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Foreign Grocery Friday: The Anzac Biscuits of Australia and New Zealand

December 20, 2013 at 11:30 AM | by | Comment (1)

When we travel, one of our favorite things to do is to pop into a local grocery store and check out the food products and candies we'd never find anywhere else. So we're trying out this new feature, Foreign Grocery Friday, where each week we'll feature some of our (and your) favorite overseas treats. Got a recommendation? Let us know!

Late night somewhere over the Pacific Ocean, an entire Qantas A380 full of Los Angeles-bound passengers is asleep...except for us. We're up and out of our seats, hunting for a midnight snack in the rear "snack galley" of the A380's economy class. It's here we find a little package of "Anzac biscuits," cookies so engrained in Australian and New Zealand history and flavor that Subway chain restaurants even offered them for a time.

ANZAC is an acronym for "Australian and New Zealand Army Corps," and this cookie is so named because of its history as a popular treat to send to soldiers stationed abroad, as early as World War I. The key to the cookie's success lies in its basic ingredients of rolled oats, flour, dry coconut, sugar, butter, golden syrup, baking soda and water. Note that there are no eggs in the recipe, a fact which helps to give Anzac biscuits an especially long shelf life.

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Where to 'Read' the World's Largest Pop-Up Book This Week

December 2, 2013 at 2:43 PM | by | Comments (0)

Tourism New Zealand is once again capitalizing on their connection to The Hobbit Trilogy with a new exhibit in Los Angeles.

Yesterday, they kicked off the campaign by unveiling the World's Largest Pop-Up Book in Beverly Hills. The "book" includes original set pieces and props used in The Hobbit : The Desolation of Smaug, which premieres in Hollywood tonight.

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Why Auckland Airport is So Special for Qantas' Premium Flyers

November 22, 2013 at 9:29 AM | by | Comments (0)

All good things must come to an end and, sadly, our quickie Auckland Field Trip has closed, but not without a nice goodbye. Although it's difficult to see another vacation conclude, our time at Auckland International Airport couldn't have more civilized.

Passengers flying Qantas in business, or high flyers with gold or platinum status or the OneWorld equivalent, can reap the benefits of a special check-in process. The ease of it evokes the golden age of travel, as premium guests pass through glass doors into a private room to handle ticketing and baggage check.

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Where to Nom Auckland's Best Ice Cream and Gelato

November 21, 2013 at 11:29 AM | by | Comment (1)

The next stop on our Auckland Field Trip is a little shopfront on the city's main strip, Queen Street. Amongst bustling cafes, shopping arcades and fast-food outlets sits a gem of a gelateria called Giapo.

Walk through the doors under a sign that reads, "Pure Aotearoa Organic Goodness and Creativity" (for the uninitiated, Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand) and you enter the holy grail for ice cream and gelato in Kiwi-land.

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The Best Ways to Get a Bird's Eye View of Auckland, New Zealand

November 20, 2013 at 11:44 AM | by | Comments (0)

Spending a few days in a new city can be a whirlwind experience jam-packed with sights and delights. Our recent trip to Auckland was no different, running from here and there to see as much as we could in a short period of time. A brief visit to learn about a new city is as close to a school field trip as you can get, thus we bring you Auckland Field Trip.

The Kiwi financial capital is situated directly on the Pacific waters of the Hauraki Gulf, and Auckland most certainly utilizes its coastal location to its fullest. Just steps from the city center, the landscape trades high-rises for yacht masts to rightfully claim the name, City of Sails.

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Beyonce Takes Leap of Faith, Jumps Off Building in New Zealand

October 24, 2013 at 3:02 PM | by | Comments (0)

It seems performing to sell out crowds isn't enough to give Beyonce the adrenaline rush she craves. So, she did what any legendary pop diva looking for adventure would do - she jumped off a building.

Earlier this week, Beyonce posted pics of herself about to freefall off of Auckland's Sky Tower in New Zealand, the birthplace of extreme adventure.

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Air New Zealand is Taking Some Planes on Down to Antarctica

October 10, 2013 at 3:18 PM | by | Comments (0)

We heard Qantas was doing something like this, and now Air New Zealand is joining in on the fun. The carrier is getting ready to start some new flights over to Antarctica, but these planes will actually be landing on the snow and ice. These flights won’t just be for sightseeing, as Air New Zealand wants to determine how feasible it is to run flights to and from Antarctica.

The thought is that scientists and researchers need to get to Antarctica, so it makes sense for Air New Zealand to get them there. Usually the Air Force takes care of these flights, but soon you might just be ordering a nice refreshing selection from the beverage cart before coming in for a landing.

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Our Favorite Golden Girl, Betty White, Stars in Air New Zealand's New Safety Video

October 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM | by | Comments (0)

The masters of creative and humorous in-flight safety videos have struck again with another brilliant take on maintaining well-being during flight and in the event of an emergency. We've seen Air New Zealand use nude cabin crew, cartoons, and even hobbits, but this time they've recruited Betty White to help us remember to fasten our seatbelts and point out the emergency exits.

The Golden Girl is featured in the airline's latest vid, titled "Safety Old School Style," as some Air NZ cabin crew help passengers with all the basics. Betty gets a little backup from some other "folks that have been there and done that," including The Love Boat's most famous cruise ship captain, Gavin McCloud.

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Bubbles Everywhere and Not a Drop to Drink at the Champagne Pool of Wai-O-Tapu

September 27, 2013 at 10:03 AM | by | Comments (0)

If there’s one thing that New Zealand has to offer, it's stuff you just won’t see anywhere else. With the country’s location along the Ring of Fire there’s a clear sense in the scenery that the place is constantly moving and shaking. One particular example where you can see it all—in full tourist convenience—is Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland.

Situated on the North Island kind of between Taupo and Rotorua sits just one of the area’s many hotspots for under the ground activity. The place promises the opportunity to check out one of the most extensive geothermal systems in the country, and after checking it out ourselves we have to agree.

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Saying Goodbye to Summer with a Snapshot of New Zealand's Winter

September 20, 2013 at 9:56 AM | by | Comments (0)

Up in the northern hemisphere things are starting to turn a little cooler, as we say goodbye to summer in preparation for the cooler temperatures of fall. Some of us are a little sad and not quite ready to bid a fond farewell to the longer days and all that sunshine.

However, that’s certainly not the case on the globe’s bottom half, as we’re certain they’re pumped to say see you later to the winter in preparation for the warmer weather and sunshine of spring and summer.

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Bidding for an Upgrade with Air New Zealand: Part Deux

September 19, 2013 at 10:59 AM | by | Comments (0)

Well, you already know that the travel gods (and goddesses) weren't looking down on us when we decided to bid a few hundred dollars to attempt upgrading to a lie-flat bad for a trip across the Pacific on Air New Zealand. Perhaps the flight was just pretty full and the chances of sitting up front were slim from the beginning, but we rallied and returned with with a slightly higher bid for the last leg of our itinerary, and...we got it!

If you remember, our confirmed seat was in one of those cool spaceseats the Kiwi airline has been flying long-haul on their 777s and, while they're pretty roomy and comfy, being properly ensconced in a private pod while jetting over the ocean overnight seemed a bit more appealing. Thus, we pulled together the 'recommended' offer of $600 and, one week out, we received the email detailing the acceptance of our upgrade offer. Woohoo!

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'Fish Pants Smuggler' Arrested at New Zealand Airport

August 30, 2013 at 6:26 PM | by | Comments (0)

We thought we had maxed out this week's airport security stupid on Wednesday, when we wrote about the genius who tried to smuggle uranium, through an airport, in his luggage, in the United States. We figured that no one could be any less intelligent in trying to smuggle something through an airport, at least not this week. We were - in a single word - incorrect.

Meet the "fish pants smuggler" who got caught in New Zealand's Auckland Airport this week. Guess what he tried to hide in his pockets.

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