Thursday, September 29, 2016

The Cloakroom, St. Andrew Street

Hey Fashionistas!

The new kid in town is quite an affordable little access to designer clothes.  Only now, in my 30s, do I truly understand that good quality clothing has resale value.

While there a few secondhand boutiques I love in town, this is definitely my favourite consignment shop because it's youngish, hip and Shelley (who owns and runs it) is not a label snob!  Never once has she turned her nose up at my high street items.

I've had quite good luck selling a few pieces through her and there are plenty of clothes to covet.  My particularly favourites at the moment are a grey Max dress with slits up to my hips, the sale rack and a Karen Walker LBD... and the range of shoes. 

Did I tell you about the shoes??

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Governor's (Again), George Street

Forgive me but I just keep rediscovering Governor's.

A Dunedin institution with a bit of American dinner flare on the menu. Meets the news of my ex-Scarfie partner and my N.A. appreciation for melted cheese and anything tex-mex.

Basically this is just a Public Service announcement for School Holidays to say: A bowl of shoestring fries (beautifully seasoned), 4 cheese rolls for $5 and a bagel stuffed with salmon to excess was less than $20 and fed this family of 5 happily.

Sauce has it's own dipping bowl which is akin to caviar in our house. Fancy!
Second plate of three by the time we divvied the grub up

<$20!! Take or leave this knowledge.  Do with it what you will.

Me just contemplating how much easier cafes will be in 1-2 years.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Otago Museum’s Perpetual Guardian Planetarium

The Perpetual Guardian Planetarium. Is that not the coolest name ever?

I’ve been following Ian Griffin on Twitter long enough to have developed some appreciation for the beauty of the night sky and realise that Hooper Inlet’s is kind of a big deal in terms of astronomy observation but I am not really a sciencey-space person.

The words of the Science Communicator washed over me like waves lapping on a warm shore.  “Earth turns on its axis”, “waxing gibbous”, “hydrogen converts to helium” and “tidal lock”. The soundtrack, particularly the simple piano, was incredibly relaxing.  My favourite part was when we were invited to enjoy the experience anyway we chose, including napping. I fully expected to nana nap but the show was too captivating.  A positively magical experience- bring your Harry Potter fans!

The story of space.

Romantic names of the moon include the seas of tranquility and serenity; the ocean of storms.  The Milky Way is also known as the kete- a basket knocked over, spilling out stars.  And in every good story, there is a villain. Mercury was described “amazingly hostile” which is how I’d describe my rage-toddler some days.

My 5 year old was captivated by the science of the red spot on Jupiter; a storm which has been raging for 400 hundred years. She turned to whisper to me, “I feel like I’m in a rocket ship.”
I am far more enamoured with the poetry of the stars than the science but the thing about the night sky is that you can’t separate the two. 

Also, the Otago Museum is the home of the $3 bagel and fresh cream cheese in 3 flavours. And the fluffies are FFFFFRRRRREEEEEEEEEEEEEEE with a hot drink. Is that family-friendly or what?!

Star light, Star bright. The first star I see tonight. I wish I may, I wish I might…

Friday, September 16, 2016

Recipe: Plum Crisp

Plums in baking is kind of my thing. Actually, fruit of any kind heated up in some sort of sugar, butter and cinnamon combo really does it for me.

Fun fact: NZ is the only country IN THE WORLD that tins Black Doris Plums.

Alright, I'm don't with my witty intro. Let me launch into the instructions to help get this little beauty into your mouth.

1 tin Black Doris Plums

1/2 cup butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 cup Harraway's Oats (you'd think those motherflippers were paying me but they aren't- I just like the product and supporting local! And I'm still hoping they'll send me free oats)
2 tsp cinnamon

1. Mix up some melty butter and sugar (cream at room temp or microwave the crap out of it. I don't write recipes that can be messed with). Sprinkle cinnamon like fairy dust.

2. Add oats until not more oats add in.

3. De-pit or schuck the plums. Put the flesh into a small baking dish.

4. Chuck that oat mixture on top and baked at 160 degrees Celsius for 40 minutes.

5. Convince your spouse or flatmate to make custard from scratch. 

EAT. Enjoy. Try to save your seconds for tomorrow. Of course, all bets are off if it's a snow day!

Not all recipes can make your kitchen look like a crime scene
(I didn't even stage this shot!)

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Starfish Cafe, St. Clair

Starfish Cafe has been a long standing favourite of mine. Starfish is the nick-namesake for and across the street from my favourite playground in town. And it offers the best takeaway coffee for my weekly mini walk.  A hat-trick of favourites. Favourites for Africa!

As you probably know, this hip local has had a bit of a menu upgrade and an impressive design refit. Really, the owners had to make more space because the cafe is just so gosh-darn popular. However, they do not have to wash my manky takeaway cups or offer coconut milk for my flat white...



And then there's the location for photo ops like this:

And this:

But not for much longer! Good-bye, iconic poles!

p.s. The coffee cards only require 6 purchases for a freebie! BONUS!