Hello! I am currently in Portage, New Zealand! I left on Saturday around noon and arrived in New Zealand almost exactly 24 hours later. The 12 hour flight from LA to Auckland was actually perfectly comfortable. Being in coach on New Zealand Air (or pretty much any other country…) is like being in business on an American air carrier. Sad, but true.
I am meeting up with my mother and step family to spend Christmas with everyone at my step sister’s home! I am so glad to spend time with them; it is a rare occasion that we are all together!
Land in Auckland and take a short flight to Nelson on the South island. Get a rental car and eat lunch.
Pan seared fish atop roasted asparagus and potatoes with sun dried tomatoes and buerre blanc
Explore the cute little town of Nelson and nap. Eat dinner. Pass out.
Interesante Pan seared blue maki with pumpkin risotto, steamed asparagus, salt and pepper fried calamari with a balsamic reduction and a sweet red pepper sauceDay 2:
Drive 2 hours to Portage. Go on a gorgeous 4 hour hike.
Slightly lost en route, but thats okay. Mama’s behind.
I brought goodies to make lunch on the trek. Look at the cool stuff I found in the supermarket!
Whole grain crackers topped with goat’s milk feta, pumpkin-kumara hummus, and caramelized onion spread. A few with chicken as well.Hello gorgeous.
After the hike, we cozied into the Portage Hotel and lazed by the pool. Then, we cleaned up for dinner and passed out once again.
SWEET JESUS. Caramelized pear, onion, and blue cheese tart with candied walnuts and vincotto. Seared groper with caramelized fennel, puy lentils, and citrus Sambayan butter
The internet is being sketchy, so I must go!