Waikaia on Saturday

We were in Waikaia on Saturday 13 June, a beautiful sunny winter's day although it was chilly outside of the car. I've already posted twice about Argyle Burn - the first photo was one I took near the burn, out front of a private property, a clear reference to the gold history of the area.... Continue Reading →

Water of Life

Back in 2017 we searched for a particular mural in Dunedin which I'd seen a photo of in the local paper but we didn't find it. We'd avoided the end of an unwelcoming alley - I think there'd been an unfriendly person/dog pair there. Of course, that's exactly where the mural turned out to be... Continue Reading →

That Was Then

Back 'then', Sunday just gone, we went for a drive into Central Otago on a day that just got better and better. We drove over the high country route via Moa Flat and came down into the orchards of Ettrick, then stopped at Turquoise Cafe. I've done a real nice post previously on Turquoise Cafe.... Continue Reading →

Sweet Simplicity

What could be more simple than a meal of bread, wine and cheese? Today my American blog friend  Mike Powell  on holiday in Paris, France posted a photo of his meal of whole grain baguette, raw milk goat cheese and bottle of 2019 Beaujolais Nouveau wine. I was slightly envious, then quickly moved to anticipation... Continue Reading →

RedRobin Cafe

Without question this is the best boutique cafe that we've ever been to. Robin Stock the owner has been in New Zealand for over 20 years, well-travelled (has been a mural painter) and hails from London/Sussex (UK). This tiny cafe is in North Oamaru and Robin offers a hearty welcome, banter, and delicious food and... Continue Reading →

Good Morning!

This is timed to reach northern hemisphere readers in the morning (but for me in New Zealand it's 4.30pm Thursday afternoon). Yesterday we returned from a 2-night trip away, we stayed in Oamaru (East Coast) for the first night and Dunedin for the second night. In Oamaru the two cafes we visited did a fantastic... Continue Reading →

Pub at the Port

In yesterday's post I said we'd been out for dinner in Port Chalmers during our recent overnighter in Dunedin. We didn't take any photos but I took some during a visit to the same establishment in January - I'll share those with you instead. Its a really nice pub, welcoming and friendly, comfortable, and with... Continue Reading →

Oamaru Cafes

Cafes in Oamaru are great and I don't think we've been to any that we haven't liked. I should particularly mention Steam which we've often been to but I never photographed. Last time we found it had changed ownership so I hope the wonderful food continues! This post features a couple of cafes that we... Continue Reading →

Goodbye Junction Cafe

A favourite cafe of mine in Gore is closing on Saturday and I'll miss it. The only cafe in town that's on first floor level, it has great views onto the street and I like to buy chocolate lamingtons there. The staff had just got used to how I like my lamington - straight from... Continue Reading →

Colours of Coffee Flavours

Does my coffee taste musty/earthy or musty/dusty? Hopefully neither, there's lots of better options. Various fruit, nut, chocolate flavours and even maple syrup! Much better than skunky, cardboard, rubber, petroleum, ashy, acrid or meaty brothy. The poster shown below is hung as a framed print on the wall of Vanguard cafe at 329 Princes Street,... Continue Reading →

Mossburn Muffins Mmm!

Chocolate and caramel muffins, hot chocolate and mochaccino. Delicious afternoon tea, enjoyed at Bracken Hall cafe and gift shop. Mossburn is a tiny village way out in the Southland rural countryside. Its on the tourist route to Fiordland which probably explains why this tiny town has two cafes and a diner! I recommend Bracken Hall... Continue Reading →

Tiger Tea advertisement on the side of a commercial building in Caversham, South Dunedin, New Zealand. Taken by Liz, 01 June 2018.

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