The ‘Juices Flow at the Love Shack’ long lunch. Especially the potted rabbit with Lavender’s Green roast lemon chutney on Ortega’s ciabatta, and Lavender’s Green lemon curd tart with liquorice ice cream (unusual sounding and looking, but amazing together in the mouth). And especially sharing it with one’s best friend.
The Schoc white chocolate and Soprano lemoncello fondue with strawberries and madiera cake at Beach Bablyon.
A fitting follow up to Kingsmeade Emmentaler cheese fondue to start!
Pecha Kucha Imbibe at Downstage Theatre. Hilarious, heartwarming and thought-provoking presentations. Best $10 spent in a long time.
The sweet burger at Artisan – Sweetness Incarnate – Whittaker’s chocolate marquise with a poached EcoEgg meringue, mango purée and lime jelly on a doughnut bun, with shortbread shoestrings.
Unfortunately the best laid plans went awry and I didn’t get to the Fratelli sweet burger to compare (but bring on some more sweet burgers next year….).
The Doctors Degustation at GP. 7 courses of pub grub through the ages with modern twists + 7 locally crafted beers. Really really good.
Food well exceeded expectations and some of the craft beers had been brewed especially for the event.
Favourite dishes being the pork and picked walnut sausage rolls, the fish’n’chips of raw tuna loin with citrus salad, flashfried whitebait and potato chips/sticks (sorry very low light environment with no flash), the delicate seafood lasagne of crayfish, mussels, prawns and clams with a crayfish bisque, the potted game bird with pistachio nuts set in clarified butter with Yeastie Boys Pot Kettle Black beer bread, and the deconstructed meat pie (slivers of venison back strap with tiny sweetbreads, duck livers, lambs kidneys, and a roll of pastry encasing bone marrow, completed by truffle game jus).
Favourite beers of the night being the Tuatara Ardennes Belgium style golden ale with NZ hops, orange fruit and spices (yeah, yeah, its a girl thing), the Kereru Moonless Black, pouring pitch black (but not thick) with roast coffee bean and chocolate aromas, and the Black Dog Brew Co Rich Bitch black forest gateau beer (truly tasted like berries and cake).