Phil Grieg Strawberry Garden

We love strawberries. They’re good as is, dipped in chocolate, infused in frozen delights, pancake’s sidekick, waffle’s sidekick, cake decorators, cake fillers, in champagne, for breakfast, for dinner, for snacking, for dessert – yes, where were we? We love strawberries.

Today we headed West of Auckland and stopped by Muriwai Beach for the morning and lunch. We got a little tan, a little sunburnt, watched the crashing waves and visited the nesting gannets.
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464 State Highway 16, Kumeu.

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