as a neighbourhood eatery and bar. Its standard must reflect Miramar’s status as the heart of ‘Wellywood’, as a lot of money would have been poured into the design and…

Double Chocolate Brownie Cookies

These cookies are the perfect hybrid of rich, gooey chocolate brownie and a normal size cookie – something to have on the side with a cuppa coffee or tea.  Besides, with only 60 grams of butter, you could have an extra piece without feeling guilty! The only thing to be mindful of is to ensure…

Chocolate Cupcakes

We all need a go-to chocolate cupcake recipe that we can whip up at a moment’s notice. This simple recipe is fool proof and only requires ingredients that are pantry staples. It freezes well after baking so comes in handy as a treat for the school lunch box. You can also whip up some butter…

Ginger Crunch Shortbread

Ah, ginger crunch, the quintessential cabinet item in any Kiwi cafe. It is probably something that all of our grandmothers used to make (well, maybe not mine as she is from China). There are many recipes for this crowd pleaser, such as the classic Edmond’s or Chelsea’s version, which happens to be exactly the same! My…

K Sing, Petone

Food: 4 stars Service: 3 stars Ambiance: 2.5 stars K Sing is a little 25-seater restaurant in the heart of Jackson Street, Petone. The neon green entrance does not inspire any sense of authenticity. However, regular punters know it is hard to get a table any night of the week if you do not have a booking….

Kamran’s Classic Belgian Waffles

I am a bit of a waffle fiend. It is the one item on cafe menus that always catches my attention. My ideal waffle is the type that you can smell the sweet aroma from two streets away, deep dished, goldenly crunchy on the outside yet light and soft on the inside. I have tried…

Tinakori Bistro, Wellington

Food: 4.5 stars Service: 4 stars Ambiance: 3.5 stars Many people do not know that Tinakori Bistro, a popular Thordon establishment, has been under new ownership since April 2016. The new owner Chef, Aaron Stott, is a globe trotter. He has worked in fine dining restaurants in Dubai, Moscow, St Petersburg as well as the…

Cashew Brittle

This is one of the favourite hits with my friends and families. People couldn’t help but come back for seconds and thirds. It is very easy to make but you do need a sugar thermometre. I much prefer a digital one as it is more precise and easier to read. The addition of liquid glucose…

Honey Almond Slice

This recipe is based on Matt Preston’s ‘Bus Driver’s Mother in Law Slice’. Matt is the constant fixture on Australian MasterChef. He was also voted the ‘Awesome Oldie’ in the 2011 Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award.  Apparently this honey almond slice was his favourite treat when he went on bus trips up the Hume Highway, shared by…

PappaRich, Wellington

Food: 4.5 stars Ambiance: 4 stars Service: 4 stars Malaysia has come to Wellington! Just a few days ago, PappaRich opened its door in Wellington for the first time. It is a Malaysian restaurant chain that aims at recreating authentic Malaysian cuisine using age-old recipes.   PappaRich, with over 125 restaurants around the world, drew…

Chocolate Macaroons

It seems to be an urban legend that the making of macaroons is preserved for professional patisserie chefs. Not true. I bet you can make these perfectly dainty little French morsels at home. What you will need is a good scale and a digital thermometer.  A bench top mixer also comes in handy. Instead of…

Little Poms

Food: 5 stars Service: 4 stars Ambience: 4 stars This is a must visit if you are heading to Christchurch! A couple of weeks ago, I was invited by a foodie friend in Christchurch to go and cook for a Ronald McDonald fund raising event. The 5-course degustation event was a great success but catching…