What besides Vegemite should I request from Auckland?
My sister is flying to Auckland from Los Angeles, but only for a few days.
I doubt she'll have a change to hit a real supermarket, but I've already asked her to bring back a can of Vegemite if possible. It's not something you get to try growing up in California!
What other New Zealand/Australia-only foods should she keep an eye out for? She'll probably be in the most touristy of places, so ubiquitous foods (that still taste good) would be best. I have no idea what the area's famous for, so please help!
You might want to try Tim Tam biscuits, if they haven't made it to the US yet.
BTW you don't get a can of vegemite, you get a jar ;) And until you acquire the taste for it, it's best to spread it *very* thinly over buttered white bread - but the true Aussie experience is lashings of vegemite and butter thickly spread on two Vitaweat crackers which are then pressed down to force "worms" of vegemitebutter to ooze through the holes. These must be licked off before the cracker is eaten. (If you don't have Vitaweats, get your sister to pick these up too. There's no other cracker that works as well with vegemite.)
Ah memories ;)
Second the burger! Although 'pickled beets' may confuse - we called it 'beetroot'.
If I can advise another item to keep and eye out for (and stay WELL away from), that would be a 'classic' of Kiwi cuisine ... the custard square. A square of flaky pastry, topped with a couple of inches of solid custard (made from powder), finished with a layer of sweet icing. Previously famous for harboring the highest bacteria count in random food inspections in the '80s. Avoid. Hope she has a great time!
I asked for bottles of L&P that got taken away by the border guard. It's a great soda pop that I had in New Zealand.
Cherry Ripes and Crumble Bars.....most of this stuff you can get on the web in the States.
IF your friend is a serious eater....there are some excellent specialty food stores in Auckland....some of which publish excellent books -- Zarbo, Epicurean, anything by Annabelle Langbein....
A bottle of L and P (L&P). It's a type of soda drink that you can only get in New Zealand and some places in Australia.