A weekend jaunt up the Kapiti coast brought some challenging weather, interesting birds (see my post here about Nga Manu Nature Reserve) and wonderful food. The highlights:
- The delicious almond shortbread bought from the Paraparaumu Beach Market before the wind and rain washed them out (and the Mary Potter Hospice Strawberry Festival unfortunately).
- The [south] Raumati Social Club’s sage eggs and quinoa/kale fritter specials (and we loved the myriad carpets on the ceiling and that there was a ‘comprehensive’ breakfast option on the menu).
- The Long [Waikanae] Beach buzzy environment, delicious prawn popcorn, almond pear tart (later found to have come from the local Olde BeachBakery around the corner – see below), great service and fabulous tea cosies. Also noted the new North End micro-brewery being established in the cafe so that the return visit for delicious looking (and very popular) pizza can be accompanied by a craft brew. Nice.
- The roti with spicy peanut sauce and warming flavourful red duck curry at Muang Thai at Paraparaumu Beach.
- The scones at No 6 Cafe at Raumati Beach (simply the best we’ve had in ages, both date and cheese).
- Everything at the Olde Beach Bakery at Waikanae Beach. I could have just pulled up a chair and stayed all day. In the end, I took home flaky well-made pies for dinner.
- Relish Cafe’s warm bacon and avocado salad. Simple but tasty, in a wonderful cottage environment.
For next time we’re lining up the ones we couldn’t manage this time – the Independent Burger Company Truck at Paraparaumu Beach (due
to weather) and Soprano Italian Restaurant (also at the Beach and booked to the gunnels prior).
We are so, so lucky with our regional offerings, as well as what we tend to focus on in the city.