Posts from 2011


Read More Darina and Tim Allen

Posted on Tue, 04/01/2011

The first nite back is now gradually winding down - I've been over, but becos we're not too busy, felt redundant reasonably quickly, so retreated with a glass of wine to my desk to continue my efforts to get uptodate with...>>>

Read More The chicken is tough

Posted on Sun, 09/01/2011

We had a complaint last nite from a lady who said that her chicken main course was 'tough'. Always a hard one to respond too, becos how do you define 'tough' or 'chewy' - one persons definition is not going to be anothers. In...>>>

Read More The Good Food Trading Co

Posted on Fri, 14/01/2011

Today is the opening day of The Good Food Trading Co, a food and wine store at 35 MacDonald St Mt Maunganui. You have got to go and have a look, becos it is a truly spectacular store, the concept of which, quite simply blew...>>>

Read More Peanut Sauce

Posted on Fri, 14/01/2011

Just been catching up on some internet reading, and one of David Lebovitzs latest blogs appealed. I enjoy Davids take on things, and he has considerable credibility in my eyes, becos of the years of hard yards that he has...>>>

Read More Newletter Details

Posted on Sat, 15/01/2011

Have just finished a box of envelopes - writing addresses on envelopes I mean. A few years back I gave people the option of getting the restaurant newsletter electronically, and I would now send out more copies electronically,...>>>

Read More South Island Visit

Posted on Fri, 21/01/2011

Up early this morning, to get the newsletter done and dusted. We've been away for a few days, and I was very conscious that we needed to get the hard copy version of the letter out in the mail, and as always, a sense of relief...>>>

Read More The Puddle has gone!

Posted on Sun, 23/01/2011

Sometimes its the small things that can give a disproportionate sense of satisfaction, and an example of what I mean by that, is the absence of the puddle, that has riled me even since we moved into this house 7 years or...>>>

Read More 52 Loaves - William Alexander

Posted on Mon, 24/01/2011

Went  over to the Mount this morning, for our Monday habitual, and the waves crashing in were spectacular. Wouldn't have liked to be heading around the base track at high tide, which I believe was due in a few hours...>>>

Read More Wine Competitions

Posted on Tue, 25/01/2011

This link is to a blog written by a winemaker on Waiheke Island on the subject of the nefarious and ambiguous results that can come out of wine competitions. I suscribe to a couple of wine email services, and literally not...>>>

Read More The Need to Keep on, keeping on...

Posted on Tue, 25/01/2011

 This blog by a chef in the States, is an interesting take on the immediacy of restaurant cooking. I can't agree with all her conclusions - some things are simply more important than keeping customers who are ready to...>>>

Read More Latte cups

Posted on Thu, 27/01/2011

Good china, crystal, cutlery and other types of porcelain and pottery, really appeals to me. Not sure why, its just something that has always been a lifelong passion. For that reason I always sit up and take note in other...>>>

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