Comments from my nephew on his latest N.Z trip

Old Apr 20th, 2022, 09:59 AM
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Comments from my nephew on his latest N.Z trip

They have visited New Zealand several times. I think his wife (Ngaire) has citizenship there because her father was born there. They have been thinking of buying/renting a house there to spend during Seattle's nasty winters.

So anyway, he sent a lot of pictures with comments. Among my favorites are "There's no decent Mexican food in this God-forsaken country. Sweet Baby Ray's barbeque sauce is in the ethnic foods section. Right below is canned haggis."

They hike a lot when they're in New Zealand. "I did a helicopter trip/guided tour into Fox Glacier. It's immense. There are a lot of ways to die in a glacier."

The next is a picture of him: "Me. Not dead yet."

Picture of a suspension bridge: "Classic NZ suspension bridge. These get scarier as I get older."

"Mt Somers loop track. 7 hours. 2800 vertical feet. Very difficult. Amazing views."

A picture and a comment: "Driving up the west coast, which is amazing. Unspoiled and mostly unpeopled. We literally saw three kiwi warning signs. You know, a yellow diamond-shaped sign with a silhouette of a kiwi--the next 18 miles."
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Old Apr 22nd, 2022, 08:42 AM
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I can see he has a good sense of humor.

I adore New Zealand, but it's certainly not the place for Mexican food. Either is Australia.

When we lived Down Under our motto was "friends don't let friends eat Mexican food in NZ or Australia"

If he's still there, point him in the direction of Indian food, hokey pokey ice cream and all that lovely NZ wine and produce.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2022, 10:42 AM
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He really loves Mexican food. He even has a favorite Mexican food truck in Seattle. I'll tip him off about the Indian food.

I don't think he drinks alcohol at all, so the lovely wine would just pass him by. Ngaire does drink a little wine.
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Old Apr 22nd, 2022, 11:22 AM
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Also suggest lamb, fish, seafood, green lipped mussels, and local cheese. Think local. Pumpkin soup is big too, and can range from delicious to downright boring.
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I am a NZer - we're flying to Hawaii in July - the very first thing I'll be doing is finding a decent Mexican restaurant - we don't do it well!
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Old Apr 28th, 2022, 09:09 PM
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For some reason, this post reminds me of the time I was attending a Goethe Institute in Staufen, Germany. We had a party where everyone was supposed to bring a food from their native country. One couple of college kids made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches with banana slices. I made my favorite fruit salad, the "exotic" ingredient of which is pineapple. The girl from New Mexico made tacos. I have no idea where she got the taco shells, but the tacos were a big hit with the two French girls. They thought the tacos were delicious.

This is totally off topic, but I remember the British woman made a comment about how the British won WWII--with the help of the American. I commented that it was the Americans who won the war--with the help of the British. Not very tactful of me.
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<<This is totally off topic, but I remember the British woman made a comment about how the British won WWII--with the help of the American. I commented that it was the Americans who won the war--with the help of the British. Not very tactful of me.>>

Not very tactful of her, Peg, though I suppose you were lucky that she credited the US with having made any contribution. Sadly there are some of my compatriots, invariably born after 1945, who think that "we" did it all by ourselves.

Mel - thanks to you I think we did manage to find an excellent Indian restaurant in Wanaka and we sampled as much of the local food as we could in both NZ and OZ. Mexican is pretty dire here too so I don't think I can claim to know what good Mexican food tastes like!
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Just stumbled across this thread.

Ngaire is not that an uncommon NZ name. My husband had two cousins of that name, one from Wellington & the other from Dunedin.

Peg, I’m a bit shocked that you would say such a thing about “ Americans winning WW2”, even if provoked. They certainly helped significantly - but claiming they “ won the war” is to imply that they did it single handedly. Which they most certainly did not. And I’m sure it’s not what you meant.

To those who think the “ Americans won WW2”, the rest of the Allies might enquire - “ oh yes and what do you think we were doing in the 3 years before the Americans turned up? Sitting home twiddling our thumbs? Making millions from the sale of munitions?”
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