Tasting Auckland

Posted on | November 18, 2012 | 17 Comments |

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!

curvaceous dee purple monkey finger vodka

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!)

curvaceousdee big little auckland

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!

curvaceous dee galliano aperol

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:

curvaceousdee exhibitionist breasts

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!


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17 Responses to “Tasting Auckland”

  1. jemima101
    November 18th, 2012 @ 11:55 am

    It so counts! The sexyest pics are those with your smile tho!

    And i want to do the scavenger hunt…are there rules?

  2. KaziGrrl
    November 18th, 2012 @ 5:22 pm

    Perfectly nummie, and I’m not just talking about the food 😉

    I had sake for the first time last year at a special event, hoping to try it again soon.

    ~Kazi xxx

  3. Silverdrops
    November 18th, 2012 @ 8:34 pm

    We agree that your smile is what lights up your pictures.

  4. Naughty Tashamber
    November 18th, 2012 @ 9:36 pm

    Ooo, very yummy indeed. Looks like a very fun night!

  5. Marie Rebelle
    November 18th, 2012 @ 11:23 pm

    It definitely counts! Seems like the perfect way to end a wonderful event you attended :)

    Rebel xox

  6. Yummy
    November 19th, 2012 @ 12:39 am

    Fantastic flash at the end there but what I love the most is your smile, you look happy inside and out.

  7. Molly
    November 19th, 2012 @ 2:01 am

    We are both dedicated foodies too… which is why I spend so much of my time at Zumba and on the treadmill…LOL

    This event looks awesome… and I want to try to the Ginger Beer!

    Oh and this defo counts as a bar/pub in my opinion which is still on my to do list!


  8. Kim
    November 19th, 2012 @ 4:27 am

    You have made me very hungry! You are the scavenger queen and I love it! I hope it does count. It counts in my book.

  9. Mia
    November 19th, 2012 @ 5:21 am

    I LOVE foodie events! I just love to try all sorts of different and unusual things as well (that comment can be taken all sorts of ways – lol).

    Great pics as always and that final one should definitely count for the Scavenger Hunt!!

    ~Mia~ xx

  10. Jen
    November 19th, 2012 @ 6:34 am

    Thanks for sharing your pics! Looks like so much fun!!!

  11. Larry
    November 19th, 2012 @ 12:03 pm

    This clearly counts. I also want you to know that seeing your photos gives me that tingling feeling you know where. You do have a lovely smile. Thanks for making my Sunday brighter in many ways.

  12. Penny
    November 19th, 2012 @ 12:56 pm

    I love the last photo, you look ravishing in pigtails 😉

  13. travelnurse
    November 19th, 2012 @ 8:49 pm


  14. Mitsu
    November 20th, 2012 @ 9:31 am

    Thank you for sharing your adventures. I adore the look on your face as you’re flashing for the camera. :)

  15. Yes, THAT Tonya
    November 20th, 2012 @ 2:57 pm

    Congrats on your bar/pub flash! When I saw it still on the list, I couldn’t believe that nobody else had done it before! I’m glad to have some company on that one now. 😉

  16. Dangerous Lilly
    November 21st, 2012 @ 4:05 pm

    Wow, brave girl!
    This festival sounds so divine. I’ve never attended anything like it, myself but oh how I would LOVE to.

  17. Dee
    November 23rd, 2012 @ 8:35 am

    jemima101 – It would be great if you joined us Scavenger Hunting! Rules are very simple: get a pic of yourself being inappropriately exposed somewhere public (with that photo or another in the series making it clear what the location is), and post it on your blog. There are locations that have been done that you can see here, and some suggestions still to be knocked off here.

    Kazi – Sake is awesome stuff – but totally fatal once you try to stand up again :)

    Silverdrops – *beams*

    Naughty Tashamber – I really did have a marvellous time!

    Rebel – Well, that’s what I thought! Ailuros, like Hylas, is always happy to oblige with the photo-taking :)

    Yummy – You say the loveliest things – thank you!

    Molly – The ginger beer is Crabbies, and you can get it in the UK too. Recommended!

    Kim – Everyone seems to agree that it counts – and so it does!

    Mia – *snicker* Hooray for different and unusual :)

    Jen – It was a great evening, for sure!

    Larry – Always my pleasure, dear :)

    Penny – Will you ravish me, then?

    travelnurse – *smiles*

    Mitsu – I am always so pleased to have gotten away with it!

    Tonya – I am so rarely in bars, it’s taken me ages to knock it off. Glad to have it done :)

    Lilly – The ‘Taste of’ events seem to happen all over the world. If you get the chance, I definitely recommend!

    xx Dee


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