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 [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
The last few weeks, between all the travel and general chaos of everyday life, I almost missed celebrating an expat milestone... I've been in New Zealand for six months! It flew by in the snap of my fingers. I can't believe that since November I've found a job, brought our dog over from America, learned to [...]
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).