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siloparklights(Be prepared for a long post!) Friday night we headed down to the Silo Park for its last outdoor movie screening for the season and we had an amazing time. They played Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which although was already a good movie in itself, had added atmosphere when you watched it projected onto a massive silo, with millions of other people on a cool summer/autumn night (okay, maybe I’m exaggerating a bit on the numbers there but the place was brimming with people). The Silo Markets were in full operation from 5pm selling everything from woodfire pizzas to beer to escargots. So where to start…

Firstly we tried the taco truck. We ordered one chicken and one beef taco with the beef winning both our hearts. Next up was the woodfire pizza. What was extremely impressive was all this came on a mini truck, and was made right in front of you to order. Of course this meant a longer waiting time – we waited 35 minutes for ours. The pizza base was extremely delicious, it was crispy and was the perfect thickness, the filling however we thought was a little too salty. You would think we should be content by now, but when you find mini food trucks surrounding you at every corner with people lining up everywhere you convince yourself you must try everything till you aptly feel like you resemble an oompa loompa and can fit no more. Naturally we visited the next stall, ordering a Mega Dog and a blueberry smoothie. I’m not sure whether it was because we were both so thirsty at this stage or whether the chef had mastered the golden smoothie ingredient proportion, but it was incredibly tasty. The mega dog was juicy and was well complemented by the ciabatta. We also contemplated about trying the handmade pies and the Spanish paella but decided we should give our stomachs a rest and settled for White’s & Co Willy Wonka Berry Tub and a popcorn. White’s & Co’s frozen yoghurt never fails to satisfy and their special tonight had a lovely surprise with jumping candy involved. Music played when the movie wasn’t on and a giant connect 4 and wooden building blocks were available for children entertainment or for those a child at heart.

After the movie finished we took a stroll through the market with vintage clothing and contemporary artists showcasing their pieces. We found everything from hand knitted winter cardigans, famous superstar spray painted discs, old Enid Blyton books, ‘It’s so fluffy I’m gonna diiiiie!’ artwork and a ring resembling the head of a wookie.

It was most definitely a spectacular way to end the summer.

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Hidden beside a modern art gallery and within a business block, I don’t think I would ever have stumbled across this restaurant had it not had an online coupon deal (such an excellent idea for cafes to generate some exposure and of course an initiative appeasing for the wallet). I haven’t read up on any reviews for this restaurant but I do know that they are slanted more towards the healthy eating side of things. I ordered a berry smoothie to go along with my eggs benedict. It may be too biased to base a restaurant on how well their benes are done but hey, I think it’s fair to say eggs benedict are a fair breakfast/brunch staple in Auckland.  Whilst the smoothie my taste-buds agreed on, the eggs not so much. My sister’s blueberry pancakes weren’t all that appetizing both visually or for the stomach. This isn’t a bustling crowd, people-watching cafe, but more of a modern quiet hideaway. I did enjoy the refreshing setup with the high ceiling, lots of natural light and an excellent in-outdoor flow.

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Gala Cafe.
Zone 23, Unit G08 at 23 Edwin St, Mt Eden, Auckland. (not visible outside-  in the courtyard through the main entrance of the building.)

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