Sunday, September 13, 2009

A Focus on Food - Fast Food

In this section, I recount some of the local food I’ve eaten thus far:

The first couple of meals I had in New Zealand were all fast food. My first meal was at Subway and I went to McDonald's the next day for lunch. When I move into a new place or a new city for the first time, I like to have something familiar to ease myself into it. However, that didn't mean that I couldn't be adventurous either:

This is the Kiwiburger.

It is a winter special here in New Zealand. The box has a list of things that Kiwis love (rugby, cabbage trees, beets...there were a lot of things) put to a song. I youtubed the song and, well, you need to watch it to get an idea of what kiwis love:

Now, I bought the burger without knowing what was in it (if you didn't watch the commercial, it's a regular burger with a beef patty except it has an egg under the patty and beets on top), so when I found it that it was beets and egg, I thought it might be kind of weird.

To my surprise, it was quite good. It kind of fell apart in the end, but I would definitely get one again. Unfortunately...I can't! Just as winter turned into spring here (some time in September), they took the Kiwiburger off the menu. My roommate tried to get one but he wasn't able to. I may have just had a once-in-a-lifetime Kiwiburger experience.

Next, we'll discuss the local menu options they have at Subway:

This seems like an enticing ad, no? The only other local option was the 'Seafood Sensation', which I found out was just imitation crab meat (surimi) in some sort of mayonnaise concoction. That wasn't my idea of a sensation. The Roast Lamb sandwich costs the same as a Sweet Onion Chicken Terriyaki sandwich, if that sort of information floats your boat.

The first time, I got it with no sauce and the second time (I got it a second time to take these pictures), I got it with the mint sauce that it is supposed to come with. I have to say the mint on my lamb was interesting, but I wouldn't get it again. The lamb au naturel was much better. Also of note: they don't have the yellow/red banana peppers here; I had to get jalapenos instead.

Lastly, at Subway I also noticed that they don't have the same brands of chips as in North America (Lays, Ruffles, etc.). The most popular brand I've seen here is a brand called Bluebird, whose mascot is a penguin that sometimes rides the chips like a surfboard. They also have flavours like 'chicken' here:

The chicken flavour reminded me of instant noodles chicken flavour and wasn't anything special, really.

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed today's Focus on Food.


  1. That's a lot of fast food. We're expat American city boys in rural NZ, and we've never been so close to our food source! We loved watching the lambs in our paddocks this spring. It's amazing to have the work of life and death just outside our door.

  2. That's awesome! I agree with you; it's definitely a great luxury to know that your food comes from local sources and that you're supporting local farmers.

  3. lol, "whose mascot is a penguin that sometimes rides the chips like a surfboard"...I found this sentence very amusing.