Trading Fireworks for Sunsets – Celebrating the 4th of July in New Zealand

Trading Fireworks for Sunsets – Celebrating the 4th of July in New Zealand

Happy 4th of July, America! Even though this post is being published on 5 July here in New Zealand, thanks to the time difference, millions of Americans are currently lighting up their grills for some bbq goodness in honor of America's Independence Day. My friends know I love a good fireworks display but this year [...]

Surviving My First Kiwi Winter – A Recipe For Simple Chicken Soup

Surviving My First Kiwi Winter – A Recipe For Simple Chicken Soup

Winter in New Zealand started on 1 June and there's no doubt in my mind that Christchurch got the memo. It feels like it's been raining nonstop for weeks and I'm now refusing to leave the house without mittens firmly in-hand. My friends back in the States may be out running errands in sundresses and [...]

Bluff Oyster Festival: A Culinary Adventure at the Bottom of the World

Bluff Oyster Festival: A Culinary Adventure at the Bottom of the World

For a small town, Bluff has made a pretty big splash on the international food scene (pun intended). Known for their world famous oysters, Bluff is also a prime fishing spot for sea urchin, Pāua, scallops, and blue cod to name a few. These tasty treats can be found everywhere from the local fish and [...]

On Tour, Pt 4 – Seafood in Kaikoura and a Night at Mt Lyford Lodge

On Tour, Pt 4 – Seafood in Kaikoura and a Night at Mt Lyford Lodge

After our quick taste of Kiwi wine country, we loaded up the car and hit the road, cruising down State Highway 1 until we hit our next destination, Kaikoura. A coastal town, Kaikoura is where you'll find some of the freshest seafood in New Zealand. Its name literally translates to eat crayfish (Kai = food, Koura = Crayfish).