Aussie Lunch

Throughout history Australian men have been branded (among other things) as uncaring, lacking domestic skills, and in many instances beer-swilling louts. This little anecdote illustrates this is clearly not true!!

For the first time in their three year marriage, a wife asked her husband if he would mind making the next day’s lunches for them both. Obligingly he agrees.

The next morning, the young wife asks her loving husband, “Did you make our lunches, honey?”

He replied, “Yeah Babe, they’re on the second shelf of the fridge. Mine’s on the left, yours is on the right”Now, isn’t that nice?


Dining In Wellington

If you’re in Wellington (New Zealand) and wish to go out for some fine dining, casual meal and drinks or just drinks these are the latest award winning establishments around that neat wee town.

The winners:

  • The Fly Buys for Business Outstanding Sales Representative: Rick Lindsay, Eurovintage
  • The Chilli Outstanding Supplier: Regional Wines & Spirits
  • The Crombie Lockwood Outstanding Ambiance & Style: Hawthorn Lounge
  • The Meadow Mushrooms Outstanding Casual Dining Experience: Havana Bar
  • The Seresin Estate Outstanding Wine List:Matterhorn
  • The Weltec Outstanding Beverage List: Matterhorn
  • The Hancocks Wine, Spirits & Beer Merchants Outstanding Local Establishment: Fidel’s
  • The Curtis McLean Outstanding Barista: Bink Bowler, Memphis Belle Coffee House
  • The San Pellegrino Outstanding Café: Fidel’s
  • The Chivas Regal Outstanding Bartender: Rennie Boon, Crumpet
  • The Beam Outstanding Bar: Matterhorn
  • The Negociants Outstanding Front of House Team: Capitol
  • The Menumate Outstanding front of House Manager/Maitre D’: Katie Woodhead, Scopa
  • The Moet Hennessy Outstanding Chef: Shaun Clouston, Logan Brown
  • The Bidvest Outstanding Emerging Chef: Jamie Armour, Duke Carvell’s Swan Lane Emporium
  • The Restaurant Association of New Zealand Outstanding Restaurant: Capitol
  • The Le Cordon Bleu Outstanding Contribution to Wellington Hospitality: Lorenzo Bresolin



There was an interesting article in today’s ‘rag’ that struck a bit of a chord with me. I’ve long felt that we are most often the ‘author’s of our own demise’, (or whatever the saying is!!) We can rely on ‘quick-fixes’ but surely we are better advised to manage our lives ourselves to maintain healthy standards? I don’t even pretend to be a steadfast adherent to strict health guidelines, but, as a child of an older generation eating a sensible and balanced diet seems to do it for me. We were eating healthy food before it became the exception rather than the rule as it so often seems to be today. Don’t get me wrong, there are probably a much greater percentage of (New Zealand) families who eat well balanced daily diets than don’t, but the sense is that this is changing somewhat and as a consequence the healtheries industry is burgeoning. Why? Because people believe the publicity that accompanies the products, and feel that by consuming these vitamins and those minerals they are filling a need. Of course with a well- balanced diet the need is not there because people have already consumed the vitamins and minerals in their natural state- food! Naturally we are now of a generation that has a vastly superior range of health diagnostics and if supplements are decided by specialists as a way of improving our own or our dependent’s lives, or if we can get the benefits of naturally occurring elements that we once got from perhaps more readily available sources (such as Omega3 vs expensive fish) then why not? But my overall opinion is with the thrust of the article- eat a well- balanced diet  and the need for supplemental vitamins and minerals will be minimised, and it all seems to be good advice.

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