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  1. Do you mean the one in Melbourne? It looks doubtful. Our Zest adjoins CityLife Hotel, part of the Heritage Hotel 4-star-plus chain in NZ, and serves as its bar/restaurant with cafe-style fare, more lowbrow than I'd expect from a hotel at that level and not as upscale as Zest's in Melbourne from what I can tell. Hope this helps.
  2. I'd say Euro is your best bet for fine dining, although Shane Yardly is head chef now under Simon Gault. I've heard good things about O'Connell Street Bistro (chef is Stephen Ward who worked under Conran at Bluebird). For the best and freshest seafood in town, go to Salt in Grey Lynn. Very limited seating (mostly takeaway business) but it's so worth it. You should definitely get over to Galbraith's Alehouse while you're here, their Grafton Porter is fantastic (they have Mac's too).
  3. Just found these: menus.co.nz: Has photos and menus from restaurants in Auckland and Wellington, plus you can make online reservations. dineout.co.nz: This site has NZ restaurant reviews posted by members (free to join), as well as discussion forums about different food topics.
  4. edemuth

    Cooking for One

    You might want to try the author's (Joyce Goldstein) book, Solo Suppers, which she was inspired to write after doing the Dinners for One column. Lots and lots of recipes and tips.
  5. You're welcome, Kathryn... and likewise!
  6. I am moving to New Zealand myself in a couple of months, and I thought I would recommend one of the sites I've found in my research: www.buytravelconverter.com Even if you decide to buy in Australia, this site will be very helpful in terms of figuring out what you need. I didn't realize that some things need only an adapter, others an adapter and converter; now I understand what each thing does and why, and the types of sockets I'll be dealing with. I also have a KA mixer, so I feel your pain! Here's another translation: chilly bin = cooler. I was in New Zealand on holiday last year, and when our guide made reference to "chilly bin," my bunkmate and I both said "What?" He pointed to what we thought was the cooler, and we both burst out giggling because the words "chilly bin" sounded so funny together!
  7. It's supposed to track eight months in the life of the Gordon Ramsay opening and Ramsay's quest for a third Michelin star. For more info, here is the BBC America page on Boiling Point.
  8. halloweencat, Alton Brown did a Good Eats episode that's all about how to brew a great cup of tea ("True Brew II") which you may find useful. The transcript is at the Good Eats Fan Page (click on the subject index link on the left-hand side and then scroll down to the Tea topic). Cheers!
  9. Definitely their Greek salad.eta: Reeves is still going strong, and Five Guys has a new location in Chinatown (808 H Street).
  10. A friend and I are heading to Corduroy for happy hour tonight; ETA is between 5:45 and 6:00 p.m. Joiners welcomed.
  11. Thanks, Tana and Muffin! Sushi sounds great, but I'll take a few other suggestions too. It really doesn't matter what time I eat, as long as I can be back at LAX by 6:30 at the latest with traffic. It would also be helpful to have a small grocery-type place nearby so I can pick up some healthy snacks for the plane, and I'd love to be able to take a nice stroll before or after dining. I need a casual dress code and am expecting to spend about $25-50. Hope this helps!
  12. I have a seven-hour layover between planes at LAX this Thursday, from approximately 1:30 to 8:30 p.m. If it was only two hours, I wouldn't even bother leaving the airport, but I would think seven hours is doable for some kind of restaurant excursion. Am I nuts? I realize that most restaurants will likely not be serving during the time period I will have to eat, and there is also the strong possibility of getting caught in rush-hour traffic on the way back to the airport. My recent experience with the area is limited to the airport itself, so I thought it would be a good idea to ask the local eGulleteers for some advice. It would be nice to experience something unique to LA (if there is such a thing), but I'm open to anything really. Many thanks in advance!
  13. I enjoyed the smoked rockfish--good quality and a pleasingly subtle (for smoked fish) taste. It comes with lettuce, tomato and a smoothly-flavored, grainy-textured mustard, but I missed the anchor of a starchy accompaniment. I would have gotten by with the house bread, except that it's what you'd get if you mated challah with King's Hawaiian, so it doesn't really go. If you will be considering dessert as well, I'd go for a dish of ice cream--chocolate, vanilla and blueberry are available, if I remember correctly--and skip the baked goods. I found the brownie in the brownie a la mode too sweet for my taste and the lemon pound cake, on the menu as "sunshine cake," a bit dry. I wanted to ditch the pound cake and have more of the blueberry ice cream, which featured plenty of fruit and was served at the right temperature to enjoy (not just-out-of-the-freezer hard)--an appreciated touch.
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