Burger Burger Newmarket

I love my burgers. Sometimes, when you’re really hungry (or hangry!) the only thing that will satisfy that hunger is a good, juicy burger. Such was the case last Friday, when I had an optometrist appointment at 12. By 1pm I was hangry. Watch out! I knew just what was in order. A big, tasty burger from Burger Burger. Auckland now has 3 locations, in Ponsonby, Newmarket & Takapuna. I was already in Newmarket, so it was the natural choice. Situated on York Street, this location is in a prime position, where the entrance is off a small alley only for foot traffic. Surrounded by greenery and pretty flowers, I really appreciate how they decorated the space. Retro artwork adorns the walls, with cheeky speech bubbles depicting the thoughts of those on the canvas.

Mint Cakery

I’d been wanting to try Mint Cakery for quite some time, but never made the trek to Point Chevalier. Ellerslie is much closer to where my mother lives, so now I’m back home until the end of December, I knew I had to pay the new space a visit.

Mint Cakery now has a much larger space after moving from Point Chevalier, its home for the past 2.5 years, to Ellerslie. At 40 square metres, the new cafe dwarfs the previous one at only 18 square metres.

Mint Cakery is owned by Michelle Bevan, who started out selling her cakes at the Mt Albert Market. Michelle and her partner Darren Jarrett also own Table Talk, a cafe in Remuera.

Blue Majik Bowl

Agavi Organic Juice Bar now has 2 locations in Manhattan: the original in the East Village, and the newly opened location in Chelsea, at the Terminal Stores. After a scenic stroll along the Hudson River, I was in need of a pick-me-up, and Agavi Organic Juice Bar fit the bill.

Pumpkin Pie from Little Pie Company

I don’t know about you, but I’m extremely happy to revel in all the intoxicating flavours of Fall. Pumpkin, spice, and maple everything. If you love pumpkin pie, you can’t go wrong with the one from Little Pie Company. Wonderfully silky, with just the right amount of spice, this pumpkin pie will have you coming back for seconds (and maybe thirds!).

To celebrate Halloween, Little Pie Company is having a ‘Spooktacular Halloween Fright Night’. On Tuesday, October 30th, there will be pumpkin decorating all day (11am to 8pm), and a pumpkin decorating contest where the winner takes home a special prize. There will also be games, sweet treats and a Spooktacular Photo Op with Little Pie’s Interactive Picture Window. All participants will receive a goodie bag.

Fresh Ingredients from Poke Bowl

If you're looking for a fast, yet healthy meal, you should check out Poke Bowl. You can create your own bowl with a big array of toppings or choose a combination from the menu. 

For the base I chose zoodles (zucchini noodles), topped with fresh salmon and spicy salmon, scallions, cucumber, red onion, edamame, mango, masago, crispy onion, rice puffs, mushrooms and spicy ponzu. I highly recommend the spicy ponzu when you're choosing your sauce, it's so tasty! Everything tasted so fresh and delicious, I really enjoyed my meal here.

Chip NYC

Chip NYC opened their first location in Astoria, Queens while I was home in New Zealand. I kept seeing photos and videos of their cookies pop up in my feed constantly, and I couldn't wait to get back to NYC to try them. Chip NYC offers four flavors that are baked in small batches throughout the day so you know you're getting a fresh cookie. The flavors are rotated each day, so if you're after a particular cookie, it's best to call ahead to make sure they have it that day. Cookies are $3.50 each or buy 5 and get one free. The day I went there, they had S'mores, White Chocolate & Macadamia, Cookies 'n Cream and Chocolate Walnut. Since I quite often get the Chocolate Walnut from Levain Bakery, I decided to omit that one & go with the other three flavors.