“Kia Ora, Haere Mai To Aotearoa, Chef Luigi!”, Or “Hello, Welcome To New Zealand, Chef Luigi!” - The travels of Chef Luigi Blog at Allrecipes.com - 166849

The travels of Chef Luigi

“Kia Ora, Haere Mai to Aotearoa, Chef Luigi!”, or “Hello, Welcome to New Zealand, Chef Luigi!” 
Mar. 29, 2010 11:25 pm 
Updated: Mar. 31, 2010 5:13 pm
These were the first words I heard when I got off the loooong flight from Seattle to Christchurch.  It wazza good flight, my seat was very spacious, so I gotta some rest, but don’t getta me started about the airplane food!  My AR Hostess, Good EatNZ, she had to work, so I took a limo from the airport to the Hilltop Café & Bar.  It only took about an hour to get there.  I had the butterflies inna my tummy thinking about seeing Cousin Gino (you'll have to look at his guest blog on Good EatNZ for the details on that!) after so long, but as we drive over the summit my breath is taken away by the amazing view.  Wow!  I am gonna love cookin’ inna this kitchen!
I got there pretty early and the Café was not yet open.  So, I fell asleep onna the doorstep.  About 9:00, my hostess came to get the newspaper and she found me!  She was so excited!
Cousin Gino was at his post by the deli, selling the quiches, pot-pies, sausage rolls, cakes and other treats.  When he sees me, he faints!  I thinka he chipped something, but he’s okay now.  When he came around we hugged and cried and were so happy. 
The Café is quiet until 10:00.  The bossa-lady offers me an espresso – what kind?  I automatically say Cappuccino, as AR Elizabeth tooka me to Starbucks in Seattle.  She say. “Chef Luigi, you can have a Cappuccino if you like, but in , the most popular espresso coffee in New Zealand is a Flat White!.  It is like a Latte, but smaller.  Same amount of coffee, same type of milk but in a smaller cup with less milk, so the coffee flavour comes through better.”  I say, ‘When inna Roma…  Of course, one Flat White, Please!’
Gino and I relax with our coffee on the deck;  he drinks a Short Black, by the way, justa like back in Italia!  Well, I gotta say, this Flat White is delicious.  I don’t know iffa it is the C4 Coffee beans, the beautiful New Zealand milk orra the art of the barista (espresso artist), but I’ma likin’ this!
Although this is only my first stop, I already feel like I am achieving my long-term goal:  to become a famous CELBRITY CHEF!  All day, wherever I go, flash, flash, flash!  The paparazzi are onto me, already!
One of my first photos, of course, is with Bessie Cocker.  She is very friendly and she wants to kissa me all over!
Then Good EatNZ tries to introduce to me Jack and Jill.  Jill, she was very friendly, but Jack, he was a shy boy.  I think he might be a bit of the jealous type, you know?  A handsome and talented Italian stud-muffin like me hanging around his girl.
The bossa-lady let Gino knock off early, and we sat inna the Hilltop bar and dranka some great beer, “Speight’s, the Pride of the South!”.  Cousin Gino and I talk about the good old days in the pasta factory and how we have wound up in Seattle and New Zealand.  I tell him about my dream to be a famous celebrity chef.
Tonight, I go home with a Good EatNZ and The Man and Bessie Cocker.  I getta to met Flo and Myrtle as soon as we get home.  They are two hot chicks! 
Good EatNZ and The Man are tired after a long day and alla the excitement with me bein’ around, you know?  But, Hilltop Chef Lucky, he aska them to make soup rolls for tomorrow.  Well, I volunteer to do it for them, cuzza 1) with the jet lag and all, I’m not so tired, and 2) I can make soup rolls standing on my head!
Ciao!  Until nexta blog!

Me! and Gino, He Faint When He See Me!
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Me! And Gino Having Coffee on the Deck!
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Me! Getting to Know Bessie Cocker! She Loves Me (such a stud-muffin, I am!)
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Me! and Cousin Gino Sharing a Beer!
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Me! By the Speight's Bowser!
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Me! Meeting Flo & Myrtle (Clucking HOT Chicks, I say!)
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Me! With the Incredible Hilltop View!
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Me! I Can Make Soup Rolls Standin' onna My Head!
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Mar. 29, 2010 11:47 pm
Great start. Love that you'll spend those jet lag hours in such a productive state.
Mar. 29, 2010 11:50 pm
Molto grazie, Hezzy!
Mar. 29, 2010 11:58 pm
Congratulations on the reunion with your cousin Gino. I know you had lots of catching up to do! Don't let those two hot chicks turn your head now! I know Good EatsNZ is happy to have you there making the soup rolls for her! Will take some stress off her!! Have fun and keep us posted!!
Mar. 30, 2010 12:14 am
Yes, Grannygigi! She'sa lucky lady to hava stud-muffin like me around to help her out!
Mar. 30, 2010 12:27 am
Bravo Chef - you make me very jealous with your great pics and witty banter. Enjoy your visit with GoodEatnZ and family.
Mar. 30, 2010 12:36 am
Grazie! I am sure i will!
Mar. 30, 2010 3:45 am
lol cute!
Mar. 30, 2010 4:14 am
again...thanks for sharing...so luv to read your blog and find out about your adventure...so far so good...so happy for u!!!
Mar. 30, 2010 4:17 am
Glad to see that you made it safely to New Zealand! It looks so beautiful there. It is good to hear that lots of pictures and good food and coffee are being made. Take care. Enjoy your travels!
Mar. 30, 2010 5:03 am
Sounds like your visit got off to a great start. Hope you have a great visit with our friend in NZ and I look forward to hearing all about it!
Mar. 30, 2010 5:41 am
Great blog!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:07 am
Looks like you are having a great time! Love the pics of you and your new friends.
Mar. 30, 2010 6:41 am
This is a RIOT! Great job!
Mar. 30, 2010 7:07 am
Love the blog, can't wait to see what you do next! Ciao for now!
Mar. 30, 2010 7:52 am
Glad you arrived safely, and your trip is off to a great start
Mar. 30, 2010 8:13 am
Like-a New Zealand, do ya Chef Luigi? Heard it's-a nice-a place.--- Jet lag make-a you stay up-a late and you makka da soup rolls? [You don't want-a to change a t'ing with dat famous recipe!]--- COUSIN GINO AND YOU GONNA MAKE-A CHICKEN SOUP WITH-A FLO AND MYRTLE? [Bad-a boys!] --- Ah, reading your Blog Chef Luigi, dat-a make me feel-a so good.--- Have fun little guy.
Mar. 30, 2010 8:31 am
Bouno blog chef! I'm so happy for you to finally get yourself to New Zealand and reunite with your long lost cousin. How thrilling for both of you. I know your hostess bella, she's a wonderful person and I'm sure she has some a wonderful ideas for your visit. I'm sure this week will just go by way to fast, and before you know it, you will be back here in the states. Get used to the camera, I'm sure you will have many more flashes in your face before this year is over. Ahhh...the price you pay for fame...
Mar. 30, 2010 12:07 pm
I'm so glad you had a safe flight and a happy family reunion. Try not to tire yourself out. You have many more places to visit. Mag
Mar. 30, 2010 12:24 pm
lmao! Too funny!
Mar. 30, 2010 12:37 pm
What a gorgeous view you get to enjoy, Chef Luigi. I'm sure you'll make the most of your time there and fill the pages with more funny shots. Good blog GoodEatNZ.
Mar. 30, 2010 1:47 pm
WOWZA! Prego for all the great comments! I can see I am really on my way to being the next Celebrity Chef! Chef Gino, he will be so jealous!
Mar. 30, 2010 2:19 pm
You are a bigger celebrity chef than all on Foodnetwork. And lots hotter.
Mar. 30, 2010 2:19 pm
awesome! glad you had fun!!!!!!!..... lol,your funny,luigi.... i love your humor!
Mar. 30, 2010 2:39 pm
I love this blog! You rock, Luigi!
Mar. 30, 2010 3:13 pm
So Cute- love the blog!
Mar. 30, 2010 6:16 pm
Great blog! Delightful pics!
Mar. 30, 2010 9:01 pm
Oh, my you set the bar very high! Have a wonderful trip!
Mar. 30, 2010 9:06 pm
Yes, BSM -- That bar seems very high for a guy my size.
Mar. 31, 2010 5:00 am
Chef Luigi, great photos and blog! whatta wonderful famious chef life you lead. I cant wate for more.
Mar. 31, 2010 11:21 am
I'm just wondering, does ...ah.... someone fly with you... cause... well.... you seem kind of ...*cough* *cough*... small to get on a plane by yourself, and well.... um.... sort of stationary? Get what I'm trying to say? Just wondering how you get around??? I'm so clueless and gullible, everybody's a getting this but me :)
Mar. 31, 2010 5:13 pm
Chef Luigi, will you come to my house and cook?
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About Me
Hello everyone! I'm Chef Luigi, Chef Tony's little brother. My brother Tony got a new job, so I am now the new Allrecipes traveling Chef. I'll be traveling from home to home; cooking and having fun. I can't wait to visit everyone!
My favorite things to cook
I love to cook EVERYTHING!
My favorite family cooking traditions
Well, I have to admit cooking with my brother Tony is my favorite tradition. We've been cooking together since we were kids. Sitting on counters watching and learning.
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When my brother Tony said I'm a better cook than he is! Ha :)
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There are too many to list, but that's how you learn, right?
Argentina  |  Australia & New Zealand  |  Brazil  |  Canada  |  China  |  France  |  Germany  |  India  |  Italy  |  Japan  |  Korea  |  Mexico

Netherlands  |  Poland  |  Quebec  |  Russia  |  SE Asia  |  United Kingdom & Ireland  |  United States