Sunday, June 28, 2015

Aria Restaurant and Bar // Auckland



Aria Restaurant and Bar is located in the lobby of Crowne Plaza Auckland, and accessible via Albert St or through the Eliot St entrance.  We breakfasted there on our final morning in Auckland and it quietly snuck to the top of our 'buffet breakfast' favourites list.



Buffet breakfast is a pretty intoxicating scenario, even for someone like myself, who usually prefers to start the morning lightly.  But I mean, when in Rome, eat all the pancakes, right?!  And then all the fruit salad!  And then some bacon and eggs, BECAUSE!  BUFFET!  As you can see I have yet to reach full maturity, but I challenge you not to eat three different breakfasts when placed in front of allthefood.






Yeah.  Dem pastries.  #drool. 

When dining buffet breakfast style, my kids will invariably select packaged breakfast cereal.  It's a thing, and since we never buy the above at home, we roll with it.  So it was kinda up to Zan and I to try some actual options.  Zan's a Big Breakfast guy, and with eggs cooked three ways (in front of you, even), and two different styles of bacon, he was also a happy guy.  Verdict = awesome.  #compulsoryseconds.






I went for croissants (divine) and fruit salad.  We preferred the DIY fruit salad, with a side of spiralina *thumbs up*, and yoghurt, of course.  The pastries were ridiculously good too, and perfectly paired with some decadent hot chocolates.  The spiralina was A+ and the coffee was yum.  #happy.




The best part of our Aria experience though, was the service.  We were seated quickly, in a quiet part of the restaurant.  Restauranting with kiddos is are really tiring, usually not at all fun experience, but this time it was actually pretty lovely and low-key.  We were offered kiddie packs to keep them happy, once they'd finished 0.5 of their cereal (and were over that - I have one super picky breakfast eater, and a little fella who actually wolfed down three different meals in one sitting - honestly, how is he still so tiny?).  They were pretty excited about those hot chocolates too, just quietly.



Dining at Aria Restaurant was a pleasant (and delicious) way to start the day, and we so didn't need any lunch that day.  There was such an impressive range of breakfast foods, in fact, the best and largest variety we've experienced, and the staff were oh so lovely.  Two thumbs up! 



We dined free at Aria Restaurant during our stay at Crowne Plaza Auckland.  All opinions expressed are our own.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Nest



I don't know about the rest of you, but my mood takes a noticeable downward swing after too many consecutive rainy days.  What helps is going for walks, rain, wind or shine.  What doesn't help is having a cluttered, untidy house with several boxes still unpacked and one entire room unsorted (everyone has that one room, right?  right??!).  



We are moved in, but the sorting isn't done yet.  The days are full, with work and drop-offs and pick-ups and extra-curriculars and even a little socialising to ensure we don't become too cabin-fever-cray. There's little room or energy for sorting, and thus I am still dreaming of order.




So I've begun sifting through the house, corner by corner, setting things straight and making things pretty.  Without urgency.  Everything in time.  It's calming, and the rain sets just the right soundtrack.




Saturday, June 20, 2015

Family Date - the Harlem Globetrotters




We couldn't turn down free tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters, and even though we were a little tired at the thought of rushing down to Auckland for the weekend, we knew it would be worth it.





It was totally fun!  Definitely whole-family entertainment (they know how to ham it up!), and it kinda gave me the basketball bug (but to watch, not play, okay?).  I think it might've bitten that one up there too ^^  She was all smiles the whole way through.




When we were little we went to a few big shows and they always made such an impact, best memories.  Eleanor lit up when I handed her the ticket.  She had no idea what we were in for, but a late night out and a ticket to hold were already setting the scene for a perfect childhood memory.  Yuss!



G couldn't hold his enthusiasm for quite as long.  At half time he was done, ready for bed.  So next family date we plan something for earlier in the day.  I'm kinda hooked on this.



This is not a sponsored post.  We were given complimentary tickets in return for hosting a giveaway.  I just wanted to share these pics :-)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

Just Now



Oh wow, it's winter all of a sudden.  Bummer.  I feel like the bears have it right, and the humans have it all wrong.  Exactly why aren't we spending the next few months sleeping?  Anyways, despite the fact that my birthday month is totally kicking my butt this year, here are some things that I'm digging...



:: A mate's place (photos spliced throughout this post) that feels like a slice of Greece with a touch of Italy ::
:: 'The Goldfinch' - by Donna Tartt ::




:: The Office (US version) - currently on binge-watch ::
:: the sound of waves from my bedroom ::




:: My school kid who reads suddenly #whatwhen ::
:: My at-home baby who doesn't #whew ::
:: 'The Finn Family Moomintroll' - by Tove Jansseon, definitely as fun to read as it surely is to listen to ::





 :: Society6 - so many pretties ::
:: Newborn snuggles ::
:: Crackling fire ::
:: Decadent milos ::






 Winter, do your worst.  Okay actually I take that back.  Please don't.