The Eye of the Fish

Leviathan
April 27, 2020

Eat, Drink, and Be Takeaway

So, Tuesday morning we start to arise from our self-imposed slumber. The move from level 4 down to level 3 gives us the much-vaunted option of “Level Four plus KFC”, but this does give us a much wider range of nosh than just bits of chicken and gravy.

Ironically of course, the “Wellington on a Plate for Takeaway or Delivery” website doesn’t list KFC as one of their options for food, being as they don’t classify it as food in the first place. But I’m sure that if they can open, then indeed they will. Lots of places are open – including a healthy string of places down Cuba St and up Courtenay Place, and especially including my favourite: the Greek Food truck where I can close my eyes and pretend that I’m back in Syntagma Square. Not rioting, but just absorbing the Greek sunshine. Somehow though, Greek food is always spicier in Greece.

There is also a good dose of Pizza places, including Pomodoro, which means that life is no longer such a scary thing. I’m super hopeful. Pizza, of course, is always better in Italy, but Pomodoro is close enough. And 60 is going to get Logan Brown takeaways for him and his missus, which sounds like a damn good way to repair any relationship that may have been sorely tested by 5 weeks of level 4 lockdown. Not saying that’s you 60, but just anyone out there that is feeling a little cooped up.

I’ve found it rather interesting over the past few days, on hearing that Uber Eats were clipping the ticket of the restaurants by up to 35%, which just sounds appalling. Stuart Gardyne, if you’re still out there, I’m with you on this one: in this case, yes, Uber are indeed evil. Curiously, or bizarrely, WREDA are paying $10 per delivery to the restaurants – even to Uber Eats – seems a roundabout way of doing things, and bloody expensive to someone. But hopefully it stops our eateries from going broke in the mean time.

I’m loving the lock-down myself though, so probably won’t be partaking much. I’m finding it such a productive time, with back catalogues of movies to be watched, things to be painted, recipes to be trialled, stories to be written, architecture to be designed, along with websites to be watched and radios to be listened. Somehow I’ve lost the appetite for regular eating out, and my diet of home-grown spaghetti straight from the spaghetti tree and Wattie’s tomato soup has blossomed into something else.

I may be alone here, but I can see this stupid virus thing as having some potential really good outcomes for New Zealand. If we have truly managed to Eliminate the virus, then we and the Cook Islands will be amongst the very few places that have. Other countries may be doing well, such as Vietnam, but again: the virus can just walk in over the border. But not here. As we speak (ie as I write) the mighty nation of Spain, having had 20,000 people dead from it, is tempting fate by going back to a gradual opening of their front doors. Sadly, that is bound to be an almost solid definite mistake, as the virus is still there and deaths will rebound in a few weeks time. This may go on until all the old people in the country are dead…

But we may have a different option to pursue. Imagine if all the films and TV shows around the world are shut down for months yet, while our industry keeps going? Imagine the world all watching a kiwi version of Netflix, with the only new content available that isn’t recycled YouTube clips! Imagine NZ being a centre of virus-free manufacturing – of just about anything! Even James bloody Cameron could finish his awful Avatar films and release them online, thereby releasing Sir PJ to get on with life and do something more interesting other than just booking out sound stages to wealthy yanks. More Hobbits anyone?

Imagine if all the schools around the world are still stuck in a Covid world, trying to teach online, while NZ schools are the only ones left that could teach in person instead of online? Imagine if we could have all the concerts and parties and broadcast them to the world, and all the Americans could do is watch them online – or congregate and die?! Imagine if everyone wanted to come here and we could just sit back, fold our arms, and say No! Buy the video instead!

Andrew
27 - 04 - 20

Yeah bugger sharing our bubble with Australia, much better is the cook Islands, our money’s their money and the locals are frendluer too

Leviathan
28 - 04 - 20

Its curious – its only 7am but apparently people are already queuing for McDonalds. Of all the things in the world to be desiring right now, that would be near the bottom of the list for me. Perhaps i’m abnormal.

Seamonkey Madness
28 - 04 - 20

A friend of a friend bragged about getting an Egg McMuffin®️ at 5:30am.
What sort of psycho does that?

And queues of cars, literally around the block, lining up for the drive-thru at Porirua McDonalds. Being the spiritual home of the golden arches in NZ, it isn’t a surprise really. It was busy at the best of times, it is busy at the worst of times…to thoroughly mis-paraphrase Dickens.

Leviathan
28 - 04 - 20

Egg McMuffin is just about their worst product too ! Sadly, I have tasted too many.
New Eye resolution: No more McD, ever

starkive
28 - 04 - 20

The longest vehicle queue I saw on my first car outing through Whanganui this morning wasn’t for food of any speed, but for the recycling centre. There’s been a bit of a build-up I’d say…

Alan
28 - 04 - 20

I have to say, every single place I’ve tried to buy something online today – fail. If this is NZ’s moment to transform into an online economy then we’ve failed. Mitre 10: Fail. Resene: Fail. JB HiFi : Fail.

Not impressed yet.

60 MPa
28 - 04 - 20

Alan I agree – remember that we are scheduled to go Level 2 soon so most measures will be a bit half-arsed
I was going to spend about $700 on M10 Mega last night but their system made me wonder if they could fulfil the order this week so if not, what’s the point?
I’m going to stick with local suppliers that I can call on the telephone and arrange a contactless delivery without a registration system that wants to know what the temperature of my armpit is and then breaks down

As to Levi’s wider point I would love to see us look after our PI bretheren – it would be great if we could get the rural migrant scheme running again pumping money back into their economies and us scanning tourists before they get to Raro and spread infction

It’s time for all of those unemployed hospitality workers to take a punt on making a line of organic babyfood/pizza sauces/homemade chilli
On the back of a trusted food export imprimateur of NZ Covid free we can get some shit done

Concerts and live gigs will come later but if someone with a previously busy tourist area can guarantee a 2 week quarantine for a bunch of visiting bands that would coincide with a resort experience for them and then a few live gigs around NZ after that, it’s a good idea

Leviathan
29 - 04 - 20

Totally agree 60.
Here’s another good idea, courtesy of the Guardian reporting from Lithuania:
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2020/apr/28/lithuanian-capital-to-be-turned-into-vast-open-air-cafe-vilnius

They’re closing off streets to traffic to allow cafe owners and restauranteurs to spread tables out to ensure there is enough social distancing space. We could do this easily in Wellington at the moment – say, upper Cuba Street at least – no need for traffic there at all from Ghuznee to Vivian – let them place tables and chairs outside on the street for the next two weeks.

60 MPa
29 - 04 - 20

Nice idea, and cheap to do too

Lindsay
3 - 05 - 20

Helene Ritchie is suggesting well-distanced outdoor tables and chairs in the Basin Reserve … http://wellington.scoop.co.nz/?p=127701

Leviathan
3 - 05 - 20

Well, Helene is, as usual, bat-shit crazy. She really needs to use that brain before opening her mouth.

Leviathan
3 - 05 - 20

I had the fortune (or mis-fortune?) to be present at a WCC meeting once back in 2008? under CWB, when Helene Ritchie was still on the Council. She started making loud clucking noises like a hen. Possibly she has Tourettes or something, and I’ve met her since and she seems fine, but I recall Celia Wade Brown getting really frustrated with Helene and trying to silence her noisy clucking. Hence my comment that she is bat-shit crazy…. It’s such a pity. She has done so much for the city over the years, but needs to face it – she is past her best-by date and needs to retire from making public comments when they are into the silly stage. I’ll stop there to save her from further blushes.

Helen
3 - 05 - 20

I’ve been impressed with the efforts of the ‘Pandemic Pack’ (a collab group of Wellington cafe/restaurants/bars). They were all set to kick it off then the Level 3->4 announcements were made so they picked themselves up and created a Pay-what-you-can digital cookbook. Under Level 3 they have been kicking back up into contactless pick-up/delivery, using a combined, order-from-many approach.
Tough logistics but they are making it happen and fighting for their industry.

Leviathan
3 - 05 - 20

Helen – yes, the Pandemic Pack are doing great work. Very impressed with their efforts so far. Have you used them yet?

They sound like they have got the most complicated set of things to do, so I would be very concerned that they are over-extending their capabilities, but heck, if its local, I’m keen to support them.