Ailuros and I share a love of food, as well as a love of sexy fun times. We talk about different flavours and dishes; try out new recipes on each other; check out new restaurants – and go to foodie events! A few months back I invited him to come to the Auckland Food Show with me (we ran around and tasted samples and drank sake and had a wonderful time). This week he returned the favour, by introducing me to Taste of Auckland.
While both events are about food, the atmosphere and styling are very different! Ailuros and I went to Taste on the opening night, and had a blast – and I was very glad I’d only gotten around to having toast for brunch that day. It markets itself as ‘New Zealand’s greatest culinary festival’, and I certainly tasted things that were entirely new to me, which was fantastic. Eleven restaurants offered three dishes each - between us we shared six small meals over four hours, and they were utterly heavenly.
There were also whole lot of delicious stands of tempting samples and purchasables (which we sampled and sometimes purchased) – olive and hemp oils, bread, coffee, cheese, vodka, wine, artisan beer, and more. Best of all, it wasn’t overly crowded, as it was a Thursday evening! There was a not too hot, not too cool open-air feel about it all, set up in the middle of Victoria Park, smack in the middle of the CBD.
And naturally I had my camera with me!
This sign caught my attention, and cracked me up. Turns out that Purple Monkey Finger vodka is made from kumara (instead of potatos), is utterly delicious both straight and with cranberry juice – and the lovely people on the stand gave me a t-shirt for free in return for wearing it for the rest of the night! They got bonus boobs as I changed out the back of the tent, so that was a win for everyone
(I also purchased myself a bottle. Yum!)
We took a break on the inflatable sofas in the middle of the park – I ate my final meal of the evening (a gorgeous gnocchi dish from Vivace) while Ailuros took a phone call. I needed some starch to soak up the booze in my system – I’d had an alcoholic ginger beer, some beer samples, and then two strong cocktails at the Gravity Coffee after Dark seminar.
We were still there for well over an hour after this point, but I was the driver for the night. Next year we’re definitely taking a taxi!
I’d spotted this cute outdoor seat at the Italian Cocktail Marquee on our first amble around. It was directly opposite the big corporate marquee, but I really wanted to sit on it. It was a fairly popular area – funnily enough, being a bar spot, people tended to go there, order drinks, and, well, drink them.
But given that I’m me, and I had some alcoholic courage in me (and I’d already shown my tits once that evening), I was determined to get this shot:
How many people saw? Somewhere between zero and fifty-odd. Who knows! But I’m delighted to be able to finally tick bar/pub off my Scavenger Hunt list – this one may have been outdoors at an event, but I feel it totally counts!
We finally wandered home just before the doors closed, having stayed for the entire evening – and then I promptly stayed up, wired as anything, for the next six hours. That’ll teach me to have so much caffeine …
If you’re in Auckland, Taste is running until 4pm today!