It’s been a day of eating and drinking, across and between two countries

I’m off to New Zealand for a training course for a week, Auckland to be exact. So this morning started off in Melbourne, where I got up at an uncivilized 8am (for a Sunday) and ended up in my hotel in Auckland… and along the way I’ve had a heap of pretty good food.

The day started off bright and early, the day, not me… I just started off early with a couple of coffees to try to get the senses turned on… finished my packing, got a hire car to the airport and half way there I had a sneaking suspicion in my mind that I’d left the air conditioning on, so back home we go… thank God we did as it would have been a fridge in my apartment when I got home next week. Anyway, make it to the airport, a little later than I should have, and join the queue to check in, and then it’s off to the first class lounge.

Feed #1 – Melbourne

The first feed for the day was at the Qantas first class lounge. It was brunch for me and consisted of a rather decent BLT (made with sun dried tomatoes, which was a nice touch) and a couple of coffees, topped off with an OK strawberry doughnut and a pineapple juice… I’m officially awake by the time we board the plane.

Feed #2 – in flight

On our way to Auckland from the big west island, I’d upgraded myself on points so I got a better seat, better grog and a decent feed. A champagne before take-off and a bourbon and coke after was getting me right in the mood. A choice of two meals was offered chicken and pork. Chose the pork with braised red cabbage and a garlic potato mash (guess I won’t be getting a kiss today!) accompanied by a couple of glasses of a pretty good 2007 Spy Valley Pinot Noir from the NZ South Island city of Marlborough. Followed up by vanilla ice cream and biscotti, and a Baileys of Glenrowan Founder Liqueur Muscat. A small glass of Cointreau polished me off.

After feeling the effects of my over indulgence, a hot chocolate got me back in track just as we started our descent into Auckland.

Feed #3 – Auckland

Surprisingly, I was feeling peckish when I arrived at my hotel. Couldn’t be bothered venturing too far, so decided on room service. A fairly decent beef burger with added egg and bacon arrived soon, along with a glass of Kim Crawford Merlot from Hawkes Bay in New Zealand.

Suffice to say, I’m full and its now time to sleep this all off!

The Meat and Wine Co, Melbourne, Australia

In case you hadn’t quite worked it out yet, I’m a sucker for a good slab of dead cow, medium rare.

Earlier this week I turned the big “4 oh-no”, yep, I’m officially a dirty old man. To celebrate, or is that to commiserate, a mate who I’ve know for about 20 years, since Uni days in fact, decided that I needed a decent feed and it was decided that steak was the choice of the day, and The Meat and Wine Co down at Southbank was the place to get it.

The Meat and Wine Co, Melbourne, Australia

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Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse, Canberra, Australia

Hhhhmmm…. Steak…

I’m a sucker for a good steak, give me dead cow, medium rare anyday.

So here I am in Canberra, have a business dinner to do, but where… A colleague points me towards Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse in Civic… OK, done…

Kingsleys Steak and Crabhouse, Canberra, Australia

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Korean Seoul Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

A mate of mine had a night off from his missus and daughter, so we decided that we’d have a couple of brews and a bite to eat.

Discussions were had over a couple of pints of Carlsburg to decide just where to eat. Rose Garden, Chili Padi, Supper Inn, Papa Gino’s… but then I remembered a Korean restaurant that I’d eaten at many, many years ago. And luckily, it was just a block away, it was still there and there were tables free.

Korean Seoul Restaurant, Melbourne, Australia

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