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Tasty questions with Nom Nom Panda

Nom Nom Panda is an Auckland food blog with recipes, reviews and news. A great resource for those who enjoy dining out in Auckland. Her cooking adventures are well documented and fairly scientific and tables of findings and information are common with the panda. Nom Nom Panda’s monthly feature Auckland Diner’s Diary is a list of Auckland’s eatery openings, closings and food-related events in Auckland, it’s both an interesting read and a unique historical record of Auckland’s culinary landscape. Below are Nom Nom Panda’s answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: Food related musings. News and reviews. My kitchen experiments. What is the most popular post on your blog? It used to the one about Chinese eggettes, but lately it’s been overtaken by Homemade Puffed Rice, even though my creations were not anything like the commercial version. Name your favourite comfort food: It’s hard to pick one thing, but I guess it would probably be a freshly made toasted cheese sandwich. Fat and carbs always make you feel better, right? It even gives the impression that it’s …

Tasty questions with Rice & Kai

Rice & Kai is a food blog by fellow Aucklander Audrey Young. An adventurous foodie, she is not shy to test out new recipes with bold flavours or textures and to and tackle epic food challenges or dinner parties. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: The blog documents my food adventures! It’s where I take note of recipes and food ideas I’ve tried that I think other people would be interested in.  I also write a little bit about places I’ve eaten at. What is the most popular post on your blog? Bill Granger’s chocolate chip cookie recipe, followed closely by the deep fried homemade egg tofu recipe. Name your favourite comfort food: Wonton soup!  I love having a big bowl of pork and prawn wontons.  I can eat a scary amount of wontons in one sitting. What did you have for breakfast? I went out with a friend for breakfast this morning.  I had a baby spinach, prosciutto, tomato and blue cheese omelette.  It was good. What is the …

Tasty questions with Lucy Eats

Lucy Eats is a combination of recipes and reviews by Auckland food blogger Lucy Abraham. She cooks and eats delicious, hearty food and knows a thing or two about Chinese food. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: I come from a Chinese family where a gathering is not a gathering unless there is an abundance of food. My blog is about food that you can share with loved ones. What is the most popular post on your blog?: Sweet and Spicy Candied Nuts (Click for link). Name your favourite comfort food: I love having chicken and sweet corn soup. I could have a whole pot of it! What did you have for breakfast? A breakfast frittata made from left over roast chicken and chunky roast veggies. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? The porridge at The Store, Britomart – it had rhubarb, apple and real honey comb! What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? Instagram, Mindfood magazine, the interesting diets my friends and …

Tasty questions with Leisha Jones, Honeytrap

Down in St Kevin’s Arcade on the infamous K Rd is a little cafe called Honeytrap. Offering their signature meaty BBQ sandwiches, soups, salads and their popular “shake of the day”, their food always packs a flavour punch. Honeytrap use free range meat and eggs and their sauces and pickles are made in house. I’ve mentioned foodie web-series Club Sandwich a couple of times. What I haven’t mentioned is that Honeytrap are responsible for this sweet little look into the Auckland culinary landscape. You can check out the entire collection of films here on Vimeo. Leisha Jones is the is the owner of Honeytrap and below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Comforting. Flavourful. Creative. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? Our BBQ beef brisket sandwich. The beef is braised in the oven for around 8 hours, before being shredded and tossed with our house made BBQ sauce. Then served on a toasted bun, with zucchini pickles (also made in house), and red cabbage slaw with ranch dressing. It has been on the menu …

Tasty questions with Miss Charlotte Cake

Miss Charlotte Cake is an Auckland pinup beauty who bakes cakes and desserts. She loves high tea and all things vintage. She came runner up in the Miss Pinup New Zealand 2015 Competition and was recently a winner on Come Dine With Me New Zealand. I’ve had the pleasure of dining out with Miss Charlotte Cake a few times via #brunchclub, #cocktailclub and Zomato and she’s always charming, gracious and impeccably dressed. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: Rustic Baker – Blogger – Pinup Gal What is the most popular post on your blog? It’s actually a post I did on what its like to live with a pinup girl and is aimed to my parter Carl. It was shared so many times on social media I lost count. I think others just found it really interesting getting a guys point of view on all this vintage stuff! You can read it here. Name your favourite comfort food: A big bowl of hot spaghetti bolognase and lots of parmesan cheese grated on top. …

Tasty questions with Ang Sarap

Ang Sarap – A Tagalog word for “It’s Delicious” is a recipe blog with stunning photography. Raymund lives in Auckland, New Zealand and is the cook and photographer behind Ang Sarap. He works in IT and enjoys cooking and traveling. Ang Sarap has a huge following and it’s easy to see why. His recipes cover a massive range though he has a special focus on Filipino and Asian flavours. To give you an idea of size, he currently has over 1000 entries accepted onto Foodgawker and Tastespotting combined.  He writes with generosity and honesty about food and dining out. His love for travel is evident through his often exotic recipes. His Food Blogging Tips for Starters is an super thorough guide to starting your own food blog. I *almost* missed out on this post due to Raymund’s travels but was lucky enough to get it in the nick of time. Below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: Ang Sarap is mostly about dishes I tried and recreated from different culinary experiences, most of the dishes in my blog are Filipino recipes but not limited …

Tasty questions with Takehiro Ito, Tanuki’s Cave

Tanuki’s Cave has legendary status in Auckland. Located down under Queen Street it has a bunker-like quality making it a cosy haven for tasty bites and your choice of Asahi, Sapporo or sake. Their yakitori (skewers, cooked over charcoal) comes 2 sticks per order making it perfect for intimate dinners. They have vegetarian and safe options like chicken, steak and pork belly as well as hearts, liver, giblets and tongue for the more adventurous. If you get a chance, try the chicken hearts! The Koala and I celebrated one of our wedding anniversaries at Tanuki’s Cave…meat on sticks and flowing booze for two. It was perfect. A tanuki is a Japanese racoon dog and has significant meaning in Japanese folklore. A great dinner and movie paring for Tanuki’s Cave would be Pom Poko, an animation about Tanuki’s and their magical testicles. Yes, you read that correctly, I said testicles. Did I mention it’s a kid’s movie? Takehiro Ito is the is the Head Chef at Tanuki’s Cave and below are his  answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: …

Tasty questions with Casual Ramblings

Casual Ramblings is written by Amy Tam and is a journal and photolog with an appreciation for the finer things in life. Topics include travel, dining out and fashion. Amy also has a review-only blog just called My Dining Journey. Her archive is impressive.  With 161 reviews on Zomato, you can trust Amy has a few solid opinions about dining out in NZ and around the world. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment.   Describe your blog: Travel the world. Do what makes you happy. Capture the moment. What is the most popular post on your blog? ​My bag review of the Prada Saffiano Lux Double Zip Tote. Name your favourite comfort food: Mince and Cheese pie (don’t judge me!). What did you have for breakfast? Hard boiled egg and a soy Nespresso coffee. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? The melt-in-your-mouth beef brisket from Miss Moonshine in Ponsonby. What is an underrated ingredient? Chickpeas – I go through so many chickpeas at home. I roast a batch over the weekend and eat them as snacks …

Tasty questions with Alessandra Zecchini

Alessandra Zecchini is one of Auckland’s longest standing eatood bloggers, emerging mid 2008 and still regularly updated. Alessandra writes about baking and desserts, Italian cuisine, vegetarian/vegan recipes and travel. As a recipe developer, food stylist and writer, she writes for 6 blogs, regularly contributes to food magazines and has written 3 cookbooks. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: This was my first blog, so it is a bit of a mixture: recipes, travel photos, some news. Unfortunately I don’t have much time to blog these days, but it is fun to do, and I am a happy blogger. I also list just recipes in three more blogs (links below): Only Recipes for Vegetarian and Vegan recipes. Vegan Recipes, only Vegan Recipes, and Cooking with flowers: flower recipes. What is the most popular post on your blog? Asparagus and onion weed-soup with 302300 page views to date. Name your favourite comfort food: Crescentine, the traditional food from my village. What did you have for breakfast? Soy latte – I don’t eat breakfast, I …

Tasty Questions with Niki Bezzant, Healthy Food Guide

  Healthy Food Guide is a small format print magazine with easy and accessible recipes and healthy advice. With so much conflicting and misinformation out there on diets and health, it’s great to see something in print (and online) that is written by qualified industry exports.  Niki Bezzant is the Editor-in-Chief  Healthy Food Guide and she also contributes regularly to newspapers, TV and radio as well as blogs. With 2 cookbooks under her belt, I was excited to pick her brains on all things foodie. Below are her  answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your magazine: Healthy Food Guide is about making healthy eating easy and enjoyable. We don’t believe in fads; we do believe in common sense. We do a lot of work so you don’t have to – all you need to do is cook our recipes and enjoy. What is the most popular feature in Healthy Food Guide? Our ‘5pm panic’ quick dinner ideas are always popular. And people often comment about how much they love the back page: ’10 things …

Tasty questions with Camille Rope, Bird On A Wire

Bird On A Wire and their satellite stores Box of Bird are well known for their quick meals and for reliably feed the masses at festivals and events. With free range rotisserie chicken, sandwiches, salads and also fresh juices and soups, they make healthy takeaways an easy option. Always ethical and local wherever possible, Bird On A Wire have 3 sites in the city and a new store in Takapuna. Camille Rope is the Executive Chef behind Bird On A Wire and below are her  answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Healthy, hand made, delicious. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? Free range rotisserie chook of course! Name your favourite comfort food: Soup in winter, BBQ chicken in summer. What did you have for breakfast? Carrot, beet, pear, kiwi and ginger juice, housemade muesli, yoghurt and feijoas and coffee. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? Homemade chicken soup. What is an underrated ingredient? Cauliflower. What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? Genuine foodies, cooking books and my husband. Favourite restaurant? It is too …

Tasty questions with Jamie and Debbie, Judge Bao

Judge Bao is a regular at The Street Collective in Ponsonby. Judge Bao offers a modern twist to traditional Chinese convenience food. With just a few options you can be confident each item on their compact menu is perfectly executed with meat and vege options. Using only free range meat and local produce, their buns are hand rolled and steamed. Each bao is assembled to order. I think I’ve eaten their food about 4 times in the last little while. Jamie and Debbie are the cute couple behind Judge Bao and below are their answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment.   Describe your food: Local, ethical, and modern Chinese. What is your signature dish? ”The Sloppy Po” bao. It’s our take on Mapo Tofu – spicy, sweet and savory. It’s super umami! Name your favourite comfort food: Chicken and salted fish fried rice for Jamie. For Debbie it’s a slice of The Pie Piper’s Rocky Road Pie and Sweet Val’s Ice Cream’s nitrogen vanilla ice cream with salted caramel sauce and home baked choc chip cookies! What …

Tasty questions with Bri DiMattina

I first met Bri DiMattina at my first #brunchclub event. At that stage, she hadn’t started her blog but was already  immersed in blogging networks and knew her way very well around the Auckland foodscape due to her work in the food industry. Her blog can be found at: www.the-market.nz and below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: My blog initially started as a way to document my Nonna’s recipe book, and a few Food Adventures along the way – so my phrases would now be…“A Diary of my Nonna’s Recipe book” on one side of the blog and “rambling food adventures” although the rambling food adventures has become ‘rampant’ food adventures and are rapidly taking over the blog!  This bothered me a little before – but now I am just ‘rolling with it’. What is the most popular post on your blog? Actually the Foodtour stories have been the most popular – lots of hits from random overseas places – obviously people researching ‘what to do in Auckland’ that is food …

Tasty questions with The Enthusiastic Cook

The Enthusiastic Cook is a newish Auckland food blog by Carli Eger. I started following The Enthusiastic Cook in April but only met Carli for the first time last month. First at a cocktail evening for bloggers and then again a week later at a cocktail class. Next week I’ve nabbed her as my date for the Stolen Rum event at Spark Lab. It’s fair to say we’ve bonded over cocktails and talk of food. There are worse things to have in common! An accomplished cook, Carli writes about cooking, dining out, Auckland life and her food heroes. She has recently started writing for Concrete Playground so expect to see her name around more. Below are her answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your blog: Celebrating the love of all things food. Auckland current events, easy to follow recipes, dining out and cooking hacks. You don’t have to be an expert chef, you just need to be enthusiastic! What is the most popular post on your blog? The Cheapest Way to Dine at Auckland’s Best Restaurants. http://theenthusiasticcook.com/2015/06/18/the-cheapest-ways-to-eat-at-aucklands-best-restaurants/ Name …

Tasty questions with Frederico Alves Tavares, Britomart Country Club

One of those covered outdoor spaces that delights when you enter, I’ve always thought of Britomart Country Club as a good place to get a drink and snacks while being entertained. With shipping containers, antique furniture and a kitsch menu, spend the afternoon with tipsy pétanque or a spot of putting in this garden bar. Frederico Alves Tavares is the head chef from Britomart Country Club and below are his answers to the tasty questions I cooked up for your enjoyment. Describe your restaurant’s food: Tasty, simple, consistent. What is your restaurant’s signature dish? BBQ pork ribs. Name your favourite comfort food: Asian pork fried rice. What did you have for breakfast? Bacon, eggs and toast. What is the most delicious thing you’ve eaten this week? A 400g Sirloin steak, medium rare, perfect, cook it, never forget (At Jaime Andres’s House). What is an underrated ingredient? Lemon. What are 3 sources of inspiration to you? People, smiles and compliments. Favourite restaurant? Di Mare, Steak and Seafood restaurant in Parnell There’s a potluck dinner tomorrow night (and you’re not working) what are you bringing? Moqueca …