This morning involved a visit to the Christchurch Farmer’s Market, which is also at Riccarton. I’d heard there was a good porridge stall there so I wanted to check it out. There was much more food at this market than the Rotary one. There were a handful of stalls selling crafts like woollen products and candles, a third selling fresh produce and the rest split between food products and cooked food. [caption id="attachment_7118" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Posh Porridge - Sliced Almonds, Berry Compote and Superfood Crumble ($)[/caption] The porridge place was...

Maybe because it was Friday night, and also the last Friday before Christmas, but there seemed to be quite a number of large groups going for after-work dinner or Christmas parties. At first I was going for the galbi BBQ because I thought I hadn’t tried it before, until I found out that it was the same marinade that’s used in the DIY Korean BBQ. I picked the spicy pork so we could compare it to Miga ($17), and also the galbi stew ($20). We considered the ginseng...

[caption id="attachment_7106" align="aligncenter" width="800"] Fish and Chips - Gunard, Salad, Tartare ($25)[/caption] We took the scenic route to Akaroa (a French-influenced coastal town), following Summit Road. Once at Akaroa we shared a serve of fish and chips from Harbar Beach Café and Bar, enjoying the view from the large window fronting the sea. The fish for today was gunard and its batter was quite light and crispy ($25). The aioli was quite nice too. After that we reparked the car closer to the main shopping strip on Beach Rd. We...

We reached Christchurch close to 7pm and before checking in to the YMCA we picked up dinner from Pedro’s House of Lamb. Dad said they had famous lamb shoulder. They used to have a proper restaurant, but after the Christchurch earthquake they relocated to a small stall next to a bottle shop and do takeaway only (maybe with plans to reopen in a more permanent location soon). The whole baby lamb shoulder was $35 and had been baked in a rosemary and garlic sauce and also came with scalloped...

More Korean! I was originally going to get dolsot bibimbap, but went with kimchi dolsot bibimbap instead (both $16). I know it exists but I haven’t seen it on a menu yet so I thought I may as well try. The three portions of kimchi replaced a few of the other veggies they normally serve in their bibimbap and the gochujang represented one of the sections, rather than being free to add by customers. I chose beef, though pork, tuna and tofu were also options. It was nice, though...