February was my birthday month and compared to January it flew by! I began the month spending the weekend on Waiheke Island and enjoying the stunning Tantalus estate. You can read all about my experience here.
One of the nights that surprised me the most was a show I went to dedicated to the life and songs of Whitney Houston. I thought it would be a tacky tribute show but it was actually an amazing show. The singer who portrayed Whitney was one of the best singers I’ve ever heard and it was like watching the real Whitney Houston.
My friend Georgia from work left to move to Brisbane in Australia and we were all so sad to see her go. She has been a massive part of the team and it just won’t be the same not seeing her smiling face everyday! To drown our sorrows we went to Feriza’s for her leaving meal and had a middle eastern feast.
One rainy Sunday I caught up with the girls and we were craving proper comfort food. We headed to Galbraith’s, a British style pub in Auckland for the best comfort food there is – bangers and mash!
On a sunny Saturday I did the Maraetai Coastal Walk – a four hour coastal walk which takes you past some beautiful bays. I wrote all about the walk here.
It was my flatmate Alex’s birthday and we went to a restaurant called Culprit in the city centre to celebrate.
We feasted on chicken liver parfait with mini doughnuts, roast duck with hoisin sour cream and these little ginger kisses with vanilla mascarpone, stewed rhubarb and fairy floss. Full review coming soon.
I finally got back into my ballroom and Latin American dancing. I haven’t danced since I left the UK four years ago but recently I’ve found myself thinking about it a lot. I booked myself a lesson and loved it! I’m going to try and go for a lesson once a week.
We couldn’t set off for Splore without a delicious brunch from Circus Circus in Mount Eden.
It was my birthday on the 27th February and unfortunately I was working but after work I treated myself to a massage and a swim at the Sofitel with my birthday money. I had the full body Swedish massage and then went for a swim and jacuzzi. I was lucky enough to find it empty so had the pool to myself!
In the evening for my birthday meal we went to The Botanist. They host pop up restaurants and for the month of February they were hosting a pop up called Brooklyn By Night.
The food was upscale American and featured a selection of burgers, mac n cheese and hotdogs.
The Smokestack Burger was a beef pattie covered in smoked tomato ketchup, cheddar, caramelised onions, sauteed mushrooms, pickles and a Hickory barbecue sauce.
Southern fried chicken with chipotle mayonnaise.
The Mac N Cheese was served in a different way to what I’m used to but was still really tasty.
Grilled corn with chilli, lime and Manchego cheese.
I had a great birthday and received lots of lovely presents including lots of cupcakes like these ones from Petal.
What I read:
This was a book I saw recommended on Instagram so I thought I would give it a go. His ten steps will show you how to tune in to your natural rhythms, view your emotions from a different perspective, and finally experience a state of bliss that you can return to again and again.
The secret to feeling at home in yourself isn’t therapy, meditation, silencing your phone, throwing out your possessions or traveling the world. The answer is already inside you.
What I Watched:
I finally finished Downton Abbey! I really enjoyed it and will really miss it. I’m going to start on The Crown next.
I had a busy month this month and I can’t wait to see what March brings!
How was your February?