Miss Moonshine’s

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Interior of Miss Moonshine’s

Miss Moonshine’s

Lot 3, 130 Ponsonby Rd

Ponsonby

Auckland 1010

New Zealand

During my last trip to New Zealand in May, I had scratched the surface on Ponsonby, a little neighborhood in Auckland. Reminiscent of Melrose Ave. in Los Angeles, Ponsonby was right up my alley with cute cafes and boutiques from clothing to home decor. It was imperative that I spend some time not only shopping and browsing but also dining at of one of their many restaurants. I have spent some time researching various restaurants and cafes to visit but settled on Miss Moonshine’s.

Miss Moonshine’s is a bit hard to find as it’s not exactly on Ponsonby Road. I would explain it in great detail but I’m not quite familiar with the directions in New Zealand. Just know that when you follow the map and turn into one of the streets, you’ll then have to turn into a little alleyway where you’ll find the entrance of Miss Moonshine’s.

I should take a moment to comment on how beautiful the interior was inside Miss Moonshine’s. Everything that I want in a future home can be found in most restaurants in New Zealand. I’m loving the loft-y feel of Miss Moonshine’s and the hardwood floors.

Cocktails and Appetizers

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K Road & Beach Bunny

To start off with drinks, my family and I had a few cocktails. The K Road and Beach Bunny were definitely on the sweeter side so if you’re into that, I highly suggested trying these! The K road was mine and I wanted something with passion fruit. This drink had passion fruit moonshine but the watermelon overpowered the passion fruit in my honest opinion. It really tasted like candy though!

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Old Fashioned & cauliflower cheese with crumbs

More cocktails and some starters. My mother likes vegetables so she opted to have the cauliflower cheese with crumbs.

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Free-range popcorn fried chicken, creole butter, chipotle mayo, and crispy sage

The popcorn fried chicken was my starter. I had something totally different in mind when I ordered popcorn chicken (you know, like the ones you get at boba joints) but I literally got popcorn and chicken. I’m always a little wary with trying anything with chipotle flavor as growing up in Southern California allowed me to be a bit of “snob” with those ingredients. I was quite surprised that I enjoyed the flavor! The chipotle mayo was delicious and the chicken was yum.

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Mac N’ cheese balls, streaky bacon, and truffle mayo

Mac N’ cheese balls if you’re into that kind of thing. I was too full from my popcorn chicken appetizer to try this (as I was saving for the main courses)

Entrees and Dessert

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Beef brisket with collard greens 

I ordered the beef brisket with collard greens as an entree to share. The flavor though was unexpected though and reminds me of the barbecue from Phil’s BBQ in San Diego: tangy. The meat was delicious though sans the flavor. I know that a lot of people find Phil’s BBQ delicious so if you love Phil’s, I’m sure you’ll love Miss Moonshine’s

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Beef short ribs and dark chocolate mousse, white chocolate foam, raspberry sorbet, and almond chocolate soil

My brother ordered the short ribs. You may have seen in my Instagram stories how easy the meat from the short ribs fell off the bone. It was a melt-in-your-mouth kind of entree. As with the beef brisket, the flavor is a bit too tangy for my liking though.

For dessert, we ordered the dark chocolate mousse with white chocolate foam, raspberry sorbet, and chocolate soil. This was a perfect and refreshing dessert after all the food we ate.

Overall, I enjoyed the dining experience at Miss Moonshine’s. We had lovely service as well and would probably go back to try other dishes! If you’re in Auckland and in Ponsonby, I’d give it a try.

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Eiswelt Gelato

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Eiswelt Gelato

9605 Bolsa Ave.

Westminister, California 92683

I am, hands down, a visual person. I eat with my eyes, I take photos with my eyes (obviously haha), I shop with my eyes. Everything I do is inspired or done by creativity. That said, when I found out that Eiswelt sells cute-shaped gelato, I was all game. I mean, look at them! There are several flavors and you have the option of a pig, a teddy bear, or a rose. Is the gelato amazing? Not amazing as my salted caramel macarons from Ladurée but it sure has a cute factor and so Instagram-worthy. Definitely worth a visit if you’re in the area!

 

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Los Angeles

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Zara dress and MUR Lifestyle circle bag

Los Angeles

It’s been awhile since I’ve last one to Los Angeles and boy do I miss it. But I do love Hawaii so there’s that. Maybe I miss LA just a little bit more than I’m used to since I pretty much haven’t done much since I’ve been home. I have plans to hike and swim but I just get way too drained to do anything. Maybe I’m just getting another round of burn out. I’m probably going to need to take a breather before my next round of traveling. Plus, anticipation on Charles’ end has been killing us since June. Nothing serious, in fact, it’s good news (sort of). Also with the combination of Charles starting his business, it’s been a busy, stressful, and tiresome kind of summer. It will be worth it though!

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But good news is, retail therapy has been great! Pictured is a Zara dress that was originally priced at $100 but I found it for $29.99. Amazing right? It’s perfect for the summer months here in Hawaii which has been unbearable at times. I don’t know what it is (maybe global warming?) but it just keeps getting hotter each and every summer. Or maybe it’s the lack of AC in our apartment. Whatever it is, I’ve learned to love certain fabrics when it comes to clothes and this dress is perfect because of it. Which reminds me, I need to do some serious laundry soon! Happy Thursday!

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New Zealand Photo Diary

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New Zealand Photo Diary

Hello, August! Can not believe that we’re more than halfway through the year! It feels as if it was only yesterday I celebrated the New Year at Waimanalo Beach on a swing and here we are, with about 5 months left in the year. Speaking of, I can not believe it’s been almost 3 months since my brother and I were in New Zealand (and I still have yet to share some LA photos, and not the most recent one, the one in April!). New Zealand is still fresh in my mind as LA was: the crisp, cool air, feijoa smoothies, Sky Tower, and mochaccinos. New Zealand was beautiful in so many ways and I’m so happy that I’ve captured photos the way that I did.

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Views from Sky Tower and the view of Sky Tower from Ponsonby

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Feijoa smoothies are delicious: it’s both creamy and tart

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Beautiful proteas in Ponsonby

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Hotel room and view from Barclay Suites

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Auckland Art Gallery

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Kris at Auckland Art Gallery and King Salmon from Best Ugly Bagels

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Quick stop at Gather N Feast on our way to Whangarei

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Sunset view from Mount Eden (which changed colors as the sun was setting)

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Dinner at Scarecrow

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Blooms at Scarecrow

The last few days have been spent wanderlust-ing and looking at travel photos for inspiration. My current lust: Hong Kong. Something about the tall skyscrapers condensed in such a small area and the food is making me want to catch the next flight there but of course, that’s not feasible. September seems to be the perfect time to visit so here’s hoping Charles and I can make it happen next month! Hope you guys had a great weekend! It was Charles’ birthday on Friday and we spent all weekend at grocery stores (his favorite thing to do haha) and staying at home. He was perfectly content with that (he detest spending money on going out to eat, even on his birthday). We did eat at a Korean BBQ restaurant on Friday but he wasn’t impressed. He’s hard to impressed these days!

August seems to be a busy month for us so I’m excited to see where it will take us! Have a great week friends!

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Grove

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wearing H&M shirt, H&M skirt, H&M shoes, and circle market bag

That circle bag makes an appearance again! It’s kind of like the perfect summer staple and easy to match with pretty much any summer outfits and dresses I have in my closet. And since I have two, I’ve been rotating between them.

Not much has happened since I’ve been home which is usually the case in between traveling. A time for me to recover mentally, physically, and especially financially. But it’s been great so far as I’ve gotten the chance to finally keep a consistent blogging schedule. After about a week of not doing anything though, I’m ready for some adventures around the island. Charles is finally off all weekend so I’m hoping for some adventures! Happy Wednesday!

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