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!
1. 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.
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 – 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!
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.
Our mouths are drooling already…
What do you miss from home while travelling? Leave your comments below!