KAZUYA Restaurant

Some of you know that I'm a massive foodie.

A little while ago, I photographed my family friend's restaurant, KAZUYA, as they were looking to update their website. Today I found out that they were given Three Hats from Cuisine Magazine, which is the highest rank they award. Only three other restaurants in New Zealand share the same, esteemed prestige. An incredible achievement for an equally incredible chef and team! Woo! Congrats guys!


Featured flora: 

Zinnia (Cactus-flowered)

Zinnias are natives of the New World and were probably cultivated in Aztec gardens along with dahlias, sunflowers and morning glories before the Spanish conquest of Mexico. They were named 1763 by Linnaeus in honor of Johann Zinn, a German professor of botany and medicine. The first double forms were introduced in France in 1856. Zinnias became popular in the US in the late 19th and early 20th century and many familiar forms were bred here including the first cactus flowering and striped varieties. In the Victorian language of flowers, zinnias meant "thoughts of an absent friend."


Katie at Clyne Model Management

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Featured Flora: 


Lavandula (common name lavender) is a genus of 39 known species of flowering plants in the mint family, Lamiaceae. It is native to the Old World and is found from Cape Verde and the Canary Islands, southern Europe across to northern and eastern Africa, the Mediterranean, southwest Asia to southeast India. Many members of the genus are cultivated in extensively intemperate climates as ornamental plants for garden and landscape use, for use as culinary herbs, and also commercially for the extraction of essential oils. The most widely cultivated species, Lavandula angustifolia, is often referred to as lavender, and there is a colour named for the shade of the flowers of this species.

Does lavender have special magical properties? It has been used for centuries in the area of love, used to scent love letters, or used as a perfume to attract the opposite sex. Back in the Renaissance days lavender would be combined with rosemary and used to secure the chastity of a woman.

Becky @ Clyne Model Management 

Special thanks to Kingsize Studios x