Waitakere Estate – High Tea Review

Waitakere Estate - High Tea Review - Miss Charlotte Cake

The Waitakere Estate is a really special place. The land was originally brought back in 1940 by Captain J Nevill-Jackson and his family. Captain J was a retired aeroplane pilot and had traveled all over the world. Once he had purchased this spot of land, he built his house out of aeroplane …

A Lovely Green Dress by NZ Designer Xamia Arc

Xamia Arc Dress Review - Miss Charlotte Cake

I don’t usually do clothing reviews. Typically I leave it to the experts, but when the opportunity arose to test out this lovely green dress by local designer Xamia Arc I jumped at the chance. Anna, or Xamia Arc is the prettiest wee thing from Wellington. She has porcelain skin, …

Stamford Plaza – High Tea Review

Stamford Plaza - High Tea Review - Miss Charlotte Cake

I really wanted to include some Hotel high tea’s to get some good variety going, so the Stamford Plaza was our first hotel choice for a review. Upon arrival we went around to the left and waited to be seated. It’s a very busy hotel lobby, however the atmosphere was quite relaxing …

Buckwheat Waffles by Gluten-free Store

I love waffles, so naturally I was keen try making gluten-free buckwheat waffles.  I baked my first gluten-free lemon cake about four years ago and was pleasantly surprised at the taste, texture and how it made my tummy feel. That same lemon cake recipe with home-made lemon curd and raspberries …

Zarbo in Newmarket- High Tea Review

Zarbo - High Tea Review - Miss Charlotte Cake

Zarbo is located in Newmarket on Morrow street and very close to a great fabric shop for all you sewing dames (or gents). This place is second on the list as I had never heard of it before and after some intensive Google searching I was keen to try this new place. I …

Mulled Wine In Mid-Winter

Mulled Wine In Mid-Winter - Miss Charlotte Cake

When it’s really cold, I’m a sucker for warm festive drinks like mulled wine (I’ll tell you my egg-nog story another time). A few weeks ago I decided I wanted to drink delicious mulled wine as a mid-winter Christmas get together with a few others.  Snacks, 60’s music, warm drinks and great company all …

Fisher House – High Tea Review

Fisher House High Tea Review - Miss Charlotte Cake

Fisher House was definitely off my radar, until I made the trip out south to test this venue and I’m so happy I did.  I’ve always really liked the idea of high-tea and the history of this interesting event. I decided some time ago that I wanted to work my way …

A Visit to the Zealong Tea Estate

The Zealong Tea Estate - Miss Charlotte Cake

Have you been to the Zealong Tea Estate on the outskirts of Hamilton? You really need to if you haven’t… I love drinking tea, dunking biscuits in tea, smelling it, walking around in the cold and learning about its history and also how it makes me feel when I drink it. …