Foodntrips is a travel blog with a focus on food, created to record our footprint of travelling for food. We see travel as a journey that enriches our lives and makes us better people – and we want to share that invaluable experience with you. Foodntrips written by two gourmet travellers was born in August 2009. Since then, I have been chronicling our travels, sharing restaurant recommendations, offering accommodation options, giving tips and trick to exploring the places we have visited. We have made lots of new friends over the years and hopefully inspired others to travel more, eat more and discover new restaurants.
Wish all travels always be interesting and filled with gourmet food.
We never planned to stay in New Zealand for so long, simply because James’s homesick for Chinese food. How we end up still being here more than ten years after we first landed in Dunedin, I don’t know. Making an educational guess, I think it has to be the kitchen skills both of us managed to develop over the years. We become more and more enjoying gourmet home made meals in our backyard with friends. We share cooking secrets; we exchange interesting recipes, we cross-examine each other’s dishes; we challenge each other’s cooking ideas. we chat about newly discovered restaurants. This journal records the happy times and yummy memories.
If we have to choose a city to live in Australia, it has to be Melbourne. Not because of anything else, simply for the food, and to be more precise, Chinese food. James was lost in the sea of Chinese restaurants in Melbourne. A 5 day short trip like this just couldn’t fit in all the places James wanted to explore. He made a mental note there and then that one day he will come back for more palate pleasure. This journal records our experiences in this metropolitan area.
So we are still here. I think we are addicted to the blue sky and fresh air here in New Zealand. In this beautiful country, whatever you are doing, biking, fishing, golfing, beach-walking, bog-walking, is a pure pleasure. Alice also got herself a new hobby, photograph. It doesn’t take any extra effort to work with photoshop like her fellow photographers in China, to PS the scenery, to make a professional looking photo. This journal records the beautiful New Zealand and how we are exploring the home of the long white cloud.
China is a huge country with a wide range of cuisines. To taste the best food, one have to go to the source. Bearing this in mind, we put together an itinerary for this trip featured with fujian cuisine and Guizhou crisis. Especially Fotiaoqiang–Steamed Abalone with Shark’s Fin and Fish Maw in Broth. It is safe to say that Fotiaoqiang is the primary driver for James to take on this trip.
Some people may say, life in New Zealand is so boring. Everybody goes home straight after work, nobody wandering around on the street. Even the Courtney Place, the busiest corner in Wellinton, not waking up until Thursday nights. My father once said to me when we were having a stroll in our neighborhood, ‘ so quiet here, can’t see anybody on the street! Where is everybody?’ Well, this is exactly the beauty of living in New Zealand, you almost have all the space by yourself! You won’t be stuck on the highway, you will have more time on your hands. A friend used to say, ‘ I doubled my life by living in New Zealand, I can achieve so many things within such a short period of time, because not so many people to share the resources with you’ Well, this is so true! I feel the same. Apart from travel and eat, we have time to foster new hobbies like writing, blogging, golfing , bridge, biking, and most recently, Oil Painting. This is not possible if we still lead a busy and chaotic life in China. This journal records things we do that don’t belong to the blog’s main theme: Food and Trips.