Lower Hutt: Orange Blue Cafe (Review) at California Garden Centre

During this last weekend I visited the California Garden Centre in Fairfield Lower Hutt.  Time to bring some life into those gardens now that the rain has stopped.

The selection of items in this place will please all from the avid gardener – to those looking for a gift for the hard to buy for person.  I was taken by surprise at the range of goods they have in store to make your home a festive NZ Christmas delight.  They range from a fully decorated Pohutokawa tree to glistening Korus to replace the traditional Northern Hemisphere decorations.  A delight to the Kiwi eye.

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After all that gazing and selecting of goodies – I needed a refreshment before venturing out into the wonderful weekend sunshine.  At the rear of the store is The Blue Orange Cafe – new name and new ownership.  Alongside a tree decorated to reflect the name.  
A good selection of cabinet food and blackboard menu.  Food was tasty and plentiful.  Service was willing but a bit slow on the delivery.  Need to smarten up that part, but otherwise a cheery open place to stop off at – also has a play area for the kids and outside seating.

A review courtesy of one of our readers Thanks Nola

Lower Hutt: Mediterranean Food Warehouse opens

We went to One Red Dog in Wellington on Saturday night, so we didn’t have pizza in mind when we visited the new Mediterranean Food Warehouse in the Hutt on Sunday afternoon.  We were just happy to have a look around the shop and have a coffee.  We’ve been fans of Gino and  Joe Cuccurullo’s Mediterranean Food Warehouse in Newtown for a while, often making the pilgrimage out there to buy a  big tin of olive oil and have a calzone. 

The layout of the new Hutt store is great – there’s heaps of space – and it’s very family friendly.  As well as the shop, there’s the caffe area with a pizzeria and gelato stand.  Our flat whites were spot on – and the lemon tart was divine.  So we left happy, thinking that when the weather improves, we must remember to pop in for gelato.  (I think we’ll be back for calzone before then!)

That’s the great thing about the Mediterranean Food Warehouse – there are so many reasons to visit.  For coffee, for shopping, for a pizza and a beer or for gelato.  All I can say is, I’m one very happy Hutt Valley Chick now that we have our own Med Food Warehouse in the Hutt.  Congratulations to Michele and Joe Elenio – we wish them all the best with their new business.  We’ll be definite regulars!  See the video below for a taste of the Med!

Mediterranean Food Warehouse, 337 High Street, Lower Hutt (opposite McDonalds).  Phone: 566 8232.