Tuesday, January 29, 2013



My invitation to lunch with my brother at award winning Salvation Kitchen was a bit of fun. Decked out with interesting, mixed seating arrangements from vintage to commercial, this café was originally the first gas station to exist in the inner west of Auckland back in 1908. A great array of food available here, created on the premises, and a temptation for the local residents. With decorative, retro paraphernalia scattered around along with old school sounds, it is a feast for the senses, though the humour of the obliging and friendly staff was hard to beat! It's still a gas all round, and I'm looking forward to my next visit. SALVATION KITCHEN - 1843 Great North Road, Avondale, Auckland. Open every day 7am-3pm. 

Here's one mad song we heard. Twirl your disco ball, and check out the lyrics to one of the first ever rap songs - THE SUGARHILL GANG - RAPPER'S DELIGHT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tAnojTvyc0g

Geoff's new t-shirt - a gift hot off the boat from Cuba, and decadent Kumara and Fish Pie.
A contemporary spin on this wicked and ultra high Louise Cake. Somehow I resisted this childhood favourite, but can just imagine that crunch!
Behind the scenes - amazing robotic art by local resident Martin Horspool www.buggyrobot.com - and kitsch baskets. I liked the cloud.
Last, but not least, a great café is nothing without a clean restroom, and a good toilet roll holder.
Off for a fossick - some graffiti hidden away. Inexpensive scores - a generous remnant of fabric from a charity store for $2 became $1 in their half price sale, and exactly what I was looking for; the cosmetic range JORDANA (named after my daughter); and G bought some t-shirts to screen print for his band.
Avondale is known for the hairy, but harmless Avondale spider. Meet Dale, one of the town's sculptures.
Back at G's (and no Dales in sight) - a beer minus the cigarette. This is one of Grandmother Hilma's old kitsch ashtrays - not that she ever smoked. This woman's leg moves, though you can tell she's seen fitter days - spot the crack.

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