The Hawkes Bay is my current favourite place to holiday in New Zealand. As well as the obvious (weather, wine country, art deco) there is a concentration of creative talent in the art, design and hospitality industries there. My friend and collaborator Unna Burch and I took a trip to the Hawkes Bay last year for one of her workshops and managed to pack in the ultimate HB tour over a couple of days. Unna is originally from the Hawkes Bay and she introduced me to some of her favourite places, I was able to revisit some of mine and discover some new favourites for both of us. This included Aroha + Friends, F.G Smith, Picnic, the Donut Robot and its legendary operator Stevo, Blackbird Goods, Te Mata Peak and Redwoods, Pipi (reason enough to relocate to the HB), cocktails at Monica Loves, the greatest lunch of my life (and Unna's, massive compliment!) at Black Barn Bistro. I look forward to sharing the workshop Unna held at Opera Kitchen soon. A big thank you to Unna's parents-in-law Judy and John who hosted us at their beautiful, self sustainable home and garden in Kereru.