In my freshman year of college, my suitemates wrote and sang a song about cheese.
It was hilarious, especially given the fact that I absolutely love all types of cheese (except bleu cheese). BRING ON THE CHEESE.
I knew that the cheese would be different when I moved to New Zealand. Heck, I knew that all the food would taste different.
The bland taste of the majority of food in New Zealand is probably the country’s ONE downside. Still, I’ve managed to eat at an array of great, multicultural places thanks to fantastic recommendations of friends and locals. Like most of the world, I LOVE GOOD FOOD. Also, thanks to my best friend who is probably the most talented chef in the world, I’ve come to appreciate unique menus and dishes that much more. I’m never one to empty my pockets out for a meal, but once in a while, it’s nice to go out and enjoy a hearty, unique meal. After all, you can’t travel without eating around a new destination and trying new things.
See the below photo mosaic for some ideas of where to eat if you happen to stop by Wellington. My all-time favorite restaurant thus far is Wagamama, because it’s the closest I’ve gotten to a place with a Hawaiian dish (chicken katsu curry: amazing).
Nicolini’s Italian Restaurant: Bruschetta
Typical ice cream bar.
Mojo: Hot chocolate
My usual… ramen with lightsaber chopsticks (those belong to my flatmates).
Crazy Horse Steakhouse: Delicious, but only worth going to on Mondays for the 2-for-1 dinners.
Crazy Horse Steakhouse: Bruschetta
Red Hill (Cuba St.)
Alice Bar: Alcoholic tea
McDonald’s Georgie Pie. Decent for $5 NZD.
Pandoro Panetteria bacon croissant sandwich.
35 Degrees South: Paihia
Homemade peanut biscuits (via the Edwards)
Homemade pie (via the Edwards)
Chicken shishlik at Cafe Jerusalem (Kerikeri).
Honey Puffs cereal.
Pavlova: A NZ favorite dessert, much like meringue.
Kiwis love potatoes… and so do I.
(Burnt) veggie calzone from the Mediterranean Food Warehouse (Newtown).
Best fried rice in Wellington yet: Aroy Thai Express (Cuba St. and Courtenay Pl.)
Viva Mexico: Best Mexican food in Wellington (Cuba St.).
The Bach Cafe: Chicken nuggets & fries, labeled as such as well! So proud. (Island Bay)
Mojo: Eggs benedict. Typical heavy brunch…
Wagamama: Chicken katsu curry (Customhouse Quay). Probably my FAVORITE meal in New Zealand thus far, even if it was $17.50 NZD. I’d eat this every day if I could!
Chicken/egg burger from Cafe Ink (Boulcott St.)
Typical cooking by yours truly…
More frozen meals by yours truly…
Fries that look like actual potato chips from Uncle Mike’s Kansas City BBQ (Petone).
Amazing portobello mushroom burger from Uncle Mike’s Kansas City BBQ (Petone).
Hush puppies from Sweet Mother’s Kitchen (Courtenay Pl.), known for serving Louisiana/southern-type meals.
Boat Cafe (Oriental Bay): Fish & chips.
Burger Fuel: A more expensive, healthier version of Burger King.
Mince & cheese pie from the Wellington Library cafe… my first pie in New Zealand.
Ham panini from Starbucks on Courtenay Pl… purchased in my first week in Wellington just because I wanted to use their free WiFi. Stupid.
Eggs benedict and hash browns (see rock on the right): Jimmy Smith’s Cafe. Not the biggest fan.
Marmite & vegemite: Try it if you dare.
Homemade bruschetta by the flatties.
Ham sandwich: The Roxy Theatre (Miramar).
Of course I had to try McDonald’s here… their FRIES are different (not really)!
Ice cream in Oriental Bay
Homemade brunch from a fellow UCSB alum and his family- so delicious!
A “spider” is cream soda with ice cream, because root beer floats sadly don’t exist out here.
Nachos from Fidel’s Cafe (Cuba St.), the place where Billy (Pippin) and Dom (Merry) frequent for good eats and drinks.
Thai place: PAD THAI.
Thai: Veggie spring rolls.
Kazu (Tory St.): Delicious spicy chili beef. Look, the carrots are even shaped like flowers!
Habitual Fix: A less than par sandwich that was way overpriced.
SOI (sadly no longer a restaurant, but rather an events venue), next to our place in Evans Bay: Fish & chips, my favorite!