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.
If you’re buying at the cafe, get the Fish burgers. BYO tomato sauce or really BYO everything (we were just lazy).Phil Grieg is between Muriwai and Auckland. You get to PYO (Pick Your Own) strawberries and eat some as you go. Great for fanatics like us. It’s $7.50 on entry which is then deducted from your first kg. For those who haven’t been, strawberry plants are short and you have to search for the goodies between the leaves. There is a lot of bending involved – as compared to blueberry picking where the fruits are on trees (read our post here). No doubt there would be ice cream and yoghurt to be had. They’re incredibly photogenic. The one on the left is Regular ($4.50) and the one on the right is Supa ($5.90). You can also get Mega with sprinkles and a flake on top. We were however terribly disappointed. The yoghurt lacked strawberry flavour and the chocolate was not tasty at all. Mangere strawberry farm (picture here) is definitely far more superior and cheaper ($3.80). Mangere’s strawberries for sale are also a lot larger and sweeter than Phil’s. Phil Grieg will be great for a strawberry picking afternoon session but not quite worth going otherwise.Phil Grieg Strawberry Garden.
464 State Highway 16, Kumeu.
Here are a few snaps my friend and I took on a casual walk around Auckland.
Of course, an adventure is never complete without food and as always, Foxtrot Parlour manages to make some show-stopping food. Be it from their sister The Dairy (read here), or this DIY donut that comes with its own saucy syringe and cream. Somehow when they give you some responsibility with compiling your food, it tastes just that much better. Be warned though, it gets crazy messy. You’ll be licking the sugar off your fingers, pulling apart the donut, handling the knife to get some cream, and working the syringe – which requires both hands. It may be useful for them to supply wet tissues of some sort at the end to avoid translating your sticky mess any further than your table. I would definitely recommend sharing the donut, we loved the salted caramel one.
We visited the museum and walked around Auckland Domain. You could also take bush-walks, explore the Wintergarden or just lie on your back and admire the blue skies. Hope you all had a great weekend! We’re suffering from Mondayitis right now but Labour weekend is just round the corner, what are your plans?