Category Archives: Food

Air Canada

Most people seem to hate Air Canada, but after spending 14+ hours with them I can’t really complain other than there was nothing on their entertainment system that I wanted to watch. Thankfully I had plenty of podcasts to listen to as only slept 5-6 hours. The seat was comfortable and even had a setting to change the firmness when in bed mode. Food was ok but after almost four weeks of gorging myself I didn’t need to be full for half a day.

Air Canada doesn’t have a lounge in Sydney so we got to choose between Singapore or Air New Zealand, we went with the former as they had better breakfast options. Again got a few judgmental looks for having a beer at 8:30am but it went well with the greasy noodles and sausage.

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AC has one of my favorite styles of seats, the reverse herringbone so I was ending the trip with similar layout as EVA. The side compartment was able to hold all my small electronics and the area to left held my laptop fine.

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Sydney vs Vancouver out the window.

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Sydney – 12 Micron

For K’s only night in Sydney met up with a friend for dinner who had been looking after the wine I bought in Oz. My friend recommended two options, the restaurant in the Opera House complex or some place with better food and not as good views. I let K choose and surprisingly she chose the better food. The oysters were great, much better than the ones I had at the Melbourne market. K’s fish was very flavorful, much like salmon in the PWN not much needed to be done to it. Dessert was really interesting and the flavors worked well together, very creative.

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Rock Oysters – dessert lime, furikake

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Moreton Bay Bug – king prawn, shellfish emulsion

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Pork Jowl – black pudding, riberries, chestnut

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Lamb Neck – potato, broad beans

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Mulloway – horseradish, broccoli, almonds

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Green Beans – lemon aspen, walnuts

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Rainforest – valrhona itakuja mousse, apple and rain forest lime puree, frozen chocolate, passionfruit, shitake sponge, chocolate crumble

Air New Zealand

Thankfully our flight wasn’t affected by the fuel shortage in Auckland. I was impressed that business class had a dedicated room to check-in rather than a separate podium. We flew on a 787-9 that was just under a year old. The lounge was airy and had lots of natural light, I really liked it and they made a pretty good cocktail.

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On board was quite nice too, the purple mood lighting was interesting. The seats were comfy but I don’t like herringbone much since it’s hard to look out the window and there wasn’t much storage. What way really unique was for bed mode the seat folds forward and the back is a soft mattress, I used it for a quick 20 minute nap on the way to Sydney.

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Since we were meeting a friend for dinner I only had some wine and the chocolate dessert.

Very cool sunset landing.

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Auckland – Breakfast and Lunch

Various breakfast and lunch from the last few days. The quiche was really good, the eggs were fluffy. Burger was meh, not a lot of flavor in the beef and didn’t really taste the cheese, just needed a meal before going on the wine tour. Major Sprout was interesting to say the least, K’s had a weird fried bread rather than an English muffin while I was expecting balls of dough with fish inside since it was a fish fritter. For my last meal in NZ of course had to get a pie. I wasn’t thrilled with the four options Heaven Sent had so chose the most appealing, it was good but had a few too many lentils.

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Prosciutto Quiche – Teed St Larder in Newmarket

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Cheeseburger – The White Lady by the Ferry Terminal

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Egg Benedict – Major Sprout

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Whitebait Fritter – Major Sprout

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Lamb & Lentil Pie – Heaven Sent

Auckland – Sidart

For our last meal we went to a restaurant that like to push the boundaries and offers a Discovery menu. The six amuse were quite good and fun and not very filling while we both thought the celeriac and scampi dishes were lacking in big flavors. The scampi could’ve used salt or been cooking in ghee. The fish was great and was K’s favorite and while I liked it too the pork and duck really did it for me. Just don’t like how the protein was hidden under veggies on a few dishes.

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Miso – olive, thyme

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Pomme Souffle – vinegar

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Carrot – farro, linseed

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Pecorino – artichoke, sumac

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Daikon – sesame, nam jim

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Shiitake – white soy, kaffir lime

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Celeriac – bone marrow, hazelnut, apple

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Scampi – nasturtium, seaweed

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John Dory – kohlrabi, macadamia, horseradish

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Pork Belly – mushroom, leek, turnip

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Duck – radicchio, date, foie gras

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Parmesan – black garlic, Sauternes

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Fennel – sorrel, cucumber, passionfruit

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Pine – black sesame, raspberry, eldferflower

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Salted Caramel

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We had the chef’s table so got to see all the action

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Auckland – Giapo

We finished the evening with insanely fancy ice cream at Giapo. The owner was there and gave us many samples as we awaited our creation to be done. We just ordered a half scoop of two flavors and didn’t expect the toppings. The hazelnuts were very fresh and the marshmallow very light, it was extruded from a nozzle.

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Cool Italian Chef? Check

Auckland – Dr Rudi’s

After the quick top up we went back to Dr Rudi’s where we had a late lunch when we arrived. Pictures from that are here, we really liked the food so came back to try a few more items. It was packed with the after work crowd but it slowly got a bit less crazy as it got closer to 7.

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Crispy Snapper Wings

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Beef Croquettes Рmozzarella 

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Tempura Broccolini

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Crispy Polenta Parmesan Sticks

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Lost Souls – pepperoni, venison salami, jalapenos, mozzarella and sage