Monday, May 6, 2013

New Zealand: Food

I have so many thoughts about New Zealand, so there will be lots of posts. Deal with it.

The food... oh the food. Since we were there for 2 whole weeks, I wanted to make an effort to not be in vacation eating mode 24/7. This meant buying food for the campervan, eating some dinners in the van, and keeping all the gnarly allergens that bother me to a minimum. Not eliminate them, because that would have been sad, but at least try and keep it under control. Somewhat.

But here's the thing- New Zealand has yummy beer and fantastic wine. AND they have the best appetizer known to man: breads and dips. It's fluffy bread and yummy dip and it's heaven on earth.
Dips pictured, from left to right: balsamic and oil, weird but yummy hummus, delicious cream cheese perfection, pesto deliciousness.

Nick and I purchased dinner supplies including veggie burgers and GF pasta, and enough bread, PB and honey for sandwiches for the whole trip. We also got veggies, fruit, and breakfast supplies. We packed Clif bars and granola bars from home for snacks (Clif bars are gluten free-ish and seem to be at peace with my digestive system).  However, all these preps were not quite sufficient for the fair amount of "screw it! It's my honeymoon!" I felt every time we ate out. New Zealand is a surprisingly vegetarian and GF friendly country, but not both at the same time, so I could get a veggie burger but it would be on a big fluffy bun. And I ate the (sometimes metaphorical) bun. Every time. I didn't want to deprive myself/I make bad decisions. Of course, this had reliable consequences. My stomach didn't feel settled from the time we left the US until we landed. Actually, it's still not quite back to normal yet, a week later.

We had some pretty great meals. The airplane food was surprisingly good (I was able to choose the vegetarian option beforehand on all my flights- Emirates for the win). Nick also thought ahead and sweetly found a very neat little vegan/vegetarian restaurant (Arcadia Cafe). We stopped in for a late lunch/early dinner and got a TON of great food for fairly cheap. Everything else in NZ: not cheap. Overall, groceries were consistently ~20% more expensive. We easily spent $60 on meals at Thai places that would have been 45ish back home. I've heard before that in the US we spend a tiny proportion of our incomes on food (and that's partly because we're used to it and demand cheap food, partly government subsidies, lots of contributors) but that became very apparent over there with the sticker shock when dining out or buying groceries. 

Am I less than pleased with some of the decisions I made in NZ? Yes. There was definitely some junk eating that could have been skipped and I know I would have felt better. But overall, the crampy, bloaty unpleasantness of the past few weeks is easily cancelled out by the fun I had and all that Nick and I got to experience. /endsappiness

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