How delightful. A Zany Zeus shop full of delicious haloumi’s, feta’s, yoghurt’s and a whole raft of new and interesting offerings.
Michael Mastis has opened a dedicated shop at Moera (Eastern Petone) where you can sample, learn, eat, drink and take home as much as you can carry.
Of interest to me were the smoked brinza (denser feta-style), smoked yoghurt (came home with me for dipping with vege sticks or crackers), and paneer (also came home with me for a saag paneer session soon).
As well as the cabinets of delicious cheeses and yoghurts, was a cabinet of sweet mediterranean temptations (and yes some of those made their way home with me too!).
Almond shortbread, baklava, turkish delight stuffed pasties, almond nut twists… Mmmmmmm.
Also to tempt the sweeter toothed among us are a range of Zany Zeus gelatos made on site. Included in today’s offerings – peanut butter and jelly, zany zeus greek yoghurt and lemon curd, monkey poo (never quite got to the bottom of what that one was!), and the option to create your own ‘mix and match’ ice cream sundae. What a great idea.
The staff are very happy to share knowledge and offer tastings, and you can the gelato production through the glass right there at the rear of the shop.
Although I love gelato, it was a cold wintery morning and I couldn’t quite bring myself to sample right then. But I did take home an interesting (and delicious) date, orange and cream cheese scone, and will definitely be back of a warmer afternoon sometime soon to delve into those gelatos…. 10am-5pm Wednesday to Sunday.