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Gastroenteritis has forced me to be bed ridden over the last week. Spent days suffering from nausea, was constantly throwing up into the toilet bowl and even had to miss my first end of semester exam. I hope the uni accepts my application for missing the exam and hopefully my department will give me a decent overall grade šŸ˜¦

I’ve learned how much i really, REALLY love food! I’m craving roti prata and chicken curry! I scoured through cook books (which i really shouldn’t have done) and swore to make lots of lovely dishes once i got better. In the meantime, I’m so sick of asian porridge….. bleah.

I’ve been eating more adventurously ever since last night though! Little bits of rice, chicken, fish and even some chocolate! You can be sure i’m gonna get my hands on some curry, roti prata, and a delicious plate of pasta as soon as my tummy can handle it.

While I was bed ridden, I tried doing some blog surfing but even scrolling up and down the pages gave me motion sickness and i then i had to spend half an hour sitting on the toilet floor. BUT BUT BUT. I found something very delightful!

Design*Sponge might be coming to Auckland soon!

(Image from Design*Sponge)

The exciting part is that they were given a very extensive list of things to do and places to go in Auckland and were kind enough to share the destinations with us readers. I’m going to make it one of my aims to spend my mid-semester break going to some of these places.

I’ve already been to quite a few of the cafes and have to say, the list doesn’t include some of my personal favourites. But yes, I want to travel around Auckland and document all these cool places so that my FRIENDS IN SINGAPORE (hello!) will be more enticed to come visit me and realize that Auckland is NOT a farming village just because the shops close at 5pm.
SYL! xoxo


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A trip to the the French Market in Parnell is almost a Saturday tradition for my mother. She leaves early in the morning (before us daughters wake up from our beauty sleep) and returns home with an armful of fresh produce including a healthy Saturday lunch for the rest of the family. More often than not, she also buys waaay too much bread for the 4 of us and then mould grows on the loaves before we can finish it all! She tends to succumb to the temptation of gorgeous looking fresh bread while forgettingĀ  that we actually can’t eat all this food before it goes off.

Aside from my mothers weakness towards enticing cuisine, French Market actually has the most delicious food (and yummy coffee!) You can find anything from Israeli pastries to gourmet cheese, fresh fruit and vegetables. The paella, smoked salmon and bread with sun dried tomatoes and olives are amongst my favourite. The market is part of La Cigale which is a French restaurant/cafe situated in the same place.

Opening hours:

Saturday 8am – 1 pm

Sunday 9am – 2pm

Location: 69 St Georges Bay Road, Parnell (off The Strand)

I haven’t been on Sunday before but apparently it’s very different with a more cafe kind of feel. However on Saturday, I suggest waking up early so you can get to the market by 8am before all the food runs out!

Bon appetite!

SYL! xoxo

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