Curtis and Richard Had lunch today at Nikau Cafe Wellington with my good buddy Richard Genn, legendary chef ex-Aman resorts and one of the best palates I know on the planet - and a top man to boot! After a few decades at Aman resorts he's decided to take a break and hanging out in Bris-Vegas with his family. He's actually a kiwi, ... read more >
Gallipoli dawn service - 2012 [caption id="attachment_6045" align="alignnone" width="460"] Gallipoli dawn service - 2012[/caption] They went with songs to the battle, they were young.Straight of limb, true of eyes, steady and aglow.They were staunch to the end against odds uncounted,They fell with their faces to the foe.They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:Age shall not weary them, nor the years ... read more >
Angkor bas relief pig for dinner Inspiration for 2015 comes from John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America  “I have always lived violently, drunk hugely, eaten too much or not at all, slept around the clock or missed two nights of sleeping, worked too hard and too long in glory, or slobbed for a time in utter laziness. I've lifted, pulled, chopped, climbed, made ... read more >
Pohutakawa (Small) It's the Pōhutukawa tree that does it for me... our very own Christmas Tree Where else on the planet would there be a tree that speaks to me, and understands I have been 28 years at sea. I thought I was destined to roam, but as it turned out I found my way home. To Wellington, the great harbour of ... read more >
Zerotasking jpeg Just love the card my daughter gave me for my birthday... ... read more >
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Not the sort of women for me [caption id="attachment_10449" align="alignnone" width="468"] Not the sort of women for me[/caption] ... read more >
Great Escape Yes the rumour is true, the Wandering Palate has escaped Singapore, having moved back to my old home town of Wellington, New Zealand, after nearly three decades—wandering. If anyone asks why Wellington? Just tell them “It’s like an ocean trout lost at sea for 28 years and finally coming back to the spawning ground”. I will write at length on ... read more >
How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course [caption id="attachment_10056" align="alignnone" width="599"] How do you tell if your grapes are at optimum ripeness? Send in the wine dogs of course[/caption] This picture twittered by Ata Rangi caught my eye... there are truffle dogs and there are Brix sniffing dogs, pretty logical when you think about... read more on Ata Rangi - click here     ... read more >
Jacques. smelling the roses I was deeply saddened by the news that Chef Jacques Heraudeau passed away, Sunday, 23rd February, 2014, losing a two year battle with cancer, at 71 years of age, before his time. ... read more >
Merry Christmas from the Wandering Palate ... read more >