Author Archives: Laurel

About Laurel

Born and raised in Tennessee, with stints in Boston, Brooklyn, New Zealand and now Los Angeles, my constant has always been cooking. I focus on seasonal and simple, thoughtful preparation.

KEWL: Franz Joseph Glacier

Whenever we’re asked what our favourite part of New Zealand is, Laurel and I usually ponder for a moment and both say “Franz Joseph glacier!” It’s definitely (and literally) the coolest thing we’ve done here. And… also one of the … Continue reading

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KEWL: Punakaiki Pancake Rocks

When driving around a country without a set itinerary, you often stumble upon things worth seeing. We happened upon the Punakaiki (say that three times fast) Pancake Rocks while heading down the west coast of the South Island, and even … Continue reading

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KEWL: Abel Tasman Coastal Track

Abel Tasman National Park is a Kiwi holiday-maker’s dream. Bay after bay of beautiful, uncrowded beaches, reachable by boat, kayak, and nice short walks or longer treks. The full coastal track is a 3-5 day affair, with huts available that … Continue reading

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KEWL: Kaikoura

Kaikoura was our first real stop on the South Island, and it was a beautiful introduction to the sights of the South Island. 180kms north of Christchurch, it’s a small peninsula that attracts ocean wildlife and is just plain picturesque. … Continue reading

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NOM: Ernesto

Wellington and I immediately bonded over our mutual love of something truly great: breakfast. They serve it in virtually every cafe here (and there are lots of cafes), and they serve it every day, all day long. Now That‘s what … Continue reading

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KEWL: Te Papa Museum

We had wet and windy weather during our first visit to Wellington, so an obvious activity during such conditions was the large and free Museum of New Zealand Te Papa. Sitting on the harbor, the museum entertained us all day … Continue reading

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KEWL: Martinborough Wineries

New Zealand has a few notable wine regions under its belt, and while Marlborough is the most talked about, the Wairarapa is worth paying a visit. Martinborough sits at the heart of the region-a charming small town with a few cafes, shops, … Continue reading

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KEWL: Cape Palliser

Cape Palliser is known for its beautiful rocky beaches, a lighthouse perched out on the tip, and the many seals who hang out there. I can’t talk about two of these three things with much authority, as we ended up … Continue reading

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FML: Whanganui River Road

Lonely Planet has this to say about the Whanganui River Road: “it’s all about the journey, not how fast you get there.” Sounds pleasant enough, right? We needed to get from point A to point B, so why not take … Continue reading

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KEWL: Tongariro Alpine Crossing

When Laurel first read aloud about the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, I instantly became discouraged. Honestly, it just sounded too hard, and I really didn’t think I was up for it. However, trying to be a team player (and maybe, just … Continue reading

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