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...

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...

After waking up relatively early (with the 2 hour time difference from Melbourne), we drove to the Riccarton Rotary Sunday Market, which was held at the Riccarton Racecourse. There was a mix of food and knick knacks, though there wasn’t as much fresh produce as I expected. [caption id="attachment_7058" align="aligncenter" width="529"] Smoked Eel w. Aioli ($2)[/caption] We picked up 3 punnets of strawberries for $5, tried samples of smoked salmon, caramel-coated nuts, Christmas cake and dips. For brunch we tried a $2 taster of smoked eel with aioli on a...