Hi from New Zealand

Trisha
Bento-ing from: › New Zealand
Joined: 1 Jul 2009
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I have been enjoying this site for over a year so I guess I should really say hello.
I am not sure how I found it. I think I must have been Googling for a recipe and chanced upon it. Anyway I bookmarked it and kept revisiting it for great recipes. Then I registered so I could have a list of my favourites or ideas I wanted to go back to.
I have had enormous pleasure both from reading Maki's commentary and from trying the recipes.
I don't actually make obento lunches. Both my husband and I are retired, but the ideas work well for lunches anyway and when cooking for only two the freezer-friendly recipes are great.
I live in rural New Zealand so some ingredients are not easy to get but I stock up on what I can when I visit the city.
Thanks Maki for a great site and delicious ideas.

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bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
Joined: 12 Jan 2009
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Re: Hi from New Zealand

Hi Trisha, which city is "the city"?

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Trisha
Bento-ing from: › New Zealand
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Re: Hi from New Zealand

hmmm. I thought I had replied but I don't see it. Perhaps I am confused about 'Reply' and 'Post Comment'.

Never mind I shall try again and I am sorry if this is a repeat message.

Hi Bronwyn

I live in Central Otago so Dunedin is my 'big city'. I shop at Centre City New World where they have a good International Food section. Whenever I go into Dunedin I have a shopping list for things I can't buy locally.

bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
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Re: Hi from New Zealand

It does doesn't it? It's always been quite good, but seems to have improved even further since the big upgrade. That's the supermarket I go to most of the time too. I work at the university so I walk there at lunchtime for a bit of exercise, and every now and then I walk to the Gardens New World instead. There's also good Asian market (UniMart) just across North Road from the Gardens New World where I go to get anything Asian I can't find at Centre City.

I can't tell you how much I enjoy NOT taking my car to the supermarket. So stress-free, and a nice walk every day. Not possible if you live in the country though.

Trisha
Bento-ing from: › New Zealand
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Re: Hi from New Zealand

Quite a difficult choice. The great vegetable and deli sections at Centre City or a walk through the Botanic Gardens to a smaller supermarket. Within a few weeks the gardens will be the better choice. The spring gardens are lovely especially in the upper gardens. I remember when I lived in Dunedin many years ago that the ODT would announce the flowering of the Campbellii Magnolia in the upper gardens and that weekend large crowds would visit it. A bit like cherry blossom viewing in Japan. It is years since I have been in the upper gardens so I don't know if the magnolia survived the reorganisation of the upper gardens. I enjoyed your photos of the gardens.

Thanks for the tip about UniMart. I shall check it out next time I go to Dunedin.

bronwyncarlisle
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Bento-ing from: Dunedin › New Zealand
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Re: Hi from New Zealand

The Gardens is a bit longer walk too, so I go there when I feel like more exercise.
They did up and expanded the Gardens New World just about the same time they did Centre City, so it's actually pretty good too.

Don't know about the magnolia. I used to be able to see it from where I lived, but I'm not often in the right place these days. I'm not a huge fan of that sort of magnolia anyway - I adore Magnolia grandiflora (big white flowers with leaves, smells like lemon), and the pink ones always look sort of naked to me.

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