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Constance? No, this is Emily, still baristeuse par excellence at Alberta’s on Mapua wharf. Things change pretty quickly around here – the restaurant that you really rated last year now has a different name, new owners and might even be … Continue reading

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Theme Day – March 2016- Heimat – A sense of belonging

Can you have 2 places where you feel you belong? I guess so. I got tapped for the March theme and I chose – there was a bit of pushback – “Heimat – a sense of belonging” I grew up … Continue reading

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It’s not QUITE around the corner (like Rabbit Island Coffee used to be…), but if you don’t mind the 150km/ 2 hour trek over the Whangamoa Saddle to Blenheim, Matt Hellriegel’s “Ritual” café pretty much fits the bill. Stunningly good … Continue reading

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Thought that Stephen and Ali, the nice folks at the Rabbit Island Island Coffee Company, might have had a change of heart, but no, locked gates and a stern “Closed” sign. Sigh…..

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So what do we do now…?

You might find coffee as good as this around here (Guy McCracken at the Cafe on Oxford springs to mind..), but there’s nowhere I’d rather hang out than at Ali Slotemaker and Stephen Lee’s Rabbit Island Coffee Company and their … Continue reading

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A tale of 2 haircuts

Over at the Golden Bear Brewery on Mapua wharf with Cam & Maria for a  couple of beers, a feed and a  free concert, Ms jb spied a lady on the other side of the car park and said ” … Continue reading

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The Adirondack interview

John Hurley was a tobacco farmer, mayor of Tasman for 3 terms, he collects and restores old cars and makes Adirondack chairs in his spare time. We bought 2 for the cottage in March and drove over to Wakefield to … Continue reading

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