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!