We didn’t have breakfast before we set out from the hotel this morning because it was an early start, the kids weren’t fully awake and we didn’t have breakfast food with us.
They were happy with the extra milk we got before we set out from the hotel but muttered that they weren’t hungry.
We figured we’d hit the road first and stop for something along the way since stopping is an inevitable part of any Kiwidutch Family long car journey anyway.
After winding around hills for a while I felt the need for a breather, Little Mr. looked up from his Nintendo game and announced he needed a toilet stop and we all suddenly decided we were hungry.
Obligingly a few more kilometres up the road we came upon a hill-top Café and pulled in.
The weather wasn’t brilliant, the wind was picking up, the temperature had dropped noticeably and there was a dampness in the air that promised that rain couldn’t be too far off so a hot drink and something to eat started to become a better and better idea by the minute.
We got inside and found a large group of customers, but it seemed that many of them were on the point of finishing up and leaving so by the time we ordered we had a table with a view in the front part of the café that overlooked the car-park and part of the road to ourselves.
Kiwi Daughter spotted meat pies on the menu and I was subsequently tempted away from a sandwich by a mince pie with Watties Tomato sauce.
Watties is a New Zealand “institution” … yes, basically it’s tomato sauce, a.k.a. “ketchup” but it tastes different to any ketchup you’ll ever have had before. Himself swore he hated ketchup until he tried Watties and now he’s as hooked as most Kiwi’s are.Don’t you know that it’s a known fact that any Kiwi pie tastes even better with Watties on it? That’s as true as the day is long.
Our breakfast certainly tasted delicious and after a rotation of family members through the rest rooms we were fit and ready to do battle with a few more of State Highway 5′s many hills.