Living in New Zealand comes with some awsome rewards, like the scenery, the innate kindness of its people and the food, oh the food. You may not recognize New Zealand as a culinary landmark but the variety of cuisines you can try in this country as well as the local gastronomy won’t leave you wanting…especially if you are a young and hungry student.
In this blog I have already established that beer and wine are reasonably cheap, particularily wine, since this nation is an avid producer of the veberage, and thank God for that! However, the rest of your shopping might not prove as unexpensive. Never mind that, you are hungry and you want to have good food for little money. Where do you go?
You go to any of the many little shops, restaurants, cafés and take away spots of: thai, indian, vietnamese, turkish, japanese, chinese or malaysian food. There, you will most likely find large portions for little money. But if you are looking for a New Zealand classic, then you go for fish ‘n chips. Granted, that dish is originally english-we are not arguing otherwise-but in New Zealand, it is a tradition as well.
If you are still in the mood to have some Kiwi dishes then head to the bakery, where you will most likely find: pies, heaps of pies. Note that I used the word heaps, I am becoming a Kiwi myself. Back to what is most important: pies. There are mince pies, mince and cheese pies, mince and bacon pies, vegetarian pies, and the king of all pies, bacon and egg pie. Oh, you are still hungry? Then try some of the paninis, quiches, and foccatia. There is something for the carnivores and the vegetarians.
|The almighty bacon and egg pie. Source: http://www.couplands.com/catalogue/pastry-goods—frozenclassic-bacon-and-egg-pie/137/product.aspx|
Have you heard of this thing called the dessert stomach? It is this awsome cavity in your body that allows you to eat dessert even after eating a full meal. Ok, there is no such thing as a dessert stomach scientifically, but oh boy does it feel like there is. If you have a dessert stomach or a sweet tooth, then head to the bakery again, where it will be all about slices, that look like this:
There are peppermint slices, ginger slices, apricot slices, mint and chocolate slices, every flavour that you can imagine-slices, and carrot cake, chocolate cake, brownies, muffins, things that taste like caramel, like cinnamon and I am going to stop because now I am just being cruel.
Maybe you are just looking for snacks, then walk into any convenience store and get yourself and your friends some salt and vinegar chips, some sweet treats like Pinapple Lumps that are this amazing chewy pineapple-flavoured-candy covered with chocolate. If you want to refresh yourself, then make sure to buy some L&P, the traditional Kiwi soft drink that tastes like sparkly lemonade.
|A New Zealand icon. Source: http://www.hangijax.com/index.php?route=product/product&product_id=60|
Now that you have become very hungry, I will leave you to your kitchen and cereal bowl. Hopefully you enjoyed this mouthwatering explanation of why New Zealand is definitely the place to go.