Blended culture

A good example of how blended cultures have become in the modern world – a pizza business run by an Indian immigrant in Otago.

ODT: Working night and day on pizza chain

Energetic young Dunedin businessman Savi Arora continues to expand his pizza enterprise…

Pizza Bella was born last year when he opened in George St, after buying a failed pizza business having spied a potential business opportunity.

He later bought another pizza shop in Alexandra, rebranding it also as Pizza Bella, and recently opened in Gordon Rd, Mosgiel.

Mr Arora only spoke limited English when he arrived in New Zealand from India as a teenager to study business management.

Now happily settled in Dunedin, he has adopted a new slogan for Pizza Bella — Born in Otago — a reflection of how Otago people had supported him, he said.

It’s not uncommon for ethnic styled restaurants and food outlets to be owned and managed and staffed by people of various backgrounds.

Flat breads covered with stuff date back a long time. Bread covered with oils, herbs and cheese were eaten in ancient Greece.

Modern pizza is thought to have evolved out of dishes in Naples a few hundred years ago. Italians took these recipes to the US where they gradually became popular, especially with the avalanche of fast food outlets and franchises.

I first encountered pizza in the seventies in Auckland at Pizza Hut – on my first visit I ordered a steak, something I was more familiar with.

Now you can get pizza with a wide variety of ethnic style toppings. Including Indian.

Dunedin is known for it’s Scottish heritage (although in reality that’s only a small part of the ethnic mix here). I haven’t seen any haggis pizza here yet, but it’s been done – in London.

Fancy a slice of haggis pizza?

A London eatery is offering the bizarre fusion food “haggis pizza” to mark Burns Night

No wonder super blenders have become popular, where you chuck a bunch of stuff in and blend it beyond recognition.

Drone delivered junk food

Minister of something Simon Bridges has been involved in a promotional stunt for a quantity rather than quality fast food outlet – apparently they are going to trial drone home deliveries.

This seems stupid to me – apart from getting some free media publicity.

There’s so many potential safety and logistical issues.

The drone isn’t going to be able to deliver to your table, especially if you live in an apartment.

Most deliveries will be at night so darkness will be an issue with poles and wires and buildings and trees to avoid, as well as traffic, people and pets.

And what if there are drones buzzing all over town from different outlets? Who is going to do traffic control?

For what? Something you can make at home, or get delivered the way it happens now.

Sure they will be able to succeed in some situations but I think there’s going to be many deliveries that will be too difficult.

Drone deliveries are someth8ing we don’t need and I’m very doubtful they will be very successful part from a few stunts.