Making Lifelong Friends When Travelling

Lifelong friends when travelling

Lifelong friends when travelling

I hadn’t seen Alexandria for nine years.  We met in 2008, in Amalfi, Italy.  Alex was visiting from USA with her mum, I was travelling Italy on my own.   Tourists and travellers always congregated in the piazza on those hot evenings, and it was there, at a bar, that we first spoke.  

A few days later, we swapped Facebook details, and Alex went back to USA with her mum.  Since 2008, despite only meeting in person a handful of times on that trip to Italy, we have remained in contact.  We both have a deep love for travel, and a mutual obsession with the Amalfi Coast.

Alex and her husband travel A LOT, and despite visiting Europe multiple times each year, they’d not yet made it to London.  Until May this year.  We made plans for Sunday lunch, and met in a pub in North London, almost nine long years after our first meeting.

We had the best time over lunch, sharing travel and life stories and talking about Amalfi in a way that I could only do with someone who knows it as personally as me. We laughed so much and made plans to meet for a mid-week dinner before they left London.

In my experience the absolute best part of travelling has been the lifelong friends I’ve made.  I’ve been to towns, villages and cities all over the planet, but the most memorable part of every trip has been the people I’ve crossed paths with.

making lifelong friends when travelling

For some reason these friendships with fellow travellers are more instant than others.  In 2009 I stopped off in Miami on my way back from visiting friends in Colombia.  I booked a bed in a shared hostel room on South Beach, and a couple of days after arriving, a couple walked into my room, and we introduced ourselves.  Five minutes into our conversation, we discovered we were both planning to head to Orlando and stay in the same hotel.  I was planning on taking the bus.  That evening I went out for dinner with my new room mates Jane and Pat, and the next day I was sitting in the back seat of their rental car, bonding over our shared love of IHOP pancakes, as we sang along to songs on the radio, en route to Orlando. We visited Disneyworld the very next day together and fast forward one year later, we all went back to USA, visiting L.A and Vegas.  That was 2010.  I’m seeing Jane, Pat and their son Harris next Sunday for lunch.  I adore the friendship I have with them, and the travel memories we created.

Making lifelong friends when travelling is something I’m so grateful for.  I have friends in Japan, South America, Australia and Germany, to name a few places.   I look forward to more adventures around the globe, and meeting more Jane and Pat’s and Alexandria’s on my journey.

You can read Alexandria’s blog here.  She’s also a writer and you’ll want to purchase one of her fabulous novels!

Eat | Gluten Free in Paris

Gluten free in Paris

Gluten free in Paris

When I booked my trip to Paris, the very first thing I did was the same thing I do when I book any other vacation.  I Googled ‘Gluten Free in Paris’.   It makes life so much easier for me if I have a few gf food spots on my list, so I’m not wandering around aimlessly looking for something to eat.  I’m also not one of those people that just views food as fuel.  No.  I want really delicious food, and with Paris being so famous for their patisseries, I was hopeful that someone, somewhere would be baking some gluten free treats that I could indulge in.

I wasn’t disappointed.  It turns out there are quite a few French pastry chefs that suffer from coeliac disease or gluten intolerance, which really isn’t so fun for them, but it means they’ve dedicated themselves to learning the art of gluten free baking, so that their creations taste as good as the gluten filled stuff.

If you’re walking the streets of Paris feeling sorry for yourself that everyone else is indulging in Canelé’s whilst you’re munching on something much less interesting, this list will save you from misery.  I promise even your gluten eating friends will be shocked at just how a-maz-ing these gluten free spots are…

Chambelland

Chambelland was the first stop on my ‘Gluten free in Paris’ tour, with my gluten eating friend Rachael from Made From Scratch.  Chambelland make everything from scratch, they even have their own gf flour mill.  What they manage to produce and sell in their bakery is the stuff dreams are made of.  We popped in for lunch, and it was agonising trying to narrow down our options.  We ordered an olive focaccia (one of the few things I miss dearly now gluten isn’t a part of my life), orange-chocolate sweet bread – described as a mix of bread, brioche and pastry, which turned out to be something that could only be described as heavenly.  We added a couple of cookies to our order too, and they were the melt in your mouth kind that make you want to order ten more immediately.  Chambelland was most definitely my favourite gluten free spot in Paris.  Do not miss this.

NoGlu

Opened in 2012, Noglu Restaurant now has three locations in Paris and one in New York.  Their daily changing menus also offer vegetarian and lactose free meals.  We popped in for dinner and I ordered the burger, which hand on heart was one of the most delicious burgers I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating!  The bun didn’t have a hint of that usual gluten free dryness, it tasted like the real deal.  Rachael ordered the fish and risotto dish, and for someone who can eat gluten she was impressed with her meal too.  We skipped dessert having already stuffed ourselves silly earlier in the day with sweet treats, but the baked goods on display looked heavenly.  A really great spot for a fantastic gf meal.

Helmut Newcake

Opened in 2011, Helmut Newcake was the first pastry shop in Paris to offer 100% gluten free baked goods.  Alongside the option of the most delicate looking desserts, think lemon meringue pie, pretty fruit tarts and dainty eclairs, Helmut Newcake also offer brunch and lunch.  We visited for a late afternoon sweet treat where I finally got to indulge in a very French treat, a canelé.  It was perfection!  I also bought a loaf of chocolate-orange brioche which I admittedly nibbled the corner off before packing it in my bag, bringing it back to London and turning it into French toast.  A lovely little cafe with the most divine gf treats.

Happy Gluten Free Eating in Paris!  And not that you need any more reasons to head to Paris, but just in case, here’s a short video I put together of some Parisian highlights…

Detour | A Trip to Paris

Paris

Paris

 

 

paris

My New Years resolution for 2017 is ‘feel the fear and do it anyway’.  Yep, that famous saying we’ve all heard.  I’ve been determined to do justice to my goal, by worrying less, and just saying ‘yes’ to more opportunities.

Back in March, a friend of mine (only the super amazing Rachael from Made From Scratch!!) text me one day as I was walking the streets of Parsons Green in London. A dozen texts back and forward later, Rachael mentioned I should book a trip and go and see her in her current home, Paris.  I promised I’d look at flights, and felt a flutter of excitement.  Sitting on my sofa that evening, I looked at flight costs on Skyscanner and trawled through available Airbnb’s.  I felt a knot of worry, and thoughts along the lines of ‘maybe I shouldn’t go’, ‘I shouldn’t be spending this money’, and so on and so forth.  That anxious feeling that’s as familiar to me as breathing.

 

Paris

 

Paris

And then I booked my flight.  And my Airbnb (it was this one in Montmartre btw, if you’re looking for a gorgeous place to stay).  I text Rachael and I told her I was coming to see her in Paris the following week.  Yes, that quickly.  I just did it, I felt the fear and did it anyway.  And boy am I glad I did.

I booked to stay in Paris for two nights.  Rachael met me at the station near my accommodation, and we went for lunch at a cute little Parisian bistro whilst I waited for my apartment to be ready.  We wandered the city together that day, talking and sharing stories, stopping off at a rooftop bar in a hotel, just in time for sunset with a view of the Eiffel Tower.  We ate Vietnamese for dinner and I walked home past The Moulin Rouge.

Paris

 


Paris

The very next day we met in Montmartre for coffee, and ambled through French streets towards a gluten free cafe, where we ate the most amazing bread and cakes.  The day was perfect, the sun was shining and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky.  Following a stop at some lovely stores, we bought popsicles and ate them on a park bench whilst gazing at Notre Dame Cathedral.  When our legs had rested, we continued on towards one of the department stores that has the most amazing view of Paris.  We of course took a million photos, and then decided dinner was a good idea and finished the evening with gluten free burgers, and an Uber home.

On my final day, I dropped my bag at Rachael’s apartment and we walked through parks and pretty streets, stopping for a bite to eat before, and then climbing the stairs of the Arc de Triomphe, followed by one final photo session in front of the Eiffel Tower.  Collecting my bag and jumping on the train to the airport I was so happy I’d felt that fear, and gone to Paris anyway.  I wouldn’t have three days of lovely memories if I hadn’t gone, I wouldn’t have eaten the most delicious gluten free burger I’ve ever tasted, or laughed and chatted with Rachael if I’d chosen to stay put in London.

I’m off to the Greek Islands in the morning.  A friend invited me.  I felt the fear.  I worried about money and work and everything in between.  And then I booked my flight.  I’m doing it anyway.

And when I’m back I promise to share some of those gluten free cafes I found in Paris, they  are too good to keep them a secret!

Until then x

Paris

 

 

Paris

Detour | My New Zealand Video

Piha New Zealand

 

I finally finished editing my New Zealand Video of our recent trip, okay not that recent trip in February!  Video editing takes for-ev-er!  But it’s done now, and I’m pleased to be able to share some NZ memories of my vacation back home with you.

Enjoy! x

Eat | The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies


gluten free chocolate chip cookies recipe

The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe

I understand that’s a rather brave heading I’ve gone with, but I am so confident you’ll agree if you whip up a batch.  This is hands down the best gluten free chocolate chip cookies recipe, in fact I’d go as far as saying it’s the best chocolate chip cookie recipe, gluten free or not!

They are the kind that are so soft they fall apart in your hand and melt in your mouth.  My favourite kind!  If you’re more of a crunchy cookie person, they can be baked for a minute or two longer.

I’d had a craving for an ice cream sandwich, so I decided to bake my first ever batch of gluten free chocolate chip cookies and scoop mint chocolate chip ice cream in between them.  I waited by the oven with anticipation to see if my cookies would turn out a success or a dud, and pulling them out of the oven, I managed to restrain myself for just a couple more minutes, until I lifted a cookie off the baking tray and pulled it apart to inspect.  The chocolate chunks were gooey and the dough had that ‘only just baked’ softness, that in my eyes makes the perfect cookie.

gluten free chocolate chip cookies recipe

I took a bite, and I felt my eyes widen.  These cookies were insane!  I called to The Boy Next Door to get in the kitchen and try one.  His eyes also widened and it was agreed between us, these were the best cookies we’d eaten.  A bold claim I know.  But all the more reason for you to bake a batch and let me know what you think!

I use the same gluten free flour blend recipe for all my gluten free baking, which you can follow here.

Now get going and bake those cookies! x


Eat | The Best Gluten Free Chocolate Chip Cookies Recipe
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Approx 20 cookies
 
Ingredients
  • 280g gluten free flour
  • ½ tsp xanthan gum (leave it out if your flour blend already contains it)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 55g cream cheese
  • 110g caster sugar
  • 200g brown sugar
  • 170g unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 eggs yolks, at room temperature
  • 1½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 170g chocolate chips (I used 1 bag of Cadbury Chocolate buttons, broken into pieces)
Instructions
  1. Mix the gluten free flour, xanthan gum and baking soda in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, place the cream cheese, melted butter and both brown and caster sugar. Mix together with a hand mixer or food processor on medium speed for 2 minutes.
  3. Add the vanilla extract and egg yolks and mix until well combined.
  4. Pour in the flour mixture, beating on low or by hand until combined.
  5. Add the chocolate chips and fold into the cookie mix by hand.
  6. Cover the bowl with cling film and refrigerate for approximately 4 hours (or you can cheat like I did, and throw it in the freezer until the mix hardens, around 30-45 mins).
  7. Preheat oven to 190c.
  8. Remove the cookie dough from the refrigerator and let it sit for around 15 minutes to make it easier to scoop.
  9. Line baking trays with baking paper and scoop cookie dough into small mounds, placing on the tray with space between each cookie as they do spread.
  10. Bake the cookies for 11-15 minutes, when they edges are starting to brown.
  11. The cookies will look under baked, but they continue cooking as they cool.
  12. If you like gooey cookies, remove from the baking tray onto a cool plate after a few minutes. If you like crunchier cookies, leave them on the baking tray to cool.

Eat | Gluten Free Flour Blend Recipe

Gluten Free Flour Blend Recipe

I seem to have had quite a few conversations about my gluten free flour blend recipe recently, with more and more people I know becoming interested in removing gluten from their diet.  Whilst I didn’t remove gluten from my diet by choice, instead it was a case of having to after being so ill for so long, I do know that gluten free foods are less harsh on everyone’s digestive system.

If you are looking at dabbling in some gluten free baking, do not buy a gluten free flour off the supermarket shelves and expect to produce perfectly risen cakes and cookies from your oven.  Trust me, I tried.  It doesn’t work.  After many failed attempts, I started using the gluten free flour blend recipe below, and since then I’ve successfully baked everything from Christmas cake, to waffles, to chocolate chip cookies.

It’s my go-to when baking gluten free goodies, and although there is an initial cost and time factor, with the various ingredients that need to be purchased and then blended together, I promise you it is worth every penny spent!

Happy gluten free baking x

Eat | Gluten Free Flour Blend Recipe
Prep time: 
Total time: 
 
Ingredients
  • 255g white rice flour
  • 113g brown rice flour
  • 85g potato flour
  • 85g millet flour
  • 1 tbsp xantham gum
  • 1 tbsp dried milk powder
Instructions
  1. Weigh each ingredient and add to a large bowl.
  2. Stir the ingredients until well combined.
  3. Store in an airtight container.

Skater Girl

longboarding

longboarding

Happy Monday everyone, although to be fair, Monday is nearly over, but I’ve been rushing around this morning and finally have a chance to write a post.

I hope you all had a good weekend?  I certainly did!

Those of you that have seen my latest Instagram photos will know I’ve recently become a fan of longboarding.  The skateboarding kind, not the surfing kind.  I’d bought The Boy Next Door a board last Christmas, after listening to many a story of all the fun he had skateboarding in his younger years.  We finally pulled it out of the cupboard a week ago, and after stepping on the longboard and testing it out, up and down our street, I was immediately hooked.

So of course, I bought one myself.

longboarding

It arrived Thursday last week, and I finally had a chance to take it to the park on Saturday afternoon.  Learning to ride is equal parts frustrating and thrilling.  But it has been a looooong time since I have enjoyed something so immensely.  Who knew I was a closet skater girl?  I mean I played around with my brother’s skateboard back in the eighties, but never really had a clue what I was doing!  It kinda took me by surprise that I became hooked on this new hobby of mine so quickly!

I raced home yesterday afternoon after a truly lovely day with a girlfriend of mine, threw off my girly dress, pulled on jeans and trainers, grabbed my board and head out into the late afternoon sun.  The Boy Next Door has been my patient, encouraging longboard teacher and with his careful instructions and my utter determination to always be good at everything I try (perfectionist right here!), I’ve already mastered the art of carving (that’s swerving left and right) whilst going downhill!  I’m seriously proud of myself!

skater girl

I notice people glance as I whizz past, and I don’t know if that’s because they’re thinking ‘Wow she’s a little old to be on a skateboard’ or ‘A FEMALE on a skateboard?!’.  Whichever it is, I am happy to be an older, female skateboarding lover, because as my mother said about my new hobby ‘Skateboarding, good on you, you only live once’.

Sometimes in life there is this idea put upon us, that we can only do certain things based on age or gender.  If we always listen and follow that rule, we may just miss out on the things that make us the most fulfilled.  And on that note, I think I might go for a quick skate.

Do what makes you happy! x

Eat | Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

Breakfast is my absolute favourite meal (although strangely I don’t eat breakfast during the week), and I look forward to each weekend when I can make something delicious from one of my cookbooks or a Pinterest recipe.

We ate waffles quite often in the weekend when I was growing up, store bought, but still really good.  On trips to USA waffles are also something I like to order.  The UK don’t seem to be so big on the craze, and when I entered the world of gluten intolerance it wiped out all hopes of eating any.  There’s certainly no GF freezer waffles for sale at the supermarkets here, unlike good old USA, which have loads of delicious GF options.

One of my Christmas gifts last year from The Boy Next Door was a waffle maker.  Pretty much the perfect gift!  However life somehow got in the way as it does, and I didn’t end up using it until very recently.  I did some Pinterest and Google searching, and using this flour blend, I made up a batch of waffle mix and took my waffle maker for a spin.

Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

A couple of dud waffles later, I quickly got the hang of the machine, and what turned out were golden, crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside waffles, that I topped with Greek yoghurt, lemon curd and frozen berries.  They were pretty damn good, if I do say so myself.  I froze the leftovers, and they later came back to life perfectly once they were popped in the toaster.

If you happen to be the proud owner of a waffle maker, or you’re thinking of buying one, and wanting a really good gluten free waffles recipe, look no further than this one below….

Gluten Free Waffles Recipe

Eat | Gluten Free Waffles Recipe
Recipe type: Breakfast, Brunch, Dessert
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: Approximately 6 waffles
 
Ingredients
  • 280g gluten-free all-purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon xanthan gum (if your gf flour doesn’t contain any)
  • 2 Tablespoons caster sugar
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 500ml milk (I use almond, but use whichever milk is your preference)
  • 2 Tablespoons butter, melted and cooled
  • 2 eggs, yolks and whites separated
  • 1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract
Instructions
  1. Preheat your waffle machine.
  2. In a large bowl, add the gluten-free flour, xanthun gum, sugar, baking powder and baking soda and stir to combine.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the milk, melted butter, egg yolks and vanilla together.
  4. Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until smooth.
  5. Beat the egg whites in a bowl with an electric hand mixer until stiff peaks form.
  6. Fold the egg whites into the waffle batter, making sure not to overmix.
  7. Pour some batter onto the waffle iron and cook until golden brown.
  8. Whilst working through the batter, keep the already made waffles warm, by placing them on a plate in the oven on a low temperature.

Eat | 5 Favourite Auckland Food Spots

favourite auckland food spots

favourite auckland food spots

One of my biggest priorities on vacation is eating really good food.  I’ll spend hours trawling the internet to find all the latest and greatest foodie spots at our holiday destination.  

As soon as we’d booked our trip to New Zealand earlier this year, I got started on my research to find the best Auckland Food Spots.  The tricky thing is, there are sooo many to choose from in Auckland, it’s slightly overwhelming.  Kiwis know how to make really good food, and really good coffee, so our list was extensive, and we’d have needed a second stomach to visit every single place I’d jotted down.

We did our best though!  And I thought, just in case you ever find yourself in Auckland, New Zealand, that maybe you’d like to know my 5 Favourite Auckland Food Spots, so you can give them a try too.  I promise you won’t be disappointed…

1. The Midnight Baker

favourite auckland food spots

I visited The Midnight Baker for lunch with my mum on a weekday and we were fortunate enough to walk in and get a table straight away.  The menu is centred around a gluten, dairy free bread called The Freedom Loaf, which is then topped with the most amazing refined sugar free toppings.  Being the sweet tooth’s we are we picked two options from the sweet menu, however the savoury options sounded just as good.

favourite auckland food spots

Whether you’re intolerant or not to gluten and dairy, The Midnight Baker is a delicious option housed in a lovely little space, with the option to buy The Freedom Loaf to take home and make your own creations.

favourite auckland food spots

2. Milse

favourite auckland food spots

Let me put it this way, you may think you have truly lived, but I am here to confirm that unless you’ve paid a visit to Milse then you really haven’t.  This dessert establishment is like visiting an art gallery, where you’ll discover sugary sculptures behind glass cabinets that are the creations of some very talented pastry chefs.

It was a hot, sunny day when we popped into Milse and so we opted for their equally spectacular ice creams.  My advice, if you visit, and you see the Bombe Alaska in the fridge, order it!! It’s the stuff dreams are made of, I ate two during my vacation just to be sure it was as good the second time around.  And it so was!!  Ice cream covered in a cloud of marshmallow?! You can’t go wrong.

favourite auckland food spots

3. Federal Delicatessen

favourite auckland food spots

Federal Delicatessen is located in the heart of the city and owned by one of NZ’s most loved chef’s, Al Brown.  Fed Deli is designed to resemble an old-stool NYC Jewish deli, which means super cute outfits for the staff, and a delicious menu of bagels, sandwiches and pie.

favourite auckland food spots

Open from 7.30am until late, we visited mid-week for a late lunch and thanks to The Fed offering gluten free bagels, I was able to order a turkey bagel with cranberry, walnuts, smoked cheddar & apple which was delicious.  If I hadn’t been heading out for dinner that evening, I would have definitely eye’d up the dessert menu, think pumpkin pie, New York cheesecake, that sort of thing and you get the idea of all the amazing offerings on The Fed’s menu.  Fun, casual and good food.

favourite auckland food spots

4. Odettes

favourite auckland food spots

Odettes was on our list of places to eat, but time flew and the one and only day we had free to visit was between lunch and dinner.

favourite auckland food spots

favourite auckland food spots

We had to settle for iced coffee, but made the most of it sitting outside in their gorgeous courtyard soaking up the sunshine.  I have it on good authority from friends that the food is fantastic too.  So next time I’m home I look forward to sitting in their truly beautiful restaurant and ordering a meal.  Don’t miss this spot if you’re in Auckland, even if it is only for an iced coffee!

favourite auckland food spots

5. Dear Jervois

favourite auckland food spots

We dined at Dear Jervois for brunch on a weekday morning, and this place is so popular it was pretty much full when we arrived.  Trendy and buzzing with the inner city Auckland crew, the menu is extensive and definitely lived up to the hype.

favourite auckland food spots

favourite auckland food spots

They cater really well to us food intolerant lot, so I was super excited to order the gluten free waffles.  We also tried the acai bowl which was fab, and the eggs benedict on a potato rosti, again another amazing dish.  The coffee is really good too, a must have for us to enjoy a cafe.  Dear Jervois is a guaranteed good food spot if you’re searching for Auckland brunch options.

favourite auckland food spots

Happy Eating in Auckland everyone! x

Eat | The Sugar Club, Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

Way up high, on level 53 of The Sky Tower in Auckland, New Zealand is a restaurant that should be on every foodies bucket list, The Sugar Club.  The restaurant with its floor to ceiling windows, offers the best view you’ll find over Auckland City.  Not only will you be spoilt by the view, the food is some of the best you’ll ever have the pleasure of eating.

As it happens, Peter Gordon the owner and brainchild of The Sugar Club, is the very person I’ve had the pleasure of working with since late 2016.  When The Boy Next Door and I booked our flights to New Zealand for February, we knew we couldn’t miss an opportunity to experience The Sugar Club and its heavenly fusion cuisine.    We booked in a date with the TSC team, and what unfolded was one of the highlights of our trip, which I’m so excited to show you with all the photos I snapped….

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

With daylight savings still in full swing in February we made a 7pm reservation to enable us to enjoy sunset over dinner.  We arrived at The Sky Tower, and whizzed up the glass elevator to the 53rd floor, stepping out to be warmly greeted by one of The Sugar Club team.  Being seated by the bar, we started our evening with pre-dinner drinks and sunny views over the city.

The Sugar Club Auckland

The staff at The Sugar Club are at the top of their game.  Attentive and knowledgable, they ran through the cocktail list with us, because trust me, you’ll struggle choosing when everything sounds superb!

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

Following pre-dinner drinks we were seated at our table and our lovely waiter introduced himself.  Peter was also in Auckland and working at TSC that evening, so it was a lovely reunion to see him at the restaurant, and have him walk us through the menu.

The Sugar Club Auckland

Because we’re greedy, we decided we wanted one of everything, and settled on the degustation menu.

The Sugar Club Auckland

As most of you know, I’m gluten intolerant and this often makes life difficult when dining out if the restaurant doesn’t offer alternatives.  The Sugar Club is not one of those restaurants.  If there was anything I couldn’t eat in one of the dishes, it was either adapted or replaced with another equally delicious dish.

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

Peter and the team regularly checked on us, to make sure everything was okay with each dish, which of course it was.  TBND and I spent a large part of the evening only saying ‘OMG, this is so good!’ to each other, between moments of gazing out the large window that overlooked Auckland.

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

As each dish was placed in front of us, and we took our first bite, we’d discuss which was our favourite so far.  But it was so difficult to choose, the flavours of each dish were simply divine and we both agreed as we sat there, that this was one of the most memorable dining experiences we’d ever experienced.

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

Dusk fell, and the city started to sparkle with lights.  Auckland’s weather is very temperamental, so we were extremely lucky to dine at the restaurant on such a perfect evening.

The Sugar Club Auckland

The Sugar Club Auckland

As I mentioned, we are rather greedy.  So we may have tried every single dessert on The Sugar Club menu.  I’m not one to turn down sugary treats!  They were all amazing and unique.  Following our last bite of dessert and last sip of wine, we looked around to realise we were the last ones in the restaurant.  This meant one thing, it was time to hit the casino downstairs!

The Sugar Club Auckland

A truly special and memorable evening, what a privilege it was to experience such fine dining.  A big, big thank you to the main man himself, Peter, and head chef Neil, for a night we’ll remember forever. x