Day 2 of my time in Hawkes Bay started with a nice cup ‘o tea on the balcony. :-)

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Pacifica is located in a blue beach bungalow just outside the town centre of Napier.

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Once my flight was called (QF133) I headed downstairs from the First Lounge to gate 9 and boarded. I was in 8C, with no-one in the middle seat between me and the guy in seat 8A.

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The French Cafe in Symonds Street Auckland is run by husband and wife team, Simon Wright (Executive Chef) and Creghan Molloy Wright (Restaurant Manager).

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For our last two nights in Auckland J and I stayed at the Stamford Plaza on Albert street in the city.

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I was lucky enough to be selected by my boss to go to a technical writing conference in Auckland at the end of October. As J has clients in NZ he was able to join me. We flew over on the Wednesday and I attended the conference Thursday and Friday while J worked and then we had another two nights to have a look around before flying home on the Sunday.

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The tourism people in Wellington, New Zealand, decided the best way to promote their great food and wine to us Aussies was to do it through a pop-up restaurant. Last year this restaurant was in Sydney, this year it was Melbourne’s turn, and WLG was born.
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Martin Bosley is known as one of New Zealand’s finest chefs. His food philosophy is “Eat what’s in season, what’s local, and what’s fresh. We also believe food should please the eye as well as the palate.”
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Logan Brown is owned by Al Brown and Steve Logan. According to the website, “Our emphasis is placed on attaining the best seasonal ingredients possible from local producers. Organic, fair trade and responsibility gathered ingredients are always favoured. Accuracy in cooking and seasoning is given priority over presentation. Each dish is generous full flavoured and simply plated. The style of food is New World, yet based on classic cooking techniques. We know where ingredients come from and we source and showcase some of the finest of New Zealand ‘s food and beverage producers.”
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Ambeli Restaurant is located in a colonial cottage on Majoribanks street, Wellington. J and I had dinner here on our first night on our weekend away in Wellington. It was a three minute walk from our hotel, very handy!
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J travels to New Zealand a fair bit for work. Whenever he does I always say we should organise it better and time it so I can go over for a weekend with him. I usually say this the night before he leaves, or when he gets back, neither of which is conducive to planning and organising.
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