A Quarter Century in New Zealand

On March 1, 1985, a young Brendon Kenneth entered the world.  “We got our boy,” a proud Ken Neilson said.  “My baby,” said his confused 2-year old sister, Nicole.  Yesterday, Brendon Kenneth turned a quarter century old, and I couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than with a birthday scavenger hunt.

A series of notes around the Laidlaw College campus led Brendon to a number of birthday treats and surprises, including a fresh chocolate eclair and a savory cheese biscuit for breakfast during the Gold Medal hockey game (the game was on in the morning here), a picnic lunch in a park, and a wine tasting at a local winery.

For dinner, Brendon chose a fine local restaurant for us to dine at called Molten, which is situated beside a dormant volcano called Mt. Eden.

Molten is a small and intimate restaurant located in the heart of Mount Eden’s village, which features a sophisticated menu with intriguing taste combinations, and uses all local ingredients.

Brendon chose the thick Pokeno pork belly with summer salad, spiced tomato ketchup and pommegranite dressing, and I went for the rolled chicken thigh with mozzarella and parmesean, potato gnocci, and jumbo raisin caramel with lavender oil.  We both left feeling very satisfied and impressed with the chef’s abilities to prepare such tasty and complex dishes.

We finished off the evening by enjoying a slice of some pretty stellar gluten-free chocolate coconut cake atop a dormant volcano, as we watched the light fade from the day as the bright moon and city lights took over.

Here’s to an amazing man and my Best Friend:  Happy 25th birthday, Brendon Kenneth!!


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