Welcome Back Vic Park Markets

Driving along Tamaki Drive to the city, bright spinnakers sprinkled the inner harbour like M&Ms, a gentle gusty breeze urging them towards Rangitoto Island and beyond. As the sun twinkled on the water a sudden realisation the sunblock had been forgotten yet again; let’s hope there is some shade at our destination.

Around the corner, under the motorway overpass the entrance to Victoria Park Market was jammed with pedestrians – some curious tourists (their accents gave them away), some locals out for a stroll and many, like us manifesting a carpark and with high hopes the new market would live up to our expectations.

Iconic Auckland symbols high above the entrance

Iconic Auckland symbols high above the entrance

Laidback music filtered through the crowd – we soon discovered Anika Moa playing a set in the courtyard. The labyrinth of walkways was studded with stalls from artisan crafts to flowers, vintage antiques, fashion jewellery and clothing, to sweet and savoury foodie delights.

Anika Moa entertaining the crowd

Anika Moa entertaining the crowd

Looking down into the crowd

Looking down into the crowd

Brought to you by the team behind Little Big Events, the legendary Vic Park Markets (facebook page) are back, every Saturday 9am – 2pm at 210 Victoria Street West. While on-street parking is available, catching the link bus might be a good option too.

So if you’re looking for somewhere to meet friends on a Saturday morning, indulge in some tasty treats or simply get your Christmas shopping underway, followed by lunch at one of the many permanent cafes and restaurants, make Victoria Park Market your meeting place next weekend.

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Fancy sipping on a cider, tucking into a pie, paella or freshly made crumpet?  Or are you in need of a sweet pick me up for now or later? A post on the foodie delights of Vic Park Markets will be up on the blog later in the week.

Michelle

Fabulous Fast Food

Everyone wants nourishing wholesome food on the run. The Foodie Inc has enjoyed some fabulous inner city eateries in Auckland over the past few weeks.  Here’s my favourites for quick, tasty food with the wow factor!

The ‘Bowl’

Lunch places in Auckland’s CBD seem to be fixated with the ‘bowl’ – a loose description for a meal in a box, container, plate or sometimes an actual bowl.  The concept it pretty simple: a dish of vegetables, salads, noodles or grains, usually with a recommended dressing to which you add your choice of protein.

Misters Real Food in Wyndham Street’s new spring menu has five bowls: Jerusalem, Indonesian, French, Italian and South Western. The Indonesian bowl: umami carrot noodles, wombok and coconut slaw, lemongrass peanut sauce and crushed peanut comes topped with your choice of either: crispy tofu, pulled free farmed pork, slow braised grain fed wagyu, free range chicken or seared Marlborough salmon. Wrapped and ready to go if you don't have time to eat in.

Food on the run - boxed ready to go

Food on the run - boxed ready to go

My winter favourite, the Levantine bowl with pumpkin fritters (pictured below) has disappeared so look forward to discovering a new favourite very soon.

The Levantine Bowl, a winter favourite

The Levantine Bowl, a winter favourite

The ‘Takeaway’

Food in a box has never tasted so delicious.  In a small space on upper Wellesley Street, Greedy Guts succinct but mouth-watering menu sees the place jam-packed for breakfast and lunch.  A favourite is ‘Healthy Guts’ – a chunky slice of toast topped with smashed avocado, portobello mushrooms, a poached egg and sprinkled with fresh parmesean.  But that’s not the only scrumptious dish.  The haloumi and chicken salad with roasted vegetables and slaw drizzled dressed with citrus or the smoked fish bruschetta topped with pickled beetroot slices are pretty darn delicious too. Takeaway or dine-in.

Healthy Guts

Healthy Guts

The ‘Breakfast Box’

Breakfast sets you up for the day. Breakfast is usually something eaten before leaving home but just occasionally things conspire against me – running late for the bus (inner city parking fees are a rip-off) or an early morning meeting.  Delighted to discover Box of Birds; one of a handful of tiny container cafes on Elliot Street. 

Box of Birds in Elliot Street, Auckland CBD

Box of Birds in Elliot Street, Auckland CBD

The chilli flake coated boiled eggs, avocado, spinach with tomato relish hit the spot. If you’ve got time grab a coffee, loiter and people watch. And if you fancy a whole roast chicken for dinner, you can order one and collect on your way home – we won’t tell anyone you haven’t whipped it yourself!

Breakfast in a box

Breakfast in a box

If there’s somewhere in your neck of the woods that does great food on the run, please share – would love to check it out.

Michelle