Tag : brunch club

eateries: loretta (plus brunch club meet up!)

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This past Saturday was a great day of firsts: my first time attending a Brunch Club meet up and also my first visit to Loretta on Cuba St!

When I created my first blog in 2001, one of the things that really stood out to me was how bloggers are such cool people to hang out with. I’ve been blogging on and off ever since and made truly amazing friends along the way who, unfortunately, are far away in Brazil. So when I decided to start a blog in English, I knew I had to find a community of local bloggers to join, share my interests and keep me inspired.

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with Georgina and Auie

 

I had a small taste of a meet up last month, when Katie visited Wellington and some of the bloggers got together at The Library for a chat and desserts. I remember being very nervous that day, but quickly relaxing as we started sharing funny stories and advice on free stock photography. This time it felt a lot easier to strike conversations with so many new faces and discuss business cards, flat mates horror stories, avocados and spam filters. It was a truly fun occasion and I’m looking forward to the next one!

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And what about Loretta? I still remember when that location used to be a French cafe and I had no idea the space was so big, stretching out all the way back. The ambiance was lovely, tastefully decorated and so pleasant. The service was impeccable and the front of house staff looking after our table was friendly, never letting our glasses of water empty for longer than half a minute.

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I ordered a long black and I have to say that my personal way of “testing” the barista’s skills. Most places tend to burn the coffee, it’s a simple drink but easy to get it wrong. Loretta’s long black was spot on! I had with no sugar, simply enjoying the richness of the scent and flavour. Then, I had an orange juice so fresh and tasty I almost ordered another one.

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The menu is varied but not too extensive, which is always a good sign, it shows a kitchen focused on their strengths. And Loretta’s are eggs. I had a croque madame, which is a grilled ham and cheese sandwich with a fried egg on top. Delicious! And I could see consistency around the table, everyone’s eggs looked just as good.

Pip, RhianaJenna and Rochelle have also posted about the brunch.

Check out the other girls’ blogs too: Georgina, Larissa, Tallulah, Bridget, Hannah, Auie and Morgan.

year of firsts

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Elise from The Confetti Room shared a list of goals she set to help her break out of her comfort zone and she invited other blogger over at the Brunch Club to do the same. I loved how she described it as “a year dedicated to myself and (…) focused solely on eliminating my fears and doing what I really want to do with my life”. It inspired me to put together a list of my own to keep track of my accomplishments.The rules are quite simple, so please feel free to share yours too!

Rules:
– Make a list of at least 20 – 30 ‘firsts’ you want to experience this year – make them detailed & juicy!
– Document those experiences by taking photos & bloging about them, linking back to your list.
– Post your url in the comment section. I will add your link to the list of participants below.
– Leave a comment on the other participants #YearOfFirsts posts! 🙂

#YearOfFirsts

1. Explore new parts of Wellington by foot.

2. Go to a new city in New Zealand.

3. Visit a new country.

4. Go to a karaoke bar.

5. Make a new friend.

6. Invite my next door neighbour for a coffee or BBQ.

7. Do 30 minutes of yoga every day for 30 days.

8. Learn to play the ukulele.

9. Run 10km straight.

10. Get my motorcycle restricted licence.

11. Ride to work on my Vespa by myself.

12. Buy a larger motorcycle.

13. Decorate my flat with prints of my own photos.

14. Save my tomato plant.

15. Put some stuff I don’t use anymore for sale.

16. Buy a Kitchenaid stand mixer.

17. Buy a new, better laptop.

18. Buy a bicycle.

19. Go a whole month without buying any takeaways.

20. Attend a Brunch Club event and meet more bloggers in person.

21. Post more often, at least 3 times a week.

22. Read my camera’s manual, learn how to properly use it and make the most of it.

23.  Submit a short story to a literary competition.

24. Do NaNoWriMo.

25. Create something (short stories collection, a travel guide, anything) to put for sale on the blog.

26. Create a media kit and approach a company for a partnership.

27. Record a podcast.

28. Put together a survey to get to know my readers.

29. Take some of the Google Analytics Academy courses.

30. Finish my “about me” page.

Other bloggers participating: Ben Evans, Bunny Eats Design, How Do You Do 22, Amber in Wonderland, Emma Louisa and Elese Aesthete.

(photo taken this afternoon at Evans Bay, Wellington)

the wanderlust tag

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Like I said before, my word for 2015 is explore and wanderlust is the greatest fuel there is to adventure. Today the girls over the #BrunchClub shared the Wanderlust tag, which is a series of travel-related questions, and I decided to join in and post my answers.

Where was your first plane to?

From my hometown in the Northeast region of Brazil to Curitiba, in the South, where I lived for 17 years before moving to New Zealand.

Where have you traveled to that you would love to visit again?

Japan, for sure! How can you not fall in love with a country that makes videos like this?

You’re leaving tomorrow, money is no object, where are you going?

Capri, in Italy, for a luxury romantic holiday. And even if you skip the luxury, the scenery and food and wine make up for it.

Preferred method of travel; planes, trains or car?

Road trips turn the journey into part of the fun, but planes cover longer distances, so it’s hard to choose. And just the other day I caught myself looking up prices for the Trans-Siberian Express.

Favourite travel website?

Skycanner for cheap tickets, Pinterest for inspiration.

 

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Where would you travel to just eat the food?

India. Sightseeing can wait, first let me try all the different curries, the variety is astonishing!

Is there a place you would never go again?

I wouldn’t say “never”, but Paraguay is way down my list of countries to return to.

Can you recite your passport number from memory if asked?

Not really… I know some of the letters and numbers but always get the order wrong.

Do you prefer the Window, Aisle, or Middle seat?

Window. It’s crammed anyway, might as well enjoy the view.

How do you pass the time on the air plane?

Playing Monopoly with my husband on his phone, or watching movies. I admire those who can read on a plane but I get too distracted.

Some of the other blogs participating: Sarah Sees the World, The Life and Times, Bunny Eats Design, This is Meagan Kerr, Move Love Eat, Becca Jane LeexoxBubblesLove from Jess xo, The Confetti Room, Child of Ponderings, A Food Awakening Blog and My Foxy Corner.

(photos taken in 2008, in Shanghai and New York City)