5 foods we can’t wait to eat in New Zealand

At the end of December, we’re heading back home to New Zealand after nine months in North America.

While we can’t wait to see family and friends (that’s obvious!), living in another part of the world for a decent length of time has made us keenly aware of some things that New Zealand offers that this part of the world doesn’t.

Food here is pretty good, even if you have to dig deep sometimes (and ignore the horrific freezer aisle at supermarkets and the ubiquitous fast food chains), but there’s still some things we miss from home!

Auckland from the air

Our hometown, Auckland, from the air

1.Β Flat white coffee

The black stuff they call coffee in this part of the world doesn’t even come close to a good flat white from home. The flat white – a strong, espresso-based coffee with a finger of creamy foam – is calling our names! Truth be told, we have come across a couple of great coffee shops, such as Stumptown in NYC and Portland, Sagtown Coffee in Sag Harbor, Long Island, Greenhorn Cafe in Vancouver, and a couple of others we’ve passed through over the last little while. But generally speaking the filter/drip version of coffee is king here, and that’s not going to change any time soon.

Stumptown Coffee

Stumptown Coffee

2. Lamb rumps

The Land of the Long White Cloud does some of the best lamb in the world – just look in supermarkets and butcher shops all over the rest of the world and you’ll find New Zealand lamb. It’s best barbecued with an Israeli couscous or quinoa salad –Β get in mah belleh!

3. Freshly-caught snapper

While on holiday in New Zealand we go out fishing and most of the time we are lucky enough to catch some snapper. There’s nothing better than a fillet of freshly caught snapper, pan fried with a bit of flour, salt and pepper, and a squeeze of lemon juice, served with roasted potatoes and a green salad. Pure New Zealand summer in a dish right there!

The Global Couple

4. Pineapple Lumps & Whittaker’s chocolate

Yeah, the crazy New Zealand obsession with pineapple flavoured chocolate made it onto the list! That’s just because they’re so damn good! Also we’ve been missing Whittaker’s chocolate – the brown stuff in North America just ain’t that great! We also are looking forward to trying the latest craze in New Zealand, Lewis Road Creamery x Whittaker’s chocolate milk! Apparently there have pretty much been riots at home over this stuff…

5. New Zealand wine

While we’ve been away we’ve tried many different wines, from the West and East Coasts of America, Italy, France, Spain, South Africa, and Canada. But we’re big fans of New Zealand wine – maybe our palates are more attuned to it or something? We can’t wait to have a cold glass of Pinot Gris or a Central Otago Pinot Noir (like the Chard Farm one below – yum!) to celebrate being back in Aotearoa.

Chard Farm Pinot Noir

Chard Farm Pinot Noir – delicious

Our mouths are drooling already…

P&S xx

What do you miss from home while travelling? Leave your comments below!


    • Petra

      Yes fritters are amazing! Can’t say we’ve tried raw fish salad but that sounds awesome! Mmm how could we forget the ol’ hokey pokey… Delish. Thanks Christine!

  1. I didn’t know that half of these were *things* in New Zealand. Pineapple chocolate? Yes, please! This makes me more excited to someday visit NZ for sure!

    • Petra

      Oh man Beth, pineapple chocolate is where it’s at! It’s so weird but so delicious. You’ll love NZ’s food! Hope you get to visit some day πŸ™‚

  2. This was so funny to read – as an American, I missed pretty much the exact opposite of these things when I lived in NZ for a year. The first thing I had when I got home was a nice cup of plain brewed coffee, and it tasted SO good. I do miss a good flat white every now and then, but they’re just too milky for me to drink on a daily basis. And the chocolate – why don’t you guys make chocolate bars with peanut butter in them?! But man, I do miss the pies and sausage rolls.

    • Petra

      Haha Karen, I don’t know how you like that coffee! I guess it’s just what you’re used to. NZ now has peanut butter chocolate! I guess we got that from you Americans πŸ™‚ Oh yes, pies and sausage rolls are amazing…

  3. Pineapple-flavored chocolate? =O Man, my palate is already working in overdrive at the thought of it. I’m familiar with most of the items here as I lived in New Zealand when I was younger. I’ve not had the chance to sample the Kiwi Flat White Coffee; was only exposed to the ones in Australia as well as in Malaysia, but I intend to give the Kiwi version a shot sometime. =)

    But nothing more can be described about the lambs; it is THE BEST! =D

    • Petra

      It’s so good Ciana! Like chewy pineapple candy coated in delicious chocolate. Yum… Australian coffee is fairly similar but we like to think ours is better πŸ˜› Yes the lamb is amazing isn’t it! It’s a shame that lamb is so expensive. Have an awesome day!

  4. Been in New Zealand for 4 weeks now as part of our 1 year travel here and definitely with you on 1, 3 and 5! We loved catching snapper, just off the rocks by our place here πŸ™‚ Curious about trying pineaple lumps and chocolate now! Also will get hubby and kids to try the lamb as I don’t eat meat. We are finding all your NZ posts super useful in planning our travels here, thanks for sharing..

    • Petra

      Hi Samiya, welcome to our country! Glad to hear you’re enjoying your time here so far. Wow, lucky you catching snapper off the rocks – yum. You’ll have to try pineapple lumps, they’re odd but delicious. Glad to hear you’re finding our posts useful πŸ™‚

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