Mad Hatter High Tea | Wellington CBD

Back in early February, there was an Alice in Wonderland exhibit at the Te Papa Museum. It wasn’t a huge one, but it was pretty cool with all the information about Lewis Carroll’s literary work and the movies that were made. Because of that, a handful of places offered high tea with the Alice in Wonderland theme. I’m not a big Alice fan, but I LOVE having afternoon tea. So off we went to Whitby’s at the James Cook Hotel to try their Mad Hatter High Tea set.

Mad Hatter High Tea set for 2 (NZ$39.00/ person)
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Pour & Twist | Wellington CBD

Things have been crazy over the past few weeks, so I think it’s important to find happiness in the things we do to help keep us sane. So here I am, trying to get back into writing blog posts, while my immense backlog of video games and books to be read are waiting to be tackled too. With how things currently stand, S and I aren’t able to go to restaurants or cafes as much as we used to. We did, however, still get to visit one before the first case of the virus found itself in Welly. Pour & Twist used to have a stall inside Reading Cinemas a long time ago. When the building got closed down for earthquake strengthening, they opened their own shop along Garrett Street.

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Joe’s Garage | Wellington CBD

It’s a challenge to find things to write about after cutting down on the number of times S and I eat out. This is all because we’re saving money and (more importantly) calories for our upcoming trip to Australia. Thankfully, I noticed I have some photos from Joe’s Garage sitting in my phone’s gallery and thought that it was the perfect chance for me to do a little post about that meal.

It was after watching one of the films featured during the Japanese Film Fest when we dropped by Joe’s Garage along Tory Street. It’s a place we see all the time (thanks to our Pokemon Go playtime) but just didn’t get to check out until we couldn’t think of any other place and decided to pop in for a quick bite. 

Chicken burger with chips on the side
Chicken Burger with chips (NZ$19.80)
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One80° Restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel | Wellington CBD

It’s been months since I last wrote a proper food review and it feels nice to be back in the swing of things. What better way to start the ball rolling than with a look at the meal we had last October? S and I celebrated our anniversary at one80° Restaurant inside the Copthorne Hotel.  We seldom splurge, but on special occasions like this one, we don’t mind spending a bit more than usual. 

The one80° Restaurant is on the 7th floor of the hotel, with some of the tables near the big windows overlooking the harbour area and Oriental Bay. We requested for one of those tables and were seated at the far corner of the restaurant. It was a great spot for conversation with the husband as it was nice and quiet, but it also made it a bit difficult to catch the attention of some of the staff. Nevertheless, the view from the restaurant was great and we enjoyed watching the late afternoon turn into night time. Bonus points for the gentle, instrumental music playing in the background which I’m a big sucker for!

A platter of oysters, three raw and three tempura battered
Freshly Shucked Live Local Oysters (NZ$28.00 for half a dozen)
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