Sweet or Savoury Sensations

Fancy a sweet sensation – crumpet, cake or cocoa or are the savoury flavours of paella or a hearty pie more your style?  Victoria Park Market has it all.

Last weekend saw the reopening of Vic Park Markets (facebook page).  Sunshine, live music and an amazing array of stallholders lined the laneways. People waited patiently for soft freshly made crumpets from Kraken Crumpets. The 10 minutes wait to sink my teeth into the sweet indulgence of nutella and banana was worth every minute. Judging by the swarm of happy faces, savoury toppings of bacon and egg, salmon and cream cheese, hummus sundried tomato and olive proved popular too.

Kraken Crumpets

Delicate fresh flowers topped gluten free carrot cakes at Baker & Co’s cakery. The dizzy array of slices had all but sold out when we wandered back later in the day.

Baker & co

Watching the toasted vanilla bean marshmallow melt in front of our eyes, then sandwiched between spiced crackers, the guy with the blowtorch looked like he had made the s’more just a few times before.  Perfect paired with a hot cocoa sundae from Goodnight Cocoa.

Goodnight Cocoa
Goodnight Cocoa
Goodnight s'more 3.jpg

If beef and blue cheese is more your thing, sink your teeth into a Heaven Scent Pie.  With mouth-watering flavours such as Moroccan lamb tangine and coconut chicken and cashew if that doesn't get your tastebuds tingling then the spicy aroma of paella next door just might.

Heaven Scent Pie

While Better Butter’s claim to be the toast improvement specialists, if you’re looking for a different ice cream topping, we hear that the cashew and coconut nut butter hits the mark.  It tasted pretty good on its own too.

Better Butter

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. 

Victoria Park Market is definitely the place to meet friends next weekend. Love to hear what you think so feel free to comment.

Michelle

Baker & Co

It was surprisingly empty when we arrived.  Located on a suburban street in a neighbourhood strip of shops, we anticipated Baker & Co to be buzzing with locals late on a Saturday morning.  The quiet didn’t last—people came, ate and went as we wiled away an hour or so catching up over coffee and a scrumptious, freshly baked roast pumpkin, spinach and feta brioche.

The sun streamed in the big front window.  White walls, pastel dipped wooden furniture; pretty hanging plants in terracotta pots and a French country-style dresser brimming with packets of pale pink rocky road, create a light and airy space.  Set down off West Tamaki Road there’s plenty of parking; the local traffic goes by un-noticed.

Cute hanging plants

Cute hanging plants

Rocky road to go

Rocky road to go

The cabinet is crammed with enticing savoury brioches, sandwiches, pies and sliders, sweet and savoury tarts, cakes, donuts and slices. Every tasty morsel is made on the premises.  Excited to discover a twist on old favourites too: rhubarb and lime Louise slice and lemon meringue donuts, with afghans iced with chocolate and a walnut, just like our Mums used to make.

Afghans like Mum used to make

Afghans like Mum used to make

Lemon meringue dobuts

Lemon meringue dobuts

Baker & Co make tantalising flavoured whole cakes for special occasions from: chocolate and salted caramel to chocolate and raspberry, and raspberry and pistachio too. We spoke briefly to Tasmyn as she put the finishing touches on three delightfully decorated cakes for a 40th birthday party—you could almost feel the love that went into baking those beauties.

Whole cakes made to order

Whole cakes made to order

It might be short drive away but definitely worth jumping in the car.  Must remember next time to ask Tasmyn about why Baker & Co use disposable plates, cutlery and cups—not that I mind, just a random observation.

Open 7am until 3:30pm Tuesday to Friday and 8am until 2pm Saturdays.

235 West Tamaki Road, Glendowie

09 575 2420

Baker & Co

Enjoy your week.

Michelle