Island Gelato Company

In a delightfully revamped little shipping container opens on Waiheke Island.

Perched in the heart of Oneroa and housed within a repurposed shipping container, the scent of salted caramel could quite likely help lure you into Waiheke’s recently opened Island Gelato. Here you’ll find an unlikely triad for the taste buds; homemade gelato, coffee and Best Ugly bagels await.

Like all great endeavors, Island Gelato is a labour of love. For owners Ana Schwarz and Geoff Tippett, it’s a testament not only to shared passions but also the hive of activity and local produce that Waiheke bestows. After a visit to Sydney’s ice cream cult favorite, Gelato Messina, divine inspiration struck. Embracing a very hunt and gather mentality, Ana began perusing and picking local produce and seasonal fruit, handcrafting at least two new flavour combinations a week on site.

From strawberry daiquiri, dulce de leche to amaretto and berry compote; punters are left salivating and spoilt for choice, transfixed long after they’ve got their scoop. Built on the nostalgia associated with ice cream and balmy kiwi summers, this is a paradise for the palette, the new local loom that is worth navigating off the mainland. Initially a pop-up for summertime’s sake, based on it’s increasing popularity we can only hope the new kid on the block will remain year round.

Island Gelato Company

Ocean View Road,
Waiheke Island
Auckland, New Zealand 1081

021 536 860

www.facebook.com/islandgelatocompany

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RAD café

Adding to Mount Eden’s café culture comes RAD.

If you’re on the hunt for a killer caffeine kick with food offerings to match, you’d do well to stop in at RAD café. It’s only been open a mere two weeks, and is already warranting visits from plucky café folk who know their local haunts better than their own kitchens.

Located prominently on Mount Eden Road, RAD is a labour love by Duke Tran, the talented ex-barista from Best Ugly Bagels. Keen to make his own mark on Auckland’s café scene, Duke has set about creating a welcoming space with the help of Toni Brandso and Olivia Harper from Material Creative. Morning sun shines in through the café, with a breakfast bar perfectly placed to lap up the rays. Wooden floors are complimented by exposed brick walls, and a mosaic-style counter serves as a focal point, littered with cold drip apparatus, fresh flowers, baked treats and a colourful army of lego table numbers.

Coffee is of the boutique variety, with Wellington’s Flight Coffee providing the beans, and cold pour overs are available for those who ask. On arrival, customers are greeted with chilled glasses of rose water, a novel, not to mention delicious break from the usual offerings. It’s floral, but only slightly so, quenching the thirst before your order arrives. On the food front, Tran has devised a menu for both breakfast and lunch, with fail safe options such as mushrooms on toast, livened up with a liberal splash of truffle oil, a sprinkling of goat’s curd and four different types of fungi. The omelettes appeal as a nourishing option for cooler mornings, and if you’re just after a nibble, the café’s freshly baked muffins will go down a treat.

Lunch offerings are varied, with nice surprises such as baby back spare ribs slathered in a secret marinade, with a side of creamy slaw and twice cooked hand cut chips. The Vietnamese beef lemon grass dish is also reputed to go down a treat, as are the made-to-order sub sandwiches. Our pick is the ‘Sweet Catch’; fish of the day is sandwiched between a light house-made brioche bread, slathered in wasabi mayo and topped with baby watercress.

Just as much a week day haunt as it is a place to wile away weekend hours, RAD café is certainly a popular new addition to the Mount Eden locale. We’re certain you’ll stay a while here.

RAD café

397 Mount Eden Road
Mount Eden

(09) 631 5218

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Treat yourself to a Powersurge online shop, and receive a generous restaurant voucher for paying it forward

How to: Avoid a fashion faux pas

Introducing those unsightly trends that make us wonder what today's fashion peacocks were thinking.

At some point, we have all been guilty of being slaves to fashion, trawling the Instagram accounts of the style cognoscenti in an effort to garner an insight into what the uber fashionable are wearing right this very minute. While it’s important to keep one’s finger on the international scene, one could be forgiven for turning away in horror at some of the off schedule fashion faux pas making their presence known on the recent fashion week circuits.

Gone are the days of donning a chic, coordinated black, white, grey or navy ensemble smartly accented with just a splash of bright colour. Today’s fashion folk are more fond of clashing outfits, brazenly mismatched and bearing loud and proud insignias and dedications to their childhood cartoon fantasies. It’s Peacocking at it’s most visible, and if we’re not careful these dreadful cries for off catwalk attention will be interpreted as fashion gold and make their debut on a department store floor near. You have been warned.

Take heed of some advice when taking style cues from the fashion fleet.

1. Be a crow, not a peacock.
The stalwarts of fashions front row, such as Anna Wintour, Grace Coddington and Carine Roitfeld understood the understated magnetism of the colour black. Being timeless and effortlessly cool trumps overzealous colour and clashing overlapping patterns. When in doubt, pull it right back to black.

2. Even a clothes horse can look ridiculous.
So, you’ve got legs for Africa and a supermodel body? Just because you have an enviable sample size figure and you managed to get your hands on the entire pre-fall collection of Balenciaga, Dior and Celine, doesn’t mean you necessarily need to parade them all at once. To prevent looking like you’ve just been thrown up on by a group from the local fashion design school, pick one dominant theme and let it speak for itself.

3. Look to the French to keep it classic.
You’ve certainly got to hand it to the French; they know how to master understated chic. From the minimal makeup, the undone hair, to the outré body confidence; the quintessential French woman doesn’t yearn for attention and nor does her ensemble.

4. Don’t be seasonally confused.
Oh, a Givenchy fur coat you say? How very Kimye of you. If the sweltering heat is making you sweat bullets then please, listen to your thermostat and forgo the coat. There is nothing noble about being seasonally confused. Sweating is not on trend. Nor are open toed sandals in the snow.

5. Wear the dress darling, don’t let the dress wear you.
If the puffed sleeves, the gather there, the pin tuck here, and the all encompassing print drowns you in a sea of fabric, perhaps re-think the statement you’re trying to make.

6. Just because it’s Margiela does not make it right.
We can all admire the artistry behind a fashion house and their avant-garde decision making skills, but hit and misses occur at the top of the pyramid too. Case in point, Pharrell and the Vivienne Westwood hat that feels like a reoccurring bad dream. Don’t assume because it’s a luxury label that it’s an automatic win. Money talks, sure, but a fashion faux pas screams fashion novice.

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Are you a gym tool?

So, you like to “look after yourself”. But at what point does that fitness habit become the behaviour of a self-obsessed arse? Here are the warning signs.

The team at Esquire put together a run-list of telltale signs that’ll help you spot a gym tool a mile away or bring you back down to earth if you’ve become one…

1. You don’t exercise, you train.

2. You once did a class with ‘jam’ in the title.

3. You hold an opinion on the efficacy of the Power Plate.

4. You’ve used the gym hair dryer on body parts other than your head.

5. In your Facebook profile picture you’re not wearing a shirt.

6. You have the Euro dance cover of “Boys of Summer” as your ringtone.

7. You tried pilates but later reflected: “Did it really challenge me enough?”

8. You moved your wedding date because it didn’t fall on a designated rest day.

9. You’re on nodding terms with the gym maintenance team.

10. You’ve written out a fitness program for your girlfriend. And she’s not taking it seriously enough.

11. On your first triathlon entry form, you selected “intermediate.”

12. You use the Nutrition section of Men’s Health for dinner party inspiration.

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The ultimate entertainer’s bar cabinet

A lavishly appointed at-home bar on wheels – what more could the discerning bon vivant want?

You may not be a bartender, but you do like to entertain at home. A lot. So the arrival of a compact bar, one that could be opened and closed on whim, and moved around depending on the occasion, would make your hosting duties infinitely more enjoyable, would it not?

The Isidoro bar cabinet is the stuff a committed entertainer’s dreams are made of. Simply put, it’s a bar in a box, an utterly luxurious box at that. Designed by French architect extraordinaire Jean-Marie Massaud for Poltrona Frau, it’s clear why this Italian company is famed for their leather workmanship in furniture as well as luxury car interiors such as for Ferrari.

Crafted down to the last detail, every possible function is considered. Much like an oversized piece of designer luggage, the Isidoro bar, clad in soft saddle leather, opens like a book, with an easy to use click-to-close mechanism. The interior is fitted out with walnut shelving and shiny chrome accessories, and there are plenty of glass and bottle holders, not to mention a convenient folding shelf for prep to take place on. All one must do is stock it with all the essential top shelf liquors and you’re good to go. Shake up cocktails for party guests or alternatively make like Bond and fix yourself a stiff one after a hard day’s slog. The drinks will taste even better, and the kitchen will remain pristine. Welcome home, happy hour.

A Poltrona Frau shipment – including the Isidoro bar – has just arrived at local designer furniture showroom Matisse. If you’re interested in becoming the proud owner of one, simply contact the Matisse showroom.

Matisse

99 The Strand
Parnell

(09) 302 2284

www.matisse.co.nz

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Orphans Kitchen’s courtyard & lunch menu

A hidden sun trap and new lunch menu awaits diners at Orphans Kitchen.

Believe it or not, a space in which to soak up the afternoon rays is surprisingly hard to come by in this city, especially if you happen to be lurking about Ponsonby Road. So the arrival of a spacious outdoor courtyard at Orphans Kitchen was met with unbridled enthusiasm.

Smaller establishments can often hide the greatest treasures, as is the case with this secluded spot. Walk through the main dining room at Orphans Kitchen, squeeze down a covered alleyway, and you’ll come across a slice of al fresco perfection; its fit out wholly uniform with everything else we’ve come to associate with the eatery. Wooden bench seating frames one half of the space, complimented by low tables made for resting drinks and several drooping Elm trees to provide dappled shade for those in need. It feels like an entirely separate world in which to gather with friends, after all what’s not to love about a sunny courtyard?

In a match made in dining heaven, the eatery’s new lunch menu is made for such sun-spoiled surrounds. Having recently opened for lunch exclusively on Thursdays and Fridays only, it has us musing of whole afternoons spent away from the desk, yet knowing the team here; a brief lunch is just as achievable.

The menu operates on the premise that a great midday meal has the power to lift the afternoon like no breakfast could. There’s that same emphasis on fresh produce we’ve come to respect from the kitchen here, albeit tailored to the lunching crowd. Of particular note is the skirt steak with cabbage, seeded mustard and heirloom tomatoes. It’s satisfying in a way that your home brought lunch will never be, and we’ll hedge bets that if a particularly icy client needs wooing, this is the dish that’ll help you thaw them out. For cooler days there’s an indulgent risotto, with butternut, yolk, parmesan and truffle, or if your preference is for a swift bite, the bruschetta with avocado, buffalo curd and black garlic gets our vote. And if alcoholic beverages are off limits to wash it all down, one can choose between rhubarb iced tea, house made Meyer lemonade and the house ginger beer.

It appears that Orphans Kitchen now has both our days and evenings sorted, and with vinyl records set to spin on Friday and Saturday evenings, it looks like the revelry could extend well into the night. Cheers to that.

Orphans Kitchen

118 Ponsonby Road
Auckland

(09) 378 7979

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Gusto at the Grand

We’ve been wooed by Gusto, a fantastic new eatery championing uncomplicated food that holds Italian authenticity close to its heart.

There’s something about Italy and its preoccupation with food that resonates with us. We challenge anyone to corner the cuisine as a trend, as Italian cooking ignites love and passion in a way that many others do not.

Thus the arrival of Gusto, the newest addition to SKYCITY’s gastronomic urban pocket, couldn’t be more welcome. Spearheaded by chef Sean Connolly of The Grill fame, Gusto, pronounced correctly as ‘Guh-stoh’, showcases fresh seasonal ingredients, inspired by  the food philosophy that “the less you do the better.”

Taking fresh ownership of the space where Peter Gordon’s legendary dine once stood, the eatery has taken pride of place as the hotel’s new crown jewel, both as a welcome haven for those staying within hotel walls and a destination restaurant for locals. The interior has been opened up completely, while still acknowledging dine’s legacy. Those iconic chandeliers in the main dining room still reign supreme, yet are now adjoined by an expansive bar of Arabescato marble and gold onyx. A place full of exquisite subtleties, timber floors, dark panelling and a rich colour palette evoke a truly authentic European dining experience, with stained American ash tables and Thonet chairs completing the Italian bistro vibe. Particularly memorable is the four metre-long rendition of an octopus by Archibald prizewinner Jason Benjamin, a welcome sense of whimsy that appears to be de rigueur in good Italian eateries.

The kitchen is open plan with a multitude of work areas, just like a true Italian hub. Special mentions go to the workbench reserved for making the day’s pastries, pastas and gnocchi, and the lofty chef’s table. The former greets you upon arrival, and the latter, with space for between 6 to 8 diners, is positioned strategically in the heart of all the action.

And then there’s the food. Oh my, is it Italian. Rustic with a dash of sophistication, Connolly seems to have pin pointed exactly what the cuisine is founded on, with an emphasis on provenance of ingredients, uncomplicated marriages of flavour and above all, comfort.

The first chapter of Gusto’s menu is concentrated on snacks and starters, with glory dishes including a housemade ricotta, drizzled in honey and sprinkled with toasted pine nuts. Graze on cured meats, wake up your palate with raw tuna topped with fresh green apple and radish, or take bites of bruschetta covered in a lively mash up of peas, mint and ricotta. In so far as the main event, the seafood linguine is a perfect example of what to expect from Gusto, a perfectly salty ode to a dish from which countless iterations have been born. The Sardinian ravioli is whirled with all that’s great about its namesake region, with fresh potato, mint, Pecorino cheese and sage butter making for an unholy satisfying meal.

For such a brief menu, it feels full of choice, as all dishes proved rather hard to resist. If it’s time-honoured Italian food and drink you’re craving, Gusto is the new, hot ticket.

Gusto will be open seven days a week from 6.30am for breakfast, lunch and dinner from 22nd of February.

Gusto at the Grand

SKYCITY Grand Hotel
90 Federal Street
Auckland

09 363 7030

www.gustoatthegrand.co.nz

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From perfect pasta to mouthwatering mezze, these are the best comfort food takeaways to order right now

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Cheltenham Dairy

The leafy suburb of Devonport lures us in with word of a brand new corner store.

We love ourselves a good local spot, and this newcomer makes the drive to Devonport worth it. Located prominently on the corner of Vauxhall Road, just a few espadrille-wearing steps from Cheltenham Beach, this is a dairy with a difference.

Taking over what was once a dark, cooped up neighbourhood store that had seen better days, the new owners, Tam and Jimmy Macken, have done wonders with the space, faithfully turning it into the light-filled community hub it always had the potential to be. Nostalgia trippers will appreciate the sloped sign writing and the merry cartoon milk bottle, local tide times are scrawled on the glass for the benefit of beach goers and there are a few chairs outside, positioned to catch the all day sun. The mellow, good ol’ days vibe is continued indoors with a small wooden bar, jam jars stuffed with fresh wild flowers, and three prominent chalk boardS displaying the dairy’s beverage offerings.

If childhood memories serve us right, a good dairy should stock all the essentials. Cheltenam Dairy does this and more with the usual pantry mainstays as well as buckets of fresh flowers, icy gelato, Allpress Coffee, free range eggs, fresh juices, quality smoothies and shakes, as well as a small offering of fresh fruit and vegetables which sit in wooden crates at the entrance. For the rug rats, there are enough fantastically hued sweets to last a lifetime and Tam makes sure there are plenty of hot homemade pies, Texan breakfast burritos and other fill up options available.

This new community hub is already a hit, and it means that any days spent lounging at Cheltenham beach can be topped up with a few treats. A slice of local perfection.

For opening hours, check out Cheltenham Dairy’s Facebook page here.

Cheltenham Dairy

64 Vauxhall Road
Devonport

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The Mustard Kitchen

This Morningside lunch room gets a welcome rebirth; come one, come all.

We do love a good makeover, and it appears that The Mustard Kitchen does too, having spent the last three months giving an old lunch bar in Morningside a new lease on life. Sitting comfortably on a corner site at the Kingsland end of Morningside Drive, the rebirth was deemed complete just days before our visit, and we were pleasantly surprised to spot the existing lunch bar’s faded ‘FOOD’ sign still in tact.

Things are refreshingly straightforward here, just as a local daytime eatery should be. Staff run about in denim dungarees, there’s swappa crates to perch on outside, the coffee is Kokako and there’s a solid selection of smoothies, iced coffees and fresh juices available. On the food side of things, you can expect to find tasty sandwiches, filled rolls, takeaway salads and sweet treats. And there are pies, lots of them in fact, all homemade, with a selection of hearty classics, such as a steak and ale number, done exceptionally well.

The Mustard Kitchen is a comfortably laid back operation, and despite being only days old, we’re certain the folks here will soon find themselves inundated with local foot traffic.

For more information, visit The Mustard Kitchen’s Facebook page here.

The Mustard Kitchen

5 Morningside Drive
Morningside
Auckland

(09) 846 7206

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From perfect pasta to mouthwatering mezze, these are the best comfort food takeaways to order right now

This new Miann opening is bringing the sweet life to Ponsonby Central

Treat yourself to a Powersurge online shop, and receive a generous restaurant voucher for paying it forward

Recipe: Venison Hot Dogs

Up the ante in home style fast food with these flavoursome venison hot dogs.

Despite its reputation as being strong tasting and gamey, fresh venison can in actual fact be quite mellow in flavour. It’s also super-lean and when cooked medium-rare and rested well, tender and succulent. To whip up some venison hot dogs, you don’t need a sausage-maker – just make a shish-kebab and remove the skewer before serving.

Ingredients – Makes 8 hot dogs
400g venison mince
400g pork mince
2 heaped tbsp blackberry jam
Handful of sage, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
Salt and pepper to season
8 skewers soaked in water
Oil for frying
8 hot dog buns
8 slices Emmental cheese (or a mild cheddar)
Watercress
Jalepenos

Method
Combine the venison and pork mince in a bowl. Add the jam, sage, garlic, salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for at least an hour.
Make 8 shish-kebabs with the mince and skewers. Refrigerate again until you are ready to cook.
Heat a little oil in a frying pan, hot plate or griddle. Once hot, cook the kebabs until the juices run clear.
Turn your oven onto grill.
Slice the hot dog buns in half. Place kebabs into buns and then remove the skewers.
Top with cheese and then place under the grill until the cheese lightly melts.
Add watercress and jalepenos and serve immediately.

Gastronomy


From perfect pasta to mouthwatering mezze, these are the best comfort food takeaways to order right now

This new Miann opening is bringing the sweet life to Ponsonby Central

Treat yourself to a Powersurge online shop, and receive a generous restaurant voucher for paying it forward