2017 in Review

The Foodie Inc had ambitious plans for 2017 – a foodie bucket list of sorts – but really an excuse to explore more of New Zealand’s food and wine scene.  The goal was something new each month, but one couldn’t resist indulging in some old favourites too.  Admittedly, blogposts were infrequent – studying for Le Cordon Bleu Master of Gastronomic Tourism took up every spare moment – so please enjoy a few photographic highlights from last year, with more foodie adventures to be shared very soon.

A 35 minutes ferry ride delivered us to Waiheke Island for headland Sculpture on the Gulf.  Thought provoking sculptures, stunningly spectacular views and if the trip wasn’t field research for a university assignment due three days later, a leisurely winery lunch would definitely have followed. 

Volunteering at the New Zealand Cheese Awards, learning how to make pasta with Stephania at Pasta Cuore and blending our own wine (got our names on the bottle) with The Hunting Lodge’s crown blend rose challenge were more hands-on experiences.

Persistent rain and mud underfoot didn’t detract from the captivating experience and fabulous company at Monique Fiso’s intimate dinner party – Hiakai – the photos simply don’t do the evening justice, but then the lighting wasn’t designed to be camera friendly.

Exploring outside Auckland saw The Foodie Inc Go Wild in the Waikato (NZ Foodwriters trip and photo credit), attend The Seriously Good Food Show in Tauranga in July and finally made it to F.A.W.C. Hawkes Bay in November. 

In early August “a truffle hunt” in Canterbury’s Limestone Hills with Rosie the Beagle and a decadent five course truffle-infused lunch at Black Estate, 2017 winery restaurant of the year really did knock one off the bucket list!

And when you live in Auckland you can’t ignore: Auckland Restaurant Month from Street Eats to restaurant takeovers and simply an excuse to indulge in special menus and catch up with friends; The Food Show in Auckland in July; and let’s not forget Taste of Auckland in November.

So what is The Foodie Inc planning for 2018?  Ticking a few more things off the ever-expanding foodie bucket list and aiming to share four new posts each month:

  • More stories about local food producers like Hauraki Salt Company and Tea Tree Orchard
  • Must see / do destinations or experiences, like the once in a lifetime night at Hiakai
  • An event, a cooking class, a farmers' market or a food truck like The Rolling Pin for you to check out for yourself
  • Sharing recipes cooked or created in the previous month in Recipe Resolution

Thanks for supporting The Foodie Inc – your feedback is very much appreciated.   Look forward to sharing more memorable food and wine experiences and places to explore in 2018.

Enjoy!

Michelle

Dumplings and more

Anticipation grew waiting for a friend to arrive, as did the queue of people who meandered from local commercial businesses to The Rolling Pin's regular Friday lunchtime gig in Ellerslie.  In fact anticipation had been growing since the Vegan Food Fair back in April when spoiled for choice – friends devoured Buddha's Delight dumplings and slaw with squeals of delight – while we stood side by side eating something equally divine from a different food truck.

Lucky locals queue for Friday lunch

Lucky locals queue for Friday lunch

Join the queue

Join the queue

The Rolling Pin team in action

The Rolling Pin team in action

Thanks to The Rolling Pin for the opportunity to take a friend to lunch.  A passionate vegan who lives locally, she was excited by the flavour combination of the Buddha's Delight dumplings – bean curd, shitake mushroom, pumpkin, bok choy and cabbage, and especially that spicy sauce – so much so she's convinced her teenage children would love them too.  Although between us, they might not be able to go past the Penang Pulled Beef dumplings.

Buddha's Delight and that slaw

Buddha's Delight and that slaw

Buddha's Delight

Buddha's Delight

And the "more"... yes that slaw!  Asian slaw topped with crunchy fried shallots and crushed peanuts and a secret spicy sauce – that slaw was a sensory sensation on its own.

To find out where The Rolling Pin will be each week check the The Rolling Pin - Facebook page. Available for private and fundraising events too.

So close to home, dumpling Fridays could become a regular rendevous!

Michelle