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Silo 6 is often fitted out with exciting exhibitions. The most recent is ‘dark cloud / white light’ by Joseph Michael. It was beyond amazing. Paired with some great music the time lapse videos are just mesmerising. They also remind you just how beautiful New Zealand is and makes you want to travel to these beauty spots immediately. The videos take you through sunrise, dawn, dusk, sunset, and a sky full of stars. You have to go and see for yourself. The exhibition ends 26th Feb, so hurry!IMG_2450IMG_2438IMG_2443IMG_2455IMG_2451_MG_2466_MG_2457_MG_2475_MG_2487Joseph Michael.
Event details here.
Tues/Wed/Sun: 11-4
Thu/Sat: 12-7
Fri:12-9
Mon: By appointment.

Monday 11:00am – 9pm
Tuesday 11:00am – 4pm
Wednesday 11:00 – 9pm

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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.

Our Labour weekend started off with some of our favourite cupcakes. Remember when we drove 40 minutes for 4 cupcakes (read here)? Well this time we only had to drive 15 minutes. It was a dream come true for Brooke at Velvet Delight when Cadbury Dream helped set up a popup store for her on Saturday at Sylvia Park. A Facebook like was exchanged for a free cupcake, and for every like (up to 10,000) the chocolate company was willing to contribute $1. The flavours of the day were Lemon, Salted Caramel with popcorn, Ice-cream Sundae and Red Velvet. As usual, the cupcakes were soft and not overly sweet. The vanilla cream was just as delicious as we remembered. Boni had the chance to meet Brooke and according to her there were around 2,000 of these delights in the tent!

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So incredibly excited about strawberry season arriving. Our favourite fruit for sure!

twohonesttruths_strawberry01Please let us know what you think of our Weekend snaps posts, whether you enjoy having these posts in addition to our full restaurant reviews. 🙂

Here are a few snaps my friend and I took on a casual walk around Auckland.

twohonesttruths_foxtrotparlour09Of 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.
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It was a lazy kind of Saturday.

We had some bagels.

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We saw some amazing photos.P1010709-EditP1010712-Edit P1010710-EditWonder Wheel was my favourite. The Two of a Kind exhibition has definitely made me want to pick up my film camera again. And of course, travel. Exhibition is on at Silo Park – Silo 6 until 7 Oct (details here).P1010717-EditP1010706

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The best way to bid farewell to 3 weeks of exams is with food. Glorious amounts of food. First stop: Mecca. Our top priorities here were it had to be close by, warm, tasty and filling. Mecca is conveniently located within The Chancery and is one of the busier restaurants in the lot. The couscous on our chicken salad was a little on the sweet side but complemented well with the meat. Second stop: Milse. It’s difficult staying away from this dessert gem. This time we dined in, and had the best seat in the restaurant watching the chefs at work. Food wise, still wonderfully amazing. I’ve never really been a great fan of macarons. Even though they pose for great photos, I’ve always found them overly sweet and unappetising. Milse macarons however were surprisingly tasty, they were chewy and not a hint of that exaggerated sweetness. I will definitely be trying more flavours. Too full for dessert? Never. Last stop: White’s & Co. There’s something different about having frozen delights during winter, that chill is slightly exhilarating and White’s & Co. never fails. Mango is my go-to flavour and so beautiful with that ‘sassy saffron’ cotton candy as our frozen yoghurt server happily named it. If you haven’t been to White’s & Co you are missing out. Once you try it, you will never turn back to those watery froyos. Get there now! (Our love for White’s & Co is strong, check out our previous posts here and here.) P1016858 P1016863 P1016870 P1016861 P1016868 P1016864 P1016880P1016882

I bought some new film today so will definitely be loading one of them onto my Holga soon to try out. I’ve never shot in black and white before so am extra excited and nervous about how it will turn out. I also went through some of my old (successful) film photos to see what theme I should experiment with this time and which areas I could improve on. Hope you like them, and any feedback or theme suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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