Couple writing Cuba St food blog

JULIA HOLLINGSWORTH
Last updated 05:00 26/01/2013
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ON THE STREET: Liam Johnston and Hannah Cook at Midnight Espresso cafe. The couple have established a food blog that follows their progress eating at all the cafes/restaurants from one end of Cuba to the other.

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A Te Aro couple are eating their way from one end of Cuba St to the other, and recording their journey on a food blog.

Hannah Cook, 33, and Liam Johnston, 28, began their blog, eatcubastreet.wordpress.com, with an entry about Felix Cafe in lower Cuba St last June.

The pair plan to eat at every Cuba St location in order, rounding up their gastronomic tour with Hell Pizza, which is technically in Webb St.

"It was a little challenge, just to tick everything off the list, I suppose," Mr Johnston says.

"It's not like we're eating out more or less because of it. It's just that we're taking a note of what we'd already be doing anyway," Ms Cook says.

The couple live and work near Cuba St, so felt trying all the street had to offer was an obvious choice.

They take pictures of the place and food on their iPhones, accompanied by the occasional comment. They wrote about Felix Cafe: "Most likely patron: Tourist or middle-aged person. Service: Bearded."

There have been some highs, namely their old favourite, Viva Mexico, in Left Bank, and surprise standout Satay Palace, which Mr Johnston says served a fantastic nasi lemak, despite its unassuming appearance.

But Ms Cook says their dedication to the blog has also led them to eat a "bland and greasy" meal at Burger King, which both rate as their worst culinary experience so far.

"We're not food snobs or anything," Mr Johnston says. "We like cheap eats. But there's cheap eats, and there's cheap and nasty. Maybe Burger King falls into that [second] category."

Although the blog, which has the tagline "Eating everything on Cuba Street", was never intended to be widely read, it gets about 250 page views a day.

While they are not sure how long it will take to finish the project, they have plenty to look forward to.

Next on their list is R & S Satay Noodle House, but Mr Johnston says he's most excited about dining at high-end eatery Logan Brown, a far cry from Burger King.

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