|Mad Mexican Pie from One Tree Bakery|
|Chimborazo: sweet empanada in the upper right.|
Here in New Zealand they have pies. Pies come with a variety of fillings and are topped with a pastry top or mashed potato. To list a few, I have eaten mince pie, steak and cheese pie, steak and vege pie, chicken and corn pie, lamb pie, smoked fish pie, seafood pie, and plenty more. I don't want to compare them to frozen pot pies as they typically suck. Their appearance may be comparable though. They are fast to order and come packed with flavor. They typically have a flaky pastry top crust that crumbles in your mouth and melts on your tongue. The non-top crust is a solid structure holding back the savory filling goodness. I have made the mistake of puncturing the bottom of the pie with the tongs only to have the meaty filling start to seep out. The fillings are varied and it seems to me only limited by the baker's imagination or culinary skills. You can find small bakeries all over the place that sell their own creations or stop by a convenience store to by a mass produced pie. I have found several places to be a repeat customer, but I will continue to explore the area for new places to eat. I have yet to find a pie I did not like, but you know that is not likely to happen. I love to eat.