Posts tagged: BBQ

New Zealand North: Visiting Coromandel

By , January 24, 2011 5:00 am
The Beach @ Cathedral Cove

The Beach @ Cathedral Cove

Joining us for the North Island is Boris’ mother and her boyfriend. They greet us French style, with lots of kisses and Champagne! We make a compromise with them. From this point on, we travel their style and in return, we cook for them when feasible. Thank you Marie Hélène and Gérard for giving us the better end of the deal. :)

Beautiful Natural Christmas Tree

Beautiful Natural Christmas Tree

We go for a road trip around the North Island and it reminds me a little of Maine because there is always some place to stop for delicious seafood. We stop at Coromandel Oyster Company for lunch. It is a small shack right off the road and they have a darn good seafood chowder.

Coromandel Oyster Company

Coromandel Oyster Company

Our lodging at The Church, in Coromandel, is one of the cutest accommodations. There are a handful of designer cottages all equipped for a relaxing night stay. With the four of us, we decide to go with “The House #12”, which gives us more space and amenities than we actually need.

The House

The House

More Champagne Please

More Champagne Please

We dine at the hotel restaurant the first night and the food and wine is excellent. The next night, we grill it up on our very own porch. Every French meal includes, at least, Champagne, wine, and delicious meat. With Gerard and me around, we also like to have the American delight called chips.

Fish In NZ Is Fabulous

Fish In NZ Is Fabulous

Salmon Cooked At Perfection

Salmon Cooked At Perfection

Nearby are two popular attractions. At the Cathedral Cove, the hike in is an easy 30 minutes with wonderful views. At the end, we arrive at a great beach spot for pure relaxation. Don’t forget to bring your snorkel gear.

Magnificent Views

Magnificent Views

Not Permitted To Enter

Not Permitted To Enter

Rock Island

Rock Island

The other attraction is called Hot Water Beach. During low tide, we enjoy this underground hot spring by creating a hot water pool, which we share with the other hundred folks that are here. We borrow a shovel and dig into the sand for some time to allow the hot water to escape to the surface. While enjoying the warmth, the cold tides come in and collapse all that hard work we put in to have us rebuild all over again.

Group Hot Water Pool

Group Hot Water Pool

Stay tuned for our next post on our North Island favorites.

Me & Frenchie

Me & Frenchie

Marie Hélène and Gérard

Marie Hélène and Gérard

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Bangkok: Do As The Romans Do

By , April 6, 2010 2:49 am

When we asked the chef of our favorite breakfast place, The Flow, for some places off the beaten path, he suggested two things in Bangkok:

I.  Go on the other side of the Luk Laung Canal.
As we crossed the canal, we instantly felt we had passed some boundary that tourists did not enter.  As we looked around, there was no more 7 Elevens and we seemed to be the only tourists.  Food vendors were now selling more exotic items and prices were a little lower.  Nearby was a market tucked in an alley along the water.  The variety of strong smells, water buckets of snakes and frogs confirmed the authenticity of this local market.

II.  Cross the Phra Pinklao Bridge and go the the Thai BBQ.
As we were half way on the bridge, the Thai BBQ restaurant became apparent.  There were hundreds of tables filled with people, sounds of live local pop music, and a bright neon sign.  It was an all you can eat bbq.  We were directed to the buffet table where we were supposed to get a plate and choose among a huge variety of uninviting raw meats.  There were no labels in english so we had no idea what we were grabbing.  After our plates were full of food, we went to our table.  In the middle was a round hot pot + skillet.  In the center was where we would grill out meats and around that was water where we would boil our vegetables and noodles.


After the meats were cooked, I could make out what it was.  It was chicken!  The noodles were delicious and had a crepe after taste.  It was a great experience and as we looked around, we saw mostly locals with their families and teenagers with their friends enjoying a satisfying meal. Including a beverage, the total came to 125 bahts ($4) per person.

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