My sister and I finally had a day off together, and decided to make full use of the summer vibes by going out to Takapuna. We randomly stumbled upon Franc’s, a new eatery which had been open for only a couple of weeks. The menu quirked our interest with it’s summer vibes and gourmet flair that gave typical lunch items so much more oomph.
We were told that food would take about half an hour to arrive, so we decided to go with drinks and a snack to share between the two of us as to not overload the kitchen with too much work. My sister ordered the usual Soy Chai Latte which was on point. Actually, it tastes quite similar to Mojo Coffee’s Chai latte’s, my favourite place to go for the drink so maybe they use the same supplier?
I on the other hand, was after something more refreshing and cooling on such a hot day, and was intrigued by the smoothies and juices, and ordered a Coco Ninja ($8.00). I was super gutted and disappointed when I received this drink. Not because of the taste of the drink itself- because I love it, I really do. It’s the fact that I buy this drink from the supermarket- for only $4.00 a bottle (but I never look at the name so I didn’t click at the time, silly me), and thus felt rather misled that they didn’t mention that “Franc’s Smoothies + Super Juices” were not fresh juices, and actually the supermarket brand “Simply Squeezed”. If you’re not going to sell your own freshly pressed juices, please don’t label it under your own name, and put it under the “bottled drinks” category instead :( It makes me wonder if the smoothies are freshly blended, or if they pour it from the Simply Squeezed bottled smoothies- which you can also get from the supermarket.
For our snack, we ordered Spice Crusted Calamari with aioli ($11.90).
This dish was beautifully presented, and tasted as amazing as it looked. In fact, as I eyed up neighbouring tables, everybody’s dishes looked (and smelled) divine, with generous portion sizes too. This small plate convinced me that I have to go back and try other dishes on their menu too, it would be worth the drive!
Main Beach, The Strand, Takapuna,
And while I’m at this post, I’ll sneak in a few more photos of myself… *shifty eyes.* I finally mustered up the effort to bring my camera with me that day and planned to make the most of it. I even dressed up for photo purposes! The Maxi dress is actually my sister’s- I think it’s mine now (?) I paired it with a knit sweater because er. I don’t know. OOTD shots are so hard to take! As I can’t hold the camera myself, I asked my sister to take some for me, and after a few false starts, we got there in the end. She was totally confused about what an OOTD shot was! It was a hilarious, face-palm moment. OOTD = “Outfit of the day” for future reference, sis ;)