Remember how I’d mentioned that I went to New Zealand again in April? It’s currently the same season here as it was when I was there! Does that make it sound like I actually planned to write about it now?
While the first trip a few years ago was solo, this time around I went mostly to visit my friends Julie and Andrew who are back in San Antonio now. Andrew took a sabbatical last year and they decided to spend it based in Auckland since he is from there.
I took a lot of photos of the things I ate (surprise), so here are some highlights. (The rest are uploaded here.)
First meal in NZ was appropriately my second breakfast. (The first was on the plane.) Continue reading
(Is it a food blogger faux pas to have the same very obvious plate two posts in a row?)
Renata of Testado, Provado & Aprovado! was our Daring Cooks’ April 2011 hostess. Renata challenged us to think “outside the plate” and create our own edible containers! Prizes are being awarded to the most creative edible container and filling, so vote on your favorite from April 17th to May 16th at http://thedaringkitchen.com! (Note: this entry isn’t eligible, but go vote for others!)
I am totally late posting this! It feels super lame to make excuses, but I have a few… I was having trouble coming up with ideas for this challenge even though I have some for the sweet challenge. Then earlier this week, I thought of something after being inspired by the first few pages in the DC forum. Being the procrastinator that I am, I was planning to do the challenge on the 13th, then post on the 14th. (typical…) The problem with this was that I thought the 14th was on Saturday for no apparent reason, and didn’t realize this until Thursday….the 14th. Gah! Continue reading
I have a disclaimer to make: I was not a blogger while in New Zealand, so I didn’t take notes or snap as many photos as I might have otherwise (though 1300+ pics/vids isn’t too shabby, eh?).
As promised in my last post, I was going to talk about wine next, but then realized I couldn’t remember the names of the wineries I went to! Luckily, I could figure out two from my photos, and am pretty sure the other two are correct: Ngatarawa, Alpha Domus, Sileni Estates, and Moana Park
One of the things that struck me while on the road in New Zealand was the sheer number of vineyards I saw! I knew that it was an important contributor to the wine world, but my knowledge in that department is pretty minimal to say the least. In fact, this was my first wine tour, and before taking it, I wasn’t even sure which type of wine was my favorite! Continue reading
I’ve been meaning to write about the eats and drinks I experienced while in New Zealand for quite some time now (sheesh, it’s been 13 months since I returned!), and now have a reason to get it done:
That’s right, I’m blogging for New Zealand. I know I tend to mention it a lot, but this time it’s for a good cause and not just my obsession. :) The concept of Blog4NZ was thought up by a group of NZ travel bloggers who want the world to know that their country is still open to travelers despite the recent quake in Christchurch. They’re rallying other bloggers to write about their experiences in New Zealand to encourage people to visit. I’m hoping to write a few food-related posts here and a few everything else-related posts here.
So about halfway through my trip, I reached the South Island. After spending one more day in Nelson than planned due to overbooked accommodation, I started heading south on a very gloomy day. Our bus stopped so we could roam around Punakaiki to see the infamous Pancake Rocks before continuing onto Greymouth. Continue reading