Today I am writing to this song cranked on repeat all day. The tones dissolve into my synapses in raindrop circles until the words flow.
New Zealand is full of the most amazing tiny places I’d never heard of. I’m so grateful I’m getting to know my own country better.
This is a piefee. It’s a latte served in a chocolate-lined sweet pie crust.
Tasteful Bakehouse on Karangahape Road has made a local media splash with their 2017 creation. My only beef with it is meat pies are far more of a Kiwi culinary tradition than sweet pies. Sweet pies exist, but more people grew up on apple crumble than apple pie. To me this is a coffee tart. A toffee? A tarfee? Cofart?
I feel 100% certain if I google I am going to find this idea has been done in a thousand other media posts in dozens of countries before now, but I refuse to burst the bubble of Chamnan Ly from Tasteful Bakehouse. Good on you, mate.
Thank you, humans who buy my books!
I’ve sold 22 copies of Salt of Your Tears, and a bunch more read it on KU. I earned USD $79 from it, which pushed my US Kindle earnings over my $USD100 minimum payout, and I just banked a cheque, wooooo. Y’all have paid my June electricity bill and kept me warm and functioning for another month and I am so, so grateful. I wish I knew everyone’s names so I could thank you all personally. I literally do know the names of quite a few of you and squishy hugs will be forthcoming in October.
Viewer advisory: historic transphobia.
This was a huge hit in NZ in 1982/83. The subtext in the narrative completely passed me by at the time. On the plus side: the video perfectly captures NZ fashion in the early 80s.
This is how bad the housing market is in Auckland. It costs USD $70 a week (NZD $99) to sleep in this people mover in someone’s front yard.
You get “a small kitchen sink. There is a cupboard for storage too” but “you will need to come inside to use the bathroom/toilet.”
With the kind of impeccable timing I usually have, today as I prepare to list my Auckland home for sale, Goldman Sachs announced the Auckland housing market has a 40% chance of crashing, literally immediately softening house sales and freaking out our stock market.
Well, screw you, Goldman Sachs. I’m going to get a good price for my place from buyers who love it, and everything’s going to work out fine.