February 16, 2002
Choose between seating in the lush garden patio or inside near the fireplace where a huge Maori spirit kite fills the wall. This bird-shape is also the logo on the clothing line.
For a starter we had a basket of the homemade Rawena Bread with 3 spreads for $6.50NZ that was crispy...chewy....yummy. Wash it down with Pegasus Bay's Riesling (Aria) for $5.50/glass. I would have liked to bring home some bottles, but the Aria label is sold out for the year. The winery is North of town if you want to taste further!
We both had the herb crusted Blue Cod with mushrooms served over a turtle bean ragout with clams ($24) that was sweet and heavenly. I had my eyes on Tiramisu with berry compote and cinnamon cream ($9.50) for dessert, but was too full! All previous temptations were forgotten when I entered the gift shop......
There's a line of marino wool mixed with possum called MarinoMink that is very special, but dear to the wallet. I think that the quality and durability should be considered. If you start with the hats, gloves, and scarves...you will unleash your inner beast whereupon I'll find you purring in a corner! Possums were introduced by Europeans and since there are no predators....this animal is busy trying to destroy the flaura and fauna of NZ! These products are the result of trying to control the demons environmental destruction.
The Mountain silk collection is what all travelers have in their dream luggage. Light weight and soft it can be WASHED ! I bought a button down sweater and I'll contact them on the internet to order a wraparound floor length skirt in red and black dress pants. Elegant...wrinkle proof...what fantastic travelwear!
They also carry a line of organic wines which I zipped by as I tackled the all natural soaps! Get this girls!!! Lavender soap with loofa inside or seed scrub soap that smells like cinnamon and oranges? $12NZ and I should have bought more since my daughter and I fight over them!
From journal Best at the Bottom of the World