This morning I did something I haven’t done in quite some time – I slept in. Lately I’ve been all about waking up early and making the most of the day, but I felt that it was time to rest up and make sure I got plenty of sleep. So I didn’t get out of bed until around 11 am. It was great.
Jeremy and I decided to go to Public for lunch. We grabbed a voucher from The Wondrous Wellington Advent Calendar for a $5 hamburger with fries. A pretty good deal! We didn’t really expect much from it seeing as it was so cheap, but it was actually really tasty! It had lots of herbs in the beef patty and there were caramelised onions – yum!
The portion wasn’t huge, but I was satisfied. For $5 you can’t really complain! After lunch we decided to pop by Nespresso for a quick coffee, and for Jeremy to recycle his Nespresso capsules.
I tried a coffee I haven’t had before – Fortissio Lungo. It was quite nice, very bitter. I prefer bitter. The Nespresso store was busy as always. I wonder how many free coffees they give away every day. Must be quite a few.
After we were all caffeinated, we popped by Starbucks to say a quick hi to our friend Max. Starbucks was even busier than Nespresso, but that’s not a surprise. I’m not entirely sure why New Zealanders like Starbucks so much, especially in Wellington where there are coffee places on every corner. I reckon it’s mostly because of how popular it is around the world, it’s sort of the place you’re supposed to go to.
The weather was getting pretty crap at this point, but that didn’t really stop us. We decided to go for a bit of a walk around town. We walked by a knitting shop, so I popped in to buy a crochet needle (is that what they’re called?) and some other needles that you use when you end your knitting. My scarf is coming along quite nicely!
We walked past today’s advent calendar box to try our luck at getting a block of chocolate, but unfortunately they were already gone. How disappointing.
Jeremy had heard that there was going to be quite a bit going on at Leeds Street today, so we headed there to have a look. We were met by a few guys on stilts, blowing bubbles and entertaining people. I only managed to get a photo of their butts, sorry.
Jeremy wanted to try the Fix & Fogg peanut butter so we headed there to get a few tasters. I’ve tasted them before, and they’re pretty nice. I’m not too sure if I’d buy them though, they’re quite pricy unfortunately. If I had plenty of money to spend, I wouldn’t think twice about it.
There were some guys sitting outside, playing music. And Gelissimo Gelato were there too. They had apparently made some sort of gelato using Fix & Fogg peanut butter.
While we were in the area, we also decided to pop into the Wellington Chocolate Factory to have a bit of a look. They were doing free 15 minute tours, so we signed up for one to find out a bit more about their chocolates.
It wasn’t so much a tour as just a brief chat about how they make their chocolates and why organic chocolate is so much better than confectionary chocolate. She shared some pretty cool facts though, and we got to eat a chocolate bean. It was very fruity. They normally do longer tours where you get to sample more of their chocolate. We might pop back at some point to do one of them. They are apparently around $15.
I told Jeremy about the salted caramel cookies that Leeds Street Bakery does, and we decided to go share one and have some tea. Let’s just say their products are a lot better than their service. Each time I’ve been there, I’ve been served by the same girl, who always seems to be in a terrible mood.
We got our cookie straight away, but had to wait for the tea for a long time. I don’t see what takes so long when making tea. But it didn’t really matter, we were both in a good mood so didn’t say anything about it.
We got to taste some breads and shortbread outside before we headed in too. They were quite nice!
Our last stop on Leeds Street was at Six Barrel Soda. We didn’t buy anything there, we just went inside to have a look. They do some really weird flavoured sodas, but I’ve heard they’re pretty good. Not sure if I’d dare try some of them though. They had a Coffee Soda, and a Celery Tonic. Hmm..
At this point we decided to head back home. The rain was starting to pick up, so it wouldn’t have been nice to stay in town too much longer. We debated going somewhere to do something inside, but decided that going home was the best option.
When we got back to Karori, there was so much fog you couldn’t even see the hills. It looked pretty gross. We started to wonder if flights had been cancelled in and out of Wellington because of it, but you never know, it might just be Karori. It’s known for being a bit on the foggy and damp side sometimes. But I still love living here!
So now we’re home. Jeremy is preparing dinner, and I’ve done some knitting. Even though I slept in this morning, I almost feel like having a bit of a nap. I’ll try not to though, because I know that if I do have one, I’ll likely just feel more tired afterwards.
What have you been up to today?