Archive for ‘Destinations’

September 26, 2010

God, we thank you for this food. For rest and home and all things good. For wind and rain and sun above. But most of all for those we love. Amen!

The Deal:
69% off return ferry tickets

…which led to an arvo at a winery restaurant.

The View:

The Meal of the Month:
Duck Liver Paté w Onion Confit & Brioche (shared as an entrée with Micah and Hayley)
Grilled Venison w Pumpkin Purée and Roast Beet (served with Seasonal Vegetables and Potato Gratin)
Rhubarb Tarte Tatin w Vanilla Ice Cream (so amazing it was finished in less than 30 seconds)

Idea of the Day:
“They should have nap rooms in restaurants.” – Micah (After consuming our mains, food coma hit.)

Best nap:
The 4pm 35 min ferry ride back home.

Theme for the week:

June 9, 2010

Today, take an aimless stroll through the city.






Graphic Design School
A Foundation Course for Graphic Designers Working in Print, Moving Image and Digital Media by David Dabner and Sheena Calvert

I made a mental note to attend a graphics designing course… saw this in Taipei’s Eslite bookstore so it’ll have to do for now!

Takeaways from Module 2: Linear reasoning/lateral thinking

“The process of brainstorming…aims to push achievable boundaries.

Another way to think of it is in terms of walking through a city. You may set out knowing exactly where you are going, focused on the end goal: reaching your destination.

ALTERNATIVELY, you could take a stroll without predetermined destination in mind.

Each will provide very different experiences; in the non-predetermined form, you may notice things along the way that are not obvious if your sights are set only on the destination.”

One such aimless stroll in Rome, Italy.

April 29, 2010

Life’s a journey, take the scenic route…

Even though New Zealand is beautiful and natural etc etc, it just doesn’t seem like an exciting destination. Maybe that’s what the national ad campaign is trying to counter – go to NZ because you want to be ‘forever young’. But, it implies being a person who doesn’t want to grow up…which, I guess, is not necessarily a bad thing?

Then, there is Tyra Banks’ take on probably half the budget:

But really, it’s about the food. It’s all about the food. Why NZ? 3 reasons:

  1. NZ wine and food is amongst the best in the world (, albeit a biased source).
  2. NZ cuisine is uniquely Pacific Rim
  3. The way NZers eat – as relaxed and as unaffected as possible e.g. summer usually means devouring lamb, cervena (venison), crayfish (lobster), fresh fish and shellfish (and chicken, pork and beef) outdoors in cafes or at barbecues. And the habitual drive down to the Foodtown wine sale to pick up a world-class sauvignon blanc or chardonnay…

Come back tomorrow to check out some ‘fine dining’ Kiwi styles!