Alex Haslop (left) and his partner Sam Stone.
A quick chat with Alex Haslop, London-based Kiwi and founder of popular Instagram account @alexskitchenstory.
Where would you take every visitor to New Zealand and why?
Queenstown, of course. Every time I’m there, the views amaze me. There’s so much to do and no matter what season you’re in, it’s always the best. I hope someday some of my friends in London can come over so I can take them and play tour guide. Queenstown should be on everyone’s bucket list.
What is your favorite secret spot in your garden?
The Farmer’s Daughter in Omaha, such a great view and great food. I recommend taking something from their delicious menu and eating it outside on the grass. My not-so-secret spot, the Matakana Village Farmers Market, is just down the road, so you can do the proverbial two birds one stone with this trip.
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What’s your favorite place for a pie/coffee?
Ripe Deli in Gray Lynn was my main point of call for both when I lived in the area. The best coffee and pies are hard to beat. In fact, all of their baked goods are incredibly delicious.
Which New Zealand spot is at the top of your to-do list?
The Abel Tasman Walk. We really want to try and incorporate that the next time we’re home, but I’m not sure we’ll have the time. So many people in the UK have recommended it to me, and I’m always embarrassed when I have to tell them I haven’t done it yet. The water looks amazing, as do all the landscapes. I really need to check this box ASAP.
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