Girl About Town

When The Sun Comes Out On Islay.

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It has rained on Islay for 105 days in a row. But today is the 106th day, and the sun has arrived back to Islay after a long, damp, dark winter. I too, have arrived. Whether I brought the sun, or the sun brought me is moot; although sometimes I…

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Why You Need More Whisky In Your Life.

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Whisky might be the most romanticized spirit on the planet – more accessible than absinthe and more challenging than gin. From a glass of whisky, you can explore countless new territories on the earth without boarding a plane or catching a boat. That’s why you should drink more whisky, to see the world through different eyes and to learn stories other than your own.

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Recipe: Lemon & Mustard Salmon

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Time to prepare: 15 min Ingredients – salmon fillet, zucchini, whole grain mustard, lemon (cream & fresh garlic, optional). Easy to prepare with just a pan and good knife skills or a new favourite kitchen gadget, this will be a favourite weeknight supper. You can easily make this dish for…

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Last Night I Ate At Ebisu

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Ebisu is quality Japanese at about the same price point as Masu in Federal St, with less fusion influence. All the classics are there – essential Rainbow roll, karaage and sashimi. Best – the fried flounder served on the deep fried spine from which the delicate fillets were cut. No…

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Last Night I Ate At Euro.

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Simon Gault’s Euro has been an institution on Auckland’s waterfront, particularly if you have a hankering for rotisserie chicken. Recently there’s been a shift at Euro to embrace a new way of eating – less sugars, more whole foods, less processed carbs. I was excited to try it. The standout…

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I ate at Apero.

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This is the ‘Something Fishy’ at Apero Food & Wine, the new offering from Leslie and Mo. You’ll find it tucked into a narrow long room on K’Rd. They serve delectable, careful food. The housemade everything is delicious but the sausage by the metre is a standout. They serve well…

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Dear Heart, Toughen Up.

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Dear Heart, you are a brave little soul. You throw yourself into loving people with everything you have and wonder while leaving feels so much like being torn apart. But without this pain, you wouldn’t have the joy of coming home. You, Heart, are at home here with these people. Truthfully though, your next stop is home too, and the next. Enjoy the travelling. Tonight, you’ll land somewhere new and begin it all again.

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Trusted The Chefs.

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I went to The FoodStore in Auckland’s Viaduct for an amazing 4 course dinner matched with Amisfield wines. Dishes included wild rabbit & apricot canapés, slow-cooked Cardrona merino lamb  and a mouthwatering kingfish & moon clam broth. Chef Jay Sherwood flew up from Amisfield and joined Mark Southon and team…

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How To Be A Perfect Plus-One.

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Life rolls from one season to the next; each with it’s special mix of cocktail functions, theatre engagements, restaurant openings and festivals to attend. Then there are the weddings, engagement and birthday party invitations that (with good etiquette) include the inevitable “Plus One”. I’m lucky enough to have been a…

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