4 days in New York

Sunday, 4 March 2018

4 days in New York.

We touched down in New York on Sunday evening. It seemed almost unreal walking through the icy streets of New York up to Time Square. Time Square is one of those places that you can never truly imagine. The scale was insane. The crowds of people and metres of animated billboards were unlike anything I have ever seen. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite place in New York, but you definitely can’t go to New York without seeing it.


After a dinner of mac ’n’ cheese and a much needed night’s sleep, we woke up to our first full day in New York. I experienced my first American diner breakfast of Waffles accompanied with copious amounts of syrup served on a paper plate and set off for a day filled with New York ‘must see's’. We grabbed a New York pass, which gave us entry to our choice of five New York attractions (we got to skip some lines which were definitely a plus).

Our New York wandering took us back through time square, past the Rockefeller Centre and its very impressive Christmas tree, along Fifth Avenue and then finally up the Empire state building. Even though the weather was a little foggy, the views from the top were amazing. It’s hard to imagine quite how big Manhattan really is, but standing on the top of the Empire state building the size really does hit you.

Our first day was filled with so many sights. We even managed to fit in a quick walk across the Brooklyn bridge at sunset.


After our second diner breakfast (this time of French toast) we walked from our hotel on 8th and 35th to the Museum of Modern Art. This was one of the highlights for me. I have spent the last 4 years writing essays about some of the artwork that lives in MOMA. There was something very special about finally seeing some of those artworks in real life. Projectors and laptop screens cannot do a two-metre painting justice.

Some of my favourites were Les Demoiselles d'Avignon, one of Jackson Pollock’s five-metre masterpieces, Van Gogh’s The Starry Night, Mattise’s Dance I, Boccioni, Kandinsky and the list goes on…

Our afternoon was spent on a boat cruise around the Hudson River. We hopped on at 3 pm and spent a couple of hours cruising down the river listening to some suitably cheesy commentary. The timing was perfect. The sun began setting whilst we were on the water and the island lit up with twinkly lights.


On Wednesday we took the train out to Washington DC (but that is another blog post for another day) so Thursday was our third day in the city. This was the coldest day, it was sunny but bitter cold in the shade and the average temperature was around one or two degrees. We hired bikes and set off for an icy cycle around Central Park. Central Park, like everything in New York, was so much bigger than I expected. The bike path went up and down hills, past a lake, grassy areas trees. Even in the middle of winter, it was beautiful. For the first time since we arrived, the craziness of the city was gone.

In the evening I had my first experience of true New York Pizza. It was definitely an experience. The slices where the size of a whole pizza and oil dripped off the slice onto the paper plate as you ate. It was fantastic.


Our final day in New York was spent walking the High Line then carrying on through Tribeca and on to the World Trade Centre. The High Line is an elevated railway track that was converted into a walkway and garden. It leads from west 34th street towards the west village. Elevated just above street level, it’s a unique viewpoint of the city and makes for some great photo opportunities.

On Saturday we flew out of New York onto the next leg of our trip. Before we left we did manage a quick wander around Grand Central. Which is definitely just as impressive as the movies.

Before we arrived New York was not the top of my must-see list (I am definitely a Europe gal at heart) but I definitely fell in love. The madness of its busy streets and crazy traffic was unlike anything I have ever seen. The pedestrians were a force not to be messed with - there was a police officer whose job was to just to enforce the use the traffic lights. New York is a beautiful and completely unique city and I feel so lucky to have been able to spend some time there.

I hope you enjoyed this new and slightly more creative format! I've been using some of my photos to inspire a few creative projects.

Weekly Creative | Three

Friday, 2 February 2018

A few pictures of this weeks creativity.

I rearranged my room this week and I am loving my desk space. It is right beside the window so there is so much natural light. This week I brought out my tubes of water colour paints. I want to do more hand lettering. I love it but I haven't done any in ages! I ususally prefer my pan water colour paints as they are so much less messy but I find that they are a little limiting in terms of colours. Tubes are so much more easy to mix so I am definitely enjoying experimenting more with colours.

Food Bloggers I love

Sunday, 28 January 2018

Four of my favourite food bloggers, IBS, low fod-map and healthy eating.

As I am writing this I’m having a bit of an IBS flare up. I am usually really good at managing my symptoms through diet and exercise but I have been super relaxed the last few weeks and I am definitely paying the price! Sometimes it’s a little difficult to stay inspired and on track when my diet seems so restrictive. I do end up eating a lot of the same meals so It is really important to get inspired and excited about food again! Food bloggers and recipe books are definitely something that help me. These are four of my favourites, hope you enjoy!

She Can’t Eat What!?
She can’t eat what!? is a 100% FODMAP friendly food blog. I love this because it makes scrolling through all of the yummy food photography way more fun because I can actually eat all of the recipes! This is something that doesn’t happens very often. The blog is run by Emma Hatcher, the blog, her style of writing and photography are super refreshing as haven’t found many low-FODMAP blogs that aren’t run by people twice my age or medical professionals! She makes recipes about a medical diet just as enjoyable to read as any other food blog. This is so important for me when I’m feeling a bit restricted and uninspired. At the start of this year she published a book filled with all of her recipes. I bought the book as soon as it came out and I am loving it.

Deliciously Ella
Deliciously Ella was probably the first food blogger I really got into. Her recipes are super simple and easy to follow. Being an incredibly lazy cook, I love that she uses measurements like ‘a mug full of flour’ and ‘a tin of chickpeas’. All of her recipes are plant based, vegan and gluten free making most of them easy to adapt to be Low-FODMAP if you need to! Another thing I love is that none of her recipes use onions (a food that is super high in FODMAP’s). I was first introduced to Deliciously Ella through her cook book a few years ago. She now has three, and each of her books are filled with gorgeous images and yummy recipes. The only problem I have had is that occasionally some of her ingredients are a little harder to find in New Zealand and can be somewhat pricy, but with a little googling you can usually find a cheaper alternative.

Madeline Shaw
Madeline shaw is a more holistic wellbeing food blogger. She also suffers with IBS but combats it in a very different way to the Low-FODMAP route.  Her philosophy is a more holistic approach involving exercise, meditation and nutrition. She eats a little of everything in moderation including dairy, meat, gluten etc. I would love to follow a lifestyle like this in the future, however it is a little far fetched on a student workload and budget! I haven’t followed many of her recipes (although I am dying to purchase her recipe book). I really enjoy following Madeline on social media and youtube. She makes breaks down leading a balanced lifestyle into small achievable steps and even though I don’t manage to keep up with the majority of them I am still inspired to do a little more.
A little bit yummy
This is another Low-FODMAP, IBS blog. This one is a lot more medical and it has heaps of information. There are so many resources including articles by nutritionists, recipes and lifestyle posts about everything about IBS. What I also love about this blog is that Alana is from New Zealand. I love reading blogs from all over the world but sometimes some products and ingredients are unavailable in New Zealand. There are heaps of recipes on the website but I especially like the articles about different methods to manage IBS and new medical research.

SAN FRAN | Photo Diary

Wednesday, 24 January 2018

After a surprisingly painless 10 hour flight from we touched down in San Fransisco, stop one of our winter adventure. My first thought as we drove from the airport towards the city was that felt a little like a much larger Wellington, with hundreds of colourful houses settled in the hills.

We stayed a 15 minute stroll away from Fisherman’s Warf which was definitely the most touristy area. It had a tastefully tacky retro vibe with lots of flashing lights and retro inspired shop fronts. One of my favourite places on Fisherman’s Warf Boudin Bakery. It was an exclusively sourdough bakery with bread in all different shapes and sizes from baguettes to Christmas trees and teddy bears. They also served San Fransisco’s local delicacy appeared to be seafood chowder served in a sourdough bread bowl (I didn’t try this one).

Right beside Fisherman’s Warf is Pier 39 which is home to San Fransisco’s very impressive sea lion community. There are hundreds and the all congregate on a floating pontoon in the harbour. They also command an equally large audience of tourists watching them as they sleep and swim and make lots of loud noises.

A boat cruise around the harbour and cycling the Golden Gate Bridge were probably my highlights of the trip. As San Fransisco is build around the bay it is an especially beautiful city to see from the water. On the bike ride there are amazing views of the Golden gate bridge on the trail leading up the start of the bridge. We started our bike ride just as the sun was beginning to set and the lighting was amazing, however it did mean that we were left trying to find Sausalito (where you get the ferry back on the other side) in the dark.

Another must do in San Fransisco is walking up the famous Zig Zag Street. It is an insanely steep section of Lombard Road. It steps on either side and a the road has a series of sharp corners as it zig zags up the hillside. At the top you get an amazing view of the city and many photo opportunities so it is 100% worth the puffing.

I loved San Fransisco and I can not wait to go back.

Thank you for reading x

Recipe | Easy Paprika Wedges

Sunday, 21 January 2018
Paprika wedges dipped in tahini.

These are one of my favourite snacks or a side to go with a meal. They are really easy to make and require almost no effort. If you love them crispy like I do, be patient and leave them in the oven until they are golden brown. I love to dip my wedges into Tahini (one table spoon is Low-FODMAP according to the Monash University Low-FODMAP app).

Olive Oil
Paprika and any other seasoning of your choice!

** I’ve used ‘Spice Craft Wild Salt rocks Seasoning.’ I love this because unlike most ready mixed seasoning it doesn’t have garlic or onion powder in it! The ingredients are “smoked sea salt, black mustard, black peppercorns, thyme, juniper berry & herbs and spices”. Normally I’m a little weary about ‘spices’ on the back of a packet as I haven’t managed to work out if that includes garlic and onion powder, however I bought this from the Riccarton farmers market and the maker assured me there was none.

+Step one
Chop up the potato into chunky wedges.

+Step two
Chuck the potatoes on an oven tray and brush them with Olive Oil.

+Step three
Cover with heaps of Paprika, Salt and pepper (or any seasoning of your choice).

+Step four
Roast until golden and crispy.


Weekly Creative | Two

Friday, 19 January 2018
A few pictures of this weeks creativity.

New Zealand Road Trip | Wellington to Taupo & Rotorua

Wednesday, 17 January 2018

It amazes me how insanely blue New Zealand is.

In July I went on my first North Island road trip. We drove from Wellington up to Rotorua, then to Taupo and back through Napier. It seems like such a long time ago now but I love the photos and the memories that go along with them. The day we planned to drive home the North Island was hit with a bit of crazy weather. All of the roads were blocked with snow so a bonus night in Rotorua was added to our trip. It also meant we got a gorgeous sunny snowy drive home to Wellington via Napier.