We’d stayed at the Jailhouse backpacker place onrecommendation that night, having had no research about Christchurch. Mostly,we heard that many hostels and backpacker places downtown had closed forbusiness in light of the quake. It was a contradictory sight, when we arrivedin the city in the evening. Amid shambles of buildings and churches, peoplewere going about their lives. There was no sense of gloom in the city despitethe recent happenings – it was an optimism that was rather uplifting, despitethe sense of quiet in the city.
Middle Eastern cuisine, Christchurch
What is Muttonbird?
Aggus Shack, Queenstown
I peeled off the skin, and fat, with my fingers. For a good half day later, the smell of bird, fish, oil and something akin to sweat, lingered on my fingers. Once we got all of the fat and skin off, the meat was hard. If dark meat has a smell you recognise, this one smelled strongly of it. Once we got down to the eating, muttonbird tastes closely of cardboard, and a bit of duck.Once in a while thereafter, for no reason midway in silence, one of us would remember, and shout “muttonbird!”, and enjoy a good laugh while we watched the duck-spotted lake and snow-capped mountains.