Afternoon Among the Waiheke Vines

The tasting room at Mudbrick Vineyards After our holiday in Pauanui, I was beginning to feel quite at home in Kiwi country.  One of the things I definitely wanted to do while I was here was to tour some vineyards.  Fellow chefs who had visited NZ recommended dining at vineyard restaurants for their superior foodContinue reading “Afternoon Among the Waiheke Vines”

The Healing Waters of the Coromandel Peninsula

My first weekend in New Zealand was a long weekend.  Monday was New Zealand’s national holiday commemorating the signing of the Treaty of Whitangi.  Signed on February 6th, 1840, it established a British governor of New Zealand, and gave the native Maori people the rights of British citizens, and recognized their ownership of their landsContinue reading “The Healing Waters of the Coromandel Peninsula”

Welcome to the Land of Long White Cloud

The flight from New York to Auckland, New Zealand is very, very…long.  It takes anywhere from 18 to 24 hours, depending on your layover times, and it’s disorienting because when you arrive, it’s 16 hours ahead of New York time, so you lose two days in travel.  Lucky for me, my friend V had madeContinue reading “Welcome to the Land of Long White Cloud”