Gabbi: Cultural Differences – Food

The thing I’m missing most about Auckland is the food. Compared to this little town, Auckland is the culinary dream, with its top-notch brunch spots, delicious noodle bars, and of course, the legendary Dominion road.

St Andrews does know how to do a great pub however, with over 15 scattered across this 3-street town. There’s definitely something lovely about squeezing into a low-ceilinged, cosy wee pub on an autumn evening when it’s blowing a gale outside. Getting some excellent hot chips and maybe even braving a scotch egg.

I’ve been missing ramen, bibimbap and dumplings so much though (to name a few). In fact, I was craving bubble tea so much that I actually ordered some from eBay. They came about 3 weeks later and were on the same level as instant noodles – just add hot water. Although very average, it satisfied my tapioca pearl needs and the pack was finished off within the week.

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Instant bubble tea yaas

My saviour, in terms of Asian food supply here in St Andrews is a little shop called CombiniCo. Set up by a couple of Korean and Japanese students, this place does amazing Bini Bowls – a mix of donburi, bibimbap and poke bowls. It’s now my go-to every weekend.

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Autumn is definitely still my favourite season

I’ve been really busy with essays and assignments recently, so I decided to organize a little break to get out of town for a bit and do something fun. After I’ve handed the last essay in on Monday, I’ll be heading down to London for a few days to attend a BBC music careers expo and hang out with some family. I’m taking the train (even though it takes over 5 hours) because the landscape in Scotland and northern England is so beautiful that I think it’s worth the long journey.

The other thing I’m looking forward to about London is that I’ll be able to take a cheeky visit to Chinatown and stock up on snacks. I might take an entire spare bag just so I can get enough to last me through exams.

A quick tip on the trains here – you need to book about a month in advance to get a good deal as the tickets can be really expensive.

Catch ya later!

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