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www.times.co.nz Howick and Pakuranga Times, Thursday, September 27, 2012 --- 29 117986 You can be in to win any of these fabulous prizes, simply by going to www.times. co.nz, clicking on the competitions link and entering your details. Competitions are added regularly so check back for more chances to win! Win! The Fatkin's Diet -- a seriously funny book I didn't stop laughing from beginning to end of totally irreverent, The Fatkin's Diet, by award-winning comedian Rhy Mathewson. No healthy book this, unless we're talking mental health -- it really is a tonic if you've been down in the dumps! Rather Mathewson re-interpets favourite Kiwi food -- the type we are supposed to avoid -- with total disregard for anyone's health. For me, who struggles to contain my waistline, it was sheer joy but rather than cultivating my cravings for the likes of bacon, sausages or the good old railway station mince pie, it did, indeed, help curb my appetite for such 'treats'. 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And if Sydney’s the destination of choice, then dining out is usu- ally par for the concourse. Having recently returned from one of those ﬂying visits, in which suitable attention was given to eat- ing, I’d like to mention Hugo’s on the pier at Manly. As it turned out, friends ﬂew to Sydney on the same day, on the same plane and sat just behind us. As we both had time to kill before being allocated our hotel rooms we decided to drop off the bags (no not the husbands) and meet at Manly for lunch. After a restful ferry ride across the harbour on a brilliant spring day of around 21 degrees, we ended up going no further than the wharf. There we found Hugo’s with its wrap-around views of the beach, harbour and downtown Sydney in the distance. With no worries about drink- ing and driving we started the afternoon with beer and wine at a neighbouring Bavarian tavern before wandering into Hugo’s just after 12pm. It was soon obvious that this was very popular location. By 2pm, on a Thursday, the venue was full and so were we. We had started with garlic bread then decided to share skew- ered scallops, crispy salt and pep- per calamari and a pizza topped with fresh ﬁgs, pancetta, gorgon- zola, tomato and basil – absolutely moreish and surprisingly good. While none of the group (other than me) were up for a dessert, opting instead for another wine, I just could not resist the tiramisu which came in a tall glass and was more mousse-like than the classic version of this Italian dessert. It was, nevertheless, light and deliciously laced with a coffee liqueur, and I made short work of it. We couldn’t have asked for a more lovely spring day, a more restful waterfront setting or a nicer luncheon welcome to Aus- tralia’s big smoke. Deﬁnitely a place to consider if Sydney is the ticket any time soon. Go fig-ure Hugo's menu NOVEL: Fig-topped pizza (above) and tiramisu Hugo-style. VUE Restaurant on the 13th ﬂoor of the Mercure Hotel in the city has to be one of Auckland’s best kept secrets – sorry about the cliché but it’s true. And frankly, it’s the kind of secret I am, in some ways, loath to share; I would like to keep this place all to myself but, really, that’s just too mean! In an inspired moment last week, I booked for dinner at Vue on the night of Valerie Adams’ Olympic gold medal presentation at The Cloud on Queen’s Wharf. We had a friend visiting from Christchurch and I realised that we would have a bird’s eye view of the accompanying ﬁreworks display from the restaurant and did we ever! Stunningly refurbished about a year or so ago, both the restaurant and adjoining bar are a great place to relax and eat. Not only did we dine well, but we enjoyed both the surroundings and the magniﬁcent view. So much so, that a Grabone deal, just days later, for cocktails and a tasting platter for four, was too good to pass by. I’m deﬁnitely looking forward to going back. H Perry What a Vue! What a night...
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