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Mmmmm Amora chocolate buffet

Living in a household of chocoholics meant it was inevitable we would have an excursion to the Amora’s chocolate buffet.  This is probably a bit of a Claytons update as it turns out the buffet finishes tonight (Sunday 2 October), however I imagine we’ll see it again as Amora say they are celebrating their 11th year of chocolate buffets.

So, off we went last night full of chocolately anticipation (and I confess, a little white anticipation) after giving the inner nutritionist $15 and sending her out to the movies for the evening.  And the experience didn’t let us down, with the kids (including some big ones) eventually succumbing one by one to chocolate fatigue, leaving only those of us enduring souls still standing.

The offerings ran from the savoury (warm crepes with chocolate and hazelnut sauce), to the super rich (self saucing double chocolate pudding), to the super sweet (pina colada mousse).  In between were delights such as baileys crème brulee with fairy floss, chocolate and cream cheese brownie, chocolate meringues with hazelnut truffle, mini black forest cakes, white chocolate and strawberry cheesecakes, and, and, and…

Thankfully there were fruit cubes for cleansing of the palate (if one didn’t dip them all in the chocolate fountain first!), pottles of Kapiti hokey pokey ice cream for a non-chocolatey cold break, and a nice wee Shingle Peak Late Harvest Riesling to cut through some of the fat.

A closing course of hot chocolates in dainty short black cups (chili infused dark or fruit infused white), with a truffle on the side, was the final demarker of the men from the boys.  Right about the same time Tonga proved they were the men to the French boys.  Way to go Tonga!

The evening rounded off with a wander along the waterfront to check out the Festival Carnivale building lighting. In among the jubilant crowds returning from the match and finding their possie in the Fanzone for the next game.  And a scottish pipe band playing in the dusky shadows along the Frank Kitts waterfront promenade.  Under the watchful eye of impressive  navy frigates tied up to the dock.  And finishing with ice skating entertainment under the Queens Wharf sails.  All on a lovely mild and clear Wellington evening. Magic.

If you haven’t been for a stroll to see the building illumination (Boatshed, Rowing Club, St Johns, Macs and Te Papa), you really should.  It is spectacular, and showcases again how well Wellington does events.  From 8pm every evening. Great views from the City to Sea bridge.

And on the foodie front, I’m thinking a dinner of plain simple veggies might not go astray tonight though…


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