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As a diary writer since I was in my mid teens, writing is something I simply need to do - a reflex muscle that has to be exercised on a regular occasion - and the blog page is one way that I get to express that need, and which helps me be a happier and nicer person! Unlike the newsletter, we don't send out blogs, because people don't need to be bombarded regularly with my opinions, but they are here on the website for those interesting in checking in. And in the process they give me an opportunity to vent on all sorts of subject matters, usually Hospitality orientated, but not always.


Read More Hiakai - the aftermath!

Posted on Mon, 04/06/2018

Grant and Arno have just headed back to Auckland after a breakfast out and  lenghty recap of the proceeding day and a general mulling over about the hospitality industry in New Zealand. Rick is clearing away the unused...>>>

Read More Vandana Shiva

Posted on Thu, 31/05/2018

Such a simple obvious statement about the world we live in, from a woman who  is amongst other things a physicist. Why can it seem so abundantly obvious, and yet be totally ignored by too many?   ...>>>

Read More Monique Fiso

Posted on Sat, 12/05/2018

As part of Escape! The Tauranga Arts Festival 2018, we are very fortunate to have been asked by the organisers to host a dinner with Monique Fiso. Rick and she have been discussing menus and necessary equipment as we get...>>>

Read More Surcharges

Posted on Sat, 28/04/2018

We are percieved as being an expensive restaurant apparently. That comment floats back to me periodically.  A fact that occasionally bemuses me when we eat elsewhere and analysis what they charge and how they do it,...>>>

Read More The new version of Noma

Posted on Fri, 27/04/2018

Lord knows when we will get to Europe again - we're definitely twitchy and keen to go again, so it will happen, it's just the when that's a bit vague... This restaurant is definitely on the 'must go too'...>>>

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