Miss Flossypots goes to Auckland!

As promised (maybe a little late) here is a little recap all about my trip to Auckland at the end of May. I am not a fan of travelling, I don’t know what it is but I just get so anxious and make myself sick so unfortunately I wasn’t feeling my best – just letting you know why I look so pained in my photos!! Anyway, the trip begun with a 10.45am plane trip from Wellington we got there at least one hour early (#anxiety) and bumped in Mrs Greatnews who just so happened to be on the same flight as us – what a coincidence!
The reason why Sam & I went up to Auckland was so I could attend The Pin Up Honeys Social Club’s Soiree celebrating Miss Monique Sweet & Dariel Dearlove great wins at the American Rockabilly convention Viva Las Vegas! And what a night it was, but I’ll get on to that a little later.

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On the day of the soiree I wasn’t too sure about the dress I had packed so Sam & I decided to hike up the hill to the infamous K-Rd (Karangahape Road) to visit the lovely Cathy from Rita Sue Clothing. Not only did we find Cathy but we also found Kaye (from Kabella Baby) in there which was so lovely – it’s nice being able to chat in REAL LIFE. From there I tried on a couple of dresses, first up was the gorgeous Ava dress from PUG which was the most beautiful shade of silver – I adored it but I wasn’t 100% sure. Then Cathy pulled out the most amazing dress ( I, myself would never have picked it up) but as soon as I tried it on I felt a million bucks and that dress was from The Pretty Dress Company. A company I have heard so much about and now I know why, the material is gorgeous (amazing quality with stretch) and the design just flatters every inch of your body – I could not recommend them enough! And if you’re in Auckland head to Rita Sue Clothing – the customer service is amazing and they will really help you find the right dress for any occasion.

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The Pretty Dress Company dress from Rita Sue Clothing

I had also been super excited to try baked goods from The Pie Piper & Doornuts on K-Rd they recently opened up a store front and I am so glad I got to try some of their marvelous treats. I went for Awhi’s strawberry sprinkled doughnut and Sam went with the angelic angel food cake. My doughnut was a life changing experience, I’ve never had a doughnut so soft and delicate as the one I got from The Pie Piper/Doornuts and I totally regret not buying the S’mores doughnut whilst I was there.. We went back on the Monday only to find out that they weren’t opened, we were so gutted! I will definitely be returning next time I’m up that way but if you’re lucky enough to live in Auckland DO CHECK THEM OUT! You will not regret it.

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Another place we went to whilst on K-Rd was Lord of the Fries and oh.. my.. GOSH. Why don’t we have this chain in Wellington?! It’s amazing, we went back two times I think.. On the first visit we didn’t realise until we had left that all the food is vegetarian? Then on the next two visits we really went to town! If you’re vegetarian and you’re into that American styled food I highly recommend Lord of the Fries if you have it in your area!
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After eating our weight in junk food we decided to chill at our hotel, I set my hair again because the Auckland humidity had destroyed my curls. And then I got ready for the soiree, I bought these super flashy earrings from Lovisa and brought my vintage costume necklace and paired it with the amazing Pretty Dress Company dress I had bought earlier in the day.  Then I made my way to Hotel Debrett where the soiree was being held.
I was beyond nervous, it’s so hard meeting people in real life but all of the Pin Up Honeys were SO lovely, I got to meet so many beauties that I have been following online for the LONGEST time and a whole lot of new faces too – shout out to; Miss Honey Bee, Ginger is a NZ Pinup, Danielle from Devel Branded, Miss Lily Grace, Miss RougeMiss Rouge, Miss Monique Sweet, Dariel Dearlove, Miss Estelle Belle, Miss Daphne Delov and Dolly Duet (+ so many more). It was a fab night and I feel so excited to see everyone at the Very Vintage Day Out.

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The next two days were a blur, I felt so unwell – does anyone else get this when travelling or am I the only one? I took it easy and explored Auckland city with my beautiful boyfriend, we took blog photos, ate junk food, went to the infamous Daiso store (my Mum loves it so much) and then we went to see Guardians of the Galaxy 2. The Guardians of the Galaxy films are so freaking good they really have something for EVERYBODY. I absolutely LOVED this film, I wasn’t sure if it would live up to the first movie but it did not disappoint!

I had such a great time in Auckland and I can’t wait to go back up later this year for the Very Vintage Day Out. After a lot thought I have decided to enter the Miss Pin Up New Zealand competition so please cross your fingers & toes for me! I hope you are all having a lovely week and I should be back to posting weekly soon enough!

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Whitby’s High Tea – James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor – REVIEW

Recently I had the pleasure of booking a high tea at the Whitby’s restaurant & bar with two of my lovely friends Rachel & Anna. There is absolutely nothing better than sitting inside on a cold, windy (it’s Wellington after all) and miserable day eating cake, pastries and delicious mango creme brûlée.
The Whitby’s Restaurant & Bar is located on the 17th floor of the James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor which sits on the terrace, the restaurant itself has a wall of windows which overlooks Wellington in all it’s glory (harbour views!)  The ambiance of the Whitby’s Restaurant leaves a little to be desired but it is mainly used as a restaurant for the guests of the James Cook Hotel, it has a  kind of conference vibe about it but overall it’s spacious and does the trick!

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A few days before I booked online through their website – it was incredibly easy and I highly recommend doing so if you’re not super keen on calling. The James Cook Chancellor Hotel is an easy find on the Lambton Quay stretch – there an alleyway/street called the James Cook Arcade and there is a lift located in there which will take you straight up into the reception floor. All you need to do is go up another elevator to reach the restaurant – again, fairly simple.

Offers & Prices:

  • Classic High Tea – $28.50 per person
  • High Tea with Bubbles – $36.50 per person
  • Kids High Tea – $17.00 per child

Whitby’s High Tea Menu – Classic High Tea

Bottom Tier:
Sandwiches (Egg & Cucumber – Smoked Salmon) , Tempura Prawns, Vegetarian Sausage Rolls

Middle Tier:
Black Forest Gateau Cheesecake, Mango Creme Brûlée, Jasmine infused Panna Cotta, Vanilla Tea Cake, Hibiscus Strawberry Macaroon

Top Tier:
Blueberry Scones w/ cream and strawberry jam, Earl Grey Cookies, Chocolate Dipped Strawberries

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Bottom Tier Thoughts:
The bottom tier was fairly decent; I am vegetarian so I couldn’t eat two of the pieces (Salmon sandwiches & Tempura Prawn) but my two friends loved both especially the tempura prawns and I must say they did look pretty delicious! My favourite HAD to be the vegetarian sausage roll; on first inspection I did have to ask a staff member if they were vegetarian as they looked like real meat! I have never seen a vegetarian sausage roll with the colouring of meat – it was a lovely treat. The puff pastry was flaky, buttery and moreish, the meat inside was evenly spiced and was truly delicious.

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Middle Tier Thoughts:
The middle tier was my favourite – It was filled with all kinds of cakes and sweet treats. I thoroughly enjoyed the mango creme brûlée, it was like eating a creamy mango ice cream although it did lack that crunchy sugar layer that all creme brûlée should have. The black forest gateau cheesecake in theory sounded like an amazing idea but I found it to be a little lack luster; the cheesecake mixture itself was delicious and tangy but the cherries scattered in the mix tasted very odd, were they maraschino or glace – who knows? And there definitely wasn’t enough chocolate for my liking.

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Top Tier Thoughts:
By the top tier I was getting SERIOUSLY full; too much cake and not enough movement! I didn’t eat as much on of the top tier but thankfully I had company and they seriously loved the blueberry & white chocolate scones; I love the fact that they came with cream and strawberry jam if I wasn’t too full I would of had one! I only managed to eat one thing but I am so glad I did and that was the Earl Grey shortbread. It was perfection and probably my favourite piece of the High Tea; it was short, buttery and just melted in the mouth! Chocolate strawberries are just chocolate strawberries to me – they are lovely but nothing crazy exciting.

I don’t drink hot drinks (yes I am one of THOSE people) but my lovely friends did enjoy the unlimited supply of hot drinks – teas, coffee and hot chocolate. And I must say the staff were very attentive and talked us through all of our options which was the perfect amount of service for a high tea.

Here is the full menu for the High Tea

Overall thoughts:
Overall I think the Whitby’s High Tea was definitely good value for money – a classic high tea for one person values at $28.50 and for the service, food & unlimited supply of hot drinks; it was definitely a deal. This is my second high tea there and both times I enjoyed the overall experience and I also enjoyed the fact they have changed the menu since then first visit – it’s super important to improve menus especially over time.
I would give the Whitby’s High Tea seven scones with clotted cream and jam out of ten and I’ll definitely be back!

I hope y’all enjoyed this little review. After seeing Miss Charlotte Cake’s fantastic High Tea reviews I thought I would give it a go –  Check out Miss Charlotte Cake’s High Tea reviews here!
Let me know if you would like to see more reviews below.

Afghan (biscuit) Tray Bake

The Afghan biscuit is a traditional New Zealand bake and has been around for yonks! I remember my Mum baking these throughout my childhood and I still adore them to this day, you can’t beat a homemade Afghan bikkie! This week there was a bake-a-long event in the group Miss Charlotte’s Caker’s created by NZ Pinup Miss Charlotte Cake and the bake was Afghan biscuits; you could go the traditional root or mix it up and I decided to do something a little different as did others. Bare in mind I made this recipe up – I used the Edmond’s Cookbook recipe as my guide but added a few different ingredients so it would hold up – it’s very light and buttery but it’s more cake-y than slice-y.  I think you could use my brownie recipe for a firmer bake – just add cornflakes and it should be fine!

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Afghan Tray Bake

Makes 12 

Ingredients:
200g margarine
1/2 cup sugar
1 1/4 cup flour
1/4 + 2 tsp cocoa
Pinch of salt
1 egg
1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 cups cornflakes

Icing:
1 1/2 cup icing sugar
2 tbsp cocoa
1 1/2 tsp milk
60g softened marg

Topping:
70g Whittaker’s dark chocolate – chopped
3/4 cup toasted walnuts – chopped

Method:
Begin by preheating your oven to 180 degrees Celsius and line a baking tray with baking paper – set aside.
In a medium/large bowl cream together the margarine and sugar until light and fluffy – next add the egg and mix until combined.
Sift the cocoa, flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt into the bowl and fold into the mixture.
Once the dry ingredients are thoroughly incorporated fold in the cornflakes.
Spoon into the baking tray; be sure to spread the mixture evenly that will improve your bake.
Bake for 20 minutes and allow to cool before icing.

Icing:
Sift together the dry ingredients and then add butter and milk – stir until smooth.
Spread the icing over the tray bake and sprinkle the dark chocolate and walnuts.
Cut into twelve slices.

Enjoy!

What is one of your favourite bakes from your childhood?

Peppermint & Chocolate Cupcakes – Best Chocolate Cupcake Recipe EVER!

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I have finally come up with my favourite chocolate cupcake base and I am super excited to share it with you! I reworked my favourite chocolate cake recipe so now my chocolate cupcakes taste just as good as my cakes – what a relief! And seeing as it’s Blogmas I thought I would put a festive spin on it by making it minty; I personally cannot stand mint but my boyfriend absolutely loved them. I love the base of this recipe with all of my heart; it’s dense but light with a strong chocolate taste and it also rises evenly – it.is.the.BEST. What are you baking at the moment? Have you made Christmas mince pies yet? I haven’t even eaten one of the supermarket ones yet – blasphemy!

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Pinup Christmas #2

I am so sorry for the lack #pinupchristmas outfits! This is only my second one and it’s already the ninth of December; how horrid! This cute outfit embodies the festive spirit from my vibrant red Lindy Bop dress to my Elf hat – it’s the whole shabang. I know A LOT of you enjoyed my cupcake decorating photos from earlier in the year so I thought I would recreate it but make it more CHRISTMASSY (honestly, I have never said that word as much as I have been in the month of Blogmas). The cupcakes I’m baking here are using my favourite chocolate cupcake base with mint icing and minty chocolate from Whittakers – there will be a recipe post up later this week so stay tuned. I hope you enjoy these photos as much as my boyfriend and I enjoyed taking them!

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The ULTIMATE Mini Ginger Cake!

This is my go-to ginger cake recipe; it’s literally the BEST ginger cake I have ever tried. I’ve been using this recipe from BBC Good Food for at least five years and it has always been a winner. I have omitted the caramel icing just to keep it simple but if you’re going all out I HIGHLY recommend making it because it’s magical. I’ve also quartered the recipe to fit in two 10cm mini cake tins because I live with my boyfriend and there is no way we can eat an entire cake! Well we could but we shouldn’t.

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Gingerbread Christmas Tree Biscuits – Recipe

I adore gingerbread biscuits and I feel as though December is the month of the ginger spiced foods and I thought I might as well make gingerbread Christmas tree biscuits; just to make it that little more festive! I don’t know about you but I do not have the time to make a gingerbread house only for it to fall down in five minutes and/or smear white royal icing on every service of my kitchen – no thanks. I decided to simply cut out triangles in the dough that way you won’t need any stencils and you can whip these biscuits up in no time at all. The base of these biscuits is vegan if you use a vegetable fat margarine which is  what I do and it tastes exactly the same.  I have also added fresh ginger to this recipe as I think it makes it taste TEN times better!

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