Culinary Adventures
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4 years

In my world, each celebration is marked with a meal. It is compulsory. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, new jobs, babies, weddings are all celebrations and all come with a meal. I’m sure it’s Maybe it is just another excuse to eat well. I don’t need an excuse to eat, but if I can find one, I’ll take it.

Today is The Koala and my 4 year wedding anniversary. We met on a summer’s night on Freyburg Square 11 years ago. We fell in love. You marry one person. Make an effort. Celebrate your triumphs. You miss an anniversary, you may as well miss them all.

The secret to a lasting relationship? Enjoy and respect each other. Have similar but not identical views and interests. Maintain your own hobbies and friends. Be complimentary persons, not the same person.

For example, if The Koala didn’t like pies, it might be over between us. But he doesn’t have to love the same pie as me. As long long as we both agree that pies are awesome, we can respect that he loves a steak pie while I’m a mince and cheese kind of girl.

For the first time, we don’t have a big THING planned today. In the past, we’ve done a weekend road trip (including an anniversary dinner at KFC in The Tron), a seafood degustation at Kermedac and also fine dining at Mikano.

Eating fancy is fine, but eating delicious is better. This animated gif helps illustrate the satisfaction of eating something truly delicious.


This week, I thought up the most delicious things we’ve eaten together: Peking duck, scallops wrapped in bacon, grilled salmon…

Peking duck, with light pancakes, sweet sauce and slivers of fresh greens is (in my experience) an appetizer for a celebratory group meal. But couldn’t it just as easily be dinner for two?

Scallops wrapped in bacon and other tasty grilled morsels can be found in yakitori restaurants everywhere. Around here, every dish arrives with 2 skewers. Perfect for a dinner for two.

Coincidentally, we have eaten Peking duck in Beijing and yakitori in Osaka and can vouch that our local versions are very, very good.

So, Peking duck or yakitori. Which would you choose?

Source: Joyosity

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I am Genie, a graphic designer/photographer obsessed with food and bunnies. I live in Whanganui, New Zealand with my husband, The Koala and our two rabbits, Kobe and Bento. I write about my hedonistic ways and I love the mantra "Eat well, travel often". I prefer not to write about myself in third person.


  1. Happy anniversary 😀 love the gif. I really need to cook more things. I might choose Peking duck since I’ve only had that a few times. But now that I live next to a Chinese restaurant that might change.

  2. lucy says

    Definitely the duck! And that wouldn’t have anything to do with the fact that I work at Saveur Duck of course. Happy Anniversary to you both and thank you for your blog, I love your musings and particularly liked your relationship tips today! Lucy

  3. Happy anniversary to you and The Koala! :3

    To answer the question you posed, I LOVE yakitori but given the choice, I would have to give the edge to Peking duck… though I prefer mine with some fluffy bao!

  4. Happy anniversary! And I would go the duck. Although those scallops in bacon sounds pretty good too. 🙂

  5. happy anniversary! it was a month ago for four years with my partner (we’re not wed though!), and I agree about how important it is to be yourself, and to respect each other. it also helps that we both have a love for good food.

    (and I pick peking duck!)

  6. I would take the duck, but Peking Duck is just a personal favorite of mine. Congratulations on your anniversary. I hope you have many more, if your attitude towards your marriage has anything to do with it, I think you will 🙂

  7. Happy anniversary! Wow – four years – do you remember we first ‘met’ when planning our weddings?

      • 3 in December. We had a really long engagement due to being overseas and moving to New York halfway through!

        • Ha, we had a short engagement. At least, that is what it feels like. But there is something great about not living where your wedding is. Instead of spending a month or more visiting venues, caterers, photographers etc, we had one weekend for visits. We shortlisted brutally so we only looked at one or two of each supplier. Pretty much set it all up online.

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