What could you get with the National $ 100 “Dinner and Discover” Voucher?
The National Party has produced a Covid-19 Alternative Economic Plan, which includes $ 100 “dinner and find out” vouchers for fully vaccinated adults.
But if you want to drink and dine yourself, what can $ 100 buy you and how can you spend it?
It is clear that in some establishments this will go further than others, so let’s start with the quantity.
Spending it at McDonalds will leave you with a few bags full of food.
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You can get two family packed lunches, which include four burgers of your choice, two medium and two small non-alcoholic drinks, two medium and two small fries, and four desserts, with $ 2 change from your hundred dollars.
100 Chicken McNuggets would also be an option, with a 50 pack getting you $ 35, leaving you $ 30 to splurge on drinks or dessert to keep up with your nugget frenzy.
At KFC, you can get nine Zinger Burgers or five Zinger Box Meals, which include a burger, chicken, potatoes and gravy, and a drink.
Popcorn Chicken is crowd pleaser, and 13 full-size packs could be yours if you want to redeem your $ 100 voucher there.
However, if you are looking for a more refined dining experience, the voucher could be used to eat somewhere like Logan Brown or The Sugar Club.
Logan Brown in Wellington has a three-course option for $ 75, so all you have to do is add some drinks to it for a fancy date night or some fun time.
The Sugar Club in Auckland offers three courses for $ 110, two courses with a main course and a dessert for $ 80 and two courses with a starter and a main course for $ 90, all three including snacks, bread and butter.
Auckland food writer Anna King Shahab said she would use the voucher to support struggling businesses.
If the voucher was handed over while the restrictions were still in place, she said Cazador in Auckland would be her first choice as he was local to her.
“[They] are hosting weekly barbecues and stuff right now, and [doing] picnic baskets.
If she could go out to dinner when the voucher was available, she said Bar Magda would be one of her choices with its modern Filipino cuisine.
Bar Magda frequently had a new menu, but King Shahab said after the lockdown she would ask for the chef’s tasting menu, which the restaurant’s website says can range from $ 55 to $ 75 per person.
She can also go to the Fitzroy Bar in Ponsonby and ask the bartender to prepare her specialty cocktail.
“I was going to have an aperitif at Fitzroy, dinner at Bar Magda then [go to] another bar for an after dinner cocktail, like Clipper on Ponsonby Rd.
“[I’d be] spend over $ 100, but split it up a bit.
Christchurch-based food writer Izzie Thompson said she would share the love around, going into local small businesses.
“I was going through the show and getting lots of little things from lots of places.”
Frances Nation would be her first stop, a central Christchurch grocery store that stocks local and national produce.
Then she would go to 5th Street to have a drink and share small to medium plates there.
His last stop would be Utopia Ice in Sumner for an ice cream.
Food blogger Kalliana Kong also pleaded with people to use the voucher to support businesses they “really like” so they don’t close.
Kong, who manages the popular Wellingnoms Instagram account, said she would be drawn to money for a meal at an establishment like Mason, Rita or Amok.
“They’re a bit more expensive than usual, but you’d be really disgusted if they went missing.
“I would probably do that.”
If people wanted to stick with their $ 100 and share the love, Kong suggested trying to find the best of a certain product.
His suggestion was to have coffee and a scone every day, and take the opportunity to try and find the best scone possible.
“You could potentially miss out on the best scone of your life because you kept going to the same place.”