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Cafe Karma

Chris Spooner, Alana Whittaker-Forman, Carol Jenkins, Josephine Chen, Eric Fu make up the amazing team at Cafe Karma
Chris Spooner, Alana Whittaker-Forman, Carol Jenkins, Josephine Chen, Eric Fu make up the amazing team at Cafe Karma

The moment you walk in the door of Cafe Karma, you are greeted with a beaming smile, from one of the pleasant staff members.

The owners Josephine and Eric, have done a great job choosing their staff, and it makes the place run very smoothly. You can see that they truly enjoy each other’s company, and enjoy working there and it shows in both taste and presentation, both of the food and the cafe in general.
Everything from cakes and muffins, to nachos and french toast, they have something to please every taste bud. Nothing is ever too much trouble, with any change to a menu option, happily done, to please even the fussiest of eaters.
ec0ac1f642308e54fd241ac96c3cfdb5This is a great family cafe, as the littlest child, to the eldest adult will enjoy the environment and the food. They provide a great out doors area out the back of the shop, and have road frontage seating as well, in case you like to watch the world pass by, while enjoying a well brewed coffee, or cup of Earl Grey.

This cafe is the truest definition of a Service Hero.

The Last Time

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From the moment you hold your baby in your arms,
you will never be the same.
You might long for the person you were before,
When you had freedom and time,
And nothing in particular to worry about.
You will know tiredness like you never knew it before,
And days will run into days that are exactly the same,
Full of feeding and burping,
Whining and fighting,
Naps, or lack of naps. It might seem like a never-ending cycle.

But don’t forget…
There is a last time for everything.
There will come a time when you will feed your baby
for the very last time.
They will fall asleep on you after a long day
And it will be the last time you ever hold your sleeping child.
One day you will carry them on your hip,
then set them down,
And never pick them up that way again.
You will scrub their hair in the bath one night
And from that day on they will want to bathe alone.
They will hold your hand to cross the road,
Then never reach for it again.
They will creep into your room at midnight for cuddles,
And it will be the last night you ever wake for this.
One afternoon you will sing ‘the wheels on the bus’
and do all the actions,
Then you’ll never sing that song again.
They will kiss you goodbye at the school gate,
the next day they will ask to walk to the gate alone.
You will read a final bedtime story and wipe your
last dirty face.
They will one day run to you with arms raised,
for the very last time.

The thing is, you won’t even know it’s the last time
until there are no more times, and even then,
it will take you a while to realise.

So while you are living in these times,
remember there are only so many of them and
when they are gone,
you will yearn for just one more day of them

For one last time.
~~Author unknown~~

Longkeeper Pukekohe

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Looking for somewhere nice to go for a special family dinner, we drove through Pukekohe and noticed The Long Keeper.  A quick look at the menu online showed that it held something for everyone, at reasonable prices.  It looked warm, clean, family friendly, and inviting so we went on in.

When we first arrived, it was quite early and we were the only customers, but by the time we left it was starting to fill up, seemingly with polite and well-mannered folk.

The restaurant is decorated with period (the 1920’s) images, linked to its namesake, the Pukekohe Long Keeper onion.

The staff were more than welcoming, they were friendly and helpful at every turn.  Where so often children are treated like something to be politely endured, the staff welcomed them, giving them colouring sheets and pencils.

Menus were issued, specials discussed and the children politely asked about some items on the menu.  The waitress was friendly, polite and answered questions.  When asked ‘which would you recommend?’ from two options, the answer was not the normal, evasiveness, but rather a genuine, experience based suggestion.  We felt that nothing was too much trouble.2

While we waited for our food, the waitress noticed that the colouring was done, and promptly offered a selection of board games!  The children were made to feel special at every turn.

When the food arrived, we were impressed.  The attention to detail and presentation was impressive.  The meals were delicious, cooked as requested, and the portions were very generous.

The steak was cooked to perfection and  accompanied by flavourful, firm vegetables, surprisingly tasty cauliflower purée, potato gratin and a flavourful jus.

The children loved their meals, and again, requests for more sauce were received and satisfied with a smile that said it was no problem at all.

Even after the generous helpings, the dessert menu was just too tempting.  The lemon tart was a perfect blend of tart citrus and sweet, crumbled, meringue and berry compote, perfectly accompanied by the manuka ice cream.

Far from being the normal boring affair, the ice cream sundae was rich chocolate and vanilla ice cream in a decadent chocolate wafer basket, with rich chocolate sauce.

Overall, I think our family may have found a new ‘special dinner’ venue!

The Longkeeper is located at 249 King Street, Pukekohe.  More information can be found on their website, http://thelongkeeper.co.nz/

Kitchenette – Highland Park

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19031So we’ve been here a few times and it’s always nice. They have the best ginger slice,the people used to be really friendly, they seem to have changed more recently but still nice. They have a wall where you can write pleasant messages or draw a small picture. It’s pleasant reading through all the ‘… was here’ and ‘you have the best hot chocolates’ and such.

I kind of thought we’d found a new favourite – at least for when homestead was busy.

I’m not quite so sure now.

Today we were sitting, eating our slices and drinking our coffee. A staff member heads to the toilets. So far, no worries. Then, she comes back, towards the kitchen, carrying a sanitary bin.

Yes, through the café, past the customers, towards the kitchen carrying a bin potentially full of customers… well, I digress.

A few minutes later, she carries it back. Gross, we think, but ok, not a huge deal. I guess.

She then clears some tables. Ok, dirty dishes, unwashed hands – questionable, but maybe not the worst thing in the world.

She then starts serving customers, preparing their food and drinks.

I was very tempted to go and explain to the customers that they were ordering a yummy snack with a side of dirty dishes and…, well, you get the idea.

I didn’t. But I don’t know how I feel about going back.

Movie Challenge – X

X-men

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!X-men

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W – World War Z
X – X-men
Y
Z

Movie Challenge – W

world-war-z

world-war-zWatch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W – World War Z
X
Y
Z

Movie Challenge – N

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Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!night-at-the-museum-secret-of-the-tomb-54953fcf5873e

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N – Night At The Museum: Secret Of The Tomb
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

Movie Challenge – I

It takes 2

Watch 26 movies I’ve never seen starting with each letter of the Alphabet!It takes 2

A – Alice In Wonderland
B – Bait
C – Cars 2
D – Despicable me 2
E – Eclipse
F – Fantastic Four
G – Gladiator
H – Hairspray
I – It takes 2
J
K
L – Lesbian Vampire Killers
M – Monsters University
N
O – Ocean’s 13
P – Pacific Rim
Q
R – Rainman
S – Shakespeare in love
T – Troy
U
V
W
X
Y
Z

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