The Dominion Post - - Capital Day -

I love to take our pugs for a walk to the Waikanae River. Ei­ther side of the river there are great tracks, na­tive and sea birds, and so many other dogs. En­try is from var­i­ous roads off Te Moana Rd, or from State High­way 1 at Waikanae bridge. cheer­ful. When I feel over­tired and lack­ing in iron I head to Fish­er­man’s Plate in Bond St and slurp at a very rea­son­able price the rare beef pho. I al­ways leave I keep them here. If they show signs of cabin fever I take them to the beach, on a tour of Te Horo, or up to the Otaki Forks. It used to be Kirk­caldie & Stains, so I am hang­ing out for the ad­vent of David Jones. And of course, I am to­tally in love with Moore Wilson’s. A sleep-in fol­lowed by scram­bled eggs with French tar­ragon on lightly toasted Lewis Road bread with crispy ba­con, and cups and cups of puerh tea and whatever is on Ra­dio New Zealand Na­tional. In the af­ter­noon a Waikanae River walk fol­lowed by wine, a big read, and din­ner.

Food guru Ruth Pretty loves a lot about the cap­i­tal, in­clud­ing pot­ter­ing around her gar­den, walk­ing her pugs Edie and Elsa along the Waikanae River, shop­ping at Moore Wilson’s, and tak­ing friends to Te Horo and WoW.

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