ALEXIA SANTAMARIA is the co-author of popular blog www.cheapeats.co.nz, the Auckland guide to eating great food without going bankrupt.
If you’re a fan of fries – are there people who aren’t? – make sure you check out recently opened Frybaby in Commerce Street in the city. We passed by after a couple of cocktails after work and it was the perfect post drink snack – hand cut and double fried with a choice of ten sauces, they are served in a cone just like Belgian Frites. After trying the Wild Aioli, we will definitely be back to try the other nine sauces.
Food For Good
express felt very lucky to attend the launch of Eat my Lunch’s new cookbook, Food for Good, recently.
The gorgeous Lisa King and Michael Meredith have put together some great easy, fast recipes for weekday meals and the book is dotted with beautiful images of kids who have benefitted from this incredible scheme to help our underprivileged families.
As with the lunches, every cookbook bought will also mean a lunch donated to a child who needs it.
If you’re going to the fabulous BRIEFS boylesque show at Q Theatre this month – and you should be! -make sure you try the specially designed cocktails, canapes and ice cream.
We love the Milky Way ice cream from Joshua’s, with milk chocolate ice cream containing popping candy and dipped in ‘night sky’ dark chocolate – it’s even wearing its own pair of Y-front white chocolate briefs! And the Once In A Blue Moon cocktail isn’t bad either, if you’re a vodka fan.
Taste of Auckland
It’s Taste of Auckland time again this month and this year’s line-up is looking great, as always. Restaurants serving up taster sizes of their fabulous food will be Baduzzi, Euro, Tok Tok, Saan, Vodka Room, Miss Moonshines, Paris Butter, Artwok and 1947 Eatery – with more to be announced.
There will also be live demonstrations from Ganesh Raj (The Tasting Shed) George Calombaris (MasterChef Australia Judge & Restaurateur) Nic Watt (True Food and Yoga) and Simon Gault (Giraffe).
Taste of Auckland, 16-19 November, Western Springs www.tasteofauckland.co.nz
Fashion, Food and Fillies on Federal
Federal Street’s Skycity restaurants have an incredible event planned for the Melbourne Cup this year on November 7. Set across five of the group’s eateries: Huami, Gusto at the Grand, MASU by Nic Watt, The Grill by Sean Connolly and The Sugar Club it’s going to involve New Zealand’s longest runway (400 metres) and a Trelise Cooper show focussed on race wear.
The menu offerings vary from restaurant to restaurant – from three courses to six – and we reckon if you can’t be in Melbourne, this will be the next best place to be. Make sure you book, as this will be incredibly popular.