6 things: food, drink and an anniversary

It’s been one of those slow weeks, with nothing much to report.  I was off work, sick, on Monday, and spent a good proportion of the day in bed with the visiting cat for company.  This, I feel, has no doubt contributed to the sluggish feeling.  Anyway, it is now a lovely sunny Saturday, and also the 150th anniversary of Wellington becoming New Zealand’s capital city.  I’m going to write more about that in the next post, but for now let’s have a round up of the good food and drink available in this city.

1)  Wellington is known as being the craft beer centre of New Zealand.  It seems it has always been a city of beer: in 1867, 193,574 gallons of beer was produced by the produced area’s six breweries.

IMG_5087Garage Project‘s Hops on Pointe beer, first made to commemorate the 60th birthday of the Royal New Zealand Ballet in 2013

2)  Down a rather uninviting lane, you will find a few real foodie gems.  Hannah’s laneway, between Eva St and Leeds St, has Fix and Fogg’s peanut butter (featured here and here), the Wellington Chocolate FactoryLeeds St Bakery, Six Barrel Soda Co, Pizza Pomodoro, and Golding’s Free Dive bar.

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Chocolate from Wellington

3) No problems getting good sausages, such as the ones used to make last Sunday’s toad in the hole – Toulouse, from L’Authentique which are hand made in New Zealand by imported Frenchmen.

IMG_5086Toad in the hole, handmade in Kelburn, Wellington (recipe here)

4) Compared to Denmark where I lived before coming here, fresh produce is of a far superior quality and very seasonal.  Just now it is silver beet, yams, apples, lemons, pears.

IMG_5108Apples enjoying some Saturday sunshine

5) Cheese.  Enough said.  Pop along to Moore Wilson’s and pick up a selection to enjoy with some good bread or oatcakes and a glass of wine.

6) We’re off to a dumpling party soon, so I better finish this off and go and make my filling contribution, which will be a chicken, ginger, spring onion and coriander mixture.

IMG_5114Ginger, also enjoying the winter sun

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