I will have to say that in almost every restaurant in Australia and New Zealand that I dined in...Pumpkin was a key ingredient on the menu. Now, that being said.... I also need to mention that almost every time I have travelled to Australia it has been late winter or early spring..... So, this might be the real reason for all the pumpkin love on the menus. But, who cares! Lucky me once again!
Here's a few examples!!
This was divine!
Orca Restraunt and Bar- Raglan, NZ ( Lunch )
Spicy Pumpkin and Kurmara ( New Zealand Sweet Potato ) Croquettes on Coconut Rice
And just for any curious non veggie eater out there, Carlos had....
NZ Mussles and then Fish and Chips!
SIDE NOTE: Like I mention before...the weather was really bad for us in New Zealand ( the whole time!! ) And we had intended on "Camping" in a vented camper van during our 10 day trip! Oops!!! I was seriously on the verge of losing it this afternoon because not only was it pouring down rain it was also FREEZING!!! Seriously! 1 or 2 degrees C were the night time lows at the frigging beach!!....( Please remember I live in Hawaii and my skin is thin! ...... but Carlos was cold too so there! )
Anyhow, Orca's staff was nice enough to let me use their telephone so I could book a room at a local hotel while we waited for our food....
I was half way through giving my information to the Raglan Hotel and Spa ( something like that....) and the power went out!
So, During the 30 minute blackout we talked ourselves out of the $140 NZD room and managed another freezing cold night in the camper van we had rented.....blah! Good thing I kept drinking that day......
35 degrees South- Paihia, NZ ( Lunch )
Falafel Wrap-Lettuce, Tzaziki, Roasted Red Pepper on top of Pumpkin Hummus
And for the Argentine.......
Thai Marinated Chicken, Roasted Red Pepper and Linguine with Coconut Red Curry and Cilantro!
So, 35 Degrees South...Food=Excellant! Weather=shit!
Bondi Fresh-Bondi Beach, NSW Ozzzzzzzz ( Lunch, Take Away )
Pumpkin Salad-Roasted Pumpkin, Sundried Tomatoes, Creamy Tasmanian Feta, Spinach, Walnuts and Lime/Lemon dressing
I loved this...I had it about 4 times durning my stay in Bondi Beach! ( again...notice the pretty white sand below :-)
With Mary's Gone Cracker's no gluten crackers
Dinner-Organic Penne cooked with "Basil Tomato Classico", canned organic tomatoes, extra organic garlic, splash of Merlot, Kalamata olives
Oh, one more thing before heading to bed....Carlos was able to fix my picture posting issues on "Blogspot" for me in like 5 minutes ( he's annoying like that ) but now my spell check is missing??? So, sorry for all the spelling issues ( I'm a terrible speller but I can name all the 50 states so I'm not a total idiot, I swear ) BUT Carlos is snorning ( seriously...he is ) like 5 feet away from me and I don't want to wake him up again to help me out.....so I guess we'll have to manage until tomorrow. Forgive me.....aloha, A