How to: make the most of your tropical vacation

Up your game on your next tropical vacation.

A reprieve from the throes of winter is on everyone’s mind, and some are lucky enough to be packing their bags for a far-off Maldivian isle….or Fiji. Beware of the assumption, however, that embarking upon a highly anticipated tropical escape means that you’re able to sit back, unwind and enjoy the serenity. The evolution of 21st century holidaying dictates that merely reading a book and getting a tan lying down does not constitute holiday fulfillment. Here we make some suggestions on how to make your winter escape really count.

1. Document your holiday ad nauseam.
What’s the point in going all that way if it’s not to make all your friends and colleagues chartreuse with envy over your perfectly accomplished lifestyle? Be sure to regularly take photos, strategically including as much white sand, crystal clear water, palm trees etcetera in the frame as possible. Publish said photos with shameless frequency across all social media platforms.

2. Engage in local customs.
Kava ceremonies are a good example of how rewarding cultural activities can be when your range of motion is temporarily limited to sitting or lying down, whilst barely being able to form intelligible conversation. Learning the intricacies of voodoo practises can be useful upon your return home, when your insufferable neighbour decides to move out because that cat of hers, that used to relieve herself on your doormat, passes away from a sudden onset of diabetes.

3. Hire a golf cart.
An integral element in any meaningful vacation, the golf cart is invariably where all good holidays start; whether you’ve rolled it, submerged it or engaged in a hot and heavy romance on it, the golf cart is seminal to creating lasting memories during your island getaway.

4. Go zip lining.
All you need to do is look at Kimye’s pics of a recent Kardashian family sojourn to know that zip lining is the next big thing. Because nothing is more badass than a glorified flying fox.

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Chuffed

Where great coffee and cuisine unite, this urban newcomer is raising the bar.

Wandering down the unassuming corridor of 43 High Street one could be forgiven for being a little skeptical of it housing a decent cafe – but to the contrary what we discovered was a trove of culinary delights. Away from the drone of the inner city streets, a new café, Chuffed boasts a relaxed urban atmosphere dominated by two of Erin Forsyth’s trademark colourful murals, while outside a veranda transports you to another era, with casual cane furniture and an intimate outdoor fireplace.

Catering to those on the run, a cabinet houses a delectable array of sweet and savoury delights. But those who choose to dine in get to truly experience the menu’s offerings, all artfully executed by Gordon Ramsay trained chef and recent Kiwi repatriate, James Kenny. There’s a plethora of possibilities to satiate growling stomachs and what we sampled was impressively delicious: wild mushrooms on sourdough with white bean puree and truffle oil, and quinoa crusted fish of the day, served with fresh beetroot and freeze-dried mandarin. Also worth noting are the homemade crumpets, served with honey cured salmon, fresh herbs and crème fraîche, and pasta ribbons with courgette, citrus butter, pecan and chorizo. And one cannot leave without considering the luscious deserts, the standout being the ‘Jaffa’, a rich chocolate cake served with chocolate cremeux and bitter orange provides a certifiable sugar fix.

Chuffed also places strong emphasis on their coffee. Harnessing his expertise acquired from time spent running the celebrated Darlinghurst locale, The Bunker, owner Scott McLean is making a name for himself as a purveyor of specialty coffee. The beans are switched up between different local roasters, but are soon to be house-branded via an off-site, coffee roasting initiative. With cold-drip, batch brewed and espresso already on offer, Chuffed is soon to be serving carbonated draft coffee – a cold pour of the life-giving beverage that will be the only of its kind available in the country.

It’s worth paying a visit to this High Street newcomer, where their dedication to offering something a little different is something to be celebrated.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 7am to 4pm

Chuffed

43 High Street
CBD

(09) 367 6801

www.chuffedcoffee.com

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We love: Vintage Kilim Rugs

The finest exotic adornment is one of timeless tapestry...

Rich in history and deeply woven throughout eastern European antiquity, an authentic Bessarabian kilim adds an element of grandeur whenever it is laid. In the same vein one might choose to display a sourced piece of art, with its striking pattern and decorative appeal, the kilim exudes a similar sense of worldly and unrivaled wonderment. Originally woven in Romania (the area is now known as Bessarabian) with 100% hand-spun wool, Bessarabian kilims vary from 30-60 years in age, with an oriental meets European aesthetic. Whether hung on the wall like a tactile piece of art or laid out on the floor; the Bessarabian kilim is experiencing a major style resurgence.
What typifies a Bessarabian or Moldovian kilim, is its highly decorative aesthetic and the reoccurring presence of the traditional rose motif. This aesthetic became the preoccupation of many early 20th century artists, such as Henri Matisse. Matisse became infatuated with the intricately patterned approach and exotic floral adornments. Unlike its piled counterparts, the flat-woven kilim rug is lighter and boasts a pileless texture that is produced using a variety of traditional flat-weaving techniques.
Throughout each tapestry, local folk motifs and ornate historical subtleties are brought to life. Many kilims embrace limited palettes of red, blue and black, further reaffirming their ever-popular place within domesticity and versatility throughout the home. Inspired by eighteenth century French Aubusson carpets, early kilims adorned the great halls and sitting rooms throughout the Russian Court, reigning supreme within affluent aristocratic circles. Today, the Bessarabian kilim remains one of the most sought after styles. Through its heralded and subdued designs, exuberant elegance and traditional technical mastery, the kilim maintains its place at the height of exoticism and luxury.

Artisan

96 St Georges Bay Rd
Parnell,
Auckland

09 302 2499

artisanflooring.co.nz

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Seven signs that you’re a party bore

Ever wondered how you stack up when it comes to dinner party discussion or soirée small talk?

Whether you’ve been abandoned mid-conversation one too many times, left wondering how somebody with a drink in hand can really be that thirsty, or pondered what on earth goes on during four hour long bathroom breaks…perhaps it’s time to consider, are you the party bore?

1. Your closest acquaintances are hard to pin down, constantly introducing you to new people through friends but never sticking around to hear the conversation play out…matchmakers, forever on the go!

2. You’re always seated next to the dinner party straggler, despite having met everybody at the table multiple times.

3. Just when you’re getting to the good part about how you grew your own tomato tree out of season, they need a top up. Curious…

4. At the end of the evening you discover you know nothing about the person you’ve been seated next to.

5. You call noise control on the party you’re at.

6. You strongly believe nothing good ever happens after 10pm.

7.  You’re vegan.

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Welcome

Welcome indeed to this new destination eatery in the heart of Grafton.

No secret to the nine-to-fivers in the surrounding Khyber Pass business precinct, Welcome cafe is not what one might expect to find in an otherwise nondescript office building. The spacious interior is warm and inviting, and although it caters to many on-the-go punters, the cafe has capacity to seat more than 60 people both inside and out on its expansive terrace in a stylish yet utilitarian manner.

Predominantly organic but not stiflingly so, these health-conscious operators have thoughtfully prepared the food in a way that transcends the moment of truth when the tasty goods touch your lips. The eggs and meat are always free-range and there’s an emphasis on seasonal produce – with a quarterly menu change taking into consideration the seasons offerings.

On our visit we were seduced by the Avocado Smash, a salute to our favourite superfood combined with  the addition of edamame beans and goat’s cheese in a blissfully fresh rendition of avo on toast. The Hot Meatball Sub was gorgeously juicy thanks to the addition of  lemon juice and spinach, and everybody’s favourite (Best Ugly) Bagel was served with  bananas and ‘rawtella’, a house-made sugar and dairy-free version of Nutella. For the nutrient infatuated there are slow juices on offer, and decent servings of Supreme coffee are being brewed by barista Johathan Wigmore with the help of front of house gents Johnny Hartnett and Ralph Jenner.

This is one new local that we’re happy to welcome to the neighbourhood.

Visit Welcome’s Facebook page here.

Opening hours:
Monday to Friday – 7.30am to 4pm

Welcome

Orion Building
181 Grafton Rd
Grafton

(09) 974 1025

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