A good way to explore a country is by trying its food and drink. After all, if there is one thing we all need, it’s something to feed ourselves with. I don’t think New Zealand has a specific ‘haute cuisine’ like they have in France, for example, but the country has amazing foods and drinks. For instance, New Zealand has excellent lamb and delicious wine, but those aren’t my favourites. And it’s those favourites that make amazing memories, especially since most of the things I’m going to write about aren’t for sale where I live. I can get TimTams, but I don’t want to buy them too often, so it remains something special. 🙂
What my favourites are? I’d be happy to share! (They’re in random order)
You can’t go Down Under and not have TimTams. Simple as that. They’re originally Australian (by Arnott’s), but you can find them everywhere in New Zealand as well. And they taste even better when you do a ‘TimTam slam’. My favourite flavour? Chewy caramel!
I don’t normally drink soft drinks (fizzy drinks), but I absolutely love L&P (Lemon and Paeroa). While it’s sweet like other soft drinks, it seems fresher somehow. I love it! Paeroa is a town in the Coromandel where the drink originates. Now owned by Coca Cola, L&P is still ‘World Famous in New Zealand’.
I was introduced to Lemon pepper when I was on a boat tour and we were served lunch. We had, among other things, a cucumber salad with lemon pepper. So good! Since then, I always carried a little pack with me. It’s got a bit of spice and a little ‘twang’ which I really love. I found lemon pepper here in the Netherlands, but it really wasn’t the same and doesn’t taste nearly as yummy.
When you’re in Queenstown, you absolutely have to try a ‘Fergburger‘! They are so good! When I first travelled to New Zealand, and had my first Fergburger, they were still an up-and-coming business, located in some small alley called Cow Lane. Now, nearly ten years later, business is absolutely booming! They moved to one of the main streets and it’s always busy there. Don’t be surprised if you have to wait 45 minutes to get your burger. The people behind the counter aren’t always that friendly, but the burgers are so worth the wait!
Another great shop to go to in Queenstown is ‘The Remarkable Sweet Shop‘ where they sell the most amazing fudge ever! I went back many times and got especially hooked on their delicious crème brûlée fudge. So good! They have tons of other kinds of sweets as well, so definetly worth a visit if you have a sweet tooth! 🙂
Ever since I was a child I’ve loved meringue. Meringue is my weakness, it’s even worse than chocolate! I’ve only had pavlova once I think, but I absolutely loved it! Going to get some more when I go back to New Zealand, whenever that may be!
I love Hokey Pokey icecream. In fact, I’m really bummed out they don’t have it here. It’s vanilla ice cream with small, solid lumps of honeycomb toffee. I first ate it when I was in Curio Bay and I felt like trying something new. Instant love factor, no doubt about that! I enjoyed a Hokey Pokey ice cream every once in a while and I’m so excited about having it again when I go back.
Those were my favourites! What are yours? From New Zealand or from somewhere else on the globe?